February 2013 Edition - Filipino Star by wuyunyi


									Vol. XXX, No. 2 February 2013                                                                      http://www.filipinostar.org

Pope Benedict XVI resigns
                                                                                                        Pope Benedict XVI's
                                                                                                        resignation explained
                                                                                                        By Susannah Cullinane, CNN
                                                                                                        updated 11:06 AM EST, Tue February
                                                                                                        12, 2013
                                                                                                                (CNN) -- In an unexpected
                                                                                                        move, Pope Benedict XVI -- born
                                                                                                        Joseph Ratzinger -- has announced
                                                                                                        that he is to resign. Benedict was
                                                                                                        elected pope in 2005 after the death of
                                                                                                        Pope John Paul II. We explore what the
                                                                                                        surprise announcement means for the
                                                                                                        Catholic Church.

                                                                                                        Why has Pope Benedict XVI
                                                                                                        \       In his statement, Pope
                                                                                                        Benedict -- who turns 86 in April -- said
                                                                                                        he had come to the certainty "that my
                                                                                                        strengths, due to an advanced age, are
                                                                                                        no longer suited to an adequate
                                                                                                        exercise of the Petrine ministry."
Pope Benedict XVI greeting the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Photo: AP
                                                                                                                Vatican spokesman the Rev.
Filipino nurse hailed as role model in                                                                  Federico Lombardi said Pope Benedict
                                                                                                        had the right and potentially the duty to

Obama’s State of the Union address                                                                      See Page 4       Pope Benedict

Filipino nurse Menchu Sanchez (2nd from right, front row) is flanked by US First Lady
Michelle Obama to her right and Ms Jill Biden, wife of the US Vice President, to her
left minutes before President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address
in Washington DC Tuesday before a joint session of Congress. AP PHOTO

        LOS ANGELES—A Filipino             address before a joint session of
nurse who led the rescue of                Congress. “Her mind was on the 20
hospitalized infants as super storm        precious newborns in her care and the
Sandy battered New York last year was      rescue plan she devised that kept them
hailed by President Obama as a role        all safe.”
model in his State of the Union                      Sanchez – a 56-year-old
Address Tuesday (Wednesday in              registered nurse who was born, raised
Manila) in Washington DC.      “ W e       and educated in the Philippines – had
should follow the example of a New         been chosen as one of the
York City nurse named Menchu               “extraordinary       Americans     who
Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy              exemplify the themes and ideals laid
plunged her hospital into darkness,        out in the State of the Union Address,”
she wasn’t thinking about how her own
home was faring,” Obama said in his        See Page 4                Filipino nurse

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                                                                                      an Asian Tiger Economy? phillipinenews.com
    The Filipino Solidarity Cooperative, Inc.                                                  We hope…but don’t hold your            in stomach-turning squalor? We have
           5320-A Queen Mary Road                                                     breath. We’ve been hearing a lot of             slowly denuded our forests, polluted our
                                                                                      rumblings about how great the                   rivers, fouled our air and we’re fine with
       (between Decarie & Coolbrook)                                                  Philippine economy is doing. Makati City        all that. Manila, the once proud and most
               Tel: 514-485-7861                                                      skylineThe World Bank through its               cosmopolitan of Southeast Asian cities is
                                                                                      country director for the Philippines,           today a dirty, crowded, smelly eyesore
            E-Mail: filipinocoop.com                                                  Motoo Konishi stated that "The                  that foreigners and even locals avoid—
          Website: marchecoop.com                                                     Philippines is no longer the sick man of        and even that doesn’t seem to bother us
                                                                                      Asia, but a rising tiger." And lately there     one bit. Are we indeed a society with
                                                                                      are plenty of bright spots to point to, the     such low expectations?
                                                   Business Hours                     most important of which is the country’s                  A Philippine bancaIn the mid
                                                                                      GDP (gross domestic product) growth:            sixties, national artist Nick Joaquin
                                            Monday - 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.                 6.6 percent in 2012—the highest in              addressed the same issues we talk
                                            Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.          Southeast Asia—beating even the                 about here in a telling article titled: A
                                            Wed. to Friday - 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.         government’s high-end target of six             Heritage of Smallness. In it Joaquin
                                            Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.         percent.                                        laments our societal and cultural
                                            Sunday - 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.                                                                predisposition towards the small or tingi
                                                                                                                                      as well as our preference for always
                                            Members can make appointment                                                              taking the easy way out. Today, half a
                                                                                                                                      century later you can still buy cigarettes
                                            to shop outside these hours.
                                                                                                                                      by the stick or shampoo in a tiny single-
                                            Phone your orders and you can
                                                                                                                                      use sachet. Centuries ago other nations
                                            pick them up by appointment as                                                            were already building large, ocean-
                                            well.                                                                                     going vessels, yet Filipinos have never
                                                                                                                                      seen the need to create anything larger
                                            Delivery service available for Cote                                                       than jumbo-sized bancas. Sure, we
                                            des Neiges & NDG areas between                                                            helped build Spanish galleons then, and
                                            6:00-8:00 p.m. ( $5.00 delivery                     Even tourist arrivals are up          today we’re building ships in Subic Bay,
                                            service fee.)                             despite Hong Kong’s continued                   but both those instances have been
                                                                                      blacklisting of the country as a tourist        foreign owned and managed endeavors.
                                            We sell phone cards &                     destination since the 2010 Manila                         While     there    are   always
                                            gift certificates.                        hostage crisis where 8 Chinese tourists         exceptions, Filipino society can
                                                                                      were killed. And the Philippine Peso is         generally be described as “lazy.” Many
                                                                                      now stronger than it has been since             locals who have lived in the West and
                                                                                      2008—to the consternation of millions of        return home are often appalled by the
                                                                                      OFWs who have seen the value their              slow and casual attitude Filipinos have
                                                                                      remittances steadily decline over time.         towards work. Have something made
                                                                                                So are we seeing the start of the     and it usually takes longer than it
                                                                                      Philippines as a major economic player          should…and when you finally get it, the
                                                                                      in the region, another Japan, Taiwan,           quality and workmanship is often
                                                                                      South Korea, or maybe another                   disappointing.
                                                                                      Singapore? Well, as we stated earlier:                    It is thus not surprising that
                                                                                      don’t hold your breath because it is            Cambodia and Myanmar for the first time
                                                                                      unlikely      to      happen       anytime      last year surpassed the Philippines in
                                                                                      soon…probably not in our lifetime.              Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). Global
                                                                                                Why? Because sadly, Philippine        investors have grown weary of the
                                                                                      society and culture leave much to be            Philippines as its disadvantages are
                                                                                      desired! Since America returned the             starting to significantly outweigh its
                                                                                      islands back to the Filipinos almost 70         advantages. According to UNCTAD
                                                                                      years ago there has been talk about the         (United Nations Conference on Trade
                                                                                      Philippines becoming a Southeast Asian          and Investments), FDI to the Philippines
                                                                                      powerhouse—and back then we were                in 2012 dropped to a paltry $1.5 billion.
                                                                                      already way ahead of any of our                 By comparison, Singapore, a country
                                                                                      neighbors. Instead we Filipinos dropped         roughly the size of Laguna de Bay in
                                                           Creamsilk $4.49 + tax      the ball and slowly but surely our              Luzon received $54.4 billion in Foreign
                            Buenas Coco Gel, Kaong $1.79                              Southeast Asian neighbors began                 Investments last year.
Brown sugar, 1 lb -                                                                   surging ahead of us.                                      In the end, it boils down to a
      $2.29                                                                                                                           failure in education. Since we know what
                                                                                                As a society, we need to do
                                                                                      some       honest-to-goodness          soul-    our problems are, we should have long
                                                                                      searching. A country does not go from           ago devised curriculums that addressed
                                                                                      first to almost last purely by accident.        and corrected those problems. But
                                                                                      You almost have to make an effort to            neither public schools nor the much-
                                                                                      drop to the bottom the way we did. Do           ballyhooed Catholic schools have
                                                                                      we, as a nation just have mediocre goals        bothered to do so. And so our problems
                                                                                      and aspirations? We seem satisfied to           remain.
                                                                                      have our youth go abroad to work as                       As an example: after World War
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                                Mang Tomas sauce           Whole Milkfish, big size   maids or street sweepers. We are okay
                                    99¢ bottle                                        with the fact that millions of squatters live   See Page 3       Asian Tiger Economy
                                                                 $3.69 lb

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                                                                                                                                       only did he transform his small company

                           Editorial                                                       From Page 2       Asian Tiger Economy

                                                                                          II the term “made in Japan” meant a
                                                                                                                                       into a global giant, he was instrumental
                                                                                                                                       as well in changing the global
                                                                                                                                       perception of what “made in Japan”
What will be the impact of the resignation of Pope                                        product was cheap and substandard, a
                                                                                                                                       meant. That is the kind of drive the
Benedict XVI on the future of the Church?
          For over a billion Catholics in     death if the pope can simply resign from
the world, the resignation of Pope            his post?”
Benedict XVI is at first shocking and                   Although history may hold clues
unprecedented in 600 years but upon a         in divining impact of a pope’s
closer look at the circumstances              resignation,      however,      “problems
surrounding his decision to leave the         surrounding how to treat Benedict, what
highest post of the Church, they have         to call him, how he will be dealt with in
begun to see that this historic event will    his life after the papacy, how his death
have a lasting impact which will only be      will be dealt with, all of these are new
felt over a period of time.                   questions” said Joshua Birk, a fellow at
          As one writer notes: “The           the American Academy in Rome and
ultimate effects of the pope’s resignation    expert in medieval Mediterranean
are thus far impossible to predict. But it    history.
is clear that previous certainties will now             On the other hand, some
be up for debate – certainties that were      religious writers give Pope Benedict XVI
once just as firm as the understanding        some credit for his self-abnegation and
that the position of pope was for life.”      recognition of his own weakness that he
          Religious scholars, writers and     would not be able to do his job as the
editors have a variety of opinions –          head of the Church which has been
ranging from a pessimistic view of the        undergoing tremendous pressures from
Church in crisis to a more hopeful            a modern society that now recognizes
outlook that the resignation of Pope          contraception, gay rights, abortion and
Benedict presents an opportunity for          other issues that have been repeatedly
innovation and change but it is also a        brought to the table for discussion such                                                 Philippines needs if it is ever to become
challenge for the next pope to be             as priests’ celibacy, ordination of women   low-quality item that would likely end up
                                                                                                                                       “world class.” In essence, we need to
elected by the College of Cardinals.          into the priesthood, and divorce.           in the trash. Akio Morita, the founder of
                                                                                                                                       remake who we are as a people. Until
          Among all the possible impacts                An optimistic view of Pope        Sony Corporation early on realized that
                                                                                                                                       then all this talk about becoming an
of Pope Benedict XVI resignation seems        Benedict XVI’s resignation is expressed     to succeed in the global marketplace,
                                                                                                                                       Asian Tiger or a world-class player is
to be the possibility of changing some of     in the following quote:                     Sony’s products had to be the very best
                                                                                                                                       nothing but a pipe dream. So don’t hold
the Church doctrine. For instance, the                  “The resignation of Pope          in order to overcome that negative
                                                                                                                                       your breath, instead roll-up your sleeves
Archbishop of Berlin Rainer Maria             Benedict XVI is the Catholic Church’s       perception. During in his years at the
                                                                                                                                       and help change the culture.
Woelki calls it a “demystification of the     opportunity to send a strong signal by      helm, he saw to it that Sony produced
                                                                                                                                       Published 2/9/2013
papal       office.”    Mr.   Christopher     electing a new Pope committed to            nothing but the very best. In the end, not
Ljungquist, a writer of the Geopolitical      rooting out corruption in the Church.”
Monitor, wrote:                                         It is apparent from comments
          “If as Benedict implied in his      and discussions about the Pope’s
statement of resignation, the office is too   resignation that there is a need for new
difficult for one man in the modern           ideas and innovations. We hope that a
world, power must then be ceded to            new pope will be elected who will lead
Catholic bishops and to world regions.        us to a renaissance that will make the
If the Petrine office can be vacated like a   Catholic Church stronger but more
seat in parliament, then it’s time to put     transparent and accountable.
an end to the church’s rigid stance on
other questions of doctrine. Why exactly                   Zenaida Ferry Kharroubi
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                                            pope before Easter.                            the presidents of Romania and                       After he steps down, Benedict
From Page 1      Pope Benedict XVI                                                         Guatemala -- had been confirmed.            will move to the pope's summer
                                                      Lombardi        said      Vatican
resign.                                     scholars were studying the constitution                  On February 27, the pope's        residence, Castel Gandolfo.
          But he stressed that the          to determine exactly when the                  last general audience will take place.              At a later date he will move into
pope's decision was not because of          conclave would begin.                          Lombardi said the Vatican was trying to     a monastery at the Vatican.
any external pressure.                      What is the election process?                  arrange for it to be held in St Peter's             The monastery has recently
Is the pope in poor health?                           By law, the conclave begins in       square so that more people could            been renovated and extended to
          Lombardi told reporters the       the Sistine Chapel. On that morning,           attend and "to make it a sort of tribute    include a small chapel.
pope was not unwell.                        the cardinals will celebrate the Votive        to the holy pontiff."                       What will Pope Benedict be known as
          "There isn't any disease          Mass, "Pro Eligendo Papa." That                What will Pope Benedict do after his        once he has stepped down as pope?
specifically -- it's all to do with         afternoon, the cardinals begin the             resignation?                                        According to the Catholic
deterioration and weakness in his           election process.                                        Lombardi said it was expected     Bishops' Conference of England and
body, as the holy pontiff has said in his             The cardinals draw lots to           that Pope Benedict would devote his         Wales, Pope Benedict will return to
statement," he said.                        select three members to collect ballots        time to reflection and prayer.              being known as Cardinal Joseph
          Lombardi said the battery in      from the infirm, three "tellers" to count                In his statement, Benedict said   Ratzinger. It said he would be
the pope's pacemaker -- which he has        the votes and three others to review the       he wished "to also devotedly serve the      addressed as his eminence or Cardinal
had since he was a cardinal -- had          results.                                       Holy Church of God in the future            Ratzinger.
been replaced in the last few months,                 Blank     ballots     are    then    through a life dedicated to prayer."                However, Lombardi later told
but he stressed that it was a routine       prepared and distributed. The ballots                    Lombardi said he didn't expect    reporters it was hard to imagine that
procedure.                                  are rectangular in shape and must bear         the pope to be given any other duty,        the pope would be called a cardinal.
When will he step down?                     in the upper half, in print if possible, the   given his age, and he said Benedict
                                                                                           would no longer be involved in                 Enroll in the PAB/PSW Nursing Aide
          The pope said that he would       words "Eligo in Summum Pontificem,"                                                        program at Gilmore College International
step down at 8:00 p.m. on February 28,      meaning "I elect as supreme pontiff."          decision making or administrative
                                                                                           duties.                                        Classes start soon. Prepare for the
Rome time.                                  The electors write the name of the                                                            increasing demand for health care
          Lombardi said as far as he        candidate on the lower half and fold it                  Pope Benedict was "very
                                                                                           discreet" and was "not someone who                         professionals.
knew, the day was "just an ordinary         in two.
day" without particular significance but              After writing the name of one        will interfere" or create issues in terms
                                                                                           of his successor, he said.                            Call for appointment
that Pope Benedict might have chosen        man on his ballot, each of the active
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                                            cardinals -- those under 80 years of
for Easter.                                 age -- walks to an altar in order of                                                       president for patient care services, told
          He said he understood the         seniority and pledges to perform his           From Page 1              Filipino Nurse     a nursingpublication.    Migrating to
pope usually finished his working day       duty with integrity. Each cardinal then
                                                                                           the White House said. Sanchez was
at 8:00 p.m. which was why he had           places a folded ballot containing his
                                                                                           invited to join the First Lady in her
chosen that specific hour to step down.     choice onto a small disc made of
                                                                                           viewing box. She sat between Mrs.
Could the next pope be from Africa or       precious metal and drop it inside a
                                                                                           Obama and the vice president’s wife,
Latin America?                              chalice.
                                                                                           Jill Biden.
Is it normal for popes to resign?                     After all votes are cast, the
                                                                                                    When the hurricane cut power
          It is the first time a pope has   tellers tally the ballots and the result is
                                                                                           at NYU Langone Medical Center,
resigned in nearly 600 years.               read to the cardinals. If a cardinal
                                                                                           Sanchez created a plan to transport 20
          The last pope to resign was       receives two-thirds plus one of the
                                                                                           at-risk infants to intensive care units
Pope Gregory XII in 1415. He stepped        votes, he is the new pontiff.
                                                                                           around the city, according to a White
down to end the "Great Western                        If there is no winner, another
                                                                                           House blog site.
Schism" -- during which there were          vote is taken. If there is still no winner,
                                                                                                    “She organized the nurses and
rival claims to the papal throne.           two more votes are scheduled for the
                                                                                           doctors to carefully carry the babies
          n 1294, Pope Celestine V          afternoon.
                                                                                           down eight flights of stairs with only
resigned after only five months,            How is the result of the vote
                                                                                           cell phones to light the way,” the blog
preferring the simple life of a monk to     broadcast?
                                                                                           site said. “Even as Menchu’s own
the majesty of being pope.                            After the votes are counted
                                                                                           home was flooding, she thought only                     Menchu Sanchez
          According to the National         each time, the ballots are burned. If
                                                                                           of protecting the babies in her care.” In
Catholic Weekly, modern popes have          there has been no winner, a chemical is                                                    the United States in the 1980s,
                                                                                           an interview with NorthJersey.com,
felt that resignation is unacceptable       mixed with the ballots to produce black                                                    Sanchez has worked as a nurse in New
                                                                                           Sanchez said that when the hurricane
and could encourage factions within         smoke when they are burned.                                                                York for more than 25 years and has
                                                                                           knocked out power to the hospital and
the church to pressure pontiffs to step               Sight of the black smoke                                                         been at NYU Langone Medical Center
                                                                                           the East River flooded the backup
down.                                       emerging from the roof of the Vatican                                                      since 2010. She lives in Secaucus,
                                                                                           generators, they knew that the
          Canon law states that a           Palace tells those waiting in St. Peter's                                                  New Jersey with her husband and two
                                                                                           ventilators keeping the newborns alive
resignation must be made freely and         Square that a pope has not yet been                                                        children, both of whom are in college.
                                                                                           would stop working.
properly manifested and that the pope       selected.                                                                                  Sanchez is the second Filipino nurse
                                                                                                    “We knew immediately we had
resigning must be of sound mind.                      When a winner has been                                                           honored by Obama within the past
                                                                                           to get the babies downstairs,” Sanchez
 Who is Pope Benedict XVI?                  selected, the ballots are burned alone,                                                    several months. Last year, nurse-
                                                                                           said. “With the elevators out, we didn’t
When will the next pope be elected?         and the white smoke indicates there is                                                     turned-community activist Corazon
                                                                                           have a lot of choices.”
          A meeting of the College of       a new pope.                                                                                Basa Cortes Tomalinas from La Union
                                                                                                    Hospital officials later praised
Cardinals to elect the next pope will be    What do you think of the Pope's                                                            province was honored at the White
                                                                                           Sanchez for finding a way to get the
held. The gathering is known as a           decision?                                                                                  House as a “Champion of Change.”
                                                                                           babies down safely.
"conclave."                                 What will the pope do until he officially                                                  Tomalinas was recognized for her work
                                                                                                    “She’s the one who thought of
          Vatican spokesman Federico        steps down?                                                                                to prevent youth violence in
                                                                                           taking the babies down in a warming
Lombardi said there would be                          Lombardi said the pope's                                                         communities as part of the National
                                                                                           pad, cradled in the arms of a single
elections some time in March and he         appointments up until the end of                                                           Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.
                                                                                           nurse to keep them warm and secure,”
anticipated that there would be a new       February -- including audiences with
                                                                                           Kimberly S. Glassman, senior vice

