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Will there be a spring election? To force an election or not to Mounting fears of an
force an election. That is the question impending economic meltdown are
Liberal MPs are pondering as they reducing the chances that Liberals will
prepare for next week's resumption of decide to force an early federal
Parliament. And the answer thus far election. Even the most hawkish
appears to be: Maybe. Even Leader Liberal MPs were suddenly pulling
Stephane Dion, who was decidedly back from the election brink Monday as
hawkish only a month ago about stock markets worldwide continued
toppling the minority Conservative their nosedive. "I think the economy is
government early in the new year, has the No. 1 thing right now, rather than an
toned down the sabre rattling. election, I really do," said Toronto-area
Federal Liberal caucus MP Garth Turner.
chairman Anthony Rota says "we Prime Minister Stephen Harper
haven't picked a time to overthrow the will pay a heavy political price in the
government," but the official next election for his right-wing
Opposition is ready for an election "fanaticism" and his betrayal of
campaign, if and when the time is Quebec, predicts Bloc Québécois
right to defeat the minority Leader Gilles Duceppe. Mr. Duceppe
Conservatives after Parliament outlined a two-fold election strategy
resumes next week. Rota, MP for the attacking the Conservatives' economic
Northern Ontario riding of Nipissing- record as the defender of the French
Timiskaming, made the comment in language and the Quebec identity.
an interview on the eve of the Liberals' Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles
two-day caucus session in Kitchener,
Ont. See Page 16 Spring election
Liberal Party convention sign
TOURISM Page 6
Hillary or Obama? FilAms weigh in
Which one will make history – a first
black president or first woman
president? The community is weighing
in, with the Democratic race for
Negros Occidental presidential nominee in the Nov. 4
general elections shaping into a two-
way contest between New York Sen.
Contents Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack
Obama. Said Irene Bueno, who worked
in the White House during President Bill
Clinton’s two terms: “Hillary’s win in
To u r i s m . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 6 New Hampshire shows that momentum
is clearly in our side. Voters across the
Showbiz Gossip . . . . . . . p. 8 country will see as voters in New
Hampshire saw that Hillary Clinton
Filstar Photo Gallery . . . p. 10
doesn’t just talk about change–she will
be a president who actually brings
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Bueno served as special presidential
assistant on domestic policy at the
Philippine Cuisine . . . . . p. 12
White House, and also as special
assistant in the chief of staff’s office.
Community News. . . . . . . p. 16
Currently, she’s a principal at Nueva
Vista Group LLC based here. For
Global Perspectives . . . . p. 17
Baldwin Domingo, three-term
Democratic member of the State House
Other News . . . p. 3,5,13-15,18 in New Hampshire, it doesn’t matter
See Page 16 Hillary or Obama
Senator Barack Obama (Illinois) and Senator Hillary Clinton (New York)
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Why all Filipinos should join the Cooperative
The auditors, Gosselin & least 100 members who will commit
Associates, are now completing the themselves to be available and attend
2006 financial statements after a long this meeting, we will find an
delay because we only submitted all appropriate place. Members who are
implemented. Do we ever keep track
Politics and change of them?
the accounting records last December. interested in attending the geneal
This was unavoidable because of the assembly should call 514-733-8915 to
The concept of change is an The media is probably responsible huge amount of paper that our indicate their willingness to attend, or
interesting subject for it can be viewed for this lack of follow up. When the accounting clerk had to go through in they can come to the store at 4711 Van
from both a philosophical and practical issues are current topics, newspapers order to understand what happened Horne Avenue to sign a survey sheet
point of view. Lately, it has become the and radio talk shows do a good job of with the cash which were not properly to indicate their choice of a meeting
word of the day as it is the slogan of keeping them in people’s minds but accounted for. There were no date. At the time of writing this article,
the main contenders to the US after a short period of time, even if they accounting procedures in place at the we have not yet received any specific
presidential nomination particularly do not get resolved, they are not beginning of the Coop. This was date when the auditors can give us the
among the Democrats. Senator reported again. It would seem that it is compounded by the problem of the 2006 financial statement but as soon
Barack Obama is even dubbed as Mr. only during elections that the same “Paluagan” or members’ saving plan, as this information is available, we will
Change, while Senator Hillary Clinton topics will be discussed and debated a scheme introduced by the former post the notice at the Coop and also
has passionately declared her again. president of the Coop to entice people announce it in the next issue of the
commitment to change. In fact, she We agree that change is good to become members for a $10 or $20 Filipino Star.
emphasized that her 35 years of when it is meant to improve or to membership fee. Many people may wonder
experience has been devoted to correct injustices and wrongs Although we do not yet have why it is a good idea to be a member
change. committed against people who are an exact date when the general of the Filipino Solidarity Cooperative.
It seems easy to say that one is in deprived of their fair share of economic assembly will be held, we are hoping The auditors, Gosselin & Associates,
favor of change but it is not clear how opportunities. But how often have we to hold it soon after the financial gave us a very interesting information
one can implement it without the seen that it takes several years before statements have been finalized by the that most people may not be aware of.
cooperation of everyone concerned. changes are adopted by the majority auditors. We will call all members to a According to them, cooperative
As everyone agrees, change is or the mainstream society. For general assembly in order to discuss members usually get discounts and
inevitable in the natural world but it example, the question of professional the financial status of the Coop and to rebates called “ristourne” in French.
seems impossible to do in man-made accreditation of foreign graduates has show exact figures about the missing
institutions or systems. Mr. Clive not been resolved until now. The or wasted funds spent.. If there are at See Page 4 Why be a member?
Doucet who wrote a book titled “Urban changes proposed to the Live-In
Meltdown” provides an interesting Caregiver program are still not realized
point of view of why change is hard to although there have been many
do. As poet, city councilor and urban
activist, he provides a “razor-sharp
representations made by advocacy
groups. Even changes to the
insider’s perspective into how immigration refugee act passed by Coopérative de Solidarité Filipino
explosive urban growth is accelerating Parliament are not yet acted upon for
global warming, and why political
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some unknown reasons. If only these
action seems paralyzed.” He believes changes have been adopted, Mr.
that politicians seem to be paralyzed Danius Sabadao could have had his
by the pressures of lobby groups; refugee appeal heard and he could
hence, they have pushed have avoided years of agony. Until
environmental issues on the back now, he is still waiting for his fate to be
burner. He said” “It’s not about decided.
planning. It’s about politics.” Doucet The idea of change, or making
asserts that climate change is changes to the government always
proceeding so quickly not for lack of attracts people. A new political
knowledge, but because politicians candidate can get a lot of mileage by
who deviate from the car-based sprawl simply declaring he or she will work for
model cannot get elected. change. But how much change really Not yet a member? Support your first and only
During elections, it seems as if all happens? Often times, the status quo Filipino cooperative in Canada. Be a member now!
candidates become idealists, is maintained because most politicians
philosophers, and visionaries but after prefer to keep the peace. Perhaps, the
elections, the ideas that they espoused
either get postponed or forgotten
only way changes will occur is when a
strong political leader is able to
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Unless we are real activists, we wait for elusive dream most of the time.
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RP government drafts constitutional Under the constitution, the scope and boundaries of the MILF's
exploration, utilisation and development demand for "ancestral domain" or
amendment to create muslim homeland of natural resources shall be "under the communal land that Muslims lost when
January 9, 2008 over a larger area. full control" of the state. the colonial government introduced a
Decades of fighting has left tens of Both sides reached a breakthrough system of land titles. a
President Gloria Arroyo is to call for
changes to the Philippines constitution thousands dead as well as large parts of in November when they agreed to the
to resolve a major obstacle that has Mindanao mired in poverty.
threatened to derail peace talks with Christian migrants that now Thousands hail religious statue in
comprise the majority in Mindanao are
Muslim separatists, a senior aide said
Wednesday. wary of Muslim rule and have rejected
The Filipino leader is to ask proposals to expand the ARMM. January 9, 2008
Congress and the electorate to approve Previous government efforts to Tens of thousands of devotees,
a shift from a centralised form of change the constitution have proved many of them barefoot, thronged
government in favour of a "federal" unpopular in the past due to suspicion Manila on Wednesday to snatch a
system to accommodate Moro Islamic that the sitting president would use it to glimpse of a centuries old black statue
Liberation Front (MILF) calls for a change a provision that limits the of Jesus Christ during its annual
regional government in parts of the presidency to a single six-year term. parade.
south, Jesus Dureza said. Dureza said the idea of a federal set- The wooden Black Nazarene,
Dureza, Arroyo's chief adviser on up was popular in Mindanao, where carved in Mexico and brought to the
peace negotiations with the country's there is a perception by many that the Philippine capital in the early 17th
communist as well as Muslim separatist national government has neglected the century, is cherished by Catholics, who
rebel groups, said her cabinet agreed region. believe it performs miracles.
on December 18 "that this is the way He said the Arroyo government was "Before I wash the shirt I wore in
forward" after talks with the MILF broke hopeful that if the electorate were the procession, I wipe my children's
down. convinced a federal set-up would solve faces with it first so they will not get
He told the Foreign Correspondents the Muslim insurgency, "they will give it sick," Arnel Gadia, who has been
Association here that the initiative would to us." coming to the festival for 11 years, told
allow the setting up of a MILF-proposed He said the government has yet to
"Bangsa Moro (Muslim Nation) Juridical decide whether to ask the Senate and
The police estimated up to
Entity" to exercise key powers over the the House of Representatives to
100,000 people gathered in the oldest
area excluding defence and foreign convene a constituent assembly to
amend the constitution, or to call on
part of Manila to see the icon, dressed
The electorate of the mainly Roman Filipinos to elect delegates to a in maroon robes and paraded in a
Catholic Philippines in 1987 ratified a constitutional convention. He also carriage. A statue of the Black Nazarene makes its
new constitution that set up limited declined to discuss a timetable. The religious spectacle has been way as thousands of devotees joined the
Muslim self-rule in several provinces of The peace talks, hosted by Kuala carried out for more than 200 hundred procession in Manila January 9, 2008.
the southern region of Mindanao. Lumpur, broke down last month with the years. some of its power.
