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Msgr. Gutierrez Advent: A Wake-Up Call — p.

Profiles 13th StarBlazers & Top HATS 2018 Awards Gala, Dec 8th Sat. — p. 3
Perspectives Miles Beauchamp: The only easy recipe is popcorn…the rest takes a bit of work — p. 6
Destinations San Diego Filipino Cinema celebrates 100 years of Philippine Cinema — p. 16
November 30 - December 6, 2018

CA 91910

Foreign powers enforcing ruling on South China Sea Paolo Romero, Philstar.com |
Hilbay: Oil exploration deal with MANILA, 11/25/2018 — Act-

China unconstitutional
ing Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

12 Days of Christmas Memories

disputed yesterday Malacañang’s
Pathricia Ann V. Roxas, Inquirer. ing Supreme Court Chief Justice claim that “no power on earth”
net | MANILA, 11/26/2018 — Antonio Carpio’s stand that the can enforce an international
The government’s move to sign Philippines was “safe” in signing arbitral court’s ruling invalidat-
a memorandum of understanding the deal because it was compliant A Christmas Story by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. ing China’s massive claim in the
(MOU) to conduct joint oil and with the 1987 Constitution. South China Sea and the West
gas exploration with China might In a separate press release, Philippine Sea.
be “unconstitutional,” former Hilbay stressed that the govern- Speaking at the first general as-
solicitor general Florin “Pilo” ment should not enter into a sembly and forum of the Akad-
Hilbay said on Monday. joint exploration deal that covers emyang Filipino at the University
“I would argue that it is uncon- the West Philippine Sea (WPS) of the Philippines Professional
stitutional because it is incom- because it is clear that the Phil- Schools in Taguig City, Carpio
patible with the full control and ippines owns the territory and said navies of the US, Australia,
supervision standard or clause,” should not be shared with anyone, Britain, Canada, France, India
the senatorial aspirant in the 2019 especially with one claiming and Japan have been conducting
election said in an interview with ownership over it. freedom of navigation operations
CNN Philippines. “Malinaw na atin ang West Philip- (FONOPs) in the South China
Hilbay’s stance contradicts Act- ( Continued on page 15 )
Sea and West Philippine Sea
since the 2016 ruling by an arbi-
tral tribunal based in The Hague
Emmy winner Zaldy Goco makes Cirque invalidated China’s massive nine-

du Soleil’s new VOLTA show costumes

dash line claim.
The same ruling reaffirmed the
Philippines’ own maritime entitle-
Fil-Am fashion designer Zaldy San Diego, California ments.
Goco is dressing up Cirque du December 19, 2008 “All these naval powers are

Soleil in its new show VOLTA asserting freedom of navigation.
which opened mid November in t was December 1958. He was eleven years old and living in the Quiapo District of They (foreign navies) are enforc-
San Francisco. Manila in the Philippines. Twelve days before Christmas, on December 14, a Sun- ing it for us…even as we speak
VOLTA is the renowned perfor-
mance group’s third project with
day, he walked around his downtown neighborhood to see and enjoy the Christmas it (ruling) is being enforced at
preparations for the season. On Platerias Street where they lived in an apartment above its core – the ruling that there is
Zaldy who was awarded in 2018 no nine-dash line, it has no legal
and 2017 back to back Emmys their father’s printing press business, members of the Comite de Festejos (Feast Com-
mittee), the volunteer group in charge of the preparations for Quiapo’s January 9 Fiesta effect and we have high seas and
for Outstanding Costumes for EEZs (exclusive economic zones)
a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Celebration, were busy hanging a long line of bright Christmas bulbs crisscrossed from in the South China Sea,” Carpio
Program. Zaldy won this year one house to another across the street. Earlier that week, his mother contributed fifty said.
for RuPaul’s Drag Race gowns pesos for those lights, which brightened not only the yuletide season but also the fiesta Last week, presidential spokes-
from the episode “10s Across the atmosphere in the neighborhood. man Salvador Panelo said “no
Board.” power on earth” can enforce
( Continued on page 6 )
( Continued on page 4 ) Zaldy Goco the ruling. The pronouncement
was made on the day Chinese

Bicol’s George De Lumen wins Mr Becoming a Bicultural Filipino American

President Xi Jinping arrived for a
two-day state visit during which

Universal Ambassador 2018 in India

the Philippines and China signed
a memorandum of understanding
In Darder’s sphere of bicultural- for joint oil and gas exploration in
ism, I consider myself a cultural the South China Sea.
negotiator. A cultural negotiator An “automatic consequence” of
is an individual that attempts to the ruling, he said, is the designa-
mediate, reconcile, and integrate tion of about a quarter of South
experiences in an effort to retain China Sea as high seas where
primary cultural identity and ori- freedom of navigation is openly
entation and also adapt the domi- exercised.
nant culture due to immigration The acting Chief Justice, who
from the Philippines. I now put a was part of the Philippine delega-
higher emphasis in my efforts to tion that won the country’s case
explore, practice, and understand against China in The Hague, said
my primary culture as a Filipino. the Duterte administration cannot
GNP Team | MANILA, 11/29/2018 -- Bicolano George Reylor De Efforts such as taking this Asian just say it would not take sides in
Lumen made Filipinos proud by winning the title of Mister Universal the issue.
( Continued on page 15 ) ( Continued on page 4 ) ( Continued on page 6 )

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The Advent of Christmas: Matt Maher discusses his new album
and children’s book
The 9-time Grammy nominee lenging task of keeping the kids
makes a dual release in the focused on the true meaning of
spirit of the season. the celebration: The Nativity of
by J-P Mauro, Aleteia.org
This year Catholic artist and father
It’s hard to be a parent in season of three Matt Maher is releasing a

Friendship: A Conduit of Blessings of Advent, especially when children’s book alongside his new
celebrating in the American album, The Advent of Christmas,
with the goal of helping parents take
tradition. The arduous effort of a moment to remind their children
By Zena Sultana Babao other. We are social beings and dashing through the snow from what the season is all about.
relationships are an incredibly shop to shop in order to ensure Combining lyrics from the album
Friendship is about people – important part of our lives. A life a visit from old St. Nick is sure with beautiful illustrations by Mercè and the season, in a format all chil- ful mix of Christmas tunes, both
connecting, enjoying, growing without friends would be terribly to take its toll, and when you get Tous, Maher’s book explains the dren will understand. standards and original, arranged in a
together, and nurturing each ( Continued on page 12 )
home there is the equally chal- meaning behind the Advent wreath Musically, the album is a wonder- ( Continued on page 12 )

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Health & Wellness

Recommendations for Physical Activity: Fit in 150+
by the American Heart Association and Human Services has released adopting them as our physical activ- ercise. Even light-intensity activities
updated guidelines for how much ity recommendations as well. like cooking or household chores can
Are you fitting in at least 150 physical activity we need to be The good news is, anything that help offset the health risks of being
minutes of moderate-intensity healthy. The guidelines are based on gets you up and moving for any sedentary.
activity per week? If not, you’re recent scientific evidence supporting amount of time has a positive impact The American Heart Association
not alone. Only about one in the connections between physical on your health. And any moderate- wants to inspire you to get to 150+
activity, overall health and well- intensity activity counts toward your of moderate activity, because we
five adults and teens get enough being, disease prevention and quality 150+. Can’t fit in an hour-long class know that’s the “sweet spot” where
physical activity to maintain good of life. The American Heart Associa- at the gym every day? No problem you’ll see the most improvement in

Becoming a Filipino American

health. tion supports these guidelines and is - just add some moderate-intensity your health. But if you don’t want
The U.S. Department of Health activity throughout your daily to sweat the numbers, the bottom

New physical activity guidelines

routine, like a brisk walk around line is: sit less, move more and try
Editor’s Note:- Acculturation is the process of adjusting to a different culture. the block with the dog or taking the to move with more intensity. We’ve

say move more, sit less

Foreign immigrants undergo different ways of adjusting to the American way of life stairs instead of the elevator. got lots of practical tips and science-
as they settle in the U.S. Their way of adjustment frequently determines their identity Being more active can help all based info to help you do that. So,
and how they eventually identify themselves. According to Stanley Sue and Derald people think, feel and sleep better stand up for your health and take the
Sue, there are four personality structures for interpreting identity: assimilation- You know moving more is im- video conference). and perform daily tasks more easily. first step toward a better you.
ist, traditional, bicultural and marginal. This corresponds to Darder’s sphere of These small actions add up to more But the guidelines also point out that Learn more about the new Physical
biculturalism: cultural alienation, cultural separatism, cultural dualist and cultural portant to your health and helps
you to be Healthy for Good. But overall movement and the minutes spending less time sitting is helpful, Activity Guidelines and what they
negotiator. These are responses of immigrant parents and their children to the domi-
of physical activity you need for the especially for people who don’t ex- mean for you.
nant American culture in their effort to acculturate. did you know physical activity
A “cultural negotiator” is one who retains important aspects of his/her native day. At least 150 minutes a week of
is good for your brain health and moderate-intensity aerobic activ-
culture (Philippines) while adopting traditions of the dominant culture (US). This
person is one who is strongly oriented to both cultures or able to synthesize the two
can even help you sleep better? ity is still recommended. But worry


cultures in their personality. They are contending with the difference and conflicts less about the numbers and focus on
of being Filipino American as they strive for bicultural affirmation. Learning both The U.S. Department of Health and moving more and sitting less.
languages is one’s native and adopted culture is essential to being bicultural. This Human Services released updated A variety of exercises is good for


story is an example of a male immigrant from the Philippines to the U.S. who has guidelines for physical activity this you.Your body benefits most from
become bicultural like her sister whose story was published last week also in the week, with some new information mixing moderate-intensity exercises
Asian Journal. based on recent science. The Ameri-

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with vigorous-intensity exercises. A
can Heart Association has adopted combination leads to more benefits
( Continued from page 1 ) the guidelines as our physical activ- for your body.

