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					  Vol. XXI, No. 19                                                    Online:                                                                 August 15, 2012

         FilAm MDs slam PRC rules     land-based Dr. Zorayda Lee-             sion to San Jose, Antique in mid-
By Rodney J. Jaleco
                                      Llacer told the Manila Mail.            January 2013.
                                           “To me this is R.I.P. to our            The Philippine Professional
     New rules governing for-                                                 Regulatory Commission (PRC)
                                      enviable, proud tradition of giv-
eign medical missions in the                                                  started to implement last July a
                                      ing back to our less fortunate fel-
Philippines are dampening the                                                 new set of guidelines that puts
                                      low     countrymen.      Goodbye
enthusiasm of some Filipino-                                                  into motion a law signed by then
                                      medical missions and hopefully
Americans at a time when Phil-                                                President Joseph Estrada, among
ippine officials are precisely        our in-country healthcare pro-
                                      jects survive. What a setback to        the last bills he approved before
calling on them to “give back” to                                             being ousted in a People Power
the mother country.                   our great plans to bring in inter-
                                                                              revolt almost 12 years ago.
     Many are complaining that        national colleagues,” rued Juan
                                                                                   Efforts to spare FilAm phy-
helping Filipinos back home just      Montero II of Chesapeake, Va. in
                                                                              sicians doing volunteer work in
got more complicated.                 an email seen by the Manila
                                                                              the Philippines have apparently
     “When the requirement be-        Mail.
                                                                              been ongoing for the past sev-
comes too difficult, less physi-           At least one FilAm group
                                                                              eral years. Now they are upset
cians will volunteer their time to    has already decided to put-off a                                               Boots A. Roa reads the 'Mail' (A.T. Marzan. More on P17)
join medical missions,” Mary-         scheduled medical-surgical mis-              Continued on page 24

                                                                                                                                                         New USCIS
      In a virtual reprise of the                                                                                  tropical storm was already exit-
                                                                                                                                                           rule will
massive Ondoy floods, vast ar-
eas of Metro Manila and nearby
                                                                                                                   ing the country. This round of
                                                                                                                   monsoon rains was spawned by
                                                                                                                                                          help TNTs
provinces went under water                                                                                         the storm that also struck Tai-           WASHINGTON D.C. - Un-
from non-stop monsoon rains                                                                                        wan and China.                       documented immigrants, includ-
killing scores of people and leav-                                                                                      It intensified the usual rain   ing thousands of Filipino youth,
ing thousands homeless and                                                                                         patterns over vast tracts of the     who entered the United States
huddling in jampacked evacu-                                                                                       Philippines, including the Ilocos,   when they were young will be
                                                                                                                   Central and Southern Luzon re-       among the beneficiaries of the
ation centers.
                                                                                                                   gions as well as the Cordilleras.    "Deferred Action for Childhood
      The Philippine weather bu-
                                                                                                                        This prompted Office of         Arrivals" that will be imple-
reau PAGASA said rains falling
                                                                                                                   Civil Defense chief Benito Ra-       mented starting Aug. 15, 2012.
on Aug. 6-8 broke even Ondoy’s
                                                                                                                   mos to describe flooded areas as          The United States Citizen-
record of 455 mm in 24 hours.
                                                                                                                   a virtual “water world” referring    ship and Immigration Service
The rains that fell within that 72-
                                                                                                                   to a Kevin Costner futuristic        (USCIS) said Aug. 2 that those
hour window was equivalent to                                                                                                                           eligible to request for deferred
                                                                                                                   movie where the entire planet
nearly 3 months-worth of nor-                                                                                                                           action are people with final or-
                                                                                                                   suddenly became composed of
mal rainfall for the area.                                                                                                                              ders of deportation and those
                                      OPS in rubber boat rescue kids in QC.                                        water. Reports said 82 percent of
      And just like Ondoy, the
worst was experienced just as a                                                                                         Continued on page 23                  Continued on page 24

 FilAm wins ‘gold’ in Olympics                                                NaFFAA pushes
     Kyla Ross put a bright luster                                             FilVote drive
on her Filipino and Asian roots                                                     WASHINGTON D.C. - Phil-
after helping to propel the US                                                ippine Ambassador Jose L.
gymnastics team to an Olympic                                                 Cuisia Jr. exhorted Filipino-
gold in London.                                                               Americans to realize their true
     Kyla is part of the “Fab                                                 power by going out to register
Five” that ended a 16-year gold                                               and vote in November as the na-
medal drought in this event. She                                              tion’s largest Fil-Am organiza-
                                                                              tion vowed to intensify efforts to
is the youngest member of the
                                                                              bring more Fil-Ams to the vot-
US Olympic delegation in Lon-
                                                                              ing precints. (Photos on p. 16)
don and is widely seen as one of      Kyla Ross                                     “Since Day 1 I have been
the future stars of women’s           African-American.                       telling them that for us to have a
gymnastics in America.                    Kyla’s gold medal raised the        potent voice in the US Congress,
     Her mother, Kiana, is Fili-      standard for other Filipino-            Fil-Ams would have to go out          FilAm tennis Pro T.C. Huey (R) with partner D. Inglot after winning DC
pino-Puerto Rican. Kyla’s father,     Americans who still have to                                                   Open. (Story on p 14)
Jason, is part Japanese and part           Continued on page 23                    Continued on page 24

   Marcos’ Aussie                        Pinoys shine in                       Chao heads Asian                       Ryan Lumba                              Enrile to tell
    daughter P7                           Olympics P8                             group P10                         returns home P12                            all P29
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   Census says 79 million children will return to school
     WASHINGTON D.C. - It's          the country in October 2010 &            - 70% Percentage of 6- to 17-       - 56% Percent of college stu-   (includes both undergraduate
August and as the summertime         from nursery school to college.      year-olds who were highly en-       dents who were women in 2010        and graduate students).
is winding down and vacation         They comprised 27 percent of         gaged in school (children
time is coming to an end, some
79 million children and adults
are getting ready to go back to
                                                                                                                       FtP holds golf
school for the 2012-2013 school
                                                                                                                     tourney in Virginia
     Already, parents and chil-                                                                                     The Feed the Hungry, Inc.     volunteers, namely,       Willie
dren alike scan the newspapers                                                                                12th Annual Golf Tournament         Buhain, Manny Mendoza, Tony
and websites looking for sales to                                                                             was held on July 14 at the          Nadora, Mikayla Park, Roslyn
shop for a multitude of school                                                                                Prince William Golf Course lo-      Sanchez,     Maritel    Sanidad,
supplies and the latest clothing                                                                              cated in Nokesville, Virginia.      Manny Santiago, Lyta Sese,
fads and essentials.                                                                                          Ninety-five avid golfers braved     Nina Tamayo, and Bobby
     And these are the facts that                                                                             the sweltering heat to indulge      Tamayo shared their time and
the US Census Bureau often re-                                                                                in their passion for their favor-   energy for the success of the
leases when the time comes.                                                                                   ite game while contributing to a    tournament.
     Back-to-School Shopping:                                                                                 worthy cause. Also, several              The tournament opened
$7.7 billion was the amount of                                                                                generous sponsors and friends       with a ceremonial tee-off by
money spent at family clothing                                                                                have donated funds and goods        General Delfin Lorenzana. Af-
                                     Kids get ready for school opening.                                       to support this annual FtH fun-     ter the game, everyone enjoyed
stores in August 2011. Only in
                                                                                                              draising event.                     a delicious buffet lunch, with
November and December were
                                                                                                                    All proceeds of the tourna-   lechon, catered by North Star
sales higher. Similarly, sales at    the entire population age 3 and      reported as liking school, being    ment will go towards the reha-      Café & Grills, of Maryland.
bookstores in August 2011 to-        older.                               interested in school and working    bilitation of the victims of             The event ended with the
taled $2.4 billion, the strongest         Pre-K through 12 Enroll-        hard in school) in 2009.            Typhoon Sendong that devas-         awarding of trophies to the
sales month of the year.             ment-72 percentage of children 3          Languages -11.8 million        tated the cities of Cagayan de      winners: Cecile Rasul Ladies’
     For back-to-school shop-        to 6 enrolled in kindergarten        Number of school-age children       Oro and Iligan in Northern          Champion and Erma Casem
ping, choices of retail estab-       who attended all day, as of Oc-      (5 to 17) who spoke a language      Mindanao in December 2011.          Ladies’ Runner-up; Chris Ward
lishments abound: In 2009, there     tober 2010.                          other than English at home in       The tournament was coordi-          Men Flight A Champion, and
were 28,520 family clothing               Social and Economic Char-       2010; 8.5 million of these chil-    nated by a Committee, chaired       Caesar Caligtan Men Flight A
stores, 7,092 children and infants   acteristics of Students in 2010:     dren spoke Spanish at home.         by Estela “Ethel” Sanidad, and      Runner-Up; Gene Lee         Men
clothing stores, 26,651 shoe              24% Percentage of elemen-            Colleges 16% Percentage of     composed of Tess Alarcon, Pa-       Flight B Champion, and Art
stores, 8,945 office supply and      tary through high school stu-        all college students 35 and older   blito Alarcon, Lottie Buhain,       Santos Men Flight B Runner-
stationery stores, 21,628 sporting   dents who had at least one           in October 2010. They made up       Vangie      Ganuelas,      Dennis   Up.
goods stores, 9,390 bookstores       foreign-born parent in October       34 percent of those attending       Ocampo, Lori Ocampo, Mario               Mike Jumilla and Caesar
and 8,663 department stores.         2010.                                school part time.                   Sanidad, Pepito Solis, Percy So-    Caligtan won the trophies for
     Students - 79 million. The           -27% Percentage of students          -41% Percentage of 18- to      lis and Solita Wakefield.           Closest-to-the-Pin, and Longest
number of children and adults        ages 12 to 17 who were in a          24-year-olds enrolled in college          In addition, a number of      Drive, respectively.
enrolled in school throughout        gifted class in 2009.                in 2010.
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        Cuisia renews plea for FilAms to support the SAVE Act
      WASHINGTON D.C. - Phil-          to do so.                        need to demonstrate their advo-      tors, especially when Congress is   magka-isa upang lubos na mai-
ippine Ambassador Jose L.                  "The FilAm community is at   cacy toward SAVE Act. You            on recess from August 6 to Sep-     taguyod ang SAVE Act para sa
Cuisia, Jr. has renewed his ap-        the core of what would be a      could send you petition letters to   tember 7 when they will be in       mas mayabong na kalakalan at
peal to Filipino Americans to          breakthrough in renewed trade    your Senators and Congressmen        your respective districts," he      mas makabuluhang ugnayan sa
lobby for the passage of the Save      partnership between their two    through www.saveourindustrie-        said.                               pagitan   ng    Pilipinas  at
our Industries Act (SAVE Act)          countries. As the end game is or take the opportunity          "Kailangan     po    nating    Amerika."
which he said is now on the "ra-       imminent, Filipino-Americans     to personally meet your legisla-
dar screen" of Congress.
      He said both houses of Con-
gress is expected to vote on a
trade package that will include
the SAVE act during the "lame
duck" session of Congress after
the November elections.
      "Now is the crucial time to
boost our campaign for the
SAVE Act," Cuisia said in a letter
to the community online," he
said, adding that "if passed by
the US Congress, this job creat-
ing, innovative piece of legisla-
tion will invigorate trade
between the Philippine apparel
industry and the US textile in-
      Built on strong and histori-
cal ties, the SAVE Act would
represent the first significant
Philippine-US bilateral trade en-
hancement and cooperation in-
itiative since 1974. It is a
win-win legislation worthy of
the support of the Filipino-
American community that want
to come to the aid of both its na-
tive and adoptive countries.
      He said members of Con-
gress are more likely to act on a
piece of legislation if they are be-
ing asked by their constituents
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                   Embassy’s consular staff serves oldest FilAm
     WASHINGTON D.C. - The                                                                                         U.S. was known for back home.         US$15,000 under the Filipino
Philippine embassy's consular                                                                                      And work he did, for the next 34      Veterans Equity Compensation
section has served the oldest Fili-                                                                                years, retiring at the age of 98      Fund, in recognition of military
pino American who walked in                                                                                        from his last job at the Biological   service rendered in World War
on July 27, 2012 to secure a spe-                                                                                  and Economic Analysis Division        II.
cial power of attorney.                                                                                            of the U.S. Environmental Pro-             Mr. Bacani is currently writ-
     The person is Alberto C. Ba-                                                                                  tection Agency in Crystal City,       ing his life story with his wife of
cani, 101 years old, who walked                                                                                    Virginia.                             75 years, and they hope to finish
into the Consular Section lobby                                                                                         Mr. Bacani related with          their book by November this
to have his Special Power of At-                                                                                   pride how the hall in the Divi-       year.     The couple celebrated
torney and Affidavit of Appear-                                                                                    sion's library was named after        their diamond wedding anniver-
ance notarized for his pension                                                                                     him - the Bacani Reading Room -       sary in May 2012.
claims in the Philippines.                                                                                         in honor of his efforts to organ-          Mr. Bacani is an uncle of re-
     Accompanied        by     his                                                                                 ize the library in less than a        tired Catholic Bishop Teodoro
nephew, Mr. Alberto C. Bacani                                                                                      week, where previously there          Bacani, one of Philippines' most
appeared strong and healthy,          Photo shows Mr. Bacani posing with the consular staff, from left: Eden Re-   was none, as well as in recogni-      popular Roman Catholic bish-
other than the fact that he           galario, Joey Macatula, Luisa Remulla, Lourdes Cruz, Alberto Bacani,         tion of his ability to finish tasks   ops, and is related to Philippine
walked with a cane and was le-        Consul Arlene Magno, and Lyra Ocampo.                                        assigned to him before they           Vice President Jejomar Binay by
gally blind in one eye.                                                                                            were due.                             affinity.
     In 1976, when Mr. Bacani         a teacher and registrar at the        United States with the hope that            Mr. Bacani is also the first          The last time Mr. Bacani vis-
turned 65 and could no longer         University of the East in the         he could still be productive in        Filipino veteran to receive the       ited the Embassy was 5 years
get a job after having worked as      Philippines, he came to the           the land of opportunity that the       lump-sum          payment        of   ago.

      Big crowd attends Tribute to Philippines in Ocean City
    OCEAN CITY, Maryland -            sented Consul General Mario De        joined the two-day trade and           sure and blood sugar tests to              Members and volunteers of
This city experienced one of the      Leon, Jr., said, "We are grateful     tourism fair, occupying the en-        around 200 visitors visiting their    Adventis University of the Phil-
biggest crowd that attended the       to the City Council of Ocean          tire Music Pier pavilion, venue        booths. The AUP-PUC group             ippines-Philippine Union Col-
two-day "Tribute to the Philip-       City for its continued partner-       of the event. The exhibitors in-       also conducted a separate health      lege Alumni Association of New
pines" held here July 21-22.          ship with the Philippines Consu-      cluded Western Union (the              and wellness seminar at Ocean         York, together with Consul Pa-
Hundreds of Filipino families         late General. This is certainly a     event's major sponsor), food           City Community Center on 22           tron and Mr. Soifer, during their

                                                                            FilAm participants in the cultural program pose for a group picture.

Joining Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian and Philippine Consul Zaldy Patron     vendors, travel agencies, sellers      July. The free medical services       "Blue Zone" health and wellness
at the opening of "Tribute to the Philippines" in Ocean City July 21 are    of Philippine products and             highlighted the valuable contri-      seminar held at the Ocean City
Michelle Gillian, Ocean City Chamber of Commerce executive director,        handicrafts (such as traditional       bution of Filipino American           Community Center on 22 July.
Public Relations director Mark Soifer, Rene Sese a FilAm leader and Mrs.    Christmas parol (lantern) and          medical professionals to the U.S.          In the evening of 21 July,
Hermie Aczon of the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia.     hand-woven products of the             healthcare industry.                  Filipino American talents from
                                                                            Mangyan ethnic group of Min-                On 21 July, morning and af-      New York and New Jersey were
also came to watch the exhibi-        "win-win" event for both parties.     doro), Philippine National Bank,       ternoon cultural shows were           featured in the "It's More Fun in
tions, cultural performances and           The Philippines is able to       real estate company, yo-yo toy         held in front of the Music Pier to    the Philippines Concert" held at
musical presentations of Filipino     promote its people, culture,          store, media, nurses groups and        the delight of hundreds of peo-       the Music Pier auditorium.
American organizations in New         tourist destinations and prod-        Filipino American organizations.       ple walking along the board-               Performers included the
     The event, now on its third      ucts to the residents and tourists         For two days, nurses be-          walk. The crowd was visibly           Sounds of Manila Band, Archie
year Greater Philadelphia.            of Ocean City.                        longing to the Philippine Nurses       impressed with the Philippine         D', Kay Habana, Aviela Reyes,
     Ocean City Mayor Jay Gil-             Ocean City, on the other         Association of Pennsylvania,           Folk Arts Society, a rondalla         Gail Banawis, MB2NY, Nina
lian said he was pleased to see       hand, is able promote itself as a     Philippine Nurses Association of       group based in Philadelphia, as       Mojares and Gabe Basalatan.
many Filipino Americans at the        summer get-away for Filipino          Southern New Jersey and Phila-         it played traditional Filipino mu-    The City Council of Ocean City,
opening ceremony and thanked          Americans."                           delphia, Philippine Nurses Asso-       sic and with the Philippine           in cooperation with the Philip-
them for coming to Ocean City              Ocean City, dubbed as            ciation of Delaware Valley and         Mutya Dance Co. of Philadel-          pine Consulate General, co-pro-
to support the event.                 America's greatest family resort      Adventis University of the Phil-       phia and the Philippine Youth of      duced the concert with Richard
     For his part, Consul Zaldy       attracts about 100,000 tourists       ippines-Philippine Union Col-          South Jersey for performing           Reyes, who also directed the
Patron of the Philippine consu-       during summer time.                   lege Alumni Association of New         Philippine aborigine dance and        show. (With text and photos by
late in New York, who repre-               Twenty-two         exhibitors    York conducted free blood pres-        folk dance, respectively.             AJ press)

          PH choirs win medals in Ohio
     CINCINNATI, Ohio -Sev-                He later attended a town         songs; and silver medal in the
eral youth choirs from the Phil-      hall meeting organized by the         Open Competition for Youth
ippines won gold and silver           Filipino American Association of      Choir of Equal Voices.
medals during the World Choir         Southern Ohio (FASO).                     Other Filipino medal win-
Games held in Cincinnati, Ohio             The top Philippine medal         ners were the Miriam College
early last month.                     winner was the Samewing Sing-         High School Glee Club, which
     Philippine Ambassador Jose       ers from the Ilocos Norte Na-         was awarded gold in the Open           Ambassador Cuisia (rightmost) and Guillermo Guinigundo (second from
L. Cuisia, Jr. was present to         tional High School in Laoag who       Competitions of Youth Choir of         right), President of FASO, and other members of the community during the
show his support for the Filipino     won a silver medal, the highest       Equal Voices and Musica Sacra;         town hall meeting July 7 at Guinigundos' residence.
participants in the competition       level in the Musica Sacra cham-       Zamboanga Hermosa, which               the Open Competition; and the         medals in the Open Competi-
on July 7 and meet with top           pionship; gold medal in the           won two silver performance             Kammerata Singers, which gar-         tion.
Ohio officials.                       Open Competition for folklore         medals and one bronze medal in         nered two silver performance
                                         August 15, 2012                                                                                                        5
                      Almeda cited as PH vet awaiting recognition
     WASHINGTON D.C. - Fili-         years to become a naturalized                            of the benefits [of] U.S. soldiers"   victory came in 2009, when
pino World War II veteran Ce-        citizen via his veteran status. Al-                      said Rozita Lee of the Asian Pa-      President Obama signed the
lestino Almeda, 95, was recently     meda celebrated his 95th birth-                          cific American Labor Alliance.        American Recovery and Rein-
featured by the Public Broad-        day this past June. "Guess where                         "In 1946, during President Tru-       vestment Act that began the
casting Station (PBS) as among       I celebrated my birthday?" Al-                           man's term, Congress decided          process of compensating Filipino
some 4,000 veterans who are still    meda asked, chuckling. Along                             there wasn't enough money to          veterans for their service.
waiting for recognition of their     with other guests, Almeda at-                            continue doing this and they re-           The status of Filipino veter-
services almost 70 years after the   tended a reception hosted by                             neged." This was the Rescission       ans remains complicated be-
war.                                 Secretary Hillary Clinton in                             Act of 1946 that removed full         cause     there     are   multiple
     "We are just asking for fair    honor of Filipino President                              benefits from Filipino veterans.      classifications listed in Depart-
treatment," Celestino Almeda         Aquino. "I was one of the invited                             The fight for more complete      ment of Veterans Affairs docu-
told PBS. He is among those ap-      guests," Almeda said.                                    benefits for Filipino veterans es-    ments. In addition to the
plicants for compensation who             PBS then cited President                            calated during the 1980s with         Philippine Scouts, who directly
were not granted veteran status      Franklin Delano Roosevelt 's                             the push for naturalization. Over     served in a division of the U.S.
and are contesting that decision.    conscription of the Philippines                          the years, advocates also fought      Army, some Filipinos served as
     PBS said the path for recog-    Commonwealth Army to fight                               for injury compensation and           members of the Commonwealth
nition began years ago for Al-       the Japanese. "They were prom-        Celestino Almeda   treatment at Veterans Affairs         Army of the Philippines, or as
meda, who fought for nearly six      ised that they would be given all                        hospitals. Their most substantial     guerrilla fighters.
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                China hits US for ‘wrong message’ on Spratlys
     MANILA - China has pub-          claiming that China's decision to        Zhang urged Wang to con-        claim portions.                       appropriating territory.
licly lashed out at the United        establish a new city, Sansha, and    vey Beijing's message to the             State Department spokes-              The Philippines recently of-
States for saying the estab-          a military garrison in the dis-      "highest level" of the US govern-   man Patrick Ventrell said in a        fered oil and gas exploration
lishment of a Chinese military        puted Paracel islands had raised     ment, the statement said.
garrison in an island in the West     tension.]                                The new garrison has infuri-
Philippine Sea (South China Sea)            Zhang said "The Chinese        ated Vietnam and the Philip-
had raised tension in the region.     side expresses strong dissatisfac-   pines who accuse Beijing of
     Assistant Foreign Minister       tion of and firm opposition to it.   stepping up harassment at sea.
Zhang Kunsheng summoned US            We urge the US side to correct           China says that it controls
Deputy Chief of Mission Robert        its mistaken ways, respect           much of the South China Sea,
Wang the same day Beijing pub-        China's sovereignty and territo-     but the Philippines, Vietnam,
licly lashed out at the US for        rial integrity."                     Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan all

PH, Polaris ink human traffic pact
     The Philippine Embassy in        the metropolitan Washington,         ficking, a multi-agency body
Washington, D.C. has entered          D.C. area that included Ni-          that addresses trafficking along
into an agreement with the Po-        comedes Maceda and Christie          the three program areas of pre-
laris Project, a leading non-gov-     Butigan, Filipino victims of hu-     vention, prosecution and protec-
ernmental organization in the         man trafficking who were bene-       tion. A partnership agreement
                                                                                                               This is China's building on the Paracels that is supposed to be the seat of
United States, which is engaged       ficiaries of assistance provided     was also signed by the Ambassa-
                                                                                                               government for the Spratlys.
with other institutions in the        by the Embassy and the Polaris       dor with U.S. Labor Secretary
campaign against human traf-          Project.                             Hilda Solis last month that en-     statement on Aug. 4 that the US       contracts in a disputed area of
ficking. The partnership enables           Cuisia called the signing of    hances the enforcement of the       was "concerned by the increase        the West Philippine Sea, and in
the Philippine Foreign Service        the agreement with the Polaris       rights of workers to a safe and     in tensions in the South China        April was locked in a tense
establishments in the U.S. and        Project “another milestone in        healthy work environment, and       Sea and are monitoring the situ-      standoff with China over
Polaris to collaborate in the pro-    our international cooperation ef-    fair wages and working hours.       ation closely".                       Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.
vision of social services for Fili-   forts and our own national cru-      Mr. Myles noted that partner-            The new garrison and city             Vietnam attracted China's
pino      victims    of    human      sade against this modern-day         ships are key in the campaign       run "counter to collaborative         ire in June after it adopted a law
trafficking.                          slavery.” He cited the steps the     against human trafficking. He       diplomatic efforts to resolve dif-    that places the Spratly islands
     Signing the Memorandum           Philippine    government      has    added that while a number of        ferences and risk further escalat-    under Hanoi's sovereignty. Both
of Collaborative Agreement at         taken to fight this menace, in-      other embassies were in denial      ing tensions in the region," he       countries claim the islands as
the Philippine Embassy were           cluding the enactment of the         that the problem existed, his ex-   added.                                their own.
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.        Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act      perience working with the Phil-          Foreign ministry spokes-              Also on Saturday, a com-
and Mr. Bradley Myles, Execu-         of 2003, which prohibits both sex    ippine Embassy was nothing but      man Qin Gang the next day ac-         mentary on Xinhua attacked the
tive Director and Chief Execu-        and labor trafficking and im-        positive, with staff who were       cused the US of "selective            US accusations as "groundless
tive Officer of the Polaris           poses still criminal penalty for     sensitive, eager to work with       blindness" as "certain countries"     and irresponsible" and urged
Project. The ceremony was at-         violation of the law, as well as     victims and genuinely cared         escalated disputes by opening         Washington to "draw back its
tended by representatives of the      the establishment of the Inter-      about the issue.                    oil and gas blocks, threatening       meddling hand from the South
Filipino American community in        Agency Council Against Traf-                                             Chinese fishermen, and illegally      China Sea disputes".
                                         August 15, 2012                                                                                                                          7
         Pres. Marcos’ daughter dropped from Aussie TV
     SYDNEY, Australia - Anal-                                            very long audition process.          not the show and other contest-       eral investment companies.
isa Josefa Hegyesi, a daughter of                                               "The thing is that I've had    ants."                                     Evelin is believed to have
former President Ferdinand                                                to juggle my business and clients         "The Telegraph" said that        named her daughter after the
Marcos with former Playboy                                                to make time for the show after      the staff of an Australian pro-       late strongman's Mother, Josefa.
model Evelin Hegyesi, has been                                            I was asked to audition and then     duction company believes that it           The     "Sun-Herald"     also
dropped from a planned televi-                                            chosen from hundreds of peo-         was unfair to axe *Analisa            claimed to have found docu-
sion show, Australian media re-                                           ple around Australia."               Hegyesi* from the show, and           ments showing links between
ported on August 1.                                                            Speculations are ripe as to     has to pay for "the sins of her fa-   Hegyesi's Australian companies
     Hegyesi, 40, is currently a                                          the real reason of the show          ther."                                with secret Marcos accounts in
professional interior designer                                            dropping Analisa. But the 40-             However, a spokesperson of       Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
and founded AH Design Con-                                                year old interior designer be-       the television channel that will           Marcos and his wife,
cepts. The Daily Telegraph, the                                           lieves that the producers got too    air the reality show said that ax-    Imelda, had been charged for
production company Shine Aus-                                             personal with her.                   ing Analisa from the show is just     moving billions of dollars of em-
tralia informed her that she was                                               "I was chosen on my own         a normal process.                     bezzled public money to differ-
no longer part of reality TV                                              merits but then I was dropped             According to earlier reports     ent      countries   and      into
show "Renovators."                                                        due to aspects of my private life    by Australian newspaper "Syd-         corporations. He was president
     The show's main theme is                                             which I will not discuss... I was    ney Morning Herald", Analisa's        of the Philippines from 1965 to
about a group of professionals                                            told there was a fear, too, atten-   mother, Evelin Hegyesi, is now a      1986.
                                     Analisa Josefa Hegyesi               tion would be paid to me and         multi-millionaire who owns sev-            Hegyesi was born in 1971.
tasked to renovate real estate
     Hegyesi had to undergo
months of auditions and inter-                       Marcos heirs defendants in ill-gotten wealth
views.                                     MANILA - The Supreme           insufficiency of evidence.           tion, accounting and damages              Last Dec. 6, 2005, the Sandi-
     However, she was report-        Court has ordered that the heirs          The SC directed the rein-       filed against their father.           ganbayan's     fourth     division
edly axed after the show's pro-      of the late President Ferdinand      statement of Irene Marcos-Ara-            "Thus, while it was not
                                                                                                                                                     cleared the three Marcos chil-
ducers were told who her father      Marcos be reinstated as defen-       neta and her siblings - Ilocos       proven that respondents con-
is.                                  dants in the P200 billion ill-got-   Norte Gov. Imelda "Imee" Mar-        spired in accumulating ill-gotten     dren of any liability in Civil Case
     In an online interview later,   ten wealth case pending before       cos-Manotoc and Sen. Ferdinand       wealth, they may be in posses-        No. 0002 involving alleged ill-
Analisa raised a howl of protest     the Sandiganbayan. And the SC        "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. as defen-      sion, ownership or control of         gotten wealth, including real es-
to the producers of the Austra-      stood firm in its decision to re-    dants in Civil Case No. 0002 for     such ill-gotten properties or the
lian show saying she was                                                                                                                             tate properties here and abroad.
                                     move businessman Gregorio            recovery of alleged ill-gotten       proceeds thereof as heirs of the
dropped due to her father's                                                                                                                               The SC said the Sandigan-
                                     Ma. Araneta III, husband of          wealth of the Marcoses and their     Marcos couple," read the SC de-
identity. She said she was           Marcos daughter Irene from the       cronies.                             cision.                               bayan was correct in dismissing
dropped by the producers of the      list of respondents.                      The SC said while the Mar-           "Thus, their lack of partici-    the complaint against the Mar-
makeover reality show "*The                Last Feb. 8, the SC affirmed   cos children were already            pation in any illegal act does not    cos siblings because of the prose-
Renovators*" after she told them     with modification the Dec. 6,        cleared in a Sandiganbayan rul-      remove the character of the
of her father's identity. She                                                                                                                        cutors' failure to comply with
                                     2005 resolution of the Sandigan-     ing in December 2005, they           property as ill-gotten and, there-
added that she had already           bayan granting the demurrer to       should remain in the case for re-    fore, as rightfully belonging to      Rule 130 that the evidence must
made it to the final cut after a     evidence of spouses Araneta for      version, re-conveyance, restitu-     the State."                           be the original document itself.
 8                                                                                                                            August 15, 2012