Nine years later the government MILF aborting a planned December 15 Police were checking reports two
"Because of the Black Nazarene,
signed a peace treaty with another meeting to draft a peace accord for people collapsed and later died in the
my son recovered from a car accident.
Muslim rebel faction, the Moro National signing in early 2008. procession.
He almost died," said Marcelina
Liberation Front, that went on to run the The rebels want greater Muslim Many onlookers twirled
Eusebio, 59, who came from the
so-called Autonomous Region in Muslim control over the economic resources of handkerchiefs and threw them at
the proposed Muslim homeland in the devotees on the carriage to wipe the central island of Cebu to join the
Philippines, a former Spanish and US statue in the hope of carrying away choked procession. a
However the MILF has rejected the
ARMM and demanded wider powers colony.
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From Page 2 Why be a member? capital required to buy merchandise in balances but some of them have installments. This amount covers the
bulk. to cover overhead costs, and to changed their telephone numbers after qualifying shares of $50 for common
They will also receive more dividends if
pay its worker-members. So far, only a signing their membership application stock, and $50 for preferred shares.
they do more business with their own
few people are sacrificing their time forms. We are therefore asking them We will also issue additional preferred
cooperative as they get more share of
and effort in working many hours as to help us by giving their new address shares that will have a better interest
the profits in proportion to their
volunteers. After more than two years, and telephone number. At the same rate than guaranteed savings
participation or patronage. We
these volunteers should be given a time, we are asking all members to certificates. If there are 50 members
therefore advise all members to keep
break, including the writer of this submit ID size photos for their ID cards who will be willing to invest a minimum
their receipts so that they can claim
article. It will be a big shame if no one plus $3.00 to cover the cost of of $1 000 in preferred shares each, we
these rebates when the time comes.
cares about their sacrifices for the lamination and printing. This ID card will have enough operating capital for
However, dividends will only be
Coop. After all, it is not owned by one will be used in the implementation of the next 6 months.
distributed to members when a
person but by approximately 600 lower prices for members soon. We are also embarking on the
cooperative can afford such a
people who have put down between The Coop is stepping on its revision of the Coop’s first business
distribution without putting it into a
$10 to $100 each. Those who have not third year. We would like to achieve plan in order to apply for a second
precarious financial positiion. It is all
completely paid their quailifying shares 5000 level of membershhip before our subsidy from the government but one
up to members to make the Coop
of $100 should also be made aware fifth year of existence in order to win a of the crucial factors of being approved
attain its profit objective.
that they must pay their balances financial award given to new is to show improvement in its sales.
As everyone knows, the
which total approximately $30 000. cooperatives that overcame big We can only fulfill this requirement with
grocery stores which are very
This will greatly help the Coop in challenges. At present, we have about your help and support. Needless to
successful are patronized by many
purchasing more merchandise and 600 members. We need say, our Cooperative will only succeed
Filipinos. But these stores do not give
paying some of its creditors. In approximately 20% of tthe Filipino if we all believe in the economic
them anything in return. If they
particular, we have some directors who population in Cote des Neiges to empowerment that a cooperative can
patronize their own cooperative, they
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Une réduction de taxe pour Happy
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Palace downplays Erap plan for Estrada plans to name 'plotters' in
2010 new book
January 14, 2008 president. January 6, 2008 his impeachment 30 months into office,
Malacañang reminded ousted During the People Asia Disgraced former Philippine and subsequently to his ouster in a
President Joseph Estrada Sunday magazine’s "People of the Year" president Joseph Estrada said Monday military-backed bloodless popular
that the Constitution bars him from awards at the Hotel he is writing a book about his life and revolt.
running again for the presidency in plans to name prominent officials he In April 2000 he became the first
InterContinental in Makati
claims conspired against him. president to be booked and detained
2010. Thursday night, Estrada said he Estrada, 70, was released two like a common criminal.
Executive Secretary Eduardo would rather pick himself to lead months ago from prison where he had
Ermita said the 70-year-old Estrada the country than entrust the task to been serving a life sentence for His six-year trial ended last September,
does not seem to be serious in his any of Monday’s presidential corruption, after being granted a
statements that he will make a aspirants. pardon by his arch enemy and
comeback since he is fully aware of None of them were winnable so successor, President Gloria Arroyo.
the legal and constitutional he would run for office himself, he Estrada told ABS-CBN television
impediments. added. that the nation's powerbrokers had
"Former President Estrada is Other special guests were Vice conspired to bring original corruption
his own man, and we cannot fault charges against him because they
President Noli de Castro, Senators
could not accept an outsider was
him for making such statements," Manuel Roxas II, Loren Legarda running the country.
Ermita said in a telephone and Jinggoy Estrada, and "I will reveal how big business,
interview. Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos- politicians and military officials
"Let’s give it to him. He has his Recto. conspired against me," said Estrada, a
own plans, however, the way I see Legarda and Santos were former action movie star, who
it, he is just trying to regain his among the awardees. cultivated an image of the everyday
support from the masses." Earlier, Estrada said he would man and remains hugely popular.
Ermita said Estrada’s moving run for president in 2010 if the "They conspired with personalities
around, giving gifts and speeches, opposition fails to unite behind a from other sectors when they failed to
was not exactly early campaigning, obtain government favours for their
businesses," he said, refusing to name
but rather he wants to "return to the He is qualified to run in 2010 the alleged conspirators.
masses that had placed him where despite his conviction for plunder "The book will describe how they
he is now." by the Sandiganbayan, he added. ganged up against me."
"He has been detained for six Estrada said the executive He said the book should be in print File Photo: Ousted Philippine president
years, he might be wanting to clemency granted him by President "before the end of the year." Joseph Estrada addresses supporters
regain his former popular status," Arroyo has already restored his Estrada, who has said he is during a visit to Navotas City, north of
he said. political rights, among them his finished with politics, told AFP last Manila, in November 2007.
However, Estrada said the right to vote or to run for public week that he was planning a return to
constitutional ban on presidential office. the silver screen, this time starring in a when he was convicted and sentenced
reelection does not apply to him comedy. for illegally amassing about 80 million
He was able to vote in the last
In 1998 he won the presidency by dollars through embezzlement,
because the people power revolt in barangay elections, he added. a the biggest margin in Philippine kickbacks and payoffs from operators
January 2001 prevented him from history. Allegations of incompetence of an illegal lottery. a
completing his six-year term as and massive corruption however led to
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Sugar Bowl Of
Often referred to as the land of while the rest speak "Cebuano".
genteel people and large sugar Residents of its’ capital, Bacolod, are
plantations, Negros Occidental is known as "Bacoleños.
blessed with beautiful natural scenery, Negros Occidental is the
unexplored waterfalls and mountains, “Sugarbowl of the Philippines.” Sugar
white sand beaches, and crystal was introduced to the Negrense during
springs. the Spanish period and has been the
Negros Occidental’s wealth has main industry of the province since
always been its land, its charm in its then, producing more than half of the
people, its pride in its cuisine. These country’s sugar. Other industries
elements make for a destination that is include aqua culture, agribusiness,
best when experienced. steel fabrication, and beer breweries.
Strategically located as part of the The province is also widely known
Western Visayas Region, the province for its unique cuisine. Inasal, one of its
of Occidental Negros occupies the known dishes, is a barbecued style
western portion of Negros Island. It is chicken marinated in coconut vinegar,
bounded to the north by the Visayan ginger, soy sauce, garlic and other
Sea; to the east by the province of spices.
Oriental Negros and partly by Tañon The sugar capital of the country is
Strait; to the west by the Strait of also rich in natural and man-made
Guimaras; and to the south by Sulu attractions. There’s Enchanted Isle,
Sea. The province is composed of 13 (Isla Puti), reputed for its white sand
cities and 19 municipalities. About beaches and brimming vegetation, is
85% of the Negrenses speak "Ilonggo" an ideal place for all water sports
Mount Kanlaon - An active volcano, it has two craters at the summit. It is home to
more than a hundred birds species found only here, including the Negros fruit dove.
