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Miriam loses ICJ bid
Beautiful Philippines

Joey Velasco’s “Hapag ng Pag-Asa” and other paintings

By Pia Lee-Brago Philstar, November 8, 2008

Whenever you try to help the poor, you always get back more than you give. You learn the meaning of courage. You learn the meaning of sacrifice, you see the beauty of love. Above all, you feel the strength that comes from faith, and hope, and trust in God. You realize the power of prayer.
Two weeks ago, “The Best for the Least” concert was held at the historic U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego to raise funds and awareness for Gawad Kalinga, a charitable entity in the Philippines that builds houses for the poor. It featured Ryan Cayabyab, a well-known pianist and composer in the Philippines, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, his band, and Filipina-

Palm tree in Limasawa Beach in Cebu. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin.

By Edmund Silvestre Philstar, November 8, 2008

Fil-Am elected to US Congress My cell phone liberation
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Hapag ng Pag-Asa.

The Philippines lost yesterday its bid for a seat in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal organ of the United Nations, but the country reportedly put up a good fight that forced voting to go on for an entire day. The General Assembly and the Security Council elected five judges to serve nine years on the ICJ starting early next year. After simultaneous but separate meetings throughout the day at UN Headquarters in New York, the Council and the Assembly re-elected two judges whose terms were due to expire and chose three new judges to serve on the ICJ, which is based in The Hague and is also known as the World Court. The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago came in strong during the initial voting, but had to yield the fifth and final seat in the

international court to Somalia dur(Continued on page 10)

A Filipino-American has been elected to the US Congress, representing the seventh district of Ohio. Stephen Austria, a Republican from Beavercreek, is the eldest of nine children of the late Dr. Clement Austria of Tiaong, Quezon. The elder Austria served as a guerrilla under Gen. Douglas MacArthur while studying medicine at the University of Sto. Tomas. “This victory is for my family, for my late father Dr. Clement Austria, for the Filipino-Americans, for the people of Ohio and the entire America,” Austria, 49, said after his victory over Democrat Sharen Neuhardt by 16 percent or 46,052 votes. Austria will succeed retiring Republican congressman David Hobson. Austria currently represents Ohio’s tenth Senate

Stephen Austria district, and is chairman of the Senate’s Highways and Transportation committee. He was twice unanimously elected by his colleagues as majority leader. He had also previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives. “I will work very hard to help strengthen our economy by creating new jobs, lowering taxes, cutting wasteful
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I decided to get rid of my cell phone when I realized that I can do without it. If people would want to talk to me, they can always call my home or office phone, or leave a message on my answering machine. I need not talk to them right away, since their calls are not a matter of life and death. I am not a doctor who has to go to the hospital to operate on a patient in need of a surgery an hour ago. In fact, I never had a cell phone before, and I managed to function properly, and even somewhat succeed, thank you. So why must I have a cell phone now? By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. Publisher & Editor The San Diego Asian Journal See page 5

No weight loss, no promotion at PNP

By Jaime Laude Philstar Want a promotion? Shape up first. Police officers seeking higher positions should slim down as the leadership of the
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Snaphot of Philippine Life

With its booming economy, low crime rates, abounding educational and cultural scenes, affordable houses, good jobs and a unique combination of suburban and rustic charm, Marikina is definitely one of the most progressive cities in Metro Manila. Marikina residents are stepping up to help the city thrive, a result of Mayor Marides Fernando’s impressive leadership. “Our progress is pretty quick compared to other
Sinulog sa kabataan. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin.

Federal Land and Marikina: Creating sustainable community together

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Reshaping Marikina’s landscape. The first master planned community in the city, Marquinton Residences combines the comfort and service of condominium living with the relaxing tranquility and enthralling appeal of Marikina.

Fr. Fernando Suarez, the Filipino Healing Priest, will say mass in San Diego on November 24 and November 26, 2008. According to his website, www.fatherfernando.com, Fr. Suarez San Diego schedule is as follows: Nov. 24, 2008 - Mon. - Eucharistic Celebration Fr. Fernando Suarez followed by Healing Service Contact Persons: -@ 5:30 pm Deacon Noel Rivera Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 858-538-2579: - dcnnoel@ Church yahoo.com 13541 Stoney Creek Rd. Jon & Espe Samilin San Diego, CA 92129 Pastor: Rev. Patrick Mur(Continued on page 6) phy

Fr. Fernando Suarez to say mass in San Diego on November 24th and 26th

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GMA Pinoy TV is Bigger, Better
GMA GM Pinoy TV has certainly grown bigger and better. In just three years, the channel is already available in more than 20 countries across the globe. These countries include the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Papua New Guinea. But more importantly, GMA Pinoy TV, the most requested Philippine channel abroad, has one million viewers – and counting – worldwide! GMA Pinoy TV viewers remain entertained with shows like Eat Bulaga – the longest running noontime show in the Philippines. Hosted by the well-known triumvirate, Tito, Vic, and Joey, Eat Bulaga has never stopped bringing laughter into Filipino homes ever since its launch in 1979. Aside from Eat Bulaga, GMA Pinoy TV boasts of the highest-rating prime time shows. Currently, Lalola – the hottest telenovela property in the world – is part of the GMA lineup. Lalola is a hilarious story of a womanizer who finds himself turned into a woman after breaking yet another woman’s heart. Back to back with Lalola are Codename: Asero, a popular sci-fi TV series, and GagCaparas ambino, an adaptation of Carlo J. Caparas’ graphic novel. GMA Pinoy TV also features programs from the Philippines’ most credible news organization. They include flagship newscast 24 Oras, bannered by veteran and wellrespected broadcast journalists Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco. Daily, GMA Pinoy TV subscribers can watch the biggest and latest Philippine news. Time and again, 24 Oras has been the preferred news source of Filipinos, es pecially on special coverages. And for viewers who wish to delve deeper into issues in and around the country, GMA Pinoy TV also airs other multi-awarded shows such as I-Witness, Imbestigador, Case Unclosed, and Wish Ko Lang.

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Manny Pacquaio

Rhian Ramos & JC de Vera from Lalola

Celebrating Life with GMA’s second International Channel
Now, with the knock-out GMA Pinoy Pack, GMA introduces its second international channel to the U.S. – GMA Life TV. Filipinos all around the U.S. can now enjoy new fresh and inspiring shows like Proudly Filipina, The Sweet Life, Moms, Una Kang Naging Akin, and many more! Proudly Filipina, which was recently awarded the Gold Camera Award under the Inspirational/Motivational Programming category at the 2008 US International Film and Video Festival (USIFVF), features host Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach’s intimate interviews with some of the most inspiring and influential Filipinas. The show’s pilot episode “World Class Filipinas” had Charlene interview Asia Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez and the three Filipina mountaineers to be the first Filipinas to reach the summit

of Mt. Everest – Noelle Wenceslao, Carina Dayondon, and Janet Belarmino. Proudly Filipina is truly world-class beating out over 1,000 entries from 23 countries for the Gold Camera Award. schools, has definitely set the bar high not only in the local culinary industry but also for on-screen chefs by deCharlene is very much delighted about the prospect of livering delectable cuisine and executing them with masbeing able to reach more Filipinos with her show terful technique and flair. PROUDLY FILIPINA, which is now seen in all parts of the U.S. through DISH Network's GMA Pinoy Package. Aside from inspirational stories on Proudly Filipina and "We are happy that we are able to entertain, inform, and masterful tips straight from Chef Rob’s kitchen, GMA hopefully inspire our kababayans, in our own small way," Life TV viewers can also hit the arts and crafts table with says Charlene. Lucy Torres-Gomez in The Sweet Life – a guide to anything and everything about living in style. And to tug on GM Another world-class show on GMA Life TV is Chef To your heart-strings, catch the remake of 1991’s blockbuster Go with world-class chef – and hottie! – Rob Pengson. film Una Kang Naging Akin. Now on GMA Life TV, Una Chef Rob brings to reality almost every woman’s dream Kang Naging Akin tells of the tangled, complicated love of having a top- notch and undeniably charming chef as triangle of Vanessa (Angelika dela Cruz), Nick/Darwin her personal cook – preparing the finest cuisine in the (Wendell Ramos), and Jessa (Maxene Magalona). world in her very own kitchen. He says, “It’s a big thrill for me to know that Chef to Go and the other shows of GM GMA are going to be seen by even more people.” This young chef who has already established two culinary

presents new, fresh and inspiring shows that appeal to Filipinas, here and abroad.
Intelligent and heartfelt discussions of various womanrelated topics are made available everyday in MOMS – hosted by the trio of Lani Mercado, Sherilyn Reyes, and Manilyn Reynes.

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Joey Velasco’s “Hapag ng Pag-Asa” and other paintings
(Continued from page 1) American diva Stephanie Reese. Also featured was Filipino painter Joey Velasco who gained prominence with his controversial depiction of the Last Supper entitled “Hapag ng Pag-asa (Table of Hope)”. It shows Jesus Christ surrounded by twelve poor Fili-

HAPAG NG PAG-ASA
AT 3 A.M. By Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J. The Philippine Star 04/21/2007 At the entrance of the Major Seminary of the University of Santo Tomas , in Manila , you will see a painting. It is the “Last Supper” of Joey A. Velasco. It portrays poor (Continued on page 14)

Gusto Ko Maging Bayani.

I will make you a fisher of men. while facing Jesus. Joey revealed that he looked for his models in places where street children often stay, like on the sidewalks, under the bridges and by the riverbanks. Each figure is modeled after a real street child. He has since raised funds to help these street children get a better chance in life. Joey offered heart-rending testimony on how he got involved in Gawad Kalinga, touching the hearts of many in the audience. Unknown

Crucifixion of thorns; and “Hapag ng Pag-ibig” that depicts Jesus sharing an abundant meal of Philippine fruits and native dishes with Filipino children on a tree trunk table and GK houses in the background. All the characters in the painting are Filipino except that of Jesus, whom, Joey admits, he drew using a mestizo model. The most prominent and controversial of his paintings, “Hapag PagAsa” shows Filipino street children in loose tattered clothing eating with Jesus. One child is clutching a handbag, to be true to Leonardo Da Vinci’s original painting that showed Judas Iscariot holding a bag of money. Another child eats on the ground alongside a cat. A girl and a boy are astride on a huge drum

Atrofia You are my strength O Lord. pino street children in place of the apostles. During the evening, several paintings by Joey Velasco were on exhibit, like “Father, Heal Our Land” that shows Jesus Christ in prayer with a Filipino flag draped across his forearms; “You are my Strength, My Lord” that portrays a naked old man clinging to Jesus Christ in tight embrace while clutching His crown

Heal our land. to the audience, however, is the fact that Joey suffers from recurring cancer, information shared to me by Ric Bunda, one of the officers of ANCOP, the affiliate organization of GK in the U.S. To give our readers a more extensive information about Joey Velasco, we are publishing in this issues photos of some of his paintings and reprinting an article written about him last year.

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In Perspective
by G. Tagudin - Silverio
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poor. It is the bottom line to end all other bottom lines in a country where a mere ten percent of the population own 90 percent of the country’s wealth. Meloto seems to defy the trend that decouples talks of God from the public life in most Western cultures such as our own. In fact, he is doing the opposite harnessing the power of Christian sociology to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable without the volatile tone of radical To find out, follow Meloto rhetoric. If loving is a Filipino when Team GK heads to Harvard trait, then Meloto has found the University for its next Global genetic marker that can transSummit in 2009. form the way we think about Meloto’s message remains ourselves through others. fresh and compelling. He More significantly, he believes reminds us of who we are and that Filipinos around the globe, what we can be if we heed the but especially in America, can call for love of country and love transform the Philippines into a of neighbor in the guise of the first-world country. Take that for

orget about trickledown theories. When it comes to economic models, the opposite makes for a more compelling study. Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga is out to prove that there are more measures to the success of human endeavors than the bottom line.

