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Filipino Women’s Club talks on pardon
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.
was open to
granting an un-
pending on the
result of talks
who is being
held in his President Arroyo
sprawling countryside villa near Manila,
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sergio
“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
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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
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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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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Heritage Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007 Philippine Fiesta 5
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
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
breakdown of the
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
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),
$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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Vol. 6 No. 10 916.708.3462 916.215.7077 Sept. 24-Oct. 14, 2007
American Legion Auxiliary Magellan Unit 604
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
2B Heritage Sept. 7-20, 2007 Philippine Fiesta
BIGGER and BETTER Diversity and Evolution seen
ADOBO FESTIVAL! through Culture & Arts
By Oscar Ramos
recently held at
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.
MICHELLE DE VERA LOUIE, DAVE
RODRIGUEZ, KARIM KIRAM and
movie actor/comedian PROSPERO
LUNA. Festival blessings were given
by Father GEOFFREY F. BARAAN of
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.
Consultant & Interior Decorator
Heritage Sept. 7-20, 2007 Philippine Fiesta 3B
“A Time of Silence”
Recollections of Private Dionisio C. Perez
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.
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
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
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
ST. FRANCIS FILIPINO FAMILY
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
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
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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.
600 lb alligator while snorkeling at time to call 911 after they realized “The nurses moved very fast, *****HUGE*****
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doctors from the Medical University “We quickly got towels Ignacio, a retired Navy Saturday, October 6, 2007
of South Carolina where Hedden was and applied pressure on chaplain was present to
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
According to Joceline Losa- turned blue and we asked prayers. 8831 Gerber Road, Sacramento, CA 95829
Masauding, a nurse from Nabua, him to stay calm and Proceeds to benefit the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 604 Projects
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Charleston, South Carolina, the fellow nurses Sally de los celebration, the Bicolana
incident occurred at 3:30 PM, Sunday Reyes-Ani (Libmanan), nurses and their group PETE MARQUEZ / 916.368.9356
afternoon on the final day of the feast Grace Buenavente-Osea praised Ina, the Virgin of
honoring Ina, the Patroness of
Salvatierra (Sorsogon,), Ina
Penafrancia, for helping
them save Hedden’s life.
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