An Iron Dinosaur (Steam Locomotive) at the entrance of the Lopez Sugar Plant.
Some sugar mills still maintain these turn of the century machines in good
Masskara Festival, October 2007, Bacolod City
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activities. Mt. Kanlaon, highest known to be the most numbered in
mountain range in the Visayan region, festivals depicting certain cultures in
has a National Park with a variety of each of its 19 towns and 13 cities. The
beautiful orchids and a boundless most famous is the Masskara Festival.
carpet of ferns and ligneous forest. - Sugar Mills and Plantations - The
Historical sites also abound the Sugar Industry itself - the mono-crop
area like Palacio Episcopal, which economy that made Negros the “Sugar
served as a home for Spanish military Bowl” of the Philippines.
and officials. Remnants of the past - Beaches - Negros Occidental is
include several churches built during also endowed with popular beaches
the Spanish era such as the San and island destinations located up
Sebastian Cathedral, Chapel of Santa north and down south of the province.
Clara and Chapel of Cartwheels. Silay - Steam Locomotives (San Carlos
City, one of the top 25 destinations in Milling Inc., San Carlos City).
the country, brings you back in time as Dates back to 1911. Still used today to
you pass by stately mansions where bring sugar planters from the Hacienda
sugar barons used to live. to the Sugar Mills.
Bacolod City is noted for its - San Sebastian Cathedral - More San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod City, Negros Occiendtal, built during the spanish era
annual celebration of the Masskara than a century-old cathedral made of
Festival (festival of smiling faces). Held corals taken from nearby Guimaras
during the month of October, the Island.
Bacoleños dramatize the Negrense -Danjugan Island - Three hectares
virtue and indomitable soul wearing of reserved marine sanctuary, a virtual
colorful costumes and smiling masks. marine paradise to lovers of the
This festivity has earned Bacolod the underwater world.
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8 The North American Filipino Star January 1-15, 2008
Ai-Ai files charges against a
FILIPINO STAR convenience store
It was not funny at all. Comedienne
SHOWBIZ GOSSIP Ai-Ai de las Alas is filing a case of child
abuse against a convenience store on
P Noval St., Sampaloc, Manila, right
across UST where her 16-year-old son
Isabel Oli off the beaten track Sancho is studying.
Ai-Ai told reporters that the cashier
everything to win him, however, is just of Mini Stop punched her son twice in
half the battle to get into the psyche of the stomach and then detained him in
Rosita. Isabel has to do some the stock room for 10 minutes after
makeover with her looks to play the accusing him of shop-lifting two packs
part well. of Mentos candy last Dec. 4.
The GMA Artist Center talent hires “My son told me about it only now
her own stylist to make sure she looks maybe because he was afraid,” said
glamorous and fabulous all the time Ai-Ai in tears. “Sancho told me that
just like Lorna did in the movie. Isabel after he got the Mentos, he was trying
even provides her own wardrobe to to call a friend who was leaving the
make her every appearance grand. store and that’s when the cashier
Isabel says she considers this a grabbed him by the collar and accused
career move and that she wants to him of trying to run away with the
become a character actor and essay Mentos. After he was punched, he said
juicy, meaty roles in the future. After all,
that the cashier challenged him to a
she has played many an endearing, do anything to destroy her name,’ and
fight before pushing him into the stock
lovely role on cam as she does off showed his ID. Diyos ko naman,
room. Sancho said that he wasn’t
cam. It is time Isabel to spread her dalawang packet ng Mentos,
shop-lifting and even showed the
wings. nanakawin ng anak ko a
cashier his wallet. Then, he said, ‘I’m
Playing the scheming Rosita But no matter how aggressively
the son of Ai-Ai de las Alas and I won’t
Monteverde on GMA 7’s latest sine she tries to be in the shoes of Rosita,
novela titled Maging Akin Ka Lamang is
Isabel Oli’s most off-beat role to date
Isabel falters in scenes that require her
to be edgy or a vamp.
Aiko guards public image
on both small and big screen. For “I had a hard time doing and Aiko Melendez is wondering
inspiration, Isabel has Glenn Close of preparing for the rape scene which my where all the stories linking her to
Fatal Attraction, Demi Moore of character initiated with Andy (Polo),” other men are coming from.
Indecent Proposal and Lorna recalls Isabel. “I made Andy drunk to "Nagugulat talaga ako dahil may bago
Tolentino, who played Rosita in the make love with me. That was really na raw akong boyfriend. Nakita pa raw
Lino Brocka movie version and won a tough for someone who is not that akong nakikipaghalikan sa isang bar.
Famas Best Actress award for her really aggressive in that aspect. But I It’s so degrading. Para bang napaka-
portrayal. The sine novela, which had to do it because Rosita wanted to cheap ko naman," she gushes. "I’m a
premieres today after Daisy Siete, also have a real connection with Andy. I public official and I have a reputation
stars Nadine Samonte as Elsa Paruel thank director Gil Tejada who is to protect. I’m not stupid naman to
and Polo Ravales as Andy Abrigo, supportive and patient with me. We just behave like that in public at baka isipin
Rosita’s object of fantasy. shot the scene once.” ng constituents kong nagwawala ako."
“I watched the movie,” shares If Rosita lacks and craves for She says she’s not ready yet to
Isabel on the preparation she made for attention and love, Isabel has more commit to another relationship. "My
the role. “I also checked out movies than enough with boyfriend Paolo second marriage just ended in
like Fatal Attraction with obsession as Contis, who gave a sterling separation. Natural lang na mas
theme. It is fun playing kontrabida for a performance as a good cop in the maging maingat ako ngayon. Dapat
change. When the idea of playing Metro Manila Film Festival entry Banal. dahan-dahan lang as I don’t want to
Rosita was broached to me, I was Isabel says things are getting make another mistake. Kaya lahat ng
surprised and had apprehensions. I better between her and Paolo after tsismis na nagli-link sa akin sa ganito o
started to like the character when they their five-month breakup. Isabel also gan’ong lalaki, all I can say is hindi
(the executives) explained to me adds that their fans won’t hear totoo ‘yun. My priorities now are only
wedding bells ringing anytime soon. actress. "Nag-browse talaga ako
everything. They told me I have the my kids and my constituents."
She and Paolo are focused on their tungkol sa iba’t-ibang fields kasi
look and poise of Rosita. Besides, the In the hit game show, "1 Vs. 100,"
careers. Besides, marriage can wait. general information naman ang
project is a welcome change since I’ve Aiko will be the main player tonight.
Asked if there’s a possibility that tinatanong sa show."
been playing goody-goody roles for "The moment I got their invitation to
quite sometime. My being maldita is she might get obsessed with someone, Is she hoping to take home the
play in the show, kinabahan na talaga jackpot prize of P2 million like Pooh
not the typical screaming and Isabel answers, “It’s not my
ako. Nakakanerbiyos naman talaga and Jay Contreras? "Sana. I’m praying
confrontational type. Rosita disguises personality. If ever I veer toward that
sumali sa gano’ng klase ng show, ‘di na makuha ko nga as I’ll give most of
her nastiness with sweetness and direction, I will pray hard not to
ba? But I’m glad very supportive sa’kin it to charity, lalo na sa needy
kindness.” This is the real deal of become obsessed. What I know is that
ang host na si Edu Manzano. constituents ko. Basta I will do my best
becoming Rosita on TV, adds Isabel. I’m aggressive with my work. I’m
Nagpapatawa siya so nababawasan para hindi naman ako mapahiya." a
Learning to fall for the man who will willing to give more.” a
ang tension ko," says the councilor-
never reciprocate her love and to do
Charice’s ‘snow white’ holiday in New York
After she guested on Ellen trip to New York, also made possible They rode the ferry to the Liberty
DeGeneres’ show in December last by immigration lawyer and STAR Island and saw the Statue of Liberty
year, Charice Pempengco and her columnist Michael Gurfinkel who up close, strolled around Central Park,
mom, Raquel, flew back home in the processed their visas during their trip marveled at the dazzling lights in
morning of Dec. 23 and rushed that to L.A. on Dec. 13 last year for Ellen’s Times Square, and watched a play on
same afternoon to Seoul to guest on show. He accompanied Charice to Broadway.
the talent-search show Star King and Ellen’s show, and he and his wife Millie By coincidence, Raquel
to spend Christmas there. Before New welcomed Charice and Raquel as their celebrated her birthday on Jan. 10, a
Year, mother and daughter came guests in their Beverly Hills home for day after their arrival in New York.
back. Charice guested on ASAP Boy two weeks. Charice and Raquel had a “It was my mom’s best birthday
& Kris and other shows of ABS-CBN grand time at the Big Apple. ever,” gasped Charice, “and I’ll never
Mother and daughter left last Jan. “At last,” Charice was quoted as forget my first visit to New York. Next
9 and they flew back last night saying, “I touched my first snow. I time, I hope to bring along my brother
euphoric with memories of their first even tasted it! Parang marshmallow!” Carl.” a
January 1-15, 2008 The North American Filipino Star 9
Sunshine Dizon: There’s life Jennylyn pregnant, but won’t
after La Vendetta marry Patrick yet
another feather on Sunshine’s colorful
But Sunshine is not about to rest
on her laurels. She will continuously
harness her skills for another project
coming her way as La Vendetta wraps
up on Jan. 11. Another teleseries is in
the drawing board, but Sunshine is
not about to reveal it yet, until GMA
heads cast her in it.