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According to Marjorie Duterte, a GK bureau correspondent, the event attracted “thousands of GK residents, builders, workers, volunteers, partners from the government, corporate, academe, NGOs, religious organizations and the civil society -- all in solidarity for love of God and country.” One offers an analogy of hope. GK is the glue that brings people together in a nation long beset by division observed one of the speakers, Freddie Tinga who said that Taguig was symbolic of that gap between the rich and the poor. Others have come on board including the agriculture secretary who is working with GK to provide food for the poor by lending the department’s technical resources to transform idle farmlands to productive ones starting with 300 GK sites. The response to GK is overwhelming, and the lessons overpowering. Even the poor show by their example that it is about what you can give; not what you give up. To someone who has nothing, the gift is ethos. It is a way to repackage Christianity this ability that sustains the botand has given it new life in the tom line economics of the slums. GK Movement, with a goal to And that perhaps is the parahouse the poor. Its aim is to build 700,000 homes in 7,000 villages dox. Among the poor, charity is in 7 years (2003-2010), an objec- a way of life. Each act of love gives rise to another regardless tive known as GK777. of who is poor or not. Last month GK celebrated its We have heard it from noted fifth anniversary in Fort Bonifaartist Joey Velasco who tracked cio in Taguig City with an GK down a street kid he painted for Expo attended by both rich and the Hapag ng Pag-Asa (Table poor, both Christians and Musof Hope) tableau, a portrait of lims, and a few of our brothers twelve street children seated with in Mindanao. The Expo theme Christ at the Last Supper. Instead was “Walang Iwanan. Ano ang itataya mo para sa Inang Bayan”. of keeping the gifts he gave her, Roughly translated, it means “No she gave all the toys away to the One Gets Left Behind. What will other children who like her lived among the dead in the Sementyou put at stake for the mothereryo del Norte. land?” It looks like a page out For this reason, it is hard to out of a political movement but the do the least of one’s neighbors only danger is the threat of being at their own game. Many times, left behind the times. an economic theory. In a time of soul-searching and economic decline, the idea is not far-fetched should we suddenly find ourselves returning to our land. Filipinos abroad have proven to be a formidable workforce in their chosen careers because of their talent and determination. GK is a leap of faith that began with one man, a prayer group, and a spiritual call within Couples for Christ. In a span of a few years, Meloto has found

Sol Poetry
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MOTHER MARY HEAR US
Mother Mary, pure and holy, Give us your blessing daily. Teach us to pray ardently That our pleas be granted fully. In your mantle encircle us, In your arms enfold us, In your heart entwine us, With holiness suffuse us. God truly listens when you plead For the blessings that we need, When we kneel in prayer please lead As humbly we recite your beads.
©2008 copyright by Soledad O. Bautista. All rights reserved.

it is the rich and the privileged that often learn the most, as their learned economic theories vaporize into thin air. This is a tough lesson for Harvard scholars. The Table of Hope amidst darkness with Christ breaking and sharing bread in a slum area uses the context of poverty to tell us that the fullness of life is possible also on earth through sharing according to the painter. And it works in the real world -- where charity prevails over misery. Even competitors come together as allies for the right cause as the following story by Duterte shows: Business competitors SMART Communications and GK Expo event sponsor Globe Telecoms, shared what they learned working with GK. “We learned what partnership and collaboration is all about, that competing cor-

porations can come together for nation-building,” said Smart’s Mon Isberto. “We are very happy to see Globe as a partner of GK,” he said. “Kahit umuunlad tayo, kung hindi ninyo tutulungan ang katabi nyo, maraming maiiwan,” he said while sharing the story of their adopted community in General Nakkar, Quezon. But the fishermen of Quezon could not be outdone. The village of fishermen turned sculptors gave P100,000 of the proceeds of their art sales to help build the community in GK Budlaan in Cebu. GK is transformative leadership at its finest. Best of all, it is brought to you by the same peace-loving country that exported “People Power”.

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Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com government and the phone of acquiring cancer. There Monthly expense company have given them are reports that attest that cell precisely for them to afford a phone use might cause cancer, I can also get rid of the telephone line? The presump- yet people dismiss them as monthly expenses I incur by tion is that they do not have baseless information. owning a cell phone. Imagenough income to afford a “There is not enough proof,” ine the $50-a-month expense phone line, so that they are they say, “although some eviI save every month, There by Simeon G. Silverio Jr. given such a privilege at a dence has already been gathare many people who are discount, yet in addition to ered but it is not substantive too willing to pay more than Read Sim Silverio’s previous articles by visiting our website at that, they are willing to incur enough to be conclusive”. $50 monthly interest on their www.asianjournalusa.com I guess the only way it can credit card debt and still spend extra expense for a cell phone be proven to be true is if $50-a-month for a cell phone of their own? Some say that it is a matter people get cancer, say ten or bill. If only they pay off their of life and death for them to fifteen years from now. I do credit card first with that cell own a cell phone. Why, do not want to take the risk of phone money before enjoybeing proven wrong. Either ing the “luxury” if not suffer- they think that they can get hold of their cell phone, dial I might be right in the belief ing the “burden” of having a 911, or call their relatives that cell phone does not cause cell phone, they can get out and ask for help if they sudof debt the sooner than they could ever imagine. The only denly suffer a heart attack or a stroke in the street? They time I was able to get ahead would not have the capability in life, and accumulate asOne more less worry: I do not have to dread a cell or the time to do so. Even if phone call while I am attending mass, watching sets was when I was able to become credit card debt-free. without a cell phone, people a movie, attending a meeting, or transacting in the street can easily come Make that your main objecbusiness at a bank. I do not have to turn it off tive, and believe you me, you to their help, call the hospiwhile I am engaged in these activities and worry will be able to live the life you tal themselves, or help bring them to a doctor. They do not that I might miss an important call. There are no have been dreaming of for yourself and your family. You live alone on an island or on important calls that can’t wait. If I want to be sure won’t have credit card debt a remote mountain top and that I won’t miss a call, all I have to do is to touch that will otherwise be a heavy need to call in an emergency helicopter for help! base with my office or home, whenever I have and unnecessary burden for I have a high school mate, you to carry every day. access to a regular telephone. Flory Defensor, the wife of Another thing that gets my Congressman Mat Defengoat are senior citizens who went upstairs in not have to turn it off while I sor of Quezon City in the subsist on welfare money am engaged in these activities and yet brandish cell phones. Philippines and the mother my home, and I and worry that I might miss They are willing to spend $50 of former presidential spokesfelt good. I took an important call. There are man, and present government of their $600 Social Security my afternoon nap, and no important calls that can’t Supplementary Income on cell corporate official, Michael wait. If I want to be sure that Defensor. Whenever I wanted I felt good. I did my phones, or let their children, I won’t miss a call, all I have to reach her in the Philippines, who could hardly cope up thing in the bathroom, to do is to touch base with I have to text her and she with the high cost of living and I felt good. my office or home, whenever themselves, pay for their cell will text me back. In fact, she I have access to a regular phone luxury. Hello? Haven’t never answers her cell phone What, you may ask, is mak- telephone. because she fears that doing they heard of the $10-lifeing me feel good these days? so might increase her chances line telephone privilege the I got rid of my cell phone. After thinking about it for a while, I got rid of that device that has ruled over my life. One that has made me, and many of us, capitulate to the “burden” of modern-day technology. It is indeed ironic that the cell phone, which is supposed to make life easier for us, has instead taken over our daily routine, minute by minute, hour after hour. Ever wonder why you have that eerie feeling of apprehension whenever you drive around? Or whenever you are in or outside your home? Is it because unconsciously, you are aware that your cell phone might ring at any moment and a new message, good or bad, might come your way? Or somebody you are beholden to might have an errand for you to do, hampering, if not ruining your planned schedule for the day? Now I am happy with the thought that if I go upstairs of our house, take my afternoon nap, or do my thing in the bathroom I am not worrying about bringing my cell phone with me and missing a call. This is because I no longer have a cell phone to carry around. Try leaving your cell phone at home, or forgetting to charge its battery the night before. Wouldn’t it be enough to ruin your day? But ask yourself this: before you had a cell phone, did you ever have that kind of a problem?

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Decision I decided to get rid of my cell phone when I realized that I can do without it. If people would want to talk to me, they can always call my home or office phone, or leave a message on my answering machine. I need not talk to them right away, since their calls are not a matter of life and death. I am not a doctor who has to go to the hospital to operate on a patient in need of a surgery an hour ago. In fact, I never had a cell phone before, and I managed to function properly, and even somewhat succeed, thank you. So why must I have a cell phone now? One more less worry: I do not have to dread a cell phone call while I am attending mass, watching a movie, attending a meeting, or transacting business at a bank. I do

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this country. But I’d also like to think that for the most part, I’m still the same person with more or less the same values, beliefs and habits that have remained with me through all these times. On Darder’s sphere of biculturalism, I consider myself a “cultural negotiator,” someone who values both his heritage and his upbringing but also an individual who affirms the positive aspects of the American culture that he currently adapts. Do I still consider myself a Filipino? Absolutely! But have I been acculturated into the American way of life? Of course I have. I think part of the reason I transitioned quite smoothly from my life in the Philippines to living here in the U.S. is largely due to the fact that I was not pushed to favor one culture or the other. There was a fine balance between my life at home and when I was at school or out with friends. Language, for example, never really became a problem. My parents always spoke to me in Tagalog and expected me to answer in Tagalog, which is largely the reason why I’m still fluent in Filipino. When it came to speaking English, I attended a private Catholic school in the Philippines so I learned English early. Having that solid foundation allowed me to eventually become fluent in English and since I had to speak it at school daily along with the countless of cartoon programs I like much, all of these helped me to eventually become proficient in the English language. Even though I consider myself belonging in the “Cultural Negotiator” part of Darder’s quadrant today, I was not always in that part of the quadrant all my life. I have to admit that starting over at a young age made the transition easier but the process of starting over is never easy on anyone, let alone for a kid moving to a completely different country with
dren from foster care *Build collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts, and advocacy organizations *Communicate availability and need for post-adoptive services History of National Adoption Day In just eight years, National Adoption Day has truly grown from nine events in its first year to more than 300 events in 2007, with 4,300 adoptions finalized in 2007 as part of more than 300 events in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. National Adoption Day sors Spon-

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a completely different culture. I remember my fear on the first day of school only to be relieved when I realized my teacher was a Filipina herself! At the time I thought to myself, “At least I can speak to her in Tagalog” if I ever have to. So when she asked the class a question for which I knew

limited and imperfect English in my early years here in America definitely made me feel like an outsider at times. A matter made worse when my teacher decided to move me down a grade after the winter break, which meant I had to start over twice in the same school year.

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hen I was in the Philippines, all I dreamt of was what it would be like to live in the United States. From as far back as I can remember, everyone told me that one day, my mother, brothers, and I would move to America to join my father. So as a young boy, I imagined how life would be like on the other side of the world. I spent hours looking at my father’s photos, one of which holding up huge apples and grapes with a big grin on his face, another is a photo that shows the bright lights of Las Vegas, What fascinated most is a picture of him out in the snow. For a little boy who grew up in the hot and humid province of Bulacan, snow was a big deal. I would sit there and just got lost in my imagination and thought of how much fun it would be to play in the snow. (Imagine my disappointment when I finally realized that it did not snow much out here in sunny San Diego!) In any case, in my mind the United States was a dreamland, a Shangri-la of apple orchards and grape vineyards filled with cities that are perpetually aglow in luminous, beautiful lights. And of course, the magical white snow that blankets the land in winter. Back then, living in the United States was just some far off dream that lingered in my imagination. Imagine my excitement when I

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finally realized that my dream was finally becoming a reality. Everything happened so quickly and before I knew it, we were landing at LAX and were finally here, living the dream. That happened over thirteen years ago when I was just ten years old but it feels like it was just yesterday. I think a part of me is still that little boy and I sometimes lay awake in disbelief that I am really here and my old home, the place where I grew up with a lot of the people I care for and love, is now on the other side of the world. Thirteen years later, I definitely thought that moving here changed a lot about who I am. I would be fooling myself to think that I have not changed in the past years in

the answer to, from habit I raised my hand and called out “Mam, mam!” -- (As it is custom in schools in the Philippines to do so) to get her attention. The next thing I knew, the whole class immediately burst in laughter while I heard whispers of “What?” “Did he just call her mom?” Still having an accent at the time, the words “mam” came out sounding “mom” and my classmates misunderstood what I had said. Our Filipina teacher, Mrs. Rosetti, had to explain to them what I said and what I was trying to do and they eventually caught on but it still did not make the incident any less embarrassing. Looking back, I can laugh at myself and my silly mistakes but at the time, I felt like an outsider, or a “FOB” as people would say. But like I mentioned earlier, things eventually got easier and I started making new friends and started to feel more comfortable at school and at home. Being the new kid who spoke
dedicated to improving the lives of America’s children. Through extensive public education campaigns, community-based programs and policy initiatives, CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and make them a top priority in everyday life. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute – The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about children in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes; and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic need of a family. CCAI serves as an informational and educational resource to policymakers as they seek to draft positive adoption legislation and to focusing public attention on the advantages of adoption. Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption – The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a leading partner of National Adoption Day, a collaborative national effort to raise awareness of the 129,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families and to celebrate all families who adopt. By drawing attention to the joy of thousands of children who have finally found their “forever families,” the Foundation and its partners hope to encourage even more families to consider adopting a child out of foster care. Freddie Mac Foundation – Created by Freddie Mac in 1991, the Freddie Mac Foundation is dedicated to making home a place where children and families thrive. As the largest corporate funder in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation have invested more than $348 million in organizations serving the community.” President George W. Bush’s Proclamation on Adoption noted “Families who adopt show the generous spirit of our Nation. Every child desires a permanent home, and when parents adopt a child to love as their own, lives are forever changed. For parents, the decision to adopt a child is among life’s greatest and happiest turning points. Families across the country will celebrate National Adoption Day by finalizing their adoptions, and each one of these homes will be richer for the addition of new family members.” Sources from nationaladoptionday.org and the Office of the Press Secretary, the White House

I think that experience made me tougher and my skin a little thicker. It was difficult at first but I thought the more I became comfortable with the language and the more I made friends and the easier it became to adjust to my new life. Today, I can honestly say that I feel comfortable with who I am and my identity as a Filipino living in America. I honestly love so many things about this country even if it’s not the “Shangri-la” I envisioned it to be. I love listening to English music and eating fast food with friends and following all kinds of American shows on T.V. or watching movies out in theaters and wearing shoes like Nike or Adidas. But I also still love listening to OPM (Original Pinoy Music) and eating rice everyday with whatever ulam (dishes) we have at the house whether it be adobo or sinigang or menudo, and I still watch Tagalog shows on TFC or rent an occasional Tagalog movie and yes, I wear Beach-walk tsinelas (sandals) at home everyday.