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February 17, 2013 | Opinion                         Mangahas to take out his social survey tools      assign the cause to sexual abuse scandals.       Christ” column elicited many responses that
                                                    to help us understand what is happening.”         The sexual abuse scandals merely                 reflect this declining affinity and respect for
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR                               Fr. Tabora wrote in his February 7 blog           accelerated what is already in the               the Catholic Church. Again, the loss of faith
By William M. Esposo                                posting titled The Catholic Church: Between       woodwork — decay, rot, arrogance of              in the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church
The Philippine Star                                 the Sublime and the Ridiculous. Mahar             narrow-minded clerics and a growing              didn’t just result from the RH Bill issue. The
           In announcing his resignation,           Mangahas is the research guru of the SWS          detachment from the reality of peoples’          RH Bill merely provided the trigger for
Pope Benedict XVI said: “In today’s world,          (Social Weather Station) to whom we run to        lives.                                           expressing what’s already in many Catholic
subject to so many rapid changes and                get the social trends.                                       The Week editorial of April 30,       hearts and minds.
shaken by questions of deep relevance for                     Fr. Tabora added: “People are tired     2010 had this to say: “It’s “the largest                    Over here, some leaders of the
the life of faith, in order to govern the ship of   of lousy homilies that ramble in inanities that   institutional crisis in centuries, possibly in   Catholic Church have crossed the line
Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both           begin and never end, and never end                church history,” says the National Catholic      between church and state and are said to
strength of mind and body are necessary,            because they should never have begun.             Reporter. Worldwide, the Roman Catholic          be actively campaigning for the downfall of
strength which in the last few months, has          People are tired of being preached at, of         Church now has 1.1 billion members,              President Benigno S. Aquino II (P-Noy) —
deteriorated in me to the extent that I have        being treated as if they were younger than        compared with 1.5 billion Muslims and 593        the person they blame for the passage of
had to recognize my incapacity to                   adolescents, of being lectured, of being          million Protestants. In the US, all the major    the RH Bill. There’s a Jesuit, a nuisance
adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to        scolded, of being dictated upon. People are       denominations have seen their numbers            more than a threat, that’s been actively
me.”                                                tired of obstinate claims to absolute truth,      decline in recent years, but the Catholic        meeting with military men, and reportedly
           We have to admire Pope Benedict          when the thinking world continues to seek         Church has taken the biggest hit. Since the      agitating them. The Jesuit community, my
XVI for knowing when to relinquish power            truth. People are tired of being told how to      1960s, four American-born Catholics have         source of information, doesn’t sanction this
and privilege for the sake of the big mission.      think, when they can think for themselves,        left the church for every one who has            Jesuit’s activities. The Jesuits are generally
His era was one of the most challenged with         and how to choose, when they can choose           converted, according to a 2009 Pew study.        supportive of P-Noy’s brand of good
a series of sexual abuse scandals, financial        for themselves, and how to have sex when          In 2008 alone, Catholic membership               governance that targets inclusive growth
embarrassments including expose of a                they can have sex for themselves.”                declined by 400,000. More than 1,000             and meaningful reforms.
100% Vatican owned company that was                           He continued: “People are tired of      parishes have closed since 1995, and the                    The more the Catholic Church
producing porn. In a way, more than old             the reproductive health (RH) discussion,          number of priests has fallen from about          leaders here dabble into politics, especially
age, it may have been the enormous                  debate, disaster, debacle. All right, they are    49,000 to 40,000 during that same period.        when they seek the ouster of one of the best
burdens of our New Age that really caused           willing to receive a clear statement of the       Some 3,400 Catholic parishes in the US           presidents this country has had, all the more
the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.               teaching of the Church on this matter, and        now lack a resident priest. “Catholicism is in   they’re seen with dirty hands and are
           Pope Benedict XVI shall turn over        they understand that the hierarchy is             decline across America,” says sociologist        perceived as Pharisees. Times have
a Catholic Church in turmoil and in decline.        serious about conveying its message, and          David Carlin.”                                   changed. Peoples’ needs have changed.
The Philippine Catholic Church is in the            that there are lay persons very passionate                   In Europe, the editorial added:       Sadly, some Catholic Church leaders are
same crisis. The recent writings of Jesuits         about making sure that that message gets          “The situation there is even more dire,          still in medieval mindset mode.
Fr. Joel Tabora and Fr. Joaquin Bernas              conveyed. But hey, was it really necessary        especially in the most historically devout                  In a world where the pace of
about the mistakes of the Catholic Church in        to devote the whole of Advent to it, including    countries. In 1991, 84 percent of the Irish      technology is dizzying, there’s an avalanche
confronting the RH Bill had been very               all of Simbang Gabi, and for Christmas fare,      population attended Mass at least once a         of new ideas and concepts — admittedly
popularly received on Facebook and were             was it really so necessary to talk about          week. Today the weekly attendance figure is      not all of them good. The Catholic Church
shared because these captured what                  Reproductive Health and the Virgin Birth          less than 50 percent. In Spain, 81 percent of    couldn’t relate to its flock in this modern era
majority of Filipinos felt about the bullying       through Conception by the Holy Spirit? And        the population identifies itself as Catholic,    unless it discards their medieval mindset
tactics of several Catholic Bishops, priests        when New Year’s came, was it really so            but two-thirds say they seldom or never          and retrace their footsteps from Vatican II.
and nuns who have gone rabid over the RH            necessary to preach on Reproductive               attend services. And the priest shortage is                 In Vatican II lies the Catholic
Bill issue.                                         Health and Child Circumcision?”                   acute — in England and Wales, the church         Church’s      redemption.        The    Pope’s
           “People have been leaving the                      The Roman Catholic Church has           ordained only 16 clergy members in all of        resignation could be the opportunity to
Catholic Church. People are about to leave          been experiencing sharp decline in                2009.”                                           reform and attune the Church to the New
the Church. It is time, I think, for Mahar          numbers all over the world and it’s wrong to                 My February 3 “Where’s Jesus          Age.


