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China building How does Manny
3 aircraft car- Pacquiao have a
riers, heads for song at the Top
of the Billboard
By Lev Navrozov
China, which the communist Mao cre-
ated as the People’s Republic of China
(PRC) to turn the entire world commu-
nist, may defeat the United States as un-
expectedly as Hitler defeated France.
Right now, Manny Pacquiao has something that
Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake, and Young Jeezy
don’t—a slot near the top of the Billboard charts.
China’s first aircraft carrier “Varyag” held its first That’s noteworthy, of course, because all five
sea trial on Aug. 10. of those artists are, well, artists, while Pacquiao
is an athlete. And in recent times, athletes have
France was the world’s most culturally sophis- enjoyed little to no success in creating songs
ticated and creative country. Yet it succumbed that reach the charts at all, let alone the top of
quickly to an attack by Hitler, a WWI soldier the charts. But somehow, someway, Pacquiao
who later said that not only was he the great- has managed to ride out the success of his song,
est man living but that he was the greatest man “Sometimes When We Touch”—a remake of
that had ever lived.British troops maintained in singer/songwriter Dan Hill‘s 1977 song—to
France could not repel the Nazi surprise attack, No. 7 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. So,
which caught the country unawares and was how the hell did it happen?
hard to believe. Well, it actually started out as a joke. Pacqui-
As a totalitarian society, PRC is a military ao—who is still in negotiations to fight Floyd
camp, in which everyone is a soldier. It is easier Mayweather, Jr. at some point in 2012—per-
in such a society to conceal the building of new formed “Sometimes When We Touch” on
weapons or pursuing a secret military agenda. Jimmy Kimmel Live back in 2009. Though
The original Hong Kong news story of 2004, Pacquaio sang the song seriously and seemed
which said that China was reported to be build- to be trying his hardest to convince people that
ing, with the assistance from Russia, 3 aircraft he was taking it seriously, Kimmel’s crowd and
carriers (called Project 9935), floated around the millions of people who watched the video
the Chinese forums. According to Key publish- online laughed their asses off when they saw
ing LTD.Aviation Forums of 18th Feb. 2004, Pacquiao up on stage singing. You can see the
all 3 ships could be operational by 2008-2010. performance here:
The Chinese article said that maintenance fa- Pacquiao’s foray into music probably would
cilities had been built in Shanghai, Dailan, and have stopped there. But Hill himself reached
Zhejiang. The author of the article was not sure Photo by Dave San Pedro out to Pacquiao shortly after seeing him on
how reliable the source was: so there you go Kimmel to tell him that he enjoyed the perfor-
— 3ACs, setting up the scene to become super- mance. The following year, they met in person
power by 2020.According to Polmar’s Perspec- at a hotel in New York. “It was like hanging
tive, other articles cite alleged Chinese plans to out with Elvis meets Muhammad Ali,” Hill told
build up to 6 aircraft carriers in the near term. FOX Sports recently.
According to Reuters on July 27, “China is
building 2 aircraft carriers as part of a military Rock and Roll Queen Their meeting led to an agreement between the
two to work together, specifically on a remake
modernization program that is causing con- of “Sometimes When We Touch” that would in-
cern among other Asian countries. President By Antonio Villegas, Jr. clude a song, a video, and a documentary. Late
Hu Jimtao has made the navy a keystone of last year, Pacquiao took breaks in training for
Ms. Ramsey remains amaranthine and un- his fight with Antonio Margarito to meet with
China’s defense upgrade, and the carriers will
be among the most visible signs of its rising
And more: “China is ramping up its military
M usic, dancing and laughter are
secrets for staying young. Those
are blessings shared by of our
Philippine Legend, Queen of Rock and
Roll, Mother of Asia’s Soul Diva, none
fading as she approach 80 years young by
the end of this year. Nothing is diminished
about her. Frizzy haired, dressed in three-
inch heels, blessed with a youthful 18-year-
Hill at Capital Studios in Los Angeles to record
“Sometimes When We Touch.” And thanks to a
well-placed mention in an HP ad that Pacquiao
did recently, it’s taken off—much to the sur-
spending as the United States considers cutting old girlish figure, she walks with supreme prise of everyone, including Hill.
other than the 2011 Parade Celebrity confidence like a ramp model, totally oblivi-
its defense budget.”
Grand Marshall of Pistahan Parade and “Even if you’re Katy Perry or Justin Bie-
The article goes on to say: “Two aircraft car- ous to the stares by admirers which is similar ber, you have to work radio like crazy,” says
riers are being built at the Jiangnan shipyard in Festival 2011 - Elizabeth Ramsey. to reactions given to Prince and Lady Gaga. Hill. “He hasn’t been doing interviews or big
Shanghai. ” She is blend of the two icons getting the publicity events. So it’s even more strange that
With a career of nearly 54 years in showbiz, combined reaction of shock and awe.
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The ‘mysterious’ Mayuga Report
By Perry Diaz
and appointed to plum posi-
Philippine Fiesta is here again with exciting and
colorful news about our Fil-am community. W
hen Rep. Neri
Pio Lorenzo Batino for
tions in his administration? Or,
is there an insidious threat to
his presidency from forces that
are keen on keeping the secrets
of the “Hello Garci” scandal
We have just celebrated with the Filipino American
Arts Exposition in their 18th Annual Pistahan Parade a copy of the Mayuga under wraps?
Recently, the Department of
and Festival this past weekend at the Yerba Buena Report during the budget Justice (DOJ) and Comelec had
Park in San Francisco, CA. hearing for the defense indicated that they would be
department, Batino said, conducting a joint investigation
We say a big happy birthday to Dr. Tony Solomon, president of the “Top secret, your honor.” into the alleged election fraud
Bayanihan Club of Sacramento. A family picnic held at Point Reyes He said that they couldn’t during the 2004 and 2007 polls.
However, they need the sup-
with article coverage written by our dear friend Jose Abaya is on release the report unless port of Aquino. If Aquino re-
page 5B. The same greeting goes to Carolyn Kang for hitting the big authorized by President ally wants the truth to come out
“50”. We wish you good health and many more birthday celebrations Aquino. – regardless of who gets hurt
with your family and friends. A fund-raising concert to benefit the – then he should release the
The Mayuga Report was pre- Mayuga Report immediately so
Aducayen Family Foundation with their humanitarian projects in the pared by former Navy Vice DOJ and Comelec could go to
Philippines will be held on September 9. Please see page 8 for more Admiral Mateo Mayuga on or- Vice Admiral Mateo Mayuga (ret.) the bottom of the “Hello Garci”
information and support a good cause. ders of then-president Gloria election fraud and put a closure
Macapagal Arroyo to inves- massive election cheating in to the dark episodes of the 2004
Read on for more celebrations in our community in this issue. We tigate the wiretapped “Hello Mindanao in 2004, which and 2007 elections.
Garci” conversations between they claimed was ordered by Many believe that the real
welcome all of you to send in your own family celebration, small and her and then Commission on Arroyo, there is renewed in- winner in the 2004 presidential
big. Philippine Fiesta lives on to celebrate with you. As always, we Elections (Comelec) Com- terest in the Mayuga Report. election was Fernando Poe Jr.
are grateful to all our contributing writers and advertisers for their missioner Virgilio Garcil- Recently, Aquino expressed (FPJ), who met an untimely—
continued support of this publication. lano, which mentioned the interest in reopening the Ma- some say, “mysterious – death
names of many high-ranking yuga Report. However, that caused by “stroke” on Decem-
military officers involved in has not happened yet. ber 14, 2004, a month after his
With you always, the alleged election fraud in Many believe that the re- questionable loss to Arroyo.
Dinnah S. San Pedro Mindanao in 2004. Among port contains the names of Since the result of the 2004
those mentioned were then the alleged “Garci generals” elections can no longer be re-
AFP deputy chief of staff for and other military officials versed, President Aquino owes
operations Maj. Gen. Hermo- involved in the “Hello Garci” it to 15 million Filipinos who
genes Esperon Jr., then South- scandal. Thus, disclosing the voted for him in 2010 to put to a
Political dysfunction and the economy ern Command chief Lt. Gen.
Roy Kyamko, then Army 1st
full report to the public would
not only reopen the “Hello
closure the “Hello Garci” scan-
dal. Until then, FPJ’s memory
By Val G. Abelgas Infantry Division chief Maj. Garci” election fraud inves- is chained to a dungeon of lies
the presidential elections next disrespect on America’s first Gen. Gabriel Habacon, and tigation but could also lead built to buttress Arroyo’s grip
And I thought the Philippines’ year, that they locked horns black president. In his col- then Marine Col. Francisco to the prosecution of former on power and suppress the
corrupt politicians are the worst. until just a few hours before umn on USA Today, DeWayne Gudani. president Arroyo and her hus- truth.
It turns out America’s own “dys- the default deadline on Tues- Wickham wrote: “What should When Mayuga completed band, Mike. As the saying goes: “The truth
functional politicians,” as global day, August 2, before finally be clear to the whole world his investigation, he com- The question is: why is Pres- shall set us free.” President
rating agency Standard & Poor’s coming out with a debt deal watching the debt-ceiling bat- piled the report that bears his ident Aquino dragging his feet Aquino should – nay, must! –
describe them, can destroy this that was so tentative and so tle is that the Republicans are name. However, when the re- in authorizing the release of release the Mayuga Report so
great nation just as badly as inadequate, it raised doubts on far more intent on taking the port came out, Arroyo – while the Mayuga Report? He was the truth can come out and set
highly contentious politics tears Washington’s resolve to come president’s scalp than balanc- claiming that the report was given a copy of the report a FPJ free to reclaim his place in
the Philippines apart on a regu- up with a long-term solution ing the nation’s books.’ open to the public — ordered year ago after his presidential history as the true winner of the
lar basis. to the country’s gigantic debt With the presidential elec- it classified as “top secret.” inauguration but so far he has 2004 presidential election. As
In downgrading the United problem. tions on the horizon and the And it has remained shrouded not decided on whether to re- for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,
States’ credit rating for the first For weeks, the Democrats Republicans and the Demo- in mystery since then. lease the report or not. Could let the wheels of justice turn.
time ever from a perfect AAA and the Republicans traded crats expected to continue With the recent exposés it be that he is adamant in re- It’s time for her to face the mu-
rating to AA+, Standard & barbs over their own versions their political tug-of-war over of former ARMM governor leasing it because it could im- sic.
Poor’s said “political dysfunc- of the debt solution. While the issue of debt ceiling, bud- Zaldy Ampatuan and Comelec plicate some people who may (PerryDiaz@gmail.com)
tion” provoked the downgrade, both agree on raising the debt get cuts and taxes, a long-term official Lintang Bedol on the have earned Aquino’s “trust”
noting that Congress seems to ceiling, the Republicans want- solution to the US’s debt prob-
lack the ability to aid the weak- ed drastic spending cuts and lem may not be coming in the
ening economy. no new taxes. The Democrats, near future. The Republicans economy dependent on credit, analyst puts it. reserves.
“Even though lawmakers on the other hand, wanted less wouldn’t want to budge and the further tightening of credit It is a bitter pill to swallow, China, for one, is question-
reached a decision on Aug. 2 spending cuts, the tax cuts give President Barack Obama would further slow down the but the comments by Chi- ing the dollar’s status as the
to raise the government’s debt granted during the term of additional ammunition in the economic wheels and drag the na, which holds the biggest world’s dominant reserve cur-
ceiling and avoid a potentially President George W. Bush re- campaign after his success in country into a double-dip re- amount of US Treasury bonds, rency, saying “a new, stable
disastrous default, the deficit-re- moved, and wanted new taxes eliminating Al Qaeda leader cession that economist fear should be given due consid- and secured global reserve cur-
duction package that accompa- that would target business and Osama bin Laden. The Demo- would be worse than the one eration. The official Xinhua rency may also be an option to
nied the deal won’t sufficiently the wealthy. crats, on the other hand, are that struck the country in 2007. news agency said Washington avert a catastrophe called by
improve the government’s fis- Democrat Senate Major- also eyeing next year’s election In the meantime, the Repub- must “come to terms with the any single country.”
cal health in the coming years,” ity Leader Harry Reid said and wouldn’t budge either. licans are busy preparing for its painful fact that the good old Philippines Finance Secre-
S&P said in a statement explain- the proposal by Republican If this tug-of-war persists primaries and the Democrats days when it could just bor- tary Cesar Purisima agreed
ing its decision to downgrade House Speaker Boehner was and nothing is done about the are intent to stop them every row its way out of messes of with China, saying the down-
the US’s credit rating. a “short-term solution” that debt problem and the huge step of the way. its own making are finally grade “highlights the need for
S&P particularly cited the Re- would be “dead on arrival in budget deficit, it wouldn’t be The S&P report was criticized gone. To cure its addiction to alternative global reserve cur-
publicans’ seeming unwilling- the Senate, if it gets out of the farfetched to imagine the two by Treasury and White House debts, the United States has to rencies and benchmarks that
ness to allow the Bush-era tax House.” Boehner, on the other other global credit rating agen- officials but was accepted by re-establish the common sense are more stable and as liquid
cuts to expire. “The majority of hand, called Reid’s blueprint a cies, Fitch and Moody, to fol- many economic experts as a principle that one should live and convertible.”
Republicans in Congress con- “blank check” for more uncon- low suit and also downgrade true assessment of the ability within its means.” Washington politicians must
tinue to resist any measure that trolled spending that would the US credit rating, which and resolve of the government The S&P downgrade should find a way out of this mess,
would raise revenues, a position undermine the economy. would definitely send both the to solve its growing debt bur- serve as a wake-up call to and soon. They cannot allow
we believe Congress reinforced Democrat House Minor- US and global economy into den. The credit rating down- Washington that it should get their extreme stands on the na-
by passing the act,” S&P said, ity Leader Nancy Pelosi ac- another recession, possibly grade has correctly measured its act together very soon and tional debt, spending and taxes
referring to the Budget Act of cused Republicans of trying into depression, just two years the government’s willingness review its spending habits and destroy the nation in the same
2011 that enabled the US to to “undermine government” after barely emerging from the to pay its debts, its resolve to do tax policies, before the world’s way that the opposing stands
evade defaulting on its $15-tril- and “destroy” vital programs. 2007 recession. something about its financial economies lose their trust on of the Northern and Southern
lion debt but left many econom- Conservative Republican Sen- Even before the S&P down- situation, and to show the world the American economy, and states on slavery plunged the
ic experts worrying about the ate leader Mitch McConnell grade, investors were already and its creditors that it deserves turn to other currencies as country into a bloody civil war
country’s economic future. said President Barack Obama panicking mainly because of its trust and confidence, as one safe haven for their foreign in 1861.