Even though I have changed over the past thirteen years, and surely would have been a different person had we not moved here in the U.S., I still truly consider myself a Filipino. I am proud and value my heritage and where I came from, but I am also thankful and appreciative of all the opportunities that I have by living in this great country that I now consider home. Just as what our guest speaker, Professor WaiLing Oades-Rubic said on her presentation, “Only you can define who you are.” and I think that best sums up my position in this ethnic identity topic. Everyone has different experiences and goes through different things throughout their life and we truly are a product of our journey. Who you are is not defined by your race, or heredity, or culture or even your environment. It is a culmination of all of those things and the life we live that is unique to each and every one of our own experiences so only we can truly define our self and who we are. “Life...” I once read, “doesn’t always turn out the way we plan it to.” And as for me, no truer words have ever been spoken. I spent my entire childhood dreaming of living in America. And I am living that dream, everyday of my life, and I feel fortunate. However, (as someone who last visited the Philippines ten years ago) I can not wait till the next time I visit the Philippines again. Funny how that works, doesn’t ___________________ *The writer is a student in Dr. Ofelia V. Dirige’s Asian Studies 460 at SDSU, a Senior majoring in Humanities. He plans to earn a multiple subject teaching credential and teach either in high school or Jr. High. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in Donacion, Angat, Bulacan. He emigrated here in San Diego in 1995 when he was 10 years old.

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National Adoption Day 2008
n National Adoption Day 2008 – Saturday, November 15 – an unprecedented number of courts and communities across the nation will come together to finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care and to celebrate all families who adopt. The Day brings together hundreds of judges, attorneys, adoption agencies, adoption profes-

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Goals of National Adoption Day 2008 *Finalize adoptions from foster care in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico *Celebrate and honor all families who adopt *Raise awareness about the 129,000 children in foster care waiting for adoption *Encourage others to adopt chil-

A coalition of national partners – The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Casey Family Services, Children’s Action Network, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and Freddie Mac Foundation – sponsor National Adoption Day to draw special attention to foster children waiting for permanent families and to celebrate all loving families that adopt. National Adoption Day alition Partners Co-

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The Alliance for Children’s Rights – The Alliance for Children’s Rights is Los Angeles’ only free legal services organization devoted solely to helping children living in poverty and foster care. The Alliance’s mission is to ensure children get the support and services they need to become healthy, productive adults. Since 1992, The Alliance has worked together with the Los Angeles Juvenile Court and the Department of Children and Family Services to expedite and increase the number of children adopted from Los Angeles foster care. Casey Family Services – Casey Family Services is the direct service agency of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation serving fragile U.S. children, families and communities, started by United Parcel Service founder Jim Casey. Casey Family Services has worked with foster and adoptive families for nearly 30 years and is dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children here in the United States. Children’s Action Network – Formed in 1990 by leaders in the entertainment industry, the Children’s Action Network (CAN) is

By capitalizing on the Philippines’ pool of talented and competent medical and health care professionals; the country’s world-class hospitals and spas; and the Philippines’ potential as an ideal retirement destination — the Philippine economy stands to benefit tremendously from the revenues generated by medical tourism which is estimated at a total of $40 billion worldwide. This was the consensus among experts who attended by recent “Health and Wellness in the Heart of Asia” summmit held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. One of the speakers at the summit, Scott A. Edelstein of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, a healthcare law expert with international consultancy practice, said the US economic crisis may actually spell huge gains for the Philippine economy through medical tourism. In his presentation, Edelstein noted that healthcare costs in the United States have become unaffordable for most US employers and workers. “Today, 50 million Americans are uninsured, 30 million more are underinsured — that is, they have insurance but it is not adequate for their needs,” said Edelstein. Without insurance, millions of Americans simply can no longer afford to get the treatment they need in the United States. This is why these millions of US citizens will be looking at getting their medical treatments abroad; going overseas and spending dollars in the process in countries that are able to provide quality, safe and affordable health care. Such a trend is happening today. According to statistics gathered from AP/Post Intelligencer and Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, around 1,000 US citizens traveled abroad to get healthcare in 2007. It is projected that by year 2010, as many as 6,000 US citizens would be traveling abroad each year to get medical care. The price difference between medical procedures done in the US and overseas already is a good indication of why getting medical treatment abroad is an attractive option. According to Edelstein, patients and consumers seeking health care and wellness services overseas are looking for the following when choosing a country destination for medical travel: • State-of-the-art technology, including imaging and surgical equipment and electronic medical records • Fast access to care; same day or

next day surgeries • Waiver of deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance • JCI (Joint Commission International)-accredited and/or ISOcertified facilities •US-trained and Board-certified physicians who are fluent in English • Transportation and accommodations • Private rooms • A high nurse-to-patient ratio (e.g. 1:1) Thus, any healthcare or wellness provider in the Philippines that can match this list will be more attractive to medical tourists. According to Edelstein, the Philippines has the potential to be a major player in the $40-billion medical tourism industry. He cited three areas where the Philippines has a competitive edge: a) US-trained doctors and world-class hospitals; b) a culture of caring and compassion; and c) beautiful locations that are ideal for tourism and/or retirement. During the DOT-hosted summit, Edelstein was able to visit four top hospitals in the Philippines: The Medical City; The Makati Medical Center; St. Luke’s Medical Center; and The Asian Hospital.

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Outside of that, most other suffering is probably the needless type. Simply put, why go through When I was a little boy, my pain when, by taking certain elder brother Ducky, who is 14 legitimate steps, you can avoid years older than I, liked to tell it, or put an end to it? Isn’t it a me and my siblings interesting form of needless suffering to live stories about dubious medieval through a headache you can very “saints” and how they supposwell take a pill for? edly earned their esteemed titles And yet, it happens to us all during the early days of Christhe time as individuals, famitianity. According to Ducky, lies, communities, and even as these so-called “saints” achieved whole nations and peoples. We sainthood through sheer physibring needless suffering upon cal suffering. Their lives weren’t ourselves and others all the time. anything like those of true When we are too lazy to think martyrs who lived or died under things through, when we refuse hostile circumstances inflicted on to take the time to solve the easy them by the enemies of the faith. problems in our lives, we end These were people who inflicted up adding needless complicapain on themselves by way of, tions. The simple planning of say, climbing a mountain on their trips, for instance, will save us a knees, or subjecting their bodies lot of pain at the gas pump. The to fire or other extreme physical efficient allocation of the hours tests and dedicating the pain they in a day will give us more time endured to God. Looking back, to spend with our loved ones. one might say their pain was Or, being aware of our penchant totally self-inflicted and uncalled for impulse spending will save for. us the pain of bankruptcy. With In today’s world, they would a little foresight and awareness, be candidates for a TV show like life can be free of needless sufFear Factor. More than saintfering. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? hood, they should get some recWell, theoretically at least, it is. ognition from Ripley for passing The trick is to know when we tests of extreme physical endurare setting ourselves up to suffer ance. Some of them, I believe, needlessly, and when we use our have been taken off the A-list of pain to make us bigger than what saintly intercessors in heaven. we know ourselves to be. How could these people miss Let’s talk about real suffering the whole point of authentic that is thrown in our laps by the martyrdom by mistaking just Gods — like cancer, or losing a any kind of suffering for the real job or seeing one’s home burn thing? While one may argue that to the ground. I sometimes find all suffering feels real, we need myself clasping my hands close to differentiate authentic sufferto my chest and feeling a lump in ing from the needless ones. Real, my throat as I watch, say, images authentic suffering is necessary. of victims of war or crime or see And this suffering that is underpeople suffering due to plain bad taken and eventually embraced luck. and endured, even if one did not I see in their situation real sufaccept it initially, is borne for a fering that they must face. The cause that is greater than oneself.

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all, much less talk about it. Or when forced to do so, we find a way out by saying we are over it, just to end the conversation. Worse, some of us say we have “lifted our problems up to the Lord,” thus closing the issue. I am not knocking those who try to sublimate their pain. Some of them may be sincere and really mean it. But I have seen myself and others do this and, honestly, I see a copout mechanism in place of honest confrontation. But a lot actually happens when we do the heroic thing and embrace the pain. By this, I mean opening our eyes and looking at the extent of the damage that the suffering being forced upon us suggests, and eventually saying yes to it. We put a stop to resisting and accept fully the consequences of the tribulation thrown at us. This way, the pain becomes meaningful and a necessary ingredient for maturity. The suffering ceases to be needless. When we have reached such a place, we discover that the very suffering that repelled us has transformed itself into something like an elixir that makes us feel more alive. We’ve heard of victorious tribes that eat the

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body parts of their enemies in the belief that they will gain the strength of their opponents. Metaphorically, that is exactly what happens to us when we embrace the pain. As Joseph Campbell wrote, “The demon that you can swallow gives you its power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.” Facing our fears and going through necessary suffering awakens us to gifts we possess but which have remained hidden from us. The very power of fear that used to haunt us comes back to honor us by giving us its power. And because of that, life itself begins to feel different. Where once it used to be indifferent or even hostile and did not seem to care whether we live or die, it now feels like a friend who communicates with us intimately and affirms our rightful place in the world. It tells us to partake more of what life has in store. We have heard it said many times that we must choose our battles carefully. This is wise counsel. It is equally important to choose one’s sufferings wisely. Necessary suffering makes us grow. Needless suffering stunts our growth.

other day, I saw on TV a woman leaving her small home in Lanao because of the recent MILF attacks. I was torn, watching her from the comfort of my bed, her face filled with anxiety. I felt guilty being so comfortable compared to her and how I was not even thinking of doing anything to alleviate her condition. Could it be said that hers was authentic suffering while my mine was a less noble one? Nobody really likes to suffer. That is why more often we would choose needless suffering because we do not need to walk

the whole nine yards. Unlike with authentic suffering, we can stop the pain anytime. And we do so through denial, or plain refusal to see the solution to the pain. And we do this quite ingeniously, like when we say we are powerless to do anything about the situation. How do we deal with suffering that has been with us for some time? In the case of lingering emotional trauma from early childhood, often, we suffer more (and needlessly) when we prolong the trauma by simply refusing to face it once and for

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because it will take a lot of effort on the candidate’s part. In Malacañang, Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said Santiago would have been a good addition to the tribunal with her expertise in international law and as a representative of the Philippines. A strong ally of the President and a powerful voice in the Senate, Santiago previously applied and lost in her bid to become a member of the Supreme Court. Santiago is currently the chairwoman of the Senate committee on foreign relations. “Senator Miriam is probably more needed here,” Dureza said. – With Christina Mendez, Marvin Sy

Miriam loses ICJ bid
Khasawneh of Jordan, has been the vice president of the Court since Feb. 6, 2006, and sought reelection. Santiago was nominated on July 20, 2007 to the ICJ by the Philippine National Group composed of Supreme Court Associate Justice Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, retired Supreme Court associate justice Florentino Feliciano, then Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Atty. Jose Vicente Salazar, and University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law Dean Alfredo Benipayo. Chief Justice Reynato Puno, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Philippine Bar Association, Philippine Women Judges Association Inc., Philippine Association of Law Schools, and Philippine Association of Law, endorsed her candidature. Santiago’s nomination to the ICJ was announced by President Arroyo during the ASEAN Ministers’ meeting on July 30, 2007. Romulo had ordered all ambassadors and consul generals abroad to support the Philippine campaign for Santiago to the ICJ. The Philippines campaigned hard to get the support of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other countries for Santiago. Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr., Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Francis Escudero, Edgardo Angara, and Juan Miguel Zubiri were sorry that Santiago lost her bid. “This would have been our brightest chance and the non-election would take us another several decades, I believe, before we can put in a Filipino. The last time we had a Filipino chief justice) was half a century ago, in the 60s so sayang naman,” Angara lamented. For Pimentel, “It’s ICJ’s loss, not Miriam’s.” Escudero echoed Pimentel’s statement, adding that Santiago would have been an asset to the ICJ, while Zubiri said Santiago’s loss does not diminish her credibility as a lawmaker in the country. “She was deserving of the position. Magaling siya. Dito sa Senado siya ang aming constitutionalist and legal luminary,” Zubiri said. “But again it will be a gain to the Philippines because that means she will continue to fiscalize. She will continue to assist us in the Senate.” Enrile said its not easy for anybody to just get the ICJ seat