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     sa foreign credentials,
     payo sa pagtatrabaho
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                                                 systems, multiple fisheries have                                                                PFOA exposure led to testicular,
                                                 bounced back from collapse after               Dear EarthTalk: I’ve read conflicting            pancreatic, mammary and liver tumors
                                                 adopting        a     combination      of      reports about the dangers of non-stick           in rats doesn’t bode well for what the
                                                 management measures,” he says.                 cookware. I have a set of older non-             chemical may do to humans.
                                                 “These include restricting gear types,         stick pans and am not sure if I need to                    Of course, the risk of exposure
                                                 lowering the total allowable catch,            replace them. Are they harmful to use,           is much lower for a person frying an
                                                 dividing shares of the catch among             particularly if they have a few                  egg at home than for a factory worker
                                                 fishers, and designating marine                scratches?                       -    -          manufacturing PTFE for DuPont. In
                                                 protected.” He cites an example of             Miriam Jones, Montgomery, AL                     2007, Consumer Reports Magazine
         Dear EarthTalk: I understand            Kenyan communities removing beach                      It may be time to upgrade your           tested PTFE-based non-stick pans
that many of the world’s fisheries are on        seine nets and creating “no-take”              pans, given that the U.S. government             from several manufacturers and found
the brink of collapse, “fished out,” to          zones leading to an increase in total          has called for a complete phase-out of           harmful airborne emissions of PFOA to
put it bluntly. How did this happen and          fish, fish sizes and fishing income. And       polytetrafluorethylene          (PTFE,           be minimal. “The highest level was
what is being done about it?                                                                                                                     about 100 times lower than levels that
-- Mariel LaPlante, New Orleans, LA                                                                                                              animal studies suggest are of concern
                                                                                                                                                 for ongoing exposure to PFOA,”
        Many of the world’s fisheries                                                                                                            reported the magazine. “With the aged
are indeed in crisis today due to years                                                                                                          pans,      emissions       were     barely
of overfishing, pollution and habitat                                                                                                            measurable.”
destruction. According to the United                                                                                                                       Some manufacturers are
Nations’ Food and Agriculture                                                                                                                    working on safer non-stick cookware
Organization, 57 percent of global fish                                                                                                          using ceramic or silicone coatings free
populations are “fully exploited” and                                                                                                            of PTFE or PFOA. But a 2009 survey of
another 30 percent are ”overexploited                                                                                                            eight such alternatives by Cook’s
or collapsed.” This leaves just 13                                                                                                               Illustrated magazine did not identify
percent in the “non-fully-exploited”                                                                                                             any of the new choices out there high
category, down from 40 percent less                                                                                                              marks. “Not a single one of these
than four decades ago.                                                                                                                           ‘green’ pans was without flaws,” said
        The      non-profit     Natural                                                                                                          the magazine. “In some, delicate eggs
Resources Defense Council (NRDC)                                                                                                                 burned, thin fish fillets stuck, and steak
                                                                                                                                                 charred on the outside while
                                                                                                                                                 remaining raw within. Others stained
                                                 Many of the world’s fisheries are in crisis today due to years of overfishing, pollution and
                                                                                                                                                 or transferred heat inconsistently.”
                                                 habitat destruction. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, some of the most
                                                 popular fish -- including cod (pictured here), snapper and tuna, are dangerously depleted yet   Some pans accumulated the browned
                                                 continue to be overfished.                                                                      bits known as fond when steak was
                                                                                                                                                 seared, indicating unwanted sticking
                                                 no-take reserves established around            otherwise known as Teflon) and                   power.
                                                 parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef        related products by 2015, due to                           Many foodies have resigned
                                                 led to a doubling of fish stocks and size      health concerns. When Teflon is                  themselves to the likelihood that the
                                                 within the boundaries of protected             exposed to high heat it can degrade,             idea of a non-stick pan might in and of
                                                 areas      and     larger    populations       which causes it to release its                   itself be too good to be true. As such,
When Teflon is exposed to high heat it can       throughout the region.                         constituent chemical, PFOA, as a gas.            cast iron, aluminum, copper and
release its constituent chemical, PFOA, as a              “It’s not too late to get our         This phenomenon can kill pet birds,              stainless steel each rate high for even
gas. There are no known cases of direct health
                                                 fishing practices back on track,”              and can’t be good for humans either.             heat distribution and for holding up
problems for consumers, but workers
producing Teflon are at increased risk for       reports NRDC. “Using smart laws,                        While there are no known                well at high temperatures and frequent
certain cancers, prompting the U.S.              policies, incentives, and market               cases of airborne PFOA causing direct            use. Used properly—such as by
government to call for a complete phase-out      demand, we can help sustain fish               health problems for consumers,                   employing a little oil or butter to inhibit
of Teflon and related products by 2015.          populations at healthy levels for years        workers in plants where Teflon has               food from sticking—such pans can
                                                 to come.”                                      been produced are at increased risk              last decades.
reports that many of the most ppular                      The decisions of policymakers         for cancers of the pancreas and the
fish, such as cod, snapper and tuna,             play the key role in marine protection,        male reproductive tract. “Numerous               CONTACTS: Care2, www.care2.com;
are dangerously depleted yet continue            but individual choices and consumer            studies have shown that PFOA alters              Consumer Reports’ Kitchen Cookware,
to be overfished.                                advocacy also make a difference. “We           reproductive hormones in the male,               www.consumerreports.org/cro/kitchen-
          Fishing operations have only           can all support sustainable fishing by         causing increased levels of estrogen             cookware.htm;     Cook’s   Illustrated
been able to satisfy rising demand for           wisely choosing which fish to eat,             and abnormal testosterone regulation             “Green                       Skillets,”
fish and shellfish in recent decades by          spreading the word to friends and              and that PFOA or chemicals that break            www.cooksillustrated.com/equipment/o
using increasingly high-tech strategies          family, and contacting our lawmakers           down into PFOA damage the thyroid                verview.asp?docid=20400.
like on-vessel refrigeration and                 to make sure they support responsible          gland,” reports Melissa Breyer of the
processing, spotter planes and GPS               policies,” says NRDC. Consumers can            website Care2.                                   EarthTalk® is written and edited by
                                                                                                         Breyer adds that four organs            Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a
satellites. Furthermore, says Matthew            learn which fish are OK to buy by
                                                                                                or tissues in the immune system and              registered trademark of E - The
Roney of the non-profit Earth Policy             consulting with the Monterey Bay
                                                                                                                                                 Environmental               Magazine
Institute, “Industrial fishing fleets            Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program,              at least nine types of cells that regulate
                                                                                                                                                 (www.emagazine.com). Send questions
initially    targeted    the    northern         available for free via the web and phone       immune function are targets of PFOA,
                                                                                                                                                 to:          earthtalk@emagazine.com.
hemisphere’s coastal fish stocks, but            apps.                                          and that scientists have been unable
                                                                                                                                                 S u b s c r i b e :
then as stocks were depleted, they                                                              to find a level of PFOA that doesn’t             www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free
expanded progressively southward on CONTACTS: NRDC, www.nrdc.org;                               damage the immune system: “Doses                 Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
average close to one degree of latitude Earth Policy Institute, www.earth-                      given to effected lab animals were
annually since 1950.”                     policy.org;     Seafood      Watch,                   minimal—and less, relatively, than
                                          www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/sea                    levels found in children.” The fact that
“The escalating pursuit of fish…has foodwatch.aspx.
had heavy ecological consequences,
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webs via a massive reduction in the Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a
populations of larger, longer-lived registered trademark of E - The                               DR. EMILIA ESPIRITU
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Nestor Ambas: TV Pinoy’s
original host
        Last October 28, FAMAS             for my native town of Mendez (Cavite)
Board of Trustees Chairman James de        if the kindly prince of the Roman
la Paz and his wife Rose, Filipino Star    Catholic Church gets elected to the
writer Willie Quiambao and this            papacy because he was once its
columnist paid Nestor Ambas a visit in     parish priest a few decades ago. The        James de la Paz trimming the hair of Nestor Ambas during his visit in the hospital
his room on 7NW at the Jewish              local parishioners loved him so much
General Hospital. Upon seeing him, I       for his brilliance (graduated summa         necessarily make one a better                       It’s even sillier that a member
knew right away that he was not in         cum laude), genuine humility and            president than the one who wasn’t. So,     has to be at least 25 years old to be
good shape, but never thought that he      exceptional leadership skill that they      why require it in the first place?         able to run for president while those
would not be around for good a few         made him the town’s adopted son. So         Unfortunately, I was on my lonesome        who are 16 years old may run for
                                                                                       on this. I was outvoted by the rest of     vice-president. What if for some reason
                                                                                       the committee..                            the 25-year old president becomes
                                                                                                Likewise, I disagreed with the    incapacitated, and the 16-year old
                                                                                       idea that 16-year old members be           vice-president has to succeed him?
                                                                                       allowed to run for the Executive Board.    That will effectively defeat the purpose
                                                                                       It was my position that they were too      of, and the legislative intent for, the

Budz Sarmiento and Willie Quiambao with Nestor Ambas at the Jewish General
Hospital on October 28, 2012.
months later.
         When we saw him that day, he far, he’s the only one so honored by
was a far cry from the handsome and the townspeople of Mendez.
robust Nestor Ambas that hosted TV                   At least three things may work
Pinoy on Channel 14 many years ago. against his chance of becoming the
He looked like someone who hadn’t next pope: He’s too young at 55, he
been seen by a barber in weeks, if not was promoted to cardinal only last
months. His beard was so dense, his October, and he comes from Asia, the
moustache was so thick and his hair so continent that has the smallest number
long that James and I had to take turns of Roman Catholics. However,                   The then-Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle with the author in February 2012.
in barbering him. But after about half Catholics are wont to say, “God works
an hour, there emerged a good-looking in mysterious ways.” Besides, who                young and inexperienced to lead an         constitutional requirement that the
man that Nestor always was during his would have thought that then Cardinal            organization      as    big   and    as    president should be at least 25 years
heyday as a TV host and journalist.         Karol Józef Wojty³a – a Polish, not        complicated as FAMAS. Besides, I           old.
Now that he is gone, also gone is his Italian – would be pope? Arguably,               thought that it didn’t make sense that a   Some employers pay workers
promise to share with me a cornucopia John Paul II’s papacy is one of the              16-year old person could be president      just enough so they will not
of salacious pieces of information most successful ones in the history of              when they couldn’t even enter into a       quit and the workers do just
about the usual egregious member of the Roman Catholic Church, and he                  contract without the permission of their   enough so they will not be
the community whose thinking is so was one of the most-loved among the                 parents.                                   fired.          Pim Patrick
obnubilated by his mental disorder that popes.
his only enjoyment in life is writing                        *******
outrageous items usually found in THESE PROVISIONS IN THE
tabloids like the National Inquirer.
                                            NEED TO BE AMENDED
                                                               CONSTITUTION             NOTARY
FROM THE CARDINAL’S                                  As the community already

                                                                                          Mtre. Peter Dimacopoulos
RED HAT TO THE POPE’S know, I was a member of the former
                                            FCBL Committee that drafted the
                                            present constitution and bylaws of
         Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle
                                            FAMAS. I was for the abolition of the
becoming the next pope may be highly                                                       Real Estate Contracts, Mortgages, Wills, Power of Attorney
                                            ridiculous requirement that a member
implausible, at least at this time, but his
                                            must be or have been a director of the
name keeps on cropping up among
                                            organization first before he could run
those who might succeed the
                                            for president. I believed, and still do,                            Tel.:514-824-9336
resigning Pope Benedict XVI.
                                            that being a director wouldn’t
         It’s particularly a huge honor

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                                                                               ang akto ng paghagupit sa mga babae            magdudulot      sa    babae      upang
                                                                               ay februatio. Ito ang naging salitang-         magkakaanak. Tulad ng dati, ang
                                                                               ugat ng buwan ng Pebrero (February),           Kristiyanismo ay nagsusumikap ngunit
                                                                               ang buwan ng pagdiriwang ng Araw               nasawi na itigil ang masamang
                                                                               ng mga Puso.                                   pagdiriwang ng Lupercalia. Unang
                                                                                       "Ilang araw na lamang ay ang           pinalitan ang lotarya sa pangalan ng
                                                                               pagdiriwang sa ‘Araw ng Puso’ ng mga           lotaryo na pangalan ng mga santo.
                                                                               kuffar. May ilang mga pahayagan at             Ang balak ay sa susunod na taon ang

Consular Outreach Mission                                                      babasahin ang naghihikayat sa
                                                                               pagdiriwang na ito. Maging ang mga
                                                                                                                              kabataang kalalakihan ay tutularan ang
                                                                                                                              buhay ng santo na ang pangalan ay
                                                                               mangangalakal at mga nagmamay-ari              kanilang binunot. Ang Kristiyanismo ay
sa Montreal                                                                    ng mga hotel at kainan ay ginaga-
                                                                               wang pang-akit sa mga tao para sa
                                                                                                                              nagtapos sa Roma at sa iba pang
                                                                                                                              lupain tulad ng ginawa ng mga
Ginanap noong noong Enero 18 at 19        ay nagbiyahe                         kanilang sariling kapakanan."                  Romano."
ang unang Consular Outreach Mission       nang isang maghapon at magdamag              “Ang araw ng puso ay matagal                    "Ang kaisipang panatilihin ang
sa Montreal sa pamumuno ni Minister       para    maabot      ang     kanilang nang patay sa Europa ngunit isang              anyo ng isang bantog na kasamaan
at Consul General Neil Frank R. Ferrer.   pangangailangan dito.                laganap na pagdiriwang sa Britanya at          subalit ang layuning katangian ay
Kasama niya ang apat na butihing                 Sa taong ito ay anim na ulit  Amerika. Sino ba si Valentine? Bakit           napanatili. Ang tanging tagumpay na
kawani ng pasuguan.                       pupunta rito ang mga sugo kaya,      ang araw na ito ay ipinagdiriwang?"            nakamit ay ang pagpalit sa pangalan
                                                                                       "Ang Araw ng Puso ay                   ng Lupercalia ng ‘Saint Valentine Day.’
                                                                               nagsimula bilang pagdiriwang ng mga            Nagawa ito ni Papa Gellasius sa taong
                                                                               pagano na sinimulan ng mga Romano              496, bilang parangal kay San

Kaliwa-pakanan: Nakatayo - ConGen Neil Frank R, Ferrer at Albert Jerome Ilagan.
Nakaupo - Rhodora Manlapaz, Edna Pataunia at Josephine Gonato. Kuha ni Mang Bert

                                          tuwing ikalawang buwan.
         Sa umaga ng unang araw ay
kinapulong ni ConGen Ferrer ang mga       Minumulat ko sa aking mambabasa                               Larawan ng bagong pasapote ng Pilipinas
boluntaryo ng FAMAS na kinabib-           na ngayon ay wala pa rin tayong
ilangan ng mga direktor upang             Honorary Consul dito sa Montreal.          noong 4th siglo BCE upang                Valentino. Subalit may aabot sa
ipaliwanag ang gagawin at maging          Marami ang sabik sa posisyong ito.         parangalan si Lupercus, ang diyosa ng    limampu (50) na Valintino sa
maayos ang daloy ng pagproseso ng         Buhat sa tuktok ng Luzon at                ‘kalusugan at kalipunan’. Ang kanilang   kasaysayan ng Kristiyanismo. Ang
mga papeles.                              pumupustang Bisaya at hindi                pangunahing pang-akit ay ang             dalawa sa kanila ay nakakahigit ng
         Bukod     sa      mga    nais    pahuhuling Muslim sa Mindanao ay           ginagawang lotarya na kanilang           katanyagan ngunit ang kanilang buhay
magpanotaryo at mag-apply ng dual         gustong maluklok. Ang kailangan            ipinamimigay ang mga kabataang           at asal ay nabalot ng kababalaghan."
citizenship ay ipinakilala ang bagong     natin ay si LuzViMinda na ang              babae sa mga kabataang lalaki para sa             "Ayon sa isang kasaysayan na
paraan kung paano magkakaroon ng          damdamin ay nasa hapag kainan at           pang-aliw at kasayahan hanggang sa       malapit sa tunay na kaparaanan ng
bagong pasaporte. Sinabing nauna pa       hindi sa batalan.                          susunod na taong lotarya."               pagdiriwang na ito, si San Valentino ay
ang ating bansa na mag-isyu ng e-                                                            "Bahagi ng nakakahiyang          isang ‘Santo ng umiibig’ na nabighani
passport na hindi pa ginagawa sa                         *****                       kaugalian na ginagawa sa araw na ito     sa anak na babae ng taong
Canada.                                   Araw ng mga Puso                           ay ang hampasin ang kabataang            nagpakulong sa kanya."
         Sa ginagawang Consular                    Ang lathalaing ito ay hango sa    babae ng dalawang kabataang lalaki,               "Dahil     sa     malubhang
Outreach Mission sa Montreal ay           akda ni Dr. Khalid Baig ng Impact          na nakasuot lamang ng damit at           kaguluhang kasama sa lotaryo, ang
dinadayo ito ng mga kababayan natin       International, London, U.K. Isa lamang     sapatos na yari sa balat ng kambing na   pamahalaan       ng     Pransiya     ay
na buhat pa sa ibang lalawigan ng         ito sa iba't ibang bersiyon na kalipunan   binahiran ng dugo mula sa inialay na     ipinagbawal ang ritwal ng Valentino
Canada tulad ng Halifax, Nova             ng iba pang manunulat May sumulat          kambing o aso. Ang hampas ng             noong 1776. Ang pagdiriwang na ito ay
Scotia.      May isang grupo na           na ang latigong tinutukoy sa artikulo ay   ‘sagradong tsinelas nitong ‘Banal na     nawala rin sa Italya, Austriya,
nagsumiksik sa isang sasakyan at sila     yari sa balat at tinawag na februa at      Kalalakihan’    ay    pinaniniwalaang    Hungariya at Alemanya. Noong 17