Ask Aurelia or Larry

ity recommendations, too. Exercise even helps you sleep
studies class, speaking Tagalog, The guidelines give us more insight
attending FilAm festivals, talking better and improves cognitive func-
than ever into the many ways exer- tions like memory and attention. So,
to and learning from family mem- cise benefits the body and mind. mix up your workout routine. Brisk
bers and friends that are more in Here are three important takeaways walking, yoga and ballroom dancing
tune with their Filipino heritage from the guidelines: are examples of moderate intensity
than myself. But also, I am still Moving is good for you even in exercises. Jogging, swimming laps
small amounts. In fact, any move-
mostly living and practicing the
ment is good for you. It doesn’t
or jumping rope are examples of
vigorous exercises.
Work for the San Diego’s
American culture naturally in my matter how long you move. Take the
daily life. Since I have assimilated stairs, park the car farther away, or
Sitting for too long is actually
harmful to your health. Inactivity is
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to the dominant American culture do jumping jacks while on a confer- ( Continued on page 8 )
since I moved here when I was 9 Andre Eustaquio ence call (but probably not on a
years old, I have mostly practiced
the American culture and now
ing to adapt to the American culture. Now Hiring
Emmy winner
I am very open to learning anything meant to live off the land so I wanted
going back incorporating my lost new about my heritage and continue to create looks that reflect D.I.Y, up- Exerienced Caregivers
primary culture from the Philip- to learn more about my family’s past cycle, recycle attitudes to dress. As
pines. and our ancestors. Now I see myself ( Continued from page 1 )
if they found all of these discarded
for Live-In & Hourly Shifts
moving in the direction as a cultural Zaldy won the Creative Arts Emmy pieces of backpacks, rope, net etc.
I have not always considered myself negotiator and practicing the cul- award in 2017 for dressing up the and creatively fashioned looks for Top Pay • Flexible Hours • Great Benefits
in the cultural negotiator quadrant tural identities as both Filipino and RuPaul’s Drag Race episode “Oh. themselves,” Zaldy shared to Asian
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When I first migrated to the United identity as Filipino American. As The Philippine-born costume de-
Journal. Requirements
Zaldy worked with Cirque du Soleil
States, living in an environment an adult living in the United States, signer has said that his Filipino heri- for their Michael Jackson “The Im- • 3 professional references
where the dominant American cul- the American culture is dominant, tage influenced his colorful costumes mortal World Tour” and “MJOne.”
ture was completely opposite from and as I move into the adult life for RuPaul. • Proof of eligibility to work in the US
Zaldy’s costume designs can be
my primary Filipino culture that I after college into the professional In Volta, Zaldy talked about being seen on Cirque du Soleil’s Volta at
was born, it was overwhelming! I life, I predict that I will be practic- inspired by different families.
“The different families we discover
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public school experience, seeing that to practice the American culture to
be able to progress as an individual
outer struggle take us to worlds that
have specific signifiers,” he added.
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could potentially fit in with. Luckily, sionals that are within the same
I had fellow students and teachers culture. Furthermore, I would like to
in my elementary school where I continue to learn, explore and prac- ( Continued from page 5 )
initially lived in Union City located tice my primary culture as a Filipino
crisis at the border.
in the Bay Area, who helped me and and am planning on passing it on to
We have proposed legislation and
were patient with me as I transition my future family.
asked Congress to pass it. The Presi-
towards the American culture. Union dent has repeatedly made clear what
City has a large Filipino population, Personally, I am happy that I was
is needed to secure our border and
and the Bay Area in general has a able to move into the quadrant as
negotiated in good faith.
big Filipino population that aided my a cultural negotiator and I look
It is time for Congress to do its
transition, but the factor and dif- forward to be in this in my direc-
job. Absent Congressional action
ferences that Filipinos and Filipino tion and direct all my efforts to this
courts have misinterpreted existing
Americans had was still significant. end. Since I moved here when I
laws and have made the job of law
Not only did I realize this during my was 9 years old, I did not visit the
enforcement far more difficult.
American public school experience. Philippines in 15 years of living in
But the men and women of DHS
I also realized the need to assimilate the United States until 2 years ago
will continue to do all we can to
when I first met and being around my in January 2016. The time I visited
enforce the law and DHS and U.S.
father’s side of the family which the opened my eyes to the fact that I
Department of State will continue
majority of them live in the Bay Area have placed myself as a cultural
negotiations with Mexico and our
and migrated from the Philippines alienist in the 15 years that I have
other partners in the region. We are
back in the 80’s and have acculturat- lived in the United States, that I
optimistic that cross border collabo-
ed and have become Filipino Ameri- have lost my connection to my
ration can help make America, in-
cans (I would consider my father’s primary Filipino culture during my
deed the entire region, more secure.
side of the family “Americanized” assimilation. The realization that I
compared to my mother’s side, the had the first couple days I was in the
Finally, this Administration warned
more traditional Filipinos which still Philippines, contemplating on how I
about the danger of the caravan. We
currently lives in the Philippines). need to reconnect and start prioritiz-
predicted the violence we saw on
ing my heritage in my life and how
I almost felt outcasted within my important it is for an individual on
their journey to find out who they
We prepared to address it with addi- VA
own family at the beginning, and
being around my cousins who were are and their purpose in life. I am
tional personnel and DOD deploy- Ven-
native born and seeing how different a proud that I am Filipino, and that
We will continue to prepare for the
how I was to them but also knowing I am finding my balance of being
next assault while looking for lasting
that they feel similar to me in many a Filipino American. I believe it is
solutions with Congress and our
ways. Since I had to quickly assimi- healthy to be bicultural, because it is
Mexican partners.
late to the dominant culture, I would important to understand and practice
As always, I want to thank those
consider myself to be in the “cultural your primary heritage in order to
officers and agents in San Ysidro
alienation” quadrant in the beginning understand yourself more and it can
who, under tremendous strain, used
but I knew that I needed to adapt to also help you become closer to your
professionalism and restraint to
the dominant culture or I would feel family. I also believe it is important
ensure that no one was injured as
outcasted when I put the American to balance, regulate, and accept the
they were attacked themselves. I also
culture at the top of my priorities and dominant culture to be able to live
thank DOD and our state & local law
placed my Filipino culture last. My amongst the majority and thrive in
enforcement who were on scene to
parents also assimilated to a lower the society in which you live in.
support our people.
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California Communities
DHS Secretary reveals truth about ‘women and Promise student pursues dream of becoming
children’ in caravans a paramedic
Cortez, Ph.D. “Ever since moving to San Diego,
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielson I refuse to believe that anyone Fifth, we cannot confirm the back-
SDCE’s Accelerated High School going to SDCE and earning the
revealed today that the “limited honestly maintains that attacking law grounds and identities of all caravan
enforcement with rocks and projec- members which possess a national Diploma Program permits students Promise scholarship, everything
number” of women and children security and public safety risk to our to earn one credit in six weeks has been going uphill for me,” said
tiles is acceptable.
are being pushed to the front of It is shocking that I have to explain country. compared to a traditional 18-week Warner. “I am a full-time college
the migrant caravan and used this, but officers can be seriously However, at this point we have semester. student, I live on my own and I have
as human shields, and as propa- or fatally injured in such attacks. confirmed that there are over 600 Warner praises his family and a job as an EMT that I wouldn’t have
ganda for TV reporters, the Daily Self-defense isn’t debatable for most convicted criminals traveling with fresh start at SDCE for helping him been able to get unless receiving the
become who he is today. “SDCE education and training for it.”
Mail is reporting: law-abiding Americans. the caravan flow. This includes indi-
gave me the chance to think about Warner’s career as an emergency
viduals known to law enforcement
Second, the caravan is far larger for assault, battery, drug crimes, a future and gave me resources to responder is inspired by his grandpa.
U.S. Homeland Security Sec- better myself.” “When I was younger, I knew I
retary Kirstjen Nielsen said late and more organized than previous burglary, rape, child abuse and more.
ones. This is serious. Additionally, Mexico That passion has only elevated wanted to be like my mom and help
Monday night that some migrants There are 8,500 caravan members has already arrested 100 caravan as Warner transitioned to college. people, but I never knew what it
at the U.S.-Mexico border have in Tijuana and Mexicali. There are members for criminal violations in Following SDCE, he finished the was, until I remembered the stories
been using women and children reports of additional caravans on Mexico. Certificate of Performance in EMT my grandpa would tell me about be-
as ‘human shields’ in clashes with their way. at Miramar and is currently working ing a firefighter.”
Photo Courtesy of SDCCD: San
Sixth, our Border Patrol agents and toward an Associate Degree in Fire “My older brother wanted to be-
federal agents, confirming what Diego Miramar College Students Gain
Protection Technology to become a come an EMT but wasn’t able to get
U.S. Border Patrol officers and Third, the overwhelming majority officers responded admirably and Hands-On Fire Technology and EMT Ex-
of these individuals are not eligible responsibly to the events on Sunday. perience Paramedic. the education for it,” said Warner.
their labor union claimed hours SDCE is the adult education institu- “When I found out I could get the
for asylum in the United States under It is a testament to their training
earlier. and professionalism that no one was SAN DIEGO, CA — When John tion within the San Diego Commu- schooling here and use the Promise
our laws.
And she said hundreds of con- Historically, less than 10% of those injured. Warner was a high school senior,
nity College District (SDCCD) and program to do it, I knew it’s exactly
victed criminals including rapists who claim asylum from #Guatemala, The accepted use of nonlethal force offers free High School Diploma what I wanted.”
he never imagined he would and Equivalency programs and more Warner spoke alongside actress An-
and child abusers are known to be #Honduras, and #ElSalvador are (also used by the Obama Adminis- go to college, let alone become
among the ‘predominantly male’ found eligible by a federal judge. tration in 2013) prevented further than 70 free career training certifi- nette Bening at SDCCD’s 2018 San
90% are not eligible. injury to agents and a mass illegal someone who would be saving cates in priority workforce sectors Diego Promise Gala.
convoy of Central Americans lives around the clock. The San including Advanced Manufacturing, Warner will graduate from Miramar
who have set up camp in Tijuana, Most of these migrants are seek- rush across the border.
ing jobs or to join family who are We will not shy away from protect- Diego Miramar College graduate Energy, Construction and Utilities, in fall 2019. For interviews contact,
waiting to cross into California. works as an Emergency Medical Health and Information and Commu- Allura Garis at agaris@sdce.edu.
already in the U.S. ing our people. I ask parents to avoid
They have all refused multiple violent caravan groups and refrain Technician (EMT) for American nication Technologies. Many adults SDCE is still enrolling for the cur-
‘It appears in some cases that the start at SDCE and then transition to rent fall semester. Visit SDCE.EDU
limited number of women and chil- opportunities to seek protection in from attempts to illegally enter our Medical Response.
Mexico or with the UNHCR, the UN country – these acts will put your an SDCCD college, City, Mesa or to sign up for a free orientation.
dren in the caravan are being used Miramar.
by the organizers as “human shields” Refugee Agency. children in danger. Before attending Miramar, Warner
Seeking employment or fam- While attending SDCE, Warner was ###
when they confront law enforce- went to San Diego Continuing Edu- chosen for three academic scholar- San Diego Continuing Education
ment,’ Nielsen said in a statement ily reunification are not grounds Seventh, I want to thank President cation (SDCE), where he achieved
for asylum under our laws, or any Donald J. Trump again for the deci- ships; Matthew LaCaze Memorial is the adult education division of
posted on Facebook. his high school diploma in 2017. Scholarship, Dr. A. Thomas Wilson the San Diego Community College
international obligation. There are, sion to send @DeptofDefense to the “During my senior year I was told
however, legal ways to seek a job or border to bolster our ports of entry Memorial Scholarship and San District. It was one of the first com-
Here is Secretary Nielson’s state- graduating from public school was Diego Promise, which provides munity college continuing education
ment statement in full, without the to be reunited in the U.S. and provide force protection for not an option.” He needed to catch
Customs and Border Protection. two-year tuition/fees for community institutions in California to meet the
mainstream media filter: up on too many credits and exceeded college. standards for independent accredita-
Given the activities of the last Fourth, the caravan members are This decision likely prevented the age limit to graduate with his
predominately male. It appears in injuries to personnel and migrants or Warner, 20, was born and raised in tion from the Western Association of
24 hours at the San Ysidro Port of class. Shelley, Idaho. “Both of my parents Schools and Colleges. Approximately
Entry, I want to provide an update on some cases that the limited number additional damage to property.
of women and children in the cara- Instead of “a political stunt,” as went to college. They were very in- 40,000 students are served per aca-
what occurred and attempt to dispel Warner finished his last year of high telligent and worked hard,” he said. demic year at seven campuses in San
many of the rumors and much of the van are being used by the organiz- suggested by some, this was in fact school in seven months at SDCE’s
ers as “human shields” when they the act of a leader concerned about “When my dad started drinking, Diego. Noncredit classes and career
misinformation circulating. North City Campus in Serra Mesa. things got worse. My mom fought training are available at no cost,
First, the violence we saw at the confront law enforcement. the rule of law. “Adult learners are able to earn
They are being put at risk by the for full custody and we moved to including online options. Classes are
border was entirely predictable. their diploma as quickly as possible San Diego. free because San Diego Continuing
This caravan, unlike previous cara- caravan organizers as we saw at the Eighth, this Administration has at SDCE as we continue to grow this
Mexico-Guatemala border. This is been working nonstop to fix our “I definitely felt like I needed to Education is part of the California
vans, had already entered #Mexico area of programming to meet the step up. My mom and sister needed system of higher education. Fund-
violently and attacked border police putting vulnerable people in harms immigration system to address the needs of adult students who require
way. me, and I was there for them. We ing also comes through business and
in two other countries. ( Continued on page 4 ) flexibility with education,” said took care of each other.” industry partnerships.
SDCE President Carlos O. Turner

