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Pinoy Kristo now on his 22nd year of being crucified
PBA legends play in San Diego
by Dr. Edgar A. Gamboa It was not LT leading the Chargers to a last-minute touchdown or Peavy clinching a playoff spot for the Padres – and, Tiger’s 24-foot clutch putt in the 18th hole to capture the Arnold Palmer Invitational, tying the legendary Ben Hogan with 64 career wins, could not have made it any sweeter. No. It was Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao relentlessly pursuing another world championship on Saturday and Ron “Big J” Jaworski and the PBA legends coming alive at San Diego State University on Sunday, which made this weekend a memorable back-to-back treat for Filipino sports enthusiasts. Pacquiao earned a split decision over Marquez in Las Vegas, putting the Philippines once more on center stage of the boxing world. Traffic may not have come to a standstill in Nevada or California, as they would have from

On this Holy Week

By Ding Cervantes PhilStar, 03/20/08 SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Twenty-two years since he was first crucified

Visita Iglesia for prayer, culture
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc PhilStar, 03/15/08

Former mainstays of the legendary Crispa Redmanizers, a top basketball team in the Philippines, saw action against their Toyota nemesis. Among the PBA legends are: Bogs Adornado (standing, second from the left), Abet Guidaben (fourth from the left, standing), Bernard Fabiosa (fifth from the left, standing), and Philip Cesar, (front row, right).

Tomorrow, Filipino Catholics will trek to seven choice churches in the custom of visita iglesia. By foot or car they will arrive to meditate on the Passion of Christ and repent for their sins. It’s also their occasion to take in the awesome intricacies of their church art and traditions. The visita helps Filipinos understand why they are what they are.

Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila.

Workers set up a wooden cross for the annual cenaculo in Cavite City. Photo by MANNY MARCELO

The practice of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday dates back to the

on Good Friday, commercial painter Ruben Enaje will reprise his role as “Kristo” in the traditional Via Crucis or
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Love and Vengeance reign in GMA Pinoy TV’s “Babangon ako’t dudurugin ka!”

The other team, composed mostly of former Toyota players, are Ramon Fernandez, Francis Arnaiz and Robert Jaworski (first, second and third from the left, second row), Manny Paner of San Miguel (fourth from right, second row), and Abe King of Toyota, (right, front row). Philip Cesar of Crispa, who played in the opposite team, is second from the left, first row.

Starting March 31, immerse yourself in the most heartbreaking drama on Philippine television that is guaranteed to redefine the meaning of true love, treachery, connivance, and vengeance as GMA Pinoy TV brings to life the TV serialization of one of the most compelling Philippine films of all time – Gilda Olvidado’s Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita. Led by Philippines’ Drama Princess Yasmien Kurdi and Drama Prince JC De Vera, “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita” also showcases some of the country’s most versatile artists – Marvin Agustin, Angelika dela Cruz, and Dina Bonnevie in a very special role. Under the direction of multi-awarded and well-respected director Joel Lamangan, “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita” revolves around the life of Salve (Yasmien Kurdi) – a pretty and naive young woman who will fall in love and will eventually marry Alfred (Marvin Agustin). Alfred, on the other hand, married Salve (Continued on page 15) only because of her inheritance which was not known to Salve. Determined to get Salve’s inheritance for himself, Alfred is making sure that Salve remains clueless about her wealth
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Authentic Islands’ flavor is dished out at Amerasian Cuisine in Poway, California
By Conrad I. Reloj, Jr. Senior Writer San Diego Asian Journal

Flagellation, crucifixion against Church teachings - bishop
By Edu Punay PhilStar, 03/18/08

PBA legends as they look now, from top, clockwise: Abet Guidaben, Francis Arnaiz, Ramon Fernandez, Atoy Co, Bernard Fabiosa and Bogs Adornado. San Diego Asian Journal photos by Conrad I. Reloj, Jr.

You will enjoy the culture and favorite dishes of the Philippine Islands at its finest in Poway, California. Amerasian Cuisine, a restaurant that serves Filipino dishes, is now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and special Sunday brunch. Since the eatery opened early this month, elated local residents no longer have to drive to downtown San Diego, Mira Mesa or National City to enjoy authentic Filipino cuisine. In the
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An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday reminded the faithful all over the country not to engage in crucifixion and self-flagellation in honoring the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this Holy Week, as such activities are against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. CBCP media affairs chair and Bishop of Caloocan
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Blind Pinoys read Pasyon in Braille
By Celso Amo PhilStar, 03/20/08 LEGAZPI CITY – Their fingers slide over the tiny dots that protrude from the pages of a book as they sing the story of the birth, suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Elinor Junio, Jeffrey Cuella, Enrique Balinqui, Dande Revale, Joseph Rico, Teddy Ponferada and Joan Lorica are the first blind Filipinos to sing the “Pasyong Mahal” after the book about Christ’s passion was translated into braille.
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Flop
FIRST PERSON By Alex Magno Philstar, March 13, 2008 Otherwise, it would have been as downright disgusting as observing a gang-rape in progress, with the honorable senators of the land fighting for their turn to assault the “resource person.” The only redeeming entertainment value of last Tuesday’s episode of the Ping and Jamby Show was watching how hard the senators tried to keep their own jaws from dropping. They had sent out the barkers, ordered the drum-roll, whetted the public appetite for a forthcoming explosive testimony from a “surprise witness” — all to keep the ratings up. The Show had began to flag after the Madriaga episode when that “surprise witness” began babbling incoherently, contradicting not only himself but also all the previous “surprise witnesses.” This very phenomenon of pulling out one “surprise witness” after another, like a magician pulls rabbits out of a hat, is in and of itself anomalous. Shouldn’t the senators

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rely on completed staff work — putting together the facts of the case beforehand, informing the accused, properly documenting the evidence — before putting up a spectacle that so ostentatiously consumes public resources and disturbs the political peace? As it happens, the senators amble into the hearings in their fineries without as much as a clue as to what will happen and why they are there. From their seats, they expect discovery by say-so. The entire process is driven by improvisation, off-the-cuff perorations, impromptu grandstanding. The outcome is not something we arrive at by the inexorable operation of logic. It is something we stumble into, nearly by accident. This is, as we all see, a terribly inefficient way of doing things. Unprepared and uninformed, the senators fire in all directions, hoping to hit something by some sheer stroke of luck. They bear down on witnesses, browbeat them, harass them, insult them, violate their privacy, bait for a sound bite, force them to selfincriminate, ruin their reputations with no other cause than to serve a legislator’s ego. As a consequence of this inefficiency, this terrible inability of

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By the end of last Tuesday’s 12-hour session, we finally found out why San Miguel was called a “surprise witness”: he surprised the senators. The senators had somehow allowed themselves to be carried away by their own wishful thinking. They strutted into the chamber expecting to feast on testimony that followed their own script. But that was not what happened. San Miguel maintained that he was merely a technical consultant and could speak competently only on the technical specifications of the broadband project. He steadfastly refused to be drawn into repeating hearsay and playing into the malicious intrigue some senators wanted stuffed into the questions and answers. With a witness that could not be baited into dishing out irresponsible testimony, the senators grew more frustrated by the minute. In a classic demonstration of FrustrationAggression Theory we learned in elementary psychology, they grew more aggressive the more frustrated they became. They leaned hard on the witness, threatened him, bamboozled the guy, cut him off when he was trying to explain himself, imposed their own often uninformed interpretations of what was said. The result was black comedy: cruel but funny. The senators ended up trying hard to wring blood from stone. Early on in the torture session, when it became clear that the witness would not play by the script the senators preferred, the interrogators began improvising wildly. Senator Jinggoy Estrada, hamming his best, feigned an air of great discovery at something that was truly ordinary: that San Miguel went on business trips with his business partner. Soon everything just went terribly wrong for the senators. One senator produced a document where San Miguel’s signature was obviously forged. Then, in the face of contradictory testimony among the witnesses, Senator Roxas offered to underwrite a lie-detector test — a methodology that even at its best is unacceptable as evidence. Then Senator Lacson made the bizarre but adamant claim that file attachments to an e-mail could not be altered. He should consult with my editor, who regularly cleans up this e-mailed column of typographical errors and grammatical lapses. At the end of that long day, only this thing remained clear: the tele-novela

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at the Senate was in clear danger of becoming a momentous flop.

the senators to do proper background work first and then claim the limelight later, the Senate hearing chamber has resembled a tactical interrogation room. Or, more bluntly, a torture chamber. Perhaps this is the ambience Senator Panfilo Lacson in comfortable working in: pressuring persons into issuing confessions. As a consequence of this inefficiency, we end up with wasteful marathon sessions. Exercises of much sound and fury signifying nothing. Such exercises are not only wasteful of precious Senate time. They waste the time of ordinary citizens as well, because we are drawn to watching these fruitless sessions because of the drum-roll that precedes them and because we know the long-shot agenda here really is to produce some mother-lode testimony that will precipitate an insurrection the very next day. We saw that again last Tuesday. The senators promised us yet another “surprise witness.” One newspaper (not the STAR) had wrongly reported this new witness to be an oil exploration engineer. It turns out, the “surprise witness” was Leo San Miguel, a communications technology person consulting with ZTE.

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Lack of skilled workers plagues RP
By Ma. Elisa Osorio Philstar, March 19, 2008 They’re reaping success in commerce and industry around the world but in local business circles, Filipino skilled workers are becoming a rare species. A business survey conducted by Grant Thornton International showed that the lack of skilled workers locally has been the biggest constraint to business expansion in the Philippines. Punongbayan & Araullo (P&A), a Grant Thornton International Ltd. member firm, released the report. “This is a global worry, no doubt nual survey of the attitudes and expectations of medium-sized businesses. This year, it surveyed 7,800 respondents from 34 participating countries. Last year, networking company Cisco announced that the Philippines is short of over 1,000 information technology professionals. Cisco expects the figure to more than double next year. Cisco said the gap between supply and demand for networking professionals is expected to rise to 25,000 in 2009 from 13,000 in 2006 in developing economies such as the Philippines and Thailand. Likewise, a large Korean investor and many Middle Eastern contractors have expressed concern over the lack of qualified welders and other skilled technicians. P&A said the business community has been experiencing the impact of the gradual but continuous deterioration of the quality of graduates in the past decade. The Grant Thornton survey also showed the rising concern over the shortage of orders or reduced demand. This year, 46 percent of survey respondents consider it a major business constraint as against the measly 17 percent last year. “Besides being a major constraint to business, regulations/ red tape also influences the flow of foreign investments into the country. So we have to take a serious look at how we can reduce bureaucracy and cut the costs of doing business in the Philippines if we want to catch up with our Asian neighbors,” Navarro said.

about it, but we are in a more dire situation seeing as how we now belong to the top three countries whose business growth is limited most by this human resource problem,” Greg Navarro, P&A managing partner and chief executive officer, said. The Philippines shares the 3rd slot with Australia in the list of countries with the biggest human resource problem, while Thailand ranks first, followed by New Zealand. The survey showed that more firms voiced their concerns over dwindling skilled labor supply this year than last year. The report said 58 percent of the surveyed business leaders blamed the lack of skilled workforce for stunted expansion, as against the 43 percent recorded a year ago. Grant Thornton conducts an an-

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A golden age in Philippine mining is coming
BULL MARKET, BULL SHEET By Wilson Lee Flores Philstar, February 25, 2008 Good news: the world’s biggest mining and metals leaders are coming to invest here! They’re coming not only to extract minerals for export, they’re also investing in processing plants to convert our mineral resources into high-value export products. Top private firms like PS Bank, with their P10 million raffle prizes for depositors from February to July; and SM malls, with their P50 million raffle prizes for 50 winners from February to December, are giving us consumers huge bonanzas. However, unknown to most people, God has blessed the Philippines with the most stupendous good fortune — Asia’s No. 1 biggest nickel deposits and the world’s No. 5 richest gold deposits, plus many more minerals. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Joselito “Lito” Atienza said estimates put potential Philippine mineral wealth at over US$3 trillion in gold, copper, nickel and other resources. Only less than two percent of the estimated nine million hectares of the Philippines’ mineral-rich lands have been explored and covered with mining permits. An unprecedented golden age in Philippine mining is coming and can uplift the lives of millions of impoverished rural masses as well as our whole economy, if we can ensure that the evils of corruption can be moderated, if not totally stopped. However, if the prevailing unbridled corruption and culture of impunity continue ZTE NBN-style, then the coming Philippine mining boom might only result in Africa-style social inequities benefiting the entrenched political elite and the well-connected few vis-à-vis continued massive poverty and harrowing long-term tragedies. One of the bright spots in the Philippine economy is the revival of mining under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo due in no small measure to GMA’s single-minded vigorous push for the development of this sector. However, I believe the ongoing healthy democratic debate on the ZTE NBN controversy should hopefully prevent future cronyism, anomalous contracts, secret deals and other bigscale corruption in mining. *** According to Atienza, the world’s fifth wealthiest billionaire, Londonbased Indian industrialist Lakshmi Mittal — with a personal net worth of US$51 billion (almost double the total Philippine national budget for 2008) — is soon coming to the Philippines to explore investments in mining and a smelting plant. His original plan to visit the Philippines in mid-January was rescheduled. As boss of ArcelorMittal, he is the world’s largest steel producer, with operations in Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia. There are only four people richer than Mittal today: Microsoft founder ing the bandwagon of the Philippine mining industry boom.” Let us welcome more world-class foreign investors like Mittal and BHP Billiton into the Philippines and deport our many lying political scalawags to Timbuktu and Iraq! *** Atienza said the total mining investments in 2007 totaled US$4 billion when he assumed office at the DENR, but this will surge with new mining investments, topping $10 billion in 2008-2009. He said, “We will have a banner year in 2008 and also 2009.” Secretary Atienza quotes President GMA, who once said that what oil is to the Middle East, mineral wealth will be to the Philippines. The last time the Philippines experienced a mining boom was during the postwar 1950s to 1960s, and also that golden era in the first half of the 20th century under American colonial rule. This was when the Philippines had probably Asia’s second wealthiest economy due mainly to American good governance, enlightened freeenterprise policies, the Americans’ creating Asia’s best public school system in the Philippines, and Philippine commodity exports’ duty-free access to the vast US market. *** In response to our critical column last week, we wish to print the explanation of Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) chairman Ambassador Donald Dee, that he is not against the ongoing Senate investigations into the ZTE NBN corruption allegations. Dee said he wants the truth out, too. He said our last column describing the PCCI as sounding like the Philippine Canine Club, Inc. due to the overly partisan pro-government public statements of some of their leaders, was an unfair attack. I believe Dee is a good person. In fact, I should call him uncle, because we have the same Chinese surname (Lee, Dy and Dee are one and the same character in Chinese). His late dad, garments industrialist Rufino Dee Un Hong, and my 1790s paternal ancestors came from the same ancestral Chio-Chun Village in Fujian province. However, I believe Dee and stockbroker Vivian Yuchengco could defend economic stability without sounding like lapdogs similar to Joker Arroyo, Lito Lapid or Secretary Raul Gonzalez. We also mentioned DENR Sec(Continued on page 26)

