Vol. XXI, No. 17 Online: www.ManilaMailDC.net July 15, 2012
FilAms compete in UK Olympics
lah to earn a berth in the team. and growing up, Paige said she brother,” she revealed.
By Rodney J. Jaleco
She is the 4th of 5 children had to split her time between the “I found this all out when I
that Dave and Susan McPherson sport (she’s actually an aspiring turned 18. I was determined to
WASHINGTON D.C. -All
adopted. Paige is Filipino and ballerina) and dance. find my other family. I ended up
eyes will be on London as hun-
African American; her siblings In an interview with USA finding up my brother, well my
dreds of athletes from all over
Aaryn and Graham are part Na- Today, she said that after the dad did, through a detective. I
the world including a number
tive American, brother Evan is Olympics she will resume her found him on Facebook and I
of Filipino-Americans converge
Korean and sister Hannah was quest for her biological parents. started talking to him on Face-
for the quadrennial Summer
born in St. Lucia. “When I was 18 I tried to book and calling him. I actually
The family lives in Sturgis, find my biological older brother. talked to my (biological) mom,”
At 21, Paige McPherson is
South Dakota. I have an older brother and then Paige said.
the youngest member of the US
Olympic taekwondo team. She It was actually Evan who myself, and then I have actually
Continued on page 22 Raymond Martin
beat 2004 Olympian Nia Abdal- 1st got hooked to taekwondo a half-sister and a half little
WASHINGTON D.C. - An Filipino American leaders and pino Channel's daily newscast agree with the SC decision, TFC said that "while several
informal poll by a Philippine TV doctors said the majority were in Balitang America said the major- while forty seven percent said it polls show majority of Ameri-
station in the United States said favor of the controversial health ity of viewers who participated is about time that the richest cans want ObamaCare "re-
majority of Filams are against economy in the world take care pealed" (mostly because of
plan. in the informal poll were upset
conservative principles), with
the Affordable Health Care Act The Online Filam Star by the Supreme Court's decision of its own people. The SC deci-
some liberals saying the law
(Obamacare) which has been claims in its recent issue that ma- and were against the health sion makes the United States ap- does not go far enough to ensure
ruled constitutional by the US jority of Filipino American lead- plan. proach the high standards in adequate health care coverage
Supreme Court. But some FilAm ers it interviewed support The TFC channel poll said health care of other developed
newspapers that interviewed Obamacare. In contrast, the Fili- 53 percent of voters did not countries. Continued on page 23
Asian festival DOLPHY IS DEAD! Potomac
opens July 21 The Philippines' " King of ippine comedy field for more
The grand opening of the
two-day 9th Asian Food and
Comedy" is dead!
Dolphy, whose real name
than half a century. Millions of
Filipinos in the United States of FilAm
Multicultural Festival will be is Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr, , and around the world also ex- The mystery of a body
held at the George Mason Uni- passed away on July 9 at the pressed shock and sorrow over fished out the Potomac River
versity (main campus) in Fairfax, Makati Medical Center of multi- his passing. last July 6 was solved when it
Virginia at 10 a.m. on Saturday, ple organ failure and complica- Actor Eric Quizon, one of
July 21. tions from pneumonia. He was Dolphy's sons, read a family
The July 21-22 festival will 83. statement before a huddle of TV
have 35 Asian food vendors of- Millions of Filipinos, in- cameras and journalists, thank-
fering authentic cuisine; over 200 ing millions of Filipinos for sup-
cluding top Philippine govern-
multicultural retail stores, where porting his father and asking
ment officials, fellow movie and
one can do early Christmas for prayers. "Heaven is a hap-
TV celebrities and common folk
shopping; and one big stage fea-
mourned and heaped praise on
turing all-day traditional and Dolphy Continued on page 24
Dolphy who had ruled the Phil-
modern Asian performances,
Hip Hop Contest, and Speed
"The festival is a two-day, Donaire gets WBO-IBF titles
free admission event to promote Nonito “The Filipino Flash” unify the World Boxing Organi- by ESPN.
greater understanding of Asian Donaire continued his winning zation (WBO) and International The Bohol-born, Bay Area-
countries and cultures," said based Donaire (29-1, 18 by KO) Rodolfo Rudy Concepcion
streak, carving a convincing win Boxing Federation (IBF) super
event co-organizer George against South African Jeffrey bantamweight titles (122 knocked down Mathebula near was finally identified as that of a
Duangmanee. Mathebula in a July 7 bout at the pounds). the end of the 4th round. 59-year-old Filipino from Mary-
Asian ambassadors in the Home Depot Center in Carson, "It was tough. He got me He connected with a strong land.
nation's capital will preside over California. off the jab really well. That jab left hook to Mathebula’s chin, Grace Valera, co-executive
the opening ceremonies. The fes- He won the judges’ nod really took me out of my power sending the South African to the
Continued on page 23 117-110, 118-109 and 119-108 to range," Donaire was quoted Continued on page 23 Continued on page 22
Pinoy marker in PH school in ‘Lolong’ in Pope blesses Spo gives cap to
Louisiana P4 Spratlys P6 Guinness P8 Binays P14 PNoy P19
2 July 15, 2012
FAYLP youth ‘excited’ over trip to Manila
WASHINGTON D.C. - "Ex- them and allow them to contrib- senting more than 25,000 under- Angela graduated from the Adele H. Stamp Award for Serv-
cited" was the word used by ute to the betterment of their graduate students. He also led University of Maryland in 2002 ice; Student Government Asso-
Greg Cendana and Angela Lag- home communities in the U.S. the successful campaign that es- with an honors citation. She was ciation Outstanding Executive
dameo in describing their senti- while making an impact in the Award; and William E. Kirwan
ments just a few days before Philippines," Ambassador Cuisia Award for Outstanding Junior.
they are due to depart for Ma- said. She was also recognized for
nila to take part in the Filipino Greg and Angela have both overseeing a $1.5 million student
American Youth Leadership been elected as delegates to the activities fees budget, putting
Program (FAYLP). The visit will Democratic National Conven- the first student liaison on Col-
be an eye-opener for the two ac- tion (DNC), which will take lege Park's City Council, and for
complished Filipino American place this September. As dele- establishing the first Asian
individuals. The last time An- gates to the DNC, they will be American Studies Program in
gela was in the Philippines was voting on behalf of thousands of
the D.C. metropolitan area. An-
ten years ago, while for Greg, it people in their party from a par-
gela obtained her Masters' at the
was when he was still a baby. ticular district on who will be
Harvard Kennedy School of
The two FAYLP delegates the presidential candidate.
Government, where she started
called on Ambassador Jose L. Both Greg and Angela are
the Religion, Ethics, and Public
Cuisia, Jr. July 5 to thank him for also distinguished alumni from
the opportunity to be a part of their respective alma mater. Policy Interest Caucus and was a
the laudable project. "My wife, Greg was an honors graduate member of the Diversity Com-
Ma. Victoria, and I observed that from the University of California mittee while pursuing this de-
the youth were not so engaged in Los Angeles. He made his- gree.
in the activities of the Filipino tory in 2006 by becoming the With sponsorship from
American community in the first openly gay Filipino to be Chevron, Ayala Corporation,
United States. We wanted to in- elected to student government Phinma Foundation, Philam
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. poses for picture with Greg Cendana (left) Life, the Makati Business Club,
itiate a project that would excite as Internal Vice President, repre- and Angela Lagdameo.
Ayala Foundation and ABS-
tablished a Pilipino studies con- lauded as the first Asian Ameri- CBN as a media partner, the
centration within Asian Ameri- can female to become Student FAYLP delegates are taking part
can studies, the first of its kind Body President of 25,000 under- in the 7th Ambassadors, Consuls
for the department, partnered graduates after serving as Presi- General, and Tourism Directors
with UCLA's student govern- dent of the Asian American Tour from July 11 to 13 followed
ment, IDEAS (an undocumented Student Union. She was by a special 3-day program,
student advocacy group), Pilip- awarded the five most prestig- where they are scheduled to
ino Worker's Center and many ious university awards: Wilson meet with young officials in
other organizations to uplift the H. Elkins Award for Outstand- government, corporate execu-
impact of immigration and edu- ing Senior; Vera Cruz-Kochi- tives, and those involved in tra-
cational access and affordability yama Award for service to the ditional and social
for the Filipino community. Asian American community; entrepreneurship.
July 15, 2012 3
Ms Mafna is new PAFC president
Aylene Mafnas recently as- lifetime member of the Federal and is the current Chair of the are confident that under her di- Mafnas, in accepting her
sumed the post of president of Asian Pacific American Council Board. rection the PAFC will continue new responsibilites, said that she
the Philippine American Foun- (FAPAC). Ms. Mafnas was the PAFC Board Chairman to develop and implement pro- was honored and humbled and
dation for Charities (PAFC) fol- past president of the Philippine Ador Carreon said "We are grams that will help the less for- looks forward to working with
lowing a vote by the PAFC Association of Metro Washing- happy to have Aylene's enthusi- tunate the Philippines and in the the PAFC staff towards the ful-
Board of Directors. ton, DC Engineers (PAMWE) asm, drive, and experience. We local area." fillment of its charter
Ms. Mafnas takes over from
Eileen Nadal who led the PAFC
since January this year. Ms.
Nadal was a very inspiring and
energetic leader whose vision
and drive resulted in many suc-
cessful fund raising ventures in
support of PAFC's charitable,
educational, and cultural objec-
tives, the most recent being the
Philippine Festival 2012.
She cited a recent promo-
tion in her job and the need to
spend more time with her family
as the primary reasons for her
decision to step down. However,
she will remain active with
PAFC for special events. Ms.
Nadal expressed her wish that
the PAFC will continue to have
success in its endeavors.
Aylene Mafnas has been an
active member of the PAFC for
several years and brings a
wealth of organizational and
cultural experience to the Presi-
dency. After her day job as a
high ranking officer with the
U.S. Department of Agriculture
she finds time to be a successful
realtor and to serve as an officer
with the Guam Society and a
4 July 15, 2012
‘Filipino Village’ in Louisiana gets marker
LOUISIANA - The group of Lafcadio Hearn published an ar- smoked fish." became a problem, he was jailed women, Indians, and others.
Filipino fishermen who built ticle in Harper's Weekly in 1883 The diet in the village was in what was called a "fish-car", a Some of them enrolled their chil-
shelters on stilts atop some oys- that their existence was finally mainly fish. They rarely ate rice, makeshift jail cell. Due to the dren in schools in New Orleans.
ter reefs at the mouth of exposed to the American people. even though it is a staple food of harsh conditions and lack of Whenever possible, if there
Barataria Bay in Southern Lou- Hearn's article is the first known Filipinos. The predominant re- food, the offender would usually were still the means of re-con-
isiana in the United States and written article about the Filipi- necting with their families back
named the village after Philip- nos in the United States. in the Philippines, the Manila-
pines capital were honored June Hearn was able to visit the
men often sent money to friends
16 with the unveiling of the his- village, and his account pro-
in Manila with the profits they
torical marker for "The Manila vided very detailed information
Village." regarding their dwellings. The made from fishing.
In attendance were about 50 Manilamen lived in small houses Saint Malo was only one of
direct descendants of the origi- which were supported above the the Filipino settlements in the
nal group of Filipinos who es- water by stilts. The palmetto Southern United States. The
tablished the Village in the late and woven cane did not have other settlements were Manila
1800s. To date, there are over the durability to withstand the Village on Barataria Bay in the
10,200 Filipinos in Louisiana, re- violent climate of the bayous. Mississippi Delta by the Gulf of
siding mainly in New Orleans, Much of the wood needed to Mexico; Alombro Canal and
Baton Rouge, Alexandria, La- build the houses had to be Camp Dewey in Plaquemines
fayette and Lake Charles. shipped from various parts of Parish; and Leon Rojas, Bayou
The event was organized by Louisiana, as wood strong Cholas, and Bassa Bassa in Jef-
the Philippine-Louisiana Histori- enough to support dwellings
Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim (left) witnesses the unveiling ferson Parish, all in Louisiana.
cal Society led by Robert could not be easily found in the
of the Manila Village marker last June 16 in Lafitte, Louisiana as part of Manila Village on Barataria Bay
Romero and vice president Car- swamps. Since many creatures
the Philippine Independence Day celebration and bicentennial of the state. was considered to be the largest
melo Astilla. Mayor Tim Kerner of all kinds lived in the swamps,
of the town of Jean Lafitte, who the dwellers found it necessary ligion of the Manilamen was Ro- and most popular, Saint Malo,
change his mind and obey any
is married to a Filipina, actively to improvise their houses. They man Catholicism, although it rule or decision. The village was however, was the oldest. Houses
participated in the ceremonies. had every window closed with was not known if a priest actu- never visited by any Louisiana in Manila Village were built on
Wikepedia says that as early wire netting to protect them- ally visited the settlement from government official or tax man stilts on a 50-acre (200,000 m2)
as 1763 Filipinos who deserted selves from mosquitos and other nearby New Orleans to minister even though it was within the marshland; this community sur-
from Spanish ships during the insects and also had to be vigi- or perform any Christian rites jurisdiction of the nearby St. Ber- vived until 1965, when Hurri-
Manila Galleon Trade. They re- lant for reptiles and other ani- and sacraments. nard Parish. cane Betsy destroyed it.
portedly escaped from Spanish mals abound in the swamps. Government Rarely did women live in Among the legacy introduced by
brutalities on board the ships There was no furniture, no table, the village. In fact there were no the Filipinos was the production
The Manilamen paid no
and settled in the marshlands so no chair and no bed in any of the women in the village during of dried shrimp, known as "sea
taxes and had no policemen.
the Spaniards could reach them. dwellings. What could have Hearn's visit. Those fishermen
They had set their own rules and bob" from the French term "six
"The people who settled in the been considered as mattresses who did have families had them
laws that all those living in the barbe". Dried shrimp is still pro-
bayous were called Manilamen were filled with what Hearn live in New Orleans or in other
and later on as Tagalas. They called "dry Spanish-beard." village were bound to obey. In duced by the Cajuns of Louisi-
localities. The reason for this
governed themselves and kept These were laid upon "tiers" of case of disputes, it was usually can be attributed to the isolated ana. Some of the
their existence a secret from shelves faced against the walls. left to the oldest man currently and harsh conditions of the set- descendants of the original set-
mainstream society for over a According to Hearn the fisher- living in the settlement to medi- tlement. Since there were no Fili- tlers continue to live in Louisi-
hundred years. men slept at night "among bar- ate the situation. If a man re- pino women, the Manilamen ana to this day as Multiracial
It wasn't until journalist rels of flour and folded sails and fused a given verdict or likewise often courted and married Cajun Americans.
FilAms’ join APIA Vote training
“We cannot be empowered Owens attended the training schools, are just as important be- nonpartisan organization that in light of recent polls which
unless we are seen, heard and along with Rita Gerona Adkins, cause they affect our families works with partners to mobilize find that major political parties
counted,” said Maurese Owens, Minerva Rosenthal and Jon Me- and our children’s future.” NaF- Asian Americans and Pacific Is- ignore Asian Americans. And
a Northern Virginia resident and legrito all NaFFAA members in FAA has launched a national landers in electoral and civic yet AAPI voters are the nation’s
a member of NaFFAA Region 2’s the Capital Region (See Photo by FilAm Vote program to mobilize participation. fastest growing racial group and
governing board during an all- Jon Melegrito). “Our voices Filipino Americans across the During an all-day training are expected to vote in record
country to register and cast their session in Northern Virginia on numbers this fall. The Filipino
ballots in November. June 30, Hang engaged more American vote actually made
“This is not about the No- than 60 community leaders and the difference in Nevada as the
vember elections, but about youth activists in the basics of “swing vote” in the successful
building political power for our voter education, voter registra- re-election bid of Sen. Harry
community,” said Pakou Hang, tion and getting out the vote on Reid. Virginia is another battle-
community organizer and lead election day. ground state where Filipino vot-
trainer of APIA Vote, a national The training was significant ers could play a significant role.
Boracay is ‘World’s Best Island’
Reader of "Travel + Lei- and Hotel Spa. In the last cate-
sure," an international travel gory, the Discovery Shores Ho-
magazine, have voted the Philip- tel, also in Boracay, won the
pines' Boracay Island in Malay, award for the Asia sub-category.
Aklan Province, as the World's This is the 17th year of
Best Islands for 2012. Travel + Leisure's World's Best
Filipino American leaders and members were among the participants in the Known for its crystal blue Awards. Each year, readers of
all-day seminar conducted by APIA Vote on voter education. (Photo by Jon waters and white, powdery Travel + Leisure are invited to
Melegrito) sand, Boracay received a score of answer a questionnaire, either
93.10 to top the 10 Best Islands online or in a Travel + Leisure
day training of APIA Vote should be heard on national is- list this year. A tourist on the beach of Boracay. magazine. The 74-year-old
(Asian Pacific Islander Ameri- sues like health care and immi- The criteria for World's Best magazine, based in New York
cans) in Northern Virginia June gration,” said Melegrito. “But Island include natural attrac- Other categories in the annual City, is published by the Ameri-
30. “We need to mobilize our state and local issues, like tions, activities and sights, res- awards are World's Best City, can Express Publishing Corpora-
community because the issues in women’s rights, gambling, pub- taurants and food, visitors and Hotel, International Airline, Do- tion, a subsidiary of American
this election affect us directly.” lic safety and the quality public people and value for money. mestic Airline, Tour Operator, Express Company.
July 15, 2012 5
Maglaya gets DSA from Amb. Cuisia
Ambassador Eduardo workers (OFWs) from nearby
Maglaya receives the Distin- Tunisia and Libya, even as he
guished Service Award from and his team were leading
Ambassador Jose Cuisia during evacuation teams for OFWs in
ceremonies held at the Romulo Egypt. Maglaya was posted in
Hall of the Philippine Embassy Washington, D.C. twice, first as
on June 28. Witnessing the cere-
Third Secretary & Vice Consul
mony are Mrs. Maglaya (right-
from 1986 to 1987 and then as
most) and Ambassador Maria
Rowena M. Sanchez, as special Minister Counsellor & Consul
guest. Cuisia cited Maglaya's General from 1995 to 1999.
long and distinguished career in Ambassador and Mrs.
the DFA and his stint as ambas- Maglaya have many friends in
sador in Cairo, Egypt during the greater Washington D.C.
the Arab Spring. He led evacu- area. His wife worked with the
ation teams for overseas Filipino World Bank for so many years.
6 July 15, 2012
PH opens kindergarten school in Spratlys
MANILA - Philippine offi- land, which the Philippines calls inforce its claim to the Spratly
cials have formally opened a Pag-asa or "hope" in Tagalog. archipelago.
small kindergarten school on "We're trying to come up More than a dozen families
Kalayaan island in the Spratlys with as normal a community as have been encouraged by the
in the West Philippine Sea possible and this is one impor- government to live on the tad-
(South China Sea) which are tant step," Bito-onon said by pole-shaped island 480 kilome-
claimed by several countries, in- telephone, adding that more ters (300 miles) off southwestern
cluding China. children could be accommo- Palawan province by offering
Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon dated in the school if he can get them free food, shelter, electric-
said the school was opened June more government funding. ity, water and now, education.
15 without fanfare to help a poor "The kids were very excited. China, Taiwan, Brunei, Ma-
Filipino community on the is- They grabbed their new school- laysia and Vietnam also claim
land but not to antagonize rival bags and prodded their parents the mostly barren Spratlys,
claimants. to bring them to class early," which are believed to be rich in
Five students were wel- Bito-onon said. oil and gas and are near one of
comed by their teacher in a Filipino troops guard Pag- the world's busiest sea lanes.
classroom filledwith crayons, asa, the largest of nine islands, A nonbinding 2002 accord
pencils, coloring books and a sandbars and reefs held by the discourages aggressive acts that
blackboard, Bito-onon said. Philippines under a municipality could spark fighting. Bito-onon
A Philippine flag fluttered led by Bito-onon. The Philippine Students and teachers pose in front of their schoolbuilding on Kalayaan said opening a kindergarten
in the breeze in the schoolyard government established the far- island in the Spratlys. could not be seen in anyway as
on the 37-hectare (91-acre) is- flung municipality in 1978 to re- having violated that pact.
Asean takes up China’s bullying in SEA
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia "They have set this month draft code of conduct, leading to
- Friction over competing claims as their self-imposed deadline to a "big disagreement", Philippine
in the South China Sea took cen- come up with a draft COC. Foreign Secretary Albert del
ter stage when the 10-member There could be progress," Rosario said at the time.
Association of Southeast Asian Thayer said. But the bloc is still hoping
Nations (ASEAN) opened talks China, Taiwan and ASEAN to reach an agreement with
here July 9. members the Philippines, Viet- China by the end of the year, 10
Manila is leading a push for nam, Brunei and Malaysia have years after first committing to
ASEAN to unite to persuade overlapping territorial claims in creating a legally binding frame-
China to accept a "code of con- the South China Sea, home to vi- work for resolving disputes.
duct" (COC) in the sea, where tal shipping lanes and believed US assistant secretary of
tensions have flared recently to be rich in oil and gas deposits. state for East Asia, Kurt Camp-
with both Vietnam and the Phil- China recently angered Vi- bell, said late last month he saw
ippines accusing Beijing of bul- etnam by inviting bids for explo- momentum on the issue after
lying. ration of oil blocks in contested noticing "an increase in diplo-
US Secretary of State Hillary waters, sparking protests in macy" between ASEAN and
Clinton later joined the ASEAN Hanoi earlier this month, while China on a potential code of con-
Regional Forum on July 12 to Beijing and Manila are locked in duct.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands of Cambodian foreign
lead efforts to ease tensions in a tense standoff over a disputed The US recently expanded
minister, the host of the ASEAN meeting.
the West Philippine Sea (South shoal. military relations with the Phil-
China Sea). resource-rich and strategically Thayer, a politics professor and At their last summit in ippines and Vietnam, and the
China prefers to deal with important area. Southeast Asia securities expert April, ASEAN countries were di- strategic rivalry between Wash-
the claimants individually as it "This is make or break time at the University of New South vided over when to include Bei- ington and Beijing will be an is-
seeks to extend its writ over the for ASEAN members," said Carl Wales in Australia. jing in discussions about the sue in the talks.