(Continued from page 1) ing the fourth round of balloting. Ambassador Hilario Davide Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, who led Filipino diplomats in the final stretch of the yearlong campaign, said the Philippines still emerged victorious despite the setback. Davide lauded Santiago for accepting the nomination to become the second Filipino to serve in the ICJ. “This is still a victory for the Philippines. We may have not won the seat but our campaign heightened the awareness of the international community on the need for gender balance and empowerment of women in the world’s major judicial organ,” Davide said. “Senator Santiago has proved herself worthy of the campaign and has heightened the respect of the international community for herself and her country,” Davide said. He noted that Santiago, who sought to replicate the election to the ICJ of former Supreme Court chief justice Cesar Bengson in 1966, emerged in the top five in the first round of balloting in the General Assembly but was not able to muster enough votes in the Security Council, that forced both UN organs to go into subsequent rounds of voting to determine who among the four remaining candidates will fill up the last vacant seat. He said “for the Philippines’ to be in the top five during the first round, despite the fact that she was up against a reelectionist vice president of the court and for voting to go all the way to the fourth round was an indication that she was a strong contender for the position.” Santiago, the lone female in the race, was able to count on the support of member states that saw the need to ensure gender balance in the court. “In the end, however, it was regional representation and not gender balance that determined the final outcome. Member states felt that Africa somehow needed to be represented there at The Hague since Asia was already able to secure a seat with the reelection of Jordan in the first round,” he said. Diplomatic sources earlier said Santiago’s strongest rival for the seat in the UN’s principal judicial organ, Awn Shawkat Al-

Fil-Am elected to US Congress
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government spending and supporting a long-term energy plan,” said Austria, who holds a political science degree from Marquette University. He worked as a financial planner for American Express for 16 years before joining politics. In 1984 the Austria family was chosen as “Ohio Family of the Year,” and subsequently as one of nine families named “The Great American Family.” They received the award from President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan at the White House. Austria and his wife Eileen have three sons, Brian, Kevin and Eric, whom he coached in basketball, soccer and baseball. He has been active with the annual Dr. Clement G. Austria Senior Citizen Christmas Party, began by his father 30 years ago. He is also a strong advocate for family violence prevention centers and victims’ advocate groups. Austria is not the first FilipinoAmerican to run for a seat in the US Capitol. Other previous Fil-Am contenders for Congress include Gloria Ochoa of California (defeated) and Jon Amores of West Virginia (withdrew). Another US congressman who has Filipino roots is Rep. Robert Scott, an African-American representing Virginia’s third District. The Harvard-educated Democrat’s maternal grandfather, Valentin Cortez Hamlin, is from the Philippine.

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IRS and AARP Seek 2009 Tax Preparation Volunteers
SAN DIEGO, 11/12/08 – The Internal Revenue Service in partnership with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is looking for volunteers to assist in preparing tax returns next year at various AARP sponsored sites throughout Southern California . Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. All AARP tax counselor volunteers receive comprehensive AARP Tax-Aide training in cooperation with the IRS. Individuals with good computer skills are especially needed to assist in transmitting returns electronically through the IRS E-file program. “IRS is proud to work with AARP on this program, it’s really a great resource for the American taxpayer,” said IRS Spokesman Raphael Tulino. “With about 200 sites at senior centers, libraries and other locations in the area, there’s bound to be one close to home.” Training generally begins in early January. Volunteers can help in five separate capacities: Return Preparer – A return preparer will actually prepare tax returns. A one-week training course is provided.

Attorney General Brown Breaks Up Foreclosure Scam Ring
LOS ANGELES, 11/7/08 —California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the arrests of three members of a fraud ring who preyed on desperate Southern California homeowners by falsely promising to renegotiate their home loans, but instead “ripped them off for thousands of dollars” while their homes fell into foreclosure. “It’s appalling how these scammers took advantage of desperate homeowners and ripped them off for thousands of dollars,” Attorney General Brown said. “Our campaign against mortgage scams masquerading as foreclosure assistance will continue and even intensify.” California Department of Justice Special Agents of the Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence arrested Rosa Conrado of San Bernardino, Saul Amador of West Covina, and Jesus Flores of Baldwin Park, believed to be members of the fraud ring. Law enforcement officers have issued arrest warrants for Juan Perez of Grand Terrace, and David Giron of Ontario, who are also suspected to be involved in the scheme. The Attorney General’s Office filed a 39-count complaint that includes multiple grand theft, money laundering and conspiracy charges against these suspects.

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Technology Leaders Applaud Joint Center on Launching New Institute to Focus on How Minorities Use Media
“New Media and New Possibilities: Realizing the Promise of the Digital World”
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 / PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the goal of strengthening knowledge and generating policy development activities in a critical area, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies today launched a new institute to study how the media industry and emerging communications technologies affect African Americans and other people of color. The Joint Center Media and Technology Institute will serve as a center for research on how minority Americans use media, how existing communications policies affect them and how emerging interactive forms of media can expand opportunity for them and their communities. “New communications technologies are having an enormous and immediate impact on the way we live, the way we work, the way we learn and the way we participate in the political process,” said Ralph B. Everett, President and CEO of the Joint Center. “Particularly for many young people living in underserved communities, the stakes are enormously high. This Institute will examine these new trends and build the evidentiary record for the development of relevant policies, programs and initiatives.” Everett added that the Joint Center Media and Technology Institute will look to close gaps and create new opportunities for access to the digital world for both young and old and explore what measures can be taken to enable the media and technology worlds to become an avenue of advancement for people of color. “Amid this opportunity, we expect that the Joint Center’s Media and Technology Institute will be a wellspring of ideas and innovative thinking enabling lawmakers and citizens alike to leverage the new media landscape to improve and inform their lives,” said The Honorable Joyce London Alexander Ford,
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Taguig launches unified ID system
By Rhodina Villanueva Philstar The Taguig City government has launched the Taguig Citycard, a unified identification card system this week and will issue residents one card that they can use for various transactions within the city, including for withdrawing their monthly salary. “Our city has grown and developed for the past seven years. Now, we have to make our constituents feel this ongoing progress. The Taguig Citycard can deliver the city’s economic gains to each and every Taguigeño, through the social benefits that they so rightly deserve,” Mayor Sigfrido Tiñga said during the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Land Bank of the Philippines officials. The agreement provides for Landbank to issue 352,000 cards for free to the city’s employees, members, students and residents in the next four years. The cards will either have an automated teller machine (ATM) payroll account function or cash card function. The first to receive the benefits of the Citycard are the city government’s regular employees. Starting next month, city hall employees will be able to withdraw their salaries using their Citycard through ATMs nationwide. The Citycard is equipped with a radio frequency identification chip that allows it to store records and other transactions. The RFID is a read and write recorder of all the Citycard owners’ dealings. With the RFID, the card combines features of an identification card, monitoring card, ATM, and cash Card. Cardholders can use it to withdraw their salaries, stipends and allowances, anytime and anywhere. They can also take advantage of the electronic payment system and pay for their purchases through pointof-sale terminals at supermarkets and department stores. Taguig Citycard head Willy Malay said the card comes with exclusive privileges for cardholders. Taguig residents, for example, can avail themselves of discounts on select hospital services and basic laboratory tests at the Taguig City Hospital. Each Citycard holder can also avail of a healthcare package of up to P25,000, starting this October. The Taguig Citycard will also be used for free burial services or burial assistance. It can be also used for cashless shopping and dining, transportation, enrollment in various establishments in and outside Taguig in the near future. Malay said that while the Citycard is initially available to the city’s residents, non-residents working in the city, business establishments and VIPs are also entitled to acquire the card. Aside from a voter’s ID or Commission on Elections registration card, an applicant needs to present a valid identification document, barangay clearance and current community tax certificate.

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The day martial law was proclaimed
By Oscar G. Yabes / BA Public Administration 1968, Bachelor of Laws 1978, Editor in chief of the Philippine Collegian, August 1972 to October 1973 Philstar I happened to be the editor in chief of the Philippine Collegian at a crucial period in the country’s history. President Ferdinand Marcos was poised to declare martial law. In the university, we just had the student council elections. The Sandigang Makabansa, headed by Jimmy Galvez Tan and Carol Pagaduan as chairman and vice chair, respectively, won over Ed Robles and Jules Arambulo of the Katipunan ng Malayang Pagkakaisa. In the September 21, 1972 Collegian editorial entitled “Martial Law: A Matter of Time?” I wrote: The inevitable is about to come. The pattern of events in the last few days — bombings, raids on suspected subversive organizations and witch-hunting — all points to one thing: a full-scale militarization of the country is in the offing. It is a fallacy to assume that martial law can be whimsically imposed without any violent resistance from the masses of our people. The events that followed the suspension of the writ after the Plaza Miranda bombing last year show that the people cannot take any form of curtailment of their liberties lying down. Angry and in a fighting mood, I concluded my piece thus: A “tooth for a tooth” this time may be the most effective way to show the people’s unwillingness to yield to the Malacañang plot. It was prophetic. In a couple of days, the country was placed under martial law. Actually, martial law was proclaimed on the evening of September 23, 1972 but was made retroactive to September 21, the supposed date of Proclamation 1081 placing the entire Philippines under martial rule. A day earlier, I got hold of a document entitled “ODS,” or “Operation Double Strike.” It was purportedly leaked by a military officer who claimed to have attended a meeting of the generals who were convened to prepare for the declaration of martial law. It was a scoop. No other student paper or national daily had got hold of it. What the major dailies were brandishing at the time was a copy detailing a similar scheme but dubbed “Operation Sagittarius” and which was released to the media by Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. We were preparing a Collegian Extra, even if only in limited circulation, on the explosive document. The Liwayway management, printer of the Collegian, hesitated to run the press. The general manager and legal counsel called me to their offices and declared that they would assume no responsibility and made me sign a document to that effect. The four-page paper finally hit the university campus drop-off points at dusk. Since it was rushed, we printed only a couple thousand copies, instead of the usual weekly circulation of 16,000, to include issues for Los Baños, Manila, Baguio, San Fernando, Tacloban and Cebu. My roommates in the Narra Residence Hall invited me to go to a sauna parlor for a relaxing massage that evening. In those days, for relaxation, the Nareha boys (that’s what the other dorm residents called us) would either go to a massage parlor and experience different degrees of sensation, or have a dance or two in a Calumpang, Marikina kabaret. Those who preferred to stay nearby would simply jump over the dorm fence and have a round of beer in the Balara drugstore-cum-restaurant while fantasizing over Imelda and Milet, the two lovely daughters of the owner, herself a very kind woman to the Narehans. My roommates were only too aware that I was tired from presswork. I joined them anyway. We rode in the service car of Flor de Pano, a medical rep, and went to a massage parlor along Quezon Avenue near the present BIR regional office. On the way, we passed by the sampaguita ladies’ dorm where a large teach-in was going on. One could feel that there was ferment on the campus. The atmosphere was tense. We went back to Narra a little past midnight. We met a convoy of Metrocom soldiers along University Avenue. The ladies’ dorm area was littered with debris. We were told that the Metrocom soldiers had just left after raiding the DZUP ra-

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naldo. I had heard the night before, through the grapevine, that the military had been rounding up hundreds of perceived enemies of the state. Naturally, they would consider the editor in chief of the UP Philippine Collegian, the official organ of a free and fiercely independent studentry, as a potential troublemaker in the martial law regime. I was brought to the office of Colonel Noe Andaya, chief of the AFP Civil Relations. Captain Honesto Isleta talked to me and, adopting a threatening stance, began shouting that the Collegian and all other campus papers, for that matter, were to cease publication. The military would not allow the publication of any student paper. The student councils were abolished. I was released after listening to their boring lectures that lasted half a day. The Collegian resumed publication early the following year. How the paper fared during that early period of military rule is an interesting story that would require another Kuwentong Peyups on the subject, part two. *** To submit your own Kwentong Peyups in 1,500 words or less, email kwentongpeyups@campaignsandgrey.net. Support the University of the Philippines on its 100th year. Donations can be made to the UP Oblation Fund through the Development Bank of the Philippines (Quezon Ave.)-Savings Account No. 5-01317-460-8; Land Bank of the Philippines (Katipunan Branch, QC) – Peso Acct No. 1461-222021 * Dollar Acct: 1464-0032-46 * Dollar Swift Code: TLBPPHMMAXXX.

