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                                                                                                                                Fiesta 2007

   Volume 6 No. 10                                                                                                                                                            Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007
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                                                                                                                                                                      Arroyo okays
                            Filipino Women’s Club                                                                                                                    talks on pardon
                                                                                                                                                                         for Erap
    68th Anniversary Dinner and Dance and Round-the-Clock Fashion Show
                                                                                                                                                                    President Arroyo has approved negotiations
                                                                                                                                                                    on a possible pardon for former President
                                                                                                                                                                    Joseph Estrada, who was recently sentenced
                                                                                                                                                                    to life imprisonment for plunder, her legal
                                                                                                                                                                    adviser said yesterday.
                                                                                                                                                                       Mrs. Arroyo
                                                                                                                                                                    was open to
                                                                                                                                                                    granting an un-
                                                                                                                                                                    pardon        de-
                                                                                                                                                                    pending on the
                                                                                                                                                                    result of talks
                                                                                                                                                                    between Inte-
                                                                                                                                                                    rior Secretary
                                                                                                                                                                    Ronaldo Puno
                                                                                                                                                                    and Estrada,
                                                                                                                                                                    who is being
                                                                                                                                                                    held in his           President Arroyo
                                                                                                                                                                    sprawling countryside villa near Manila,
                                                                                                                                                                    Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sergio
                                                                                                                                                                    Apostol said.
                                                                                                                                                                        “Hopefully, if this pardon is granted, it
                                                                                                                                                                    will remove one cause of political tensions,”
                                                                                                                                                                    Apostol told The Associated Press by tele-
                                                                                                                                                                       Estrada said he was open to such talks,
                                                                                                                                                                    and if the terms of a pardon were acceptable
                                                                                                                                                                    he may decide not to pursue plans for an
                                                                                                                                                                    appeal against his Sept. 12 conviction for
                                                                                                                                                                    plunder by the Sandiganbayan.
                                                                                                                                                                        “If there is an assurance of an absolute
                                                                                                                                                                    pardon, which would not amount to an ad-
                                                                                                                                                                    mission of guilt, I’m open to withdrawing
                        The officers, members, and guests of The Filipino Women’s Club of Sacramento
                                                                                                                                          Photo by Dino San Pedro   any motion for reconsideration,” Estrada
                                                                                                                                                                    told the AP by telephone from his villa.
 By Carle and Sarah Enloe                Dinnah Santiaguel San Pedro, 2007       the evening’s event, opened the            As dinner ended, MC Marie                   Estrada said he was ready to discuss a
                                         Outstanding Filipina Awardee.           program by welcoming everyone. Dr.      introduced Josie Patria, FWC               pardon with Puno, who would visit him on
  The evening of September 8, 2007,        We have never seen the Jose Rizal     Billy Monteagudo gave the               President, who gave a brief                Wednesday.
  was an evening of elegance and         Community Center more elegant           invocation.                             explanation of and a glowing report            The developments have sparked hopes
  sophistication, as the Filipino        and refined. The Decoration and Set-       After the invocation, a delicious    on the FWC Storytime Express               that the long enmity between Arroyo and
  Women’s Club (FWC) presented a         Up Committee led by Tess Carrasca       Filipino buffet dinner was served by    Project, made possible by a mini grant     Estrada - which has caused political crises
  dual celebration – their 68 th         had done a marvelous job of             the FWC members. During dinner,         awarded by the First 5 Sacramento          and frequent coup rumors - could finally
  Anniversary Dinner and Dance along     tastefully decorating the tables with   the guests were entertained by DJ       Commission. This project helps             ease.
  with a Round-the-Clock Fashion         silk flowers that were subdued but      Mike P. As dinner was ending, MCs       improve the lives of children ages            Apostol said a legal study he undertook
  Show at the Jose Rizal Community       elegant. The perfect touch for the      Sarah and Marie took the opportunity    zero to five in Sacramento County.         showed Estrada could be granted a presi-
  Center, Sacramento, CA. This year’s    evening’s program.                      to acknowledge all the dignitaries      Following her presentation, President      dential pardon but not an amnesty, which
  celebration was made even more           Marie Uber and Sarah Tonel Enloe,     and community leaders present.          Josie invited the Honorable Ruth Uy        usually covers insurgents and political of-
  special because FWC was honoring       Mistresses of Ceremonies (MCs) for                                                     Continued on page 4B                          Continued on page 4

California Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce                                                                                         ‘Oust JDV, we impeach GMA’
     21st anniversary with new set of officers                                                                            By Jess Diaz
By Faina E. Abaya                                                                                                         The opposition bloc in the House
                                                                                                                          of Representatives will support
The Filipino spirit of                                                                                                    the impeachment of President Ar-
entrepreneurship and                                                                                                      royo if her allies succeed in un-
professionalism in their                                                                                                  seating Speaker Jose de Venecia
chosen field have been                                                                                                    Jr., Minority Leader Ronaldo
known in every nook and                                                                                                   Zamora said yesterday.
corner of the world where
they have found comfort                                                                                                   “We will not initiate an impeach-
and solace far away from                                                                                                  ment. But if Speaker De Venecia
the hectic and hardship                                                                                                   is ousted and his group starts an
that they have endured                                                                                                    impeachment process, the minor-
and experienced in the                                                                                                    ity will most likely support it,”
place      where      they                                                                                                Zamora said in a radio interview.
originally lived.                                                                                                            He said if the Speaker has 50 to
      The hardworking                                                                            Photos by Frank Ayran    60 loyalists, it would be easy for
Filipino business owners The officers, members, and board of directors of CFCC with Mayor Cabaldon                        their combined forces to get the An additional 1,000 troops arrive at Camp
as well as the highly                                                                                                     required one-third of all House Aguinaldo as part of a security alert to
skilled professionals who have attained professionals to succeed for their                                                members to send an impeachment guard against fresh destabilization plots
some degree of success and who have well being and for the general welfare                                                complaint directly to the Senate against President Arroyo. - Photo By AFP
decided to establish their residences of the community where they                                                         for trial.                                new impeachment process against the Presi-
in the highly industrialized countries evolved.                                                                              Zamora said though the minority has dent,” Noel said.
of Europe and North America, usually,         No less than the popular Stefanie                                           only 24 members, he can convince six         For his part, Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez,
bind themselves in a common Cruz, the Filipino American news                                                              to seven more for a total of 31 to sup- another minority member, urged the House
objective, to empower and enhance anchorwoman of Good Morning                                                             port an impeachment process against “coup plotters” to rethink their De Venecia
their business and professional Sacramento of CW31 (channel 12                                                            Mrs. Arroyo.                              ouster plan.
undertakings for their own good, cable), emceed the program and who                                                          With the present membership of 239        “Its repercussions might go beyond the
although, generally for the welfare of also delivered the opening address                                                 of the House, it would require 80 mem- confines of the House,” he said.
the community where they socially and by welcoming everybody for                                                          bers to transmit a complaint to the Sen-       Golez said the plan could also disrupt
economically live.                          graciously attending the 21st                                                 ate.                                      the legislative process and the
    Thus, 21 years ago, the California anniversary of the Chamber. She also                                                  Rep. Florencio Noel of the party-list administration’s legislative agenda.
Filipino American Chamber of encouraged the members to continue                                                           group An Waray said if the President’s        Zamora, who served as executive secre-
Commerce was founded and on serving the community with their                                                              loyalists move against De Venecia “at tary during the Estrada administration, said
September 8, 2007 at the Grand business ventures and professional                     Rey Palustre                        this time, they would make him a Villar,” it would be wrong for Mrs. Arroyo’s allies
Ballroom of the Double Tree Hotel, skills for the best interest of the          The introduction of the guest             referring to then Speaker (now Senate to move against the Speaker just because
S a c r a m e n t o , C a l i f o r n i a , Filipino American community. The speaker, West Sacramento Mayor               President) Manuel Villar who, on Nov. his son Joey III made damaging accusations
commemorated the occasion with the singing of both the American and Christopher Gabaldon who also                         13, 2000, railroaded the referral to the against First Gentleman Jose Miguel Ar-
incoming new officers taking the helm Filipino national anthems was inducted the incoming officers of                     Senate of the impeachment complaint royo.
of the organization to continue the rendered by Remy Solomon the California Filipino American                             against then President Joseph Estrada.       “Do they want Speaker de Venecia to stop
great tradition of empowering the accompanied by Bill Carlos who                                                            “They would make JDV (De Venecia), his son from telling the truth about the con-
Filipino American business owners and played the portable organ.                  Continued on page 5                     if he is ousted, the rallying point for a            Continued on page 3
  2     Editorial                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007            Philippine Fiesta

                            Editor’s Note                                                                                                                                                Heart to Heart... By Violy Samaniego
                           I call this issue, “Philippine Fiesta in Motion.” With lights, cameras                                                                          Sometimes God closes one door
                                                                                                                                                                           and opens another. This is the                                         of Blessings; allowing to retrieve
                           and all the actions that happened in each of our community events,                                                                                                                                                     our dreams, enabling to mend old
                           you can feel the joy and hear the laughter throughout the pages of this                                                                         time and a great opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                           ask our Dear Lord to fulfill                                           broken hearts; rekindling past
                           paper. Over and over again, I want to say thank you very much to all                                                                            whatever our own heart desires;                                        relationship whether it is business
                           of those who have continued to support this publication especially to                                                                           whether we are in search for                                           or personal and most of all another
                           all our contributing writers. For our TFC-GMA TV is Kapuso, and                                                                                 enlightenment, peace, joy and                                          chance to bring harmony back into
                           ABS-CBN is Kapamilya, with Philippine Fiesta you are all Kaligaya.                                                                              consolation among each other.                                          our lives.
                                                                                                                                                                             In any given situation, there are                                    I would like to share this poem with
                           A heartfelt gratitude to the Filipino Women’s Club for a very warm                                                                              differences that may come                                              you by Morris Abel Beer:
                           recognition award presented to me as their “Filipino Woman of the                                                                               between people which can be
                           Year.”                                                                                                                                          resulted in a disagreement,                                             Who builds a church within his
                                                                                                                                                                           animosities and tensions.                                               heart
                                                                                                                                                                           However, this is a good chance to look into              And takes it with him everywhere
                           Congratulations to the California Filipino Chamber’s new officers                                                                               ourselves deeply, to speak from within our heart,        Is holier far than he whose church
                           and members.                                                                                                                                    agreeing in feelings and in action, one toward           Is but a one-day house of prayer.
                                                                                                                                                                           the other in hope to unite a compromising
                           There’s more to mention but feel free to explore the pages and enjoy.                                                                           thought, perhaps on the matters previously               Email: violy66@frontiernet.net
                                                                                                                                                                           considered.                                              Website: http://
                           With love,                                                                                                                                          Let us give Thanks to our Dear Master of             underthesunbyviolysamaniego.com
                           Dinnah San Pedro                                                                                                                                Existence for what is at our door. An abundance

                                                                                                                                                                                   God or mammon                                                 By Ruben M. Tanseco

                                                                                                                                                                           “No servant can serve two masters. He will either        morrow will be more truly Christian if our children
Keep quiet, so Gloria can then pardon Erap                                                                                                                                 hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one
                                                                                                                                                                           and despise the other. You cannot serve both God
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and youth pick up from us the values anchored on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    God and not on mammon. Needless to say, all this
By Federico D. Pascual Jr.                                                               common interest — not because of kibitzing.                                       and mammon.” (From today’s Gospel reading, Lk.           starts from the family — where else?
                                                                                         It is wrong psychology to publicly pressure Ms                                    16: 1-13)                                                    Once again, let me single out the phenomenal
HARPING ON IT: It is irresponsible for high offi-                                        Arroyo. If those noisy politicians demanding in-                                     No ifs or buts about it. Definitely not the typi-     ministry of Gawad Kalinga for families of the poor
cials to keep badgering Malacañang to pardon                                             stant freedom for Erap really want him pardoned,                                  cal Filipino alternative of: “Namamangka sa              and underprivileged. More and more apostolic
former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada at this time                                      they should keep quiet or make lakad quietly.                                     dalawang ilog.” And just to clarify what we mean         communities are partnering with GK, including
when his conviction for plunder is still fresh in the                                        They do not have to make a big show of de-                                    by “mammon,” the dictionary plainly defines it           charismatic groups.
public mind.                                                                             manding it — and claiming part of the credit                                      thus: “Riches regarded as an object of worship             Along similar lines but in a smaller way, we at the
   Having said their piece about the 70-year-old                                         when it happens. Such antics betray bad faith.                                    and greedy pursuit.”                                     Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM) and the
Erap deserving pardon or to be included in an                                               There is also the matter of timing. How would                                    One day before former President Joseph Estrada         Marriage Encounter Foundation are doing our best
omnibus amnesty, they should leave it at that.                                           it look if right after Erap was declared guilty, the                              was convicted of plunder by the Sandiganbayan,           in reaching out to more and more families. The use
  Senate President Manuel Villar, for instance, goes                                     President butted in with a pardon?                                                the Social Weather Station (SWS) released its lat-       of time, talent, and treasures for God’s kingdom —
around telling everybody who would care to lis-                                                                                                                            est survey that the majority of Filipinos (57 per-       not for mammon.
ten that Erap should be pardoned or, as he has                                           SUB JUDICE: There are other reasons why presi-                                    cent) expected Estrada to be acquitted as not              Just last Sunday, we had a family day celebration
been saying lately, granted amnesty with a bunch                                         dential wannabes should tone down or turn off                                     guilty! “Only one-third or 36 percent of Filipinos       at a barrio in Pateros, where we have an outreach
of political prisoners.                                                                  their free-Erap statements.                                                       believe Estrada ‘enriched himself with hundreds          program for couples called Suyuan. A husband of
   We heard him the first and the second time he                                           One big reason is that the case is, in a way, sub                               of millions of pesos from various corrupt prac-          one of our Suyuan couples had passed away re-
talked about presidential pardon. There is no need                                       judice.                                                                           tices while he was President’” (From The Phil. Star,     cently, but the widow’s message is worth ending
for him to harp on it.                                                                     We are still in that period when Erap can move                                  Sept. 13, 2007). That is how gullible the majority       this homily with:
                                                                                         for reconsideration of the Sandiganbayan’s con-                                   of our “Christian” nation still are.                         “Bago kami sumali sa Suyuan, lumilipas ang
BEHAVIORAL: A psychiatrist friend tells me that                                          victing him. His lawyers have announced that                                         Thank God for the minority of our people, in-         maraming araw at kung minsan nga ay mga linggo
there are several reasons for this kind of behavior                                      they are finalizing the motion.                                                   cluding some leaders, who continue to be agents          na di kami nag-uusap ng aking asawa kung kami
of politicos obsessed with becoming president.                                              Failing in his bid to overturn his conviction,                                 of change, and will fight for truth and justice, even    ay nagkakatampuhan; nguni’t ito’y nagbago
  Villar may be trying to unburden his conscience                                        Erap can keep going up all the way to the Su-                                     at the risk of their own lives. This is how I regard     simula noong matuto kaming mag-usap at ilabas
over his having done the dirty job, as then Speaker                                      preme Court, where the focus will be the law and                                  the three justices of the Sandiganbayan who con-         ang lahat ng saloobin at naramdaman ng bawa’t isa
of the House, of reading non-stop into the record                                        not so much the facts.                                                            victed Estrada with a guilty verdict. Justices           at doon napatunayan namin na walang bagay na di
the impeachment complaint against Erap over the                                            In midstream, political interference by way of                                  Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta,           maaayos. Nagkaroon kaming mag-asawa ng mas
angry objections from the floor.                                                         a presidential pardon or a Congress-approved                                      and Francisco Villaruz Jr. And of course, the Pros-      masaya at tahimik na pagsasama….
    He may be trying to live down that embarrass-                                        amnesty could be disturbing. It would sour the                                    ecutors. Unsung, courageous defenders of truth              “Bagama’t hindi rin nakaligtas sa kamatayan si
ing episode. The irony was that that chore was not                                       mutual courtesy among the three branches of                                       and justice indeed. They are no less than role-          Eddie, mapayapa at masaya siyang lumisan. Sinabi
even his. It was assigned to Deputy Speaker Alfredo                                      government.                                                                       models for our other judges, justices, and lawyers       niya ito sa akin ilang minuto bago siya nalagutan
Abueg Jr. of Palawan, but when Villar got wind of                                                                                                                          all over the country. Let us give them our whole-        ng hininga. Alam daw niya na hindi man siya
it and saw the possibilities, he grabbed it.                                             ALL’S WELL…: I do not watch much TV, but I                                        hearted support through our continued prayers.           makakapag-iwan ng kayamanan sa aming pamilya
   Now he is going out of his way to show contri-                                        was told that ABS-CBN has apologized for show-                                       On their part, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference       niya, tahimik siyang lilisan sapagka’t alam niyang
tion. That makes sense because the detainee tend-                                        ing my picture last Sept. 12 instead of that of my                                of the Philippines (CBCP), under the leadership          hindi kami pababayaan ng Diyos at ng mga kasama
ing to his feathered flock in Tanay is more valu-                                        namesake Federico C. Pascual who was GSIS boss                                    of Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, expressed their            namin sa Suyuan at ng mga taga Magis Deo. Ang
able to Villar in 2010 than the lameduck roosting                                        when the state firm bought shares of Belle Corp.                                  full support for the Sandiganbayan decision. He          huling habilin niya ay magpasalamat ako sa
by the Pasig.                                                                            on orders of Erap.                                                                further stated:                                          kanila…”
                                                                                           The gesture is much appreciated. News report-                                      “We regard it also as a call to repentance and a
RIGHT TIMING: But when (not if) President Ar-                                            ing is a fast-paced activity and in the rush of                                   call for change or conversion affecting not only
royo pardons Erap or signs an amnesty proclama-                                          things we all commit errors. The test of a true                                   the person of President Estrada but also many oth-
tion that includes him, it will not be because of                                        journalist is not in his never making mistakes,                                   ers in our government….The one who will profit
Villar and other presidential wannabes demand-                                           because he does, but in his making prompt cor-                                    from the good fruit of such a decision or judge-
ing it.                                                                                  rections and sincere amends.                                                      ment is no less than the country itself which is
   Whether pardon or amnesty, we can be sure that                                           Good luck to the ABS-CBN, its staff and its                                    known to have been suffering from all kinds of
such accommodation will be forged after the two                                          owners the Lopezes.                                                               graft and corruption and plunder.” (The Phil. Star,
presidents are convinced that such move is to their                                                                                                                        ibid)
                                                                                                                                                                                God’s warning as well as challenge are ad-
                                                                                                                                                                           dressed to all our leaders and to the rest of us Fili-
  Ang buhay nga naman                                                          By Dave San Pedro                                                                           pinos. Today’s 1st Reading precisely challenges
                                                                                                                                                                           us to be prophets of social justice — in our words
                                                                                                                                                                           and actions (Amos, 8: 4-7). Our Philippines of to-                        The Magis Deo