“Let’s just wait and see because
it’s hard to presume something I’m not
sure of. What I know is that there is
another soap but nothing is concrete
yet,” she says.
Sunshine’s plan of enrolling in a
12-session culinary class when she
gets a month-long break from TV is
“It will be a good opportunity for
me to hone that gift (cooking) and get
It would have been easy for to relax at the same time,” Sunshine
Sunshine Dizon to point an accusing states.
finger on Paolo Contis to iron out the This will also give her the chance
problems she finds herself in, even if to get her hands on the kiosk her mom
she is later proven wrong. She, too, Dorothy Laforteza put up and named
easily gets into trouble with Jean Sunshine Express at Victory Mall in
Garcia. Caloocan City.
Is Sunshine going crazy? Don’t “I could have handled a business
get any wild ideas. She’s just playing hadn’t acting come along. I took up
Eloisa when she put Paolo as Junjun Business Management in La Salle
College of St. Benilde. But I wasn’t A young actress will get pregnant Cheska Garcia is getting married to
in hot water and got Jean, as her sister
able to continue because TV projects out of wedlock but she won’t marry the Douglas Kramer, her basketball player-
Amanda, some bruises on GMA 7’s La
started to pour in. I still plan to “culprit” (her actor-boyfriend) yet. boyfriend, this year. Filipino
Vendetta, now on its final week.
continue my studies but right now if Barely three days after that item superstition has it that sukob
The Eloisa role somehow subjects
given a break, I’d like to attend a came out in this corner’s annual, Mga (weddings of siblings in the same year)
Sunshine’s acting talent to another
culinary class,” Sunshine says. Halu-Halong Hula-Hula last Jan. 1, is bad luck.
acid test. It is her first time to be on a
Indeed, Sunshines focuses on word has reached Funfare Update that But from St. Luke’s, Becky
TV soap with a twist of suspense and
things worthwhile. She never delves Jennylyn Mercado is pregnant and accompanied the young couple to the
horror. She must also pretend to
on issues that doesn’t concern her Patrick Garcia, her boyfriend of more Makati City Hall, she said, “for
seeing a ghost where there’s none.
unless being asked to comment on than one year, is the “culprit.” counseling.”
And convincing shrieks and screams
the latest showbiz buzz like Jennylyn “Yes, Jen is six weeks pregnant,” Informed about Jennylyn’s
while crying are musts in most scenes.
Mercado’s present state. What does Jennylyn’s manager Becky Aguila condition, Wilma Galvante, SVP for
Eloisa and Sunshine may be
she think of La Vendetta co-star confirmed to Funfare Update yesterday Entertainment TV GMA with which
complete opposites. But Sushine still
Jennylyn ‘s pregnancy? afternoon an hour after Jennylyn Jennylyn and Patrick are under
manages to make televiewers feel the
“I was surprised when I learned underwent an ultrasound at the St. contract, said, “We might have to drop
dilemma Eloisa is in night after night.
about it because we seldom get the Luke’s Medical Center. But no, them from the new soap Maging Akin
“Acting is my passion, my craft. I
chance to talk on the set. I just wish Jennylyn, 20, and Patrick, 26, are not Ka Lamang.”
wouldn’t deny that it’s my bread and
Jennylyn luck. She has nothing to feel getting married just because of her Jennylyn is in the cast of La
butter, that is why I give my all in every
sorry for. A baby is a blessing,” delicate condition. Vendetta, another GMA soap now
performance,” Sunshine shares.
Sunshine says. “I asked Jen if she’s ready to get airing.
“Immersing yourself into the character
Will she also have the guts to let married and she said she is not,” Until Jennylyn gives birth in
that is not you is tough.”
people know if ever she gets added Becky whose other talent, September, according to Becky, “She
That is why she feels happy every
pregnant? Valerie Concepcion (Willie Revillame’s won’t disappear from the scene all
time people vividly see her as the
“If it happens to me, I’ll be a proud co-host on the ABS-CBN noontime together; she will continue working
many different characters she
mom. It’s not an easy task to be a show Wowowee), gave birth at age 16 until such time when her doctor tells
portrays. She, too, is on Cloud Nine
mother,” Sunshine replies. a also out of wedlock. “I also asked her to rest na. But definitely, she will
whenever judges behind the award-
Patrick if he’s ready to get married and resume full-time work after she gives
giving bodies notice her performance.
he said he is not.” birth. She has to because she’s the
Her Star Awards’ Best Actress trophy
Besides, Patrick’s older sister breadwinner in the family.” a
for her Bakekang role has added
The Gutierrez twins to celebrate birthday January 21
Richard and Raymond Gutierrez noticed how close they are to each close friends while shooting ‘BFGF.’ I
are turning a year older on Monday, other when they’re taping want to have a good working
January 21, and the twins have a "Kamandag." "’Pag hindi sila ang relationship with everyone."
special birthday celebration in "SOP". kinukunan, laging sila ang magkatabi Richard as Vergel finally gets to
Raymond will also be feted in at nag-uusap nang masinsinan," says face his nemesis, Mark Anthony
"Showbiz Central." our informer. "When Richard had a Fernandez who’s now known as the
Richard is now busy promoting kissing scene with Maxene Magalona, villainous Talim, in "Kamandag." They
his Valentine movie with Marian nando’n si Jewel sa gilid ng set at figure an intense fight with each other
Rivera, "My Best Friend’s Girlfriend" (or nagbantay. Nagselos yata. After the and when Mark is about to defeat
"BFGF"), but rumors have it that he’s taping, usually, sila rin ang Richard, guess who comes along to
now really playing beautiful music with magkasamang umaalis to eat out. defend him. Who else but Jewel who
Jewel Mische, one of his leading Mukhang sila na nga talaga." plays the role of Jenny? In all fairness,
ladies in the hit telefantasya, "Friendly naman ako to all my it’s easy to see that Richard and Jewel
"Kamandag." leading ladies," says Richard. "In the have great on-screen chemistry. a
Twins Raymond & Richard Gutierrez It’s said even their co-stars have same way that Marian and I became
10 The North American Filipino Star January 1-15, 2008
Filipino Star Photo Gallery
Accounting 1 students at Gilmore International College contributed $20 each to the souvenir
program commemorating the Silver Jubilee of the North American Filipino Star and the 18th
Ajennat Beauty Salon celebrated its first anniversary last October 21, 2007. Alicia anniversary of the College, the proceeds of which are designated to be donated to the Filipino
Atayde Lee (6th from left, rear row) with her guests that included Dr. Gene Santander, Solidarity Cooperative. Standing from left: Magdalena Villanueva, Jackie Padua, Mae de
Lita Sideco, Cora Eriza, Sylvia Lemaire, Nena Cordero, Esmeralda Roldan, Maryanne Guzman, Sheila Gonzales, (seated) Nora Sacdalan, Zenaida Kharroubi (accounting teacher),
Solidarios, Hesil Barigues. and Vilma Kelly.
Laging Handa Scouts standing at attention before the playing of the national anthem. A good example of children’s intercultural communication at play.
Scout Leader Romeo Valenzuela, in charge of the troop can be seen on the right
One of the participating groups, Canadian Association of People
24th year of Sinulog celebration in Montreal organized by Marlene Birao Schacter Helping People from the Philippines.
and company at St. Kevin’s Church Hall, January 20, 2008. There were many
people, lots of food and manyparticipants in the Sinulog contest.