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Bill Gates, legendary stock investor and business whiz Warren Buffet, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim and the Swedish founder of home furniture retail chain Ikea, Ingvar Kam. Atienza added that BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified mining company with 39,000 employees in 25 countries and US$121.6 billion in market capitalization, is now here in the Philippines for exploration. Atienza said, “They have decided to remain here and to pursue their business interests in the Philippines. Obviously they know the vast potential of Philippine mining.” Just a couple of weeks ago, Melbourne-headquartered BHP Billiton made global headlines with its record all-share offer worth US$147.4 billion to take over the world’s third largest mining firm, the Londonheadquartered Rio Tinto Plc, with the latter rejecting this sweetened formal offer. Rio Tinto last year also rejected another BHP Billiton offer. Atienza said the Emaar Group of Dubai is also coming to invest in Philippine mining; so are the biggest firms in new superpower China. Atienza said, “Always twice or thrice a week, I meet with foreign and local investors, and all of them are interested in rid-

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where public servants get low pay and are more tempted to commit corruption, the suggestion may be a better compromise, if not a moral solution. Manila reporter Eric is reminded by an experience of a friend who used to be a reporter in Manila. The friend boasted that when he was caught by a policeman for a traffic violation, all he had to do was show his press card instead of his driver’s license and tell the policemen that he was in a hurry to attend a press conference of that city’s mayor. He tried this when he was first caught for speeding in a freeway in San Diego. He gave his license,

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together with his press card to the California Highway patrol officer. The officer looked at his press card, returned it to him, and issued him a ticket. Another friend told him that when he was caught in Makati on his way to the airport to fly back to his home in Seattle, Washington, the police hinted that it would cost him two thousand pesos to retrieve his driver’s license from the police station once it is confiscated. The friend let the police get his license so that he could catch his flight. “It would only cost me $5 to get a new license in Washington,” he said, explaining why he let the license go instead of paying a more expensive $50-fine. - AJ

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Getting away with a traffic violation in Metro Manila
What he feared most about driving in the city is dealing with a police officer for a traffic violation. Would he just accept the traffic ticket or try to offer a bribe?
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ric has one week to attend to his official business before his family -- his wife and three daughters -- would arrive for their scheduled two-week family vacation. In the past, he found his stay at a hotel in the Ayala Center in Makati City convenient because it was at the center of everything he needed. Malls like Shoemart, Glorieta, Landmark and Greenbelt were within walking distance. Restaurants, including fast-food ones, were in the food court areas of the malls and surrounding vicinity.
Among his choice hotels for a family and business trip would be the Intercontinental, Nikko Hotel Dusit, Shangri-La, the Peninsula and the Renaissance Hotel in Greenbelt. It would be easy for him to meet business associates in his hotel or the nearby ones, either for breakfast, dinner, and lunch or in their business and conference rooms. He found out that given the heavy traffic in Manila, he could only schedule at least five appointments a day: one for breakfast, another for mid morning, one for lunch, mid afternoon and dinner. As for transportation, riding a taxicab would be the cheapest, as it would only cost one an average of $2 to travel from one destination to another. However, the availability of a taxicab ride, especially during peak hours is not guaranteed. What is guaranteed is the hotel taxi, especially for safety. The hotel registers both the passenger and the hotel taxi he would take so that they could be tracked down in case something should happen to them. One can even rent the hotel taxi service for a day, weeks or months. However, the cost is about triple the price of a regular taxi ride. Renting and driving a car in Metro Manila is another alternative. However, it would be hard to weave around the unruly traffic in the city, especially if one is used to the orderly flow of traffic in other countries. Manila traffic is like a jungle, with rules made to be bent. Some drivers, just to get ahead of others, would travel against the sluggish flow of traffic. Others would just weave from one lane to another. A cousin of Eric was once caught in standstill traffic. Out of nowhere came a car rushing through the left lane against the traffic flow. The cousin angrily uttered a curse. “This #%^#*! I hope you get caught, you stupid moron,” he said. His prayer was answered because a policeman at the other end stopped the erring driver and ordered him to move back. As he passed the cousin, the latter found out that the violator was his own son. The bad habit of a Manila driver was evident when Eric visited the Subic Bay Free Port Resort where American standards of traffic rules are strictly imposed. He warned his driver to adhere to the rules, make sure that he goes to a full stop at every intersection with a stop sign. Despite this warning, the driver would always come to a rolling stop at every corner. When he made an illegal U-turn, an officer blew his whistle to stop him. Yet, he continued on, determined to escape. Later that evening, he committed another violation, but this time, an officer was right in front of him. The driver was forced to stop. As he gave him his driver’s license, the policeman quipped: “I remember you,” he said at he looked at the car. “You are the one who ran away from me!” Two tickets, instead of one, were given to the driver. Had he known

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of the other violations the culprit committed that day, he might run out of tickets to issue. Traffic violation What Eric feared most driving in the city is dealing with a police officer for a traffic violation. Would he just accept the traffic ticket or try to offer a bribe? He faced this situation when he hired his sister’s chauffer to take him to a business appointment. He pled for forgiveness on behalf of his driver, afraid to offer a bribe as he might find himself in deeper trouble and face a more serious offense: bribery. But the officer told him that it would cost the driver at least two thousand pesos penalty if he were issued a ticket. Still unsure whether it was a hint for him to come across with a bribe, he decided to back off and let his driver settle the matter with the police officer. When the driver came back to the car, Eric learned that the matter was settled with only a 350-peso

bribe. Realizing that the driver gave up his entire day’s pay, Eric reimbursed him the money. Eric realized that an average driver in Manila is in catch 22 situations. If the fine is equivalent to his one week’s pay, he would rather try to offer a bribe equal to his day’s salary, which some police officer might just be too willing to accept considering their own low salary as a public servant. The system therefore breeds corruption, and Eric wonders if the city’s traffic division has ever received a fine for a traffic violation. If not, do the authorities ever wonder why no violations are committed and reported? Would a driver be honest, if not stupid enough, to forgo offering a bribe and instead be willing to pay a more expensive fine? And if the police would turn down the bribe, how come incidences of bribery are not known, if not reported? The theory is that bribery is practiced, and the bribes are divided among the authorities. Maybe the lowly policemen are given a quota and the loot is shared with his superiors. This is not a baseless theory considering that the idea has been floated around every now and then for years. If this is the case, would it be better if the authorities would just set a reasonable fine, like a day’s pay, instead of a week, so that a driver can offer it not as a bribe? This will make an honest person in both the driver and the policemen. To add spice to this concept, it is further suggested that a percentage of the fine be legally shared among the policemen and their superiors inasmuch as the current

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mine are drama-packed and emotionally exhausting? We would casually laugh and discuss this issue lightheartedly until we realized a drastic difference in one area of our lives: our parents and their parenting styles. Although this notion seems to be a useless and unlikely correlation to our current intimate relationships, I believe that it is quite a potent and prominent factor. After all, our parents are totally different from one another. What is the main distinction? Well, let’s us see, my father was in the US Navy for twenty-two years, whereas Ann’s dad was never in the military. Thus, that level of “strictness” was never implemented in Ann’s household. I strongly believe that parenting styles can greatly affect a child’s demeanor, future relationships with others, and it can also shape his or her personality. Being in the military perhaps gave my dad an authoritative edge over my mother. She was the quieter and mellower one. I also think that gender because we are male or female. In my family, this idea proves true. My father is the domineering one, as he considers himself to be the head of the household just because he is a male. My mother, on the otter hand, agrees with my father on practically every decision he makes. It’s almost as if she doesn’t speak up for herself nor has a mind of her own. Role model? My mother does indeed fit the stereotypical Filipina role of a submissive wife. She allows herself to be taken advantage of. This is exactly how my role was in former relationships. I would have no say in what goes and I basically had to roll with the punches. Because I rarely spoke up and voiced my opinions, my boyfriends would basically make all the decisions in the relationship. The strong similarities between my mother and I lead up into yet another aspect — role modeling. Role modeling can be beneficial and detrimental at the same time. For instance, I consider my mother to be my role model because she is an amazing woman. She has a good life, a great and rewarding career and a huge circle of friends! Aside from that, she is one of the most selfless and generous persons I know. However, my mother is what I call “all talk and no action.” If mom feels strongly about a certain subject, she will rant and rave about it for hours. She will not take any action against it, though. I recall many instances where my mom and dad would get into serious arguments. They even threw the word “divorce” around. When times got really rough, my mom always talked about leaving my dad. And I couldn’t blame her. My father can be violent, temperamental and unsympathetic. In fact, there have been a few instances where I wanted my mom to leave my dad. She always said she would but she never did. No matter how badly my father treated her, she would eventually relent and then forgive him. Again, this is very typical of me. Ever if my boyfriend were unfaithful to me, I would still take him back. It may look like I’m being played for a fool, but I learned this type of behavior from my mother. Despite the fact that my parents have been married for almost twenty years, my mother admits to me that she wonders what it is like to be with someone who truly and genuinely appreciates you and what you have to offer. If my mother knew that she could get someone better, then why didn’t she ever go out and do so? What’s the answer? Her loyalty and commitment run very deep, no matter how rude, pompous, and arrogant the man may be. This is probably one reason why I tend to date guys who do not necessarily have the characteristics I would want. But once I get involved with them, I stay one hundred and ten percent committed, no matter how bad the situation may get. Strict household Lastly, parenting styles do have an effect on how the child will turn out, how he or she will function and interact with their partners in their relationship. I would classify my parents as being the authoritarian type. They expect me to be the perfect, obedient daughter with stellar grades. They are also very strict and the rules that they set are pretty rigid — usually there are no exceptions. Even though I am 21-years old, I feel as though I have never even grown up. My mom and dad raised me to be fairly dependent on them, and I rarely get to do things on my own. I believe that my parents restrict me because

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they want me to be inhibited so that I can never truly break this mold around me and express myself-openly and freely. This, however, is quite detrimental to me, especially when I am involved in an intimate relationship. Maybe the guys (even though a few of them are jerks) are not so much the problem. Maybe the problem lies within me and my inability to stand up for what I believe is right and wrong in my book. Parenting styles, gender roles, and role modeling do play an integral part in shaping an individual on how to act while in an intimate relationship. I discovered that I am almost exactly similar to my parents and their relationship with one another. I never realized

that I would emulate my mother’s actions and behaviors to this extent on this type of personal level. I also didn’t think that the way my parents brought me up and the fact that my father was a strict Navy dad would have any impact on my relationships with guys whatsoever. But it does! _____________ * An assumed name. The writer was then a junior at SDSU(1999), major in psychology and minor in child development. An active member of AB Samahan, she was quite involved in campus programs and activities. This reprinted piece is slightly edited to fit more in the Across Generations’ series of parenting articles. -- Riz

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Pinoy Kristo now on his 22nd year of being crucified
(Continued from page 1) Stations of the Cross in Barangay San Pedro Cutud here before an expected crowd of 30,000 foreign and local visitors. “This will be the 22nd year of his crucifixion,” Remigio de la Cruz, director of the Via Crucis told The STAR. De la Cruz said that with the help of the city government headed by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, this year’s Via Crucis in San Pedro Cutud would be different. The activities will start at 12 noon and end with the actual crucifixion at about 3 p.m., which is believed to be the actual time that Jesus Christ died on the cross. “Another thing is that Golgotha, or the place of crucifixion, has been elevated by another four feet so everybody would have a good view of what’s going to happen there,” he said. This year, Judas will also be riding a chariot and for the first time in three years there will be characters to play the roles of the two thieves, Hestas and Barabbas. “No one wanted to take the two roles since those who used to portray them retired three years ago. I thought this was because local folk are sensitive to being attached to thievery, as Hestas and Barabbas were said to be robbers,” De la Cruz explained. But when two youths agreed to play Hestas and Barabbas this Good Friday, De la Cruz found out the reason why the characters were shunned in the past. “The roles require the characters to carry a wooden post while walking toward Golgotha and onlookers are allowed to push or beat them and they often end up being more badly bruised than the flagellants,” he explained. “This Good Friday, the audience will not be allowed to touch our new Hestas and Barabbas.” In past press conferences, Enaje, who has vowed to have himself crucified at least up to 2010, admitted that while he is a Catholic, he does not go to church regularly. He said the crucifixion was a vow to atone for his sins and those of his family and a manifestation of his gratitude to God for sparing his life in an accident in Tarlac some 22 years ago. He said he was painting the third floor section of a building in Tarlac when he fell, but he survived unharmed. A local paper also quoted him recently as saying, “I’m doing this to show to the whole world that they must not lose hope, and there is a God who always guides us to righteousness.” As of yesterday, five other local male residents have enlisted for actual crucifixions, but De la Cruz said applications would be accepted until the morning of Good Friday.

t is quite hard to believe that my parents would have such a profound effect on my life. Thus, I am much more convinced now that the manners in which we Filipinos raise and parent our children will certainly be a reflection of ourselves, as well as how we want them to function in a mature and intimate relationship.
Breaking-up

“So I guess this is it then, huh?” I sorrowfully asked my then-boyfriend Christian about a year and a half ago as I sat in my car. He looked at me and sadly replied, “Yeah, this is it, kid.’’With that, he leaned in and tried to give me one of those good-byes and “I’m sorry” it didn’t work out kind of kisses.” I quickly pulled back and yelled, “No, don’t touch me! Leave me alone!” I fastened my seat belt, started my car, and sped out of parking structure four in hysterics. I was hurt, betrayed, and heartbroken. Not only that, I was crying hard. I must have looked like quite a spectacle driving about 85 miles per hour on Interstate 15. I drove straight to my best friend Ann’s house and poured my heart out to her. “What did I do to deserve this?” I

A re-enactment of a father’s temper-tantrum outburst (“talk-argue-yell” syndrome). At the receiving end is the daughter. (photo by Chris Feraro of KCS). wailed. “What am I doing wrong?” She didn’t quite have an answer. And I couldn’t really blame her. Ann could not possibly relate to my situation. After all, most of her relationships with guys have been wonderful. Mine, on the other hand, were nothing short of a disaster Gender factor We both quite don’t understand how we have different twists of fate, when we basically have similar tastes in guys. But why is it that Ann’s relationships tend to be normal and healthy, whereas roles play an important part in creating a specified mindset of how one should act in a relationship. For example, is the woman always supposed to be the meek and submissive individual who takes the backseat in various decision-making processes, and the man to be the more headstrong and dominant one? How does one define gender? Gender roles can be defined as traditional or stereotypic behaviors, attitudes, and personality traits that parent, peers, or society expects us to have you’re hooked on it yourself!). Just for the heck of it, take a look at just a few of the “sweeter” things in life: * Cookies * Cakes * Ice cream and all of the things you make with ice cream, like sundaes, shakes, cones, etc * Milk chocolate * Fruit * Sherbet * Donuts * Pancakes * Waffles * And then there is candy. Ah yes, candy. There are candy bars like Hershey’s, peanut butter cups like Reese’s, packages like M&M’s and hundreds more. But beyond the bars, there is specialty candy like See’s and Godiva and the candy made in small, exclusive shops. And to be honest here, I am a candy-holic. If it says the word “candy” anywhere at all on the wrapper I’ve probably tasted it – or am eating it right this very moment. I admit it, I rather like candy…okay, I’d swim in chocolate if I could. To continue * Popsicles * Jelly, jam, and marmalade * Peanut butter * Soft drinks Wait, wait, wait. Hold on there. Was that peanut butter? Ah, yes. Peanut butter and a whole lot of other things you wouldn’t think of also have sugar in them. Things like: * Salad dressings (almost all of them) * Some crackers and chips * Pickles * Bread * Mayonnaise * Ketchup * Some prepared mustard * A few spices * Barbecue sauce In fact, most all of the sauces, marinades, and condiments have either sugar or salt in them. Some have both...and some have both to huge degrees. * Some alcoholic beverages have added sugar * Sweet rolls (i.e. cinnamon, apple, strawberry, etc) * Pies (including both fruit and every other kind of filling you and Marie Callender can think of) * Some fruit juices * Many “health” foods and drinks. In the case of health foods and drinks

