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FAMAS launches Bb. Pilipinas ‘09
Montreal, March 18, 2009 - The
Philippine Association of Montreal and
Suburbs (FAMAS) invited the local
media to a press conference to present
its candidates vying for the title of Bb.
Pilipinas Montreal 2009. All the
candidates, ranging in age from 16 to
22, were asked a variety of questions,
some are relevant to their personal
career goals and values while others
were hypothetical questions. Realistic
questions were answered but those
which sounded too remote to the
candidates were hardly responded to.
It was interesting to note what
these young ladies want to pursue as a
career. Candidate No. 1, Hana Jane
Jamil, wants to be a nurisng assistant,
Candidate No. 2, Diandra-Llana
Cartago wants to be a Special Care
Counsellor, Candidate No. 3, Kriza
Lacsamana wants to be a
physiotherapist, Candidate No. 4,
Amanda C. de Guzman wants to be an
airline pilot, Candidate No. 5, Mishael
Pat de la Cruz wants to be a social
worker, and Candidate No. 6, Lynn
May Ann Miras, Bb. Pilipinas 2008, is flanked by the candidates for this year’s beauty pageant to select the 2009 Bb. Pilipinas- Llaguno wants to be a nurse.
Montreal. From left are: Eva Lynn Llaguno, Mishael Pat de la Cruz, Amanda C. de Guzman, Kriza Lacsamana, Diandra-Illana
Cartago, and Hana Jane Jamil. Photo taken after the press conference on March 18, 2009. See Page 4 FAMAS Pageant
City signs partnership agreement
Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . p. 2
Cooperative News . . . . . . p. 3
To u r i s m . . . . . . . . . . . . p . 6
Community News . . . . . . p. 10
Philippine Cuisine . . . . . p. 11
Filstar Photo Gallery . . . p. 12
Home Business . . . . . . . p. 14
Showbiz Gossip . . . . . . . p. 18
Mayor Gerald Tremblay poses with the signatories of the social economy partnership agreement which was held at City Hall on Classified Ads . . . . . . . p. 21
Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Madame Johanne Lavoie (right) is the Social Economy Commissioner (Commissaire à l’économie
sociale, Direction du développement économique et urbain). (See article on Page 4 - Social Economy Development)
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EDITORIAL Dear Editor,
I picked up the November
2008 issue of "The North American
formulating peaceful and constructive
policies, for a peaceful world.
I wish he tackles the Afghan
Spring brings hope and inspiration for renewal Filipino Star", from the March 8, 2008 matter in a more delicate and in-depth
Lately, we have been talking do not all have backyards or land to Conference of, "The March 8 manner.
about recession a lot and it makes us plant vegetables, they can still do it Coordination and Action Committee of I pray for his success!
feel depressed and pessimistic. But the indoors, or in their balconies while Women of Diverse Origins".
spring thaw can change our those who have even a small piece of I fully share your optimism and Jalal Hussain
perspective, if we want to and make us land in their front or backyard can join you in hoping that President 450-443-1847
feel better. We can see signs of easily have a nice garden. Common Barack Hussein Obama will also 5910 Bergevin,
renewal, new growth, revival of vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, inspire other world leaders towards Brossard, Quebec, J4Z 1Z2, Canada
dormant life which characterizes the cucumbers can be planted and
winter months. Even though the provide a small family with fresh food
weather can be fickle and for at least three to four months of the
Marché Coop Pinoy
unpredictable some times, we can still year. It also allows friends, families and The Filipino Solidarity Cooperative
take things in stride, that is, if we neighbors to get together and enjoy 4711 Van Horne Avenue
maintain our calm and optimistic harvesting the fruits of their labor.
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attitude. Our resiliency helps us cope Spring is also a good time to
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pick ourselves up from being down improvement. With the recession E-Mail: email@example.com
and start all over again. Of course, this comes the problem of looking for
may not be true in every case but another job when one gets laid off.
perhaps, it is a good idea to try to take Instead of taking this as a crisis of
a break from the doldrums of our sorts, one can make some
routines and look up. Take time to adjustments and find out what other
“smell the roses,” and don’t worry skills they have or improve upon to get
about the future too much. Make the engaged in another field or another To All our Kababayan,
best of today, and let tomorrow take job. Community colleges and schools Members or Non-Members:
care of itself. Nothing will make us offer new programs in many fields. A b We need your support and we
worse than constantly worrying of what person with an ambition to succeed in
welcome all of you to shop at
tomorrow may bring. life can find out what courses to take in
The traditional spring clean up reaching one’s personal career goals. Marché Coop Pinoy.
is one of the ways we can take as an Technology is so advanced that there All nationalities are also welcomed.
example of taking time time out from is no excuse not to be able to find out
working two or three jobs. Making our about almost anything. Radio,
In our desire to serve you better, we
surroundings clean and organized will television, newspapers and the internet
decrease our level of stress because it are wonderful ways to get information keep our shelves full of merchandise,
feels good to be living in a place that is that can be used in making important including fresh vegetables weekly.
beautiful, clean and tidy. Our Scouts decisions. With the stimulus package We would appreciate it very much
group will be involved in the spring from the government, there are many if you could visit us first before going to
clean up and they will start with the good things we can benefit from, if only
area around the monument of our we can get through the system of
the other stores. We are just a few feet
national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. The bureaucracy that often times are away from Metro Plamondon.
annual distribution of plants and difficult to deal with, but with patience, Join us and be a member now!
flowers by the members of APO (a non- persistence and determination, it is
profit organization in our community) is possible to get assistance in terms of Enjoy spring shopping at
also another activity that is relaxing and expert advice or subsidy for a project
fun. They help the City distribute free that is both innovative and viable. For Marché Coop Pinoy!
flowers which are aimed at example, there is a new initiative called
encouraging homeowners to beautify “knowledge infra-structure” which
their surroundings. sounds like a novel idea. The
The plant distribution reminds government will help re-train workers in
us of a wonderful hobby. Gardening is order to be better equipped or Order lechon for Saturday pick
not only helpful and useful but also a prepared for other kinds of jobs in the up but we need at least a
healthy way to relieve stress and global economy. Some people need minimum order of 15 lbs no
exercise. It may not be everyone’s to re-evaluate themselves and realize later than Thursday.
hobby but it is probably going to be the that there are other interesting options
“in” thing to do for economic reasons. to make a living, like opening a Call us at 514-733-8915
The U.S. First Lady, Michele Obama, business which is both challenging to place your orders.
does not mind getting her hands dirty. and rewarding, given the right tools Lechon $11.99 lb Delivery service fee ranges from $5 to
She is engaged in promoting healthy and managerial knowledge. It is said Whole - med $210 $8 for orders of $50 or more
eating among families in her local that when God closes the door, a big $240 (Tuesday/Friday only)
district of Washington. She said that window opens. It is up to us to make
by gardening, people will be able to eat the next move.
more fresh vegetables than junk food. For all the above reasons, let’s
She was shown on TV doing gardening all enjoy Spring and watch trees come
in one area of the White House. We alive and flowers bloom again.
think it is a good idea, too, to promote
gardening in Montreal. Even if people Zenaida Ferry Kharroubi
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0392-06 Solomon, Lilia Easier PR for live-in
COOPERATIVE NEWS 0384-06 Soriano, Elizabeth
0052-05 Sotto, Sheila
0510-06 Subad, Eden
Participants in the live-in
caregivers program (LCP) may
Everyone is welcomed to 0279-05 Sumatra, Rose
0463-06 Sunga, Marelit now have an easier time
0161-05 Surio, Alejandra seeking permanent residence
shop at the Filipino Coop 0058-05 Suzon, Marivel
0132-05 Tabiolo, Ofelia
We have heard from the running fast. We need to look around _______ Tablan, Antonio Olivia Chow, a New Democratic Party
grapevevine that someone is passing for a good location, if there is 0354-06 Taculog, Gerry member of Parliament in Toronto,
the rumour that only members can buy something better than the current one. 0362-06 Tagata, Florida Ontario has proposed changes to
from the Filipino Cooperative. This is a If any of our members can help the 0363-06 Tagata, Renato include those in the live-in caregivers
surprise for us to hear that some search for a good location, we would 0255-05 Tamata, Sylvia class on the list of foreign nationals
people have been discouraged from be very grateful. 0417-06 Tandugo, Christine Lourn who are not included in the “excessive
buyihg from the Coop because of this Some members have been 0005-05 Tandugon, Eduardo demand” categorization of being
rumour. Since the store opened on calling and wondering if they are still 0416-06 Tandugon, Jean admitted into Canada.
July 15, 2005, no one has been barred members when they saw a partial list 0317-06 Tapado, Adelina
from buying here, even non-Filipinos published recently. Please be 0038-05 Taplac, Josefina The amendment, based on the Juana
are welcomed, either as a customer or informed that all fully paid members 0228-05 Tavera, Concesa Tejada Law, would allow caregivers to
as a prospective member. In fact, we were published first in the October and 0520-06 Tejero, Asuncion receive permanent residence as long
are always asking everyone to November 2008 issues. The names 0266-05 Temporal, Emily as they’ve worked at least two years
patronize the store to help it become published lately have not paid their 0409-06 Tenebro, Isabelito and paid their taxes, no matter their
sustainable to serve the community. shares in full as prescribed by our 0173-05 Tenorio, Bernardita medical condition.
There are about 12 000 constitution and they are not 0297-05 Tenorio, Bryan
Filipinos living in Cote des Neiges considered members until they have 0174-05 Tenorio, Rod Other proposed changes include:
alone, and many more live in Brossard, fully paid We are appealing to them to 0296-05 Tenorio, Rubie
Ville St. Laurent, West Island, and the come and pay their balances. After all, 0127-05 Tremocha, John Joseph ** * Make those in the LCP eligible for
South Shore. They all come to it is a small amount but when everyone 0128-05 Tremocha,Joselito** the Interim Federal Health Plan.
Montreal to do their Philippine product pays up, it will amount to more than 0040-05 Tremocha, John Russel Currently, participants who are
shopping. If 50% of all these people $30 000 which will certainly help us 0021-05 Trinidad, Joecel applying for permanent residence are
come to buy from the Filipino Coop, it pay for our high overhead costs. 0247-05 Ubando, Nono Estella not allowed extensions to their health
would have become a bigger store by We are completing our list of 0528-06 Ugalde, Orlina coverage in Ontario.
now. But as everyone knows, it is hard people who have partially paid their 0083-05 Ungab, Bebiana
to unite the community for a common shares (continued from previous 0381-06 Uy, Jacqueline * Reducing processing time for work
cause. It takes time to pass the word 0569-06 Rochette, Jovita ______ Valderama, Celia permits for new entrants to the LCP
around and it even becomes more 0194-95 Rodolfa, Prescila 0230-05 Valentino, Cherry and for those eligible for permanent
difficult when someone is deliberately 0441-06 Rodriguez, Leonida 0229-05 Vargas, Antonio residence, including their family
sabotaging our efforts. We hope that 0160-05 Roferos, Zoe 0277-05 Velarde, Jocevel members.
those who cannot say anything 0394-06 Roga, Leoanrd 0064-95 Velasco, Conchita Lilia
favorable about the Cooperative 0480-06 Romero, Joseph 0157-05 Verginizia, Andy * Reviewing wages and benefits for
should be think about the 0301-05 Rosales, Margarita 0212-05 Verginia, Stephane participants in the LCP.
consequences of their actions. 0481-06 Rosialda, Belen 0263-05 Versoza, Liberata
Besides, there are still many more 0119-5 Ruance, Evangeline 0197-05 Vilda, Sheila Deliberation for this has just begun
people who believe in the same thing 0345-06 Ruiz, Cresencia 0208-05 Villa, Josephine and these changes will be considered
we do. I just met Josefina Lalina (the 0554-06 Ruiz , Lilibeth 0202-05 Villafranca, Luisa by the Federal Standing Committee on
sister of Dolly Villarino) and Ching who 0257-05 Ruiz, Roberto 0432-05 Villalongja, Jainto Citizenship and Immigration from now
volunteered to distribute membership 0145-05 Sabariaga, Magdalena 0104-05 Villamor, Estrella until March 12, 2009.
forms in church. Another kababayan, 0061-05 Salazar, Felix 0027-05 Villanueva, Marilyn
Gloria Magtibay, just came to the store 0570-06 Salazar, Jose 0232-05 Villarante, Alfredo To read more about the experiences of
and expressed her interest in 0060-05 Salazar, Lucia 0059-05 Villarino, Alfredo ,
workers involved in the LCP check out
becoming a member to support the 0154-05 Salinas, Ma. Salvacion 0125-05 Villoria, Virgie the article “Maid to Order?”