S&P added that its analysts was “clinging” to hope for a unfavorable economic indi-
“have changed our view on the “massive tax hike.” cators, an economic growth
difficulty in bridging the gulf Obama’s own rhetoric in a that has slowed down to near-
between political parties over
fiscal policy, which makes us
nationally televised appeal
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Tourist police ready for duty
he Department of Police District (MPD) Tourist
Tourism’s (DOT) Police led by Capt. Jovan Sicat
Tourism Oriented Po- to be used in securing Manila’s
lice for Community Order tourist spots.
“This is another fine example
and Protection (TOP COP) of private-public partnership.
initiative is in full swing, The bikes were donated by
with training sessions al- Sportmart, a supplier of Duty
ready completed and units Free Philippines. We take
deployed nationwide since note of Resort World Hotels
which has donated uniforms
its re-launch last December. for the TOPCOPs assigned in
their area in Pasay City. More
“The TOP COP program is ful- private sector companies and
ly operational, and we hope to individuals are committing
encourage more tourists to visit to support the program. We
the country with this added hope that this civic-oriented-
commitment to their safety and ness continues as we heighten
security,” said Secretary Alber- awareness and vigilance to-
to A. Lim. wards tourist safety and secu-
TOP COP is a special unit un- The TOPCOP graduates with DOT Secretary Alberto Lim (seated, 3rd from left). Also in the photo are (L-R, seated) DOT Asst. Secretary Benito C. rity,” the Secretary added.
der the Philippine National Po- Bengzon, Jr., National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Juliet Villegas, Gen. Danilo Constantino and Col. Anselmo Simeon Pinili
lice trained in ensuring the se- of the PNP. In addition, the DOT foresees
curity of tourists. The DOT has wider implementation of Su-
completed Phase I of the TOP same top tourist destinations, preme Court Administrative
COP training courses, benefit- Galera, Puerto Princesa City will cover topics on police Order No. 19-2011, which
ting 1,226 police officers na- and Zambales. Additional matters, crisis management provides for the establishment
tionwide. Phase I covers top- trainings were also held in and first aid. of night courts dedicated to re-
ics on tourism orientation and CARAGA, General Santos Last month, fifty officers solving criminal cases involv-
basic customer relations. City and Eastern Visayas and based in the National Capital ing tourists. The Metropoli-
Phase I of the training program, with the NAIA Aviation Secu- Region (NCR) finished the tan Trial Courts of Pasay and
conducted between November rity Group. second phase and were given Makati are the first to comply
2010 and May 2011, focused Tourist police have since their pins and certificates of with the Order.
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Ilocos Norte, Negros Oriental, Embarcadero in Legaspi. bicycles were turned over by 525-18-05
Northern Mindanao (Cagayan Phase II, which started in July Secretary Lim to the Manila
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for the use of the Manila Police District Tourist Police
GMA placed on BI watchlist
By Edu Punay
to seek asylum in Portugal,
MANILA, Philippines – The which does not have an ex-
Department of Justice (DOJ) tradition treaty with the Phil-
yesterday placed former Presi- ippine government.
dent and now Pampanga Rep. Ejercito said he received
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on information that the Arroyo
the watchlist of the Bureau of couple, both fluent in Span-
Immigration (BI) in connec- ish, bought a villa in Portu-
tion with the plunder charges gal near the Spanish border.
she is facing before the DOJ. Mrs. Arroyo traveled to
Justice Secretary Leila de Spain last month.
Lima used her motu propio Aggabao said though the
power to order the inclusion of Arroyos are not accused of
Arroyo on the bureau’s watch- Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo political crimes, they could
list. claim political persecution
Arroyo returned to hospital diverted over P2 billion in fer- if they really are planning to
yesterday for a medical check- tilizer funds to her campaign seek asylum.
up after undergoing spine sur- kitty when she ran for reelec- “But the government can
gery two weeks ago, and was tion in 2004. oppose an asylum applica-
advised by doctors that another Lihay-lihay, on the other tion and challenge any claim
operation was necessary. hand, filed a plunder complaint of political persecution,” he
Doctors at St. Luke’s Medi- against Arroyo over the sale of added.
cal Center in Taguig City said the P1-billion prime land near Mrs. Arroyo is facing at
a metal plate in the former the old Iloilo airport to Mega- least five plunder raps before
president’s back had been mis- world Corp. in 2007. the DOJ and the Office of the
aligned and needs to be cor- Ombudsman. Her son Rep.
rected, reports said last night. Arroyo had already submit- Juan Miguel Arroyo of the
De Lima explained that the ted her affidavit involving the party-list group Ang Galing
order was issued to ensure that OWWA fund scam. Pinoy and his wife Angela
Arroyo would face the charges are facing tax evasion charg-
filed against her by Danilo Li- The DOJ placed the former es before the DOJ.
hay-lihay and former solicitor chief executive on the BI Meanwhile, the immigra-
general Francisco Chavez in watchlist following reports that tion bureau alerted its per-
connection with the fertilizer she and former first gentleman sonnel in all international
fund scam and the Overseas Jose Miguel Arroyo are plan- seaports and airports follow-
Workers’ Welfare ning to seek political asylum ing the inclusion of Arroyo
in Portugal to evade what they on the BI watchlist.
Administration (OWWA) fund described “are cases of politi- BI spokesperson Ma. An-
mess. cal persecution.’’ toinette Mangrobang said
“One consideration is the pos-
sible flight risk of the subject,”
“This is why we need pre-
cautionary measures so that
the people won’t blame us in
that copies of the watchlist
order signed by BI Associ-
ate Commissioner Abdullah
Bilingual English-Tagalog Speaking
the DOJ chief said.
The watchlist order, which
will take effect for 60 days, re-
case they leave and evade the
charges,” De Lima told report-
Mangotara against the Pam-
panga lawmaker have been
sent out to BI units at the
Representatives Needed NOW
quires Arroyo to secure clear- Meanwhile, Isabela Rep. Ninoy Aquino International
ance from the DOJ every time Giorgidi Aggabao said that Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1,
she leaves the country.
De Lima said she did not im-
Arroyo and her family are not
qualified for political asylum
2, 3 and Cebu Mactan Inter-
AMPEGY is looking for several
in any foreign country.
mediately issue the watchlist
order against the Pampanga
congresswoman for humani-
“An asylum is for political
crimes, and the former presi-
The alert was also raised in
all seaports where there are
ships bound for foreign des-
Independent Representatives to
tarian considerations after she
underwent cervical spine sur-
dent and members of her fam-
ily are not accused of com-
Arroyo went back to St.
serve the Filipino community of
mitting political crimes. What
Chavez accused Arroyo of
plunder, qualified theft, graft
they are facing are criminal
Luke’s Medical Center yes-
terday for her scheduled Sacramento and sorrounding areas.
AMPEGY is an affiliate of Spark
charges,’’ he said. checkup. She arrived at the
and corruption and violations Aggabao is a member of the hospital shortly before noon.
of the Revised Penal Code and Nationalist People’s Coalition, Her husband, lawmakers
part of the majority coalition in
Omnibus Election Code for
allegedly using P550 million
in OWWA funds to boost her
the House of Representatives.
He issued the statement in
Mikey and Dato and daugh-
ters-in-law Angela and Ca-
cai were also spotted at St.
Energy - one of the fastest growing
presidential bid in 2004.
In another complaint, he also
reaction to San Juan Rep. Jose
Victor Ejercito’s claim that
Luke’s but they refused to
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Justice department drops murder charge Senate committee to subpoena ‘Kulo’ artist
against Mangudadatu had insufficient evidence.
MANILA, Philippines - The
Senate committee conducting
be filed “if evidence war-
freedom and its limits.
For her part, Abrera pointed
By Jomar Canlas Kamendan lodged Mangudadatu had said that an inquiry into the “blasphe- He also urged Cruz to attend out that they tried their best to
her undated motion, he neither talked to Kamen- mous” art exhibit at the Cul- the hearings to explain his art weigh the consequences of their
THE Department of which the depart- dan nor ordered his escorts to tural Center of the Philippines and defend himself from criti- decsion in pushing through with
Justice (DOJ) has ment received on shoot the victim. (CCP) said it will subpoena cisms by various groups, in- the exhibit vis-a-vis the role of
dismissed murder May 27, 2011. The March 3, 2010 joint res- artist Mideo Cruz if he fails to cluding the Catholic Church the CCP in promoting art.
charges filed against But the charges olution stated that Natividad attend today’s hearing. and pro-life organizations. She also admitted that the
Gov. Esmael “Toto” against Manguda- did not include in her initial Among Cruz’s pieces was a CCP president recommended
Mangudadatu of datu’s two body- statement to the police the in- Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who wall collage made up of post- the closure of the exhibit, but
Maguindanao in guards—Police volvement of the governor in earlier expressed disgust over ers of local celebrities, NBA she insisted that the idea was
connection with the Officer 1 Ibrahim the shooting of her spouse. Cruz’s art pieces, asked that stars, Jesus Christ, Barack “not the best step to take at that
killing of his suspect- Gov. Mangudadatu Langalen and Police The resolution revealed that the artist be issued a subpoena Obama, Coca-Cola and the time”.
ed assassin last year. Officer 1 Surab Lin- Kamendan’s statement against for not appearing in the hear- Teletubbies, characters from a “The artist should have the
In a resolution signed by Jus- tukan Bantas—were being pur- Mangudadatu came only af- ing this morning. children’s TV show. Unfurled chance to explain,” she noted,
tice Undersecretary Leah Tan- sued because they were formal- ter Natividad had a talk with An employee of the Senate condoms, wooden rosaries while citing that the comments
odra-Armamento, the Justice ly charged before the court for lawyers Philip Pantojan and committee leading the inquiry and wooden penises adorn the of those who witnessed the
department granted a motion the murder of Tamano inside Alexis Lumbatan and a certain said they sent invitations to wall. early run of the exhibit were
to withdraw the appeal filed by the Gaisano South Citimall on Barpa Ustadz. Cruz through email and phone A figure of Christ the King “stimulating and interesting”.
complainant Natividad de Arce February 11, 2010. The ruling also noted that calls. Cruz has replied and painted with red make-up de- She said that the manage-
Kamendan, the wife of the vic- Mangudadatu’s bodyguards the witness who would cor- confirmed receipt of the invi- picting Mickey Mouse and a ment committee had agreed to
tim, Tamano Kamendan, 41, of admitted that they fired at Ka- roborate Natividad’s allega- tation, but did not confirm if poster of Jesus Christ with a put a disclaimer statement, but
Sharif Aguak, Ampatuan town. mendan after the latter forc- tion failed to appear before he will attend the hearing. wooden penis glued to his face did not approve of proposals to
The Justice department cen- ibly took one of the governor’s the panel despite a subpoena Sen. Edgardo Angara, chair- were among the fixtures that shut down the controversial art
tered its decision on Part X.I.K daughters and attempted to issued to her. man of the Education, Arts and irritated many Catholics who display.
of the Revised Manual for Pros- snatch firearms from Bantas. The Ampatuans, who are be- Culture committee, said the trooped to the venue.
ecutors that provides that “[t] According to the prosecu- ing accused of killing 57 inno- committee will be “compelled Following the CCP Board’s Society desecrated Jesus’ im-
he appeal/petition for review tors, self-defense is a justifying cent civilians in Maguindan- to issue a subpoena” against order to shut down the exhibit age
may be withdrawn at any time circumstance and a matter of ao, including 31 journalists on Cruz if he fails to show up at on August 9, the center’s Vi- Abrera admitted that she was
before it is finally resolved, in evidence for the courts to de- November 23, 2009, engaged the end of the hearing, which sual Arts director Karen Oca- also shocked by the art pieces
which case the questioned res- termine during trial. the services of Pantojan and was scheduled to last until mpo-Flores resigned. on Mideo’s collection, but said
olution shall stand as if no ap- Earlier, Prosecutors Jofre Lumbatan as their legal coun- noon today. that after a thorough examina-
peal/petition has been taken.” Saniel, Maria Gemma Dabbay- sels, aside from lawyers Philip In a television interview, Estrada and other senators tion of the art pieces she came
It was learned that while Tambis and Marte Melchor Sigfrid Fortun and Gregorio Sen. Gringo Honasan defend- have called on the whole CCP to appreciate it and realize what
the department was scrutiniz- Velasco held that the charge Narvasa 2nd. ed today’s hearing on the art board to resign. the artist was trying to say.
ing a petition for review of a against Mangudadatu of alleged Mangudadatu’s wife and sis- exhibit, saying “Everything is The committee failed to in- Contrary to the art’s critic’s
joint resolution issued by the complicity or conspiracy in the ters were among the victims in aid of legislation.” vite Flores to the hearing since opinion, she said that the art
City Prosecutor of Davao City, shooting to death of Kamendan of the massacre. “We have to start with the he has already resigned. Dur- pieces show “how society treats
law. This would have to be re- ing the hearing Angara said thingswe idolize.”
solved by the law of the land,” that the committee should in- “It’s always up to the viewer
Peace, peace, peace or ‘Gyera, Gyera, Gyera’ Honasan said in an interview
on ABS-CBN News Channel.
vite Flores to attend the next
to interact with the art. I’ve al-
ways thought the artistic pro-
By Nestor Mata cess is a very intimate thing
through its own website, that Aquino’s own mother Cory’s The senator said the inquiryCCP head mulled earlier clo- between the viewer and the art-
‘The whole world now knows their proposal would bring presidency. Chances for such will focus on laws on arts and
sure ist,” she said.
what President Aquino really peace in strife-ridden Mind- charter change are very, very culture. Cruz’s art pieces were in-
talked about with a rebel leader anao. “The MILF wants a state slim, even at this time when He denied that the Senate is
cluded in the “Kulo” exhibit, But the Catholic community
during their two-hour “secret” within a state (or a sub-state) … there is a clamor for charter riding with the issue, adding
which is a collaboration of considered Cruz’s work offen-
meeting in Tokyo.’ the formula to solve the Moro changes in its economic pro- that the art exhibit falls under
works of 32 artists that opened sive to their religion.