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ang Papuri                             By Nancy Bautista

                                                                                                                                                                           Tayo ay tao lamang at hindi mawawala ang                 lamang. Natutulungan bang bumuti ang ating
                                                                                                                                                                           pagnanais na marinig galing sa iba ang mga bagay         pagkatao sa pagpapasikat ng ganito o lumalalim
                                                                                                                                                                           na maganda tungkol sa ating sarili. Kadalasan,           lamang lalo ang ating mga bulsa?
                                                                                                                                                                           kaya tayo nagdadamit ng mahusay at bumibili              May kakilala akong isang tao na alam ng lahat ng
                                                                                                                                                                           ng mga gamit na may mga tanyag na pangalan ay            kaniyang kakilala na kaya niyang bilhin ang
                                                                                                                                                                           hindi sa dahilang talagang nagagandahan tayo             anumang magagandang gamit, ngunit,
                                                                                                                                                                           sa mga gamit na iyon. Ating aminin na kaya natin         pinagtitiyagaan niya ang mga lumang bagay. Hindi
                                                                                                                                                                           binili ang mga ganoong bagay ay sa dahilang              siya nagdadamit ng gaanong mamahalin at para sa
                                                                                                                                                                           gusto nating ipakita sa iba na kaya nating bumili        kaniya, walang halaga kung hindi man siya
                                                                                                                                                                           ng mamahaling gamit.                                     mapansin ng iba. Kung tutuusin, totoo nga, na sa
                                                                                                                                                                           Noong minsan, may kaibigan ako na may                    dahilang hindi alam ng mga tao na masagana siya
                                                                                                                                                                           magandang bag na may nakatatak na isang tanyag           sa salapi at hindi niya kailangang ipasikat ang
                                                                                                                                                                           na pangalan. Talagang napansin ang dala-dala             anumang kaniyang nakamit, lalo siyang umuunlad.
                                                                                                                                                                           niyang gamit. May isang nagsabi sa harap niya            Sa bandang dako naman, kadalasan ng mga
                                                                                                                                                                           na sigurado daw, mas mahal pa ang bag kaysa sa           nagpapasikat ng kanilang mga gamit ay sa dahilang
                                                                                                                                                                           laman nito. Hindi naman maganda ang sinabi ng            wala silang paniniwala sa kanilang mga sarili, na
                                                                                                                                                                           taong iyon, ngunit, may katotohanan nga siguro           kung hindi sila gagamit ng mga mararangyang
                                                                                                                                                                           iyon.                                                    bagay, hindi sila kikinang.
                                                                                                                                                                           Kapag nagbago tayo ng kulay o hitsura ng buhok,          Kaya, minsan, kapag nakakarinig tayo ng papuri,
                                                                                                                                                                           natutuwa tayo kapag may nakakapansin agad at             ating matyagan kung tutoo nga ang mga ito.
                                                                                                                                                                           sinasabing maganda ang ating buhok. Kung may             Tignan nating kung ang papuri ay tungkol lamang
                                                                                                                                                                           bago tayong damit at napansin ito, tayo ay               sa mga inutang nating mga bagay na kung wala
                                                                                                                                                                           natutuwa, hindi dahil sa binalot tayo ng mabuti          ang mga ito ay hindi tayo kikilalanin.
                                                                                                                                                                           ng nasabing damit, kundi, napansin tayo ng iba           Tayo ay kailangang maging magpakumbaba at
                                                                                                                                                                           at tayo ay binigyan ng papuri. Kung bibili tayo          tumulong sa mga kinakailangang tulungan. Hindi
                                                                                                                                                                           ng sasakyan, gusto natin ay iyong walang katulad         natin kailangang maghintay ng papuri galing sa
                                                                                                                                                                           sa ating mga kakilala at kailangan ay maganda sa         iba. Kapag alam natin na tayo ay nakagawa ng
                                                                                                                                                                           lahat upang tayo ay mapansin.                            mabuti sa kapuwa, alam natin na tayo ay pinupuri
                                                                                                                                                                           Maging sa bahay man, gusto natin ay iyong                ng nasa itaas. Kapag dumating ang panahon, ang
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 Philippine News                                                                                                Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007   Philippine Fiesta 3

UN to probe RP human rights record
The Philippines, along with 15 other countries,        rights record when it garnered the third top spot in
will be under the glare of the spotlight when its      the election to the 14-seat council.
human rights record is scrutinized by the United          Ambassador Hilario Davide Jr., permanent rep-
Nations next year.                                     resentative to the UN and a former chief justice,
    Bahrain, Ecuador and Tunisia will be the first     said, “Manila ’s third place finish demonstrates
UN members to have their human rights records          the international community’s continued confi-
reviewed this February                                 dence in the Philippines’ commitment to uphold,
under an unprec-                                       protect and promote human rights.”
edented and crucial                                          “The re-election of the Philippines to the
process implemented                                    (UNHRC) is a vindication for the Philippines and
by the UN Human                                        President Arroyo,” Davide said.
Rights          Council                                    With its re-election, the Philippines will serve
(UNHRC) on Friday.                                     another term of three years until 2010.
     “They say that the                                   The Philippines received 179 votes or 43 more
proof of the pudding is                                votes than it had in last year’s elections. India
eating it... we have to                                topped the elections, followed by Indonesia and
see how it works,” coun-                               Madagascar tied at second spot.
cil president Doru                                          In its re-election candidature, the Philippines
Costea of Romania told                                 indicated voluntary commitments that include
journalists.                    Doru Costea            strengthened resolve to address politically moti-
    “It will be very im-                               vated killings of media members and activists,
portant to have a well prepared and well managed       sustained leadership in promoting interfaith dia-
process,” he added.                                    logue, continued advocacy of the rights of mi-
  The selection for the Universal Periodic Review      grant workers and commitment to making the coun-
(UPR) was made by a random draw on Friday. It          cil a more efficient and effective organization.
lays out a timetable for the systematic review of         However, UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston
all 192 UN member states by the end of 2011.           said the Philippine military and police are in de-
  UN human rights chief Louise Arbour last week        nial that unexplained killings are happening in
urged the council to speed up the process, warn-       the country and the gravity of the problem is not
ing that the credibility of the UN human rights        fully recognized.
system was at stake.                                     Alston presented before the fourth session of the
    “We are acutely aware that the credibility of      UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland in March a pre-
the United Nations human rights system hinges          liminary note/report on the unsolved killings in
upon satisfactory implementation of the review,”       the Philippines and the conduct of his mission in
Arbour said.                                           the country last month.
   Three batches of 16 nations are due to be scru-        He said it is not productive to play the numbers
tinized a year.                                        game and seek to confirm any definitive number
   Apart from the Philippines, the other countries     of victims of unexplained killings since no one
due for review in the two-week session in Febru-       disputes that large numbers have been killed, es-
ary are Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Britain, the       pecially leftists activists and journalists over the
Czech Republic, Finland, India, Indonesia, Mo-         past six years or so.
rocco, the Netherlands, Poland and South Africa.         Although the government ordered a range of ini-
    Japan, Pakistan and Israel will be scrutinized     tiatives, including the creation of a national-level
late in the year, while Myanmar, Sudan and Zim-        police Task Force Usig to investigate the killings,
babwe have until 2011 before they face a review.       Alston said there is still reluctance to acknowl-
   Each year, 48 countries will be subjected to the    edge the seriousness of the problem.
procedure, which requires governments to deliver           The council agreed in June to adopt the UPR,
a self-assessment of the human rights situation in     whereby all countries have their human rights
their own country but also takes into account the      record reviewed once every four years.
views of independent experts and non-govern-               It will be the first time in the UN’s history that
mental groups.                                         all members come under the spotlight, without ex-
   Iran and the United States will have to report in   ception.
2010.                                                     The council, which was created in March 2006
    Despite calls to reject the country’s candidacy    to replace the widely discredited and highly po-
because of increasing cases of unsolved killings,      liticized Human Rights Commission, has been
the Philippines was re-elected to the UNHRC last       criticized for spending more time condemning Is-
May.                                                   rael than any other country.
    The Philippine Mission to the UN argued that       The US Senate voted earlier this month to cut off
the country has proven wrong critics of its human      funding to the council, accusing it of bias.

Gun owners reminded to apply for
exemption for barangay, SK polls
By Sheila Crisostomo

The Commission on Elections urged gun owners
yesterday to apply for exemption from the elec-
tion gun ban that would be strictly implemented
during the campaign period from Sept. 29 to Nov.
13 this year for the barangay and Sangguniang
Kabataan elections.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said appli-
cations for exemptions should be filed at the
Comelec’s Committee on Gun Ban at the poll
body’s main office in Intramuros, Manila.
   Jimenez added that applications would be re-
viewed thoroughly and the Comelec will strictly                     Sangguniang Kabataan
enforce the gun ban during the period.
                                                        The resolution defines firearms as air guns, side
The Comelec has issued a resolution, supervis-         arms, long firearms, hand grenades and other
ing and regulate the bearing, possession, use and      deadly explosives, except for pyrotechnics,
transport of firearms or any other deadly weapons      while bladed instruments are considered deadly
to ensure peaceful and orderly elections.              weapons.

‘Oust JDV, we impeach GMA’                                                          From page 1

troversial $329-million ZTE contract? Or do they          Zamora was referring to Padilla’s privilege
want to punish him because his son told the truth?     speech three weeks ago linking Commission on
What are they hiding?” he asked.                       Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin Abalos
   Zamora said the opposition wants the truth be-      to the ZTE contract.
hind the ZTE contract for the national broadband          In 2005 and 2006, the President’s allies led by
network (NBN) project to come out.                     De Venecia promptly threw out the opposition-
   “That is why we asked for the appearance of         backed impeachment complaints against her. Mrs.
(Trade) Secretary Peter Favila during the House        Arroyo’s political handlers feared she might suffer
Question Hour last Sept. 17, but Mrs. Arroyo pre-      Estrada’s fate if the impeachment process moved
vented him from appearing. And yet, the entire         beyond the committee level.
Cabinet attended the Senate hearing yesterday             A small group of Arroyo loyalists led by Repre-
(Thursday),” he said.                                  sentatives Jose Solis of Sorsogon and Antonio Diaz
   “That meant that Mrs. Arroyo and her Cabinet        of Zambales has announced plans to move for the
officials can afford to ignore the House but not       unseating of De Venecia next week.
the Senate. If I were Speaker de Venecia, I would          They sought Mrs. Arroyo’s go-signal during
feel insulted. Remember that it was (Nueva             their late Wednesday night meeting with her, but
Vizcaya) Rep. Carlos Padilla who first called for a    the President reportedly kept her peace. They took
congressional investigation on the ZTE-NBN             her silence to mean that she approved of their plans.
deal,” he stressed.
  4    Heritage                                                                                                                                     Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007            Philippine Fiesta