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All about sugar
We’re a sugar-filled society and it’s hurting us
Human beings have a taste for the sweeter things in life, things like sugar. We seem to be born with this desire for sugar, and sugar-like substances. Newborn babies like sweetness and the preference never seems to leave. I’ve started thinking a lot about sugar lately because I have two children – a boy and a girl. They’re wonderful kids and all but they do have a fondness for pretty much anything with enough sugar in it. And how much is “enough?” Oh, enough to make an adult’s jaw ache I would imagine. The sweeter it is, the better they like it. However, my wife and I, being mom and dad, can’t simply give in and hand them the keys to the candy store as it were. No, we have to be grownup about it and limit their intake of sugar-filled products. This leaves us, of course, with having to sneak it while we watch TV after they go to bed. Oh please, you thought we were giving up sugar to be a good influence for our kids? No way, we just sneak. I’ve become interested in just how many products contain sugar – and not just the ones you would imagine. Tens of thousands of items contain sugar or other sweeteners. It’s difficult for a parent to limit the amount of sugar their kid consumes (especially when

Mediated Presence
Joke of the week: The week before Easter is known as Holy Week because of its special significance to Christians. During this past Holy Week, a first-grade teacher at a small parochial school took great pains to explain all the events in Jesus’ life that led up to the first Easter. She told them about Palm or Passion Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday, and finally Easter. When she thought she had explained everything there was to know about that special week, the teacher asked if the students had any questions. One curious little boy raised his hand and asked, “What happens if you don’t want to be holy all week?” Scripture: First Reading: Acts 10: 34a-37-43. Peter’s sermon is about the presence of Jesus through those assembled at the Eucharistic meal. He reminds them of salvation that was turned down by Israel, and of his life and suffering that culminates in death. In the end, Christ’s resurrection is the Father’s vindication of Jesus and of everything that he had stood for. Second Reading: Colossians 3: 1-4. God’s victory over the power of death is seen in the resurrection of Jesus. Baptism means dying and rising with Christ. Though the resurrection of all believers is not yet fully realized until the second coming of Christ, yet its consequences must be morally and fully lived now. Gospel: John 20: 1-5. The history of encounters with Jesus is a movement from “no faith” towards faith: the mother of Jesus, Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman and the royal official. Now, at the near end of Jesus’ story, there are three more encounters in faith: the Beloved Disciple, Mary of Magdalene, and the story of the doubting Thomas. Reflections: As embodied human beings we have to fulfill the needs of our senses: to hear, to touch, to smell, to taste, to see. This point was humorously stressed by this story. When a new building had to be constructed on Vatican grounds, the architect submitted the plans to Pope John XXIII, who shortly afterward returned them with these three Latin words written in the margin: Non sumus angeli, meaning, “We are not angels.” The architect and his staff couldn’t figure out what the Pope meant, until finally someone noticed that the plans did not include bathrooms. Lacking direct evidence, the resurrection of the Lord is mediated to the disciples through different events: the empty tomb, the cloths rolled up in a separate place, the joy of Mary, the frantic excitement of the disciples. All of these speak loudly and clearly of the Risen Lord’s mediated presence. Jesus’ coming into our world is a mediated and incarnated presence. He who is invisible became visible when he assumed our human nature. As Jesus’ resurrection is mediated to us through the disciples who first experienced his risen life through incarnated events, it is also our task to witness through, with, and in people and events to this wondrous miraculous event. Real Easter message cannot and should not be encapsulated in one space and time. Easter is for all seasons and people. The disciples and others like Mary Magdalene who had witnessed his incarnated risen life were given a special knowledge and were commanded to proclaim what they believed based on what they had seen and experienced. We too have the same task and commissioning to proclaim this Easter joy at all times for all people. Tidbits: The Fellowship of Merry Christians encourages churches and prayer groups to celebrate “The Easter Laugh” – God’s last laugh on the devil when he raised Jesus from the dead – with Easter Monday and Bright Sunday the Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Feast) festivities. Easter Monday traditionally was celebrated as a “Day of Joy and Laughter” in Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant countries. Quotation of the week: “Christianity had died many times and risen again, for it has a God who knows the way out of the grave.” G. K. Chesterton

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the name is simply disguised. Remember, anything ending in “tose” (like fructose) is simply a sugar. Sugar surrounds us, it is everywhere. In the things we drink, in the foods we eat, in the dressings we put on the foods we eat, there is sugar in one form or another. But please understand me, I’m not here crusading against sugar. I eat enough of it to stock my own candy store, after all. The only thing I’m saying is be aware. Be aware of what you are ingesting, what you are buying, what you are feeding your family. It’s okay to eat and drink sugar, but you shouldn’t do it to the extent that it will affect your health in the future. And you certainly shouldn’t shove sugar at your kids to get them to be quiet or to behave themselves (things I’ve seen parents do over and over again). That doesn’t mean you deny them sweets, you just give it to them in moderation and not as reward. Teach them control and you will impact their future health in a positive way. You may have seen the latest information out now about obese kids. More and more of our children are overweight. Parents need to be aware of what they do with food to attempt to keep that from happening. It may be too late for the adults (but I certainly hope not) to change their patterns of eating sweets, but we can influence our kids.

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t seems that the blessing of the Kumeyaay Nation bodes well for National City’s Marine Gateway Plaza. While other cities struggle to make it to first base with their own ambitious waterfront development projects, National City has made it around to third base, a short sprint away from victory.
The Marina Gateway Plaza, a project of the Marina Gateway Development Company, is a venture between the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC) and the MRW Group. It is scheduled to open in 2009. The $30 million development will include a 100,000 square-foot AAA Triple Diamond-rated hotel, a fullservice restaurant, retail and commercial space. The investments tell of an ongoing diversification strategy from the Sycuan Band’s tribal and gaming business. Hurdles The Marine Gateway Plaza project is especially memorable for National City Mayor Ron Morrison who vividly described the hurdles of “having to go through hell on earth to attain a crown jewel.” The memories include last year’s wildfires that foiled its inaugural date to the sheer number of regulatory organizations that stood in its way long before and shortly after the fires. During the groundbreaking last Wednesday, March 18th, the crown jewel of the South Bay shone like a vision of the city’s future as Mayor Morrison and Kumeyaay Chairman Daniel J. Tucker turned the soil with spades that gleamed in the morning sun. History The strip of land is but a sliver of

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the once vast aboriginal territory occupied by the Kumeyaay Nation for thousands of years on both sides of the border. It is a territory that includes San Diego County, Imperial County and northern Baja California. For many locals who drive past it during the rush hour commute, it isn’t much to see from the freeway. But its location is rich in history according to the Mayor. The site, off of Bay Boulevard in National City’s west side overlooks Paradise Creek and the wetland preserve to the south and is hemmed in by a marine yard. It was once used as a backdrop for Steven Segal’s film depicting the once war-torn Bosnia. During the 1900s, it was the site of the train depot, the landing spot for all travelers coming to San Diego before falling into disuse. It then became the site of two butcher yards until present day marine-dependent businesses claimed it for industrial use. Back as Builders Brad Raulston, the city’s redevelopment director observed it was fitting that the Kumeyaay is coming back to build citing that native artifacts have been found at the project site. He also announced a plan to draw tourism into the area by taking the depot out of hiding. Local leaders came to the event including Supervisor Greg Cox, Senator Denise Ducheny, and San Diego Port Commissioner Robert Valderrama. “We can finally have a chamber meeting in town!” proclaimed Senator Denise Ducheny adding, “This is the landmark project that will get things started.” Supervisor Greg Cox of the County of San Diego, deadpanned with a classic line, “The County had nothing to do with this project.” He went on to complement the project team for bringing in the right partners. He pointed out that the Kumeyaay has now become part of the economy as he cited their investments in the U.S. Grant Hotel, Singing Hills Country Club and other projects. Kumeyaay Chairman Daniel J. Tucker and National City Mayor Ron Morrison The groundbreaking ceremony brought the land a full circle into the hands of the tribe that once lived on its shores for centuries. It was therefore poignant to listen to the ancestral nation of the Kumeyaay, a people whose oral tradition collectively live in song, as they returned to bless the land with a traditional bird song. *** The Kumeyaay Bird Song The bird song is retold as a story in the following account edited by Roy Cook from the California Indian Days 2000 in Balboa Park, San Diego: “This is our homeland. This is the land of the Kumeyyay people. These songs were given to us because in an earlier time people were running around willy-nilly and not really paying attention to each other. They were not respecting each other. They were treating each other with a lot of indifference and creating a lot of problems for themselves and everybody around them. The creator took notice of this behavior and saw a need for a process to change the situation. He created a series of variation and sets of songs. These are allegorical in nature. Telling us, by example, different stories about different animals and different beings that are on this earth with us. Telling us how to interact with each other in a way that is beneficial to ourselves as human beings but also telling us how to be beneficial to all living things. Our brothers the four legged and the winged and all the different beings. The plant life, the rocks and the very earth we walk upon. So, the Creator sent these songs with a very, very colorful beautiful bird. This bird, which is to bring the songs and also the dance that goes with it, is not quite what it appears to be. As it happened this bird messenger, with the gift from the Creator, is kind of a jealous person. He wanted to keep the songs and dances to himself. This bird thought, if he had to he was going to try and make arrangements to sell these songs. In this way he might gain in whatever way thought he possibly could. He would try to gain personally and advance his stature in the community. In this way he felt he would be somewhat better than all the rest. So he kept these songs and wouldn’t give them out to no one. Then, the Creator came down and told him that he has to give these gifts up. These gifts were not for him but for the people. The Creator told him, “You were sent here only to sing these songs and to show the people the dances. You will pass them out to all the people so the people could know what the correct way to behave like a true human being and not just run around treating each other with great indifference.” So bird says, “OK. Fine, I’ll do that.” Creator went back home to his island just a short ways off the coast here. So, lo and behold this bird did the same thing again. He arrogantly said,” I live here, Creator don’t live here so I’m going to do what I want to do. I have no need to depend on anyone else. I have the power of these songs because they say that under the right conditions and if sung in the right way if you have bad weather and you want a ceremony

The sorrowful face of Jesus
A Picasso, Gauguin or Van Gogh Displayed, I do not have Displayed is the Sorrowful Face Of Jesus crowned with thorns A daily reminder of the ultimate Sacrifice He made for mankind That has grown callous through the years Many steeped in fun and pleasures only Obsessed with power, fame and fortune A tendency to depravity and debauchery Pampering the senses Neglecting, forgetting or simply ignoring The spiritual Luckily, unlike Sodom and Gomorrah Where no one was found worthy To save the city We still have many faithful believers Who have faith in God and obey His Divine Will Allaying that holy fury that might send Another Great Flood, fire and brimstones Thanks to the Sorrowful Face of Jesus always Reminding me to be a faithful believer Adoring, praising, loving a God that teaches Peace, faith, kindness, humility, charity Love for men including enemies Not hate, criticism, vengeance, terrorism, violence.
©2008 copyright by Soledad O. Bautista. All rights reserved. you can have bad weather and sing these songs and the bad weather will go around you. If you have people that are feeling poorly mentally and are down in the dumps you can sing these songs and it’ll bring them right back up. If you’re looking for a new husband or wife and you sing these songs, you’ll get what you need.” Well bird thought about this entire thing and said to himself,” Well I’m going to keep these songs and if they want them than they’re going to have to pay dearly for them.” So the Creator being what the Creator is, he knew about these ideas and plans and he came back and took away those beautiful colors and the beautiful plumage and the beautiful voice that this bird had. So, what came to be, is the bird we now recognize as the California crow. That is why today this bird can only squawk and why he is now only one color, dark. We now come to another little bird. This little bird is humble, unassuming and very, very beautiful to this day. We call him Tu cuk in my language. Ashaw tu cuk. The Creator said to Tu cuk “You bring these songs to the people. I’ll see that you will always be remembered.” So, that bird immediately went to see the people and brought us these songs.” (Source: http://www.americanindiansource.com/traditionalbird.html)

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in Australia; and Sebastian, 16, in school in New Zealand. (Cristina, 32, Guada’s daughter by Victor Lopez, is an events manager in New Zealand.) “Guada has everything,” said Giselle. “Beautiful and obedient children and a handsome, loving husband. She’s 51 and still very beautiful. She and Malcolm have been in Beijing for only six months, and she has already joined the ranks of Filipino movers and shakers in producing the Philippine Ball. She and Malcolm are working together in building an eightrestaurant complex called 1949, The Hidden City.” Incidentally, Giselle, who’s in the cast of Regal Films’ riotous comedy Manay Po 2 Overload, is performing tonight, starting at 8, at the Music Museum with Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, Pilita Corrales, Pinky Marquez and Marissa Sanchez. The show is for the benefit of the female rape victims under the wing of the Third World Movement Against the Exploitation of Women.

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Whatever happened to Guada Sanchez?
FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo Philstar, March 15, 2008 With the Bb. Pilipinas in the limelight (thanks to 2008 Bb. PilipinasWorld Janina San Miguel for the renewed excitement over and interest in the pageant), readers have been wondering whatever happened to the past binibinis, including Guada Sanchez who was Bb. Pilipinas-Universe in 1974 when the Miss Universe pageant was first held here (won by Spain’s Amparo Muñoz; and then in 1994, by India’s Sushmita Sen). Giselle Sanchez, who recently hosted and performed in the very First Philippine Ball in Beijing, has the answer. “I was surprised to discover that Guada was one of the event’s producers,” Giselle told Funfare. “I grew up knowing her as ‘Guada Suplada’ because, according to my mom, Guada rarely smiled and would only do so during the pageant. In Beijing, I discovered how sweet and how nice

dante, it’s not true that the couple are secretly married (in civil rites), even if Pia sometimes jokingly hints at it, such as when she showed up at a recent wake and, asked when she and Vic were getting married, she answered, “In church? Not yet pa,” giving the impression that, you know... “Ay naku,” added Pia, laughing as if the joke was on her, “if and when Vic and I get married, civil or in church, we will announce it to the whole world.” The couple just came back from L.A. where Vic (together with coZany Trio buddies Tito Sotto and Joey de Leon) and several other Filipino artists were recognized with “tribute” trophies called Visionary awards by the Filipino group Nu-Vision at a grand affair held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The other recipients were Dolphy, Martin Nievera, Francis Magalona, Rudy Fernandez, Sen. Bong Revilla and his dad former Sen. Ramon Revilla, Mike Enriquez, Richard Gutierrez and a few Fil-Ams like Allan Pineda (a.k.a. apl.de.ap) of Black Eyed Peas. “It was a very memorable and enjoyable trip because I was with people that I love,” said Pia, referring to Tito and wife Helen Gamboa and their Las Vegas-based daughter Ciara (who sang Lupang Hinirang at last Sunday’s Pacquiao-Marquez bout), and Joey and wife Eileen Macapagal. “We were able to watch a musical (Wicked) and go to Disneyland where Vic enjoyed the rides. That’s where I saw that he’s a kidat-heart.” Didn’t they take a side trip to Las Vegas to “commit” a quickie marriage in one of those quaint little chapels? “No, we did not,” said Pia (who wore a gown by Rajo Laurel to the Kodak affair).