PRESIDENT Aquino tried Question in Mindanao is sim- visions among certain leaders the jurisdiction of Congress, a
on June 17 and was supposed During the hearing, Rev. Jose
to keep his clandestine meet- ple… Let the Moros run their and members of Congress. regulatory arm of the govern-
to run up to August 21. Palma, vice president of the
ing with a rebel leader under affairs. Let them decide their “There is no power nor is ment, since it was displayed in
Raul Sunico, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference
wraps, but now the whole own destiny. Let them succeed there any right to violate the CCP, which is a government CCP, told senators during the of the Philippines (CBCP), said
world knows what transpired or self-destruct. Gone (are) the Constitution on the part of institution and funded by the
hearing that he had mulled the they were “hurt” on the des-
during their two-hour “secret days when the government in any official of government,” people’s tax. closure of the exhibit as early ecration of Jesus Christ.
talks” in Tokyo last week. Manila designed everything for as then Supreme Court Chief “Had this been exhibited in a
as July 14 as he was initially The CBCP official pointed
them. The most important ele- Justice Reynato Puno opined private art gallery, it would not
“shocked” and “offended” by that they condemn only the
While the President and his ment here is self-determination in that MOA-AD case in 2008. have generated as much con- Mideo’s pieces. “Poleteismo” collection and
usually voluble Palace mouth- … This is a right that cannot be “”No one can claim he has troversy, but since the CCP is “As of July 14, I recom- not the entire “Kulo” art dis-
pieces were secretive about foreclosed by any agreement a blank check to violate the a government institution then
mended the closing of the play. He also noted that Cruz’s
what happened there, Al Haj or (be) the subject of negotia- Constitution in advance and the regulatory arm of the gov-
exhibit; but there were sug- work was not included in the
Murad Ibrahim, chairman of tion.” the privilege to cure the viola- ernment, through Congress, gestions that it will be brought past Ateneo exhibits, as earlier
the “Moro Islamic Liberation Did Aquino know the legal tion later through amendment has to intervene,” Honasan first to the artistic community, reported.
Front” and his spokesman just ramifications of the MILF’s of its provisions. Respondents’ said. so we postponed its closure,” “Exercise of human freedom
simply, as the common saying proposal? Didn’t he know thesis of violate now, validate He meanwhile assured thathe said. for the sake of art is subject to
goes, “spilled the beans!” that an almost similar agree- later makes a burlesque of the the Senate does not intend to He said that it was CCP Chair moral criteria,” he said, while
Murad told Aquino they ment had been forged during Constitution.” “prematurely pass judgment” Emily Abrera who insisted to nothing that “no human free-
wanted the establishment of his predecessor’s time – the That’s the voice of legal on the CCP officials who al-continue the exhibit, pending dom is absolute.”
a “Bangsamoro sub-state” in “Memorandum of Agreement wisdom that President Aqui- lowed the exhibit, particularly
consultations from the artis- “For us, the picture of Jesus
strife-torn Mindanao. And, as on Ancestral Domain”? It also no should heed, if he gives his the owner of the art pieces tic community. He however is not just any picture; He is the
Murad’s spokesman put it, “the envisioned peace in Mindanao assent to the latest proposal of “Poleteismo”, Mideo Cruz. pointed out that the controver- picture of God -- someone we
President just listened.” and a state within a state. And it the MILF for the creation of sy opened their eyes to adopt adore, someone we glorify.”
No wonder, when Aquino was struck down as unconstitu- a “Bansamoro Sub-State” or He however said charges may policy clearly defining artistic
returned to Manila, he was si- tional by the Supreme Court. an independent Islamic state
lent as a lamb. It was his “own If Aquino gives his govern- in Mindanao, and not listen
idea,” as revealed by his own
chief Cabinet adviser. And
ment’s stamp of approval to the
MILF’s revised concept, it will
to those of those around him
who lure him into believ- How does Manny Pacquiao have a song at the
when the other side blabbered
about it all, his lower jaw must
suffer the same fate, too, as that
Arroyo-MILF’s MOA-AD of
ing that he would the “Great
Top of the Billboard charts? From page 1
have fallen. He must have re- 2008. The latest concept of the this can be happening. It’s just world of music by singing a in the headlines for a few
alized then that he had com- MILF for a “sub-state within a And, President Aquino should unheard of.” familiar song that immediately more months while we all
mitted a horrible mistake – a state” would in effect mean an also be warned that if he and It’s especially “unheard resonates with people, and B) wait for more news about his
diplomatic faux pas! – in sit- independent state within a fed- his peace negotiators fail to of” when you consider all of He chose to attack a genre of fight with Mayweather. And if
ting down for two hours with eral form of government. act on the MILF’s proposal or the other athletes that have music that most athletes shy you don’t think Mayweather’s
Murad, who must have felt like This cannot be done, as le- offer an acceptable “alterna- tried to find a place in music. away from. It’s a formula that’s waiting in the wings and lis-
the head of their dream of a gal experts have pointed out, tive peaceful solution,” then From Allen Iverson and Ron proved to be a winning one for tening to “Sometimes When
“Bangsamoro Sub-State.” without amending the 1987 they should be ready for what Artest to Deion Sanders and Pacquiao. We Touch” to get a little more
Not only that, the MILF Constitution that was rati- the MILF call: “Gyera, gyera, Chris Johnson, there have Does this mean he’s an art- ammo to make the fight hap-
started telling the whole world, fied in the time of President gyera!” been plenty of them that have ist now? Hardly. We’d be sur- pen, you’re crazy.
tried and inevitably failed. prised if “Sometimes When We Almost as crazy as anyone
But Pacquiao is succeeding, Touch” doesn’t end up as the who believed Manny Pac-
because: A) He chose to hold peak of Pacquiao’s music ca- quiao had a real chance at be-
his coming out party in the reer. But it does keep his name coming a pop star. Well done,
China building 3 aircraft carriers, heads for su-
perpower status From page 1
And just listen to this: Accord- It is also well
ing to residents in Changxing known in the re-
island, north of Shanghai, Chi- gion and around the
nese authorities have secretly globe that China is
recruited 10,000 workers to building up its mili-
build China’s first domestic tary capabilities
aircraft carrier. Workers are across the board.
obliged to strictly keep secret The Obama ad-
(about their employment). ministration, on the
They would not be allowed other hand, is look-
to use mobile phones and to ing at close to a tril-
make contact with their fami- lion dollars of defense cuts in ery country except the PRC is
lies. (Manufacturing.Net-Au- the next decade. “oppressed” by capitalists and
gust 01, 2011.) A free country has its mili- other exploiters. Therefore, ev-
The People’s Daily, the tary advantages: New weap- ery PRC’s war is by definition
newspaper for the Commu- ons are being built, since they a “war of liberation” until the
nist Party of China, reported are created mostly by people entire world will thus become
that on May 23, He Guoq- of genius. “liberated.”
iang, a member of the Stand- Now, take a look at the his- China has enough people to
ing Committee of the party’s tory of the PRC. Before the carry out this task of global
Political Bureau, visited and twentieth century, China had “liberation.” What else does
inspected dry dock No.3 [the no association with foreign the communist China need to
secret site where the aircraft countries. In the twentieth accomplish this? It needs the
carrier is being built. - LN]. century, China’s attitudes have weapons to arm its army suf-
To carry out the construc- changed, owing to the commu- ficiently well to “liberate” ev-
tion of its first domestic car- nist Mao. This jump from total ery country, as was predicted
rier, China is seeking help isolation to total world power by Marx and then by his pupil
from Ukrainian engineers, — is it possible or likely? Mao with respect to the entire
whom they will provide with The free countries should not “world proletariat.”
high-class accommodations a priori deny this possibility. When Germany began its
and a soccer field, specially France denied the possibility totalitarian transformation, no
built for them. According to of the German victory over one predicted it would have
Tehran Times, Iran’s leading France and was overrun by global ambitions. Ironically,
international daily, “China Nazi Germany. Hitler was defeated by its
regards aircraft carriers as The United States should “copy”: Stalin, who outwitted
key symbols of global power keep in mind that the com- and defeated that “super-Na-
projection and is unlikely to munist China is a totalitar- poleon,” who lost the war and
build just two.” ian society, the number of its committed suicide as a result.
And further: “The Chinese population is 1.4 billion, and The free people of the world,
military is engaged in a large- the possibilities to conceal se- their governments, and those
scale buildup that includes cret military projects are infi- who want to be free must learn
new strategic and conven- nite. The PLA is the name of how to recognize the warning
tional missiles, aircraft, anti- China’s People’s Liberation signs of the danger coming
satellite weaponry and a new Army. It means that commu- from the evil, totalitarian soci-
ballistic missile for targeting nist China is out to “liberate” eties by doing their utmost ef-
ships at sea.” the entire world. You see, ev- fort to defend themselves.
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Sacramento Community Champions Awards Dinner Synergy
The Military Nurse:
Rekindler of Christian Values
and Love By Gabriel Ortigoza, Ph.D.
I would like to extend my the training and admonition of ing. (3) “And though I bestow
congratulations to the mem- the Lord. (5) “Bondservants, be all my good to feed the poor,
bers of the Nurse Corps, AFP obedient to those who are your and though I give my body to
for its 73rd Recognition Day masters according to the flesh, be burned, but have not love, it
and the members of the Mili- with fear and trembling, in sin- profits me nothing. (4) “Love
tary Nurses Association of cerity of heart, as to Christ. (6) suffers long and is kind; love
the Philippines for its 46th “Not with eyeservice, as men- does not envy; love does not
Foundation Day. Mabuhay! pleasers, but as bondservants parade itself, is not puffed up;
of Christ, doing the will of God (5) “Does not behave rudely,
As I ponder on this year’s from the heart.” The above- does not seek its own, is not
anniversary theme which is mentioned biblical references provoked, thinks no evil; (6)
“The Military Nurse: Rekin- are very much applicable to all “Does not rejoice in iniquity,
dler of Christian Values and organizations especially in the but rejoices in the truth; (7)
Love” I found four important hierarchy of the AFP in general “Bears all things, believes all
words or group of words. and the Nurse Corps in particu- things, hopes all things, endures
The first group of words lar. Children and bondservants all things. (8) “Love never fails.
in the theme is the military But whether there are proph-
nurse. Who is the military esies, they will fail; whether
Drs. Frank and Linda Marasigan and several Filipino Community Leaders attended the Molina Health- nurse? The military nurse is there are tongues, they will
care of California , Sacramento Community Champions Awards Dinner during the Community Recognition a qualified registered nurse cease; whether there is knowl-
Awards on June 23, 2011 at Hilton Hotel. Congratulations to Vickie Guanzon, recipient of the Education who applied in the Nurse edge, it will vanish away…
Award Category. Corps and was called to ac- (13) “And now abide faith,
tive duty and eventually hope, love, these three; but the
served the Armed Forces of greatest of these is love.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MUSIC rezin” (1998) and “And I in the Uttermost the Philippines.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 West” (2005), and has just released its third The second word in the Love makes the world go
album, Klezmer at the Confluence (2010). theme is rekindler. I googled around. It’s like an ener-
Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band the word rekindler but the
Guests will be treated to an evening of fun
computer’s search engine gizer. A form of battery.
A 5-piece ensemble from Sacramento, the Freilach- music sutiable for the entire family. Lawn
makers Klezmer String Band, has been entertaining seating is available and low style beach chair cannot find it. I searched my
dictionary and I finally found Another important ingredient
Northern California audiences since 1995. They, are welcome. Adult beverages will be avail- of a successful organization is
will be performing at Fairytale Town on Wednes- able for purchase, as well as items from the it. According to the American
Heritage Dictionary, rekin- the presence of respect. As the
day, August 24 on the Mother Goose Stage. Dish & Spoon Cafe. saying goes, “Respect begets
The Freilachmakers have defined what may be TIME: Gates open at 5:30PM/Concert Be- dler is from the root word re-
kindle which means to revive respect.” Respect amongst the
called “the Sacramento sound” in klezmer and Sep- gins at 6PM members of the organization
hardic Jewish music, using a particularly infectious COST: Adults $10; Children 12 & Under are or renew. Revive our love for
the service and renew our results in a harmonious work-
blend of strings and reeds, with vocals in Yiddish, Free. ing relationship. Smooth in-
Hebrew, Ladino and English. The band has issued Fairytale Town and Capital Public Radio love for our country.
The third group of words in may represent employees of terpersonal relationship causes
two critically acclaimed CDs, “The Flower of Be- members receive two for one discount. synergy wherein organizational
the theme is Christian values. the AFP. Parents and masters
Several references are found may represent leaders in the members work hand-in-hand
MOVIE NIGHT AT FAIRYTALE TOWN in the bible about Christian AFP. Both the employees and with other members to attain
values. The most popular the leaders are expected to per- organizational goals. Therefore,
featuring of 13 nominations. The movie is based on the let us continue to respect our ju-
Mary Poppins books series by P. L. Travers. one is found in the Ten Com- form their functions in the ser-
niors and seniors in the service
Disney’s “Mary Poppins” This event is lawn seating and low beach mandments. Exodus 20:12
says, “Honor your father and
vice of the Filipino people.
The fourth group of words because it will create a better
August 28, 2011 - 6:30PM style chairs are okay. No outside food or bev- environment. Peaceful working
Fairytale Town will feature the classic children’s erages will be allowed. Tickets are $5 each, your mother, that your days in the theme is Christian love.
may be long upon the land Matthew 22:37-40 says, (37) environment nurture profes-
movie Mary Poppins on Sunday, August 28. and Fairytale Town members are $4, children sional growth and development.
Fairytale Town is pleased to show a new genera- 1 & under are free. Tickets are available on- which the Lord your God is “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall
giving you.” In the New Tes- love the Lord your God with On the other hand, love must be
tion of children this classic movie on a big outdoor line at www.fairytaletown.org given special place in our lives
screen under a canopy of trees and stars. tament we have Ephesians all your heart, with all your
6:1-6 which says (1) “Chil- soul, and with all your mind. because it is the greatest com-
In the movie Julie Andrews, portrays a magi- What: Fairytale Town’s Movie Night - Dis- mandment from our Master.
cal nanny, who takes two young children on an ney’s Mary Poppins dren, obey your parents in (38) “This is the first and great
exciting adventure into playful worlds filled with When: Sunday, August 28, 2011 the Lord, for this is right. (2) commandment. (39) “And the
As military nurses (active and
eccentric characters. Since its 1964 release, this Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park “Honor your father and moth- second is like it: ‘You shall
er, which is the first com- love your neighbor as yourself. inactive), let us rekindle our
classic movie has been popular among children Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822 Christian values and love. (gab-
and families. The Walt Disney Production earned Cost: Tickets: $4 members/$5 members. mandment with promise: (3) (40) “On these two command-
“That it may be well with you ments hang all the Laws and firstname.lastname@example.org)
Julie Andrews the Academy Award for Best Ac- Children 1 and under are free. Tickets avail-
tress for her performance as Mary Poppins and able online at www.fairytaletown.org and you may live long on the the Prophets.” The most quoted (Gabriel Ortigoza, RN, BSN, MPA,
the film also won Oscars for Best Film Editing, Contact Phone: 916-808-7462 earth. (4) “And you, fathers, biblical chapter related to love MM-PM, Ph.D. in Mgt is a former
Original Music Score, Best Song for “Chim Chim Contact e-mail: email@example.com do not provoke your children is found in the book of I Corin- member of the Armed Forces of
Cher-ee,” Best Visual Effects, and received a total Website: www.fairytaletown.org to wrath, but bring them up in thians 13. It says, (1) “Though the Philippines. He served AFP in
I speak with the tongues of two capacities as a member of the
men and of angels, but have Nurse Corps, AFP and as a mem-
not love, I have become sound- ber of the Corps of Professors of
ing brass of a clanging cymbal. the Philippine Military Academy.