Coop. We are indeed delighted to 0153-05 Salinas, Ritchie _______ Viloria, Gloria You can email your letter to
meet many more people like them who 0055-05 Salva, Aveline 0176-05 Vivar, Emmanuel email@example.com. Please
agree that it would be better for all of 0073-05 Samaniego, Domy 0041-05 Wakat, Erlinda include Letters to the Editor as your
us to patronize our own. After all, 0372-06 Samillano, Genalyn 0406-06 Wylie, Erlinda subject line and ensure your letter is in
when we need help, it is our fellow 0436-06 San Pedro, Merly 0551-06 Yassis, Roberto the body of the email (no attachments
citizens who will come to our side. 0242-05 Sanchez, Catherine 0286-05 Yu, Blanche please).
With the coming of Spring and 0053-05 Sarcon, Hayde 0530-06 Zagala, Rosemarie Migrante-Ontario member
nicer weather, we are counting on 0478-06 Sardovia, Belen organizations:
having an improved sales record. 0241-05 Selispara, Myra ** Paluagan account pending
People tend to shop more when the 0502-96 Selispara, Myra Filipino Migrant Workers Movement;
weather is good. For this reason, we 0502-06 Serion, Ma. Teresa If there is any error in our AWARE; Philippine Advocacy Through
will try to keep our shelves full of 0063-05 Sevilla, Franco record, and you have a receipt Arts and Culture (PATAC); Damayan
merchandise in order to serve our 0079-05 Siega, Medardo showing your payment, please let us Migrant Education and Resource
customers better. 0383-06 Silao, Leodegario know. Center; Migrante Youth; Migrant
We have not yet decided on 0373-06 Siya, Cecilia We thank you for your Workers and Family Resource Center -
whether or not to relocate the store as 0450-06 Solis, Annabelle cooperation and understanding. Hamilton; Pilipinong Migrante sa
it is not easy to move. Our lease is 0412-06 Solis, Eva hEasier PR for live-in Canada (PMSC) - Ottawa; Pilipinong
expiring by May 2010, and time is 0107-05 Solo, Josephine caregivers Migrante sa Barrie (PMB) -
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proposing to the stakeholders of the
Social Economy Partnership with the City of social economy to commit themselves From page 1 FAMAS Pageant
By Zenaida Ferry Kharroubi to the shared responsibility of realizing
Montreal When the candidates were
Montreal, March 11, 2009 - A brief speeches on the common theme of an action plan on a long term basis. asked about their observation of
ceremony highlighting the signing of solidarity, collaboration, innovation, The Partnership has three community life and what they find
the partnership agreement between and sharing of better practices for a objectives: missing, Candidate No. 5, Mishael Pat
the City and the various community sustainable economic development of 1 – to recognize formally the de la Cruz, pointed out the lack of
agencies for social economy Montreal. The speeches were followed contribution of the social economy to unity. She did not elaborate on why
development was held on Wednesday, by the official signing of the the development of Montreal she said this. The other candidates did
March 11, 2009 at City Hall at 5:00 P.M. partnership agreement. Mayor Gerald 2 – to sustain the social not add to the discussion, but Pat
which was followed by a cocktail Tremblay led the group of people in economy by supporting what has been Magallanes pointed out that the young
reception. Invited guests were from the signing ceremony. done, reinforcing the existing methods
various sectors of the social economy A handbook was distributed to and developing new ways for
network. all the guests. This handbook is only improvement
Mayor Gerald Tremblay available in French. Reading this 3 – to consolidate and
delivered a speech acknowledging the document is very useful in the increase the contribution of
stakeholders in the social economy to
the sustainable development of the
Quebec metropolis by the
development and creation of
community enterprises that meet the
needs of its citizens.
Moreover, there are three great
orientations in its reach – the
complementarity of the social
economy and the mission of the City of
Montreal; the citizens’ involvement in Shelley Quintos, FAMAS Director
the economic activity and anchorage Chairperson, Bb. Pilipinas Pageant
of the social economy in the local
development, notably by the people do not get involved in the
intervention of corporations of the community as much as they should.
regional community economic She stated that she and her husband
development of Montreal-Laval and the have been participating in community
technical resources group (GRT – affairs while young people do not
groupes de ressources techniques) seem to be interested. Shelly Quintos,
and solidarity financial groups. the chairperson of the 2009 FAMAS
Fruit of the efforts of Pageant and a director said that it is
stakeholders in the social economy her first time to be involved in the
and the City of Montreal which favors community. She felt that young people
the solidarity and success of social may be too busy with their studies and
economy enterprises, the Partenariat do not have the time to participate.
presents a true way of economic Towards the end of the
Mayor Gerald Tremblay gladly posed for souvenir with Zenaida Kharroubi, president of the growth which relies on five axes of conference, the candidates were
Filipino Solidarity Cooperative, and Merle Valiente, treasurer, after the signing ceremony. intervention: asked about their willingness to
understanding of the language and 1 – The accumulated and participate as volunteers in community
importance of the agreement which is terminology associated with social collective entrepreneurial support to organizations. Most of them
intended to consolidate all efforts of his economy – its definition, consolidate local anchorage to sustain expressed an interest in doing so and
administration and social economy characteristics or elements, why it collective entrepreneurs and to
enterprises on the plan of action developed and how it operates. Social develop support to the major projects
anchored in concrete projects and economy is a term used to describe an of social economy
innovative practices with the view of enterprise that has a social purpose 2 – The support of social
ensuring and sustaining the which distinguishes it from an economy to the big projects that favor
development of Montreal. He cited the economic enterprise which has only its integration in sustainable
progress made over the past 20 years one purpose – to make a profit. development
during which time the various The project is titled “Le 3 – A greater role for social
organizations played an important role Partenariat en économie sociale pour economy in the improvement of the
in the economic life of the community, un développement solidaire et quality of life of the population, without
producing goods and services needed durable” (A partnership in social limit to innovations in the fields of
by the people. The spirit of initiative, economy for solidarity and sustainable culture, sustainable development,
participation and solidarity have development). It is based on the housing, collective real estate, leisure Flor Rillo, Acting President
always been important values for recognition of the social economy as a and tourism. FAMAS 2007-2009
Montrealers. He said that his way of regrouping activities and 4 – Open business practices to
administration shares these values organizations with non-profit favor the growth of social economy it is just a matter of time before they
which make our city life more open, objectives for the purpose of enterprises would actually get more involved.
more inclusive, more dynamic and producing, distributing goods or 5- A better promotion Bb. Pilipinas of Montreal is an
more creative. In fact, he cited that his services for the benefits of their integrated into the social economy that annual fund raising drive of FAMAS. It
administration already supports these members and the community at large distinguishes it from that of other is usually held around this time of the
social economy organizations by under democratic principles, which at places by our own creativity year which is going to be on Saturday,
means of different contributions, and the same time, as the case maybe, In order to ensure an adequate April 25, 2009 at the Hellenic
by using their services and buying their offer support to professional training follow up and coordination with the Community Center, 5757 Wilderton
products. He wants to reinforce the for integration into the cultural or City of Montreal boroughs and service Avenue. Dinner ticket costs $40. The
relationship between the municipal social re-insertion. centers, different organizations of the community is encouraged to attend
government and the social economy in The Partnership is conceived social economy, the Partnership will be this event in order to help raise funds
order to make this sector an important as an agreement between the City and supported by a working committee for the upkeep and maintenance of the
partner for the prosperity and the different actors or stakeholders of composed of people who are Philippine community center as well as
sustainable development of our city. the social economy by which each responsible for the economic to support other activities like the
He believes that this creative approach party engages in realizing projects in development file in the Executive Heritage class, sports, and the other
will open new avenues of collaboration different areas of endeavours such as Committee, senior bureaucrats of the community-based projects.
which will be beneficial to all citizens of sustainable development, cultural different municipal services and the Mr. Flor Rillo, acting president
Montreal. development, housing and real estate, members of the Consultative of FAMAS, thanked the people who
Other leaders of various social leisure and tourism. In the present Committee of the Partnership. attended the press conference.
economy groups also delivered project, the City of Montreal is
March 2009 The North American Filipino Star 5
RP women more intelligent and Pacquiao ads for BIR to air on TV
live longer than Filipino men Radio dzXL reported that while
Pacquiao had earned a fortune with
Filipino women are more literate of men. commercial endorsements, he will
and expected to outlive their male More boys die during infancy at 35 be endorsing this time the Bureau of
counterparts, a government fact sheet per 1,000 live births, compared to 25 Internal Revenue (BIR) and its tax
reported on Tuesday. girls. Mortality rate among boys under payment campaign.
Filipino women have a projected five years old were also higher at 48 The report said the 30-second
life expectancy of 71.6 years, higher per live birth against girls' 34. ads feature Pacquiao urging
than Filipino men's 66.1 years, the Surprisingly, however, more males
taxpayers to pay the right taxes.
Updates on Women and Men in the have been served by the Department
It said BIR Commissioner Sixto
Philippines by the National Statistical of Social Welfare and Development of
Esquivias IV and Finance Secretary
Coordination Board said. Social Welfare and Development at 47,
Besides having longer life, 86.3- 136 against 33,480 women. Margarito Teves will join the boxing
percent Filipino women have functional Although males had higher labor champ in the ad.
literacy rate, higher than 81.9 percent force participation rate at 78.9 percent The BIR cited Pacquiao for his
of men, while 94.3 percent of Filipino against females' 48.6 percent, the He may be training in the United timely payment of taxes. a
women have simple literacy rate, average annual income of household States, but boxing champ
compared to 92.6 percent of Filipino headed by a man was only at P167,013 Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao will
men. against those headed by a woman at have a new endorsement ad on
While men prefer to take up P197, 629. television to start airing Wednesday
engineering and technology programs The elective positions in the evening.
as their major, majority of women Philippines remain men's territory as
chose medical and allied programs.
As for health and nutrition, Filipino
they occupy 76.8 percent of these
posts, against 23.2 percent occupied
Beyond poll automation
men generally fared better than the by women.