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siglo sa kalakasan ng mga Puritano ay        maaaring may kasaysayang mula sa           ninyo sa fridge ni Lelong, e di ako      eleven foreign letters like C, CH, F, J.
ipinagbawal din sa Inglatera subalit         mga pagano. Mula sa isang                  ang pinakamaraming attendance.           LL, Ñ, Q, RR, V, X and Z. Ten years
noong taong 1660 ay muling binuhay           pagsasalaysay, sa mangkukulot ng                                                    after, they decided that it was too
ni Haring Charles II."                       mga pagano, ang mga tao ay takot sa        Peras: Attendance? Akala ko ba sa        much and removed CH, LL and RR
         "Mula sa Inglatera ang ritwal       masasamang espiritu lalung-lalo sa         eskuwela lang 'yon.                      and up to now we have twenty-eight
ng Valentino ay dumating sa bagong           kanilang      kaarawan.         Isang                                               letters called alpabeto. And they are
daigdig at nasilip ng mga negosyante         pangkaraniwang paniniwala na ang           Pechay: Tama ka, Peras. Pero             A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H. I,
na isang magandang pagkakataon ng            masasamang espiritu ay higit na            attendance din ang tawag sa                                         ,
                                                                                                                                 J, K, L, M, N, Ñ, NG, O, P Q, R, S, T,
pagkakaperahan. Si Esther A.                 mapanganib sa isang tao kung siya ay       pagpasok ng Tatay at Nanay mo sa         U, V, W, X, Y and Z." (Sgd.) Lolo
Howland noong 1840 ay siyang                 nakakaranas ng pagbabago sa                trabaho. Kay Lelong naman para           Jerry)
nagpalabas       sa     kauna-unahang        kanyang      pang-araw-araw        na      malakas tayo sa Court of Appeals
ipinagbibili na ‘American Valentine          pamumuhay tulad ng pagiging                kapag napapagalitan na tayo ng           Pichu and Pechay: Wow! Galing
Day’ card at nabenta ang halagang            matanda ng isang taon (kaarawan).          Nanay o Tatay natin.                     ni Lolo!. Saan kaya nagsaliksik ng
$5,000 sa unang taon. (Noon ang              Kaya’t ang pamilya at mga kaibigan ay                                               pag-aaral?
halagang $5,000 ay napakalaking              papaligiran ang tao ng tawanan at
                                                                                        Pichu: Hoy! Nakakalimutan na
halaga). Mula noon ang kalakal ng            kagalakan sa kanilang kaarawan                                                      Peras: Oo nga pero pagdating sa
Valentine ay lumago."                        upang ipagtanggol siya laban sa            naman natin si Lolo Jerry. May           bigkasan lagot na siya sa NG gaya
         "Katulad din ito sa kasaysayan      kasamaan."                                 homework siya, di ba? Lolo...! Yaho-     ng ngayon, ngipin o nguya.
ng Halloween na ang pananamit ay                                                        o-o-o.!!!. , Lolo Jerry? Nasaan na ba
kakaiba sa pangkaraniwang damit,                            *****                       'yun?                                    Pechay: Hindi naman siguro.
tulad ng multo at tiyanak o duwende          Lumipat, Lumapit si Peras                                                           Pansin ba ninyo na kapag Pranses
sa muling pagbuhay sa isang lumang                                                      Pechay: Siyanga pala. Bago ako           ang salita niya maraming salitang
ritwal ng mga naunang pagano na                                                         nagpunta rito pass the paper na lang     parang ngongo siya? Tuloy-tuloy na
                                             Pichu: Pechay! Alam mo bang                daw siya dahil absent na naman.
sumasamba sa diyablo. Ang tawag ng                                                                                               iyon sa ngalangala Huwag ninyo
mga pagano sa pangyayaring ito ay            lumipat na si Peras? Malapit na siya                                                akong isusumbong, ha?
Sanhain (binibigkas na sow-en).              sa amin ni Lelong. Ang tantiya ko          Pichu: Sige nga, basahin natin ang                        *****
Katulad ng sa ‘Valentines Day’, ang          labinlimang minutong lakad lang.           assignment kung tama. (binabasa)
mga Kristiyano ay pinalitan ang                                                                                                    “If winter comes, can spring
pangalan subalit hindi ang mga               Pechay: Walastik! Inggit naman ako         "Dear Pichu,                                      be far behind?”
palagay o paniniwala ng mga pagano."         sa inyo. Pero okay lang sa akin dahil      The Filipino Alphabet started with 20
                                             kapit-bahay ko pa rin si Lolo Jerry. At    letters before your gramps went to               Percy Bysshe Shelley
         "Maging ang malinaw na
mapayapang          pagdiriwang      ay      saka, tingnan ninyo ang time card          grade school. In 1977, they added                Ode to the West Wind

CANADA FOCUSED ON                            returning to balanced budgets by the
                                             end of this Parliament.”
                                                                                              CARD OF THANKS
                                             G-20 Finance Ministers and Governors
MOSCOW                                       will discuss the appropriate policies
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister        needed in light of weaker-than-
of Finance, will be in Moscow this week      expected global growth. Continued
for the first meeting of the Group of        cooperation among the G-20 is
Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and          necessary to build on some initial signs
Central Bank Governors in 2013 under         of improvement in business and
Russia’s presidency.                         investor confidence. Discussions will
                                             also cover progress on a wide range of
“The priority of the G-20 is to work         financial sector reforms, the continued
together to achieve strong, sustained        strengthening of the international
and balanced growth,” said Minister          financial system and the impacts of
Flaherty. “Global growth has been            commodity price volatility.
weaker than expected, and we will
need to work together to reduce              Canada will continue its leadership role
uncertainty and build confidence by          as co-chair of the Working Group on
following through on our commitments         the G-20 Framework for Strong,
and ensuring that policy settings are        Sustainable and Balanced Growth.
supportive of growth.”                       This group is tasked with providing
                                             policy advice to ministers and                                       RICARDO JUN CORPUS
Discussions will focus on efforts to         governors and developing the principal                                    1941-2013
balance debt reduction with job              action plan for endorsement by G-20
creation and sustainable growth amid         leaders at their summit in St.                      The family and relatives of Jun Corpus wish to thank everyone
continuing      global     economic          Petersburg in September.                    who has expressed their condolence during the hour of their
uncertainty.                                 FOR     FURTHER        INFORMATION,
                                                                                         bereavement. Betty Corpus, his beloved wife, son Roberto, daughter-
                                             MEDIA MAY CONTACT:
“It remains critical for our actions to be                                               in- law Rhoda, grandson RJ, nephew PJ, mother-in-law Sally Cerin, are
anchored in robust medium-term fiscal        Kathleen Perchaluk                          very grateful to all their friends and relatives who came and gave their
plans,” continued Minister Flaherty.         Press Secretary                             time to visit, pray for the repose of his soul and pay respects to him.
“For our part, Canada is well on its way     Office of the Minister of Finance           Jun Corpus was a former director of FAMAS, and a respectable member
to meeting its G-20 fiscal commitments       613-996-7861                                of the Filipino-Canadian community in Montreal for many years.
and is focused on job creation and

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                                                                                                  the mic element to the chest with                 choose for. There are VHF and UHF
                                                                                                  gaffer's tape or medical tape. If your            frequencies. I suggest to use UHF
                                                                                                  subject has a hairy chest, this may be            although a bit expensive, the interference
                                                                                                                                                    is less.

                                       Ask the                                                    difficult, and painful! If the talent is
                                                                                                  female, it's common to have them tape
                                                                                                  the mic inside their bra and run the
                                                                                                                                                             If you are serious to make
                                                                                                                                                    movies or instructional videos for
                                                                                                                                                    youtube or for your personal portfolio,
                                                                                                  cable out the back. If all else fails,

                                      Video Guy
                                                                                                                                                    get one and you will be amazed at the
                                                                                                  carefully tape the lav mic inside their shirt.
                                                                                                                                                    audio it will produce.
                                                                                                  You'll likely see the crease where the tape
                                                                                                  lives, but those are the common options.
                                                                                                             There are plenty of models to

                                                     Al Abdon
                                                                                                          FAMAS COMMUNIQUÉ
What is a Lavalier Mic?                                                                                                             February 2013
         Producing the Balitang FAMAS            versions. And they're cheaper; a wired lav
News      Round       Up     (YouTube   &        mic could sell for as little as $50 and                   Philippine Embassy Consular Service:
www.famas.ca) will not be complete               excellent models are available in the $200                March 22, 2013 Friday, 3 — 8 PM
without the lavalier microphone.                 range. Their wireless counterparts
         A terrific little audio accessory       typically start around $300 and go up                     March 23, 2013 Saturday, 9AM until 6PM
                                                 from there. Of course, a wireless lav offers
every videographer should have is a
                                                 great flexibility minus the cable dangling
                                                                                                           FAMAS Community Centre
lavalier mic. They're good for many
setups such as interviews, interactive           from the talent. In any case, a good lav                  4708 Van Horne Ave Montreal H3W1H7
speeches, movies sets and television             mic is highly recommended for every
production.                                      serious shooter.
                                                                                                  1)   Application for passport renewal
                                                           Because of their small size, lav
                                                                                                  2)   Application for notarial services
                                                 mics are easy to use in most situations.         3)   Application for dual citizenship
                                                 When shooting an interview, it's quite
                                                 common to simply clip the mic on the
                                                                                                  4)   NBI Clearance fingerprinting
                                                 talent -attaching to a tie or lapel about
                                                 mid-chest level. This is the standard            For application for passport renewal, applicants are required to
                                                 application and, if you don't mind seeing
                                                 the mic in the shot, it's a great way to get     contact the consular section of the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa
                                                 good sound and a fast setup. Assuming            (Tel. No. 1-613 233-1121} immediately for an appointment slot.
                                                 the talent faces forward most of the time,
                                                 the mic always has a clear shot at
                                                 "hearing" what they say. Minor head              Appointment slots are available only for the
                                                 movements won't make much difference             first 180 callers and will be given out on a
                                                 and you'll get a nice, clean recording.
               Cardiod pattern                             If your shoot requires more            first come, first served basis.
                                                 stealth, lav mics work well there too. In
                                                 many instances, the microphone should
What's a Lavalier?                               be invisible and, with a little creativity and   For more information call: FAMAS at 514-3417477, Philippine
            According to the dictionary, a       some trade-off, it's possible. Start by          Embassy: 1-613 233-1121. Forms can be downloaded from
lavalier is a decorative pendant hung            looking at the talent's clothing. Button-        www.philembassy.ca
around the neck. Back in the days before         front shirts offer an easy way to hide the
micro-sized condenser microphones, we            mic while still keeping it in the open. With
had to use small dynamic mics - about            a little gaffer's tape, it's not difficult to                            RESTAURANT
the size of a cigar tube - and attach them
to what looked like a necklace. The talent
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the lavalier. Broadcast people, being slow
to change their ways kept the name and                                                             Bean Curd Seafood Soup                          Fish Maw Seafood Soup
assigned it and its abbreviation to every                                                          1/2 Crispy Chicken                              Baked Lobster with Ginger
body-worn mic afterward. That's why                                                                Salt and Pepper Pork Loin                       Seafood with Chinese
you'll still hear them called lavalier and lav                                                     Stuffed Bean Curd with
                                                                                                           Shrimps                                 Broccoli
today. In theater and cinema circles,
they're often called body mics.                                                                    Sauted Seasonal Vegetables                      Salt and Pepper Cuttle Fish
Regardless, we're all talking about the                                                            Steamed Rice                                    Fried Sea Bass Fish
same thing.                                                                                                                  $45.95                Steamed Rice                $68.95
            The modern lav mic is tiny. They                                                                                 4 persons                                       4 persons
range from pencil eraser size to that of the
head of a pin. This makes them easy to                                                             Bean Curd Soup                                  Fish maw seafood soup
hide. They also come in different colors.                                                          1/2 Crispy Chicken                              2 Baked Lobsters with Ginger
While black is the standard, you'll find lavs                 Omni directional                     Shrimp Cake with Chinese                        Seafood with Eggplant
in gray, white and beige. Mounting is also                                                         Broccoli                                                in Hot Pot
more flexible today. In addition to the tie      place the mic behind the buttons. This            Sweet and Sour Pork                             Stuffed Bean Curd with
clip mount, there are clothing pins and                                                                                                            Shrimp
                                                 works well with polo shirts too, just             Seafood with Bean Curd in
magnetic mounts. A far cry from the goofy                                                                                                          Seafood with Chinese broccoli
                                                 place the mic at the bottom of the                Hot Pot
necklace mount of yesteryear.
                                                 button-up section and secure the cable                                                            Fried Sea Bass Fish
            Current models also come in                                                            Salt and Pepper Squid
                                                 with a little tape. You may find clothing                                                         House Fried Rice
omnidirectional and cardioid patterns.                                                             Fried Sea Bass Fish       $75.95
While omni is the standard, a directional        with folds, lapels and collars. Each is a                                                         Special Fried Noodles    $145.95
                                                                                                   Steamed Rice            10 persons
pattern could be a real problem solver in        great place to hide a microphone. The                                                                                         10 persons
the right situation. You also have a choice      trick is identifying the magic location
                                                 that provides good cover yet doesn't             F R E E D E L I V E RY
between wired and wireless versions. A
wired lav is the perfect solution for            mask the mic element from the talent.            Minimum order of $10
controlled circumstances - indoors, fixed
location shoots like a sit down interview or
                                                 This often takes some experimentation
                                                 and there are no set rules. If it works,
                                                                                                  Delivery hours:                                  514-733-1067
                                                                                                  11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
news set. A wired lav is also a great            you win. Inevitably, you'll have to shoot                                                         For party menu, call Kenny
backup on location if you have                                                                    5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
                                                 someone in a t-shirt - this is a bit
interference problems with the wireless          trickier. The standard method is to tape
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                                                           Second list of                              claims, or at least 75 percent of claims
                                                                                                       from a country have been withdrawn,
                                                           Designated Countries                        abandoned, and rejected by the IRB.
                                                           of Origin announced
                                                                                                       In the case of countries with low
                                                           Ottawa, February 14, 2013 — The             numbers of asylum claims (namely, no
                                                           Minister of Citizenship, Immigration        consecutive 12-month period with 30
                                                           and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney,         or more finalized claims during the
                                                           announced today that the list of            three years prior to designation),
                                                           Designated Countries of Origin is           objective qualitative criteria are used,
                                                           expanding to include an additional          including the existence of an
                                                           eight countries.                            independent        judicial      system,
                                                                                                       recognition of basic democratic rights
                                                           As part of the improvements to              and freedoms, and the existence of
                                                           Canada’s new asylum system that             civil society organizations.
                                                           came into effect on December 15,
                                                           2012, the Protecting Canada’s               Many developed democracies use a
                                                           Immigration System Act included the         similar authority to accelerate asylum
                                                           authority to designate countries of         procedures for the nationals of
                                                           origin—democratic countries that offer      countries not normally known to
                                                           state protection, have active human         produce refugees. These states
                                                           rights and civil society organizations,     include the United Kingdom, Ireland,
                                                           and do not normally produce refugees.       France, Germany, the Netherlands,
                                                                                                       Norway, Switzerland, Belgium and
                                                           “Faster processing of asylum claims         Finland, among others. Most EU states
                                                           from generally safe countries is an         also have accelerated procedures for
                                                           essential feature of Canada’s new           the nationals of other member states.
                                                           faster and fairer refugee system,” said
                                                           Minister Kenney. “Our new system            The      United      Nations     High
                                                           provides protection more quickly to         Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio
                                                           genuine refugees, while removing            Guterres, has recognized that “there
                                                           individuals whose claims are rejected       are indeed Safe Countries of Origin
                                                           from the country faster.”                   and there are indeed countries in
                                                                                                       which there is a presumption that
                                                           The second list of designated countries     refugee claims will probably be not as
                                                           includes:                                   strong as in other countries.” He has
                                                                                                       also recognized the legitimacy of
                                                             Mexico                                    providing expedited processing for
                                                            Israel (which excludes Gaza and the        asylum claimants from those generally
                                                           West Bank)                                  safe countries.
                                                             Norway                                    The Protecting Canada’s Immigration
                                                             Iceland                                   System Act is expected to save
                                                             New Zealand                               provinces and territories at least $1.6
                                                             Australia                                 billion over five years in social
                                                             Switzerland                               assistance and education costs.