Community marks 10th anniversary of ‘Brown Strokes’
Twenty eight Filipino also paid tribute to Julian's fa- evolution of Philippine arts," the Ocinar, Julian Oteyza, Nikki ris, Amy Quinto, Gabriel Riego
American artists and friends ex- ther, Victor Oteyza. "While we ambassador said. Oteyza, Kevin Owens, Marielle de Dios, Jon Joseph Russo, Nilo
hibited their art and celebrated
the 10th anniversary of Brown
Strokes on a White Canvas
(BSWC) with the community on
June 21. The event was spon-
sored by the Philippine Ameri-
can Foundation for Charities
with the support of the Philip-
pine Embassy. The full-house
reception was opened by Am-
bassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. who
commended the participating
artists. He said "their passions Front row from left: Gloria Federigan, Cecile Kirkpatrick, Toni Tiu, Kevin
are fired up and they are gifted Owens, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Josie Lim Cruz, Amy Quinto, Alice
to translate their thoughts and Santos, Maurese Owens, Mya Talavera, Mitch Ocampo (son of Galo
emotions to visual arts." He Ocampo) back row: Consul Emil Fernandez, Julian Oteyza, Ador Carreon,
added that "the Embassy and Nilo Santiago, Marvin Santos, Virgilio Rollamas.
your community are proud of are gathered here to celebrate Participating Artists: Ken Front row from left: Dr. Cris Lopez, Dr. Jovy Eusebio, Feed the Hungry
the groundswell of talent and the 10th anniversary of Brown Abrams, Holly Adams, Cynthia Director Tess Alarcon and PAMWE President Hilda Leuterio-Gigioli.
that we are supportive of the in- Strokes, I hope that Julian and Angeles, Angelito Baban, Danny Behind is Jun Eusebio and an unidentified guest.
itiatives that showcase you and his sister, Maurese, will allow us Buenaventura, Nina Case, Dul-
your talent. He congratulated to associate Brown Strokes with cie Dee, Gloria Federigan, Cecile Mariano, Michelle Owens-Mar- Santiago, Alice Santos, Marvin
the show's curator Julian Oteyza the art and the contribution of Kirkpatrick, Josie Lim Cruz, tin, Tanya Owens-Nuchols, Santos, Mya Talavera, Toni Tiu
for organizing the project. He Victor Oteyza to the history and Pacifico Lopez, Eva Molnar,Jade Edgar Pagalilauan, Natalya Par- and Virgilio Rollamas.
July 15, 2012 7
Pinoys told to attend
Ocean City tribute to PH
NEW YORK - Philippine Dance Co. also of Philadelphia
Consul General in New York will perform aboriginal dance,
Mario de Leon is urging Filipi- while the Philippine Youth of
nos and Filipino Americans to South Jersey will render folk
watch Ocean City's 3rd annual dances. American youngsters
"Tribute to the Philippines" on working at Air Circus toy shop
July 21 to 22. in Ocean City will demonstrate
De Leon said the event their skills in playing yo-yo, a
"gives us an excellent opportu- popular toy said to have origi-
nity to promote our country and nated in the Philippines.
people to mainstream America" Filipino doctors, nurses and
because thousands of tourists health professionals from New
visit the place in summer time. York, New Jersey and Philadel-
Many in Washington DC phia will conduct free health
however wonder why Ocean check-ups, including blood pres-
City, which is part of Maryland, sure and blood sugar tests and
falls under the jurisdiction of the give health and wellness semi-
New York consulate instead of nars.
the Philippine embassy. "We will highlight our Fili-
Nevertheless, the New York pino American medical profes-
consulate has prepared an array sionals who are highly regarded
of exhibits aside from the usual in the U.S. for their competence
trade and tourism exhibits they and dedication to work," said de
did in the last two years. This Leon.
year, the festival will introduce Several years ago, Ocean
cultural performances that will City forged a sister city agree-
showcase the ment with San Jose City in Occi-
music and dances of the dental Mindoro. Rene Sese, a
Philippines, as well as health resident of Ocean City and a na-
and wellness seminars for the tive of San Jose City, was instru-
residents and tourists of Ocean mental in organizing the
City, Amb. de Leon said. Philippine tribute, a project of
The Philippine Folk Arts So- the City council, the Regional
ciety rondalla group based in Chamber of Commerce of Ocean
Philadelphia will play tradi- City and the Philippine Consu-
tional music. Philippine Mutya late General.
8 July 15, 2012
PH has world’s largest crocodile - Guinness
MANILA - Guinness World ton. being used to feed and care for people realize the biodiversity of was killed in 2009 and a fisher-
Records has declared that a AP said Bunawan Mayor the crocodile and for park main- their surroundings and the need man went missing. Water buf-
monster crocodile the Philip- Edwin Cox Elorde said the news
falos have also been attacked by
pines has named "Lolong" is the sparked celebrations in his farm-
largest in captivity in the world. ing town of 37,000 but also fos- crocodiles in the area, officials
The giant reptile has brought tered concerns that more giant said.
pride, fear, tourism revenues crocodiles might be lurking in a About 100 people led by
and attention to the remote town nearby marshland and creek Elorde pulled the crocodile from
where it was captured. where villagers fish. a creek using a rope and then
A week later, reports ema- "There were mixed feel-
hoisted it by crane onto a truck.
nated from Mindanao that a ings," Elorde said by telephone.
much larger reptile has been "We're really proud because it It was named after a govern-
spotted in the waters off Agusan proves the rich biodiversity of ment environmental officer who
del Sur. our place but at the same time, died from a heart attack after
The saltwater crocodile there are fears that Lolong may Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde pretends to measure a huge crocodile traveling to Bunawan to help
which was captured last Sep- not be alone." which was captured by residents and crocodile farm staff along a creek in capture the beast, Elorde said.
tember in Bunawan town in Lolong has become the star Bunawan in Bunawan town in Agusan del Sur province, southern Philip- Elorde said he saw a bigger
Agusan del Sur province, meas- attraction of a new ecotourism pines.
ures 20.24 feet (6.17 meters) and park and research center in the crocodile escape when Lolong
weighs more than a ton, Guin- outskirts of Bunawan and has tenance. to protect it. He said he would was captured and villagers re-
ness spokeswoman Anne-Lise drawn thousands of tourists Environment and Natural recommend that the government main wary of fishing there at
Rouse said in a statement . The since news of its capture spread. Resources Secretary Ramon Paje help Bunawan become an eco- night. He said he has formed a
reptile took the top spot from an Elorde said his town has earned welcomed the Guinness an- tourism destination.
new team of hunters and is seek-
Australian crocodile which 3 million pesos ($72,000) from nouncement and the growing at- The crocodile was captured
measured more than 17 feet (5 the modest entrance fees at the tention being given to the with steel cable traps during a ing government permission to
meters) and weighed nearly a park, with most of the money crocodile, saying it would help three-week hunt after a child start hunting that crocodile.
NY foundation helps poor
patient from Albay
NEW YORK- Diane Beltran, tary Club in New Jersey, whose given a new lease in life," said de
28, who is suffering from a rheu- president-elect Jennifer Padolina Leon. Left untreated, Diane's
matic heart valve disease in is Filipino. The foundation has condition could potentially lead
Camarines Sur, Philippines is previously helped four people to heart failure, according to her
one of the lucky Filipinos who from the Philippines and a man doctors.
found help from the US. from Peru. Present during the emo-
The daughter of a street The club facilitated Diane's tional visit were Padolina; Nelsie
food vendor had no more hope trip to the U.S., and The Valley Parrado, president of the Sunrise
until she reached out to the Gift Hospital in Ridgewood donated Rotary Club of Fair Lawn, who
of Life Foundation website in its medical staff and facilities. has offered to house Diane and
the U.S. despite friends' warn- After the surgery, Diane was her mother during her recupera-
ings the site appeared to be a nicely recovering from her triple tion; Peter Diestel, senior vice
hoax, according to North- valve operation. Then she got a president of The Valley Hospital New York Consul General Mario de Leon visits Diane Beltran, sick daugh-
jersey.com. visit from the Consul General. ; Diane's cardiac surgeon Mari- ter of a food vendor in Camarines Sur.
I turned out the foundation "We are grateful for the ano Brizzio; and her mother
is a project of the Paramus Ro- Paramus Rotary Club; she was Laurdita. Pinoy becomes US
citizen at 102
The Trumps join Operation Smile LOS ANGELES - Joaquin
Arciaga Guzman, 102, now
holds the record of being the
oldest Filipino immigrant to be-
come a United States citizen.
Guzman was sworn in
along with some 7,300 immi-
grants from 120 countries as citi-
zens at a naturalization
ceremony at the Los Angeles
Convention Center early this
The story says Guzman
came to the United States in 1928 Joaquin Arciaga Guzman
to pick apples and vegetables in
San Francisco. After several said Guzman's wife Paz did not
years, he returned, settled down live to see her husband become a
in the Philippines, married Paz US citizen. She died in 2007 at
Irene Gatchalian and sired six the age of 89.
children. The US Citizenship and Im-
He then returned to the migration Services data said
United States. His wife and two only 27 people older than 100
adult children who came to join years old have become citizens
him became US citizens in 1984. in the past 50 years.
But Guzman did not submit Manik Bokchalian, who was
The sons of American billionaire Donald Trump were in Manila June 27 with the Operation Smile mission. Photo any application for citizenship 117 when she took the oath in
shows from left, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. Sen. Pia Cayetano and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim (5th from left) for reasons that are not clear, ac- 1997, holds the record of being
watching as Doctors Ma. Irene Tangco (6th from left) and Willie Go (right) operate on cleft patient, one-year-old cording to reports. the oldest immigrant to become
Mark Carlos Nuegas, at the Santa Ana Hospital in Manila. Los Angeles Daily News a US citizen.
July 15, 2012 9
10 July 15, 2012
Virginia Beach marks FilAm Friendship Day
Leading the parade were This year, the grand mar- several tents and eat food for Now in its 20th year, the
Text and photos by
Bing C. Branigin American Veterans of Foreign shalls were, Mayor Virginia free. It was a fiesta like atmos- Filipino American Friendship
Wars (Hampton Roads Chapter) Beach City Mayor Will Sessoms phere, just like the practice in the Day celebrates Philippine inde-
VIRGINIA BEACH - Thou-
while Cong. Bobby C. Scott (D), and Rafael L. Lopez (Chief Op- Philippines. pendence in June, and also the
sands braved the extreme heat to
and former Virginia Governor erating Officer ABS-CBN Political candidates partici- 4th of July Independence Cele-
participate or watch the parade
Tim Caine sang the national an- Global). pated in the parade and also brations of America.
Various tents were set up walk around the park to meet The Hampton Roads FilAm
for trade, commercial, and infor- and greet potential voters. community shows their appre-
The Filipino American Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hampton Roads Chap-
ter, with Cong. Bobby C. Scott, and former Virginia Governor, Tim Cain, Filipino American veterans and youth lead the parade on the Park.
sing the national anthem at the opening of the annual Filipino American
Friendship Day, Red Wing Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia, June 30.
ciation to both countries by
throwing a big party celebrating
Fil Am Friendship Day
Chairman, Joe Ortega, and his
volunteers, Congratulations and
Hampton Roads Fil Am
community and as far as Caroli-
nas, and the Metro DC area, had
a wonderful time meeting old
friends and family. For one day,
FilAms threw a party celebrating
Audience during the celebration reads the Manila Mail.
Cong. Scott Riggel, with Alberto Dayao, Chairman, National Federation of
Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Region 2, at the Fil Am Friend-
ship Day, June 30.
The 6th Annual Mr. Pogi Pageant sponsored by the Young Filipino American Modern Dancers of Virginia (YFMD)
with the cooperation of CUFO was held at The Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia Beach June 29. Teen and
College Teen 2012 Court Mr. Teen Pogi- Myron Simon; Mr. Teen Suave-Putra Surya and Mr. Teen Gwuapo- Ran-
dall Tan Mr. College Pogi Court Mr. Pogi- Perry Fabi Jr.'Mr. Suave- Gary Armstrong Mr Gwuapo- Caleb Beard.
mation. PNB had long lines at
their booth because they were
giving away bags, wallets, and
other gifts. The Taglish Tees got
a lot of attention from the young
FilAms because of their original
and innovative tee shirt designs.
Red Ribbon, for their mango
shake, halo-halo, and sago/gula-
man. There was a long line for
free hotdog, burgers, corn,
Mr. Teen Pogi Myron Simon with his escort. drinks, dessert provided by the
sponsors and served by the vari-
staged by different Filipino them at the opening ceremonies. ous volunteers.
American organizations to cele- At the main stage were perform- There were also several
brate the annual Philippine- ers from local talents doing mu- tents set up by the various Fili-
American Friendship day at the sical numbers and cultural pino American organizations.
Red Wing Park here on June 30. presentations. Guests just go around the Officers and members of the Zambaleno Association pose for group photo.
July 15, 2012 11
PH Embassy holds seminar to improve services
Anbassador Jose L. Cuisia, The aim is to equip all the Amb. Cuisia said at the start Embassy, in a subsequent semi- Police Attache Gen. Ar-
Jr. held an in-house seminar on staff with basic information on of the seminar that it was an im- nar, perhaps some time in De- mando Ramolete, who is also
June 30 at the Romulo Hall of consular and other embassy portant and timely initiative as a cember. the Embassy's Security Officer,
the Philippine embassy for offi- services with basic information similar undertaking had not The lecturers for the semi- lectured on Security Concerns.
cers and staff to improve serv- to respond to queries from cli- been done for the past several nar were the concerned officers The ambassador then
ices and assistance to the public. ents without referring them to years. He said that he would and staff in-charge of the vari-
awarded Certificate of Atten-
The seminar, originally the concerned official. also like to see briefings for the ous topic areas.
dance to Naval Attache Capt. El-
meant only for consular services To take full advantage of staff on other aspects of the Em- Among those who spoke at
was expanded to include other the presence of the staff, security bassy's work such as the politi- the seminar were Atty. Sofronio son Aguilar. Assisting the
services and programs such as concerns and administrative re- cal, legislative and public Cortel on consular matters, in- Ambassador are Minister Ariel
labor, welfare assistance, tour- minders were also incorporated diplomacy areas, including that cluding the authentication and Penaranda (leftmost) and Con-
ism and economic diplomacy. into the seminar. of the attached services of the dual citizenship programs. sul Arlene Magno.
12 July 15, 2012
Public service draws 2 FilAm doctors to marriage
By Rodney J. Jaleco in touch and eventually got mar- nesses but when they’re on mis- drive to help the needy.
ried in 2004 and moved to the sion, it doesn’t really matter be- “We try to stay in Region 3
Their love story was born in US,” she added. She currently cause there is no mister or (Central Luzon) but we have
public service so, in a sense, serves as assistant chief medical general or doctor,” she stressed. gone outside the region, to Rom-
every time this physician-couple officer of MMOM (her husband “There are no titles. They blon and Coron, Palawan,” she
go on a medical mission to the is president and chief medical will do what they have to do to revealed.
Philippines is just like reliving officer of this non-profit organi- get the job done which is what They do mostly general sur-
that romance. zation). we’re so proud of; there are no gery because of the cost on indi-
“I met him a few years ago The pair also co-founded egos and everyone works well
gent patients. “Even in
at a medical mission organized the Munting Ngiti Foundation together,” Catherine said.
government hospitals there are
by their friends,” Falls Church, Inc. (she actually established it A native of San Fernando,
Pampanga, she is a daughter of costs that low-income and even
VA-based pediatrician Catherine in 1999 but was incorporated as
a charitable organization in US-trained Dr. Ramon Panlilio some middle-income patients
Panlilio Arzadon revealed. She
was talking about her husband, 2004) which provides free surgi- and Shirley Temple Hughes, a can’t afford,” Catherine ex-
Dr. Joseph M. Arzadon. cal services for indigents with registered nurse from Virginia. plained.
Catherine was given the cleft lip and palette. She graduated from the Univer- “Before we used to offer
Most Outstanding Migrant “We started it with the Cir- sity of Sto. Tomas in 1999. medical consultations but now
Award in the Healthcare Profes- culo Pampangueno then Dr. Joseph M. Arzadon and wife, She has always been in- we’re streamlining more on sur-
sion at last month’s People’s Ball branched out to medical mis- Dr. Catherine Panlilio Arzadon. volved with charity work. Aside gery and dental procedures,”
organized by the Migrant Heri- sions. That’s how the Medical from the MMOM, she has volun- she added.
tage Commission (MHC). Mission was born from a group helping the poor but needy pa- teered for Catholic Women’s Many could say that the un-
“I promised to help so when of friends who just wanted to tients in the Philippines. League Free Clinics, Pampanga ion of Drs. Catherine and Joseph
they went to my province I help,” she explained. “Not everyone can go but Medical Society and Philippine Arzadon was not only a match
helped out,” she told the Manila The MMOM has about a everyone helps to raise money Pediatric Society.
made in heaven, they were also
Mail. They were part of the hundred members, Catherine for the mission, pack supplies “I feel blessed and there is
Medical Mission of Mercy USA said, and about 70 of them go to and other things,” she added. such a need,” she says of her
(MMOM) helping indigents in the Philippines every year “The majority are non-
“That’s how we met, stayed
which makes them one of the
largest Fil-Am medical missions
medical people, a lot of them
hold high office or own busi-
Manila’s only health
museum shows US artifacts
When American authorities in later years. He then thought
ordered in 1902 the burning of of sharing what he had to the
nipa huts, the cremation of the Filipino people to show his
dead and imposing quarantines, gratitude to the Philippines
angry Filipinos balked and re- which he considered his second
belled, not knowing they were home.”
probably their only defense The Co Tec Tai Medical Mu-
against a cholera epidemic that seum is the brainchild of her
would eventually claim over brother, Dr. Willie T. Ong, a car-
200,000 lives by the time it was diologist at Manila Doctors Hos-
over. pital and Makati Medical
This episode of the Ameri- Center.
can colonial era in the Philip- During his early years in
pines has largely been forgotten medical school, Willie was in
which has piqued the interest of search of role model Filipino
concerned Filipino physicians. doctors that could serve as his
The Co Tec Tai Medical Mu- inspiration. But he couldn’t find
seum showcases the history of any. So, after graduating from
medical practice and health care school, he and his wife, Dr.
in the Philippines. The first and Anna Liza R. Ong, went to the
only medical museum in the United States and studied His-
country, it has various collec- tory of Medicine at the Univer-
tions of rare photographs, health sity of Wisconsin.
artifacts, memorabilia, memen- “For months, we toiled
tos, medical books and instru- through the icy winter of Madi-
ments, and paintings. son, collecting anything and
A large portion of the dis- everything related to Philippine
plays came from the United medicine,” Willie recalled. The
States which ruled over the ar- couple also went to Washington,
chipelago from 1899 (when Pres. D.C., Maryland, Boston, and
McKinley established the 1st Wisconsin to gather “any scrap
Philippine Commission) to 1946 Filipino health workers had left
(excluding the years of Japanese behind.”
military occupation during “Though this medical mu-
World War II). seum, all the good works and
The medical museum is noble projects of our country-
named in honor of Ong Yong men in the health sector can be
better known as Co Tec Tai in safely stored and remembered,”
the Chinese community. He was said Willie, who writes a health
born in Jinjiang, China but came column for a national daily and
to the Philippines in 1922. He has a weekly television and ra-
was recognized as a philanthro- dio show.
pist and civic leader. He passed The museum occupies the
away in 2009. 5th and 6th floors of the Warner
“My father gallantly fought Building at 2540 Taft Ave., Pasay
alongside the guerrillas in World City (between the EDSA Ro-
War II,” said daughter Julie tunda and Libertad St.). It is
Ong-Alonzo. “When the war open from Mondays to Saturday
was over, he did small busi- from 9 am to 5 pm and admis-
nesses until he built his fortune sion is free. (RJJ)
July 15, 2012 13
Fil-Am beauty queen traces roots to Jolo
lic, and her mother Sara Amel and helped drive out terrorists
By Rodney J. Jaleco
who runs a day care, grew up in in the capital town the following
Statuesque American Uni-
one of the most strife-prone vil- year.
versity freshman Iana Kozelsky
lages in the Philippines. “It was okay, medyo ma-
dreams of being a journalist and
Sara was born in Asturias, a gulo,” Sara shared with the Ma-
perhaps winning another beauty
barangay in Jolo, Sulu that has nila Mail. But then she soon left,
title but for it now, it’s college.
been the scene of periodic fight- studying at Notre Dame high
Iana, 18, is this year’s Miss
ing triggered by everything from school and then to Ateneo Uni-
Teen Philippines-America, re-
family feuds to the presence of versity in Zamboanga City,
portedly one of the longest-run-
Abu Sayyaf bandits. about a hour’s plane ride away.
ning pageants in the Metro DC
It was the seat of the Mus- She earned an accounting
lim secessionist uprising in Min- degree from Ateneo de Zam-
She also an interesting pedi-
danao and much of the town boanga, she revealed.
gree her father Gerry Kozelsky,
was torched by fleeing rebels af- She travelled to Silver Teen Queen Iana Kozelsky poses with her parents, Sara and Gerry
a Chief Executive Officer of a
ter government troops landed Spring, Maryland in 1986, met Kozelski.
transportation company in Balti-
there in the early 70s. The US de- Gerry and they married in 1987. around Iana, their only child. pines.
more, is from the Czech Repub-
ployed Special Forces in 2006 Their life has revolved They’re excited about her Her father said he’s visited
plans. “She’s a natural,” Jolo twice, the last time was back
Gerry says about her in 1998. He enjoyed the visit,
plans to pursue a career Gerry insisted, and didn’t feel
in journalism. “That’s threatened. If there were dan-
what she wants to do.” gers, he now recalls with a
“Every since I was chuckle, “I didn’t know because
about in high school I nobody told me about it.”
was into public speaking Gerry and Sara vacationed
and speeches in class but there last September but only
in my last 2 years of high stayed in Zamboanga City
school, as part of the which they now count as home
newspaper team in away outside the US.
school, that got me into He says Iana wants to go
the news more and inter- back too but they just didn’t
ested on what’s going have the time, especially now
on,” she told the Manila that she’s starting college. “I
Mail. want to see my family there be-
She professed an in- cause they don’t have a chance
terest in politics and en- to visit us here, to visit Min-
tertainment perhaps an danao which I don’t remember
impractical combination much,” she explained.
here but something that Then, as if an after-thought,
might find more rele- she wondered about another
vance if she were work- possible reason to visit the Phil-
ing in the Philippines. ippines. “I heard there is a Miss
She was just 4 years Philippines pageant there; that
old during her 1st and would be kinda’ fun,” she said
last visit to the Philip- amusedly.