                                 Pinoy stars in Olympics opening rites
                                       perience at masasabi mo na, oh,        former. Panday, one of the 40         opening ceremony, said there is         always cherish.
Text & photos
by Rose Eclarinal                      London 2012, I was there," said        performers wearing the flashy,        no price tag to the experience of            Most of the Filipino partici-
                                       Carol Panday, a volunteer per-         mirror dress in the 60s era of the    being part of the spectacular           pants will reappear during the
      LONDON - The 2012 Olym-                                                                                       opening number. Definitely a            closing ceremonies of the Olym-
pics' opening ceremonies on July                                                                                    night she will not forget and will      pics this week.
27 whose theme was "Isle of
Wonder" showcased, among
other things, England's diverse
culture. Of the 15,000 profes-
sional and volunteer performers
that participated in the opening
day were many Filipinos, ac-
cording to ABS-CBN's Rose
      She said Filipinos, who
were part of the opening show,
were ecstatic that they were cho-
sen for the experience that they
will never forget.                                                                                                  London cops put their caps on head of 2 Filipina visitors.
      Among those selected to          The Philippine team march in opening day parade.
participate were Filipino per-
formers depicting the industrial
revolution and nurses, midwives
and health staffers expounding
on the British health care system,
      Eclarinal said the Filipinos
played a pivotal role in the
Olympics opening ceremony.
Some of them were paid profes-
sional performers while a huge
majority were volunteer per-
formers who painstakingly sac-
rificed their weekends for four
months to practice their rou-
      "It was once in a lifetime ex-
                                       Other Filipino performers with various roles pose for group photo.

           MD FilAm kid wins gold in Pan-Am badminton tilt
By Rodney J. Jaleco                                                                                                      The family is currently            sports hero.
                                                                                                                    based in Qatar so Don goes to                 Badminton is something
                                                                                                                    the international school there.         would love to pursue profes-
     WASHINGTON D.C. -The                                                                                                We would bring him to the          sionally, she averred. He hopes
son of a Filipino-American cou-                                                                                     badminton court with us when-           to uplift the level of badminton
ple from Waldorf, Md. recently                                                                                      ever we had time to play, she re-       in America.
won the gold medal at the 21st                                                                                                                                    Most Americans regard it as
                                                                                                                    counted. He was fascinated by
Pan-American Junior Badminton
                                                                                                                    the quick moves of the game and         a backyard sport something
Championships in Canada.
                                                                                                                    how one could outsmart his op-          anyone could play while cook-
     Don Henley Averia, who
                                                                                                                    ponent.par                              ing barbecue on a hot summer
turned 9 last February, topped
                                                                                                                         He later joined the Qatar          day. There are very few badmin-
his division in the under-11 age
                                                                                                                    Badminton Academy where he              ton courts in the East Coast al-
group at the junior badminton
tilt held in Edmonton, Canada                                                                                       swept games in the singles and          though Treldy says its fast
on July 25-29.                                                                                                      doubles categories for both the         gaining popularity in the West
     The games drew the most                                                                                        Under-10 and Under-13 age               Coast, especially in California.
promising shuttlecock players in                                                                                    groups.                                       Its his dream to play for the
the Under-11 to Under-13 cate-                                                                                           He has always been praised         US team in the Olympics, the
gories from 16 countries.              Don H. Averia hold US flag after his victory.                                for his excellent footwork and          boys mom stressed. He would
     It was his first Badminton                                                                                     intelligence in the court. During       love to play for the Philipppines
World Federation (BWF) tourna-         mother revealed, adding that the       the qualifying trials held in Bos-    his first tournament outside            we have not had the chance to
ment, mother Treldy enthused. I        gold medal was a big reward for        ton, Ma. last April via a 7-0         Qatar, he was voted Most Prom-          try-out for the junior squad.par
am very proud of this win, she         all the preparation that required      sweep of his games.                   ising Player, Treldy told the Ma-             She confessed they seldom
told the Manila Mail.                  daily practices for the past 3              Don has been playing bad-        nila Mail.                              visit the Philippines anymore so
     He feels victorious because       months.                                minton since he was 5 years old            Don points to 28-year-old          it was difficult for Don to par-
he was up against a 10-year-old             He was the only FilAm in          and likely adopted the sport          Chinese 4-time world and reign-         ticipate in tournaments so he can
Peruvian boy who was about 3           the US badminton juniors team.         from his father who plays it for      ing Olympic badminton cham-             qualify for the national team.
inches taller than him, his            He earned the slot by winning          recreation and exercise.              pion Lin Dan as his biggest             (rjj)

                                       PH terrorists now resort to kidnaping
      WASHINGTON - Terrorist           partment said.                          opportunity such as kidnapping       conduct internal terrorist activi-         In Zamboanga on July 25,
 groups in the Philippines are              In its Country Reports on          for ransom.                          ties remained constrained, the         two US citizens were kidnapped
 being forced to resort to kidnap-     Terrorism 2011, the State De-                In the Philippines, the abil-   report said.                           and subsequently held for ran-
 ping or extortion as their ability    partment said there was a shift         ity of terrorist groups, including        Their acts were generally
                                                                                                                                                           som by the Abu Sayyaf. One
 to conduct terrorist activities       in general in terrorist incidents       the Abu Sayyaf Group, the Je-        limited to criminal activities de-
 has been constrained by a             in East Asia and the Pacific from       maah Islamiyah (JI) and the          signed to generate revenue for         was released on Oct. 3 and the
 strong Phl-US counterterrorism        large-scale attacks to attacks on       Communist Party of the Philip-       self-sustainment, such as kid-         other escaped on Dec. 10. (Lito
 cooperation, the US State De-         domestic targets and crimes of          pines/New People's Army, to          napping or extortion.                  Katigbak)
                                        August 15, 2012                                                                                                                       9
PH boxer loses tight fight with Kazak foe, 17-16
     MANILA, Philippines - Fili-    third and final round when he         round.     The     Filipino   pug    but could not get away from
pino boxer Mark Barriga lost a      was warned for headbutting. A         matched the Kazakh's aggres-         Zhakypov's excessive clinching.
tightly-contested bout against      warning gives the opponent an         sion in the following round.              Referee Roland Labbe actu-
his Kazakhstan foe, bowing out      additional 2 points.                       He peppered Zhakypov            ally cited Zhakypov twice for re-
of contention in the London              "It was a judgment call, I       with punches to the head and         peated holding midway the
Olympics amateur boxing on          don't necessarily agree with it,      the body, while trying to move       third.
August 4.                           but that's how it is," said Ed Pic-   away from the Kazakh's con-               Zhakypov later began push-
     Kazakh     boxer     Birshan   son, executive director of the        stant pressure.                      ing Barriga's head down. But in-
                                                                                                                                                   Mark Barriga loses to Kazak after
Zhakypov outpointed Barriga,        Amateur Boxing Association of              Barriga won the second          stead of penalizing the Kazakh
                                                                                                                                                   winning over Italian earlier.
17-16, in a rough fight marred by   the Philippines (ABAP) follow-        round, 6-3, giving Barriga a 10-8    for the action, referee Labbe
much clinching and wrestling.       ing the fight.                        lead.                                gave a warning to the Filipino.
                                                                                                                                                   both of them got a warning from
     The 19-year-old Filipino            Barriga trailed Zhakypov in           The Filipino worked on               The Kazakh later flipped
was ahead, 10-8, going into the     points, 5-4, in a competitive first   maintaining his lead in the third,   the Filipino to the ground, and     the referee.
 10                                                                                                                        August 15, 2012

                       AsianAm votes could be ‘gamechanger’
                                     can, according to data from the        2005, Honda is now arguably the       Warner and Jim Webb.                  than Republicans in areas such
      SAN JOSE - The San Jose
Mercury News said last month         California Citizens Redistricting      Obama        campaign's    leading         California, where two of         as health care, standing up for
Asian-American voters could be-      Commission. That represents the        Asian-American spokesman.             five Asian-Americans live, was        the middle class, treating all
come game-changers in the 2012                                                    Coupled with Pacific Island-    14.1 percent Asian-American in        Americans fairly and equally,
presidential election. The paper's                                          ers, Asian-Americans represent        2011, 25.9 percent higher than in     sharing their values, education
reporter, Josh Richman, said the                                            the nation's fastest-growing mi-      2000.
                                                                                                                                                        and immigration. They also fa-
candidates should add Asian-                                                nority group. Census data show             In a poll conducted in April
                                                                                                                                                        vored Democrats, although by
Americans to the list of voting                                             that the population grew by 41        for three national Asian-Ameri-
                                                                            percent nationwide from 2000 to       can advocacy groups, Asian-           narrower margins and with
blocs that candidates should ig-
                                                                            2011, but at higher rates --in        Americans self-identified as          more seeing little difference be-
nore at their own peril.
      He said that just as "soccer                                          many cases, much higher -- in         Democrats rather than Republi-        tween the parties, on foreign
moms" proved to be a crucial                                                nine of 11 states likely to be key    cans by more than 3-1.Seventy-        policy, jobs and the econ-
swing vote in 1996 and Latinos                                              battlegrounds in November's           three percent viewed President        omy,taxes, national security and
have become a much-sought-af-                                               presidential election.                Barack Obama favorably; 27 per-       the budget deficit.
ter constituency, the Asian-                                                      Although they still make up     cent viewed GOP presidential               Still, the poll also showed
American electorate is now                                                  a tiny fraction of voters nation-     candidate Mitt Romney favor-          poor outreach to Asian-Ameri-
emerging as a game-changer.                                                 ally, Asian-Americans "poten-         ably.                                 can and Pacific Islander voters
      The San Jose Mercury News                                             tially could be the deciding               It wasn't always this way: In    from both major parties. And a
story published last month con-                                             force" in states such as Nevada,      1992, President George H.W.
                                                                                                                                                        study released in October by the
tinued: The signs are ominous                                               Virginia and Florida, said politi-    Bush got 55 percent of the
                                                                            cal prognosticator Larry Sabato,      Asian-American vote, compared         Asian American Center for Ad-
for Republicans: Not only has
the Asian-American population                                               who directs the University of         with Bill Clinton's 31 percent.       vancing Justice found that al-
exploded in the past decade, but                                            Virginia Center for Politics. "In          Many        Asian-Americans      though such voters turned out in
recent polls show Asian-Ameri-                                              those close states, every addi-       once favored the GOP because it       record numbers in 2008, only 68
cans are turning away from the                                              tional vote matters."                 was seen as the more anti-com-        percent of those who are of vot-
GOP in droves.                                                                    Asian-Americans and Pa-         munist of the two major parties -     ing age are actually citizens. In
      They've "started to under-                                            cific Islanders are 5.2 percent of    - particularly among Vietnamese       addition, only 55 percent of
stand they have the leverage,"                                              the national population, but 5.9      emigres and Chinese and Ko-           those eligible to vote have regis-
said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Camp-                                               percent in Virginia and 8.4 per-      rean immigrants. But as the Cold      tered. And once registered, their
bell. "A marginalized commu-                                                cent in Nevada. And since 2000        War faded, candidates' stands
                                                                                                                                                        turnout rate still lags behind that
nity has become a margin of                                                 those battleground states have        on communism became increas-
                                                                                                                                                        of white voters, who nationally
victory."                                                                   seen      their   Asian-American      ingly irrelevant. And many chil-
      Honda might grasp that         largest Asian-American popula-         populations boom by 55 percent        dren of Asian immigrants joined       favor the GOP.
better than most. He's seeking       tion of any House of Repre-            and 71 percent, respectively. In      their peers in drifting to the left        So, academic experts and
his own re-election in the newly     sentatives district on the U.S.        Virginia, that burgeoning popu-       politically.                          advocates say, more naturaliza-
drawn 17th Congressional Dis-        mainland.                              lation was crucial to the 2006             The April poll showed that       tion, voter registration and get-
trict, where about 49 percent of          A Democratic National             and 2008 victories of Gov. Tim        Asian-Americans rated Demo-           out-the-vote efforts are need to
the population is Asian-Ameri-       Committee vice chairman since          Kaine and U.S. Sens. Mark             crats three to four times higher      fully awaken this sleeping giant.

Pinoy votes in Vegas AsianAms form group for Romney
can spell difference                                                             Republican       presidential
                                                                            candidate Gov. Mitt Romney on
                                                                            Aug. 2 announced the forma-
                                                                                                                                                        for Asian Americans and Pacific
                                                                                                                                                        Islanders for Romney," said
                                                                                                                                                        Universal Health Care CEO Ak-
     LAS VEGAS - Political ob-       languages."                            tion of his "Asian Americans &                                              shay Desai. "As a businessman,
servers say Asian Americans, the           FilAm     political   activist   Pacific Islanders for Romney                                                I know all too well what it takes
fastest growing minority in the      Gloria Caoile who is now a Las         community."                                                                 to make it in the private sector.
country today, could make a dif-     Vegas resident is very active in            "Asian Americans and Pa-
ference in a close presidential      encouraging Filipino and other                                                                                     When I hear President Obama
                                                                            cific Islanders have wonderful                                              tell small business people that
election.                            Asian groups to register and           cultures that enrich all of Amer-
     In battleground states like     vote.                                                                                                              "somebody else" made their
                                                                            ica," said Mitt Romney. "For                                                success happen, I know that he
Nevada, where Asian-Ameri-                 While most Filipino Ameri-
                                                                            generations, members of this                                                is not cut out to turn around
cans are nearly 10 percent of the    cans are Democrats, other Asian
                                                                            community have contributed to
population, the campaigns are        groups, particularly those who                                                                                     our economy. Mitt Romney is
                                                                            our country, started new busi-
beginning to pay attention, ac-      are in business, are leaning to-                                                                                   the change we so desperately
                                                                            nesses and invented new prod-
cording to Hari Sreenivasan who      wards Romney.                                                                                                      need, and I look forward to
                                                                            ucts, and served with honor and       Former Labor Secretary Elaine L.
is urging everyone to register             Sreenivasan quoted a Ko-                                                                                     having him in the White
                                                                            distinction in the fight to protect   Chao
and vote in November.                rean American businessman as                                                                                       House."
                                                                            freedom all around the world. I       Chao who is the national chair.
     He said Filipinos are now       saying that while he supported                                                                                          Co-chairs are:      Filipino
                                                                            am honored to have the support             "Having worked in pre-
the second largest minority          Democratic candidates in the                                                                                       American Congressman Steve
group in a county in Nevada, be-     past, this time, he says his pro-      of such great Asian Americans,        vious presidential administra-
                                                                            and look forward to working           tions, I know Governor Mitt           Austria (R-OH), Akshay Desai,
hind Latinos. Their numbers          business vote is squarely behind                                                                                   CEO of Universal Healthcare;
have passed the threshold re-        Mitt Romney.                           with them to get our country on       Romney has the experience and
                                                                            the right track again."               the character to tackle the prob-     Former Assistant U.S. Attorney
quired by the Voting Rights Act            He said he likes Republican                                                                                  General Viet Dinh, Former Con-
to have ballots printed in a lan-    policies right now for support-             In response, former Labor        lems that are facing our nation.
                                                                            Secretary Elaine L. Chao said:        Americans are suffering, and it       gressman Charles Djou, (R-HI),
guage other than English.            ing businesspeople. The last four
                                                                                 "I am honored that Gover-        will take new leadership to put       Former Director of the U.S.
     He said voter registration      years, a very tough time for
                                                                            nor Mitt Romney asked me to           this country on a path to pros-       Mint Edmund Moy, Former
drives are happening at places       some business here.
where Asians and Pacific Island-           Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas     serve as the national chair of        perity and full employment."          Congresswoman Patricia Saiki,
ers are growing.                     Sun say that in the past politi-       Asian Americans and Pacific Is-            "I am pleased and honored        (R-HI) and Ambassador Sichan
     One problem is that many        cians did not pay any attention        landers for Romney," said Ms          to serve as a national co-chair       Siv.
of the new Asian American citi-      to the Asian vote because they
zens are not yet conversant with     are not well organized.                that's quite intimidating for               Meanwhile, the Obama            lead of a few points in every Ne-
the electoral process or what the          Amie Belmonte, a Filipino        them, because they're not used        campaign has launched an              vada poll taken since last fall.
candidates stand for dur to lan-     American organizer, seeks to in-       to that."                             Asian-American and Pacific Is-            Nevada isn't the only battle-
guage barrier.                       crease minority turnout rates in            Sreenivasan said that in the     lander, or AAPI, initiative on-       ground state where the Asian
     Sreenivasan said "it's far      the state.                             2008 election, the Obama cam-         line.                                 population has swelled. The
easier for the presidential cam-           She said that in the "Philip-    paign bought advertisements in              Obama won Nevada by a           2010 census found higher-than-
paigns to produce ads in Span-       pines, it's corrupt and over here,     local Filipino American publica-      wide margin in 2008, and Las          average growth over the past
ish than to communicate with         it's procedural. There is a proto-     tions while the McCain cam-           Vegas was a Democratic strong-        decade in Virginia, Florida, and
voters in a dozen or more Asian      col that you need to do. And so        paign did not buy any.                hold. Mr. Obama has held the          North Carolina.
                                       August 15, 2012                                                                                                                     11
    Filipinos affected by Canada’s new immigration law
     OTTAWA - The Canadian          any Canadian immigration offi-            The law, approved on June      process the applications of those    under another permanent resi-
government has passed a bill        cer.                                 30 and called Bill C-38, affects    who have already passed the se-      dency program.
that will terminate pending im-          It will affect both principal   immigration applications of all     lection criteria before March 29,         "The large backlog of appli-
migration applications, includ-     applicants and their dependents.     nationalities filed before Febru-   2012.                                cations that has accumulated un-
ing those of Filipinos, that were        The move will affect about      ary 2008.                                The Canadian government         der the Federal Skilled Worker
filed under the Federal Skilled     280,000 applications, including           It allows the Citizenship      said the termination of applica-     Program is impeding the re-
Worker (FSW) Program before         30,000 to 60,000 applications        and Immigration Canada (CIC)        tions does not mean that the         sponsiveness of Canada's immi-
February 2008.                      from Filipinos, according to law-    to terminate pending immigra-       pending applications were all re-    gration system," the Canadian
     The new law has a retroac-     yer Gerard Algarra, repre-           tion applications and return        jected. Instead, it encourages ap-   government said.
tive effect on applications filed   sentative of a group of              their processing fees, totaling     plicants to file again under the          Canada is among the favor-
before March 29, 2012 that are      Manila-based Filipino appli-         around $130 million.                new set of immigration criteria.     ite destination for Filipinos who
yet to receive a decision from      cants.                                    But the CIC will continue to        The new immigration rules       wish to migrate abroad because
                                                                                                             will be introduced in early 2013,    of its "liberal immigration poli-
                                                                                                             reports said, although the Cana-     cies."
                                                                                                             dian government said that it              Reports from Manila said
                                                                                                             could process in under 12            there are many Filipino appli-
                                                                                                             months new FSW applicants            cants who have waited for five
                                                                                                             who have the skills that the         to 10 years for the Canadian
                                                                                                             North American country needs.        government to act on their ap-
                                                                                                                  The move was seen by the        plications.
                                                                                                             Canadian government as a                  Filipino applicants are mad,
                                                                                                             means to unclog the country's        saying the new law with retroac-
                                                                                                             immigration system. Canada           tive application is a sham in Ca-
                                                                                                             said applicants could still apply    nadian history.