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Second Day of Christmas passed up the opportunity and opted play it with were the first few chords popular Calypso song, “Coconut”
to resume his interrupted his sleep. of Paul Anka’s song, “Diana”. and Oscar Pena sang “De-oh” to
In the classroom, he was shaping The night before, he was so excited During Christmas time, there was the delight of all. Mrs. Rosario, his
a stick of bamboo with a knife to he reminded his mom and his other a Christmas card delivery service at beautiful mestiza teacher, appeared
make a lantern as part of his school siblings to make sure he was awak- their school. Cards were deposited “Christmassy” with her green and
project. During the daily half hour ened so he could attend the mass in a box near the Principal’s of- red attire and a Santa Claus cap, but
work education class, students like with them. But that was the night fice. Then, a student would deliver her daughter, Teresita, who was also
him were required to work on an before, when he was not sleepy and them to their recipients in different their classmate, was the object of
individual class project, this time it the weather was not too cold. classrooms. He sent out twenty cards interest of the boys in their class.
was a lantern in time for Christmas. to his classmates, but only received
He first bought a 30-inch piece of 4th Day of Christmas five from them in return. Another 7th Day of Christmas
bamboo from the market and split classmate got twelve. Later, they

12 Days of Christmas
it into small sticks. After he had After school, they passed by the found out this classmate had sent It was Saturday, the first day of
shaped each stick, he would tie them Catholic Trade Center, the store himself all of the cards to give the their Christmas vacation. Riz, the
together on either end to form the of the nearby Espiritu Santo Par- impression he was popular. driver, dropped him and his siblings
( Continued from page 1 ) stage was being built. From the 16th star frame of the lantern. He would ish Church on their way home to That evening, his family went to off at their maternal grandparents’
of December up to the Quiapo Fiesta then cover the frame with color- buy Christmas cards to be given to Wa Nam’s Restaurant on Evange- house on Pepin Street, Sampaloc,
That morning, he and his celebration on January 9th, amateur ful paper called “papel de japon” friends. They rode in their family lista Street for his birthday dinner. Manila, where they would spend
siblings took out their colorful singing and combo contests as well (Japanese paper) and put decorations car driven by their driver, Riz, who It was always the place of celebra- their weekend. It was a chance to
Christmas light decorations and as variety shows featuring stage, around it. It normally took him a picked them up everyday at school tions for momentous events in their play with their cousins, who lived
adorned the office of the printing and movie stars, would be presented week, with only half an hour each and brought them home to their lives, like birthdays, graduations and with their families in a cluster of
press. By the end of the week, on that stage every evening from day, to finish the lantern. house in Quiapo about six kilometers anniversaries. His father ordered homes across the street of their
seven p.m. to midnight. Those One of his classmates, Ricardo away. their usual fare: fried chicken, pancit grandparent’s house. In the evening,
when the school was out, beauti- canton, lapu lapu con salsa, camaron
shows were sponsored by the dif- Pena, would bring some sticks together with his three other cousins,
ful lanterns would be added to rebosado andlumpiang shanghai.
the décor, thanks to his mother’s
ferent merchants in the area as part of bamboo to work on during the 5th Day of Christmas Pabling, Rey and Benny, he went
of their promotional campaigns for half-hour periods. After a few days, To this day, he still longed for those door to door singing Christmas
talented pupils at the Juan Su- their businesses. Since there were he would submit the most beauti- It was his birthday, exactly a week dishes, cooked ala Wa Nam style. carols in the neighborhood, just like
mulong Elementary School in few, very few, television sets during ful and colorful lantern, earning before Christmas, and two weeks They simply seemed to taste much the other kids. They only had his
Santa Cruz, Manila. Every year, that time, the stage shows in Plaza him a high grade. The feat was no before New Year’s Day. Whatever better compared to their counterparts ukulele (which he could not play);
his mother would confiscate, err, Miranda had become much-awaited longer a surprise. Ricardo would day of the week his birthday would today. Wa Nam’s fried chicken, he two rocks; an empty gallon can of
select the most beautiful lantern free events for area residents and always submit the most beautiful fall, so would December 25th of that swore, was more delicious than ice cream with one end covered with
outsiders alike. After all, Quiapo was finished project during the year, be year and January 1st of the following anything served today. Its hot sweet a piece of raincoat material to serve
projects her pupils had made. As sauce complimented the meat very
just one jeepney ride away, even dur- it a lantern or a beautiful wood cut year. That year, he had pined for a as a drum; and a pair of maracas as
their reward for their selected ing midnight or early in the morning out of an animal like an elephant, well. The sauce of the fish Lapu-lapu instruments. When they divided their
“masterpieces”, they would be ukulele on his birthday. It was a fad
when the free shows were usually giraffe or a parrot perched on a piece then, brought about by the influence was one of a kind, while the shrimp loot among themselves, they got
given “the honor” of having their over. It was during those times when of wire and painted with beautiful of Elvis Presley and other rock and in camaron rebosado was sweeter twenty-five centavos each, the most
lanterns displayed in the printing big television and movie personali- colors. Everybody knew he could roll idols of the fifties. He didn’t than the gummy morsels of today. So money they had ever earned in their
press. As far as he could remem- ties started their careers and were not possibly make those projects know how to play the instrument, yet were the much more delicious pancit lives. Christmas carols, both in the
ber, no pupil had ever complained discovered, like the Reycard Duet by himself and that someone in his he had his heart set on owing one. canton and lumpiang shanghai of Wa street and on radio, filled the air.
about the confiscation of the who became a top draw in Las Ve- household did them for him. But For days, he pestered his dad for a Nam’s. At eleven years old, he had
gas; Eddie Mesa, “the Elvis Presley their teacher would always turn a ukulele as a birthday gift until his many more birthdays ahead of him 8th Day of Christmas, Sunday
lanterns, which they could have and memories to treasure and share.
of the Philippines”; Fred Panopio, blind eye and give him high marks father relented.
otherwise displayed in their “the singing cowboy”; Cora Adajar, for each creation. The projects were At ten o’clock that morning, his They woke up at their grand-
own homes. It maybe due to his “the female Elvis Presley”; the top always proudly displayed in the father brought him along on his 6th Day of Christmas parents house at three-o’clock in
mom’s strict demeanor in class, combo groups of the day like “The classroom as proof to visiting school daily coffee shop meeting with his the morning for the early dawn
or the good grades with which Gay Toppers” and “The Jitterbugs”; supervisors and higher authorities friends at the Alex Soda Fountain It was the last day of school before mass or “Simbang Gabi”. By three
she rewarded the pupils who and a lot more. how capable the school’s students on the corner of Rizal Avenue and the Christmas vacation. He submit- thirty, everybody, including their
made the selected lanterns. Quiapo Church, which attracted were of producing such outstanding P. Paterno streets. While everyone ted his lantern project, which he grandmother, aunts and cousins,
hundreds, if not thousands of wor- and beautiful projects. was having coffee, he had a glass worked on until late in the evening had gathered on the street to walk
Along Carriedo Street, “the shoe shippers each day, was being spruced of Magnolia chocolate milk and the night before. He got a good towards the Aglipayan Church on
store capital of the country”, mer- up with a new coat of paint and 3rd Day of Christmas an egg pie. He hardly touched his grade, although his lantern was not Concepcion Street, a few blocks
chants were busy putting up their adorned with bright lights in prepa- food, as he was so eager to get his that pretty. He believed his teacher away. Their maternal great grand-
own Christmas decorations. Sunday ration for the yuletide season and the It was December 16th, the start of birthday gift. Afterwards, his father put into consideration her friend- parents belong to the Aglipayan
was supposed to be their day of rest, fiesta celebration. the Simbang Gabi, or dawn mass, a brought him to Raon Street, “the ship with his mother, her co-teacher Church, or Philippine Independent
the only day during the week when By nightfall, the lights in the streets Filipino Christmas tradition that was Tin Pan Alley of the Philippines”, when grading his project. But for Church, which broke off from the
all stores, except restaurants, were of Quiapo would light up, and ev- part of a nine-day novena leading where record stores were abundant. his mother, his lantern was the most Roman Catholic Church during the
closed. But that day, storeowners and eryone would welcome the tradition to Christmas Eve. His mother woke He chose a tan-colored ukulele with beautiful as she hanged it up in the Philippine Revolution before the
their families were outside, hanging with joy. him up at three thirty in the morn- the words “Around the World In 80 printing press at the center of the turn of the 20th century. His father’s
up the Christmas lights and lanterns, “Let the Christmas celebration, ing so they could attend the mass at Days” written on it. It was a tribute other lanterns she confiscated, err, family, on the other hand, remained
and even installing a display in the longest ever celebrated all over the nearby Quiapo Church, which to the movie of the same title that selected from her students. They with the Roman Catholic Church.
the show windows in front of their the world,” everyone would utter to was just three blocks away from was showing in Manila at that time. did not have lessons that day. The For the children, the two churches
stores. themselves, “begin!” their house. But the morning was so Through the times he fancied the in- only event planned was a Christmas were no different, as they believed it
On Plaza Miranda, a makeshift cold and his slumber was so deep he strument, the only tune he learned to program. His classmates, Edmundo was just a matter of family tradition.
Belen belted a rendition of the Their grandmother would occasion-
ally attend the Aglipayan Church or
and now it’s time for an updated list doesn’t cost more than fifty dollars else to love you if you won’t love Roman Catholic Church, depending
of things that might make the holi- to get to yourself? And love long past the on convenience.
days (and our lives) just a little less 23. Spend a day with your spouse’s holidays. It’s easy to love during The walk to the church was excit-
stressful (then again, I’m not a psy- friends; you’ll learn a lot about your Christmas and Kwanzaa and Hanuk- ing. It was very cold, even while
chologist so what do I know). The spouse kah. Make it last. they were wearing their thick sweat-
recipe I’m going to share is an easy 24. Call, email or text someone Now I’ll admit that the list is a bit ers. Along the way, they enjoyed the
one and simple to follow. Hopefully, from your childhood simplistic. But often it’s the simple sights of the multicolored lights and
it might just make the season a little 25. Contact another person from things in life that work the best. Yes, lanterns that adorned the windows of
bit better and the holidays just a little your childhood we’ve heard it all before – every the houses in the neighborhood. The
bit happier. 26. Contact an auntie time we go to church, temple, only remaining nipa hut in the street
27. Try to see the world through mosque, or synagogue, every time always had the most beautiful lan-
Easy ways to make the your grandparent’s eyes (you won’t we hear something touching, every tern in the area. A talented son of the
holidays better believe what you’ll see) time think of the good of the human homeowner, whom they never saw,
28. Try to see the world through the race. Well there’s a reason we’ve made it. He had leprosy, and he was

