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Fall 2006                                                       No. 8

                Reminiscences                                A Cultural Journey…
                                                                               MUSIKA NG LAHI
                                                               A rare public glimpse into the playful and romantic, proud and patriotic
                                                             facets of the Filipino spirit will be the attraction this coming Sunday,
                                                             October 29, 2006, at the Levite Jewish Community Center when the
                                                             curtains rise for “Musika ng Lahi”, a cultural presentation featuring songs
                                                             and dances of the Philippines.
                                                               The show, sponsored by the Filipino-American Association of Greater
                                                             Birmingham (FAAGB), will start at 2:00 p.m., bowing before a capacity
       1                            2                        crowd of families, friends and supporters of the city’s Filipino-American
                                                             community.
     The young resident so impressed the powers-that-          “Musika ng Lahi”, according to Dr. Marietta
  be at the Baylor University Medical Center, that they      Guevara, the cultural coordinator and chair of
  would soon reverse their policy of not bringing in         FAAGB’s ways and means committee, was envisioned
  any foreign-born-and-trained graduates into their          as “a vehicle to both introduce and familiarize the
  medical staff. He later moved to Birmingham,               community’s youth – our children and our children’s
  answering a call to join the UAB Spain Rehabilitation      children - to our native country’s rich musical and
  Center and paving the way to his ascent as a pillar of     cultural heritage. This heritage is too valuable not to
  the city’s Filipino-American community.                    be passed on to succeeding generations.”
       Even then-Philippine-First Lady, Mrs. Leonila           The show will have its share of light-hearted moments, as when a bevy of
  Garcia, was impressed as she congratulated the fierce      youthful and sprightly dancers – tykes, really - perform their appealing
  competitor once dubbed The Ironman of Philippine           imitation of the movement of ducks, in the dance called “Itik-itik”. Expect
  Athletics. Erstwhile Executive Secretary Juan Pajo is      the tension level to escalate a notch when the brave and nimble dancers of
  shown pinning the gold medal on the winner of the          the “Tinikling” take the stage, skillfully and gracefully maneuvering between
  shotput, discus and javelin throw events, a rare           the increasingly frenetic clapping of bamboo poles.
  trifecta in the annals of Philippine sports.                 The afternoon event is expected to take most of the audience on a
      (See Reminiscences, Page 2)                            sentimental journey as well, when it features some of the more memorable
                                                             compositions from the exponents of the native long song or kundiman. A
 Cardinal Rosales Visits                                     few of those well-loved melodies: Ang Tangi Kung Pagibig, by Constancio de
                                                             Guzman, Dahil sa Iyo, by Mike Velarde, and Kapantay ay Langit, by George
 With Birmingham Flock                                       Canseco.
   His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales,                    The final musical number will be Constancio de Guzman’s stirring Bayan
 Archbishop of Manila, gladdened the hearts of               Ko, to be performed by the FAAGB Chorale. This song has come to
 Filipinos in Birmingham when he recently made this          embody the struggles of the Filipino people, from their long colonial past,
 southern city his very first destination in a recent tour   through the Japanese occupation, and some twenty years ago, the bloodless
 to visit with Catholics in the United States. Cardinal      People’s Power revolution that spelled the end of a corrupt dictatorship.
 Rosales was interviewed on September 20, for a live
 broadcast at EWTN, the 24-hour Catholic cable                 Here are some of the show’s featured performers: Rosine Aguirre (piano
 channel based in Birmingham and beamed worldwide.           accompanist), Marcie Braden, Eve and Nestor Santiago, Cesar Guevara,
                                                                (See Musika ng Lahi, Page 2)
                             The EWTN interview gave
                           the newly-instituted Cardinal
                           an opportunity to speak
                           about the state of the church
                           in the Philippines. He also
                           appealed for support to
                           Pondo ng Pinoy, his
 outreach project with the objective of loving and
 sharing blessings with the poor. The concept,
 according to Cardinal Rosales, “comes from the
 Theology of the Crumbs, based on the parable of
 Lazarus and the rich man, where Lazarus would beg               Two of the popular dances to be featured at the “Musika Ng Lahi”:
    (See Cardinal Rosales, Page 3)                                              Itik-itik at left and Tinikling at right.
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Reminiscences                                                       Birmingham Couple Celebrates
    From Page 1
                                                                    First Anniversary of Business
                                                                      First there was her bold vision. A gut feeling that they could
                                                                    do it, given the chance. Add his energy and unflinching support.
                                                                    All those plus their willingness to take the risk and put in long
                                                                    work days have helped to make her vision of opening a Filipino
                                                                    grocery store a reality. Grace and Harren Mamucud, proprietors
