Vol. XXI, No. 19 Online: www.ManilaMailDC.net 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
In a virtual reprise of the tropical storm was already exit-
massive Ondoy floods, vast ar-
eas of Metro Manila and nearby
ing the country. This round of
monsoon rains was spawned by
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
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
2 August 15, 2012
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.
August 15, 2012 3
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 sact.org 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
4 August 15, 2012
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.
6 August 15, 2012
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
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 zon.net 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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-
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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
onDC.org 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-
email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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) email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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-
ber NILO SANTIAGOs solo
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-
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).
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 email@example.com. 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
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
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 fun...no 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
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-
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
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.
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
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
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 www.jprealdeal.com
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- hoo.com 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
(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. Facebook.com/LaTiDoDC, 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. DoDC@gmail.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
VISA PRIORITY DATES FOR THE PHILIPPINES
By: J.G. Azarcon, Esq.
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
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 email@example.com 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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