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Seafood City Bags Top Prize in 30th Catholic Mass Media Award
“At Home Ako sa ‘yo’”. The campaign also earned nominations in 4 categories: TV Commercial (Brand) – “Kasal” and “Madasalin”; Print (Brand) “At Home Ako sa’yo”; Print (Public Service) – “One Voice”. Seafood City is the largest full service Filipino/Asian supermarket in the U.S., with a total of 17 locations in California and Nevada. Its “At Home Ako sa’yo” campaign was launched in the last quarter of 2007, with popular Philippine celebrity Sharon Cuneta as endorser. The campaign includes television, print and in-store / below-theline initiatives. This year’s CMMA competition drew a total of 516 entries in 42 categories for print, radio, television, advertising, music, cinema, and Internet communities. Established in 1978 by the Manila Archdiocese under then Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, the CMMA honors—and hands out its trademark “rock trophies”—to mass media professionals and projects that promote Christian values. It is considered one of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in the Philippines.

The 30th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) honored Seafood City with this year’s top prize for Best Print Ad in Public Service during ceremonies held recently at the GSIS Theater in Pasay City, Manila, Philippines. Seafood City’s winning print ad “Mano Po” showcases traditional Filipino values, specifically, respect for elders and love for family. The print ad is part of a full marketing campaign dubbed

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Declaring matial law.

dio station and dispersing the mass teach-in at the Sampaguita. When we arrived at Narra, we heard what sounded like a firefight in the area of the Iglesia ni Kristo cathedral along Commonwealth Avenue. We turned on the radio and TV in the lobby. There was only silence; no TV or radio signals. It dawned on me: martial law was here. Immediately, I went to wake up Edwin Pascua in his room. Epam, as we called him, was the Collegian business manager and I knew that he brought along a bundle of Collegian Extra copies on the issue of martial law, which was circulated on campus just a few hours earlier. I asked him about the copies of the Collegian Extra. I wanted to

keep them because they would become a part of history, or at least memorabilia about martial law for future historical documents. I was dismayed when Epam told me that he had left them in the Collegian office at Vinzons Hall. When I dashed inside the building, which was just a stone’s throw away from Narra, I saw the whole place had been ransacked, presumably by the soldiers. I saw some students carting away whatever incriminating papers had been left in the Vinzons Hall. Early in the morning, the following day, two carloads of handheld radio-wielding civilians picked me up at the dorm. They had instructions to bring me to Camp Agui-

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it, so for their information I am printing the following excerpts of a chapter on Joey Velasco from the book Yayee 4: Embraced by God by Fr. Arsenio C. Jesena, SJ: “The idea of painting Hapag ng Pag-Asa — The Last Supper, Christ with streetchildren — came when I felt the need to remind my children about counting blessings and appreciating the food served at table. Blank space, five feet by ten feet.
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Joey Velasco’s “Hapag ng Pag-Asa” and other paintings
(Continued from page 3) children from Metro Manila, all between the ages of 4 and 14, at the Last Supper with Christ Our Lord. He has called it “Hapag ng Pagasa”, the table of hope. To start with, it is not really a table. It is a big delivery box, knocked apart and nailed together again as a table. Joey Velasco himself has said: “This painting reveals a story of greater hunger than a plate of rice could satisfy. What these children “I’m really, really sorry,” he explained in a note left on the passenger seat beneath a knapsack. “The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist. I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses, anger and pain, of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners.” “The Doll of Tinay” is the story of a five year old girl whose mother is working abroad as a domestic, and

ang Poon’ … ‘If God will have mercy on us.’ They inherited this phrase from their old people — from past generations. These are not merely words. This is their real life!” “Jun and Roselle are poor children but they are rich in faith. They have what we call ‘abundance in scarcity’. Their house is filled with love and understanding. They enjoy each other. Nothing — not money, power, or fame, can replace family and friends, or bring them back once they are gone. Our greatest joy is really our family.” Whenever you try to help the poor, you always get back more than you give. You learn the meaning of courage. You learn the meaning of sacrifice, you see the beauty of love. Above all, you feel the strength that comes from faith, and hope, and trust in God. You realize the power of prayer. The strength of this country is not on the top. It is not in the politicians. It is not in the military, or in the police. It is not in the big businessmen. The strength of this nation is in the squatters’ shacks. Though we do not say it, our real power is in our courageous poor, praying under the bridge.

Hapag ng PagAsa revisited
FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo Philstar This time last year, I wrote what readers said was a “touching” story about Hapag ng PagAsa by Joey Velasco, which is a reworking of The Last Supper

with streetchildren instead of the apostles sharing a humble meal with Jesus. The Hapag so moved me that I decided to give copies of it to my friends here and abroad, more than 25 so far, who I’m sure would really appreciate it and its heart-rending message. Joey has painted other versions of The Last Supper — with rebels as Jesus’ apostles, etc. — but the one that has the greatest and, I would say, lasting impact is the Hapag ng Pag-Asa. Not many people know the story behind

I thirst. are starved for is love.” Realizing that his little models were real persons, he investigated the life of each of them, and wrote a book, telling their stories. The title of the book came from a young woman who was mentally handicapped. She studied the painting and said: “You know, these children are not really poor. They have Jesus.” So he called the book: “They Have whose father is a philandering drug addict. She is the only child, in the painting, who looks straight at Our Lord. She is hugging her battered doll, but Tinay is more battered than the doll. She was raped by her father. Dodoy, eight years old, lives under a bridge. Joey Velasco was touched by the courage and cheerfulness of his mother, Vivian. They could

Kalakbay. Jesus: The Stories of the Children of Hapag.” To me, the most fascinating was the story of the child, in the painting, who is under the table, eating the crumbs that have fallen to the floor. Joey says: “The child under the table is ME!” The model for this child was the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine. It shows a starving child who collapsed on the ground, struggling to get to a food center in Sudan , Africa , in 1993. In the background, a vulture is stalking the not stand up in their little cubicle, because the roof was only four feet from the floor. But the mother worked hard as a lavandera. The whole family did all they could to send Dodoy to public school, though they could not afford books, or pens, or paper. They smiled; they hoped for a better future; and they prayed. When he gets to the cheerful little home of Jun and Roselle , which is a squatters’ shack, Joey begins to crystallize his thoughts on the poor. “They have a firm trust in God as a compassionate, loving father.

Pagkakasubsob I will never leave you. emaciated child, waiting for him to die. Three months later the photographer, Kevin Carter, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in Johannesburg , a suicide at 33. His red pick-up truck was parked near a small river where he used to play as a child. A green garden hose attached to the vehicle’s exhaust funneled the fumes inside. They have nothing. They really live a hand-to-mouth existence. But they smile and say: ‘We live on the mercy of God’… ‘Nabubuhay kami sa awa ng Diyos’.” “These poor people hold on to the truth that God will never abandon them, even if the walls of the earth crumble down. They begin and end their sentence with: ‘kung may awa

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San Francisco – Kismet Evans’ personal history with drug abuse, incarceration, and homelessness inspires her to provide support and guidance to youth and their families. Orlando Ramos brings the power of education and his personal experience to inspire hope among at-risk students. Billie Weiss conducts pioneering public-health research that helps community-based organizations become more effective in preventing violence. The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) will honor these three individuals with its 16th annual California Peace Prize at a ceremony in Los Angeles on November 19, 2008. In recognition of their efforts to prevent violence and promote peace, each honoree will receive a cash award of $25,000. [Visit www.tcwf.org for biographies, photographs and video profiles.] “This year’s honorees have helped youth and families touched by violence, and supported organizations that work to make our communities safer,” said Gary L. Yates, president and CEO of TCWF. “They represent thousands of unsung heroes dedicated to improving the health and well-being of California’s youth.” Kismet Evans has worked over the past decade to provide drug, alcohol, and violence- intervention counseling for youth and to increase public awareness of the trauma that incarceration has on families and communities. Most recently, she was a program manager at Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy, where she worked to prevent violence and teen pregnancy through academics and job development among gangaffiliated and other youth at risk. In the 1990s, Evans was incarcerated for drug-related offenses and experienced periods of homelessness. After a year of outpatient drug treatment, she realized that

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Bi-National Health Week Community Baby Shower Celebration
By: Natasha Flores and Nasim Novin, PCI Interns | SAN DIEGO, 11/12/08 -- In celebration of Bi-National health week, Project Concern International (PCI) and its partners held a community baby shower for the pregnant women and children enrolled in the California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) project. On October 15, over 100 pregnant women, mostly enrolled in the program, and their families gathered at the Malcolm X Library for this free during pregnancy and the greater advantages of “loose-hips” during childbirth. Professional photographers Selina Espinoza and Lorena Glade-Labarca provided photo sessions for the moms and children. All were able to take home their photos and gifts. The baby shower was a huge success drawing well over the number of expected participants. Collaborators for this celebration included: Scripps Hospital

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she wanted to help others. She first worked at MFI Recovery Center, a co-ed residential treatment program in Woodcrest, California, and continued her work at Inland Valley Recovery Center, in a program for female parolees and their children. She founded Men of Valor and Excellence, a recovery transitional program, and co-founded Inland Empire Veterans Stand Down, a program that connects homeless veterans and their families to resources. “Who better to teach someone about the dangers that come along with the lifestyle of drugs and violence than someone who has been there?” asked Evans. “I share who I am so they know they’re not alone. There are second chances. There is hope.” Orlando Ramos A native New Yorker, Orlando Ramos began his violence preven-

tion work in several New York City high schools and moved west in 2006 to become principal of Richmond High School — located in one of the most impoverished communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ramos is skillful at mediating among students involved in violent incidents and his interventions — especially among gang members — have led to community agreements and decreases in suspensions and incidents. Ramos helped the city of Richmond campaign for increased involvement of parents and community members in the lives of area youth. A key stakeholder in the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, he advocates to keep schools open until midnight in order to bring community-based organizations on campus to support youth and their families. “I’m a firm believer that education saves lives,” Ramos said. “It was an incredibly talented teacher that got me into a GED program when I had dropped out. That person helped guide me and I try to be that role model for my students
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and righteousness in the earth. For in this I delight.” Following are some excerpts from the article: How few truly know and understand God today! In the words of one theologian, “Modern men often search for God in vain.” The main reason is that most people receive their concepts of God from other people rather than from God’s inspired Word, the Bible. That is why their view of God almost never accurately matches the biblical revelation of what God is like. Let us briefly look at the major attributes and qualities of God (realizing, of course, that there are many more). GOD IS OUR CREATOR. God is the Supreme Creator of everything. Yet in the last century and a half, the theory of evolution has become a big barrier to the belief in God as Creator. This atheistic line of thought dominates the thinking of the world’s intelligentsia. In fact, much of modern higher education is based on an irrational belief in a series of lucky accidents – mindless evolution. GOD IS SUPREME LAWGIVER. One of the greatest gifts God has given us is His spiritual law – the Ten Commandments, which is a law of love. Jesus Christ summed up the Ten Commandments in two broad principles: love of God, “the first and great commandment”, and love of neighbor. GOD IS LOVE. Love is the first and foremost expression of God’s Holy Spirit, the first gift of God that every person should seek. Sadly, the word “love” is probably the most misused, misapplied term in the English language. Lustful desire to possess another person most certainly is not real love. Love is so confused with lust in the TV and movie world. Many are misled into sin by countless fantasy films promoting illicit eroticism. The ultimate, perfect expression of God the Father’s love for human beings can be found in the Bible in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” True love, agape in Greek, is a term that best describes the love of God. This love expresses altruistic, outgoing concern for others. GOD IS FULL OF JUSTICE AND MERCY. God’s love embraces both justice and mercy. It is because of the divine attribute of justice that the penalty for our transgressions of God’s law has to be paid. But it is through divine mercy that Christ died for our sins.

