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ABS CBN News | SAN FRANCISCO, 5/13/2013 - As the Senate tackles immigration reform, a new report from a California university takes a closer look at what undocumented immigration looks like in that state. US experts often look to California when examining trends in undocumented immigration and with good

reason. The Golden State is a common point of entry into the country and its diverse population offers a clearer picture of the life of undocumented immigrants. A new study by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California found one-quarter of the undocumented immigrant workforce in the US lives in California and estimates that 7 percent of residents in the state are there illegally. That translates to 2.6 million people. In Los Angeles County alone, the country's most populous county, the study found 1 in 10 residents there
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Erap completes political comeback as new mayor of Manila

GMA News | MANILA, 5/17/2013 Former President Joseph Estrada was proclaimed the mayor-elect of Manila City on Tuesday afternoon after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decided to lower the threshold of votes needed to proclaim a winner. It marks the return to office of one of the country's most popular politicians. Estrada had been convicted of plunder in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison, but was pardoned by thenPresident Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He came in second to Noynoy

Aquino in the 2010 presidential race. This will be his first elective position since he was ousted in 2001. Estrada had also been the long-time mayor in San Juan until he was replaced in 1986, after the People Power Revolt that toppled the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and swept
(Continued on page 19) | MANILA 5/16/2013 – The Commission on Elections Inspired by a True Story .... (Comelec) proclaimed on Thursday night Team PNoy senatorial candidate Grace Poe and 5 other topnotchers in the Senate race. “You are most welcome, Aside from Poe, the other George. And you too, Rona,” senators proclaimed are Fr. Alfonso said, graciously Team PNoy candidates Loren showing them the rectory’s Legarda (Nationalist People’s modest guest quarters. “And Coalition), Alan Peter Cayetalittle Christina, of course no (Nacionalista Party), Fran-- she’ll liven up this old cis Escudero (independent) convent for sure.” and Sonny Angara (Laban “It will only be for a ng Demokratikong Pilipino), week or two…until I find and United Nationalist Alliwork, Fr. Alfonso,” said ance (UNA) candidate Nancy George, apologetically. Binay. “Not to worry, amigo, “ Binay did not show up for the old pastor said, reassurthe proclamation after UNA ingly. “You’ve had a rough… protested the partial proclamauhh, two years? Stay for as tion. long as you need to. What UNA spokesman Toby did our Spanish colonizers Tiangco told the ABS-CBN say? Mi casa es su casa! My News Channel (ANC) he does house is your house, “ he winked. not know why Binay did not It was getting dark, so the kindly old priest turned on the bedroom’s fluorescent light show up at the proclamation. and the small capiz lamp by the study desk. He checked the mattresses, pillows, and blanHe criticized the Comelec kets, making sure they were clean. for proclaiming the 6 candidates with only 72 out of 304 “You have to forgive me, young lady, “ he turned to Rona. “This is a very poor parish certificates of canvass (COCs) and I can’t afford to hire a housekeeper. A lady comes in once a week to help with the launor 22% of COCs canvassed. dry, God bless her. She’s the mother of one of our seminarians. But, I do the cooking and “Why the hurry? 22% is cleaning myself, “ he said rather triumphantly. not even half (of the COCs),” “I can do the cooking and cleaning, Father,” Rona quickly offered. he said. “Oh no, you are my royal guests, so rest and enjoy! It’s good for my soul to do these Poe is the clear leader chores, you know.” Then with a mischievous smile, he added, “but, if you insist…” in the race, racking up 16,303,640 votes, according (Continued on page 10) to the latest partial and unofficial tally of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, which gets its results from the Comelec transparency server. The total number services, AIDS/HIV prevenforce Congress and the BY CESAR D. CANof precincts counted in the untion and treatment, and food Obama administration to DARI, MD‘61 | Henderson reach an agreement on federal safety programs are also to be official tally is now at 59,543 NV. 5/17/2013 -- Sequesout of 78,166. reduced, as are payments to deficit reduction in order to tration is the budget cuts -“Nakikita namin na ‘yung avert large cuts to defense and health care providers.” which will slash $1.2 trillion fi rst 6 hindi na maaapektuhan Under the current sequester non-defense programs. from federal spending over rules; Medicare will be cut by so we’re proclaiming, walang What is the impact to the next decade. It has taken nagmamadali,” explained $100 billion over the next 10 Medical care? more than a year of anticipaComelec Commissioner Sixto years, with $11 million to be An up-to-date statement tion about whether Congress Brillantes. cut in 2013. This is a 2% cut from Massachusetts Medical and President Barack Obama Comelec’s official count showed to physicians and clinicians Society (MMS) : “More than would strike a compromise, Poe leading the race with 6,978,111. (estimated at $4.9 billion) and a billion dollars in disaster however, finally it kicked“I didn’t really expect this. Ang 2% to hospitals (estimated at relief, more than $350 miloff March 1. Enumerable dasal ko palagi na sana naman kung $5.6 billion) and will lead to lion for the Centers for Disarticles are written on these nanaisin ng Diyos na ako’y magwagi 496,000 jobs being eliminated ay sana malagay ako sa pwesto na subjects. In tidbits, this is my ease Control and Prevention, in 2013 and a loss of 766,000 medyo komportable. Huwag naman and more than $133 million overview, for everyone to jobs by 2021, as stated below. sa 11 or 12, ngunit higit pa diyan for the Food and Drug Admake their own take. In the ministration are among the first place the act was consid(Continued on page 9) (Continued on page 2) ered a “last resort” that would scheduled cuts. Mental health

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tion,” Ambassador Cuisia said as he expressed confidence that the Department of Justice would be able to successfully prosecute other reported cases of political killings in the country. “There is no denying that the Philippines still has a long way to go when it comes to human rights but these two convictions should leave no room for doubt about the Aquino Administration’s firm resolve to put an end to the culture of impunity that pervaded in our country,” Ambassador Cuisia said. The latest conviction announced on Wednesday by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was that of Marlon Recamata, the confessed gunman in the murder of Palawan broadcaster and environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega. were “Medicare/Medicaid/government regulations,” “reimbursement issues” and “uncertainty/changes of health reform.” It is stated that physicians would not escape the effects, as nearly 62,000 jobs would disappear from or fail to materialize at doctors’ offices and other health professionals’ offices through 2021. It is undeniable that office-based physicians continue to play a vital role in the economy. Doctor’s practices supported about 4 million jobs in 2009, and today, the indirect and direct impact of cuts to Medicare would destabilize physician offices across the country. The future of the Medicare program is of concern to most physicians. In addition while these cuts alone will be devastating to physician practices and patient access to care, physicians are also facing present and future financial penalties if they do not successfully participate in multiple Medicare programs, including the e-prescribing program, the electronic health record meaningful use program, and the physician quality reporting system, as well as the valuebased modifier. It has been proven that hospitals are

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The Fiancée’s Child
by Jean S. Tinsay, Esq. Ernie, a U.S. citizen is engaged to Liwayway, a widow he met while he was on vacation in the Philippines. Liwayway has a 19 year old daughter, Daria. She told Ernie that she could not bear to be separated from her only daughter and would be devastated if she would be left behind. Ernie would like to bring both of them at the same time to the United States. However, he knew that by the time he marries Liwayway, Daria no longer will qualify as his stepdaughter because she is already 19 years old. Ernie is now in a quandary as to how he could fulfill the wishes of his dear fiancée. Ernie is correct, if he marries Liwayway whether in the Philippines or when she arrives in the United States, he will not be able to file an immigrant relative petition for Daria. To qualify as a stepchild, the marriage establishing the stepparentstepchild relationship must occur prior to the 18th birthday of the stepchild. But all is not lost, what Ernie needs to do is to immediately file a fiancée petition for Liwayway. Once approved, Liwayway will be issued a K-1 nonimmigrant fiancée visa. Daria, provided, she is below 21 years old will be issued a K-2 nonimmigrant visa as the minor child of Liwayway. Section 101(a)(15)(K)(iii) of the INA provides for issuance of a nonimmigrant visa to the “minor child” who is accompanying or following to join the fiancé(e) parent. In Matter of Le, 25 I&N Dec. 541 (BIA 2011), the Court in defining “minor child” adopted the definition of “child” in Section 101(b)(1) of the Act which is an unmarried person under 21 years of age. Thus, Liwayway enters the United States on a K-1 nonimmigrant visa and Daria will enter and seek admission to the United States not as the stepchild of Ernie, but as Liwayway’s derivative minor child. Upon arrival in the United States, Liwayway and Ernie are required to marry within ninety (90) days in order for Liwayway and Daria to be eligible to file adjustment of status applications. 8 CFR 214.2(k)(6)(ii) provides: Upon contracting a valid marriage to the petitioner within 90 days of his or her admission as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a valid K-1 visa issued on or after November 10, 1986, the K-1 beneficiary and his or her minor children may apply for adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident under section 245 of the Act. Pursuant to this provision, Daria as a minor child of a K-1 beneficiary will be eligible to adjust to that of a permanent resident. Pursuant to the holding in Matter of Le, her eligibility to adjust status is determined at the time of her admission to the United States. In short, provided Daria enters and is admitted to the United States prior to her turning 21, she will be able to adjust status as the derivative minor child of a K-1

Budget Cuts
(Continued from page 1) Even before the Sequestration started, statements gathered from analysis of the impact of Sequestration to Medical Care are hereby summarized taken from “The Negative Employment Impacts of the Medicare Cuts in the Budget Control Act of 2011,” by Tripp Umbach (see job losses below) “Large scheduled budget reductions in Medicare are projected to harm not only physician practices and hospitals, but also other employers more indirectly tied to the health care industry. Research sponsored by the American Hospital Assn. projected a total of 766,000 job losses through 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/10/2013 —The Philippine Embassy today welcomed the reported conviction of the gunmen involved in two cases of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, saying this underscores Manila’s strong commitment to address human rights violations. In a statement, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said the convictions should convince the international community and civil society that the Aquino Government is exerting serious efforts to bring perpetrators of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations to justice. “These convictions are much-awaited developments that show that the Philippines is heading toward the right direcstemming from the Medicare budget contraction of about $120 billion over the decade.” Sector Job losses Hospitals 144,006 Nursing facilities 63,946 Physician and other offices 61,809 Labs 56,527 Home health 39,143 Real estate 35,040 Food services 33,612 Employment services 23,498 Wholesale trades 12,965 Health retail stores 11,444 Most doctors are now waiting to see what happens. It has been stated, “about 90 percent of doctors are completely uninformed about what the government’s doing. A lot of them are in this free-floating anxiety mode.” Even physicians with no plans for career change are worried about the profession for reasons related to Obamacare. A sweeping survey of 13,575 doctors released in September by the Physicians Foundation found that 77 percent were pessimistic about the future of medicine. The main reason: malpractice lawsuits, which the president’s law did little to address. After that, the top factors cited

Recamata was sentenced by Judge Angelo Rizala of the Puerto Princesa Regional Trial Court to reclusion perpetua to life imprisonment for shooting Ortega to death on 24 January 2011. Recamata’s conviction followed that of Clarito Arizobal alias Boy Zapanta, the accused gunman in the killing of Bicol journalist Rowell Endrinal. Arizobal was found guilty of murder and sentenced to serve the penalty of reclusion perpetua by Judge Frank E. Lobrigo of the Regional Trial Court of Legazpi City on Monday for killing Endrinal, publisher of the Bicol Metro News and commentator of radio station DZRC, on 11 February 2004. ###

the largest component of the health care sector and employ more than 5.4 million people. Two out of every three dollars spent on hospital care goes to the wages and salaries of caregivers and other workers. Business analysis stated that , “the goods and services hospitals and hospital workers purchase from other businesses create additional jobs and economic value for the community. Hospitals rank second only to restaurants as the top source of private sector jobs. Apparently, sequestration would not affect Medicaid, the “numero uno” of the Affordable Care Act pressed by President Barack Obama- the joint federal-state health program for the poor. There will be reductions in payments to hospitals, physicians and other care providers, including Medicare Advantage plans and the companies running the Medicare Part D plans. According to Dr. Gary Wiltz, the chairman-elect of the board of the National Association of Community Health (Continued on page 19)

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Brain Diseases Affecting More People and Starting Earlier Than Ever Before | May 10, 2013 — Professor Colin Pritchard's latest research published in journal Public Health has found that the sharp rise of dementia and other neurological deaths in people under 74 cannot be put down to the fact that we are living longer. The rise is because a higher proportion of old people are being affected by such conditions -- and what is really alarming, it is starting earlier and affecting people under 55 years. Of the 10 biggest Western countries the USA had the worst increase in all neurological deaths, men up 66% and women 92% between 1979-2010. The UK was 4th highest, men up 32% and women 48%. In terms of numbers of deaths, in the UK, it was 4,500 and now 6,500, in the USA it was 14,500 now more than 28,500 deaths. Professor Pritchard of Bournemouth University says: "These statistics are about real people and families, and we need to recognise that there is an 'epidemic' that clearly is influenced by environmental and societal changes." Tessa Gutteridge, Director YoungDementia UK says that our society needs to learn that dementia is increasingly affecting people from an earlier age: "The lives of an increasing number of families struggling with workingage dementia are made so much more challenging by services which fail to keep pace with their needs and a society which believes dementia to be an illness of old age." Bournemouth University researchers, Professor Colin Pritchard and Dr Andrew Mayers, along with the University of Southampton's Professor David Baldwin show that there are rises in total neurological deaths, including the dementias, which are starting earlier, impacting upon patients, their families and health and social care services, exemplified by an 85% increase in UK Motor Neurone Disease deaths. The research highlights that there is an alarming 'hidden epidemic' of rises in neurological deaths between 1979-2010 of adults (under 74) in Western countries, especially the UK. Total neurological deaths in both men and women rose significantly in 16 of the countries covered by the research, which is in sharp contrast to the major reductions in deaths from all other causes. Over the period the UK has the third biggest neurological increase, up 32% in men and 48% in women, whilst women's neurological deaths rose faster than men's in most countries. Professor Pritchard said, "These rises in neurological deaths, with the earlier onset of the dementias, are devastating for families and pose a considerable public health problem. It is NOT that we have more old people but rather more old people have more brain disease than ever before, including Alzheimer's. For example there are two new British charities, The Young Parkinson's Society and Young Dementia UK, which are a grass-roots response to these rises. The need for such charities would have been inconceivable a little more than 30 years ago." When asked what he thought caused the increases he replied, "This has to be speculative but it cannot be genetic because the period is too short. Whilst there will be some influence of more elderly people, it does not account for the earlier onset; the differences between countries nor the fact that more women have been affected, as their lives have changed more than men's over the

Power of Prayer: Studies Find Prayer Can Lead to Cooperation, Forgiveness in Relationships | May 14, 2013 — Praying for a romantic partner or close friend can lead to more cooperative and forgiving behavior toward the partner, according to a new study co-authored by a Florida State University researcher. The findings are significant because they are the first in which the partners who are the subject of the prayers reported a positive change in the behavior of the person who prayed, said Frank D. Fincham, scholar and director of the Florida State University Family Institute. "My previous research had shown that those who prayed for their partner reported more prosocial behavior toward their partner, but self-reports are subject to potential biased reporting," Fincham said. "This set of studies is the very first to use objective indicators to show that prayer changed actual behavior, and that this behavior was apparent to the other partner, the subject of the prayer." In addition, objective observers found those who engaged in partner-focused prayer exhibited more positive behavior toward their partners compared to those who did not pray for their partner. Fincham is one of several authors of the study led by Nathanial Lambert, a former FSU doctoral student who is now an assistant professor at Brigham Young University. Their paper, "Shifting Toward Cooperative Tendencies and Forgiveness: How Partner-Focused Prayer Transforms Motivation," was published in the journal Personal Relationships. In addition to Lambert and Fincham, the co-authors are C. Nathan DeWall and Richard Pond of the University of Kentucky and Steven R. Beach of the University of Georgia. The paper reports the results of five separate studies designed to find out whether partner-focused prayer shifted individuals toward cooperative behaviors and tendencies both over time and in the immediate aftermath of hurtful behavior. Among the findings: •Participants who prayed more frequently for their partner were rated as less vengeful in discussing something the partner had done to upset or annoy them. •The partners of participants who prayed for them noticed more forgiving behavior than the partners of participants who were assigned to set aside time each day to think positive thoughts about them. •Participants assigned to pray following a partner's hurtful behavior were more cooperative with their partners compared to participants assigned to engage in thinking about God. •Participants who prayed for a close relationship partner on days in which conflict occurred reported higher levels of cooperative tendencies and forgiveness than on days when conflict occurred and they did not pray. "These findings highlight the potential benefit of using partner-focused prayer, where culturally appropriate, in clinical settings or in relationship education programs," the researchers wrote. In addition to informing relationship education and couples therapy for religious clients, the research findings may also help clarify the types of interventions -- that is, those that increase cooperation in order to facilitate forgiveness -- that might be developed for nonreligious couples, according to the researchers. Study participants were undergraduate college students who indicated they were comfortable with prayer and praying for others. Further studies need to be conducted with older, more mature or more ethnically diverse couples to ensure that the effects of partner-focused prayer is not limited to young adult relationships, the researchers said. Until recently, social scientists have stayed away from studying religion, spirituality and especially prayer, Fincham said, despite the fact that some 5 billion people, or about 75 percent of the world's population, profess some religious faith. "In the United States, some 90 percent of people say that they pray at least occasionally, and prayer is a form of spiritual activity common to all the Abrahamic traditions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with strong parallels in other religious traditions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Shinto," Fincham said. "Yet we know very little about its role in romantic relationships. This is the first time that objective indicators have documented the impact of prayer in such relationships."