                                                           Including the designation of these          Follow us on Twitter (new window to
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                                                           already includes most countries in the
                                                           European Union (EU), Croatia and the        Photos of     Minister   Kenney     are
                                                           United States.                              available.

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                                                           eligible asylum claimants from              please contact:
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Three birthday celebrants at Ballroom Dance sport - Wendy, Stefan,                 Two January birthday celebrants, Siv Er and Zenaida Garcia, holding a little cake
and Christine - holding their birthday cakes, January 25, 2013.                    with one candle, posing for souvenir with their classmates in French and other
                                                                                   guests, January 21, 2013

Benjamin Bade (seated 3rd from left) celebrated his birthday on January 28, at a   Crossing paths with former Gilmore College students, from left: Aida Baldesco, Maribeth
Chinese restaurant. Posing with him are seated from left: Aida de la Cruz,         Sernal, and Rosa Basilan, during the UPS induction on January 5, 2013 at St. Kevin’s Hall.
Magnolia Camat, Zenaida Kharroubi and Edna Lorezon. Standing behind are other
students, friends and family of Ben, in particular, Jojie Perez, and Joesel.

                                                                                   From left: Manny Cea, Alberto Santos, Zenaida Kharroubi, and Al Abdon. Taken at the
Juvy Solis and a friend, Precy Billones and Grace Ban-coog, enjoying themselves    UPS Induction Party, January 5, 2013 for souvenir of the annual get together of the
during the UPS Induction party at St. Kevin’s Hall, January 5, 2013                Star staff at Pacini. Willie Quiambao left before this photo was taken, hence, we
                                                                                   asked Manny to replace him, but decided to publish picture as is.

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                                                                                  helped pay household expenses and                                  "Initially, I wasn`t interested
 PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH                                                         school allowance.”                When                    but I       eventually liked it," said
                                                                                  she was in high school at Ilocos Norte                    Lumabao.
Lumabao, the Singing Caregiver                                                    College of Arts and Trade, she'd enter                             She graduated in midwifery in
by W. G Quiambao                                                                  singing competitions, many of them                        .2003. She worked as a midwife in
          When Levy Lumabao joined the                                            she     won.     For   example,     she                   2010, then immigrated to Canada to
Fil-Can Idol singing competition, all she                                         represented her school in a                               work as a caregiver. She found an
wanted was to have fun and meet a lot                                             competition in the whole province of                      employer in Outremont. Though she`s
of friends who have interest in music.                                            Ilocos Norte and won it. In high school,                  working as a caregiver, she still
That's why she was surprised when she                                             she sang on a radio station. While                        nourishes her passion for singing. .
won the Fil-Can Idol, Adult category,                                             singing there, she received an offer to                            I sing while babysitting or
Division 1 - (14-34 years old), with her                                          record songs in Ilocano. But she                          cleaning," Lumabao said.l
powerful rendition of Shy Guy and                                                 refused it. She put her musical plans                              She then met Grace Virginiza,
Listen.                                                                           on the back burner and focused on her                     a friend who is also a singer. Virginizia
          “I really couldn't believe it,"                                         studies.                                                  prodded her to compete in the Fili-Can
admitted Lumabao.                                                                          In her teens, she became a                       Idol .
          Lumabao, who was born in                                                member of INCAT Rhythm Harmony                                     "I was initially doubtful
Laoag, Ilocos Norte, arrived in Canada                                            Band and Sweet Divas., a girl band                        because I haven't sang publicly for two
in 2010. At the age of four, she already                                          composed of five members. They                            years,`said Lumabao. "Beside, I was a
knew that she wanted to become a                                                  would accept gigs during their spare                      bit intimidated by the other singers
singer. Her aunt. the singer of Noel                                              time.                                                     who have been here for a long time.”
Marques band, a musical composer,                                                          "Although we're performing, I'd                           Lumabao, whose singing idols
spotted her talent. She sang in Ilocano,                                          bring my books and study during                           are Martin Nievera in the Philippines
Tagalog and English. To jump-start her                                            breads," said Lumabao. "But I                             and Whitney Houston in the United
singing career, her aunt would bring her                                          maintained my good grades."                               States,, is willing to be trained and
to Barangay events like town fiestas and                                                   After high school, she took a                    vocalized if discovered by a talent
parties .                                                                         course in midwifery at the urging of her                  agent.
          "I was vey young but attending                                          father because the tuition was cheap                               "Meanwhile, I'm focusing on
                                                         Levy Lumabao             and the course was short. Only for two                    how to get my immigration paper."
these events wasn't difficult for me," said
Lumabao. "Actually, I enjoyed it. People       in our town would give me money. Ityears. .

Past FAMAS Bb. Pilipinas-Montreal - Where are they now?                                                                                                By W. G. Quiambao
         In conjunction with the              if there`s anything more I could share,       youth director for various committees.          experienxce changed my life. I gained
celebration of FAMAS’ 50th anniver-           it would be just a simple thank you. A        Also, I found time to pursue one of my          self-confidence and strength because
sary, we approached a few of the past         thank you to FAMAS and all the hard--         favourite hobbies - dancing. This paved         that incident made me the woman I am
winners of the Bb. Pilipinas-Montreal .       working organizers that volunteered           the way for me to become a member of            today.
So far, there are only three who              their time to celebrate and support our       the Filipiniana Dance Company for over                   "Life throws you curve balls,
responded to our request for an               youth - it certainly left a positive impact   10 years, which gave me the                     sometimes all at once and it's up to
interview, namely, Mimi Katergaris,           on me and for that I am gratreful.”           opportunity to perform in different             you to find a way to catch them. I
Leila M. Salazar and Jillian Ruiz. In                  Ì`m now working as an event          countries in Europe, the US and                 speak from experience. Some people
their own words, they shared with us          planner and expecting my first baby           Canada. Meanwhile, I taught hip-hop
their     fondest   memories        and       boy in June 4, 2013.“                         dance to your kids and b all room and
experiences during their reign.               Leila M. Salazar - Bb.                        Latin dances at Arthur Murray Dance
We thank these three title holders for                                                      School.
their time. They truly deserve to be          Pilipinas-Montreal                                      “I have pursued my studies
named FAMAS Bb. Pilipinas-Montreal            1993                                          and have earned two Bachelors degree
and the Association is definitely proud                “It has been 20 years since I        in Exercise Science and in Nursing. My
of them.                                      won the title of Bb. Pilipinas-Montreal       work experiences as a nurse included
Jillian Ruiz - Bb. Pilipinas-                 and still to this day, I remember the         working in various hospitals in the US,
Montreal 2002                                 excitement and the overwhelming               Ontario and Quebec. I am presently
                                              happiness I felt that night. With the         working as a Nurse Clinician at the
        “I remember enjoying every                                                          Main Operating Room of Royal Victoria
moment of it - from learning more about       unconditional support of my family and
                                              friends and the whole Filipino                Hospital.                “I am married
our heritage, to meeting new friends                                                        to my wonderful husband, Costa, and
                                              community, my reign was an
                                              unforgettable experience which I will         we are gifted with four amazing kids -
                                              forever treasure. The title enabled me to     Trinity (8), Mikaella Jasmin (6), Jaryd
                                                                                            Steven (4) and Nathaniel James (5
                                                                                            months). We are currently living in
                                                                                            Laval. "Winning the title of Bb.                may think its too personal to share
                                                                                            Pilipinas-Montreal was both an honor            one's 'curve ball' or experience as we
                                                                                            and a huge responsibility. It has taught        say, but in my case, I learned a great
                                                                                            me to believe in and to stay true to            deal from it and it made me see my life
                                                                                            myself. I no longer carry the crown on          in a different way. Basically, my life
                                                                                            my head but I will always carry it over         began at 30. On my 30th birthday, I
                                                                                            my heart!"                                      found out I had a brain tumour. As a
                                                                                            Mimi Flores-Katergaris -                        mother of one and half-year old boy , I
                                                                                                                                            was frightened if I would ever get to
                                                                                            Bb. Pilipinas-Montreal                          see him grow up. I stood strong and
                                                                                            1992                                            told myself to stay positive and to pray
                                                                                                     "No one really dreams at the           that everything will be okay. Four weeks
                                                                                            age of 16 being crowned Miss                    later, I was operated and miraculously
and to traveling to Filipino communities                                                    Philippines-Montreal. At least, I didn't. It    told that it was benign and that I will be
in and around Canada and the US. It                                                         was all surreal, exciting and a life            okay. This journey gave me my life
was such an honor to be an                                                                  learning experience for me. When I was          back and I am stronger than ever.
ambassador of our proud community.                                                          scrutinized by one community paper, I                     “I graduated from Concordia
And I definitely do take pride. I guess                                                     was extremely hurt. I was an innocent           University with a Major in Sociology
so much of it has to do with the way my       meet new people, to participate in
                                              many events and be an ambassador of           16-year old girl trying to make my              and a Minor in Education. I am an
parents' generation was brought up                                                          parents, family and friends proud. But          Administrate Assistant and have been
and all the sacrifices they have in order     goodwill for our community.
                                                       “After my reign , I continued my     as I got older, I realized a little criticism   working at the Jewish General Hospital
to provide the best. for us. I appreciate                                                   just motivates one to succeed more. I           for the last 6 years.
that so much more now and continue to         involvement      with      the     Filipino
                                              community by choreographing Bb.               learned to love myself regardless of                      “A Laval resident, I am now 37
work hard everyday so that I can also                                                       what people thought and to be proud of          years old, married and my son Kiro is
do the same for my children.       “A n d     Pilipinas -Montreal 1997, emceeing
                                              various charity events and acting as a        who I was and where I came from. That           soon to be 9 years old."
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                                                                                                                                                                 5 pieces of tomatoes small sized,
      Philippine Cuisine                                                                                           2. Add the shrimps and mung bean
                                                                                                                   sprouts in the mixture and lightly stir to
                                                                                                                                                              sliced ( optional )
                                                                                                                                                                 1 red onion, diced
                                                                                                                   distribute.                                   4 tablespoons oil
              and                                                                                                  3. Heat a frying pan or small cooking
                                                                                                                                                                 2 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)