                                                                    of the Am-Pnoy International Market recently invited friends
                                                                    and customers to an open house to celebrate the store’s first
                                                                    anniversary. Well-wishers were treated to a noon-to-evening
                                                                    buffet of various Filipino dishes and desserts.
                                                                      The store continues to win
                                                                    more customers due in no small
                                                                    way to the couple’s courteous
                                                                    and friendly service. More
                                                                    importantly, the store has
                                                                    provided a much needed source
  Dr. Cecil Nepomuceno               Floro Lagan and his wife,
                                                                    of heretofore hard-to-get
held the position of               Lulu, are sometimes
                                                                    “comfort food” for the Filipinos
professor and vice-chair of        teasingly referred to as
                                                                    in Birmingham and surrounding
the department of                  “The Pilgrims”, having
                                                                    cities. Customers have been
rehabilitation medicine at         been way ahead of most of
                                                                    known to come from
the UAB Spain                      us in coming to the Heart
                                                                    Montgomery and Huntsville to
Rehabilitation Center when         of Dixie, and reveling in the
                                                                    make their purchases.
he retired in 1999 after 25        city’s charm and otherwise
                                   well-concealed attractions.        So if you are craving for rellenong bangus, Magnolia ice-cream
years of service.                                                   (be it ube or macapuno), pastries and other delicacies with the
  Cecil’s’s wife, Edna, their        Floro recently retired
                                                                    well-known Goldilocks brand, you no longer have to drive 2 ½
three daughters, Joy, Regina       from the Coca-Cola
                                   Bottling Company after 20        hours to Atlanta to satisfy your craving. All these stuff and
and Celeste, with their                                             more are now available at Am-Pnoy International Market.
respective husbands, Mark,         years of service.
                                                                      The young couple’s entrepreneurial skills are continuously
Ward and Jamie, hosted a             He is a very active
                                                                    being brought to the fore. Even now, they have already
recent dinner at Culinard’s        member of the Knights of
                                   Columbus, an organization        branched out to the balikbayan shipping business. And judging
to celebrate his 70th                                               by the number of boxes stacked up in one area of the store, this
birthday, with several of          whose commitment to
                                                                    part of their business must be booming. They attribute the
their friends in attendance.       service he has long adhered
                                                                    recent upsurge to the approach of the holiday season.
  Cecil (or Doc, as he is          to, having been in its
                                   membership roster, even            Grace and Harren also let us in on their next big project:
sometimes referred to) is                                           providing their countrymen with the complete Filipino dining
the founding father and first      back in the Philippines.
                                                                    experience. They are currently in negotiations for a commercial
president of the Filipino-           Both Floro and Lulu are
                                                                    space “somewhere on Greensprings”, so that hopefully, in the
American Association of            very involved parishioners
                                   at St. Paul’s Cathedral.         early part of next year, they will be able to open the “Am-Pnoy
Greater Birmingham                                                  Turo-Turo”, Alabama’s first Filipino restaurant, where
(FAAGB).                                                            customers can order their favorite native food, cafeteria style,
Musika ng Lahi…                                                     and either dine in, or take-out. The proposed combination
    From Page 1                                                     restaurant/grocery store will also be providing catering services.
Merissa Braden, and Bianca Yu (vocals), Dr. Feliciano Yu and        Harren who is considered to be more advanced of the two in
Nestor Santiago (guitar), Caitlin Veluz (violin), RG Castor, Mike   the culinary department, will be the manager and head chef.
Castor, Martin Castor and Franz Cao (“Rated R” Band).
   FAAGB Chorale: Marcie Braden (conductor), Rosine Aguirre
(accompanist), Zeny Bañez, Cesar Guevara, Teng Isip, Eli Martin,
Teresa and Billy Morgan, Ojie Peppers, Bing Phillips, Eve and
Nestor Santiago, Lulu Santiago, Nick Valencia, Lynda and Jimmy
Veluz.
   The dance numbers were choreographed by Lulu Santiago and
Arlene Gose. The dancers are:
La Jota Moncadeña – Lulu and Nestor Santiago
Itik-Itik – Linlin Mangrobang, Alisa and Anica Rapadas, Chloe
   Sapalaran, Elizabeth Serrano and Bianca Yu.
    (See Musika ng Lahi, Page 3)                                          The Am-Pnoy International Market on Montclair Road.
Fall 2006                                               FIL-AM HIGHLIGHTS                                                             3