Filipino immigrants in Canada, shown celebrating Philippine independence day, are not happy over the new
immigration law.
 12                                                                                                                      August 15, 2012

        Colorado shooting survivor ‘happy to be alive’
     Seventeen-year-old        Ryan        The National Federation of      help can be coursed through          journey to recovery. The family      gas and I thought it was just a
Lumba said he was happy to be         Filipino American Associations       Wells Fargo Bank Account #           needs your help, so please open      joke. My friend said, 'he’s point-
alive and back at home.               (NaFFAA) also issued an appeal       6635 068 924 Routing # 102 000       your hearts and wallets to help      ing the gun at us through the
     He was one of nearly 60                                                                                    defray the cost of Ryan’s current    tear gas,' and whatever it is, I
people wounded during a shoot-                                                                                  and future devastating medical       was one of the first people shot,“
ing rampage by a lone gunman                                                                                    expenses,” she appealed.             he recalled.
while they were watching the                                                                                          The Denver Post also pub-            “I pulled my friends down.
latest Batman flick “The Dark                                                                                   lished the account of Devon
                                                                                                                                                     I was telling them to get down,
Knight Rises” at an Aurora, Co.                                                                                 Suits, one of Ryan’s friends who
                                                                                                                                                     get down. And all I remember is
movie theater last month. A                                                                                     also went to see the Batman
                                                                                                                                                     me in pain,” Lumba said.
dozen other people were killed.                                                                                 movie.
                                                                                                                                                           Lumba, who is also suffer-
     The FilAm community ral-                                                                                         “When the movie started,
lied around Lumba and his fam-                                                                                  the whole place became very          ing anxiety attacks from the at-
ily after learning of their ordeal.                                                                             quiet. About 5 minutes into the      tack, said that he tries his best to
     The young Lumba was hit                                                                                    movie, what looked like a bal-       get back to normal.
in the stomach and intestines,                                                                                  loon with escaping air floated             "Being in the tragedy I was
and treated at the University of                                                                                across in front of the screen. I     in, I just accepted the fact that it
Colorado Medical Hospital. "I’m                                                                                 thought somebody was playing         happened. I’m just moving on
pretty good. I would just like to                                                                               a joke that wasn’t funny.            with life. Of course there’s a dif-
thank all those who gave cards,                                                                                       “That was the tear gas. My     ferent perspective now on how
flowers and everyone who vis-                                                                                   eyes began burning. There was        to be more safe but I’m pretty
ited me and offered prayers.                                                                                    smoke, and the flashes and bul-      good. I’m alive and I’m just
Now I’m back home," he told                                                                                     lets flying, screaming, and it was   happy that I’m alive," he said in
ABS CBN’s Balitang America            Remy Lumba, mother of Ryan (L), watches as he is attended by a nurse at   surreal.
                                      the Colorado University hospital.                                                                              the Balitang America telephone
newscast.                                                                                                             “Ryan grabbed me and           interview.
     It later emerged that his                                                                                  threw me down under the seat.              He recently graduated from
mother Remy is a cancer survi-        to help the family. “Ryan’s hor-     076 Wire Transfer: 121 000 248 or    That saved me. I could look
                                                                                                                                                     Eagle Crest High School in
vor and his father was jobless        rific experience compounded the      you can write directly to Re-        through the crack between the
                                                                                                                                                     Aurora and planned to go to the
and paralyzed.                        family’s emotional and financial     medios Lumba, 4456 S. Hima-          seats at someone in glasses with
     President Barack Obama                                                                                                                          Western State College of Colo-
                                      burden,” said NaFFAA Region          laya Court, Aurora, Colorado         flashes going off.
who visited him in the hospital                                                                                       “Then I felt like somebody     rado but that would have to
                                      V chairperson Giselle Rushford.      80015.
earlier told Ryan's mother to let           A number of Manila Mail             “Last December, Remy un-        punched me really, really hard       wait for now.
him know if they needed help. A       readers have written to express      derwent a mastectomy to save         in the left arm, and there was             "I’m going to take my first
Filipino American community           their desire to help the Lumba       her life, and then Sam (Ryan’s       blood. At the same time, Ryan        semester off and I’m going to
organization in Aurora also im-       family. For those interested, the    father) suffered a heart attack      screamed,” Suits told the Post.      college in the spring semester
mediately organized a fund-rais-      NaFFAA has formed a Ryan             that left him in a wheelchair and,         “What I remember from the      because I just want to rest and
ing campaign for the Lumbas.          Lumba Benefit Fund. Financial        now, Ryan’s undergoing a long        shooting, the man threw the tear     regain my health," he said.
                                         August 15, 2012                                                                                                                       13
              Computer engineer takes over PAMWE helm
      After 32 years, the Philip-     the wish that more Filipino IT      declared, would be a group that      pino engineers in the area to         heightening awareness   of
pine Association of Metropolitan      engineers would join and be-        establishes “bonds of unity and      land jobs with consulting, archi-     PAMWE especially among fe-
Washington              Engineers     come active partners in growing     friendship”, laid down a job re-
(PAMWE) has a woman at the            PAMWE.                              ferral system, help its members
helm with a vision of steering             And she hastened to add, “I    prepare for State Professional li-
one of Metro DC’s most active         would like to see more women        censing examinations, formed as
Fil-Am organizations to new di-       engineers in our organization”.     PAMWE foundation to raise
rections.                             There have been only three fe-      funds for scholarships, and pro-
      Hilda Leuterio Gigioli is the   male presidents of PAMWE.           mote the professional advance-
first PAMWE president with an              PAMWE was born in 1980         ment of its members.
Information Technology (IT)           as essentially a gentlemen’s club        Solis, a native of Lemery,
background so it’s small wonder       for Filipino immigrant engineers    Batangas, epitomized the early
that she wants to take the group      who’ve settled in Washington        immigrant engineers in the
global. “I have tremendous re-        DC, Maryland and Virginia.          Metro DC region. “I immigrated
spect for the past officers who            Pepito Solis, one of its       to the US in 1965 when the cost
contributed to maintaining this       founding members, recounted         of gas at 25 cents per gallon was    Amb. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. is flanked by new PAMWE president Gilda Giglioti
organization,” she said in a writ-    how Carlos Alvano invited a         considered high, apartment rent      (right) and her sister, past president Hedy Thomas.
ten interview for the Manila          group of engineers to their         was $125 a month and wages at
                                                                                                               tect and engineering companies        male engineers and aligning the
Mail.                                 house where they decided to         $1.25 per hour,” he reminisced.
                                                                                                               and federal agencies like the         group’s thrusts with other Fili-
      “My vision for this organi-     form the organization and wrote          An electrical engineering
                                                                                                               Voice of America and Federal          pino organizations in the Metro
zation is to embrace technol-         its guiding principles.             graduate from Feati University,
                                                                                                               Aviation Administration where         DC region.
ogy,” she explained, expressing            PAMWE, the merry band          he “networked” with other Fili-
                                                                                                               he retired after 26 years of gov-           She wants to increase grants
                                                                                                               ernment service.                      to scholarship foundations by
                                                                                                                     Although        he     wishes   soliciting universities for the
                                                                                                               PAMWE will continue doing             partial or total waiving of tuition
                                                                                                               what it’s done for over 3 dec-        fees and sponsorships from pri-
                                                                                                               ades, Solis realizes that the fu-     vate businesses. She also intends
                                                                                                               ture of their organization lie in     to mount a Young Membership
                                                                                                               infusing new blood and fresh di-      Campaign that will go to univer-
                                                                                                               rections. “This is happening now      sities and provide awareness
                                                                                                               by the active participation of        about PAMWE to graduating
                                                                                                               younger engineers especially the      seniors; as well as leading
                                                                                                               presidency of daughters of a for-     PAMWE to celebrate National
                                                                                                               mer PAMWE member,” he de-             Engineers’ week by focusing on
                                                                                                               clared.                               the advancement of women in
                                                                                                                     He was apparently referring     engineering.
                                                                                                               to Gigioli and sister Hedy Leute-           To increase the group’s visi-
                                                                                                               rio Thomas, who was the               bility, she plans to send mem-
                                                                                                               group’s president until 2010 and      bers to various school awareness
                                                                                                               currently sits as its chairperson.    programs in science and math,
                                                                                                                     “My father, Mariano Leute-      and volunteer as judges in sci-
                                                                                                               rio, was one of the early officers    ence competitions.
                                                                                                               of PAMWE (he served as vice                 She has also set her sights
                                                                                                               president). This organization         farther down the road with
                                                                                                               was very dear to his heart so         plans to expand the group’s
                                                                                                               that when he passed away in           scholarship program to include
                                                                                                               2007, my sister and I vowed to        technical training in the Philip-
                                                                                                               continue his legacy,” she ex-         pines and opening membership
                                                                                                               plained.                              to engineering students.
                                                                                                                      “We need to do away with             “Ten years from now
                                                                                                               the notion that engineering is a      PAMWE will embrace the glo-
                                                                                                               man’s field,” Gigioli averred.        balization of technology,” she
                                                                                                                     Incidentally, PAMWE is          declared, like helping Filipino
                                                                                                               also proving to be a cradle of fu-    engineers and engineering firms
                                                                                                               ture leaders       her immediate      participate in the global econ-
                                                                                                               predecessor, Aylene Mafnas left       omy.
                                                                                                               because she had to take over                While that may sound like
                                                                                                               leadership of the Philippine          overly lofty goals, PAMWE al-
                                                                                                               American Foundation for Chari-        ready has rich history of
                                                                                                               ties (PAFC), a broader-based Fil-     achievement that Solis outlined
                                                                                                               Am organization that does             for the Manila Mail. They in-
                                                                                                               critical work for indigents in the    clude technical support to the
                                                                                                               mother country.                       Philippine Embassy ranging
                                                                                                                     Gigioli herself, a computer     from surveys and designs for the
                                                                                                               science and engineering gradu-        renovation of the Chancery to
                                                                                                               ate from the Catholic University      putting up Christmas lights at
                                                                                                               of America with a Masters in          the Embassy.
                                                                                                               systems engineering from Bos-               The PAMWE has also estab-
                                                                                                               ton University, has the distinc-      lished an engineering scholar-
                                                                                                               tion of being one of only two         ship program at the University
                                                                                                               Filipinos and PAMWE members           of Maryland along with 10 per-
                                                                                                               (the other was her father) to         petual engineering scholarships
                                                                                                               serve as President of the prestig-    in various Philippine universi-
                                                                                                               ious District of Columbia Coun-       ties. Solis revealed they have fi-
                                                                                                               cil     of     Engineering      and   nanced the construction of a
                                                                                                               Architectural Societies.              classroom building in Legaspi,
                                                                                                                     Gigioli has already carved a    Albay as well as 11 similar class-
                                                                                                               path to where she wants to take       rooms sponsored by PAMWE
                                                                                                               PAMWE. That includes increas-         members in their individual ca-
                                                                                                               ing the number of their scholars,     pacity as volunteers of Feed the
                                                                                                               expanding membership espe-            Hungry Inc.
                                                                                                               cially for those in IT field,
 14                                                                                                                      August 15, 2012

      FilAm tennis star                                                           Spo meets PNoy, press, kids
     wins DC tournament                                                        NBA champion Miami Heat
                                                                          coach Erik Spoelstra paid a cour-
     WASHINGTON D.C. - Fili-         through and through. He was          tesy call on President Benigno
pino American tennis star Treat      born in the District and raised in   Aquino III a day after his arrival
Conrad Huey, who is proud to         Alexandria, Virginia where he        on Aug. 1 and gave him a black
represent the Philippines in in-     excelled at St. Stephen's and St.    Miami Heat basketball jersey
ternational competitions and         Agnes school. He played colle-       with the number 15, explaining
who displays its flag in his         giately at Virginia and profes-      that the number represented
website, captured the CITI Open      sionally for the Washington          Aquino for being the 15th Presi-
men's doubles title with his part-   Kastles, who he joined as an         dent of the country.
ner Dominic Inglot, captured the     Olympic       replacement     last        In return, Aquino gave
men's doubles title at the City      month.                               Spoelstra an English version of
Open at the Rock Creek Park                "It's been unbelievable to     his State of the Nation Address
stadium here on Aug. 5, 2012.        play here in Washington.                  on July 23 and a yellow rib-
     Huey and Inglot, both for-      Dominic and I had a fun week         bon pin, Aquino's political cam-
mer Virginia Cavaliers, became       here," Huey said. "It's always       paign color.
the fifth pair of former college     more fun when you win, so that            On Aug. 3, held a press con-
teammates to win an ATP dou-         definitely helps."                   ference and showed the Larry O'
bles event since 2000. They               Inglot was born and raised      Brien trophy displayed as part of
surged past Sam Querrey and          in London before coming to the       the NBA Trophy Tour. The Mi-
Kevin Anderson to win the title      United States and attending the      ami Heat dominated the Okla-
7-6 (7), 6-7 (9), 10-5.              University of Virginia.              homa City Thunder in the series
     Treat was born in Washing-           Huey and Inglot were indi-      4-1, sealing game five with a 121
ton D.C. on August 28, 1985 to a     vidual standouts at Virginia but     - 106 victory to win the champi-      Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra hands President Aquino III a No. 15
Filipino couple and later moved      never played together in Char-       onship.                               shirt when he called on him on Aug. 2.
to Charlottesville, Virginia.        lottesville. After debuting in            Spoelstra cited Filipino box-
     The tournament allowed          January, they've played together     ing star and Saranggani Rep.          said this was one of the most im-    the Filipino culture of giving," he
Huey to live out something of a      in a handful of tournaments to       Manny Pacquiao as one of his          portant values that his mother,      said. "The game has been very
childhood dream. The 26-year-        mixed results.                       and his team's inspirations.          Elisa Celino from San Pablo,         good to me. I try to get back to it
old remembers coming to Rock              They have reached three              Spoelstra's other objective in   Laguna taught him.
                                                                                                                                                     as much as possible and I do
Creek Park as a kid to watch         tournament finals, won a small       coming to the Philippines was to            "I hope that's the one qual-
tournaments and being in awe of      event in Britain and advanced to     spread basketball knowledge           ity that my mother instilled in      that through kids," Spoelstra
the speed and power displayed        the round of 16 at the French        among the Filipino youth. He          my sister and I and my family,       added.
by the pros. Having reached          Open. For each finals appear-
four ATP doubles finals in the       ance, however, there also has        most critical points. They stole          Huey and Inglot entered          ers in the field, standing at 6 feet
past 12 months, Huey realizes he     been a first-round exit.             the first set tiebreaker 9-7 and      Sunday's final overmatched and       6 inches and 6 feet 8 inches, re-
now is one of them.                       The former Cavaliers won        forced Querrey and Anderson to        undersized, the Washington           spectively. Their size alone made
     The Washington Times says       the tight match by minimizing        commit six errors in the match's      Times said. Querrey and Ander-       returning serves difficult and net
Huey is a Washingtonian              unforced errors and winning the      final game.                           son were two of the tallest play-    play downright impossible.
                                      August 15, 2012                                                                                                                   15
                                                                     20745 . Win Prizes. Tickets are     Philippine Nurses Association        Highway, Arlington, VA. Mu-
                                                                     $25.00 per person for 20 games      of MWDC Casino Trip Medical          sic by the Swinging DJs. $80
                                                                     with Dinner and one bottle H20.     Mission Fundraising, Atlantic        per person; $90 after October
                                                                     BINGO starts promptly at 7:00       City. Contact: norrad79@veri-        10. Contact: Lyta 301-229-1132.
                                                                     pm. There will be a ticket                                    October 23-Nov.1 Philip-
                                                                     counter selling more tickets all         September 15 (Saturday)         pine Nurses Association of
                                                                     night. Contact: Greg Abella 301     6pm to 1 am. Medical Mission         MWDC Trip to the Holy Land.
                                                                     640 6896.                           of Mercy USA Fundraising             Contact:
                                                                          August 31- September 2         Gala.    Fairview Park Marriot             November 4-11 Philippine
                                                                     (Labor Day Weekend): 2012           Hotel. Falls Church, VA 22042.       Nurses Association Educational
                                                                     North American Basketball           Includes Casino Night , Dinner       Cruise, The Carribean,
                                                                     Youth Basketball Association        and Dance. Proceeds go towards             Contact:     norrad79@veri-
                                                                     (FYBA). NOVA Sportsplex,            MMOMs 2013 mission in Mex- 
August 18 (Saturday (7:30pm)       Hilda Leuterio-Gigioli       at
                                                                     Chantilly, VA. Details TBA.         ico, Pampanga and Marinduque.              Nov 8-10         Philippine
Filipino Mass at St. Bernadette or
Catholic Church, 7600 Old          240 832 7762
                                                                          September 15 (Saturday)        Contact: mariasison@gmail            Nurses Association 15th Eastern
                                                                     7:30pm. Filipino Mass at St.             September 22 (Saturday)         Region       Conference,      Wil-
Keene Mill Road Springfield, VA         August 25 (Saturday), 6:00
                                                                     Bernadette Catholic Church,         6pm-midnight. Bicol Associa-         liamsburg, VA. Contact: nor-
22152. Sponsored by Filipino       pm to 2:00 am. UST Alumni As-
                                                                     7600 Old Keene Mill Road            tion of MWDC, Sarung Banggi
Ministry of St. Bernadette. Con-   sociation in America (US-
tact (703) 569-1054                TAAA) Bingo Night & After
                                                                     Springfield, VA 22152. Spon-        30th Anniversary Celebration.              November 10. 10:00am-
                                                                     sored by Filipino Ministry of St.   Holiday Inn, 2 Montogmery Vil-       3:00pm. PAFC Pasasalamat:
     August 25 (Saturday) 6:30     Hour Karaoke Extravaganza.
                                                                     Bernadette. Contact(703) 569-       lage Ave., Gaithersburg, MD          Community            Appreciation
p.m. PAMWE Gala Night.             National Philippine Cultural
                                                                     1054                                20879. Attire formal/barong.         Lunchb0 Details TBA.
Fairview Marriott Hotel. $70       Foundation, Inc.(NPCF) 7500
                                                                         September 15 (Saturday)         Contact: Marlon Enciso at                  November 17 (Saturday
(free parking). Contact: Ms.       Livingston Rd. Oxon Hill MD,
                                                                                                         Sarungbanggi@BAMWashingt             (7:30pm) Filipino Mass at St.
                                                                                                                            Bernadette Catholic Church,
                                                                                                              September 29 (Saturday)         7600 Old Keene Mill Road
                                                                                                         PAFC Alay Fundraising Con-           Springfield, VA 22152. Spon-
                                                                                                         cert for Disaster Relief. Details    sored by Filipino Ministry of St.
                                                                                                         TBA                                  Bernadette. Contact: (703) (703)
                                                                                                              October 6 (Saturday) Uni-       569-1054.
                                                                                                         versity of the Philippines of              November 17 (Saturday)
                                                                                                         DCMDVA 'Panagbenga' Ball,            Philippine Nurses Association
                                                                                                         Hilton Mark Center, 5000 Semi-
                                                                                                                                              of MWDC Dinner Dance Medi-
                                                                                                         nary Road, Alexandria, VA. Pro-
                                                                                                                                              cal Mission Fundraising. St. Co-
                                                                                                         ceeds designated for the 7th and
                                                                                                                                              lumba      Parish     Hall,   Fort
                                                                                                         last Junior Faculty Grant for UP
                                                                                                                                              Washington, MD. Contact: nor-
                                                                                                         Baguio. Details TBA
                                                                                                              October 6 (Saturday) Ma-
                                                                                                                                                    December 1, b PAFC Pask-
                                                                                                         rinduqueno Association of the
                                                                                                                                              ong Pinoyb0 . Details TBA
                                                                                                         Capital Area (MACA, Inc) Fun-
                                                                                                                                                    December 8 (Saturday).
                                                                                                         draising Gala Holiday Inn
                                                                                                                                              Philippine Nurses Association
                                                                                                         Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900
                                                                                                                                              of MWDC Christmas Party, St.
                                                                                                         North Fort Myer Dr. Arlington,
                                                                                                                                              Columba Parish Hall, Fort
                                                                                                         VA 22209. Contact: macasecre-
                                                                                                                                              Washington, MD. Contract: nor-
                                                                                                All net pro-
                                                                                                         ceeds will go to MACA'S
                                                                                                                                                    January 21-25, 2013. Philip-
                                                                                                         various charitable projects.
                                                                                                              October 13 (Saturday) Tu-       pine Nurses Association of
                                                                                                         lungan Dinner Dance "Glitz           MWDC 2013 Medical Mission,
                                                                                                         and Glamour on The Red Car-          Cebu City, Philippines. Contract:
                                                                                                         pet" to benefit Missionaries of
                                                                                                         The Poor MOP-Cebu City), Don               December 15 (Saturday
                                                                                                         Bosco Sister's Home (Manila,         (7:30pm) Filipino Mass at St.
                                                                                                         Philippines); Immaculate Mary        Bernadette Catholic Church,
                                                                                                         Queen of Heaven Missionaries         7600 Old Keene Mill Road
                                                                                                         (IMQH-Cebu        City).    Hilton   Springfield, VA 22152. Spon-
                                                                                                         Springfield, VA. Details TBA.        sored by Filipino Ministry of St.
                                                                                                              October     20      (Saturday   Bernadette. Contact: (703) (703)
                                                                                                         (7:30pm) Filipino Mass at St.        569-1054.
                                                                                                         Bernadette Catholic Church,                January 29-31, 2013. Philip-
                                                                                                         7600 Old Keene Mill Road             pine Nurses Association of
                                                                                                         Springfield, VA 22152. Spon-         MWDC 2013 Medical Mission,
                                                                                                         sored by Filipino Ministry of St.    Narvacan, Philippines. Contract:
                                                                                                         Bernadette. Contact: (703) (703)
                                                                                                         569-1054                                   February 9, 2013. Fil-Am
                                                                                                              October 20 (Saturday) Phil-     Association of Manassas and
                                                                                                         ippine Nurses Association of         Washington Metropolitan Area
                                                                                                         MDC Casino Trip Medical Mis-         Gala Dinner-Dance. Fort Myer
                                                                                                         sion Fundraising, Atlantic City.     Community Center. All pro-
                                                                                                         Contact:        ceeds go to a gift that keeps on
                                                                                                              October 20 (Saturday) 6:30-     giving: much-needed school
                                                                                                         12:30 Feed the Hungry, Inc 20th      classroom construction project
                                                                                                         Anniversary Handog.b0                in extremely high-student den-
                                                                                                              Crystal Gateway Marriott        sity areas in the Philippines. De-
                                                                                                         Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis          tails TBA.
 16 Around DC                                                                                                                 August 15, 2012

        NaFFAA elects officers in Aug. 2-5 meeting in Detroit
     The National Federation of        erment Conference in Detroit,          the Filipino Americans in the          also reelected the same officers
Filipino American Associations         Michigan from Aug. 2 to 5. Be-         US, particularly the coming            for another two-year term.
(NaFFAA) held its 10th Empow-          sides taking up issues that affect     presidential election, NaFFAA

In group photo are Eduard Navarra as national chair; JT Mallonga, national vice-chair; Bart Tubalinal, national
treasurer and Jelly Carandang, national secretary. Also elected were members of a new Board of Governors, who
will, including regional chairs, will constitute NaFFAA's national board: Bing Branigin, Joy Bruce, Gloria Caoile,
Willie DeChavez, Romy de la Paz, Rommel De Vera, Jing, Espiritu, Brendan Flores, Jon Melegrito, Steven Raga,         Filipino American community leader Gloria Caoile shows flyer encourag-
and Rodel Rodel Rodis.                                                                                               ing Pinoys to register and vote in November.

This photo, taken July 24 at the Philippine embassy, shows Roland Lee, Esq
(2nd from left), the new president of the Philippine Bar Association          Youth Envoys of MHC pose with Ambassador Jose Cuisia (center) during their courtesy call on July 27 at the Phil-
(PABA), of Metropolitan Washington , D.C. Also in photo are Atty. Ed          ippine Embassy. The 16 young FilAms participated in the 11th Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York
Atienza, Bing Branigin, and Atty. Loy Cortel, Philippine Embassy.             from August 1 to 3, 2012. Accompanying them during the call were the MHC's three co-executive directors - Grace
                                                                              Jaramillo, Jesse Gatchalian, and Arnedo Valera.
Santiago’s art show
in Arlington opens
     Extraordinaire    artist    &
PALM        outstanding     mem-
show, “Paintings of Colorado
Springs, CO & Albuquerque,
NM” at Arllington Central Li-
brary opened on August 2 and
will last up to Aug. 31, 2012. The
opening reception (light refresh-
ments)--sponsored               by
PALMtook place on Saturday,                                                                                          Giving their support to FilAm Leonard Tengco who is a candidate for the
                                      Friends gave a surprise 50th birthday party for Atty. Rod Bustos at the New
August 4th at 3:00 pm at the Li-                                                                                     VB School Board are, from left, Nita Cacanindin, Rose Hipol, and Dr.
                                      Fortune Restaurant in Rockville, Maryland recently. Photo shows from left,
brary 2nd floor conference room                                                                                      Manny Hipol. Tengco is campaigning hard and is asking Filipino Ameri-
                                      Bustos, Manila Mail contributor Atty. Jose Garcia and wife Jenny, M.
(Address: 1015 No. Quincy                                                                                            cans to support him.
                                      Deausen, Norby Perrin and Noel de Leon.
Street | Arlington, VA 22201).
   Consular Outreach
   in N. Carolina
                                            * Administration of oaths to
                                       former Filipinos under the Dual
                                                                                  FilAm 5th grader receives top honors
     The Philippine Embassy            Citizenship Law on 16 Septem-              New 5th grade graduate
will conduct a consular outreach       ber 2012 (Sunday) at 2:30 p.m.        Anjelica Misyel Tugado Marzan
mission in Havelock, North                  * Registration of Filipinos      (center) is flanked by Bethesda
Carolina on 15 & 16 September          for Overseas Absentee Voting          Elementary School (BES) Princi-
2012 at the Far East Emporium,              The application for Philip-      pal Lisa Seymour (left) and As-
1008 East Main Street, Havelock,       pine passport is strictly by ap-      sistant Principal Stacey Lillis
NC 28532. Schedule:15 Septem-          pointment only. In order to           following BES' 5th grade Recog-
ber 2012, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to       expedite processing, applicants       nition Day/Graduation ceremo-
12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:30        are advised to APPLY FOR AN           nies     at BES in Bethesda,
p.m. 16 September 2012, Sunday,        APPLICATION           APPOINT-        Montgomery County, Maryland.
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Services To      MENT/SLOT by sending an e-            For her outstanding academic
Be Rendered:                           mail to the Embassy at                achievement, Filipino American
     * Processing of applications Ap-          Anjelica Misyel was conferred a
for issuance or renewal of Phil-       pointments will be automatically      "President's Award" certificate
ippine passport                        scheduled as they are received.       signed by US President Barack
     * Processing of authentica-       No request for specific time slots    Obama, US Secretary of Educa-
tion/acknowledgment of legal           will be entertained. Those appli-     tion Arne Duncan, and BES Prin-
documents                              cants who are not able to secure      cipal Seymour.
     * Processing of applications      confirmed appointments will
for Reports of Births and Mar-         not be accommodated.
                                       August 15, 2012                                                                                                                           17
  Boots Anson Roa draws crowds for Mowelfund charity event
By Jennie L. Ilustre                coffee, with Aurora Madara,           pino and in English, showing            For the last three years, some      sociation of Stafford, Virginia
                                    raised about $50 from proceeds        the extraordinary talents of the        P4.5 million to P5.5 million        and the Household of St. Joseph
       Greater Washington area      of onsite sales. Paras added his      Filipinos and Filipino Americans        yearly has come from its 50 per     provided food and other refresh-
Filipino Americans turned up to     contribution to make it $100.         in the field of arts and entertain-     cent share of the net of the        ments. Leaders and members of
support top actress Boots Anson          Other screening beneficiar-      ment."                                  amusement taxes from the            the Bicol Association of Metro-
Roa, executive director of the      ies were: the Philippine Associa-          "According to the census,          Metro Manila Film Festival.         politan Washington, D.C. also
Movie Workers Welfare Founda-
tion Inc. (MOWELFUND) in Ma-
nila, when local organizers held
a joint fundraising screening at
the Hermitage senior living
place in Alexandria, Virginia on
August 3-4.
     Some 200 people attended
the two-day screenings. Boots,
who worked in the Philippine
embassy here in the 80s and
wrote a column for the Manila
Mail before she returned to the
Philippines in the early 90s,
drew crowds of supporters and       Opening night of the screening shows Boots posing with those who attended the screening. Next photo shows Boots with friends Dr. Jovy and Jun Eusebio,
friends, in response to her call    Jojo dela Rosa and another friend. At right, she is shown with Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
"to help provide social welfare     tion of Retirement Counselors,        there are 3.4 million of Philip-            She thanked the organizers      turned up at the event. Boots
services to the unsung heroes in    the Filipino American Aposto-         pine ancestry in the US, he said,       and the Filipino American com-      hails from the Bicol region.
the movie industry."                late of Saint William of York,        adding "they contribute to the          munity for their support. She            Founded in 1974 by movie
     "Botelya," a story about a     and the Association of American       promotion of Philippine culture,        also thanked "Emelina Garcia        titans Joseph Estrada, as well as
mother's love, was a 2009 Can-      Counselors on Ethnic Eldercare        as well as help in American soci-       Camp, for her valuable early
                                                                                                                                                      Fernando Poe, Jr. and Dolphy,
nes, France film festival award     Services, Inc.                        ety," in the fields of the arts, edu-   support."
winning movie starring Ms. An-           Similar joint charity screen-    cation and healthcare.                      Emelina's husband Jesus         now both deceased, MOWEL-
son and veteran actresses Anita     ing events will take place in              Dr. Marilou Tablang-Jime-          Garcia, then vice president of      FUND currently has 4,500 mem-
Linda and Rosa Rosal.               nearby state of Ohio on August        nez, director of Montgomery             Caltex Philippines, helped draft    bers,     with    2,700      active
     MOWELFUND received a           10, and subsequently in Califor-      Crisis Center, spoke on the heal-       MOWELFUND'S articles of in-         beneficiaries who pay a P300
portion of the proceeds. Dr. El-    nia.                                  ing power of touch, a theme of          corporation and other docu-         membership fee. Members re-
len Carag, one of the organizers         At a pre-screening program       the movie, before the screening         ments. Emelina followed up the
                                                                                                                                                      ceive about P67,500 in medical
with Daisy Tucay, said she          Aug. 3, Ambassador to the US          on opening night.                       papers with the Security and Ex-
turned over to Ms. Roa an initial   Jose L. Cuisia Jr. lauded Ms. Roa,         Ms. Roa said MOWEL-                change Commission (SEC) and         reimbursement, hospital, sur-
amount of $250 on August 4.         the organizers and the "box-of-       FUND has an annual opera-               other government agencies.          gery and death benefits, among
Fred Paras of Organo gourmet        fice hits or blockbusters, in Fili-   tional expenses of P11 million.             The Filipino American As-       other things.
 18 U.S. News Briefs                                                                                                     August 15, 2012