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adding the salt and pepper, then set
Saute the ingredients in a skillet, aside and cover with coconut cream,
minus the pickles and eggs, and cook let sit for 10 minutes, then serve.
for about 30 minutes, until the pork is Servings: 4
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What’s inside those Balikbayan boxes? Abaca stages a
January 15, 2008 malls abroad launch their yearly sales, next products of choice in the boxes that
Making his way to hundreds of you can be sure that another box will come from those countries, says Nette
January 15, 2008
Filipino homes every month, burly soon be on its way to our doorstep,” he Baguisa of UMAC-Toronto. Used clothing
Interest in abaca, a favorite crop
Ramon Ungco has a schedule more says. and appliances come in third on their
long ago, is regaining with the new
hectic than Santa Claus,’ delivering the Like Emas, most Filipinos receive packing list. “Sometimes Filipino
balikbayan boxes loaded with canned migrants even send packs of garlic and surge in demand abroad.
much anticipated balikbayan boxes that
goods, the favorite item sent home by onions because they get them cheap Councilor Leo Avila said the city is
herald another season of cheer and
plenty. overseas Filipino workers, reveals abroad,” she adds. helping farmers in planting abaca in
Ungco’s sleigh and reindeer are the Ungco, whose clients are mostly nurses, The boxes often contain food items 5,000 hectares of land, especially in
ten-wheeler cargo trucks and closed doctors, engineers and accountants. because the general perception abroad the highlands.
utility vans that negotiate rough roads Last year his company shipped is that “people are going hungry in our Among the companies reportedly
across the country to deposit the about 10,000 balikbayan boxes, sized 28 country,” says Rene Pinzon, who interested in the fiber, which was the
precious boxes safely at the doorstep of by 18 inches. Thirty-five percent of the oversees UMAC’s international units. more popular crop before Davao
expectant families. His elves are the goods inside the boxes were canned Sending imported food rations is almost shifted to banana decades ago, is the
muscled men, hired truck helpers, who goods, he says, with clothes and shoes tantamount to giving their loved ones German automobile maker BMW,
hoist and carry the heavy boxes and accounting for 25 percent; candies, 15 back home a taste of their lives abroad, which prefers abaca fibers instead of
packages. percent, and chocolates, 10 percent. he adds. fiber glass. Other car manufacturers
“I’ve been all over the country, from Second-hand home appliances, There is a marked difference, have reportedly followed suit.
Aparri to Jolo, to deliver balikbayan electronic gadgets, old furniture, however, in the packages from the Before World War II, American
boxes,” says Ungco, who owns the Port perfumes and toiletries such as soap, Middle East, Pinzon points out. Rather entrepreneurs reportedly managed
Jersey Shipping International Inc. “And body wash and tissue paper account for than foodstuff, the boxes are filled with vast abaca plantations in Davao
I’ve seen countless faces light up when the remaining 15 percent. appliances and second-hand clothing.
totalling 45,000 hectares.
they see the gifts from their loved ones in “Filipinos abroad have this penchant “The variety of food available there is
Abaca is indigenous in the
the US.” for grocery shopping for the folks back limited. Being a Muslim country, (Saudi
Philippines and can easily grow in
Ungco has been providing door-to- home, especially when there’s a sale in Arabia) doesn’t allow pork, and that
supermarkets,” says Ungco, who once narrows down the choices of food to between trees. Avila noted that it is
door balikbayan box service to the
made the rounds of New York City as a sheep and chicken, which are more suitable in the highlands, and could
Philippines for the past 25 years, and is
just one of the many “Santa Clauses” in limousine driver before he started his expensive,” he says. help preserve watershed areas. Davao
the country who deliver loads of goodies shipping company in 1982. “Besides, Items such as towels, bed sheets, City alone has nine watershed areas
specially picked out by Filipinos living canned goods are really cheaper soaps and other toiletries are often used covering 80,000 hectares, he said.
abroad, for their loved ones back home. abroad,” he explains. as “fillers,” to make sure that every inch He said Davao farmers better grab
The local yellow pages reveal more than Around November and December— of space inside the box is utilized, the opportunity because of the high
50 firms engaged in shipping balikbayan the holiday season—balikbayan boxes observes Baguisa. demand for abaca, which now sells for
boxes from the US, Middle East, are packed with motley confections and While balikbayan boxes are often P52 per kilo. Avila noted, though, that
Canada, Europe and Asia. chocolates, particularly those that are sent as gifts to loved ones, some people the price could shoot up to as much as
“After two decades of running this not available in the country, observes see them as a means to earn extra cash. P200 a kilo.
business, I’ve realized that Filipinos Ungco. “It’s a habit among Filipinos Take office worker Ann, 24, of The problem is, abaca plants in
abroad always have this desire to share abroad—buying stuff not usually found Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, whose aunt in Davao now reportedly have diseases
the good things they have with their in the Philippines,” he says from his own Chicago sends boxes of imported and thus need to be replaced.
families here,” says Ungco, who past experiences of sending home beauty products, toiletries and perfumes Avila said the Fiber Industry
maintains an office in New Jersey, and in similar gift boxes to his mother. He about twice a year. Development Authority (FIDA) is now
Estrella Avenue, Makati City. recalls shipping back even used home “Sometimes there are just too many
helping out, putting up a laboratory
Among the lucky recipients of such fixtures, and old clothing with the canned for the family, so we sell them to our
here where tissues for disease-free
generous tidings is Albert Emas, 24, for goods. officemates,” admits Ann. The excess
abacas are being cultured. But he said
whom Christmas comes almost five The UMAC Forwarders Express Inc., usually comes in handy during the
with offices in Quezon City and Marikina, Christmas season, she says, adding that the city government is also planning to
times a year, with the arrival of large
shares the same experiences and she would make the rounds in her office put up its own laboratory.
sweet-scented boxes from his aunt Ida,
who migrated to New Jersey in 2004, observations on the contents of to ask for orders. For this project, the city has
and cousin Mon, a doctor in South balikbayan boxes. The company, named “Victoria’s Secret body sprays are allotted P1 million from its annual
Hampton, United Kingdom. after Teodoro Carino Jr., the late chair of our bestsellers,” says Ann. “We sell them development fund. Rep. Sid Ungab of
The boxes his family receives from the Forex Family of Companies, for P550, P50 lower than the price at the the city’s third district, also vowed to
his aunt, says Emas, are a treasure trove maintains offices in the United States, malls, on installment basis at that.” Bath add more money for the project. But
of canned goods, with the staples being Europe, Middle East, Asia and Canada. and Body Works soap products rank Avila said more money is needed
corned beef and Spam; an assortment of Canned goods, usually by the second. The informal business gives because a good laboratory costs P10
chocolates and chocolate drinks; toys dozen, are the staple of the 23- x 20-inch them extra cash for the holidays, she million.
for the children and clothes for the balikbayan boxes, roughly 150,000 of adds. Avila said there are plans by
grown-ups. which UMAC routed from the US, Europe For Ungco, such enterprising moves players in the abaca industry to put up
From his cousin, the goodies are and Canada last year. Other grocery are proof that balikbayan boxes bring not an abaca council that will guide in the
usually bags, clothes and toys. “When items, including sacks of rice, are the only delight to families back home, but propagation of abaca.
also help boost the country’s economy. Indigenous people living in
His own business has gained from it, he Sibulan have also expressed interest
adds. “When (the forwarding) business they would plant abaca in their
boomed in the 1990s, it started bringing ancestral lands. Avila said at least
in billions of pesos in taxes to our
8,000 hectares of ancestral lands are
economy,” he adds. a
available for abaca farms. a
14 The North American Filipino Star January 1-15, 2008
Strong peso hurting overseas workers' families Weaker dollar to stop Making a home like no
January 11, 2008 office to express disappointment over OFWs from leaving other in Philippines’
Jasmine Cordero, whose husband
works in New Zealand, feels bad that
the strong peso.
“They even told us that they feel
January 14, 2008 first island lots
The weakened dollar against the
the value of the US dollar against the like not going back abroad again peso will discourage Filipinos, January 14, 2008
peso is declining. because of the weak dollar. But then especially professionals and highly Eton Properties Philippines, Inc.,
“Before, I could receive between again, they realised that they have to skilled workers, from leaving the the real-estate arm of the Lucio Tan
10,000 pesos (US$246.39) and 15,000 leave the country and work outside for country, an official of a recruiters’ group Group, launches the first residential
pesos ($369.59) a month from him. the sake of their family,” Filamor said. said Friday. island lots in the Philippines—the
Now, its less than that,” Cordero of Help in the form of training, loans Jackson Gan, vice president of the South Lake Village at Eton City in Sta.
Tacloban City said. Her husband, and financial literacy and scholarship Federated Association of Manpower
Rosa, Laguna. The flagship project is
Gerry, left the country in March 2007. programs are being extended by Exporters (FAME), said this
worth billions of pesos and occupies
The peso gained nearly 19% government agencies like OWWA to phenomenon would reduce the number
almost 1,000 hectares of prime land.
against the dollar in 2007, making it OFW families. of overseas Filipino workers, making it
unlikely for the government to hit its It is situated near both sides of the
Asia’s best performing currency. The As early as 2007, President Gloria South Luzon Expressway adjacent to
Philippine currency further Arroyo directed the Department of one-million target in OFW deployment
for 2008. the entrance of the existing Eton-City
strengthened against the dollar at the Labour and Employment (Dole) and Greenfield interchange. Explaining the
The labor department has an OFW
start of 2008. the Central Bank of the Philippines to objective of the move, Danilo Ignacio,
deployment annual target of one million
Francis Allan Angelo of Iloilo City, a help OFWs, said Anthony Golez, president and COO of Eton, says: “We
son of an overseas Filipino worker deputy presidential spokesperson. wanted to build the first ever island lots
“Workers are not attracted to
(OFW), said the strong peso adversely Dole has focused its efforts on overseas job opportunities because of in the Philippines to be a residential
affected his family’s income. provinces where the semi-skilled the strong peso; they would rather seek place for the people to live and enjoy.