(2) “And though I have the gift On 18 September 2003, he resigned
of prophesy, and understand all his regular commission in the AFP
to join his family in California.
mysteries and all knowledge, Presently, Gabriel works as a reg-
and though I have all faith, so istered nurse at Kaiser Permanente
that I could remove mountains, in Sacramento, CA.)
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Wang-wang’ politics as usual
By Perry Diaz rication,” he said: “I know him so well. I know
him from head to toe. I’ve been with him since back to the presidency of Cory Aquino — P-
Noy’s mother — when he commanded her Prae-
B arely three days after delivering his sec-
ond State of the Nation Address (SONA),
President Beningo “P-Noy” Aquino III
appointed retired Lt. Gen. Gaudencio Pangilinan
as the new Director of the Bureau of Corrections
our days in the PMA and when I was a young
lieutenant.” He calls Pangilinan a “bad boy.”
In April 2011, Rabusa filed the plunder com-
plaint against 17 generals and senior officers for
torian Guard, the Presidential Security Group.
He gained prominence when he defended
Cory’s government from seven coup attempts.
He was later promoted to Lieutenant General as
alleged corrupt activities in the AFP including
(BuCor). A member of the Philippine Military the misuse and conversion of some P2.3 bil- commander of the Philippine Army. It was dur-
Academy Class of 1979, Pangilinan retired last lion in military funds from 2000 to 2005. Two ing this time that Pangilinan served under him
July 25, 2011 when he reached the mandatory months later, he added Pangilinan and four oth- as intelligence officer and comptroller. Gazmin
retirement age of 56 — the same day P-Noy de- ers to the plunder complaint. He claimed that retired from military service in 2000. When
livered his SONA. On July 28, Pangilinan took Pangilinan was the “bagman” for the late AFP P-Noy ascended to the presidency, he picked
his oath of office before his news boss, Depart- Chief of Staff Arturo Enrile whom he served as Gazmin from retirement to serve as Secretary of
ment of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima. executive assistant in 1995. Rabusa claimed National Defense.
that Pangilinan received P88.2 million in the al-
Pangilinan seems like the ideal “poster boy” for leged conversion of AFP funds. Evidently, Pangilinan’s past association with
P-Noy’s campaign against corruption and fight- But Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda Lt. Gen. Gaudencio Pangalinan Gazmin and his involvement with a group of
ing “utak wang-wang” (“wang-wang” mental- was quick to defend Pangilinan’s appointment. generals who supported P-Noy during the 2010
ity) — or abuse of power — in the government. At first he said that Rabusa’s lawyers made a appointment retroactive to the day he assumed campaign helped him get promoted to Lieuten-
Why not? After all, he was a recipient of the mistake in filing a plunder case against Pangili- command of Nolcom. In effect, P-Noy cir- ant General and also secured the BuCor top post
Philippine Legion of Honor and holds a masters nan because plunder was not yet a crime when cumvented the one-year ban on promotions after his mandatory retirement age notwithstand-
degree in Strategic Studies at the United States Pangilinan served under Enrile in1995; there- in the military by backdating his appointment ing the plunder case against him.
Army War College. His credentials are impres- fore, Pangilinan did not commit the crime of papers. In a way, it’s a “midnight” promotion
sive: he previously led the Counter Intelligence plunder. But when he was told that plunder was that is likened to Gloria circumventing the ban Shadow of doubt
Group of the AFP; and as the first commander of already a crime in 1991, Lacierda said that under on “midnight” appointments by backdating ap- Pangilinan’s appointment cast a shadow of
the Task Force Davao, he developed the module the constitution Pangilinan is “presumed inno- pointment papers. doubt on P-Noy’s integrity when he vowed dur-
for counter-terrorism campaigns in urban areas. cent until proven guilty.” He said that P-Noy ing his SONA to fight corruption and stop those
He earned his third star when P-Noy appointed appointed Pangilinan because of his “expertise Game of the generals who abuse power, which he called “utak wang-
him commander of Northern Luzon Command. in counter-intelligence and his ability to reform It’s interesting to note that during the 2010 presi- wang” (“wang-wang” mentality). But how can
the system,” which makes one wonder if he was dential campaign, Aquino met with several gen- he convince his “bosses” – the people – that he is
Plunder complaint the only person who could do the job? Lacierda, erals who reportedly told him that Gloria was serious about stamping out corruption when he
Pangilinan may have been the best choice for however, conceded that Pangilinan’s appoint- not giving up power and was preparing plans for just appointed someone charged with plunder?
the job except for one major, major issue: there ment could be rescinded if there was evidence three possible scenarios to stay in power. The How does he expect his subordinates to walk a
is a pending plunder case against him before the against him in the plunder case. generals pledged their loyalty to Aquino and as- straight and narrow path (“matuwid na daan) ”
Department of Justice, which must have placed sured him that they would resist any attempt by when he appointed his “KKK” cronies (shooting
his new boss, De Lima, in a very awkward posi- “Midnight” promotion? Gloria to stay in power and would install him buddies, classmates, and friends) who are more
tion of investigating her new subordinate for a A year ago, last July 8, 2010, Pangilinan made president if no winner were proclaimed within a interested in securing their jobs and pursuing
plunder complaint. the news when P-Noy promoted him as com- week after the election. Pangilinan was one of their personal interests than to serve the people?
Some DOJ officials doubt Pangilinan’s ability mander of Northern Luzon Command (Nol- these generals. How can he govern effectively when his sub-
to institute reforms at BuCor while he is facing a com). Since the position requires a three-star However, there was no evidence – or signs – ordinates are divided into the warring “Samar”
plunder charge. One DOJ official said, “Person- general, then-Maj. Gen. Pangilinan would get of the existence of a military group who would and “Balay” factions? And how can he institute
ally, I think Malacañang should have been more his third star. Nothing seemed to be wrong with support Arroyo to stay in power, not even then reforms when he surrounds himself with people
circumspect and discriminating in appointing that. However, the problem was that Pangilinan Chief of Staff Delfin Bangit who was a known who are more committed to keeping the status
people to sensitive positions like the BuCor.” turned 55 on July 25, 2010. Since the manda- Arroyo loyalist. But Pangilinan’s group con- quo than making change?
But Pangilinan downplayed the plunder case, tory retirement age in the AFP is 56, under the vinced Aquino — and Voltaire Gazmin — that He promised change but it seems that the more
saying that it was just a “fabrication” of retired law, an officer – except for one who is promoted Gloria was dead serious about staying in pow- things change, the more they stay the same. In-
AFP Comptroller Lt. Col. George Rabusa, the to AFP Chief of Staff – with less than a year left er. deed, it appears that it’s still “wang-wang” poli-
complainant. in service cannot be promoted. tics as usual.
When Rabusa heard about Pangilinan’s ap- To go around the law, P-Noy — who signed Aquino loyalist
pointment and his claim that it was just a “fab- his promotion in September 2010 — made his Gazmin’s relationship with the Aquinos goes Quo vadis, P-Noy?
Mike Arroyo and the ‘Chopper Scam’
2010 for payment of two used choppers at an
By Perry Diaz exorbitant price of $350,000 each (the price of
ments — and witnesses
— linking Mike to the a five-year old Robinson R44 Raven I chopper
ast July 31, 2011, while former
L “chopper scam,” there is estimated to be only $260,000 to $280,000
president Gloria Macapagal Ar- is very good chance that each). Po said that Mike turned the money over
royo was in intensive care at the the government would to his bookkeeper, Rowena del Rosario. Three
St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig be able to successfully days before, on April 13, the PNP paid MAP-
City recuperating from a spinal surgery prosecute him for plun- TRA the remaining balance of P49,689,401.80
der. Another plus in fa- for the P105-million anomalous transaction.
caused by a pinched nerve, her husband vor of the government De Vera also testified that he split a P7-million
Mike left for Hong Kong for a medi- is that former Ombuds- commission with Po as part of the deal. Not bad
cal checkup. He could have gone to St. man Merceditas Gutier- for “fixing” a deal. But even with this commis-
Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City rez is no longer around sion it does not add up. Who got the rest of the
where he usually goes for checkups; and to protect Mike – who money, which is approximately P16.8 million?
was her classmate in With the damaging testimony of Po and de
where he had a delicate angioplasty op- law school — like what Vera against Mike, the Senate summoned Mike
eration in 2007. Or, he could have gone she did when she was and his accountant Rowena del Rosario to ap-
to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig still the Ombudsman. pear at the next hearing on August 11. Senate
City – where Gloria was recovering – Today, the new Om- President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada also re-
where he was rushed in March 2009 for Mike Arroyo budsman, retired Supreme Court Justice Conch- quested Malacañang Palace and the Department
ita Carpio-Morales, seems like she’s committed of Justice to place Mike on the watch list of the
treatment after suffering a new tear in Jesus Verzosa approved the supply contract to to prosecute those involved in corruption. Bureau of Immigration.
a major blood vessel connected to the pay MAPTRA P105 million for one Robinson With six plunder complaints already filed
heart. R44 Raven II and two Robinson R44 Raven I against Gloria, and a plunder complaint most “I’m back”
helicopters. likely to be filed against Mike on the “chopper Mike came back home on August 8 and in an
But why did Mike rush to Hong Kong for a But here is the stinger! Lacson reportedly scam,” how could the former First Couple bear impromptu press conference at the airport he
medical checkup? said, “Contrary to the findings of the Negotiation the thought of being incarcerated for the rest of said, “To my detractors, I’m back. You should
According to Mike, Gloria’s surgery caused Committee that MAPTRA has been engaged in their lives? be ashamed for peddling lies to the public while
him a lot of stress, forcing him to seek medical the business for so many years, the Securities I was away.” Disputing the testimonies of Po
help in Hong Kong. But couldn’t the doctors and Exchange Commission records state that Incriminating testimony and de Vera, Mike said that he’d file a complaint
at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City or MAPTRA was only given its certificate of in- Last August 2, 2011, Archibald Legaspi Po, of perjury against them claiming that he never
Taguig City do the checkup? And, again, why corporation on June 10, 2009.” That was onepresident of Lion Air Inc., testified that he sold purchased the choppers from Po. If he is inno-
Hong Kong… unless there are other consider- month before the Negotiating Committee rec-five Robinson helicopters to Mike Arroyo in cent of the accusations of Po and de Vera, then
ations? ommended the contract award to MAPTRA! 2004. Two years later, Mike ordered Po to sell he should attend the Senate hearing on August
Then Lacson dropped the bomb saying that two
two of his helicopters to the PNP at $350,000 11 and face his accusers… and see who blinks
“Chopper scam” of the three supposedly new choppers, the two
(approx. P15.75 million) each, which is higher first.
Last June 2011, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson R44 Raven I choppers were “pre-owned” as far
than the factory price of over $312,000 (approx. If Mike chooses not to attend the Senate hear-
brought before the Senate the details of a trans- back as March 2004 shown in flight logs. P14 million). However, the sale was made to the ing to refute the testimonies of Po and de Vera,
action involving the sale of three helicopters to This led the PNP to initiate its own investiga-
PNP through Manila Aerospace Products Trad- then there is reason to believe that he — not-
the Philippine National Police (PNP) for P105 tion of at least 27 generals and officers – many
ing Corp. (MAPTRA). This was done because withstanding the constitutional provision that he
million during Gloria’s administration. What of them already retired — for complicity in the
MAPTRA had a supply contract with PNP. But is “presumed innocent until proven guilty” — is
was seemingly a routine sale of equipment “chopper scam.” Those involved were seven the supply contract specified brand-new units guilty in the court of public opinion. And there
turned out to be anomalous and, possibly, ille- members of the (BAC/NC), four members of only! is no appeal and there is no clemency.
gal. the Inspection and Acceptance Committee, and Hilario de Vera, president of MAPTRA, testi- Mike’s denial reminds of Joseph Goebbels,
Investigation by Lacson revealed that the 16 from the Technical Inspection Team. How-fied that Po informed him that PNP would buy Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, whose dictum
PNP’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC)/ ever, the current PNP leadership is silent about
the two second-hand helicopters because Mike was: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep re-
Negotiating Committee (NC) started talking why Verzosa – the top honcho — was not in- ordered PNP to do so. De Vera then said that peating it, people will eventually come to be-
to Manila Aerospace Products Trading Corp. cluded in their investigation? There was also
he delivered the two helicopters to PNP on Sep- lieve it.” But history proved that Goebbels’ lies
(MAPTRA) on May 8, 2009 for the purchase of tember 24, 2009. “This was when I confirmed
concern within PNP that there might be a “cover didn’t save him and his master from perdition.
three brand-new helicopters. On July 9, 2009, up” of possible involvement of still-active high-
that no one would ask from the PNP on what Hitler took his own life in the last days of the
the BAC/NC recommended the award of the ranking officers in sensitive positions. I would deliver because they had orders from Third Reich. And so did Goebbels. Indeed,
contract to MAPTRA whom they vouched to be First Gentleman Mike Arroyo,” said de Vera. crime doesn’t pay.