PMA opens doors to Gays
MANILA - The Phil- bers of the third sex are not pro-
ippine Military Academy, hibited from joining the acad-
the symbol of manliness, emy.
will now open its recruit- "Hindi po tayo tumatanggi
ment to gays. doon. Ganun pa rin yung kul-
Maj. Gen. Nonato Al- turang Pilipino, hindi (sila) tu-
fredo Peralta, PMA su- wirang accepted... nasa
perintendent, said on July transition ang Philippine society
9 the academy has so ganun din po ang PMA, hindi
opened recruitment to natin sasabihin na bawal, hindi
gays, giving them the ganun, hindi pinagbabawal yan,
chance not only to serve hindi po pinagbabawal," he said.
but even become future Capt. Agnes Flores, the
officers in the military. PMA spokesperson, said gays
Peralta said that for will not be discriminated upon
the coming PMA entrance once they are admitted into the
examination set on Au- academy, but are expected and
gust 26, gays would be required "to behave the way the
welcome to apply pro- cadets are to behave."
vided they meet the re- "So, hanggang sa makay-
quirements. anan nila ang training sa Philip-
Aside from accepting pine Military Academy and they
gays, the PMA will soon themselves are the ones who
reopen its doors to for- will say na hindi nila kaya and
eigners who may want to they go out of the academy dun
become cadets in the pre- po tayo," said Flores.
mier leadership training She added that while in the
school in the country, academy, they (gays) must fol-
said Peralta. low the rules and regulations.
At a press conference Flores said that cross dress-
in Camp Aguinaldo, he ing and taking advantage of fel-
emphasized that mem- low cadets will not be tolerated.
14 July 15, 2012
Pope blesses Binay, wife; exhorts PH bishops
MANILA - Vice President tended the Filipino community's January and July. Benedict's message read. Gospel to those who have expe-
Jejomar Binay and his wife celebration of Pista sa Paris 2012 "His Holiness is confident The Year of Faith begins on rienced a crisis of faith due to
Elenita received a special papal on July 1 at the Stade de la that the activities you plan for Oct. 11 this year and ends on secularization.
blessing from Pope Benedict XVI Muette in Paris, France. Close to 100 bishops at-
as he concluded his general The annual event is the Fili- tended the Plenary Assembly
audience at the Paul VI audito- pino community's commemora- where activities for the celebra-
rium early this month. tion of the 114th anniversary of
tion of the Year of Faith and for
Binay and his wife Elenita the declaration of Philippine In-
the promotion of the New Evan-
also met with members of the dependence.
Filipino community in Rome to Last week, Pope Benedict gelization would be discussed.
hear their concerns and assure XVI called on Filipino bishops Also on the agenda were
them of the government's con- to strive harder for the promo- preparations for a thanksgiving
tinuing commitment to provide tion of "New Evangelization" as celebration for the canonization
them assistance during their they gathered for their 105th Ple- of the Pedro Calungsod, the
visit to the Vatican. nary Assembly ahead of the cele- country's second saint. The bish-
Before leaving Manila late bration of the Year of Faith. ops would also hear updates on
last month, Binay promised to Vatican Secretary of State Pope Benedict XVI chats with Vice President Jejomar Binay and wife, the proposed Reproductive
pray for an end to the rift be- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone re- Elenita, at the Vatican. Health Bill.
tween Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pi- layed the message to the Philip- Leading the plenary gather-
mentel III and former senator pine bishops through the Papal the Year of Faith and the initia- Nov. 24, 2013. ing were CBCP president Cebu
Juan Miguel Zubiri. Pimentel Nuncio to the Philippines, Arch- tives you organize for the pro- The CBCPNews said that in Archbishop Jose Palma, Manila
eventually decided to leave the bishop Giuseppe Pinto. motion of the New the New Evangelization, the
Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
United Nationalist Alliance The message was sent on Evangelization will bear much faithful are called upon to
(UNA) of Binay and former the occasion of the opening of and retired Cebu Archbishop Ri-
fruit, in fulfillment of the deepen their faith in accordance
President Joseph Estrada after the Catholic Bishops' Conference Church's mission, through the with the teachings of Christ, and cardo Cardinal Vidal.
failing to convince the two lead- of the Philippines' 105th Plenary grace and love of the Holy Spirit to embark on their own evan- The meeting was preceded
ers to drop Zubiri from the coali- Assembly at the Pope Pius XII , to lead all people 'to the faith, gelization. by a three-day retreat at the Be-
tion's senatorial slate. Center in Manila. The Plenary freedom and peace of Christ' The New Evangelization tania Retreat House in Tagaytay
The Vice President also at- Assembly is held twice a year, in (Ad Gentes, 5)," also involves "re-proposing" the City.
Minda massacre judge says trial won’t last 55,000 years
QUEZON CITY - Quezon The case is moving forward, the guindanao case, aside from the
City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes prosecution is in our transcripts two days set aside for motions
said July 7 the Maguindanao (and) court records, presenting and the civil aspect.
massacre trial "won't last 55,000 evidence, and the case is being Reyes said that while the re-
years", adding "she hopes to heard," Reyes said. cords are for the 57 counts of
hand down the verdict "before The usually soft-spoken murder, the pleadings may
President Aquino ends his term." judge aired her sentiments fol- equal those for 500 cases.
The judge of Regional Trial lowing reactions from different The judge explained that
Court Branch 221 was reacting sectors on the recent deaths of other factors come into play in
to public criticism on the slow prospective witnesses in the resolving pleadings, such as
pace of the trial that she has 2009 Maguindanao massacre. pending appeals before higher
been handling for nearly three The Nov. 23, 2009, massacre courts that may affect certain
years while some prosecution took the life of 57 victims, most proceedings in her sala.
witnesses have already been of them journalists, and in- "Don't blame the court
slaughtered, possibly by follow- volved 195 suspects led by the alone. You also have to consider
ers of the Ampatuans. Ampatuan clan. other factors," Reyes said.
In an interview with report- Although Reyes only han- The judge stressed that she
ers, Reyes said the case is mak- dles the Maguindanao massacre has no ill feelings against those
ing progress despite the many case since Branch 221 has been who speak out against her. "I
victims and suspects involved. designated as a special court, its have no right because they have
The perceived delays, she staff still has to attend to other freedom of expression," she said,
added, is just the judicial process cases pending before them. The adding that she only hopes they
at work. judge added that the staff also would "give the whole, complete
"Don't put all the blame on helps her with research and picture."
the court," Reyes said, as she in- other chores that needed to be File photo shows Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes (inset) with Andal Ampatuan, "If they say, Judge Reyes,
vited the public to visit her court done to resolve pleadings. one of the accused in the massacre. please resolve these, then (they
so they could check the records In the 31 months that the must) also say (that) I'm calling
and see for themselves how far Maguindanao massacre has been least two inches thick, aside Unlike other cases that are the attention of the higher courts
the hearing has gone. in her sala, Reyes said they had from the court transcripts that heard once a month, hearings to help speed up these cases by
"If nothing is indeed hap- accumulated 46 thick folders of are being transcribed by three are conducted twice a week for resolving pending incidents,"
pening, then what is written? legal documents, each of them at stenographers. the criminal aspect of the Ma- she said.
Priest assisting Luisita workers ‘executed’ in Pampanga
SAN FERNANDO, Pam- side L&S subdivision at around when he tried to run after them of the office when I saw the sus- from the bank, although he
panga - A 67-year-old Dutch 12:45 p.m. to get the plate number of their pects holding Willem, who was could not recall seeing them flee
missionary who was reportedly ABI is an affiliate of the getaway motorcycle. then kneeling. That's when the with any bag or envelop in
assisting farm workers in Haci- Alyansang Magbubukid ng Git- Villareal said Geertman and shot rang out. I then tried to which the victim could have
enda Luisita was executed in nang Luzon (AMGL), the three members of his staff ar- rush towards them but one sus- kept the money.
front of his office in Barangay mother unit of the Alyansa ng rived at their office in his Isuzu pect pointed his gun at me. I However, a later report said
Telebastagan here at past noon Manggagawang Bukid ng vehicle after withdrawing again ran after them as they fled that the gunmen fled with the
yesterday. Asyenda Luisita (Ambala). money from Metrobank when to get the plate number of their victim's bag, which contained
Willem Geertman, executive Fred Villareal, vice-chair- the two suspects parked their motorcycle, but one of the sus- about P1.2 million.
director of the Alay Bayan Inc. man of the National Union of motorcycle outside the ABI com- pects again pointed his gun at He said the suspects were
(ABI), was shot in the back by Journalists of the Philippines in pound. me before they fled," he said. wearing baseball caps and jack-
two unidentified men as he knelt Pampanga, said the gunmen "I had just emailed my Villareal said the suspects ets but did not bother to cover
just a few feet from his office in- also pointed their pistol at him story, which I did on the terrace could have trailed the victim their faces.
July 15, 2012 15
giveaways). Contact: Pepito So- powerment Conference. “Cele- MMOM’s 2013 mission in Mex-
lis 703.979-0838 or p2so- brating our Identity and Solidar- ico, Pampanga and Marinduque.
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July 21-22 (Saturday & Sun- sessions and workshops on “The September 22 (Saturday)
day) “Asian Festival” at George FilAm Vote,” “FilVets & Family Bicol Association of MWDC,
Mason University Parking Lot J, Reunification,” “Immigration “Sarung Banggi” 30th Anniver-
Fairfax, VA. PAFC sponsors The Reform,” “The Dream Act,” sary Celebration. Details TBA.
Philippine Village with food and “The SAVE Act,” “Medi- September 29 (Saturday)
product booths. An interactive care/Medicaid Portability,” PAFC “Alay” Fundraising Con-
tent will house cultural demon- “Medical Missions to the Philip- cert for Disaster Relief. Details
strations, arts and crafts, story- pines,” “National Filipino Foun- TBA
telling and more. Big stage will dations,” “Overseas Workers,” October 6 (Saturday) Uni-
showcase best in FilAm music “The Empowered Filipino: versity of the Philippines of
July 21 (Saturday) 6:00- 6:00 pm: FYBA's 5th Annual Pic-
and dances. Details TBA. Con- Shared Experiences and Success DCMDVA 'Panagbenga' Ball,
10:00 pm. Summer Jam Session nic. Van Dyck Park, Fairfax City,
tact: Eileen Nadal at Stories,” “Domestic Violence,” Hilton Mark Center, 5000 Semi-
hosted by Fil-Am Association of VA. Join us for a fun-filled fam-
Eileen_nadal@yahoo.com “Human Trafficking,” “Filipinos nary Road, Alexandria, VA. Pro-
Manassas & Washington Metro- ily day. Details TBA. Contact
July 28 (Saturday) 9:00am in the Arts, Entertainment and ceeds designated for the 7th and
politan Area. Lincolnia Senior email@example.com.
8:00pm. Marinduqueneos of the Sports,” and LGBT issues. There last Junior Faculty Grant for UP
Center Ballroom. Alexandria, July 14 (Saturday) Feed the
Capital Area (MCA Inc.) Annual will be a special tribute to NaF-
Va. $20 per person. All proceeds Hungry 12th Annual Benefit Golf Baguio. Details TBA
Family Picnic, Black Hill Re- FAA Founder Alex Esclamado . October 6 (Saturday) Ma-
go to school-construction project Tournament. Prince William
gional Park, Shelter B, 20926 Esclamado was elected NaF- rinduqueno Association of the
in the Philippines. Dance music Golf Course,14631 Vint Hill Rd.,
Lake Ride Drive, Boyds, MD, FAA’s first national chairman at Capital Area (MACA, Inc) Fun-
courtesy of René Ibañez. In- Nokesville, VA. Early-bird fee:
20841. Contact: Cugie de la the organization’s founding in draising Gala Holiday Inn
cludes light refreshments. Con- $95; after June 30: $110 (includes
Santa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Washington DC on August 1997. Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900
tact: email@example.com 18 holes, golf cart, green
August 2-5 NAFFAA Em- Detroit Marriott at the Renais- North Fort Myer Dr. Arlington,
July 14 (Saturday) 11:00 fee,breakfast, buffet lunch and
sance Center, 400 Renaissance
VA 22209. Contact: macasecre-
Center Dr., Detroit MI 48243.
firstname.lastname@example.org. All net pro-
Contact P. Emraida Kiram at
ceeds will go to MACA'S
email@example.com, tel. 414-899-
various charitable projects.
2329 or visit www.naf-
October 13 (Saturday) Tu-
lungan Dinner Dance "Glitz and
August 4-5 (Saturday/Sun-
Glamour on The Red Carpet" to
day) World Youth Basketball
benefit Missionaries of The Poor
Tournament. 77-6365 Kenika
MOP-Cebu City), Don Bosco Sis-
Place, Kailua-Kona, HI 96749.
Sponsored by Sports Authority. ter's Home (Manila, Philip-
For details: firstname.lastname@example.org pines); Immaculate Mary Queen
August 25 (Saturday) 6:30 of Heaven Missionaries (IMQH-
p.m. PAMWE Gala Night. Cebu City). Hilton Springfield,
Fairview Marriott Hotel. $70 VA. Details TBA.
(free parking). Contact: Ms. October 20 (Saturday) Feed
Hilda Leuterio-Gigioli at the Hungry, Inc. “Handog.” De-
email@example.com or tails TBA.
240 832 7762 November 10. 10:00am-
August 31- September 2 3:00pm. PAFC” Pasasalamat:
(Labor Day Weekend): 2012 Community Appreciation
North American Basketball As- Lunch” Details TBA.
sociation (NABA) Inter-City Bas- December 1, “PAFC Pask-
ketball Tournament hosted by ong Pinoy”. Details TBA
Filipino-American Youth Basket- February 9, 2013. Fil-Am
ball Association (FYBA). NOVA Association of Manassas and
Sportsplex, Chantilly, VA. De- Washington Metropolitan Area
tails TBA. Gala Dinner-Dance. Fort Myer
September 15 (Saturday) Community Center. All pro-
6pm to 1 am. Medical Mission of ceeds go to “a gift that keeps on
Mercy USA Fundraising Gala. giving:” much-needed school
Fairview Park Marriot Hotel. classroom construction project
Falls Church, VA 22042. In- in extremely high-student den-
cludes Casino Night , Dinner sity areas in the Philippines. De-
and Dance. Proceeds go towards tails TBA.
16 Around DC July 15, 2012
MHC awards Cortel
for helping Pinoys
The Universal Brotherhood Festive Board Celebrated the Anniversaries of the Maynilad Lodge # 1521, La France
Lodge #93, and Alianza Fraternal Americana Lodge #92, last June 15, at the Almas Shrine Temple, District of
Columbia. Front row, L to R:, Carpenter Arpa 1V, Theodore Villapando, Joseph Crociata, Grand Master of
Mason, District of Columbia, Bayani Cassanova, Kenneath Gibala, and Mariano Evangelista Jr. Back Row: Roger
Velasco, Ador Carreon, Alex Mendoza, Delfin Lorenzana, Bayani Pioquinto, and Doods Castellano.
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, of Philippine independence and
Jr. called on Filipino Americans migration of Filipinos to the U.S.
to promote the Philippines' rich Outstanding Migrant Awards
heritage and become "a more were given to individuals and
robust and responsible pillar in organizations in the Filipino
mainstream America." He American community for their
added, "I call on each one of you "exemplary work, leadership
to foster greater camaraderie, and commitment." Among the
exercise strong advocacy and awardees was Attorney Loy
internalize the lessons of our
Cortel of the Philippine
nation's independence." Cuisia
Embassy, who was recognized
made these remarks during the
Migrant Heritage Commission's for his work in assisting
(MHC) 7th People's Ball, which distressed Filipino nationals.
was held at the Washington Photo shows from left MHC co-
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel directors Arnedo Valera, and
last June 23. The annual affair is Jessie Gatchalian, Cuisia, Cortel, Twenty-seven students from Mindanao who have completed one year of studying in local high schools and living
organized to commemorate the co-director Grace V. Jaramillo with host families under the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) paid a courtesy call on
anniversaries of the declaration and a beauty queen. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. at the embassy June 28. Cuisia wished them well and expressed the hope they
would share the experience and knowledge they have acquired with their respective communities back home. The
students were then treated to a hearty lunch of much missed Filipino food. Photo shows the ambassador thanking a
Outstanding piano students student participant as he receives a token of appreciation from the group.
TPNA holds Vegas tournament
The Washington-based and ending with a letter u.t have youth. We were able to garner
Team Philippines North Amer- any names? In the tournament, little sponsorship to cover the
ica (TPNA), a non-profit group, team 16u won he championship uniforms and registration for the
recently held its basketball tour- with 17/18 u in second place. young players. All other ex-
nament in Las Vegas. M Anne Tabligan said the aid of TPNA is penses were shouldered by the
Tabligan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to put elite Filipino youth bas- parents. If we can get sponsor-
Shown at the award cere- Gallardo with her piano studio said six teams made up of young ketball players across United
mony after the gala concert " A awardees: Daniel Flores and ship for them, it will mean so
players from seven states- VA, States and Canada together to
Celebration of Piano Music," at MD, FLA, NJ, PA, CA and Ne- form teams to compete in inter- much for these families. As we
Natalie Fajerski, 2011-12 Out-
the John Addison Concert Hall vada- competed in the tourna- national and American national speak, we have two teams (14u
in Fort Washington on June standing Students and David
ment. What is unique is that the youth tournaments. "Through Boys and 14u Girls) in Cleveland
23,2012 are instructor and con- Miranda, 2011-12 Student of the teams' names start with letters basketball, we want to promote OH representing Philippines in
cert director Marilou Padilla Year. TP followed by numbers 11 to 17 friendship and goodwill to our the Intercontinental Cup.
July 15, 2012 17
18 U.S. News Briefs July 15, 2012
A FilAm on top four spots of ‘Duets’ TV tilt
LOS ANGELES - FilAm Louis, Missouri; New Haven, bors, or your friends, we encour- LONG ISLAND - Queens held at the famous Hollywood
singer Jason Farol has landed on Connecticutt; and Memphis, age you to sign up for the e-mail
Top 4 American reality singing Tennessee. updates below: * Sign up in one-
click for information to help you
PH-US friendship with difficult financial times and
day in Philly to receive featured updates from
USA.gov. USA.gov and Gobier-
PHILADELPHIA - Filipino
noUSA.gov will highlight gov-
Americans staged the annual
ernment resources that will help
Philippine American Friendship
you with unemployment, jobs,
Day parade at the birthplace of
training, housing, debt and
American independence in
credit, family issues, health care
Philadelphia starting on July 4.
After the parade, a pool party
for the Migrant Heritage Com- Jamero writes book
mission parade participants on vanishing Pinoys
from Washington D.C. was
SAN FRANCISCO - A
hosted by Philadelphia/NJ Fil-
Jason Farol book, titled 'Vanishing Filipino
Am community leaders Dr.
Rommel and Dr. Aida Rivera.
contest 'Duets." He was the MHC has been a regular partici- Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) gives up trying the Tinikling dance.
first contestant to be sent to pant in the Philadelphia parade.
safety for getting enough votes Rep. Joseph Crowley early this
to be in the Top 4 on July 5. Ce- Stockton Pinoys unfazed Bowl in Los Angeles on July 8.
month was brave enough to try
lebrity mentor Kelly Clarkson by city's bankruptcy The Filipino-American member
the "tinikling" during a Filipino
thanked the fans for supporting of the Grammy winning-group
STOCKTON, California - American townhall meeting at
her and Farol, her duet partner. said the Bowl annually cele-
For the more than 20,000 Filipi- the La Guardia Community Col-
During the show, Farol's brates the cultural heritage of
nos who comprise the city's larg- lege but in the end conceded he
much-improved stage presence the various ethnic groups in the
est Asian group, the could not do it. He spoke to
and confidence were praised by Los Angeles area. "This year
unprecedented declaration of them about his support for the
the show's host and superstar- they wanted Philippine culture
bankruptcy recently are taking WWII Veterans Equity Bill, the
judges. for the event," said apl.de.ap or
the issue in stride. "Stockton For- Dream Act and SAVE our Indus-
Farol said knowing that Allan Pineda in real life. "It's the
ever!" remains the resounding tries Act. He said Philippine-
people voted for him gave him first all-Filipino original music
cheer of the more than 300,000 American relations "must be
more confidence when he per- concert at the Hollywood Bowl."
residents who rightly believe strengthened especially in light
formed his latest duet with Among the Filipino artists who
that life should move on after of the territorial dispute between
Clarkson, "Feeling Good". On will be part of the show are Mar-
the city on June 28, became the the Philippines and China over
Twitter, the singer once more tin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid and
largest U.S. city ever to file for the West Philippine Sea.
asked his fans to vote for him the band Sandwich.