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Guada is. She was always smiling and laughing during the dinner first in Liquin and then in the famous Courtyard, a ‘must-go-to’ restaurant where the chef is a Fil-Chinese, Rey Lim.” According to Giselle, Guada is now Mrs. Malcolm McLauchlan, married for 24 years. They have two children: Matthew, 21, in boarding school

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FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo Philstar, March 18, 2008 They should be but they are not yet...married? I mean, Vic Sotto and Pia Guanio who are among today’s exciting showbiz couples savoring to the hilt the sweetness of their MayOctober romance (Vic is into his 50s and Pia in her late 20s). They are in good company with the likes of Dr. Vicki Belo and Dr. Hayden Kho (May-October, she’s 51 and he’s 28), Hollywood’s Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher (age difference is more than two decades, she’s older), Kris Aquino and James Yap (May-September, she’s 37 and he’s 24), and Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres (June-October, he’s 41 and she’s 33). Since they made public their romance two years ago, Vic and Pia have been constantly rumored to be tying the knot. Vic’s daughter (with ex-wife Dina Bonnevie) Danica got married to basketball player Marc Pingris last year so, according to rumor-mongers, even if they planned to, Vic and Pia couldn’t do it because it’s bad luck for family members to get hitched on the same year (sukob, you know). So could it be this year? “You can never tell,” said somebody close to the couple. “They are as good as married, except that they don’t have any marriage contract.” True. Vic and Pia have been doing almost everything together — co-hosting the GMA noontime show Eat, Bulaga! and starring in the GMA sitcom Fulhaus), traveling (you know they are “out there” when somebody, either Miriam Quiambao or Jolina Magdangal, is pitching in for Pia in the Chika Minute segment of 24 Oras)

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unfortunately thieves have been preying on the crowns of religious statues made of precious stones, and head and hands of ivory. In Pangasinan, the visita is usually by foot, starting at dawn, to the churches of Manaoag, San Jacinto, Binmaley, Santa Barbara, Urdaneta, Lingayen, and Dagupan. Devotees in Pampanga, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija have their own pick of churches. Manilans likewise prefer the older churches: the Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church in Intramuros; Paco Church; Malate Church; Baclaran Church; and Santo Domingo, Sante Teresita and Lourdes Churches in Quezon City. Of late, the visita iglesia has become a tourist affair, especially in the provinces of Rizal and Laguna. Out of custom, the Rizal visita starts at the Church of the Virgin of Good Voyage in Antipolo, then moves on to the lakeshore and hillside towns of Teresa, Baras, Morong, Tanay, Binangonan, and Angono. In Laguna, mustsee churches are those in the towns of Mabitac, Siniloan, Pangil, Pakil, Paete, Pagsanjan, Lumban, Nagcarlan, Majayjay, Magdalena, Liliw, Pila and Calauan. One wonders if from the church in his Calamba hometown Jose Rizal had drawn inspirations for the characters and settings in his novels. History and local treats go together. Between stops, devotees buy rice cake, puto, and even the potent lambanog coco-rum. Of note is the church of Pakil (San Pedro de Alcantara), for it tells the story of most of the old Philippine churches. It is cross-shaped with short transepts, and three baroque altars, gilded and painted white. Shields and crosses decorate the facade. A convento stands next to it, surrounded by an atrium. The architecture is eclectic, picking up from different periods and designs. The church, first built in 1732, underwent many alterations: due to fire in 1739, major change of Franciscan administration in 1769, the casting of the giant bell in 1777, long-delayed renovation in 1840, another fire in 1851, earthquakes in 1880 and 1937, War in the 1940s, and modernization in the 1980s. The church of Majayjay (San Gregorio) is also of note because it has been well preserved. It also opens to a plaza where stands a statue of Emilio Jacinto. After Bonifacio’s execution, the Brain of the Katipunan had continued fighting the Spaniards but did not join Aguinaldo’s forces. He contracted malaria and retired to this mountain town, where he died in Apr. 1899 at the age of 23.

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Who are “They”?
By SMCM (SW) John Strait, USN Ret (Once in a while, I come across a piece that has moved and inspired me. This article, written by John Strait, a US Navy retiree is one of them. I am therefore reprinting it below in place of my regular column. – Zena) In the rush of our daily lives, we are often so engrossed with our own affairs that we fail to be aware of our surroundings or what is happening in the world. Some of us are in that state now, not intentionally, yet all the same we go about our daily tasks with little serious thought of community or world affairs. Like preceding generations, the virtual peace and prosperity in our country have distracted us, even as the most treacherous and merciless terrorists and murderers have vowed our destruction and actively attack us. We feel secure because of “they” who stand between us, and the terror and carnage that others bring to our lives. Have you ever stopped to really think who are “they”? You see them on television nightly: young, strong, and impressive. They have been magnificent in carrying out their mission. They represent America as only they can, courageously carrying the banner of hope and freedom to people of the world – people who cry for help, justice and freedom. Yet as impressive as their professionalism is, they are always second-guessed, criticized and held to a standard expected of no others. What they do are honored and reviled, loved and hated, supported and attacked. They feel these conflicting emotions directed at them here in their very own country, and in every part of the world in which they serve. Who are “they”? They are the United States military. They are the defenders of our freedom and of the world. They are the most sought after allies of all freedom-loving people. They are the hope of people facing the wrath of dictators and abusers of humanity. They willingly stand in harm’s way for others, while so many others won’t. They step forward while others stand fast. They shoulder the heavy burden of protecting America with strength and dignity, and a strong belief of the justness of their cause. They fight with courage and honor – battling a treacherous, vicious enemy who are bereft of either courage or honor. They risk their lives in every engagement to ensure that there are no or a few civilian casualties as possible, while those they pursue intentionally inflict as much meaningless damage as they can. While they are criticized for any miscalculation or malfunction when there is any collateral damage, their enemy’s carnage is described as tactics and strategy. It is difficult indeed to think of a people’s struggle for democracy anywhere in the world where the U.S. military did not stand shoulder to shoulder with those fighting to win their freedom. The cost has been dear in lives and treasure. Our fathers, mothers, sons and daughters lay in honored rest all over the world – their final resting place marked by plain white crosses – sacred testament to their unselfish commitment and sacrifice for freedom and justice. Who are “they”? They are the kids who lived next

door to you. You remember them playing in the yards, laughing and yelling and enjoying their young lives. The time has passed so quickly, and now they are no longer small, no longer playing in the street, no longer knocking on your door to raise money for a school event. They are the students their teachers enjoyed: it was a pleasure to have them in class, in clubs and in different sport teams. They were not perfect, but they were not bullies either. They settled their problems without fights, and they did not require constant supervision like many others. They participated in class, worked on their studies, passed their courses, and graduated. They have within themselves a sense of honor, duty and service to their nation. Who are “they”? They are a part of the very few who have chosen to serve their country. They are the few who have stepped forward in these troubled times. They are the young kids whom you have seen in your neighborhood. Now they are Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Petty Officers, Sergeants and Junior Officers. They are that thin line that stands between our peace, safety and freedom … and those who wish to kill and murder and destroy our way of life. They are white, black and brown. They are male and female. And they come from every level of our society. They are infused with an ideal to serve their country in the most trying times. Now they are fighting and dying for the cause of freedom! They are your kids and your neighbors’ kids. They are my former students. They are my co-workers sons and daughters. One – a Navy Seabee and combat engineer – is my son! (About the author: John Strait is a retired U.S. Navy (Master Chief Signal Man) who is now teaching at Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach. He is the founder of the “Voice of Freedom” speech contest participated by Junior ROTC students from all over the country.)

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Things you should know but probably don’t
(First in a series) 1. Money isn’t made out of paper. It’s made out of cotton. 2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper. 3. The dot over the letter “i” is called a “tittle”. 4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. 5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller. 6. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals. 7. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled. 8. The ‘spot’ on 7-UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino. 9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily. 10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister. (To be continued)

On this Holy Week Visita Iglesia for prayer, culture
(Continued from page 1) early Church. After the Mass of the Last Supper at dusk, Christians would go to the seven great basilicas in Rome for prayer and atonement. In that Mass the bishop would reenact Jesus’ washing of the Apostles’ feet, an act of humility that devotees reflected on. The Sacramentary, the Church’s official altar book, says that afterwards, “the faithful should be encouraged to continue the adoration before the Blessed Sacrament for a suitable period of time during the night, according to local circumstances, but there should be no solemn adoration after midnight.” Cities in Poland and Ireland, where there are many churches, and Malta are known to observe the visita iglesia. Pre-War Manila newspapers reported on visita iglesia in the capital and the rest of Luzon. Records of churches throughout the islands indicate that the tradition was practiced centuries earlier. But since churches were then few and far between, the visita would be limited to only two or three adjacent parishes. Filipinos have introduced variations of the visita. Notably they start it not after the twilight Mass but in the morning, and then cap the visits with the Mass. If possible to drop by seven churches, the first five are devoted to a decade each of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary; the last two, for seven each of the 14 Stations of the Cross. But strictly everything must end before midnight, to emphasize Christ’s death on Good Friday. In Cebu a favorite visita iglesia is to the Augustinian-built churches in the southeast. There are six, all dating back to the late-18th and early-19th centuries: the Church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragosa in Sibonga, the Church of San Miguel Arcangel in Argao, the Church of San Guillermo el Hermitaño in Dalaguete, the Church of Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio in Boljoon, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Immaculada Concepcion in Oslob, and the Church of San Jose Labrador in Nueva Caceres. Cebuanos complete the seven visits at the cathedral in the capital city. Bohol province has restored and maintained 38 of 42 Spanish-era churches. Any contiguous seven can easily make up the visita. The country’s oldest church is in the seaside town of Baclayon. Its museum of antiquities rivals those of Europe;

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New guidelines for preventing heart disease in women
AN APPLE A DAY By Tyrone M. Reyes, M.D. Philstar, March 4, 2008 I have said this before and will, no doubt, say it again: Heart disease isn’t a man’s disease. It never really was, even though it has carried that reputation for years. Today, about one in every three women is living with heart disease, the same proportion as men, and more women than men die each year of heart disease and stroke. Many women — and many of their doctors — don’t know this. The burden heart disease places on women’s lives, their families, health care costs, and the economy is staggering. It is even more tragic when you consider that this is largely a preventable disease. In 1999, the American Heart Association (AHA) reacted to the mountain of research showing that cardiovascular disease may affect women somewhat differently than men by publishing the first “Evidence-based Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women.” Since then, the guidelines have helped physicians around the world establish preventive strategies for their female patients. The association’s latest effort, published in the March 20, 2007 issue of Circulation, stresses lifestyle changes over medications, emphasizes a woman’s lifetime risk of developing heart disease, revises risk categories, advises against using hormone therapy or vitamins to prevent heart disease, and clarifies who should and who shouldn’t take aspirin. Who’s at risk? Prior guidelines used four categories of risk: high, intermediate, lower, and optimal. The new ones have just three: high risk, at risk, and optimal. A woman is in the high-risk group if she has some form of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or 20 percent or higher chance of having a heart attack over the next 10 years based on the Framingham risk score. The at-risk category is quite broad. It includes women who have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a parent who developed heart disease at a relatively early age. Also included are women who do poorly on a stress test or who have evidence of atherosclerosis. The optimal category is for the select few: women with a 10 percent or lower chance of having a heart attack over the next 10 years, who also have healthy lifestyles and no heart disease risk factors. Priorities For Prevention Health experts say the biggest change in the new guidelines is its focus on long-term prevention. “The updated guidelines emphasize the lifetime risk of women, not just the more short-term focus of the old guidelines,” says Lori Mosca, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and chair of the expert panel that wrote the guidelines. “We took a long-term view of heart disease prevention because the lifetime risk of dying of cardiovascular disease is nearly one in three for women. This underscores the importance of healthy lifestyles in women of all ages to reduce the long-term risk of heart and blood vessel diseases.” The guidelines include a new paradigm for risk assessment based on risk factors and family history, as well as the Framingham risk score. (First published in 1998, the Framingham risk score estimates the risk of developing coronary heart disease within 10 years.) The guidelines on hormone and aspirin therapy and antioxidant and folic acid supplements were revised based on recently published data. “Since the last guidelines were developed, more definitive clinical trials became available to suggest that physicians should consider aspirin in women to prevent stroke,” Dr. Mosca says. A recent AHA survey showed women are confused about methods to prevent heart disease, including the role of aspirin, hormones, and dietary supplements. “The new guidelines reinforce that unregulated dietary supplements are not a method proven to prevent heart disease,” Dr. Mosca says. “These recent findings emphasize the importance of using well-conducted clinical trial data to develop recommendations to help patients and their doctors use best practices to prevent heart disease — practices based on data rather than myths or wishful thinking. The AHA’s prevention guidelines

medication, if needed, to control blood sugar. • Daily low-dose aspirin for women at high risk of heart disease.

Urban myths and facts about plastics
CONSUMERLINE By Ching M. Alano Philstar, March 11, 2008 Recently, we received this urgent text message: Stop drinking water left or stored in the car. This is how Sheryl Crow got cancer. She was on the Ellen Degeneres show and said the exact same thing. As doctors stated, men and women should not drink bottled water left in the car as the heat causes toxins from the plastic to leak into the water and cause cancer. Use stainless steel canisters or glass bottles if you can. True or false: Does heat cause toxins/dioxins to leak from plastic? False. In the first place, plastic does not contain dioxin. It’s another one of those urban legends. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) used in mineral water bottles meets standards for food contact materials. It is the same material that’s used to package other common foods and beverages. All plastics intended for food use must meet stringent safety standards before they are put on the market. So, when was the last time you

• Screening for depression. • Raising protective HDL with medications such as niacin or a fibrate. • Low-dose aspirin in women over age 65 with well-controlled blood pressure when aspirin’s protective benefits outweigh the risks. Not useful or effective to prevent cardiovascular disease, or may cause more harm than benefit: • Estrogen or other hormones. • Antioxidant supplements like vitamin C, vitamin E, or beta carotene. • Folic acid supplements. • Low-dose aspirin for healthy women under age 65. What’s New • Risk. A family history of heart attack prior to age 60 has been added to the list of risk factors that women should be aware of. • Smoking cessation. The new guidelines suggest smokers try behavioral modification programs, counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, or prescription smoking-cessation medications. • Exercise. Thirty minutes of moderately intense activity, such as brisk walking on most, and preferably all, days of the week is still recommended. What is new is the recommendation that to lose weight or sustain weight loss, physical activity should be increased to 60-90 minutes of moderately intense exercise on all or most days of the week. • Diet. The AHA reduced its recommended intake of saturated fats from 10 to seven percent of total daily calories. And more specific dietary recommendations advise women to consume heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids by eating two portions of oily fish, such as mackerel or salmon per week.

drank water from the tap at home instead of mineral or distilled water from a plastic bottle? Yes or no: Freezing plastic water bottles and microwaving plastic food containers cause the release of (Continued on page 21)
and selective estrogen-receptor modulators (SERMs) such as raloxifene and tamoxifen, which are used to treat osteoporosis and breast cancer, respectively, should not be taken to prevent heart disease or heart attack or stroke in women with cardiovascular disease. Take-Home Message “Nearly all women are at risk for heart disease, underscoring the importance of a heart–healthy lifestyle in everyone,” wrote the authors of the new guidelines. Dr. Mosca adds, “Medicine is still an art but these guidelines are meant to guide all healthcare professionals on the best science currently available.”