                Horne and Santiago Lead Banner Year for FAAGB
                                                                                       The current administration of President Carmen G.
                                                                                   Horne and Vice President Nestor P. Santiago is
                                                                                   leading the Filipino-American Association of Greater
                                                                                   Birmingham (FAAGB) through one of the busiest and
                                                                                   precedent-setting years ever for the association.
                                                                                   FAAGB has already succeeded in bringing in a few
                                                                                   “firsts” to the community.
                                                                                     Topping the association’s list of successfully
                                                                                   launched projects was sponsorship of the first
                                                                                   Santacruzan procession in Birmingham. The festival
                                                                                   was held last May at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church
                                                                                   grounds, with Dr. Marietta Guevara as Hermana Mayor.
                                                                                   Some 26 sagalas, with their attendant consortes,
                                                                                   participated (See photos on Pages 8 and 9).
        Carmen G. Horne                           Nestor P. Santiago                 The Santacruzan is a time-honored tradition in the
             President                              Vice President                 Philippines to honor the Virgin Mary. It is a religious
 Birthplace: Binangonan, Rizal            Birthplace: Malolos, Bulacan             procession where, instead of parading images of
 Education: Bachelor of Science           Education: Bachelor’s Degree in          patron saints, biblical and historical characters are
   in Nursing, University of                Business Administration,               represented by the local people dressed in appropriate
   Santo Tomas                              University of Alabama in               costumes.
 Birmingham Resident: 30                    Birmingham                               Another precedent is being set around this time with
   years                                  Birmingham Resident: 18 years            the “Musika ng Lahi”, a cultural presentation of
 Civil Status: Married to Barry           Civil Status: Married to Eve             Philippine songs and dances. This show is the first
   Horne                                    Toledo                                 public presentation featuring musical talents from the
 Occupation: Registered Nurse,            Occupation: Asst. Controller,            Birmingham Filipino-American community (See story
   UAB Hospital                             Kenworth of Birmingham, Inc.           on Page 1.).
                                                                                     While these outstanding achievements are being
                                                                                   carried out, the association has managed to keep up
 Cardinal Rosales…                                                                 with its regular yearly activities, among them, the
    From Page 1                                                                    Easter Picnic and the Independence Day celebration.
 for the crumbs, which fell from the rich man’s dining table laden with              The Independence Day Celebration was held last
 sumptuous food”.                                                                  July 1 at Pine Tree Country Club, with Jeanne Young,
   The Cardinal emphasized that Pondo ng Pinoy is not precisely about              erstwhile luminary of Philippine movies and television,
 fund-raising, but rather, about instilling the virtue of sharing in small ways.   and now a Birmingham resident and producer (with
 Indeed its primer states that “only those who have realized the virtue of         EWTN), as guest speaker.
 sharing may give their crumbs.” Thus, giving and sharing does not have to           The Education Committee headed by Eve Santiago
 be measured in size or quantity, that what is important is not how big the        also sponsored a retirement planning workshop last
 portions given are, but what is given, however small, is given out of love.       June with Chris Valencia, financial advisor with
   The Cardinal’s Birmingham visit was part of a tour that also took him to        MetLife Insurance as resource speaker.
 New York, South Carolina and Los Angeles. In New York, the Cardinal                 Forthcoming activities include the Christmas Party
 celebrated mass at the famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. He also        to be held at the Our Lady of Sorrows Family Center
 blessed and dedicated the Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz, built and named in          in Homewood on December 9, 2006, and the Simbang
 honor of the first and only Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz. The chapel is       Gabi, a series of nine consecutive evening (7 p.m.)
 located in Manhattan’s Little Italy section.                                      masses, from December 15 thru December 23. The
                                                                                   Simbang Gabi schedule: Dec. 15-19, St. Mark the
   Cardinal Rosales, 73, only recently succeeded the late Cardinal Jaime Sin       Evangelist (Cahaba Valley Road); Dec. 20 and 23, Our
 as Archbishop of Manila. He was elevated to Cardinal last March in a              Lady of Lourdes (Huffman), and Dec. 21 and 22, St.
 colorful ceremony at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City.                           Thomas the Apostle (Montevallo).
   He is the sixth Filipino to become Cardinal and the third still living. The       Other officers of the association are: Gabriel
 two other Filipino cardinals are Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal           Sapalaran, secretary; Arlene Gose, treasurer; Dwight
 and Emeritus of Rome Jose Cardinal Sanchez.                                       Cao, auditor; and Carla Martin, PRO.
                                                                                     Committee chairpersons are: Dr. Marietta Guevara,
 Musika ng Lahi…                                                                   ways and means; Lucita Ford, community service; Eve
    From Page 2                                                                    Santiago, education; Dwight Cao, finance; Gabriel
 Salakot Dance – Rosine Aguirre, Zeny Bañez, Lita Livsey and Lulu                  Sapalaran, membership; Anna Armada, social
   Santiago                                                                        activities; Nestor Santiago, youth action; and Carla
 Tinikling – Arlene Cook, David Sweeney, Lulu and Nestor Santiago                  Martin, public relations.
4                    FIL-AM HIGHLIGHTS                       Fall 2006