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Scientists have found that the sharp rise of dementia and other neurological deaths in people under 74 cannot be put down to the fact that we are living longer. The rise is because a higher proportion of old people are being affected by such conditions -- and what is really alarming, it is starting earlier and affecting people under 55 years. (Credit: © Colinda McKie / Fotolia) period, all indicates multiple environmental factors. Considering the changes over the last 30 years -- the explosion in electronic devices, rises in background non-ionising radiation- PC's, micro waves, TV's, mobile phones; road and air transport up four-fold increasing background petro-chemical pollution; chemical additives to food etc. There is no one factor rather the likely interaction between all these environmental triggers, reflecting changes in other conditions. For example, whilst cancer deaths are down substantially, cancer incidence continues to rise; levels of asthma are un-precedented; the fall in male sperm counts -- the rise of autoimmune diseases -- all point to life-style and environmental influences. These `statistics' are about real people and families, and we need to recognise that there is an `epidemic' that clearly is influenced by environmental and societal changes." Link: releases/2013/05/130510075502.htm Not only are sweet potatoes readily available, inexpensive, and delicious, there are many other reasons to love these yummy vegetables. Here are 9: 1. They are high in vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks. 2. They are a good source of vitamin C. While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be linked to cancer. 3. They contain Vitamin D which is critical for immune system and overall health at this time of year. Both a vitamin and a hormone, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. You may have heard about seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, as it is also called), which is linked to inadequate sunlight and therefore a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland. 4. Sweet potatoes contain iron. Most people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things. 5. Sweet potatoes are a good source of magnesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the population in North America may be deficient in this important mineral. 6. They are a source of potassium, one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Like the other electrolytes, potassium performs many essential functions, some of which include relaxing muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and protecting and controlling the activity of the kidneys. 7. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain. 8. Their rich orange colour indicates that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body. Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging. Studies at Harvard University of more than 124,000 people showed a 32 percent reduction in risk of lung cancer in people who consumed a variety of carotenoid-rich foods as part of their regular diet.2 Another study of women who had completed treatment for early stage breast cancer conducted by researchers at Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) found that women with the highest blood concentrations of carotenoids had the least likelihood of cancer recurrence. 9. There are versatile. Try them roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled. You can add them to soups and stews, or grill and place on top of leafy greens for a delicious salad. I enjoy grilling them with onions and red peppers for amazing sandwich or wrap ingredients. Puree them and add to smoothies and baked goods. -- Link: http://refreshingnews99.

The 8 Biggest Health Problems Americans Face
What are the biggest health problems in the U.S.? It depends on whom you ask. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would put heart disease at the top of the list, since it's the leading cause of death in the nation. If we looked to Google for an answer, Americans searched for information about hemorrhoids more than any other health problem in 2012. Probably the best source to ask about the biggest health problems facing Americans, though, are Americans themselves. Here are the top eight health problems identified by U.S. respondents in a 2012 Gallup poll. 1. AccessFor the 10th year in a row, Americans listed access to health care as one of their top two concerns. Obamacare's mandate that individuals purchase insurance goes into effect in 2014, so it will be interesting to see if this issue remains near the top of the list. For now, nearly a quarter of all Americans view access as the nation's most significant health issue. 2. CostThe high cost of health care has also ranked in the top two problems cited by Americans since 2003. If health insurance company predictions come true, expect this issue to stay among American's top concerns. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said that a "premium rate shock" was in store for next year with some insurance premiums doubling. Bertolini isn't alone with this line of thinking. UnitedHealth Group warned brokers earlier this year that some customers could see their premiums more than double, and some small business rates could jump by as much as 50%. Insurers like Aetna and UnitedHealth will raise premiums largely because of the increased numbers of individuals with poor health who will buy insurance under Obamacare. Aetna actually encouraged brokers to reenroll members at the end of 2013 rather than in 2014 to delay cost increases. Both Aetna and UnitedHealth will attempt to make up for any negatives from the individual insurance market by growing their respective Medicare and Medicaid managed care businesses. 3. ObesityThe number of Americans who think obesity is the most urgent health problem has doubled in the last six years. According to the CDC, more than a third of adult Americans are obese. Some economists estimate that obesity-related costs account for more than 20% of total U.S. health-care expenditures. 4. CancerCancer continues to take its toll on Americans, causing more than 570,000 deaths in 2011. Understandably, the disease ranks highly among health challenges that face the U.S. The good news is that more effective treatments have become available with more on the way. For example, Medivation and partner Astellas Pharma received approval for prostate cancer drug Xtandi last August -- three months ahead of schedule. Medivation also recently obtained a positive recommendation for Xtandi in Europe. (Continued on page 18)

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In Perspective
by Genevieve Tagudin Silverio
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Grateful Hearts
tinues to flash that effervescent smile, a trademark of her irrepressible optimism and a kind reminder to friends that there isn’t anything in life that cannot be overcome with grace and daring. At the event, Edna was feted by her children Daryl and Rhea -- with hubby Dante beaming with pride -- as someone who deeply believes in family. To the rest of us she is the career woman who has made her mark as a successful financial planning consultant, the friend who continues to build bridges and kindle life-long friendships along the way. I cannot think of any other influential Filipina American leader who has cultivated such a large circle of friends effectively and quietly, that is until the rousing noise of friends doing the macarena dance number and hipster tribute at her 60th bash got started on the love boat. As the boat sailed off, I tweeted a note from mom to kids: This is what parties look like after 50 -- you can party all you want BEFORE the sun goes down (so you can see your way back home in daylight) and get heady on the memories and non-alcoholic drinks. Edna, the gracious diplomat, also took the time to thank the hundreds of guests individually long after the party was over. True to form, she was the one thanking us for the treat instead of the other way around. I imagine her guests read a note she wrote to each one, similar to the message she sent below: HELLO from a JOYFUL, GRATEFUL HEART that turned 60 -- and PHOTOS aboard the Hornblower Dinner Cruise BIG THANKS for sharing your precious time and friendship with us last 20th April, GEN & SIM! I will cherish this rosary, Gen. Do you know I have a collection of rosaries? So, this is a welcome addition to the collection. On my Birthday, the 18th of April, I drove

I have had the opportunity to cherish life’s wonderful moments in the past few weeks with friends and family. it began with the celebration of Edna Concepcion’s Sweet 16 (oops!) 60th birthday celebration on board the Lord Hornblower in mid-April and then continued on to several blessed birthday celebrations that bridge three generations in my family, that of my sister, my daughter and my grandson over a span of five days and ending on April 30th. Sometimes it takes friends like Edna Concepcion to realize it as I pause to savor my blessings in the midst of an unpredictable day; if only to relish the small things that make up these moments through the years, just like the unmistakable “Concepcion smile” that greet you from a block away. It was wonderful to hear about this woman in the words of her children. Edna is a survivor. She was born with a health issue at birth and astonished her doctors by trumping the odds and emerging with the reputation and will of a fighter. Indeed, instead of feeling lessened by obstacles that may seem too much for others, she has thrived while taking others along on her unstoppable pursuit of celebrating life “like its 1969” (as the artist formerly known as Prince reminds the hippie generation). To date she con-

up to the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles to get sworn in for my dual citizenship status. Consul General Hellen Barber Dela Vega sworn me in and gave me a rosary from Myanmar, her post as Philippine Ambassador prior to Los Angeles, as a Birthday present!! Thus, I have two beautiful rosaries from two beautiful friends added to my collection!! My Birth week has been one incredible, wonderful one -- truly a milestone! Thank you again for your friendship through the years….Enjoy the photos!! What’s clear is Edna is an original who has mastered the art of hope and gratitude. On a side note, the rosary was made by hand by the wonderful nuns of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Our Savior in Roundtop, NY. Hopefully, it comes prepackaged with prayers and thanksgiving. As a gift, the rosary is a reminder of the Hail Mary moments we have had and need more of in life. I just can’t imagine how many Hail Mary passes Edna must have completed to make it to year 60 at full throttle. **** On May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I was fortunate enough to attend the last mass of the day at the Little Flower Chapel in La Mesa. The chapel is located in an assisted living facility run by the

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Founder, President & CEO Kalusugan Community Services.

by Dr. Ofelia Dirige

Due to changes in government policies regarding the health care of the frail and elderly, HADHC has become a community based adult services (CBAS), effective April 2012. Just like the program of the adult day health care, services such as skilled nursing, social services, therapies, personal care, family/caregiver training and support, meals, transportation and case management are provided by the Center. HEALTHY HEART, HEALTHY FAMILIES PROGRAM Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of all Americans and is one of the leading causes of death among Filipino Americans (FilAms). Stroke is the third leading cause of death in this population. High blood pressure (HBP), high blood cholesterol, overweight/obesity, smoking, not physically active, and diabetes are all factors that increase a person’s risk of CVD. Filipinos have the highest rates of hypertension (medical term for HBP). Thirty percent of them don’t know they have it and 25% are on medication but their blood pressure is still above safe levels; and 10% are doing nothing to lower it. The good news is that people can lower their risk of HBP by making some lifestyle changes such as: maintaining a healthy weight or lose weight if overweight; being physically active; following a healthy eating plan; limiting salt intake; drinking alcohol in moderation; taking prescribed drugs as directed; quitting smoking; and knowing one’s blood pressure level and work to keep it at a safe level. Here’s the wonderful news for the FilAms in San Diego! The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS), have developed a program or manual entitled, “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family.” This manual provides all the information you need to put the heart health project into action in the community. Through this manual individuals can be taught to build healthy skills and make lasting changes to fight heart disease and improve their health. It can also be used to train community health workers, educate members of the FilAm community and serve as a basis for other community activities. “HEALTHY HEART, HEALTHY FAMILY”, is a heart health manual consisting of a series of 12 lessons that outlines the different risk factors for heart disease and what to do about it. It is very simple, culturally tailored to the FilAm population, and contains description of the lessons around the coast where you can learn to surf. Qualified teachers will have you carving up the waves and hanging ten in no time, even if you’ve never been in the surf before. There are drop-in day schools or multi-day camps and all you need is a cozzie (bathing suit) and a sense of humour – surfboards, wetsuits and expert tuition are all provided. An undersea like nowhere else When you plunge into Australia’s underwater world, you meet the ‘locals’ on their turf. Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia is the best place on the planet to swim with whale sharks - the world’s largest fish. The docile behemoths loom out of the depths with mouths gaping like aircraft hangars, effortlessly gliding past the small group of snorkelers suspended in the warm waters – leaving you gulping in disbelief. You need to take an organised tour to swim with the whale sharks, but you can simply wade in off the beach to see graceful manta rays, turtles and stunning corals. Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is crowded with garishly-dressed fish and eye-popping corals and the Aussies have devised plenty of adventurous ways to see them. You can sail aboard just about any type of boat – from former racing sloops to tall ships and cruising catamarans. Dive operators offer trips to the reef, as well as world-class wreck diving. Or you can just jump in with a mask and snorkel – either way, you’re immersed in a dazzling realm of colour and plenty. If you’re ready to up the adrenaline, try swimming with saltwater crocodiles – the world’s largest reptile - at Crocosaurus Cove in the Northern Territory, or head to South Australia and submerge yourself in a purpose-built pen to hand feed 300kg tuna as they shoot past like massive silver bullets. And if that’s not enough of a buzz, you can get face to face with the most frightening ocean predator of all: the Great White shark. Tours from Port Lincoln, South Australia, involve climbing into a steel cage to be circled by one of the ocean’s most efficient killers. Switching to a fresh water theme, you could try your hand at catching a mighty Barramundi – famous as a great fighter and even better eating fish – in the crocodile-inhabited estuaries of the Northern Territory; or raft the wild waters of the World Heritage-listed Franklin River on Tasmania’s west coast. On a five, seven or 10-day expedition, you’ll paddle through tranquil rainforests and gorges, surging rapids – and some of the most beautiful and inaccessible wilderness on earth.

as well as practical exercises. There are picture frames included if it is not possible to use a projector and several booklets that go along with it. They are all translated into Tagalog. The following are the topics: • Knowledge is Power: Know your risk of Heart Disease • Act in time to Heart Attack signs • Get energized! Say yes to Physical Activity • Help you heart: Control your High Blood Pressure • Be heart smart: Keep your cholesterol in Check • Keep the beat: Aim for a healthy weight • Protect your heart: Prevent and control diabetes • Welcome heart healthy eating into your home • Eat in a heart healthy way-even when time or money is tight • Take control of your health: Enjoy living smoke free • Review and graduation • Use Evaluation to track your progress Our community health workers and nurses have been trained on how to use the manual and we are inviting organization to participate in this project by allowing them to teach a group of 25-30 members on the 10 lessons in the “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” manual. It can be taught in three lessons within 2 hours once a month over a period of four months or several lessons in a week for four months. The schedule is flexible and can be taught depending on the availability of the participants. From time to time they will have helpers who are being trained on how to use the manual. If you are interested to participate in this project, please let anyone of them know so they can start right away. Besides attending learning sessions, participants will develop skills on how to prepare healthy meals, be physically active, given handouts that they can take home and share with their families and meet new friends. The overall benefit of participation is learning about healthy life style and skills to adopt heart healthy behaviors. This will lead to prevention of heart disease and a longer, healthier and more productive life through old age and beyond. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Dr. Dirige at (619) 477-3392 or send email to For more information, visit also our website: Many thanks for your interest and participation. The Outback Australia’s immense outback and diverse landscapes yield many world-class single and multi-day walking tracks that test the mettle of the hardiest hiker. In Tassie, use Cradle Mountain as a base, and take day walks in the wild beauty of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, or trek the six-day, 60km Overland Track, traversing mist-shrouded moors, mountain passes and primeval rainforests, to reach Australia’s deepest natural lake, Lake St Clair. And when you’ve had enough terrestrial adventure, it’s time to take to the skies. Take a hot air balloon trip over Canberra and look down on Parliament House, or watch kangaroos bounding across the red desert plain from a wicker basket over Alice Springs. Drift over the vineyards of the Yarra Valley in Victoria or the glitzy high rises and glamorous beaches of Queensland’s Gold Coast. Turn your back on the beaten path Aussies are an adventurous bunch, rarely content to take the road most travelled. So if there’s a way to make an experience more exciting, they’ve probably found a way to do it. You can zip-line through the Daintree rainforest canopy; jump off tall buildings, bungee off bridges and parachute out of perfectly good planes. Surfers Paradise has theme parks aplenty and all over the Outback you can ride horses, bulls, bikes and even camels. And you don’t need to visit a zoo to get up close and personal with extraordinary wildlife in every corner of the country: koalas on Kangaroo Island, devils in Tassie, crocs in Kakadu and mobs of kangaroos all through the outback. You’ll find adventure in the big cities as well: see Sydney harbour from a kayak or, for the ultimate view, climb to the top of the Coat Hanger with BridgeClimb. Choosing your own Aussie adventure is just a matter of deciding how you like your adrenaline cocktail: gently stirred or vigorously shaken? And the best part is, right now it’s wide open, inviting, and, depending on where you are, much cooler than here. Now do you see why it should be on your top 10 list? You’re welcome.