Finally, a special budget has been with electoral watchdogs and other
women. More Filipino women were The NSCB also noted that 33.2
signed into law for poll automation in concerned groups, should do its best
obese at 5.7 percent of the 45.9 million percent of Filipino males would
2010. Not a hybrid type – automated in not to frustrate those expectations.
population compared to three percent approve of a woman having an
most parts of the country, manual in a The other day President Arroyo
of 46.4 million of men. abortion against four percent of
few areas… such as Maguindanao, signed into law the supplemental
Despite this, more Filipino women females.
perhaps? The greatest fear of those budget for poll automation. Palace
are still under weight with 14.2 percent However, more Filipino women
who opposed hybrid elections was that officials said she wanted to make
compared to 10.6-percent of men. would support a bill to legalize divorce
manual voting would be retained in modern elections part of her legacy.
However, the NSCB also said that in the Philippines with 40.2 percent
selected areas so that those not yet The enactment of the supplemental
Filipino women usually received better against 8.4 percent of men.
familiar with manipulating automated budget lifts the last barrier to the
medical care than men. Still, Filipino women remained
voting could still cheat the old way. The holding of fully automated elections.
Some 71.3 percent of Filipino conservative with only 10.8 percent of
fear went both ways, with some The next step is to ensure that the new
women received vaccinations between Filipino women agreeing for unmarried
quarters believing that it would be system lives up to its promise of clean
12 months and 23 months, against people to live together even if they
easier to cheat using vote counting and orderly elections and a quick vote
men's 68.4 percent. However, only 75.7 have no plans of marrying against 33.2
percent of Filipino women when they percent of men. More men also had
Problems can start right at the
were children between six months to premarital sex, with 31.2 percent of
procurement of vote counting
59 months received Vitamin A them against 15.9 percent of women. a
machines. The nation is still stuck with
supplements , lower than 76.3 percent
P1.2 billion worth of automated
counting machines, all delivered and
Panlilio camp willing to form fully paid for, that are deteriorating,
unused, in a rented warehouse. For
coalition 2010, the bidding and awarding of the
contract for the machines must be
The civil society group supporting Grace Padaca is a member, in their aboveboard. The machines must then
Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio is willing to search for a presidential candidate. be tested for glitches and protected
join forces with other political parties to Padaca is being eyed by the group against hacking and tampering.
endorse and support a common to be the running mate of Panlilio if the It will take more than voting
candidate for the 2010 presidential latter decides to pursue his presidential machines to make elections credible.
race. bid next year. The Comelec must clean up voters’
Keh said they are also willing to lists. It must level the playing field for all
register the movement as a political candidates by enforcing elections laws
party to serve as a vehicle for the Regardless of where one stands on campaign spending and premature
Panlilio-Padaca tandem. on poll automation, concerns about campaigning. Law enforcement
The movement, Keh added, is now electoral fraud in 2010 persist. That authorities must also do their part by
in talks with Bro. Eddie Villanueva, fear can be useful if it increases public preventing poll-related violence and
head of the Jesus Is Lord Movement. vigilance against cheating. Public harassment of voters. There are many
"We really want to know his expectations are unusually high that ways of undermining the true will of the
intentions for the 2010 elections," Keh the general elections next year will electorate. Poll automation is just one
said at a media forum this morning in herald long-awaited reforms. The step in making the 2010 elections
Greenhills, San Juan City. Commission on Elections, working credible. a
Detained Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim has
also requested to meet and sit down
with Kaya Natin Movement, Keh ART CORTEZ
added. Lim has been arrested and B.Sc, Civil Engr.
Professional Home &
facing charges for his alleged
involvement in the failed 2006 coup. Don’t buy/sell house without consulting professional
"Bukas din kami para tignan ang inspector. Save thousands of dollars and enjoy our
ibang kandidato (We are also willing to prompt and professional inspection services. Written
check out other candidates)," Keh said. report with pictures provided. Serving Filipinos since
2001. For inspection booking and free orientation
Gov. Ed Panlilio If Panlilio decides to back out, Keh
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Land Of The World's
Most Perfect Cone
Our Lady of The Gate Church, Daraga, Albay - The beautiful spanish era stone church of Cagsawa ruins church tower - Today, only the belfry remains as a mute testimony of
Daraga that is entirely made of volcanic rocks constructed by the locals. An elevated Mayon’s unpredictable fury and devastating strength.
place, it affords great views of the volcano.
The Albay province is a paradise whole family. Agriculture dominates most of like scad, tuna, siganid, anchovy and
located in the Bicol Region of the During the exploration of Juan de Albay's land area. Their major products mackarel. Aside from farming and
Philippines, 460km south of Manila. Salcedo in 1573, the province and its include coconut, rice, abaca and corn. fishing industries, the Albaynons are
Albay is home to the spectacular neighboring areas were known as The province is also rich in mineral good in handicraft making. Some of
Mayon Volcano, the region’s crown 'Ibalon'. deposits like gold, copper, iron, their famous products are Sinamay
jewel and one of the great wonders of A small settlement by a mangrove mercury and deposits of coal, marble, and Pinolpog, fabrics woven from
the world. Only one hour away is the swamp was a town called Albaybay ceramic clay, perlite, silica, guano and abaca hemp and the mats made from
natural habitat of the fascinating Whale (meaning "by the bay"). The town was phosphates. Lying around the pandan.
Sharks in Donsol, an amazing first renamed Albay, then Legazpi, as province is a mass of fishing grounds Bicolano cuisine is famous for its
interactive eco-experience for the Albay went on to refer to the province. that contain a selection of fish species rich and spicy dishes, which are
Mayon Volcano, otherwise known as the perfect cone volcano
March 2009 The North American Filipino Star 7
mostly cooked using coconut milk Albay is filled with many natural
called gata and spiced with a very hot, wonders and notable attractions in the
local variety of chili called siling area include the Hoyop-Hoyopan,
labuyo. Well known Bicolano Calibidongan and Pototan Caves, the
specialties are Bicol Express (a very surfing beach at Sto. Domingo and
hot dish cooked in coconut milk with also Misibis Island, a paradise for
green chilies), Pinangat (fish or shrimp beach lovers, artists, and nature lovers
wrapped in gabi or yam leaves and and an ideal place to enjoy swimming
cooked in coconut milk), Laing (gabi and discover the exotic marine life
leaves and stalks boiled into a stew underneath; Busay Falls and the Tiwi
with ginger, chili and coconut milk) and Hot Springs; San Miguel and Rapu-
Ginataang Langka (young jackfruit Rapu Islands are among the lesser
stewed in coconut milk with shrimp known, but unspoiled dives sites in the
paste called bagoong). country.
Legazpi, the capital of Albay Mayon Volcano: The world’s most
Province, is best known for its perfect cone, Mayon Volcano has a
surrounding attractions, in particular, height of 2,242 meters (8,189 feet) and
the majestic Mayon Volcano. Mayon is a base of 10 kilometers embracing
world renowned for its perfectly several towns. Her name was derived
symmetrical cone, which billows from the Bikol word “Magayon,” which
smoke daily, a reminder that the literally means beautiful. The peak,
volcano still erupts at frequent likened to the legendary beauty
intervals. The buried remains of Daragang Magayon, is often
Cagsawa, with only the church steeple concealed by clouds urging first-time Local handicraft store, daraga, albay - Curtains & hanging lamps made from seashells,
still standing, are proofs of the strong visitors to stay longer to admire her ball lamps from abaca twine, native fans & hand bags made of "sinamay" cloth, a
powers of this beautiful, but dangerous charm. material woven from fibers of a maguey plant (pineapple family).
wonder of nature. Albay also celebrates its own
Historical sites found in the festivities. The Karangahan Festival is
province are the Battle of Legazpi celebrated in May is a grand Albayano
Trylon, Jose Ignacio Paua Monument, celebration as an expression of wealth
Old Albay, Simeon Ola Monument, brought about by a good harvest.
Guinobatan and the Andres Bonifacio Katalingkasan Festival, held every July
monument in Sto. Domingo. The 21-25, is celebrated in conjunction with
National Museum in Cagsawa contains the town fiesta of Libon. Bicol Food
geological finds from Mayon. Festival is a feast of the famous Bicol
Notable ancient churches include cuisine. Bancathon is a water sport
Our Lady of the Gate in Daraga, St. activity participated in by fisherman
John the Baptist in Camalig and St. from the different municipalities of
Rose in Bacacay. Albay. a
Sleeping Lion Hill - Kapuntukan Hill is called so because its contour and shape are like
a sleeping lion, lying a kilometer away from the busy Legazpi pier. Atop this hill affords
viewers to relish the beautiful vista of the entire city of Legazpi and the neighboring
municipalities as far as the town of Manito and the alluring islands of Rapu-Rapu.
Misibis Island Beach - A paradise for beach lovers, artists, and nature lovers, Misibis is
an ideal place to enjoy swimming and discover the exotic marine life underneath. The town of Tiwi, in Albay province, is known for their exquisite pottery.
8 The North American Filipino Star March 2009
Philippine militants linked to Al Qaeda threaten Red Cross hostage
Abu Sayyaf vows to kill one of three hostages if government troops do not withdraw
from their stronghold.
Al Qaeda-linked militants in the Patikul and Tagbak in Indanan. The rebirth of Abu Sayyaf
Philippines have threatened to The hostages, all workers of raises renewed fears of terrorism.
behead a Red Cross hostage if the International Committee of the So far, Abu Sayyaf has focused on
government troops do not Red Cross (ICRC) — Italian raising money through
withdraw from their stronghold, national Eugenio Vagni, Swiss kidnappings, but it is likely to
signaling an alarming new national Andreas Notter and pursue high-profile assaults to
comeback for terrorist groups in Filipino Mary Jean Lacaba — were reassert its stature as a terror
the Philippines. seized by the group in Jolo Island group, the report noted. Abu
on Jan. 15. Today is their 69th day Sayyaf also has allowed foreign
in captivity. militants, mostly members of the
According to Agence France- regional terror group Jemaah
Presse, Abu Sayyaf "is the smallest Philippines Sen. Richard Gordon, also the Islamiyah, to make the region their
but most radical of several Islamic head of the Philippine National Red home.
militant groups in the southern Cross, speaks to the press in Makati, "As long as they are there,
Philippines. It is blamed for the Philippines on Wednesday March 18,
they can provide safe haven for
country's worst terrorist attacks and 2009. Gordon said the three Red Cross
Jemaah Islamiyah where they can
is on the US government's list of hostages, including two Europeans,
survived two days of fierce jungle train the next generation of
foreign terrorist organizations." bombers and terrorists. That's why
clashes that killed three marines and up
The Philippines' GMA News they're a threat," said Col. William
to seven al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf
says that Abu Sayyaf is asking for captors in southern island of Jolo. Coultrup, who heads the U.S.
two-thirds of the island of Jolo, and counterterrorism forces in
has given the government until In an interview on dzBB Mindanao.