a “legally, technically and financially capable” Mike Arroyo link Po also testified that he personally delivered (PerryDiaz@gmail.com)
supplier that had been in business “for so many Considering the gravity of the crime and a $700,000 (approx. P31.5 million) in cash to Mike
years.” Consequently, then-PNP Chief Gen. damning paper trail of incriminating docu- in his law office at the LTA Building on April 16,
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Peace in Mindanao is an impossible dream THUNDER VALLEY CASINO RESORT AWARDED
By Emil Jurado
THE COVETED AAA FOUR DIAMOND RATING
the 2013 local and senatorial elections. LINCOLN, CA (July 26,
There are talks going around that the Aquino- Again, this affirms suspicions that the CIA and 2011) – Thunder Valley
MILF tryst at a small hotel in Japan was actual- Washington had a hand in the creation of a sub- Casino Resort is honored
ly arranged by the Central Intelligence Agency state under the control of the MILF. to join the elite ranks
and Washington. That’s the reason I agree with those calling for of AAA Four Diamond
transparency and accountability in the govern- award-winning resort des-
I’m not prone to believe cloak-and-dagger sto- ment. The President should tell us, his “boss,” tinations. After a thorough
ries, but why Japan when it’s Malaysia that’s what to expect. evaluation of the luxury
brokering peace between the Philippine govern- Lastly, how sincere is the MILF in achieving hotel and resort, Thunder
ment and secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation peace in Mindanao. Valley is the only AAA
Front? Maybe there’s a grain of truth to it. Four Diamond casino re-
Recall that when the aborted memorandum President Aquino claims he’s puzzled by the sort in the Sacramento
of agreement on ancestral domain was about to suicide of Development Bank of the Philippines region.
be signed between the government panel and lawyer Benjamin Pinpin, who took his life be- “We are very pleased
the MILF leaders in Kuala Lumpur, American cause he could no longer bear the pressure of with the results of the
Ambassador Kristie Kenney was there. SO what betraying his peers and friends. Pinpin had been AAA evaluation,” said
was she there for when the Americans were not forced to execute an affidavit in connection with C.J. Graham, General
at all involved, the affair being purely internal? the P660 million loan of DBP to businessman Manager of Thunder Val- Thunder Valley Casino Resort offers the only Four Diamond casino resort
Given that Washington has interests in the Roberto V. Ongpin. This, the young lawyer said ley Casino Resort. “It’s a in the Sacramento region
Southern Philippines, particularly in Southern in his suicide note to his wife. very rigorous process and
Mindanao (Americans need to have control of The President further said that there’s an in- achieving a Four Diamond rating is a testa- the Coconut poolside bar.
the Malacca Strait and the South China Sea consistency about the suicide because by ending ment to Thunder Valley’s status as a truly “Receiving the Four Diamond rating is a tre-
where oil from the Middle East passes through), his life, the DBP lawyer would then free himself world-class resort.” mendous honor,” said Kevin Thorstenson, Vice
it’s likely that Washington prefers to deal with from any culpability. Pinpin was supposed to be Establishments eligible for a Diamond rat- President of Hotel Operation at Thunder Valley.
the MILF rather than the fractious Philippine a principal witness of the bank in that Ongpin ing undergo a meticulous evaluation includ- “It is a validation of our team members’ hard
government as a whole. loan. ing unscheduled evaluations by anonymous work and our efforts to provide each Thunder
A sub-state controlled by the Muslims could be I don’t see any inconsistency. Records showed AAA professional inspectors. AAA is one Valley guest with a VIP experience.”
Washington’s password. Santa Banana, you’ll that the young lawyer was one of those given a of only two rating entities to conduct physi- Thunder Valley Casino Resort was opened by
never know to what extent the United States show-cause order by DBP Chairman Jose Nuñez cal, on-site evaluations making it one of the the United Auburn Indian Community in June
could go to promote their own interests! Jr., along with 20 senior managers of the state- most thorough rating systems in the United 2003. The newly remodeled and expanded en-
The MILF’s wish to have a sub-state entirely owned bank. They were told to affirm that the States. To achieve a Four Diamond rating an tertainment, dining and hotel resort is Northern
under its control—a far cry from their earlier Ongpin loans were behest loans. It’s a no-brainer establishment must offer an extensive array California’s first casino offering all the elements
demand for an independent state—raises many to see that the show-cause letters of Nuñez (by of amenities combined with a high degree of of real Las Vegas-style gaming: service, cuisine
questions. the way, I have a copy) was meant as a witch hospitality, service and attention to detail. and entertainment in an outstanding facility.
hunt to pin down former DBP officials, like for- Four Diamond properties are upscale and
First, what is a sub-state? mer DBP President Rey David, and the board of progressively more refined and stylish. Of Located 30 miles east of Sacramento, Thunder
Moro leaders claim that it will be a federal state, directors. Pinpin was simply in-charge of collat- the 59,000 properties that are AAA/CAA- Valley Casino Resort offers 200,000 square feet
like what they have in the United States (see ing documents. approved and diamond rated, just 3.6 percent of gaming space including over 2,800 slot and
what I mean that there’s a grain of truth in the My gulay, how could the Ongpin loans be have attained a Four Diamond rating. video machines, 125 table games and a live pok-
involvement of the CIA and Washington?) but called behest when it passed through the usual The 297-room, 17-story hotel provides er room with space for 160 players. There are
with the central Philippine government still in bank wringer of credit check and accountability, Sacramento’s only Four Diamond casino ac- 14 restaurants and bars highlighted by the new
control of defense, foreign affairs, coinage and with more than full collateral, and interests paid commodations. Thunder Valley’s luxury ho- High Steaks Steakhouse; Koi Palace; a 500-seat
postal services. Everything else, like the police, even before maturity? The Ongpin company had tel features 4 Beaujolais suites offering every Feast Around The World Buffet and Thunder
economy, and exploitation of natural resources more than P1 billion securities for the DBP to amenity from a dry/wet sauna and ceiling- Café as well as Mingle Bar, Falls Bar, Thunder
and mineral will be theirs. bank on. filled jetted bathtub to pool table, personal Bar and High Steaks Bar. Also on property is a
My gulay, that would mean amending the What Malacañang should look into instead is exercise room, dining room, and massage new 3,700-space parking structure that leads di-
Constitution. If the government grants the the overzealousness of Nuñez and his cohorts to suite options. Every room at Thunder Valley rectly into the casino and hotel.
MILF, request, what about the Lumads and the go after Ongpin and David. As for Ongpin and features wireless internet, VoIP phones, flat The recent expansion of Thunder Valley Casino
Cordillera ethnic groups? They, too, would like David, their only fault is that they admitted they screen TVs, desktop work areas, 320-thread Resort includes a new luxury, 17-story hotel with
autonomy. were friends of the former First Gentleman Mike count sheets, down blankets and pillows, and 297 rooms including 40 suites. Inside the hotel is
Other questions crop up, like the MILF no lon- Arroyo. My gulay, is that a crime? European spa/showers. a 10,000 square-foot banquet and entertainment
ger being monolithic. In fact, rogue command- As for the DBP, Malacañang should look into Guests at Thunder Valley can also enjoy the hall, meeting rooms, bars and a gift shop. The
ers of the MILF are already fighting their own reports that there’s an overall demoralization 12,000 square-foot 24-hour health club and hotel has an expansive pool that includes private
group. This simply means that the MILF doesn’t among employees and officers as a result of the spa offering facials, massage therapy, pedi- cabanas and Coconut, a poolside bar. The Spa
not represent the entire Muslim population. Pinpin suicide. Until now the rank and file are cures, manicures and the signature 24-karat at Thunder Valley will feature a wide variety of
Another question that has to be resolved is still wearing black arm bands, mourning Pin- gold leaf facial. Just outside of the luxury treatments including the exclusive 24-karat gold
the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, pin’s death. hotel, guests can relax at the pool and hot leaf facial. The expansion was completed in
which is already in place. The MILF leaders There’s also an internal struggle between tub surrounded by 10 private cabanas and July 2010.
say they want the ARMM to be dissolved and Chairman Nuñez and bank president Francisco
in its place, the sub-state would be established. del Rosario Jr. because it seems that Nuñez has
How can that be when there is a law creating the been interferring with del Rosario’s functions, burial details.
Muslim region? specifically day-to-day management. In fact, I I believe there should now be closure to this But this should not stop some Catholics from
Likewise, there’s the Moro National Lib- was told that when Nuñez wanted to file a com- highly divisive issue. suing the artist himself and the CCP board and
eration Front, the precursor of the breakaway plaint against Ongpin and David for those loans, In the wake of so much protests from Marcos- executives, who made it all happen. There’s a
MILF. The MNLF is in fact an observer in the del Rosario did not want to sign, but had to since haters and critics, the Binay recommendation law against exhibiting indecent and obscene
Organization of Islamic Conference; the MILF it would reflect on the entire DBP. should end all the debates. material; another prohibits exhibits that tend to
is not. I consider this serious enough to warrant an As an Ilocano myself, I would prefer that the offend the sensitivities of any religion, sect or
All things considered, it looks like peace in investigation. final resting place of Marcos be either in Batac, denomination. That exhibit certainly violated
Mindanao remains an impossible dream. where he was born, or in Sarrat, his official resi- both.
Vice President Jejomar Binay claims that the dence. This way, we, Ilocanos, who still regard What is important is that officers of institu-
Something about this tryst bothers me. With the Marcoses have agreed to have former President him as a hero, a President, and a war veteran, tions like the CCP, which was built to mirror
MILF wanting to do away with the ARMM, it Ferdinand Marcos buried in his home province can give him honor he rightfully deserves. the Filipino soul in arts and culture, should be
appears that there has already been an agenda with full military honors. However, it still de- taught a lesson. Even in the name of modern art
beforehand. Remember that Malacañang moved pends on the approval of President Aquino. It’s good that the Cultural Center of the Philip- and freedom of expression, they are not free to
for the postponement of the ARMM polls sched- Senator Bongbong Marcos says Malacañang pines closed that controversial art exhibit called violate existing laws.
uled this month, allegedly to synchronize it with has not yet formally notified their family on the “Kulo.” It was sacrilegious and blasphemous.
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13 MHC Fil-Am Youth Envoys join 9th Youth General Assembly at the
United Nations (UN) in NEW York City
New York City: The Washington, MHC’s youth leaders took their oath as
DC-based Migrant Heritage Com- MHC Youth Envoys for Unity and Service
mission (MHC) for the first time on June 25, 2011 during the First Interna-
sent its Youth Envoys for Unity and tional Migrants Rights Summit (IMRS) at
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washing-
Service to the 9th Annual UN Youth ton D.C. They are: Matthew Aninzo, Ray-
General Assembly in New York City mund Valera Jaramillo, Alex Valera, Sa-
on August 3-5, 2011. mantha-Jamilee Salazar Domigpe, Hannah
Grace Cabrera Johnson, Lizane Joyce Mata,
Thirteen young Fil-Ams have been selected Heather Marie Horner, Nerissa Lumban,
on the basis of academic excellence and Chessa Nekka Taboada, Heather Carlson,
committed community service through ac- Joan Kate Salvacion, Christa Langjahr and
tive cultural and humanitarian outreach par- Christopher Relos. The first batch of MHC’s
ticipation. “We take pride in sending our Youth delegation is a crème de la Crème
first batch of MHC Youth Leaders to the group because not only were they selected
UN Youth General Assembly. We hope to on the basis of active community service,
do this every year for our MHC Youth En- youth leadership and cultural participation
voys for Unity and Service, the future lead- (most of them are versatile active mem-
ers of America”, says MHC Co-Executive bers of MHC’s Fil-Am Dance Ensemble)
Director Grace Valera who accompanied but also on their being recipients of Presi-
the youth delegation with MHC Co-Exec- dential Academic Awards, honors (Summa
utive Director Jesse A. Gatchalian. MHC’s cum laude/ magna cum laude/ cum laude
Fil-Am delegation was the only Filipino- or were straight “A” students) and other
American contingent at the Global Youth worthwhile student awards. Incidentally,
Assembly . 600 youth leaders from around the world Salazar of the Foundation for the Support the 9 young lady delegates for the first batch
MHC is a not-for-profit organization to involve them in the achievement of the of the United Nations or FSUN, an active are also all teen beauty queen title holders
serving immigrants all over the US with its UN’s 8 Millennium Development Goals. affiliate supporter of the annual Youth As- from ISA’s Miss Teen Philippines-America,
legal support, cultural development, educa- “The UN Youth Assembly is a great avenue sembly. One of MHC’s co-executive direc- Mutya ng Amerika, Miss Teen Philippines
tion, youth development, and information to prepare our young people to continue the tors, Arnedo Valera, Esq. is also a FSUN Pageant Inc. and Miss Philippines Migrant
programs. good work that we all started and carry on representative to the UN’s Global Peace, Heritage.
The UN Youth Assembly gathered about the torch of service to humanity,” said Janet Security and Migration.
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The Philippine Madrigal Singers
Present A Choral Concert with a Mission
Baldomero and Emily Lasam; and Rob-
“The Philippine Madrigal Sing- ert and Lea Samaniego – parishioners
ers, also known as the MADZ, of Good Shepherd – welcomed these
is one of the most awarded strangers into their homes. These host-
ing families were very much impressed
choirs in Asia and in the world. with each and every one of their guests.
The group has consistently One hosting family commented that their
won major prizes in the most guests were very polite, neat, organized,
and “behaved much better’ than their
prestigious international cho- own visiting kin (just an observation,
ral competitions for decades. not a criticism). “They are very respect-
Because of its impressive track ful, appreciative of everything you do
for them, whether big or small. I liked
record and musical virtuosity, that they felt at home and comfortable in
the Philippine Madrigal Sing- helping themselves to whatever food was
ers are now regarded as one of in the refrigerator or freezer. As such, it
made hosting a lot easier,” said Emily
the best choirs in the world.” Genato.
At the end of their short stay with
The choral group made its debut in the in- hosting families, the members said their
ternational choral community at the First goodbyes like blood relatives they’re
Choruses of the World Festival held at the leaving behind. “I will miss their singing
Lincoln Center in New York in 1969. By while they’re in the shower,” said Em-
2007, MADZ won the Grand Prize in the ily Lasam. The short trips in and around
most prestigious choral competition, the town was quite entertaining, too. As
European Grand Prix in Choral Singing, soon as they get settled in the van, one
for the second time, making them the first member will start vocalizing and the rest
choral group to receive this prestigious will join in the harmonizing.
award twice in the history of this compe- On the second day of their arrival in Elk
tition, which is likened to the Olympics Grove, Mark Carpio conducted a choral
of choral competition. With their stellar singing workshop for various members
performance and reputation, MADZ was of the music ministry from Good Shep-
designated as United Nations Education- herd; St. Joseph; and St. Maria Gorretti.
al, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Sir Mark, as he is fondly called by the
(UNESCO) Artists for Peace in 2009, members, is a much sought choral clini-
giving them the distinction and privilege cian, not only in the Philippines but also
of becoming ambassadors of goodwill. in Asia and Europe. He has an impres-
Fast forward to June 2011, the group sive resume, leading the group with the
included in their 2011 Great American two prestigious awards, along with other
Concert Tour (April to October), two minor categories. Although he leads the
performances in the greater Sacramento group with rigid rehearsals and a very
area. Their local performances were hectic schedule of performances, he is
made possible through MADZ’s North- regarded as a gentle and humble soul by
ern California coordinator, Father Arnold all of his members.