                                   Philippine Military                                                           U.P. Alumni Association – America Holds
                                                                                                                 Spectacular Pre-Centennial Homecoming!
                                        Academy                                                                By Ed C. Mercado                                            Engineers, Inc. and Board Member
                                                                                                               edmercado@msn.com                                           of the National Engineering Center.
                                                                                                               Public Relations Officer                                    Mr. Andy Manalac was present as a
                                                                                                               U.P. Alumni Association of                                  representative of the Vice President.
By Capt. Gabriel Ortigoza,                                                                                     Sacramento & Vicinity                                           Venture capitalist Dado & Maria
Prof (Resigned)                                                                                                                                                            Banatao donated $ 500,000 to U.P.
                                                                                                               Dateline San Francisco, CA                                  Dr. Banatao who is the head of
The Philippine Military Academy                                                                                                                                            Tallwood VC is credited with
                                                                                       In December 1941,       The University of the Philippines                           developing          several      key
(PMA) is a degree-granting institution                                              when World War II          Alumni Association – America
especially created by law for the                                                                                                                                          semiconductor technologies and an
                                                                                    broke out, the training    held its Pre-Centennial Homecoming in San       investor with a keen sense of trends and
purpose of training, developing, and                                                of the cadets was dis-     Francisco, Ca last Sept 1-3, 2007. Over 300
instructing certain selected young men                                                                                                                         opportunities involving technology solutions for
                                                                                    rupted. Classes 1942       alumni and their families from all over the     computing and communications. Dr. Diosdado
to become commission officers in the                                                and 1943 were gradu-       U.S. attended the 3-day the affair. At our
regular component of the Armed Forces                                                                                                                          P. Banatao is on the Forbes.com Midas list.
                                                                                    ated earlier than          table during the various fellow ship events     Enough said.
of the Philippines. Its mission is: “To                                             scheduled and were         were delegations from New Jersey, Fresno,
instruct, train, and develop the cadets                                                                                                                             Dr. Mag Albaracin also announced a $
                                                                                    given assignment in        San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington       400,000 matching grant for College of
so that each graduate shall possess the                                             combat units in            D.C., Seattle,
character, the broad and basic military                                                                                                                        Engineering. Prof Albaracin was Dean of the
                                                                                    Bataan and other parts     The host chapter was the ever energetic         College of Engineering a couple of years before
skills, and the education essential to the                                          of the country. Many
successful pursuit of a progressive                                                                            UPAA San Francisco with their President         my tenure there. Mr Sid Consunji likewise
                                                                                    of them sacrificed                                                         pledged another $ 400,000 matching grant also
military career.”                                                                                              Manny Gaspay, PhD and EVP Ed Damasco.
                                                                                    their lives in the altar   Other supporting officers and board             for the College of Engineering.
                                                                                    of duty.
The Philippine Military Academy is a                                                    On May 5, 1947,        members include: Lulu Daval-Santos, Maul
unique institution as it is both a military                                                                    Andrada-Yee, Julie Belo, PhD, Johannes          Sidebar: In the mid 70’s I worked as an analyst
                                                                                    the Academy re-            Ignacio, Clod Gomez (my Cadet Captain           at the so-called Planning and Project
as well as an educational organization.                                             opened at Camp
At the head of the organization is the                                                                         in ROTC in the early 70’s), Ted Aquino,         Development Office of the then DPWTC –
                                                                                    Henry T. Allen. Due                                                        Department of Public Works, Transportation
Superintendent who, in keeping with                                                                            Manolo Banzon, Luisito Cabaluna, Araceli
                                                                                    to the need for wider      Carbonell, Roger Diaz, Ricardo Dira, Lydia      and Communications. [Our office was at the
the dual nature of PMA, acts both as a                                              ground for training,
military commander and president of a                                                                          C. Fontan, Victor R. Gacusan, Lorna             Marsman Building at the south harbor in
                                                                                    the Academy trans-                                                         Manila. That was about the time then the
school.                                                                                                        Hilomen, Gabrielito Moraleda, Reynaldo
                                                                                    ferred to its permanent    Ocampo, Gil Ongchangco. Eric Punzalan           expansion of the Manila Hotel was being built.
                                                                                    home at Fort Del Pi-                                                       Pile driving of various structural members went
Implementing the training programs of                                               lar in Loakan, about       handled the ever complicated process of
the cadets are the Academics Group,                                                                            producing the souvenir program.                 on for months or so it seemed. That department
                                                                                    ten kilometers from             On hand to grace the occasion were         covered all public works, highways and, among
tasked with the mission of                                                          downtown Baguio
“implementing the academic portion of                                                                          President Emerlinda R. Roman, President of      many others, Land Transportation Office that
                                                                                    City. Fort del Pilar,                                                      issued your driver’s licenses and the Radio
the PMA curriculum according to the                                                                            the University of the Philippines and Senator
                                                                                    named after the young      (until 2013) Edgardo J. Angara who is also      Control Office, etc.
standards prescribed by the Academic                                                hero of the battle of
Board” and the Tactics Group, tasked                                                Tirad Pass , General       Chair of the 2008 Centennial Celebration
with the dual mission of “providing the                                                                        of the University of the Philippines slated     At that time the Secretary of the Department
                                                                                    Gregorion del Pilar,       for June 2008 in Diliman. Dean Prof. Ramon      was David M. Consunji, Sid’s father. I also recall
broad and basic military education and developing       was developed into an ideal military training
the character and attitudes essential of an effective                                                          Acoymo of the U.P. College of Music led         a pleasant long weekend trip with my coworkers
                                                        institution with facilities and infrastructures re-                                                    in Baguio at the Secretary’s assigned house on
officer.”                                                                                                      the singing of the Philippine national
                                                        quired by the growing academy. Its curriculum          anthem (Lupang Hinirang) and the US             Cabinet Hill.
                                                        which was initially technically oriented, having                                                          Corporate sponsors of the homecoming were
The Academics Group is headed by the Group              been patterned after that of the US Military           national anthem (Star Spangled Banner). He
Head. Under him are nine departments: Social                                                                   was given a standing ovation when he sang       Tallwood VC of Dr Banatao, Ayala Land and
                                                        Academy at West Point , remained intact. The           traditional Filipino regional folk songs.       DMCI (DM Consunji Inc). The latter two
Sciences, Management, Math, History and                 insurgency problem of the 1960s, however, and
Strategy, Humanities, Engineering Sciences,                                                                    Notables from the San Francisco included        promoted several properties in the Philippines
                                                        the declaration of Martial Law on September                                                            for prospective investors or for people who plan
Languages, Computing and Information Sciences,                                                                 Bay Area notables included my engineering
                                                        21, 1972 paved the way to changes for a bal-           fraternity brother Mayor Joe Esteves of         to retire in the old country in the near future.
and Natural Sciences.                                   anced curriculum between techno-scientific and
                                                                                                               Milpitas, CA. Mr. Vic Barrios of Global             The UPAA – San Francisco also supported
                                                        socio-humanistic courses. The perceived need                                                           local authors of various books. A table was
The Tactics Group, headed by the Commandant of                                                                 Filipino forum and Mayor Frank Batara of
                                                        of the time was strengthening of the military in       Hercules, CA were also on hand.                 assigned for the authors to promote their
Cadets is made up of the Department of Leadership       order to effectively address the internal threats
Development, Physical Education, and three                                                                         Also present were Mr. John Lu Khoa,         creations. The books below were on hand. Yours
                                                        posed by the local communists and the seces-                                                           truly penned the Balikbayan book and used the
Warfare Departments: Ground Warfare, Air Warfare,                                                              Dylan Wilk of Gawad Kalinga and Engr
                                                        sionists in the South.                                 Tony Herrera, President of the U.P. Alumni      Nome de plume Ed Palenque.
and Naval Warfare. The Guidance and Counseling             The year 1986 and the EDSA revolt found
Office is likewise under the jurisdiction of the        the AFP in need of urgent reforms. The Martial
Tactics Group.                                          Law era alienated the military from the people
                                                        it was designed to protect. The EDSA revolt
The last major unit of PMA is the Support Group         was the turning point in the relationship of the
headed by the Commanding Officer. The group is          military with the people. Thus the EDSA revolt
responsible in providing the support for all            brought about the restoration of the people’s
Command Activities, programs, and projects              trust and confidence on the military, and this
undertaken in connection with cadet training.           signaled the necessity to undergo subtle but deep-
Brief History of the Philippine Military Acad-          seated changes in PMA. Consequently, Filipino
emy                                                     was incorporated in the curriculum. Human
    The Philippine Military Academy began as            rights and constitutionalism were given stron-
an officer’s school of the Philippine Constabu-         ger emphasis in the Social Sciences and in the
lary established at the Walled City of Intramuros       Cadet Corps, the “No-To-Hazing” Program was
in Manila on February 17, 1905. Three years             institutionalized.
later, on September 1, 1908 , the school was               The post-EDSA changes continue to the
transferred to Baguio City , first at Camp Henry        present. Philippine political military leaders are
T. Allen and later at Teachers’ Camp.                   united in restoring the role of the military to
    On September 8, 1926, the Philippine Legis-         external defense and relegating the peace-keep-
lature passed Act No. 3496 which renamed the            ing keeping function of the Philippine National
school as Philippine Constabulary Academy and           Police (which absorbed the Philippine Constabu-
lengthened its course from nine months to three         lary) under civilian authority. The Philippine
years, with provision to strengthen the faculty         Military Academy was transformed into a Tri-
and revise its curriculum.                              Service Academy tasked to provide functional
    On December 21, 1936, the Commonwealth              officers for the three branches of service of the
Act No. 1, also known as the National Defense           AFP. The PMA Tri-Service Curriculum was
Act, was passed. The law formally created the           implemented effective June 1993, starting with
                                                        PMA Class of 1995, who were at that time in             From Left: Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Edgardo Mercado UPAA Sacramento
Philippine Military Academy and authorized it                                                                   PRO, President Emerlinda R. Roman, President – University of the Philippines,
to confer a Bachelor of Science degree on its           their second class year. During the same year,
                                                        PMA admitted the first batch of female cadets           Johnny Regadio, President UPAA Sacramento, Maj (USAF Ret.) Albert Guevara,
graduates after they successfully complete the                                                                  Past President and Board Member, UPAA Sacramento.
four-year course.                                       in accordance with Republic Act 7192.

Arroyo okays talks on pardon for Erap
From page 1
fenders. An amnesty program also takes time to                                 Regaining freedom has be-
enforce because it has to be ratified by Congress,                           come more urgent for Estrada
he said.                                                                     because of his mother’s dete-
   Estrada was convicted after a landmark six-year                           riorating health.
trial on charges that he took bribes and kickbacks                              Estrada said his 102-year-
while in office. His conviction on plunder carried                           old mother has been confined
the death penalty, but capital punishment has been                           to a hospital for the last two
abolished in the Philippines.                                                months due to a variety of ill-
He was acquitted of perjury related to allegations            Erap             “I’m really worried. I want
he falsely declared his assets. He also was ordered                          to be by her bedside,” Estrada
to forfeit a mansion and more than US$15.5 mil-         said.
lion (euro11 million).                                    Estrada, a former action film star who once pulled
   Estrada has denied the charges and accused Ar-       off the biggest election victory in Philippine his-
royo of masterminding his removal in a conspiracy       tory, remains popular among impoverished Filipi-
with leaders of the Roman Catholic church and           nos who adored his B-movies where he often por-
senior military officers.                               trayed roles as a champion of the poor.

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 California Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce                                                                                  Exclusive Interview with
  celebrates 21st anniversary with new set of officers
From page 1                                                                                                             Andy Imutan
       Mayor Christopher Gabaldon                                                                                                  By Carle and Sarah Enloe
                                                                                                                                                 Photos by Dave San Pedro
Chamber of Commerce was made by Stefanie
                                                                                           Photo by Frank Ayran
Cruz. Accordingly, Mayor Christopher Gabaldon
who was very active in all Filipino American           Crisel Centeno, Rey Palustre and Mayor
                                                       Christopher Cabaldon

community activities before being elected for                                                                             ur readership may
three consecutive terms as mayor of West               members and also for the good of the                                ask themselves,
Sacramento is now running for the California State     community, however, he needs the support and                        “Who is Andy
Assembly in this forth coming elections. If elected    cooperation of all the members to fulfill those            Imutan?” and rightly so.
as member of the California Legislative body,          programs, as well as the aims and objectives of                     Truthfully, we
Mayor Gabaldon will be the first elected Filipino      the Chamber.                                               were asking that same
American decent to hold that distinction not only           The Sacramento Municipal Utility District             question until the
in the history of the state of California but the      (SMUD) the main sponsor of the celebration has             evening of September 6,
United States of America as well. Mayor Gabaldon       sent a representative who spoke about the                  2007, when we, along
has been a familiar figure in the Chamber because      participation of the company in its continuing             with Dave and Dinnah
he was once voted as Executive of the Year by the      program for helping small business ventures in             San Pedro, met with
Filipino American Chamber of Commerce,                 all facets that they could possibly do. He                 Andy for an exclusive
although, he held many other meritorious awards        emphasized that SMUD has been spending                     interview regarding his
and distinctions involving the welfare and interest    million of dollars to help business                        yet         unpublished
of the Filipino American communities in                establishments, especially, the small and                  manuscript, the untold
California.                                            medium scale businesses in whatever financial              story of his and the
    In his speech, Mayor Gabaldon congratulated        assistance that SMUD could possibly extend                 Filipino farm workers
the members of the California Filipino American        for them.                                                  role in the formation of                                  had graciously prepared a small notebook of
Chamber of Commerce for their social, economic              The indefatigable efforts of Lawrence                 the United Farm Workers (UFW), at his home here           pictures and news articles for us to review which
and educational programs that redound to the           Castaneda the Chamber’s Membership Officer                 in South Sacramento.                                      would establish his creditability and credentials
benefit and interest of the community.                 and concurrent member of the Executive                        However, let us digress just briefly to clarify        in regards to his previous brief comments regarding
Empowering small businesses in the community           Advisors was recognized. He was referred to as             how we and Dave and Dinnah know Andy. Sarah               his involvement in the Filipino farm workers
and to support their presence is necessary because     the Godfather because he practically single-               and I met Andy and Dollie at St. Peters Catholic          movement and the formation of the UFW. We can
it helps to the development of stronger ties among     handedly reorganized and reinvigorated the                 Church in early 2006 during an Infant of Prague           only say that we were amazed and speechless as
the Filipino Americans which will greatly              California Filipino American Chamber of                    Celebration luncheon. Unbeknownst to me, Andy             we thumbed through the binder. We found
contribute to the strength and progress of the         Commerce by unselfishly investing and                      already knew Sarah and was a friend of the family         ourselves reading articles about Andy’s exploits
community. Indeed, Such empowerment will also          devoting his time, efforts and money to overhaul           since the mid 1970s when they met in Stockton,            in the ’60s and ‘70s in Delano and throughout the
facilitate the assimilation of the Filipino            the entire organizational structure , by-laws and          CA. During lunch, we got reacquainted with                United States helping the laborers orchestrate
Americans into the fabric of American society.         constitutional provisions of the Chamber to be             Andy and he mentioned that he was writing a               strikes and working alongside of Cesar Chavez
    Invocation was rendered by Arthur Velayo who       in tune with the present condition of our time.            book about his involvement in the                                        and other notable figures to build
offered his prayers to all and blessed the the food    He registered the Chamber’s Articles of                    Filipino farm workers movement.                                          the UFW. There were pictures of
being prepared. Dinner was served with toss salad,     Incorporation with the proper authorities                  As the conversation progressed, we                                       Robert “Bobby” Kennedy with
a choice of stuffed salmon or prime ribs with mixed    concerned to operate as a Corporation, thereby,            moved onto other topics and did                                          them. It was truly unbelievable! We
mashed potato and vegetable on the side to be          possessing legal personality of its own by                 not pursue this topic any further. As                                    could hardly comprehend.
washed out with red wine or a beer for those who       operation of our laws. He also painstakingly               we were leaving, we promised Andy                                           The whole time, Andy was giving
could properly take care of themselves. A delicious    convinced small and medium scale business                  that we would keep in touch.                                             us small explanations of various
choice of chocolate cake was also served for           owners as well as men and women known for                    It is interesting to note that Dave                                    articles and/or pictures in the binder.
dessert. Remy Solomon, by popular request              their community oriented practice of their                 met Andy through his work shortly                                        As we have previously reported, we
willingly sung a Filipino song entitled Bulaklak       professions to become active members.                      after Andy relocated here from                                           were quick to realize that we had
accompanied by the D’Verse City Band and the                Likewise, Crisel Centeno the Chamber’s                Delano, CA about four years ago.                                         uncovered another priceless buried
lyric was ably translated and interpreted by Mon       Public Relations Officer and the co-chairperson            Dave was the mail carrier who                                            treasure right here in the middle of
Veridiano for the benefit of those who could not       of the 21st Anniversary Celebration and                    delivered Andy’s mail and                                                the Filipino community in the
understand the language. As the lyric of the song      Induction of Officers was also cited for her               ultimately this newspaper to him.                                        person of Andy Imutan! We also
was being read, Mon Veridiano did his role with        personal efforts to have the event successfully            Over the years, they became good                                         realized that Andy had a priceless
his usual humor to the enjoyment and delight of        celebrated. She expressed her heartfelt gratitude          friends and Andy was telling Dave                                        story to share with and educate the
everybody                                              and thanks to all the sponsors, members and                about his work on his book. So                                           Filipino community about. When
     The incoming officers for 2007-2008 term of       guests for their time and contributions for the            naturally, Dave suggested he should                                      you meet Andy, he appears to be just
the California Filipino American Chamber of            success of the affair.                                     get it published. But nothing                                            another average elderly Manong.
Commerce who were inducted by Mayor                          The closing remarks was delivered by                 concrete ever materialized out of                                        However, once you start talking to
Christopher Gabaldon were : Rey Palustre,              Stefanie Cruz who also expressed her thanks on             these conversations until recently.                                      him you quickly discover what a
president; Pablo Mariano, vice-president, Mylene       behalf of the Chamber to all the attendees for                Then Andy met Sarah and Dave                                          marvelously eloquent and educated
Lee , secretary; Lyn Alba, treasurer; Benny            graciously participating in the celebration of             and Dinnah at a Labor Day                                                gentleman he is.             He has
Manalastas, auditor; Crisel Centeno, public            the Chamber’s anniversary. Live musical                    celebration of the Filipino Farmers                                      painstakingly documented and
relations officer; Lawrence Castaneda,                 entertainment has been continuously performed              and Laborers Association at the                                          chronicled his activities throughout
membership officer; Henry Arcangel business            by the D’Verse City Band and everybody of the              American Legion Magellan Post                                            the years.
coordinator; Tom Amaba, asst. bus. coordinator;        more than 200 members and guests were itchily              604 on September 3, 2007. During                                            In short order, Andy briefed us on
Atty. Ken Avelino, legal counsel; Allen Vandellon,     enticed to dance from the nostalgic slow moving            their conversations, Andy had                                            his manuscript and explained that
executive director; Al Pangilinan, director.           steps to the most modern dance craze to make               mentioned that he needed help in                                         Mike Smith from the Reuther
Members of the Board Of Directors who were also        the night colorfully alive and all the participants        editing his manuscript he had                                            Library, Wayne State University, MI,
inducted were: Arthur Velayo, Mon Veridiano,           enjoying every bit with their partners and loved           written. So Dave and Dinnah suggested that Sarah          had expressed interest in his manuscript and was
Joe Carreon, Pat Enkabo, Michael Lopez, Joeston        ones. Ballroom dancing instructors from San                and I could possibly help him. So it was agreed           working with him on it. Andy went on to elaborate
Rabara, Merlyn Pirote; Executive Advisors, Lloyd       Francisco, Earl Celso and Raul Lacuatan and                that we would all meet at Andy’s residence for the        that what he really wanted to do was to tell his
Castaneda, Mina Guerra, Joseph Stayner, Del            their partners Lita de Venecia and Gigie Galan             aforementioned interview. Little did we know              story to the Filipino community and educate the
Lynch.                                                 showed their virtuosity and grace on the dance             what a magnificent treat awaited all of us.               community on the role the Filipinos had in the
      Chamber president Rey Palustre in his            floor. We also observed the presence of some                   When we arrived for the interview, Andy               labor movement and formation of the UFW. As
acceptance speech said that, he is honored to head     notable guests who were on or off the dance                graciously welcomed us and made us feel right at          we talked, it become evident to all concerned that
this organization and expressed his heartfelt          floor, such as Romy and Violy Samaniego, Dr.               home. We could see that Andy was excited and              this would be a marvelous project for all of us.
gratitude to all the members for bestowing their       and Mrs. Robert Barut, Vergil and Grace                    very pleased that we had arranged to meet with                Then we moved to the dining table to share
trust and confidence in him as their president. He     Facundo, Levi Castaneda, Cynthia Amaba,                    him. Needless to say, we weren’t sure who was             delicious pancit and bread that Dollie had
will try his best to put into action and reality the   Carissa Veridiano, Dr.Tony Solomon, James                  more excited, us or Andy. There was no time lost          prepared. Needless to say, no one could stop
programs of the Chamber for the well being of the      Arcangel and many others.                                  because Andy likes to get right to the point. He          talking. The four of us were asking questions and
                                                                                                                                                                            Andy was ably fielding all the questions to include
                                                                                                                                                                            later in the evening, we went through his scrap
                                                                                                                                                                            book. As we all gathered around the table and
                                                                                                                                                                            pored over the news articles and pictures, Andy
                                                                                                                                                                            happily provided us with explanations of the
                                                                                                                                                                            articles and pictures. He never once hesitated.
                                                                                                                                                                            Andy has an amazing memory. Before we knew
                                                                                                                                                                            it, the evening came to an end because we all had
                                                                                                                                                                            to work the next day.
                                                                                                                                                                               By evening’s end, we had decided to introduce
                                                                                                                                                                            Andy and his extraordinary story to each and every
                                                                                                                                                                            one and the Filipino Community at large. His
                                                                                                                                                                            story is a treasure trove of untold Filipino history
                                                                                                                                                                            that must be told before it is too late to capture
                                                                                                                                                                            and record it for all time. Because he is one of the
                                                                                                                                                                            remaining pioneers who can share this history with
                                                                                                                                                                            us. What we can promise our readership is this -
                                                                                                                                                                            that in ensuing editions of our newspaper we will
                                                                                                                                                                            present a series of articles on Andy’s involvement
                                                                                                                                                                            and exploits that will not only amaze, but
                                                                                                                                                                            entertain, and educate you on the untold story of
                                                                                                                                                                            the Filipino farm workers movement and its
                                                                                                                                                                            rightful place in the founding of the UFW and its