           Economic woes make FilAms get dual citizenship
      LOS ANGELES - Many Fili-       the same strict requirements as      Watson raved about Philippine                                               estranged father. Her only clues
pino Americans are opting for        others applying to the school.       delicacies and enjoyed meeting                                              are a series of old letters, some
dual citizenship because of the      That means students should           the Toronto performers and Fili-                                            dating back to the turn of the
economic hardship they are en-       have at least a 3.2 GPA and 1,600    pinos visiting the ambassador's                                             20th century. The letters intro-
countering in the United States,     in the new SAT, or pass Mapua's      residence. "We are blessed in our                                           duce her to a past entangled in
according to the Philippine Dep-     entrance exam.                       city to have a very vibrant, dy-                                            times of war and unrest, and a
uty Consul General Dan Espiritu                                           namic Filipino-Canadian com-                                                family legacy molded by the
here. ABS-CBN said Espiritu             FilAm bikini model                munity and certainly many                                                   country's history. Conlu feels
made this comment during a              is body builder                   members of the Filipino commu-                                              that reintroduction to cultural
roundtable community discus-             DAYTONA, Florida - Gem-          nity do come and immigrate to                                               roots is an essential part of iden-
sion about the biggest concern of    malyn Crosby, 23, displays the       Ottawa to Ontario and that                                                  tity formation, especially in the
the Filipino American commu-         sensual beauty of a toned and        helps our economy," the mayor                                               Asian American community,
nity. Espiritu said that in Los      sculpted female body, the result     said.                                                                       and hopes that Sampaguita
Angeles, the home of about                                                                                                                            Roots will reach as many people
30,000 dual citizens, many Fili-                                             FilAm receives 2012                                                      as possible, not limited to the
pino Americans are applying for                                              Engineer of Year award                                                   Filipino American community.
dual citizenship because of eco-                                               ALBUQUERQUE,          New        Dr. Meilani (Mimi) Mapa               Her hope is that Sampaguita
nomic hardship. He added that                                             Mexico - Manila-born mechani-                                               Roots will encourage readers of
"the sad thing about it is many                                           cal engineer Allen G. Lim, who        year, newer doctors that have         all ages and ethnicities to make
of them are also going home be-                                           works for the United States Na-       been fully-licensed approxi-          the journey to reconnect with
cause they cannot afford the life                                         val Sea Systems Command of            mately 10 years or less also are      their heritage.
in the US and these are citizens.                                                                               named. The selection process for
We're not talking here of immi-                                                                                 Texas Rising Stars groups doc-           Ultimo adios for
grants, we're not talking of those                                                                              tors into 41 specialties and those       Pinoy martial artist
who have working visas." Re-                                                                                    who acquired the highest total
                                                                                                                points from surveys, research              SAN FRANCISCO - For-
gina Galias, division chief of the                                                                                                                    mer Ultimate Fighting Champi-
Commission of Filipinos Over-                                                                                   and blue ribbon panels are in-
                                                                                                                cluded in the award selection.        onship (UFC) light heavyweight
seas (CFO) who was in the meet-                                                                                                                       champion Mauricio "Shogun"
ing, said she has been meeting                                                                                  Mapa is the daughter of Drs.
                                                                                                                Manolo and Helouise Mapa.             Rua endured a strong, deter-
with the local Filipino communi-                                                                                                                      mined effort from Filipino-
ties in Los Angeles to figure out
ways to help Overseas Filipino
                                                                                                                   Viloria-Marquez fight              American mixed martial artist
Workers (OFWs). She said the
                                                                                                                   set Sept. 29 in CA                 Brandon "The Truth" Vera to
                                     emmalyn Crosby                                                                   CARSON, California - Fili-      win the in the main event of
commission is already making                                                                                                                          UFC on FOX 4 at the Staples
plans on handling the issue of                                                                                  pino American Brian Viloria and
                                     of a strict diet and hours of hard                                         Mexican Hernan Marquez clash          Center Aug. 4. Vera was an un-
OFWs going home through a re-                                             Allen G. Lim                                                                derdog against shogun but was
integration program which it         work in the gym. Certified                                                 in a world flyweight unification
                                     trainer, bikini model and card-                                            meeting on Sept. 29 at the Home       competitive in the first three
hopes to develop within the next                                          the Department of the Navy, re-                                             rounds, taking advantage of
few months.                          carrying member of the profes-                                             Depot Center in Carson, Califor-
                                                                          ceived the 2012 "Asian American                                             Rua's tendency to gas out to-
                                     sional         association      of                                         nia. Viloria holds the World Box-
                                                                          Engineer of the Year (AAEOY)"                                               wards the end of rounds. But
   Mapua recruiting US               bodybuilders and physique ath-                                             ing Organization (WBO) 112-lb
                                                                          along with 14 other Asian                                                   Rua caught Vera with a right
   high school grads                 letes the International Federa-                                            crown, while Marquez, nick-
                                                                          American engineers and scien-                                               hand in the fourth round, which
                                     tion of Bodybuilding and Fitness                                           named 'Tyson' owing to his dev-
                                                                          tists during award ceremonies at                                            sent the FilAm fighter to the can-
      SAN FRANCISCO -Several         (IFBB) Gemmalyn Crosby is                                                  astating power, is the World
                                                                          the Marriott Hotel here recently.                                           vas. Rua poured it on while Vera
Filipino American high school        making waves in the US Fitness                                             Boxing Association (WBA) titlist.
                                                                          The AAEOY Award is given to                                                 was on the ground, and the refe-
graduates recently attended a        Circuit. Early this year Gemma-                                            Viloria and Marquez are the
                                                                          outstanding American scientists,                                            ree eventually stopped the fight.
briefing from a recruiter of         lyn won 1st place in the prestig-                                          world's leading punchers in the
                                                                          engineers and corporate leaders
Mapua, the Philippine's top en-      ious 2012 Arnold Classic                                                   division and their faceoff has
gineering school, regarding pos-     Amateur International Bikini
                                                                          with Asian ethnicity in recogni-
                                                                                                                made ringsiders from around
                                                                                                                                                         Pagulayan wins
sibility of their getting a degree   Championship and later the
                                                                          tion of their exceptional contri-
                                                                                                                the world drool with excitement.
                                                                                                                                                         US 10-ball challenge
                                                                          butions in their fields of
from the school, according to        overall winner of the 2012 NPC                                             Armed with a 31-3-0 win-loss-               TUNICA, Massachusetts -
                                                                          expertise and to the communi-
ABS-CBN. Filipino American           Atlantic USA Bikini Champion-                                              draw card with 18 knockouts,          Former World 9-Ball champion
                                                                          ties. Lim, who arrived in the
high school graduate Gerald          ships. She is originally from                                              Viloria has been on a roll lately,    Alex Pagulayan of the Philip-
                                                                          United States at the age of 7 and
Sandoval, who attended a brief-      Zamboanga del Norte, the                                                   having stopped two touted             pines survived a narrow 15-14
                                                                          became a naturalized American
ing of the Mapua Institute of        youngest of 7 children of Teofilo                                          Mexicans, Giovani Segura and          win against American Johnny
                                                                          citizen at 12, was cited for his
Technology, said "I'm really in-     and Esterlina Bonghanoy. She                                               Omar Romero, in defenses of his       Archer to win the US Diamond
                                                                          "masterful employment of rigor-
terested. They seem to offer a lot   moved to the US after marrying                                             title. Marquez, who sports a 34-      10-Ball Challenge title late last
                                                                          ous system and test and evalu-
of very good programs and I re-      her American husband. She                                                  2- slate with 25 knockouts, is        month here. He survived a 6-6
                                                                          ation engineering principles to
ally want to visit the Philippines   started working out in the gym                                             coming off a points win over an-      tie that eventually led also to 12-
                                                                          provide the nation's war fighter
again," said Sandoval. "Our pro-     to lose the weight she gained                                              other Filipino, Fernando Lu-          12 and 14-all deadlocks. Archer
                                                                          with cutting edge undersea sys-
grams, which have the same           during her pregnancy of their                                              macad. Born in Hawaii to              got the opportunity to win the
                                                                          tems." He received his degree in
standards in the U.S., are very      first child.                                                               parents from Ilocos Sur 31 years      title but couldn't clean the final
                                                                          Mechanical Engineering from
much affordable compared to                                                                                     ago, Viloria has endeared him-        rack when he missed the last
                                        PH envoy shows                    the University of Maryland, Col-
the rate of education in Amer-                                                                                  self to Filipino fight fans follow-   two balls that gave Pagulayan
                                        Philippines' best                 lege Park in 1984.
ica," said Mapua's recruiter                                                                                    ing his victories over Segura and     the opportunity to seize the mo-
Mary Jane Casumbal. With tui-             CANADA - Distinguished                                                Romero in the Philippines.            ment. Archer also took a 4-2 and
tion fees in U.S. colleges on the    local and foreign guests were re-
                                                                             Pinay doctor rising                                                      6-4 lead earlier but Pagulayan
rise, Mapua officials said send-     cently treated to a showcase of
                                                                             star in Texas                         FilAm writer releases              never lost hope. He seized the
ing students to the Philippines      the Philippines' best at the Am-            HOUSTON - Dr. Meilani             'Sampaguita Roots' book            edge at 9-6 but the American
may be a cost-effective solution     bassador's residence Tahanang        (Mimi) Mapa, a native of East              DALY CITY - Filipina             was able to regain the lead at 10-
for families with college-age        Rizal in Ottawa. "They told us       Liverpool, Ohio, has been se-         American writer Victoria Conlu,       9 after the Filipino stumbled at
children. With most of its pro-      that they like Filipinos, of the     lected as one of the top new doc-     23, is releasing her first novel,     the 16th rack. Both players en-
grams costing an average of          closeness of our cultural values.    tors in Texas.                        Sampaguita Roots, this fall.          gaged to a neck-to-neck battle in
$3,000 a year, Mapua's tuition is    So we will show to them that              She will be included as part     Conlu has been writing since she      the remaining racks. Pagulayan,
a bargain compared to public         Filipinos and Canadians are          of the Rising Stars list, published   could clumsily form letters with      one of the country's best pool
and private colleges in the          very much compatible," said          in the July 2012 issue of Texas       chubby little hands. Growing up       players, scored a 15-10 bashing
States. Mapua is now allowed to      Philippine Ambassador to Can-        Monthly. Key Professional Me-         in a Tagalog-speaking home, she       of Landon Shuffet of USA in the
recruit FilAms because it is now     ada Leslie Gatan.                    dia Inc., a leading researcher and    easily came to identify herself as    semifinal round of the tourna-
accredited by the US non-gov-             Non-Filipino guests also        publisher of Super Doctors, asks      a proud Filipino American. Sam-       ment that offered US $12,000.
ernmental organization Accredi-      adored the paintings and talked      physicians to nominate col-           paguita Roots is the story of a       Archer, on the other hand, de-
tation Board for Engineering and     about owning a barong tagalog        leagues       (excluding     them-    young Filipina American who           feated Filipino World 8-Ball
Technology, Inc. (ABET). Inter-      and eating halu-halo in the sum-     selves)whom they would choose         goes on a trip to the Philippines     champion Dennis Orcollo in the
national students will be held to    mer time. Ottawa Mayor Jim           in seeking medical care. Each         to trace the whereabouts of her       other semifinal match, 15-12.
                                          August 15, 2012                                                                              Hometown News 19
                  Is Veep next candidate for impeachment?
    This question arose after         the formal labor sector "with             PH to buy 2                        outdoor spaces and buildings,          bribe them with $10,000 to re-
Vice President Jejomar Binay re-      general protection from abuse             Italian warships                   transportation, housing, social        tract their accusations against
vealed an alleged plot of the         and exploitation and their con-                                              participation, respect and social      the diplomat. Cherry said the
                                                                                  Two Italian warships are set
                                      tributions to our socio-economic                                             inclusion, civic participation and     staff called her twice to ask her
                                                                             to strengthen the Philippines'
                                      development recognized."                                                     employment,        communication       to retract her statement in ex-
                                                                             maritime defense capabilities,
                                                                                                                   and information, community             change for money. "Bayaran
                                         TOSP awardee hugs,                  Defense     Secretary    Voltaire
                                                                                                                   and health services. Makati City       kami ng US$10,000 basta balik-
                                         kisses PNoy on cheek                Gazmin said early this month.
                                                                                                                   has the biggest number of for-         tarin namin yung isyu," Cherry
                                                                             Gazmin said the Philippine
                                          President    Aquino    was                                               eign retirees, with 80 percent         said.' The two housemaids
                                                                             Navy is buying the P11.7-billion
                                      caught unaware as Maria Janua                                                from Asia. The Top 10 nationali-       sought the help of ABS-CBN
                                                                             Maestrale-class frigates , which
                                      B. Polinar surprised him with a                                              ties of retirees in the Philippines    News last April. They claimed
                                                                             have anti-submarine and anti-
                                      hug and kiss during the award-                                               are Chinese-People's Republic of       that they were forced by the am-
                                                                             aircraft weaponry. The move is
                                                                                                                   China, Koreans, Chinese-Tai-           bassador to massage him with-
                                                                             part of the Armed Forces' mod-
                                                                                                                   wan, Japanese, Americans, Brit-        out almost any clothes on. They
                                                                             ernization program, the defense
                                                                                                                   ish,     Chinese-Hong         Kong,    were also asked to have sex with
                                                                             chief said at a forum in Camp
                                                                                                                   Indians, Germans, and Austra-          him which they refused. "Sabi
                                                                             Aguinaldo. "These frigates are
Cartoon shows       Binay    being                                                                                 lians. Makati has the highest at-      niya sa akin bakit yung mga
                                                                             warships. These have anti-air,
squeezed.                                                                                                          traction rate due to proximity of      babae sa Korea, lalo na Pilipina,
                                                                             sub-surface, they have anti-sub-
                                                                                                                   malls and hospitals, investment        bibigay agad. Magaling pang
                                                                             marine (capabilities). What we
                                                                                                                   and business-friendly climate,         mag masahe, magaling pa sa
Aquino administration to oust                                                are getting are really meant for
                                                                                                                   and livable environment. Makati        bed," said Joy. The House Com-
him from office before the year                                              war," Gazmin said. The frigates,
                                                                                                                   Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay           mittee on Foreign Relations
ends. But he said President                                                  which were commissioned in the
                                                                                                                   has also been awarded "Best of         called for a hearing on the case.
Aquino himself is not involved                                               1980s, are being used by the Ital-
                                                                                                                   RADAR 2012" by the PRA in rec-
in the plot, hinting that it is Mar                                          ian Navy. He said the Navy is
                                                                                                                   ognition of his "exemplary initia-        Abu Sayyaf founding
Roxas whom he defeated in the                                                waiting for the approval of con-
                                                                                                                   tives in leading the city as the          member is arrested
2010 election. He said the ongo-                                             tract that is expected to be
                                                                                                                   'Most Retirement- and Ageing-                Authorities have arrested a
ing audit of his projects when he     ing of the Ten Outstanding Stu-        signed in January 2013.
                                                                                                                   Friendly City' and commitment          founding member of the al
was still mayor of Makati City is     dents of the Philippines in Mala-                                            and contribution to the retire-        Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group
part of the "political harass-        cañang       on    Aug.      2    in
                                                                                A star who uses
                                                                                'ukay ukay' clothes                ment industry."                        blamed for some of the worst
ment," after he announced his         Malacanang. The 22-year-old                                                                                         terror attacks in the region, secu-
intention to run for President in     also landed a peck on the cheek             Some people see showbiz as          August is 'Buwan                    rity officials said late last month.
2016.                                 of Aquino that almost sent the         the glamorous life, with celebri-        Wikang Pambansa'                    Ustadz       Ahmadsali        Asmad
      "Ang sasabihin ko lang sa       presidential security guards to        ties almost always in signature                                              Badron, also known as Ammad
inyo, talagang may dumadating         his rescue. Polinar, one of he         clothes. But ask Chynna Or-                THE month of August is
                                                                                                                   "Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa"             or Hamad Ustadz Idris, was ar-
sa aking impormasyon. Iyang           2012 Ten Outstanding Students          taleza and she'll tell you: The                                              rested on Saturday in the remote
demolition talagang wawasakin         of the Philippines (TOSP) said it      stars can---and do---dress well       (National Language Month) fo-
                                                                                                                   cusing on the importance of Fili-      Tawi-Tawi islands in the south-
ako at wala na nga ako sa De-         was a dream come true. The             for less as well. The Kapuso tal-                                            ern Philippines. Edgar Danao,
cember [I must tell you, I have       hug came after she was handed          ent, a star of the defunct youth-     pino as the National Language
                                                                                                                   and to further strengthen its use.     police criminal investigation re-
received information that the         the award. The crowd of stu-           oriented show "Click," is a                                                  gional chief, said that Badron
demolition job is part of the plan    dents and academicians at the          self-proclaimed "bargain fash-        The observance is pursuant to
                                                                                                                   Proclamation No. 1041 issued by        was one of the founding mem-
to destroy me and I'm supposed        Rizal     Ballroom     applauded.      ionista" who has found the joys                                              bers of Abu Sayyaf, which was
to be out by December]," Binay        When asked later if he saw the         and benefits of shopping in thrift    then President Fidel V. Ramos
                                                                                                                   on January 15, 1997. The celebra-      founded in the 1990s using seed
told reporters. He said it is pos-    kiss coming, the President said:       stores, or in local parlance,                                                money from al-Qaeda leader
sible that he would also suffer       "She asked for my permission.          "ukay-ukay." "Bilang artista si-      tion coincides with the birth
                                                                                                                   month of former President              Osama bin Laden. Along with
the fate of former chief justice      She said, 'Sir, pwede pa-hug (Sir,     yempre marami kaming require-                                                one of his cousins, Badron
Renato Corona who was re-             can I give you a hug)? I replied,      ments pagdating sa damit.             Manuel Luis Quezon, the "Fa-
                                                                                                                   ther of the National Language,"        worked alongside Galib An-
moved through impeachment.            'No problem.'" Polinar said she        Tapos pag nagte-taping kami,                                                 dang, the notorious Abu Sayyaf
Binay said he was certain that        was looking forward to the cere-       sobra-sobra-sobrang       daming      who was born on August 19,
                                                                                                                   1878 in Baler, Tayabas (Now            leader well known as "Com-
the investigation being con-          mony because of her fascination        pairs ng outfits ang kailangan                                               mander Robot", under whom
ducted by Commissioner Heidi          with the presidency. "I took po-       naming i-prepare... Dun lang          Baler, Aurora).
                                                                                                                        This year, the country is         the group carried out a daring
Mendoza of the Commission on          litical science, so we're really       siya nag-start. Up to now, nag-                                              cross-border raid on a Malaysian
Audit (COA) is part of the            studying the government ...See-        ing ugali ko na siya," she en-        marking the 75th year of the
                                                                                                                   declaration of Tagalog as the ba-      resort in April 2000 and kid-
demolition job against him.           ing him in person was, 'My God!        thused in the July 28 episode of                                             napped dozens of foreign tour-
COA said it has unearthed sev-        This is the reality!' This is really   "Follow That Star," aired on          sic language of communication.
                                                                                                                   Commonwealth Act No. 184, ap-          ists. The kidnapping gained Abu
eral anomalies while Binay was        political science. You're studying     GMA News TV. A fashion lover                                                 Sayyaf international notoriety
still mayor of Makati city.           it, now you're seeing the physi-       since she was a kid, Chynna has       proved by the National Assem-
                                                                                                                   bly in 1936, created a committee       even as the hostages were freed
                                      cal structure." Polinar graduated      apparently developed an eye for                                              in batches after millions were
   PH Senate okays                    with a Bachelor of Arts in Politi-     stand-out pieces that reflect her     which recommended Tagalog as
                                                                                                                                                          paid following ransom negotia-
   ILO convention 189                 cal Science, magna cum laude,          personality. She took such pas-       basis for a national language.
                                                                                                                                                          tions brokered by Libya, officials
     The Philippines Senate Aug.      from Central Mindanao Univer-          sion to the next level by study-      Executive Order No. 134 in 1937
                                                                                                                   called for the development of a        said. "Badron was among the
6 concurred with the ratification     sity (CMU). The other awardees         ing Styling at the Fashion                                                   trusted members of [Abu
of International Labor Organiza-      are: Kenneth Isaiah Ibasco             Institute of the Philippines, as      national language based on Ta-
                                                                                                                   galog. The 1987 Philippine Con-        Sayyaf] who made millions of
tion's (ILO) Convention 189 on        Abante, Ateneo de Manila Uni-          well as putting up a fashion ac-                                             pesos in ransom money col-
Decent Work for Domestic              versity; Angelita Adajar Bom-          cessories business called Stellar,    stitution states that "the National
                                                                                                                   Language of the Philippines is         lected from their operations,"
Workers. Philippine labor secre-      barda, De La Salle University;         a few years back. Shopping in                                                Danao said.
tary Rosalinda Baldoz said that       Jerome Ven David, De La Salle          ukay-ukays proves to be a             Filipino. As it evolves, it shall be
the Senate's ratification was "his-   University-Manila; John Michael        unique experience because, as         further developed and enriched            SM Mall holds Skype
toric" as it placed the Philippines   Flores Dellariarte, Ateneo de          Chynna says, "hindi lahat ng tao      on the basis of existing Philip-          party for Jessica
at the forefront of the global ef-    Zamboanga University; Daniel           makakakita ng same piece."            pine and other languages."
                                                                                                                                                               The "American Idol" finalist
forts to promote decent and pro-      Philip Villaranda Dy, Ateneo de                                                                                     Jessica Sanchez was rendered
ductive work for household            Naga University; Jay-R Mesa               Makati is retirement                  UAE envoy hit
                                                                                                                      by Pinay maids                      speechless for a few seconds
service workers. The ILO Con-         Mendoza, University of Rizal              friendly city, say                                                        when presented by Filipino fans
vention 189 protects the rights       System-Morong             Campus;           THE City of Makati has                Two former house helpers          with a birthday cake while sing-
and welfare of domestic workers       Ruthell Angusto Moreno, West           been named by the Philippine          of the Ambassador of the United        ing "Maligayang Bati" during a
here and overseas and makes           Visayas State University; Maria        Retirement Authority (PRA) as         Arab Emirates to the Philippines       Skype party held at SM Mega-
them part of the formal work-         Janua Bacolod Polinar, Central         "Most Retirement and Ageing-          Moosa Abdulwahid Alkahjah re-          mall on July 29. "You guys are
force. Baldoz welcomed the            Mindanao University; Kurt Ger-         Friendly City," having complied       vealed the alleged bribery at-         amazing and I couldn't ask for
Senate ratification of ILO Con-       rard Tiu See, De La Salle Univer-      with the age-friendly city criteria   tempt to reverse their claim of        better people...there are so many
vention 189, as it benefits 1.93 to   sity-Manila; and Juan Carlo Pe         of the World Health Organiza-         sexual harassment. Cherry and          supporters out there like Bieber
2.5 million Filipino domestic         Tejano, University of the Philip-      tion (WHO). The WHO criteria          Joy (not their real names) said a
workers who will now be part of       pines-Diliman.                         for age-friendly city consists of     staff close to UAE envoy tried to           Continued on page 20
 20                                                                                                                    August 15, 2012
                                                                          meet. Bucloc in Abra province,      monuments of Mrs. Aquino and         tics'." The comments were in a
Hometown News ... from page 19                                            Bali-guian in Zamboanga del         her husband, the late senator Be-    letter Hos sent to the editor of
                                                                          Norte province, Jose Abad San-      nigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., at the     the Philippine Star, one of the
fans but I guarantee you guys        cludes service support, sales and    tos in Davao del Sur, and Saran-    Ninoy-Cory Aquino Park at the        country's leading newspapers,
are on top of the list," finally     marketing, technical support         gani in Davao del Sur have          corner of Burgos Street and          recently. In the letter, Hos ac-
blurts a teary-eyed Sanchez,         and front and back office opera-     nearly equally hard-scrabble        Bonifacio Drive in Manila's Er-      cused the Philippines and Viet-
whose birthday falls on Aug. 4.      tions, the biggest money earner      townsfolk with poverty inci-        mita district. The President and     nam of working to "sabotage
Throughout the 10-minute inter-      remain the inbound and out-          dences of 77.2 percent, 75.3 per-   siblings also lighted candles and    and hijack the joint commu-
action with fans and local media,    bound calls, which is why most       cent, 72.3 percent and 72.1         prayed at the tomb of their par-     niqué" during the Asean meet-
Jessica answered a myriad of         Filipinos still think of the BPO     percent, respectively, as govern-   ents at the Manila Memorial          ing.
questions about who she is off       industry in call center terms.       ment statistics show. In all,       Park in Paranaque city. Those
cam ("no makeup...just chill"),      Calls to and from customers are      nearly half, or 795 of the 1,643    who attended the Manila cere-           Aussie-ADB bloc
her coming album ("will have         the bread and butter accounts of     cities or municipalities in the     mony included former senator            open $625-M fund
songs that are crazy and    BPO companies, and it is the pri-    Philippines have poverty inci-      Agapito "Butz" Aquino, Ninoy's            Australia's        Macquarie
collaborations yet"), her inspira-   mary reason the Philippines was      dences ranging from 32.1 to 60.0    younger brother; Margarita           Group and the Asian Develop-
tions ("my family and fans who       able to become the world's           percent, according to the 2009      Juico, chairman of the Philippine    ment Bank said on Aug. 6 they
pushed me to do it"), the impor-     dominant player.         Filipinos   small area estimates (SAE) of       Charity Sweepstakes Office; and      were teaming up with other in-
tance of music in her life ("music   speak English better than their      poverty released by the National    Defense      Secretary   Voltaire    vestors to open a $625-million
is my dream and my life"), and       Indian counterparts, and since       Statistical Coordination Board      Gazmin.                              private equity fund focused on
also advised those who want to       the US is the biggest call center    (NSCB). Meanwhile, the data                                              vital infrastructure in the Philip-
follow in her footsteps ("I fol-     market in the world, it was in-      also said that 67 municipalities       Cambodia-PH rift                  pines. The Manila-based ADB
lowed my dream and did not let       evitable that American compa-        have poverty incidences higher         widens in ASEAN                   said that it would invest $25 mil-
anyone bring me down, so don't       nies would transfer their            than 60 percent. It added that of                                        lion in the fund, with other con-
                                                                          the poorest 20 municipalities in         The Cambodian Ambassa-          tributors       including      the
let anyone tell you any differ-      business to the country which
                                                                          2009, 17 municipalities are from    dor to the Philippines Hos           Macquarie Group, the Philip-
ent"). Sanchez corresponded          was once their colony. Accord-
                                                                          Mindanao and three are from         Sereythonh has failed to explain     pine government's employee
with her Pinoy fans from Los         ing to Martin Conboy, president
                                                                          Luzon. The poorest municipali-      comments he made accusing the        pension fund and Dutch pension
Angeles.                             of the Australian BPO Associa-
                                                                          ties from Luzon are in the Cor-     Philippines and Vietnam of           fund manager APG. "ADB's par-
                                     tion, the BPO industry in the
                                                                                                              playing "dirty politics" in trying
   Outsourcing business              Philippines will soon be the         dillera Administrative Region                                            ticipation can help mobilize ad-
                                                                                                              to solve a maritime row with
   to provide 4.6-M jobs             powerhouse of the economy            namely Bucloc, Abra; Kibungan,                                           ditional investment in the
                                                                          Benguet; and Lacub, Abra.           China. The move further deep-        Philippines from top tier inter-
                                     since it continues to remit mil-
     The outsourcing business                                                                                 ened divisions within the 10-na-     national partners," the bank's di-
                                     lions of dollars to the country
sector will grow into a $25-bil-                                             Cory 3rd death                   tion Association of Southeast        rector-general for private sector
                                     without having to send workers
lion industry by 2016, generating                                            anniversary marked               Asian Nations (Asean). When he       operations, Philip Erquiaga, said
an estimated 4.5 million jobs,                                                                                was summoned by DFA to ex-           in a statement. The government
President Aquino 3rd recently                                                 President Aquino III and        plain, he feigned illness. Cambo-
                                        PH's poorest town                                                                                          has said that12 percent of the
said. By grabbing control of the                                          the Manila city government          dia, the host country in the
                                        Siayan in Zamboanga                                                                                        country's $120 billion invest-
global business process outsour-                                          marked the third death anniver-     recent ASEAN meet, has been          ment requirements would have
cing (BPO) industry from India,           Siayan in Zamboanga del         sary of former President Cory       seen by the two countries as pro-    to come from the private sector.
the Philippines may have finally     Norte is the poorest city or mu-     Aquino on Aug. 1. Cory, the         China. DFA said "We want him         Macquarie Infrastructure and
found the key to long-term, sus-     nicipality in the Philippines with   mother of the President, died of    to explain what he meant when        Real Assets, the world's largest
tainable economic growth that        a poverty incidence of 79.9 per-     colon cancer on Aug. 1, 2011 at     he stated that the 'inflexible and   infrastructure fund manager,
will lift the country out of Third   cent-nearly four of every five       the Makati Medical center. The      non-negotiable position of two
World status. While BPO in-          residents hardly make ends           ceremony took place at the          countries of Asean is dirty poli-         Continued on page 21
                                        August 15, 2012                                                                                                                         21
                                                                          led by Teresita Deles, to explain     tion can treat food without caus-        Maids for rent
Hometown News ... from page 20                                            what the government did with          ing changes in freshness and tex-        racket in Mideast
                                                                          the P1.74-billion "budget inser-      ture. The PNRI, an attached
will run the fund with the ADB      porting negative news. The criti-                                                                                      Migrante Middle East has
                                                                          tion" for peace and order. About      agency of the Department of Sci-
playing an advisory role.           cism was made during the 25th                                                                                     exposed the "maid for rent"
                                                                          11,000 Agrarian employes will         ence and Technology, is the lead
                                    anniversary of TV Patrol. Mala-                                                                                   racket which is now prevalent in
   Aquino lambastes                                                       have to be fired as a result of the   agency in the country in re-
                                    canang said a majority of Filipi-                                                                                 the Middle East. It asked the De-
   Kabayan's reporting                                                    cancellation.                         search and development work
                                    nos supported Aquino's bashing                                                                                    partment of Labor and Employ-
                                                                                                                on food irradiation.
    President Aquino has criti-     of the former vice president.                                                                                     ment (DOLE), the Philippine
cized former Vice President and     Aquino earned the ire of the
                                                                             HK returns to PH                                                         Overseas Employment Admini-
                                                                             smuggled reptiles                     3 charged in hazing
now ABS-CBN newscaster Noli         people, media practitioners in                                                 of San Beda stude                  stration (POEA) and Philippine
de Castro over his reporting of     particular, for picking a fight             Scores of endangered rep-                                             Overseas Labor offices in the
                                                                                                                    Police have filed charges of
                                    with media, apart from violating      tiles, including turtles and a py-                                          Middle East to probe the "maid
                                                                                                                murder and violation of the
                                    press freedom. The National Un-       thon that were smuggled into                                                for rent" racket by the employers
                                                                                                                Anti-Hazing Law against 3 peo-
                                    ion of Journalists in the Philip-     Hong Kong were returned to                                                  of Filipino maids. The group's
                                    pines (NUJP) that the President       Philippines early this month. A                                             regional coordinator Leonard
                                    has a "whine and bash routine"        22-year-old man is serving a six-                                           Monterona said that many of the
                                    where he takes the opportunity        week prison sentence for smug-                                              "maid for rent" victims are run-
                                    to humiliate certain people he        gling the 105 reptiles into Hong                                            away overseas Filipino workers
                                    disagrees with      on occasions      Kong packed in plastic contain-                                             in Saudi Arabia. He said that the
                                    wherein he is the guest. Malaca-      ers inside his checked-in luggage                                           OFWs were forced to work to
                                    nang assured media they could         on June 14. The 39 Philippine                                               other households through bro-
Noli de Castro                      still invite Aquino to be their       pond turtles, 46 Southeast Asian                                            kers. "It is now becoming ram-
                                    guest of honor during special oc-     box turtles, 19 Mindanao water                                              pant that it even created a
the news on his program TV Pa-      casions, adding "you can expect       monitor lizards and one reticu-                                             market of 'maid for rent' that is
trol. Malacanang defended the       the President to be always frank      lated python required specialist                                            not only illegal but also dehu-
President for criticizing Kabayan   with his statements. He has al-       care before they could be                                                   manizes migrant household
and the media in general for re-                     ways         been    shipped home. "It was difficult                                             service workers," Monterona
                                                     forthright."         for them to breathe," Kadoorie                                              said. Monterona said that under
                                                                          Farm and Botanic Garden head          Marc Andrei Marcos.                   abusive and restrictive working
                                                       Japan              of fauna conservation Gary Ades                                             conditions, an OFW household
                                                       scraps                                                   ple, including a third year stu-      service worker is forced to run
                                                                          said. "Many of the animals when
                                                       $159-M                                                   dent of San Beda College of Law,      away from her original em-
                                                                          they arrived were underweight
                                                       aid to                                                   for their alleged involvement in      ployer or sponsor where she is
                                                                          and dehydrated and so they re-
                                                       Mindanao                                                 the death of freshman Marc An-        to work contractually.
                                                                          quired treatment," Ades said,
                                                                                                                drei Marcos. A security guard at
                                                                          adding that most of them had
                                                          The latest      recovered. Trade in the reptiles
                                                                                                                the De La Salle University Medi-         Rosa Rosal gets
                                                     attack by the        is restricted under the Conven-
                                                                                                                cal Center in Dasmariñas, Cavite         Plaridel award
                                                     Moro rebels led                                            said law student Gian Angelo              Actress Rosa Rosal, who is
                                                                          tion on International Trade in
                                                     by Umbra Kato                                              Veluz was one of 2 men who            also known for her humanitar-
                                                                          Endangered Species of Wild
                                                     in       Maguin-                                           brought Marcos to the hospital        ian efforts, particularly in rela-
                                                                          Fauna and Flora (Cites), al-
                                                     danao justified                                            after the fatal hazing early this
                                                                          though it is legal to keep them as
                                                     the pullout of                                             month. Two women, identified
                                                                          pets in Hong Kong.
                                                     the Japan Inter-                                           as Soledad Sanda and Marlyn
                                                     national Coop-                                             Guadayo, were also included in
                                                                             PNRi states Adobo                  the charges. Both women have
                                                     eration Agency,         can cure cancer
                                                     which       with-                                          gone missing since Marcos'
                                                     drew the $159-            The Philippine Nuclear Re-       death. Police earlier said the haz-
                                                     million        or    search Institute (PNRI) is devel-     ing victim is suspected to have
                                                     P6.2-billion         oping food for people with low        undergone initiation rites at a
                                                     grant for irriga-    immune systems, including             farm in Sitio Visaya Amuntay
                                                     tion projects in     those afflicted with cancer, leu-     Road, Barangay Zone 3, Das-
                                                     Mindanao due         kemia and AIDS through irra-          mariñas, Cavite, which is owned
                                                     to the peace-        diation.    Juan Miguel Recto,        by Veluz's family. Caretakers
                                                                                                                                                      Rosa Rosal
                                                     and-order prob-      PNRI science research specialist,     said more than 20 men arrived
                                                     lem         there,   said irradiated foods are safe to     at the farm early Sunday. They        tion to her work with the Philip-
                                                     Agham        Rep.    eat and nutritious. Recto said        said the men seemed to be hav-        pine National Red Cross, is this
                                                     Angelo        Pal-   they have applied the technol-        ing fun. But they also heard          year's University of the Philip-
                                                     mones said. Pal-     ogy in chicken and pork adobo         screaming and people shouting         pines College of Mass Commu-
                                                     mones      asked     (photo above), which is available     in pain. "Parang nasasaktan po,       nication (UPCMC)         Gawad
                                                     the Office of the    in two-kilogram up to 10-kg           umiiyak," said caretaker Roger        Plaridel awardee. The award
                                                     Presidential Ad-     packs. He said they would also        Atienza.
                                                     viser on the         try it with brown rice and vege-                                                 Continued on page 22
                                                     Peace Process,       tables. Recto said food irradia-
 22                                                                                                                          August 15, 2012