for women list strategies proven to work, and those that don’t work. Virtually all of these apply to men, too, and do double or even triple duty against diabetes, cancer, and other chronic conditions. Proven strategies: • Avoiding tobacco. • Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, or more if you’re trying to lose weight. • Adopting a healthy eating plan. • Maintaining a healthy weight (a body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9). • Controlling blood pressure with medication, if needed. • Controlling cholesterol with a statin, if needed. • Exercise, dietary changes, and

• Aspirin. The AHA now recommends low-dose aspirin therapy of 81 mg daily or 100 mg every other day for all women age 65 or older, provided there is no risk of bleeding that could potentially offset the benefits of aspirin. • Supplements. Recent studies indicate that folic acid — with or without vitamin B6 or B12 — has no benefit and should not be used. In addition, new studies confirm that supplements including vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene should not be taken to prevent the development of heart disease in women who are healthy, or prevent heart attack or stroke in those already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. • Hormonal replacement therapy (HRT). Progesterone and estrogen,

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(Continued from page 1) process, they save on gas expense and avail of a shortened travel time since Amerasian Cuisine is closer to their home. The new restaurant is dishing out favorites Filipino dishes like Beef Apritada, Caldereta, Kare-Kare, Pork Menudo, Pansit Noodles, Bihon, and Sotanghon, Lumpia, Barbeque Pork/ Chicken and home made Filipino desserts. Moreover, Amerasian Cuisine has just the right facilities for private parties and special events; it also offers catering services with a wide variety of desserts to choose from. Come and experience this fine authentic cuisine in casual ambiance of home-style cooking prepared from the freshest of ingredients. Amerasian Cuisine will surpass your expectations. Odette Roda Peckham and her husband Jerry are the proud owners of Amerasian Cuisine, an American and Asian life partnership that is geared for a profitable business venture. Jerry is from San Diego, California while Odette originally came from Philippines. She was born and raised in San Miguel, Bulacan - a true Bulakena. “Besides music and singing Filipino love songs like Kundiman, I love cooking the most,” Odette said. Her loving mother who taught her home cooking by assigning her kitchen chores at an early age since she was the eldest among six children, inspired her. “I helped my mother prepare food for the family and during almost every

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atop Cortez Hill, and The Grande at Santa Fe Place. In addition to Bayside at the Embarcadero, Electra and The Legend at the Ballpark are currently selling.

Housing and Real Estate Chaparral Creek in Escondido nearing sell-out: Two furnished model homes released for sale
ESCONDIDO (Feb. 27, 2008) – The new-home neighborhood Chaparral Creek in Escondido is nearly sold out, according to builder Shea Homes, with just two model homes remaining available for sale. The furnished Plan 2 and Plan 3 model homes were released for sale Friday, priced from the mid $500,000s. For more information on the final two homes at Chaparral Creek, visit the model homes at 2601 Pummelo Court, Escondido, or call 760-233-8038. Information also is available at www. mark Golden Gate Bridge, working on San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) and serving as a managing partner for the construction of the Hoover Dam. Yet Shea Homes’ most satisfying achievements continue to revolve around listening to its customers’ needs and satisfying those needs by providing an extensive selection of new home floor plans and quality workmanship in the finest neighborhoods and communities available today. Honored in 2005 as one of “America’s Best

phases. For more information on Bayside including a virtual tour visit www. baysidebybosa.com. Bosa’s Downtown Sales Center is located at 121

Chaparral Creek in Escondido is nearly sold out, according to builder Shea Homes. Only two model homes remain available, priced from the mid $500,000s. sheahomes.com. Shea Homes, honored as 2007 Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine, is an independent member of the Shea family of companies, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2006. Over the past century and a quarter, members of the Shea family and their companies have accomplished many extraordinary milestones, including completing work on the foundation of the landBuilders” by the National Association of Home Builders, and now as “2007 Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder Magazine, Shea Homes is also investing in the future of children and communities across America by sponsoring a multi-faceted literacy awareness program that urges parents to “Read With Your Child 15 Minutes a Day.” For more information, please visit the company’s website at SheaHomes.com.

Bayside first to supply residence along Embarcadero’s ‘Front Row’
Along the Embarcadero in downtown San Diego, Bosa Development’s Bayside at the Embarcadero luxury condo tower is making waves with its premier “residential front row” bayfront location. “When I first visited San Diego, I was astounded by the under utilization of pristine land just steps from your beautiful bay,” said Nat Bosa, founder and CEO of Bosa Development and a resident of Vancouver, Canada. “I saw the enormous potential in this area and now, some ten years later, this vision has materialized with Bayside - our first luxury residential tower hugging San Diego Bay. There is simply nothing else like it.” art and improved piers and plazas. More than a decade in the planning, it will add almost 12 acres of park and open space and calls for seven acres of gardens, five acres of plazas and more than 1,700 trees. Due to the size of this undertaking, the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan will be completed in a series of projects, the first of which is still in the planning

Located just blocks from San Diego’s harbor, Bayside will be Bosa Development’s most luxurious tower in San Diego, with homes featuring up to three bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and 8,370 square feet. Pricing begins at $750,000, with the penthouse being offered at $12.5 million. Located on Pacific Highway between Ash and A streets just two blocks from the San Diego harbor, the 36-story building will comprise 232 luxurious residences including 209 tower suites, 12 walk-up flats and 12 townhomes. Homes will range in size from a one-bedroom, two-bath, 1,031-square-foot flat to a threebedroom, 4 ½-bath, 8,370-squarefoot penthouse. Pricing begins at $750,000, with the penthouse being offered at $12.5 million. Construction at Bayside began in March 2007 and first move-ins are anticipated for the fall of 2009. As Bayside continues to rise, plans are under way for urban renewal nearby. The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, an estimated $230 million public infrastructure program, will remake downtown’s “front porch” into a magnificent public esplanade. This creative plan comprises streetscape enhancements, public

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players went out of their way to shake hands with adoring fans and have their pictures happily taken with them. They patiently signed autographs – on souvenir programs and shirts, on basketballs, shoes, and on whatever fans offered to take home as treasured (Continued on page 22)

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E-mails from the desert
by Dr. Ed Gamboa
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Asian Journal Photos by Conrad Reloj, Jr. and Genny Silverio many basketball greats under one roof was matched only by their friendliness at the sidelines and off the court. Several times, before and after the games, and at half time, the

PBA legends play in San Diego
(Continued from page 1) Manila to General Santos, but when was the last time we heard “Bayang Magiliw” sang beautifully to millions around the world? And what did we get to see on Sunday at the Peterson Stadium at San Diego State? A dream come true –- a reunion of the biggest basketball stars -- heads bowed together in prayer before the jump ball, then dribbling, passing, shooting, laying up and scoring, as if a quarter of a century had not elapsed. Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez, 54, with 4 MVP awards and 18,000 career points, could still squeeze his lanky frame through a barricade. Abet “Pride of Camiguin” Guidaben, all time leader in total games played (1,081), still controlled the backboard. Bogs “Mr. Nice Guy” Adornado and Atoy “Fortune Cookie” Co, both 56, were as sharp with their perimeter shots as ever. Francis “Mr. Clutch” Arnaiz, 56, despite not having played since migrating to the US two decades ago, still had the trademark spitfire quickness in him and Manny “The Old Warrior” Paner, 58, was still, if Atoy Co signs autograph a few pounds heavier, a rebounding presence. The electrifying presence of so

Part of the enthusiastic crowd who attended the event.

Philip Cezar takes aim.

“El Presidente” Mon Fernandez with team mates.

Mon Fernandez fakes Atoy Co. Former Toyota cager Abe King, Jr., founder of the PBA Legends Foundation.

Philip Cezar during warm-ups. Crispa Redmanizer and UST Glowing Goldies ace Bogs Adornado sans his long locks of hair

“The livmg legend” former Senator and cager Robert Jaworski addresses crowd.

Atoy Co with fans, among them, Asian Journal columnist Riz Oades (behind Co) Adornado, Cezar and Guidaben, with Arnaiz and Fernandez in the background stand at attention during the singing of the national anthems. Crowd fave Atoy “The Fortune Cookie” Co with Ronnic Magsanoc.

Manny Victorino with young fan. Mon Fernandez takes a foul shot. Abet Guidaben and Atoy Co during the game

Francis Arnaiz signs autograph.

Some of the beautiful volunteers in the event.

Riz and Zeny Oades (second row) enjoy the game.

The hard-working volunteers of the event.

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dition to writing the music for Spring Awakening, Grammy award winner singer–songwriter Duncan Sheik has collaborated with Playwright Steven Sater on The Nightingale, a musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic which will premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse. Sheik has composed original music for the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night and for The Golden Rooms of Nero, opened at the Magic Theater in San Francisco earlier this year. His self-titled debut album, was an enormous popular and critical success, and spent 30 weeks on the Billboard 200. Other albums include “Humming,” “Daylight,” “Phantom Moon” and “White Limousine.” His latest release, Brighter/Later, is a two-disc anthology of his Atlantic/ Nonesuch albums. Sheik also composed and produce the original score for the feature film A Home at the End of the World, an his songs have laced the soundtracks of dozens of movies and TV shows. Steven Sater (Book & Lyrics) won the 2007 Tony Awards® for Best Book and Best Score for his work on Spring Awakening. His plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse), Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize), A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film, The Miniature Theatre of Chester), Asylum (Naked Angels), Murder at the Gates (commissioned by Eye of the Storm), In Search of Lost Wings (Sanford Meisner) and a reconceived version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with music by Laurie Anderson, which played London’s Lyric Hammersmith and toured internationally. In addition to Spring Awakening, Sater has collaborated with Duncan Sheik on the NY premiere of Umbrage (HERE), Nero (The Magic Theatre), The Nightingale (O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, La Jolla Playhouse) the critically-acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch), and the songs for Michael Mayer’s feature film A Home at the End of the World. Michael Mayer (Director) received the 2007 Tony Award® as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for this production. Other Broadway: ‘night Mother, After the Fall; Thoroughly Modern Millie (Drama Desk Award and Tony® nomination); An Almost Holy Picture; Uncle Vanya; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Tony® nomination); The Lion in Winter; Side Man (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards); A View From the Bridge (Drama Desk award, Outer Critics Circle and Tony® nominations); Triumph of Love. Off-Broadway credits include Dawn Upshaw in Round About at Lincoln Center, The Credeaux Canvas, Stupid Kids, Antigone in New York, Baby Anger, View of the Dome, Missing Persons, America Dreaming, Hundreds of Hats. National tour: Angels in America (Jefferson and Carbonell awards). West End: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Side Man. Film: A Home at the End of the World, Flicka. Mr. Mayer received the 2007 Drama League Award for Excellence in Direction. Bill T. Jones (Choreographer) received the 2007 Tony Award® for this production of Spring Awakening. He also won the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography for the New York Theatre Workshop’s production The Seven. Mr. Jones began his career choreographing and performing worldwide as a soloist and duet company with his late partner, Arnie Zane before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982. Creating more than 100 works for his own company, Mr. Jones has also choreographed for numerous companies worldwide. In 1994, Mr. Jones received a MacArthur “Genius” Award. Bill T. Jones has been awarded several New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Awards; the 2005 Wexner Prize, the 2005 Samuel Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, a 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award and the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. In 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.” Spring Awakening opened on Broadway on December 10, 2006 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, following its world premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Co.

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8 Times Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical Spring Awakening announces national tour
(New York) Producers Ira Pittelman, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel are proud to announce that Spring Awakening, the 8-time Tony Award® winning and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical will launch a multi-city national tour beginning in the Curran Theatre in San Francisco on September 4th as part of the SHN Best of Broadway Series. A pre-tour West Coast premiere will take place in San Diego’s historic Balboa Theatre, a Broadway/San Diego ~ A Nederlander Presentation ~ August 15-31, 2008. The producers released a joint statement saying “Spring Awakening has been on an incredible journey -- from the early workshop days at the La Jolla Playhouse, to the Atlantic Theatre Company premiere, through our triumphant Broadway opening. This ground-breaking production continues to attract new and non-traditional audiences to Broadway. We are thrilled that the national tour will enable audiences in major performing arts centers across America to discover and enjoy this beautiful and haunting production. We are honored to be working with a vibrant young cast, the amazing music by Duncan Sheik, a wonderful libretto by Steve Sater and an award-winning creative team.” Cities in the first year of the tour include San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, Houston, Tempe, Louisville, East Lansing, Tampa. Other cities will be announced shortly. Spring Awakening swept the 2007 Tony Awards® winning eight out of its eleven nominations, including Best Musical, Best Score (Duncan Sheik & Michael Mayer), Best Director (Michael Mayer), Best Book (Steven Sater), Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones), Best Orchestrations (Duncan Sheik), Best Lighting Design (Kevin Adams), Best Featured Actor (John Gallagher Jr.). Hailed as the “Best Musical of the Year” by the NY Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle and the Tony Awards®, Spring Awakening emerged as the most talked about musical on Broadway. “Broadway may never be the same. This brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery and the thrill to that shattering transformation that stirs in all of our souls.” Charles Isherwood, The New York Times “A miracle that must be seen to be believed … The best new musical in a generation.” John Heilpern, The New York Observer

Love and Vengeance reign in GMA Pinoy TV’s “Babangon ako’t dudurugin ka!”
(Continued from page 1) and his own evil motives. Alfred will also meet Via (Angelika Cruz) – a rich, influential, and scheming daughter of a politician who is in love with Alfred. With her influence, Alfred sees Via as someone who can help him fulfil his dreams of becoming rich, popular, and powerful. As such, Alfred left Salve for Via, and this totally devastated Salve’s life. Salve will then meet Rod/Derek (JC De Vera), a good-looking gangster, and Evita (Dina Bonnevie), whom Rod considers as his surrogate mother. Both Evita and Rod/Derek will help Salve fight back and avenge herself from the people who made her life miserable. Also included in the series are Tonton Gutierrez, Patrick Garcia, Paolo Contis, Diana Zubiri, Glydel Mercado, Jay Aquitania, LJ Reyes, Jenny Miller, and Robert Ortega. “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita” – originally created by renowned novelist Gilda Olvidado for Darna Komiks – is one of the masterpieces of highly-acclaimed director Lino Brocka and was then bannered by no less than Ms. Sharon Cuneta. Be sure to catch “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita” starting March 31 only on GMA Pinoy TV. Contact your preferred pay TV operator now to subscribe!

Based on the infamous 1891 Frank Wedekind play, Spring Awakening features an electrifying score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, direction by Michael Mayer, choreography by award-winning Bill T. Jones and book by Mr. Sater. Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th century Germany, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of teenage self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers. Haunting and provocative, Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey into adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget. Set design is by Christine Jones, costume design is by Tony Awardwinner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Kevin Adams and sound design by Brian Ronan. Duncan Sheik (Composer) In ad-

Something in Your Eyes CD. Claire Dela Fuente will meet and greet her fans on Saturday 11:00 AM at Seafood City Mira Mesa; 3:00 PM at Seafood City National City; 4:00 PM at Bread Deluxe National City. Claire is in town to promote the release of her new CD entitled “Something In Your Eyes.” The CD also features the signature song composed by Richard Carpenter (brother of late Karen Carpenter).