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                                                           The Garden Buff
                             By Isolda Salillas
                                                                        beauty and fragrance is
Water Gardening                                                         second to none. It blooms
  "The wise find joy in water, the benevolents                          night and day while
         find joy in mountains."                                        protecting the fish and
                                      - Confucius                       discouraging the growth of
  Water as a design element in the garden is an essential and           algae. There is a myriad of
delightful part of the landscaping design be it in the form of a        varieties to choose from.
pond, bird bath, fountain, tub or a basin.                                To complete your garden,
                                                                        remember to add some
                          Used in appropriate scale, water in a
                                                                        goldfish or koi. Widely           Water streaming down from an olive jar onto
                        garden provides a sense of peace, stirring
                                                                        available with a life span of a pond stocked with koi, helps create this
                        up our senses by its shape, movement and                                        garden oasis at the Mountain Brook home of
                                                                        several decades, the koi is
                        reflection. In addition, water serves as
                                                                        revered in Japan and subject Dr. and Mrs. Peter Jander.
                        both a focus for and a contrast to the
                                                                        of many Asian painters and artists. In this kind of habitat, small
                        other elements of the garden
                                                                        snails, frogs could be included. And if you further want an air of
                           Whatever the choice is, the main goal        oriental simplicity, rocks, pebbles and gravel could surround the
                        is simply to mimic and echo the beauty of       edges.
                        nature. Once you have considered your             Looking after your garden should not be difficult if it is stocked
lifestyle and the size of your yard, the garden is easy to start.       with a well balanced variety of water plants and other aquatics.
  Popular in Japan, Bali, and Thailand is the use of large clay         Some small upkeep you may have to do to preserve the health of
pots and basins (tsukubai) or (shishi odoshi) where water flows         the live fish and plants is to remove some algae and weeds, taking
from one end of the bamboo to the other ( Suitable for the deck         action to prevent the water from freezing in winter months.
or patio).                                                                Indulge your senses and enjoy your garden!
 The next step is the selection of water plants. Nothing is               Mrs. Isolda Salillas is a housewife, mother, music enthusiast, and avid
more beautiful than the hardy water lily (nymphaea) - the color,        gardener. She is also a certified master gardener in Jefferson County.