Hometown News ... from page 21                                               Cagaoan, his young girlfriend
                                                                             from Victoria, Tarlac. "It was
                                                                                                                   of the two nation commemo-
                                                                                                                   rated annually. The group's
                                                                                                                                                          event under Team TTB Extreme
                                                                                                                                                          along with his wife, Dr. Humil-
                                      tion," she told ABS-CBN in Brus-       love at first sight," De Asis told    president Isaac "Ike" Espiritu         ity Igaña, who was supposed to
was bestowed on Rosal Tuesday
                                      sels. Anyone aged between 18-26        The STAR two days after his           personally spearheaded the             run the half-marathon, the last
by UP president Alfredo E. Pas-
                                      could apply. Although there is         wedding. Pabling and Jennifer         search which he launched dur-          leg of the event. According to a
cual and chancellor Caesar A.
                                      no salary, au pairs in Belgium         address each other as "Babes"         ing his term also as president in      source, Igaña was dead after ar-
Saloma during formal rites held
                                      shall receive a pocket money of        and went steady for two years         2009 by visiting the Pediatrics        riving at Chong Hua Hospital
at the University of the Philip-
                                      not less than 450 Euro each            before they finally decided to get    ward of the Baguio General Hos-        and was being autopsied as of
pines Film Center. UPCMC says
                                      month which is deposited in            married. While Jennifer's family      pital last July 5. "This is to honor   press time. Odilao said the acci-
the honor is in recognition of her
                                      their bank account. They are en-       did not object to the relationship,   and celebrate the friendship be-       dent happened around 9:30 a.m.
outstanding achievement in
                                      titled to one day rest day in a        Pabling's children and grand-         tween US and the Philippines by        while the cyclist was attempting
making television an effective
                                      week and one full weekend off          children objected at first when       recognizing Filipino born on the       to get a water bottle from his
tool aimed towards serving the
                                      per month. Au pairs can only           the couple began talking about        day of celebration of inde-            bottle cage.
public. In an interview with
                                      stay in the country for a maxi-        marriage. "But I love her so          pendence and friendship day,
ABS-CBN News, Rosal said she
is truly grateful for the award
                                      mum of 1 year but many have            much and she loves me so much,        "Espiritu said.                           7 Osmena graft
deeming it an affirmation of her
                                      said they will not go back.            too. It's like you and me against          Chosen as winner last                case 'disappear'
lifelong goal: to help the country
in any way she can.
                                               LUZON                         the world," he said. Jennifer as-
                                                                             sured Pabling she is not after his
                                                                                                                   month during the regular meet-
                                                                                                                   ing of the association at Golden
                                                                                                                                                                CEBU CITY - Indicted indi-
                                                                                                                                                          viduals in the graft case of for-
                                                                             material possessions. To all          Pine Hotel at Legarda Road is          mer vice governor John Osmeña
   US woman robbed                       Ilocos Sur shooting                 doubters about the purity of her      baby boy Richmond Chomen-              Jr. of Cebu province have "disap-
   in Quezon city                        kills 5 in family                   love, she once told Pabling,          wey, who was born 1 a.m. on            peared." Police said they could
                                           CAMP PRESIDENT QUIR-              "They will see later how I love       July 4th. He will receive baby         not serve the warrants against
     Alexandra Roxanne Herald-
                                      INO, Ilocos Sur - - Five family        you. Your help to me cannot be        needs like diapers and formula         seven of nine respondents be-
Black, 28, of San Antonio Valley
                                      members died including a sus-          repaid by money."                     milk plus P5,000.00 cash on the        cause they have fled the country,
6, Paranaque city told police she
                                      pect while one other was criti-             Jennifer believes Pabling is     awarding day.                          have gone missing and two ad-
was robbed of cash and valu-
                                      cally injured in a pre-dawn            her knight in shining armor be-                                              dresses on the warrant were
ables by two men as she was alk-
ing alone at the Scout Area in
                                      shooting incident in Barangay 2,       cause he came, like in a song, "at       Ibanag language                     "probably fictitious." The Office
Quezon City Aug. 3. Black told
                                      Vigan City late last month. Po-        the right time in my life."              to be preserved                     of the Ombudsman filed last
                                      lice identified the killed family                                                 TUGUEGARAO CITY, Ca-              March before the Sandigan-
investigators from Kamuning
Police Station of the Quezon
                                      members as Frances Roella                 Public sex acts                    gayan -- The Ibanag language           bayan a graft charge against Os-
City Police District the robbers
                                      Espinueva, 34, suspect's wife;            in tourist spot hit                will be retaught to pupils of Iba-     meña and eight others for the
                                      her daughter Carla, 16, a student           PUERTO GALERA - Photos           nag towns in this province and         disbursement of P5 million to
were able to get $400 and P6,000
                                      of Divine Word College of Vi-          of sexual acts conducted pub-         some parts of Isabela. Vice Presi-     Perdido Lex Foundation Inc. in
in cash and valuable items, in-
                                      gan; Estrelita Mendoza, 56, sus-       licly on White Beach, Puerto          dent Jejomar Binay, founding           line with educational programs
cluding a laptop computer, Ap-
                                      pect's mother in law; Jeffrey          Galera, have angered officials of     chairman of the Ibanag Heritage        for marginalized youth of Cebu.
ple iPod and iPhone, a camera,
                                      Mendoza, 30, suspect's brother         the popular tourist spot. But a       Foundation, Inc. (IHFI), said the      Also charged were Victor
clothes and a US driver's license.
                                      in law; all living in a two - storey   Bayan Patroller who took the          Ibanag mother-tongue based-            Maambong, provincial council
Black said she shouted for help
                                      house in Barangay 2, Vigan City.       photos of a foreigner and his         multi-lingual education (MTB-          member; Willie Mulla, chief of
from the passers-by and the rob-
                                      Critically injured victim as           Filipino partner in the early         MLE) program is set to be              staff of Osmeña; and Marieto
bers fled on foot.
                                      Samantha Espinueva, 7, sus-            hours of April 15 insists locals      implemented next month in 15           Ypil, provincial accountant. Per-
   New Imelda book                    pect's daughter who sustained          shrugged off the incident as          municipalities and two cities in       dido Lex incorporators and pri-
   available in Kindle                bullet wounds on her head and          "normal." He showed a photo of        Cagayan and Isabela. Binay said        vate citizens Milagros Herrera,
                                      chest. The suspect, who commit-        a couple having sex in public on      the program will be rolled out in      Fe Tan,Nancy Sia, Veronica Cac-
     "IMELDA," the book on the
                                      ted suicide by shooting himself        a Puerto Galera beach ignoring        San Pablo, Cabagan, Tumauini,          eres and Teodora Limcangco
life of Imelda Romualdez Mar-
                                      in the head after he gunned            people watching them. Puerto          Santo Tomas, Santa Maria,              were also indicted. Graft investi-
cos, former First Lady and now a
                                      down his family members, was           Galera Mayor Hubbert Dolor            Gamu, Naguilian, Reina Mer-            gators found that the accused
member of Congress repre-
                                      identified as Edwin Espinueva,         told ABS-CBN's Southern Taga-         cedes and the City of Ilagan in        conspired to release the P5 mil-
senting Ilocos Norte's Second
                                      37, a businessman. Personal            log news bureau that police           Isabela; Pamplona, Abulug,             lion when no such non-govern-
District, is now available world-
                                      problems were said to be the           teams do regular patrols of the       Aparri, Camalaniugan, Lal-lo,          ment      organization   actually
wide in print and digital editions
                                      cause of the murder-suicide.           area. "Nobody could have gotten       Iguig, Solana, and Tuguegarao          existed, causing undue injury to
at    Amazon's        Kindle    and
CreateSpace. The book is written                                             away with it," he insisted. White     City in Cagayan. "We are target-       the province of Cebu.
                                         For former cop,
                                                                             Beach Barangay Captain Ohrie          ing a total of 34 pilot schools for
by author-journalist Cecilio T.
Arillo and published by Ama-
                                         love knows no age
                                                                             Bunquin also said it could not        the implementation, one central
                                          DAGUPAN CITY, Philip-              have happened on his turf. But        and one barangay school in each
zon, the world's largest publish-
ing house.
                                      pines - Love knows no age. An          the Bayan Patroller, a student of     of the selected nine localities in        US Yellow Boat
     Arillo says no living woman
                                      80-year-old retired policeman,         a Manila university, said people      Isabela and eight in Cagayan,"            aids Zambo students
                                      known as the Eddie Garcia of           just shrugged off the incident.       Binay, in a press statement, said.         ZAMBOANGA CITY - The
in history has experienced that
much ordeal in the hands of her                                              The Bayan Patroller, who was on                                              US-based Yellow Boat of Hope is
tormentors as Mrs. Marcos did.                                               her first visit to Puerto Galera,            VISAYAS                         helping young school children of
The book captures Imelda's                                                   said she and her friends took
story in a series of interviews                                              photos, thinking it would                Ironman race ends
                                                                             prompt the couple to move. "Ay,          in death of Igana
   Pinay au pairs                                                            walang effect. Hindi umalis. Mas           CEBU CITY - The death of
   'invade' Europe                                                           naging wild pa sila. Alam nilang      Ramon Igaña Jr. during the 90-
     Filipino au pairs have                                                  kinukunan sila." (It had no effect    km bike leg of the Ironman 70.3
started arriving in Brussels, Bel-                                           on them. They did not leave.          shocked many in Cebu's running
gium after the ban has been                                                  They became wilder. They knew         community and was the only
lifted last February, according                                              people were taking photo-             sad note in an otherwise success-
to ABS-CBN. Around 30 young                                                  graphs.)                              ful staging of the event on Aug.
Pinoys are already in the coun-       Pablo de Asis and Jennifer Ca-                                               5. Igaña was 45. "We were help-
try and have joined their host        gaoan                                     Group honors babies                ing (distribute sports drinks)
families. But many of them plan                                                 born on July Fourth                and the last word from Ramie to
                                                                                                                                                          Kids with bags on head cross river
                                                                                                                                                          to go to school.
to remain here after their con-       Dagupan, married his 21-year-               BAGUIO CITY- US Fleet            us at our station was, 'Moinom
tract expires after one year. from    old girlfriend in a civil ceremony     Reserve Association Branch 154        ko okay dili na raba magkita           Talon-Talon elementary school
their families, Pinoy au pairs see    early this month. Pablo de Asis,       here which is made up of retir-       ninyo (I'll get a drink because I      in Zamboanga City who have to
the lifting of the ban as an op-      alias Pabling, a widower from          ees from the US Marine, Army,         probably won't see you guys            wade waist-deep muddy river to
portunity to seek greener pas-        Sitio Bagong Baryo, Barangay           Navy, and Coast Guard residing        again),'" posted Tony Galon,           go to school. Wearing street
tures. Herlyn Ramos, 24, felt she     Bonuan Binloc, is popular              in the city and in the province of    Igaña's friend in the Ungo run-        clothes and rubber shoes, they
wasn't compensated well as a          among Dagupeños not only as a          Benguet celebrate FilAm Friend-       ners' group. He probably only          would cross the shallow waters
teacher that's why she applied as     loyal ally of former House             ship Day and US Independence          referred to the flurry of activity     for about two kilometers to get
an au pair. "After po nang nag-       speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. but        Day in a more remarkable way.         in the celebrations expected to        to    Talon-Talon     Elementary
graduate ako, nagturo na ako.         also for his snappy dressing and       Started in 2009, they search for a    cap the race. But it was indeed        School, their white uniforms
Teacher po ako doon kaso              a spring in his step. The other        baby born on July fourth to be        the last time many of his fellow       safely tucked in their backpacks
mababa, parang grabe yung tra-        day, he became the talk of the         recognized as 'Fil-Am Baby' in        runners or cyclists would see
baho pero less yung compensa-         town when he married Jennifer          celebration of the friendship day     him. Igaña competed in the relay            Continued on page 23
                                         August 15, 2012                                                                                                                         23
                                                                            create fundraiser events in the      12 million inhabitants - was         from the storm and floods that
Massive floods paralyze... from page 1                                      near future to help assist family,   flooded, according to the OCD.       hit Luzon last week. The death
                                     ans Community Scholarship              friends, and neighbors victim-           Ramos said 58,237 people         toll is expected to rise as reports
Metro Manila was underwater.
                                     Foundation International, which        ized by the latest natural disas-    abandoned their homes to stay        trickle in from the Metro Area
     Water at the La Mesa dam
                                     originally intended to provide         ter.                                 in evacuation centers in Manila      and surrounding provinces.
in Quezon City spilled over and
                                     scholarships for children in                Government offices, courts      and other affected provinces,        Eight people including five chil-
rapidly moving floodwater de-
                                     Marikina.                              and schools were suspended in        while 70,800 took shelter with       dren were killed when a land-
stroyed dikes in Bulacan and the
northern fringes of the capital
region. Residents of villages
devastated by last year’s floods
were forced to relive the harrow-
ing ordeal, including those in
Marikina Valley.
     Filipino-Americans in Cali-
fornia with roots and family in
Marikina are mobilizing to send
urgent help back home.
     “I have a sister and two
brothers and mostly close rela-
tives. For sure, I'm always wor-
rying     about    what's    their
condition and I know Marikina,       People scramble to rooftops to escape the flood in Marikina.                Patients and staff of hospital in Cainta, Rizal evacuate as water keeps
since it is a valley, it's always                                                                                rising.
flooded every time there's a                                                Manila and nine northern prov-
natural disaster ” said Leo Igna-         After six months of apply-        inces after the torrent started on   their relatives or friends.          slide buried three houses in a
cio of Long Beach. Ca.               ing, they got their approval as a      the evening of Aug. 5.                    Many roads in the capital       village in the Manila suburb of
      “I just had a call from my     non-profit organization less than            President Aquino ordered       were impassable as floodwaters       Quezon City, according to
sister, they're okay. The floods     two weeks ago.                         private businesses to close on       reached 2 meters in some areas.      Mayor Herbert Bautista.
going inside the house and                The foundation will concen-       Tuesday (Aug. 7), while the Phil-         Hundreds of commuters                The weather bureau said
thankfully they're all safe,” he     trate on providing assistance to       ippine Stock Exchange sus-           and scores of cars were stranded     the rains were caused by the
added.                               families in distress. They will be-    pended trading. On Aug. 8,           in swamped streets across Ma-        south-west monsoon enhanced
     Ignacio is the former presi-    gin their charity to their home-       government offices were re-          nila, which was recovering from      by Typhoon Saola that battered
dent of the Marikina Association     town by collecting money to            opened so that officials could as-   its soaking by Typhoon Saola in      the northern and central Philip-
of Southern California. He,          send to disaster relief efforts in     sist the evacuees.                   the last week of July.               pines in late July, killing at least
along with other members, also       the Philippines.                             Up to 80 per cent of metro-         Initial reports said more       53 people in floods and acci-
started the Marikina-Marikeni-            The group is planning to          politan Manila - an area of about    than 50 people have perished         dents.
                                                                            drew a contrast to the loss of       fair. But I just have to move        ing for a medal carrying the
FilAm wins ‘gold’... from page 1                                            Philippines light flyweight con-     on. That’s boxing,” he added.        Philippine tricolor in London..
                                                                            tender Mark Anthony Barriga               The 19-year-old Barriaga             The 25-year-old Caluag, son
show their wares at the London       supervisor and also with gym-          who lost on points against           had earlier dispatched Italy’s       of a Filipino couple from Bula-
Games. They include BMX cy-          nastic team. Jason on the other        Kazakhstan’s Birzhan Zhaky-          Manuel Cappai to move up to          can who migrated to the US
clist Daniel Caluag and taek-        hand is an outfielder with the         pov.                                 the Round of 16.                     many years ago, figured promi-
wondo’s Paige McPherson.             Atlanta Braves baseball team.               Filipino sports officials and        The controversial decision      nently in three tough qualifying
     Most of the other Filipino           Starting at age 3, Kyla once      commentators were incensed           was just one of many that            tournaments to get the needed
athletes have already bowed of       trained in Virginia, in Richmond       with Canadian referee Roland         marred the boxing competition        high-ranking points and emerge
contention, at least one of them     and later in Glen Allen before         Labbe who failed to stop Zhaky-      in boxing. Charges of fight fixing   as the only Asian to make it to
kicking up a fresh cloud of con-     moving to Costa Mesa, Ca. to be        pov’s wrestling tactics and in-      had dogged the Olympics in           the BMX event in London.
troversy in boxing in what say       under the tutelage of coaches          stead penalized the Filipino for     London. At least two officials            It also marks the first time
was bad scorekeeping just weeks      Jenny and Howie Lang.                  supposed head-butting. The           had been expelled, some sus-         that a Filipino has qualified for
after Manny Pacquiao lost in a            Incidentally, one of the al-      fight was awarded to the             pended and at least two deci-        the Olympics since the Union
questionable ring decision.          ternate members of Team USA            Kazakh 17-16.                        sions have been reversed.            Cycliste Internationale has set
     "She was born with mus-         was also a Fil-Am, 15-year-old              The Philippines protested            Fil-Am Paige McPherson,         qualifying standards for the
cles,” Kyla’s mother said in a re-   Sarah Finnegan of St. Louise,          the fight but this was dismissed.    21, had her first taekwondo bout     Games.
cent interview, apparently only      Mo. whose mother Linabelle             “Of course, I got tired because      on Aug. 10. She is fighting in the        The last time a member of
partly in jest. “We would go to      Cruz Finnegan hailed from Que-         he kept throwing me around           women’s under 75 kg class.           the Philippine team won a
the park and everybody would         zon City.                              and the referee didn’t even give          A surprise qualifier during     medal was at the 1996 Atlanta
say 'Whose baby is on top of that         After her London Olympics         him a penalty despite at least       the Olympic trials, McPherson,       Olympics courtesy of boxer
jungle gym?' And I would say         stint, many experts predict the        three cautions,” said Barriga.       defeated 2004 Olympic silver         Mansueto Velasco Jr. who
'Oh, that's my baby. Don't worry     world will see a lot more of the            “I gave it my all. I wanted     medalist, Nia Abdallah, to earn a    earned a silver. The country
about her, she's fine.'”             diminutive 5’1” gymnast.               to win for our country…we            spot in Team USA.                    bagged bronze medals in boxing
     Kiana has worked as hotel            But Ross’ glorious victory        thought the decision was un-              Fil-Am Daniel Caluag is vy-     in the 1992 and 1988 Olympics.