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Chaplets A novena is typically nine days of prayer in preparation of a celebration of a feast day. At the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Novena is recited perpetually at the Hour of Great Mercy — the three o’clock hour. The Chaplet can be said anytime, but the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena. He promised, “By this Novena (of Chaplets), I will grant every possible grace to souls.” Intentions For each of the nine days, our Lord gave Saint Faustina a different intention: All mankind, especially sinners; the souls of priests and religious; all devout and faithful souls; those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus; the souls who have separated themselves from the Church; the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children; the souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy; the souls detained in purgatory; and souls who have become lukewarm. “I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they have need of in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.” What You Can Do You, too, can make a novena of prayer for these intentions and others, especially by praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy at 3:00 pm or by participating in the nine-day novena. Source: The Marians of the Immaculate Conception http://www. thedivinemercy.org/

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Feast of Divine Mercy is March 30
Novena Begins on Good Friday
The Feast of Divine Mercy is celebrated the Sunday after Easter. It was instituted by Pope John Paul II at the canonization of St. Maria Faustina on April 30, 2000, and then officially decreed by the Vatican. According to St. Faustina, who received the revelations about Divine Mercy from the Lord, souls who receive the sacraments of Confession and Communion on the feast day receive a complete remission of punishment for sins. A nine-day novena which starts on Good Friday precedes the feast. Feast of Divine Mercy Divine Mercy Sunday can be seen as the convergence of all the mysteries and graces of Holy Week and Easter Week. It is like a multi-exposure photograph of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Week. Or we can think of it as a converging lens that focuses the light of the Risen Christ into a radiant beam of merciful love and grace for the whole world. In fact, Jesus revealed in various revelations to St. Faustina that it was His desire that we celebrate this special feast. “The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.” (Diary, 699) Our Lord revealed to St. Faustina His desire to literally flood us with His graces on that day. Just consider each of the promises and desires that He expressed about Mercy Sunday, which are recorded in the main passage of the Diary — passage 699 — about Mercy Sunday:

“On that day the very depths of My tender Mercy are open.” “I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon these souls who approach the Fount of My mercy [the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist].” “The soul that will go to Confession [beforehand] and receive Holy Communion [on that day] shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” “On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened.” “Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.” “The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness.” “It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.” The Divine Mercy Novena of

We should learn to be thankful and appreciative of the things around us that make living easier for us, water from the shower, food on our table, money to buy our physical needs. We should begin each day this way, before anything else. If we must think of problems and trials, let it be how we have survived them in the past and how the Lord has sustained us and pulled us through. When God created our world in the beginning, there was yet no man to till the ground but He sent a mist from the earth which watered the whole face of the earth. Every tree grew which is pleasant to the sight and good for food. He created Man. And thereafter, Woman to help him. Now, many destroy trees. The last line of Joyce Kilmer’s poem Trees, says, “. . . but only God can make a tree”. If I had my way, I would add, “. . . and anyone can plant a tree”. The natural ecosystem is destroyed because of man’s increased activities and consumption of the world’s resources and nature cannot seem to heal itself anymore. We have lots of fields but no plants in them. Lately, we read of the growing crisis in rice because we cannot grow enough to sustain our daily needs and we have to import from other countries at a higher cost. We should stop and think seriously about this. Live simply. Live humbly. Be at peace with each other. If each person will practice these basic tenets, the global village will be a happy place to live in.

ence exactly how Christ suffered.” “Hurting oneself, according to Church doctrines, is wrong. And it can be considered a sin if you do it knowing it’s not right,” Iniguez stressed. “But if you’re not aware that these are not right, then you have not sinned.” The CBCP earlier said that such acts – although usually done by devotees in the provinces either out of necessity or in good faith – are considered by the Church as “superstitious” and “not an authentic expression of faith.” CBCP spokesman Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III said the Church only allows during Holy Week activities in parishes that are consistent with its teachings regarding the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “We are doubtful if these activities outside the parishes are real expressions of Christian faith. We believe these are expression of superstitious belief and usually done out of need for money and tourism purposes,” Quitorio explained. He further stressed: “Under authentic Christian faith, only Christ was crucified and only He was able to save us from sins. It can never be repeated.” Quitorio said it is enough to remember the life and death of Christ during Holy Week through fasting and abstinence, prayer and reflection, and almsgiving.

However, Quitorio admitted that flagellation used to be a practice of Christians during Lenten season “but it is no longer allowed as they have diversified their celebrations to more fruitful activities like helping needy people.” Although the CBCP is against traditional practices during Holy Week, Quitorio stressed they would not go as far as asking the Department of Tourism to stop promoting such traditional practices in the provinces. “You cannot really judge them. For me, the problem is with the Church because it is responsible in developing their worldview so I think people who are literally crucified don’t have strong foundation,” he said. The observance of Holy Week continues with today’s celebration of Holy Tuesday. CBCP officials said this day marks Christ’s loyalty to God and His dedication to the mission He was given.

“The full use of your powers along lines of excellence.” - definition of “happiness” by John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Holy Week reflections
ROSES & THORNS By Alejandro R. Roces Philstar, March 18, 2008 Last week, one of the top headline news was that there were seven social sins that the Vatican has added to the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was quick to explain that there was no revision at all in the existing Church doctrines. Rather, the statement was made in order to draw the attention of the faithful to the new social sins which were not prevalent in the Old Testament days. Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, was alarmed that 60 percent of Catholics in Italy no longer went to confessions. Moreover, these seven deadly sins became prevalent as a result of globalization and continued progress. These include “bioethical” offenses such as birth control, morally debatable experiments such as the stem cell research, which allow manipulation of genes, and in effect, God’s creation, social injustice which worsens poverty, the use of mind-damaging drugs, polluting the environment, inequality, excessive accumulation of wealth by a few, thus creating a greater gap among the rich and the poor and excessive consumerism that has invaded even the Church, that in the process, undermines the Christianity of a person, the lifestyle and behavior

of the faithful. Today is Holy Tuesday and traditionally, we observe this with a senaculo, a dramatization of the life of Christ. Pabasa, or the reading of the Passion of Christ also starts. We hope that, more than the practice, people would instead reflect on the sacrifices made by the Lord for mankind. People should take time to turn their minds away from the daily routine and reflect on the more important things in life, things that would enrich the spirit. Living simply is a basic tenet that has always proven to be a useful guide for people to live at peace with their selves and the people around them. People are basically not perfect and they are without their own faults and shortcomings. Instead of blaming others in difficult situations, people should think of solutions so that they will not become part of the problem.

Flagellation, crucifixion against Church teachings - bishop
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Deogracias Iniguez Jr. said they see traditional practices that imitate the passion of Christ during the observance of Holy Week as “wrong understanding” of teachings of the Church. The prelate explained that “when the Church said we should empathize with the sufferings of our Lord, it did not mean we should experi-

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He is Risen! Let Us Give Thanks!
Easter is a time for families to gather together and celebrate the promise of new beginnings. We at Unistar Foods likewise would like to extend our appreciation to our valued customers during this season of renewal and reflection. Among them, we thank the many restaurant owners and grocers in the community whose patronage has made a simple idea flourish into the enterprise that Unistar Foods has become today. May the blessings of the season renew your hearts and light your path. Maligayang pasko ng pagkabuhay!

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15 villages spread all over Davao City with some villages numbering 50-200 houses. The MEDSA, Filipino-Canadians in Canada and the Redemptorist fathers have donated the homes for GK beneficiaries in Tibungco. In Toril, Davao City, there are now three duplex houses donated by FilAms in Canada. Aside from Duterte, several other Davao mayors and governors have been supporting GK. In Mati, Davao Oriental, Gov. Cora Malaniaon is developing one site. GK and the local government office will also start to build homes in three other municipalities. Mati Mayor Michelle Rabat also supports GK Dahican which has 70 percent of Muslims mixed with Christians and the homes are sponsored by Filipino-Canadians from Etobicoke, Canada. GK villages will also be built in Compostela Valley province, in the municipalities of Maragusan, Nabunturan and Montevista (GK Canadian village). In Tagum City, Davao del Norte, there will be two GK villages in partnership with Mayor Rey Uy. In Davao del Sur, Gov. Douglas

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Cagas partnered with GK to build two GK sites in Digos City. The first village was named after his mother, Dona Ralota Salud Cagas. GK villages are also being built in the municipalities of Sulop, Hagonoy, Padada in Davao del Sur. Meloto thanked all the mayors and governors of Davao for partnering with GK. “Our goal is really to bring GK in every town of Davao,” said Meloto. To date, GK is already in 362 towns all over the country. “The LGUs are doing their best to address landlessness and by doing their share in providing a better quality of life to the poor,” said Meloto. Meanwhile, Jed and other female prisoners are very thankful to GK, Mayor Duterte and the Ma-a jail officers for letting them live with dignity. “We are inspired because we have not been judged Even if we are prisoners, we are also human. It’s hard for us mothers to be here, but we make the most out of what we have, until such time that we are freed,” Jed said.

Balintataw Gawad Kalinga Updates
by Virginia H. Ferrer
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Magandang Umaga
Sumaiyo kaibigan ang taos puso kong bati na sana ay maging maganda ang araw mo palagi laging pairalin asal nating katatangi-tangi nasaan ka mang dako, maging sa lahat ng sandali. Ang gawaing pagbati sa kahit sinumang nilalang sadyang kapuri-puri at puwedeng maipagyabang ugali natin itong tataglayin magpakailanman dito tayo nakilala mapadpad man kahit saan. Hindi man maganda ang iyong gising ngayong umaga tiyak pag binati ka pakiramdam mo ay gaganda gagaan ang katawan mo baka suwertihin ka pa magandang umaga sa iyo, libre ito, sige na.

Gawad Kalinga builds humane haven for Davao female inmates
By Patricia Esteves PhilStar, 03/06/08 DAVAO – Female inmate Jed Sy, who has been accused of drug trafficking, confessed to almost losing her sanity while doing time in the cramped and overcrowded detention facility in Ma-a jail here. With over a hundred other female inmates, Jed and company had to cope with and squeeze in three small individual cells with little ventilation and light, some of them even sleeping in shifts. For Jed, night time was the hardest because aside from the congested jail, she always thought about her daughter whom she had to leave behind. Jed’s Chinese husband is a drug trafficker. When he fled, she was the one arrested then later charged. Jed and her fellow inmates thought they would just bear with their situation in jail. Fortunately, Gawad Kalinga (GK) came along and saw their need for help. GK and partners built a humane haven for the women prisoners, a special and unique GK village called the GK Ray of Hope. This is the first GK village built inside the compound of the Ma-a city jail here. It serves as an inspiration and hope for the women inmates that they are not forgotten and their needs are being met even though they are prisoners. After all, they are not yet convicted. The GK Ray of Hope Village is a collaborative project of GK, the city government of Davao, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-Davao City Jail, New City Commercial Center (NCCC) and other partners who are guided by the vision of providing a humane environment for the female inmates and at the same time, trying to embed a human rights culture here. The houses were donated by the Lim family, owners of the NCCC mall in Davao. GK champion Tony Meloto and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said GK and the local government of Davao support the humane treatment of women prisoners, in accordance with the United Nations law. GK Coordinator for Davao Ricky Villanueva and Senior Superintendent Romeo Elisan, Regional director, RBJMP XI, share the views of Meloto and Duterte. “We hope all jail facilities would follow our lead. We want to inspire all jails to do it. If we have done it in Davao, they can do this in other jails,” they said. Ten houses, each with a comfort room, now stand in the village and an additional ten more will be built inside the compound. The inmates have transferred to the roomy houses two weeks ago. Jed and other prisoners are very happy with their new detention facility. “My fellow inmates are very happy. Here in GK Ray of Hope, we don’t feel like we are detained, and instead, we feel like we live in a subdivision,” Jed said. Ma-a Jail Warden Senior Superintendent Grace Dun Taculin said the houses are designed with landscape and veranda. The main space serves as sleeping quarters during the night where the inmates sleep on rubber cushions, but during the day, it is used as a multipurpose room, a prayer and counseling room, work area, classroom or music room. “Windows are made of decorative steel grills to keep a home-like ambiance so that transformation is made easier considering that 95 percent of our female inmates are mothers,” said Grace. “Yes, it is still a jail, yet it is a home at its heart. It carries the GK character and spirit thus the name ‘Ray of Hope Village.’ Instead of gray and gloomy type building and cells, houses of different rainbow colors are in place. It exudes an aura of a warm, caring and nurturing home,” Grace said in an interview. At the forefront of the support for the homes of the female inmates is Mayor Duterte. Although he hates criminals and criminality, Duterte supports the humane treatment of prisoners. Davao City GK head Vic Rosario said Duterte pledged more homes for the inmates when he saw that they still need more. Unknown to many, Duterte is a fierce GK advocate. A quiet worker, Duterte holds fund-raising activities and mobilizes his businessman friends to help in raising money for the homes of the poor of Davao. He has built three GK villages all over Davao and is on a mission to build more houses for the poor in the province through GK. Last year, he gathered 50 of his friends to a dinner in Marco Polo for P50,000 a plate for a GK fund-raising activity and was able to generate P2.5 million, the amount needed to fund 30 homes in a GK village in Riverdrive. Right now, there are 31 completed houses in Riverdrive and more are being constructed. Twenty-nine families have moved into their own brand new houses. “He annually holds golf tournament with the Metro Davao Sports Association(MEDSA) and give the proceeds to GK,” Vic said. At present, there are a total of

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for “security purposes” (which is frankly quite dumb since they give receipts anyway). In the US, some stores give you a rebate of five to 20 cents for every bag you reuse when you shop, so I guess people become more motivated to reuse rather than keep asking for more plastic bags (which I think is a usual scene in groceries here). “I think our legislators should give attention to issues like these and encourage establishments to reuse and recycle not only for mother earth’s sake but for their own as well.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - March 17, 2008, In an effort to encourage education advancement among Asian Pacific American students, the Kaiser Permanente Asian Pacific American Network (KP-APAN) is offering scholarships to six eligible Southern California high school seniors graduating in the Spring of 2008. The deadline for completed applications is April 15, 2008. Students who are interested are encouraged to submit applications soon. KP-APAN has offered 18 scholarships in the past 5 years. This year, there will be six scholarships offered – two (2) for $2,000 and four (4) for $1,000. Scholarship applicants must be high school students of Asian descent and planning to attend an accredited college, university, trade, or technical school in the Fall of 2008. They also must be residents in Southern California Kaiser Permanente service area and have a minimum GPA of 3.25. For information on eligibility and to obtain a copy of the application form, please go to http://xnet.kp.org/hr/ ca/kpapan. For further information, please contact Victor Cheng, MD, at victor.c.chen@kp.org or Pauline Tsai, MD, at pauline.b.tsai@ kp.org. About Kaiser Permanente Asian Pacific American Network Kaiser Permanente Asian Pacific American Network is a nonprofit, voluntary, educational and charitable organization within the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Care Program, established to promote cultural appreciation and to serve the communities of Southern California. KP-APAN strives to attract, inspire, and support Asian Pacific Americans to achieve their full potential and success at all levels.