Angelo’s mother Esther has been OFWs come from. They include Samar, work in the country since the peso is Our company is proud to present this
working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for 12 Leyte, North Cotabato, Zamboanga, predicted to hit P38 to a dollar by end of because we know that this is a
years. Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Maguindanao, 2008,” he said. breakthrough not just for our company
“Before the dollar went down to 40 South Cotabato, Agusan, La Union, This is unfortunate because there is but also for the country.”
pesos, we received a monthly Isabela and Pangasinan. a huge demand for experienced and This “out of the box” concept of a
allotment of 25,000 pesos to 30,000 “The families of the semi-skilled skilled construction workers in the village boasts 18 residential islands
pesos. Now, we receive only around workers are provided with livelihood Middle East, Gan said. surrounded by a 35-hectare man-
20,000 pesos to 22,000 pesos,” he assistance, skills for employment, Gan called on the government to
made lake. Each island is
said. scholarship program, commissaries organize a new manpower summit for all
approximately one hectare in size and
He said the strengthening of the selling goods at discounted prices, and the stakeholders, including the
Technical Education and Skills
will have eight to 10 residential lots of
peso came at a bad time because the many others in coordination with about 1,000 square meters each.
family was still paying debts incurred (Department of Trade and Industry) Development Authority (Tesda) and the
Department of Education. In this The project derives inspiration
when his father got sick. and (Department of Agriculture),” from the Foster City in San Francisco,
“Before, we used to buy two sacks Golez said in Davao City. summit, he said, everyone would
participate in finding solutions to the Dubai’s Jumeirah, The Palm and The
of rice and budget for groceries around He said the BSP also came up with World. South Lake Village is classified
lack of qualified manpower.
6,000 to 7,000 pesos per month. Now, the Financial Literacy Programme as “luxurious residence” with exquisite
Gan said that in 2007, almost half
we have a monthly budget of 4,000 to (FLC) for overseas Filipino workers (some 480,000) of the 1,012,054 OFWs flora and fauna, iconic architecture
5,000 pesos per month,” he said. (OFWs) and their beneficiaries. who were deployed were re-hires. He evident in its linear parks along the
Semi-skilled OFWs, or those Under the FLC, OFWs and their said this meant that no new jobs were river and lake-view corridors and
earning between $200 and $399 a beneficiaries are being urged to save created. bridges. Exclusivity, security and
month, were the ones experiencing and invest in financial products. “There Another industry leader, Lito natural environment are the salient
tougher times, a Malacañang deputy are also alternative uses for their Soriano, said that the industry should features of South Lake Village.
spokesperson said. remittances such as business emphasize the importance of technical- Expectedly, the South Lake Sports
Evangeline Filamor, director of the ventures,” Golez said. vocational training vis-a-vis traditional and Country Club offers the required
Overseas Workers Welfare The BSP also helps OFWs become courses. recreational amenities—an outdoor
Administration (OWWA) for Eastern familiar with consumer laws and BSP “Educational institutions should
Jacuzzi and infinity pool in the
Visayas, said several OFWs visited her issuances relating to customer shift to vocational training as the
Swimming Pool Zone ; Kid’s Zone
protection. demand is now for workers like welders,
where children can exercise and play;
OWWA has been conducting pipe-fitters, machinists, mechanics,
electricians including tailors and
Adult Zone for various sports and
seminars and training for OFWs and entertainment; F&B Zone for party and
their families to teach them how to run engineers,” he said.
A new policy of the Philippine gatherings; Health and Spa Zone,
a business, said James Mendiola, which is a combined gym, aerobics
regional director-in-charge of OWWA. Overseas Employment Administration,
which among other things raises the area, clinic and salon, and Outdoor
After the seminars, the families zone for family barbeques and lake
minimum wage of Filipino domestic
would form groups or circles, which activities. a
helpers working abroad, has caused the
could put up retail businesses, such as drop in the number of deployment for
convenience and grocery stores, this type of work from 140,000 in 2006 to
Mendiola said. a less than 40,000 in 2007, he said. a
January 1-15, 2008 The North American Filipino Star 15
Goverment vows beauty over building in tourism drive
January 14, 2008 authorities will be scrutinising year and fierce competition over “It’s not the number of people
The Philippines’ drive to attract building permits. prized lots in Boracay resulted in a who destroy the environment, it’s the
more tourists must be balanced Last year was a record for deadly shootout on the island this abuse of some and the government
against environmental concerns after Philippine tourism with over 3 million week. A former soldier was killed and allowing it,” said the father of eight.
sewage spills and flooding triggered arrivals, many of them overseas a teenager wounded. Environmentalists who argue
a construction halt on its most Filipinos but also hundreds of Long-time visitors to Boracay that the Earth cannot cope with rapid
famous beach resort, a senior official thousands of Koreans, Americans have complained about population growth get short shrift
said on Thursday. and Japanese. Tourism expenditure overcrowding but large numbers of from the 66 year old, who says illegal
Lito Atienza, the environment was tagged at nearly US$5 billion. people do not bother Atienza, a logging rather than human
secretary, ordered all building on settlement is the main reason for
Boracay, a tiny island south of Manila landslides.
renowned for its powdery white “They are telling them (poor
sands, to stop for six months after people), don’t have children any
rapid development overwhelmed more because look at what
facilities and threatened to destroy happened, landslides happened
the island’s pristine reputation. because of your numbers. No, no, no
Sewage was released into the sea it’s not the number of the poor it’s the
and, with most beachfront areas super rich who have committed
already gobbled up, even the these landslides and calamities.”
island’s forests were being cut down Activists were aghast when
to make way for more hotels. Atienza, formerly the mayor of
“If we don’t control development Manila, was appointed environment
on Boracay island and in fact on all chief last year. He was dubbed the
the other islands we may lose the “butcher of Arroceros” when he
very essence of attraction,” said ordered the closure of Arroceros
Atienza. “The uncontrolled Park in Manila in 2003 to make way
development that has poured into for new buildings.
the island has overloaded it. Atienza said the trees were
Nearly 600,000 tourists visited replanted elsewhere and insists that
Boracay last year, nearly four times while his brief also includes
the number of 10 years ago, and the promoting the mining sector his
Philippines has a goal of raising priority is always the environment.
arrivals there by 10 percent each Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Joselito Atienza said all construction permits “We have to always primarily
year. would be withheld in Boracay until the end of June 2008. consider the environment, the
Atienza said after July natural beauty of an area. All else will
construction may be banned in some The Philippines wants to attract devout Catholic and the chairman of have to come in second.” a
parts of the island, where a Shangri- US$5.8 billion in visitor spending this the Philippines’ pro-life movement.
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Stephen Harper on Thursday and
Community News fFrom Page 1 Spring elections
Duceppe is gearing up for a dogfight
demanded a newly announced, $1-
billion relief package aimed at
cushioning the impact of the soaring
with the Conservatives in the dollar on Canadian industries and
nextfederal election. Duceppe workers not be held hostage to a
delivered the message to about 300 minority Parliament and possible
supporters at a Bloc conference in election.
Montreal, where the party is shifting New Democratic Party Leader
into election mode. Jack Layton is hoping to inspire an
Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles orange wave across Canada during a
Duceppe said Tuesday he expects a general election in 2008 to change the
federal election will be called in about a country's direction on fighting global
month. Speaking in Quebec City, warming, the war in Afghanistan and
Duceppe said he believes the country reducing the gap between Canadians
will be plunged into an election who make the most money and those
campaign after MPs vote on the who make the least. "We had some
government's plan to help the forestry exciting growth [for the NDP] in 2007,
and manufacturing sectors. and would certainly hope to see that
FA spokesman for the Prime continue," Mr. Layton said in an end-of-
Minister's Office strongly denies a year interview with CanWest News
claim by the Newfoundland premier Service on Monday.
that Stephen Harper said the federal T'was the year of the Non-
Tri-City Softball Team Champion 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 2007 Conservatives don't need Election. You remember . . . the vote
FCAWI poses with Ambassador Jose Brillantes and FCAWI president Ramon Newfoundland seats to win an election. that was a certainty going to be last
Vicente after retaining the Championship Trophy held at Long Sault. Seated Danny Williams made the comment spring as a new and confident Liberal
left to right: Alvin Trinidad, Leslie Tejada and Ron Ylagan. Standing left to right: Monday in St. John's, telling reporters Leader Stephane Dion piggybacked
Nards Alberto, Romy Ilagan (Team Captain and MV)), Noel Tejada, Harper told him at a meeting between on his political honeymoon to return
Ambassador Jose Brillantes , Eddie Aguila, Mke,Romy Ilagan (Team Captain the two in November that: "I don't need the party to its natural governing state.
and MVP) Noel Tejada, Ambassador Jose Brillantes, Eddie Aguila, Mike, Ricky Newfoundland and Labrador to win." Fortunately for the hapless,
Aguino, Ramon Vicente and Sonny Macalanda. Standing at the backrpw Premiers want aid money now, not honeymoonless official Opposition
)jstanding -Rodel Tejada. Not in photo was Ador Bulosan. after uncertain budget vote leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper
The premiers of Ontario and didn't give him a decent non-confiden
Quebec ganged up on Prime Minister
PUBLIC AFFAIRS product for which demand by youth and
enforcement operations and mass youth, parents, school systems,
young adults had plummeted, and are
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2008 exploiting vulnerabilities along our shared media reports, effectively dismantled emergency departments, medical
border. This is alarming for the youth of the European – U.S. Ecstasy trade. examiners, poison control centers, and
(202) 395-6618 both Canada and the United States.” However, U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies regarding
Ecstasy use in the United States intelligence reports indicate that the hazards of Ecstasy and
CANADIAN-MADE, METH-LACED rose in the late 1990s with the rise of the Canada-based drug trafficking methamphetamine, to shore up
ECSTASY BEING DUMPED INTO ‘Rave’ culture, however due to the well- organizations are attempting to fill the treatment systems to look for and
U.S. ILLEGAL DRUG MARKETS coordinated national and international supply void, and have drastically address the unique and well known
IS A ONCE-WANING FAD MAKING A response - Ecstasy use in the U.S.