Zamora, MADZ alumni and current pas- During their six-day stay in Elk Grove,
tor at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in San the hosting families planned group ac-
Francisco. With only 6 weeks to plan for tivities with a day trip to Lake Tahoe;
the event, Father Alfredo Tamayo, former and guided tours of the Cathedral of the
pastor of Good Shepherd, convened a Blessed Sacrament and the Capitol. And
group of volunteers to plan for The Cho- in between those group activities, indi-
ral Concert with a Mission, a fundraiser vidual hosting families took their guests
for the building fund. shopping and dining at local restaurants.
On June 26, 2011, MADZ performed In the forty years since the founding of
in a sold out crowd at the Good Shepherd their organization, the Philippine Madri-
Catholic Church in Elk Grove. With gal Singers – composed of students, fac-
their signature style of performance - sit- ulty, and alumni of the University of the
ting in a semi circle formation – all 22 Philippines – has evolved to be the most
members of the choral group, led by the traveled choir and internationally re-
extremely talented Choirmaster, Mark nowned for their unique style of perfor-
Carpio, entertained the crowd with their mance. The group has been privileged
soulful renditions of Suscipe; Domine to perform before Pope Paul VI; Pope
(text by St. Ignatius of Loyola); Nessun John Paul II; Queen Sofia and King Car-
Dorma from Turandot (by Puccini); and los de Bourbon of Spain; Presidents Ger-
a medley of a nationalistic song entitled ald Ford and Richard Nixon; and Prime
“Isang Bansang Mapayapa.” Their ver- Minister Lee Kuan Yew. They continue
satile style of choral singing brought the to have a following in Asia, Europe, and
house down with their humorous singing North America.
of ABBAcappella; No Money, No Hon- Since April 2011, MADZ has visited
ey; Hahabol Habol; and The Rain Song. communities - big and small - through-
They truly wowed the crowd with their out the United States and Canada. They
excellent showmanship and musical vir- were featured with the Mormon Taber-
tuosity. nacle Choir at the beginning of their cur-
The Honorable Marciano Paynor, rent tour. They are now on their way to
Philippine Consul General in San Fran- Argentina to participate in the 9th Sym-
cisco; Father Arnold Zamora; and several posium of Choral Concert. They will be
members of the diocesan clergies and the back in the U.S. in September visiting
RVM Sisters were among the few dis- various communities in Illinois, Michi-
tinguished guests who sang high praises gan, Virginia, New York, and Massachu-
for the choral group’s excellent perfor- setts, before they head home to the Phil-
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Balitang Kutsero By Perry Diaz By Nancy Bautista
Illustration by Dave San Pedro
“From Paris, ANG AKLAT
with love” NG BUHAY
1. Ang Pagdating sa Mundo:
A t 3:30 AM yesterday, Jinkee roused her hon, you’d better tell me now or you’ll be in
husband Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao doghouse for a long time. Ikaw ang nagbigay sa aming mga puso ng ligaya’t ngiting hindi mapapawi.
from sleep, “Mahal, you got a call here.” Pacman: Which doghouse, the Forbes man-
“What! Who’s calling me at this hour?” Pacman sion or the Los Angeles mansion. He he he… 2. Ang Kapuwa Bata:
asked his wife. “From Paris, with love, daw! Jinkee: Aba, so you want to stay at the Los Sa ibang mga bata, natuto kang makipaglaro, hindi ka umiiyak, kahit kami ay malayo.
Hoy, who is this woman calling from Paris?” Angeles mansion and be with your blonde
Pacman replied, “I don’t know, mahal. I don’t honey? Hoy, when I say doghouse, it’s a real 3. Ang Pagmamahal sa Hayop:
know of any woman in Paris. Wrong number doghouse… in our backyard! Ang pusa at aso ay iyong mga alaga. Iyo ring natutunang maging mabait sa kapwa.
siguro yan.” “Wrong number, ha? Eto, take this Paris: Manny, didn’t you explain to Jinkee
call and I’ll listen on the other line,” said Jinkee. about our new business? 4. Ang Pagkakasakit:
The conversation went this way: Jinkee: What new business are you talking Sa iyong pagkakasakit, kami ay nagalala. Lumakas kang muli at tayo’y muling sumaya.
about? Or is it monkey business?
Pacman: Hello. Pacman: I thought 5. Ang Unang Bisikleta:
Paris: Hey, Manny, we agreed that what Naging mabilis ang takbo ng panahon. Bisikletang munti ay kinaya mo noon.
honey, this is Paris! happens in Vegas
stays… 6. Sa Paaralan:
Pacman and Paris Hil- Paris: I’m sorry, Ikaw ay sumayaw at umawit sa paaralan, lahat ng nanood, ikaw ay hinangaan.
ton in Las Vegas hon, but you have to
Pacman: Paris? I tell Jinkee what hap- 7. Ang mga Kaibigan:
don’t know anybody in pened in Las Vegas. Ikaw ay pumili ng mga kaibigan. Sila ay kapuwa ring mabait at mapagkakatiwalaan.
Paris! Who is this? Jinkee: Pa-“hon”
Paris: No, I’m not “hon” ka pa dyan! 8. Ang Pagtatapos:
calling from Paris. I’m Hoy, Pac-hon, if you Maligayang bati sa iyong tagumpay, harinawang guminhawa ang iyong buhay.
calling from Manila. don’t tell me what
This is Paris! happened in Vegas, 9. Ang Magsarili:
Pacman: You’re call- I’ll cut your balls! Ngayong ikaw’y nakatuntong na sa sariling mga paa, may sariling bubong sa ulo at pagkain
ing from Paris to Ma- Paris: Jinkee, please sa mesa.
nila? calm down. You
Paris: No, this is Paris! don’t have to be jeal- 10. Ang Mahal sa Buhay:
Let me say it another way, this is Paris Hilton. ous of me. Manny and I aren’t having an af- Iyong ipinakilala sa mga magulang mo, isang taong marangal at malapit sa puso mo.
Pacman: Paris Hilton? Hey, I know that hotel! fair. But I love you both as friends.
I stayed there before. But London Hilton is bet- Jinkee: Hoy, blondie, you can’t fool me! I 11. Ang Paghahanda:
ter. However, my favorite is Dubai Hilton. I like know you had your eyes on Manny in Las Ve- Kayo ay abala sa isang handaan. Isang maayos na kasal ang matutunghayan.
the view from the top. gas.
Paris: Listen, Manny, honey. You must still be Pacman: Mahal, Paris and I are just plutonic 12. Ang Kasal:
half asleep. Wake up! I need to talk you, hon. friends. Sa inyong pagiisang dibdib, mabuhay kayo! Kaligayahan at pagmamahalan sana’y makamit
Pacman: Huh? Where am I? Who is this? I Jinkee: Plutonic? What’s that? ninyo.
must be dreaming? Paris: What Manny meant was “platonic” —
Paris: No, hon, you’re talking to me. This is that is, no hanky panky. 13. Ang Pagdadalantao:
your friend, Paris Hilton. Remember me from Jinkee: I saw you kissing Manny on both Kayo ay natuwa sa balitang ito, isang bagong nilalang darating sa buhay ninyo.
your last fight in Las Vegas? cheeks!
Pacman: Hoy! Is dat you, Paris? The blonde Paris: But I kissed you, too! 14. Isang Sanggol:
chick with a Coca-Cola body? He he he… Pacman: Mahal, that was just beso-beso! Maligayang, maligaya sa kaniyang pagsilang, ang biyaya at bunga ng inyong pagmama-
Paris: Yeah! There you go, you do remember Jinkee: Beso-beso, ha? How come you’re halan.
me, Manny! Remember the things we did to- gawking at her… you know what I mean?
gether in Las Vegas, hon? Paris: Oh, that’s nothing, Jinkee. Nothing’s 15. Ang Aklat ng Buhay:
Pacman: How can I forget? But I can’t talk wrong with men looking at my… how’d you Ganiyan patuloy ang aklat ng buhay.
about it. say it, Manny… Coca-Cola body? Hi hi hi…. Dibdib ay tatagan,
Paris: Why? Jinkee: Coca-Cola body daw. Pwe! That’s all Buhay ay ingatan.
Pacman: Cuz what happens in Vegas stays in silicone. Vicky Belo can do a better job than At nang makamtan ang tunay na tagumpay.
Vegas, right? that!
Paris: That’s funny! Okay, no more jokes. Let’s Paris: If Vicky did your body, then she didn’t
talk serious business…. do a good job.
Jinkee: Hoy, hoy, hoy! Not too fast, Paris! Jinkee: What do you mean?
Paris: Hey, Jinkee, my best friend! I didn’t know
you’re listening, hon?
Paris: Well, look at what you ended up with —
a Pepsi-Cola body! Hi hi hi…
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Jinkee: I’m always listening. Pa-“hon” “hon” ka Jinkee: Walang hiya! Patyon kita dira!
pa dyan! You think I’m dumb and don’t know Pacman: Ay naku, maloloko ako!
what’s going on between Manny and you? I want Paris: You guys are nuts! I’m out of here!
to know what happened in Vegas! And you, Pac- (PerryDiz@gmail.com)
1. Leafy green vegetables. Eat them raw in about how to love your liver.
a salad, throw them into a broth, steam them 6. Broccoli sprouts. They pack 20 times more
and mix with rice or add to an omelet, or pu- cancer-fighting, enzyme-stimulating activ-
ree them into juices. The chlorophyll in greens ity into each bite than the grown-up vegetable.
helps swab out environmental toxins (heavy Research suggests that eating the sprouts (they
metals, pesticides). It’s also an all-around liver have a radish-like taste) kills off H. Pylori bacte-
protector, which your liver needs since it’s ria that causes stomach irritation and ulcers.
your major domo detoxifier. 7. Sesame seeds. They’re credited with protect-
2. Lemons. Fresh lemonade made with filtered ing liver cells from the damaging effects of al-
water will keep you hydrated, and its vitamin cohol and other chemicals. For a concentrated
C helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form, try tahini, the yummy sesame seed paste
form that’s easily flushed away. (Add some that’s a staple of Middle Eastern cooking.
pureed greens -- see above -- to further bolster 8. Cabbage. There are two main types of de-
your C level.) Here’s another cleanse that re- toxifying enzymes in the liver, and this potent
ally works. veggie helps activate both of them. It’s the larg-
3. Watercress. Put a handful into salads, soups, est member of the Brassica veggie family, all of
and sandwiches. The peppery little green leaves which delivers colon-cancer fighting isothicy-
have a diuretic effect that helps the flushing anates and vitamin C. Coleslaw, anyone?
process. Plus cress is a mineral mine, rich in 9. Psyllium. This plant’s bursting with soluble
iron, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. fiber, which mops up toxins (cholesterol, too)
4. Garlic. Add it to everything -- salads, sauces, and helps clear them out. Stir powdered psylli-
spreads. In addition to the heart-friendly bulb’s um into juice to help cleanse your colon, or have
cardio benefits, it activates liver enzymes. Re- psyllium-fortified Bran Buds for breakfast. (Start
search also indicates that garlic diminishes a with a small amount and gradually increase your
process that creates cancer-causing compounds dose as your GI tract becomes used to it.)
in your body. 10. Fruits, fruits, fruits. They’re full of almost
5. Green tea. This antioxidant-rich brew is all the good things listed above -- vitamin C, fi-
one of the healthiest ways to get more water ber, nutritious fluids, and assorted antioxidants.
into your system. Bonus: It contains catechins, Besides, nothing tastes better than a ripe mango,
which speed up liver activity. Learn more perfect pear, or fresh berries.
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Pete Ferrer Tackles Issues for the Naguilian Circle of Sacramento Chapter
By Faina E. Abaya
Councilor Sally Estepa also praised
I n a meeting of the Naguilian
Sacramento Chapter hosted
by Henry and Tina Bambao
held at their residence on Au-
gust 7, 2011 which was trans-
and expressed her profound grati-
tude to Pete and Velma Ferrer for the
construction of the two elementary
school buildings at Magungunay and
Bariquir, the two remotest barrios of
the town, now functioning as part of
formed into a gripe session to the school infrastructure of the munic-
voice out some murky issues, ipality. She also requested, if possible,
President Pete Ferrer who pre- the extension of the two school build-
ings to accommodate more school
sided the meeting was able to children living at the said places. The
wisely handle the situation that councilor, likewise, expressed her
resulted into a friendly resolu- thanks to all who extended their help
tion of all the issues involved. and generosity to the people of Nagu-
ilian who were devastated as a result
The most important issue brought of several typhoons and floods that hit
out was about the possible holding the town.
of the Naguilian Global Reunion in The misunderstandings occurred
2013 to be hosted by the Sacramento during the two meetings which were
Chapter. However, the said proposed resolved in the spirit of friendliness
event was not properly explained dur- have shown that heated issues could
ing the meeting held at the residence civilly end after everyone involved
of Rudy and Sonia Delizo on July 23, open up their hearts and minds to
2011 that started the misunderstand- straighten out what went wrong. Let
ing among some members. us always bear in mind that during
After a thorough discussion about meetings, respect with one another
the said proposal from among the and our sense of humility should al-
members especially Pete Ferrer and ways prevail because without such
Sonia Delizo who was appointed the noble virtues, we do not expect to
project manager for the said event reach any commendable objective.
by the leadership of the Naguilian- Let us always think for the welfare
ders Alliance Network the usual en- and betterment of our beloved town
tity that handles the Naguilian Global of Naguilian and our strong friendship
Reunion, the misunderstanding was and camaraderie that firmly built our
straightened out and put to rest. Like- cultural, spiritual and social relation-
wise, the issue on the resignation Henry Bambao who just arrived from the best quality of work. tepa, a councilor of the municipality ship with one another.
of some officers was also revoked the Philippines with his wife Tina also It is estimated that the amount on of Naguilian who was given the op- Those who attended the meeting
through voice voting when it was re- took the occasion to report about the hand is just enough to repair or replace portunity to speak about the political on August 7, 2011 were; Velma Fer-
ferred to the body for consideration. project he has on hand concerning at least 32 pews, although, the exact situation of the town. She assured rer, Rudy Delizo, Fely Esplana, Ed
It was suggested that the leadership the possible repair or replacement number will depend on the amount to everybody that the town is relatively and Charity Avena, Dick and Mari-
of the NAN will put into writing the of some of the pews in San Agustin be received at the time the work will peaceful, although the heat of the pre- lyn Bernal, Charlie and Calixta Del-
role of the Sacramento Chapter and Church. He said that he was able to start. Henry was also proposing that viously held election is still being felt izo, Teddy and Letty Cheng, Ben and
also define NAN participation in the canvass the quotation of some of the the names of the voluntary donors will which is just natural in a small town Lourdes Delizo, Eli Floresca, Fred
said 2013 Naguilian Global Reunion. persons who have knowledge about be enshrined on a plaque or brass plate politics. The councilor also outlined and Patricia Banayat, Johnny and So-
Project Manager Sonia Delizo will such kind of work or business, how- to be placed on a conspicuous part of the many projects of the municipal- nia Viloria,Teddy Sacote, Tino and
communicate the matter to the leader- ever, he has yet to decide which one the church for all to see. ity for the betterment of the people of Lerio Floresca, Carol Bambao, Jun
ship of the NAN and hope to present of them could possibly give the best During the meeting on July 23, Naguilian, such as cottage industries, Abaya and partner, Erna Bambao and
it to the members in the near future. reasonable amount and could deliver 2011, the special guest was Sally Es- social welfare and education. Emma Bambao.