                                                          The Native Chef
Cooking with Mary Grace                                                 Basting Oil                       Peanut Sauce (Cont’d)
                                                                        1/  cup coconut cream             2 tbsp dark brown sugar
                                                                             3
                       Mary Grace Viado, the executive chef             1 tbsp vegetable oil              2 tsp salt
                     at Village Tavern shares with Fill-Am              1 tbsp brown sugar                1 1/2 cups water
                     Highlights readers one of her favorite
                                                                        1. Soak 20 bamboo skewers in water to cover for 30 mins.
                     recipes, Chicken Satay, served with
                                                                        2. To make the satay, in a bowl, stir together the brown sugar, coriander,
                     Peanut Sauce.                                         cumin, ginger, garlic, tumeric, salt. Add chicken and mix to coat well.
                       We wish Grace continued success in                  Skewer each chicken tenderloin, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or
                     her work at the popular Summit                        preferably overnight.
                     Shopping Center restaurant, even as we             3. To make a peanut sauce, in a blender or food processor, combine the
                     eagerly await her forthcoming DVD                     drained chiles, ginger, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, and shrimp paste.
                     cookbook.                                             Process to form a very smooth paste. If needed, add a few tablespoons
                 CHICKEN SATAY                                             of water to facilitate the blending. Add the coriander, cumin, tumeric
Satay (16-20 pcs)          Peanut Sauce                                    and fennel and process until well mixed.
1 1/2 tbsp dark                  8 dried chiles, cracked, soaked, &     4. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the vegetable oil. Add the spice
  brown sugar                      seeded for 15 minutes and drained       paste and fry, stirring continuously, until thick, fragrant, emulsified
1 tbsp ground coriander          2-inch fresh ginger, peeled & hopped      mixture forms, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and
1 tbsp ground cumin              5 shallots, quartered                     continue frying, stirring occasionally, until oil beads appear on the
2 tsp peeled and minced          6 gloves garlic                           surface, about 10 minutes longer. Stir in peanuts, brown sugar, salt and
  fresh ginger                   2 lemongrass stalks, chopped              water, reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 45 minutes. The sauce
1 tsp minced garlic              1 slice dried shrimp paste                is done when beads of oil dot the surface and has consistency of thick
1 tsp ground tumeric             1 tbsp ground coriander                   cream.
1 tsp salt                       1 tsp ground currin                    5. Prepare fire in a gas or charcoal grill. To make the basting oil, in a
2 lbs chicken tenderloins,       1 tsp ground tumeric                      bowl, stir together the coconut cream, vegetable oil, and brown sugar.
  or chicken breast cut          1/ tsp ground fennel
                                   2                                    6. When the fire in grill is ready, place the skewers on the grill rack. Brush
  into half, lengthwise          1/ cup vegetable oil
                                   2                                       the chicken with the basting oil and grill, turning once, to brown both
`                                1 1/2 cups roasted peanuts, unsalted      sides and cook meat through, about 2 minutes on each side.
                                   coarsely ground                      7. Serve with heated peanut sauce. Enjoy!
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                                                                                                                                 Passages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Walk beside me, and just be my friend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         -Albert Camus

                     Toledo - Santiago                                                       Braden - Laite                                                            Isip – Allen                                                      Braden – Joyner