                                                                                                                                                                            Please join us in the next edition for the first in a
                                                                                                                                                                            series of articles on Andy’s story!

                                                                                                                                                                                       Andy with Cesar Chavez
  6    Heritage                                                                                                                                                   Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007          Philippine Fiesta

                          Bullet Points                                                                                                   Fastfood for Thought

                                                 Keeping                                                                                                 The Nativity of the
                                      the family                                                                                                        Virgin Mary
By Oscar Apostol                                                                                                    By Rudy M. Viernes

                                                                                                                            he Marian dimension of                                         mankind. And why should we
                                                                                                                           Christian life takes on a                                       celebrate her birth in a special
                                                                                                                           special meaning this month of                                   way.

T       here was that old popular
        Catholic saying in the 50’ and
        60’s that says the family that
prays together stays together. I wonder
                                                                                        style      and
                                                                                        breakdown of the
                                                                                        family foundation,
                                                                                        there emerged these
                                                                                                           total   September with the celebration of
                                                                                                                   the birthday of the Virgin Mary on
                                                                                                                   Sept. 8. To many Christians all over
                                                                                                                   the world Sept. 8 is just an ordinary
                                                                                                                                                                                              The moment Mary accepted
                                                                                                                                                                                           the angel's proposition that she
                                                                                                                                                                                           would bear a son, the Marian
                                                                                                                                                                                           doctrine of the Incarnation took
how many families still do it. But as our                                               past decades a new
children get older and having children                                                                             day. They don't have an iota of its                                     place. This put her in the
                                                                                        phenomenon that of         significance. There is no indication                                    central role in the mystery of
of their own they tend to move or drift                                                 serial killer.
away from old family enclave.                                                                                      in the current liturgical calendar that                                 redemption.
                                                                                           Our Filipino mind       Sept. 8 is Mary's birthday unlike Dec.                                    Thereupon Mary remembered
Sometimes due to job opportunities or                                                   set however is just the
just simply wanting to be more                                                                                     25 which everyone, Christians and                                       what the same angel foretold
                                                                                        opposite. It is okay for   non-Christians, know it's Christmas                                     that her cousin Elizabeth would
independently on their own. Or perhaps                                                  our kids to hang
carve their own niches some where else.                                                                            and Christ's nativity, a very joyous                                    also give birth to a son (John
                                                                                        around much longer. I      feast celebrated throughout                                             the Baptist) though she was
Somehow being separated something is                                                    suppose we are well
lost.                                                                                                              Christendom.                                                            already in an advanced age to
                                                                                        aware that children            Besides Christmas the Church                                        beget a child. The Holy Spirit
  To be away from family members is a                                                   don’t mature the same
nightmare for ageing parents because                                                                               observes the birthdays of only TWO                                      in her manifested itself during
                                                                                        way so we allow for        saints: that of John de Baptist on June 24 and          her visit to Elizabeth whose baby leaped in
we are concerned and perhaps we                                                         them to mature on their
agonize unnecessarily the anticipated loss of                                                                      Mary's on Sept. 8. But Mary isn't a saint. She is       her womb upon Mary's greetings. "You are
                                                        own pace. Or we encourage them to get a college            considered "special" saint because she is called        most blessed among women and blessed is the
individual accessibility as a consequence of time       education so they can compete and have a much
and distance created. Distance is a wedge to our                                                                   "Blessed." Sept. 8 comes as a date of choice nine       fruit of your womb." Mary's response was of
                                                        better chance of making it. The education of the           months after the proclamation of the Immaculate         abject humility. How could she be called
nearness and comfort family zone. We need the           mind is so important in our culture
assurance our children and grandchildren will be                                                                   Conception on Dec. 8. Unlike John the Baptist,          blessed when she and Joseph were denied
                                                            We will sacrifice as parents; something most           Christ isn't also considered a saint. He is much        comfortable accomodation at the inn? She was
fine in their new environment; specially the kids.      families don’t talk about it nowadays. I guess it
I am sure we all feel the same way about keeping                                                                   more beyond the monicker. He is the Son of God,         called blessed yet this didn't give her deserved
                                                        runs smack against being independent. To sacrifice         the most powerful in the Christian Godhead after        honor and respect. It was even humiliating
them close by. In the old country kids could stay       we will do without many of the material things. We
at home even when they are married and have a                                                                      God the Father, and Mary, his Mother. who is the        that she had to give birth to the Son of God
                                                        won’t see us shop at Nordstrom or Macy’s. No way.          most powerful after her Son. In the lineage of          under lowly circumstances. This all the more
family of their own. It is acceptable and no one        If anything else we’d shop at outlets or inexpensive
bats an eye.                                                                                                       intercession they have it wholesale. They are the       strenghtened her belief that nothing is
                                                        stores. Unless, of course, we could afford it. But         most powerful Trio.                                     impossible with God. So be it!
   Not here though. At 18 American parents let it       unlikely though because we are also frugal and
be known to their children that at the age of 18                                                                      So it was in a small village of Nazareth on Sept.         Mary has been called a potpourri of
                                                        know fully well our priorities.                            8 was born Mary of parents Joachim and Anna             appellations. These roll off as Mother of God,
they are on their own. It’s the way things are. No        Growing up in the old country we were painfully
wonder the kids can’t wait to be 18 and move out.                                                                  who, like Abraham and Sarah, were also beyond           Mother of the Church, Mother of Perpetual
                                                        made aware to share everything with our siblings. It       the years of child bearing, but prayed and fasted       Help, Madonna, Notre Dame, Mediatrix of All
These kids are not fully equipped to meet life and      is one good way of not developing the rather selfish
much less have a fair chance at it.                                                                                that God grant their desire for a child. Her birth      Graces, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Queen of
                                                        me attitude quite prevalent in this extremely              was the cause of joy as it was considered the dawn      Peace, among many others. During her
  Surely, American parents love their children too.     materialistic society. Our culture is such that an
And they want to know they will be all right. But                                                                  of salvation.                                           numerous apparitions in unexpected places
                                                        attempt to forget others would bring about personal           Mary's birth is a great mystery. It is ordained in   and before unsuspecting innocent people in
oftentimes who is to say? At 18 most kids have no       guilt and reprimand upon discovery. There is this
specialties except flipping burgers learned while                                                                  particular toward her mission as Mother of the          many places of the world she was called "Our
                                                        feeling of a strong force of connection…always. I          Saviour. Her existence is connected with that of        Lady" -- like Our Lady of Lourdes (France),
working during the summer or after school in            remember vividly as a young boy, whenever my
McDonalds. Unfortunately, the mobile way of life                                                                   Christ as the Incarnation. She is preserved from        Our Lady of Fatima (Portugal), Our Lady of
                                                        older sister and brother went some place they would        original sin by the singular grace and privilege of     Guadalupe I(Mexico), Our Lady of
is so popularly acceptable by the younger               come home with a surprise for me. Often it is half a
generation. This attitude that begun during the                                                                    God. When she grew up God chose her a "highly           Medjugorje (Bosnia-Hersegonia), Our Lady of
                                                        piece of cake or candy they could have eaten whole         favored woman" to become the Mother of His Son.         Antipolo, Manaoag, Penafrancia, Lipa (all in
so called the 60’s flower generation has had a          but the thought of saving it to share however measly,
major impact on the family foundation as well as                                                                   This is called the dogma of the Immaculate              Phjilippines), a singular honor she bestowed
                                                        was not only a good fortune for me but a token of          Conception. For centuries Christians believed in        on a country that celebrates her feast in so many
tradition of this country. In contrast to the rest of   love. They could have easily consumed it without
the world America has become a very mobile                                                                         it but it was only on Dec. 8, 1854 that it was          different ways, or stakes her image or statue
                                                        me knowing it. But it is that genuine thought that         formally proclaimed a doctrine by Pius IX.              before menacing tanks to topple a dictator
society.                                                continuously reaffirms our family bond.
   Such changes in human terms have resulted in                                                                      Thus Dec. 8 is declared a holy day in the Catholic    during a revolution. To those whom she
                                                          Even in this land of plenty the practice of sharing      calendar as the dawn of Mary's Immaculate               appeared she always brought them the same
some very disturbing results we now have to cope.       continued when we got older and raised our families.
For instance during Thanksgiving and Christmas                                                                     Conception.                                             message of hope, salvation, repentance,
                                                        We would call each other if we cooked or bought                 Mary lived with her parents a very ordinary        forgiveness, reconciliation, sacrifice.
holidays hordes of people wanting to be home            something special simply to be shared. An offer is a
and in touch with loved ones result in yearly                                                                      life. She is an inviolate Virgin who lived her             Mary's relationship with her son places her
                                                        gesture of affection and caring which is the Filipino      feminity with dignity and sanctity. She is a lily       as the mediator between her and mankind, not
monumental travel nightmare. Why? Because               way.
distance and separation of families create a major                                                                 of incomparable purity and virtue. Her holiness         as an outsider but in her position as mother. As
                                                            Keeping our families close and together is as          surpasses that of all the saints and angels put         such she can point out to her Son the needs of
angst and realization of family togetherness during     fundamental as our culture. We continue to hold on
this time of he year. Presumably this problem will                                                                 together. Thus she merits her choice by God as          mankind. Her mediation is in the nature of
                                                        to this notion no matter what the odds are. To the         singurlary favored to become the Mother of her          intercession. Because mother believes in her
continue to get worse what with the                     extent in our acts of sharing with others we have
implementation of more security measures to air                                                                    Son.                                                    Son and Son acknowledges the authority of
                                                        created also extended families who are around us                But the Annunciation had made her life very        the Mother anything that the Mother asks the
travel due to the continued looming terrorist           most of the time. It is in the strong family
threats. And because of an extremely overriding                                                                    extraordinary and intriguing from then on. When         Son shall be done.
                                                        togetherness where good values and great citizenry         the angel Gabriel appeared to her with glad               Thus countless miracles have been attributed
sense to be independent, job requirements, less         are honed for the world to share and welcome.
family members accountability and mobile life                                                                      tidings "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you"     to her. She was called the Refuge of Sinners
                                                                                                                   Mary was greatly disturbed and didn't comprehend        when people who went astray seek her
                                                                                                                   what the strange proposition meant. When the            forgiveness; Comforter of the Afflicted when
      Amerikanong Pinoy by dave san pedro                                                                          angel saw her puzzled he explained that the             she is the source of cure and wellness; Queen
                                                                                                                   message was from God that she will be                   of the Impossible when sterile women give
                                                                                                                   "overshadowed" by the Holy Spirit and would             birth to babies; Fountain of Hope to many
                                                                                                                   conceive and bear a son but it wouldn't diminish        people who were granted their temporal needs
                                                                                                                   her chaste virtues. Putting the puzzle into words       or lifetime pursuits.
                                                                                                                   she asked the angel, in virginal innocence, how           How can we celebrate Mary's birthday? True
                                                                                                                   could this happen she knew no man. Strange as it        to her simple life the celebration need not be
                                                                                                                   seemed she didn't question it. She just "leaped"        elaborate. Meditate on her life and make the
                                                                                                                   in faith and said "I am the handmaid of the Lord,       day holy. Learn from her by reading write-ups
                                                                                                                   let it be done to me according to your word." Her       about her. Honor her with the recitation of the
                                                                                                                   response was grounded on trusting obedience,            Rosary. Venerate her in your altar with flowers
                                                                                                                   surrender and faith--faith on her knowledge of          and candles. She believed in the word of God
                                                                                                                   God's copious providences.                              and was submissive to His will in all her life.
                                                                                                                        The feastday of the nativity of Mary induces       You must do the same.
                                                                                                                   us to ask what significance does her birth bring to