COMEBACK IN A DANGEROUS
increased their Ecstasy production and challenges of meth addiction.
diminished in the early 2000s. In fact, the
NEW FORM? trafficking. “We cannot allow our young
U.S. witnessed a 54 percent reduction
since 2001 in the number of United States The Royal Canadian Mounted people to once again be victimized by
( Washington, DC) – The White teens using Ecstasy in the past month, Police (RCMP) estimates that the the ‘Rave’ culture, ‘designer’ drugs, or
House Office of National Drug Control however recent data show progress current combined production capacity the myth that drug use is safe,” said
Policy (ONDCP) is warning public health against the drug has ebbed. The number of Canadian Ecstasy laboratories Director Walters. “We cannot afford to
and safety leaders across the country of people in the U.S. who reported that exceeds 2 million tablets per week. be complacent with the progress made
about a dangerous new drug threat they tried Ecstasy for the first time during Federal, State, and local law against Ecstasy since 2001. Just as
coming from Canada. Ecstasy laced with the past year increased 40 percent enforcement agencies along the U.S. – we must teach new generations of
methamphetamine (meth) has been between 2005 and 2006 – from 615,000 to Canada border report large increases children to read, we must continue to
entering the United States illegal drug 860,000. One-third of these new users in
markets, particularly in northern border
in the flow of Ecstasy from Canada into educate new generations of young
2006 were under age 18 when they started
states. Intelligence reports indicate that the United States. In 2003, 568,220 people on the harms of drug use.”
once smuggled into the U.S., the meth- dosage units of Ecstasy were seized iving Beyond the Holiday Season
And while still lower than its
laced Ecstasy is then being distributed federally in the ten Northern border Gifts of Oxen, Safe Motherhood Kits
peak in 2002, past-month Ecstasy use
throughout the country. states; in 2006, 5,485,619 dosage units and Clean Water Will Make a
has been increasing over the last two
The dangerous poly-drug were seized. Difference All Year Round
combination of methamphetamine and years among young adults aged 18-25.
Alarmingly, more than 55
Ecstasy can have severe health An estimated 326,000 young adults
percent of the Ecstasy samples seized
consequences, especially as both drugs reported past-month Ecstasy use in From page 1 Hillary or Obama
in the United States last year contained
have toxic effects on the brain. They both 2006, compared to 231,000 in 2004.
methamphetamine. Cutting their
can interfere with the body’s ability to These increases coincide with who wins in November, as long as it’s a
regulate temperature, leading to sharp
product with less-expensive
increased trafficking of Ecstasy from Democrat.
increases in body temperature methamphetamine boosts profits for
Canada. Additionally, the latest In a phone interview on Jan. 9,
(hyperthermia), which can result in liver, Canadian Ecstasy producers, likely
Monitoring the Future Study, which Baldwin, 81, said, “We were all
kidney, and cardiovascular system failure increases the addictive potential of
tracks teen attitudes and behavior with surprised that Hillary won. After he won
and death. The potential for a life- their product, and effectively gives a
respect to drug use, found decreases in Iowa, I thought that Obama would
threatening or fatal overdose is also dangerous “face lift” to a designer drug
increased when meth-laced Ecstasy is in the perception of risk of taking win (in New Hampshire).” He voted for
that had fallen out of fashion with
combined with alcohol. Recent laboratory Ecstasy occasionally among 8th and Obama because he’s a “fresh face, he
young American drug users.
research suggests that Ecstasy and meth 10th graders (-7% and -4%, has no baggage,” but expressed
Federal law enforcement
combinations may produce greater respectively). After years of increased concerns whether Obama would win
officers are working with the RCMP to
adverse neurochemical and behavioral perception of risk for Ecstasy use, “in the long run.” People looking for
effects than either drug alone.
put greater pressure on Canadian
today’s young people are not getting change favor Obama, he added.
John Walters, the Nation’s “Drug Ecstasy producers through increased
the message that Ecstasy use is He said he also liked John Edwards,
Czar,” said, “This ‘Extreme Ecstasy’ is a intelligence sharing and coordinated
dangerous and potentially deadly. 2004 vice presidential candidate and
disturbing development in what has been enforcement operations, and RCMP
Prior to 2003, Europe former North Carolina senator. “I’ve met
one of the most significant international officials are focusing their efforts on the
(primarily The Netherlands and him and his wife several times,” he
achievements against the illicit drug trade. importation of precursor chemicals
Historic progress against Ecstasy Belgium) was the predominant source said.But time is running out on cash-
used in drug production. In the
availability and use is in jeopardy of being of Ecstasy consumed in the United strapped Edwards, who is hanging on.
meantime, Director Walters is urging
rolled back by Canadian criminal States. Increased cooperation among New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson
State and local public health officials to
organizations. Desperate to develop their U.S. and European governments, dropped from the race Jan. 10, after
reinvigorate their prevention efforts, to
client base, they are dangerously altering a combined with improved law poor finishes in Iowa and New
enhance educational outreach to See Page 17 Hillary or Obama
January 1-15, 2008 The North American Filipino Star 17
Global immigration. A couple of years ago, I
had the distinct pleasure to address
create a demand for Foreign Trained
nurses and the Philippines can offer
the annual meeting of the Filipino one of the best options. Education is
Perspectives Nurses Association of Montreal during
which we discussed the aims and
in English, schools are amenable to
curriculum changes, if necessary, to
objectives of the Nightingale Initiative meet required standards for foreign
for Global Health that includes a employment, and many have
recommendation( # 3 ): Collaborate-- experience in the home country as
-across disciplines and across well as outside.
cultures---for promoting health in If we work together
community settings. The discussion synergistically to share our
was based on the writings of Dr. Deva- knowledge and resources, we can
Marie Beck, who is now based in quickly establish procedures to
Ottawa, as International Director of improve the efficiency and
NIGH. For more on the NIGH effectiveness of recruiting and
movement please visit the Website at: deploying professional and technical
Isaac T. Goodine www.nighcommunities.org staff from abroad. What we know for
Currently, the Canadian sure is that if we can clearly identify
All about Migration in 2008 Nurses Association is celebrating their the requirements for the jobs on offer,
responds to the question this way: Centennial Anniversary Year in 2008 training institutions in the Philippines
Listen to a simple story “Well, I don’t rightly know who I am. and we honor every one in this will meet those requirements.
Told by a reed taken from its home. When I got up this morning I thought I extraordinary group as each of the Blockages and delays from the
Here’s a tale for all you people knew, but as the day progressed, I 250,000 registered nurses have Canadian side can be overcome as
Who’ve wandered lost and all alone. became unsure.” touched every aspect of Canadian life. the Canadian Government and some
Canadian society is Even as we celebrate this provinces have already taken
Since I was cut out the reed-bed I multicultural and probably the most achievement we must recognize that concrete steps to remove barriers and
have made this crying sound. accommodating of diversity in the this professional group is under speed up integration. The main
Anyone parted from a true love world today but that does not make it pressure due to heavy workloads and impediments to be overcome relate to
Knows the sorrow that I have found. as good as it can be, or as good as we emerging staff shortages due to recognition of credentials; evaluation
intend it to be. One of the things we recent and impending retirements. and accreditation of work experience
Anyone pulled from Source and must be aware of and address soon is They are not alone as Canada’s baby- gained at home and abroad; and
center And taken far from house and a tendency to fear strangers, boomer generation reaches language constraints associated with
home Longs to return to where the especially if newcomers, such as retirement age, but nurses require cross-cultural communications. WE
roots are, Longs to rest, no more to migrants are feared simply because special preparation and the schools of CAN DO THE REQUIRED.
roam. they are different. nursing do not have sufficient student
…These are opening lines In her book, Working in a nurses in line to fill projected Isaac’s Email is:
from a poem by RUMI, a 13th century Cross-cultural Environment, Violeta A. vacancies and in some cases there email@example.com
Persian; put to song by Michael Laraya, kindly mentioned yours truly will be a shortage of teaching staff.