  Eve Toledo and Nestor Santiago exchanged marriage vows last            Mr. and Mrs. John H. Braden, Jr. of Birmingham recently                 Mr. Ricardo Isip of Birmingham and Ms. Thelma Sta. Ana of               Mr. and Mrs. John H. Braden, Jr. of Birmingham recently
December 3, 2005 at the Santa Rita Catholic Church, Santa Rosa         announced the engagement of their daughter, Merissa Lauren, to          Long Island, New York, recently announced the engagement of           announced the engagement of their daughter, Andrea Leigh, to
Beach, Florida, with Father Tom Collins officiating. The wedding       Luther V. Laite, IV, son of Mrs. Patricia Laite and the late Rev.       their daughter, Evita, to James Steele Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs.     Paul Wayland Joyner, son of Drs. Virginia and Robert Joyner of
party and guests gathered at the Embassy Suites in Destin for a        Luther V. Laite, III, of Palm Bay, Florida.                             Jim Adams of Birmingham.                                              Greenville, North Carolina.
reception and dance following the ceremony.                             The wedding is planned for June 16, 2007, at St. Francis Xavier          The wedding is planned for May 12, 2007, at the Church of the         The wedding is planned for April 14, 2007, at St. Francis
 The bride is the daughter of Dr. Hector Toledo of Santa Rosa          Catholic Church in Birmingham.                                          Highlands in Birmingham.                                              Xavier Catholic Church in Birmingham.
Beach, Florida and Mrs. Cindy Roberts of Asheville, North                                                                                        The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Ester Sta. Ana and       The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dr. Marietta Guevara
                                                                         The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dr. Marietta Guevara and
Carolina.                                                                                                                                      the late Mayor Normando Sta. Ana of Pateros, Rizal, and Mrs.          and the late Dr. Francisco Guevara of Birmingham, and Mr. and
                                                                       the late Dr. Francisco Guevara of Birmingham, and Mr. and Mrs.
  The groom is the son of Mrs. Lulu Santiago and the late Mr.                                                                                  Remedios Isip and the late Mr. Ricardo O. Isip of Manila,             Mrs. John Braden, also of Birmingham.
                                                                       John Braden, also of Birmingham.
Mauricio Santiago of Birmingham.                                                                                                               Philippines.                                                            She is currently a senior at the University of South Alabama
                                                                        She is currently a senior at Auburn University where she expects         She is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson with a     where she expects to receive her M.D. (doctor of medicine)
  Bridal attendants were Laura Toledo, Jenny Toledo, Andrea            to receive her doctor of pharmacy degree in May, 2007.. She also        bachelor of science degree in nutritional sciences, with a minor in   degree in May, 2007. She also graduated cum laude with a
Baker and Caren Richardson.                                            holds a bachelor of science degree in biology, with a minor in          chemistry. She is currently employed as a clinical dietician at UAB   bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, minor in Spanish, from
  Groom’s attendants were Ricardo Ochinang, Mario Santiago,            voice, from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.                    Hospital.                                                             the University of Alabama.
Manny Lebita, Wesley Rodgers, Joel Alonzo and Elias Baker.               The prospectrive bridegroom is the grandson of Mrs. Perry T.            The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of the late Dr. and         The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of the late Mr.
  The bride attended the University of Georgia where she               Stites of Palm Bay, Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. Luther V. Laite, Jr.,     Mrs. William T. Steele of Winter Haven, Florida.                      and Mrs. William (Virginia) Green of Greenville, North Carolina,
received her bachelor of science degree in biology and the             also of Palm Bay, Florida.                                                He is currently a senior at Auburn University where he expects to   and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wayland (Laura) Joyner, of Leggett,
University of Alabama in Birmingham where she finished her               He is currently a senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University where      receive his doctor of pharmacy degree in May, 2007. He also           North Carolina.
surgical physician’s assistant internship. She is currently an         he expects to receive his doctor of pharmacy degree in May, 2007.       graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biological        He is also currently a senior at the University of South
orthopedic surgical physician’s assistant with Orthopedic                                                                                      sciences, from Auburn University.                                     Alabama where he expects to receive his M.D. degree in May,
Specialists of Alabama.                                                                                                                                                                                              2007. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of
                                                                       Newsbriefs:                                                                                                                                   North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a dual major in biology and
 The groom is a graduate of the University of Alabama in                                                                                                                                                             psychology.
Birmingham, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.       GRADUATED. Anthony Palladino graduated from Georgia                     ACCEPTED. Mary Martin was recently accepted into the College
He is currently the assistant controller at Kenworth of                Institute of Technology last August with a bachelor of science          of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University (SGU) in Grenada,   BORN:
Birmingham, Inc.                                                       degree in mechanical engineering.                                       West Indies.                                                          •    July 4, 2006, Margaret Milner Rodgers, 6 lbs., 13 oz., at St.
 The newlyweds went to Key West for their honeymoon and                                        Anthony was commissioned as an ensign                                                                                      Vincent’s Hospital, to Hannah and Wesley Rodgers of
                                                                                                                                                                       Mary was awarded a partial scholarship and
currently make their home in Trussville.                                                     with the United States Navy upon his                                                                                         Hoover, their first.
                                                                                                                                                                     has already started her studies at SGU.
                                                                                             graduation. He is currently in flying school in                                                                         • August 6, 2006, Austin Chase Tyler, 8 lbs., 6 oz, at Medical
                         NEWSFLASH!!!                                                                                                                                  Mary holds a bachelor’s degree from the            Center East, to Angel and Brian Tyler of Centerpoint, their
                                                                                             preparation to be a navy pilot.
      FAAGB has just launched its very own website. That                                                                                                             University of Alabama in Birmingham, with a          first.
    address is: www.faagb.citymax.com                                                          Anthony went through his studies at                                   dual major in biology and chemistry.            WELCOME. Teresa and Billy Morgan of Trussville are
                                                                                             Georgia Tech on a U.S. Navy-ROTC full                                                                                   expecting to welcome (any day now!) William Morgan V, their
      Every one is invited to visit the website to stay abreast with                                                                                                  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
                                                                                             scholarship.                                                                                                            first.
    the “latest and greatest” in our community.                                                                                                                      Martin of Birmingham.
                                                                                              He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas                                                                                   EXPECTING. Eve and Nestor Santiago of Trussvile are
      Kudos to Carla Martin for a fantastic accomplishment!                                                                                                                                                               expecting their first child in March of 2007.
                                                                                             Palladino of Birmingham.
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                                                                                                                  Snapshots from the                          SANTACRUZAN