As I mentioned in my last article I was invited by the staff of Horizons Adult Day Health Care (HADHC), a CBAS Provider, to be their guest speaker at their 12th anniversary celebration last May 3, Friday, from 10:30 AM to 12 noon located at 1415 East 8th Street, National City. I also inducted the new set of officers of the organization. More than 300 were in attendance. Thanks to the efforts of managers and staff of the facility for the job well done in keeping the Day Care booming with lots of participants. Thanks also for Ross and Marina for the vision they had for establishing the Center. There was an excellent program of speeches and entertainment Guests were all dressed up and happy to share with their celebration and enjoy the delicious Chinese food. Kalusugan Community Services have been collaborating with HADHC since the FilAm Wellness Center (FWC) opened in 2002. It is just a building away from HADHC. We have been providing educational materials to the Day Care Center and sponsoring workshops on the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Members and staff of the Day Care Center also attend our workshops at FWC and help up in fund raising events such as our garage sales. The “Healthy Heart, Healthy Families” program on how to prevent heart disease will start at the Day Care Center in the next few weeks. It is a curriculum developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) that consists of 10 sessions and can be taught in 3- 4 weeks. It will be taught by the nurses/ community health workers (CHW) Lydia Duro, Rose San Pedro and Fe Rivero. HISTORY OF HADHC: 2001-2012 By Staff of HADHC HADHC opened on May 7, 2001 in its

Horizons Adult Day Health Care (HADHC): “ Healthy Heart, Healthy Families Program”

Elections: You Win Some, You Lose Some!
The most recently held elections brought mixed feelings to a lot of Filipinos. This is because as in most, if not all battles, there are losers and there are winners. If one identifies with a specific winner, he will surely feel good. If with the loser, he will feel the opposite. In general, we should really feel good for the right to participate in the democratic process. For the first time since I started exercising my right of suffrage in the Philippines, I knew the winners for the Senate within 24 hours after the elections. I understand that they may even be proclaimed within 48 hours. COMELEC Chairman Brillantes managed the electoral process quite well and deserves some credit. There were some glitches in the electronic angle but not unexpected and were therefore resolved. I was quite happy to access the data loaded online and got to analyze the results per region. I was even happier that the data, up to the precinct level in every locality, were made available. Being several thousand miles away from Rosales, Pangasinan, it is really a treat to access the results of my hometown online. Team PNoy vs. UNA This election pitted the chosen candidates of PNoy, on one hand, against those of VP Binay, Former President Erap Estrada and Senate President Enrile, on the other hand. It was a battle for Senate seats, Congressmen, and local government officials. In this article, I will focus my analysis on the Senate results. It looks like as of this writing, it is going to be 9-3 or Team PNoy has 9 winners while UNA has 3. Except for the ranking that really brought some surprises, the actual results seem to reflect the pre-election surveys. Poe being no. 1 and Ejercito Estrada being no. 11 were indeed surprising. Honasan is currently on the 12th spot beating Gordon, Zubiri, Enrile, and Magsaysay. While it is still mathematically possible for Gordon, Zubiri, Enrile, and Magsaysay to catch Honasan, I believe that it is statistically improbable for any of them to do it. The question is, where would they draw additional votes to lessen Honasan’s lead? Of the 17 regions in the Philippines, Gordon is in the Magic 12 only in 5; Zubiri in 6; Enrile in 5; and Magsaysay in only 3. Honasan made the Magic 12 in 10 regions. Honasan would probably increase his lead by drawing more votes from 10 regions compared to the others trying to catch up. Gordon and Magsaysay are making it to the Magic 12 in some initial and partial results from Overseas Absentee Voting which is not configured yet in published reports. The problem is Honasan is also in the Magic 12 there. Furthermore, the number of absentee voters is not that many to make a real difference. Gordon and Zubiri who are UNA candidates have better chances than Magsaysay who is with Team PNoy. So the 9-3 will still stand if the improbable happens. Zubiri cannot hope for “Magic” in Mindanao the second time. Honasan supporters will not allow it! As I have written in previous columns, blogs, and notes, I would have wanted Jun Magsaysay to win. He would have served the country well as a Senator as he had done earlier. But the people have spoken. It makes me sad but their voice and decision must be respected. Jun Magsaysay made the Magic 12 only in Region VI (Ilonggo speaking), Region VII (Cebuano speaking) and Region VIII (Waray speaking). Ironically, he did not make it in his own Region III. Neither did he make it in Ilocano and Ibanag speaking Regions I, II, and CAR which are natural sources of votes for an Ilocano or son of an Ilocano. The Visayans and the Bicolanos delivered 10 winners for Team PNoy and only 2 UNA. The Mindanao provinces including the Muslims delivered 9-3 while NCR and all the Regions north of it delivered 8 – 4. The Bicolanos made sure that 7 of the 9 UNA candidates led by Estrada and Enrile would not make it to the Magic 12. The Ilonggos and the Cebuanos also made sure that 7 out of 9 UNA candidates led by Estrada and Enrile would not make the winning 12. The Warays included Binay and Ejercito Estrada as the only 2 from UNA. What this means is that the Visayans led by Roxas and Drilon delivered to deserve the 2016 Presidential endorsement and the Senate Presidency, respectively. It also means that the Bicolanos led by Escudero, Robredo and LP followers delivered to probably deserve and reserve the Vice Presidential seat for their region in 2016. PNoy and his team are clear winners. His allies will now capture the Senate Leadership at the expense of Johnny Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Vic Sotto. Mar Roxas is a winner because, together with Drilon, he delivered the Visayan vote to Team PNoy 10-2 - more than the other regions. The final 9-3 result could also be credited to him, the LP and the coalition that he helped form with PNoy. UNA as a group are clear losers. Only 3 will become Senators. In this sense, the Three Kings are losers too. Senator Enrile is definitely a loser - first, because he will now surely lose the Senate Presidency and second, his son lost the Senatorial race. The vaunted political machine UNA hoped to have in order to elect majority of their candidates failed him. Former President Erap Estrada won the Mayoralty race in Manila. His son JV Ejercito Estrada will join his other son in the Senate. Erap should be happy to complete his political comeback. VP Jojo Binay is considered a winner as far as his family is concerned. His son Erwin Jun Jun was reelected as Mayor of Makati. His daughter Abigail will be a Congresswoman again. And now his daughter Nancy will be a Senator. But did he succeed in building a machine that would propel him to the Presidency in 2016? Will he retain his Cabinet position under PNoy after he had formed an opposition group? Both Houses in Congress will now be supportive of PNoy’s legislative agenda. An analysis of the results in the local elections would still be made but I suspect that they will most likely be supportive of PNoy’s policies too. DILG Secretary Mar Roxas will help in making them tow the line. The mandate has been given. I am sure that Mr. Palengke will be more visible in the next 3 years. meeting with local executives will probably include visiting the palengke in each town. Just make sure that the prices of commodities are affordable and reasonable. It is hard to argue against Performance and Success. If the last 3 years are any indication, things should be better in the next half of PNoy’s term. CORY successfully chose an “R” (RAMOS) as her successor. PNoy will also choose an “R” (ROXAS) to replace him. REFORM or peaceful REVOLUTION as an agenda is a continuing process! MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!

present location at 1415 East 8th Street, Suite 5, in National City. It is a day health center, that provides therapeutic, social and health services for the frail, elderly and other adults with physical and mental ailments. It has a modest beginning with 13 participants and up to this date only two of the original individuals, Merlie Genova and Susana Cidro are still attending. Of the three pioneer employees, two are still working in the facility: Elaine Altruz, therapist and Melinda Saria, social worker. The center began with two vehicles, a van and a car that was used to transport the participants. After some time the number of participants increased, 23 more were added. One pioneer participant, Susana Cidro, was given special recognition as community leader for her effort in recruiting several participants. The earlier participants were healthier than the present ones. No one among them was in wheel chairs. The present participants have severe medical problems including Alzheimer, dementia, brain injuries, strokes, psychiatric disorders, developmental disabilities and others. Many come in wheel chairs, with canes and with walkers. Due to the outreach program of the Center, the number of participants steadily increased. As the participants are increasing, more employees are added. There are now 238 individuals, each given one to five days/ week regular attendance depending upon the medical care needed. From the original 20 employees, there are now 45 employees among them are nurses, a doctor, psychologist, physical, occupational and speech therapists, dietitian, program aides, social workers, utility personnel, drivers and receptionist all under the supervision of Carmencita Trapsi, Administrator. The Center has acquired three vans, seven buses and one car.

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by Miles Beauchamp, PhD
Miles is Assistant to the Dean and Assistant Professor in the Shirley Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University where he teaches new media and diverse writing courses. He has been with the Asian Journal since the 1990’s.

Australia may not be on everyone’s Top 10 list of “Things to Do, Places to Go” but perhaps it should be. The family learned quite a bit about Australia when hosting an Aussie soccer player at the house for a couple of weeks and I’ve become a bit of a fan. If your thirst for adventure is powered by pushing your boundaries, taking some risk and having a wicked time doing it, Australia is the place to quench it. Australia’s great outdoors and wild animals – not to mention a few wild locals

Choose your own adventure: Why Australia should be on your Top 10 list

– serve up a heady mix of adrenalinefuelled excitement. Then mix that and shake it a bit and you have something with a uniquely Aussie twist. Most of Australia’s population lives on the coast, where several thousand of the world’s best beaches, technicolour coral reefs and a clean, clear ocean full of bizarre and fascinating creatures provide an irresistible venue for adventure – in, on and under water. From Manly to Murwillumbah to Margaret River, there are dozens of places

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Immigration 911
by Atty. Susan V. Perez
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Limitations on Adjustment of Status for K-1 Fiances
IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez Karen is a native and citizen of the Philippines. On June 15, 1996, upon the petition of her United States citizen (USC) fiancé, Jeffrey, a K-1 nonimmigrant visa was issued in Karen’s favor. She entered the United States on December 4, 1996. Karen was advised by the consular office in Manila that a K-1 visa was issued for the sole purpose of facilitating a valid marriage between a foreign national and a USC and that marriage must take place within ninety days of entry. Karen did not marry Jeffrey within ninety days, or at all. Instead, she went her own way and later met Michael. Karen married Michael on April 1, 1997. She applied for adjustment of status based on her marriage to Michael. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted Karen her conditional legal permanent resident status in error. She was not entitled to this status at that time. When USCIS discovered its error, it gave notice that it intended to rescind her conditional legal permanent resident status, and did so by action of the District Director. Karen’s case was endorsed to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which initiated removal proceedings in due time. Karen was ordered deported and her appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeal and to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal were both dismissed. A K-1 visa holder is NOT an immigrant, but rather is a person who is the “fiancee or fiancé of a USC and who seeks to enter the U.S. solely to conclude a valid marriage with the petitioner within ninety days after admission.” In order to obtain a K-1 visa, a woman’s USC fiancé must have petitioned for it, and it will not issue unless there is satisfactory evidence that the parties “have a bona fide intention to marry, and are legally able and actually willing to conclude a valid marriage in the United States within a period of ninety days after the alien’s arrival.” In the vent the marriage with the petitioner does not occur within a period of ninety days after the admission of the said alien, she shall be required to depart from the U.S. and upon failure to do so shall be deported or removed. There is no waiver for these requirements. Karen did not comply with these requirements. Instead of marrying her petitioner fiancé, she married another guy. Karen should have gone back to the Philippines when the marriage with Jeffrey did not occur and had Michael file a fiancée petition for her. The story would have been different if Karen married her fiancé petitioner and divorced him. After marrying her fiancé petitioner, Karen can file her own adjustment of status. We welcome your feedback. If you have any immigration questions, please feel welcome to email me at susan@ or call 619 819 -8648 to arrange for a telephone consultation.

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Read previous articles by visiting our website at IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty Susan V. Perez Stephen Ongaro • MAY 16 • The ironical view that sham marriages are illegal and yet valid leaves me perplexed. The illegality of the marriages should ipso facto invalidate the same. Holding otherwise would suggest that the act of entering into a sham marriage though illegal can be legally validated on account that no divorce petition has dissolved the same. How can a relationship that the law holds to be illegal be considered valid?

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Research reveals what tourists like most about PHL
Good News Pilipinas | MANILA, 5/13/2013 -- More than the white-sand beaches and awe-inspiring caves, it is the Filipinos’ attitude toward visitors that is most liked by tourists who flocked the country, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said. In the latest issue of Beyond the Numbers, NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon G. Albert said more than half or 52.6% of foreign visitors in 2012 said the warm hospitality and kindness of the Filipino people made it to the top of their list of things they like most about the Philippines. Beautiful scenery and nice beaches only came in second (at 22.6%), while good food, liquor, and fruits was ranked third (9.9%). Albert also noted the tourists favored being able to see their friends and loved ones in the Philippines (8.7%), and see the country as a good place to relax (4.5%). However, with regard to what tourists dislike the most in the Philippines, 24.6% said it was the heavy traffic in the country. This was followed by pollution and dirty environment (17.3%), poverty and beggars (7.8%), and bad weather (4.7%). Visitor arrivals last year breached the 4-million mark for the first time at 4.27 million, although it fell short of the government’s target of attracting 4.5 million tourists. Almost a fourth or 24.1% of the visitors came from Korea, while 15.3% were from the US, and 9.6% hailed from Japan. The government eyes to welcome 5.5 million tourists this year and eventually attract 10 million visitors by 2016. “The national government, local governments, and the private sector should work hand in hand to attain the targets in the tourism sector and be able sector as a driver of economic growth. “So if you are a local tourist, you are not just relaxing or enjoying the fun and adventures, you are also contributing to the economy. I am hoping that more of our tycoons…can significantly invest in making this country more marketable not only to foreign tourists, but to local tourists as well,” Albert said. This, as domestic travelers in 2011 reached 21.03 million or 21% higher than the previous year. “I also hope that our hotels can try to be more competitive with their accommodation costs as total revenues are a sum of unit prices multiplied by quantities. These hotels can certainly bring down their costs and get more volume, and still yield a nifty profit,” Albert continued.

Boracay is No. 1 on TripAdvisor’s Best Beach in Asia List
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Good News Pilipinas | BORACAY, 3/11/2013 -- The beauty of the Philippines has once again received accolades from online travel guide One of the world’s popular online travel guides, placed the island of Boracay at No. 1 in its Travelers’ Choice-Best Beaches in Asia for this year. In placing Boracay’s White Beach at the top of the list, besting 24 other beaches in Asia, TripAdvisor described the 7-kilometer stretch as a “stunningly beautiful white powder sand beach [with] crystal clear, warm water that you can laze on for days on end.” Also making it to the list of great beaches in Asia were El Nido,

Palawan’s Secret Lagoon, which was placed at No. 9 and Boracay’s Yapak Beach, also known as Puka Shell Beach, at No. 10. The scenic Secret Lagoon, located on a small island and nestled among towering limestone formations, was cited for its “wonderful view.” Yapak Beach, a secluded area in the north of Boracay Island, was noted for the myriad of puka shells on the shore “giving one’s feet a rugged feel.” On its website, TripAdvisor said the Travelers’ Choice Beaches Awards were based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches it has gathered over a 12-month period since the 2012 awards.