                                                                                                                   pot and pour-in the cooking oil.           Chicken Tinola Cooking Instructions:
        Favorite Food                                                                                              4. When the oil is hot enough, scoop          In a large pan, heat oil and saute’
       Compiled by Zenaida Ferry Kharroubi                                                                         about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the            garlic, onion, tomatoes, chicken and
                                                                                                                   mixture and quickly (but cautiously)       ginger.
                                                                                                                   drop it in hot oil.                           When the tomatoes are cooked add
                                                                                                                                                              water and lemongrass.
                                                                                                                   5. Cook each side for 2 to 3 minutes          Bring to a boil and simmer for about
         Ukoy is the Filipino version of                                                                           or until the color turns golden brown.     20 minutes or until chicken is almost
shrimp fritters. Small shrimps (usually                                                                            Please note that cooking time may          done.
with head and shell on) are mixed in a                                                                             vary. Repeat this step until the entire       Season with patis or salt.
batter and fried until crispy. This is can                                                                         mixture is consumed.                          Add papaya and Siling Haba ( chili )
be an appetizer, a main dish, or a mid                                                                                                                        and continue to simmer for an
afternoon snack. Several variations of                                                                             6. Remove the deep-fried ukoy from         additional 5 minutes or until papaya
this dish exists, the most common                                                                                  the pan and place in a plate lined with    softens but not overcooked.
ingredients that are mixed with                                                                                    paper towel to absorb the oil.                Add Chilli leaves then turn off the
shrimps are mung bean sprouts                                                                                                                                 heat.
(togue) and julienned squash. There                                                                                7. Remove the paper towel and serve           Serve steaming hot with plain rice.
are also other ukoy variations wherein                                                                             with sinamak.
small fishes such as dulong or dilis
are used instead of shrimp.                                                                                        8. Share and enjoy!
The secret to a good Ukoy is its
texture. You can put any ingredient                  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper                              How to cook Chicken Tinola or
that you want as long as it is within                1 piece raw egg                                               Tinolang Manok
the norm but it should come out extra                1/4 teaspoon baking powder
crispy                                               1 1/4 cups water                                              Chicken Tinola Recipe is a nutritious
Ingredients:                                         2 cups cooking oil                                            dish and one of the authentic Filipino
1 cup small shrimps, cleaned                                                                                       recipes and it is one of a kind among
1 cup cornstarch                                     Cooking procedure:                                            Asian dishes. It is simmered for quite a
1/4 cup flour                                                                                                      time to bring out the natural flavors of   HOW TO MAKE SUMAN:
1 1/2 cups mung bean sprouts                         1. Combine cornstarch, flour, baking                          chicken, ginger and other ingredients.
(togue)                                              powder, egg, water, salt, and ground                          Eventually, this gives off a pleasant      INGREDIENTS:
1/2 teaspoon salt                                    black pepper then stir until diluted.                         aroma that dominates one’s senses.             2 cups white glutinous rice
                                                                                                                                                                  1 1/2 cans (13.5 oz) coconut milk
                                                     BUSINESS HOURS                                                                                               1/2 cup sugar
                                                                                                                                                                  1 teaspoon salt
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                                                                                                                                                                  banana leaves for wrapping
                           Thu. Fri.                              8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                  Rinse the rice until water runs clear
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                                                                                                                                                              then drain.
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                                                                                                                                                                  In a wok or heavy pot, combine
     Pork loin                                Beef                               Picnic Ham w/bone                                                            rice, coconut milk, sugar and salt.
    Approximately                          Blade steak                                                                                                            Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 30
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      2   .89lb                           4.49lb                                     1.79lb                                                                   constantly then reduce to lower heat.
                                                                                                                                                                  Mixture is done when rice becomes
                                     Boneless Pork                                                                                                            very sticky and almost dry.
                                   shoulder - $2.89 lb                                                             Chicken Tinola or Tinolang Manok               Let the temperature cool down
    Half or Whole                                                                                                  Recipe is best served with rice during
         pork                             Fresh Pork Leg                             Home smoked                                                              before wrapping.
   Cut & Wrapped                                                                                                   cold and rainy seasons. It eventually          Prepare the banana leaves by
                                           1     .99lb                                  meat                       becomes a highlight since it provides      wiping away any white residues with a
                                                                                                                   a warming effect. More so, the soup of damp cloth.
                                                                                                                   Chicken Tinola Recipe is a good and
         1.        lb                        Beef                                                                                                                 Remove the spine and trim (size
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                                                                                                                                                              over the prepared banana leaves.
                                                                                                                                                                  Start rolling to secure the rice
      with skin                                                                                                                                               mixture and fold the sides.
                                                                                                                   In this recipe we added tomatoes in

                                           Ground Beef
                                                                                       4.99lb                                                                     Repeat until rice mixture is finished.
                                                                                                                   sauteing the chicken, this process will Set up the steamer.

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                                                                                 Fil-Am hopeful makes it past
     FILIPINO STAR                                                               American Idol Vegas round
 SHOWBIZ GOSSIP                                                                                                            walking out, this is what I wrote down:
                                                                                                                           ‘Little tiny thing but commands the
                                                                                                                           stage from the second she walks out.’
                                                                                                                           There is no fear, and being so close to
Getting to know Zendee – fears,                                                                                            you guys, we can see you trembling
                                                                                                                           and shaking and everything. I did not
quirks and all                                                                                                             see one ounce of fear in you.”
                                                                                                                                 “Apart from the vocal being great,
                                                                                                                           I think that you’re poised and ready.
                                                                                                                           You almost feel that you’ve already
                                                                                                                           been doing this. Congratulations my
                                                                                                                           little lady bug,” Minaj added.
                                                                                                                                 Jackson echoed, “Nicki, you
                                                                                                                           know why she walked out like that?
                                                                                              Adriana Latonio              This girl is born to do it. That kind of
                                                                                      Following her inclusion in           confidence at 17 and to come that
                                                                                 Hollywood Week in the latest season       close to us, it’s like ‘Yo! I’m getting
                                                                                 of “American Idol,” Filipino-American     this!’”
                                                                                 Adriana Latonio makes it past the hit           He also noted, “And at the end,
                                                                                 reality show’s Las Vegas Round Part 1     that last note, it was almost there.
                                                                                 when she was named among the first        Keith and I, I was looking at him, and
                                                                                 five that would complete the Top 20       you hit it in the end with the vibrato, it
                                                                                 finalists.                                worked right in the tune like that. This
                                                                                      Latonio, who belted out Aretha       girl is a pro. I loved it. I loved, loved it.”
                                                                                 Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” during the            Carey, for her part, believes that
                                                                                 show’s Top 40 Semi Finals (dubbed         an Aretha Franklin song is too big for
    Zendee Rose Tenerefe’s life         Leftover rice gone bad                   “Sudden Death”) on Wednesday              just anyone to tackle, and for Latonio
story has practically become an                                                  night (Thursday morning in Manila),       to do so successfully has made her
                                                                                 was commended by the judges Keith         really happy and proud of the young
open book, with the 21-year-old         “Ayoko talaga [nun]. Hindi ko rin
                                                                                 Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson         hopeful.
diva herself sharing it to the world    alam! Pero kasi ano, ayaw ko talaga
                                                                                 and Mariah Carey. The two male                  “It can be a really rough thing to
via GMA’s, “Kapuso Mo, Jessica          ‘yung amoy ng panis na kanin,” she                                                 do that and have it not turn out the
Soho.” She has also become a            explained.                               judges even stood in awe of the 17-
                                                                                 year-old’s solo performance.              way you want it to turn out. Because
household name, thanks in part to                                                                                          she’s (Franklin) amazing and she can
                                                                                      Urban started off by exclaiming,
an appearance on “The Ellen             “Sa sobrang takot ko, kapag alam ko      “Now the night has started!”              basically do anything. I really loved
DeGeneres Show” – a celebrated          na, halimbawa kagabi pa ‘yung                 “Your emotions belied your age,”     how you came through with your
affair much like Charice’s guesting     kanin, ni buksan ‘yung takip ng          he told the young singer, who hails       version of the song. I think you
way before her – after she gained       kaldero ‘di ko magawa!”                  from Anchorage, Alaska. “I felt like      worked it out and I enjoyed the front
great notice following her video                                                 you were channeling all the soul that     half where you took your time. Really
performance of Jennifer Holiday’s       Mathematics                              song requires. It’s a big song. The       nice,” she said, before giving Latonio
“And I Am Telling You” going viral                                               thing is, sometimes I want to be          an A+.
on YouTube.                             “Sobrang takot ako sa subject na ito,    careful (of my reactions) when you              Latonio, for her part, told Carey of
                                                                                 are performing this close... I don’t      her performance: “I feel great. It went
    Judging from facts she              lalo na dati ‘pag sa school, ‘pag
                                                                                 want to emote too much and have           better than I thought it.”
divulged in those interviews, which     Math time na, kinakabahan na ako!”                                                       “I rehearsed and I was not so sure
included anecdotes about her            She also added, “Ewan ko pero sabi       you become aware of people’s
                                                                                 reactions that may unhinge your           about it but now that I came out here,
audaciously joining numerous            nila ganun’ daw ‘pag singer ka, hindi                                              I’m just glad that I did my best and it
                                                                                 performance. But it was really hard to
singing contests despite having no      ka raw magaling sa Math talaga. ‘Di                                                all worked out,” Latonio told host
                                                                                 not react because it was so damn
formal background in singing, one       ako sure pero ganu’n feeling ko sa       good.”                                    Ryan Seacrest after the judges’
would easily conclude that not only     subject na ‘yan!”                             Minaj, meanwhile, asked the five-    comments.
is Tenerefe quite a tough young                                                  foot tall Latonio if she is a Filipino.         As announced on the show’s
lady, she is also very daring and       Girlfriends                                   “Yes, ma’am,” Latonio answered,      official Twitter account, five “Idol” girl
brave indeed.                                                                    making the audience roar with             hopefuls to move on to the Top 20 are
    That said, did you know that        “Ito talaga aaminin ko wala akong        enthusiasm.                               Latonio, Amber Holcomb, Angela
this young singer has several fears     close friend na girl. Lahat ng matalik        The R&B singer then told her,        Miller, Kree Harrison and Tenna
                                                                                 “Within the two seconds of you            Torres. a
that she has been keeping close to      kong kaibigan boys or, kung hindi,
her heart? Well, until now that is.     beki. Kasi ano, noon, nagkaroon ako
Here are a few of Zendee’s secret       ng bad experience
fears revealed.
                                                      continued on page 18

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Jessica     Sanchez     conquers The sexiest woman alive?
filipino hearts on Valentine’s Day
                                                She returned for her encore and
                                           sang another upbeat song, “   Jump in.”
                                                Sanchez’s performance alone
                                           only took about an hour but she didn’t
                                           fail her fans who lined up outside the
                                           venue as early as 5 p.m.
                                                “Amazing!” a young girl exclaimed
                                           after the show.
                                                “It was a great!” another fan said.
                                                A 23-year-old teacher, Juddielene
                                           Caceres, came all the way from San
                                           Pedro Laguna and took a leave of
                                           absence just to watch her idol. She
                                           even brought her 17-year-old student,
                                           Kimberly Malunes, whom she said
                                           looked like Sanchez.
                                                Because they could not afford to
                                           pay for an expensive seat close to the
Jessica Sanchez sings 'Ikaw' in Manila
                                           stage, Caceres said they brought a
                                           binocular, which they also used when
     After waiting for about half an       Sanchez first held her first concert
hour, the jam-packed crowd at the          along with other American Idol
Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon           finalists last year.
City was starting to get impatient,,            “Malayo kapag general admission
repeatedly calling out her name:           na pero ok lang worth it naman pag
“Jessica! Jessica! Jessica!”               nandoon ka na,’ she said.                       Esquire Philippines seems to think    classy) photo shoots. Lovi was
     But the long wait was worth it             Caceres said she liked the singer     so.                                        featured topless in the December 2012
when American Idol Season 11               even more when Sanchez replied to          The French Pinay actress-model (and        issue of Rogue Magazine.
runner-up Jessica Sanchez emerged          her tweet in May last year.                oh yes, singer) appears on the cover             “It’s really hard to know what
on stage in a silver mini dress singing         “Kasi noong malapit na yung           of the magazine’s February 2013 issue      people mean, anyway,” she tells
her own version of “Can’t take my          finale ng American Idol, nag tweet ako     literally butt naked, with only her tats   Esquire about being labeled sexy.
eyes off of you.”                          kay Jessica tapos nag reply sya kaya       and a well-positioned arm covering           “Like here, when reporters ask me
     It was her fellow American Idol       lalo ko syang nagustuhan,” she said.       her.                                       how sexy I’m willing to go, they just
finalist Colton Dixon who opened her                                                        Inside, Esquire devotes 10 pages     mean how much am I willing to show.
                                                “Kasi napapansin ko yung mga
Valentine’s Day concert at 8:30 p.m.                                                  to Solenn, with “nearly nude” shots        “And I’m like, is that it? if I show my
                                           heels nya ang gaganda Sabi ko how
last Thursday.                                                                        taken by photographer BJ Pascual.          boobs, that makes me sexy? I think
                                           many heels do you have..? Nagreply
     Dixon performed six songs that                                                        The cover story, written by movie     there are other ways that people can
                                           sya: ‘I have a lot, thank you’”
included Lifehouse’s “Everything” and                                                 critic Philbert Dy, reads, “We’ve been     be sexy.”
                                                Sanchez’s crowd also included a
“Meant to Love” by Switchfoot.                                                        seeing a lot of her these days, with ads         It is this attitude that makes Solenn
                                           59-year-old employee, Anne, from
     When Dixon’s 15-minute front act                                                 for vodka, pizza and condos. But           sexy, the article notes. “It is a cliché,
                                           Bulacan who was with other family
ended, the lights went off, leaving the                                               we’ve also been seeing her with a lot      but it isn’t any less true. Solenn
                                           members to watch their idol.               less–less clothing, inhibitions, and       genuinely doesn’t seem to care about
crowd in anticipation of Sanchez’s first        Also spotted at the concert were      fear. Sexy has become synonymous           being perceived as sexy, and that is
number.                                    former Chief Justice Renato Corona         with Solenn.”                              what makes her so entirely appealing.
     So when the Filipino-Mexican of       and his wife, and former Pagcor                 Indeed, Solenn has not been in        It is just her natural state, a byproduct
“Idol” fame finally appeared a little      chairman Efraim Genuino.           a
                                                                                      the least self-conscious about baring      of her actually enjoying what she does
past 9 p.m. and did her opening song,
                                                                                      (nearly) all, going toe-to-toe with Lovi   for a living.” a
eager anticipation was replaced by
                                                                                      Poe as the go-to stars for risqué (but
deafening cheers and applause from
the audience.
     “Mabuhay Manila!” Sanchez told
her screaming fans, who were
unstoppable when she gave her own
version of “Human nature,” “Love on
top,” and “Someone like you.”
     Dixon returned on stage to do a
duet with Sanchez of “Love the way              We process meat using Halal method
you lie”.
     The highlight of the show was
                                                Our slaughterhouse is very clean and our prices are reasonable
when Sanchez, this time clad in a
white dress, sang “Ikaw” popularized
by megastar Sharon Cuneta.                      Reserve your mutton from Aid Al Adha                               • Sariwa, malinis
     The crowd went wild and gave
Sanchez a standing ovation after.
     The screams only got louder
when she belted out Whitney
Houston’s “I will always love you” and
Jennifer Holiday’s “And I am telling
     Sanchez dedicated a song to her
dad, “ Dance with my father” who she
wished “could be here tonight”.
     Sanchez’s finale was an upbeat
song “Fairy Tales.”
     “Thank you Manila! I love you so
much! Happy Valentine’s Day. Mahal
ko kayong lahat. Thank you so
much!” she told the audience.
18                                                                    The North American Filipino Star                                                February 2013