The only easy recipe is popcorn…

1. Say “thank you” (this isn’t really eyes of a four-year-old heard it all before – because it’s true always confined inside the house
for you, but for the person you say 29. Get your clothes dirty, and and because it works. What have lest nosy neighbors might report
working doesn’t count you got to lose by trying to do some-
the rest takes a bit of work
it to) him to the authorities and have him
2. When someone says, “thank 30. Do a favor for someone thing new, be someone new? Now committed to the leprosarium. That
you” reply, don’t just grunt. Be 31. Do a favor for yourself take a deep breath and plunge into a
polite; it may help stop a bullet 32. Remember that book you read? mall (or website) somewhere. -- AJ ( Continued on page 7 )
A few simple things could seems to have the answer to living Share it
a better, less stressful life. We all someday
make the holiday stress so
Foreign powers
3. When you want something, say 33. See a film – and I don’t mean implications in territorial claims in
much better do. Physicians know the answers, the latest blockbuster. See a foreign
acupuncturists know the answers, one of the simplest words on earth, the Arctic Ocean, he said.
“please” film; see a film that has subtitles, one ( Continued from page 1 ) Carpio also called on the govern-
Thanksgiving has whizzed by religious leaders know the answers, that has strange characters, one that
teachers know the answers, parents 4. Smile Instead of warning about pos- ment and the Filipinos to strongly
and the Christmas / Hanukkah / 5. Start a conversation with some- makes you laugh at things you don’t sible conflict or “accidents” in the counter Beijing’s persistent narrative
Kwanzaa seasons have arrived. And know the answers, and friends know normally laugh at, one that makes
the answers. Now it’s my turn. one much older than you disputed waters already militarized of the Philippines and China being
so has stress. Of course just about 6. Listen carefully to what the you squirm, and one that makes you by China, the Philippines should close neighbors, separated only by
everyone at some time or another I’ve thought about this in the past think
older person says welcome FONOPs to stabilize the “a narrow strip of water.”
7. Start a conversation with some- 34. Listen to new music, the kind situation. While such a description may
one much younger than you you rarely or never listen to. Push “We should take a position, we sound innocent or dismissed as
8. Listen carefully to what the your self to explore new sounds and should ask the navies of the world to harmless propaganda, he warned
younger person says melodies sail and fly over the South China Sea the Chinese may have meant it to be
9. Quit thinking that everyone is 35. Go to an art show so it will never be a Chinese lake,” what is left of the Philippine territory
“out to get you” (I asked around and 36. See a ballet – and yes, I realize he said. vis-à-vis Beijing’s “nine-dash line.”
we’re not – we don’t have the time, that there are people who would The arbitral ruling has encouraged The narrative has been hammered
sorry) rather slit their own wrist and let it navies to conduct more FONOPs into the consciousness of the Chi-
10. Be careful in case someone bleed all over their new carpets than to protect trade routes and common nese people by their government de-
really is “out to get you.” In other watch ballet, but that’s a shame. Bal- sources of marine resources, Carpio spite its being rebuffed in the arbitral
words, don’t be foolish let will make you better said. ruling, Carpio said.
11. Love someone who is not a 37. Get off the couch, out of the Australia has assembled its big- “This story is totally false, the fake
family member chair, out of the house gest naval task force in 30 years to news of the century. It’s a gigantic
12. Clean up your own mess 38. Learn to do something new. conduct FONOPs in the South China fraud on the human race used at the
13. Clean up someone else’s mess Learn to paint, to draw, to write, to Sea while the French navy has done expense of several coastal states,” he
14. Trust sing, to play a musical instrument, the same even if it is thousands of pointed out.
15. Don’t be so suspicious of things to work with clay, to build cabinets, miles away, as such activities have
and people that it stops you from go- to lay bricks, to chop wood. Just
ing places, doing things, and know- simply learn how to do something
ing wonderful individuals you’ve never done before and keep

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17. Don’t wait for someone to be 39. For at least a month watch new
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18. Listen to people
19. Really listen to people
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12 Days aters along Rizal Avenue, like State,

Ever, Avenue, Universal and Ideal.
They featured huge Christmas lan-
the orders of calendars that would
be given away by merchants during
the Christmas Season. He was not
( Continued from page 6 )
Christmas, he made a huge circular terns if not big, brightly lit Christmas sleepy yet and walked to the nearby
lantern shaped like a house. With the trees in their lobbies. Along Escolta Plaza Miranda to watch the on-going
lit candle inside and soft wind blow- Street, the premier commercial cen- stage show. It was an amateur night
ing, images of animals appeared and ter at that time, prominent stores like that evening. The emcee was a guy
went around like a carousel. Botica Boie, Berg’s, Sim’s, Soriente called “Nanong Pandak (Mariano the
Their clan filled up four pews of Santos and others beckoned shoppers shortie)”, who never rose to promi-
the medium-sized church. Bishop with dazzling arrays of Christmas nence above the provincial and city
Isabelo Delos Reyes Jr. officiated the displays. Sidewalk vendors along stage shows where he performed.
mass with his sons serving as altar Rizal Avenue were promoting the There was a character in Kenkoy
boys (Aglipayan priests are allowed best-selling toy that year: a plastic comic strip also called “Nanong
to marry and have a family). After Dinky Doo doll, a dark baby with Pandak”. Perhaps the emcee took his
the mass, they lined up towards the huge eyes that could cling to a post name after the character so that the
life-size image of Jesus the Nazarene like monkey. latter’s popularity would somehow
to kiss his feet, an act of devotion. When he returned to their house, rub off on him.
He was aware a lot of people had the printing press was still operat- Every contestant was being given
kissed on the same spot before him, ing to full capacity. A complete set a bagful of goodies, courtesy of
so he put his hand over the foot of night shift people were working the evening’s sponsor, Good Earth
and kissed the back of his hand. He through the night, until early in the Emporium. A judge would stop a
knew God wouldn’t save him with morning, to meet the deadlines for ( Continued on page 8 )
a miracle by preventing him from
catching a virus.
They were all relieved when the
long mass finally ended which they
observed while occasionally dozing
off. On their way home, they passed
by a bakery and knocked on the side