March 28. But the government has radio, Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto To contain the most recent
categorically denied the demand. Torres said they will not heed the standoff, the military moved to cut
Abu Sayyaf's reported demand for off supplies to Abu Sayyaf's
a larger pullout of government stronghold in a bid to put pressure
troops in Sulu in exchange for the on the militant group, Voice of
In this Jan. 15, 2009 file photo, Roland release of one of the ICRC
Bigler, delegate of the Red Cross, shows America reports.
volunteers.... A military spokesman said
pictures of kidnapped workers, Filipino
Mary Jean Lacaba, top, Swiss Andreas
Torres said they also doubt Tuesday that government troops
Notter, bottom left, and Italian Eugenio that the Abu Sayyaf will fulfill its part have cut food, water and other
Vagni. of the "bargain" because last week, supplies to keep pressure on the
the bandits reneged on [an] Abu Sayyaf militants. The
The threat of beheading comes agreement to release one of the spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel
days after "[M]arine snipers ... fired ICRC volunteers after government Edgardo Arevalo, said soldiers are
at the [Abu Sayyaf] militants trying forces repositioned its troops in maintaining their cordon around
to breach a loose military cordon, Indanan town. the dense jungle area where the
sparking two days of clashes that This week's tense standoff and militants are holding the aid
killed three marines and up to other recent attacks are reversing workers.
seven guerrillas," reports the hopes that the Abu Sayyaf group The Inquirer reports that as the
Associated Press. was successfully neutralized, the standoff continues, a military
The militants have given the Associated Press reports. offensive to rescue [the hostages]
government one week, beginning Not long ago, the al-Qaida- remains a last resort, according to
Monday (March 23), to complete linked Abu Sayyaf group was Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan.
the withdrawal from part of Jolo dismissed as all but dead, thanks "Well, if there is really no way
Island (also called Sulu), reports to a much-heralded joint effort of getting the hostages peacefully
Filipino Red Cross volunteers and
The Inquirer, a leading English- against terrorism by the U.S. and then we'll have to resort to that," Tan
sympathizers hold a candlelight prayer
language newspaper in the rally near Manila in late February. the Philippine military. Now there is said.
Philippines. fear that the Abu Sayyaf may be a
In a telephone interview The spokesperson of the coming back....
Tuesday morning, Abu Sayyaf Armed Forces of the Philippines on
leader Albader Parad told this Wednesday said they will not give
reporter that the new ultimatum is
for the "serious implementation of a
military pull-out" on areas they
in to the latest demand supposedly
made by the Abu Sayyaf group
holding three International
indicated in their talks with Sen. Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
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P6-billion insurance fund for unemployed planned
President Arroyo has ordered unemployed SSS members have “We keep track (of the can do for them, but ask what they
economic managers to study the been paying their taxes and dues to international developments) but can do for the country.’
proposal of Socioeconomic the pension fund, “the job of the what’s more important is to monitor “On the part of the people, this is
Planning Secretary Ralph Recto for government is to show that (it) our own departments and agencies, the time that we should bond and
the government to set up a fund to cares.” that they deliver on their targets and focus our attention on our families
extend temporary unemployment He said the SSS board should commitments as far as (the P330- and community and we should
insurance to workers who lose their begin to deliberate on having a billion) ERP (Economic Resiliency begin a new era of volunteerism and
jobs, with money to be provided by program such as unemployment Program) is concerned,” Recto told community spirit,” she said in
the Social Security System (SSS) insurance “because that’s what reporters. Filipino during an interview with the
and the national government. social security is all about.” He said the advantage of GRIM state-owned Radyo ng Bayan here.
“Like a pension plan, if you have is that “we can fine tune our moves “The government is with you, the
difficulties and you’re unemployed, and responses and tweak the ERP religious and civic groups, the non-
you get certain benefits from as well.” government organizations,
government as well. This is just “Things are not static, things harnessing our people to engage in
temporary so that they would look change so we need to make coordinated volunteer activities,”
for work and not become lazy,” he necessary adjustments just like in she said.
said. the US,” Recto said. She said Filipinos can focus on
GRIM determination Mrs. Arroyo said her “simple initiatives like cleaning up
The President has also set up a administration will continue to focus the environment, putting up parks,
monitoring system to keep close on the basics in addressing the planting trees.”
track of international developments spillover of the global economic She said during these trying
as well as the government’s crisis to the Philippines, including times, “the Filipino spirit and
programs to make sure the country creating more jobs, keeping commitment of caring should make
will not slip into recession. consumer prices stable and each one of us (help the less
Mrs. Arroyo said the Global extending more direct assistance to fortunate).”
ISecretary Ralph Recto proposed the Recession Impact Monitor (GRIM) the poor. Mrs. Arroyo said the people can
plan was put up to make sure that the She said the government will still count their blessings as the
country’s growth would continue also continue to help the private Philippines is not experiencing the
Recto proposed during the even if the global economic crisis sector to spur the economy. full-blown economic crisis that other
Cabinet meeting that P5,000 or continues to deepen. She said there are about 41,000 countries like the US are facing.
P10,000 be given monthly for six “We have to keep close watch overseas jobs lost to Filipinos but She said many relatives living
months to SSS members who lose on the impact of global recession to this is miniscule compared to the abroad can attest to this.
their jobs due to the economic crisis. make sure that the global recession millions out of work in the US and “Our country needs all of us
He said the unemployment would not become a Philippine China. pulling in the same direction so we
insurance would not be expensive recession,” she said in a radio Mrs. Arroyo reiterated that she should volunteer our time, our skills,
because the administration has interview prior to the Cabinet has ordered the implementation of our resources. That is a noble
allocated P10 billion for the meeting at the residence of emergency employment programs undertaking that we should all take
conditional cash transfer to the poor. Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group funded from savings of government seriously,” the President said.
“If you have P10 billion for chief Antonio Villar here. departments and agencies, which Mrs. Arroyo, who is celebrating
conditional cash transfer, for “Two-thirds of the world is in have been ordered to set aside 1.5 her birthday next month, said her
unemployment insurance, assuming recession and so far the Philippines percent of their maintenance and birthday wish is that for the global
100,000 lose their jobs at P10,000 a is not. That’s what we’re avoiding,” other operating expenses (MOOE). crisis “not to become a Philippine
month for six months that’s only P6 she said. ‘Reviving bayanihan spirit’ crisis and that we are able to
billion,” Recto told reporters. Recto said the GRIM is a bi- She also appealed to Filipinos, continue on our sustainable
“But if you do it at P5,000 a weekly monitoring and meeting by civic groups and other non- development towards First World
month for six months then that’s economic managers where the government organizations to revive status in 20 years.” a
200,000 jobless people benefited,” National Economic and the spirit of volunteerism and
he said. Development Authority (NEDA) undertake “simple initiatives” that
Recto and Labor Secretary makes presentations on global would help the country survive the
Marianito Roque, however, stressed economic developments. global economic crisis.
that unemployment in the country The GRIM would immediately Mrs. Arroyo paraphrased the late
triggered by the global economic make assessments on the impact of US President John F. Kennedy’s
crisis appears to be tapering off. such international developments for famous quote that the people
Recto said that since quick response. ‘should not ask what their country
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20th Anniversary Celebration of the Seafarers
Brotherhood of Montreal a great success
The Filipino Seafarers Brotherhood member of Maritime Division and a
of Montreal celebrated its 20th Labor Attache in Canada before his
Anniversary foundation on Saturday, appointment as Philippine
February 28, 2009 at Holiday Inn, in Ambassador to Canada. Highly
Cote de Liesse with 270 guests in praising the Filipino Seamen for their
attendance. Although over booked by perseverance and persistence on their
20 guests, the organizers managed to chosen vocation”, he underscored the
accommodate even unconfirmed ticket fact that they have now brought home
holders who came to join the affair. the badly needed dollars to the
economy of the Philippines”. Mr.
Ambassador Brillantes and Shinette Khoury trying to put a crown on Jack Gavile as
the evening’s Ms. Valentine.
only program host in the community
who was the added attraction of the CPR COURSE
evening. Planned activities: Organized by
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The new officers of the Seafarers Brotherhood of Montreal are shown here taking Dec. 26, 2009 Family 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
their oath of office, led by Anthony Fernandez, president.
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With a full capacity hall, the Blacksmith Patrice Caron I.T.F Inspector gave high Day Parade
Band had to eat in adjacent room praise to the Filipino Seafarers for Community Benevolence
together with the FSBM officers. being “hard-working and loyal to their For particulars, contact:
Guests were entertained by live duty If the global industry is Anton Fernandez, President
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• Would you be glad to choose it they need. If you notice any problems
as a daily job? that many people tend to experience,
• Do you have some unique think how you can help them. See if
skills or knowledge in that field? there is some serious competition in
• Who would be interested in your field. As always, write down and
your proposition? think over your new ideas. And,
• Would you like to work with besides conducting your research
those people? intentionally, always write down the
After that, you should have a "incidental" ideas that come to you
list of areas of interest that have the during a walk in the park, or during
best chances to bring you the success. your lunch. The best ideas often
Now, you can pick one of those areas appear at the moments like that, so
Choosing The value. Your product must be valuable and start structuring your knowledge. make sure you don't forget them.
for your customers, solve their
Business Model problems, fulfill their wishes, and
That Suits You Best generally make them happy.
While businesses are folding Your “Target Market Niche” is your
right and left and people are filled with audience, your potential customers.
panic and fear, we should continue to Your target niche should have a
stay positive and not to forget the "I reasonable size - large enough to
refuse to participate in a recession” make a good profit, small enough to fit
slogan . A simple affirmation like this the resources of a small business and
one can help a business minded avoid competing with the large
person focus on success instead of corporations. And your target audience
getting caught up in all the worries and should be easy to reach online through
turmoil on the news. Because he or the specialized web sites, online
she is focused on success, the forums, mailing lists, phone, etc.
business idea will be open to Your “Unique Selling Proposition
opportunities that others overlook. (USP)” is what connects your product
While other business owners are with the target audience. It is the heart
spending time locked in their offices of your business idea. It can be defined
staring at the red ink in their financial as your marketing strategy, or your
report.... why not take a short break, business mission. It is the concept that
enjoy the freshness of spring and you makes your product something more
will be surprised how fast a more relax than one of the items on the shelf for
person can create good ideas for a sale. It must make your product stand Write down the list of all the basic Lastly read articles, stories, or be
new business or a business that needs out of the crowd and persuade your things one needs to learn to reach your surrounded by people that can really
positive results. prospects that your product is the one level of success in that area. Then put inspire you and lead you to the road of
What makes a good business idea for perfect solution to their problems. them in a logical order, so that your success no matter what the economy
a beginner: If all three parts of your customer could learn them in is.
Let's look closer at the three parts of business idea meet the above criteria, sequence. Then, do the same for each No matter how much you like
what we call a business idea. The your chances to succeed are quite item in your list - break it into smaller your idea, don't be in a hurry. Don't
"Product" term is self-explanatory, The good. But how can you find such an parts, and then arrange those small invest your time and money into a new
"Target Market Niche" is also widely idea? Read on, and you'll learn several parts in a logical order. business until you make sure you'll be
used, Unique Selling Proposition” or ways to do it. When you finish such two-level able to profit from it. It would be very
USP" is somewhat less known, but we Find a niche that matches your lists for several areas of interest, you'll disappointing to spend half a year and
want to make some comments on knowledge and skills. The best policy have some ideas about what you can thousands of dollars into a new
each of those terms, regardless of their when determining your product and offer to other people. Look through product, and then to be unable to sell it
popularity. target market is to do what you enjoy your lists, and think over each item. to anyone. First of all, think, would you
Your “Product” is, pretty obviously, doing. You'll achieve the best results if • Do you know anything special buy such a product yourself? If you
what you are trying to sell. It can be a you love your work. So, first of all, think about it? have any doubt, then you should
tangible item, like a book or a bar of about the things you like to do most of • Do you have any related skills? probably work on another idea. Make
soap. It can be an electronic item, like all. It may be your current job, or your • Can you try and create some sure your target audience is easily
an e-book or downloadable software. previous one, special skill, your hobby, product to help people solve that reachable online or by phone. You can
And last, it can be an online community your favorite kind of sports, or anything problem? even estimate the price of your product
membership, your professional else you like. Write down all those • Can you offer something or the services you will be offering by
service, or anything else you are going possible areas of interest, and then outstanding, not presently saturated simply asking people how much they
to charge your customers for. We call think about each one of them anywhere else in the market? would pay for the solution to their
all those things "a product." The most separately. Try to answer the following Write down your ideas and try problems, and how much they usually
important attribute of a product is its questions: to imagine and describe a business pay for similar products.
built on every one of those ideas. Over time, your business will
Some of them might look weird, but likely come to incorporate more than
some may be quite viable. Show your one business model, but take it slow at
lists and ideas to your friends, listen to first for a couple of reasons:
their opinion. They'll surely tell you • Always take a focused
what ideas they like most, and maybe approach with your business and
they'll even give you some more ideas. introduce things slowly, so you can test
They can also point out some logical and improve your results before
mistakes you might have made. Ask adding more workload and
your friends what products they might responsibility to your plate.
need, or what they would be willing to • It takes time to understand
learn. Think how you can help them. your target market and what they really
Many other people could have the want. Offering a few products to start
same problems as your friends. Again, with and growing your selection as you
write down all new ideas and imagine have a deeper understanding of their
developing a business. needs is always the smartest route to
Do some research on the take.