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                                                   Maid to Order
                                              unable to collect because the Jacksons      Norberto Reyes, in New Jersey.” For two
                                                           Bullet Points
                                              filed for bankruptcy protection before      years, she worked for the Reyeses and
    By Perry Diaz                             the trial began.                            provided care to Norberto who was
                                                  Another celebrated case of human        incapacitated and needed assistance in
                                              trafficking involved a rich Filipino-       feeding and bathing.

     n 2005, Human Rights Watch               American couple, Dr. Jefferson                 Gado contacted a cousin in Michigan
    published a critical report on the        Calimlim, Sr. and his wife Dr. Elnora       and told her of her problems. Her cousin
    abuses suffered by women domestic         Calimlim of Brookfield, Wisconsin. In       then contacted the New Jersey
workers. The report, “Maid to Order:          March of 2006, the Calimlim couple          Department of Labor and reported Gado’s
Ending Abuses Against Migrant Domestic        were convicted in a Federal court for       low wages. On May 2, 2007, Criminal
Workers in Singapore,” outlined the           using “threats of serious harm and          Justice agents rescued Gado and placed
research made on the “abusive conditions      physical restraint” to coerce a Filipina    her in a shelter. Reyes is scheduled for
facing many domestic workers in               — Irma Martinez — to serve as their         sentencing on October 12, 2007.
Singapore.” Although the report was           domestic servant for 19 years. Each of         What is really disturbing is that these
limited to the study of abuses in             them was sentenced to four years in         three cases of human trafficking involved
Singapore, human trafficking is as            prison.                                     Filipinos — the victims as well as the
widespread as the common cold; that is,          Martinez testified that the Calimlims    traffickers. Are we looking at the tip of
no country is immune to this abhorrent        paid her $1,200 a year for the first 10     an iceberg here? It is estimated that there
“disease.” There are approximately two        years and $4,800 a year for the last nine   are      about     500,000       Filipino
million people — mostly women and             years, way below the minimum wage           undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
girls — who are trafficked into slavery       rates. The judge ruled that Martinez was    today. Since most of them are employed
every year.                                   entitled to restitution of more than        clandestinely, they’re vulnerable to
    The United States has its share — or      $900,000 and the Calimlims were             abuses and exploitation. Assuming that
more than its share — due to the fact that    ordered to pay $1.25 million in fines.      only 10% are victims of human
lots of people around the world dream of      Recently, another case of human             trafficking, there may be as many as
going to America where the streets are        trafficking made it to the front page of    50,000 Nena Ruizes, Irma Martinezes,
paved with gold. People from third world      Filipino-American newspapers. In a          and Arlene Gados working as virtual
countries are brought to the U.S. in          press release issued by the New Jersey      slaves in the U.S.
various — mostly illegal — ways.              Attorney General, a Filipina named               What is deplorable as the human
According to the U.S. Department of           Angelita Reyes of West Windsor, New         traffickers themselves are their recruiters
Justice about 15,000 women and girls are      Jersey, pleaded guilty to a charge of       — or accomplices — in the Philippines,
trafficked into the U.S. every year.          third-degree criminal restraint. Under      some of whom are related to the victims
The United States — the “land of the free”    the plea agreement, Reyes will get a        or traffickers. Indeed, without the
— is not as free as one would think it is.    sentence of probation and pay $78,000       assistance of these recruiters, the “maid
Yes, slavery is still being practiced in      in back wages to the victim, Arlene         to order” business would not be as
America today but in more subtle ways.        Gado, a 23 year-old Filipina.               rampant — and lucrative — as it is today.
The slave masters could be some of the            A report published by the Attorney      In 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the
most successful and respectable model         General stated, “In 2005, Gado signed       Trafficking Victims Protection Act
citizens.                                     an employment contract in the               (TVPA). The goals of TVPA are: 1)
   One of the celebrated cases of human       Philippines, witnessed by her parents,      Prevent human trafficking overseas; 2)
trafficking involved James J. Jackson,        that provided that she would travel to      Protect its victims and help them rebuild
vice president of legal affairs at Sony       the U.S. to work in the home of Anthony     their lives in the U.S. with Federal and
Pictures Entertainment, and his Filipina      Mandap, a vice consul in the Consulate      state support; and 3) Prosecute traffickers
wife, Elizabeth Nicolas Tagle Jackson.        General of the Philippines in San           of persons under stiff Federal penalties.
Their victim, Nena Ruiz, a former             Francisco. The contract provided that       In addition, they may be granted
Philippine teacher, filed a lawsuit in 2003   her duties would focus on the care of       temporary residency (T-visas). An
against the couple for “involuntary           Mandap’s three children and she would       Information and Referral Hotline has
servitude, false imprisonment, invasion of    receive $8 per hour for a 40-hour work      been established for anyone who have
privacy, negligence, fraud, assault and       week, with overtime paid at a rate of       come in contact with a victim of human
battery, and violation of labor laws.” Ruiz   time-and-a-half.”                           trafficking. The number is 1-888-3737-
claimed that she was only paid $300 for            Shortly after Gado arrived in          888.
one year’s work. She also claimed that she    California, she was transferred to the      (PerryDiaz@gmail.com)
worked seven days a week from 5:30 AM         home of Mandap’s in-laws, Angelita and
to 10:00 PM, slept in a sleeping bag in
the living room, and ate days-old food        President Bush signed
while she prepared fresh food for the         into law H.R. 972, the
Jacksons’ two dogs.                           Trafficking Victims Pro-
    Ruiz was recruited by her cousin-in-      tection Act, which in-
law, who worked for Mrs. Jackson in the       cluded a provision
Philippines, to become the traveling          authored by Congress-
companion and caretaker of Mrs.               woman Pryce combat-
Jackson’s mother in Sacramento,               ing domestic trafficking
California. However, shortly after her        of humans. Pictured
arrival in the U.S., the Jacksons took her    with the Congress-
to their home in Culver City in Southern      woman are US Attorney
California. After a year of enslavement,      General         Alberto
Ruiz ran away and sought the help of the      Gonzales, Secretary of
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and              State     Condoleezza
Trafficking. She filed a lawsuit against      Rice, Senator Sam
the Jacksons and a jury awarded her           Brownback (R-KS),
                                              Congressman Chris
$825,000. In addition, she was awarded        Smith (R-NJ), and
another $825,000 for compensatory and         Carolyn Maloney (D-
punitive damages. However, she was            NY).

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      American Legion Auxiliary Magellan Unit 604

 Citizenship Day
By Faina E. Abaya,
President, ALA Magellan Unit 604                                                    Lara in an American long brown
                                          Ester Fortes while Trinidad
                                          Cabalfin, the Chaplain of the ALA         dress, Juliana Torralba in golden
                                                                                    embroidered formal Filipina dress,

T      he United States of America,       Magellan Unit 604 rendered the
       the only remaining super power     invocation. Sarah Enloe, the first vice   Luz Arcaya in brown and beige casual
       in the world and the riches        president who acted as MC read the        Filipina dress with shawl and Linda
country on earth celebrates many          Preamble of the Auxiliary stressing       Cordero wearing a formal terno
events in its long history and among      the importance of its role to country,    Filipina evening         dress. The
others, Citizenship Day is celebrated     community and the American                participants showed their own
to remind the American people both        Legion. Virgie Lara, the second vice      personal antics as they walked around Remedios Galeste    Fe Seva       Leony Belisario    Rose Meris
natural born and naturalized citizens     president and the chairperson of the      the middle of the hall accompanied
of their rights and responsibilities as   program, talked about the duties and      by the audience deafening clapping
citizens of this great nation.            obligations of all American citizens,     of hands and stomping their feet on
     Citizenship Day is supposed to       to obey the existing laws of our land,    the floor indicating their admiration
commemorate the events occurred on        to observe the rule of law, the right     and appreciation to all the
September 17, 1787 when the U.S.          to vote and to respect the rights of      participants.
Constitution was signed by delegates      others.                                       Raffles were drawn of modest
from 12 original states in                    Filipino and American cuisine         prizes donated by the members
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ratifying      were served for dinner such as pansit     themselves carried on by Leticia
the Supreme Law of the Land which         lumi, chopsuey, beef michado, fried       O’Quinn, Remedios Mangosing and
has been referred to as the oldest        chicken, pork imbotido, fried rice,       Aurora Nicandro who went around
working constitution in the world.        rice cake and bibingka and cutup          the hall to sell tickets and later
    In conjunction with this day, on      assorted fresh fruits. Drinks and         requested anyone to pick the winning
September 16, 2007, at the Magellan       canned beers were also given for free     raffle tickets. Our sincere and
Hall along Gerber road, Sacramento,       to those who could properly take          heartfelt gratitude to all who
a day before its actual celebration the   care of themselves.                       supported this fund raising program
members of the ALA Magellan Unit             The highlight of the celebration       for our veterans. Thank you very
604 in coordination with AL               was a fashion show, just for fun and      much.
Magellan Post 604 commander Tom           enjoyment of everybody including            When everything settled down, all
Amaba prepared a program to               the participants who, despite, their      were enticed to dance from the
celebrate Citizenship Day. The            maturity in age and look still showed     musical records of Paul Cordero who Juliana Torralba     Mary Arrieta     Luz Arcaya      Linda Cordero
celebration coincided with the project    the physical beauty of yesteryears.       as usual provided the sound system
to raise funds for the Veterans Affairs   The participants gracefulness and         and musical entertainment and among
and Rehabilitation Program and part       elegance can be the eloquent              those spotted enjoying the night were
of the proceeds will also go to the       description of how they naturally         Dr. Tony and Remy Solomon, Romy
“Make a Difference Day”, or better        carry themselves in their day to day      and Marina Mabanta, Lloyd and Levi
known as MADD, a continuing               life. Obviously, they have shown          Castaneda, Aida Azurin, Naty
project of the American Legion            such description when they were           Fontillas, Rose Basos, Carol Marzan,
Auxiliary that extends assistance and     called to walk around the middle of       Fortunata Flores, Lilia Visaya, Anna
help to others through the spirit of      the hall for everyone to see them         Espiritu, Dinnah and Dave San
volunteerism. One of the recipients       wearing their costumes or best            Pedro, Philip and Rosa Cordero, Mon
of this fund raising is usually the       attires. First to be called was           and Carissa Veridiano, Henry
“Loaves and Fishes” located at North      Remedios Galeste wearing the formal       Arcangel, Tony Arca and Alice
C Street, Sacramento, a known             blue Auxiliary Uniform with her           Pambid, Rudy and Oyen Abad,
sanctuary for the homeless and less       cap, Leony Belisario wearing a Maria      Romy and Violy Samaniago, Bert and
fortunate people.                         Clara, Fe Seva in apple green             Luz Arcaya, Greg and Adora Umblas,
   The program was started with the       kimona, Rose Meris in her chinese         Pio and Liza Banayat, Glenn and
singing of both the American and          attire, Mary Arrieta in white & blue      Tess Carrasca, Dave and Yasko
Filipino national anthems led by          embroidered kimona blouse, Virgie         Floresca and many others.
                                                                                                                                                                               Photos by Dave San Pedro
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                           BIGGER and BETTER                                                                                                      Diversity and Evolution seen
                            ADOBO FESTIVAL!                                                                                                         through Culture & Arts
                                                                                                                                               By Oscar Ramos