Chapter 9 bankruptcy protec- In attendance were Philip-
and Clarkson through Facebook, Americans: The Bridge Genera- ine ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr.
tion. Pistahan parade
phone, and on ABC.com. This tion" by Peter Jamero (Univer- and NY Consul General Mario
To them, this new down- in SF Aug. 11
week the Top 3 will be revealed sity Press of America) is about de Leon. Philippine officials
turn is less terrifying, in terms of
before they compete. the manongs who began the thanked Crowley for promoting SAN FRANCISCO - Experi-
impact, than the 'foreclosure-
capital' title with which the great wave of Filipino immigra- closer ties between Filipinos and ence the best of Filipino art,
PH embassy consular property crash crowned the city. tion to the US in the 1920s. It Americans through his member- dance, music and food at the
outreach in Orlando "Most people here believe that tells the story of who they are, ship in the Philippine-U.S. 19th Annual Pistahan Parade
WASHINGTON D.C. - The the bankruptcy issue mainly af- their struggles against isolation Friendship Caucus. The event and Festival ttp://pistahan.net/
Philippine Embassy in Washing- fects city workers and retirees," and discrimination, their was coordinated by the Founda- on Aug. 11-12, 2012 at the Yerba
ton, D.C., in cooperation with said Cathy Yadao, branch man- achievements, and where they tion for Filipino Artists Inc. led Buena Gardens located at Mis-
the Council for Filipino Ameri- ager of one of two Lucky Money are now. Jamero gives them the by its president, Aida Bartolome. sion and 4th Streets. The event is
can Organizations (CFAO), have remittance offices in Stockton, to term 'bridge generation' be- the largest celebration of Filipino
cause of the role they played as a Apl.de.ap concert Americans in the U.S. and fea-
announced that it would con- FilAm Star. "But with foreclo- in Hollywood July 8
duct a consular outreach mission sure, so many have been im- link to later generations of Filipi- tures the return of the popular
in Orlando, Florida onAugust pacted.... so many have lost their nos in America. They are de- LOS ANGELES - Filipino Adobo Cook-off, Balut-Eating
25-26 at the Sheraton Orlando homes. Yet still, people are not fined as born in America by the culture hits center stage at the Contest, delectable Filipino cui-
Downtown, 400 W. Livingston moving out of Stockton. We are end of 1945 to at least one Fili- Hollywood Bowl when a show sine and desserts, cultural exhib-
Street, Orlando, Florida staying." Chapter 9 bankruptcy pino parent who immigrated to organized by Black Eyed Peas its, and world-class live
32801.Services include process- protection was Stockton's last re- the United States in the early member apl.de.ap. The event performances on two stages. The
ing of applications for issuance course after it failed to restruc- 1900s. Born in often abject condi- dubbed, "Apl.de.Ap Takes You two-day event is expected to
or renewal of Philippine pass- ture its debt with creditors tions in farmworker camps to the Philippines, A Celebration draw over 70,000 people. FREE
port, authentication/acknow- totaling over $700 million. where their immigrant parents of Global Filipino Music" was admission.
ledgment of legal documents, settled, these children would
applications for Reports of DOLE aids people grow up with an undeniably
Births and Marriages, admini- with financial woes American identity without giv- Prince Charles with Pinoys
stration of oaths to former Filipi- ing up their strong sense of Fili-
WASHINGTON D.C. - The pino-ness. Indeed, reaching Prince Charles recently voland Philippines is currently
nos under the Dual Citizenship
Depart of Labor says its mission maturity without the influence hosted a private dinner at the using all Porcelanosa products
Law and registration of Filipinos
is to foster, promote, and de- and support that Filipinos in the royal summer residence Dum-
for Overseas Absentee Voting.
velop the welfare of the wage Philippines find in their ex- fries House in Glasgow, Scot-
For more info, go to the em-
earners, job seekers, and retirees tended families and regional cul- land for Porcelanosa Group, the
bassy's website at http://philip-
of the United States; improve tures, bridge generation only building materials com-
working conditions; advance op- Filipinos were left to band to- pany with a Royal Warrant
portunities for profitable em- gether, paving the way for the from the British royal family to
FBI lists 5 most ployment; and assure
dangerous US cities development of a culture that attest to its quality. Porcelanosa
work-related benefits and rights. while distinct from that of their Group is exclusively repre-
WASHINGTON D.C. - The It said USA.gov and Gobier- parents also was not wholly as- sented by Casa Europa in the
Federal Bureau of Investigation noUSA.gov, the official web por- similated into mainstream Philippines. Shown in photo is
(FBI) has listed the five most tals of the U.S. government, American life. The result was the Prince Charles, Casa Europa with the Royal Warrant in its
dangerous cities in the United have put together helpful infor- birth of a truly Filipino-Ameri- president Jay Ong and wife Aspire Tower Project in Nuvo-
States based on hard data com- mation on how to get help for can culture. Carmen and Nuvoland Phils city, located in C5, Libis, Que-
piled by the bureau. On top of difficult financial times. president Rally Martinez. Nu- zon City.
the list is Flint, Michigan; De- If times are tough for you US solon tries,
troit, also in Michigan; Saint and your family, your neigh- fails at Tinikling
July 15, 2012 19
Is this global warming? Spo gives PNoy Miami
WASHINGTON D.C. - Fili-
pino Americans sweltering un-
Philadelphia and excessive heat
warnings were issued for several
have been damaged, according
to unconfirmed reports. Heat Championship cap
der more than 100-degree heat states in the Midwest as the days A map of projected high MANILA - President Be- Spoelstra, who was born to
in the Midwest and East Coast of smothering heat piled on, ac- temperatures for the United nigno Aquino III has received a a Filipino mother, also presented
for the past several weeks have companied by severe storms that States as a heat wave swamps Miami Heat championship cap the President with an auto-
started wondering if this is the have knocked out power in much of the nation Saturday,
July 7, 2012. The National
Weather Service says heat warn-
ings and advisories will be con-
tinued or expanded Saturday,
with the heat largely centered
over Ohio Valley and Mid-At-
At New York City's Penn
Station, the air conditioning was
falling short of full capacity.
Amtrak officials have said for
weeks that they've been trying
to adjust it. The doors were left
sign of global warming which spots from Michigan to the East wide open at a half dozen loca-
many scientists have predicted Coast. tions around the two-block-wide
and others have refuted. Most notable was last week- underground station. NBA Miami Heat cap is shown with autographed greetings to President
This came as at least 30 end's sudden and severe storm Record temperatures were Aquino III by head coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino American.
deaths have been blamed on the that drenched the mid-Atlantic set in several places, including
heat and severe thunderstorms region, where thousands re- Indianapolis, Washington and sent to him by the teams head graphed NBA T-shirt in a cour-
that have been spawned by the mained without electricity a Milwaukee. In central Arkansas, coach, Filipino American Erik tesy call in Malacanang in Au-
heat. week later. Russellville reached 106 degrees, Spoelstra. Spoelstra affixed his gust 2011.
News reports said that Late last month, the Wash- breaking a record set in 1964. signature on the cap and sent his The shirt was inscribed with
highways buckled across the ington metropolitan area was Nine people in Maryland best wishes to the President. "To the message: "To President
country and the waters of Lake paralyzed by severe thunder- PNoy--Best wishes! Coach Spo," Aquino, you inspire all of us to
have died of heat-related causes
Michigan were unusually warm storms that spawned strong wrote Spoelstra. make a difference. - Coach Spo."
in recent days, the state said.
for this time of year and even a winds that toppled trees and The cap was sent through Spoelstra visited the Philip-
Authorities in Chicago said heat
minor train derailment outside rendered millions of residents in ABS-CBN News when sports pines last year and conducted
Washington was blamed on heat the tri-state area without power was a factor in six deaths there,
correspondent TJ Manotoc inter- NBA-style basketball clinics for
as the hot weather gripping for days. More than a dozen mostly among older people. viewed Spoelstra in Miami after young Filipino ball players.
much of the country only wors- deaths have been attributed to Three deaths in Wisconsin, two the Heat became the 2011-2012 The young coach earlier
ened Saturday. that powerful storm that is now in Tennessee and one in Penn- NBA Champions last month. said he hopes that his success as
Temperatures of more than being called "derecho." sylvania were also reported to The President thanked in the NBA "opens more doors"
100 degrees were forecast in Several homes of FilAms be heat-related. Spoelstra for the gesture. for Filipinos.
20 Hometown News July 15, 2012
PH ‘brain drain’ threatens science, technology
The brain drain has become ments, and establishing pass- lauded six Metro Manila govern- ing the Comelec for exploring eral Santos City, is far from the
a bigger problem in the last 12 port-application centers in shop- ments for enacting measures to the option of proclaiming a 13th hotly contested West Philippine
years, as the yearly exodus of ping malls and in many regions ban or regulate the use of plastic senator in the 2013 mid-term Sea (South China Sea) that China
people trained in science and to facilitate easy passport appli- bags in their localities and they elections as part of its prepara- claims is an integral part of its
technology (S&T) grew by about cations. urged Congress to pass a similar tions for the polls. Santiago, maritime domain. Tonsay said
two and a half times from 1998 law that will be implemented at however, said it is the over- that the naval exercise fine-
to 2009. According to a Bureau US-PH ties stronger the national level. Miss Philip- eager politicians who desper- tuned interoperability between
of Labor and Employment Sta- than ever, says envoy pine Earth Staephany Ste- ately want to get into the Senate, the two forces. "This is an annual
tistics (BLES) report, the number Ties between the Philip- fanowitz obliges Quezon City as well as her critics, who have naval exercises and is not geared
of S&T workers who opted for pines and the United States have folk who caught her at a market been pressuring the Comelec to towards anybody but simply to
overseas jobs rose from 9,877 in so improved that perhaps Presi- while campaigning for a nation- declare a 13th senator as if she enhance both our sailors and
1998 to 24,502 in 2009. The num- dent Aquino and US President wide ban on plastic bags in cele- was no longer around. marine soldiers' skills to operate
bers refer only to new hires or Barack Obama "might be friends bration of International Plastic jointly and to effectively deal
those leaving the country for in Facebook already," US Am- Bag Free Day. EcoWaste Coali- USAID starts with maritime concerns," Tonsay
jobs for the first time. The BLES bassador Harry Thomas Jr. said tion officer-in-charge Manny 3rd cities development said. Aside from the Philippine
cited data from a study titled July 3. At an embassy reception Calonzo said the Metro Manila The United States Agency and US sailors and marines, the
"International Migration of Sci- on the eve of the Fourth of July, local government units that have for International Development Philippine and US Coast Guards
ence and Technology Man- which also marks Philippine- heeded burgeoning calls to stop has launched third Cities Devel- are also participating in the joint
power-OFWs," which the American Friendship Day, the use of plastic bags are Que- opment Initiative (CDI) in Ca- naval exercises.
Department of Science and Tech- Thomas reaffirmed bilateral ties, zon City, Makati City, Las Pinas gayan de Oro, Batangas City in
nology's Science Education Insti- which he said are based on City, Muntinlupa City, Pasay Luzon and Iloilo City in the
3 PH universities
tute (SEI-DOST) published in City and Pasig City. They are top English schools
shared history and shared val- Visayas. USAID Mission Direc-
2011. During that 12-year pe- ues of democracy and peace . among the 25 jurisdictions in the tor Gloria D. Steele and Cagayan Three Philippine Universi-
riod, S&T deployment grew by "Our relationship is stronger country that have taken the step de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. ties are among the top 50 univer-
an average of 11 percent yearly, than ever," Thomas said as he of stopping or regulating the use Emano signed a Memorandum sities in the world when it comes
peaking at a 59-percent increase cited the two countries' alliance of plastic bags. of Understanding to launch the to teaching English, according to
in 2001 when 17,756 profession- that is "underpinned" by the project early this month. U.S. a new survey by the London-
als left, compared with 11,186 Mutual Defense Treaty. "Ours is Priests sprinkle holy Ambassador to Manila Harry K. based research and ratings firm
the previous year. Based on the a relationship that was forged in water on EDSA Thomas, Jr., Trade and Industry Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). ,
SEI-DOST study, S&T man- sacrifice and struggle." Chinese Priests on July 6 sprinkled Undersecretary Zenaida QS said the country's "specialist
power includes physicists, Ambassador Ma Keqing was holy water along the length of Maglaya and Department of In- strength" in the English lan-
chemists, mathematicians, statis- among the guests at the recep- EDSA as the Metropolitan Ma- terior and Local Government guage was affirmed in results of
ticians, computing professionals, tion celebrating the 236th anni- nila Development Authority Undersecretary Austere Panad- its latest World University Rank-
engineers, life science profes- versary of US independence. (MMDA) sought divine help in ero witnessed the signing. "This ings by Subject, an index that
sionals, health professionals (ex- Thomas did not refer secifically reducing accidents on the metro- initiative is just one of many fac- rates universities across 29 disci-
cept nurses), and nurses and to the territorial dispute, but he polis' busiest highway. Riding ets of the U.S.-Philippines Part- plines. Ateneo de Manila Uni-
midwives. The study found that cited his country's partnership an MMDA truck with MMDA nership for Growth (PFG), versity posted the highest rating
nurses and midwives repre- with the Philippines "in the Chairman Francis Tolentino, Fr. which is working hard every of all Philippine schools, ranking
sented the biggest group with an spirit of mutual respect and mu- Roderick Castro, the parish day to encourage inclusive and 24th in English language and lit-
average of 9,348 deployed tual responsibilities." He urged priest of Guadalupe Church in sustainable economic growth erature. University of the Philip-
yearly, or 60 percent of the total the two countries to work to- Makati City, performed the rit- here," Thomas said after the pines ranked 32nd while De La
S&T average of 15,555. Engi- gether for the achievement of ual of blessing the northbound signing. Salle University ranked 44th.
neers comprised the second-big- "shared goals," noting that the lane EDSA from Magallanes to Thomas said that CDI is World-renowned universities in
gest group, averaging 4,117 two have much to celebrate to- Muñoz in Quezon City . At the America's contribution to Ca- the United Kingdom and the
yearly, or 26 percent of the total gether, among them Manny Pac- same time, another priest gayan de Oro's commitment to United States took the top five
outflow of S&T manpower. quiao, American Idol contestant blessed the southbound lane grow its economy so that more spots (in this order): Cambridge,
Jessica Sanchez and Miami Heat from Muñoz to Magallanes. people can benefit from educa- Harvard, Oxford, Yale and Uni-
DFA to end passport coach Erik Spoelstra. Sanchez Tolentino said it was the first tion, health, and business oppor- versity of California Berkeley.
services' agents and Spoelstra are Filipino- time that EDSA, which was built tunities while still taking care of
PH banana king
Americans. in the 1940s and was originally the environment.
The Department of Foreign Floirendo, Sr. dies
Affairs (DFA) says it will termi- named Highway 54, was
PAF to buy 18 blessed. "On top of the discipline PH to quiz Jordan The Philippines' banana
nate by next year the operations brand new jets TV man if found king Don Antonio O. Floirendo
of around 600 travel agencies and traffic management, we are
imploring the aid of divine Sr. passed away July 6. He was
that provide assistance to pass- The Philippine Air Force Jodanian journalist Baker
providence to lessen accidents 96. His remains were brought to
port applicants who want to (PAF) has acquired 18 brand- Atyani, believed to have been
avoid long queues and hassles, new jet aircraft that are expected from happening along EDSA," kidnapped, but merely missing
saying there should no longer be to arrive and then commissioned Tolentino said. He said the may yet end up being interro-
special treatments for applicants in squadron service within two number of accidents along gated by the military and face
who can afford to pay extra fees. years' time. Twelve of the new EDSA daily averages from six to probable charges as well as a
Foreign Undersecretary for Fi- aircraft will be allocated to form seven. stay in jail if he gets past his Abu
nance and Administration Ra- an a air-defense squadron while Sayaff captors. Latest report is
fael Seguis said the decision to the remaining six will be used to Miriam won't let go that he is continuing his inter-
stop the operations of travel establish an attack or bombing of seat in Senate view with his captors. Atyani,
agencies that assist paying appli- squadron. The AFP declined to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santi- the Al-Arabiya bureau chief sta-
cants for passports is in line with identify the type of jet aircraft or ago said in a speech before the tioned in Dubai, may have vio-
the Aquino administration'no its country of origin but said that Operating Room Nurses Asso- lated Philippine laws against
wang-wang' policy, or no VIP they were very capable and a ciation that those aspiring to be- meeting with outlaw groups.
treatment. He said there are 359 good bargain for the Philippines. come senators and the
travel agencies that are accred- The fighter jet can carry all the Commission on Elections
PH, US hold joint Don Antonio O. Floirendo Sr.
ited by the DFA to facilitate latest ordnance developed by (Comelec) should stop pressur-
the West and is equipped with a Davao for burial. Antonio is the
passport applications of people ing her to give up her Senate The United States and the
three-barrel 20mm automatic father-in-law of Margie Moran,
in Metro Manila and around 192 seat after she was elected judge Philippines ended their July 2-10
cannon capable of destroying Miss Universe 1973. His son
in the provinces. Travel agencies in the International Criminal joint naval exercises in Min-
targets in the air and ground. 'Tony Boy', husband of Moran,
in Manila are given a quota of Court. This would require her danao to enhance the skills of
PAF considers the latest acquisi- served as congressman of Davao
1,000 passports per day. These to report to the ICC in the Hague the naval forces of the two allied
tion as the most capable jet air- del Norte. The Floirendo family
travel agencies charge passport when called on to sit as judge. states and is not directed to-
craft it had procured for the past owns vast landholdings and
applicants fees ranging from Recent discussions emerged wards anybody. Col. Omar Ton-
20 years. other business interests in
P3,000 to P7,000 each to avoid about the possibility that the say, Navy spokesman, said this
Davao. Among these are the
long queues and hassles of Comelec would allow 13 senato- year's Cooperation Afloat Readi-
passport applications. Seguis
6 metro cities rial slots in next year's elections ness and Training (CARAT) in
Tagum Agricultural Develop-
said the department will use on-
ban plastic bags instead of 12 under the law. Mindanao Sea with a staging
ment Co. Inc. or TADECO., one
line and call-center appoint- Environmentalists have Santiago said she was not blam- point in Sarangani Bay in Gen- Continued on page 21
July 15, 2012 21
taxonomic classification above without anesthesia. Police Supt. on Elections (Comelec) Chair-
Hometown News ... from page 20 species. That brings the total Frumencio Bernal, MPD Station man Benjamin Abalos Martirizar
genera (the plural of genus) 8 commander, said that the po- is also facing electoral sabotage
of the largest banana plantations mariñas, Cavite province, to
found in the country to 92, lice were called to the Ospital ng charges filed against her and an-
in the country. TADECO exports celebrate her birthday.
which is nearly a third of the to- Sampaloc to check a single other election officer, Lilian
fresh Cavendish bananas to Ja-
Pinoy studes win medals tal described worldwide. That's mother named Jane, 28, of Santa Radam, at the Pasay City Re-
pan, Hong Kong, Korea, China,
in math Olympiad highly unusual for a country Mesa, Manila who operated on gional Trial Court (RTC) Branch
Middle East, and other territo-
about the size of New Jersey, herself by slashing the right 114. She lamented, however, that
ries. The Floirendos own Pearl Filipino students won six
General told OurAmazingPlanet lower portion of her abdomen despite the filing of two counts
Farm Beach Resort, one of the awards, including a silver, in the
in an email. For instance, that's approximately 10 to 15 centime- of electoral sabotage against her
high-end resorts in Davao. Don 24th Asia-Pacific Mathematics
twice the number of genera ters using a kitchen knife and
Antonio founded the ANFLO Olympiad (APMO). Henry Jef- and Capt. Peter Reyes of the IS-
found in Madagascar, a place re- pulled out her baby, about 8 to 9
Group of Companies or ANFLO ferson Morco of Chiang Kai AFP, the military has yet to initi-
nowned for its biodiversity, said months, out of her womb. Ac-
Management and Investment Shek College won the country's ate court martial proceedings
General, a researcher at Palawan cording to Bernal, the woman,
Corp. (ANFLOCOR). lone silver medal in the contest , against other military officers al-
State University in the Philip- who operated herself managed
which drew 333 contestants legedly involved in the 2007
Sen. Benitez outlives pines. to suture her gaping belly with
from 37 countries, including the election fraud in North Co-
10 PH leaders ordinary needle and thread. af-
United States, Japan, South Ko- 2 grandmasters in tabato.