                                                                            Liberation Front launched si-        mander of the 6th Infantry Divi-     the indigenous peoples of the
Hometown News... from page 22                                               multaneous attacks late Aug. 5-6     sion, said the attacks were          mountainous areas of the Zam-
                                                                            on several military detachments      launched by the Bangsamoro Is-       boanga Peninsula in Mindanao,
which they carried over their        caught the attention of CNN,
                                                                            at the fringes of the Camp Omar      lamic Freedom Movement of            Southern Philippines. Mount
heads. It was all water-play and     has raised enough funds to build
                                                                            Complex      in     Maguindanao,     Ameril Umbrakato.
fun for the kids, but for the        150 motorized bancas which                                                                                       Malindang is considered the an-
teachers a sense of helplessness     they painted yellow and called         which is host to one of the big-
                                                                                                                    Mt. Malindang new                 cestral domain of the Subanen,
that nothing was being done to       "Ang Bagong Pag-asa" (The new          gest MILF camps in Mindanao.
                                                                            The rebels attacked the detach-         Asean heritage park               who comprise 75 percent of the
make education accessible - if       hope). Today, the children no
                                                                            ments of the 1st Mechanized In-                                           occupants of the natural park.
not safe - for the children. The     longer arrive in their classrooms                                                ZAMBOANGA               DEL
                                                                            fantry Brigade in Cabengi                                                 Fernando Magante, provincial
Benedictine Abbey School Class       dripping wet and late. The Yel-                                             NORTE - To the Subanen,
of '85 in Las Vegas recently col-    low Boat of Hope project has           village in Datu Saudi Ampatuan,      Mount Malindang Range Natu-          tribal coordinator for the
lected $800 for the Yellow Boat      made education accessible and          Bagan village in Guindulungan,       ral Park, which spans the prov-      Subanen, said Mount Malindang
project. The project was started     going to school smart.                 and the villages of Meta and         inces of Misamis Occidental,         is considered a sacred ground by
by blogger Jay Michael Jaboneta,                                            Maitumaig in Datu Unsay. They        Zamboanga del Sur and Zam-           the tribe. The Subanen believe
a Zamboanga native, who was             Renegade MILFs hit                  also fired guns and mortars at       boanga del Norte in Mindanao,        that nature was a gift from God.
moved by the children's plight.         Maguindanao towns                   the headquarters of the 1st MIB      is home, having been the first       "God's creations could not be
He began to raise awareness                 MAGUINDANAO - Three             and the 1st Mechanized Infantry      caretakers of this mountain envi-
                                                                                                                                                      owned by anybody." They sur-
about the pitiful and incompre-      civilians were killed and several      Battalion in Shariff Aguak and       ronment. They have expressed
hensible way the children got to     wounded when followers of a            the 2nd Mechanized Infantry          pride in their ancestral domain      vived on the bounty of Mount
their classrooms - by swimming       rogue Moro rebel commander             Brigade in Cabengi village in        and in its declaration as an As-     Malindang, the forests of which
a possibly crocodile-infested        who has been disowned by the           Datu Saudi Ampatuan.                 ean Heritage Park (AHP). The         thrived with fruit, honey, deer,
river. The project, which has        leadership of the Moro Islamic              Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo, com-        Subanen (read as Suban-on) are       wild boar and other wildlife.
 24                                                                                                                         August 15, 2012
                                                                            tration issued by their adopted        missions, we spend our own            and they submit reports to local
FilAm MDs slam... from page 1                                               country and payment of a pen-          money for the air fare to the         government and village officials
                                                                            alty equivalent to the number of       Philippines. We bring a signifi-      before leaving.
that the PRC is actually pushing      the     respective     Professional
                                                                            years they allowed their Philip-       cant amount of surgical supplies           “We do not want to com-
through with the new require-         Regulatory Boards.
                                                                            pine license to expire.                that we give to the hospital. We      pete with the income of local
ments.                                     The rules covered foreign
                                                                                 Pablito Alarcon said he’s         spend our valuable time collect-      practitioners,” she told the Ma-
     Nevada-based Dr. Daniel          nationals in the Philippines
Fabito, former president of the       through international treaty or       been trying to renew his Philip-       ing and packing these supplies.       nila Mail.
Association of Philippine Physi-      agreements, including those           pine geodetic engineer’s license       We spend money from our own                The need for help from
cians in America (APPA), re-          working for foreign companies         but one requirement is to attend       pockets to ship these supplies.
                                                                                                                                                         overseas Filipinos couldn’t have
vealed in an email message to         or aid organizations, and “for-       a seminar and join the Geodetic        This is a labor of love,” Dr. Lee-
                                                                                                                                                         been more relevant with days of
other concerned Fil-Ams that          mer Filipino professionals”.          Engineer Association of the Phil-      Llacer stressed.
                                                                            ippines. But he noted the semi-             She added that proof of a        torrential rains flooding large
President Aquino had promised              The special temporary per-                                                                                    parts of the Metro Manila region
to look into this issue last Janu-    mits are valid for only one year      nar is not available on-line           valid license especially those is-
                                                                            which poses a major stumbling          sued in the US should suffice to      and surrounding provinces.
ary.                                  but can be extended. The per-
                                                                            block for engineers like him who       establish the competence of vis-           In an email message shared
     “Inspite the sincere efforts     mits can be obtained by paying a
by the PMA, PCS, Global Coali-        P3,000 ($73) application fee,         may wish to use skills and expe-       iting     Fil-Am     professionals.   by Tess Alarcon of DC-based
tion and other stakeholders to        P8,000 ($195) for the cost of the     rience, honed by years of work-        “Those are not easy to get,” she      Feed the Hungry (FtH), she re-
ease the requirements in the con-     ID itself and the purchase of li-     ing in the US, to help                 argued, “the US requires many         vealed a mobilization to help
duct of worthwhile and humani-        ability insurance.                    countrymen back home.                  proofs of training and specialty      some of the 332,000 Filipinos
tarian endeavor, we are faced              Foreign doctors need to pro-          Dr. Lee-Llacer says that          certifications. All states monitor    displaced by floods across the
with additional setbacks,” he         duce a copy of their passport, an     while she agrees aggrieved fami-       the practice of every physician.”     country. The FtH said they are
said.                                 authenticated copy of the profes-     lies should be compensated for              “My husband and I have           targeting to help 500 families in
     The guidelines are con-          sional license issued by their        medical malpractice, that could        been members of the Maryland
                                                                                                                                                         2 barangays in Naic, Cavite with
tained in a resolution approved       country of origin, proof of pur-      be a tempting target for oppor-        Medical State Board, each one of
                                                                                                                                                         the possibility of extending this
last June 21 that stipulated,         chase of liability insurance in the   tunistic lawyers.                      us served 8 years which is a total
                                                                                 “Malpractice insurance is         of 16 years,” she pointed out.        to Kawit town.
among others, non-Filipino pro-       Philippines and the Special Tem-
                                                                                                                        Dr. Lee-Llacer added that in          They will purchase rice,
fessionals who intend to practice     porary Permit.                        the red meat for tort lawyers.
a profession in the Philippines            Balikbayan Filipino physi-       Haven't we learned that in US          most instances, medical-surgical      canned goods, ready to eat
including those joining short-du-     cians may opt to renew their          and guess what has happened to         missions by visiting Fil-Am doc-      meals, sugar, milk, bottled water
ration volunteer missions to          Philippine licenses by showing        our unaffordable healthcare sys-       tors and nurses are pre-ap-           and other emergency supplies
register or secure special tempo-     their old PRC identification card,    tem?” Dr. Montero asked.               proved by medical organizations       from whosesale stores in the
rary permits from the PRC and         a copy of their license or regis-          “When we go on surgical           in the targeted beneficiary areas,    Philippines, she added.

                                                                            the political potential of the Fil-    that more Fil-Ams should pur-         “But our common goal is to
NaFFAA pushes... from page 1                                                Am community because of its            sue political office or at least      build political power for our
and vote,” Cuisia told the Ma-        Virginia and Florida, have            virtual absence in elections.          consider a career in American         community,” said Caoile.
nila Mail.                            drawn the attention of both na-             “Unfortunately in the last 2     politics.                                  “So much is at stake that we
     In Detroit, Mi. the National     tional parties because of the         presidential elections less than             He pointed to Alexander de      can’t afford to simply stand by
Federation of Filipino-American       rapid growth of the Asian             10 percent of Fil-Ams actually         Ocampo who is running for a           and not be politically engaged.”
Associations (NaFFAA) held its        American community.                   cast their votes and that’s why        seat in the Los Angeles, Ca. city          At the 3-day NaFFAA con-
10th Empowerment Conference                “This was in the minds of        we don’t have a potent voice in        council. De Ocampo belongs to         ference delegates also addressed
to renew its long term goal of        our founding fathers when NaF-        the US Congress,” the Philip-          the pioneering batch of the Fili-     immigration       reform,      the
mobilizing Filipinos of voting        FAA was formed 15 years ago,”         pines’ chief envoy pointed out.        pino American Youth Leader-           DREAM Act, the SAVE Act,
age in the US to go out and vote      said NaFFAA National Chair-                 “Legislators look at that and    ship Program (FAYLP) which            medicare portability, medical
                                      man Ed Navarra in his keynote         say anyway the Filipinos don’t         recently returned from a work-        and trade missions to the Philip-
in local and national elections.
                                                                            vote,” he added.                       ing tour of the Philippines where     pines, pending issues related to
     Vowing to seize the oppor-       address at the opening of the
                                                                                  In the 2004 presidential elec-   they met with top Philippine po-      Filipino World War II veterans,
tunity made possible by their         conference on Aug. 3. “An eth-
                                                                            tions, only 594,000 Filipino           litical and business leaders.
growing numbers in the US 3.4         nic community that is able to                                                                                      and the legal defense of Filipinos
                                                                            Americans voted - a decline of 7             As his project for the
million, according to the 2010        translate its numbers into politi-                                                                                 who need assistance.
                                                                            percent because 122,000 regis-         FAYLP, de Ocampo reportedly
Census the Fil-Am community           cal muscle and influence na-                                                                                            The Filipino American Le-
                                                                            tered voters did not cast their        wants to promote political em-
leaders reaffirmed their commit-      tional policies that affect our                                                                                    gal Defense and Education Fund
                                                                            ballots,” said Gloria Caoile, for-     powerment because, as the Phil-
ment to register their family,        interests.”                                                                                                        (FALDEF), a NAFFAA affiliate,
                                                                            mer NaFFAA national vice chair         ippine envoy averred, “he’s
friends, neighbors, co-workers             He recalled how NaFFAA’s                                                                                      was set up four years ago for
                                                                            and co-chair of FilAm Vote.            eventually going to run for
and newly-naturalized citizens        founding chairman, Alex Escla-              "It didn’t get any better in     higher political office; he’s quite   this purpose. It is providing le-
and get them to the polls in No-      mado, rallied the community to        2008. Potentially, 40 percent of       young and it’s good he’s starting     gal counsel and assistance to
vember.                               press Congress to pass the Fili-      our total number can be mobi-          early.”                               Jose Antonio Vargas, the ac-
     Now in it’s 6th year, NaF-       pino Veterans Equity bill. “Alex      lized to go to the polls. But we             Cuisia noted that Rep. Steve    claimed Pulizer-Prize winner
FAA’s FilAm Vote project is un-       believed in harnessing our num-       need to register them if they          Austria, the first 1st generation     who recently disclosed his status
dertaking     aggressive     voter    bers to correct an historic injus-    haven't done so and educate            Fil-Am to win a seat in the US        as an undocumented immigrant.
education and voter registration,     tice. It may have been an             them on issues that directly af-       Congress, is not running for re-           FALDEF is helping Var-
notably in states with large Fili-    ‘impossible dream,’ but he            fect our community so they will        election in November.                 gas in his advocacy of the
pino populations.                     knows it takes political action to    appreciate what's at stake, espe-            Energized by the day’s dis-     DREAM Act, a bill that will le-
     In Nevada, for instance, the     make it come true.”                   cially for our children and fami-      cussions, delegates caucused          galize the status of thousands of
number of Filipinos grew by 146            Cuisia     suggested     that    lies."                                 separately as Democrats and Re-       young students whose parents
percent in 10 years. Other so-        American policy- and lawmak-                Parallel to the get-out-to-      publicans and mapped out              came to the U.S. without legal
called battleground states, like      ers have not really responded to      vote campaign, Cuisia explained        strategies to mobilize their base.    documentation. (rjj)

                                                                            number of undocumented youth           of these unauthorized practitio-      to combat immigration services
New USCIS... from page 1                                                    in the country.                        ners mean well, all too many of       scams by equipping applicants,
who have never been in removal        metrics and undergo back-                  "Filipinos have the highest       them are out to rip you off. This     legal service providers and com-
proceedings by USCIS. They can        ground checks. Fee waivers can-       number of undocumented youth           is against the law and may be         munity-based        organizations
request to remain in the US and       not be requested for the              in the United States," said Joyce      considered an immigration serv-       with the knowledge and tools
apply for a work permit.              application for employment            Noche, supervising attorney of         ices scam."
                                                                                                                                                         they need to detect and protect
     USCIS said it will start issu-   authorization and biometric col-      Asian Pacific American Labor                If you need help filing an
                                                                                                                                                         themselves from dishonest prac-
ing forms developed for this          lection. However, fee exemp-          Alliance's (APALC) Immigration         application or petition with US-
                                                                            and Citizenship Project.               CIS, be sure to seek assistance       tices.
specific purpose on Aug. 15. Re-      tions will be available in limited
                                                                                 Meanwhile, the USCIS has          from the right place, and from             To accomplish this goal, US-
questors can then mail their de-      circumstances.
ferred action request together             The four USCIS Service           urged requestors to avoid immi-        people that are authorized to         CIS launched the Unauthorized
with an application for an em-        Centers will review requests.         gration services scams.                help. Going to the wrong place        Practice of Immigration Law
ployment authorization docu-               A recent report by the Asian          It said "many people offer        can delay your application or         (UPIL) Initiative.
ment and all applicable fees to       Pacific American Legal Center         help with immigration services.        petition, cost you unnecessary             (For more details, see immi-
the USCIS lockbox. In addition,       said that the Filipino-American       Unfortunately, not all are             fees and possibly lead to re-         gration column of Atty. Januario
all requestors must provide bio-      community has the highest             authorized to do so. While many        moval proceedings USCIS wants         Azarcon on p. 30)
                                           August 15, 2012                                                                                                                             25
       Ghost of Workplace Discrimination
                                       By: Jose Todith Garcia, Esq.
     A Filipino nurse is forbid-        employment-related discrimina-        discriminating against Filipino
den from speaking Tagalog in the        tion case involving Filipinos to      and Hispanic workers. Not only
hospital where she works.               date. It wasnt the last, however.     were the victims subjected to de-
     A computer programmer                   Recently, a couple of Fili-      rogatory slurs, i.e., “go back to
from India is given a salary that       pino nurses from the Washing-         Mexico,” the victims were also
is 20% less than what his Ameri-        ton, D.C. area were awarded an        told that they had to be “White
can counterparts receives.              undisclosed amount by their for-      to get ahead.” Indeed, qualified
     A 50-year old Caucasian job        mer employer (Bon Secours Hos-        Filipino mechanics were denied
applicant is rejected for being         pital) as a result of an EEOC
                                                                              promotions while less qualified
too old.                                investigation. The discrimina-
                                                                              Caucasian employees were pro-
     A Muslim ladys job promo-          tory act? The nurses were not
tion is turned down because of
her religious beliefs.
                                        allowed to speak Tagalog during
                                        their lunch breaks. Lest anyone
                                                                              moted. The employer was or-
                                                                              dered to pay $153,000.
                                                                                                                           Mortgage forgiveness
     Yes, it happens all the time.
Workplace discrimination is so
                                        be confused, however, the same
                                        was not ruled an act of discrimi-
                                                                                    Lastly, a Filipino nurse
                                                                              whose Director of Nursing job                     deadline
rampant that the federal govern-        nation per se. Discrimination         was terminated at a high-end Il-             If you are thinking of do-      collect the deficiency of the
ment has put in place a system          was found because the employer        linois retirement facility (Presby-     ing a short sale, you might as       loan. That will set you free
for avoiding one. The law is            did not impose a similar policy       terian Homes) had won an                well ACT FAST AND DO IT              from any responsibilities or fu-
clear: It is illegal to discriminate    against other nationalities in the    EEOC case for national origin           NOW!!! If you are experienc-         ture payment for that loan.
against a person on the basis of        workplace.                            discrimination in November of           ing hardship and owes more           That is on the loan part.
race, color, religion, national ori-         In another case, decided         2007. The employer agreed to            than the value of your home,              Debt Forgiveness Act is
gin, sex, age, gender, or physical      August 2010, a California-based       pay $125,000 as part of a consent       you may want to consider do-         based on your income tax re-
disability.     There are exemp-        aircraft services company (Mer-       decree before a federal district        ing a short sale especially if you   turns. The difference on your
tions, but these are very limited.      cury Air Centers, Inc.) agreed to     court, in addition to taking af-        have been turned down on loan        debt maybe forgiven or waived
     Discrimination is against          settle a $600,000 discrimination                                              modification multiple times.         by the lender; however you
                                                                              firmative steps to recruit
the law, and the penalties are          lawsuit in which at least seven                                                    The Mortgage Forgiveness        have to report as income on
                                                                              Asian/Filipino nurses.
punitive.                               employees, including a Filipino,                                              Debt Relief Act and Debt Can-        your income tax returns if the
                                                                                    These and all other cases
     And stiff.                         were allegedly subjected to “a                                                cellation program ends in 2012.      sale of your home took place
                                                                              convey a simple message: If you
     So stiff that in February          barrage of harassing comments”                                                Meaning, any debt cancelled by       after 2012. That is the big dif-
                                                                              are an employer, you must treat         January 1, 2013 will be taxable.
1999, a nursing home in Glad-           by another employee, who was                                                                                       ference. There is an insolvency
                                                                              all employees equally and with          Once you do the short sale, any
stone,     Missouri      (Woodbine      promoted to a supervisory posi-                                                                                    issue that may prevent you
                                                                              dignity, to avoid hefty fines and       amount forgiven should be tax-
Healthcare Center) agreed to            tion despite the victims com-                                                                                      from paying taxes even after
pay a total of $2.8 million to set-     plaints against the latter.           penalties. While workplace dis-         able as you will receive 1099        the ACT expires. It is a little bit
tle an EEOC lawsuit involving           Coddling a “harasser” is, there-      crimination is slowly being             from the banks or lenders that       complicated as you have to
65 Filipino nurses, who were as-        fore, an act of discrimination, ac-   eradicated in this country, the         service your mortgage. This          prove to the extent that your
signed to work as nurse aides           cording to the ruling in this case.   ghost of invidious machinations         should be counted as your in-        total liabilities should be more
despite being petitioned as RNs.             Prior to this, in November       still lingers in our society, and       come. Imagine an additional          than your total assets including
Those given RN jobs were paid           of 2008, the EEOC obtained a          gradual exorcism is the key.            $100,000 income on your In-          all you own and the interest on
less than their American coun-          race and national origin dis-               Otherwise, be prepared to         come Tax Return? However;            your pension plans and value
terparts.                               crimination judgment against a        face the wrath of the ghost-bust-       The Mortgage Debt Relief Act         of the retirement account.
     This was by far the largest        Nevada U-Haul company for             ing EEOC.                               of 2007 generally allows tax-             So, if you have hardship
                                                                                                                      payers to exclude income from        and have tried loan modifica-
                                                                                                                      the discharge of debt on their
                   ‘God have mercy on                                                                                 principal residence. Debt re-
                                                                                                                      duced through mortgage re-
                                                                                                                                                           tion but consistently declined
                                                                                                                                                           by your lender; you better re-
                                                                                                                                                           sort to short sales rather than
                                                                                                                      structuring,     as    well     as
                  our Congress’ - CBCP
     MANILA - "God have                 ranking members of the Catholic       methods of family planning, in-
                                                                                                                      mortgage debt forgiven in con-
                                                                                                                      nection with a short sales and
                                                                                                                                                           foreclosures.         Foreclosures
                                                                                                                                                           most of the times do not waive
                                                                                                                                                           your loan balance once your
                                                                                                                      foreclosures qualifies for the re-
mercy on our Congress,"" said           Bishops Conference of the Phil-                                                                                    property is sold by the lender
                                                                              cluding the use of contracep-           lief. There is a pending pro-
Jaro Archibishop Angel Lagda-           ippines, which has been fighting                                                                                   in Auctions and Foreclosure
                                                                              tives.                                  posal as to an extension on this
meo as the House prepared to            the Malacansng-backed bill.                                                                                        Sales and so with the tax impli-
                                                                                    "It is very clear it is a west-   ACT paralleled to the HAFA
pass on second reading the con-              As President Aquino sum-                                                                                      cations. Another hit will be
                                                                              ern capitalist imposition for their     Program (Home Affordable
troversial Reproductive Health          moned 182 lawmakers to Mala-                                                                                       your credit scores and credit
                                                                              own interests and not of the Fili-      and Foreclosure Alternative)
bill which President Aquino III         canang earlier, the CBCP sent                                                 which was extended until 2013.       history that may stay there for
                                                                              pino people. It is a subtle way of                                           up to ten years. With short
supports.                               them the image of the Virgin                                                  Until the Debt Forgiveness
     The House on Aug. 6                Mary and exhorted them to             foreign imperialism," Bagaforo          ACT is approved, you are at          sales, you may be qualified to
stopped the debate over the bill        dump divorce, euthanasia, abor-       said. The UN has supported the          risk to get taxed on forgiven        purchase another home for as
by a majority vote, making the          tion, total population control        bill.                                   debt passed 2012.                    short as two years or so. After
passage of the bill "The aim of         and homosexual unions.                      The CBCP accused Malaca-               What is the difference be-      short sales, you can move on
the bill is to decrease the coun-            A similar bill is being con-     nang of blackmailing lawmakers          tween HAFA and the Debt Re-          and build up your credit again.
try's population by killing babies      sidered in the Senate, and a bi-                                              lief Act? HAFA was designed                 Note: Jocelyn Porteria is a
                                                                              by threatening to cut off the
or preventing them from being           cameral committee will have to                                                for homeowners who want to           Realtor® licensed in VA. She
                                                                              pork barrel of those who would
born, which brings forth a cul-         approve a final version that will                                             sell their principal residence       earned a designation of ABR,
                                                                              vote against the measure.                                                    GRN Accredited Buyer’s Special-
ture of death and darkness of           then be presented to President              The Catholic Church, which        but the fair market value is less
sin." Sorsogon Bishop Arturo            Aquino for signing into law.                                                  than the pay off amount of the       ist and GREEN Designation,
                                                                              favors the rhythm method, says                                               CDPE Certified Distressed Prop-
Bastes said.                                 Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop                                                mortgage. For example, fair
     Some are now attributing           Jose Colin Bagaforo said the soul     the bill will turn the country into     market value of your home that       erty and Short Sale Expert, (SFR)
the deluge in Manila and Luzon          of the nation was at stake with       "a big market for condoms, con-         is based on the current SOLD         Short Sales and Foreclosure Re-
as a sign of God's wrath.               the passage of the RH bill, which     traceptives, abortifacients and         properties in your area is           source. For more info, visit her
     Lagdameo and Bastes are            will give Filipinos access to all     sterilization agents."                  $200,000 and you owe $300,000.       website at
                                                                                                                      That is when you do short sales      or call her at 571-432-8335 or
                                                                                                                      when bank agrees to a short          email at realdealconsulting@ya-
                                                                                                                      pay off and forgive the differ-      for a free confidential
                                                                                                                      ence. In addition, you will still    evaluation of your individual situ-
                                                                                                                      receive $3,000 relocation assis-     ation, property value, and possible
                                                                                                                      tance and offer the second           options. She is also an accredited
                                                                                                                      mortgage (if applicable) up to       agent of Ayala Land, SM Resi-
                                                                                                                      6% of the pay off amount. Both       dences and Century Properties in
                                                                                                                      lenders waived their rights to       the Philippines
 26                                                                                                                     August 15, 2012