Internet. Find the web sites related to Now, For the owner that needs a
your areas of interest and your specific booster for their sleeping business
ideas. Learn what other people say before it falls to comatose.
about those things. Find some related Read through your options again. Re-
online forums, or newsgroups. Listen check your personality, time and
to what people say, especially to what financial constraints in making new
March 2009 The North American Filipino Star 15
decisions and consider if it needs to
Minister of Industry
for the best pricing on materials and
provincial list for consideration.
Launches $2 Billion Projects could be announced as early
take a detour.. like new strategy or labor. Keep size of the product to a as April 2009.
inventing your own product. (Did you minimum (which takes up less Knowledge Infrastructure The Government of Canada
know that the giant “Microsoft” of Bill
space on the store shelf). Provide Program will provide up to 50 percent of the
Gates launched his own product HALIFAX, March 9, 2009 — The
periodic surprising new add-on eligible costs for selected projects, with
during recession?) Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of
products to keep the buyer interested, the balance to come from provincial
Let’s look through some of the Industry, today launched the
grow your solitary item into a full and territorial governments, the
hallmarks that make for good retail Knowledge Infrastructure Program,a
product line; and help the retailer charitable sector, the private sector, or
inventions: It is functional and simple to two-year $2-billion measure to support
satisfy consumers who are always the post-secondary institutions
use. It makes life easier, while making infrastructure enhancement at post-
looking for "what's next" (regardless of themselves. In the case of federally run
the user feel better, smarter, more secondary institutions, including
the economy.) institutions, such as those accredited
efficient or more attractive. It’s fun to universities and community colleges,
Why this is the right time for by a First Nations government, up to
use. It retails for $40 or less, yet has an across Canada. The program will
you, The inventor? You may be 100 percent of project funding may be
element of magic. It saves both time promote employment and provide
unemployed, or in need of extra provided by the Government of
and money, and is reliable, durable, economic stimulus, and create jobs for
money. You may be scared to take that Canada.
safe and performs well. It is convenient engineers, architects, tradespeople
next step. You may have been waiting Projects chosen to receive
to store. During a recession, other and technicians. It will also generate
for the “perfect time” to launch your federal funding will be selected based
attributes of successful inventions the advanced technological
invention. But now is the time to put on project readiness, including the
would include items that help infrastructure needed to keep
your idea into action. Now is the time to ability to start work quickly on the
consumers repair/improve or re-use Canada's research and educational
push yourself to compete, and project, the generation of economic
what they already own.. Ex. flexible facilities at the forefront of scientific
complete your vision. Take advantage activity and job creation, the project's
shopping bag made of cheap materials advancement.
of recessionary times. If your invention enhancement of research capacity,
than can be found in liquidation store). “This initiative to renew
is successful during a recession, it can and its ability to provide for a better
Most inventions are currently sold to Canada's colleges and universities will
really thrive during good times. As educational experience for our next
wholesale buyers and/or sold directly provide significant short-term
Frank Sinatra’s most famous song generation of researchers.
to the public through internet. In economic stimulus to communities
said, “If you can make it here, you can Canada's Economic Action
selling to wholesale buyers, it is critical across the country and will put many
make it anywhere”, I say “If you can Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian
to keep in mind their perspective. Canadians to work,” said Minister
make it now- go for it!” and hopefully economy over the next two years and
Wholesale buyers are on the lookout Clement. “Investing in leading-edge
you continue that by the tune of “Ï did to improve our long-term
for something that will cut through the facilities will also enable these
it my way”. competitiveness through $12 billion in
jungle of “stuff” already out there, that institutions to attract, train and retain
**For your comments or suggestion new infrastructure investment, which
will sell itself, and is so novel it needs the highly skilled researchers of the
you can reach me at includes the $2-billion Knowledge
little to no advertising. In cash poor future.”
firstname.lastname@example.org Infrastructure Program. This new
times, buyers are looking to tighten “The Government of Canada is support is the next substantive
inventories by buying and stocking Learn the fast and easy investing in innovation to create jobs, investment in the Government of
less, and paying less for products in way to speak French. help our economy recover quickly and Canada's multi-year Science and
order to increase profit margins, while Enroll at Gilmore improve the quality of life for Technology Strategy, Mobilizing
offering value to customers. Some of Canadians,” said the Honourable Gary
International College Science and Technology to Canada's
the ways to appeal to a buyer and help Goodyear, Minister of State (Science
them market your product are: Source and Technology). “The renewal of For more information about the
college and university facilities will Knowledge Infrastructure Program,
encourage more world-class including program criteria and application
researchers to work in Canada and instructions, please visit
give them the tools they need to make www.ic.gc.ca/knowledge-infrastructure.
more discoveries that will benefit For further information (media only),
Canadians and people around the please contact: Pema Lhalungpa
world.” Press Secretary. Office of the Honourable
In order to ensure that Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. 613-
995-9001. Media Relations. Industry
Knowledge Infrastructure Program
Canada. 613-943-2502. Gary Toft,
funding is delivered efficiently, Minister
Director of Communications
Clement and Minister of State Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Goodyear have written to the provincial Minister of State (Science and
and territorial governments, Technology)613-943-7599
universities and community colleges to John Papadimas,Conseiller Régional,
ask them to submit their post- Communications, Cabinet de l'honorable
secondary infrastructure priority Christian Paradis, Regional Cmmuniations
projects. The first round of project Advisor. Office of the Honourable Christian
submissions is due by March 31, 2009; Paradis 6e étage, suite 60, 400 Place
these can be directed to the d'YouvilleMontréal, Québec, Tel: 514-283-
Government of Canada or through a 8695 Cell: 514-451-0065
16 The North American Filipino Star March 2009
Backgrounder Many of us pay into
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION KIT the public to know that our agency has
FOSTERING ENTREPRENEURSHIP Employment Insurance for years. Most
of us rarely give it a second thought, RELEASED IN RESPONSE TO the resources available to help them
AND CREATING JOBS NATIONWIDE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY deal with their concerns and to
BY INVESTING IN THE CANADIAN but when we do it’s a comforting one.
We think EI will be there when we need ARRESTS address their questions," said
YOUTH BUSINESS FOUNDATION Teatree Tells: A kit to help educators McDonald.
it. But the truth is that Employment
Insurance is failing the middle class. and parents prevent child sexual In addition to the numerous
As part of Canada’s Economic abuse materials and resources available to
Action Plan, the Harper Government is Unfair eligibility rules,
insufficient benefits and the two week Ottawa, ON: On the heels of the the public at its website,
investing $10 million in the Canadian nationwide child pornography arrests www.protectchildren.ca, the Canadian
Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), a waiting period are making things tough
for many of the 300,000 Canadians announced this morning, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection today
national charity that provides start-up Centre for Child Protection has launched Teatree Tells: A Child Sexual
mentoring, financing and business thrown out of work since the last
federal election. As few as 40% of responded with resources to help Abuse Prevention kit, to help parents
resources to help young Canadians, Canadians deal with the enormity of and educators with children four to six
aged 18-34, create their own worker’s qualify for EI and just 3 in 10
women. Many miss out even if they’ve the investigation and its implication for years of age deal with issues related to
successful businesses. children. child sexual abuse.
Founded in 1996, CYBF been paying in for years.
Stephen Harper’s latest "Child pornography is child The kit includes a parent guide
supports youth who would not sexual abuse. The scope and size of on child sexual abuse and disclosure;
otherwise have the opportunity to budget did nothing to fix those
problems. Workers need help now far this investigation underscores the two teacher guides with lessons and
realize their full potential and launch a importance of educating Canadian activities for nursery, kindergarten and
business. Modeled after the UK's more than an extra five weeks at the
end of the benefit period. By refusing parents and those who work with grade one children; as well as three
Prince's Trust, CYBF is an accredited children on this serious issue. posters, a Teatree book and a Teatree
member of Youth Business to take seriously the flaws in EI,
Stephen Harper is failing the middle Canadians are going to want answers puppet for use in the classroom.
International, and has been recognized on how to prevent child sexual abuse Teatree is one of the Centre's already
as one of the most efficient class Canadians that are the backbone
of this country. from happening, and we want them to established characters used to teach
organizations of its kind globally. As know that our agency is here to help," children important safety skills.
such, CYBF is often called upon to EI is meant to be insurance
against losing your job, so that the said Lianna McDonald, Executive "We recognize the issue of
mentor youth entrepreneurship Director of the Canadian Centre for child sexual abuse and disclosures
programs in other countries. sudden closure of your tech firm, call
centre or factory doesn’t reduce your Child Protection. may bring about a certain level of fear
CYBF provides the foundation Cybertip.ca, which is operated or discomfort for parents and
for new business start-ups with loans family to poverty right away. It’s
supposed to bridge the gap between by the Canadian Centre for Child guardians or any professional who
of up to $15,000 and on-line business Protection, has received more than works with children. This kit is meant to
resources. The repayment period being laid off and finding new work.
It’s not a hand-out – it’s your insurance. 35,000 reports from Canadians. Data help guide them through it," added
varies with the loan amount. Amounts collected by Cybertip.ca reveals that McDonald.Earlier today the National
up to $7,500 are repayable over 3 Workers usually stay on EI for around
20 weeks. almost 70% of the confirmed child Child Exploitation Coordination Centre
years. Amounts over $7,500 are pornography images involve children (NCECC), in coordination with law
repayable over 5 years. The first year's qEI is good for the economy, too. Lay-
offs don’t stop middle class families less than 8 years of age, and 30% of enforcement units across Canada,
payments are interest-only at chartered those capture sexual assaults against held a press conference announcing
bank prime plus two percent. There is from needing to spend money on food
and other essentials. EI means that the child victim. the arrest of more than 50 individuals
an initial start-up fee of $50 plus a $10 "These statistics demonstrate for possession and distribution of child
monthly administration fee. money keeps going into local
economies. Think of it as reducing the the need for Canadians to recognize pornography.