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by Zena Sultana Babao
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America is Changing
Yes! America is definitely changing. Especially now! One of the changes is America’s departure from Christian values, or anything that is based on the teachings of the Bible. It’s a rebellion – a rebellion against God. Now, anything that mentions God is anathema to non-believers, and it will continue until all mention of God is completely obliterated. Why is this so? Why is it that some people have decided that they have no use for God at all? Is it because they don’t really know the real nature of God, or they are really hell-bent on self-destruction? No wonder most of the world look at us and they see a depraved society – people who are full of immorality and love for material things. The take a look at television programs and movies being shown in all parts of the globe. And you and I know that the entertainment industry has been feeding us with liberal, immoral, atheistic products designed to eradicate what to them are “outdated” traditional values. Writer Eddie Thompson said in an essay: “The same radical influences that have been eroding the presence of God and the Bible from our courts, our colleges, and our public squares in America are driving the agenda in Hollywood. America has become anti-God, supporters of the gay and lesbian agenda, lovers of gratuitous sex and violence. The entertainment industry is conducting a massive conspiracy to “reeducate” people whose morality conflicts with their own lack of the same. They cater to a generation

of seemingly sex-starved, shallow, morally deprived people craving for sex and violence, so they turned our theatre screens and television sets into temples of smut and depravity.” I agree with Thompson’s assessment. What are being offered mostly to the public are movies of no moral substance and historic significance. They distort history and peddle immorality, exploit lust and nurture it for profit, and they revel in their ungodly practices. And the liberal media supports them wholeheartedly! So how can we counteract what they have done? It would be very hard to do it, but we must. We who profess to be Christians should not be deterred from spreading the word of God! But first we should all know who God is. There’s a feature article in The Good News magazine written by John Ross Schroeder that talks about God and his major attributes and qualities. Hopefully, it will enlighten both believers and nonbelievers into coming to the Lord and following the teachings of the Bible. The article begins with a quote from Jeremiah 9:23-24: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understand and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, justice

Food for thought
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Feeling of fear
BUSINESS MATTERS (BEYOND THE BOTTOM LINE) By Francis J. Kong Philstar A friend of mine called me a few days ago and said, “You know what Francis? All these financial problems that have hit America have hit me too. My calculations say that I must have lost some P50 to P60 million by now.” Sadness? Yes. Remorse or regrets? No. Now this is the same man who years ago said, “You know what Francis, my life was a mess and I was about to lose the people I love as my family was breaking apart. But God fixed me and healed our family and this is why money may be important to me but it is certainly not the most important thing in my life these days.” Will he lose more? Nobody knows but this is one man who certainly knows how to handle his fears. Business experts and economists keep on saying that there is no rational explanation behind the events that has been plaguing Wall Street. It’s fear and it’s hard to explain what it is until it hits you. Steve Andreas tells us a little piece of history. During Napoleon’s invasion of Russia he was accidentally separated from his men. A group of Russian Cossacks spotted him and began chasing him. Napoleon ran for his life and slipped into a little furrier’s shop on a side alley. Gasping for breath, he saw the furrier and cried piteously, “Save me, save me! Where can I hide?” The furrier said, “Quick, under this big pile of furs in the corner,” and he covered Napoleon up with many furs. No sooner had he finished than the Russian Cossacks burst in the door, shouting “Where is he? We saw him come in.” They tore his shop apart, they poked into the pile of furs with their swords but didn’t find him. Soon, they gave up and left. Later Napoleon crept out from under the furs, unharmed, just as Napoleon’s personal guards came in the door. The furrier turned to Napoleon and said timidly, “Excuse me for asking this question of such a great man, but what was it like to be under those furs, knowing that the next moment would surely be your last?” Napoleon drew himself up to his full height and said to the furrier indignantly, “How could you ask such a question of me, the Emperor Napoleon! Guards, take this impudent man out, blindfold him and execute him. I, myself, will personally give the command to fire!” The guards grabbed the poor furrier, dragged him outside, stood him up against a wall and blindfolded him. The furrier could see nothing, but he could hear the movements of the guards as they slowly shuffled into a line and prepared their rifles, and he could hear the soft ruffling sound of his clothing in the cold wind. He could feel the wind tugging gently at his clothes and chilling his cheeks, and the uncontrollable trembling in his legs. Then he heard Napoleon clear his throat and call out slowly, “Ready. . . aim. . .” In that moment, he entertained a feeling that he couldn’t describe welled up in him as tears poured down his cheeks. After a long period of silence, the furrier heard footsteps approaching him and the blindfold was stripped from his eyes. Still partially blinded by the sudden sunlight, he saw Napoleon’s eyes looking deeply and intently into his own - eyes that seemed to see into every dusty corner of his being. Then Napoleon said softly, “Now you know.” What a dramatic way to explain. Now the furrier understood the feeling because he himself experienced it. And somehow the principle is the same when it comes to understanding people. Whether it’s fear of losing one’s life savings, fear of losing a loved one… we will never know what that feeling is until we go through it ourselves. This is why God allows us to go through hurts and pains in life so that we can learn from the experience. But the lessons learned are also to be used as a means of encouraging others too. The Scriptures say that God comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. Do what a New Yorker did. When all the talk in town was about the “Credit Crunch,” he came up with chocolates and candies and is now selling a fortune and guess what the brand is? You guessed it right. It’s called “Credit Crunch.” You know the old cliché, “when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”

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Short tips for a longer life
CONSUMERLINE By Ching M. Alano Philstar For so long has this been the topic of really lengthy discussions: longevity (or long life). Did you know that, according to World Health Organization world health statistics 2007, the life expectancy in the Philippines is 64 for men and 71 for women? Yes, the women outlive the men. But oh, in Bontoc, Mt. Province, the life expectancy of the men must be 90! I was there a long time ago, and I saw this screaming sign at the entrance of a small restaurant: If you’re 90 years old, you can have beer for only P10 per bottle, but only if you’re accompanied by a parent. Levity aside, you will probably see the hardy folk of Bontoc, at the ripe old age of 80 and up, downing barrels of beer and toiling in the rice terraces (not necessarily in that order). There must be something in their diet that consists mainly of vegetables and rice (but more on diets later). The Japanese outlive us. According to WHO statistics, the life expectancy for men in Japan is 79 years while for women, it’s 86! Okinawa, Japan is said to have the most number of centenarians or people who live over a hundred — imagine 50 people per 100,000 over 100 years old, according to Food Facts Asia! So, how come Okinawans have long lives? Says Food Facts: “They appear to have ‘better’ genes for aging which is thought to account for about one-third of their longer life spans. They have a reduced risk of inflammation and autoimmune disease, which is believed to be genetically pre-determined. Yet, when Okinawans moved away from home, migrated, and adopted alternative lifestyles, they did not fare as well in the longevity stakes. More recently, lifestyle changes have eroded the average life span in Oki-

nawa, which implies that there are probably other factors which contributed to their longevity.” One such factor is the Okinawans’ diet that’s low in saturated fat and high in seafood, seaweed, fruits, and vegetables. Their diet is also low in calories because they follow a cultural tradition called hara hachi bu, which means “eat until you are only 80-percent full.” And this is something practiced by more than 80 percent of the Okinawan population. More, the Okinawans consume 20-percent fewer calories than the average Japanese diet, which is lower than that consumed in most other countries. That means that

Okinawans consume about 500 calories less than the typical 2,000-plus calories consumed daily by an adult woman in a Western country. Note that when some of these Okinawans moved to the West and started eating burgers and other fast foods, among other things, their life expectancy was reduced (as expected). Surely, Okinawans have more reasons than most people to be drinking to their health. But then again, alcohol is something Okinawans consume in moderation, too. And here’s something worth pondering: Okinawans are also known to have a psycho-spiritual outlook on life and they strive to have less stress by meditating. It seems this clean lifestyle has handsomely paid off because aside from their long life spans, Okinawans have an 80-percent lower incidence of breast and prostate cancers vis-a-vis people living in the US. Okinawans also have a low incidence of heart disease and stroke. They have low levels of body fat — the average BMI (body mass index) is just 18-22. Using the Okinawan experience, how do we increase our chances of living longer? Food Facts Asia gives these short tips for a longer life (which you may have known long before): • Stay active. Exercise helps keep the body fat levels down and the brain active. And better brain function appears to be linked to increased cardiovascular fitness. • Watch those calories. Focus on wholesome foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and try to ward off unwanted pounds that come with age. If you are overweight, drop the excess pounds through a healthy diet and exercise plan. • Load up on fruits and vegetables. The more brightly colored, the better. Fruits and veggies are rich in bioflavonoids and other antioxidants, which help neutralize the disease-causing free

radicals. They are also low in fat and high in dietary fiber. Try to take a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily — and get lots of variety. Not convinced? Read this: In 1987, a study by the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Subcommittee on Nutrition and Aging and the World Health Organization tried to dig into the food habits of 818 subjects aged 70 years and up in Sweden, Greece, Japan, and Australia. The study found that those with a better memory and healthier diet — particularly a Mediterranean type of diet with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes, and cereals — tended to live longer than those who did not follow a healthy diet. • Choose the good fats. Studies of populations that live longer in Japan and Europe show that their diets tend to be low in saturated fats (the type of fat that raises cholesterol). Consume moderate amounts of monounsaturated fats, and eat fish two to three times a week. • Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep increases the risk of obesity, and can affect metabolism and hormone production. Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep nightly. • De-stress. Don’t just sit there, do something. Meditate, do yoga, walk — do whatever works for you. • Don’t smoke. Smoke gets in your eyes and also into your lungs. Smoking is linked to an increased risk of cancers, heart disease, and stroke. • Take alcohol in moderation. High alcohol intake is linked to increased body weight and other health issues, including certain cancers. Try to limit your alcohol to just one to two drinks daily and set aside one or two alcoholfree days. But then again, perhaps it’s not so much adding years to our life as adding life to our years. So, as one sage said, “Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here, we should dance.”

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- Leading Insurance Company Provides Tools and Resources for Consumers NEW YORK, NY–September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, and to help consumers better understand the importance of protecting the future of their loved ones, MetLife offers the following guiadance on life insurance. The first step when considering life insurance is to determine the necessity. As a rule of thumb, there are three situations in particular that may signal a need to purchase life insurance: • if you have dependents—a spouse, children, and/or an aging parent or disabled relative—and your retirement pension and savings are not enough to insure the future of your dependents • if you have a sizable estate • if you own a business There are two main types of life insurance, including permanent insurance and term insurance. The difference between the two types is similar to owning and renting a home. Permanent life insurance is often an appropriate way to for people to meet long-term needs, and over time, builds in value. On the other hand, purchasing term insurance is usually more appropriate for meeting short-term or temporary needs, and does not build cash value. The following descriptions provide a more detailed look at these two types of life insurance. Permanent insurance policies or whole life insurance do not expire; they are intended to protect your loved ones permanently. These policies accumulate cash value, although they should not be purchased solely for that use, since their primary purpose is to provide protection. Whole life insurance premiums do not change over time. Other benefits of whole or permanent life insurance are that the cash value accumulation is taxdeferred and you can borrow or withdraw money against the accumulated cash value. Additionally, many companies pay policyholders an annual dividend. Dividends are not, however, guaranteed. Term life insurance offers protection for your loved ones for a specified period of time—usually from one to 20 years. If you stop paying premiums, the insurance stops. Term policies pay benefits if you die during the period covered by the policy; but they do not build cash value. Term life insurance may be appropriate for short-range needs. A breadwinner might, for example, buy a term policy that matches the length of a home’s mortgage. Premiums for term insurance are often higher as you get older. In addition to the security that life insurance provides for your loved ones, life insurance has investment value. Some types of life insurance build tax-deferred cash value over time. That means that you do not pay taxes on the cash value accumulation and taxes are deferred until you receive funds from the policy. In addition, the cash value earned on a permanent life insurance policy can be withdrawn or borrowed against, to help with big-ticket items, such as a college education or down payment on a home. Of course, withdrawals and/or loans and unpaid interest on loans will reduce the death benefit (i.e., the amount paid if the owner of the policy dies). To learn more about life insurance, consumers should visit www.metlife.com/simplified to view SimplifiedSM by MetLife, a new online micro site designed to remove the guesswork associated with the purchase of insurance. Among the new resources available on the site is a Life Insurance
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saying, “I don’t have the time or strength; Give me time and I’ll do it later; I’m too busy.” The day of the Lord’s second coming is surely going to happen. When and how? Paul refused to speculate. Matthew’s by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez advice to his community around Read Monsignor’s previous articles by visit- the year 80 A. D. was to behave ing our website at www.asianjournalusa.com well while it awaits the Lord’s imminent second coming. Christians should not be passive, lazy and worthless while waiting for the Lord’s second coming. In other words, when it comes to Joke of the week: A fellow because as children of light, they preparedness, the risk of cleverbumped his head and went into should conduct themselves today ness is preferable to security a twenty-year coma. Awaking by the promise of the future glo- of doing the proper thing or “playing it safe.” Preparedrefreshed and clearheaded in ry that is already theirs through ness does not take away one’s 20050, the first thing he did was sharing in the death and resurto call his broker. The broker rection of the Lord. For Paul the responsibility of giving glory to God, furthering his kingdom reported that his hares of 100 of future starts today, tomorrow and saving people. To act on this AT&T were now worth $8.5 mil- begins now. Gospel: Matthew lion, and his shares of General 25:14-30 or 25:14-15, 19-21 Ac- responsibility is risky. But “playMotors were now worth $5.5 cording to rabbinic law one who ing it safe” or hiding our talents million, and his holding in Xerox buries the talent in the ground to is a riskier business indeed! Our talents are God-given. had increased to an amazing $15 protect the money from thieves When we use them responsibly, million. “Good Lord,” exclaimed is doing the safest way and is we just don’t make the world the man, “I’m rich.” The telefree from liability. But why is it brighter; we also give glory to phone operator came on the line, that the third servant has been “Your three minutes are up, sir. punished for doing just that - the God. The following story tells us why this is so true. In the primiWould you please deposit a mil- safest way? The first two sertive districts of India there are lion dollars?” vants are considered faithful, because they are resourceful and no lights in the streets or houses. In one of these areas is a temple. Scripture: First Reading: Prov- productive, whereas the third And hanging from the roof of it erbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31. servant did nothing while his This last chapter from the Book master was away - this servant is there is a great brass structure with one hundred different placof Proverbs is made up of poetic lazy and unfruitful. es in it into which little lamps lines which begin with Hebrew Reflections: Very often the may fit. There are no lamps in letters. This poem is believed parable of the talents is interthem, and until lamps are put to have been from the teachings preted in the light of capitalism in, the temple is dark. When of King Lamuel’s mother and or usury. For instance, the two its verses summarize the wisservants who invested the talents the people come in the dark to worship, each of them comes dom contained in the book. The and earned more are considered with his little lamp to guide him chapter for this Sunday’s reading perfect models for investors or along the dark roads and streets. considers a wise person as one profiteers. Though some comwho follows and lives faithfully mentators might lean toward that When they come to the temple, they each take their own lamps the Wisdom of the Jewish tradiinsight, but the parable is more and carry them to the great brass tion. Works of charity, care and about the end of time when we fitting and fix them into a place fidelity to duty are not just wom- will be judged how much we there. At first the temple is dark; anly responsibilities, but faithhave used or not used at all the but as each worshiper comes motivated traits that are rooted talents, wealth, capabilities, and and places his lamp, bit by bit in wisdom. Second Reading: 1 gifts God has given us for the Thessalonians 5:1-6. St. Paul furtherance of his glory, his king- the temple grows brighter. The questions for us to ponder are, was responding to the question dom and for the salvation of all. “What talents do we bring to our of the God’s kingdom does not only parish to make it more ChristThessalonians who were wongrow through prayers, miracles, centered? What use do we make dering about the date and time and preaching. It also spreads of our talents to make the world of Christ’s second coming. His through ordinary acts, such as brighter?” answer can be briefly summacompassion, kindness, humility. Quotation of the week: “Userized in an “as if” fashion. Live God has bestowed on each of fulness is the rent we pay for as if the end-time is just around us gifts and talents. It is unforliving on the earth.” Robert the corner. At the same time, tunate that some people excuse Baden-Powell Christians should not be so con- themselves for doing nothing cerned about the second coming, with those gifts. We hear them