Memo from a ‘Facebook nation’ to

door. They were allowed in and saw
bakers kneading dough, cutting the
dough into pieces, and putting the
pieces inside the oven as they baked
pan de sal (dinner roll), which was Mark Zuckerberg: You moved fast
the breakfast staple of most Filipi-
nos. They bought three dozens of and broke our country.
the freshly baked and still hot bread organized bot campaign at work.
which they ate on their way home. Social media, she told Recode’s Kara
Swisher, has been the “fertilizer” of
9th Day of Christmas democratic collapse in the Philip-
pines, which should be a “cautionary
Back in their house in Quiapo, he tale for the United States.”
walked around the neighborhood However, the company did not take
after dinner to see and enjoy the down the suspicious pages until a
various Christmas displays in the few weeks ago, more than two years
area. On Carriedo Street, Valleson after her first report. And Ressa, the
Department Store had a mannequin co-founder of the Filipino media
of Santa Claus. Santa was waving at company Rappler, had more access
window-shoppers while carrying a Maria Ressa, the journalist to Facebook than most political
bag of toys across his right shoulder. who co-founded Rappler in journalists: Last year, she and five
The display at Otis Department store the Philippines, warns that her other media CEOs had lunch with
depicted a Philippine barrio scene, country is a “cautionary tale” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at
with a nipa hut and mannequins for the United States. the company’s annual F8 conference.
dressed in Philippine attire, Barong “I said, ‘Mark, 97 percent of Fili-
Tagalog for men and Patadyong Eric Johnson, RECODE DECODE pinos on the internet are on Face-
costume for women. The most excit- November 26, 2018 6:15 am --- book,’” Ressa recalled. “I invited
ing display for him was always the him to come to the Philippines
Everlast Toy Store on Raon Street. In August of 2016, investigative
because he had to see the impact of
That year, it had a giant robot that journalist Maria Ressa contacted this. You have to understand the im-
hovered over a group of children Facebook with some “alarming” pact ... He was frowning while I was
who looked excited, rather than data: Rampant harassment and saying that. I said, ‘Why, why?’ He
afraid, as they held on to their toys. threats targeted via Facebook at said, ‘Oh well. What are the other 3
The other displays to see in the area people, predominantly women, in percent doing, Maria?’”
were those in the first run movie the- the Philippines who were critical “We trained our whole lives on
of the “drug war” being waged standards and ethics,” she added.
“We live to the mission of journal-
by the newly elected president, ism and we cleaned up the public’s
Rodrigo Duterte. fear. We made sure that democracy
“It’s targeting journalists. It’s tar- could stay alive. Well, now the
geting anyone who’s perceived to be platforms have it. The technology
critical of President Duterte,” Ressa platforms have this. They don’t want
said on the latest episode of Recode to do the work. They don’t want to
Decode with Kara Swisher. “Those spend the money on it, even though
attacks are heinous. It brings out the they make a lot of money.”
worst of human nature. [They are] You can listen to RECODE DECODE wher-
very personal, criminal, actually: ever you get your podcasts, including Apple
‘I will kill you. I will rape you.’ I Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts
and Overcast.
mean, I think I’ve been called every - - h t t p s : / / w w w. r e c o d e . n e t / p l a t f o r m /
animal you can think of.” a m p / 2 0 1 8 / 11 / 2 6 / 1 8 111 8 5 9 / m a r i a - r e s -
Other accounts falsely claimed that s a - r a p p l e r- f a c e b o o k - m a r k - z u c k e r b e rg -
Duterte’s political enemies were podcast?utm_campaign=recode.social&utm_
working with the CIA, and Ressa’s content=recode&utm_medium=social&utm_
data suggested this could be an source=twitter&__twitter_impression=true

Daddy, how was I born?

A little boy goes to his father and googled each other. There your
asks 'Daddy, how was I born ?' mother agreed to a download
from my hard drive. As soon as I
The father answers, 'Well, son, was ready to upload, we discov-
I guess one day you will need to ered that neither one of us had
find out anyway! Your Mom and used a firewall, and since it was
I first got together in a chat room too late to hit the Delete button ,
on Yahoo. Then I set up a date nine months later a little Pop-Up
via e-mail with your Mom and we appeared that said:
met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked
into a secluded room, and You've got MALE.

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Housing & Real Estate

Five CalVet Veterans Homes named to Top 100 list FIRPTA in 1031 Exchanges
CalVet earned top-100 rankings cated on 30 acres in the fifth-largest by Stephen Decker able to John when he is scheduled to have $150,000 of taxable boot, because
for five Veterans Homes accord- city in the state. The Home opened <stephen.decker@sis.ipx1031.com> complete the purchase of his replace- he was only able to reinvest $850,000 of
in October 2013, and currently of- ment property. the sales proceeds.
ing to the latest article published Here is a solution: To avoid this result, John may deposit
this month in U.S. News & World fers the assisted living level of care, It’s no secret. There is and will
skilled nursing and skilled nursing 1) File an 8288-B (“Application for an additional $150,000 with the Settle-
Report out of 1,400 Medicare- continue to be a vast amount of Withholding Certificate for Disposi- ment Agent. This will be used for the
memory care. foreign owned real property in the tions be Foreign Persons of U.S. Real FIRPTA withholding leaving the entire
certified Skilled Nursing Facili- Redding. The home in Redding is
United States. And because of this, Property Interests”) $1,000,000 net proceeds to be sent to
ties (SNF) in the state. a 155-bed, long term care facility In John’s case, the filing of an 8288-B the Qualified Intermediary for the 1031
located in the heart of the beautiful many investors involved in 1031 may serve as a non-recognition notice Exchange.
The ratings identify 139 top Barstow. Opened February 1996, Northern Sacramento Valley. The Exchanges have or will run across to the IRS because he is planning on
nursing homes for the 2018-19 the Veterans Home in Barstow is a Home provides veterans with two Foreign Investment in Real Prop- completing a 1031 Exchange. This Impact on buyers of Foreign
year. A total of 1,199 nursing 220-bed facility providing options levels of care including residential erty Tax Act (FIRPTA) issues. means that the 8288-B can poten-
tially relieve a foreign taxpayer from
Investor owned real property
homes were evaluated in this for independent living for senior and care and skilled nursing care. A In a nutshell when a foreign Buyers and their closing agents need
disabled veterans, intermediate care future memory care program within the FIRPTA withholding. In order to
study throughout California. investor (individual/partnership/ qualify for the withholding relief, the
to be aware of FIRPTA’s federal with-
and skilled nursing care. the residential care unit will provide holding requirements, specific timelines
CalVet operates five Medicare- a supervised environment for veter-
corporation/trust/estate) sells 8288-B and a contract for the purchase
and exemptions. Failure to comply
certified SNFs across the state ans with symptoms of memory loss, their United States Real Property of the replacement property, must be
with FIRPTA could make those parties
Interest (USRPI), the buyer must submitted on or before the replacement
in Barstow, Chula Vista, Fresno, confusion or poor decision making. property’s closing. Complete filing
financially responsible for significant
Redding and Yountville, and Napa Valley. Located in the heart withhold up to 15% of the total guidelines are found in Rev. Proc.
of scenic Napa Valley, the Veterans amount realized from the sale and Navigating around FIRPTA can often
each was listed by this national 2000-35.
be the difference between a successful
publication. Furthermore, all five Home in Yountville is the oldest and remit that amount to the Internal The IRS should determine whether or
and unsuccessful 1031 Exchange. In
homes received ‘high-performing’ largest veterans home in the nation. Revenue Service unless certain not to accept the 8288-B within ninety
regards to FIRPTA issues, sellers, buyers
Founded in 1884, the 1,120-bed (90) days of receiving all of all the
notations for their overall rating exemptions are met. FIRPTA was necessary information. Therefore, the
and closing agents should all consult
Home offers residential accommo- with their tax and legal advisors. For any
or short-stay rating. dations with a wealth of recreation- implemented to reduce the risk of 8288-B needs to be submitted as soon
questions regarding 1031 Exchanges,
“CalVet maintains our standing al, social, and therapeutic activities foreign taxpayers selling their US- as possible in order to get a determina-
please contact IPX1031.
as operators of one of the finest RPI and avoiding paying capital tion before the close of the relinquished
Chula Vista. Completed in May for independent living. Facilities on property.
It should be noted that there is current-
health systems in America for 2000, the Veterans Home in Chula the 900-acre campus include resi- gains tax. However, there will be many instanc-
ly a bipartisan effort in the US Congress
2019,” said Thomas Bucci, Cal- Vista is a 305-bed long-term care dential care for the Elderly, interme- to repeal FIRPTA. Although it has the
es where the determination will not be
facility providing options for domi- diate care, skilled nursing care, and 1031 Exchanges and Foreign support of many real estate groups, the
Vet Director of Long-Term Care. issued before the close of the relin-
process will probably take a consider-
“Our employees’ hard work and ciliary, independent living, licensed memory care for residents. Investors quished property. In order to avoid the
able amount of time. We will provide an
residential, and skilled nursing care. CalVet also operates homes in In order to defer capital gains taxes and issues caused by a late determination or
ever-increasing standards led to Employed physicians provide medi- Ventura and Lancaster, which other taxes that would normally be due delayed refund, a taxpayer may:
update, if and when it is appropriate.
these great rankings and I thank For More Info: IPX1031 FIRPTA Is-
cal care in both the licensed outpa- specialize in residential care. Learn upon the sale of real estate, foreign inves- 2.) Deposit additional funds with the
sues in 1031 Exchanges
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day-out for the 2,400 veterans en- nursing settings. www.calvet.ca.gov/calvet-programs/ their US real property for other US real close of escrow
veteran-homes property. FIRPTA just imposes additional In addition to filing an 8288-B, for-
trusted to our care in our Homes.” requirements. eign taxpayers will commonly deposit
Bucci noted that the CalVet Overall, more than 15,000 nursing an amount equal to the required with-
For example, John, a citizen of France,
Home in West Los Angeles homes were included in U.S. News’ is planning to complete a 1031 Exchange holding amount with the Settlement
ratings nationwide. You can read Agent.
should join the list soon once a U.S. News’ methodology on how
with his USRPI. First, he sells his USRPI
for $1,000,000, to Sarah. Under FIRPTA, In the previous example, if John’s
CMS survey from the California overall ratings and short-stay ratings 8288-B is not granted or not granted
Sarah would be required to withhold
Department of Public Health is are calculated here. $150,000 at the closing and remit the in time, he will be unable to reinvest
complete. The West L.A. Home — https://calvetconnectblog. monies to the IRS. the full $1,000,000 of sales proceeds
has 320 beds in its skilled nursing com/2018/11/28/five-calvet-veter- Due to the unpredictably of the issuance required for a fully tax deferred 1031
Fresno. The Home in Fresno is a ans-homes-named-to-top-100-list/ of funds by the Internal Revenue Service, Exchange. What does this mean? It
facility. creates a situation where John may
300-bed, long-term care facility lo- the $150,000 withheld may not be avail-