Showbiz Gossip                           Continued from p.17                              Jinkee Pacquiao’s foray into
Too hot for TV?                                                                           politics
                                             performance, which shows Poe and
                                             Nacino seemingly simulating a sexual
                                             act of sorts on a bed and via harness,
                                             can still be seen on YouTube. It has
                                             received over 18,000 hits with
                                             netizens divided on the matter.
                                                 Although there were some who
                                             agreed with MTRCB's finding,
                                             deeming the performance lewd and
                                             improper, there are also those who
                                             found it quite entertaining.
                                                 "'yung kalaswaan nasa isip lang
                                             natin 'yan," proffered one user.
                                                 Nonetheless, apart from putting
                                             the show on probation, the MTRCB
                                             has also ordered the "officers,
                                             director, producer of Party Pilipinas to
                                             undergo gender sensitivity training."
                                                 More, the agency directed the
       Rocco Nacino and Lovi Poe             producers of the show to issue a
                                             public apology on air during its
    The Movie and Television Review
                                             upcoming episode on Sunday and in
and Classification Board (MTRCB)
                                             a newspaper of general circulation         After making a name of her own             Governor and gubernatorial bidder
has put "Party Pilipinas" under
                                             not later than Feb. 9.
probation for at least six months in                                                as a celebrity beauty endorser, the            Steve Solon.
                                                 GMA hasn't issued an official
relation to the airing of a dance                                                   wife of People's Champ Manny                         Jinkee's decision to run was
                                             statement on the issue though the
number of Lovi Poe and Rocco                                                        Pacquiao has set out to make her               finalized only hours before Manny's
                                             MTRCB has already extended its
Nacino on the Sunday variety show                                                   mark in politics.                              scheduled filing, reports claimed,
                                             appreciation to the network via Twitter
that some people deem too sexy, if                                                      Jinkee Pacquiao is running for             noting that it was the outcome of
                                             for its supposed "candor, maturity,
not too hot for daytime TV.                                                         vice governor of Saranggani, the               consultations between Manny and
                                             and cooperation" in addressing the
    Ironically, a video copy of the                                                 province represented by her                    some allies.
                                             matter. a
                                                                                    husband who is now seeking a                         Pacquiao leads a regional
Richard’s long, long distance                                                       second term in Congress, reports               political party called the "People's
                                                                                    said.                                          Champ Movement," which is
love affair with Sarah                                                                  The Pacquaios filed their                  affiliated with Vice President Jejomar
                                                 If there’s any lesson learned from certificates of candidacy at the local         Binay's United Nationalist Alliance
                                             what he calls an “all of a sudden” Commission on Elections office                     (UNA). a
                                             setup, it’s “just being there for each Tuesday, along with Saranggani Vice
                                             other, sticking it through kahit
                                             mahirap.” Keeping their optimism, as         Getting to know Zendee, from             “Lalo na ngayon, siyempre kailangan
                                             well as their love and understanding for     page 16                                  ko boses ko, mahirap magkasakit;
                                             one another, would help them                                                          sayang ang mga gigs!”
                                             overcome the storm, he added.
                                                  At one point, he even quipped that
                                             their favorite love song, Robin Thicke’s
                                             “Lost Without You,” makes more sense
                                             now than ever before.
                                                  Richard used to keep his previous
                                             relationships away from the prying
                                             eyes of show business. His openness
                                             about the relationship now has actually
Richard defines love as ‘the anchor of
                                             proven invaluable for him and Sarah,
life. It doesn’t let you drift away’
                                             thanks to fans offering encouragement
    True love is said to stand the test of   during these trying times.
time, personality differences and, in the         “Now I appreciate [it] also kasi
case of Richard Gutierrez and Sarah          people show their support; they
Lahbati, even great distance.                appreciate that we share our love for
    The lovebirds were forced apart, at      each other with them, so it’s good that
least temporarily, when Sarah left the       we’re inspiring people,” he said.
country following a messy falling out             After he fulfills all his commitments
with their mother studio, GMA-7. She         here, Richard hopes to visit his Filipino-   Zendee Rose Tenerefe with Ellen DeGeneres on “The Ellen Show.”
is currently in Switzerland to resume        Swiss sweetheart for a post-Valentine
her studies.                                 rendezvous. But thanks to modern
     “It was a big adjustment,” Richard      technology, the two are able to              with a former friend, as in nightmare    Tickling
told Bulletin Entertainment exclusively,     communicate every day, albeit virtually.     talaga,” she divulged.
noting that he and Sarah were almost              His advice to couples in a similar      “In fairness naman, gusto ko lang din    “Naku takot ako sa kiliti! Hate na hate
inseparable in the past year, having         situation is to “have faith, stay strong,                                             ko ‘yun! Lalo na ‘pag sa tuhod pababa,
                                                                                          sabihin na ang saya din lang kasi
done the TV series “Makapiling Kang          and always communicate.”                                                              tatakbuhan talaga kita ‘pag ganun.”
                                                                                          kasama ng mga beki, ‘di ba?”
Muli” (where their romance bloomed)               “I was thinking, back in the days,
and “Seduction,” their first movie           pa’no kaya ‘yung mga lovers na they
                                                                                          Rain                                     Currently busy promoting her debut
together.                                    write letters, it takes months bago
                                             makarating. We’re lucky na we can
                                                                                                                                   single “Runaway,” a slice of modern
    “In the beginning, when you make
a decision and you say, ‘Kaya natin          actually communicate with each other         “Naku natataranta ako diyan! Kahit       pop sung in English that is now
‘yan,’ madaling sabihin eh. But once         for free every day. Also, keep yourself      ambon lang. Kasi ano, ambilis ko         making the rounds of radio stations
you’re actually in the situation, you        busy with work and whatever your             magkasakit! ‘Tas pag sinipon ako         nationwide, Tenerefe is also hard at
learn how to adjust, and it’s not that       hobby is, ‘di ba? That’s what I do. It’s     matagal mawala tapos namamaos ako        work finishing her CD for Warner
easy but it’s something you have to          been working so far,” he added with a        kaya takot ako sa ulan,” she             Music Philippines, which is set to
cope with,” he said.                         chuckle. a                                   explained.                               drop very soon. a
February 2013                                                      The North American Filipino Star                                                                    19

 What love does to Alex Gonzaga                                                                 By Dolly Anne Carvajal
                                           discernment and wait for God’s time.”      wasn’t that easy to do,” he confesses.     tell that his heart is 100 percent in it.
                                                Don’t they have professional          From whatever angle you look at it,        With Aga’s childlike enthusiasm, I can
                                           rivalry? “None at all,” Alex said.         Chiz ticks!                                tell that he will stop at nothing to do
                                           “Competition pa siguro (laughs). I look                                               what needs to be done and give what
                                           up to my Ate. I learn much from her.”                                                 needs to be given.
                                                Via Instagram, Toni posted a pic of
                                           Alex to go with her very touching                                                       Keeping silent
                                           birthday message. On the other hand,                                                        Since I have been quoted in
                                           Alex posted a pic of her Ate Toni’s gift                                              various articles online and interviewed
                                           to her (Tori Burch items) with a                                                      on TV about the marital woes of my
                                           matching sweet caption. The fab                                                       BFF (best friends forever) Cesar
                                           sisters are forever in each other’s                                                   Montano and his wife, Sunshine Cruz,
                                           corner.                                                                               people have been badgering me for
                                             Cool host                                                                           the latest score.
                                               Chiz Escudero is a natural at TV                                                        Out of respect for this couple,
                                           hosting. Being paired with Kris Aquino                                                whom I love dearly, I’d rather not say
                                           in ABS-CBN’s “Kris TV” yet again this        All systems go                           anything at this point. I don’t want to
                                           week (he was guest host for two                 It’s all systems go for Aga           rock the boat. Amid the controversy, I
              Alex Gonzaga                 cycles last year) is no small challenge    Muhlach        after    the    Comelec     salute Shine for carrying on with her
                                           but he’s definitely up to it. The cool     (Commission on Elections) declared         motherhood duties and I also doff my
      Alex Gonzaga is in full bloom.
                                           senator comes across as a seasoned         him a natural-born Filipino. Amid all      hat to Buboy for working hard to finish
That’s what love can do. She’s
                                           trouper.                                   the intrigues hurled his way by his        “Turning Cradle: The Untold Story of
blissfully happy with her boyfriend,
                                               “I thank Kris for this opportunity,”   political rivals, he remains undaunted.    Alfredo Lim.” It’s not easy to raise kids
Jed Tiu Lim. “He’s very supportive,”
                                           he says. “I’ve long wanted to be a TV      “I never venture into anything             and face the camera with a heavy
she told me, beaming. “I don’t mean
                                           host, though my real calling is public     unprepared,” he said during a press        heart. I believe so much in the love
to sound holier-than-thou but I think
                                           service.”                                  con. “[I] hope [I’m given] a fair chance   that Buboy and Shine have. Hopefully,
our relationship works because we put
                                               Chiz has become a YouTube              to show what I can offer.” He’s            when the noise dies down, they can
God in the center.”
                                           sensation, too, because of the “Oppa       bursting with excitement when he talks     still hear their hearts telling them that
     What’s Ate Toni’s love advice to
                                           Gangnam Chiz” video, which can be          about his plans for CamSur. You can        they have more reasons to hold on
her? “She tells me to trust our parents’
                                           viewed via his Facebook account. “It                                                  than to give up. a

Pinoy TV shows we kinda miss                                                                  By NR Ramos
    Pinoy TV shows come and go             manager to bold stars, Rey dela            “That’s Entertainment” was a big hit,
through the years but chances are,         Cruz, that ended with her conking          with hordes of fans trooping to
the series you avidly watch today are      him on the head with a microphone?         Broadway Centrum to watch their
just mere rehashes of successful               We could only imagine what             idols who were grouped into five
shows from the past retooled to suit       would happen if, say, Mon Tulfo,           units: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
a new generation of TV viewers.            Raymart Santiago, and Claudine             Thursday and Friday. Saturday was
    Here are some old Philippine           Barretto appeared on such a show           when they would try to outdo each
shows that made channel flipping           today. As Inday Badiday herself            other        via      spectacularly
then very much an adventure in itself,     would say: "Careful, careful."             choreographed           production
despite fewer choices.                                                                numbers.
                                               ‘That’s Entertainment’
    ‘See-True’                                 This show was conceptualized               ‘Batibot’
    It is said that many of today’s        by another irreplaceable showbiz
showbiz talk shows are copycats of         personality, German “Kuya Germs”                                                                   Pong Pagong
“See-True.” We disagree. No one            Moreno. Seemingly the first-ever
can compare to the one and only            reality show on Philippine TV, it                                                         Equally popular to children are
Inday Badiday or Ate Luds.                 featured a never-ending parade of                                                     the human characters Kuya Bodjie,
    Of     course,      beyond     its     showbiz wannabes.                                                                     Kuya Mario, and, of course, Ate
charismatic host, “See-True” was               Many of today’s stars, including                                                  Sienna, whom many young boys
also fun in so many ways: from the         the likes of Tony Award winner Lea                                                    eventually developed a huge crush
unscripted verbal tussle between           Salonga, danced and sang on the                                                       on.
colorful stars, equally colorful           show. The cast would also perform a                                                       “Batibot” actually has a real
reporters, to the revealing anecdotes      cultural number or two from time to            An approximation of the hugely         address that children could recite on
that almost always makes headlines         time, and hone their skills in acting      popular American TV invention,             cue: “12 Saint John Street, Cubao,
a day later.                               on cam based on impromptu scripts.         “Sesame Street” done in local              Quezon City. Ang zip code namin ay
    Remember Janice de Belen’s             The show also catapulted different         context, it popularized characters         1119.” In that matter at least, they
confession about doing the deed            dance groups to popularity including       such as Pong Pagong (a clumsy,             have one-upped over “Sesame
with Aga Muhlach? “God was with us         The     Maneouvres,     Streetboys,        pink turtle wearing a baseball cap)        Street,” which is just a fictional
when we did it,” she said. How about       Abztract Dancers, Kids at Work, and        and Kiko Matsing, both sharing lots        address in Manhattan. a
the violent altercation between            the Universal Motion Dancers.              in common with Big Bird and Oscar
Divina Valencia and deceased                   As campy as it may seem,               The Grouch respectively.                          More Showbiz Gossip on p..22

20                                                                  The North American Filipino Star                                                   February 2013