ter the incident. He added that
Former Sen. Helena Benitez rea, Canada, and Australia. nonstop showdown
Morco scored 23, one point
relatives brought the woman to
the hospital but later was trans-
away from the gold award. Ken- Two young Grandmasters,
one of whom being Filipino ferred to the Santa Ana Hospital. Continued on page 22
neth Co of Philippine Science
High School-Main got 16 point Wesley So, will face-off in a non- SAFP paid
to win a bronze award. In this stop, three-hour chess show- Comelec
year's APMO, 16 contestants got down starting at 6:00 a.m., on officer for
gold awards, 39 got silver, 84 July 30, in a match that could 'service'
won bronze and 85 got honor- consist of as many as 50 games,
to be streamed online at Formerh Co-
able mentions. South Korea
Chess.com. The 18-year-old So tabato election officer
topped this year's contest with a
will face-off against 17-year-old Yogie Martirizar ad-
total score of 333 followed by the
Ray Robson of Florida, in an on- mitted over the week-
US, Thailand, Russia and Japan.
line match that will test their end that she
The Philippines ranked 20th
classical chess skills, their ability continued to receive
with a total score of 97. The
to think quickly, and their en- financial assistance to-
poses by the ancient piano of the APMO is administered by the
durance. The match's unique taling P2 million from
ancestral Benitez home, declared Mathematical Olympiad Foun-
format gives the two prodigies the Intelligence Serv-
a heritage site by the National dation of Japan.
three hours to complete as many ice of the Armed
Historical Commission of the Forces of the Philip-
Philippines. At 98, she has out-
40 new ant species games as possible, with time-
found in Philippines controls for each game getting pines (ISAFP), even
lived 10 Philippine leaders, start- after President Be-
ing with President Manuel L. About 40 new species of progressively shorter, from five
minutes per side at the bout's nigno Aquino 3rd as-
Quezon, and has the distinction ants have been discovered in the
onset, down to just one minute sumed office in 2010.
of defending the environment Philippines, ant researcher
during the final phase, all for a Martirizar said she
long before the cause became still received money
fashionable. Just two years short grand prize of $1000. Born and
raised in Bacoor, So achieved the from the ISAFP until
of becoming a centenarian early June 2011. She admit-
this month, former Senator and title of Grandmaster at age 14
and is the highest-rated Filipino ted this when ques-
Ambassador-at-large Helena Z. tioned by lawyer
Benitez continues to attend player of all time. In 2008 he be-
came the youngest person to Abraham Espejo dur-
meetings and conventions as ing a bail hearing in
board chair of Philippine ever achieve a chess rating of
2600 or better, breaking a record connection with the
Women's University, is a life- electoral sabotage
time member of the Girl Scouts formerly held by the world's #1-
rated player, Magnus Carlsen. case lodged against
of the Philippines chair emeritus former Commission
of the Philippine Rural Recon- The following year, he won first
struction Movement, adviser to place in his group at the prestig-
the National Council of Women ious Corus Chess Tournament in
of the Philippines and founding the Netherlands.
president of the Philippine
Home Economics Association,
Pinay performs own
which she founded in 1948. She
led guests and four generations David General and his col- Manila police are investigat-
of the Benitez family in a tree- leagues recently announced. The ing a woman who aborted her
planting ceremony at Orchard previously unknown species be- baby by performing an opera-
Golf and Country Club in Das- long to 11 different genera, the tion with a knife on herself,
22 July 15, 2012
FilAms compete ... from page 1 required points in the UCI sanc-
tioned BMX World Champion-
Paralympic Trials at the age of ships in Birmingham, United
17 in November last year. Kingdom.
“After the Olympics, I defi- He joined the Paralympic Caluag, who first competed
nitely want to go over and see Trials last June 29 in Indianapo- in the 2005 Southeast Asian
them,” she added. lis and broke the world record Games, will be the first Filipino
But the focus isn’t limited to with a lap time of 30.18 seconds to see action in the 30th Olympic
regular events. Votes are being for the 200-meter track for Games which begins on July 27.
sought for Raymond Martin, a wheelchair athletes race (T-52), The California-based rider
disabled Filipino-American ath- according to a report of the Para- saw action in the Continental
lete nominated for "Best Male Championships in Hong Kong
The Paralympics are being
Athlete with a Disability" award and World Cup in Chula Vista
held simultaneously with the
handed out by ESPN. in San Diego.
Olympics in Lindon. Filipino American Paige McPherson (right) displays her prowess at
Martin, a native of Jersey Boxing has been the richest
Meanwhile, Filipino-Ameri- Taekwondo that qualified her for the Olympics.
City, New Jersey, was born with can Daniel Caluag failed to source of Olympic medals for
Arthrogryposis Multiplex make the cut in the US Olympic prived him use of its facilities gawa.“ lamented PhilCycling the Philippines. The country
Congenita, a congenital disease Cycling Team and will instead because he was not part of the president and Tagaytay City won nine medals in the Summer
that affects movement in his compete for the Philippines. US team. Mayor Abraham Tolentino. Games since it began sending
wrists and knees. He is a mem- He has been training in the “It’s quite disappointing athletes in 1924 in Paris. Five of
ber of the US Paralympic team. Netherlands and Canada after and I feel sad this happened to Caluag qualified for the them were won by Filipino box-
He first qualified for the the US Cycling Federation de- Caluag. Wala tayong maga- Olympics after accumulating the ers.
saw him. that Rudy always goes home Rudy has been unemployed
Potomac yields body.. from page 1 Valera quoted police reports and always maintained a happy for the last 3 years and is there-
saying that his body was found disposition. fore bereft of funds to meet repa-
directors of the Migrant Heri- she said in an email appeal.
floating naked on the Potomac She said the police was still triation expenses, Valera
tage Commission (MHC), identi- Concepcion reportedly sur-
River at 12:51 AM of July 6. It looking into Concepcions cause appealed.
fied the man as Rodolfo Rudy vived a stroke 3 years ago that
was towed to shore and recov- of death. She explained that Concep-
Concepcion, a long-time mem- left him unable to find work. He Please pray for the repose of
ered at 9:51 AM that same morn- cions wife is a domestic worker
ber of the Catholic charismatic turned instead to church work, ing. his soul, she said in the email who did not have regular hours
group El Shaddai and a resident spending more time with the El His car was found aban- message. and was employed only inter-
of Kensington, Maryland. Shaddai. doned by State Police. His remains were brought mittently.
His friends and family In reportedly left his home Valera said his friends and to the Rendon Hale Funeral Valera said repatriation to
member got worried when he alone on the evening of July 4 relatives were shocked upon Homes along Annapolis Road in the Philippines costs from
did not return home last July 4, and was the last his relatives learning of the news, knowing Lanham, MD. $10,000 to $15,000. (rjj)
5-day visit to the Philippines,
Hometown News ... from page 21 also expressed surprise at one of
pine Health Insurance Corp. has the "warmest and most fantastic"
Luisita Dutch priest cited Albay for being the first welcomes she was ever accorded
'executed' in Pampanga province in the country to imple- in her foreign visits. The Spanish
SAN FERNANDO, Pam- ment a universal health coverage royalty visited Albay early this
panga - A 67-year-old Dutch and no-balance policy on pay- week and inspected develop-
missionary who was reportedly ments to government accredited ment projects funded by the
assisting farm workers in Haci- hospitals, for card-bearing Phil- Spanish government through
enda Luisita was executed in health members. The Albay pro- the Agencia Espanola de Coop-
front of his office in Barangay vincial government and eracion Internacional para De-
Telebastagan here at past noon Philhealth signed a Memoran- sarollo (AECID). Albay Gov.
yesterday. dum of Agreement last week to Joey Salceda and Social Welfare
Willem Geertman, executive renew the coverage of some Secretary Dinky Soliman, accom-
director of the Alay Bayan Inc. 173,000 poor cardholders in the panied the Queen in her seven-
(ABI), was shot in the back by province worth P60 million.Phil- hour visit and inspection of
two unidentified men as he knelt health chief Dodo Banzon said completed AECID projects here
last Tuesday during which she
for a zoning permit with the Zambo hails 60 years
just a few feet from his office in- Albay is a role model of univer- planning and development of- peaceful coexistence
side L&S subdivision at around sal health coverage in the coun- met withlocal officials and
fice for commercial operations DIPOLOG CITY -Zam-
12:45 p.m. try, which was started five years openly interacted with Albay-
along the Maharlika Highway in boanga del Norte Gov. Rolando
ABI is an affiliate of the ago, and also the first to imple- anos. Local residents came in
Barangay Hermogenes Concep- Yebes recently led the Hudyaka
Alyansang Magbubukid ng Git- ment a no-balance policy - full force to welcome Queen
cion. Senior vice presidents Jef-
nang Luzon (AMGL), the meaning patients' expenses are Sofia to show their sincere grati- to mark 60 years of peaceful co-
frey Lim and Cecilia Patricio and
mother unit of the Alyansa ng fully covered-in all hospitals re- tude for the many help extended existence among its Christian,
SM department stores manager
Manggagawang Bukid ng tained by the Department of them by the Spanish people. Muslim and native Subanen
Jojo Mendiola submitted the ap-
Asyenda Luisita (Ambala). Fred Health. Albay Gov. Joey Salceda plication following an earlier communities. The festival em-
Villareal, vice-chairman of the who signed the agreement with
Benguet mountain's bodies the province's historical,
wooden mosaic meeting between Henry Sy Jr.,
National Union of Journalists of Banzon said the scheme was SM Development Corp. Chief cultural and natural heritage,
the Philippines in Pampanga, patterned after the British and LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - and tourism potentials, as well
executive, and Mayor Julius Ce-
said the gunmen also pointed Thai healthcare models. Among This is what President Aquino as the good-natured character of
sar Vergara. The firm, together
their pistol at him when he tried Bicol's six provinces, Albay ac- III saw when he flew over the its people, he said. Yebes intro-
with planning chief Virginia
to run after them to get the plate counts for almost all of province- area to attend the oathtaking of duced the Visayan word for
Busog, has negotiated with own-
number of their getaway motor- paid Philhealth coverage costs. It new members of the Liberal merrymaking 2005 to promote
ers Macapagal family and
cycle. Villareal said Geertman has also invested on education Party here. He saw a mountain
Roderick Perdigon for the acqui- travel and investment in the
and three members of his staff as in health, having sponsored of houses that look like a
sition of lots adjacent to the Zamboanga peninsula. The fes-
arrived at their office in his massive scholarships for disad- wooden mosaic on the hillside
Wheeltek Motor Display Center tivities featured the indigenous
Isuzu vehicle after withdrawing vantaged youths. that could become dangerous for
and NE Superbodega along with art and culture of settlers during
money from Metrobank when the thousands living there.
Goodyear, Nissan Yamaha,
the two suspects parked their Spanish Queen Sofia the Tribal Dance Congress along
New SM mall rises Petron and RCM Car Display
motorcycle outside the ABI com- praises Albay progress with agricultural crops and
in Cabanatuan city Center. Designed by the Jose products. Hudyaka was named
pound. The killers ran away car- LEGAZPI CITY - Spain's Siao Ling & Associates, the
rying the bag of money Queen Sofia was greatly im- CABANATUAN CITY--SM by the Department of Tourism
firm's architect on record, the
containing P1.2 million. pressed by Albay province's big Prime Holdings Inc. will start Region IX as the best festival in
mall is expected to start ground
strides in human development construction of a four-story mall the region and 3rd Best Tourism
work this year and target deliv-
Albay is universal despite the constant threats of at a 8.5-hectare property here af- Event Award in 2011 (Provincial
ery in six months.
health care model disasters. The queen, who re- ter a decade-long negotiation. Category) of the Association
LEGAZPI CITY-The Philip- turned to Spain last week after a The company has applied MINDANAO Tourism Officers.
July 15, 2012 23
Donaire gets WBO-IBF... from page 1 Top Rank Promotions chief
executive Bob Arum did not say
canvas. It was similar to the bracket. who Donaire's next opponent
punch that knocked out two of The Filipino champion obvi-
will be, only saying that the fight
Donaire's previous opponents, ously wanted to end the match
Vic Darchinyan and Fernando on a spectacular note and will be on HBO, and "it's going
Montiel. stalked his prey throughout to be against one of these great
But with little time remain- most of the latter rounds. Mathe- fighters."
ing in the 4th round, Mathebula bula instead turned defensive, The 30-year old Donaire
was saved by the bell, and man- apparently contented to end the
held the belt in 4 different divi-
aged to take the fight to the dis- bout standing.
tance. "The better man won. I re- sions. In addition to his latest ac-
Donaire used an impressive spect him," Mathebula said in an quisition of the unified WBO-IBF
arsenal Mathebula (26-4-2) but ESPN interview. "I believe I super bantamweight title, he is
his opponent avoided punishing showed that I had the heart of a
also the former WBC and WBO
exchanges. "It's very hard to box warrior."
a very tall fighter like that An avowed fan of compa- bantamweight, Interim WBA su-
(Mathebula has a 5-inch height triot Manny “The People’s Donaire lands a right on Mathebula. per flyweight and IBF flyweight
advantage)," said Donaire's Champ” Pacquiao, Donaire has champion.
trainer, Robert Garcia. "But he made no secret of his intention lowing the fight. World Boxing Council’s "emeri- Ring Magazine currently
broke him down round-by- to unify all the belts in the "I have great respect for tus champion."
rates Donaire as 4th best pound
round." weight division, and even in- Nishioka, he'a very good cham- But Donaire is also open to
It was only the 2nd time vited Japanese champion pion," Donaire said, referring to fights against Abner Mares, for pound boxer in the world.
Donaire fought in the 122-pound Toshiaki Nishioka up to ring fol- the Japanese fighter who is the Guillermo Rigondeaux and (rjj)
proved delivery of medical serv- Chances Casino, a 100 percent Under the law, an employer
FilAms buck, back... from page 1 ices to Americans. Filipino-owned company in the with 25 or less employees is
"I think this law is okay be- Bay Area town of Colma, said qualified for federal tax credits
for all Americans, a Reuters/Ip- millions of Americans who can-
cause it is pro-people, for it will the Affordable Care Act sends to help the employer buy insur-
sos poll shows growing support not afford it and believes that
cover all patients who no longer the message that the govern- ance coverage for the workers.
for President Obama's health the law "will do exactly that" re-
[have to] resort going to the ment cares for the ordinary peo- Companies with 50 or more
care law. gardless of what the critics may
emergency room for simple ple, particularly the those who workers and don't provide them
FilAms interviewed by the say.
complaints like cough and cold," need of heathcare insurance the with insurance - or if the work-
Filipino American media said "Whatever its opponents
Bernardo said He lamented the most. ers can't afford the insurance -
Obamacare is "pro-people," "hu- think about it, the Affordable
fact that emergency room doc- Of course, the ACA entails would be liable for a $2,000-fine
mane," and "beneficial to those Care Act is a necessary govern-
tors sometimes become primary additional costs for business, es- per worker beginning 2014. But
who need health insurance the mental expression of humanity
care doctors in the present setup pecially small businesses that depending on the size of the
most." and compassion that has long
because some uninsured pa- find it hard to raise the funds to business and the state, the em-
In the greater Washington been absent from the American
tients seek medical attention in provide insurance coverage for ployer could go for affordable
D.C. area, many FilAms have ex- socio-political discourse," Ga-
hospitals' emergency units, thus their staff. small-group insurance coverage
pressed support for Obamacare borro said .
leading to additional expenses "As an HR professional... I from a highly regulated insur-
while those who already have Frederic Simonds has a
for the government that funds don't like the fact that employers ance exchange.
insurance are opposed to it. short but meaty reaction to the
the hospitals. are backed into a corner as far as Jun Nucum, who used to
One local leader who re- healtcare law, "It's not the end-
"Currently, the ERs are be- what they choose to provide, be- work in a Filipino-owned day
quested anonymity said "it is all... but it's a heck of a lot closer
ing used as a 'primary care cause healthcare is a benefit, care center for special kids, said
about time that the United to the be-all."
clinic' by the uninsured. Some DeRenzo said. "If an employer employees of his former com-
States, the richest country on "Folks realize Obama cares
visit the ER just to get prescrip- has to juggle other expenses to pany had clamored for health
earth, provide health care to all and unfortunately [Republican
tions refilled, or wanting care for support a healthcare plan in or- benefits but the employer did
its citizens, just as Canada and presidential nominee Mitt] Rom-
simple symptoms," said Ber- der to stay in business, then that not offer much in the absence of
other developed nations are do- ney left his care package in Mas-
nardo who used to work for a is not a very good business ma- a law like the ACA.
ing it." sachusetts," Simonds added.
county hospital in New York. neuver."
The San Francisco-based Dr. Rick Carranza of
FilAm Star said Washington DC Scottsdale, Arizona is convinced Winston SerquiÃ±a of the
Community leader Arnedo that the "most humane" and U.S. Postal Service in Belleville,
New Jersey, on the other hand,
Asian Festival... from page 1
Valera, a co-executive director of probably most important feature
the Migrant Heritage Commis- of the ACA is its prohibition on is concerned that the ACA is, "in tival's theme is the Year of the member of the USTA family,
sion, called ACA the most im- insurers from denying people reality, the biggest tax hike" due Dragon, sign of good fortune was the recipient of the 2004
portant piece of health care with pre-existing medical condi- to bigger government medical under the Chinese zodiac. Organization of the Year
legislation since the creation of tions. expenses in having those with- Asian embassies and or- Award by USTA Mid-Atlantic
Medicare in 1965. "As a doctor, I applaud the out insurance covered under the ganizations will display exhibits section and the USTA Virginia
"This is a major and a radi- upholding by the Supreme law. on their cultures, arts and crafts, District.
cal change of the U.S. health care Court of the president's Afford- SerquiÃ±a is also worried and some will hold cooking More than 100 local tennis
system since the Medicare of able Health Care Act. One key that for persons who have ade- demonstrations in "Destination players will compete in the
1965, as it assures - or, to say the provision there that I find most quate insurance coverage, the Asia" booths. Image of China, men's and women's single and
least, attempts to assure - us of humane - and which is the right choice of medical service provid- Incredible India, Discover Ko- double tournament. The Char-
health care coverage as Ameri- thing to do - is that which pro- ers could be restricted by the rea, It's More Fun in the Philip- ity Classic & Junior Level 5, a
cans," said Valera, a Washington hibits insurers from denying in- law. pines and Amazing Thailand WTA Top 500 Designated
DC-based lawyer and immigrant surance coverage for people "As it is, we already have a are this year's main attractions. Event, offers $5,000 in cash
advocate. with pre-existing conditions," good medical insurance cover- The festival also features a prize.
FilAm Star continued: said Carranza, an immigrant age. I can go to the doctor I tennis tournament, interactive For more information,
Though far from perfect, from Cavite and Batangas. want, whenever, I want but now demonstrations, and children please contact George Duang-
Valera thinks Obamacare is cer- "That's no different from doctors I would have no more choice but interactive area. The Thai Ten- manee at info@asianfesti-
tainly better than the status quo shooing away patients who need go to someone who will tell me nis Organization in America valdc.com, or Bing C. Branigin
- and is beneficial to FilAms. our help. Still, there's a lot in the the doctor I would report to for (TTOA) will again partner with at email@example.com.
"For the four million Fili- Act that need to be explained to medical needs," Serquina rued. Singha Beer and the U.S. Tennis 9th Asian Food and Tennis
pino Americans and immigrants the people. I also wonder if With roughly 25 percent of Association Virginia at this Festival
of this great nation, it means ex- there's a chance for the law to be the population uninsured, the year's festival. Location: George Mason
panded coverage for the unin- tweaked before its full enforce- Affordable Care Act is expected TTOA works with several University (Main Campus)
sured and underinsured," Valera ment in 2014." to vastly expand insurance cov- Asian American associations to 4352 Mason Pond Drive,
said, adding that affordable Another physician, Dr. Na- erage to Americans, especially introduce Asian cultures to the Fairfax VA 22030; (Adjacent to
health care is a "basic human poleon Bernardo of the Bay minorities who could not afford local community. Through George Mason Inn)
right." Area, said that apart from ensur- to pay for their own coverage scholarships, it also aims to pro- Date/Time: July 21, Satur-
Allen Gaborro thinks that ing coverage for people with because of high costs. mote tennis growth and encour- day, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
the fundamental goal of Obama- pre-existing medical issues, Lori DeRenzo, human re- age young people to broaden July 22, Sunday, 10 a.m. to
care is to provide healthcare to Obamacare would lead to im- sources manager of Lucky their horizons. TTOA, a proud 7 p.m.
24 July 15, 2012
What’s in a name?
By Jose ‘Todith’ Garcia, Esq.
June 30th, 2012 marked the rather than tackling the more was beside the point. FDR, as giene, and calling their Chief Ex- low named Bentot U. Mahalni-
second anniversary in office of substantive issues facing the na- well as John F. Kennedy, Jr. ecutive as Mr. B. O. certainly madir (BUM) aspires to be
Philippine President Benigno C. tion. In fact, only in the Philip- (JFK), had earned their initial- leaves a bad taste in the armpit, one, or a rogue candidate from
(“Noynoy”) Aquino III. Inter- pines can one hear of the Chief ized monikers as a form of ven- er, in the mouth. Maguindanao known as Barum-
estingly, after being proclaimed Executive being customarily re- eration for their lofty In the Philippines, former badu A. Dinanatutu (BAD) oc-
President-elect two years ago, ferred to not by his/her true accomplishments. In the Philip- President Gloria Macapagal-Ar-
cupies Malacanang? And
Aquino’s first order of business name but by his media-tagged pines, however, almost every- royo was given a GMA moni-
worse, what if a Mr. Tom A.
was to announce his preference initials. Take former Philippine body who had occupied the ker, which she happily accepted,
to be called, not by his boyhood President Ferdinand Marcos, for White House by the River (or not knowing that it meant Grand Etatmo (TAE), with his V.P.
name Noynoy, but as P-Noy example. During his reign, he Malacanang Palace, if you will), Master of Animosity. Her hus- Lambott B. Malasabauto (LBM),
(which has probably meant was commonly referred to in the beginning with first President band, on the other hand, was wins the presidential derby?