The critical difference between signs of child sexual abuse. We want
a new company's sustainable success ripples in the pond when a rock is
and failure is the mandatory world- thrown in. EI should keep economies
class mentoring program. CYBF afloat, so that job losses don’t simply
individually qualifies, interviews and lead to more and more job losses.
trains every volunteer mentor, hand- New Democrats want to give
matching each one with a CYBF middle class Canadians a fair deal
entrepreneur for a minimum of 2 years under EI. With the support of the
during the critical start-up period. other opposition parties, we recently
Delivery partners are located passed a motion calling on the Harper
across Canada and most sectors are government to fix EI by:
eligible. * Lowering the hours worked
Last year CYBF funded 400 needed to qualify and make them the
new start-ups across the country, same in every province
bringing their total to 2,800 * Allowing self-employed workers
entrepreneurial companies. These to participate in the program.
businesses have created $300 million * Raising the wage replacement
in sales revenue, $69 million in tax rate from 55 per cent to 60 per cent.
revenue, $33 million in export revenue, * Eliminating the two-week waiting
and more than 15,000 new jobs. On period to start receiving benefits.
average, each new company creates 5 * Making it easier for workers to get
jobs. CYBF also boasts an impressive training.
repayment rate of 95%, with received These are sensible reforms
money reinvested in the next wave of that will help middle class Canadians
entrepreneurs. now, by reducing the impact of job
By working collaboratively losses on the economy and keeping
through existing infrastructure, with families afloat in difficult times. We
generous support from the private and are calling on the Prime Minister to
public sectors, and with its network of enforce these changes. Demand fair
more than 150 local Community access to your Employment Insurance
Partners and with more than 2,600 when you need it.
volunteers, CYBF delivers its vital
program coast to coast.
For additional information or to ADULT VOLUNTEERS
obtain a loan application, please go to FOR SCOUTING ACTIVITIES
www.cybf.ca. mployment Insurance is TWO HOURS WEEKLY
failing the middle class
We also accept children
The Hon. Jack Layton, M.P P
. .C. aged 7 to 14 years old
Leader of the New Democratic Party of to be involved in
Please call 514-485-7861 for
March 2009 The North American Filipino Star 17
Tributes to a Great Community Leader -
Camerlita Ongpauco Sideco
tMonreal, February26, 2009 Women's Club, Montreal Chamber Carmelita Ongpauco-Sideco. the first president of the Philippine
It is with profound sadness Orchestra, political organizations and The Sideco Family wishes to Folk Art Society. She exemplified the
and loss that I share with you the news many more. thank everyone for their prayers. best in the Filipino, and she will surely
of Tita Lita's passing away today at the She believed in the Details of the viewing arrangements be missed.
Royal Victoria Hospital. importance of education so she helped will be e-mailed as soon as available.
She is a beloved and various schools such as Ecole des Thank you for all your prayers and Member of Parliament - Outremont:
cherished mother of Erik, Ian, Neil and Nations, Ecole de petit chapiteau, friendship in this time of need. Thomas Mulcair and Catherine
Arne and a constant partner of Tita Ed, among others, connect with the -- Mulcair:
Dr. Ed Sideco and hip friend and Filipino community to address issues Riza Trillanes Esmeralda
mother-in-law to her daughters-in-law concerning a Filipino-majority Director of Public and Government To the Family and Friends of
and a loving Lola to Katie and Allison. population in these schools. Relations Carmelita,
Among her numerous Filipino She personified Philippine Philippine Association of Montreal and My wife Catherine and I sent
community involvements, she was the graciousness combined the Filipino Suburbs (FAMAS) our heartfelt condolences to the family
Founding President of the Philippine values of community service, Serving the community since 1963 and friends of Carmelita.
Folk Art Society of Quebec (PFASQ), compassion and kindness and quite 4708 Van Horne Ave. We've had the pleasure and honour for
the first female President of the determination. Montreal, Quebec many years to work with and admire
Philippine Association of Montreal and The loss of one of the finest Metro Plamondon this generous, caring and amazing
Suburbs (FAMAS), a steadfast and beloved pillars of our community Tel. 514-341-7477 woman.
member and supporter of the Filipino is unconveivable when her youthful Her devotion not only to her
Nurses' Association of Quebec (FNAQ) spring of optimism remains palpable community but to the greater Quebec
and the Federation of Philippine and vivid to this moment. and Canadian Community has been a
Canadian Association of Quebec and a Yet, I believe this loss is gained Member of Parliament - Mont Royal: Irwin model and an inspiration to us all.
and will live in us if we let her legacy of Cotler and Mrs. Cotler: Our deepest sympathies are sent in the
founding member of the Philippine
Centre of Greater Montreal Foundation relentless community service, sincere hope that her memory will
compassion and kindness and “Ariela and I were deeply
and supported many associations. continue to inspire new generations of
saddened – indeed shocked – to learn of
dedicated volunteers and professionals
Carmelita made an enormous whose lives have been touched by
contribution to the Filipino community, as knowing her.
the first female President and ongoing
leader of FAMAS, as a devoted member of Michael Applebaum - Mayor Borough
the Filipino Nurses Association and of the of Cote des Neiges - Notre Dame de
Federation of Philippine Canadian Grace, Marvin Rotrand - City Councillor
Associations of Quebec, to name a few. - Snowdon, Saulie Zajdel - City
Indeed, her leadership and Councillor - Darlington:
engagement went beyond the Filipino
Permit us on behalf of our
community – involved as she was with a
myriad of intercultural, university, artistic
colleagues of the Cote des Neiges -
and political organizations and projects, all Notre Dame de Grace Borough Council
of which benefited from her seemingly to convey our sincerest condolences to
endless generosity, courage, and energy. Dr. Ed Sideco and family on the sudden
She was one of the great and passing of Carmelita Sideco.
beloved pillars not only of the Filipino We will all miss Carmelita's
community but of the larger community of warmth and energy. She was such a
Quebecers and Canadians. She presence in so many causes that so
personified the best of Filipino values of positively touched so many people. A
commitment, compassion, community
proud Filipino and a proud Canadian,
service, and selfless giving of herself for
the well-being of others.
Carmelita was a trailblazer helping
She will be sorely missed by all found organizations such as the
who knew her – including my family Philippine Folk Art Society and
and myself – and all those whose lives becoming the first women President of
she touched over the years. the Philippine Association of Montreal
May you be inspired by her and Suburbs (FAMAS).
memory, and may that memory serve But she was involved in the
as a blessing for all.” broader community as well working to
improve the working conditions of
Alvin & Hilda Veloso, Ex President, nurses and educators. Her work in
Philippine Folk Art Society of Quebec, training nurses at Vanier College is
Washington, D.C., USA: fondly remembered by may who went
The Veloso family joins the on to successful careers in the health
Filipino community in expressing our care field.
deepest sorrow in the sudden demise Carmelia believed in a
of Carmelita Sideco, a good Christian, democratic multicultural Canada. She
a real community leader and a served on the Board of organizations
passionate human being. Hilda and I that defend civil rights and equality
and our childlren, Melvin and Michele, before the law regardless of colour or
wish Dr. Ed Sideco and his children, creed. She was involved in federal as
our heartfelt condolence in this hour of well as municipal politics and believed
Carmelita Sideco (left) at Park Jean Drapeau with Riza Esmeralda bereavement. May your faith in God that voting is a citizen's most solemn
and in His promise of eternal life give duty.
She believed Filipinos should unshaken faith on who we are as a you strength and courage. She was a wonderful wife and
reach out to different communities and people and the possibilities therein, REQUIESCAT IN PACE! MAY SHE mother. She was also a wonderful
promote and share our culture and inspire us to act on these values. REST IN PEACE! citizen and friend to so many in our
participate fully in the community as The Philippine, Canadian and I have known Lita like most Borough and city. She will be missed.
Quebecers and Canadians. As such, Quebec flags, symbols of identities Filipinos for a long time, and had a
she was also an active member and/or Tita Lita lived with pride, will be flown good working relation during our
officer of various organizations such as half mast at FAMAS, in hommage to early days with the FAMAS, as an
the Shield of Athena, University FAMAS' first female President, officer of the the Federation, and as
18 The North American Filipino Star March 2009
hindi ko naman talaga kinopya yung parati sa mga eksena niya. madami
FILIPINO STAR galaw niya. I just watched it to be
familiar and see how he does it. I think
deserving siya to win Best Actor. I
akong gustong films niya pero the one
na nagustuhan ko talaga yung
performance niya is in The Aviator. Ang
SHOWBIZ GOSSIP didn’t watch Brokeback Mountain,
baka ma-trauma na ako (laughs). Pero
I heard maganda yung movie so I want
galing niya dun eh, sobra. I also
watched The Beach, Titanic,
Revolutionary Road, The Departed,
to watch it na rin,” he adds. Blood Diamond… basta andun siya,”
AJ also admits that when it comes he says.
Model student AJ Perez enjoys to acting, he really looks up to For more updates on AJ and other
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Kapamilya stars, keep logging on daily
learning from veteran actors “Ang favorite actor ko is Leonardo kasi to www.abs-cbn.com a
andun yung lalim sa acting niya eh.
Whenever I watch him, nadadala ako
No rift with Dennis, Carlene
lasted only less than an hour; "45
minutes," Carlene beamed.
Looking at her wide black and
white photo on display that evening,
Carlene couldn't help but gush:
"Maganda parang alive na alive talaga.
Kahit na black and white siya, makikita
mo talaga na buhay."
BALANCING ACT. Carlene is
currently seen in GMA 7's primetime
series, Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking
Tadyang, where she portrays the role
Juggling her time, admittedly, is
never easy. Aside from show business,
the former beauty queen is also taking
up architecture at the University of the
Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
Commercial model-turned-actor though I’ve worked with Lauren Young She is also a mom to son, Calix
AJ Perez has always been a good and Empress Schuck before, but it’s Carlene Aguilar Andreas — her lovechild with actor
student. As an honor student at La my first time to work with sina Matt and former boyfriend Dennis Trillo.
Salle Greenhills where he is a high Evans, Melissa Ricks, Rafael Rosell, Model-turned-actress Carlene "Buti na lang nakikisama 'yong EP
school sophomore, AJ makes sure to and sina Tita Sylvia Sanchez. Si Tita Aguilar was ecstatic with the result of [executive producer] ng show kaya
still keep his studies a top priority Sylvia is already a veteran actress and her pictorial with ace photographer, kahit papaano na-a-accommodate pa
despite his showbiz schedule. “Final marami na silang nagawa so parang Mark Nicdao. rin ng schedule ko," she said.
exams ko this coming week so sana it’s an experience getting to work with The photo exhibit held last March PEP (Philippine Entertainment
pagbutihin ko kasi wala na akong other people and at the same time, 11 at the Greenbelt 5 in Makati City Portal) took the opportunity to ask
taping. Kahit dito nga sa taping nag- yung role ko, parang mas nag-mature showed various celebrities in black Carlene regarding the latest issue
aaral pa rin ako. Half day ako sa na, as compared to my previous and white images as captured through saying that she and Dennis are at odds
school minsan so yung ginagawa ko projects,” he explains. the lens of the top fashion once again, which consequently
na lang is bumabawi talaga ako sa photographer. Other celebrity subjects affects the young actor's visitation
nami-miss ko na homework or any that evening included KC Concepcion, rights to their son.