cancer-causing toxins. “No,” says Mayo Clinic dietitian Katherine Zeratsky. “Stories have circulated for years that freezing or microwaving plastic food containers or wraps causes them to release cancer-causing substances called dioxins. But this isn’t true. In fact, there’s no evidence that plastic food containers or wraps even contain dioxins. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), freezing and microwaving plastic food containers and wraps are safe. Although small amounts of chemicals used to make certain plastics may leach into food, any chemicals that do leach into food are within safe limits.” Zeratsky gives this hot tip: “To ensure the safe use of plastic in the microwave, use containers or wraps specifically labeled as microwavesafe. Margarine tubs, carryout containers from restaurants, and plastic grocery bags shouldn’t be used in the microwave. Check the label on packaged foods. If you don’t find instructions for microwave use, use a different plate or container that you know is microwave-safe to heat the food. In addition, microwavesafe plastic wrap shouldn’t directly touch the food. The labels on some plastic wraps recommend that you leave a one-inch space, or greater, between the plastic and the food during microwave heating.” Exactly what are dioxins? The website wbir.com discusses dioxins at length. Hear this: “Dioxins are a group of chemical compounds that share a certain chemical structure and biological characteristics. They are produced through paper and pulp bleaching, burning of household trash, electrical fires, and smelters. They can be found in certain wood preservatives, insecticides, herbicides, and even cigarette smoke. Dioxins are not just from man-made sources but from natural sources as well. Different dioxin compounds have different toxicities. Most common

route of exposure is through the diet, especially from animal fats. It is important to note that environmental dioxin levels have been declining for the past 30 years. Known and quantifiable industrial emissions in the United States have been reduced by more than 90 percent from 1987 levels. EPA regulates and monitors environmental dioxin levels. Reducing dioxin in the environment should also reduce dioxin levels in the food supply.” To reduce exposure to dioxin in food, the FDA recommends following existing government dietary guidelines, as follows: • Follow a balanced diet. Choose fish, lean meat, poultry, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. • Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain products. Dr. Tamara Davis of the UT Medical Center gives these prescriptions about plastics and food: • Follow directions on the package. • Use only cookware designated for the microwave. Check the label. • Don’t microwave take-out containers, margarine tubs, whipped topping containers, brown paper bags, or aluminum foil, for example. • Don’t reuse one-time use containers. • Microwave plastic wraps, wax paper, cooking bags, white microwave-safe paper towels are safe to use. Don’t let plastic wrap touch foods during microwaving. But if you can, try to minimize the use of plastic.You will be doing yourself and mother earth a favor. *** A bagful of plastic recycling ideas Here‘s more on plastics, which we should really have less of: Cara Tizon writes, “I actually found it very helpful that you wrote about this issue so that people may be more aware of this growing problem. I think here in our coun-

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(Continued from page 22) souvenirs. Atoy Co roamed the stadium during the last quarter, up and down bleachers, to kid around with fans. I was impressed that Ron Jaworski kept signing shirts and entertaining fans, even as he was busy coaching his team to a 99-87 victory. Manny Paner took the time to chat, even inviting us to call him up at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila where he currently works. Led by Abe King, Jr., who was constantly joking with everyone around, every single player -- from the old guards (Jaworki, Paner, Co, Adornado, Cezar, Arnaiz, Victorino, Villamin, De La Cruz, etc.) to the youngest stars (Patrimonio, Magsanoc, Alvarez, Meneses, Lago, Bade, etc.) -- readily mingled with the crowd. These remarkable athletes showed us they were not only stars and legends; they proved to be true gentlemen as well. The PBA Legends USA Foundation, under the leadership of Abe King, Jr. who now divides his time between Gig Harbor, Washington,

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macroeconomic policies, and the physical and human infrastructure that private enterprise cannot provide for itself, but which it needs if it is to flourish. Political reform must focus government on these basic functions.” The general said a lot more things which will be subjects of future columns. For now, he left me the impression that we as a nation tend to get distracted by a lot of details that probably are not that important in the big picture. We need to focus on the things that matter. We need a kind of patriotism that puts national interest over personal. We need a pragmatic approach to our development and forget the lawyers amongst us who always have the tendency to quibble about everything. As for the Spratlys, should we really be exhausting our passions and our energies about more territory when we can’t even manage the one we already have? Assuming we should for whatever reason, shouldn’t we do more than talk about it? As the general told BBC, we have no air force, no navy, no army that can credibly defend our claim but the wonder of it all, we are being taken seriously. Let us make sure we don’t slam the door on the opportunities coming our way in spite of ourselves.
that dreaded method of fraternity hazing called The Gauntlet: the poor neophyte, blindfolded and sometimes bound, is made to run through a line of “masters” who rain down blows on him without fear of accountability for whatever sort of jab they do. The beauty of this polygraph gambit is that there is so much downside to it and so little upside. In plain language, it is a ploy that would most likely blow up in the Senate’s face. I wonder if Sen. Mar Roxas thought through the option well enough. Or if he was just overwhelmed by the media opportunities of the moment. Consider this: the test is really all about what Lozada and Madriaga said and what San Miguel might have not said. The test puts Lozada and Madriaga up for a possible sin of commission for what they said. That is called perjury in legalese. The test, on the other hand, puts San Miguel up for possible sin of omission. That is for, at worst, not admitting what he likely knows little about. It could also be for not admitting what he really knows nothing about. By saying nothing, San Miguel did not lie. By saying too much, Lozada and Madriaga might have the alarm bells in the polygraph test ringing all the time. I hope the Senate makes very sure this stunt is handled by qualified professionals. None of the questions laced with malice and the insinuation-laden remarks we get so much of during the hearings. None of the hectoring, the browbeating and the buttonholing we have been treated to in generous excess by senators playing to the camera — and not to the public’s edification. Last week’s session featuring Leo San Miguel brought the Senate hearings to a new low. Everything, it seems, started on the wrong foot. To begin with, the “surprise witness” was more surprised than anybody else that he was the surprise witness. The weekend before, a major daily headlined another name as the “surprise witness.” That daily had to issue an apology eventually. My sources say the wild story emanated from the camp of Sen. Lacson, who does seem obsessed with adding new subplots to a telenovela that has begun to bore many. At any rate, the senators seemed to have set their minds about what San Miguel should say. In the preceding sessions, the man was vilified by casual accusations by the senators, caricatured as a member of some sort of imagined mafia cutely nicknamed

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“the greedy group.” It was apparent the senators have become fixated in their own narrative of what happened. On the basis of that conjured narrative, they expected everyone else and all of reality to conform to that storyline. When San Miguel did not conform to that conjured narrative, insisting he was merely a technical consultant (and not the designer of the deal), the senators began beating up their own “surprise witness.” They cut him off when he tried to explain things. They imputed their own malicious meanings into every word he said. In a grossly unfair attempt to influence the way the public understood a fiasco of a session, Sen. Lacson told his own “surprise witness” that he had been “lying the whole day.” For 12 long hours, the senators took turns abusing their own “surprise witness.” They probed into all his business affairs, demanded to see his tax return and tried to find every imagined inconsistency in what the witness said. After 12 hours enduring verbal abuse, cruel insinuations and malicious twisting of what he actually said, San Miguel remained unshaken. In the end, it was the senators who appeared shaken, not the witness they were trying to shake. In the days that followed, it was the senators who were desperately trying to save face, not the witness who was slandered in his face by powerful and imperious senators of the land. It was Lacson who was trying to peddle the absurd story that their own “surprise witness” was on the phone with the President while half the Senate was bearing down on him. There is no hint of statesmanship in the way the senators are scrambling to save face after all their drumbeating produced a let-down of a hearing. Now they want to summon the President’s confidential staff: as if to subject the President of the Republic, by proxy, to be berated and insulted by insolent senators. This is political warfare by the crassest and crudest methods. Nay, it is vain politicking by politicians blinded by ambition, driven by delusions about insurrections that will install the undeserving in power and craving for anything that could be used to bludgeon the existing power arrangement. But our people are a lot wiser than may be granted by purveyors of the politics of hate. The shriller the tone of the rabble-rousers, the more suspicious the public becomes of the actual political agenda in play.

Our superpower mentality
DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco Philstar, March 17, 2008 Over dinner last Thursday, Gen. Joe Almonte related the story of how the BBC once sought his reaction as FVR’s national security adviser over reports that China was building structures in the South China Sea rock protrusions we are also claiming as part of our territory. Well, the general said he told BBC, we have to defend our claim. The BBC announcer asked him, do you have an air force to do that? No, we don’t, the general answered. Do you have a navy? No, we don’t, and we don’t have the army either. So the incredulous announcer asked: How do you plan to defend your claim? That’s not what I am worried about, the general replied. According to the general, he remarked that his bigger problem is what to do if we go to war and actually defeat China. The baffled announcer informed the general that he was on the air and it was no time for jokes. But the general was not joking. We had the audacity of laying claim to those islands with no air force, navy or army to back up our claim and have done nothing much more than issue declarations ever since. Yet, China is taking us seriously by putting up those structures in reaction to our move... and subsequently entering into a commercial agreement with us to study the possibility of potential petroleum deposits. I thought about Gen. Almonte’s anecdote as I listened to the late newscast that evening and the latest headlines about the Spratlys spat. The general is right. Knowing fully well that we had nothing more lethal than press releases brimming with braggadocio, the Chinese took our claim seriously. In fact, it seems the Chinese took our claim a lot more seriously than our own officials did. Outside of stranding a decrepit Navy vessel in one of the islands, our officials did nothing more. In fact, our officials even failed to pass the legislation defining our territory to back up our claim... up to now. The lawyers present in that little dinner Gen. Almonte had with a group of economists last week made it clear that we should have populated those islands to strengthen our claim. We should have also built structures to have physical evidence of possession. We are all daldal, so it seems, all talk but no work. Even today, everyone is bristling with patriotism accusing each other of treason over a claim we have done little to pursue. It is a pity that China is being demonized these days, something that is not too difficult to do, given our people’s latent anti-Chinese feelings. But China must not feel bad over all the bad publicity it is getting. All that can be traced to Ate Glue’s loss of credibility. China is merely suffering collateral damage. There is little that Ate Glue can do these days that will not be suspect. Unfortunately for China, they have done a lot of things with Ate Glue and mostly under cover of executive privilege and executive agreements. As a result, China has become a party to Ate Glue’s suspected acts of corruption and yes, even treason. China must find a way to decouple itself from Ate Glue because long after she is gone from the scene, the friendship between our people must endure. Our attitudes towards China, towards that pragmatic way of dealing with the Spratlys in the light of conflicting claims, also betrays a superpower complex afflicting many of our officials and even media opinion leaders. Today when countries are becoming more interdependent with each other, we have fairly influential people in government, media and in the so called nationalist sector who firmly believes we do not need foreign capital or help to accelerate our economic development. The earlier we all snap out of the illusion that we are a superpower the rest of the world must pay special attention to, the earlier we can start thinking and acting more pragmatically to advance our economy and thus, improve the lives of our people. It seems outside of the “yabang” expressed in press releases, Gen. Almonte observed “our leaders, Gen. Almonte observed, can’t even raise the political will to stop our country’s drift toward East Asia’s backwaters.”. Yet, we have the temerity to think and act as if we are a superpower and the world revolves around us and must listen to our wisdom.

Just to wake up our delusional leaders in and out of government, here is the stark reality as described by the general. “Socially, the Filipino nation faces both nutritional and educational disasters. Six out of 10 children are malnourished to some degree. Proportionate to population, we have the highest percentage of poor people among comparable East Asian countries. SWS surveys note that, currently, some 2.6 million Filipinos report themselves as suffering episodes of involuntary hunger. “What is worse is that Filipino poverty perpetuates itself through generations-the main reason for this being our extremely high dropout rate. Out of every 10 pupils who enter Grade 1, only six will complete the elementary grade; only four will finish high school, and only two will enter college. Hence they are unable to fill the jobs generated by the modern economy — and, as a consequence, pass down poverty to their inheritors. “Right now, roughly one in every five Filipino families lives in absolute poverty — which in practical terms means malnutrition-poor housing — lack of access to education — shortened life spans — and poverty passed down from generation to generation. “That in the three years between 2004 and 2006 some 700,000 families (3.5 million people) were added to the ranks of the Filipino poor — and at a time GDP has been expanding respectably — tells us how separate and unequal our dual economy has become.” And what should we do to even get started down the right path? Here are some of the general’s prescriptions. “The first thing we must do is to stop blaming our problems on forces and influences from the outside world. We must give up our economic principle of protectionism, which seems to have become the characteristic expression of our inward-looking nationalism. And, to check corruption in office, we must limit state interventionism; we must focus government on its basic functions. “The state in the poor country typically flits from one preoccupation to another. It never really completes any task; but in the process it wastes a great deal of energy, time, and money. In reality, government’s basic role is simple. It is to provide the political stability, the sound

Gauntlet
FIRST PERSON By Alex Magno Philstar, March 18, 2008 I am really, genuinely, enthusiastically, achingly awaiting the spectacle of a polygraph test being performed on the “witnesses” the Senate has managed to collect for its interminable browbeating sessions. It is, after all, the last stunt that could keep public interest in this whole exercise sustainable. We are all waiting to see the gadgetry that will be used in this exercise and the questions that might be asked — apart, of course, from the names and birthdates of the “witnesses.” We could all use a lesson or two in science. Or in political stupidity. At the very least, it will be welcome respite from the tedious trial-byordeal the senators inflict in those who haplessly wander into their flytrap of a session hall. It is like

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this time. While it may look like 2016 is such a long time, a well-thought out, carefully planned process of change is the only way to go. Otherwise, change will have to come in a very vicious and bloody way – which I’m certain no sane Filipino really wants. *** While others are holding back plans due to the current political noise, there’s a bit of good news with Chicago-based real-estate company Jones Lang LaSalle deciding to push through the merger with local company Leechiu and Associates. The new company, now known as Jones Lang La Salle Leechiu, is expected to strengthen their hold on the real estate consultancy and management sector, with combined revenues projected to reach and even surpass $10 million by 2010.