President of Pinoy or President media as FM, as if he were the Manuel L. Quezon (MLQ), had given an FG label, which could How are Filipinos going to en-
Noy). His Vice-President, Je- operator of high-frequency ra- assumed the privilege of using have meant First Gentleman, dure six years of mephitic politi-
jomar C. (“Jojo”) Binay, also did dio stations (which was not re- their “alphabet” names as if but more likely was an abbrevi- cal feces, er, mud-slinging?
not waste time declaring his ally an off-tangent appellation, they were in the league of FDR ated appellation of Forever Despite being a sign of po-
preferred public moniker, i.e., if you think about it, consider- or JFK. Former U.S. Presidents Greedy. litical immaturity, the Filipinos’
V-Nay (for Vice-President Bi- ing that he forcibly took over George W. Bush and William J. Filipinos are lucky that a penchant for moniker designa-
nay). Whether these first “offi- several oligarchs-owned radio Clinton, it must be noted, never certain Mr. Agapito S. Salatinio tions can be attributed to their
cial” acts by two of the highest stations at the height of his used their initials to satisfy their (ASS) has yet to become Presi- carefree and light-hearted na-
officials of the land had boded power). presidential egos. The same dent, or that a certain Pepita I.
ture. “Initials appellation” is,
well for the maturity of the Phil- Another example is former goes for ex-U.S. Presidents Gutumparati (PIG) has no illu-
indeed, an art that has been per-
ippines as a nation remains an Philippine President Fidel V. Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Car- sion of becoming one. But what
fected by the Pinoys. Otherwise,
open question. Ramos, or FVR, as the Philip- ter. As for President Barack if a lady named Teodora I. Tina-
Speaking of names, one pine media had fondly called Obama, not using his initials hilang (TIT) becomes a Presi- how else can one explain our
wonders why Filipinos waste him. Whether or not it was a had seemed not a bad idea after dent, or a guy that goes by the kababayans’ obsession with al-
their precious time mulling poor imitation of former U.S. all, for the American people are name Ponso U. Sausauna (PUS) phabet-based sobriquets such as
about a public moniker for their President Franklin Delano known for their obsession with assumes the highest post of the JR, PJ, EJ, KC, JJ, JV, BJ, JB and
President (or Vice-President) Roosevelt’s popular tag (FDR) self-vanity and personal hy- land? Or what if a fel- the like?
that spanned more than half a both of which have been demol- Best Actress awards at the Brus-
Dolphy is dead!... from page 1 century and that covered the ished. sels International Film Festival
stage, radio, television and film. He started as a stage per- for playing a comfort gay in
pier place with him there," said as a laborer, watching comedy Since two years ago when former during the Japanese oc- "Markova" in which he appeared
Quizon who had been at his fa- stage shows before he himself news about his illness was first cupation when Benny Mack got with his sons Eric and Epi. Two
ther's bedside throughout his became immensely popular. reported, Dolphy had been in him as a chorus dancer, alternat- years ago, he won Best Support-
confinement at the hospital. Philippine presidential candi- and out of the hospital due to re- ing between Life and Avenue, ing Actor for a relatively brief
Dolphy started performing dates had sought his backing current pneumonia that struck using the stage name Golay, role in "Rosario" at the Manila
on stage in the 1940s during the during elections to endear them- him for the 12th time while he later changed to Dolphy. Filmfest. His last movie was "Fa-
Japanese occupation of the Phil- selves to his massive following. was at the Makati Med ICU. At 19, he did his first movie,
ther Jejemon," also shown at a
ippines and made his final com- Years ago, he underwent a "Dugo At Bayan (I Remember
A Legacy of Laughter quadruple heart bypass. Bataan)," with Fernando Poe Sr.,
Manila Filmfest, which stirred a
edy flick,where he played a minor controversy because of a
priest, two years ago. By Ricky Lo Every now and then, ru- who first gave Dolphy breaks as
mors would spread that he had a character actor. communion scene that the
One of Dolphy's biggest MANILA, Philippines - The
died, which he took with his In the late 1940s, Dolphy church found offensive.
comedy hits was 'Facifica Falay- Comedy King is dead. Long live
characteristic sense of humor, ventured into radio with the "I'm a devout Catholic and I
fay," where he played a gay the Comedy King!
saying he should not be rushed: help of Conde Ubaldo, a popu- will never do anything that will
man. He also starred in a popu- It was curtain call for Dol-
lar, longtime television comedy, phy who died at 8:34 last night /"Bakit n'yo ako inaapura? lar radio writer, joining Pacho displease the church," said Dol-
"John en Marsha," where he at the ICU of the Makati Medical Darating din ako d'yan. Huwag Magalona, Tessie Quintana and phy who decided to remove that
played a man perpetually at Center (MCC), where he was n'yo akong apurahin."/ Baby Jane. It was Pancho, father scene.
odds with his mother-in-law. confined for more than three A sadness would appear of the late Francis Magalona, When he turned 80, Dolphy
He starred in more than 200 weeks for pneumonia. across his face when, during in- who recommended Dolphy to had his biography released, ti-
films in his 66-year career, most He would have turned 84 terviews, names of his contem- Starmaker Dr. Jose R. Perez of tled "Hindi Ko Ito Narating
of them produced by his own on July 25. poraries such as his teammate Sampaguita Pictures where Dol- Mag-isa," written by Bibeth
movie firm, RVQ Productions, Dr. Jake Marte, assistant pa- Panchito, Chiquito and other co- phy was groomed as a comedian Orteza, coinciding with the
which he set up in the 1960s. tient relations officer of MMC, medians were mentioned. "Wala initially playing gay characters launch of the Dolphy Aid Para
President Benigno Aquino said, "Mr. Rodolfo 'Dolphy' Qui- na silang lahat; ako na lang ang ("Jack en Jill," etc.) that he con- sa Pinoy Foundation, Inc., a non-
III said Quizon was a kind man zon passed away due to multi- natirira (They're all gone; I'm the tinued to portray in movies that profit and non-stock organiza-
who represented the Filipino ple organ failure brought about only one left)." he produced under his own tion .
everyman and gave his country- by severe pneumonia, chronic He often repeated the line, company RVQ Productions, in- In one of his last long inter-
men "a reason to smile for the obstructive pulmonary disease "Mamatay man ako at mabuhay cluding such classics as "Facifica views with The STAR two years
daily happenings" in their lives. and acute renal failure." muli, mag-aartista pa rin ako Falayfay," "Fefita Fofonggay" ago, done at his home while he
While Dolphy was in the He died surrounded by (Even if I die and live again, I and "Karioka Etchos de attached to an oxygen tank, Dol-
hospital in critical condition, members of his family, some of will still be an actor.)" Amerika."
phy said when asked what he
there was a clamor for the Presi- whom had just arrived from His exposure to show biz But he would bag as
was proud of as an actor, "I'm
dent to confer on him the Na- abroad. began inside a theater where he FAMAS Best Actor not for a gay
proud of what I have achieved.
tional Artist's award, but PNoy Dolphy is survived by 18 sold peanuts and watermelon character but for a dual role de-
Palagay ko maski mamatay
ignored it. children and Zsa Zsa Padilla, seeds. picting good and evil in "Omeng
ako at nabuhay uli, I will still
Ex-President Joseph Es- whom he described as "the last He was 13 when World War Satanasia."
II broke out. He helped the fam- He is best remembered for love to be an actor. My life as an
trada, a former actor, says Qui- woman in my life." He had
zon should receive the wanted very much to marry her ily make ends meet by doing the long-running TV show actor is full of happiness. Ang
prestigious National Artist but failed due to legal impedi- odd jobs like shining shoes, at- "Buhay Artista" (with Panchito) dami ko na ring awards."
award posthumously. ments. He died a bachelor. taching buttons at a pants fac- and "John en Marsha" with Nida And aside from making
Dolphy had never been Even if he was not con- tory, stevedoring at the pier and Blanca as his with in an inspir- people laugh, what did he think
married but bore children with a ferred the honor as National Art- driving a horse-drawn buggy. ing story about a poor yet happy was the best legacy that he
number of women. ist, notwithstanding his great He passed his free time family. The TV show was made would be leaving behind?
Some of his children also contribution to the entertain- watching his idols Pugo and into movies, just like "Home "Kapag naaalala ko kung tu-
entered the movies, with a few ment industry, Dolphy left be- Togo (for comedy) and Benny Along da Riles," the show that matawa ang tao, masaya na
following in his footsteps as a hind a legacy of laughter that Mack and Bayani Casimiro (for followed it. ako," he smiled.
comedian. has influenced generations of dance) in stage shows at the Life Dolphy was the only actor Thank you, Dolphy, for
As a young boy, he worked Filipinos during a colorful career Theater and Avenue Theater, who won both Best Actor and making us laugh!
July 15, 2012 25
The teleserye "Walang
Hanggan" has been a consistent
top-rating show ever since it
premiered five months ago. It
has stood out from the other
teleseryes. In the Philippines,
most everyone are rushing home
to watch it- the boss, the em-
ployee, the mom's sosyal amiga this teleserye. Their star-crossed tended, the heart wrenching mo-
or one's date.
Ditto with the many Filipi-
characters Marco and Emily pro-
vide the 'kilig' factor. Will Marco
ments set off sobbing through-
out the theater.
Run, Run Fast!!
I was walking down the sentenced to 1-2.5 years in
nos here in the D.C.-area who and Emily get back together? This show has a stellar cast. stairs from Pentagon City Mall prison for “[inflating] victims’
make sure to be home before Will Katerina leave her un- Patrick Breen is excellent as parking through the mall en- incomes on loan applications
8:55 p.m. when the show starts hinged husband Nathan(Paulo Ned Weeks, who is in quest to trance and my eyes caught this and [misleading] customers
or Tivo it when they are not. Avelino) to be finally with fight this disease rants and big poster in front of me in big with a guarantee that he could
Filipinos love a good old- Daniel? Who will win in the raves. But he balances his self- bold letters: “IF THERE IS A resolve pending foreclosures.”
fashioned love story which here continuing feud between Mar- righteousness with rare mo- FEE, RUN!!! RUN FAST!!! It is Realtors® today must know all
spans three generations. Viewers garet and Emily? ments of some humor and actually an advertisement from the issues affecting these home-
are riveted to the richly layered Stay tuned!! shows his tender side when he VHDA (Virginia Housing De- owners so that they can pro-
characters of Marco and Emily, THE NORMAL HEART and Felix are alone. Even though velopment Authority) on Loan vide the best resources and
Daniel and Katerina(Julia Mon- Modification scams preying on
"The Normal Heart," the his character can be annoying, information to ensure these
tes) and Nathan and the ongoing distressed or even well home-
Tony Award-winning drama by we still root for him, for his types of scams don’t affect their
verbal tete a tete between the Larry Kramer has been rarely owners who wish to lower
bravery and compassion. Nick communities. There are many
formidable characters, Emily staged in the D.C-area. It is now their monthly mortgage pay-
Mennell as banker Bruce Niles options available. It takes the
and Margaret. The plots con- getting an impeccable, powerful ments.
who is the level-headed one of dedication of an entire industry
tinue to move at a fast pace staging at Arena Stage which is Mortgage modification
the group, John Procaccino as to affect a change.
which keeps viewers engaged. running till July 29. First staged scams made the list of the Bet-
Ned's contentious but loving In short sales, one of the
It also has all the elements on Broadway in 1985, it tells of ter Business Bureau’s Top
of a visually arresting teleserye: brother, Michael Berresse as most frequent questions we’re
the early years of the AIDS cri- Scams of 2011, with more than asked is if a short sale has the
love, money, betrayal, twists and sis. This production is directed weary city employee Mickey 20,000 complaints. Sadly, there
turns, a love child, a child who same effect on a consumer’s fu-
with great sensitivity by George Marcus and Chistopher J. are countless organizations out
has got no love, stolen kisses, ture credit as a foreclosure. The
C. Wolfe. "The Normal Heart" Hanke who provides some there preying on desperate
unwanted pregnacies, swapped answer is…ABSOLUTELY
moves, inspires, educates comic relief as the acerbic homeowners. Increased delin-
DNA results, private planes NOT! When it comes to credit
and continues to resonate even Tommy Boatwright. quency and foreclosure rates
crashing, anger management reporting, a short sale will most
to this day. In the role of Dr. Emma across the country are putting
and confrontations galore. likely have a much less cata-
Crusading journalist(Patrick Brookner, Patricia Wettig is sim- distressed homeowners in dan-
"Walang Hanggan" also has strophic effect than a foreclo-
Breen) and his friends in New ply magnificent. Her wheel- ger of fraud including modifi- sure. As of right now, short
a powerhouse cast. Starting with York City are alarmed when a chair-bound situation doesn't cation fraud and even short
the veterans Susan Roces and sales are not listed as “short
unknown disease strikes terror limit her, instead makes her fei- sale flip fraud.
Helen Gamboa who play sisters sale” on your credit report, but
when it claims the lives of their sty, determined and outspoken. Whenever a homeowner
who have always had a conten- as paid as agreed, paid as nego-
friends and acquaintances. Help- She received a thunderous ap- calls me and inquires about the
tious relationship. Then there's tiated, or paid for less than the
less and frustrated, he is spurred plause in her scene where she validity of letters and adver-
the Prince Of Independent original amount. Also, If you
into activism by an outspoken gives a blstering tirade to the an tisements they see on TV and
Films, Coco Martin as Daniel, are considered current with a
physician(a magnificent Patricia ads guaranteeing to lower
who always gives a flawless per- insensitive medical estab- short sale, you still have the
Wettig) and meets and falls in down their monthly mortgage
formance. Such as here he plays lishment. ability to apply for an FHA
love with New York Times re- payment, there is only one
the strong-willed Daniel. "The Normal Heart" contin- loan, while having a foreclo-
porter Felix Turner(a riveting question I asked them. IS
There's also Melissa Ricks, Paulo ues to resonate not just in its sure on your credit report stays
Luke McFarlane). THERE A FEE? If the answer is
Avelino, and Joem Bascon. At first Ned's crusade in- brilliance and profound ur- there for a mandated 7 years.
YES, throw it in the trash can.
Lending comic relief are Ogie spires his friends to help out, he gency. It is about the awareness Not to mention, with a foreclo-
There should be no fee in loan
Diaz and Arlene Muhlach as the later alienates them with his self- of AIDS as it continues to claims modification and there is no sure, you must go through
wisecracking employees. Rich- righteous attitude. The second countless lives. It also continues guarantee. The only thing months of delinquency notices
ard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta act is a heartbreaking one when to speak to everyone. (THE lenders approved the loan and in many cases a court ap-
who were once on-screen and Felix is diagnosed with the dis- NORMAL HEART, at Arena modification is based on your pearance, which is also re-
off-screen lovers are reunited in ease. In the performance I at- Stage Kreeger Theater) financial documents. How can ported on your credit report.
you guarantee something when Steer clear of scams, if you
you do not see any information feel something is wrong, there
Blessed Pedro Calungsod on Facebook? from a homeowner? Some let-
ters you receive or see in TV
is something wrong!!! Remem-
ber, your instinct never fails
MANILA - A group is tues of Blessed Calungsod tions slated before and after the
and print ads make you think it you.
planning to launch a page in the among the Filipino faithful and canonization on Oct. 21. Note: Jocelyn Porteria is a
popular social networking site to generate more awareness A Triduum of Masses is legit because they use Fed-
eral Government departments Realtor® licensed in VA. She
Facebook to drum up awareness about him. would be celebrated from Oct. earned a designation of ABR,
on Blessed Pedro Calungsod, Clarke Nebrao of +Big 18 to 20 at the and make believe logos or men-
tioned Obama Programs lim- GRN Accredited Buyer’s Special-
who will be declared as the sec- Movement said, "We have a Basilica of St. Augustine, Pi-
ited funds etc. Please do not ist and GREEN Designation,
ond Filipino saint in October. friend who did a random survey azza di Santâ Agostino 80 at 4
fall for it!! Again, rule of thumb CDPE Certified Distressed Prop-
CBCPNews, the official in the A & B class in our society. p.m.; Church of Gesu, Via degli
is there a fee and promised of a erty and Short Sale Expert, (SFR)
news service provider of the It was found out that only about Astalli 16 also at 4 p.m.; and Ba- Short Sales and Foreclosure Re-
guaranteed approved loan
Catholic Bishops' Conference of 23 percent know about Pedro in silica of St. Mary Major, Piazza source. For more info, visit her
the Philippines (CBCP), said that Metro Manila, while for the di Santa Maria Maggiore at 10 website at www.jprealdeal.com or
But distressed homeown-
the group, called +Big Move- classes C, D, E, F crowds, only 17 a.m., all located in Rome. call her at 571-432-8335 or email
ers aren’t the only ones being
ment, is also planning to start a percent know about him." A vigil and penitential serv- at firstname.lastname@example.org
targeted. Unfortunately, even
one-week promotional cam- As for the Facebook page ice is set on Oct. 20 from 8:30 to
well intentioned agents have for a free confidential evaluation of
paign for Calungsod's canoniza- for Calungsod, their group is 10 p.m. at the Chiesa di Santa
been caught up in increasingly your individual situation, prop-
tion. hoping that thousands of people Pudenziana Via Urbana 160. erty value, and possible options.
sophisticated mortgage fraud
The campaign called "I like would like the page. Blessed Calungsod will be
scams and I’m also talking She is also an accredited agent of
Pedro Week" started on July 8 Meanwhile, organizers in canonized with six others on a
about short sales. A recent re- Ayala Land, SM Residences and
and lasted until July 13. charge of promoting Calung- Sunday morning at St. Peter's
port that a man from Hender- Century Properties in the Philip-
The +Big Movement is dedi- sod's canonization released the Square in Rome. son, Nev., was recently pines.
cated to promote the life and vir- dates of the liturgical celebra-
26 July 15, 2012
VEGETABLE FRESH EGGROLL
Vegetable fresh eggroll is ity wrappers closest to the tating the pan to coat the sur-
one of the most popular native homemade wrappers. face. Cook until almost dry on
dishes in the Philippine and is Makes 12-14 (depending on top (about a minute). Loosen
now gaining popularity around size) the edges with a metal spatula
the world. Whenever this is Homemade Wrapper: and flip the wrapper over using
served to the mainstream, it be- 1 egg your fingers or the spatula, and
comes an instant hit. I have 1 tablespoon vegetable oil then cook the other side for 20-
served this dish to dignitaries 1 1/2 cups water 25 seconds. Repeat with the re-
and it has become a first-course 1 cup flour maining batter, wiping the pan
favorite. 2 tablespoons cornstarch with oil as often as needed and pinch of white pepper.
above cooked ingredients.)
But not everybody likes to 1/4 teaspoon salt stacking the wrapper as they are Chef's Tips:
Transfer to a colander to drain
prepare this because of its tedi- In a food processor or cooked. You have the choice to
any liquid from sautéing. Trans-
ous and detailed preparation, so blender, mix all the ingredients make this dish with or without
Filling: fer to a platter and let cool.
I have made this fresh lumpia until smooth. If mixing by hand, meat (chicken or pork) or with
1 small onion, finely Lay the wrapper on a clean
recipe as simple as possible to whisk the egg and vegetable oil seafood (shrimp or crabmeat).
chopped and flat surface; put enough fill-
encourage others to include this until blended and mix in the Master Chef Evelyn: 100
1/2 cup shredded chicken ing (closest to you), approxi-
wholesome dish in their culinary water. Combine and whisk the
3 cups Jicama, peeled, juli- mately 2-3 tablespoons. Put a Most Influential Filipina Women in
repertoire. It is worth to learn dry ingredients and pour in the
enne small slice of lettuce on one side, the U.S., 2009, Filipina Women’s
how to make it! egg mixture. Whisk the batter
1 small carrot, peeled, juli- then fold the other side over the Network; MHC Most Outstanding
Making homemade wrap- until smooth, then strain. Cover
enne filling and lettuce, then roll the Migrant Award in Culinary Arts,
pers is also not as simple as it and refrigerate for at least 30
10 pieces snow peas, cut in lumpia until completely folded. 2011; PAFC Dakila Special
seems, but constant practice will minutes.
diagonal strips (1/2 inch thick) Wrap the lumpia with wax pa- Achievement Award, 2011; Owner,
make you an expert. If intimi- Using a non-stick crepe pan
10 large shrimps, peeled, per for easy handling. Repeat Philippine Oriental Market & Deli,
dated to make your own lumpia (9 or 10” pan), pour 1/4 cup of
deveined and quartered (op- the process until the rest of the Arlington, Virginia; Founder and
wrapper, just buy the good qual- the flour mixture, tilting and ro-
tional) filling is gone. Serve cold with President of CHEW (Cancer Help
Salt and white pepper the sauce and garnishing of your Eat Well) Foundation, a 501 (c) (3)
Choice of garnishing served choice.
public charity formed to help and
on the side: Sauce: cook pro-bono for Filipino-Ameri-
4-5 cloves garlic, minced Liquid produced from cans who are afflicted with cancer
1/2 cup finely crushed un- sautéing and other serious illnesses; Culi-
salted peanut 2 cups water nary writer, master baker and cake
Sweat the onion until soft 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
and transparent. Add the designer (kitchen-tested and mas-
1/2 cup sugar
chicken and sauté until it is tered more than 400 recipes, and
3 tablespoons cornstarch
cooked. Mix in the jicama and counting); Member, Les Dames
(diluted in 3 tbsp. water)
carrots and season with salt and In a small sauce pan, com- d’Escoffier International, Washing-
white pepper. Cook the vegeta- bine the water, soy sauce, sugar ton DC Chapter; Member, Interna-
bles until very hot to the touch and bring to a boil. Remove tional Cake Exploration Society,
(do not overcook the vegeta- from heat and whisk in the corn- Master Chef, French Cuisine and
bles). Mix in the snow peas at starch mixture until the sauce Patisserie, Le Cordon Bleu, London,
the last 2 minutes of cooking. has thickened. Return the pan to U.K.; Producer/Host of the cooking
(Optional: Sauté the shrimps the stove and let simmer while show “Evelyn’s Kitchen Cooking
separately and then mix in the mixing the sauce, then add a with Friends”
A woman came home, rectly toward a four-some of Student: H, I, J, K, L, M, N,
screeching her car into the drive- men playing the next hole. O
way, and ran into the house. The ball hit one of the men, Teacher: Goodness, that's
She slammed the door and and he immediately clasped his not what I taught you.
shouted at the top of her lungs, hands together at his groin, fell Student: But you said the
'Honey, pack your bags. I won to the ground and proceeded to formula for water was... H to O.
the lottery!' roll around in evident agony. HUSBANDS
The husband said, 'Oh my The woman rushed towards Three women were sitting
God! What should I pack, beach the man and immediately began
around talking about their hus-
stuff or mountain stuff?' to apologize. "Please allow me to will be wiser than these guys, I
bands` performance as a lover. sila sa public pool ng isang
'Doesn't matter,' she said. help. I'm a physical therapist will ask to be very rich." Nag-
The first woman says, "My Hus- bote... kinuha ito at binuksan.