Green, a 21st century American. The and wrote: “Mr. Goodine is the Current and emerging vacancies
CD is available from epitome of a person who is able to live
www.theilluminationband.com in another culture and practically From page 16 Hiillary or Obama But he added: “Although Senator
The Society for International become like one of the natives, the
Hampshire. Clinton won New Hampshire, the
Development, celebrating 50 years, color of his skin and eyes not
Having run her own grueling presidential race is far from over. At this
devoted the December 2007 issue of withstanding.”
campaign in this area, a realistic Vellie point, both Senator Clinton and
its Quarterly to the issues of migration May I say it took a long time
Sandalo Dietrich Hall said Jan. 8, when Senator Obama have an even chance
and development. and much experience in many
it looked like Hillary would again lose of winning the Democratic nomination.”
While no one knows for sure cultures before I became the
big in New Hampshire, “It’s too early to Dutta noted the race for the Democratic
how many human migrants there are particular Mr. Goodine that Mrs.
determine Hillary’s chances. There are presidential nomination “will not be
in the world today it has been Laraya met? What that means is that
still more primaries coming up.” She decided before February 5, when
estimated that there are about working across-cultures is a learning
said she herself was leaning towards voters in major states like California
100,000,000 people who have been experience, both challenging and
former Republican Massachusetts Gov. and New York will be voting.” Hillary is
taken far from house and home; for rewarding. Of course I am white and
Mitt Romney. banking on winning on Feb. 5, when
whatever reason. Whatever the my eyes are blue so that makes me a
Republican Ms. Hall, a successful over 20 states will be voting for the
reason all share a common humanity visible minority in many of the
businesswoman, ran last November for nominee from both parties.
and are motivated to move away from countries where I have worked. I am
Fairfax supervisor in the nearby state of The New York Times reported Hillary
something they don’t like or toward aware that stereotyping can be
Virginia, losing but capturing 37 won 39 percent to 37 percent over
something that they do like. devastating when it is encountered as
percent of the vote in her first foray in Obama in New Hampshire. Hillary was
The extremes of these discrimination, and that is especially
politics. Gautam Dutta, executive shown on TV, exulting, “Now together,
motivating emotions are hate and true for someone who has been taken
director of Asian American Action Fund let’s give America the kind of
love, manifested in society as war and far from house and home in order to
based in this U.S. capital, a political comeback that New Hampshire has
peace. Between these extremes there earn a livelihood.
action committee supporting just given me.”
are numerous reasons for migration No country has ever had so
Democrats, said with her unexpected
with economic concerns among the many people leaving home to earn a
victory in New Hampshire primary,
leading causes. We are a mobile decent livelihood as has the
“Hillary has stormed back into the
species and travel for a host of Philippines. They work in many
reasons so we require a whole lexicon countries doing many jobs, and for
to categorize who we are when we
migrate. War and conflict create
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Palace readies move against the ‘godfather of smuggling’
January 14, 2008 Customs Commissioner and of whom seven operated in are taking their sweet time,” he said,
The quarrel between Napoleon Morales welcomed Cebu while the rest were scattered all adding Ronquillo had already moved
Malacañang and Customs worsened Radovan, saying his experience as a over Metro Manila. out some of the smuggled cars as a
yesterday after the Palace blamed a police officer would be a big help to He named a Romy Ronquillo in result.
Customs official for the continuing his agency. particular, who is accused of Villar said Ronquillo had even
smuggling at the agency. Villar said his team was now operating car centers in Xavierville, dropped the name of presidential
The head of the Presidential Anti- collecting evidence against the Quezon City, and in Ortigas, Pasig son and Pampanga Rep. Juan
Smuggling Group called a ranking Customs official he accuses of City, that allegedly offer smuggled Miguel Arroyo, Villar’s godson, to
Customs official the “godfather of smuggling, “so as to nail not only the luxury vehicles. warn his group to leave him alone.
smuggling” in the country, blaming small players but the biggest of them “We have been trying to get a “But when I called up Mikey
him for the continuing operation of 37 all.” warrant for seizure and detention for [Arroyo], he told me, ‘Ninong, go
people who allegedly smuggle luxury after that guy. Put that guy behind
cars from Metro Manila and Cebu bars’, so it is now up to Customs.”
alone. Villar said Ronquillo paid only
Group head Antonio Villar said P600,000 in taxes for four Hummers,
the official was making millions of which cost between P6 million and
pesos out of each luxury car 10 million each.
smuggled in, but did not name him. Last month, Villar’s group seized
“It goes all the way up to this 81 luxury cars from an automobile
official,” he said. firm in Makati City, of which three
“He is the godfather of reportedly were owned by San Juan
smuggling in the Philippines. Mayor Jose Victor Ejercito.
Smuggling has become so Albay Rep. Al Francis Bichara
centralized and he has become a reportedly owned four of the
multi-millionaire because of this.” smuggled vehicles, while comedian
Villar made the statement even Willie Revillame admitted owning a
as President Arroyo appointed 2006 Ferrari, which was declared as
Nicasio Radovan Jr., formerly chief of being worth only P1 million.
the Southern Tagalog police, as The cars were seized from Auto
director of the Customs Enforcement sports 24 Corp. in Pasong Tamo,
and Security Service—a critical unit Makati, along with a Lamborghini, 21
in the government’s anti-smuggling BMWs, 16 Mercedez Benzes, 11
campaign. Porsche sports cars, four Jaguars,
Radovan replaces retired Gen. Who did it? Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group head Antonio Villar points to one of 24 three Volvos, Ferraris, Carera, Boxter,
Nestor Gualberto, who will now head smuggled cars seized in Makati last year. Land Cruisers, Range Rovers,
up the agency’s Financial Services Cherokee and a Mini Cooper. a
Division replacing acting chief Edna He said his group was now Ronquillo from Customs for one
Barrida. running after the 37 top smugglers, month now, but the Customs people
Arroyo calls on Congress anew Cleanup of Boracay Mansion
to pass P1.2-Trillion budget finally begins
January 15, 2008 nananawagan tayo sa Kongreso na January 15, 2008
President Gloria Macapagal- agad makabuo ng kasunduan sa Swarms of mosquitoes in an
Arroyo called on Congress on Tuesday pagitan ng Senado at Kamara, at ipasa overgrown garden met teams of the
to pass the P1.2 trillion national budget ang budget sa lalong madaling Quezon City government that were
for 2008, which lawmakers failed to do panahon [So that important projects finally able to conduct clearing
before going on recess last year. and programs will not be delayed, I am operations at the Boracay Mansion in
Speaking at the start of a Cabinet calling on the Senate and the House of New Manila, Quezon City.
meeting in Malacañang, Arroyo said the Representatives to immediately A mistress of deposed President
passage of the budget was necessary agreement to pass the budget at the Joseph Estrada, who was convicted of
for the government to respond to rising soonest possible time]," Arroyo said. plunder and later pardoned, allegedly
prices of oil and basic commodities. "Ito ang pondong makakalawak ng lived in the house.
tulong sa maralitang nahihirapan kapag The teams completed 80 percent of Endriga said he assured the
tumataas ang presyo ng pangunahing the task yesterday morning. Sandiganbayan sheriff the city
bilihin dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo ng City treasurer Victor Endriga said government would await the decision
langis sa buong mundo [These are the Friday’s debate on who should clean of the Sandiganbayan and the
funds that will greatly help poverty- up the property was the result of Supreme Courts on the matter of
stricken Filipinos everytime the prices of miscommunication between city ownership and disposition of the
basic goods will rise as a result of an officials and the Sandiganbayan property.
increase in the cost of oil]," she added. sheriff and security services office. The team that started the cleanup
At the same time, the President at 8 a.m. yesterday collected five
“In fairness to Sheriff Edgardo
said the Presidential Anti-Graft truckloads of weeds, cut grass and
Urieta, he called me up late Friday and
Commission (PAGC), and the waste. Neighbors, Endriga said, had
apologized for the actions of his men.
Departments of Finance and Budget expressed fear that snakes and
He said his men had the mistaken
would review its programs to ensure dengue-carrying mosquitoes could be
notion that city personnel were at the
transparency in government. breeding in the property.
The President also vowed more site to build a structure,” Endriga told
the Inquirer. “The sheriff and I agreed to siphon
thorough investigations on government
On Friday, personnel from the off the stagnant water from the pool
officials accused of corruption, with the
sheriff’s office reportedly drove away and fill it up with land to prevent the
help of civil society.
teams from the Quezon City spread of disease in the
Arroyo said these moves were
Engineering Department, the neighborhood,” the city treasurer said,
meant to ensure that "the people would
benefit from the gains of the growing Department of Public Order and adding the city engineering
The President said the budget was
economy." a Safety and the Environment Protection department would do the job. a
also needed to finance the construction
of farm to market roads and irrigation and Waste Management Department
projects. that were going to conduct clearing
"Upang di maantala ang operations on the property at 100 10th
mahahalagang proyekto at programa, and 11th Streets in New Manila.
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