                                                                                                                                                 The Festival
                                                                                                                                               of Philippine
                                                                                                                                               Arts        and
                                                                                                                                               Culture was
                                                                                                                                               recently held at
                                                                                                                                               San      Pedro
                                                                                                                                               Filipinos from
                                                                                                                                               all        over
                                                                                                                                               came together
                                                                                                                                               to celebrate
                                                                                                                                               their cultural
                                                                                                                                               and artistic heritage. They came from
                                                                                                                                               as far north as San Francisco, south      However, in retrospect, would we have
                                                                                                                                               from San Diego and even from Las          answered with the same confused
Danika with dad, Adobo Festival                                                                                                                Vegas, Nevada. Some attendees broke       certainty if we were asked, who here
producer, Joey Camins.                                                                                                                         out their ternos and barongs long         are Filipinos? So who are we?
                                                                                                                                               stored in closets and were welcome             It was highly noticeable how
          The second annual Adobo                                                                                                              sights to see them express their pride    diversified our community has grown.
Festival held last September 8 and 9 at                                                                                                        in their culture through fashion.         Filipinos of all ages, shapes, sizes and
Swiss Park in Newark, was a tremendous                                                                                                         Others wore their veteran regalia,        shades were all about enjoying what
success, to say the least. It not only                                                                                                         Filipino colors and symbolism, most       Filipinos do most; chat, eat, laugh,
gave an insight into the Filipino soul                                                                                                         wore the casual attire known              shop and be merry, it was a festival after
but it also identified it. Adobo, a unique                                                                                                     throughout southern California            all. Besides the usual Malay base and
Filipino cuisine, is as Filipino as Juan                                                                                                       influenced by weather, whatever was       predominant Chinese mix we are now
de la Cruz or you and I.                                                                                                                       hip and hot.                              replete with Latin, African and
    There are as many variations of                                                                                                                The whole experience was full of      European genealogy, each contributing
cooking adobo as there are many                                                                                                                pride and joy. Performers were vibrant    to our identity. Resilience has proven
provinces in the Philippines. Some say                                                                                                         and their brilliantly colored costumes    to be one of our best qualities,
that the best adobo is made by the                                                                                                             were exceeded only by their talent.       adaptation and assimilation has
Kapampangans of the province of                                                                                                                From the determination of a five year     enriched us beyond segregation. While
Pampanga; others say that the Tagalog                                                                                                          old boy who did his best to keep up       elders are reminiscent with traditional
version of the adobo is the best. I say                                                                                                        with dance moves to the gracefulness      Philippine music and dance, the young
that “negus ti bus non disputandum”;                                                                                                           of our young men and ladies, the          embraces hip-hop, rock and rap. Since
that’s Latin for “there’s no dispute in                                                                                                        eagerness of youth will ensure the        there was no shortage of passion, talent
taste”. Whatever one thinks is good,                                                                                                           preservation of our culture. Bahay        and concessionaires everyone had a
will always be good, as far as that person                                                                                                     Kubo was best sung with a chorus of       great time.
is concerned.                                                                                                                                  young voices. Veteran singers,                  The Filipino American will
   The park has many tall trees that                                                                                                           musicians and comedians did not fail      continuously require to be redefined.
sheltered almost everybody from the                                                                                                            to entertain; organizers have reason to   We will unavoidably evolve with our
heat of the sweltering afternoon sun,                                                                                                          be proud.                                 countries of influence and age. Where
thus giving a pleasantly cool                                                                                                                    During a mid day performance while      we have been, where we are and where
atmosphere that made everybody feel                                                                                                            allowing our lunch of sisig, rice and     we are going will determine who we
good.                                                                                                                                          gulaman to settle a performer asked       will be. Let us always remember to
     LELAND YEE, the first Asian-                                                                                                              the audience, who here are Americans?     look back as it would be a shame to
American State Senator, led the ribbon                                                                                                         We all looked at each other bewildered    forget all we have accomplished. As
cutting and delivered the opening                                                                                                              and silence struck. The question was      we forge forward, move in unity and
remarks. He said,                                                                                                                              simple but the answer was a feeling of    strength. There is no greater showcase
                                                                                                                                               quiet obviousness. Of course we are       for a people than what can be seen
  “The Adobo Festival brings                                                                                                                   Americans, we are Filipino Americans!     trough their culture and arts.
 together Fil-Americans from
the Bay Area to appreciate the
    different adobo dishes.”
Senator Lee supports the Fil-Americans
here in the Bay Area because I often see
him at important Fil-American events.
Senator Lee was also present and
supported the first Adobo Festival at
Daly City last year. May your tribe
increase, Senator Leland Lee.
  The masters of ceremonies were MS.
movie actor/comedian PROSPERO
LUNA. Festival blessings were given
St Anne’s church in Union City and
                                                                                                                    Photos by Dave San Pedro
Father TITO of Newark.
 ROLLIE LAVARIAS was beaming with                                                          of Statewide Realty gave them $50
pride because his daughter, ROSALYN                                                        each for joining the contest. The first
LAVARIAS, sang the USA national                                                            prize winner took home $300 from
anthem well. JOEY PANLILIO of                                                              Statewide Realty. The second prize
Manila Mail was teasing Rolly, saying,                                                     winner, Bea won $200 given by Maite
“Did you teach your daughter how                                                           Mendoza of JSCamins Productions and
to sing?                                                                                   the third prize winner received $100
  ”There were lots of local performers                                                     from Craig Burt of Moose Lodge Daly
who graced the festival. Some of the                                                       City.
bands were Five Fifteen, Wangbu,                or locations through the GPS in the          LBC was very kind to give away one
Necrosis, Simply Yellow. Angel Lace             Honda vehicles on display. The             free plane ticket to the Philippines and
and Purple Lace also performed.                 charming Candise Cheung represented        a total of 5 balikbayan boxes that was
Soloists like Aileen Papin, A1 Sauce,           the booth of Western Union.                raffled every hour.
Victoria Lamb, Totoy Bibo Danika                  DINNAH S. SAN PEDRO, publisher             What was noteworthy of the festival
Camins, Jiselle Kelsey gave a number            and managing editor of the Philippine      was that the Filipinos swarmed the
or two for the audience. On Saturday,           Fiesta News, was selling t-shirts from a   place. They came in groups. Some
the main event was the performance of           stall. CRAIG BURT, administrator of        came with friends and others came with
JESSA ZARAGOZA and on Sunday, the               the Daly City Moose Lodge was busy         their families. It gave me that
sexy singer PATRICIA JAVIER wowed               selling San Miguel Beer.                   delightful feeling that perhaps there is
the crowd.                                           Seven to ten entrees joined the       some sort of solidarity among
    VIC NEJAL had a booth for his               Adobo Cook-off Contest. Doris Panisa       Filipinos here. I thought that JOEY
Pacific Realty & Investment. Comcast            who did her Ilonggo version of Chicken     CAMINS and MAITE MENDOZA,
was there with their big flat screen TV         Adobo won the first prize. She was         producers of the
inside of their personalized Hummer on          given a trophy by JSCamins                 festival,          had
the side of their booth giving the people       Productions, a $50 check and one case      stumbled on to
a chance to view their shows and what           of San Miguel Beer from Superior           something unique,
they have to offer. ELLA                        Global Company.                            an idea that perhaps
VILLAFUERTE and MARCUS                               There were 5 contestants on the       might bring unity
HERRERA of Honda of Hayward were                Kiddie Popstar Contest and all of the      among the Filipinos
kind enough to help locate an address           kids were lucky because Rollie Lavarias    in the Bay Area.

                     Josabi Design
                          JOJO SABINIANO
                            Floral Designer,
                     Consultant & Interior Decorator

                         Cell 916.995.8636
    Heritage                                                                                                                                                         Sept. 7-20, 2007        Philippine Fiesta 3B

   “A Time of Silence”
        Recollections of Private Dionisio C. Perez
Chapter 4
                                                   Open. He reached the final in Sacramento
   I ended my government service on                Open in 1983 and lost to the number one
October 3, 1984, with 40 years and 8 months        team of University of California at
of service. I made preparations many years         Berkeley.
before I decided to retire. This made it easy         My favorite sport was bicycling racing.
for me to blend into the retired status, a fluid   I rode bicycles for 61 years, unlike tennis,
transition. I fall into the group. No              it’s a sheer physical and body punishment,
experience needed to become one of them,           the hardest part is discipline, training,
you grow old and you will find yourself in         and conditioning. In 1959, I started to
this predicament. But what would it be like        ride once more, using a track racer, one
to be retired, a very important question that      speed without brakes. I logged 200 miles
was ignored by many retirees, most have no         a week at Sacramento American River                              Illustration by Dave San Pedro
answer for it.                                     bicycle trail from Discovery Park to Rio
   After my separation from the civil service,     Americana, a 15 mile distance. I entered
I found out that the rhythm, the sequence,         the one hundred mile race sponsored by             Life Begins at 80
the cadence, and many slices of my life had        Sacramento Heart Association. I finished       Me, Myself, and I, 32,054
never changed. I had to do the things I had        the distance in five hours and donated
been doing before. Get up early in the             $350 dollars to the Association. In 1975.              days old.
morning regardless of how late I retire at         I entered the double century (200) two                   ByDionisio Perez
night. It’s a must that my daily exercise be       hundred mile bicycle race from the
done. I got involved in many other                 University of California at Davis to Upper            I have good news for you.
commitments aside from the household               Lake. I finished the distance in 14 and a           The first 80 years are hardest.
work such as playing tennis, bicycle racing,       half hours, a good racing time for a 57            The second 80 are succession of
dancing, and running, just to mention a few.       years old senior. On June 12, 1982, I ran                   birthday parties.
I played tennis at an early age, dating back       the 26 mile marathon during celebration         Once you reach 80, everyone wants
to 1926, and won a few dozen competitions.         of our National Independence Day from                   to carry your baggage
I played number one tennis in Feati Institute      Florin Center to the town of Walnut                   And help you up the steps.
of Technology and the National Orthopedic          Grove, California. I was running with a         If you forget your name or anybody
Tennis Club in Manila. I played in Metro           bad right hip, finished the distance in            else’s name or an appointment,
tournament at Rizal Memorial Stadium, and          four hours.                                       Or your own telephone number or
helped Mr. Lupe Ingayo run the national               I was very much involved in tennis but             can’t remember how many
tournament in Manila. I played number one          bicycling was an option to keep my body                      grandchildren.
tennis for San Francisco Filipino Tennis Club      in good shape and strong to enhance my          Everybody thinks you need only to
from 1959 to 1970. I served as a National          endurance and stamina. These activities                explain that you are 80.
Umpire for the Philippine National                 were stopped after I damaged my hip,           Being 80 is a lot better than being 70.
Tournament from 1947 to 1950. I won the            broke my right collar bone (clavicle), my      At age 70, people are mad at you for
Stockton Record competition in 1951 and            right thumb and middle finger, and                             everything.
1952. I was the first Filipino to win the          cracked my forehead, racing with the sun        At 80, you have a perfect excuse no
coveted cup. I belong to the United States         at a summer event at California                           matter what you do.
Tennis Association, Umpires Association,           Exposition in 1978. On September 26,            If you act foolishly, it’s your second
and call Trans America in San Francisco,           1989, I underwent a total right hip                             childhood.
California and the Virginia Woman                  replacement (hip prosthesis).                   Everybody is looking for symptoms
Competition in Oakland, California and the            My doctor advised me not to ride
                                                   bicycle, but I was back playing tennis in
                                                                                                          of softening of the brain.
                                                                                                             Being 70 is no fun.
                                                                                                                                                                 Cavite Association
other United States Sanction tennis
tournament in Northern California.                 a diminished capacity. My life hasn’t          At that age, they expect you to retire
   With my youngest son John, we won the           always gone as I would like, but I had a         to a house in Florida and complain
Northern California Sectional United States        chance to start over again and again.          about your arthritis (they used to call
Father and Son Equitable Family Tennis             Living in an imperfect world in which I                        it lumbago)
three times. I lost to the champion from           am a life time member. Although the time           And you ask everybody to stop
Hawaii in the finals in San Francisco. I           frame doesn’t work in my favor, it leaves           mumbling because you can’t
played with my daughter Catherine in               no profound effect that I manage to steer                  understand them.
mixed doubles, we won six titles in the 1974       myself out of trouble many times over          Actually, your hearing is about 50%
U.S. Air Force Tournament at McClellan Air         and survive on the highway littered with                           gone.
Force Base. I taught tennis at Arden Hills         unpleasant memories during the                     If you survive until you are 80,
Tennis Club junior program. John was the           formative days of my life.                      everybody is surprised that you are
leading junior in Sacramento. He won the              I believe that we are the master of our                      still alive.
Sacramento Unified Metro League                    own destiny and the thing we have to             They treat you with respect just for
Championship and California State Junior           fear as once said by President Franklin D.               having lived so long.
at the age of 16. He won the Nevada State          Roosevelt, and I quote “that what we              Actually, they seem surprised that
Junior Singles and Doubles at 17 in 1979.          have to fear most is fear itself”, unquote         you can walk and talk sensible.                The Cavite Association elects new president, Norma Jese. The out-
He was rated number four in Ojai National          and play the biggest game of our life           So please folks, try to make it to 80.            going president, Frank Ayran and all the members invite everyone to
Collegiate Competition. With Marc                  which is life itself, safely.                             It’s the time of life.                  their Induction Dinner and Dance to be held on Nov. 17, 2007 at the
Murphy, they won over Hanz Guildermister              We leave you with a final poem from            People forgive your for anything.               Filipino Veterans Hall-Gerber Rd. in Sacramento. For more informa-
and his partner from Peru in the Redding           Manong Diony.                                      If you ask me, life begins at 80!              tion, please call (916) 402-5560.
  4B   Community News                                                                                                               Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007   Philippine Fiesta

                            Community Connection
                                         By Carle and Sarah Enloe

                                Filipino Women’s Club Celebrates
                                 68th Anniversary Dinner and Dance and Round-the-Clock Fashion Show
                                              Santiaguel San Pedro, is a very special    Valerio; Julie Vergara; Anna Lizette
                                              member of the community who totally        Umali; Maricor Cuevas-Ramos; Santy
                                              exemplifies all three qualifications       Galinato; and Zenny Yagen. The Night
From page 1                                   needed to be selected for this             Wear Models were: Nerissa Fox; Alicia
                                              prestigious award. She possesses and       Nonog; Elena Salahuddin; Nicole
Asmundson, Mayor Pro Tem of the               demonstrates outstanding leadership        Capuchino Veal; Carmen Connerly;
City of Davis, and Julie Byers, Coordinator   skills, unselfish devotion and             and Elvie Spano. After the fashion, the
of the First 5 Project, to help her present   dedication to community service, and       dance floor was opened for general
the Certificates of Recognition to the        has achieved great heights in her own      dancing and the party begin in earnest.
young graduates and volunteers of the         career as a registered nurse not to           This was a truly memorable evening
FWC Storytime Express Project. The            mention being a full time wife and         for one and all, especially the FWC and
graduates, who ranged from 0 to 5 years       mother. MC Sarah introduced Sorcy          Dinnah Santiaguel San Pedro our 2007
old, stole the guests’ hearts. The            Apostol, Philippine National Day           Outstanding Filipina Awardee.
graduates were: Jay Seth Lal; Ty Diaz         Association Acting President, who paid     Congratulations Dinnah. Also, we
Dunbar; Julie SooHoo; Patricia Brewer;        tribute to Dinnah in a short but moving    would like to acknowledge and thank
Kenzo Fraser; Norma Fuller; Garrett           presentation. After Sorcy’s tribute,       the sponsors, FWC officers and
Alex Ner; Mia Ferriss; Angelo Edralin;        President Josie and Supervisor Jimmie      members, and members of the event
and Rocco Edralin.                            Yee presented the 2007 Outstanding         committees, and any one else, who in
    Afterwards, President Josie gave a        Filipina Award to Dinnah.                  any small contributed to the success of
very motivating and powerful welcome             Then Dinnah gave a brief acceptance     this      wonderful           occasion.
address. She thanked everyone for             and thank you speech. She thanked          Congratulations to the FWC!
coming and sharing the FWC’s 68 th            FWC for the award and expressed
anniversary with the members.                 gratitude that she is being honored        A Tribute to Dinnah San Pedro
President Josie went on to encapsulate        during the FWC’s 68th Anniversary.         Woman of the Year
how the FWC has continued to grow             Humble as always, she acknowledged         68th Anniversary
and expand. She went on to highlight          that she did not earn this honor alone     Filipino Women’s Club
the worthy causes that FWC has                but with the help of others who are
championed through the years and              behind her success. She acknowledged       A woman next door
promoting of the Filipino Cultural            Dave, her husband, and their children.     Ordinary, yet Original
heritage through co-sponsoring shows.         Dinnah went on to acknowledge the          A dedicated daughter
President Josie noted that FWC                contributions of the Filipino              A nurturing mother
established the “Outstanding Filipina         community leaders. Most importantly,       A committed life partner
Award” in 1999 to recognize and               she stressed that no matter how small      A caring health practitioner and
empower women and a $1,000                    her contribution, she always wants to      advocate
scholarship award in cooperation with         make a difference and hopes to inspire     A trusted friend.
Ronald McDonald House Charities.              others to do the same! Dinnah noted
She went on to recognize and thank the        that small, collective efforts, when put   A woman of color
past FWC presidents present: Mrs. Nena        together, can make a huge contribution     A child of Filipino history and culture
Rosales, Mrs. Ester Fortes, and Mrs.          to the growth and progress of our          A fan and patron of Filipino American
Rose Basos. She thanked all the FWC           Filipino American community. She           contemporary art
Committees and members for their hard         went on to note that her award reflects    A maker of history, A sculptor of local
work. President Josie then gave a             the work that she does through the         culture
special thanks to Raul Cupino for             Philippine Fiesta newspaper. The           A chronicler of a community’s heart
design of the attractive tickets and to       newspaper tells our stories and            and life
Dave and Diedra San Pedro for their           celebrates all our life’s events. She      In festivities, accomplishments, and
design of the front cover of the              concluded her remarks by noting that       challenges
Souvenir program. She concluded her           we exist to share our efforts to           A proud Filipina.
welcome address by thanking Sarah             acknowledge the accomplishments of
Tonel Enloe, FWC 2nd Vice President,          our Filipino people.                       A woman of principled service to her
for her hard work and long hours to              Following the award ceremony, MCs       community
create the FWC first ever and beautiful       Sarah and Marie turned the program         Bringing her very person, heart, and
souvenir program. President Josie             over to Christina Garcia, General Sales    soul to the community readership
noted that the souvenir program is truly      Manager, Macy’s, who would MC the          through those oftentimes intimate
a special limited edition – a rare            FWC Round-the-Clock Fashion Show.          Editorials
memento to be treasured!                      She was assisted by Dolly Dioquino,         just as they open up their homes, their
     Following her presentation, MC           Macy’s Counter Manager and                 lives to her.
Sarah introduced Memie Weitzenberg,           Shieseido Consultant and Make-up           Driven by a mission to showcase the
a FWC Board of Director Member, who           Artist. All the fashion show models        beauty in a community
introduced the guest speaker for the          were volunteers from the Club and/or       Who comes close together in collective
evening, the Honorable Mayor Pro Tem          community. The show presented four         pride in one another
Ruth Uy Asmundson. Mayor Ruth gave            categories of clothing: juniors,           She gives of all her power, energy, and
a brief, but very powerful presentation       corporate look, evening wear, and          resources:
regarding the empowering of women.            night wear. The escorts for the models     Consistency        of     publication,
   The first award presentation of the        were Michael Collins and I. MC             appreciation galas, generous technical
evening was the FWC/Ronald                    Christina presented a very professional    advice
McDonald House Scholarship award              fashion show that was superbly             Putting Sacramento Filipino American
presented by President Josie and the          presented and well received by the         community on the map
Honorable Jimmie Yee, Supervisor,             guests. We would like to acknowledge       Placing Philippine Fiesta in every
District 2, Sacramento County, to             and thank all the models who               home, placing herself, unknowingly,
Jacqueline Lee, a recent graduate of St.      participated. The Junior Models were:      In that special corner of one’s heart
Francis High School, who will be              Frances Garcia; Danica Rendon; Inah        A community leader of pure heart.
attending the University of California,       Encarnado; Amber Ruiz; Angela
Santa Cruz in the fall. She plans on          Zaniboni; Danielle Collins; and Diana      ~ From the Board of Directors
majoring in a health science field.           Kate Nagtalon. The Corporate Look          Philippine National Day Association
    Finally, the long awaited and much        Models were: Sheila Tonel Crisologo;       (PNDA)
anticipated presentation of the 2007          Fleur Rodriguez; Marisela Avila;           Outstanding Filipino Youth Awards *
Outstanding Filipina Award had arrived.       Jennifer Patria; and Cheryl Rubios.        Filipino American Youth Leadership
This year’s recipient, Dinnah                 The Evening Wear Models were: Bona         Conference * LahiArts
                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Dave San Pedro
 Community News                                                                                                                                       Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007          Philippine Fiesta 5B