12 Days poor in the country, could wear new passed through Espania Ext, and saw 12th Day of Christmas,
San Diego Cinema
LORNA by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo |
clothes during Christmas Day. These the display at the Ysmael Steel com- Thursday Dec. 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM
( Continued from page 7 ) days, the Filipino poor would be pound. Ysmael Steel was then the Lorna is a sixty year old woman who
lucky to eat one meal a day. Days leading manufacturer of appliances ( Continued from page 16 ) is constantly searching for the right
contestant in the midst of his song There were no more surprises when man, having failed at so many relation-
before, he already had an eye on a and was owned by business tycoon they woke up on Christmas Day be- the availability of the Director/Ac-
if he sang out of tune by sounding ships. Having lived close to a lifetime
red shirt displayed at Berg’s Depart- “Baby” Ysmael and his family. Yep, cause they already got their Christmas tors), The film is open to all ages. alone, she decides to take another stab at
a bell. Most of the time, the con- ment Store on Escolta and a pair of “Baby” was a guy and he also man- This is a musical tale based on the
testants only wanted to have the gifts the day before. They ate the moving on and more importantly, love.
cowboy boots at Francis’, a depart- aged his company’s basketball team leftovers of the previous midnight’s literature of national artist, Nick Joa- Starring Shamaine Buencamino, Maria
goodies, hence, they would join the ment store along Dasmarinas Street that competed for championships in quin, about standing together against
Noche Buena for breakfast and Isabel Lopez, Lav Diaz. Best Picture
contest without any preparations which was parallel to Escolta. His a very popular commercial league materialism. Two impoverished sisters Nominee, Cinema One Originals 2014;
and intentions to win. Often, the bell donned on their Christmas attires after anguish over whether or not to sell a
other siblings would be contented against its perennial rival, the YCO taking their showers. They proceeded Best Performance by an Actress Nomi-
would ring after only one or two bars with shoes from ShoeMart, which Painters owned by another business painting, the final masterpiece by their nee, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2015.
of the songs, and the “singer” would to their maternal grandparents house recluse father. A bitter struggle for sur-
was just a small shoe store on Rizal tycoon, Don Manolo Elizalde. in Sampaloc where they were met Note: Both films have English
be awarded the goodies as a conso- vival against betrayal set in pre-World
Avenue and Carriedo streets at that by their whole clan. They got crispy War ii in Manila.
lation prize. It was decades before For more info about the films,
the highly popular “American Idol”
time, ShoeMart would become one 11th Day of Christmas, centavo bills as Christmas gifts from This beautifully photographed,
of the biggest corporations in the Wednesday their aunts and uncles after kissing costume and production designed film screening schedule, and ticketing,
television program of today would Philippines, with huge malls all over talks about our common struggle to please visit https://sdfc_december_
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the country. Its founder, and owner, It was Christmas Eve. The printing Their grandfather let them pick with fight against our own moral principles, one_tickets.eventbrite.com
somewhat funny, if not humiliating, Henry Sy, is the richest Filipino friendship and family in the time of our For questions and other info, please
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audition shows would be downright After the shopping, his mother took rialism and the true love and friendship Benito Bautista
entertaining. close for the day at twelve noon. His few many. But one cousin, knew bet- of family. This is not an easy film to
him separately to Francis’ for his father would hand out the Christ- ter, and spread a layer of glue on his Executive Director and Co-founder
shoes. An uncle, his Tiyo (Uncle) make as every scene is meticulously San Diego Filipino Cinema
When he returned to the printing mas bonuses to the workers and the hand. Many coins stuck to his palm, choreographed and designed. You
Tino, the brother of his mother, shop would remain closed the next prompting his grandfather to add a Filmmaker | Wanderlustproject
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worked there as an accountant. day, on Christmas. As soon as every new rule to his gimmick: one must do singer, a costume designer and as an Films
already ordered pancit bihon and hot
Somehow, they were able to get a worker had left, Riz, poured water so with clean hands. artist in this film.
pan de sal for the pressmen to eat discount, although the final cost was in an empty gasoline container as it He wanted to join his cousins to visit Lorna - Screens at 7:00 pm, total
during their break. The pancit bihon still three times higher than the cost running time of 2:03 hrs., Q and A after
they bought from a Chinese restau- was placed on top of three stones, the cousin of his mother,Tiya (Aunt) ( Continued from page 16 )
of the shoes his siblings got. The with firewood wood under it. He Amparing on nearby San Diego the screening (still subject to the avail- extremely low prices, is averaging
rant along Villalobos Street was very special boots, with high heels, black ability of the Director/Actors), The film
delicious and dripping with oil. The lit the firewood and placed a ham Street, a few blocks away from their 10 to 20 new store openings globally
leather, pointed toes and even minia- is open to all ages.
pan de sal was freshly baked and inside the container. He cooked the grandparent’s house. But they had to Lorna is a sixty-year-old woman who every month. With 2,800+ stores
ture guns tucked on each side, made ham right in the center of the print- leave and go to their province in Bu- in Japan and 600+ stores overseas,
crunchy. him the envy of his classmates when- is constantly searching for the right
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would flirt with him every time he evening watching the stage show in the city, played Santa Claus to his invites you to celebrate Philippine
came for a visit. Maybe, Paulino, a “We are all kids!” Riz shouted once Cinema’s 100th year anniversary! To
in Plaza Miranda. On Christmas friends’ and relatives’ children. celebrate, we’ve invited two exception-
married man, just took a fancy to her they were all inside the car. He was Eve and on the eve of the fiesta on The memories of his twelve days of
and gave her a gift of her own. al Filipino films created by two award- ( Continued from page 4 )
the son of a wealthy landowner in January 9th, star-studded musical Christmas fifty years ago, when he
Paulino, a paper dealer, was his father’s barrio in Bintog, Plaridel, winning Filipino filmmakers from the bad for the body and increases your
extravaganzas were always pre- was eleven years old growing up in Philippines. Join us at the beautiful risk for several diseases. Activity
sponsored by his father when the Bulacan. When Riz’s mother died, sented. There were a lot more people the Philippines in 1958 still linger in Museum of Photographic Arts (located
Chinese businessman applied for his father remarried and their fortune as simple as walking immediately
watching the show at that time as his mind. within Balboa Park next to The Prado provides benefits to the body after
naturalized Filipino citizenship. As a dwindled. Riz’s family first pawned, many, if not all, would celebrate and Restaurant) on December 1st 2018.
result, Paulino was forever grateful and then eventually sold their prop- Please see below for more details. See periods of not moving.
to his dad. Paulino and his father erty beside a chapel in the barrio to
go to the midnight mass at Quiapo Merry Christmas to all! - AJ So, find time to move more and sit
Church afterwards. you there!
would sometimes eat at San Jacinto, his father. In addition, his father gave About the films:
less throughout the day. If you’re
After the mass, they all gathered “Though nothing can bring back watching your favorite show, try
a Chinese restaurant on David Street Riz a job after he came out of the together at home for the traditional ANG LARAWAN (The Portrait) by
the hour, of splendour in the grass, of walking in place or doing squats at
in Chinatown and watch a movie army. Riz was always wearing his Noche Buena, a midnight repast Loy Arcenas | Dec. 1, 2018 at 4:00
glory in the flower, we will grieve not, the same time. Watching doesn’t
together. They became close friends fatigue army pants until they all got during Christmas Eve. The ham was PM. In a musical tale about stand-
rather find strength in what remains ing together against materialism, two have to mean sitting!
his father eventually asked Paulino worn out. already cooked and sprinkled with behind”. - “Splendour in the Grass” impoverished sisters anguish over The bottom line is: move more,
to stand in as baptismal sponsor to They first checked out the Christ- white sugar which they ate with by William Wordsworth whether or not to sell a painting, the with more intensity, and sit less.
his youngest child. Unfortunately, mas displays on the rooftop of the slice bread, queso de bola, hot dogs,
Paulino died five years later from Magnolia Ice Cream factory along final masterpiece by their recluse These science-based guidelines
hot chocolate, fruit and macaroni --- The author grew up to become father. A bitter struggle for survival help reinforce our understanding that
liver ailment. Aurora Blvd. in Quezon City. From salads, and of course, chicken and the publisher and editor of theSan Di- against betrayal set in pre-World War II
It was just two days before Christ- there, they proceeded to Cubao ego Asian Journal, a Filipino Ameri- being more active is one of the easi-
beef nilaga, a dish, which his father Manila. Starring Joanna Ampil, Rachel est and most effective ways to live a
mas, and his mother brought them where they watched the moving dis- always insisted to be served on such can newspaper in San Diego, Califor- Alejandro, Paulo Avelino. Best Picture
shopping for Christmas clothes plays on the façade of COD Depart- nia where he now lives with his family. Winner at the 2017 Metro Manila Film longer, healthier life.
occasions. How will you move more today?
and shoes. Everyone, including the ment Store. On their way home, they Festival.
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September 1, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We thank all of you for your ongoing support for the Divine Mercy Hills Foundation of Southern California (DMHFSC) and our mission of building a proposed
shrine to the Divine Mercy in Southern California.
Because of your presence, prayers and generosity, this holy and humble site has become not only a place of peace and refuge to all who gather and pray on the 13th of
the Month but more than ever it stands as a sign to all to trust in the unfathomable Divine Mercy of Our Lord during these turbulent times.
This indeed is a place set apart. It is here that we are inexplicably filled with the abounding grace of knowing the Lord is at work in souls. It is in this place that we are in
exaltation and awe of how the Lord works wonders in the lives of people who have come forth to offer their testimony and praise for the many graces bestowed upon them
-- to one devout elderly woman, it is the healing of the immobilizing pain in her legs the moment she stepped out of the car to join the crowd in the way of the cross; to a
first-time visitor who came with a friend, it is an heirloom silver rosary whose beads turned to gold as she prayed the rosary with others.
These anecdotes and many untold stories of blessings and manifestations of signs in the sun and sky -- that have happened more than once and have been seen by many
witnesses over the years -- continue to draw people to the authentic and tender message of the Divine Mercy as proclaimed by St Faustina Kowalska to the whole world. It is
here they discover and learn about the message and devotion to the Divine Mercy, that is, through no human merit, but purely through the graces that the Lord chooses to
reveal to those who trust in Him.
As you read this letter in this publication, we shall have already celebrated Thanksgiving. Once more we shall have paused to express our gratitude for the many bless-
ings and lessons in trust the Lord has brought into our lives. And once again the DMHFSC would like to appeal to you and invite you to keep the mission in mind as
“Giving Tuesday,” which is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, would have come and gone . #GivingTuesday is the day set aside in America and across Facebook and other
global social media networks to donate to your favorite non-profit organization as the year draws to a close. Although Giving Tuesday has already passed, you may still do-
nate to the DMHFSC via online giving or by submitting your donation by regular postal mail.
We are listed as the “Divine Mercy Hills Foundation” (www.facebook.com/divinemercy724) on Facebook. However, be aware that Facebook works with a third-party
clearinghouse and it would take two months for the funds to be disbursed to us using this method. The DMHFSC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization registered in the
State of California, USA. Therefore, your donations are tax-deductible.
To this end, we have dedicated our campaign to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, and intend to pay off the land by July 13, 2019. This date is significant because
it was on this day in 1917 that Our Lady of Fatima revealed that “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will Triumph.” And why is that important you might ask? If the recent
events in the Church are indicators of what lies ahead for the faithful, then only the Immaculate Heart of Mary can vanquish the evils we face and prepare us her children
for spiritual battle.
We hope you can help us by renewing your pledge today or otherwise making a donation to help defray the $325,000 needed to pay off the land.
To date, the DMHFSC has raised $10,000 (Ten Thousand Dollars) through the “Way of the Cross” Campaign that kick-started our capital campaign. With the “Giv-
ing Tuesday” campaign, we hope to cover the balance of what is needed to pay off the land by July 2019.
Rest assured that as a donor and partner, you and all our benefactors will be remembered in a memorial dedicated to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. It will
be your legacy to the youth and to future generations, as well as to people of all beliefs and cultures, who have yet to come to know about the message and devotion to the
Divine Mercy.
We appeal to you to join us in this noble endeavor. May God bless you always!