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yan? MEKANIKO: nilakasan ko na lang po ang inyong busina! Happy trip na lang po! BOY: dad, tulong naman sa assignment ko. Find the least common denominator daw. DAD: ha? aba’y elementary pa lang ako eh hinahanap na nila yan ah! Aba’y di pa ba nila nakikita? “I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.” - A. J. Liebling (1904-1963)

Inspiring quote of the day
Inspiring quote of the day: in a miss gay pageant: “hindi ako tamad. Hindi HOST: how can we uplift ko lang alam kung saan ko our economy today even ibubuhos kasipagan ko.” though we are under economic crisis? DOC: umubo ka! BAKLA: (namutla) mga PEDRO: ho! Ho! Ho! bakla! Akala ko ba miss gay DOC: ubo pa! ito? Quizbee pala! PEDRO: ho! Ho! Ho! DOC: okay. MEKANIKO: sir, hindi ko PEDRO: ano po ba sakit po naayos preno ng kotse ko doc? niyo. DOC: may ubo ka. CUSTOMER: ha?! Pano

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2111, American Legion Post and Auxiliary 434, and the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 61. The guest speaker was Lt. Col. Tony Anthony, Retired USMC, Deacon Charles Frice of St. Rose of Lima Parish, a guest chaplain at St. Rose, and both active and retired officers from major services of the Armed Forces. Uniformed color guards and flag bearers were special guests, including the re-elect-

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ed Assemblywoman Mary Salas and Chula Vista’s Deputy Mayor Jerry Rindone. The highlight of the affair was a patriotic rendition of “America the Beautiful” by vocalist Julia Gonzales Price, which was followed by wreath laying, gun salute and releasing of doves. After the program, lunch was served for all at the VFW Post 2111.

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A special tribute to Filipino American Veterans
“As we salute America’s heroes on Veterans Day, we must not forget to praise our own Filipino American Veterans who are proud to express their patriotism by wearing their full-service, aging uniforms on Veterans Day, which display an array of their service medals.” Not too many proud, good Filipino American men of the Mc Buddies Breakfast Club were still response to a special directive by the Department of Veterans Affairs which called all veterans to express their patriotism and pride on Veterans Day and other major, patriotic holidays by displaying their medals earned during military service. All veterans were also called to join their comrades in public display of their military decorations to show the community the spirit of America’s Veterans and

Presentation of various Flags and Color Guards of the Armed Forces marked the opening of the joint celebration of Veterans Day in the Memorial Bowl in Chula Vista.

fellow veterans group countywide in celebrating Veterans Day. Highlighting the occasion was a Veterans parade in downtown San Diego, dubbed as “The Forgotten War- Korea.” The Grand Marshall of the parade was the famous Jerry Coleman, sports announcer of the San Diego Padres. The other Honorary Marshalls were veterans of Korean War. The colorful parade started on Cedar St and Pacific Highway and ended at Harbor Drive in front of the Midway Aircraft Carrier. At the finish, the Veterans For Peace of San Diego

presented a replica of the several crosses at Arlington West memorial, symbolizing military personnel who died in Iraq war. A live band and a group of uniformed Navy men and women dancers entertained the parade participants and onlookers. Veterans Day celebrations were held in several places across San Diego County. One of the grandest affairs was a Veterans Day commemoration at the Memorial Bowl in Chula Vista, which was jointly sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post

Fil-Am Vets representing the Mc Buddies Breakfast Club in a wreath laying ceremony during the joint celebration of VFW Post and Auxiliary 2111, American Legion Post and Auxiliary 434, and Fleet Reserve Association Unit 61 at the Memorial Bowl in Chula Vista.

Fil-Am Vets Joe Nicolas (left) and Julian Ortiz (right) flanked Assemblywoman Mary Salas smile and brim with a feeling of pride for taking part in a joint celebration for Veterans Day.

“spic and span” in their service uniforms, which displayed medals earned during their tours of duty on Veterans Day. Among those who caught my attention were: Chief Boatswain Mate Julian Ortiz, Coast Guard Retired, who is still at his best, wearing his complete service gala uniform, and Chief Legalman Joe Nicolas, a Retired Navy serviceman who wore his favorite working service jacket, a navy shirt, and cap. The rest of the Mc Buddies members comprised mostly of retired Veterans of the Armed Forces who were not in uniform, at least, either wore their service caps, shirts, pins or emblems and insignias to serve as a reminder of the good old days in the service. Filipino American Veterans (FilAm Vets) wore their uniforms in

to remind the youth of today of the service and sacrifice of these unforgotten heroes. This sacrifice and service helped us gain American democracy today. Veterans Day was formerly called “Armistice Day.” Every November 11, veterans commemorate the “Anniversary of Peace” between the Allied and Central powers, signed in 1918 in France, which marked the end of hostilities between these two powerful opposing forces. The event was also called “The War to End All Wars.” This special day has also become a time to honor all of those who unselfishly served in our nation’s Armed Forces and for those who risked so much to preserve the high ideals and future hopes of a democratic America. Fil-Am Vets proudly join all

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na kayong intindihin. Maraming rason kasi, eh. You know, even if we keep on explaining or making kuwento, it’s only the two of us who know everything. People won’t get the whole story.” You’re right. “Conflict of interests” is somewhat broad and vague. Hindi masyadong clear. Very general. “It involves a lot of different things; it’s hard to explain. You know, whatever happened, I just think of the three years that we went steady and the things I learned from it. And the beautiful memories. I have friends who have broken up with their boyfriends and usually in cases like that, you burn the pictures, sinusunog mo ang whatever will remind you of the good times.” Oh, did you do that? “No. What I did was...I put all our pictures together in one album and kept it in a shelf. Alam mo ‘yon...I was treasuring the beautiful memories. I didn’t throw the pictures away; hindi ko naman sila pinunit. Otherwise, it would be like I’m throwing away memories. Ayoko naman gawin ‘yon. Sayang ang memories. ‘Yon na lang ang aalalahanin ko.” Are you really still in denial? (Her friends said that up to now, Karylle is hurting from her parents’ breakup, that’s why she can’t accept the painful reality that the same thing is happening to her.) “Not naman in denial. If I took time, it’s because it’s hard to talk if you are not yet ready, baka kung ano pa ang masabi mo. I decided to take the road less traveled. Should I just cry and cry? Iiyak na lang ba ako nang iiyak? I didn’t do that. Instead, I went into counseling and I went on a retreat. It did me a lot of good. I’m thankful to the priest who suggested that I do that. It gave me time to think things over. I was finally able to sleep soundly.” Was Dingdong your first boyfriend? “No. He was not.” How many breakups have you gone through? “Hmmmm. Three.” Is the one with Dingdong the most painful? “Siguro naman lahat ng breakup masakit. Pero siempre, with this one the pain is times 10.” (Forced laughter). “Times 10 lang, hindi naman one million. Because you know why, we had good times together; ang ganda rin kasi ng pinagsamahan namin. So mahirap...well, hindi naman talagang mahirap... I just really took my time. You know, it’s hard to fake things, to tell yourself ‘I’m okay, I’m okay’ when you know very well that you’re not okay. ‘Yon ang in denial.” So you were never in denial, were you? “I was but not for long. There are stages, di ba?” They say na ang galing mo raw magtago ng pain. You were appearing in S.O.P. and doing West Side Story at the Meralco Theater and you gave the impression that all was right with you and with your world. “It could be because in spite of everything, marami ring magagandang nangyayari. Kahit paano, you just have to look at the positive. During the retreat, one of the questions was, ‘What are you most thankful for? Give me seven.’ You know, five of the seven happened just recently, the blessings. One of them is the realization na marami rin pala ang nagmamahal sa akin.” And what are the other four? “Huwag na lang. Sa akin na lang ‘yon.” You were very good in West Side Story (as Maria, the same role played by Natalie Wood in the movie version, with Christian Bautista as Tony, played by Richard Beymer in the movie version). “It was very successful. It was really my dream to do a musical. Alam mo ‘yon, kahit paano nabawasan naman ang lungkot ko. I was getting good reviews. After every performance, big names in the industry were showering me with praises that I never expected in my wildest dream.” Back to the breakup...Was it a mutual decision between you and Dingdong?
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The Dingdong-Karylle breakup: The whole story
CONVERSATIONS With Ricky Lo Philstar, November 9, 2008 Yes, it’s painful but true: Some good things never last. Look at the fairy-tale romance between Dingdong Dantes and Karylle. For three years, they were such a sweet, handsome pair. One morning, the lovely bubble burst. Just like that. For several weeks, amidst all the fuss and the buzz, Dingdong and especially Karylle politely refused to confirm what was already very obvious, keeping their joint promise to “tell the truth and nothing but” only to The STAR because Karylle happens to be one of this paper’s contributors. Even Karylle’s mom, Zsa Zsa Padilla (who broke up with husband Dr. Modesto Tatlonghari when Karylle was a kid), kept a respectful distance from the persistent rumor. What busted the beautiful romance predicted to end happily ever after at the altar? Fingers promptly pointed to Marian Rivera as the “culprit.” Dingdong’s leading lady in the GMA shows Marimar and Dyesebel and now in the GMA Films romance-drama One True Love, she was a credible “principal suspect” because, just weeks before the Dingdong-Karylle yarn hit the tab headlines (initially reported as a “blind item” in this paper’s Funfare column), she broke up with San Sebastian College basketball player Ervic Vejandre, her boyfriend of seven years. Showbizwatchers put two and two together, and that equals... Through it all, while Dingdong was parrying persistent personal questions from the media, Karylle was agonizing in silence, taking comfort in the loving arms of family and friends, shedding quiet tears on their shoulders and, being a pious girl, seeking solace from

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Karylle

the Great Comforter. Now ready to move forward (not just “move on”), Karylle is speaking up for the first and probably last time, pouring out the pain in her heart in a tell-all/no-holdsbarred Conversation (that sounded more like a confession). Many people are wondering if it’s really a breakup, irrevocable; or only a cooling off. “A, okay. Kelangan clear.” What’s the real score? “Breakup. Dati kasi, parang ano lang...cool-off lang.” When did you decide to break up? “The breakup happened end of September. Di ba I was telling you before that we were trying to fix things, ganyan. At the time, we were still going out on dates. Actually, that period was...how should I call it? Basta, at that time, I felt that mas sweet pa nga siya sa akin; walang masyadong pressure. Things were easier. We were just ourselves kasi wala kaming masyadong iniisip.” What caused the breakup? According to Dingdong, it’s “conflict of priorities.” “Well, for me there were many reasons that can’t be summed up in just one statement. It’s hard to trivialize things na, you know, this is the only reason and it’s up to the people to figure it out, na bahala