       With Philippine Fiesta, every occasion is a celebration, and every day is...a day to remember.
  birthdays                                                                                                 Bicolandia Association of Sacramento Celebrates
                                                                                                              Our Lady Virgin of Peñafrancia Fiesta 2007

  ADELINA MIGUEL              VIDAN BARIAS                   RAYNELLE PARAOAN (second from right)
   SEPTEMBER 11                AUGUST 31                     with 2007 FAYLC COMMITTEE MEMBERS
                                                                          OCTOBER 3

       Kobe P. Mercado
      7th Birthday Party

                                                                                                            Carle and Sarah T. Enloe
 A playful, Army                                                                                            August 25, 2007 – The Bicolandia
 combat-style 7th                                                                                           Association of Sacramento and the
 birthday celebra-                                                                                          Filipino community gathered at the
 tion was given by his                                                                                      Rotary Grove Picnic Area, Elk Grove,
 parents Aleena and                                                                                         CA, to commemorate the Feast of Our
 Aaron Mercado,                                                                                             Lady of Peñafrancia. Mass was preceded
 held at their resi-                                                                                        by the nine days of the Novena in honor
 dence in Elk Grove,                                                                                        of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
 CA on Sept. 22,                                                                                               The Novena celebrations were held
 2007.                                                                                                      in St. Mary’s Hall at St. Joseph Catholic
                                                                                                            Parish, Elk Grove, CA. Novena
                                                                                                            Sponsors for this year’s Feast were – Beth
                                                                                                            and Jess Velasco and Norma Bolante
                                                                  anniversary                               and Family; William and Maribel Go
                                                                                                            and Family; Abrigo, Fernandez,
                                                                                                            Banaban, and Balbanino Families; Joey
                                                                                                            Valila and Ronnie Cancicio and
                                                                                                            Families; Mel and Tonie Tarog and
                                                                                                            Family; Gilbert and Aida Garrucho, Rey
                                                                                                            and Ludy Garrucho and Families; Ester
                                                                                                            Carrasco and Family; and Lee and Ruby
                                                                                                            Nunez and Bobby and Edna de los
                                                                                                            Reyes and Families.
                                                                                                               This year, the mass and reenactment
                                                                                                            of the procession of the famous return
                                                                                                            of the Virgin to the Cathedral from the
                                                                                                            Church was held in the Rotary Grove
                                                                                                            Picnic Area of the Elk Grove Park, Elk
                                                                                                            Grove, CA. As in years past, Father
                                                                                                            Jonathan Molina was the presiding                                                Photos by Anna Maria De Young
                                                                                                            homilist for the Mass in the Virgin’s
                                                                         Cesar and Fely Salgado             honor.                                               and Family; Marissa Ignacio and Cecilia
  Aileen M. Wong (left) September 24, with Bryce,                            September 17                       After the mass, the reenactment of the           Clemeno; Torneros-Larkin Family; Emmanuel
              Phoenix, and Leilani                                     46th Wedding Anniversary             procession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia begin as       and Carmen Vega and Myra Cuyugan; and
                                                                                                            the Knights of Columbus Council #13223               Bronze Sponsors – Lu Estella; Mercia and Bing
                                                                                                            carried the Virgin, on a beautifully decorated       Caragay. The Lechon Donors were Jess and
                                                                                                            platform, around the lake escorted by the            Beth Velasco; Felipe and Myra Alibudbud; and
      In Loving Memory of                                                                                   congregation. Upon their arrival at the lake side,   Jim and Elvie Spano. The Food Donors were
                                                                                                            where Aaron McBride, the sagwanero,                  Joe and Zarina Zaragoza; Tony and Erma
                                                                                                            accompanied by Felipe Alibudbud, were                Granado; Luis and Tita Rodriguez; Mel and
   Constante “Tata” Valido Carpio                                                                           awaiting with a beautifully decorated boat,
                                                                                                            adorned in flowers and an arch, to transport the
                                                                                                                                                                 Tonie Tarog; Quinto and Tess Pelayo; Mike and
                                                                                                                                                                 Amy Banut; Ely and Annie Acedo; Romy and
           January 6, 1928 – August 6, 2007                                                                 Virgin around the lake and return her to her place   Monique Francisco; Tito and Lucy Samaniego;
                                                                                                            of honor in the Rotary Grove picnic area.            Hildegarda Bobier; Myrna O’Toole; Norma
                                                                                                               This is where the festival really began. The      Bolante; Cecilia Clemeno; Sari-Sari Store; Fely
  Carle and Sarah T. Enloe                                                                                  entire picnic area was gaily decorated and the       Valila; and Amy Valila.
                                                                                                            tables were laden with delicious Filipino food.         During lunch, the guests were entertained by
  August 18, 2007- We, along with family, friends,                                                          As the preparations for lunch were being             Ed Granado – DJ, FM 102, and a band from
  and the Filipino Community of Sacramento                                                                  finalized, the Sinag-Tala performing arts group      Vallejo, CA, led by Romy and Joel Zaragoza
  and Vicinity bid farewell to one of our                                                                   entertained the guests. Afterwards, Father           playing some favorite Filipino and Bicol songs.
  vanishing World War II veterans and a long time                                                           Jonathan gave the invocation. Then lunch was         The Association’s musicians also joined in to
  member of the community, Constante “Tata”              settled into the family home on Elk Grove          served.                                              provide some music for the guests during lunch.
  Valido Carpio. He was called to his heavenly           Florin Road in Elk Grove, CA. Tata was an                This year’s event would not have been          The afternoon’s festival activities concluded
  reward on August 6, 2007, after 79 beautiful           avid gardener. He grew various kinds of            possible without the following…Gold Sponsors         with raffles and dancing.
  years here on earth.                                   vegetables every year and shared them with         – Ambassador and Mrs. George Aducayen;                   We would like to congratulate Anna Maria
      Tata was born in the small town of Banna,          friends and relatives. Tata also raised chickens   Bobby and Edna de los Reyes; Lee and Ruby            De Young, Fiesta Chairperson, the Bicolandia
  Ilocos Norte, Philippines on January 26, 1928          for food and loved his dogs, Daisy and Cutie.      Nunez; Robert and Beth Rodriquez; Jess and           Association officers and members, and anyone
  to the late Eusebia Arzadon Valido from Badoc,            Recently, he visited the Philippines in April   Beth Velasco; Silver Sponsors – Nena Cruz and        else who in any small way, helped make this
  Ilocos Norte and the Juan Carpio of Banna and          and May 2007 for a whole month so he could         Family; DeYoung and Associates; Maribel Go           festive event a resounding success.
  Oahu, Hawaii.                                          have their new home blessed and visited with
      He was survived by his wife of 59 years –          relatives and friends. Tata was a very kind and
  Simeona Pascua Carpio, with whom he dearly             generous person. While he was in the
  called “Ling” in short for Darling even up to          Philippines, he gave four parcels of land to
  his very last breath. During his lifetime, they        some less fortunate families in the
  were always together. They had seven girls             neighborhood. He also donated money to
  whom he lovingly called by the alphabet A, B,          some neighbors and families who had sought
  C, D, E, F, and G - A for Anolita (Lita Castellano);   assistance from him. For those who know Tata,
  B for Baudilla; C for Cleofe; D for Daisy; E for       we are sure he will be remembered for his
  Elsa; F for Fermerita; and G for Gigi. He is also      humility, generosity, and friendliness.
  survived by his sisters, Corazon Cacacho;                 After the funeral, the guests were invited to
  Veronica Root; Lillia Agcaoili; and brother,           the Lucky Rice Buffet for a reception, where a
  Napoleon Ramiro. Tata was preceded in death            delicious lunch was served. Family, friends,
  by his brothers Sidrito and Bernardo. He also          and guests spent a few hours enjoying
  left behind an enduring legacy of 14                   memories of Tata Constante. We send our
  grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.              deepest condolences to the family on the lost
      Tata was a World War II veteran. Since he          the patriarch of this wonderful and close knit
  immigrated to the United States in 1977, he            family.

  Calendar of Events
                  Former President Fidel V. Ramos to launch book in Sacramento
                  Former President Fidel V. Ramos will be in Sacramento on Thursday, October 4 to
                  launch his new book, “Democracy and Discipline.” The book launch will be
                  held at Max Restaurant at 6051 Mack Road, Sacramento. The event will start with
                  a luncheon at 11:00 AM and the book-signing will start at 12:30 PM.
                  The public is invited to the book launch. To join Pres. Ramos for lunch, please call
                  Perry Diaz at (916) 691-6642 no later than September 30. Seating for the luncheon
                  is limited and reservations will be taken opn a first-come basis.

SAN LORENZO RUIZ DE MANILA                               OCT. 13, 20067 (SAT)
                                                         ABRANIAN ASSOCIATION OF SACRA-
NOVENA MASS SCHEDULE                                     MENTO AND SAN JOAQUIN VALLEYS
SEPTEMBER 20-27, 2007                                    AND VICINITY “10th Anniversary”
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO                                     Dinner and Dance
                                                         6:00 PM $25.00
6:30 p.m. Rosary Novena                                  8831 Gerber Road
7:00 p.m. Mass                                           Sacramento, CA 95828
SEPTEMBER 28, 2007                                       OCT. 27, 2007 (SAT)
6:30 p.m. Rosary Novena                                  FILIPINO AMERICAN VETERANS
7:00 p.m. Mass                                           ASSOCIATION AND THE BAYANIHAN
                                                         CLUB “Halloween Party”
8:00 p.m. Procession to Fellowship                       $20.00 Donation 6:30 PM-till MN
Feast Day (Potluck Celebration)                          Filipino Veterans Hall 8831 Gerber Rd.
                                                         Sacramento, CA 95828 (916) 482-5941
SEPT. 28, 2007 (SAT)                                     (916) 682-3382 (916) 996-4161
and FRIENDS “Pearl of the Orient”                        NOV. 3, 2007 (SAT)
Dinner and Dance                                         CORONATION NIGHT AND PRESEN-
$25.00 Donation $27.00 at the door                       TATION OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
St. Francis High School Gym, 5900 Elvas Ave.             6:30 PM $35.00
Sacramento, CA Attire: Semi-Formal                       Marriott Hotel Rancho Cordova, CA
  6B   Entertainment                                                                                                                                             Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007              Philippine Fiesta