TripAdvisor is a popular travel website that assists customers in collecting travel information, posting reviews of their latest getaway and engaging in interactive travel forums. Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said the recent distinctions were proof that the country’s marketing efforts under the campaign “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” were generating results. “We are so thrilled that these accolades keep coming, proof positive that our marketing efforts are paying off, and more and more satisfied travelers are proudly spreading the word about their many fun experiences in our beautiful country,” Jimenez said. Asian Journal San Diego

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Mortgage Delinquency Rates Increase, But Foreclosure Inventory Rate Down Sharply
MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION | WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2013) — The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 7.25 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 16 basis points from the previous quarter, but down 15 basis points from one year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National Delinquency Survey. Non-seasonally adjusted delinquency rates typically decrease between the fourth and first quarters, and the delinquency rate decreased 76 basis points to 6.75 percent this quarter from 7.51 percent last quarter before accounting for the seasonal effect. On an unadjusted basis, the delinquency rate was 19 basis points lower compared to the first quarter of 2012 rate of 6.94 percent. The delinquency rate includes loans that are at least one payment past due but does not include loans in the process of foreclosure. The percentage of loans on which foreclosure actions were started during the first quarter was unchanged at 0.70 percent, the lowest level since the second quarter of 2007, and was down 26 basis points from one year ago. The percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the first quarter was 3.55 percent, the lowest level since 2008, down 19 basis points from the fourth quarter and 84 basis points lower than one year ago. The serious delinquency rate, the percentage of loans that are 90 days or more past due or in the process of foreclosure, was 6.39 percent, a decrease of 39 basis points from last quarter, and a decrease of 105 basis points from the first quarter of last year. The combined percentage of loans at least one payment past due or in foreclosure was the lowest in over four years, decreasing to 10.30 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, 95 basis points lower than last quarter and 103 basis points lower than the same quarter one year ago. “On a seasonally adjusted basis, the overall delinquency rate increased this quarter, driven by a slight increase in the 30-day delinquency rate. Normal seasonal patterns are beginning to re-emerge, but as has been true postcrisis, it is still difficult to parse typical seasonal swings from true changes in performance. It is also important to note the decline relative to last year at this time. Regardless, we remain in a period of slow and uneven economic and job growth in the US and there are still many borrowers without stable, full time employment, or that are still unemployed. On a seasonally adjusted basis the largest increases in delinquency were in the subprime fixed and ARM categories, typically sensitive to income and payment shocks, and likely even more so in the current economic environment,” said Michael Fratantoni, MBA’s VP of Research and Economics. “We are seeing substantial improvements in the foreclosure situation nationally and in many states. The foreclosure inventory measure decreased in 40 states, with states like Florida, California, and Nevada leading the declines. However, 33 states had increases in foreclosure starts, while the pace of decline in the 90+ day category has slowed in recent quarters, the 90+ day measure is now at its lowest since 2008. As with last quarter’s results, the reported improvement in the foreclosure situation may be slightly larger than stated because some large specialty servicers are not yet participating in the MBA survey.” “States with a judicial foreclosure system continue to bear a disproportionate share of the foreclosure backlog. While the average percentages of loans in foreclosure dropped in both states with judicial systems and states with nonjudicial systems, the average rate for judicial states was 5.96 percent, triple the average rate of 1.99 percent for nonjudicial states. Both declined to recent lows, with judicial states seeing the lowest foreclosure inventory since the fourth quarter of 2009 and nonjudicial states seeing the lowest foreclosure inventory since the fourth quarter of 2007.” “FHA loans, like most of the other loan categories, saw an improvement in delinquencies. However, it was the only loan type that had increases in foreclosure starts and inventories, which increased eight basis points and 11 basis points, respectively. The pre2010 vintages continue to drive FHA serious delinquencies, with the 2008 and 2009 loan cohorts still accounting for 44 percent of seriously delinquent FHA loans even though they represent only 27 percent of FHA loans serviced. In contrast, the 2010 and later vintages made up 15 percent of seriously delinquent FHA loans, but are almost half of all FHA loans serviced. Foreclosure starts and inventory rates on subprime loans dropped sharply over the quarter and relative to last year.” “Finally, last quarter we noted the adverse effects of Superstorm Sandy on the delinquency and foreclosure rates in the states that were affected. While forbearance is in place for many of the borrowers affected by the storm, we ask servicers to report these loans as delinquent if the payment was not made based on the original terms of the mortgage, regardless of the forbearance plans in place. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut saw overall decreases in total past due rates this quarter, in line with most other states in the nation, although the improvements in the 90+ day delinquency category were less than the national average. New York actually had a slight increase in 90+ day delinquencies. Foreclosure starts in New Jersey had declined across all loan types last quarter, possibly due to servicers suspending foreclosure activity as borrowers recovered from the impacts of the storm, but some of those decreases were reversed in the most recent quarter, likely on properties deemed not to be affected by the storm. We expect further improvements in these states as we move through 2013,” Fratantoni said. Change from last quarter (fourth quarter of 2012) The seasonally adjusted delinquency rate decreased two basis points to 3.77 percent for prime fixed loans and decreased 40 basis points to 7.62 percent for prime ARM loans. For subprime loans, the delinquency rate increased 97 basis points to 20.12 percent for subprime fixed loans and 138 basis points to 23.72 percent for subprime ARM loans. The delinquency rates for VA loans increased by 37 basis points to 6.34 percent while the FHA delinquency rate decreased by 20 basis points to 10.97. The percentage of loans in foreclosure, also known as the foreclosure inventory rate, decreased from last quarter to 3.55 percent. The foreclosure inventory rate for prime fixed loans decreased 12 basis points to 1.98 percent and the rate for prime ARM loans decreased 73 basis points from last quarter to 5.95 percent. For subprime loans, the rate for subprime ARM loans decreased 197 basis points to 16.27 percent and the rate for subprime fixed loans decreased 54 basis points to 8.74. The foreclosure inventory rate for FHA loans increased 11 basis points to 3.96 while the rate for VA loans decreased 10 basis points to 1.98. The non-seasonally adjusted foreclosure starts rate decreased three basis points for prime ARM loans to 0.94 percent, 10 basis points for subprime fixed to 1.72 percent and 55 basis points for subprime ARM loans to 2.31 percent. The foreclosure starts rate remained unchanged at 0.38 percent for prime fixed loans and 0.49 percent for VA loans while the rate increased eight basis points to 0.94 percent for FHA loans. Change from last year (first quarter of 2012) Given the challenges in interpreting the true seasonal effects in these data when comparing quarter to quarter changes, it is important to highlight the year over year changes of the non-seasonally adjusted results. Compared with the first quarter of 2012, the foreclosure inventory rate decreased 61 basis points for prime fixed loans, 281 basis points for prime ARM loans, 174 basis points for subprime fixed, 528 basis points for subprime ARM loans, and 48 basis points for VA loans while increasing 13 basis points for FHA loans. Over the past year, the non-seasonally adjusted foreclosure starts rate decreased 24 basis points for prime fixed loans, 81 basis points for prime ARM loans, 41 basis points for subprime fixed, 91 basis points for subprime ARM loans, two basis points for FHA loans and 16 basis points for VA loans. If you are not a member of the media and would like to purchase the survey, please visit NDS or e-mail ### The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. 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ang kanyang binigay. Kaya alam ko malaking responsibilidad ito,” said Poe. Poe was with her family, including mother Susan Roces, during the proclamation. Escudero, meanwhile, was with his girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista. “Binato ako ng napakaraming putik pero malaki ang tiwala ko at pinakita naman ng sambayanang Pilipino na ‘yung aming itinatag na serbisyo ng 15 na taon ay worth it at hindi dapat tawaran,” said Escudero. Escudero served for 9 years in the House of Representatives as congressman of Sorsogon. He won his first 6-year term as senator in 2007. The poll body has canvassed 72 out of 304 certificates of canvass, totaling 13,384,981 voters. The Comelec en banc earlier rejected an UNA petition to defer the partial proclamation of senators. UNA campaign manager Toby Tiangco said Comelec should proclaim all the winners.

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ing, loving, and merciful Father. After Father Alfonso gave the final blessing and bid everyone goodbye, the release papers having been completed beforehand, the happy detainees went home as free men with their families and with their friends. Except for Rona and Christina who lingered in the now empty makeshift chapel. Rona told George the bad news. They had no place to stay. Her sister’s apartment was small and overcrowded. Besides, she was worried about what the neighbors might say about harboring NPAs and communists. Her sister’s husband was concerned that having George stay at their place might attract military raids. Or perhaps attract other members of the New People’s Army. He was adamant -- he did not want to take risks. George, Rona, and Christina were loitering by the military detention gate when Father Alfonso walked by to chat. “Aren’t you going somewhere to celebrate?”, the pastor asked. Rona stammered and Fr. Alfonso sensed that something was wrong. “We are trying to figure out where to stay” George, his head bowed down, finally admitted. “Why don’t you stay at my convent, until you find a place?” the priest said. It was not a spacious place. Not too fancy, either, unlike the other conventos. But, he assured George, it might be more comfortable than his previous lodging. Laughing at his own joke, the priest asked them to wait until he settled some stuff at the Colonel’s office. It would only take a few minutes. “Stay put,” he said. “Don’t leave. I will be back with my new Cadillac.” Half an hour later, the priest returned driving a vehicle more rusty and rickety than any motorized junk you could imagine. But the rare “kagangkagang version of an Indianapolis Pace car”, as Father Alfonso christened his vehicle, was good enough to transport them, albeit at processional speed, to a family restaurant where the pastor cheerfully treated them for merienda before bringing his guests to the convent. -To be continued... The author welcomes comments, corrections, suggestion, etc. from Asian Journal readers. These may be included in the novel’s final version. Please send your remarks to ed.gamboa@yahoo. com.

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Selection e Dark Nights of Father Madrid

Chapter 43. A Taste of Freedom
Author’s note: August 21, 1983. Exiled Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, the charismatic opposition leader, arrives at the Manila International Airport to a returning hero’s welcome. Escorted by government soldiers, Ninoy is summarily shot to death as he steps on the tarmac… Kumander Gusi watches the TV coverage of the assassination while recovering from wounds sustained during an encounter with commandos of the Philippine Constabulary. Years earlier, Gusi was the newlyordained and affable Father George Madrid whose social justice work among oppressed farm workers (sacadas) in the parish of Santa Lucia eventually led to his defection to the Communist Party of the Philippines. In short order, the rebel priest had risen to the rank of commander of the dreaded New People’s Army. Following Ninoy’s assassination and the People Power Revolution, the rebel commander focused on guiding the Communist Party towards cooperation with the new Philippine Government. Working such a fine line led to his capture after 14 years of underground activity. Thanks to the tireless work of human rights groups, the imprisoned rebel priest and other political detainees are eventually released from prison. (Continued from page 10) “It’s the least we can do,” George said. “Where would we go if you had not offered to take us in?” George, like the other detainees, was exhilarated when official notification of their impending release came. That Sunday, all the detainees together with their families and friends attended the customary morning Mass. The elderly but spirited Fr. Alfonso, who had faithfully celebrated Sunday Mass at “American Bread” the last nine months or so, made the liturgy extra special. In attendance were Colonel Bautista, a handful of officers, and most of the guards on duty. Fr. Alfonso had persuaded the local choir from a neighboring church to grace the occasion. The gospel that Sunday was about the parable of the Prodigal Son, from the writings of St. Luke. It was Father Alfonso’s favorite story and he read the scriptural passages as if for very the first time. “Jesus said to them: A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that is coming to me.’ So, the father divided up the property. Some days later, this younger son collected all his belongings and went off to a distant land, where he squandered his money on dissolute living. After he had spent everything, a great famine broke out in that country and he was in dire need. So, he attached himself to one of the propertied class of the place, who sent him to his farm to take care of the pigs. He longed to fill his belly with the husks that were fodder for the pigs, but no one made a move to give him anything. Coming to his senses at last, he said: ‘How many hired hands at my father’s place have more than enough to eat, while here I am starving! I will break away and return to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against God and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son. Treat me like one of your hired hands.’ With that he set off for his father’s house. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him and was deeply moved. He ran out to meet him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against God and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.‘ The father said to his servants: ‘Quick! Bring out the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Take the fatted calf and kill it. Let us eat and celebrate because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life. He was lost and is found.‘ Then the celebration began. Meanwhile, the elder son was out on the land. As he neared the house on his way home, he heard the sound of music and dancing. He called one of the servants and asked him the reason for the dancing and the music. The servant answered, ‘Your brother is home, and

your father has killed the fatted calf because he has him back in good health.’ The son grew angry at this and would not go in; but , his father came out and began to plead with him. He said to his father in reply: ‘For years now I have slaved for you. I never disobeyed one of your orders, yet you never gave me so much as a kid goat to celebrate with my friends. Then, when this son of yours returns after having gone through your property with loose women, you kill the fatted calf for him.’ ‘My son,’ replied the father, ‘You are with me always, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice! This brother of yours was dead, and has come back to life. He was lost, and is found.’ ” Father Alfonso closed the book and said, “Most, if not all, of you are familiar with that story. A wonderful story of forgiveness, of God’s infinite mercy and kindness. Whatever you and I may have done in our lives, the worst deed we ever committed could never be larger than God’s merciful and loving heart.” He read brief sections of the story which he wanted to delve into further. The priest continued, “The interesting thing about what Jesus taught is that, at various times in our lives, we might identify with either the prodigal son, the older righteous and rather proud son, or the forgiving, generous father. We all start out in life as brats.” That last remark elicited a few giggles from the congregation. “Hopefully,” he went on, “ we will arrive at some point in our lives when instead of being ego-centered offenders as the prodigal son was, or insufferably righteous as the older son was, we would instead be totally and unconditionally forgiving, as the Father was.” George reflected on what the saintly priest said. Indeed, his image of God had evolved through the years, corresponding to events in his life. In his adolescent years, while studying in the seminary, he looked at a God who was strict, morally demanding and authoritarian -- Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, the God of Moses and Abraham. Like his peers, George pictured God as the Old Man with the white beard, majestically enthroned in the heavens, presiding over all of the created universe. He thought of God as the magnanimous but nonetheless stern Master calling him to work in His vineyard. During his 14 years as a revolutionary and a fugitive, living among the destitute and the oppressed, his image of God changed. He viewed God less as Almighty Creator but more as the great Liberator and Protector of the oppressed. The God who takes care of his children -- the all knowing, all caring Divine Providence. In solitary confinement, afforded more time for self reflection than at any point in his life, he began to see God simply as the forgiv-