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Why we really need to change the system
TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS By Babe Romualdez Philstar, March 18, 2008 There seems to be a growing clamor for change in our current political system, with emails almost clogging up my inbox expressing their disaffection with what is happening to the country today. Interestingly, those who have expressed a strong desire for this change come from the younger generation, reminding me that perhaps, they have taken to heart the words of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that it’s the young who should be at the forefront of global change – who have the potential to be the “key agents” for peace and development. In fact, the “2010.2016” proposal of Joey Concepcion is gaining ground, supported by a lot of businessmen and even Filipino-Americans in the United States who feel that the best way for this country to move forward is for a shift to a parliamentary form of government, seeing that the current presidential bicameral system is not really working. The proposal is to hold a constitutional convention (con-con) by 2010 with the newly elected president (whoever he or she may be) leading the transition into a parliamentary government by 2016. The idea really looks plausible, considering that a parliamentary form of government will help minimize – if not eventually eliminate – opportunities for corruption that the current system seems to encourage. In the first place, the selection of the prime minister will not have to involve billions of pesos since he will be elected by his peers in parliament. Everyone knows that under our current presidential system, a candidate has to spend billions of pesos just to be elected – and of course that kind of money can only come from donors and contributors – all of whom would be expecting something in return the minute a candidate gets proclaimed. The idea for a con-con in 2010 and a parliament in 2016 seems like a reasonable compromise, since we’re pretty sure that none among the current crop of presidential wannabes would want to see their term “rudely” interrupted. Besides, they might even see it as an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy and be regarded as a visionary, the kind of leader who steered the country towards a new chapter in its history. It’s really quite opportune that this movement – which is starting to snowball not only among the ranks of businessmen and Filipinos all over the world – is being initiated by a lot of young businessmen like Joey and others who have no political agenda except to see the country grow economically. They know that what’s at stake here is the future of their generation, since they will be the ones who will either reap the benefits – or suffer the consequences. Thus, they’d rather take the initiative themselves than leave their fate in the hands of politicians. One of the emails I received from a reader correctly pointed out that one way to strengthen the justice system in the country is to remove from the President the power to appoint justices from the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, as well as those from the Sandiganbayan and the Ombudsman. For one, this will remove the perception that these appointees are beholden to the president, and will make the positions “truly independent of the Executive Branch.” More importantly, this will “put substance to the Constitution-enshrined separation of powers.” However, it will take a Constitutional change to remove this power from the president – which again, reinforces the argument on the need to change the system. In the same token, the power of politicians, like Jamby Madrigal for instance, to uphold or block Cabinet appointments as well as military and police promotions, should be reexamined, considering that people are beginning to suspect that decisions from some members of the Commission on Appointments are arbitrary in nature, borne out of personal biases rather than objectivity. Majority of the people are getting tired of the seemingly endless political hoopla – many of them more worried about the effect of rising gasoline prices in the world market, frustrated at the thought that politicians seem to be more focused on politicking rather than getting down to work. As I have been pointing out, the current system continues to breed and encourage corruption. And while it’s understandable for people to feel angry and frustrated, we cannot keep resorting to extra-Constitutional means to effect change. As I have said many times before, let’s do it the right way

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Radio Quiz
Isang radyo quiz show, aking napakinggan Itong finalist po ay ngo ngo na naman Ngunit matalino, daig ang kalaban Kayat ang natira ay siya lamang Dun sa huling tanong, premyo’y isang libo Eager na eager na’t, handang handa na ‘to Ang emcee’y lumapit, nagtanong na kamo Na ang paksa nito, pangalan ng auto Pangalan ng kotse, anim magbigay ka Na ang marka niya, letter “M” ang una Sandaling nag-isip, itong ating bida Hawak agad ang mike, at sya’y sumagot na Ang una’y Mehsenes (Mercedes), pangalawa’y Mazna (Mazda) Meheury at Musnang (Mercury Mustang), pang lima Minica Hirap ng pang anim, eh sadyang wala na May biglang na-isip, Muick (Buick) sigaw niya.
actual court of law. If we rely on these factors as our basis to judge right from wrong, we might as well abolish the justice system. Nowadays, it seems that if someone makes an accusation against you and manages to style himself as a modern-day martyr, then bam! Automatically you’re guilty. Some people dislike our current President, but surely they can’t deny that the inalienable human rights guaranteed in our Constitution also apply to her. One of these fundamental rights is the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” — and proven in a proper court, mind you. It’s the easiest thing in the world to make an accusation, and given the right ingredients, relatively easy to incite the public to demonstrate in the streets. So, is this how our leaders will be chosen from now on? Frankly, I don’t know which I find more alarming: a presidential couple with an alleged penchant for kickbacks, or a society which determines truth on the basis of perception. And speaking of the proper forum, the “ongoing-yet-going-nowhere” Senate hearings is the farthest thing from a truth-seeking exercise. Honestly, the level of cheese (the figurative one, not the Senator) in these proceedings has reached sublime levels. Whereas in “ZTE: Season 1”, it was only our Senators who engaged in all sorts of pretentious theatrics, “ZTE: Season 2” has now unveiled a newer, more melodramatic cast. Regardless of whether you take Jun Lozada’s testimony as the gospel truth or not, you have to admit that his method of delivery often borders on being over-the-top. And by golly, the Senators! Whereas in Season 1, there was at least some semblance of discretion to uphold the “in aid of legislation” statute, Season 2 has done away with any such pretenses, and now openly flaunts its true purpose: hearings in aid of election. As a Filipino voter, your honors, I would like to say that this not what I voted you in office for. My precious ballot was meant for leaders who enact meaningful laws, not those who waste taxpayers’ money in chasing airtime about a cancelled deal. Thank goodness the next session will no longer be televised. I know this because I heard the neighbor of my computer technician, who happens to be the sister of my second cousin from the States, tell someone in her yoga class that ANC lost the rights to air it. Fortunately, this reached the husband of my officemate, since he happened to be loading gas at the same station that time. And that’s how I know for sure. You believe me, don’t you?

Why humor a rumor?
FROM THE STANDS By Domini M. Torrevillas Philstar, March 4, 2008 Without a doubt, the dissemination of hearsay — and sadly, the public’s willing acceptance of it — has become part of the Filipino lifestyle since time immemorial. Analogous to an epidemic spreading at a geometric rate, rumor dispersion in our country takes place at any time of the day and in any conceivable venue: within the neighborhood, a classroom, the cafeteria, office cubicles, restrooms, barber shops, or simply where idle minds and blabbermouths gather and lounge. While in some cases, gossip can be considered constructive (we’ve all heard the cliché “good or bad publicity is still publicity”), this is mostly true for the entertainment industry, which lives and breathes on intrigue. In the real world, the unavoidable outcome of gossip is a trail of ruin and upheaval. Many times in the workplace, for example, tittle-tattle sessions end up making or breaking previously unsullied reputations of either an employer or an employee. Unfortunately, the very state of our political affairs is currently being shaped by this “so-and-so said this” culture. Hearsay is now taking the place of verifiable evidence and solid proof. This is the compelling point that San Beda Graduate School of Law Dean Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino makes, in a letter he wrote to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Fr. Aquino expressed how he found the reactions and aggressive attempts of Archbishop Oscar Cruz, a number of priests and nuns, and militant groups questionable and out of context. Their all-out and categorical support for Jun Lozada has been based solely on perception and personal inkling. Moreover, Aquino points out that Lozada is far from being an unassailable witness, simply because he cannot even justify all the “bombs” he has dropped by himself. It is true that any lawyer would insist that hearsay cannot stand in the court of law as evidence. It is therefore quite disturbing to see hordes of people clamoring for the President’s resignation, without even pondering if it is logical to fight for a cause that lacks substance. NEDA Chairman Romulo Neri, who is reported to be more involved with the controversial transaction, has consistently denied outright that the President had a direct participation in the cancelled NBN deal. It has therefore become a case of several people telling different versions of the events. Given this, whom should the public believe? The person who looks the most convincing? The one who cries the most, or has priests and nuns (and a conspicuous Bible) by his side? Perhaps credibility goes to the person wearing the most modest camisa chino, or the one with the meekest demeanor. These things may earn a victory in the court of public opinion, but are completely irrelevant in an

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the Braille department of the National Library, for sponsoring the first Braille translation of the Pasyong Mahal. Velvar, a high school classmate of Ponferada at the Philippine National School for the Blind, started the project last February and completed it in March. The 239-page two-column Pasyong Mahal was translated from the original Latin written by Fr. Amador Cruz to a reformatted one-column Braille translation. The finished product is 474 pages. Ponferada, who studied Philosophy at the University of Santo Tomas from 1975 to 1980 but was unable to finish his thesis, said the Braille version of the Pasyon was reproduced into ten sets of spiral-bound copies consisting of 8 volumes. He said Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, one of his massage clients, donated P10,000 for the project. The first reading of the Braille version of the Pasyon was conducted at the Sacred Heart chapel at the BSBI under Dr. Ofelia Segovia Vega. The aim of the institute is to help persons with disabilities gain confidence and develop themselves. The training institute has been based at the Bicol University campus since 1988. “We are social development workers,” Vega said. “We believe that a Filipino becomes productive by his own determination. Programs to alleviate the poor hardly trickle down to the poorest who are struggling to eke out a living in the barangays,” said Vega. Vega believes that “self-empowerment must be his decision because one can only develop a person up to the extent of his desire for his own development.” Vega thanked the financial support extended by the Angelo King Foundation and the Salome Tan Foundation for the repairs on the BSBI building that was damaged by super typhoon Reming that devastated Albay in 2006. She said another program of the institute is to train blind people to become masseurs while the deaf-mute are given lessons in hair science.

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The institute provides an 18-day Mayor Atienza wants to clarify that he (Continued from page 4) basic massage course. isn’t involved in ZTE NBN, and that She said Filipinos were the only retary Atienza in our last column he has 36 years of exemplary public ones who translated the passion of about blind political loyalty, and service behind him. Atienza explained that his name was Jesus Christ into Braille. I believe Atienza and Dee shouldn’t “I am sure that this is the only one only dragged into this ZTE NBN risk tarnishing their names by defendof its kind in the whole world because controversy because whistleblower ing the indefensible alleged megathe reading of the passion of Christ is Jun Lozada was then head of a state corruption of ZTE NBN-like deals. done only in the Philippines,” Vega agency directly under the DENR. Excessive corruption is not only pure Atienza said Lozada was an appoin- evil, it not only destroys the morale said. Vega said that the singing of the tee of former DENR Secretary Mike and moral values of our people, it is Pasyon is one of the most beautiful Defensor, that Defensor told him he also subversive, insidious economic First Asian the country. was in Southern California & San Diego’s Most Widely Circulated Asian-Filipino Ne religious innovations in Weekly Newspaper smart and therefore there was no sabotage! need Suite 6, National City CA 91950 550 East 8th Street, to replace him. Former Manila • Tel. (619) 474-0588 • Fax (619) 474-0373

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CITY OF SAN DIEGO WATER DEPARTMENT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR AS-NEEDED CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES - GROUNDWATER PILOT PRODUCTION WELLS (H084320) The City of San Diego (City) is requesting proposals from highly qualified consultants for consultant services for As-Needed Civil Engineering Services – Groundwater Pilot Production Wells. It is the policy of the City to provide equal opportunity in its engineering professional services contracts. Toward this end, proposals from small businesses, disabled owned businesses, women owned businesses, firms owned by African-Americans, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Filipinos, and Latinos, and local firms are strongly encouraged. Prime consultants are encouraged to subconsult or joint venture with these firms. The City endeavors to do business with firms sharing the City’s commitment to equal opportunity and will not do business with any firm that discriminates on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition or place of birth. This project has a voluntary Subcontracting Participation Level (SPL) goal of 15%. SPL goals are achieved by contracting with any combination of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) or Other Business Enterprises (OBE) at the prime or subcontractor level. Definitions of MBE, WBE, DBE, DVBE and OBE are contained in the Request for Proposals (RFP). Attainment of the SPL goal is strongly encouraged, but strictly voluntary. The City of San Diego will ensure that full access to programs, services, meetings and activities comply with Section 504, Title V, of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990, Public Law 101-336. In-depth knowledge and a strong understanding of the local environment, and a local presence for interfacing with the City’s project management staff are essential to the successful completion of this project. The proposal must address the consultant’s knowledge and understanding of: the City and other local agencies regulations and policies; local environment; geotechnical conditions in project area; and local building codes and other design criteria. The proposal must also address how the consultant plans to interface with the City’s project management staff and the consultant’s workforce in San Diego County. All proposals submitted must be in full accord with the Request for Proposal (RFP) which can be obtained by requesting it directly at the following address, or by requesting it by email from John Mendivil, Consultant Services Coordinator, at jmendivil@sandiego.gov : City of San Diego, Purchasing & Contracting Department Attn: John Mendivil, Contracting Division 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 200 San Diego, CA 92101. For questions about the RFP please call John Mendivil at (619) 235-5855. When requesting the RFP, please refer to the specific project title listed above. A preproposal conference will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. at the Water Department, Comerica Bank Building, 600 B Street, 8th Floor Large Conference Room, San Diego, CA 92101. It is strongly recommended that all interested parties attend. For more information, assistance, to request an agenda in alternative format, or to request a sign language or oral interpreter for the meeting, please contact Gregory Cross, at (619) 533-4235 at least five working days prior to the meeting to ensure availability. Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2008, at the location stated in the RFP. This RFP does not commit the City to award a contract or to defray any costs incurred in the preparation of a proposal pursuant to this RFP. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals received as a result of this RFP. The City also reserves the right to revise this RFP, including but not limited to the preproposal conference date and the proposal due date. If the City revises the RFP, all RFP holders of record will be notified in writing by the City. Summary of Objective and Scope of Services The City is requesting proposals from civil engineering consulting firms (respondents) for Civil Engineering Services (Professional Services) to plan, design and construct pumping and conveyance systems for up to four pilot production groundwater wells throughout City of San Diego’s groundwater basins. The pilot production wells will be constructed under a separate contract. Some of the pilot production groundwater may require treatment. The City is expecting a combined yield of approximately 1,500 to 2,000 acre feet per year of groundwater for potable and/or irrigation purposes. The remainder of the scope of services is included in the Request for Proposal for As-Needed Civil Engineering Services – Groundwater Pilot Production Wells.

Blind Pinoys read Pasyon in Braille
(Continued from page 1) They sang for 24 hours straight starting in the afternoon of Holy Monday up to Holy Tuesday inside the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Bicol Small Business Institute (BSBI) building inside the Bicol University campus here. “Tears just flow as I now could imagine the sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ who died just to save us from our sins,” said 23-yearold Cuella of Tiwi, Albay. Junio said she reads the passion to change something in herself. Baliqui, 22, whose fingers were deformed at birth, said that he wants to say sorry for the hurt he did to others. But Revale said that he prays so that the Lord would forgive the sins of the world and restore the sight of all his blind friends. Before the translation of the Pasyong Bayan into Braille, blind Filipinos just listened to the reading held during Holy Week. Bicolanos sing the 230 pages of the “Kasaysayan an Mahal na Pasion ni Jesucristo Cagurangnanta” by Fr. Francisco Gainza during Holy Week. Ponferada, a married man with three children from Purok 2, said the idea to translate the passion of Christ to Braille came to him three years ago. He said that he has been receiving Braille magazines from Malaysian friends who have invited Filipinos to join international Braille reading competitions. “I was challenged after that to host a Braille reading contest using Catholic reading material,” said Ponferada, 50. “We did not have any Catholic reading materials. We were swamped with Protestant reading materials like Born Again and King James Version of the Bible.” “If other countries can hold a reading contest in Braille, I can also organize a contest among the blind in Albay to read the Pasyon for 24 hours,” he added. Ponferada had expressed gratitude to the BSBI and Lea Velvar, head of

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Good Friday Pro-life Procession and Stations of the Cross, meet at noon at 4th and Beech Sts., on east side of St. Joseph’s Cathedral. We will process 5 blocks down 4th Ave. to Broadway, praying Divine Mercy Chaplet for an end to abortion. We wil line up along south side of Broadway, between 3rd and 4th Ave., in front of park adjacent to Horton Plaza. There we will pray the Pro-life Stations of the Cross. The procession will return up 3rd Ave. praying Divine Mercy Chaplet, arriving at Cathedral about 1:15 p.m. Fr. Anthony Saroki, diocesan vocations director, will lead us. We will have a relic of St. Maria Goretti and St. Therese of Lisieux in the procession. Flyers for this event are available for distribution. Bring coins for metered parking. Carpooling recommended. Signs provided. No graphic abortion pictures will be used. This is a peaceful, legal event and police are notified in advance. For more information, call Sue Lopez @ 619-276-7525 or e-mail sandiegohelpers@earthlink.net.

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