Filipina dentist now in Westmount                                               with her patients.        Be it through
                                                                                                                                  This initiative will expand the
                                                                                                                                  availability of defibrillators for many
                                                                                prevention via hygiene instruction or a           Canadians, as recreational arenas are
        We have a Filipina family          has served the population in various
                                                                                cancer screening at every exam, or via            a focal point for many communities
dentist whom we can visit in               areas of Montreal, including the
                                                                                discussion of options before beginning            throughout the country, particularly in
Westmount. Dr. Melissa Villafranca has     Filipino community in Cote-des-
                                                                                any treatment, Dr. Villafranca believes           rural regions.
joined the clinic of Dr. Petra Dando,      Neiges, providing complete dental
                                                                                knowledge is the key for any patient to
                                                                                make their own informed decisions.                Government of Canada support for
                                                                                Dr. Villafranca's “care for the patient           this four-year initiative – which is being
                                                                                and drive to satisfy the patient's needs          provided through the Public Health
                                                                                set her in a special category high                Agency of Canada’s Automated
                                                                                above        your     average      health         External Defibrillators program – will
                                                                                professional,” says Dr. Hilal Sirhan,             allow the HSFC to coordinate the
                                                                                Associate Director at the MUHC                    installation of, and training for,
                                                                                Department of Dentistry, “Her integrity,          defibrillators. This initiative delivers on
                                                                                listening skills and approachability              a commitment made by the Prime
                                                                                complement her character, making her              Minister in April 2011.
                                                                                someone I have been honoured to
                                                                                know and privileged to work with.”                Phase one of the initiative, currently
                                                                                         “I just love her. She has a very         underway, will assess the needs of
                                                                                light and caring touch. Magaan ang                3,000 community hockey arenas in
                                                                                kanyang kamay.” says Allison Abrigo, a            Canada and will result in an
                                                                                patient.                                          implementation plan. Phase two,
                                                                                                                                  beginning in spring 2013, includes
                                                                                        Prime Minister                            providing the necessary training to
                                                                                                                                  attendants and will see the rollout and
                                                                                        Stephen Harper                            installation of the defibrillators,
                                                                                        announces support for                     according to the plan.
located at 4880 Sherbrooke Street          care for patients of all ages. In addition   defibrillators in
West, suite 150, (514) 484-3586.           to maintaining a private practice, she                                             According to the HSFC, up to 40,000
         Born from Filipino parents, Dr.   became an assistant professor at             community hockey                     Canadians experience a sudden
Villafranca was born in Montreal and       McGill University and came back to the       arenas                               cardiac arrest each year and, on
grew up in South Shore Brossard.           MGH as a clinical teacher and Site                                                average, only about 5% of them
         Her clinical experience is        Director, helping to train new dentists.                                          survive. Access to early
                                                                                        Saskatoon – Prime Minister Stephen
extensive.     Upon completing her         Her work has also allowed her to                                                  cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
                                                                                        Harper today announced that the
studies at McGill University in 2002,      become one of a small team of dentists                                            and defibrillation could potentially save
                                                                                        Government of Canada is working with
she continued her training at the          responsible for the care of head and                                              the lives of thousands of Canadian
                                                                                        the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Montreal General Hospital dental           neck cancer patients at the MGH.                                                  children and adults each year.
                                                                                        Canada (HSFC) to put in place
clinic,    caring     for    medically              Her passion is teaching and                                                                 -30-
                                                                                        Automated External Defibrillators
compromised patients. Since then, she      she conveys this even in the interaction     (AEDs) and related training in
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                                          quickly changing. Across the country,        world of wine is clearly changing.         who at the time was president and
                                          Americans are embracing wine.                         Chain restaurants aren't just     CEO of The Wine Group. The
                                                   For evidence, look no further       profiting on America's growing interest    company, which makes brands such
                                          than your closest grocery store.             in wine -- they're leading the charge.     as Cupcake Vineyards, FishEye, and
                                                   Thirty years ago, the local                  Consider Olive Garden. With       flipflop, is the third-largest wine
                                          market sold little more than jug wine        730 locations, it's no surprise that the   producer in the world. As we chatted,
                                          like Gallo's Hearty Burgundy -- if wine      chain serves more than 600 million         he described his vision for American
                                          was even stocked. Today, the average         breadsticks and 165 million bowls of       wine.
                                          upscale supermarket carries 1,500            salad annually. But the restaurant also             He began by asking me to
                                          wine selections or more. The number of       serves more wine than any other chain      picture a group of 20-somethings at a
                                          breakfast cereals pales in comparison.       in the United States. In 2006, Olive       beach house. He then asked me to
                                                   As the number of choices has        Garden sold more than 500,000 cases        visualize the cooler they'd pack before
                                          increased, so has bewilderment. As           of wine.                                   heading to the beach. As you might
                                          Mike Veseth, an economics professor                   In part, Olive Garden sells so    guess, my mental sketch included
                                          in Washington, once explained, "Wine         much wine because it takes education       sandwiches, chips, and a few dozen
                                          buyers have never had it better in terms     seriously. As Mike Veseth has written,     light beers. One day, Kent hopes that
                                          of the number of choices available from      "many restaurants expect that their wait   group will instead bring a few bottles of
                                          around the world. And we've never had        staff will pick up wine knowledge --       wine.
                                          it worse regarding the possibility of        Olive Garden really works at it, by                 That's an optimistic future, to
Envisioning                               confusion and the pressure to find our
                                          perfect wine. It's the Age of Anxiety for
                                                                                       providing literally hundreds of
                                                                                       thousands of hours of training." The
                                                                                                                                  be sure. And we're still a long way off;
                                                                                                                                  America's beer market is nine times
Wine's Future                             wine."                                       restaurant also gives away free            larger than the wine market. But it's a
                                                   But consumers are eager to          samples, where legal. In 2006, it gave     future worth rooting for.
                                          learn. And the market is responding.         away 30,000 cases of wine, which
By David White                                     Consider the rise of specialty      equates to 4.5 million pours.              David White, a wine writer, is the founder
                                          wine shops. Across the country,                       These efforts help demystify      and editor of Terroirist.com. His columns
         On Super Bowl Sunday, some       boutique retailers are filling their         wine.                                      are housed at Palate Press: The Online
1.25 billion chicken wings were           shelves with interesting, small-                      Several years ago, I stumbled     Wine Magazine.
consumed alongside 11 million pounds      production wines -- and helping              into a conversation with David Kent,
of potato chips, 4 million pounds of      consumers learn about wine by paying
pretzels, and 2.5 million pounds of       attention to their preferences, offering
nuts. Massive quantities of beer helped   food-and-wine pairing advice, and
wash all that down -- nearly 50 million   answering questions without judgment.
cases worth were sold on Sunday                    Or look at wine bars. They're
alone. It's no wonder why Anheuser-       sprouting up across the country,
Busch purchased four and a half           providing opportunities for people to
minutes of ad space during the big        explore wines.
game.                                              High-end restaurants are also
         Americans also drank wine.       approaching wine differently. Whereas
While 42 percent of Super Bowl viewers    sommeliers were once glorified sales
told Nielsen they planned on              agents who intimidated guests by
consuming beer during the game, 33        pushing expensive, predictable wines,
percent told pollsters they planned to    today's sommeliers are wine educators,
drink wine.                               eager to share their passion and
         This number caught me by         palates. Most are keen to help patrons
surprise. Sure, the United States         find the perfect wine, regardless of
surpassed France as the world's largest   budget.
wine-consuming nation in 2010. But                 This list could go on.
wine still intimidates many consumers.    Bookstores are now packed with easy-
         Fortunately, as the Super Bowl   to-navigate wine guides. Wine classes
statistics help demonstrate, this is      are more popular than ever before. The

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Showbiz Gossip Continued from p.19
Cesar Montano admits to marital KC Concepcion not yet ready
problems                           for another relationship
                                              “I love my family. I will never do
                                          anything that would destroy my family.                                                   Pierre Emmanuel Plassart, a
                                          I want my children to grow up with us,                                                   filmmaker whom she is said to have
                                          Sunshine and I, together,” he added.                                                     met in an international sortie.
                                              The marriage recently had a rift                                                          Talks that the affair was getting
                                          when Montano was allegedly caught                                                        serious grew in September when
                                          by Cruz-Montano having an affair with                                                    Concepcion trumpeted Plassart
                                          young starlet, Krista Miller.                                                            having supposedly "bought" her a
                                                                                                                                   star -- a gesture that she deemed
                                                                                                                                   "sweet."      Not       soon       after,
                                                                                                                                   Concepcion's mother came out as
                                                                                                                                   well to readily recognize
                                                                                                                                        Plassart, describing him as
                                                                                                                                   "lalaking-lalaki" but things seemingly
                                                                                                                                   plateaued        quickly      following
                                                                                                                                   Plassart's Christmas visit.
                                                                                                                                        Concepcion denied having any
                                                                                                                                   problems with Plassart.
Cesar Montano & Sunshine Cruz-                                                                                                          "Ang sweet niya, ang bait niya,
Montano                                                                                              KC Concepcion                 sobrang lambing, na sa kanya
    Actor Cesar Montano admitted to                                                                                                naman 'yung mga hinihingi ko, pero
the press on Tuesday that he and wife                                                         KC Concepcion is not about to
                                                                                                                                   it's just that ayoko muna maging
Sunshine Cruz-Montano are having                         Krista Miller                   get into a serious relationship as she
                                                                                                                                   serious talaga," she said.
problems in their marriage.                                                              just might not be prepared for it yet.
                                                                                                                                        She hinted that she is now "very
    “But I’m trying to fix it,” Montano       Miller had a bit role in Montano’s              "I've decided na rin na ayoko
                                                                                                                                   open to getting to know people."
said.                                     recent film, “The Alfredo Lim Story”. a        munang i-push through," said she as
                                                                                                                                        "Ayoko pa pong maging seryoso
                                                                                         quoted       in    a      report     on
                                                                                                                                   talaga, at very honest po ako sa kahit
How Belo makes Anne Curtis                                                                    Concepcion's           declaration
                                                                                                                                   na sinong ma-date ko o makilala ko,
                                                                                                                                   that I don't want to be so serious yet."
                                                                                         surprised many people, particularly
shine                                                                                    those who had been ardently
                                                                                                                                        Concepcion, it seems, is more
                                                                                                                                   than willing to let fate be the master
                                                                                         following the twist and turns in her
                                          regularly goes to Belo Medical Group for                                                 of her heart.
                                                                                         love life after her tumultuous
                                          her facial cleaning and Powerpeel.                                                            "Kung meant naman po, meant.
                                          Powerpeel by Belo uses corundum
                                                                                         breakup with heartthrob Piolo
                                                                                                                                   Kahit ano naman pong pagpa-plano
                                          crystals to exfoliate dull and dead skin.      Pascual in 2011.
                                                                                                                                   natin, at the end of it, pag
                                          This stimulates the production of new               Only last year, Concepcion
                                                                                                                                   maramdaman mo na... siguro hindi
                                          skin cells and collagen. The treatment         publicly        acknowledged          a
                                                                                                                                   ko pa nararamdaman," she said. a
                                          improves age spots and fine lines. It          blossoming romance with French
                                          also reduces the appearance of
                                          unwanted facial scars and gives one a
                                          stunning glow.
                                                                                         Rayver moves on
                                             The Well-Sculpted Body                                                                a gift on her birthday, Feb 5.
                                               Who can forget Anne Curtis’s                                                            “Binati ko siya sa birthday niya.
                                          animal-print swimsuit in her movie, “No
                                                                                                                                   Okay na ‘yon, di kailangan laging
                                          Other Woman?” Aside from the fact that
                                                                                                                                   may regalo," said he.
                                          the swimsuit fits her perfectly, her waist
                                          and abs are to die for. Anne watches her                                                     The actor believes they both
                                          diet and works out, of course. But that                                                  made the right decision to part ways,
                                          perfectly-sculpted abs and curves were                                                   confessing that he is in a happy
                                          created with the help of Sculptor Plus by                                                place right now.
                                          Belo. It is a non-invasive technology that                                                   "Mas okay na ‘yung ganon.
             Anne Curtis                  improves cellulite and tightens skin by                                                  Happy pa rin naman kami sa mga
                                          heating fat cells in both deep and                                                       buhay namin,” Cruz said.
      She has won three major acting      superficial layers of the skin. It melts and                                                 Prior, not a few wags wondered
awards, has starred in countless          burns fat, tones muscles and tightens                                                    aloud if the breakup would make
commercials and advertisements in all     skin.
                                                                                                                                   things awkard between them on the
forms of medium and had a sold-out           Hair-Free and Fuzz-Free
first-time major concert. This makes                                                                                               set of the series "Bukas Na Lang Kita
                                               Anne Curtis is known for
Anne Curtis the ultimate star, aptly      consistently takings risks in surprising                                                 Mamahalin."
earning the moniker “Diyosa” (goddess)    people with what she’s going to wear.                                                        "Okay naman kami. Wala
as she goes along.                        Just like her series of stunning peek-a-                                                 namang nagbabago,” he said,
      And we all know that Anne gave
                                                                                                      Rayver Cruz                  adding, "Minsan nagkaka-text kami
                                          boo gowns. Anne always confidently
more justice to her “Diyosa” title,       parades these outfits because she has               It didn't take long for Rayver       tapos siyempre nagkikita kami
moreso because of her face, rocking       nothing to hide. She is well aware that        Cruz to find the strength to move on      minsan kasi neighbors na kami, eh.
body and skin. To get that perfect        plucking, shaving or waxing can lead to        following the dissolution of his          Ang lapit na lang ng bahay namin sa
formula of looking like a show biz        darkening of the armpits, chicken skin                                                   [bahay nila], mga 10-15 minutes.
                                                                                         relationship with controversial
goddess, Anne entrusts her beauty         and folliculitis, and is only temporary.
                                                                                         actress Cristine Reyes.                   Malapit so magkikita-kita kayo do’n.
needs to the best --- only at Belo        The best way to effectively remove hair
Medical Group.                                                                                According to Cruz, he can now        Ang liit lang ng Parañaque.”
                                          is using lasers. Belo Medical Group has
   The Face                               four different types of lasers for every       only love Reyes as a "friend."                Cruz and Reyes became a
      With her daily TV appearances,      skin type. The most popular is the                  "Hindi naman magbabago ‘yung         couple in 2010. Rumors about them
Anne doesn’t have the luxury of time to   Harmony laser, which is painless.              samahan namin, magkaibigan pa rin         having broken up emerged late last
always put make-up on. She even                She might call herself, Annebisyosa,      kami…Mahal ko siya bilang                 year but they repeatedly denied it.
admits that there were times when she     but with everything she has proven and         kaibigan,” he told Push.com. in a         They eventually admitted to the
goes on cam without make-up, just her     how lovely she is today, Diyosa is a           recent interview.                         disintegration of their union only in
signature stunning red lips. But that     more appropriate title for Anne Curtis.             But Cruz didn't hesitate to reveal   January. a
never seemed a problem with her. Anne     Even Dr. Vicki Belo agrees!          a
                                                                                         that he didn't give his beloved friend

February 2013                                                    The North American Filipino Star                                                              23

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                                           • Legal Aspects of International Trade
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                                           • Intercultural Aspects of International Trade


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