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Ridiculous First Name
PHIL-AM LAW 101 by Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr., Member, State Bar of California & Integrated Bar of the Philippines | SAN DIEGO & MANILA, 5/17/2013 -Dear Attorney Karagdag, My parents were still in their teens when I was born. I have no recollection of my father because he left us when I was just a baby. I do not hate him for that since I imagine that he was not ready yet to take the responsibilities of being a father. However, I hate him for giving me something that haunts me until this day – a ridiculous first name in my birth certificate. I would like to change my first name to something else. However, all of my documents (birth certificates, baptismal certificate, medical and school records, etc.) are under my ridiculous first name. Of course, I use a nice nickname, but I do not have any documents showing my nickname. Therefore, I have no “public or private documents upon which the correction shall be based”. So I do not have any documents I can submit. Is my understanding of this correct? Because from my reading from the internet, other people seem to have been using the name (upon which the correction will be based) in most of their documents. Anyway, is RA 9048 still applicable in my case? How do I change my name? I am looking forward to your reply. Thank you so much and more power to you! Sincerely, Jet Dear Jet, Please don’t get confused between mere clerical errors which can be corrected, and a first name that is ridiculous, tainted with dishonor, or extremely difficult to write or pronounce. A clerical error in the first name may *** be amended into its correct spelling. In 2001, the Philippine Congress passed a law, RA 9048, that allowed misspelled first names to be corrected without going to court. RA 9048 defined “Clerical or typographical error” as that referring “to a mistake committed in the performance of clerical work in writing, copying, transcribing or typing an entry in the civil register that is harmless and innocuous, such as misspelled name or misspelled place of birth or the like, which is visible to the eyes or obvious to the understanding, and can be corrected or changed only by reference to other existing record or records”. RA 9048 also allowed the first name to be changed (not just correctly spelled) if it is ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce; or if the new first name or nickname has been habitually and continuously used by the petitioner and he has been publicly known by that by that first name or nickname in the community; or if the change will avoid confusion. Later on, RA 10172 was enacted to amend RA 9048, by also allowing administrative correction of clerical errors in the other entries in the birth certificate, except for the nationality, age and status of the child. The other provisions of RA 9048 remain untouched and are still effective, including the change of first name. In your case, you may be able to change your ridiculous first name without need of going to court. But you have to justify why you feel that it is really ridiculous. What is nice about RA 9048 is that whether or not your first name is ridiculous will depend on how you feel about it, although other people may find it acceptable. After all, it is you who will have to be continuously haunted by that name. Sincerely, Atty. Karagdag (Continued on page 19)

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Lower Your Nets by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez
Pentecost Sunday

A Reunion with the Holy Spirit
Joke of the week: As a group of soldiers stood in formation at an Army Base, the Drill Sergeant said, “All right! All you idiots fall out.” As the rest of the squad wandered away, one soldier remained at attention. The Drill Instructor walked over until he was eye-to-eye with him, and then raised a single eyebrow. The soldier smiled and said, “Sure was a lot of them, huh, sir?” Scriptures: First Reading: Acts 2: 1-11. Jewish pilgrims came to Jerusalem to observe the feast of Pentecost in commemoration of the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai to Moses. Pentecost is the closing festival of the harvest and of the Paschal season that occurs on the fiftieth day from the next day of the Sabbath of the Passover. Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 13b-7, 12-13. Using the Stoics philosophy of the body, Paul teaches the Christians at Corinth that even though they exalt in their spiritual gifts, they should not neglect the proper respect that is attributable to the body. St. Paul used the metaphor of the human body and its parts. The body needs its different parts and these parts need the cooperation of the other parts to function well in the body. Similarly, the Spirit is the unifying power who makes all the members of the community one. Gospel: John 20: 19-23. Jesus breathes the Spirit again as he sends out the disciples on a mission. His mission -to witness to a loving God by his words and actions- becomes their mission. Through the Spirit the disciples can bridge a union of the world with the Father and Son. It’s a union that brings everlasting peace. In Genesis 1:2, “the Spirit of God” moved over the waters. The Spirit that “moved” is the Hebrew “veruach” or “ruach,” the breath of life. It is the Holy Spirit who transforms the creation from chaos into cosmos and who revitalizes and reinvigorates the apostles with new zeal. Reflection: This Sunday, May 19, I was invited to be the guest speaker at the grand reunion of graduates from St. Anne’s Catholic High School (boys’) and St. Anne’s (Mary’s) High School and College (girls’) of Hagonoy, Bulacan. This event will take place at Bellagio, NV. Because of personal reasons, I could not make it. I’m rephrasing my salutatory address in this column in connection with the Solemnity of Pentecost. Reunion, anniversary and sabbatical are interrelated words. A reunion has to do with the biblical concept of time. The bible tells us that God created the world in six days and then took a sabbatical. That original seventh day was the first sabbatical, God observed it. It was some sort of a “reunion,” a review of what God had created. He looked back at what he had created and he was pleased with it, for it was good. “For all that has been, thanks …” Biblically, to celebrate a reunion is to be on a sabbatical. As we look at the catena of our life, our “then” and “now”, the words of Dag Hammarskjöld, the 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations in the 1950s, seem apropos, “For all that has been, thanks. For all that is to come, yes.” As it is defined in scripture, reunion is not an ordinary time, it is a time set aside from ordinary activities. God had shown us that. He paused after creation. Likewise, we pause amidst the frenzy of maddening busyness of life. We stop to remember friends, acquaintances, and classmates. We rest to think of sunny and dark days of years gone by, to bring back to mind faces of our puppy, platonic and forbidden love, of bullies and practical jokers, to heal hurts and wounds caused by our reckless and daring youthfulness. Speaking of rest, Gloria Arroyo

said she doesn’t want RIP on her tomb, she prefers instead Jesus. Her husband asks, “Why?” She said Joseph Estrada see u soon. Her husband told her, “It must be Bayan:” Benigno Aquino you are next. During our adulthood, though we developed close friendships, we still encounter exclusion, gossips, denial, and feeling of inferiority. “Believe me,” wrote Henry W. Longfellow, “every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” We recall those years when we were full of vitality and entertained impossible dreams. For all that have been memorable, happy, blessed, sad and painful, thanks. Remembering, however, brings pain and joy. Those were good years, everything that characterized our adulthood. Our memories of home and childhood carry tears and laughter. That is why we need a reunion, a home coming, for it is at home where we can retrace our roots, our origins, our youth and our innocence. Through remembrance of the past we heal our hurts, heartaches and envision again our unfulfilled dreams. Through coming home to the past, we realize the present and the future. We realized who, what and how we came to be, what and who we shall be. Our classmates, our teachers and everyone whom we encountered in life, unwelcome or not, mold and change us forever in a fascinating, yet mysterious way. “No man is an island.” “For all that is to come, yes.” When we graduated from high school and college, we left behind a family, a community to become members of bigger ones. Our smaller groups of friends, classmates and loved ones gave way to larger ones. Our community and intimate relationships are not lost, they were substituted with new ones, sometimes better, at other times, worse than the ones we had. True community, as honest and true friendship, is a shared life. Community, classmates and friends are not relegated to oblivion, to the realm of the mythological Greek god and river, Lethe, where all those who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness. “Life has its seasons. There is a time to be together, of intimacy, of shared time and celebration ... However, there is also, always, a time when the demands of life, duty, and the Holy Spirit call us to move along. Then is the time for farewell, for pained embraces, for tears, and for the bitter restlessness

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that accompanies that. But, it’s not like we’d never met. We break up only to become part of something larger…and we regain each other in that … Community is not, first of all, nor necessarily at all, a shared roof, a shared city, a shared task, or even an explicitly shared friendship. It’s a shared spirit, a shared way of life.” (Ron Rolheiser, Saying Goodbye, Part of Life, 1987-09-01) Rolheiser observed in the previously quoted article that before the coming down of the Spirit, though the disciples were living under one roof, yet they were not in real community. They had a “reunion,” but it was a physical presence only. They were in one place, but everyone had different feelings about Jesus. Some were still stricken with grief and doubt about the death and resurrection. Others thought everybody got it made. The Messiah and the “Wonder-Worker” who should set Israel free from foreign domination had been found. The followers were wrong and scandalized when Jesus was crucified between two thieves. But the “Paradise Lost” was regained when Jesus rose from the dead. Although the followers were still walking on cloud nine after the Resurrection, Jesus left their company and ascended to his Father. Probably, the followers of Jesus were saying, “Not again” or “What now?” Then a marvelous transformation occurred. The Holy Spirit, as promised, descended on the apostles. After Pentecost, they were now a community. Why is that? For they all breathed the same spirit, the Holy Spirit. From that time on, it did not matter even though they were miles apart from each other, because the Spirit of unity dwelt in them. Their “reunion” was more intimate, because they were infused, “clothed with power from on high” by the one Spirit of love, unity and peace Today is the Solemn Feast of Pentecost. Jesus promised his followers that he is sending down the Paraclete to accompany them during their earthly sojourn until everybody meets again. The apostles believed in Jesus’ promise, they could now say, “For all that is to come, yes.” When one door closes, welcome or not, another door opens. Every departure involves an arrival. Quotation of the week: “Just as the work of Christ would be devoid of power without the power from on high, in a Pasch without Pentecost, so would the Way remain unworkable, the Truth unknowable and the Life unlivable. The Spirit comes to make possible in men all that Christ is by nature by the gracious gift of his presence.” Thomas Hopko

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Minsan ay tila napakahaba nitong lalakarin kung kaya’t natatakot ikaw na abutin ng dilim at minsan ay kamalasan pa ang sa iyo’y darating at nag-iisa ka lamang nagtitiis, nanggigigil sana ay tandaan may nagmamahal pa rin sa iyo Minsan nga ay napakahirap gawain ang ngumiti lalo na kung pagod ka na at sikmura ay mahapdi tila mga pakpak mo ay isa-isang nababali paa’y mabibigat ‘di maiangat aking pakiwari. sana ay tandaan may nagmamahal pa rin sa iyo At sa pakiramdam mo ay natapos na nga ang lahat may paraan pa nga kaya na makahabol nang ganap kahit sandali na lamang magagawan pa ng oras talunan ka man ay pilit ginawa mo rin ang dapat. sana ay tandaan may nagmamahal pa rin sa iyo Sa mga sandaling silang mahal mo’y malayo sa ‘yo at nag-iisa ka lamang sa munti mong paraiso wala kang nang masabi at nauutal ang dila mo sa matinding takot mandin ang isipan ay tuliro. sana ay tandaan may nagmamahal pa rin sa iyo kasabihan na nga na ang lahat ay may katapusan at maayos mong naituwid ang iyong kamalian mga mahal mo sa buhay una mong pasalamatan palaging mong tatanawin ang kanilang pagmamahal sana ay tandaan may nagmamahal pa rin sa iyo Ang balanang pagmamahal na nasa iyong paligid sa lahat ng ginagawa mo sa iyo’y nakasilip at kung sa iyong tabi ay magkaroon ng balakid ang pagmamahal nila sa iyo, sila ang sasagip. sana ay tandaan may nagmamahal pa rin sa iyo ©2013 Virginia H. Ferrer. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Retired Filipino Language Teacher at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

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In Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest, Fr. Calloway masterfully blends together aspects of his own conversion story with profound theological insights into Catholicism, presenting everyone from “Joe six-pack in the pew” to a seminary rector with incredibly vivid and thought-provoking analogies into why it is so important for a Christian to live under the mantle of Mary. I very highly recommend that everyone read this book! -Very Rev. Douglas Mosey, C.S.B., Ph.D. President-Rector Holy Apostles College & Seminary. Cromwell, CT

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One of the world's three 'sustainable manufacturing' degree programs is in California's backyard
Manufacturing got technical over the last few decades. It got harder. It's paying more. It's more innovative. It's "advanced", and In California it has to be tremendously efficient to compete. It must constantly improve and account for the end-of-life of its products. California State University at Chico has answered the state's call by providing one of only three programs in the world that offers a four-year degree in "Sustainable Manufacturing". This program is in part filling a massive and growing California void of industrially trained students that can go from the production floor to management soon after graduating from college. The Chico program has a whopping 100 percent job placement success rate and 15 percent of their graduates are women. The average initial pay is $54,000 and sometimes starts as high as $76,000. No, these students don't often put on a tie and go look important in a cubicle. They have real knowledge and skills. They go on to make the highly innovative products that California has been famous for engineering and producing. They create solutions to real-world problems and tend to the evolution of those solutions within companies with lots of employees. They often end up in high managerial positions for extremely successful manufacturers. Specifically the "Sustainable Manufacturing" program at Chico is an integrated field of study that combines technical feasibility with environmental based as well as hands-on in laboratories with industrial grade machinery. The leader of the program, Daren Otten said, "with this program we are addressing California manufacturing workforce needs with technically educated Californians who understand the challenges and opportunities associated with doing business in the state." While Chico is doing great things, the shortage of hands-on education in California is systemic at the University level and even more importantly at the high school level. Less than 30 percent of our high school students ever get to take a hands-on course. Exposure to these skills and real-world learning in the teen years could drive a larger movement of success and interest among our future workers and provide colleges like Chico with students who are willing to dive into the opportunities that manufacturing provides. If more universities offered programs like the one at Chico, our high-wage manufacturers would have access to a larger pool of talent to grow their efficient production facilities in California. CMTA tips its hat to Cal State Chico in developing a program that could be the leading edge of future manufacturing training programs.

Fifty Low-Income Households across San Diego to Receive Free Solar Energy through New Partnership between Sullivan Solar Power and GRID Alternatives
Mayor Bob Filner Celebrates New Partnership that will Expand Access to Solar in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (May 2, 2013) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner today joined GRID Alternatives and local business Sullivan Solar Power to announce their new partnership, which will provide lowincome households across San Diego with free solar installations. The partnership was launched at a solar installation for the Martin residence in Broadway Heights, where a multi-generational family of nine is receiving a solar electric system through GRID Alternatives at no cost. For each new property that goes solar with Sullivan Solar Power, the company will donate one locally manufactured solar panel to GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that brings solar power and solar job training into underserved communities. It is anticipated that 50 low-income households will receive solar installations at no cost as a result of the newly established partnership. Sullivan Solar Power is running a program for San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) residential customers, in which Sullivan Solar Power will pay homeowners that go solar with the company 20 cents per watt, up to $1,500 cash. The company launched its cash-back incentive program to replace the fully exhausted California Solar Initiative (CSI) state rebate for general market homeowners. “Our firm has essentially created our own incentive program, Sullivan Cash Rewards, for SDG&E customers that go solar,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, “To make it something that benefited the entire community, we have now launched this yearlong partnership with GRID Alternatives so that homeowners that need solar energy the most will also benefit. Fifty to seventy low-income homeowners in San Diego will receive free solar installations as a result of this partnership.” The partnership announcement took place with San Diego’s mayor, Bob Filner, at the residence of Jimmie Martin, a veteran with a household of nine, with children and grandchildren residing in the home. The Martin family is receiving an 18-panel rooftop solar array at no cost (Continued on page 18)

responsibility and economic viability. You might think the word "sustainable" is just another packaging of the buzz term "green" but it's not. The degree focuses on making sure the students understand business viability for the manufacturing of a product. That means keeping the business operating, growing and competitive, as well as focusing on successful end-of-life dynamics for a product. The program is both lecture-