Tina C. Bambao Surprise Retirement
By Faina E. Abaya
In collaboration with Erna Bambao
I n a show of respect and ad- served that the honoree was profound-
miration for her 32 years of ly touched as she wiped tears from her
devoted and dedicated long eyes, waiving to all as a gesture of her
deep appreciation for such a wonder-
service with the UC Davis hos- ful reception.
pital in Sacramento particularly While everyone was busy with their
as ANII-Nurse Manager at the dinner of both Filipino and American
Labor and Delivery, Post Par- Cuisine, entertainment started with
tum Department and at the OB a dance to the tune of “New York,
New York” ably performed by Helen
Clinic, her associates gave Tina Legaspe, Cheri Nairn and Mildred
C. Bambao a surprise retire- Mabitad Go. Singers like Joy Brewer
ment party. and Shantell Bacerra who sang “It’s a
wonderful world” and “My Prayer”
The gathering was held on July 16, respectively were well applauded by
2011 in Elk Grove city at the resi- their listeners for their professional
dence of Mildred Mabitad Go, a close like performances.
associate of the honoree at the UCD
hospital which was attended by more Entertainment continued with Frank
than 80 nurses, close friends and fam- Paradela who is known in the com-
ily members. It was a Hawaiian Night munity for his virtuosity in dance and
affair that made everyone who gra- music who took Mildred Mabintad Go
ciously accepted the invitation to be and both gracefully performed a spe-
in her or his best colorful Hawaiian cial dance which was well applauded.
attire. Retirees from the Post Partum, Labor
The party as scheduled started at and Delivery of the UCD hospital who The video also showed the honoree’s Church in Baguio City. Accordingly, pher who is married to Janet Jungkeit.
exactly 6:00 PM, the time the honoree dubbed themselves the Singing Sisters associates in her workplace comment- the new wed were separated the fol- The marriage of Christopher and Janet
arrived with her husband Henry Bam- with their genuine like nun habit ren- ing on her professionalism, compas- lowing day when Henry left for Korea is blessed with three children namely,
bao together with some few relatives. dered their song and dance number sion and humanity as they knew her to report for his army duty with the Calena, Jaello and Jazaniah.
Upon entering the spacious residence which was well received and enjoyed for all the years that she worked with United States Military Service. It was Some of those who attended the
all the attendees stood up and sang by their audience. them. only in April of the same year that he retirement party were; Carol and Ja-
the “Unforgettable” symbolizing the A video montage was shown as a Tina Bambao obtained her RN- returned to the Philippines and even- son Bambao, Jane Rillera, Esperanza
many memorable years of her dedi- tribute to the honoree by Alyssa, the BSN degree at the Baguio General tually brought Tina to Texas, USA Bacerra, Delma Petilla, Mary Rose
cated service to everyone who needed daughter of Leo and Bernadette Agus- Hospital, School of Nursing “Class where they started their successful and Mayo, Ligaya Balignasay, Lily Gue-
her expertise in the care of the sick, tin chronicling the many happy mo- 1972”. Henry and Tina got married fruitful married life. Henry and Tina’s varra, Remy Go and many others.
infirmed and newly born. It was ob- ments of Tina Bambao with her family. on January 14, 1973, at Saint Vincent marriage is blessed with son Christo-
Ang Buhay nga naman by Dave San Pedro Lasang Pinoy
Sago at Gulaman
• 3 cups sugar
• 3 cups water
• boiled sago
• cooked gulaman, cubed
• crushed ice
Sago Gulaman Cooking Instructions
• Caramelized sugar in a saucepan. When melt-
ed, pour in the water.
• Continue cooking until the sugar is completely
dissolved. Cool completely. To Cook sago:
• Add some of the cooled arnibal or syrup to the • Boil water in a saucepan. Add in uncooked
sago to sweeten it. sago.
• In a glass, put some sago and gulaman. Add • Stir to prevent sticking.
enough arnibal to sweeten. Fill with ice or add ice- • Cook until transparent.
cold water. • Drain then rinse.
Illustration by Dave San Pedro
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Melvin Jones Award Presentation
To Past District Governor (PDG) Alejo “Al” P. Bulseco, Jr.
By Carle and Sarah Enloe Lion Bing Ventura
T he 62nd Multiple District
(MD) 301 Philippines Li-
ons State Convention was
held from May 26 through 28,
2011 in Davao City, Philippines.
This is considered to be one of
the most important events in
Philippine Lionism where can-
didates vying for District Gov-
ernor (DG); 1st; and 2nd Vice
District Governor (VDG) are
elected to their respective of-
fices by the end of the week.
The highlight of the event is the
“Proclamation Night” in which
the elected officers are intro-
duced. Club of Davao City, one of the Twin Apo Lions Club. This presentation Davao City in 2005 and 2009. Philippines, this award is bought by
Clubs of Maharlika Lions Club. was a prearranged surprise presenta- What makes this award very spe- the Awardee himself.
Lion Bing Ventura, Two Year Direc- During the Convention, Lion Bing, tion for PDG Al. Lion Bing noted cial is that for the first time in the After returning to Sacramento,
tor and Member of Maharlika Lions assisted by International Director PDG Al has been a dedicated Lion history of Lionism in the Philip- CA, Lion Bing received a very spe-
Club of Sacramento, had the op- Michael So, presented a Melvin and very instrumental in the success pines, a Melvin Jones Fellow Award cial thank you letter from PDG Al
portunity to attend the Convention Jones Fellow Award to PDG Alejo of the last two Medical Missions of was presented to a Lion by a Club for Maharlika Lions Club.
as a special guest of Mt. Apo Lions “Al” Bulseco, Jr., a member of Mt. the Maharlika Lions Club held in and/or individual. Usually in the
Birthday and retirement party
Mrs. Vilma M. Tapalla of the Tirol Family in Boracay celebrated her 66th birthday on July 18, 2011 at the Double Tree
Hotel in Sacramento with family and close friends.
In a very intimate ambiance, an eight course sumptuous dinner with complete trimmings was served, where all her 50
guests enjoyed. The occasion also marked the milestone of retirement of her husband, Engr. Rolando Tapalla, who worked
for Bechtel, Inc. for so many years in the Middle East the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and in the United States. The Tapallas,
who have two children and two grandchildren live in Elk Grove, California.
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Vilma M. Tapalla (Celebrant) ciano, Mrs. Vilma Tapalla and Mrs. Caring Aducayen
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Birthdays Family Picnic for Tony Solomon’s
By Jose P. Abaya, Jr.
HAILEY YSABELLE GARDESLEN MICHAEL FRANCIS VALENTINE LYDIA M. ESTEPA
ANGELIQUE LOBO JULY 24
JUNE 26 AUGUST 2 AUGUST 21
I t could have been
easier for everyone
to greet Dr. Tony
Solomon on his birth-
day through the email, a
phone call or in person,
however, a great number
of his closest of friends,
relatives and even fam-
ily members such as his
loving better half Remy
HENRY BAMBAO with wife Tina VELMA FERRER JULIANA TORRALBA and daughter Dr. Aman-
AUGUST 20 SEPTEMBER 10 AUGUST 26 da Solomon have differ-
ent plan. A family pic-
nic was the unanimous
choice to celebrate Dr.
DEIDRA SAN PEDRO
Tony Solomon’s birth-
with Dino and Dane day.
The celebrant is not only
known for his profession
as a veterinarian but
also a community lead-
er, religious and char-
ity worker as well as an
avid outdoor enthusiast
who enjoys picnic in the
country side to escape
the hustle and bustle of
On July 17, 2011, a caravan of several vehi- to another and many other varieties that
cles hit the road towards Point Reyes, Marin are part of the vegetation in such an area.
county traversing winding roads along pic- Many others just sat on the benches or on
turesque country side of teeming pine trees the ground to watch different variety of
with unspoiled vegetation and free of any birds indigenous within the area hopping
kind of pollutants. I and my wife Faina were from one tree branches to another.
lucky to have been accommodated by Henry Whether brisk or pace walking, one could
and Tina Bambao to ride with them in their easily enjoy the fresh air and sea breeze
car enjoying a smooth ride until we reached as everybody stretches out of their aching
our picnic destination at Vista point over- muscles. The beach itself was transformed
looking the pristine waters of the U-shaped into a playground where many picnickers
Tomales Bay of the Pacific Ocean. from different places played soccer, base-
The picnic ground has complete facilities ball and volley ball while others were idly
with several permanent wooden benches, sunbathing and many more were kayaking
tables and iron barbecue grills as well as run- or just frolicking in the calm waters of the
ning water in a place surrounded with thick Tomales bay.
vegetation. It is not surprising to see roam- Endless conversations about day to day
ing coyotes in such a forested area, although, affairs, politics and jokes made the picnic
they seem to be harmless as they pass by. immensely vibrant and lively showing
In no time, canopies were set up to have family like atmosphere among the picnick-
shades from the searing heat of the summer ers. Undoubtedly, the birthday celebration
sun, as everyone helped one another to carry of Tony Solomon firmly strengthened the
out and prepare the food that show cased the friendliness and camaraderie that usually
culinary skill of the ladies in both Filipino prevails every time such gathering is held.
and American Cuisines. Despite, the mouth In the end, all the picnickers gathered
MON and CARISSA VERIDIANO
APRIL 16 and APRIL 21 watering variety of food, oyster and the around Dr. Tony Solomon and wished him
skewered barbecue pork were the choices of the best of everything as they look forward
almost everyone brought in by Mon Veridia- for another year to once more enjoy the
no, Lyod Castaneda and the cel- company of one another in
KOBE ABAN with sister Caitlin ebrant, perhaps, because of the the spirit of friendliness and
JUNE 15 seafood stimulating aphrodisiac oneness as always exempli-
concept on both sexes. fied by the celebrant in all his
There was no boring mo- social and spiritual undertak-
ment during the picnic because ings.
the younger ones played val- Among those who were seen
ley ball and the children were enjoying the picnic were; Ma-
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Fil-Am Competes in 2011 USA Figure, Physique, Bikini Championship
Pro Qualifier in Las Vegas
By Rod Mijares
LAS VEGAS, NV— Filipino boxing
fans, especially those who follow the of cardio in the morning,
and again in the evening.
boxing portal www.Philboxing.com, We deprive ourselves of
have been enamored with their very own our favorite dishes (yes,
Filipina boxing champion Ana “Hurri- including the homemade
cane” Julaton by her accomplishments traditional Filipino foods
both inside and outside the ring as the like adobo and pansit). Our
meals are measured and
current WBO AND IBA female super timed. We lift weights four
bantamweight champion of the world. to five times a week. We
do all these things while
Unbeknownst to many, there is another sport, be- continuing to balance our
sides boxing, karate and tae- kwon-do that some daily responsibilities. Al-
Filipina-Americans practice with dedication and though these sacrifices can
sacrifice to better themselves as a person. Also, seem overwhelming for
by competing in the national and international some, it is very possible
arenas in this sport, they bring prestige not only for anyone to do,” explains
to themselves and their families but also to the Willaine.