                             FLYING TILAPIA
                               (with Scallion Mignonette)
     We just came back from the     lunch with the President at          ing Tilapia. This attracted me
Philippines after joining the       Malacanan Palace, including the      the most because of its creativity
most incredible and the best tour   tour of the Palace!                  and workmanship. So, here is
we have ever experienced,                One of the most exciting        my version of Flying Tilapia
which is sponsored by the Phil-     portion of this Tour was the         with a "flirt" that will capture
ippine Embassy called the 7th       fabulous dining everywhere we        your taste and imagination. A
Ambassadors/Consuls General         went. There were always feasts       word of advice: Don't limit
and Tourism Directors Tour to       of modern and native Filipino        yourself to deep frying, if that
the Philippines (July 11-14).       and other foreign-influenced         intimidates you--broil instead,
Every angle of this tour was per-   dishes with grandeur presenta-       which I have tried with just                                                 wings with the help of a prong
fectly organized and maneu-         tion and with deluxe service...      slight deviation in cooking                                                  or fork (to make the flying look)
vered (including the best hotels,   every minute detail was covered      methods.                                                                     until the light crust is just set;
air, sea and land transporta-                                                                                      Salt and pepper
                                    by this safe-hassle-and-worry-       Ingredients:                              2 tablespoons breadcrumbs          continue to fry until deep ma-
tions) and there are no words to    free Tour.                                1 medium size tilapia,                                                  hogany or golden brown and
describe how wonderful this                                                                                        Vegetable oil for frying
                                         One of the many dishes          scaled, gutted and cleaned                                                   crunchy on the outside.
Tour was! Beyond my wildest                                                                                        Scallion Mignonette
                                    both my husband and I encoun-             1/2 cup flour                                                                Drain in a wire rack for
expectations is our experience to                                                                                  Combine the following in-
                                    tered during our wonderful stay           2 tablespoons cornstarch                                                about 5 minutes; transfer to a
have a personal appearance and                                                                                gredients:
                                    in our home country is the Fly-           3/4 cup beer                         1/4 cup chopped scallions          platter and serve right away
                                                                                                              (or spring onions)                      with scallion mignonette.
                                                                                                                   1/3 cup distilled vinegar               Chef's Tips: To facilitate
                                                                                                                   1 large shallots, minced           preparation, when buying fresh
                                                                                                                   1 teaspoon finely grated           tilapia, have it cleaned on the
                                                                                                              ginger                                  spot and ask for ice and secure it
                                                                                                                   Pinch cracked white pepper         in a plastic.
                                                                                                                   1/4 teaspoon salt                       Master Chef Evelyn: 100
                                                                                                              Methods:                                Most Influential Filipina Women in
                                                                                                                    Starting from the tail, filet     the U.S., 2009, Filipina Women’s
                                                                                                              the tilapia but leaving a little        Network; MHC Most Outstanding
                                                                                                              flesh on the bones, ending up to        Migrant Award in Culinary Arts,
                                                                                                              the neck and without separating         2011; PAFC Dakila Special
                                                                                                              the filet. Slightly season with         Achievement Award, 2011; Owner,
                                                                                                              salt.                                   Philippine Oriental Market & Deli,
                                                                                                                    In a large bowl, whisk both       Arlington, Virginia; Founder and
                                                                                                              the flour and cornstarch then           President of CHEW (Cancer Help
                                                                                                              add the beer; whisk until smooth        Eat Well) Foundation, a 501 (c) (3)
                                                                                                              then season with salt and pep-          public charity formed to help and
                                                                                                              per. Add the tilapia to the beer        cook pro-bono for Filipino-Ameri-
                                                                                                              mixture (batter) and turn to coat       cans who are afflicted with cancer
                                                                                                              all parts of the tilapia and be-
                                                                                                                                                      and other serious illnesses; Culi-
                                                                                                              neath the wings. Scrape the ex-
                                                                                                                                                      nary writer, master baker and cake
                                                                                                              cess batter from the fish to even
                                                                                                                                                      designer (kitchen-tested and mas-
                                                                                                              out the thin coating. Wrap the
                                                                                                              fish in a foil and leave it there for   tered more than 400 recipes, and
                                                                                                              a few minutes until ready to            counting); Member, Les Dames
                                                                                                              cook.                                   d’Escoffier International, Washing-
                                                                                                                    In a large sauce pan or deep      ton DC Chapter; Member, Interna-
                                                                                                              fryer, heat enough oil to 350 de-       tional Cake Exploration Society,
                                                                                                              grees just to cover the tilapia.        Master Chef, French Cuisine and
                                                                                                              Meanwhile, sprinkle all parts of        Patisserie, Le Cordon Bleu, London,
                                                                                                              the fish and beneath the wings          U.K.; Producer/Host of the cooking
                                                                                                              with a little breadcrumbs. Then         show “Evelyn’s Kitchen Cooking
                                                                                                              fry the tilapia, opening both           with Friends”

     Son: Dad, isn't it that the    spill your drink, duh!                   Babae: Mahal mo ba ako?
Father is always the King of the    DON'T WORRY                              Lalake: Ah... eh.. Hindi.
House? That's what our teacher           A daughter saw her mom              Babae:     (Dismayado) Eh
told us.                            bathing her little brother, who is   bakit nakipagrelasyon ka sa akin
     Dad: (Very flattered) That     naked to the bone.                   kung ganyan ka pala?
is very true, my son.                    Daughter: (Kind of wor-             Lalake: Hellerrr... Meron pa
     Son: How come you're al-       ried) Mom, how come I do not         ba akong pagpipiliang iba?
ways scared of Mom?                 have one like that like my           Bruha.
     Dad: Ah..ah..ah... but your    brother has.                         HINDI BALE
mom is the Ace of this house...          Mother: Don't you worry,            Pare 1: Pare, nawawala ang
(darn!)                             my dear... you will have lots of     credit card ko, pero ang balak ko    (Medyo palabiro ang judge). Sa              Ponce:      Bakit mo naman
DRINKING                            them when you grow up.               huwag nang i-report?                 halip na sabihing "You may now
    After a nice and lovely         ANO BA                                   Pare 2: Bakit naman? Deli-       kiss the bride."      Ang sabi          nasabi yan? Hindi man lang ba
party...                                Merong isang babae at            kado yan, pare.                      ay..."Mister, isurender mo na
    Drunk Hostess: Thanks for       isang lalake ang nakaligtas at           Pare 1: Hindi na bale pare       ang mga credit cards mo kay             nag-paalam sa iyo?
coming but don't drink and          napadpad sa isang maliit na isla     ko. Kasi, mas maliit mag-charge      misis sa harap ko, kung gusto               Juan: Nagpaalam naman.
drive, okey? Hik                    nang maaksidente ang kanilang        yung magnanakaw kaysa sa             mong maging masaya ang pag-
                                                                         Misis ko.                            sasama niyo".                           Kaya lang iningles ako "The sub-
    Drunk Guest: And why not?       bapor dahil sa dumaang bagyo.
Hik                                 Pagkaraan ng dalawang bu-            CREDIT CARDS                         NAG-ABROAD                              scriber cannot be reached". Nasa
    Drunk Hostess:    Because       wan.., nagkaroon sila ng re-             Ikinasal sa judge and mag-            Juan: Grabe, pare! Yung
you might stop suddenly and         lasyon.                              asawang     Peter   at   Helen.      ka-text ko nag-abroad na yata.          Amerika yata.
                                          August 15, 2012                                                                                                                             27
                                                                                      Musical acts and spoken
                                                                                 word seem to be distant cousins
                                                                                 but not to Regie Cabico and
                                                                                 Don Michael 'Don Mike' Ho-
                                                                                 dreal Mendoza, established Fili-
                                                                                 pino-American thespians, who
                                                                                 came up with the idea of com-
                                                                                 bining both worlds into their

                 Wanting It All                                                  weekly cabaret act "LA-TI-DO
                                                                                                                           A: Recently, "Kiss Me, Kate"
                                                                                                                       actually received a Ruby Griffith
                                                                                                                                                             prove the quality of our out-
                                                                                                                                                             reach and press materials such
      The London Olympics is in        for the delicacies of your choice.             Don Mike and Regie both          Award for Outstanding Musical         as creating a website. For more
full swing. The determination to             If the world is a stage, I’m        co-host the show. With Regie re-      and one of our actors from "Take      information on La-Ti-Do, please
win is evident in every creased        well prepared for that too.I was          galing the audience with jokes        Me Out" received a Washington         refer to our Facebook page at
brow and pursed lips of the ath-       six years old when I watched my           and his ebullient wit and Don
letes. They want to be the best at     first movie, Ang Bakya Mo Ne-             Mike closing the show with a
their selected sport. They want        neng. My young mind rejected              showtune. They also invite guest
to get the gold. Expectations are      the concept of a make-believe             performers each week.
high and the excitement can be         life. I was certain I was watching             They both did this e-inter-
unbearable. That intensity takes       other people’s actualmiseries             view the day after the show. La-
its toll and cameras seem to have      and felt uneasy, like a peeping           Ti-Do Cabaret is every Monday
an uncanny way of baring souls         Tom. Likewise, I want it all and          from 8-10 p.m. at the Black Fox
for the world to see.                  maybe someday I will have it all.         Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave.
      I understand such passion. I                                               Washington D.C.). Closest Metro
live my life with an exuberance
                                       When I Grow Old                           stop is Dupont.
that sometimes unsettles those                                                        Q: Your show received an
around me. I am now a grand-                  When I get there, I will tell      enthusiastic response from the
mother of three boys. There is an      you.                                      audience last night, is it a lot of   The La Ti Do duo at Black Fox Lounge in DC.
expectation that I should act and            But these things I know parI        work to put up this kind of
                                       will eat all those chocolates.                                                                              , our
think a certain way, more ma-                                                    show?                                 Area Theatre Community Hon-
                                             I will be the same fool                                                                                         Twitter handle at @LaTiDoDC,
tronly. I rebel at such proscrip-                                                     A: Absolutely, because the       ors Award for his work, so I was
                                             who will not have learned the                                                                                   or our email address at LaTi-
tions. There is still that hunger,                                               demands are constant. It is more      proud that I was part of these
                                       mystery of life.                                                                                            
that sense of purpose that drives                                                a labor of love because it is not     two productions. As for me, I
                                             And petals will not be sacri-                                                                                         Q.- Were you and Regie in-
me.                                                                              about the money. Regie and I do       am taking a short break from
                                       ficed just                                                                                                            fluenced by Sylvia Plath?
      I am a nurse by profession                                                 this because we want to provide       full productions to focus on
                                             because I wondered if he loved                                                                                       - Can you explain more
but have since reinvented my-                                                    the artistic community an outlet      making La-Ti-Do a success. It is
                                       or loved me not.                          that is supportive, low-pressure                                            about the spoken word since
self. I have decided to become a                                                                                       my baby and I want to see it
writer.Several of my poems have              I will get rid of all the looking   and most importantly fun. Most                                              some readers may not familiar
                                                                                                                       grow to its full potential before I
been included in anthologies.          glass.                                    series are usually one or the                                               with it?
                                                                                                                       can focus on anything else in my
There are several manuscripts in             Accept that wrong reasons are       other kind of art form, and at La-                                               Regie explains: Spoken
                                                                                                                       artistic life. However, I will be
different stages of re-writes. One     wrong turns,                              Ti-Do we provide both! After                                                word is an umbrella term that
                                                                                                                       the feature performer on Mon-
of these days I will be a publish-           but they are adventures and         over 6 months of running this                                               includes stand up comedy, sto-
                                                                                                                       day, September 10th at 8pm, so
ed author.                             will right themselves.                    series, I've learned that Tuesday                                           rytelling and poetry. The em-
                                                                                                                       if you'd like to see me in my
      This decision has changed              Expect to remain complicated        is my "day off," but everything       own feature segment please be         phasis at La Ti Do is on slam
me and the way I look at the                 and not understood.                 leading up to Monday after that       sure not to miss out on that          poetry. The art of competitive
world. There is an openness to               I will have conquered words         is scheduled from contacting the      night!                                performance poetry where a
new exploits that exhilarates me.            and connected dots                  upcoming participants to post-             La-Ti-Do started on January      poet has 3 minutes to read her or
Each day is a gift that I am impa-           and broken through walls, or        ing notices on our Facebook           23, 2012 and was presented to a       his poem in front of judges ran-
tient to unwrap. It brings with it     scaled them                               page.                                 full-house of Don Michael and         domly selected from the audi-
adventures I’m impatient to ex-              whichever was faster.                    Q: You gave a showstop-          Regie's friends and artistic col-     ence. The poet does not have
perience. Even sadness is bear-              But explain myself? Why?            ping rendition of "Gimme,             leagues at the Black Fox Lounge       costumes, music, or props.
able because it teaches me             Will it make                              Gimme" (from "Thoroughly              in Dupont Circle. Since then, it           Slam poetry is a unique
lessons in fortitude and pa-                 what I did with my life rewind      Modern Millie"). Will you be          has blossomed into Washington,        American art form and when
tience.I am like a kid let loose in-   itself?                                   belting out more showtunes in         DC's first and only weekly spo-       combined with cabaret perform-
side a chocolate shop with coins             Regrets are for the really an-      future shows?                         ken word and musical theatre          ance, the art of storytelling is
in every pocket.                       cient.                                         A: Yes! For me personally,       cabaret series and a permanent        heightened. We feel that these
      Life is a bowl of whatever             And when you get there before       La-Ti-Do has become my weekly         addition to the DC artistic com-      two art forms resonate and give
fruit you crave. Cherries are          me                                        saving grace from my everyday         munity with the help of key peo-      a richness and new audience to
passé. And if the harvest is a               be patient.                         routine and is an escape from         ple such as venue co-owner            both art forms of spoken word
poor one, learn to bide your                 I’m in no hurry.                    the issues that cause me stress. It   Russwin Francisco and resident        art culture and cabaret perform-
time. Or better yet, dig deep in-            Send comments to: myr-              is also my outlet to try out new      accompanist Jonathan Tuzman.          ance.
side that cornucopia and reach                    material and experiment with               Some guest musical per-               Last night, Adele Hampton
                                                                                 older pieces from my book.            formers of noteworthy mention         demonstrated slam poetry. Rev-
                                                                                 "Gimme Gimme" is one of my            have been Helen Hayes Award           erend Nuge was a traditional
   Pinoy cum laude grad in Geneva                                                favorites because it lets me
                                                                                 prove that men can belt out
                                                                                                                       nominees and winners Vishal
                                                                                                                       Vaidya, Katie McManus, Chris
                                                                                                                                                             storyteller and Gowri K.'s work
      A Filipino recently gradu-       nology Departmental Honors.                                                                                           mixed both traditional poetry
                                            The Webster University               show stoppers too! Cabaret is all     Sizemore,       Will    Gartshore,
 ated magna cum laude from                                                                                                                                   and slam poetry. Regie Cabico's
                                       Geneva is known for pushing               about parts you wouldn't nor-         Joshua Morgan, and some world
 the Webster University Geneva                                                                                                                               Russel Stover Dates and a 1
                                       international education, with             mally play in a full production       renown poets/spoken word art-
 in Geneva, Switzerland, bring-                                                  and more about the meaning be-                                              Night Stand chocolate piece was
                                       students coming from over 90                                                    ists have been Gail Danley,
 ing honor to the Philippines.                                                   hind the song you're singing, so      Sonya Renee Taylor, Fanny So-         a piece of performance art. Slam
      Homer Rafael Montecillo          countries and a faculty that                                                                                          poetry is art for social change
                                                                                 it gives me a chance to experi-       phia Walker, Chris August, and
 Narvaez from Manila, gradu-           represents 25 nations.                                                                                                and pushes American Literature
                                                                                 ence the subtext of songs and         Vijai Nathan.
 ated with a degree in Finance,             Homer's mother, Desiree,                                                                                         towards theater. It is almost a
                                                                                 characters that aren't usually ac-         We have an upcoming La-
 earning an overall grade point        Programme Officer for the                                                                                             poem as 3 minute play. Slam po-
                                                                                 cessible as an Asian American         Ti-Do celebration on Saturday,
 average (GPA) of 3.87. The uni-       United Nations Environment                                                                                            etry and Sylvia Plath may share
                                                                                 actor.                                September 15th from 9:30pm to
 versity requires a minimum            Programme (UNEP), says that                                                                                           a "confessional" style, but the
                                                                                      Q: Last year, you were in        11:30pm to celebrate 9 months of
 GPA of 3.8 to be considered for       she hopes the feat will help in-                                                                                      birth of Slam Poetry came in the
                                                                                 the well-received productions of      the series and to raise money for
 the magna cum laude honor.            spire young Filipinos back                                                                                            late 80s as a cultural evolution
                                                                                 "Kiss Me Kate" and "Take Me           the betterment of the show, i.e.
      He was also awarded the          home.                                     Out." Will we be seeing you in        to bring more talent in from out-     from rock and roll, stand up
 School of Business and Tech-                                                    any productions this fall?            side of the region and to im-         comedy and performance art.
28 Editorial                                                                                          August 15, 2012

                A ridiculous claim
    What is the basis for China’s claim over all islands and shoals in
the South China Sea, a name given by Western countries that once
colonized the region?
    China says its claim is based on history, citing alleged maps
drawn up by Chinese traders and fishermen that traveled the region
for centuries. This probably includes pirates like Limahong who
twice tried to occupy Manila in the 1500s but was repelled by Filipi-
    The name China Sea, according to Wikipedia, was first used by
the Portuguese who occupied parts of China and other countries in
Southeast Asia and India. Later, other European colonizers added
South to pinpoint its exact location.
    If China’s logic is followed, the heirs of the former rulers of the
Majapahit empire which ruled parts of Mindanao and had crude
maps of the region can claim it as their territory. Spain and the US
can claim the Philippines as theirs. The Sultanate of Sulu that exists                                            Manila Times
to this day can also lay claim to Mindanao, Palawan and the Spratlys
that were once under its control. So were the Arab traders who were       Washington Tsismis
frequent visitors to the Philippines and other Southeast Asian coun-
    Joe Ma. Sison, founder of the Maoist Communist Party of the
                                                                                                   End of World?
                                                                                Are these the signs of global warm-      grant of benefits to some of the aging sur-
Philippines, himself ridiculed China’s claim saying that if history is    ing? Or end of world as Nostradamus            vivors, a topnotch PR (public relations,
the basis for its claim, then Rome can claim all the former countries     and Mayans have predicted?                     tanga) man, a master news photographer,
within the Roman empire. Heirs of Genghis Khan, ruler of the Mon-               A Tsismoso philosopher sent in the       reporter par excellence ..etcetera, etcet-
golian empire in the 1000s, could also claim to China and other coun-     following observation to Washington            era..
                                                                          Tsismis. "Pare, consider the following                               ***
tries in the Persian gulf that his hordes once conquered. The
                                                                          ominous signs: A gigantic solar flare that           Is Barack taking the Asian American
Philippines can also lay claim to islets in the Sulu Sea, Saudi Arabia    will hit the earth soon, floods everywhere     voters for granted? This was the question
all the areas within the Arabian Sea, Mexico all the islands in the       in the world - including the flooding of       that FilAms are asking after the Mitt
Gulf of Mexico and India all countries in the Indian Ocean.               Metro Manila,- the droughts in the             Romney campaign issued a press release
    Like Tibet, China wants to impose its ridiculous claim over the       United States, strong tornadoes and            naming Elaine Chao and retiring Filipino
                                                                          storms, giant forest fires around the          American congressman as among the
entire South China Sea by force. This includes Japan’s Senkaku is-        world, extreme heat in Europe and the          leaders who have formed the Asian
lands simply because it is located in the East China Sea.                 United States, the rise of ocean tide due to   Americans for Romney group.
    Instead of answering these questions, China is now occupying          melting of ice in the North and South                                ***
most of the islets and shoals and stationing troops in them despite       Poles, the carnage in Syria which is a Bib-          Why was there no report about the
                                                                          lical spot, admission by some unbelieving      results of the Bronco-11 World Champi-
loud protests from Vietnam and the Philippines.                           scientists that global warming is real, the    onships in Chesterfield, Virginia, in
                                                                          giant Tsunami in Japan and the radiation       which the Barakos from the Philippines
                                                                          emitted by a destroyed nuclear power           participated late last month? The reason,
                                                                          plant, the exploration of Mars by the          according to some Tsismosos, was that
                                                                          spectacular landing of the US's vehicle to     the Barakos lost their pants. They were no
                                                                          map the planet... and so on.                   match for the big 11-year-olds from the
                                                                                "If you go to the internet and access    US, Europe and Mexico. The 14 kids and
                                                                          the end of the world scenario, there are       their 10 adult chaperones went home de-
                                                                          other sites about the end of the world."       jected. The winners were the outlet malls
                                                                                Well, for Tsismoso and his friends,      in Virginia where the kids and
                                                                          these scenarios disappear after three or       chaperones bought sports goods to bring
                                                                          four shots of bourbon or brandy.               home.
                                                                                               ***                                             ***
                                                                                                                               Now here are the Ten Command-
                                                                               Sshhhhhh...Rumors are rife that a         ments for Seniors (New Version) as culled
                                                                          FilAm group is planning to award Eric          from the Internet:
                                                                          Lachica with the "Hydra Award" for be-                1. Thou shalt not complain.
                                                                          ing a tireless Filipino American leader              Huwag maging reklamador. Kung
                                                                          with multiple heads. Here is a report          hindi mo gusto ang isang bagay talikuran
                                                                          from a Tsismoso reporter:                      at kalimutan.
                                                                               "Eric is probably the only leader who           2. Thou shalt not discuss thy ail-
                                                                          can write letters to US President Barack       ments, even if asked.
                                                                          Obama, Philippine President Benigno S.               Lahat ng tao ay may karamdaman
                                                                          Aquino III, Foreign Secretary Albert del       sa, o pananakit ng katawan.          Kahit
                                                                          Rosario and other top American and Fili-       usisain ng ibang tao huwag magpahayag
                                                                          pino leaders. Now, whether he got a re-        ng mahabang nobela ng inyong karam-
                                                                          sponse or not is immaterial as long as         daman.
                                                                          these letters were published or broadcast            3. Thou shalt not be argumentative,
                                                                          in the media. Eric is the man behind the       domineering and sanctimonious.
                                                                          Filipino veterans of World War II, the               Iwasan ang makipagtalo, mapag-
                                                                          chief advocate of what some had dubbed         mataas at magkutya ng kapwa tao, o
                                                                          as a Quixotic campaign for portable            magpakitang banal na virgen. Lahat ng
                                                                          Medicare, a rabid leader of the US Pinoys      tao ay magkaiba - merong gago na
                                                                          for Good Governance (USPGG), chief or-         madada pero walang magawang tama,
                                                                          ganizer of demonstrations in front of the      merong mataas ang noo saksakan naman
                                                                          White House and the Chinese embassy,           ang utang, at meron ding palasimba ala
                                                                          self-proclaimed master lobbyist in the US      angel ngunit palaaway at ang salita ay
                                                                          Congress who claims credit for the final       parating nagtatapos ng p.... ina mo.
                                                                          recognition by the US government of Fili-
                                                                          pino veterans of World War II and the                    Continued on page 31
                                           August 15, 2012                                                                                                    Opinion 29
                                                                                  At a time when unemploy-
                                                                             ment edged up to 8.3% and
                                                                             gross domestic product for the
                                                                             second quarter of 2012 limped to
                                                                             an anemic 1.25%, Senate Minor-
                                                                             ity Leader Harry Reid (D, Ne-
                                                                             vada) takes to the Senate Floor
                                                                             and accuses presumptive Re-