    Gabby Guevara, Angel            Claire Owens, Angel           Jillian Sapalaran, Angel                 Alisa and Anica Rapadas, Angels                     Bianca Yu, Reina Justicia            Patrick Harkins, Consorte, and Chloe        Victoria Peters, Reina               Chase Guevara & JD Gose,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sapalaran, Reina Caridad                    Banderada                            Aborigines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dios Te Salve (Hail Mary)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dios te salve Maria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Llena eres de gracia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   El senor es contigo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bendita tu eres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Entre toda las mujeres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Y bendito es el fruto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Y bendito es el fruto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   De tu vientre Jesus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Santa Maria Madre de Dios
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ruega por nosotros
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pecadores ahora y en la hora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   De nuestra muerte amen, Jesus.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Helen Hunter, Rosa Mystica, and JP Gose,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Consorte
      Crystal Morse, Reina Paz                   Susan Mosely, Reina de las
                                                 Estrellas                                   Skyler Bolton, Constantino, and Margaret Mosely, Reina Elena




                                                                                                                                                                                   Cecilia Braden, Reina Abogada, and Marcie
                                                                                                                                                                                   Braden, master of ceremonies.




      Angela Hamilton, Samaritana                    Lauren Smith, Reina de las Flores                Leonor Matheny, Mary Magdalene, and Jennifer                                                                                                                 Candice Guevara, Reina del Cielo, Bela
                                                                                                      Matheny, Reina de las Virgenes                                         Jonathan Cook, Arlene Cook, Reina Sheba, and Kevin Cook,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Guevara, Reina Fe, and Joshua Guevara,
                                                                                                                                                                             Consorte
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Consorte
10                               FIL-AM HIGHLIGHTS                               Fall 2006




                              To the
                 Filipino-American Community -
                            Thank you
                             for your
                       continued patronage!


                      From your friends at
                  Am-Pnoy International Market
                             and
                    Am-Pnoy Cargo Padala




     Am-Pnoy International Market
          1520 Montclair Road
      Birmingham, Alabama 35210
           Tel: (205) 951-0096
         Grace: (205) 585-2478
                                                    Am-Pnoy Cargo Padala
         Harren: (205) 566-8642
                                                     1520 Montclair Road
      www.ampnoyintlmarket.com
                                                Birmingham, Alabama 35210
      Store Hours: M-Th, 10-7                 Tel: 1 (877) PINOYME (Toll-free)
                   F-Sat, 10-8                          (205) 218-2457
                   Sun, 12-6
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                                                         Compliments
                                                              of
                                                    Carmen and Barry Horne




                                                                                    “Mabuhay” to Fil-Am Highlights!
                                                                                    and hopes for continued service to the
                                                                                    Filipino-American community




                                                         Personal Views
                                           What do you miss about the Philippines?




         Frances Cao                       Julius Buenaventura                     Rachel Sapalaran                         Rey Cabazor
          Homemaker                           Quality Engineer                     Registered Nurse                      Registered Nurse
          Vestavia Hills                      Teksid Aluminum                  Brookwood Medical Center              Brookwood Medical Center
   I do miss the taho. I have fond        Our home was right by the beach       I miss being able to indulge in      I can appreciate how living in
memories as a child of waiting for     so I would wake up, typically, to a   my twin flavorful passions from       America teaches you to be
the taho vendor to pass by so that I   morning so tranquil and so            my college days, the banana cue       independent, and how you just
could buy and enjoy a glass of that    beautiful, the rest of the day        and the “zagu” (a “hip” term for      have to learn to fend for yourself.
silken tofu served with tapioca        became an adventure. Those            the milk shake with various flavors   But sometimes, I also miss the
pearls and warm brown syrup.           wondrous days gave me a lot of        like ube, mango, etc., topped with    extended family system back
When we visited the Philippines        encouragement, and never failed to    sago). And I do miss my only          home, the easy availability of that
recently, I thoroughly enjoyed my      inspire and sustain me through        brother, and being able to play       great emotional safety net of
morning “fix”: I had taho for          life’s ups and downs.                 hoops with him.                       neighbors, friends and family.
breakfast for 10 straight days!
12                                                       FIL-AM HIGHLIGHTS                                                               Fall 2006