 Sarah In Motion in New York                                                                                       Falling for Gerald & Kim
By Herbert Y. Magtoto                                                                                        By Ricky Lo
NEW YORK, New York. Sarah                                                                                   Have Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu fallen for
Geronimo, the hottest star and                                                                              each other, not just for reel but for real?
singing sensation, unveiled her                                                                             Their fans would love that to happen even as they
new look on the night of her                                                                                themselves have fallen hard for Gerald and Kim who
much awaited performance.                                                                                   were a hit inside Pinoy Big Brother’s (PBB) house
From the diva-style opening,                                                                                where they were discovered — and won their own
when she rises from beneath the                                                                             following with their unguarded cute moments cap-
stage amidst a fog machine dis-                                                                             tured “live” by hidden cameras — and out of it.
play, to the empowering
Motown hit "Get Ready," Sarah,                                                                              Gerald, 17 (last March 7, Pisces), and Kim, 17 (last
the star of the night, delivers a                                                                           April 19, an Arian), were top-raters in their first soap
crowd-pleasing spectacle that                                                                               starrer, ABS-CBN’s Sana Maulit Muli. After their first
offers as much visual as musi-                                                                              movie, First Day High (with Jason Abalos and Maja
cal stimulation. With the voice                                                                             Salvador, another young loveteam), the former PBB
of a shining star cascading up                                                                              housemates are starring in I’ve Fallen For You, di-
and down the scales like a roller                                                                           rected by newcomer Lino Cayetano from a story/
coaster, an energetic dancing                                                                               screenplay by Mel del Rosario, which Star Cinema is
machine, full throated and fully                                                                            marketing as “a Valentine movie in September” (open-
seasoned, she can sing a song                                                                               ing nationwide on Wednesday, Sept. 26) calculated
as few others can in the likes of                                                                           to turn their fans kilig na kilig all the more. The movie
Celine Dion, Michael Jackson,                                                                               is about how the young deal with affairs of the heart
Beyonce, to name a few, Sarah’s                                                                             and then some.
performance is one of the greatest.                                                                         Conversations put Gerald and Kim to a “compatibil-
  Her fashion parade of form-fitting, eye-catching                                                          ity test” a few months ago and here’s how they fared
costumes as she sing and dance which she demon-                                                             in the “If I were” department:
strated some hip-shaking moves when she did                                                                 • FLOWER — Gerald: Rose...Kim: White Rose
Michael Jackson “Jam” and “Smooth Criminal.”                                                                • TREE — Gerald: Redwood...Kim: Narra
Fortunately in the midst of her strenuous dance                                                             • ANIMAL — Gerald: Lion...Kim: Butterfly
numbers she sounded amazing. She was brilliant.                                                             • PERFUME — Gerald: Glamlab...Kim: Glamlab
The audience was given plenty. She did a shim-                                                              • PART OF THE HOUSE — Gerald: The door...Kim:
mering rendition of Didith Reyes’ “Bakit Ako                                                                The living room
Mahihiya.” It doesn’t end there, she did a very                                                             • FRUIT — Gerald: Banana...Kim: Mango
good rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s “Prayer”                                                                 • CITY — Gerald: St. Louis...Kim: Paris                                                           Photos by Dave San Pedro
   As the night progressed, it was clear that Sarah                                                         • HERO — Gerald: Dr. Jose Rizal...Kim: Ninoy Aquino           went home from work, hinahanap-hanap ko na ang
truly deserves a shot at making it big in New York.                                                         • PIECE OF JEWELRY -— Gerald: An earring...Kim:               mga kapatid ko. I was used to going home with
  Her guests were superb. Raymond Manalo threw                                                              A diamond earring                                             food ready on the table. Now, I have to prepare my
a Barry Manilow medley. Sarah did a duet with                                                               • JUICE — Gerald: Banana juice...Kim: Just water              own food. Malungkot din pala.
Mark Bautista (Kasalan Ba?). Erik Santos perfor-                                                            • HOLLYWOOD ACTOR — Gerald: Denzel                            What’s the worst thing written or rumored about
mance was excellent. A standing ovation, that is.                                                           Washington...Kim: Jessica Alba                                you and how did you deal with it?
Kris Lwrence, the R&B performer, did a good job.                                 Photos by Dave San Pedro   • PIECE OF FURNITURE: Gerald: A TV set...Kim: A               Kim: The tsismis that I sleep in Gerald’s house; na
He marauded a stage like a panther, sinking in and         Sarah with Kris Lawrence                         chair                                                         nag-iistambay daw ako doon. I never sleep in his
out of the light with his (Michael Jackson-like)                                                            • COLOR: Gerald: Red...Kim: Pink                              house. Why should I when I have my own house
dancing prowess. When Kris Lawrence requested           The night was really a memorable night.             Let’s find out further if Gerald and Kim do match.            naman. If I don’t sleep in our house, my father will
the audience to turn on their cell phones and wave    Barry Mason of 98.7 Kiss FM, and Rachel               What have you discovered about each other inside              get angry and he will surely look for me.
them in the air, he delighted that the thousands of   Ann Wolfe emceed the concert. Sarah in                Big Brother’s house and out of it, and on the set of          How do you handle your money?
blue swaying lights looked like the stick-up glow-    Motion has been a production of SCAT Pro-             I’ve Fallen For You?                                          Gerald: During my first year in showbiz, magastos
ing stars on the sky. All the guests went down the    ductions and Bad Boi Entertainment.                   Gerald: Inside Big Brother’s house, we hardly did             ako. I asked Mr. M (Johnny Manahan, head of the
stage to be near to their screaming fans.                                                                   anything except sleep and eat, and eat and sleep.             ABS-CBN Talent Center) to save for me 80 percent
                                                                                                            Now, Kim and I are both busy with work. Inside Big            of what I earn. The rest, I spend for my needs and
                                                                                                            Brother’s house and out of it, I discovered that Kim is       for the rent of my place. I help send some of my
                                                                                                            really masipag, matiyaga.                                     relatives (nephews and nieces) to school. I also had
                                                                                                            Kim: He hasn’t changed. He still is today what he was         my mom’s house in Gensan renovated. Pagbalik
                                                                                                            inside Big Brother’s house. Mabait pa rin siya.               niya, she will be surprised to see na iba na ang
                                                                                                            What do you have in common?                                   bahay niya, mas bago na.
                                                                                                            Gerald: Sa food, we have the same preference. Pareho          Kim: Half of my earnings I give to Talent Center
                                                                                                            kaming mahilig sa lobster. Kim is fond of siomai which        kasi my savings ako doon. I don’t touch it. Mr. M
                                                                                                            she always eats at home. Sa music, I like R ’n B while        assured me that he would take care of my money.
                                                                                                            Kim likes love songs.                                         He said that he doesn’t want me to be like other
                                                                                                            Kim: Sa music, Gerald prefers the noisy kind, ‘yung           stars who squander their money buying and buy-
                                                                                                            maiingay. I’m not fond of music. We both love to eat,         ing things. I divide the other half between my needs
                                                                                                            especially pizza which direk Lino would feed us all           and those of my siblings. My father doesn’t have a
                                                                                                            the time on the set. Sometimes, Gerald would get              regular job but he has his own small business; he’s
                                                                                                            irritated when I turn down his invitation for me to eat,      a rice dealer in the Visayas.
                                                                                                            dahil hindi naman ako nagugutom. He would say,                Your father has children with his second wife, right?
                                                                                                            “Bahala ka na nga!”                                           Kim: Yes. I told him that I would support only my
                                                                                                            How are you similar to each other?                            siblings but not his children (with his second wife).
                                                                                                            Gerald: We both come from broken families but de-             He knows that. I want to help my own siblings
                                                                                                            spite that, we are both strong, pareho kaming matibay.        have a better life.
                                                                                                            Kim: It can be sad coming from a broken family. Gerald        How do you deal with success and popularity?
                                                                                                            comes from Gensan and I come from Cebu. Like me,              Kim: I thank God for all the blessings. I realize that
                                                                                                            he lives away from his siblings, walang kasamang              ‘yung pinagdaanan kong hirap ay mayroon palang
                                                                                                            kapatid. We are both dedicated to our work.                   sukli.
                                                                                                            And how are you different from each other?                    Who’s more moody?
                                                                                                            Kim: Gerald is outgoing and sociable, sobrang                 Gerald: I am moody but Kim is more moody. When
                                                                                                            friendly siya. He has many showbiz buddies and they           she’s not in the mood, I stay away from her. I know
                                                                                                            play basketball all the time. He’s a go-getter. He plays      that she’ll be over it in five minutes.
                                                                                                            even with those from the squatter area. Wala siyang           Kim: It depends. Sometimes, ako; sometimes, siya.
                                                                                                            pinipili. I’m different from him. During my free time,        I get irked when he would wake me up at kinukulit
                                                                                                            I’d rather stay home and watch TV.                            o kinikiliti niya ako.
                                                                                                            What is your happiest moment?                                 What do you usually fight about? How do you
                                                                                                            Gerald: My stay inside Big Brother’s house. But I             make up?
                                                                                                            was happiest when my family was intact. Do I miss             Gerald: Not naman fight but only tampuhan. Pag
                                                                                                            my mom? Of course, I do. My dad is with me here. He           ako ang may kasalanan, I say “Sorry!” to her at
                                                                                                            has his own work.                                             once. But sometimes, even if she’s the one at fault,
                                                                                                            Kim: Of course, when I won the PBB because that               ako pa rin ang nag so-sorry sa kanya. What do we
                                                                                                            changed my life altogether. Talagang nabago ang               usually argue about? When I am sleepy and I tease
                                                                                                            buhay ko. Naging artista ako and now I am able to             and nag her.
                                                                                                            help my family. I send my siblings to school. My              Kim: No serious fights; just tampuhan.
                                                                                                            (older) sister is graduating na.                              Does Kim have the qualities that you want in an
                                                                                                            What makes you happy?                                         ideal girl?
                                                                                                            Kim: Being able to help my family.                            Gerald: Oo naman. Mabait, maganda and no pre-
                                                                                                            What’s your most embarrassing moment?                         tensions. What you see is what you get.
                                                                                                            Gerald: It happened when I was in pre-school. I peed          What’s your ideal man?
                                                                                                            in my pants at iniwasan ako ng mga classmates ko.             Kim: Mabait, loyal, gentleman at matiyaga.
                                                                                                            Dyahe ‘yon, di ba?                                            Who are your role models?
                                                                                                            What’s the saddest moment of your life?                       Gerald: Piolo Pascual and Aga Muhlach. Good
                                                                                                            Gerald: When I left Big Brother’s house. Inside kasi,         men, good actors.
                                                                                                            I felt like I found several brothers and sisters. I thought   Kim: Claudine Barretto. And Kris Aquino; she’s
                                                                                                            that since medyo sikat na ako, baka maging okey na            rich but she’s down-to-earth.
                                                                                                            ang pamilya namin. Things didn’t turn out that way.           As a role model yourself, are you careful with what
                                                                                                            Mas lalong naging complicated. My successful stay             you say or do?
                                                                                                            inside Big Brother’s house did not, as I hoped it would,      Gerald: Yes, of course. I have to set a good example
                                                                                                            help solve our family’s problems.                             to people my age.
                                                                                                            Kim: When our family broke up at nagkahiwa-                   How do you spend your time away from work?
                                                                                                            hiwalay kami. Also, not knowing if I could continue           Gerald: I sleep. I play basketball.
                                                                                                            with my studies.                                              Kim: I stay home and watch DVDs.
                                                                                                            Have you adjusted to living alone?                            Okay, what’s the real score between you?
                                                                                                            Gerald: At first, I thought masaya. Mag-isa ka lang.          Gerald: Close na close na close na friends. Always
                                                                                                            As the days went on, I started missing them. When I           there for each other.
  Entertainment                                                                                                                                         Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007   Philippine Fiesta 7B

                         Movie Review

By Laura Gatmaitan Perez

This film may initially put off people
                                        Shoes    Starring Cameron Diaz,
with a strict moral code because of                 Toni Collette, Shirley
some sexy scenes. But that’s only the                   MacLaine, Mark
commercial side of a Holywood                                  Feuerstein
movie. As if Cameron Diaz, by                 Directed by Curtis Hanson
herself, would not be a sure-fire seller.     From the novel by Jennifer
   The superficiality evaporates once                              Weiner
you get past the risqué scenes.                 Screenplay by Susannah
Afterwards, be prepared to be moved                                 Grant
by the family drama, revelation of a
long-kept secret, reunion and
reconciliation. You will relish the            bud of the bud and the sky of the       a law partner approaches her with a
final scene where Maggie, (played by            sky of a tree called life; which       limp apology for coming between her
Cameron Diaz) recites an e.e.                  grows higher than soul can hope         and her sister Maggie. You learn that
cummings poem, despite her                     or mind can hide) and this is the       when a man says, “What we had was
handicap.                                       wonder that’s keeping the stars        special…” it means it wasn’t.
                                                             apart                         You get the impression that only
 i carry your heart with me (i carry          i carry your heart (i carry it in my     Jewish men can see beyond an ugly
it in my heart) i am never without it                        heart)                    cover, and may even walk down the
  (anywhere i go you go, my dear;            by e.e. cummings                          aisle with you – provided you have a
and whatever is done by only me is                                                     good head on your shoulders, and
       your doing, my darling)               This is a heart-warming film despite      maybe a fat bank account.
 i fear no fate (for you are my fate,        some elements that could prove              The movie is not just about siblings
    my sweet) i want no world (for           distracting to an Asian ear:              wanting to be in each other’s shoes. It
   beautiful you are my world, my            grandchildren calling their grandma       is also about the shock we all feel
true) and it’s you whatever a moon           by her first name, a man addressing       when, as we get older, we realize we’re
 has always meant and whatever a             his 80-something mother-in-law by         becoming more and more like the
 sun will always sing is you here is         her first name.                           parent we felt was quite different from
  the deepest secret nobody knows               You may feel like scoffing with        us, and perhaps we never wanted to
(here is the root of the root and the        Rose (played by Toni Collette) when       be.

 Kristine & Angelika: Are they better enemies
By Gian Carlo Vizcarra
                       than friends onscreen?
                                                           fish port searching for     says, “it is exciting to explore the
                                                           love and acceptance.        lives of people living in a provincial
                                                               Enrico adds that        pier.”
                                                           Prinsesa ng Banyera is          She also adds that Prinsesa ng
                                                           ABS-CBN’s way of re-        Banyera highlights many facets of
                                                           sponding to a barrage of    love — romantic, sibling and com-
                                                           requests to pair Kristine   munity.
                                                           with her Gulong ng            Angelika, meanwhile, plays the role
                                                           Palad leading man TJ        of Mayumi, whose immensely strong
                                                           Trinidad. It also stars     desire to live a comfortable life
                                                           Rafael Rosell with          threatens to destroy her life’s relation-
                                                           Jaclyn Jose, Allan Paule,   ships.
                                                           Shamaine Buencamino,           “My role may have flaws, but the
                                                           Chokoleit, Denise Lau-      public will know why Mayumi did
                                                           rel, Joem Bascon,           those things,” says Angelika. “Sino
                                                           Kathryn Bernardo,           ba naman kasi ang ayaw magkaroon
                                                           among others.               ng magandang buhay? People can
 Kristine Hermosa and Angelika              dela Cruz           “The rapport of        relate to Mayumi because we all want
                                                           Kristine and TJ is unde-    to lead better lives.”
                                              niable,” admits Enrico. “But in             She adds that her character in the

         t a time when people thought         Prinsesa ng Banyera, fans will see       series is reminiscent of Dina
         that ABS-CBN has totally con         how good friends Kristine and            Bonnevie’s memorable role in
         ceded to its rival network in        Angelika are better enemies              Magdusa Ka and Maricel Soriano’s
the fight for dominance in the week-          onscreen.”                               landmark performance in Kaya Kong
day afternoon block, news broke out             Kristine Hermosa, one of prettiest     Abutin ang Langit.
that the Kapamilya network has put            faces in the local entertainment in-        Angelika was part of Esperanza,
together two of its drama stars,              dustry, has starred on teleseryes Sa     Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas, Pedro
Kristine Hermosa and Angelika dela            Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako,              Penduko at ang mga Engkantao and
Cruz, to headline Prinsesa ng Banyera         Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas, Gulong           Bituing Walang Ningning, where she
signaling ABS-CBN’s much-awaited              Ng Palad, Palimos ng Pag-ibig and        essayed the role of Lavinia Arguelles
comeback into producing daytime               Pangako Sa ‘Yo.                          to Sarah Geronimo’s Dorina Pineda.
serials.                                        She admits, however, that her role       “With headwriter Keiko Aquino, the
  “Prinsesa ng Banyera will complete          as the optimistic Maningning in          show offers interesting twists in the
the Noontime Bida experience,” says           Prinsesa ng Banyera thrills her no       story,” adds Angelika. “Pero
business unit head Enrico Santos.             end.                                     kailangan abangan kung sino ba
“The ABS-CBN noontime block al-                “Taking on the role of Maningning       talaga sa amin ni Kristine ang totoong
ready has top-caliber talk, game and          does not only challenge me in my         Prinsesa ng Banyera.”
variety shows with Boy & Kris,                craft,” says Kristine. “It also serves     Prinsesa ng Banyera also marks the
Pilipinas, Game K N B? and                    as a fervent reminder that maintain-     first solo directorial assignment of
Wowowee. Now, it’s time to offer our          ing a positive outlook in life is im-    stage actor Andoy Ranay, who helped
kapamilya worldwide a quality drama           portant. Nakakabilib ’yon dahil sa       Wenn Deramas meg TV hits like
series that will change the way Filipi-       kabutihan niya, pati mga lalake sa       Kokey, Kampanerang Kuba and Ma-
nos know afternoon dramas.”                   pier, nirerespeto siya. Hindi ako        rina.
  Prinsesa ng Banyera tells the story         mahinhin dito kaya exciting.”               Prinsesa ng Banyera will premiere                                                 Philippine Fiesta
of two sisters who led different lives,         When asked what the audience can       in October on ABS-CBN.
but found themselves sharing life in a        expect from Prinsesa ng Banyera, she
                                                                                                                                                                         ang saya-saya,
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Penafrancia fiesta with kabayans at           blood-soaked body of the white man took care of Hedden until he was
Short Stay Navy Outdoor Recreation            slumped on the ground. “We brought to the hospital by helicopter.
Area, Naval Park, South Carolina              followed the blood trail on the grass      “They knew what to do,” said
saved Bill Hedden, 59 year old retired        which led to the 12 foot reptile in Berkeley County Rescuer Capt. Bill
US navy personnel whose arm was               the lake.”                              Salisbury who praised the heroic,               The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 604
bitten off from its shoulder joint by a          The Bicolana nurses wasted no quick-thinking Bicolana nurses.
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rushed failed to re-attach the severed        the gaping wound to stop                          calm down the victim and                           9:00 a.m.— 4:00 p.m.
limb which arrived in an iced cooler.         the bleeding, His face                            assured him of his
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afternoon on the final day of the feast       Grace Buenavente-Osea                             praised Ina, the Virgin of
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