'Just leave.' and I know I could relieve your
band works as a marriage coun- May lumabas na genie. Sabi ng ready na siya at tatalon na sana
MARRIAGE pain if you'd allow me," she told
selor. He always buys me genie na lahat ang kahilingan ng nang may naapakan siyang balat
Marriage is a relationship in flowers and candy before we apat na magkakaibigan ay tutu- ng saging. Nadulas ito sabay si-
"That's alright... I'll be fine
which one person is always make love. I like that." parin niya isa-isa, pero ki- gaw ng "Oh, shit!" At mga
in a few minutes," he replied in
right, and the other person is a The second woman says, nakailangang isigaw nila yon kaibigan, alam na niyo kung
great pain as he remained in the
husband. "My husband is a motorcycle sabay talon sa swimming pool.
fetal position still clasping his anong naging ang tubig.
OH, GOSH mechanic. He likes to play rough Nauna ang bakla... tumalon at
hands together in his groin.
and slaps me around sometimes. isinigaw "Lalaki!" Naglabasan AWAY
Mother Superior called all But she insisted, and he fi-
ang isang daang pogi at sarap na Anak: 'Tay 'Tay!! Nakipag-
the nuns together and said to nally allowed her to help him. I kind of like that."
The third woman just sarap siyang naligo kasabay ang away ako!
them, "I must tell you all some- She gently took his hands away
shakes her head and says, "My mga ito. Sumunod ang tomboy, Tatay: Aba ang galing
thing. We have a case of gonor- and laid them to the side, she
husband works for Microsoft. tumalon at sumigaw ng "Babae!" talaga ang anak ko. Anong gi-
rhea in the convent." loosened his pants, and she put
He just sits on the edge of the Siyempre pa, lumabas ang nag- nawa mo sa naka-away mo...
"Thank God," said an eld- her hands inside his pants. She
gagandahang mga babae at hap- Binugbog mo ba... pinag sasapak
erly nun at the back. "I'm so tired began to massage him. She then bed and tells me how great it is
ing-haping siyang naligo sa mo ba? Ano anak, excited na ak-
of chardonnay." asked him "How does that feel?" going to be when I get it."
pool. Sumunod na tumalon ang
HURT He replied "It feels soooo WISH ong malaman kung ano ang gi-
probinsyano at sumigaw ng
A couple of women were gooood, but my thumb still Isang araw, nagpasiyang "Alak!" At naging alak kamo ang nawa mo.
playing golf one sunny Saturday hurts like hell." mag-swimming ang apat na tubig. Nagpakasawa siya hang- Anak: Di hinampas ko sila
morning. The first of the two- WATER magkakaibigan... isang bakla, gang siya ay nalasing. Sumunod ng bag ko. Tse, ang mga chuva
some teed off and watched in Teacher: What is the for- isang tomboy, isang probinsy- ang Fil-Am, pero nag-isip muna chenes, 'tsura lang nila! O di ba
horror as her ball headed di- mula for water? ano at isang Fil-Am. Nakakita siya bago tumalon. Inisip niya "I 'Tay, taray ko 'no?
July 15, 2012 27
The best in
The once mighty Oak tree
by our house has fallen one re-
cent Friday evening. Over the
years, it stood tall with fat trunk
and with sturdy branches proud
with their plentiful leaves. This
tree gave us a lot of shades and
cool breeze. It was also the com-
fort haven for the tweeting birds created the hole.
in the morning. For twenty-
some years, we enjoyed the sight
We calmly talked a little bit
then remained silent. It was
was ready to pay them for their
assistance. Lo and behold the
two went up the ladder and in a
Love is a Fairytale
of blazing red-orange leaves in “Sometimes in the middle The two young women were
twelve midnight already. We jiffy the hole was covered. They
the fall complementing our red of an ordinary life, love gives us brought before King Baarakel. The
stayed in the basement bedroom did not accept payment and said
brick house. It was indeed quite a fairytale.” charges against them were read be-
but since it has glass windows, I they also would like to help
a picturesque. Weddings make me weepy fore a tribunal, hostile and uncar-
moved to the hallway leading to those in need.
That Friday evening a wave and sentimental. Our second ing. The haste of the verdict and the
the bathroom, spread a com- Kirsten, another neighbor
of violent windstorm swept daughter found her prince and punishment meant this was care-
forter on the floor but sleep stopped by to give me kind and
through Vienna and its neigh- will be married very soon. I fully planned and meant to do away
won’t come. I had a flash light soothing words. She asked if I
boring cities in Fairfax County. would like to dedicate this to the with Aarmyn and Missyla before
and cell phone with three bars needed anything food and even
It happened so fast that left us bride and groom Ang Alamat ni the two women could summon help.
left. I found comfort in praying money. I told her we were OK
wonder what hit us. This was Aarmyn (The Legend of Aar-
while Pat found his way to the and coping. She hugged me
something not common to our myn.)This is a manuscript I have 'Aaldega, help me! Aal-
bed. I got hold of my cell and tightly, will pray for us and will
area. The TV news had an- been working on and is a novel dega.......' Aarmyn knew her
tried to call our four children but be back with her husband the
nounced a tornado warning in filled with Philippine folklore. spirit was waning. Exhaustion
could not connect. All I heard next day. There were still others
West Virginia. Ah, it is far. Min- This is how Aarmyn's 'Ode' was in every fiber and every
was fuzzy and sometimes busy who stopped by and offered
utes after, it said a severe storm to her beloved Aaldega came pore. Aaldega had warned her
sounds. I tried to call them again help and kind words of concern.
watch in Fredericksburg, Prince about. It took place one sweet of Prinsesa Lorelyn's hatred of
Winnie and husband, Austin, in
Williams County, Woodbridge, the Clifton area, Rissa in Alexan-
More Manifestations of spring day at Sa-anh, her place her. The princess was spoiled
Vienna and some other nearby Love and Concerns of exile. Aaldega braved the ele- and craved all attention and all
dria, Rick in Houston, Texas and
cities. A little later, the lights ments and the threat of his own adoration. And Aaldega.
Chela in St. Petersburg, Florida, Our children who live in the
flickered twice then the power banishment to be with Aarmyn. **********
but without success. They were area, Winnie and Rissa were
was completely out. My hus- I submitted the poem in a
probably calling us also. constantly either on the phone
band and I just finished setting competition and was accepted. It
The Aftermath of or at our house. They provided An Ode to Aaldega Song of
up the flashlights and portable will be published in an anthol-
us with food and the much Aarmyn
lamps when I heard the loud Windstorm: Kindness needed emotional comfort.
You are here at last.
hissing sound of the wind out- Prevailed Ricky who was in Houston, ********** Take my hand.
side. We went down to the We probably fell asleep for called a local maintenance guy Ang Alamat ni Aarmyn (an We will go searching for
basement just in case the tor- about an hour and it was morn- to fix our air conditioner. He excerpt) smiles in every flower.
nado struck also. Suddenly I ing already. Buzzing sounds was checking on us from time to Aarmyn breathed in the pure I will gather the dewdrops
heard an unusual sound of were heard outside the house. time. Chela was in Costa Rica sweet air from the flask and was in- in a cup
“thug.” I wanted to know what’s We opened the door but could vacationing and did not know stantly revived. The journey from made of hearts and offer
happening outside the house. To only see the branches and thick about what was going on. They Du-onh to Sa-anh sapped her en- you the first drink.
satisfy my curiosity I went up to mass of leaves, same with the all said that the most important ergy. Was it only a day ago when Yonder is our canopy of
the kitchen and opened the win- kitchen window and the garage of all was that we were safe. King Baarakel banished her from the dreams.
dow shutter a little bit to peep door. Of course we had a sliding How lucky we were for having home of her youth? The flowers she We rest beneath its shelter
through the glass pane. In be- door to the deck in the back. In loving and supportive children, and Missyla gathered lay strewn on while we read from my book of
tween the continued flashes of the front yard, three of our near or far. the soil and dirt. sorrows.
the thunderstorm I did not see neighbors were busy cutting the My dear friend Norma Az- The feast was to have taken Promise me you would
anything but a mass of leaves trunk and branches of our arcon spoke with me to offer place today. The two friends were blink them all away to the land
covering the window. I immedi- smaller tree that fell across the kind words, food and shelter. tasked to gather the most beautiful of the forgotten, never to be re-
ately went to the front door to street. They piled them up on She called to check from time to blooms that would have encircled called.
see a bigger picture of what I our yard by the curb. We were time; also Evelyn and Oscar Prinsesa Lorelyn's head. Du-onh's Tread softly. The butterflies
just saw. With the little opening appreciative of our good neigh- Bonuan with a special offer to abundant gardens were filled with are stirring from their slumber.
I saw massive branches and bors in the subdivision. We eat at their deli shop, Maurese all kinds of flowers from the width Let us lay and dream as the
leaves right there covering and learned from them that it was Owens, Nancy Ceniza, Bing Bra- and breadth of the kingdom. sweet breath of hyacinths caress
blocking the door and beyond. only us whose house was dam- nigin, Aylene Mafnas, and Mary The noise that disturbed the us.
The wind was still hissing com- aged by the windstorm. The Ann Fadul. . peace and quiet appeared in all its O lovely blooms, refresh us
bined with the sound of the fall- other had fallen trees on their Our accountant friends horror. A group of Barakuls, King even as I whisper my longings.
ing rain. I closed and locked the yards. By noon time another were wonderful. Bobby and Baarakel's vicious personal guards, We will dine on pure honey
door and called my husband. He neighbor offered his plastic can- Nina Tamayo were the very first surrounded them. The men hid their while the bees dance their court-
could not believe what he saw. vas tarpaulin to temporarily ones to call the next day and of- deceit behind masks. But they could ship.
We were speechless. cover the hole on the damaged fered food and shelter in spite of not hide their evil. Malevolent. Come close, I will hum my
Getting back to our senses, I roof of our house as it was pre- the fact that their garage was Seething with hatred. Aarmyn rec- desire with a melody as old as
rushed up to the second floor to dicted to rain again in the eve- also damaged by a fallen tree. ognized two of the magnificent time.
check the two bedrooms front- ning. Then he himself did it with Another immediate response horses. One of them carried the lead It has come.
ing the house. The big tree by help of two other guys, went up was the house visit of Chris and guard. The once proud beast looked You must bid adieu.
the front corner of the house the roof with a ladder. By mid- Mike Banagan. They were in broken. Her head was bent with Gather me in and dry my
must have fallen. The bedroom afternoon our roof was covered. front of our house the day after shame, her eyes downcast. cheeks.
on the left corner was alright. It was another story to tell. ready to give us help physically 'Elonar, this is not your battle. Till our hearts entwine once
The bedroom on the right corner While we were out to take lunch, and otherwise. It was a truly I have no quarrel with you. Be at more, I will hold fast to your
was hit. There was a big hole on Steve brought his ladder to heartwarming gesture. Patrick peace.' Aarmyn threw her thoughts promise parHush my love. Be at
the roof, damaging a part of the cover the hole on the roof with and Lucille Ferraren and Ellen to the distressed mare. Elonar peace.
front wall. The debris were scat- the “tarp” but found it challeng- Myint also expressed their con- dipped her head in silent salute. I will come and find you.
tered on the bed and floor all ing to do it by himself. He cerns as soon as they heard the
wet - a slab of wall concrete ma- needed help. He saw a couple of news. And there were follow-up ‘Thank You’ to all.” We humbly do the same to them in the fu-
terial, red bricks and some small guys working on the yard of an- calls from them.
appreciated all their kindness, ture. As what Chris Banagan
piece of woods. Apparently the other neighbor and asked if they Clearly, this is what we call
thoughtfulness and concerns. In has said “That’s What’s Friends
trunk of the tree did not fall over could help him. He explained the manifestation of “The Very Are For.”
the roof but a big branch must that he was just giving a helping Best in People” “From the bot- return, with sincerity, it will give
have hit that part of the roof that hand to a neighbor and Steve tom of our hearts, a warm us much pleasure to be able to
Continued on page 31
28 Editorial July 15, 2012
What is Obamacare?
When the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of
the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act “Obamacare”
they revived one of the most contentious, enigmatic, maligned
and misunderstood laws ever crafted in the United States.
The fact that it’s almost 3,000 pages long does not help. It is
byzantine as it is expansive.
Try asking people on the streets what they know about the
law half would probably give you the shrug, the other half a
People tend to focus on just parts of the law they like or dis-
like, fueling vociferous argument, a truly futile and pointless Manila Times
exercise that only adds to the pervading acrimony.
“More important than the quest for certainty,” Francois
Gautier admonished, “is the quest for clarity.” ‘Sus, Walang Puso’
Unknown to many is the raging de- June 18, 2012) DaBudaMasta said:
A Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that as many as 14
bate of Pinoys online about Obamacare. -Neither is correct. It should rightly
percent of Filipinos in the United States don’t have insurance, Here are samples of these exchanges be called southeast asian seas because the
among Pinoys following the Supreme seas is surrounded by coastlines of Viet-
the 3rd best next to Indian and Japanese Americans. Court decision upholding the constitu- nam, Thailand Malaysia, Indonesia, Phil-
tionality of Obamacare. ippines, Taiwan and China. It is
Learning and understanding this law especially as it affects Emailer One- "In rendering his deci- international waters.
sion, Chief Justice Roberts said it is un- -Don't mess with the Philippines too,
the Fil-Am community remains a challenge. Just how hard are constitutional for the federal government we've had enough! Anonymous said:
to require people to buy health insurance China is a greedy monster!
we trying to dissect this law? but it is constitutional for the government -Jason said: South China Sea my dear
to levy a tax on people who do not buy filipino tarsiers.
Sometimes, it reminds us too much of school homework. health insurance. But this historic deci- - Freddie said: The name South
sion could be a win for Mr. Romney." China Sea/West Philippnes Sea does'nt
We’d rather be doing else but we had to do it because we knew Emailer Two: "Romney's off the cuff matter. The distance does matter. China
the cost of going through the next day unprepared. (RJJ) tirade about him repealing a law passed the bully is over 1,500 miles away and the
by Congress, signed by the President and Phillipnes is with-in the maritime limit
upheld by the highest court just shows agreed upon by the civilized countries of
everybody the kind of President he the world. The disputed Scarborough
would have been." Shoal (IS.) is less than 200 hundred miles
Emailer Three: "He, he...now it is from the Philippine Mainland. Think
fight between Obamacare and Romney- about it. Don't buy Chinese goods if pos-
Debate among FilAms in a recent -June 11, 2012) dan said: be ready
party: chinese people american are coming back
Pro: E belat. Pare, mali ang hula mo. in the philippines, don't mess around the
We won. Obamacare is Constitutional. allied of americans you will regret it.
Anti: Okay, but in Obamacare, you - Anonymous said: WEST PHILIP-
and I will have to contribute to pay for PINE SEA!! YOU CHINNES MONGOL-
the health care of the perennial mendi- OID! (June 9, 2012) -- SOUTH CHINA
cants. SEA YOU FILIPINO MONKEYS!
Pro: 'sus. Walang puso." - china is killer and eating flash of
To those at the forefront of the "war" Circulating in the Internet:
with China over the Panatag Shoal and PEDRO: Anong pulutan nyo ka-
the Spratlys, go to a newly-opened hapon sa birthday mo?
website. chinaorwestphilippinessea.com JUAN: Pata!
and VOTE. PEDRO: Wow! Anong klaseng pata?
It says "voting is now open. South JUAN; PATA galan ng kwento!
China Sea or West Philippine Sea? "What *****
do you think is the right name for the Miriam Santiago is the model of a
sea? watch to be made jointly by Japan 's Seiko
Recent comments came mostly from and French's Patek Philippe. The brand
Vietnamese and Chinese. Earlier, Filipi- name of the watch is "SEIKOPATEK".
nos dominated the voting. Following are ****
some of the comments stating the hours JINGGOY: Dad, bakit ba maalat at
they were sent. may asin sa dagat
Samples: Paracel et Spratly appar- ERAP: Sinadya yan ni Lord para sa
tiennent au Vietnam, nous essayons d'in- ganun hindi mapanis ang mga isda..
former tout le monde sait. Paracel and ****
Spratly belong to Vietnam, we try to in- TITSER: Ano ang PAST TENSE ng
form everybody knows; Hoàng sa và laba?
Tru'ng sa thu'c v Vi't nam, chúng ta hãy BOY#1: Naglaba mam!
c'gng thông tin cho mi ngui du bit; fili- TITSER: Tama! Ano naman ang PRE-
pino people poor as piss; get a life you
filipino loser Continued on page 31
July 15, 2012 Opinion 29
I used to watch movies for
entertainment. But with the
presidential elections getting
close, I don’t need Hollywood to
amuse me. The presidential
campaign skirmishes offer
everything that the silver screen
brings- action, suspense, laugh-
The Summer of 2012 ter and tears.
Take 1 Pres. Barrack pets.
Take 2 Another planted
Bain Capital, Romney’s former
company, of investing in compa-
Before a scorching heat help with their prescription Obama unleashes his shock nies that outsourced jobs.
wave and a deadly storm hit drug costs, what is it about troops to wage a psychological story again tried to portray Now here’s the comedy.
the Washington DC area, Obamacare that drives some warfare and paint GOP presi- Romney as a bully. Supposedly, Factcheck.org could not find evi-
knocking out power for almost people bananas to want to re- dential candidate Mitt Romney he and a few of his high school dence to support Barrack’s alle-
a week in some areas (including peal it? as cruel to man’s best friend. buddies physically restrained a gation. But what is known to
ours in Kensington), the U.S. Health care reform, by They planted a story in major classmate and cut his hair. The America is that Barrack invested
Supreme Court shocked the na- whatever name, is a historic newspapers telling an alleged named victim was described in taxpayer’s money under the
tion with a punch of its own, achievement. For a country as incident wherein Romney drove the news account as gay whose guise of stimulus funds in com-
knocking out die-hard oppo- hair style and apparel was non- panies that outsourced jobs
powerful and as richly blessed his family for a vacation to Can-
nents who still don’t know conformist in an exclusive and overseas. Remember the bailout
as the United States, it’s the ada with their pet dog carried
what hit them. expensive school for boys. The monies to GM and Chrysler?
least this nation can do for her atop the station wagon inside a
This is a big deal. The high- family of the named victim, now Ask Barrack how many jobs are
citizens. cage. The insinuation was that it
est court of the land upheld the deceased, denies the charac- being outsourced by these bene-
Days before the Obama- was an act of torture to scare the
constitutionality of Obamacare. terization and another named ficiaries of taxpayers’ benevo-
care decision, the Supreme dog with wind stream for miles
It’s impact in the lives of mil- witness denies recollection of the lence in Canada, Mexico, Europe
Court also did something re- and miles.
lions of Americans will be felt incident. and Asia and he will likely blush
markable. It struck down most Boomerang doesn’t just
for years to come. Don’t throw stones if you to death.
of the offensive elements of an happen in Australia. Now here’s
But what baffles me is the live in a glass house. Again, Barrack’s fascination with
Arizona anti-immigration law. the laughter. Barrack Obama’s Romney defenders point to Bar-
extreme reaction by those who These draconian provisions global warming also made him
own book, Dreams From My Fa- rack’s book pointing to the story
continue to issue threats of re- would impose penalties for fail- invest taxpayer’s money in
ther, reveals a young Barrack of young Barrack being teased
peal. This blind fury is really ing to register as an immigrant, Fisker automotive so that it can
having eaten dog meat while and ended up shoving a young
something, considering that establish criminal penalties produce luxury electric cars in
growing up in Indonesia. girl who run away crying.
most of the Affordable Care the price range that only the
against individuals seeking to Who is crueler to the dog, Discredit Romney as a boy
Act’s provisions are actually likes of Hollywood celebrities
work in Arizona, and permit somebody who let the canine see bully? Then let’s discredit Bar-
popular with most Americans, can afford. What does Fisker do?
warrantless arrests based on America at see-level or some- rack as a girl bully.
including Republicans. Yes, in- It built its assembly plant in
suspected immigration status. body who feasted on cut-up dog Take 3 Barrack directly at-
cluding Republicans who rant New Zealand rather than utiliz-
The one area that the Court up- leg? Advice to Malia and tacks Mitt Romney as the pio-
and rave against Obamacare held was the provision requir- Continued on page 31
but actually like many of its key Shasha, keep an eye on your neer of outsourcing, accusing
ing Arizona to detain a person
provisions, such as allowing
to determine his immigration
children to stay on their par-
ent’s insurance until age 26 and
status. The Court, cautioned,
however, that it will carefully
banning insurance companies
from denying coverage for pre-
existing conditions or from can-
review how the state enforces
this part of the law. Already,
people of color in Arizona have The wall of wind that struck
celling policies because a that Friday evening looked
felt the brunt of this statute.
person becomes ill. These are every bit a harbinger of disaster.