New Leadership To Engage Community In Positive Social And Economic Change
San Diego- May 14, 2013- The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of two key leadership positions designed to further increase organizational effectiveness and implement key strategies. Under the umbrella of Revitalizing Together, new CEO Reginald Jones has tapped dynamic and talented people locally and from around the country. These leaders have the resources and experience to move quickly and achieve sustainable results. “This is an exciting phase of our realignment and one that will take us to the next chapter of our work,” explained Jones. “We are moving from Community Organizing to Civic Engagement; from Land Banking to Redevelopment; and from Community Participation to Governance. We have a lot to accomplish and this is the team that can get it done.” Joseph Horiye will join the team as Vice President/Community Development and be responsible for Physical Development and Asset Management. His experience as executive director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), America’s leading nonprofit organization focused on revitalizing and rebuilding neighborhoods, makes him well-positioned to spearhead development in the Diamond district. In his LISC tenure, Horiye oversaw the San Diego Office, which has invested more than $193 million in grants, loans and equity since its inception. Horiye’s community involvement has focused on San Diego’s reinvestment, education, and economic development opportunities. “I will work with residents, local stakeholders and partners to build pathways so that places and people prosper,” said Horiye said, a LEAD San Diego graduate and native San Diegan. “We will make a difference by working together to build community, and create for accelerating the 60-acre Village at Market Creek vision." Accolades for Joe come from the national front as well. “Joe has the experience, skill set, and passion to advance the agenda for comprehensive community development in San Diego,” said Michael Rubinger, President and CEO, LISC. Stephen Maduli-Wiliams has been named VP/ Social Enterprise and will spearhead efforts to develop existing social enterprises and build capacity to support further entrepreneurial opportunities. Most recently, MaduliWilliams was President & CEO of The San Francisco Housing Development Corporation. He brings over 15 years of senior-level management experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and has proven himself to be an innovative leader. Maduli-Willams is a community minded entrepreneur committed to growth and will work with community businesses and the Diamond BID to support partnerships and build economic development. While in Chicago, he launched and served as President of Chicago Venture Partners, a nonprofit created to help under-resourced businesses thrive. His successes there included allocating business assistance resources to more than 1,500 clients (70% of whom reside in low- and moderate-income areas) to achieve economic success; launching Chicago’s first business attraction website providing commercial real estate listings and market data for underserved real estate market; and creating and managing Innovate Illinois (high growth business competition program) for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He holds a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellow University and an Economics Degree from Loyola University. “I am truly excited to be joining an organization that has been an unquestioned leader in innovation in community development. I plan to use my extensive economic and small business development background to help create innovative solutions to address the challenging economic issues of Diamond Community residents,” said Maduli-Williams. “As result of this recent restructuring, JCNI will emerge a stronger, more responsive and effective organization that is well positioned to meet our long-term community goals,” Jones explained. The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is partnering with resident teams in southeastern San Diego to transform 60 acres into The Village at Market Creek, a LEEDcertified neighborhood and vibrant (Continued on page 18)

choice and opportunity.” "Joe's enthusiasm, dedication and multi-faceted skill set have served our San Diego LISC team very well,” states Gordon Boerner, LISC San Diego Local Advisory Committee Chair. "With Joe at the helm of JCNI's redevelopment efforts, a local LISC / JCNI collaboration offers a significant 'win-win' opportunity

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Showbiz Watcher
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Daniel Padilla nominated for Best New Actor at 29th PMPC Star Awards

Landslide Victory Si Gov. Vilma Santos!!!
By Ogie Cruz Ngayon tapos na ang election sa Pilipinas, marami na rin ang nakahinga sa ating mga Pinoy na nandito sa Amerika.Siempre hindi pahuhuli

ang ating showbiz watcher column tungkol sa mga nanalong artista at natalo. Landslide Victory ang re-electionist Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto,sabi nga inilampaso ng

Star For All Seasons ang kanyang mga naging kalaban dahil mahigit 600,000 votes ang lamang niya. Eto na bale ang third time ni Ate Vi na maging Governor ng Batangas, na ibig sabihin kuntento ang mga nasasakupan niya sa kanyang pamamalakad.Kahit nga hindi pa tapos ang bilangan noon,naiproklama na siya dahil sa laki ng lamang niya sa dalawa niyang kalaban . Panalo naman ang tag team nina Joseph Estrada at Isko Moreno bilang Mayor at Vice Mayor ng Manila. Naging mainit ang labanan sa Maynila, dahil ang incumbent Mayor Lim ang naging kalaban ni Erap.Grabe ang batuhan nila sa bawat isa, noong nangangapanya pa sila, kaya naman inaabangan kung sino ng buong nasyon kung si Dirty Harry o Asiong Salonga ang hahawag ng Manila City Hall.Tinanggap naman ni Mayor Lim ang kanyang pagkatalo,kaya wala ring gulo after the election.Nanalo rin si Daniel Fernando bilang Vice Gov. ng Bulacan, Angelica Jones re-electionist ng bukal ng Laguna,Dingdong Avansado bilang Vice Gov. ng Siquijor.Jolo Revilla as vice Gov ng Cavite. Hindi rin pahuhuli ang magasawang Manny at Jinky Pacquiao bilang Congressman at Vice Gov. ng Saranggani Province.Nanalo rin sa Election sina Alma Moreno, Herbert Bautista siempre Mayor ng Quezon City,Rossele Nava, Roderick Paulate,Alfred Vargas, Jestoni

Alarcon at Lucy Torres. Eto naman ang mga hindi pinalad sa Election ang aming Ate Imelda Papin na tumakbong congresswoman sa San Jose Del Monte,Richard Gomez, Shalani

Soledad,Joey Marquez,Annabelle Rama, Amay Bisaya na lagi namang natatalo,Dennis Padilla at Christopher De Leon. GRACE POE, HUDYAT NA BA PARA PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS ???Marami ang nagulat sa lakas ng ipinakita sa botohan ang pangalang Grace Poe ang anak ng
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Hot teenage heartthrob Daniel Padilla is ABS-CBN Star Cinema's nominee in the Best New Actor category at the 29th Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards, the ceremony for which is scheduled on March 10. Padilla was nominated for his role as Billy Fernandez, the singer who drove the storyline in "24/7 in Love" when he posed the question in a contest: "What would you do it it was the end of the world?" Padilla joins other ABS-CBN Star Cinema and TFC nominees for "One More Try". "The Mistress", "The Healing" and "A Mother's Story". (TFC U.S.) Coco Martin hailed as Youth Role Model of the Year, wins other awards Teleserye prince and "Juan dela Cruz" lead star Coco Martin continues to earn recognitions from various award-giving bodies for his sterling performance as an actor and for being a source of inspiration to the youth. Martin recently bagged the ‘Youth Role Model of The Year’ from the Familya Sauza-Berenguer de Marquina for the 93rd Las Familias Unidas, ‘Most Outstanding Personality in Philippine Television’ from the 1st EdukCircle MOPiP TV Awards, and ‘Outstanding Performance by an Actor

in a Single Drama/Telemovie Program’ from the Golden Screen TV Awards 2012 for his remarkable performance in the ‘Kamao’ episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya.” (ABS-CBN Corp.) Angelica Panganiban named Oustanding Comedy Actress at Enpress Golden Screen Awards Angelica Panganiban won the Outstanding Performance by an Actress award in a Gag or Comedy Program for the show “Banana Split” in the Entertainment Press Society Golden Screen TV Awards. She first received this award in 2011 for the same show. Angelica also appears in the newly launched “Banana Nite”, the nightly serving of the gag show where they feature new gags and talents. Watch out for Karen Lavida Loca (Angelica Panganiban), Julius Baba (Zanjoe Marudo) and Ces Dragon (Melai Cantiveros) in “Kandila”, spoof of “Bandila”, Jason Gainza as Boy Abunda in “Ihaw Na”, spoof of “Ikaw Na”, and Angelica as Kris Aquino in the segment “Krissy and Me”. They will also be joined by new cast members – (Continued on page 17)

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Expo for Government Technologies
I finished my first day at the FOSE as I write this article. I realized that attending the FOSE also gives me access to 3 other conferences being held simultaneously at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. GovSec Conference is one of them that caught my attention. All share the same Keynote Speakers. After registering at the Press Room and obtaining my badge and conference materials, I reached the first Keynote Speech being delivered by General Stan McCrystal. He was the former Commander of the U.S. International Forces in Afghanistan. He talked about the current state of global and military affairs as well as the security challenges that America is facing. He was quite impressive. Immediately after was the ribbon cutting and opening of FOSE, GovSec Exhibit halls and the other expos. Education sessions also started. I decided to check out the exhibits first since I was already at the hall anyway. There is APP Arcade and FOS-

ETV. Both at the sessions and at the Expo the cutting-edge apps were demoed, displayed and discussed by technology leaders and experts. I intend to write about them after the conference. Since the event is basically the annual gathering of government and industry representatives, I was as happy to learn with them the emerging technologies, policies and best practices in government information technology (IT). I always had the impression that many of the new technologies were always tried and tested in the government first before their commercialization. This is true for those whose creation or invention were made possible by research grants. The military, which spends enormous amounts in security-related products, technologies, and researches, is a good example. Many of the products exhibited at the GovSec expo are related to Home Security. The Government Printing Office (GPO) demonstrated its new 3D Printing machine. I was impressed and excited watching the demonstration. I also enjoyed the demo on the expertise of dogs in detecting people carrying undesirable materials such as bombs or some other weapons. My original plan was to visit booths

and attend sessions that deal with mobile and cyber security. I have started implementing the plan and hope to write about the new technologies and some of the amazing products in later columns. I was very interested in a couple of products that dealt with portability, mobility, and encryption when I was visiting the booths. With tiny memory devices such as USB or tiny external hard drives, they basically allow you to bring your entire PC with you through the mini devices. The entire contents including software that you have in your PC are in there in your pocket. I have 2 more days to go. I hope to visit all the booths and attend the sessions as I originally planned. The Keynote Speaker for the second day is Joe Theisman, former Washington Redskins Champion Quarterback. He is scheduled to talk about “Managing to win”. I think I can miss this one.

Online stock investing grows 48%
MANILA BULLETIN | MANILA, 5/2/2013 -- The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) reported yesterday that its 2012 data showed a remarkable surge in online investor accounts to 78,216. In a poll conducted by the PSE based on data gathered from nine trading participants, the total online investor accounts grew by 48.3 percent from the previous year’s 52,750 total. Online investor activity remained robust as the total number of active online accounts amounted to 67,265 accounts or 86.0% of the total online accounts. Retail investors remained the key market for online accounts as they accounted for 99.8% of total online accounts. Of the total online accounts, 97.9% were local while 2.1% were foreign. “We are pleased to note the significant increase in the number of active online accounts in the market. This goes to show that our market has become more open and aggressive to embrace technological advancements in terms of finding alternative ways of participating in the stock market,” PSE President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Hans B. Sicat said. “We view this positive development as a catalyst that will support our online trading platform tagged as PSETradex for trading participants. This new online service is aimed at further expanding brokers’ reach to investors and boosting activity in the stock market in a significant way,” Mr. Sicat added. PSETradex is a web-based trading management system that will allow users to trade shares of stock, monitor the order status and manage the stock portfolio, and gather relevant market information through their computers. In addition, it can provide a mobile wireless application for equity trading which operates on web-based mobile phones. It enables investors, who have registered with stockbrokers, to trade in a totally mobile environment. In terms of value turnover, total online transaction value in 2012 rose to P195.75 billion, up by 18.8% from P164.75 billion in 2011. Online trading also comprised 6.7% of the total value in the stock market (less block sales). The PSE study also shows that based on the profile of retail investors in the Philippines, there were a greater number of male online investors than female investors. Male investors accounted for 57.9% of retail online investors while females accounted for 42.1%. In terms of active investors, a slightly bigger percentage of female investors were more actively trading than male investors in 2012. Most of the retail investors trading online had an annual income of less than P500,000, of which 80.1% were active. Meanwhile, 21.6% of investors earn between P500,000 and P1 million a year and 15.5% of investors make more than P1 million a year. Active retail online investors remained primarily comprised of investors with income less than P500,000, with a share of 66.6% to the total active accounts. Online investors come from the younger age group. More than half (52.3%) of retail online investors were between the ages of 30 to 44 years old while another 25.1% belong to the 18 to 29 year-old age group. Investors between the ages of 18-29 years are the most active investors at 80.1%. Retail online investors were concentrated in Metro Manila, where 72.7% of total retail online accounts come from. Investors from Luzon comprised 9.4% of the total retail online accounts while investors from Visayas accounted for 4.6% of total retail online accounts. Meanwhile, investors from Mindanao and other countries accounted for 2.5% and 10.8% of total retail online accounts, respectively.

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7 Community Workshops To Tackle Important Regional Issues
Public invited to attend workshops in May, June, and July
Starting Friday, May 17, SANDAG will hold a series of daytime and evening community workshops throughout San Diego County to solicit public input on the biggest issues facing the region between now and 2050 – issues like the economy, environment, transportation, public health, and social equity. The input gathered at these workshops will be used to develop San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. This new regional plan will build upon local planning efforts, and incorporate emerging issues and innovative concepts, to form an overall vision for the region’s future, including specific actions to turn that vision into reality. The SANDAG Board is expected to adopt the plan in 2015. Evening workshops will be held every Thursday in June from 6-8 p.m. at different locations countywide. These workshops will seek input on the same topics – land use, transportation, housing, healthy environment, public health, economic prosperity, public facilities, energy, climate change, and borders. Daytime workshops will be held on the third Fridays in May, June, and July from 11:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. at Caltrans District 11, Garcia Room & Gallegos Room, 4050 Taylor Street, San Diego. Each workshop will focus on specific topics. Complimentary meals will be served at all the workshops. A printable version of the workshop flyer in English and Spanish is available at: http://www. Evening Workshops: South County June 6, 6-8 p.m. Casa Familiar Civic Center 212 W. Park Avenue, San Ysidro North County Inland June 13, 6-8 p.m. Escondido City Hall, Mitchell Room, 201 North Broadway, Escondido North County Coastal June 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Oceanside City Hall Community Rooms, 300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside East County June 27, 6-8 p.m. La Mesa Community Center, Arbor View Room, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa Daytime Workshops: May 17 - Healthy environment, energy, climate change, and public health June 21 - Land use and transportation July 19 - Economic prosperity, public facilities, and borders Attendees should RVSP to sarah., (619) 595-5609, or via the SANDAGRegion Facebook page by attending “Regional Plan Workshop” events. About SANDAG The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics.

AARP Launches First National Asian Ad Campaign Featuring Key Asian Community Leaders Ginny Gong, Floyd Mori and Tony Taguba
Washington, D.C. –AARP launched their first national Asian advertising campaign featuring key Asian community leaders Ginny Gong, Floyd Mori and Tony Taguba. Created by DAE Advertising, AARP’s Asian advertising agency of record, the ads will run in prominent Asian American, Chinese and Filipino print and online publications in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The ads convey the following message, “The best is yet to come and AARP is there to help people 50+ and their families live enriched lives in America.” The community leaders selected for the campaign are Ginny Gong, former four term National President of OCA. Under her leadership, OCA made history by establishing the OCA National Center and became the first Asian American organization to have a permanent presence in the nation’s capital; Floyd Mori, is one of the country’s leading advocates for the advancement of Japanese American and Asian Pacific American communities. He has provided Japanese Americans with a voice at the table where decisions are made; and Tony Taguba, Chairman of the Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors is the second Philippine born-U.S. citizen to be promoted to general officer rank in the U.S. Army. He is a decorated Filipino American and advocate for break-