It is one of the most astonishing and inspiring survival tales of all time. On October 13, 1972, a young rugby team from Montevideo, Uruguay, boarded a plane for a match in Chile—and then vanished into thin air. Two days before Christmas, 16 of the 45 passengers miraculously resurfaced. They had managed to survive for 72 days after their plane crashed on a remote Andean glacier. Thirty-five years later, the survivors return to the crash site—known as the Valley of Tears—to recount their harrowing story of defiant endurance and indestructible friendship. Previously documented in the 1973 worldwide bestseller Alive (and the 1993 Ethan Hawke movie of the same name), this shocking true story finally gets the cinematic treatment it deserves. Visually breathtaking and crafted with riveting detail by documentary filmmaker (and childhood friend of the survivors) Gonzalo Arijón with a masterful combination of on-location interviews, archival footage and reenactments, Stranded is by turns hauntingly powerful and spiritually moving. (Fully subtitled) www.zeitgeistfilms.com/stranded/ This film is Not Rated by the MPAA. Running time 126 minutes. Exclusive Engagement Opens Friday, November 14th Landmark’s Ken Cinema 4061 Adams Avenue – (619) 819-0236

With Ashes of Time Redux, writer/director Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express) delivers the definitive version of his early, rarelyseen, and only martial arts feature. Leslie Cheung (Farewell My Concubine) stars as a master swordsman who has lived in the western desert for many years. He left his home in White Camel Mountain when the woman he loved chose to marry his elder brother rather than him. Instead of seeking glory, he acts as an agent, hiring skilled swordsmen to carry out contract killings. His wounded heart has made him pitiless and cynical, but his encounters with friends, clients and future enemies make him conscious of his solitude. Co-starring a who’s who of classic Hong Kong cinema: Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Tony Leung Ka Fai and Jacky Cheung, with a special appearance by Maggie Cheung. Action choreography by Sammo Hung. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. (Fully subtitled) www.sonyclassics.com/ashesoftimeredux/ This film is Rated R by the MPAA. Running time 93 minutes. Exclusive Engagement Opens Friday, November 28th Landmark’s Ken Cinema 4061 Adams Avenue – (619) 819-0236

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Technology Leaders Applaud Joint Center on Launching New Institute to Focus on How Minorities Use Media

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is currently the associate director of the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health and the founder and executive director emeritus of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. Weiss’ research has investigated subjects including gang violence and violence against intimate partners. She has authored or co-authored numerous papers, including a study of a gang-violence epidemic in Los Angeles, and is considered an expert on the public health approach to reducing violence. Weiss is the former director of the Los Angeles County’s Injury and Violence Prevention Program. “Things are not changing fast enough,” said Weiss. “We need everybody we can muster. I keep looking to build that critical mass of people that can tip this epidemic so that we really look at prevention and community building as opposed to locking youth up.” The California Wellness Foundation is an independent, private foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy

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(Continued from page 11) Chair of the Joint Center’s Board of Governors. During today’s launch of the Institute at the National Press Club in Washington, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman William E. Kennard joined others in highlighting the importance of the new Institute. “Economic success, educational achievement and political engagement are increasingly being shaped and defined by the way people use media and communications technologies,” said Kennard. “And so it is vitally important that those of us who want to improve the socio-economic status of people of color and expand their engagement in the political and public policy arenas must understand how media and technology can advance these goals.” The launch of the Institute comes after an historic election which saw the winning candidate employ both traditional media and new online technologies to bolster fundraising, political outreach and voter turnout efforts -- exemplifying how the use of new media technologies can reach a broad scope of individuals and motivate them to participate in the election process. At today’s launch event, the Joint Center announced that another former FCC chairman, Michael K.

Powell Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners, Inc., will chair the new Institute’s National Advisory Committee. “We hear encouraging things about how African Americans and Hispanic Americans are eagerly adopting the new ways of communicating that technology is making possible,” said Powell. “What’s needed now is a focal point for research and policy activity so that we can know more about these types of trends and suggest ways to leverage our knowledge into real improvements in our communities. We now have that in the Joint Center’s Media and Technology Institute.” Among the Institute’s initial areas of focus will be improving broadband access and online activities among people of color, examining how new media technologies can improve education and health care, and exploring ways that emerging technologies can improve civic engagement and political participation. Larry Irving, former Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will serve as senior fellow for the Joint Center Media and Technology Institute. While at NTIA, he was a principal advisor to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international telecommuni-

cations and information technology issues. In the coming months, the Joint Center will announce the selection of a new Vice President to serve as the Director of the Institute and lead a team of additional senior fellows to undertake the research initiatives. Initial funding for the Institute was provided by Verizon Communications, Comcast Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, National Cable & Telecommunications Association and CTIA - The Wireless Association(R). The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation’s premier research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. For more information about the Joint Center, please visit our Web site at http://www.jointcenter. org.

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Sabay Tayo Kaibigan
Halika sabay tayong maglakad aking kaibigan sa ‘ting patutunguhan maghawakan tayo ng kamay ikaw at ako’y magtutulungan sa lahat ng bagay nang maginhawa nating marating ang paroroonan. Huwag kang mauuna at huwag kang ring pahuhuli maganda ang pakiramdam kung ika’y nasa ‘king tabi malakas ang loob kong kasamaan ay magagapi at tiyak na ligtas tayo anumang ang mangyayari. Maraming salamat at ako ay iyong sinamahan at sa ‘king paglalakbay hindi mo ako iniwanan wala nang dadaig pa sa busilak mong kalooban nang dahil sa iyo buhay ko ngayon ay natanglawan.
prevention, violence prevention, women’s health, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues or special projects outside the funding priorities. Since its first founding in 1992, TCWF has awarded 5,299 grants totaling $660 million . It is one of the state’s largest private foundations. Please visit TCWF’s website at www.tcwf.org for more information, including a newsroom section devoted to the California Peace Prize and the three honorees. High-resolution photos are available.

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Three community leaders to receive Foundation’s 2008 California Peace Prize
Billie Weiss

now.”

Billie Weiss is an epidemiologist and public health champion who has worked for over 20 years to reduce violence against youth. Weiss

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The Law that Matters
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before it has been converted to a Chapter 7 case. But in the above instance any party in interest or the Trustee or the Court may Dismiss or Convert the Chapter 13 petition for cause. Why dismiss and not just convert to Chapter 7? Sometimes waiting for the Court to just dismiss the Chapter 13 petition saves the debtor from filing a motion to convert to avoid needing to show up in Bankruptcy Court and then just file a Chapter 7 petition by paying a new filing fee. Converting a Chapter 13 petition to 7 will save the debtor the filing fee because debtor has to pay the $25 difference in filing fee for a Chapter 7instead of the full amount of $299 if new filing. Chapter 13 filing fee is $274. There are pre filing Bankruptcy planning that a lawyer can discuss with you before you even file a petition in either Chapter 7 or 13 that will allow you to save your assets aside from the ones allowed for exemption. Consult an Attorney who is experienced in Bankruptcy Law before you file your petition so you can maximize the exemptions you may be allowed. [We invite readers to call Atty. A.Erwin Bautista to set up their initial consultation. Atty. Bautista obtained his law degree from Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the Philippines. Atty. Bautista practices Immigration, Bankruptcy, Family, Personal Injury Law and Tax Preparation/Audit Representation. Call him at (619) 474 7755 at his San Diego Office at 550 E. 8th St., #11, National City, Ca 91950 and at (213) 365 7690 at his Los Angeles Office located at 3435 Wilshire Bl., Ste. 2700, Los Angeles, CA 90010.]

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Bankruptcy: Dismissal or Conversion to Chapter 13
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“I kept on saying to them, ‘Let’s save money, let’s think of hungry people,’ but it seemed that my words fell on hard ground. They wouldn’t listen. “As a father whose life was in danger, I wanted to share with them in a few weeks what I would have preached to them in a score of years. “But the words were not enough, so I thought of giving them a visual reminder by painting something that was big and provocative “And so I looked for subjects, for models. I went to the cemetery, I went under the bridge. “Initially, I regarded these children as found objects, because I had never known them personally. After paying them a little money, after feeding them some cheap noodles, I disappeared and painted in my studio alone. “That was the start of my journey. Whenever I looked at my painting every morning, I would hear voices; I would hear that painting speaking to me. I was not the one looking at the painting; the painting was looking at me. “I was not looking at the ragged children. They were looking at me, they were observing me, and they would keep on haunting me. “So after one year, I had no choice but to allow myself to be disturbed and to go back to my studio, gather the Polaroid pictures of the children, and look for every one of them. It was only at that point that I really started to know them intimately and to consider them my friends. Then I really saw the treasure in each one of them; because in going back to them, I was also going back to myself. “I learned a lot of things I had never learned from the university or from rich people, from powerful people. I learned from these children. “Before, they were just the ordinary children I saw around, the ordinary landscape of the city. Now I viewed them in a different way, perhaps accompanied by my relationship with the work I had done through that painting. So our relationships became deeper. “They taught me so many

values, each of them! Heroism, bravery, courage, even Gospel truths — I learned from them. “People would always ask me, ‘What did you give them? What did you teach them?’ I would always reply that they were the ones who had given to me, they were the ones who had taught me, and they were the ones who had fed me.” Joey has reproduced pocket-size copies of Hapag ng Pag-Asa, with the following poem titled Poor Kids in My Pocket at the back: I carry this picture in my pocket, a simple reminder to me that no matter where I am, Jesus and the poor kids are always in my midst. This simple card is not a claim stub to withdraw some blessings in return. It is not a ticket to free me from guilt nor a good luck charm to protect me from harm. It’s not even to tag me as a man of charity for all the world to see. It’s simply an understanding between Jesus and me. When I put my hand in my ocket to bring out my wallet. it is NOT for alms-giving. This picture just makes me remember that I must have a heart to share that a part of me has to be offered in simple service and deeds to the countless little children whose future is obscure, who suffer and shiver in the dark whose voices are unheard, whose nightmares come at daytime, and whose monsters are real. It’s a symbol of my nearness to God. So, I carry this little piece in my pocket, reminding no one but me, that I can give hope if only I care. (Note: Joey Velasco is now in the States for a two-week exhibit of his works, starting on Monday, Nov. 3, in L.A. and San Diego in California, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Beneficiaries are the 12 Hapag kids of Negros and the 12 Hapag kids of Cagayan de Oro.)

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“Yes, it was. We reached that decision after a long process...” That was what Dingdong also said... “...our schedules didn’t jibe. During weekdays, he was busy with tapings and shooting. On weekends naman, when he was free, ako naman ang hindi because I was busy with West Side.” Were your kissing scenes with Christian a factor in the breakup? “No.”
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In the same way that Dingdong’s kissing scenes with Marian (in Marimar and in Dyesebel) were not? You know, part of the profession lang. “I look at them that way.” Did you watch Marimar and Dyesebel? “Oo, actually.” How did you feel when Dingdong was kissing Marian? “You know, kapag may ganoong eksena, he would ask me kung puede o hindi.” During those trying moments, did you run to your mom for, you know, consolation...moral support? “My mom has been in the States for weeks now. But I talk to her long-distance every day.”

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Wow, girls, huh. Plural! “That was on a lighter note habang nagbibiruan kami. I just wanted to say that.” And what did he say? “He said, ‘They will just have to accept it’.” One crucial question: Are you and Marian okay? “You know, this is the truth: I always make it a point to say ‘Hi!’ to her. When I see her at S.O.P., kahit hindi niya ako makita nilalapitan ko siya and I say ‘Hi!’ to her.” Does she say “Hi!” back? “Well, she does. I really make it a point to approach her. Kahit isang daang tao pa ang nakaharang, nakikipagsiksikan ako just to say ‘Hi!’ to her.” Marian insisted that she has nothing to do with what happened between you and Dingdong. (Laughs again) “Ewan ko! I don’t know. Isang tao lang naman ang dapat kong tanungin at ‘yon ang sagot niya. So, ‘yon lang ‘yon. ‘Yung iba pang alam ko, sa ibang tao ko na nalaman.” (E-mail reactions at rickylo@ philstar.net.ph or at entphilstar@ yahoo.com)

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What does she say about the whole thing? “Ask her na lang. Better na siya na lang ang magsabi.” So you are now moving on? “I won’t say, ‘Moving on.’ I’d rather say, ‘Moving forward’ para mas mabilis, mas visual.” Isn’t really there any chance of you getting back together again? “Puede bang huwag ko na lang sagutin ‘yan?” Was Dingdong faithful? (Laughs wanly) “Basta ang masasabi ko lang diyan...I asked him and he said...teka, ano ba ang sinabi niya? He said he never cheated on me and I trusted him.” And you believed him? “Well, I trusted him.” Wasn’t there really any “third party involved”? (Laughs some more) “Basta, all I can say is that I asked him and he said, ‘None.’ Kanino pa ba naman ako magtatanong? So, I trusted him with that answer.” Are you and Dingdong still friends? “Well, he said na matapos lang ito, gusto daw niya ako maging best friend. Okay lang ba ‘yon? I’m just quoting him, huh.” And his confidante? “I told him, ‘Teka muna, kakayanin ba ‘yan ng mga girls mo?’”

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