They have been stopped and
common sense provisions that It knocked down trees and elec-
questioned unfairly because of
have nothing to do with one’s tric posts, a murderous wave
the color of their skin. Civil
political views. They are consis- that would cause lingering hard-
tent with basic American val- rights advocates have vowed to
monitor this kind of racial pro- ship in the midst of a record-set-
filing and get it struck down ting heat wave.
The recent Reuters/Ipsos
eventually. We did not have electricity
poll also notes that more than being without electricity pro-
Earlier in June, President for 3 days. When it came back, construction of new power
75 percent of Republicans and vided another insight.
Obama did something to soften we lost the water. Fortunately, plants giving rise to today’s
Independents favor insurance I realized just how depend-
the sting of his deportation the taps were dry for less than more diversified power genera-
pools that allow small busi- ent I was to my TV and internet.
policies. From now on, Home- 24 hours. tion structure.
nesses and uninsured to take Although the electricity was
land Security will use discre- It almost felt like home. I re- The sale of small electric
advantage of large group pric- knocked out, I did not learn of
tion to halt the removals of membered the heat, fanning my- generators shot up, providing a
ing benefits. Almost 60 percent the extent of the damage until
eligible children of immigrants self to sleep and lighting candles sort of stimulus to a languishing
of those polled also support the following day. We even tried
whose parents came to this and waving flashlights to navi- economy.
subsidies for individuals and to push through with a barbecue
country without legal status. gate through our small flat. For The “derecho” that hit the
families who cannot afford picnic at a lakeside park only to
Hundreds of thousands of awhile, it seemed amusing. But region last June 29 exposed the
health insurance. I know many find it closed.
DREAMERS greeted Obama’s that changed quickly as the out- vulnerability of Washington DC,
in our community who prefer There was just one socket
to have coverage if it’s within decision with joy and relief. His age persisted and the mercury Maryland and Northern Vir- on the ground floor of our apart-
their means. courageous action will allow began shooting up. ginia. It felt a little worrisome ment where residents could plug
The one provision not sup- these young people to continue An energy crisis hit large that such a storm could cause in their cell phone chargers. That
ported by Republicans is the to develop their talents and aca- tracts of Luzon in the mid-90s, such protracted damage to a corner became the improvised
one “expanding Medicaid to demic skills. America will no leading to rotating brownouts critical part of the country. community center with dozens
families with incomes less than doubt reap the benefits of their that brought havoc on factories Observers have asked, for forming a queue to re-charge
$30,000 per year.” contributions. and left millions to also fan instance, why power utilities phones, laptops or i-Pads.
So, if most Americans find This has been a remarkable themselves to sleep on dark, hu- still have not buried and run I could not check my email
a lot to like in the Affordable summer so far. And for once, mid nights. their cables underground? Or or open Facebook. My cell
Care Act because millions of there was actually more light, But it also forced govern- why it takes days over a week phone battery was drained. I
families already benefit from than heat, coming from our na- ment and private citizens alike in some instances to bring the could not watch the news nor
the law, and because millions of tion’s judges. to adapt and improvise. The Ra- juice back? How prepared really could my wife follow the latest
seniors can continue to depend Send your comments to mos administration signed a se- is this sector to respond to major twists in her favorite telenovela.
on free cancer screenings and email@example.com. ries of Build-Operate-Transfer catastrophe?
Continued on page 31
agreements that fast-tracked the But the nearly 80 hours of
30 July 15, 2012
VISA PRIORITY DATES FOR THE PHILIPPINES
By: J.G. Azarcon, Esq. JULY 2012
Stand by for • FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES
deferred First: Unmarried sons/daughters
of US citizens Jul. 15, 1997
A: Spouses/minor children of
The announcement by the
permanent residents: Feb. 15, 2010
Department of Homeland Secu-
rity on June 15,2012 to exercise B: Unmarried sons/daughters 21 years of age
prosecutorial discretion and put or older of permanent residents Dec. 22, 2001
Who do the people certain young people without le-
gal status on deferred action has
Third: Married sons/daughters of citizens
Fourth: Brothers/sisters of citizens
Jul. 22, 1992
Feb. 01, 1989
believe? generated a lot of buzz in the ex-
patriate community. • EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES
MANILA side. To qualify, an individual
The President of the Philip- And yet, his critics refuse to must: First: Priority workers Current
pines, Benigno Simeon C. see the good side of the Aquino - Have come to the US un- Second: Professionals holding advanced degrees
Aquino III, has been in office for administration's performance. der age of sixteen; or persons of exceptional ability Jan. 01, 2009
two years. He was at first reluc- For the political opposition, - Have continuously resided
Third: Skilled workers, professionals Jun. 08, 2006
tant to run for the highest office ideological groups or critical in the US for at least 5 years be-
Other Workers Jun. 08, 2006
because he felt he wasn't ready. newspapers, President Aquino fore June 15, 2012 and physically
But when he did join the fray, he hasn't done scratch. They've all present in the US on aforesaid Fourth: Current
vowed to go after government given him a failing grade for his date; Certain Religious Workers Current
officials who stole the people's first two years in office. It makes - Currently be in school, Fifth: Employment creation/
money and abused their power. independent observers wonder have graduated from high (Million or half-million dollar investor) Current
Aquino has kept his cam- if these groups are looking at the school, have obtained a general
paign promise, he has sicced the same Mr. Aquino. education development certifi- avail of this temporary reprieve, your eligibility like birth certifi-
powers and forces of govern- There's an explanation, of cate, or be honorably discharged be informed that DHS is not ac- cate, old passports used for en-
ment on past public officials course. These groups don't like veteran of the Coast Guard or cepting any applications at this try, school records, medical
who overstepped their bounds, Aquino. They don't gain any- Armed Forces of the US; Not time. It is expected that the im- records and other documents
including and especially the for- thing by praising what he has have been convicted of a felony plementing procedures will be evidencing presence in the U.S.
mer President, Gloria Arroyo. done so far. They have to keep offense, a significant misde- published and announced by for the required period and date.
Mrs. Arroyo is currently un- up their criticism and keep on meanor offense, multiple misde- mid-August, 2012. If you are fac- Deferred action prevents
der detention at a government throwing brickbats at the presi- meanor offenses, or otherwise ing imminent deportation how- certain eligible young aliens
hospital on charges of rigging dent. They're the ones who did- pose a threat to national security ever and you believe that you
from facing removal or deporta-
the 2007 elections and for graft n't like Aquino in the first place or public safety; are eligible, contact Immigration
and who supported other candi- -Not be above age of thirty. tion proceeding. It will also en-
charges. Her husband Mike, and Customs Enforcement at 1-
dates for president in 2010. Lest you fall prey to very 888-351-4024. able them to apply for work
who is said to be the architect of
alleged scams perpetrated dur- So what they do is they con- enterprising operators who While waiting for the proc- authorization but will not allow
ing Arroyo's time in office, is tinue to play down the Aquino could not wait to exploit the ess to begin, start gathering them to petition for their rela-
also being hounded by several government's achievements. anxiety of those who want to documents that would support tives.
criminal charges. And they continue to put down
Aquino as incompetent, lazy
Foreign businesses are look-
ing at the Philippines again as a and inept. They have a conflict-
ing agenda from that of Mr.
potential investment market.
Market-rating agencies abroad
have been upgrading the invest-
Aquino. And what is that
agenda? What it boils down to Justice
ment-worthiness of the country. is, simply, self-preservation. "If we are to keep democ-
The Manila Stock Exchange is Meanwhile, the majority of the racy, there must be a command-
alive and well. Filipino people continue to sup- ment: Thou shalt not ration
Domestically, infrastructure port the President and say so in justice," US federal judge
projects are getting into the the periodic surveys. Learned Hand wrote before his
But, in fairness, life in the death in 1961.
pipeline again after being sus-
Philippines hasn't exactly turned Here, "21% of trials take 2
pended for a time so they can be
suddenly rosy. Despite the posi- to 5 years to finish, and 13% take
reviewed and cleansed of the old joke to hit the century", snapped
tive economic and fiscal indica- more than 5 years," acting Su-
practice of bribing project offi- clude President Benigno then Justice Carpio Morales.
tors, growth hasn't trickled preme Court chief justice Anto-
cers and/or giving kickbacks Aquino III. Carpio's program jump
down, a favorite term of econo- nio Carpio told a Central Luzon
from project proceeds to officials The Arroyo-majority starts the stalled Judiciary Re-
mists in the 1970s and 80s. Pros- convention of the Integrated
whose approval was required. stitched a legal fig leaf for "mid- form program initiated by Chief
perity hasn't been knocking on Bar "There has to be a sea
Self-sufficiency in rice, the night appointment" of Corona, Justice Hilario Davide.. These in-
people's doors, especially the re- change... Judicial reform is sim-
Philippines' staple and which papered over Rep. Dato Ar- clude ( a ) case decongestion, ( b
ally poor. Even the middle class ply too important to fail".
had hitherto been the elusive royo's jerry-mandering in ) integrity and independence of
hasn't benefited. Yet. The hope is Carpio pitched his address
Holy Grail of Filipino presi- Camarines, then rammed thru a judges, ( c ) compensation of
that economic growth will con- to an audience beyond IBP : a
dents, appears achievable next temporary restraining order judges, court administration,
tinue and will finally reach more nation scrambling, to close the
year. In Manila, the government that'd have allow Arroyo to flee. and training. ( d ) Tansparency
people. gap, left by impeachment of it's
has been experimenting with Now in hospital detenton, and accountability. "Clean-
The poor are still poor, and 23rd chief justice. The Senate
ways to make the metropolis a GMA denies charges of plun- house" measures, instituted day
the President and his people had fired Renato Corona by a 20-
less chaotic place. better act fast and decisively in der and election sabotage. after impeachment, underpin
In general, the Aquino ad- to-3 vote. It nailed the "Capo" Serial skewed decisions, by this road map for the future.
order for the bulk of the popula- for stashing unreported dollars
ministration has had positive re- tion to crawl out of poverty, the Arroyo justices eroded the "Sunlight is the best disin-
sults. Mr. Aquino has ordered while fiddling with Statement Court's moral high ground. fectant," counseled Justice Wil-
where they've been wallowing
his cabinet secretaries to perform of Assets and Liabilities. Among others, these included liam O. Douglas, who served
for many years.
or else they're out of a job. Going The unsaid context was de- repeated flip-flopping of 16 longest ( almost 37 years ) in the
But, having said this, the
by the President's public ap- cisions, by the Corona court, towns into cities, paralysis on US Supreme Court On his first
President's detractors haven't
proval ratings, majority of the that rationed justice. Crammed the PAL flight attendants and day as acting chief justice, Car-
been honest or accurate with
people still support him, al- with justices, handpicked by stewards case to murmuring pio prodded once reluctant
their assessment of Aquino's
though his current numbers are President Gloria Macapagal Ar- amen as Eduardo Cojuangco justices to direct judges: Disclose
performance. While it's their role
not as robust as in the beginning royo, the Corona majority pocketed 16.2 million in San SALNs "as mandated by the
to point out the President's
of his term. But his numbers served as bouncers for GMA's Miguel Corp. shares, funded by
interests, claim critics. They in- coco farmers levies.. "the biggest Continued on page 31
have remained on the positive Continued on page 31
July 15, 2012 31
used taxpayer’s stimulus money
Barrack attack... from page 29 to support companies that have
Life’s essentials... from page 29
actually exported jobs overseas. We were, for a time, totally cut marched on. That darn outage
ing idle plants in Detroit. Well, America let’s find the Allegation versus hard facts. off from the world that we were forced me to see that much of
By the way, Pres. Obama real score. The Romney camp The unfounded accusation accustomed to. the stuff that I thought were es-
has a jobs czar. His name is Jef- denies the outsourcing allega- against Romney and Bain Capi- And yet we survived. Life sential weren’t after all.
frey Emmelt, the CEO of GE tion and Factcheck.org could not tal purportedly as practitioners
Capital. His company received
$125 million from the stimulus
find evidence to support the al-
legation. But even if it were true,
of jobs outsourcing suggests that
anybody who outsource jobs
Washington Tsismis... from page 28
funds to be spent on wind for the sake of argument only, overseas is not a friend of the ****
power projects. GE outsourced Romney did not squander tax- American worker. I tend to JUAN; Tay ! Penge P20
some wind jobs to Norway. Last payers’ money. It was his job agree with it. By that standard, bibili ako ng de lata.
TITSER: Tama! Ano naman
year, GE also moved its X-ray and responsibility to prudently Barrack’s no friend of the Ameri- TATAY: Anak, mga taga
ang FUTURE TENSE?
production to China. Look invest entrusted client funds in can worker. BOY#3: MAGSASAMPAY bukid lang ang gumagamit ng
America, Obama’s job czar is business projects anywhere to The moral of Barrack’s at- mam! term na de lata! Englisin mo yan!
one of the biggest offenders in make a profit. Pres. Obama can- tack- what goes around comes **** JUAN: Paano?
job outsourcing. not deny that his administration around. IN ENGLISH: TATAY: KANG GUD!
Eat All You Can, don't be ****
Who do the people... from page 30 critics paint it to be.
In the end, the President's
shy, feel at home! ERAP: Hello, I would like to
IN TAGALOG: inquire how long is the flight to
shortcomings, they should be ac- aren't blind. approval rating proves that the kain lang kayo ng kain, San Francisco ?
curate and reasonable in their Yes, the people cry for people can see improvements in walanghiya kayo, pakiramdam OPERATOR: Just a minute,
criticism. Otherwise, they lose higher wages, cheaper food and both governance and in the nyo bahay nyo to! Sir.
their credibility. other commodities, less crime in economy. As long as Mr. **** ERAP: Really? Thank you..
Which is what's happening. the streets or in homes, and a ONLY IN THE PHILIP- ****
Aquino's survey numbers are
The President's critics have been generally stable economy. Yes, PINES : PILITA CORRALES - Asia 's
portraying him as a non-per- they could do with improved positive, that is proof enough
1. Doctors go back to school Queen of Song. LANI MISA-
forming leader despite the ap- living conditions and a better that the people believe and sup- to be nurses abroad. LUCHA - Asia 's Nightingale.
preciable improvements in quality of life. But the picture is port him more than they do his 2. Rats are normal house REGINE VELASQUEZ -
many areas. But the people not as dire and hopeless as the detractors. pets. Asia 's Song Bird.
3. Soap opera is reality and GLORIA MACAPAGAL
Criminal cases account for news provide the dramas of life ARROYO - "Mole of Asia "
Piece Meal Justice ... from page 30 four out of every five pending 4. Actors make the rules and ****
cases. There is a severe lack of politicians provide the entertain- Old man: Doc, I'm 95 and
Constitution and the law." trial. prosecutors and public defend- ment! my 18yr old wife is pregnant!
It helped that Carpio If the CA can do it, why not ers. About 26% of courts here **** Doc: Let me tell you a story
opened his SALN long before the Supreme Court? In fact, ENRIQUE ZOBEL: half Fili-
lack judges. Ideally, the vacancy about an old hunter who, in-
the Corona conviction. "The Su- CMS for trial courts is being pi- pino half Spanish.
rate should be less than 5% ( In stead of his gun, brought his
preme Court has done this as lot-tested in all Quezon City trial HENRY SY: half Filipino
the U.S, vacancy in federal dis- umbrella in the jungle, met a
part of the lessons learned from courts. If successful, the trial half Chinese.
trict courts is 10%. "And they're bear, aimed his umbrella, pulled
the recent impeachment trial", court CMS will be deployed na- JUAN FLAVIER: half Fili-
already talking of a judicial cri- the trigger and the bear dropped
he said." Leaders of the Judiciary tionwide in 2013. pino half Igorot.
must lead by example". Simplify, simplify, simplify. RAUL ROCO: half Hawai-
In Manila, the average Old man: Impossible! Some-
Post on the Court's website, Streamline trial procedures, ian half Polo.
caseload is 242 cases per judge. body else must have shot the
what were once kept hush-hush, patterned after four existing spe- JOHN OSMENA: half Fili-
In next door Taguig, it is 1,161 bear!
Carpio directed. At the click of cial rules in corporate controver- pino half Filipina.
cases per judge. "Clearly, there Doc: Exactly!
a computer mouse, you can surf sies, environmental issue and MIKE ARROYO: half Fili-
is a need to re-engineer the dis- ****
today what former Senator intellectual property rights. pino half Pork.
Rene Saguisag and researchers "Internet connection for all tribution of courts in relation to Tanong: Ano English ng
AI AI DELAS ALAS: half
were repeatedly denied access courthouses is now a necessity. population. This needs legisla- "baka maswerte ako?"
Filipino half Moon.
to: reports on the Judiciary De- Access to the Supreme Court's Sagot: "Beef Lucky Me"
tion. '. GMA: half.
velopment Fund and Special ELibrary will put at the finger- Tanong: Ano English ng
The attentive reader will l ****
Allowance for Judges, plus those tips of all judges nationwide all "Maswerte ako Inay"?
find it worthwhile going TATAY: Bagsak ka na
by Commission on Audit. the jurisprudence and laws they Sagot: "Lucky Me Mami"
through the full text of Carpio's nman! Ba't di mo gayahin si Pe-
"This is really a no-brainer need in writing decisions. Every Tanong: Ano English ng
address. . Surf the Net for dro? Palaging may honor.
since all these are public docu- judge and justice will be pro- "Maswerte ako sa lalake"?
"sc.judiciary.gov.ph/ jcar- ANAK:Unfair naman kung
ments," Carpio explained. "This vided with a USB 3G wireless Sagot: "Lucky Me with
pio.php. This column's 5,700- ikumpara nyo ako kay Pedro.
is part of the new transparency thumb-drive... Egg"!
character--space cap can only TATAY: Bakit naman?
and accountability policy". Filter cases through media- ****
skim highlights: ANAK: Matalino tatay nun!
Quit shillly-shallying. tion. "Out of 209,165 civil cases **** Erap: pagbilan po!
Liberty is best ensured by Tindera: Ano yun?
Move decisively into the digital mediated as of May 2012, the INTERVIEWER: Ano ang
age. Adopt a computerized case success rate was 64 %. And out ending the rationing of justice. Erap: Meron po ba kayong
"The spirit of liberty lies in the plano nyo sa mga homeless?
management system, as demon- of 23,979 civil cases placed un- ERAP: Marami, kaso may skats teyp, yung tig-piso?
strated by the Court of Appeals der judicial dispute resolution as hearts of men and women;" Jus- Tindera: Meron?
"widely acknowledged world- of May 2012, the success rate tice Learned Hand said in a Erap: Magkano po?
INTERVIEWER: Ano po
wide as a success" By end of was 40%. Judicial dispute reso- 1944 Central Park address. yun? ****
2012, Presiding Justice Andres lution is a second sieve.. It "When it dies there, no constitu- ERAP: ang hirap nilang ha- Bruno: Ano yang nasa papel
Reyes foresees the CMS system sifted 78% of all civil cases filed tion, no law, no court can save it. napin, kasi wala silang address. nayan?
will ensure that all cases are with first and second level ( Email: juan_mer- **** Juan: Listahan ng mga takot
decided 12 months from end of courts. firstname.lastname@example.org ) MGA JOB TITLES NA DA- sa aken!
PAT NANG PALITAN: Bruno: Bakit nakalista ako?!
livable. And there was not need PRESIDENT- pasimuno. Juan: Bakit laban ka?
The best in people ... from page 27 to move out, though there were VICE PRESIDENT- kunsiti- Bruno: OO!!!
Juan: Eh di burahin,
offers from our daughters and dor.
Meanwhile, Pat and I have about two months to finish the SECRETARY- palsipikador. problema ba yun?
nice friends. Maraming kaming
to continue communicating with job, hopefully less. Moreover, TREASURER- kubrador. ****
bahay na matutuluyan and food
our insurance company regard- we are lucky that the house was AUDITOR- kasabwat. Pedro na-late sa klase?
to eat! Salamat sa Diyos!
ing our coverage and coordinat- PUBLIC RELATION OFFI- Titser: Pedro late ka na
ing with the adjusters from the CER- tsismoso. naman!
three contractors sent to start the REPRESENTATIVES- pa- Pedro: Late po kasi relo ko
works - the company to dry up hamak. Titser: problema ba yun?
the water damage, the tree cut- SPOKESMAN- bolero. Edi i-advance mo!
ter/remover and the reconstruc- SGT-AT-ARMS- tirador. Pedro: Opo?
tion company. The ADVISER- taga sulsol. Titser: O san ka pupunta?
reconstruction estimate was (mas tama di bah?) Pedro: Mam, uwian na!
32 July 15, 2012