tests. Basta priority talaga yung exams Enchong Dee, Richard Gomez, Regine "Wala," replied a perplexed
so sabi ko basta walang gagalaw sa Velasquez, Jericho Rosales, and Carlene. "Okay naman," she added,
exam schedule ko,” he shares. CamSur Governor LRay Villafuerte. "kasi friends naman kami ni Dennis
Outside the classroom, AJ also Mark, according to Carlene, was kaya wala namang problema." a
enjoys learning from veteran actors of easy to work with. Her session actually
whom he has been lucky enough to
work with like Christopher De Leon Anti-Willie Revillame posters
and Dawn Zulueta, whom he met while
filming last years Metro Manila Film
Fest entry Magkaibigan. “It was a great
sprout in Cebu
responsible for putting up the anti-
experience for me to be working with
Revillame posters. They suspect that
them because they give me advice on
the culprits are not residents of
how to attack my role. Like in
Underage, Tita Sylvia Sanchez gives
Village chairman Dondon Donaldo
me pointers and some tips sa acting assured that his men would double their
tapos masaya ako if it’s just one take efforts in patrolling the area to catch the
lang for that scene. Tapos ang ganda culprits and avoid a repeat of the
nung eksena. So natuwa naman ako incident.
dun. In Magkaibigan, I played the role In Underage, AJ plays the role of As of posting time, it is not year
of Tito Christopher’s son. Medyo good guy Gary, who pretends to be clear whether the incident was
nahiya ako kasi si Christopher de Leon gay in order to get close to his crush connected to the latest Pulse Asia
na yun eh, ang tagal na niya dito sa Corazon, played by Lauren Young. AJ survey results showing Revillame as
industriya na ito tapos he’s still here says he doesn’t mind playing a gay among those who could win a senatorial
being a great actor and he still has the role since he’s comfortable with his seat if elections were held today.
charisma. So it’s very inspiring to work sexuality. “I’ve done it before, pero Willie Revillame According to the Pulse Asia survey
with one of the greats,” the Star Circle when I act yung pagiging bakla, hindi conducted from February 2 to 15,
At least 10 posters branding
Batch 13 member admits. yung kagaya ng ini-expect ng tao na Revillame, who has not yet indicated his
popular "Wowowee" host Willie
As part of the current series Your loud, it’s just subtle lang naman. Kasi interest in running for public office,
Revillame as "Capitalist Whore" and
Song Presents: Underage, AJ says he hindi naman talaga ako bakla dito eh, could land in 17th to 23rd place.
"Wowpera" have mysteriously appeared
enjoys the opportunity to work with a nagpre-pretend lang. Napanuod ko Recently, the popular "Wowowee"
on Escarrio Street, Barangay
whole new set of actors. “It’s really yung original na Underage sa YouTube host was named the most powerful
Kamputhaw in Cebu City.
different kasi unang-una, I’m working tapos recently pinanuod ko rin yung entertainer in local show business by
Village officials said they are still
with a totally different cast. Even Milk. Bakla si Sean Penn dun. Pero entertainment magazine YES! a
facing a blank wall on who might be
March 2009 The North American Filipino Star 19
Juday, Ryan move wedding date Charice denies Oprah is
at saka wedding nung brother ni Rye,
so napag-usapan 'yon. Pero malas
daw kasi sa Chinese ang May 4, she would be adopted by Oprah.
parang it means death. Napag- “Hindi naman totoo 'yan, natutuwa
usapan yon, pero hindi na siya May lang si Ms. Oprah sa akin pero wala
4.” naman akong nabalitaan na ganun.
But not to worry. “Mangyayari po Ang alam ko na nagdyo-joke ng
this year, hindi na rin naman tayo ganyan ay si Sir David Foster. May
bumabata, ngayong taong 'to limang daughters siya, niloloko niya na
magiging 31 na rin naman ako,” she ako raw ang pang-anim. Si Ms. Oprah
assured her fans and friends. naman talaga, tumutulong siya sa mga
Asked which months are bata kaya minsan naiisip nila na 'Baka
considered lucky by feng shui ia-adopt na nito si Charice.' Kung
experts, she said, “Ang nababasa ko mangyayari yun, dapat kasama ang
lang September, November, and mommy pati kapatid ko.”
August yung mga suwerteng month. The diminutive singer will soon
Yun yung mga nabasa ko sa feng launch her international album.
shui, pero sa amin ni Ryan, hindi ko “Happy yung feeling pero sa
alam [kung susundin namin]. Siguro project na ito, masasabi ko na isa ito
Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo yung date lang kung sakali kasi yung sa pinakamahirap na gagawin ko, kasi
month fate na rin naman yun, e, di bukod sa debut album ko ito, whole
Okay, Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Charice Pempengco world po ito ibebenta. Mamimili na
Agoncillo are not tying the knot on kami ng ng mga songs, pag nakapili
Juday reiterated their desire to Singing sensation Charice has
May 4 but the wedding will definitely na kami, diretso na kami sa recording.
have a simple, solemn and very denied rumors that Oprah Winfrey is
be this year. This was confirmed by Umabot lang po ito ng gold, okey na
elegant wedding. her manager and that the Queen of
Juday herself, who admitted earlier sa akin, masayang-masaya na ako
She confirmed that Sharon Talk is adopting her.
reports that she and Ryan were dun.”
Cuneta will be the matron of honor “Ang manager ko ay yung
initially considering May 4 for their Her recent gigs in the US were
while Dondi, Ryan’s brother, will be manager ni Andrea Bocelli,” she
wedding date. But they changed their during the birthday party of a Sony
the best man. It’s her older brother clarified. “Si Ms. Oprah ang nagmo-
mind when they learned that the date Pictures executive and in one of the
Jeffrey, not her father, who will give monitor ng career ko, siya yung
connotes death in the Chinese after-parties at the Oscar's Awards
her away to the groom. . nagsasabi kung ano ang dapat kong
And she couldn’t wait to have a gawin, kung ano ang ayaw niya, siya
“Napag-usapan 'yon before,” she Fox News predicted that Charice
baby immediately. “Ako, ideally, I yung nagmo-monitor. Kumbaga siya
told reporters. “Dahil bandang May would be one of the three shining stars
wanna get pregnant as soon as yung tumutulong, siya yung nagsasabi
din, first week of May yung wedding in 2009 – British actor Robert
possible because I'm not getting any kay Sir David Foster kung ano ang
nung parents ni Rye [Ryan Agoncillo] Pattinson, 2009 Oscar Best Actress
younger.” a mga dapat kong gawin sa career ko.”
winner Kate Winslet and Charice. a
She dismissed the loose talk that
Pops Fernandez shocked by her Kris Aquino and Boy Abunda share
breakup with Jomari Yllana showbiz explosives daily!
Pops mutually decided to go on
separate ways. sizzle with the hottest and freshest
But Pops kept mum about this showbiz scoops daily!
"mutual decision" when she was Hosted by undisputed King and
asked by Ricky. Like Jomari, she also Queen of Talk, Boy Abunda and Kris
doesn't know the possible cause of Aquino, SNN will feed viewers with up-
their breakup. to-date intrigues, unknown celebrity
"I didn't expect it, I didn't see it facts, behind-the-scene drama and
coming," stated Pops. "Maybe it was inside information that they are dying
due to pressures before, during, and to know. All these delivered fresh, hot
after the concert. I don't know. I am and fast!
clueless." (The concert Pops was Kirs Aquino & Boy Abunda Showbiz explosives ignite as Kris
referring to was Missing You, her and Boy deliver news not just by the
Filipinos all over the world get hour but by the minute on Showbiz
reunion concert with ex-husband their daily dose of showbiz news and
Martin Nievera.) News Ngayon, only on TFC.
lifestyle as ABS-CBN’s first primetime For more updates, log on to
Pops Fernandez & Jomari Yllana On the other hand, Jomari already entertainment news show, Showbiz
clarified that the reunion concert of www.abs-cbnglobal.com. a
"Sa totoo lang, I was shocked," New Ngayon (SNN), makes television
Pops and Martin, which was held last
says Pops Fernandez in her post-
February 6 at the Araneta Coliseum,
breakup interview with entertainment
had nothing to do with their breakup.
columnist Ricky Lo. Pops's boyfriend,
"Hindi naging issue o problema sa
Jomari Yllana, confirmed the breakup
amin yung reunion concert. Masaya
two days ago by citing their
"irreconcilable differences" as one of kami pareho sa outcome no'n. In fact,
the possible reasons. breaking all the records sa local
"Hurting but healing." This was [concert scene] yung Missing You,
how the Concert Queen Pops and we're happy about it. Walang
Fernandez described her current immediate na plano para sa repeat,
status in an interview with kasi nga na-break mo na yung record,
entertainment columnist Ricky Lo, e. Parang hindi maganda kung
which was published in his "Funfare" magre-repeat pa," he told PEP .
column in Philippine Star today, Despite the sad ending of their
March 5. nearly three-year romance, Pops still
Two days after Jomari Yllana managed to show courage in coping
confirmed their breakup, Pops said: with the breakup.
"Sa totoo lang, I was shocked." "I can manage, I can take care of
It would be recalled that in a myself. I was shocked for only a few
phone interview with PEP contributor days. Yes, as I've said, I'm still hurting
Rey Pumaloy, Jomari admitted that it but I am healing," said Pops. a
has been two weeks since he and
20 The North American Filipino Star March 2009
Showbiz Gossip Continued from p.19 Heart isn’t ready to fall in love
Marian: ‘I’m only human’ again
Heart, who turned 24 last
everything I buy is truly useful.” Valentine’s Day, broke off with her
She’s really quite practical, unlike boyfriend of seven months, Francisco
her TV alter ego, the flighty and flaky Delgado, last January. But she does
Proserfina of the Kapuso network’s not want to discuss it in public.
new prime time series, “Ang Babaeng “Actually, coz he comes from a
Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang.” very private family, I don't wanna keep
“Challenging,” she described the on talking about it. Ayoko namang
new soap. “More mature and a bit sabihin nila na. . . but you know that's
sexy. I’m not api-apihan here. life, the only constant thing is change.
Proserfina is a fighter.” To be sure, Heart is not wanting in
She said Proserfina possessed admirers. For starters, there’s Dennis
traits both lovable and loathsome. “I Trillo, who has publicly declared he
can’t relate with her because I’m a has a big crush on the actress. Heart
homebody. Proserfina is footloose. But and Dennis were slated to appear
she’ll do anything for her family.” together for the first time in a new soap
Actually, there’s is talk that fans for GMA-7 but it was abruptly
find the daring soap too drastic a cancelled after Heart’s manager,
departure. Annabelle Rama, complained about
Marian said she and the network the assigned time slot.
execs constantly listen to audience Asked to name the five sexiest
Marian Rivera feedback. Heart Evangelista is still smarting male stars today, she named Sam
“We always have meetings to discuss from another failed relationship and Milby, John Lloyd Cruz, Richard
The last few months have been
which direction to take next.” says she is not ready to fall in love Gutierrez, Dennis Trillo and Aljur
stressful for Marian Rivera, who
In one story conference, for again soon. Abrenica. a
continues to parry rumors that she
instance, they decided to “soften”
stole Dingdong Dantes from Karylle
and that she’s not the sweet martyr she Proserfina’s brashness. “We will show Martin admits trying to save
played on GMA 7 drama shows her back story so that people will
“Marimar” and “Dyesebel.” understand her. That’s what viewers marriage
When the going gets tough, seem to want -- seeing me
settled for the ones we feel na dapat ay
Marian gets a massage. At a recent persecuted.”
irecord. We save the rest for the next
gathering with the press, the actress Marian also got the chance to
album. We also give in to requests
said she has learned to be kind to show a more vulnerable side after she
from fans who want a particular song
herself. was deluged with negative publicity
“I used to think only of work and resulting from the Dingdong-Karylle
For Always marks Martin's 27th as
business ventures,” she confessed. split-up.
a recording artist. It kicks off with the
“Now, I’ve learned to reward myself for At the height of the controversy,
single, "Maybe This Time," originally
my hard work.” Last time she did, she she recalled, “A lot of press people told
popularized by Michael Murphy during
went on a trip to Guam. me to ignore the intrigues and not to
“I bought a Chanel bag and be too palaban.”