               It’s Your Business                                    Many investors use diversification as the foundation of their
                      By Chris Valencia                             portfolios. However, it is essential to realize that diversification
                                                                    does not eliminate risk or guarantee a profitable investment return.
Diversification: Composing Your Financial Symphony                    To reduce risk, your financial portfolio should reflect your own
                                                                    personal financial goals and investment style. Among other factors,
 Any classical music composer will tell you that creating a         your age, income, expenses, family responsibilities, and
symphony requires a delicate balance of sounds, melodies, and       temperament (are you a risk-taker or do you prefer to play it safe?)
harmonies. Each instrument creates unique sounds and                can influence how you should build your portfolio.
vibrations which, when heard alone, may not be particularly
compelling. However, when the orchestra plays in unison, the        Arranging a Masterpiece
end result can be a masterful composition. Hence, the true art
of creating a masterpiece—arranging melodies and blending             One of the biggest challenges facing the average investor is
sounds.                                                             deciding how to allocate personal savings or retirement assets.
                                                                    Naturally, most individuals hope to create an investment portfolio
  In this respect, composers and                                    that is consistent with their personal objectives and risk tolerance
investors share some similarities.                                  level. However, the lure of potentially high rates of return can
Successful investing typically                                      easily skew an investor’s objectivity, resulting in unrealistic
combines a number of different                                      expectations and unnecessary exposure to risk. Thus, it is
investments in order to create a                                    important to adhere to a diversified investment strategy that
portfolio that is “in tune” with                                    conforms with your short- and long-range goals. With a little bit of
the investor’s goals and                                            patience, your future may bring music to your ears.
objectives. It’s no coincidence
that such a technique is the                                         This article appears courtesy of Chris Valencia. Chris is a Registered
foundation for one of the most                                      Representative offering securities through MetLife affiliated broker/dealers.
basic financial investment                                          He focuses on meeting the individual insurance and financial services needs of
principles— diversification.                                        people in the greater Birmingham area. You can reach Chris at (205) 970-
                                                                    9782 ext.112 (work) or (205) 532-1225 (cell).
  Diversification is the process of attempting to decrease
financial risk by investing monies in different asset categories.   Fil-Am Highlights
                                                                    3740 Forest Run Road
To effectively diversify, many financial professionals              Birmingham, AL 35223
recommend investing in at least three different asset classes.      E-mail:josecvalencia@gmail.com
The major asset categories include: stocks; bonds; and cash
(saving and checking accounts, certificates of deposit, money
market accounts, and Treasury securities). Mutual funds often
represent a combination of asset categories, but may consist of
just one asset category, such as a bond fund.

Overall, diversification may help reduce investment risk while
achieving potentially higher returns. That’s because different
categories of investments react differently to changes in the
economy. For example, while stock values might be
plummeting, bond values may be rising or remaining level.
With a well-diversified portfolio, you can ultimately come to
own many asset categories, thus potentially reducing the
impact market volatility may have on your total investments.            Fil-Am Highlights is a non-profit publication established to
                                                                    serve the Filipino community in Birmingham and outlying cities
Creating Your Own Ensemble                                          by:
                                                                        Providing a forum for exchanging ideas and insights.
Before deciding where to invest, you should review your                 Featuring accomplishments in school, business, and the
personal financial goals and ask yourself the following                 professions.
questions:                                                              Recognizing achievements and activities with a positive
    • What are my goals for my money?                                   impact on the community.
    • How can I keep inflation from eroding my purchasing               Providing a chronicle for the significant events in the lives of
        power?                                                          our friends and families.
    • How much risk am I willing to take with my money?             Editor and Publisher: J.C. Valencia
    • Will I be comfortable holding investments with daily          Graphic Artist: Joel Valencia
        price fluctuations?                                         Photographer: Ricardo Isip

				
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