         ‘Impossible Dream’                                                  publican presidential nominee
                                                                             of allegedly failing to pay in-
                                                                                                                    he lying outright? Harry Reid
                                                                                                                    wants us to believe anonymous
                                                                                                                                                          weed out names of people who
                                                                                                                                                          are dead, disqualified by convic-
                                                                             come taxes for the last ten years.                                           tion or moved out of state. The
             Revisited                                                       Reid claims that his information
                                                                             came from a reliable source that
                                                                                                                    sources who cannot be subjected
                                                                                                                    to a credibility test. Suppose Sen.
                                                                                                                    John McCain takes to the Senate
                                                                                                                                                          objective is supposedly to pre-
                                                                                                                                                          vent voter fraud.
      Detroit, MI                       from the Asian Pacific American      used to be connected with Bain
      Why, of all places, do you        community, holding briefings                                                floor and spills information from          The Obama Justice Depart-
                                                                             Capital, the company that was          an unidentified source telling on     ment intervenes and sues the
have to hold the NaFFAA Em-             with US administration officials     formerly managed by Mitt Rom-
                                        and federal agencies. When we                                               Harry Reid’s alleged sexual en-       state of Florida. The administra-
powerment Conference in De-                                                  ney as CEO.
                                        spoke, they listened.                                                       counter with a goat. Should we        tion views voter ID laws as
troit?                                                                            Reid’s canard filled the air-
                                             But we strayed away from                                               swallow it hook line and sinker?      schemes to suppress the vote,
      More than a couple of peo-                                             waves and effectively diluted
                                        that. Now we’re all over the                                                Will Harry Reid give that a           particularly the minority com-
ple have inquired. Why not in                                                the negative news on the econ-
                                        place but nowhere to be seen                                                stamp of fairness?                    munity. Ironically, the Justice
Washington DC where public                                                   omy that the Democrats wanted
                                        and heard where it matters the                                                    Mitt Romney’s father left       Department is suing the state of
policy is being made? Or in Los                                              to keep from the public as the
                                        most: the US Congress and the                                               him millions of dollars in inheri-    Kansas for extending the ad-
Angeles, where the largest con-                                              election draws closer. Gov. Mitt
                                        White House.                                                                tance. Instead of pocketing un-       vance voting period for military
centration of Filipinos are? Or                                              Romney vehemently denied the
                                             And that’s when the engine                                             earned wealth, he donated             personnel. Isn’t this voter sup-
even in Las Vegas where the                                                  accusation insisting that he has
                                        started to sputter.                                                         everything to his church. When        pression directed against a vot-
Filipino population grew by 146                                              filed his tax returns and paid a
                                             By the way, NaFFAA’s re-                                               he rescued the Salt Lake City         ing sector that historically
percent in ten years?                                                        lot of money to the government
                                        elected national chairman, Ed                                               winter Olympics in the 80’s, he       favored the GOP?
      That made sense to me. But
                                                                             and challenges Reid to identify        declined any salary. Is this a             The right to vote should be
the national chairman is based          Navarra, is an engineer by pro-
                                                                             his sources.                           man who would scrimp on taxes         sacrosanct. As such, it should
in Michigan and that’s how the          fession. When he took office two
                                                                                  How can anybody from              to live well?                         not be treated as a trivial exer-
venue was chosen.                       years ago, he stressed that “ad-
                                        vocacy” will be NaFFAA’s main        Bain Capital know if Romney                             ***                  cise. It should be safeguarded so
      In retrospect, it may have
                                        driving force. Advocacy for vet-     did or did not pay his income                                                that the one-man-one-vote prin-
been prescient.                                                                                                                                           ciple will not be diluted by the
                                        erans equity, immigration re-        taxes in the last ten years if he or        Several states have initiated
      Detroit, after all, is the city                                                                                                                     votes of those who are not enti-
                                        form, workers rights, social         she did not spy on the governor        voter registration laws that will
known for a car industry that                                                                                                                             tled to cast ballots.
                                        justice and civil rights. We have    like a shadow every minute in          require the presentation of offi-
went bankrupt but recovered                                                                                                                                    Those opposing photo ID
                                        since added to that civic engage-    that period of time? Was Harry         cially issued photo ID in the reg-
soon enough after a government                                                                                                                            voting laws argue that there is
                                        ment. The FilAm Vote project,        Reid hallucinating about this          istration and voting process. The
bailout. Now Ford and General
                                        launched 8 years ago, would be       imaginary man who purport-             state of Florida is in the process
Motors are booming again.                                                                                                                                      Continued on page 31
                                        the vehicle for building commu-      edly whispered in his ear or was       of sanitizing its voter rolls to
      The parallels with NaFFAA
may be a stretch, but the opti-         nity power.
mist in me yearns for such meta-
phors. Like Phoenix rising from
                                             That made sense to me
                                        then. It makes even more sense            JPE set to
                                        to me now. The engineer in the
the ashes. As the story goes, the
phoenix is a mythical bird with         national chairman knew some-
                                        thing that, in my gut, needs to
                                                                                    tell all
fiery wings that lives up to a                                                    Juan Ponce Enrile is ready
hundred years. Near the end of          be looked into. Why is the en-
                                                                             to tell his story. A former ABS-
its life, it settles into a nest of     gine that’s NaFFAA sputtering?
                                                                             CBN colleague, Ces Orena-
twigs which then burns fero-            Why isn’t it connecting to the
ciously, reducing bird and nest         real lives of real people in our
to ashes. And from those ashes,         community? Why is NaFFAA
a fledgling phoenix rises re-           driving all over the map, but go-
newed and reborn.                       ing nowhere?
      Again, that analogy may                It may well be time to tinker
also be stretch. NaFFAA hasn’t          with the engine and analyze,                                                                                      and luck. He was an illegitimate
                                        with an engineer’s eye for detail,                                          ciplined silence of what tran-        son of a fisherman’s daughter in
quite burned itself to ashes, yet.
                                        what needs to be done to get it                                             spired in the cold, dark shadows      Gonzaga, Cagayan. Nearly in his
It’s struggling, yes. It’s certainly
                                        moving again. And forward.                                                  of power and now that he’s            teens, he set off to find his father
not like its former self when
                                             First, NaFFAA’s original vi-                                           promised a glimpse, I’m very ex-      a powerful politician and re-
2,000 Filipino American leaders
                                        sion of uniting the entire com-                                             cited.                                nowned lawyer Alfonso Ponce
formed NaFFAA in Washington
                                        munity under one “umbrella,”                                                     One teaser the declaration       Enrile who quickly took the boy
DC in 1997, with great hopes
                                        needs to be revised, scaled down                                            of Martial Law which Marcos           under his wings.
and expectations. We hit the
                                        and refocused. Building one na-                                             announced on the morning of                He graduated cum laude at
ground running, riding high
                                        tional organization that encom-      Juan Ponce Enrile                      Sept. 22, 1972 (actually dated        Ateneo de Manila University
with pride and purpose. For at
                                        passes all aspects of community                                             Sept. 21) was actually ready in       and the University of the Philip-
least 7 years, we maintained a
                                        life social services, commerce &     Drilon, got the scoop on a forth-      June 1971. Enrile, then Marcos’       pines College of Law.
strong presence in the nation’s
                                        business, charity and humanitar-     coming bio of one of the pillars       Defense Secretary, couldn’t be             Marcos, then a Senator with
capital, with a very clear focus:
                                        ian concerns, medical missions,      of Philippine politics, a man          wrong with the date. He said he       a keen eye for talent, spotted the
political education and legisla-
                                        Philippine support, arts, culture    once dreaded then adulated then        typed the proclamation himself        young lawyer and charged En-
tive advocacy. We rallied and
                                        and history, women and youth         distrusted and now celebrated.         complete with Marcos’ edits and       rile with his personal legal af-
lobbied for Filipino World War          was, indeed, an impossible           “After 5 decades, he is now            corrections because he didn’t
II Veterans Equity, for compre-                                                                                                                           fairs in 1964, about a year before
                                        dream. Over time, that reality       ready to tell his story,” Ces de-      trust anyone.                         Marcos won his first term as
hensive immigration reform and          stared us in the face but we kept    clared.                                     The gathering storm of dic-
other bills pertaining to social                                                                                                                          President.
                                        looking the other way.                    The man many like to call         tatorship was stirred by two               He was named Secretary of
justice and civil rights. Our main           Second, everybody wants to      JPE (“Manong Johnny” to Ilo-           men who were widely regarded
focus was on issues directly af-                                                                                                                          Justice in 1968 and in 1970 Mar-
                                        do something for the commu-          cano peers and fans) was one of        as among the most brilliant of        cos appointed him to head the
fecting Filipinos in America and        nity, for the home country, and      the architects of Martial Law          their generation.
the policy makers in Washing-                                                                                                                             Department of National Defense
                                        for the adopted country. But not     and the ultimate Malacanang in-             Born on Valentines Day, he       (leaving briefly in 1971 for an
ton DC who are making the               everybody wants to operate un-       sider for much of the 14-year          was able to overcome squalid
rules. We were at the table,                                                                                                                              unsuccessful Senate run).
                                                                             Marcos dictatorship.                   beginnings through a combina-
along with coalition partners                Continued on page 31                                                                                              Continued on page 31
                                                                                  He’s always practiced a dis-      tion of native genius, hard work
 30                                                                                                                          August 15, 2012
                                                                                 Immigration Notes
                                                                                                                          VISA PRIORITY DATES FOR THE PHILIPPINES
                                                                               By: J.G. Azarcon, Esq.
                                                                                                                                        AUGUST 2012

                                                                                Deferred                                       • FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

                                                                              action begins                           First: Unmarried sons/daughters
                                                                                                                      of US citizens                                     Mar. 01, 1994
                                                                                  On August 3, 2012, the De-
                                                                             partment of Homeland Security            Second:
                                                                             (DHS) announced that it will be-         A: Spouses/minor children of
                                                                             gin to accept applications for de-          permanent residents:                            Mar. 15, 2010
                                                                             ferred action status on August           B: Unmarried sons/daughters 21 years of age
                                                                             15, 2012. The agency will pro-              or older of permanent residents                 Jan. 01, 2002
      Aquino promises a lot                                                  duce the official application form
                                                                             by August 15. The process will
                                                                                                                      Third: Married sons/daughters of citizens          Jul. 22, 1992
      MANILA                           sive target of past governments.      cost $465.00 in filing fees.             Fourth: Brothers/sisters of citizens               Feb. 01, 1989
      President Benigno Aquino         Aquino said that prospect is               Deferred action is an exer-                 • EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES
III spoke in Pilipino, his coun-       now in sight next year and the        cise of prosecutorial discretion
try's national language, and told      country won't need to import          on the part of DHS not to initiate       First: Priority workers                                  Current
his "bosses" that the speech he        and may even be able to export        or enforce removal proceedings
just delivered wasn't his, but the     if the rains and typhoons won't                                                Second: Professionals holding advanced degrees
                                                                             against certain aliens without
people's. "This is your SONA,"         be as destructive as in the past.                                                        or persons of exceptional ability         Jan. 01, 2009
                                                                             valid status who meet certain
he declared, referring to his State         Agrarian reform, particu-                                                 Third: Skilled workers, professionals               Jun. 15, 2006
                                                                             guidelines. Eligible aliens may
of the Nation address on Mon-          larly farmers' ownership of the                                                        Other Workers                               Jun. 08, 2006
                                                                             also apply for temporary work
day, July 23.                          land they till, is a controversial
                                                                             authorization. Deferred action           Fourth:                                                   Current
      Aquino calls the people his      issue in the Philippines. Rich
                                                                             status will be valid for two years,      Certain Religious Workers                                 Current
"bosses." "Kayo ang boss ko," he       landowners have been able to
                                                                             subject to renewal.
likes to tell them. By that he         hold on to their holdings even                                                 Fifth: Employment creation/
                                                                                  To qualify for deferred ac-
means that he's the people's ser-      though there's a law that man-                                                        (Million or half-million dollar investor)         Current
                                       dates the distribution of land to     tion, the applicant must prove
vant and takes orders from                                                                                                                               criminal record. A felony is a
them.                                  farmers. One side of Mr.              the following:                         school, has graduated from high
                                                                                  1. Was under 31 years old                                              federal, state, or local criminal
      After two years in office,       Aquino's family owns a large                                                 school, has obtained a G.E.D.
                                                                             on June 15, 2012;                                                           offense punishable by imprison-
Mr. Aquino gave a report to the        "hacienda" in his home province                                              certificate, or is an honorably
                                                                                  2. Came to the U.S. under                                              ment for a term exceeding one
people, using the Congress as          of Tarlac which had been resist-                                             discharged veteran of the U.S.
                                                                             the age of 16;                                                              year.
his venue, as mandated by the          ing distribution. The President                                              Armed Forces or Coast Guard;
                                                                                  3. Entered without inspec-                                                  Significant misdemeanor is
Constitution.                          promised that his administration                                                  6. Has not been convicted of
                                                                             tion before June 15, 2012, or your                                          an offense for which the maxi-
      He said he had done a lot.       "will follow the law" ordering                                               a felony offense, significant mis-
                                                                             lawful immigration status ex-                                               mum term of imprisonment
After intentionally delaying ex-       the transfer of their hacienda to                                            demeanor offense, three or more
                                                                             pired as of June 15, 2012                                                   authorized is one year or less but
isting projects in order to review     farmers, and that by 2016, the                                               misdemeanor offenses, or other-
                                                                                  4. Has continuously resided                                            greater than five days and meets
them when he took office, his          end of his term of office, all                                               wise poses a threat to the com-
                                                                             in the US for at least five years                                           the following criteria: (a) re-
government is now ready to go          lands covered by the agrarian re-                                            munity or national security.
                                                                                                                                                         gardless of sentence imposed, is
ahead with infrastructure and          form law will have been given         before June 15, 2012 (since June            Aliens who have previous
                                                                                                                                                         an offense of domestic violence;
social projects. His agenda is full    away to farmers. That's a prom-       15, 2007),and was physically pre-      arrest or a conviction record
                                                                                                                                                         sexual abuse or exploitation;
with proposed action on educa-         ise farmers and social activists      sent in the US on June 15, 2012;       need to obtain all court docu-
tion, health, police and military      will be watching with keen eyes.           5. Is currently attending         mentation pertaining to the               Continued on page 31
concerns.                                   The President said the
      His government is address-
ing the need for about 67,000
                                       Philippines' dispute with China
                                       over a reef in the West Philip-            Hanging
classrooms in public schools, in       pine Sea (or South China Sea) re-
which every child would get
textbooks on a one-to-one basis.
                                       quired cooperation between the
                                       contending nations. He assured
                                                                                  wash on
State colleges will get a funding
boost of nearly 44 percent.
                                       that he "will not give away
                                       what's ours," to loud applause            cyberspace
Women's health is a priority, an       from the audience. He asked for            MANILA
emergency cash-transfer for the        the Filipinos' support and soli-           A less-than transparent Ju-
truly poor is in place, and uni-       darity in signalling to China the     dicial and Bar Council emerged
versal health insurance will soon      country's intention to be firm on     from the 1987 Constitution. Im-
be a reality. The military will re-    the issue.                            peachment of the 23rd Supreme
ceive a boost through a P103 bil-           He denounced his critics (he     Court chief justice, however,                                               royo administration.
lion      modernization      effort.   called them "miron," Filipino col-    pried open once hush-hush dis-         voiced “raw opinion and specu-              These clashes show “It’s
Low-cost housing for soldiers          loquial for idle people who have      cussions. JBC has belatedly            lation” in his newscasts, P-Noy      more fun in the Philippines,” as
and policemen have been built,         a lot of time to criticize) who are   tapped the ongoing cyberspace          groused.                             the January 2012 tourism slo-
with more to come.                     always negative and who urge          revolution..                                P-Noy      shouldn’t    have    gan claims. But these high
      Infrastructure projects will     him for forgive and forget the                TV cameras panned on           slammed the newscaster on            profile clashes obscure equally
include new airports, an ex-           wrongdoings of past govern-           faces of aspirants --- some de-        home grounds, tut-tutted some.       significant issues. One is the al-
panded rail system and new             ment officials. He said "we can       luded --- for the short list to        An informal ABS-CBN survey           most blanket intrusion into pri-
roads. All these without raising       forgive but not forget." Bringing                                            found 32 percent circled wag-        vacy within a digital world.
                                                                             considered by the President for
taxes.                                 these past officials (mainly refer-                                          ons around De Castro. The                  Cebu Judge Rapahel Yras-
                                                                             appointment as       the   24th
      Business processing opera-       ring to his predecessor, Gloria                                              President had a point,” 63 per-      torza dismissed a petition for
                                                                             “Chief” Twittered questions
tions (BPO), or call centers,          Arroyo) to court "is justice," he                                            cent said. ”. The commanding         habeas data by parents of St.
                                                                             were read out. . As a result,. citi-
turned over US$11 billion in           stated. Giving them a chance to                                              two-to-one lead indicates that       Theresa's College students, all
                                       defend themselves is justice, and     zens saw a parade of talent, no-
2011 and are projected to grow                                                                                      substance     counts more than       under 18. School authorities
                                       equal access to the law is justice.   bility, experience --- plus gall
to $25 billion by 2016, generating                                                                                  form                                 found the kids, uploaded on
                                            To those who tell him to         and warts.                                  "( It ) was a situation wait-   Facebook, pictures of themselves
indirect jobs for 1.3 million em-
                                       "move on" instead of spending a              Across town, the uproar         ing to happen.”, wrote Rappler’s     in skimpy bras, smoking and
                                       lot of time going after past offi-    continues over President Be-           redoubtable Chay Hofilena.           drinking at a bar.. `Under RA
      Tourism has grown. In the
                                       cials, he declared, "Isn't the        nigno Aquino’s scalping of TV          This ethical sore stems from         7610 and a Cebu City ordinance,
first six months of 2012, 2.1 mil-
lion tourists arrived and the gov-     agenda of change moving               Patrol, Anchor Noli de Castro.         the notorious “revolving door”       minors are not permitted inside
ernment expects 4.6 million to         along?"                               At ABS-CBN’s 25th anniversary          Journalists bolt into politics,      a bar
come in all of the current year.            "Nothing is impossible," he      celebration, PNoy flayed de            then bail out to their old roles,          In a private conference, the
The target is 10 million tourists      thundered toward the end of his       Castro for snide partisanship in       without qualms, The “anchor’s        parents signed sanction slips
in 2016.                               one-and-half-hour speech (the         baritone. A former vice-presi-         new clothes” didn’t blot out the     that the school issued. Recom-
      Self-sufficiency in rice, the                                          dent, in the discredited Macapa-       fact that he “was too high up in
                                            Continued on page 31             gal administration, De Castro          the political hierarchy of the Ar-        Continued on page 31
Filipinos' staple, has been an elu-
                                          August 15, 2012                                                                                                                            31
                                                                             means having a seat at the table
‘Impossible Dream’... from page 29                                           with national, state and local
                                                                                                                    Pinocchio Reid... from page 29
                                                                             elected officials when they de-        no evidence of voter fraud to          can citizen. To his surprise, he
der one umbrella. We know that         Month or health care reform.
                                                                             bate and discuss those issues af-      justify stringent verification of      was told- it’s OK, they will sort
now. And we’d better change            When the ‘Desperate House-
our mind sets and refocus the          wives’ controversy broke out          fecting our interests.                 identity. I don’t buy this excuse.     it out when you vote.
organization’s true and vital          years ago, it showed the poten-            Third, my hope is that we         In the last presidential election, I        An immigrant green card
mission of political empower-          tial of working with doctors and      find the resources to re-establish     volunteered as a precinct ob-          holder gets a knock on her door.
ment. By narrowing it down to          nurses and other heath profes-        the NaFFAA Washington DC of-           server. Here comes a lady who          “I’m here to register people to
political education and advo-          sionals. With women’s rights          fice with a paid full time execu-      just presented a voter registra-       vote.” The immigrant says that
cacy, we will actually broaden         under attack in some state legis-     tive director to run this engine.      tion card and no other identifica-     she was not an American citizen.
the possibilities of civic engage-     lators, NaFFAA can partner with       Forget the “impossible dream.”         tion at all. How can I tell if she     The visitor at her door was per-
ment and provide clear direction       FWN chapters all over the coun-       Building power for the nearly 4        just picked up the voting card of      sistent. “Go ahead and register
to our organizational efforts and      try to educate the community          million Filipinos in this country      somebody who used to live in           so you can vote in the local elec-
initiatives. It will make us think     about bills being rammed in                                                  her house but have since moved         tion.” And so she did register
                                                                             is not really impossible. The
big. And achieve immediate re-         state capitols.                                                              away or died?                          and vote in the local election.
                                                                             tools are there. We just need to
sults. Like registering 5,000 or             I call this consciousness the                                                Election irregularity actu-      The nightmare came a few years
                                                                             put mind, heart and soul to it         ally starts in the registration        later. She was honest enough to
50,000 new Filipino American           NaFFAA State of Mind. It means
                                                                             and our money where our                process. An acquaintance of            disclose to the Immigration
voters.                                simply being political and mak-
                                                                             mouth is.                              mine was walking in a public           Service in the naturalization ap-
     As to partnering with other       ing no apologies about it. It
                                                                                  As Gloria Caoile puts it,         place when he was solicited to         plication that she has voted in a
national      organizations,    like   means being “armed and dan-
FAHNS, the Filipino Womens             gerous” in Washington DC’s            when the organization’s focus is       register to vote. He told the so-      US election. Her citizenship ap-
Network, and the Philippine            policy-making circles so they         calibrated and we’re on the same       licitor that he was not an Ameri-      plication was denied.
Medical Mission, we should en-         recognize our voice and ac-           page, the dream of political em-
deavor to then use our political       knowledge our presence. It            powerment is not so impossible         Deferred action begins... from page 30
clout and advocate for common          means giving money to political       after all.
issues, like an official declaration   campaigns and not simply have              Send comments to jon-             burglary; unlawful possession or            It must be clearly under-
of Filipino American History           “kodakan” with politicians.” It                           use of a firearm; drug distribu-       stood that the grant of deferred
                                                                                                                    tion or trafficking; or driving un-    action status is discretionary on
                                                                             called "ambitious" but in a posi-      der the influence; or (b) is one       a case by case basis. According
Aquino promises... from page 30                                              tive way. Mr. Aquino has set a         for which the individual was
                                                                                                                    sentenced to time in custody of
                                                                                                                                                           to the memorandum issued by
                                                                                                                                                           the Director of the Immigration
                                                                             grueling agenda for the next           more than 90 days, excluding
longest SONA, some have ob-            tongue or the preferred lan-                                                                                        and Customs Enforcement on
served). If the people, his            guage of the masses. I'm sur-         four years for himself and his         period of suspended sentence.          June 15, 2012, there is no right to
"bosses," will help, guide and         prised that, for someone who          Cabinet. He himself has cut out             Deferred      action     status   the favorable exercise of discre-
help him and government, noth-         came from a family belonging to       his work for himself. No wonder        merely provides a shield from          tion by the agency. It does not
ing is impossible.                     the elite class, he's very comfort-   he asks the Filipino people, his       deportation and allows the alien
                                                                                                                                                           “prohibit the apprehension, de-
     "This is your SONA," he           able with the vernacular, spoken                                             to work and sustain him-
                                                                             "bosses," for help and guidance.                                              tention, or removable of any
ended.                                 liberally with colloquialisms and                                            self/herself in the US. It is not
                                                                                  Let's hope he hasn't overes-                                             alien unlawfully in the United
     Mr. Aquino's frequent use         familiar expressions.                                                        amnesty nor does it lead to per-
of Pilipino is a departure from             The President has promised       timated his own capacity to pro-       manent resident or any other           States or to limit the legal
past presidents who often spoke        a lot, something a commentator        duce results. Let's hope he's not      lawful immigration status. It          authority of DHS or any of its
in English, which isn't the native     (a dean of a college in Manila)       being over-ambitious.                  does not allow the alien to spon-      personnel to enforce federal im-
                                                                                                                    sor family members.                    migration law.
JPE set to... from page 29                                                   minded people of his mastery of
                                                                             law, he also offered an image of       Washington Tsismis... from page 28
     One of Marcos’ justifica-         losing a high-stakes political        a man unbent by the storms of
tions for declaring Martial Law        game with President Corazon           life, a sharpness belying his 88            4. Thou shalt not feel sorry      grow sloppy in body, dress or
was a fabricated communist at-         Aquino.                               years and succumbing to the            for thyself.                           mind.
tempt to bomb Enrile’s car on               Most expected him to ride        temptation of conjuring a Philip-           Huwag maawa sa sarili.                 Mag-ayos ng katawan at
Sept. 21, 1972. He now claims          into the political sunset. But he     pines led by someone like JPE.         Kahit maglulupasay sa iyak at          maligo araw araw.
that he went along with Marcos’        was still capable of springing              With an aura built in large      maguntog ng ulo sa pader                    8. Thou shalt not expect
plot on the understanding that         surprises such as when he di-         part by the phantoms of martial        walang makikiramay sa mga              constant attention from thy fam-
he would lift Martial Law after a      vorced his wife Cristina Cas-         dealings, Enrile’s motives have        taong malalim ang katangahan           ily.
year. True or not, it took Enrile      taner who was then appointed          always been surrounded by              at mababa ang pagtingin sa                  Huwag      maghintay      ng
over a decade to finally sever         Philippine ambassador to the          doubt         and       uncertainty.   kanilang sarili.                       pagkalinga na manggagaling sa
ties with Marcos, leading a            Vatican in 2008.                      “Whether the people believe it              5. Thou shalt not despair-        sariling pamilya. Tapos na ang
putsch after he claimed Marcos              Forced to resign as Defense      or not, I have always thought of       ingly compare today with the           iyong panahon. Ang panahon
tried to kill him.                     Secretary in 1986, he ran for         the country first,” he told Ces.       "good old days."                       nila ay para sa kanilang sariling
     The people rallied around         various congressional posts. He             JPE is an enviable position.          Huwag paulit-ulit na iha-         pamilya.
Enrile and then military chief Fi-     won the Senate Presidency in          Most see him as too old to be-         hambing ang magagandang                     9. Thou shalt not try to
del V. Ramos, protecting them          2008 and most likely unknown          come president (he’ll be 92 when       nakaraan sa nangyayaring kasa-         change people.
from Marcos tanks and finally          to him at the time that thrust        the next elections roll along) but     lukuyan.     Kahit pumuti ang               Huwag na huwag subukan
scuttling his dictatorship. But af-    him to another appointment            still healthy, intellectual and ad-    uwak hindi na babalik ang mga          na baguhin ang ibang tao. Lahat
ter helping to win back the            with destiny.                         mired he seems ready for his ul-       nakaraang panahon.                     tayo ay may iba-ibang kulay,
country’s freedom, he was                   His conduct during the tele-     timate role, a statesman with the           6. Thou shalt not find too        hugis at isip. Manahimik ka na
forced to retreat and abort what       vised impeachment trial of for-       opportunity to tell the real story     much fault with younger people.        lang kung ayaw mo ng away.
many believed was his ultimate         mer Supreme Court Chief Justice       that defined a generation.                  Huwag       makialam      sa           10. Thou shalt not insist
ambition to be President after         Renato Corona not only re-                  I can’t wait to hear it.         problema ng mga kabataan.              upon being right all the time.
                                                                                                                    Ang kanilang ginagawa ay                    Huwag kang makulit. Ang
                                                                             privacy in life, liberty or security   umaayon sa kanilang panahon            makukulit ay ipinapain sa leon.
Hanging wash on... from page 30                                              is violated. It grants a chance to     at mga kaibigan.                            Tsismoso's 11th command-
                                                                             question the data or withdrawal.            7. Thou shalt not let thyself     ment: &&&&&^#@&*
mended remedial measures, in-          cision agreed that STC was right
cluding undergoing religious           in asking that a Family Court,              The “ libertarian writ” of       nary actions.                          There are 83 million illegitimate
retreat, were mutually agreed          where records are kept confiden-      habeas data was meant to ad-                The Court       is convinced      accounts on the net, FB revealed
upon.     The minors were al-          tial to protect minors, hear the      dress political killings, along        …the minors were aware of the          Friday. Almost 9 percent frac-
lowed to graduate. But         the     case.                                 with habeas corpus and amparo          warning, by Facebook itself, that      tured rules.
school said no to their marching              Two later withdrew their       writsw, the Court noted. .The          the people they share with can              The Yrastorza decision
and receive their diplomas. `          lawsuits. .The remaining com-         complainants did not show any          always share with others who           sealed demise of the students
      The parents sued. They “         plainants left asked the court is-    threat to life, liberty or security.   are not “friends” to the original      claim of privacy violation, STC
brought the issue outside of the       sue a writ of habeas to compel        Sourcing of photos from Face-          account. In short, information         counsel Joan Largo wrote: More
four walls of the school” into the     the school to reveal it’s down-       book accounts of the students,         uploaded to Facebook somehow           important, it “presents an op-
open. STC repeatedly turned            loaded Facebook photos. A writ        by the school,l was not illegal. It    loses it privacy along the way.”       portunity to dwell on the all-im-
down media request for copies          of habeas data is a judicial rem-     was done as part of enforce-                  Like other social network       portant      issue   of     cyber
of controversial photos. The de-       edy for those whose right to          ment of its policies and discipli-     sites, Facebook is wild west.          responsibility.”
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