Without any doubt, the CD is a trip
shoes,” she related. “Among the She said she listened to all the
down memory lane. There are liner
designer labels, I only go for Gucci, advice. “I’m only human. I accept
notes in the album which Martin
Chanel and Louis Vuitton.” constructive criticism, but I also get
himself wrote wherein he shares
But she hastened to add that she’s hurt and fight back if I’m stepped on.”
personal thoughts about every song.
no shopaholic. “I make sure that “Every song has a story to tell.
KC Concepcion is grateful but Putting them all together would sum
up the story of my life. As a rule, I
wants to make her own name in always keep a journal and jot down
little piece of events. It should come in
showbiz Martin Nivera handy one day when I decide to write
my autobiography. Where would you
Concert king and now
compared to her mom, Sharon want me to start? Sa downfall agad ng
acknowledged King of Remakes
Cuneta. aking marriage?,” he said with a poker
Martin Nievera has recorded his new
KC thinks that she has finally face.
album under Polyeast Records to
moved slightly away from her mom’s If and when Martin writes his
which he has pledged his allegiance
shadow after the phenomenal “memoirs,” we are positively sure it will
by exclaiming, "I will never move on to
success of her movie with Richard another recording company." It is be a sell-out because he is a frank
Gutierrez titled “When I Met You.” She entitled For Always featuring classic person who calls a spade a spade. His
even commented that Sharon and songs from the 80s and the 90s. humor might even be mistaken for
Kiko were very proud of her and that Does he mind being called king of something else. When he told us in
her movie reminds them of Sharon’s remakes or revivals? passing how he tried to “repair” his
movies which made big hits in the “Not at all because this trend has marriage with a pastor at their side, we
80’s. been going on for quite sometime. I could only presume the different
Although KC has emerged with a grew up listening to songs like "The reaction he will get from his ex-wife
lot of better young actresses her age, Nearness of You" or "Misty." I like once she hears his story.
she has always been humble and singing these songs because they are Anyway, back to the songs of
readily accepted her capabilities since simple and meaningful. We don't come yesteryears. Choice cuts include: Now
“Ang hirap lang minsan parang she does not have all the experiences out with magical songs like this. Ang and Forever, Old Photographs, All at
palagi kaming kinu-compare. Mommy the other lady actresses have had. mga notes ngayon ng kanta eh halu- Once, Sometimes When We Touch,
ko sya at ang laki ng respeto ko sa “Alam kong mas maraming halo and it is hard to follow their rhythm Heaven (and Everything I Do,I Do It for
mommy ko. Sana huwag na lang experience ang ibang artistang kung meron man. The songs of you) and The Search is Over to name a
kaming i-compare, di ba? I mean, 30 kaedad ko ngayon na hindi pa kilala yesteryears are so romantic you feel few.
years na rin po ang experience nya. ang pagkatao ko talga. Pero pati sila, proud choosing one and dedicating it No love duet with Pops Fernandez
Ako, ilang taon ko pa lang at marami may judgment. Pero, it’s okay. I mean, to your girlfriend.” with whom he got reunited even
pa rin po akong pagdadaanan.” sobrang grateful lang na naa- How do you choose which songs through a Valentine concert?
These are the exact words of KC ppreciate naman ng tao ang effort ko to include in the album? They sung Reunited, a ballad
Concepcion when asked about her na gumawa ng mabuting work sa “We list down as many as we about lovers getting back which was
feelings whenever she is being trabahong ‘to.”a could and the list could really be long. done by Peaches and Herb in the 80’s.
Then we started crossing out until we
March 2009 The North American Filipino Star 21
Ara admits P1.8 M debt to Francis Magalona passed away
Cristine (October 4, 1964 -March 6, 2009), one
of the Philippines’ successful Master
Rapper. He is also popularly known as
own instead of making it the “King of Pinoy Rap” and is one of
public. the most idolized, and celebrated
Ara explains that she influential rappers in the country.
Reports are coming in that he died
borrowed money from Cristine
of leukemia Friday Mar 6, 2009 at the
when she ran out of cash Medical City in Mandaluyong. The
during the production of the popular Rapper-Eat Bulaga TV Host has
movie, Ate for her own outfit. It been fighting leukemia since 2008.
At 44 years of age, we bid Francis
was, after all, Cristine's Magalona goodbye. We also like to
Francis Durango Magalona
launching movie which express our condolences to his family. a
unfortunately, didn't make it at
the box-office. In any case, Ara Nora to make a comeback
promises to settle this as soon Nangarap na Maging Nora Aunor. This
US movie is the first time we’re
as she gets her fees from successful.”
GMA7 where she has projects There are also persistent reports
now. that the original Superstar will do two
Aside from two teleseryes, other mvie projects. The first one is said
to be an epic film with award-winning
she might go back to Bubble independent filmmaker Lav Diaz.
Ara Mina Gang where she was a The second project will reportedly
mainstay for several years cast her in the lead role in the planned
Ara Mina is surprised that film adaptation of the first novel by
before she decided to jump to acclaimed scriptwriter Ricky Lee. Titled
the P1.8 million she owes her
ABS-CBN. She just doesn't Para Kay B, the novel has become a
sister Cristine Reyes could bestseller after it was launched in
know if she will still be
cause so much talk. In the first November last year.
welcomed with open arms by Subtitled O Paano Dinevastate ng
place, she never denied that
her co-stars. Nora Aunor is staging a comeback Pag-Ibig ang 4 Out Of 5 Sa Atin, the
and she has no intention of
Ara admits that Cristine is via a film to be directed by Celso Ad. novel is the first of its kind in the
running away from it. What Castillo. The news was announced by Philippines because it doesn’t follow the
now asking her money back
she's just wondering about is Castillo, who said the movie, to be shot usual novel format with a beginning,
as the latter plans to buy a in the US, is entitled Do Filipinos Cry in middle and end.
how it came out in the open,
condo for herself. Well, we America? La Aunor and Lee had worked
since only she and Cristine “There have been many attempts, together in numerous award-winning
can't blame Cristine if she
knew about it. Still, no matter as early as the 1970s, for us to work movies, including Himala, which CNN
really needs the money, but together,” Castillo told the Philippine adjudged as one of the greatest Asian
what happens, they are sisters
maybe she should give Ara Daily Inquirer. “One project was movies. The two are good friends. a
and they can settle it on their supposed to be titled Ang Lalakeng
enough time to settle it. a
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BIDA march is largest vs. illegal drugs – Guinness
The Grand Batang Iwas Droga "This is the time to take a stand
(BIDA) rally staged on Saturday as a nation," Genuino said. "By
made it to the Guinness World participating in the Grand BIDA
Records (formerly the Guinness March, we do not only show the
Book of World Records) as entire nation, but the whole world
"Largest March Against Illegal that Filipino people are one against
Drugs." the fight versus illegal drugs. Let us
BIDA was participated in by work together to make our country
tens of thousands of public school a safer place to live. We owe it to
children accompanied by their our children and to future
parents and teachers. Many generations."
celebrities also joined the march, BIDA Foundation corporate
acknowledging their responsibility secretary Josephine Evangelista
to serve as role models of the explained that the march was all
youth. about creating awareness.
BIDA is a massive information "We want to grab the public’s
campaign launched in 2003 to attention not only locally but in a
educate children between 6 and 12 global scale," she said. "The march
years old on the dangers of is a massive event in which our
substance abuse. President Gloria Thousands of participants are seen as they take part in an anti-drug campaign in schoolchildren will play a vital role
Macapagal Arroyo then lead the Luneta, Metro Manila March 21, 2009. A government campaign directed at youths in leading a battle cry against
oath taking of thousands of attempted to create a Guinness World Record for the first and biggest march against illegal drugs. Our children want to
children into the BIDA Kids Club. illegal drugs. win this war and this is their
Guinness representatives venue."
awarded the certificate at about Saturday's march took a lot of
5:30 p.m. to Chairman Efraim coordination to pull off.
Genuino of the Philippine Spearheaded by Pagcor and the
Amusement and Gaming BIDA Foundation, it had the
Corporation (Pagcor), who support from various government
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and the BIDA Foundation. organizations, like the Department
Representing Guinness were of Education, the Philippine Drug
adjudications executive Lucia Enforcement Agency, and the
Sinigagliesi from Italy and digital Dangerous Drugs Board.
content manager Denise Anlander. The Department of
Pagcor vice president for Transportations and
corporate communications Dodie Communications provided free
King said the exact number of MRT and LRT rides for all
marchers would be announced registered participants and the
later. Department of Public Works and
"We are very excited because Highways allowed BIDA to make
this is a statement to the world that use of their railings apart and
we Filipinos made to the world provided at least 1,800 volunteers.
record as the first nation to do and A soldier throws confetti onboard on a helicopter while hovering over a crowd of Maynilad help provide free
this is a stand that we are against thousands who joined an anti-drugs gathering in Rizal park in Manila March 21, water stations in the area, while the
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ex-Philippine leader in hot Sharon buys P3-M bag to
water for replica gun reward self
Disgraced former Philippine herself for working so hard in the
president Joseph Estrada is being industry for 30 years.
investigated after he was allegedly “Pwede na ‘yon ipamana
seen riding around town in a jeep ngayon,” she said.
with a replica machine-gun mounted Aside from bags, the megastar
on top, police officials said. is also into collecting books,
National police chief Director magazines and DVDs.
General Jesus Verzosa said they Daughter KC Concepcion,
were looking into the possibility of meanwhile, said her mother
charging Mr Estrada with violating “earned it.”
laws against the brandishing of guns, “She earned it. She worked all
including replicas, in public. her life… it’s not like [gastos lang
"Our legal people are studying
siya ng gastos] may katumbas [din
the matter," Mr Verzosa said.
naman] na goodwill,” Concepcion
Mr Estrada's companion in the
jeep, opposition leader Jejomar said.
Binay, who is Mayor of Manila's Cuneta is not the only one
financial district of Makati, may also splurging these days. During her
be charged, he added. Sharon Cuneta birthday celebration, Anne Curtis
The replica machine-gun has was wearing a headband designed
already been surrendered to local For her hard work in the past by Jennifer Behr that reportedly
police, Mr Verzosa said. 30 years in show business, costs P35,000. Nicole Ritchie,
Mr Estrada, unseated in a Former Philippine president Joseph megastar Sharon Cuneta has Sophia Bush and Natalie Portman
popular uprising in 2001, was later Estrada, seen here trying out a grenade rewarded herself with a designer were some of the big personalities
sentenced to life in prison for launcher captured from Muslim rebels in bag that costs millions of pesos. who have worn the expensive
corruption but was pardoned in 2007 November 2000, is being investigated Cuneta’s Hermes Birkin bag is headband. a
by the woman who deposed him, after he was allegedly seen riding around worth P3 million. It is made from
President Gloria Arroyo. Manila in a jeep with a replica crocodile skin. The luxury item
But the former movie star still machinegun mounted on top, police
would add to Cuneta’s collection of
retains a large following and has officials have said.
bags. She said she decided to buy
hinted that he may run again for the item when someone reminded
president in the 2010 elections. a
her that it was about time to reward
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