Facebook,lagi siyang kinatutuwaan pero ang balita namin nag-react na siya.Ganon kasikat ang 20-yr old , kaya binoto siya ng mga Pinoy at (Continued from page 13) lalo pa siyang pinasikat ni Vice Gannamayapang Hari ng Pelikulang da.Paano ba naman ayaw kasi nitong Pilipino na si Fernando Poe Jr At umaten sa mga Debate sa Tv kaya Ms. Susan Roces.Paano ba naman tuloy pinagdudahan ang kanyang siya ang bumabandera slot no. 1 ng kakayahan.Sino ang may kasalanan mga Senadors na pumapasok sa top ngayon kung bakit pumasok siya sa 12.Kahit nga ang dating MTRCB 12 senators noong last election. chairman hindi makapaniwala ng TITA SWARDING NAMAYAPA top-notcher siya at ang gusto lang NA !!! Kahit kami nabigla sa bigniya ay makapasok sa Top 12 pero lang pagkamatay ng aming kaibigan yun pala siya ang mangunguna. at hinahangaan kapag showbiz Hindi talaga makapaniwala ang reporting sa radio ang pag-uusapan. Grace Poe sa lakas niya sa mga Namatay siya lang early Sunday Pinoy ,wala nga raw nakapag-predict May 12,phil time,namatay siya dahil na siya ang top-notcher sa senatorial komplikasyon sa emphysema sa Bet.Naging malaking puhunan niya Quezon City General Hospital. ang panganlan ni Da King at mga Ang alam namin Tv ad commercials niya kung saan noon,nagpapalakas na lang siya kasama pa niya sa huli si Susan dahil nilipat na siya sa isang room Roces.Ipagpapatuloy niya ang hindi at wala na sa ICU pero hindi pa natapos ni FPJ, ibig ba sabihin nito rin niya nakayanan ang sakit kaya isang hudyat na ito na malamang bimigay ito. tumakbo siyang Presidente sa mga Isa siya na langing binabati susunod na election. kami sa kanyang radio shows sa SI VICE GANDA ANG NAGDZRH,DWSS at Pinoy Radio UK PANALO KAY NANCY BINAY ni Sonny Laragan, at takenote lagi !!! Dahil sa binira ni Vice Ganda niyang mention ang Asian Journal si Nancy Binay noong kainitan ng doon kaya naman kahit hindi ito sa campaign ayan,naging pang-apat pa Pilipinas lumalabas, sikat na sikat sa mga senatorial winners anak ni ang newspaper na ito. Vice President Binay. Maraming salamat sa pagpapahalKesyo wala raw itong background aga sa amin Tita Swarding, at hindi sa paglilingkod sa bayan, at bigla ka namin makakalimutan at maging na lang tatakbo bilang senador,tira mga naging kontribusyon niya sa sa kanya ni Vice Ganda kaya tuloy showbiz. pinag-usapan siya. Naging tampok pa siya sa mga SIR CHIEF, SUPLADO ANG social networking sites lalo na sa

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behind them.” “I’ve worn a lot of hats in my life – mother, grandmother, community activist and government director,” said Ginny Gong. “And, as long as they fit, I intend to keep wearing them. I hope to maximize this next phase of my life journey as

for us to maximize the quality of our lives as we enter our golden years.” To hear Tony Taguba’s testimonial, please click here id=2149102813001. About AARP AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanishlanguage website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at

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ing down Asian barriers. “These three inspirational leaders in AARP’s first Asian Advertising campaign embody the spirit of AARP,” said Lorraine Cortés Vázquez, Executive Vice President, Multicultural Markets & Engagement, AARP. “These leaders live life with passion and purpose after 50 and serve as wonderful examples of continually seeking new possibilities. AARP celebrates them for their outstanding contributions of leadership and accomplishments.” “These three were selected because they are outstanding individuals but also everyday people,” said Vicky Wong, President & CEO, DAE Advertising. “They are Asians, but they are also Americans. They are living the life they want, and AARP is

a vibrant senior citizen, and AARP will be there to help me.” To hear Ginny’s testimonial, please click here http://www. “Older Americans are becoming a greater part of our society,” said Floyd Mori. “We’re all living longer. To be a member of an organization that advocates for policy, that means I can participate in being a voice as a senior and someone who happens to be Asian American.” To hear Floyd Mori’s testimonial, please click here id=2149100396001. “I joined AARP when I was 50 because I wanted to be a part of an organization that looked out for us,” said Tony Taguba. “This is an important opportunity

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"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art." --Eleanor Roosevelt "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." -- Mark Twain "The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all." -- Doris Lessing "We are not victims of aging, sickness, and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being." --Deepak Chopra "Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young." --Ben Franklin "Nothing is inherently and invincibly young except spirit. And spirit can enter a human being perhaps better in the quiet of old age and dwell there more undisturbed than in the turmoil of adventure." --George Santayana "We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing." --George Bernard Shaw "For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest." --Hasidic saying "Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional." --Chili Davis "It's never too late to have a fling. For autumn is just as nice as spring. And it's never too late to fall in love." --Sandy Wilson

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I don 't want to be a part of your memory Just to beforgotten, Or maybe even remembered. I just want to be with you Forever, together You played your role I played mine That is how destiny made us meet. I have a vision. You and I are laughing at the past. All that has happened is just a distant memory. We are free at last!

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Magtitiis muna ako na ‘di tayo nagkikita, Ng dahil sa damdaming kong tila wari’y kakaiba. Noong una ang akala, kaibigan lamang kita, Ngunit habang nagtatagal, higit roon, nadarama. Huwag ka sanang magagalit kung sakaling nangyari ‘to, ‘Di ko naman inasahang damdamin ko’y magbabago. Marahil ang syang dahilan ay ganda mong pinong-pino, Mabait at matiisin, binibining syang hanap ko. Bagaman nga’t bata ka pa, malayo pa ang lakbayin, Marami pang karanasang nararapat na danasin. Titiisin kong umiwas at ‘di kita papansinin, Kahit ito ay masakit, nararapat kong ‘to’y gawin. Kung sakali ‘di magbago ang damdamin at pagtingin, Ito’y aking ‘pagtatapat at sa iyo’y aaminin. Kung tayo’y ‘di na magkita, ang hiling ko’y paumanhin, Tuluyan na hindi kita patuloy na mamahalin. Kung sakali namang ikaw, may lihim na pagtatangi, ‘Wag mo sanang ikukubli, ipadamang dali-dali. Kapwa natin pagyamanin, pasiglahing mga binhi, Na tapat sa isa’t isang ‘di tayo nagkakamali. Lalayuan muna kita’t titiisin yaong kirot, Aalamin ko kung tunay, kakayanin ang pagsubok. Sakaling mapatunayan, na tunay kang tinitibok, Babalikan kita mahal, hindi kita malilimot. Tulang handog kay BFF Romeo S. Nicolas Bocaue, Bulacan 4/24/2013

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29,813. She said she did not expect to win with a very big margin and believed it was largely due to her army of campaign volunteers who worked hard despite very limited resources coming from donations. “In my view, it (victory) is a big message that the people rejected political dynasty. In the beginning, it was a very difficult fight because I am against a well-entrenched family who had been in power since 1978. I know many people have a debt of gratitude to them while the majority of barangay officials are with them. But the people have decided,” she said. Judge’s daughter Leni, 48, graduated with a law degree from the University of Nueva Caceres in 1992 and passed the bar exams in 1997. A daughter of longtime Judge Antonio Gerona of the Naga City Regional Trial Court, Leni worked quietly with civil society serving women and children in distress and farmers struggling to own their farms. With the death of her husband, she became the figurehead of Jesse’s allies and supporters in Naga even as she vowed then that she would not want to enter politics for the sake of her children—Aika, 25, a government employee; Patricia, 18, a college student; and Jillian, 13, a high school student. Leni was forced to heed the clamor of her husband’s supporters and allies on the brink of fragmentation when Jose Anselmo Cadiz filed his certificate of candidacy for congressman in the third district even as the local Liberal Party leadership announced that its candidate was going to be Naga Vice Mayor Gabriel Bordado. It was only on Oct. 5, 2012, the last day of filing of certificates of candidacy, that she brokered the reunification of the Liberal Party leaders and finally filed her own certificate of candidacy.

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know her—from the moment she registered in the national consciousness as the calm and collected grieving wife of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash in Masbate in August last year, and up to the time she became a candidate—she has remained basically the same but with a big difference. Leni, while essentially still Jesse’s
widow and mother of his three daughters, is becoming her own woman. New beginning Now that she has won the fight against a well-entrenched political family, Leni said she was ready to start a new beginning in Camarines Sur politics, guided by the ideals of her husband she longingly described as her “political capital.” She has yet to be proclaimed winner by the Commission on Elections. The poll body’s unofficial results, posted under its transparency server count, showed that she won in 181 out of the 186 barangays (villages) under the congressional district currently represented by Luis Robredo Villafuerte. After nine years of being congressman, Villafuerte fielded his wife, Nelly, to replace him. He chose to run for governor but lost to his own grandson, Migz. Leni garnered 107,496 votes in the unofficial Comelec count against Nelly’s

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Chapter 38 - An Escape


Genesis – The Beginning
By Zena Sultana Babao There’s something refreshing and optimistic about the word “beginning” whether it refers to the dawn of a new day, the start of a new year, the opening of a new venture, or the prelude of a symphony. Full of promise, beginnings stir hope and visions of the future. Genesis, the first book of the Bible, means beginning. It sets the stage for the entire Bible. Genesis unfolds the record of the beginning of the world, of human history, of civilization, and of family. It is the story of God’s purpose and plan for His creation. It reveals the nature of God, the value and dignity of human beings, the tragedy and consequences of sin, and the promise and assurance of salvation. This book is also about hope. No matter how dark the world situation seems, there is hope. No matter how insignificant or useless we feel, God loves us and has a plan for us. No matter how sinful and separated from God we are, salvation is available. In this book, we see God creating the world in a majestic display of power and purpose, culminating with the first man and woman on Earth. Adam and Eve, our first ancestors, were the highlight of God’s creation – the very reason God created the world. But Adam and Eve did not always live the way God intended. Bath in innocence, Adam and Eve fell into Satan’s evil machinations. Disguised as a crafty serpent, Satan came to tempt Eve. Satan at one time was named Lucifer, the Angel of Light. Proud of his beauty, he thought he could be God and rebelled against his Creator. He was thrown out of heaven and his name became Satan. As the serpent, Satan tempted Eve by getting her to doubt God’s goodness. He suggested that God was strict, stingy, and selfish for not wanting Adam and Eve to share the knowledge of good and evil. Satan made Eve forget all that God had given her, and made her focus on the one thing she could not have. Sin entered the world and creation was shattered by the couple’s willful disobedience. Fellowship with God was broken, and evil began weaving its destructive web. Adam and Eve were expelled from the beautiful Garden of Eden, a showcase of the magnificent beauty God intended for His creation. Their expulsion from the Garden of Eden separated them from the Tree of Life, thus withdrawing from them immortality. Until the eventual return of Jesus! Soon a population explosion took place upon the earth. Earth was no longer the perfect place that God had intended. It is frightening to see how quickly all of humanity forgot about God. Incredibly, in the world at that point in time, only one man and his family still worshipped God. That man was Noah. Because of his faithfulness and obedience, God saved him and his family from the Great Flood that destroyed every other human being on earth. God hates sin and judges those who enjoy it. He punishes appropriately, not out of anger or vengeance, but out of love. God’s punishment is meant to correct and restore fellowship with Him. When we do sin or fall away from God, we deserve His rightful judgment. Time passed and the earth was again filled with people. But people, bent on evil, continued to disobey God even as God continued to do His part to reach these wayward people. However, God had promised after the Great Flood to never again destroy the whole earth and its people until the day Jesus Christ returns for the Final Judgment. Only a handful of people continued to follow God. One of them was Abram and his family. God appeared to Abram (who would later be known as Abraham) and established a covenant with him and told him to leave his homeland (Ur of the Chaldeans) and go to Canaan. God told Abram he will be the founder of a great nation. In Genesis we come to know of one of the most mysterious people in the Bible: Melchizedek, the king of peace. He appeared one day in the life of Abram and was never heard of again. What happened that day, however, was to be remembered throughout history and eventually became a subject of a New Testament letter. Hebrews 7:1 says, (Continued on page 19)

hen Jose came back to his senses, the low watt bulb on the ceiling came to focus. He became aware that he now lay in bed with his right hand cuffed on the railing above his head. He was in his t-shirt and shorts.

course, but his. He glanced at the toilet. He glanced at the hanging blanket above the toilet. He glanced at Mando falling into a doze again. An idea swelled in his mind. He can do it. He must do it. His fear of tomorrow should make him do it. And they have punished him. They must be punished in return. He can only avenge himself if he will do it. What does he have to lose? They will torture him again tomorrow. They might even already kill him whether or not they could extract anything from him. He could die if he will do it now but he is as good as dead tomorrow anyway. So why not die now trying to live? Though weak, his fear of tomorrow, his anger, his already being dead, twitched strength within himself and forged courage within his being. He glanced at the cuff above his head. He must do it. He must do it now. “Mando, Mando,” Jose said in a hoarse voice. Mando roused in obvious irritation. His demeanor, however, quickly changed to pleasantness. “Yes, what is it?” he said. He yawned, stretching and pressing his eyes tight. “I need to go to the toilet.” “Can a urinal do?” “No, I need to do more than that.” “Oh! Okay,” Mando said. He dragged himself out of his sleepy stupor to unlock the Jose’s cuff off the railing. Having done so, he yawned again. Jose struggled to get off the bed. He appeared to be really in much pain. He limped toward the toilet with the cuff dangling from his right hand. In the toilet, with Mando close behind him, Jose acted to stagger wrenching down his shorts. Mando made a long yawn, closing his eyes. Jose was waiting for that yawn, for those closed eyes. His leg snapped, kicking Mando’s groin. As Mando stooped, Jose swung and smashed the cuff on Mando’s head. subjects’ stories, and “Travel Time” for Best Travel Show for promoting domestic tourism and Philippine culture. Gawad Tanglaw (Gawad Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw), which is composed of scholars and professors from all over the country, recognizes outstanding personalities and programs from print media, radio, and television. (ABS-CBN Corp.)

How long has he been out? He did not even know what time it was and there was only silence. It must be late in the night or sometime at dawn? He noted his surroundings. A door across the bed, ajar, revealed a toilet. Above the toilet, a blanket hangs, presumably, to cover a tiny window. A man sat on a chair, dozed from apparently reading a book on his hand. His shoes sat the foot of the bed. A .45 bulged by his waist. Jose let out a dry cough. His body convulsed with pain. The man on the chair stirred. After yawning, he said, “thank goodness, you are awake. I was afraid that they might have killed you.” You are the man with the pleasant voice, Jose said to himself. “I told them to let you rest. We can discuss again tomorrow. By the way, you can call me Mando.” Tomorrow? Jose became afraid of tomorrow. True, he has not broken down but could he stand another tomorrow? “And also, if there is anything at all that I could possibly do for you, do ask and I will see what I can do,” Mando said. Anything? Jose said to himself. Can you help me escape? Julius smiled at the impossibility. But is it really impossible for him to escape? Not on the man’s accord, of

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(Continued from page 12) through GRID Alternatives. “Every family should have the opportunity to choose clean electricity from the sun,” said Paul Cleary, Regional Director of GRID Alternatives San Diego, “Sullivan Solar Power’s outstanding commitment will help dozens of local families realize their solar dreams— and our community will be greener for it.” The 3,809-watt solar power installation will save Jimmie $730 per year, with savings that will continue to grow over time as the cost of electricity goes up. Over the next 30 years, the Martin residence will save more than $35,000 on electricity costs as a result of their new solar installation. “This will be a huge benefit for our family,” said homeowner Jimmie Martin, “and I hope to use some of the savings to help my neighborhood as well.” Mayor Filner commended Sullivan Solar Power for its community initiative that supports the continued growth of solar power in the city and region. He praised the new philanthropic partnership that will benefit low-income San Diego families. "California leads the nation in solar power, and San Diego is the solar capital of the nation,” said Mayor Bob Filner, “Partnerships like this help our city increase its energy independence and create a sustainable future for the next generation.” The partnership will extend beyond San Diego to benefit all of Southern California. Sullivan Solar Power will be donating panels to other GRID Alternatives offices for projects in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino as well. To learn more about Sullivan Solar Power, visit or call 1-800-SULLIVAN. For more information about GRID Alternatives San Diego, visit www. (Continued from page 12) cultural destination. Through a network of nonprofit and for-profit partners, locally-owned businesses and national tenants, a community and conference center, and a portfolio of social enterprise projects, JCNI is creating assets that will become economic engines for the community when the foundation sunsets in 2030. Under the banner of “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change,” the people who live and work in the community create the vision, lead the implementation and own the change in their community. Learn more at www. ###

Two Pinay ‘Champions of Change’ feted at White House
GMA News | WASHINGTON, 5/2/2013 -- Two Filipinas are among 15 Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) that the White House in the United States honored on May 6 as “Champions of Change” for their contributions to their communities on various issues. According to online magazine Asiance, the White House will honor 15 AAPIs, which include Filipinas Myrla Baldonado of Chicago, Illinois, and Catherine Eusebio of Fremont, California, as part of the celebration of AAPI heritage month this May. “On Monday, May 6th from 1:00 – 3:30PM EST, the White House will honor fifteen AAPI women as ‘Champions of Change,’ recognizing their extraordinary work to create a more equal, safe, and prosperous future for their communities and the country,” the White House said on its blog. “These fifteen women represent the strength and diversity of the AAPI community.  These leaders — in business, advocacy, philanthropy, sports, the arts, and academia — are wonderful examples for young women across the country,” said senior advisor to the president and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett in a statement. Aside from Baldonado and Eusebio, the other “Champions of Change” awardees are Nancy Tom from Chicago; Minh Dang, Mia Mingus and Van TonQuinlivan from California; Atsuko Toko Fish and Karen Suyemoto from Boston; Lusiana Tuga Hansen from Alaska, Arline Loh from Delaware, Natalie Nakase from Los Angeles, Mary Frances Oneha from Hawaii, Shireen Zaman from Washington, DC; Aparna Bhattacharyya from Atlanta and Pramila Jayapal from Washington state.