Philippines, their home country. “When I began my jour-
One of these Fil-Ams is Willaine Kay Astrono- ney in bodybuilding, I
mo Marquez. A resident of Stockton, California had no idea what was in
but was born in Parang, Marikina City, Philip- store for me. Little did I
pines to Wilfredo and Evelinda Marquez. know my life was going to
Willaine possesses the 3Bs so adored by many: change forever. The great-
Body, Beauty and Brains. A magna cum laude est change is in my spiritu-
graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at ality. My relationship with
California State University -Sacramento, she Fil-Am Willaine Marquez (center) poses for the judges during the USA Bodybuilding, Figure, Men and Women’s Physique and God had become stronger
also steeled in herself the discipline, dedication Bikini Championship Pro Qualifier held at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) on July 29, 2011 than it had ever been,” re-
and commitment to the sport of “bodybuilding,” veals Willaine.
yes, “bodybuilding”— hardly common among “In preparing for any competition, I have no
Filipinos— and rarely for a Filipina, for that time for family and friends as my life evolves
matter. building and Figure no way else to go but in the gym. I am very fortunate that my family
She had been practicing karate for eight years Championships on up. Competing was supports me. However, preparation and training
before she started weight lifting in February July 23, 2011 in Cul- a privilege and my take their toll on my mental state of mind. In or-
2009 mainly to enhance her performance and to ver City, California, ranking only fueled der to stay strong emotionally, I turn to my faith
manage her weight. As a karate black belter, she and with the earnest me to take this expe- to help me pull through the tribulations associ-
entered numerous tournaments all over America encouragement of rience and continue ated with life and fitness. My faith reminded me
since 2002 until 2008, and garnered a number her coach, Omar Ven- to strive,” Willaine that the suffering Jesus had endured was worse
of individual and team golds to boot. Bronze tura, Willaine entered shared. than my pain, and I was strengthened,” admits
and gold medals in Grants Pass, Oregon in 2006 the USA Bodybuild- “Besides, the best Willaine.
and Miami, Florida. Individual Gold medals in ing, Figure, Men and amateurs in the Unit- If there is one hardworking competitor who
Kata and Kobudo and team gold in Kata in the Women’s Physique ed States compete at believes that Filipinos are naturally strong, and
1st International Philippine Goodwill karate-do and Bikini Champi- the USA Pro Qualifier steeled fighters at-heart, and have the will to
Championships in 2008. onship Pro Qualifier where, fortunately, push through challenges, it’s Willaine Kay As-
Attending as a spectator at the 2010 contra costa held in Las Vegas on I was among them tronomo-Marquez, who lives by that belief.
bodybuilding, figure,bikini and fitness champi- July 29-30, 2011 at and honored to be It would not surprise anyone if in the near
onships in hayward, california provided willaine University of Nevada one. Only those who future, she’d reign supreme in the USA Body-
the self-discovery that her physique at that time Las Vegas (UNLV). placed first or second building, Figure, Men and Women’s Physique
was not yet at par with the women competing However, she only at a local regional and Bikini Championships as this is her only
onstage. it was on that day, sort of a milestone, finished 16th place in show are qualified to 5th competition and she is just starting. She
that she took the challenge and prepared for her Figure Class C. Was participate and com- further believed that there is always room to
first figure competition in bodybuilding. she discouraged? pete at this event. learn and improve oneself as an athlete and as
“In my very first competition, I placed second Nope. It only further Thereafter, those who a person. “The rules of life and of a sport are
in my class at the 2010 San Francisco Body- motivated her resolve win top place in their always evolving. So, one must also evolve to
building, Figure and Bikini Championships in to do better next time. class in this event be successful and find challenges to keep one
Hayward, California. I knew then, that it was the “Although, I didn’t were able to compete motivated,” Willaine stated as a matter of fact.
sport I wanted to do,” Willaine confided. This place first, or in the internationally. Those Filipino athletes and boxers could take a cue
was followed by a 5th place Figure Class C at top five, I must say who win here were in- from Willaine regarding her discipline, dedi-
2010 IBFF/NPC Sacramento Championships in I was still a winner. credible and brought cation and faith in God and family, and could
Sacramento, California and another 2nd place Because I knew in my their ‘A’ game,” Wil- emulate her example as she pointed out above.
finish at the 2011 NPC San Jose Championships heart that I gave it all Willaine Kay Astronomo Marquez laine added.
in San Jose, California. and I knew God put me “Competing in body- You heard it, Filipino boxers, as we follow you
Just recently, inspired by another fifth place fin- exactly where I needed to be and that was in building is a demanding sport like all other at Philboxing.com. Find challenges. Be moti-
ish in her only 4th competition at the LA Body- the 16th place. For me, it meant that there was sports. Many of us wake up early to do a session vated and be successful.
Team Manila 2nd place world softball
By Eddie Alinea
Championship pressure took its toll on Team by centerfielder Joy Parilla that saw the roared
Manila which lost to Grand Rapids of Michi- ahead by two runs, 4-1.
gan, 9-2, in the gold medal play of the Big Still manageable though had Groom not muz-
League ((16-18) Girls Softball World Series zled all the Manilenyas, runners up here also in
finals Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) at the 2008 and last year, in the next two innings. The
Wilson Field of Vanderbilt Park in Kalamazoo, roof finally caved in on coach Randy Dizer’s
Michigan. girls in the sixth where the hosts put the outcome
beyond doubt with a five-run salvo assisted by
Five errors came in stinging fashion dashing two more Team Manila errors.
whatever hopes there were for the Manilenyas The Filipinas’ last marker came in the lower
to reverse the outcome of what started as a close half of the final frame when Bernardino closed
matchup that but turned into a rout. in her championship stint with a single. Laura
A run right at the bottom of the opening frame Lehman, who replaced her as a pinch runner,
started the ball rolling for the Grand Rapids, finalized the tally by scoring the last run on a
but the Manilenyas countered at the top of the sacrifice fly to left by Bamba.
next period when losing pitcher Rizza looked Bernardino from Sta. Cruz in Laguna, like
on the way to winning her own game by clout- Groom played without relief, yielding 10 hits
ing a solo home run off Morgan Groom, serving that produced 9 runs. She struck out 12 Michi-
notice, too, that everything was well with Team gan batters, five more than Groom’s seven.
Manila. “Runner up na naman, hindi na yata magiging
The atmosphere of the contest suddenly best in the world. Palagi na lang second best,”
turned sour barely an inning later for the Fil- assistant coach Ana Santiago, the architect of
ipinas though after Sierra Mutschier sacrificed Team Manila 2008 and 2009 silver medal fin-
Sadie Stowell home and herself crossing the ishes as head mentor, rued over the phone in an
plate on a fielding miscue allowing the hosts interview with Malaya Business Insight.
to grab the upperhand, 2-1, in their side of the “Daming error at crucial pa. Noong mga unang
same period. game naman ay hindi nangyari yun. Grabe ner-
Another error by leftfielder Chichiro Bamba byos ng mga bata hindi nakayanan,” she blurted
keying off the fourth with one out boarded Dan- out. “Mabuti silver medal na nang mangyari.
ielle Freeman who scored on another misplay Kung hindi baka umuwi kami ng luhaan.”
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Robin: No Catholic wedding with Mariel... Paris Hilton arrives in Manila, missing
a movie offer with Vilma 2 cell phones on deplaning
By Ricardo F. Lo
By Miko Morelos
R egal Matriarch
confirmed to Funfare P aris Hilton said
she was miss-
ing two gadgets
ner of the concourse area,
the dignitaries’ lounge
and a Duty Free stall. The
crowd swelled as passen-
gers streamed steadily out
Update that she has when she touched of the plane.
a standing offer for down at the Ninoy Wearing a yellow top and
Batangas Gov. Vil- Aquino International jeans, Hilton obliged pho-
ma Santos to star in Airport on a drizzling tographers by snapping
a movie with Robin Sunday night but it a few poses before her
handlers barged through
Padilla. seemed the warm crowd who shrieked as the
Filipino welcome at celebrity made her way to
“I will co-produce it with the terminal’s VIP the airport’s VIP lounge.
either GMA Films or
TV5,” said Mother Lily. lounge cheered the Cameras flashed one after
Hollywood celeb- the other as Hilton smiled
“It’s Vilma’s call.” while walking to the hold-
“Interested si Vi,” said rity and hotel heiress ing area.
Vilma’s Girl Friday Aida coming off an eight- Teenager Alex Camcam
Fandialan. hour flight. grabbed the chance to have
If that project pushed Hilton’s autograph as she
through, it would be a Hilton, who is in the passed by her. Camcam
brilliant casting coup. It’s country for a series of later told the INQUIRER
about time Robin and Vil- meetings and engage- she had asked her mother
ma did a movie together, ments, arrived around MANILA WELCOMES PARIS. American heir- to accompany her to the
isn’t it? 10:30 p.m. Sunday ess and media personality Paris Hilton is es-airport upon learning about
But first, Vilma will aboard an Emirates Air- corted to her limousine shortly upon arrival Hilton’s visit.
have to finish shooting lines flight from Dubai. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Hilton was to design the
The Healing, with Chito She was received by of- in Manila, Philippines late Sunday Aug.14, centerpiece of the real es-
Roño as director, which ficials of Century Prop- 2011. Hilton is in Manila to meet with her tate firm’s latest develop-
is the second (after In My erties, who tapped her to friends, Filipino boxing champion Manny ment called Azure Urban
Life) in her existing three- design a beach club of its Pacquiao and wife Jinkee, inaugurate her Resort Residences-a beach
picture contract with Star newest development in Paris Hilton boutique as well as design and club highlighted by luxuri-
Cinema. The Healing will Robin Padilla and wife Mariel Rodriguez look like honeymooners in Rome Parañaque City. promote residential resort-type condo units
ous facilities, such as a spa
start shooting early next during their recent European vacation. Inset: Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos “I lost my iPhones,” under the Century Properties Inc. AP Photo/ and massage center and a
month. who looks forward to working with Robin Hilton said to a Century Bullit Marquez movie room, among other
Incidentally, Robin has Properties official, the exchange recorded on amenities.
just come back from a European holiday with to a priest who asked them to produce some video and aired on ABS-CBN. In a statement, Century Properties managing
his wife Mariel Rodriguez that brought them papers as a “guarantee” that they wouldn’t An official of the Manila International Air- director Robbie Antonio said the company “put
to Amsterdam, Paris and Rome. Robin did a separate. They didn’t have the required paper port Authority indicated the loss was unlikely our absolute trust in Paris’ abilities to fully-in-
show with some ABS-CBN stars to promote with them. to have occurred at NAIA Terminal 1 since tegrate a superior lifestyle that cannot be found
his action-adventure series Guns & Roses but “Okey lang,” said Mariel. “What’s important
Hilton, who flew by herself, found out her elsewhere in the country.”
he and Mariel split from the group and traveled is that we are in love with each other. Rules are phones were missing as she was walking at the Hilton would be overseeing the design compo-
on their own. just man-made, not by God,” adding that as of
arrival concourse. nent of the beach club while the company would
“As a Catholic,” Mariel told Funfare Update, now, she is without religion “but not without “As she was walking the concourse area, she ensure in implementing the concept, the official
“I wanted to visit The Vatican but it was never God.” stopped and tried looking for it in (her) bag,” continued.
our intention to talk to The Pope,” contrary to said Connie Bungag, chief of the MIAA’s me- She would also be opening her signature luxu-
reports that they went there on purpose to ask Isn’t she converting to Islam? dia affairs division, over the phone. “We don’t ry brand at SM Megamall on Wednesday where
the The Vatican’s permission for her and Robin “No,” said Mariel. “I still have to learn how
think she lost it here. When she was deplaning, she was expected to meet with patrons of her
to get married in Catholic rites as follow-up to to say the Muslim prayer.” she was already looking for the phones.” bags. On her Twitter account, she revealed a
their Muslim wedding last year in Taj Mahal, Isn’t Robin talking her into “converting”?
“No,” said Mariel. “No pressure from Robin. Despite the missing phones, Hilton still car- potential meet-up with world boxing icon and
India. ried herself well to the delight of the awaiting Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and his wife
We respect each other’s (religious) beliefs.”
And how soon do they plan to have a baby? crowd composed of camera phone-carrying Jinkee for dinner.
In the first place, Mariel and Robin didn’t have passengers and airport personnel who seemed Hilton came from what appeared to be a Eu-
any prior appointment with The Pope. “Not so soon. At the moment, Robin is my
to have left their workstations momentarily to ropean holiday with her sister Nicky as seen on
But according to reports, the couple did talk baby and I enjoy taking care of him.” get a glimpse of the celebrity. the former’s Twitter page. She snapped photos
As the public address system announced the of the parties she attended in the French Riviera
flight’s arrival, onlookers massed up the cor- and Ibiza in Spain.
Charice eager to work with Sarah
By Mario Bautista
Sarah on projected romance with Gerald:
consider myself as magaling. I still want to Let’s not force it
improve and learn the techniques to effortless
singing.” By Marinel R. Cruz
Did she get to meet Charice in the US?
“No. She was too busy shooting a movie and
doing her new album that we never got to meet.
But she sent me a message saying na sana,
matuloy pa rin ‘yung balak niyang collabora-
S inger-actress Sarah Geronimo
finds no need to link her romanti-
cally to fellow Kapamilya Gerald
Anderson just to promote a movie.
tion namin.” Sarah told entertainment writers recently:
“Let’s not force things to happen.” She first
worked with Gerald in the March 2011 roman-
Marian Ri- tic-comedy flick, “Catch Me, I’m in Love” by
vera’s fans director Mae Cruz. They are expected to make
hosted a party another film before the year ends.
for her at Im-
perial Palace Chemistry
for her birth- “Love happens in its own time and pace,” she
day. Much to explained. “Right now, Gerald and I are okay.
their delight, People who watched our first movie saw that
she sang and we have chemistry. That’s what’s important.”
danced for She noted that the movie worked even without
Charice them to the “intimate or steamy” scenes.
tune of “Hul- Sarah also said she was unaffected by sto-
‘But she sent me a message saying na sana, ing El Bimbo” ries pitting her against Angeline Quinto, first
matuloy pa rin ‘yung balak niyang collabora- and “Lucky.” grand winner of the talent search program Sarah Geronimo
tion namin. – Sarah Geronimo’ Has she re- “Star Power.”
ceived any “Controversies are part of show business. ing a media gathering for the Globe Superunli
ABS-CBN pulled a trick on writers attending gift from boy- I’m used to them now,” Sarah said. “I remem- Alltxt promo.
the recent presscon of Vice Ganda. Vice ap- friend Ding- ber how bad I felt when I was still starting [in He said all is well between him and former
peared only on video to declare he wasn’t there dong Dantes? Marian Rivera show biz] and was always being compared to girlfriend Kim Chiu, who is now entertaining
and presented Sarah Geronimo instead. Later Ate Rachelle (Ann Go, also a product of a tal-suitors. “I can’t stop guys from pursuing Kim.
on, Gerald Anderson joined her. It turned out to “Wala pa. Baka sa mismong birthday ko. But ent search program). Every singer has her own ’Di ko hawak ang isip nila. Kim is very beauti-
be a presscon for their endorsement, Globe Pre- I already told him presence and faithfulness style. It’s wrong to make artists fight just to
ful, especially these days,” Gerald said. “We are
paid’s Superunli AllTxt giving unlimited texting lang niya, happy na ako. Sabi naman niya, pick the ‘better’ one.” in touch, but not as much as we used to be. She
to all networks, 10 minutes of calls and one hour corny ko raw.” knows I’m always here for her.”
mobile internet. But she did give Dong an expensive gift for Not dating A leaner Gerald is set to star in the Roel Bayani
his birthday last Aug. 2, said to be a watch he Meanwhile, Gerald denied rumors that he drama series “Budoy,” where he plays a men-
Sarah has been away for sometime. “I stayed had long wanted to buy for himself. “I talked and young actress Jewel Mische were dating. tally challenged boy. To fit into the role, he had
in the US for three weeks and took voice and to the supplier directly at binilin kong ‘pag “She’s a friend. We see each other on ‘ASAP,’ to shed 10 pounds and grow his hair long. “The
dance lessons with different teachers,” she says. may dumating, ako na ang unang bibili, akin but we never dated. It’s funny that people story is about family, friendship and loyalty. It
“Gusto ko lang lumawak ang knowledge ko ang first option.” claim they saw us malling,” Gerald said dur- will make viewers cry.”
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