In Christ's love and mercy,

John Oertle
President and Co-Founder
Divine Mercy Hills Foundation of Southern California
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Jesus, I Trust in You!
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#GivingTuesday #DivineMercy724 #DMHFSC
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Mission Statement: The Divine Mercy Hills Foundation of Southern California (DMHFSC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the mission of building a proposed shrine
to the Divine Mercy in Southern California so that people of all beliefs, cultures and nations may come to know the message and devotion of Divine Mercy as revealed to
St. Faustina Kowalska by Jesus who commanded her to, “Speak to the world of My Mercy. Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My Mercy.” The devotion
and message are approved by the Church. To this end, on the 13th of the Month, we gather at the Divine Mercy #shrine in Encinitas and together pray the Divine Mercy
chaplet, walk the Way of the Cross and say the Holy Rosary for peace and for the intentions of our benefactors and those gathered. To visit the site, GPS 701 Encinitas
Blvd., Encinitas CA 92024 or google “divine mercy shrine encinitas.”


1) Mail your donation to DMHFSC, 1150 Garden View Road, #230493, Encinitas CA, USA 92023

2) Donate online via PalPal on our website at www.divinemercy724.com

3) Donate via the Facebook "Donate" button at www.facebook.com/divinemercy724

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Spiritual Life
Pray like Mark Wahlberg with this book
pride. “365 days a year in prayer.”
The book Wahlberg leans on is
most likely 365 Days with the
Lord, a best-selling “bible diary”
published by a Filipino apostolate
of the Priests and Brothers of the
Society of St. Paul, whose mission
it is to “announce the Gospel to
the world through the modern
means of communication.”
Reflections for November 18: Advent: First Sunday The daily devotional contains
the Gospel of the day along with a
Advent: A Wake-up Call reflection on the reading that “con-
tains insights on how to incorpo-
rate the Gospel effectively in one’s
Joke of the week: “Thanks for daily life.”
the mouth organ you gave me for Be that as it may, Advent is not yet “For more than a decade al-
Christmas,” the little boy said to his Christmas. But why is there Advent? ready, this has become the most
uncle the first time he saw him after Why prepare for his coming, if he widely read bible diary, popular
the holidays. “It’s the best Christmas was born thousands of years ago? In among Filipino Catholics here and
present I ever got.” “That’s great,” fact, the first reading (In those days, abroad,” reads a description of the
said his uncle. “Do you know how in that time, I will raise up for David book on the publisher’s website.
to play it?” “Oh, I don’t play it,” the a just shoot; he shall do what is right To order a copy in the United
little fellow said. “My mother gives and just in the land. In those days Ju- States, send an email to sales@
me a dime a day not to play it during dah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall The Catholic actor starts day at 2:45 a.m. is nothing short “She knows that’s the one thing that stpauls.us. According to Dora Torres
the day and my father gives me fifty dwell secure; this is what they shall every day with this devotional of inspiring. I have to have before the end of the in the marketing department, they
cents a week not to play it at night.” call her: “The LORD our justice.”) book from the Philippines. In a recent interview with year to be able to start fresh on the are expected a shipment of the popu-
speaks of joy at the Lord’s coming. Relevant Magazine, Wahlberg, first of the year and not miss a day,” lar book to arrive tomorrow, just in
Scriptures: First Reading: Jeremiah Why can’t we celebrate joyfully, Zelda Caldwell, Aleteia.org , Wahlberg says with exceptional time for Christmas.
a devout Catholic, discussed
33: 14-16. Jeremiah’s prophecy lies as if it’s already Christmas, as the 11/28/2018
between the two periods: before and Filipinos do? The Philippines is well
his prayer life, which he says
is structured around a 365-day
after the destruction of Jerusalem in
587 BC. From his prison cell, Jere-
known as one of the countries where
Christmas starts from September to
Nobody would accuse Mark Filipino devotional book a friend DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
January 7.
Wahlberg’ of being slothful, phys- introduced him to “eight or nine
miah prophesied about the imminent
destruction of Jerusalem and the ically, or as it turns out, spiritually years ago:”
exile of the Chosen People. Amidst The Gospel might have damp- either. Wahlberg loved the gift so much How to Recite the Chaplet of
the impending disasters, the prophet ened the joyful Christmas spirit of The super-fit actor’s recent rev- that he asked his wife; model Rhea Divine Mercy
has a message: God punishes, when so many people. Just imagine this elation that he rises as 2:30 a.m. Durham, to get him another copy of
people had sinned. Yet, he is also scenario, “There will be signs in the to begin a grueling day of physi- the book for Christmas. She’s gotten The Chaplet of Mercy is recited
true to his promise of blessing, if sun, the moon, and the stars, and on cal workouts was impressive. it for him every Christmas since. In using ordinary rosary beads of
they repent of their infidelity. Second earth nations will be in dismay, per- The fact that he also schedules fact, she buys him two: one for the five decades. At the National
Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3: 12-4: plexed by the roaring of the sea and
2. Like Jeremiah, Paul encourages the waves. People will die of fright 15 minutes of “prayer time” each home nightstand and one to take
with him while he travels. Shrine of Divine Mercy in
the Christians at Thessalonica to in anticipation of what is coming Stockbridge, Massachusetts the