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(Continued from page 4) In clinical studies, Xtandi prolonged survival rates in patients with advanced prostate cancer by five months compared to placebo. While the U.S. commercial launch just got cranked up, some industry experts expect Xtandi to reach annual sales of more than $2 billion in the next several years. Success of drugs like this helps patients and investors alike. 5. Government interferenceIs Uncle Sam less of an uncle and more like George Orwell's "Big Brother" when it comes to health care? Many Americans might think so, resulting in government interference taking the fifth spot among health problems. Controversy over some provisions in Obamacare appear to be a likely reason for this issue ranking so highly. 6. Heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., but comes in only at sixth place from the perspective of Americans according to the Gallup survey. Studies show that the most common type of heart disease, coronary heart disease, results in more than 385,000 deaths annually and costs nearly $109 billion. 7. Diabetes. More than 25 million Americans battle diabetes, so it's no surprise that the disease placed among the top health concerns. Diabetes contributes to many other health problems, including kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, and blindness. As with several other health issues, there is some good news. For example, the Food and Drug Administration recently approved Johnson & Johnson's Invokana for type 2 diabetes. The drug controls blood sugar through a different mechanism than other available treatments. Although there are plenty of diabetes drugs available, many think Invokana's unique approach will make it successful for patients and for J&J. Analysts expect the drug will attain sales of around $468 million by 2016. 8. AIDSThe CDC estimates that more than 15,500 Americans died from AIDS in 2010. There's good news on this front also in the U.S. and across the world. The United Nations AIDS Program says that death rates have declined as access to medications become more readily available.

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Dates, Times, and Locations of Public Meetings and Hearing: Clairemont: June 4, 2013, 4 to 7 p.m., Cadman Elementary School, School Auditorium, 4370 Kamloop Avenue, San Diego, CA 92117 (Bus 105 at Clairemont Mesa Blvd./Moraga Ave.) UCSD: June 10, 2013, 3 to 6 p.m., Price Center East, The Forum, Level 4, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 (Bus 30, 150, 41, 921, 101 and SuperLoop Bus 201/202 at Gilman Dr./Myers Dr.) University Community: June 12, 2013, 4 to 7 p.m., La Jolla Country Day School, Community Room, 9490 Genesee Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 (SuperLoop bus route 201/202 at Genesee Ave./Eastgate Mall) Old Town: June 18, 2013, 4 to 7 p.m., Caltrans District 11 Office, Garcia Conference Room, 4050 Taylor Street, San Diego, CA 92110 (Bus 8, 9, 10, 28, 30, 35, 44, 88, 105, 150 at Taylor St./Juan St. & Green Line Trolley and COASTER at OTTC) Downtown San Diego*: June 21, 2013, 9 a.m., SANDAG Offices, Board Room (7th Floor), 401 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Bus 3, 120 at 4th Ave./B St. & Bus 2, 7, 15, 30, 50, 150, 923, 992 at Broadway/5th (Continued from page 5) Ave. & Blue and Orange Line Trolley at 5th Ave. Trolley Station) * This serves as the public hearing his book “Under the Mantle: Marian Commenting on the Document: Comments may be submitted orally or in writing at the public meetings and Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest.” public hearing. Information at these meetings will be available in English and Spanish, and a Spanish translator Fr. Calloway has an incredible converwill be available to assist Spanish-speaking persons with understanding the information presented and to ensure sion story that you have to hear. And he that they are able to submit comments. Comments may also be submitted via U.S. mail, e-mail, fax, or on the has not looked back. project’s dedicated phone line as provided below: If you feel stuck in the confusing barU.S. mail: rage of opinions about faith and Christi Ms. Leslie Blanda, Mid-Coast Project Development Program Manager anity, Mary and her role in Church, make San Diego Association of Governments time to listen to his powerful testimony 401 B Street, Suite 800 and riveting talk. San Diego, CA 92101 He writes, “Without a relationship E-mail: with Mary, it’s very easy to create your Fax: (619) 699-1905 own personal Jesus, your own perProject Telephone Line: (619) 595-5620 sonal Christianity, or worse yet, make Comments must be postmarked or received by July 16, 2013 in order to be considered during preparation of Jesus into another ‘important spiritual the Final SEIS/SEIR. teacher,’ maybe even reducing him to Adverse and Significant Environmental Impacts: The Draft SEIS/SEIR anticipates that the following effects the same level as Mohammed, an ‘enthat would be avoided or reduced to not adverse and less than significant with mitigation: i) Long-term (operalightened Buddha, or some vegan guru tion) impacts for noise and vibration, ecosystems and biological resources, and electromagnetic interference; in Sedona, Arizona, who navel gazes and ii) Short-term (construction) impacts to archeological resources, ecosystems and biological resources, and to find inner tranquility.” (Under the paleontological resources. Mantle, p 42) After mitigation, the Build Alternative and/or the Genesee Avenue Design Option would still result in long“Speaking of history, the downrgradterm adverse and significant impacts in three environmental areas: transportation (traffic), visual and aesthetic ing ot the uniqueness of Jesus and His resources, and community and neighborhoods (related to adverse visual impacts). Church in the lives of many modern After mitigation, short-term (construction) impacts would remain significant and adverse impacts for transportation Catholics only happened after some(transit, traffic, and parking), air quality, and noise and vibration. Construction would also result in cumulatively thing else occurred first. You can’t significant paleontological, economic, and community impacts. Adverse long-term (operation) and short-term redefine the God-man and downgrade (construction) impacts remaining after mitigation would also affect environmental justice populations, but only Him to the status of a wise guru or an the Genesee Avenue Design Option would result in disproportionately high and adverse visual impacts to an ‘important spiritual teacher’ until you environmental justice population. first downgrade his mother, because a Some resources entitled to protection under 49 United States Code 303: Section 4(f) of the Department of mother always precedes a son. Mothers Transportation Act of 1966 would be affected by the project. The public is hereby informed of the FTA’s intent always come first” ((Under the Mantle, to make a de minimis impact finding for Section 4(f) protected properties, as the project would not adversely p 44) affect the activities, features, or attributes qualifying the properties for Section 4(f) protection. Fr Calloway cuts to the chase and gets Known or suspected hazardous materials are present at 36 sites along the project alignment, including sites enuto the heart of the matter with a mesmerated under Section 65962.5 of the Government Code; however, project measures would prevent significant sage many of us jaded faithful do miss. or adverse impacts as a result of any hazardous materials at these sites. So don’t miss the talk. Fr Calloway’s Contact: Please refer to the project Web site ( for general information about this schedule is on page 11. You may also go project. Additionally, please contact FTA Community Planner Alexander Smith at (415) 744-3133 or SANDAG to the website Mid-Coast Project Development Program Manager Leslie Blanda at (619) 595-5620 for additional information to learn more. concerning the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project Draft SEIS/SEIR. 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We often wonder how death will occur for us. Through illness, accident, war, or a natural disaster? Will our deaths happen suddenly or gradually? There are no answers for these questions, so we really should not spend time worrying about them. We don't know how our lives will end, and this is a blessed ignorance! But there is an important question that we should consider: When our time to die comes, will we die in such a way that those we leave behind are not devastated by grief or left with feelings of shame or guilt? How we leave others depends largely on how we prepare ourselves for death. When we can die with grateful hearts, grateful to God and our families and friends, our deaths can become sources of life for others.

Gilead Sciences stands as the leading maker of these medications. The biotech's Atripla is currently the most-used HIV drug. Atripla garnered $3.57 billion in revenue in 2012, up 11% from the prior year. Gilead obtained FDA approval recently for a new treatment, Stribild, which combines four of its drugs into one pill. Even with the progress, some roadblocks have been encountered in the battle against AIDS. Gilead attempted to obtain separate regulatory approval for two of the drugs included in Stribild -- elvitegravir and cobicistat. However, the FDA announced it would not approve the drugs in April due to concerns about documentation and quality testing procedures. Gilead is working to address these issues. -- Link: http://refreshingnews99.blogspot. com/2013/05/the-8-biggest-health-problemsamericans.html

Undocumented youth ______   According to the Fremont, California website of local news platform Patch, Eusebio is an undocumented youth “who has played a significant role in the movement for immigrant rights.”   Currently a social justice fellow at the San Francisco-based Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Eusebio manages the organization’s AAPI Dream Summer Program, which was described as supporting leadership development in immigrant youth. She is also on the board of directors of United We Dream, a network of immigrant organizations led by the youth. The Patch also noted that Eusebio has also been involved as a leader of Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE) and had a hand in organizing the first Asian American undocumented youth conference.   Fighting for caregivers   Meanwhile, a Philippine Star article described Baldonado as a woman at the forefront of fighting for increased wages of caregivers. In that report, it was noted that Baldonado has been in the thick of organizing domestic workers’ groups since 2011. This was due to bad conditions she experienced when she first began her work as a caregiver in the US for the elderly and disabled in 2007, the report said. These experiences prompted her to move to action. - Gian C. Geronimo, VVP, GMA News

Request for Proposals (RFP) Banking and Merchant Services The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is seeking proposals from qualified financial institutions and credit card processing companies to provide banking and/or merchant services. SANDAG anticipates awarding up to two (2) contracts, one (1) contractor for each specific area of service under this RFP. Proposer may submit a written proposal (technical and cost components) for either service area (Banking Services or Merchant Services) or for both service areas (two separate written proposals). Pre-Proposal Meeting: A non-mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. (PDT), at SANDAG, 401 B Street, 8th Floor (Conference Room 8A), San Diego, CA 92101, or participating via telephone. Proposal Due Date: Proposal must be received by 4:00 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at SANDAG’s offices 8th floor. A copy of the RFP (No. 5004266) and related informational documents can be accessed from the SANDAG website at HYPERLINK “” \o “” www.sandag. org/contracts or by contacting: Janet Yeh, SANDAG, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 699-6952, HYPERLINK “”

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(Continued from page 17) “This Melchizedek was the king of the city of Salem, and also a priest of the Most High God.” Melchizedek was one of a small group of godly people throughout the Old Testament who came in contact with the Jews (Israelites), but was not a Jew. This indicates that the requirement to be a follower of God is not racial or genetic. It means faithfully obeying God’s teachings and recognizing His greatness. As we come to the plains of Canaan, we discover the beginning of God’s covenant people which is the nation of Israel, and the broad strokes of His salvation plan. Though Abram and his wife Sarai were already old and past the child-bearing age, God promised that they will have a son. Through Abram’s descendants the Savior of the world will come. From that moment on, Abram became Abraham and Sarai became Sarah. Abraham and his descendants – Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and many more – seen in Genesis are among the most significant people in the Old Testament. It is important to realize that their significance is not based upon their personal characters, but upon God’s. They were people who earned the respect and even fear of their peers. They were not perfect by any means, they were just like us, trying to please God and sometimes falling short. The book of Genesis chronicled some important places and events of that time: the Flood, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the testing of Abraham, Joseph in Egypt, Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams, and more. Genesis gives us rich descriptions of the lives of many great men and women who sometimes succeeded and oftentimes failed, but continued to walk with God. They were simple ordinary people, yet through them, God did great things. These are vivid pictures of how God can and does use all kinds of people to accomplish His good purpose ... even people like you and me. Knowing this inspires us to maintain our walk with God and reach for the greatness He has in store for us – life eternal in His loving presence.

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(Continued from page 2) Centers, one of the groups facing those cuts, said “the reduced federal funding will cause the centers to dramatically curtail services and estimates that as many as 900,000 patients could be turned away from care. Many of them cannot afford to go anyplace else”.
A White House summary of the sequestration’s effects includes these health-related programs: 1. The National Institutes of Health would be forced to “delay or halt vital scientific projects and make hundreds of fewer research awards,” which means that “several thousand personnel could lose their jobs,” the White House said. 2. Twelve thousand scientists and students would be impacted because the National Science Foundation would offer 1,000 fewer research grants and awards. 3. The Food and Drug Administration

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would be able to do fewer drug approvals and conduct 2,100 fewer inspections at domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture food products. The funding cuts could lengthen FDA reviews of new drugs and medical devices; curtail CDC immunization and infection control services, and delay research funding and potentially slowdown ongoing medical research. 4. Cuts to the Mental Health Block Grant program would mean that 373,000 adults and children would not receive mental health services. “This cut would likely lead to increased hospitalizations, involvement in the criminal justice system and homelessness for these individuals,” according to the White House document. 5. Cuts to the AIDS drug assistance program could result in 7,400 fewer patients having access to HIV medications, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could conduct approximately 424,000 fewer HIV tests. 6. The Indian Health Service and tribal hospitals and clinics would also be hit by sequestration, with 3,000 fewer inpatient admissions and 804,000 fewer outpatient visits, according to the White House analysis. It has been stated by pundits as many as 32 million people are expected to be added to the health care system as a result of Obamacare, half of those as a result of the expansion of Medicaid. Many doctors already refuse to accept Medicaid patients because the government reimbursements for services rendered are well below the market rates. It is a fact that doctors are concerned about economic incentives. What has been stated is this: “A lot of people are going to leave private insurance and go on Medicaid because it’s cheaper, and that means lower reimbursements for doctors because Medicaid is such a poor reimburser. At the same time that we’re increasing the need for more doctors, we’re decreasing the incentives that would normally attract people to the medical profession.” In my view Sequestration’s impact have a far- reaching consequences in the field of medicine. This is not good for the country, for the patients and medical providers. I feel this is a significant hack to health care, which saves American lives and puts Americans to work. There is no doubt that the impact of cuts to hospital care would have ripple effects throughout our nation’s economy.

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President Corazon Aquino to power. Later in the afternoon, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Aquino and Estrada are in "good terms" despite the President's endorsement of Lim during the campaign. "They have always been in good terms. I just see no reason why Manila City Hall and Malacañang could not work together," Lacierda said at a press briefing.

The President's spokesman said Aquino has always considered Estrada as a family friend. "Their families have remained good friends in spite of being affiliated in different political parties," Lacierda said. Lower threshold of votes for victory The total number of votes counted in Manila's local elections was 96 percent when Comelec handed down its decision to lower the threshold of votes for victory. The partial and unofficial tally showed Estrada of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) with 288,058 votes while incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim of the Liberal Party (LP) had 257,631 as of posting time. Lim was running for his third term as Manila mayor. The total number of registered voters in Manila is around 900,000. Monday's polls yielded more or less 650,000 votes. The colorful mayoralty contenders are known by the tags "Asiong Salonga" for Estrada, and "Dirty Harry" for Lim. Estrada played the lead role in the movie "Asiong Salonga" about a 1950s Filipino mob boss. On the other hand, Lim is known for his "cop exploits," similar to "Dirty Harry," the lead character in the Hollywood movie starring Clint Eastwood, during his stint as long-time chief of police in Manila.

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