A Sign for the End Times

remain faithful to the Lord until his upon the world, for the powers of the Chaplet is preceded by two
Second Coming. To accomplish this, heavens will be shaken.” The Gospel opening prayers from the
Paul reminds the converts about the warns us: ““Beware that your hearts Diary of Saint Faustina and
catechesis he had instructed them do not become drowsy from carous- Meditation: followed by a closing prayer.
“through the Lord Jesus.” Gospel: ing and drunkenness
Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36. Jerusalem and the anxieties of daily life, and Write down these words, My daughter. Speak to the world
is on the verge of collapse, because that day catch you by surprise like a Optional Opening Prayer
slackness has the upper hand over it. trap … Be vigilant at all times about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable
Jesus cautions his disciples to watch and pray that you have the mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day You expired, Jesus, but the source
and pray during this period of social strength.” of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the of life gushed forth for souls,
and religious decadence, because as fount of My mercy; let them profit from the Blood and Water and the ocean of mercy opened
Jeremiah had also told the ancient Advent is a wake-up call to all to which gushed forth for them. up for the whole world. O Fount
Israelites, God will punish the guilty, be vigilant, not only during Advent, of Life, unfathomable Divine
but bless the faithful ones. but also at all times. Let us look up O human souls, where are you going to hide on the day of God’s
to heaven, not for catastrophic and Mercy, envelop the whole world
frightful signs, but to focus our eyes
anger: Take refuge now in the fount of God’s mercy. O what a great and empty Yourself out upon us
Reflection: The very first Chris-
on what matters most in this life: multitude of souls I see! They worshiped The Divine Mercy and O Blood and Water, which gushed
tian feast was not Christmas but the Jesus, I Trust in You!
celebration of the Paschal Mystery, union with God. The responsorial will be singing the hymn of praise for all eternity (Diary, 848). forth from the Heart of Jesus as a
from Good Friday until Easter psalm helps us how to do this: “To fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!.
Sunday. The Church has already you, O Lord, I lift my soul.” We may My Prayer Response:
acknowledged the birth of Christ, have preoccupied ourselves more Begin with the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Apostle's Creed:
yet it was not until the middle of the with mundane things and neglected Lord Jesus, we pray with St. Faustina, Your great Apostle of Di-
fourth century that Christmas came the spiritual. Advent is that time of vine Mercy: Help us to take refuge now in the fount of Your Divine Our Father
to be celebrated as a solemnity. Ad- the year when we are given another Mercy. Immerse us in the ocean of Your mercy, so even now we
vent was added later on to prepare chance: to make a 180 degree turn or Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name;
may “sing of the mercies of the Lord forever” (Ps 89:2). Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Catholics for this great feast. It is volte-face to God.
presumed that Advent had started in Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as
Spain when in 380 A.D. the Span- The second reading tells us how to -- Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul © 1987 Mar- we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into
ian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. Excerpted from Divine
ish hierarchy exhorted the Catholic unite ourselves with God: “May the Mercy Minutes with Jesus: Praying Daily on Jesus' Words from the Diary of St. temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
population to a more frequent church Lord make you increase and abound Faustina by Rev. George W. Kosicki, CSB © 2010 Marian Press
attendance from December 17 until in love Hail Mary
Epiphany. In France, Catholics were for one another and for all, just as To those lost souls bound in mortal sin:
asked to fast on three days a week we have for you, Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou
THIS IS YOUR HOUR OF MERCY! amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
from November 11 till Christmas. so as to strengthen your hearts, to
Rome started celebrating the season be blameless in holiness before our Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at
To those enslaved by pornography,
of Advent only in the sixth century. God and Father at the coming of our     Come to Me, the Image of God the hour of our death, Amen.
Advent has since been a season of Lord Jesus with all his holy ones … To those who are committing adultery,
prayer and penance in preparation     Come to Me, the Faithful One The Apostle's Creed
for the second coming of Christ Quotation of the week: Time is too To prostitutes, and those who use or sell them, I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and
and for the celebration of his birth slow for those who wait, too swift    Come to Me, your Beloved
at Christmas. Liturgically, Advent for those who fear, too long for those earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was
To those engaging in unions outside the bounds of conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered
is clearly a season in preparation who grieve, too short for those who marriage,
for Christmas, though for so many rejoice; but for those who love, time     Come to Me, your Bridegroom
under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried.
people Christmas has already arrived is eternity. Henry Van Dyke. To those who worship the god of money, He descended into Hell; the third day He arose again from the
with Advent.     Come to Me, without paying and without cost dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God,
To those in witchcraft or bound in the occult, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the
I'll say maybe a last thing about     Come to Me, the Living God living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic
Jesus, I Trust in You!
spiritual warfare. I just spoke to 300 To those who have made covenant with Satan, Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
priests at our inaugural Word on     Come to Me, the New Covenant
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Fire National Conference for Priests. To those drowning in the abyss of alcohol and drugs,
    Come to Me, who am Living Waters
On the Feast Day of the Queenship To those enslaved in hatred and unforgiveness, Then, on the large bead before each decade:
of Mary, I talked about why it's not     Come to Me, the Fount of Mercy
a twee, sentimental feast. On the To those who have taken the life of another, Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood,
contrary, Mary the Queen is associ-     Come to Me, the Crucified One Soul and Divinity, of Your Dearly Beloved Son,
ated with Christ the King. And in the To those who are jealous and envious, and murder with words,
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins
Israelite tradition, the king and his     Come to Me, who am jealous for you
and those of the whole world.
To those who are enslaved by love of self,
queen mother are warrior figures.     Come to Me, who has laid down His life
They do battle with the enemies of To those who once loved me, but have fallen away, On the ten small beads of each decade, say:
Israel. And so now Christ and Mary,     Come to Me, who refuses no soul….and I will blot out
his queen mother, are warriors in the your offences, and forgive your transgressions. I will For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
great spiritual struggle. remove your sins, as far as the east is from the west.
have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Does anyone doubt that the demonic power has been at IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT,
work in this terrible time? I think you'd be naïve in the ex- I command the chains which hold you to be broken. Conclude with (Say 3 Times):
treme to deny it. What’s our job? Get in the army. Get in the I command every principality and power to release you.
army of Christ the King and Mary the Queen Mother, and Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
fight with them for the purification of our Church: through I OPEN MY SACRED HEART to you as a hiding place and refuge. have mercy on us and on the whole world.
prayer and penance, through abstinence and fasting, I will refuse no soul who returns to Me trusting in My infinite Mercy and Love.
through raising of one's voice and calling of the bishops— Optional Closing Prayer
whatever means you want to use, cooperate with Christ the RUN HOME TO ME, MY BELOVED, run home to Me, and I will embrace you
King in his cleansing and purifying work. That's the as a Father, clothe you as My child, and protect you like a Brother. Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of
spiritual call of our time. -- Bishop Robert Barron  To the one in mortal sin, compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase
     Come to Me! Come, before the last few grains of Mercy fall through Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not
the hourglass of time… 
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Arts & Culture

A Glimpse of The writer and the artist: Babeth inspired
by ‘Best Desserts,’ Sinag by snowflakes
Ilonggo History
by Dinggol Araneta
Dinggol is an Ilonggo Historian of modern times.
He is a Lover of Nature by profession; a Genealogist
by avocation and an Advocate of Federalism.
Isang Basong Gatas (4)
The Ilonggo Achievers of Matagal na sandali bago mabuksan yaring sobre
October, 2018 “baka napamahal ang gastos”, wika ng pasyente
“marahil ay habambuhay na lang akong magsisilbi
upang mabayaran ko lamang ang gastos na malaki.”
* LC May Calud Gasit - 83 percent Babeth Lolarga (left) and Sinag de Leon at the opening
(Top 10) by Eric S. Caruncho, Inquirer.net Gourmet Gypsy Art Café on Roces At nang mabuksan ang sobre’y napansin niya kaagad
* Denise Vergara Miranda - 83 Life is short, but art makes it Avenue, QC. na sa gilid ng resibo ay mayroong nakasulat
percent (Top 10) seem longer. The opening last Nov. 8, timed with
Compared with the hectic Makati the café’s fourth anniversary, was marahan n’ya itong binasa at anong laking gulat
* John Ray Nomananap Moleño - gallery scene, the Quezon City art a typically convivial “Kyusi” gig, “Bayad ng lahat at mayroon pang isang basong gatas.”
83 percent (Top 10) scene is more laid-back and less, graced by writers, artists, musicians
well, hoity-toity. and not one but two doyennes of
Waxing nostalgic, one well-known Filipino culture: writers Gilda Cor- May pirma ng doktor, si Totoy na kanyang pinainom
FISHERIES - Iloilo: painter-about-town compares it to dero Fernando and Virgie Moreno, ng isang basong gatas nuong ito ay nagugutom
the art scene before the current boom who at 93, is just as salty as ever. tumutulo ang luha, mata’y sa liham nakatuon
and its concomitant preoccupation Lolarga, 63, has known De Leon, 45,
*Regino Ramos Regpala - 84.25 from the cradle, being longtime friends pasalamat sa Diyos ,sa itaas, ‘di na maputol.
percent (Top 5) with money and status, when it was
with her parents, Felipe “Jun” de Leon
all about having fun. Jr. (former chair of the National Council
*Ma. Concepcion Selecia Sibon- (To be fair, we were also 20 years for Culture and the Arts) and writer and Tumutulo man ang luha walang tigil na nagdasal
ga-83.75 percent (Top 7) younger then.) feminist Anna Leah Sarabia. sa pangyayaring naganap na ‘di makakalimutan
Lisa Mina Lorraine Dignadice Iwag A case in point is “Paper and A veteran journalist and longtime
Paint,” the ongoing joint exhibit of writer for Lifestyle, Lolarga says art has
ang mahalagang turo ng kaniyang mga magulang
*Marivic Solinap Besen - 83.25
percent (Top 9) writer and painter Babeth Lolarga provided her avenues for expression na mahalin mo ang iyong kapwa na walang sukatan.
(By: DinggolAranetaDivinagracia - and paper artist Sinag de Leon at the beyond the written word.
November 24, 2018)
International Conference on Jour- Kasabihan na nga na anupaman ang iyong gawin
The Ilonggo Topnotchers of the nalism and Mass Communication
babalik at babalik sa iyo ‘di mo man naisin
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gist Licensure Examination from Central Philippine University (CPU) maaaring malapit sa iyo ang kanyang salangin.
UP Visayas-Iloilo and the Iloilo in Jaro, Iloilo City recently won the
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*Liza Mina Lorraine Iwag - 86.75
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* Lhumen Arpilleda Tejano - 84.50 proud after bagging a gold medal in
percent (Top 4) the 9th Wushu Sanda World Cup in
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* Edcel Rebadomia Sudaria - 84 Wushu is a Chinese martial arts first
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The 23-year old native of Iloilo
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The Advent were getting ready for Christmas.
So every night after dinner, the kids
about making room for Jesus and
this week is called ‘Gaudete.’”
break open the season.”
And really that’s what it is. The Friendship
( Continued from page 2 )
I agree with “Lifetimes.” Through-
out our lives we met people who
( Continued from page 2 ) each had a classic chocolate Advent It became a way for unpacking Church says parents are the chief assist us and provide us with lessons,
variety of musical styles. Get ready calendar and then we would read one the season of Advent in a bedtime catechists of the children. We’re just lonely! Thus we have to cherish guidance and support. They have
for a jazzy “Jingle Bells,” a blue- of these scriptures. story because – and there’s a great trying to take that commitment as the people that God has brought become not only our mentors, but
grass “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” For me it became a thing where I quote by Chesterton about this – kids seriously as we can … without being into our lives. advocates and supporters. They are
and a profoundly beautiful cover of was asking myself “How do I talk to basically want you to repeat things too serious. God’s answers to our prayers, the
Sting’s “Gabriel’s Message.” my kids about Advent?” It’s origi- over and over and over again. They The writer of the Book of Prov- “miracles” that God has caused to
Matt had a chance to sit down nally a penitential season! It’s about never get tired of it. For instance, Has your appreciation of the sea- erbs in the Holy Book said that a happen in ways we didn’t expect.
with Aleteia to talk about his latest preparing for the birth of Jesus, but I’ve had so many fans who are son of Advent always been with you good friendship is to the heart what With these friends for “a season”
releases: then it’s also about thinking about parents say, “Your music is the only or has it developed in your adult- oils and medicine are to the body. come – they make a profound impact
the second coming and the end of all thing my kids want to listen to in the hood? Encouraging our friends – and being on our lives. They give us joy, love
What inspired you to write a chil- things, which is kinda heavy for a mini-van.” To which I apologise. I’ve always had a sense that this is encouraged by them – is a conduit of and serenity – things that we are so
dren’s book? three-year-old to think about. [He laughs] It’s like a weird form of a very special time of year. In some blessings. thankful for. They leave us memories
I love that that’s your first question, I realized is that’s why we have Groundhog Day. ways I think it’s written into the I came across a beautiful piece that linger on. There are times that
like “Okay, we get the record thing, symbols and that’s why they’re so But I remember thinking to myself fabric of the seasons themselves. about friendship entitled “Life- these relationships for “a season”
but really? A kids book?” important, and there’s a real simplic- “Maybe if they’re listening to this One of the groups of people I’m times.” Penned by an unknown bring us pain, but parting almost
Yeah, I have 3 kids and bedtime ity to just three purple candles and album and they’re reading a book going to thank when I get to heaven author, the article identifies three always brings pain. However,
stories are a pretty consistent thing one pink. My daughter asked me laced with lyrics and titles of songs are the Church Fathers who decided groups of people that come into our though their presence in our lives is
in my house. I was working on “Why is that one pink?” I’m like throughout the record, then it can that we should celebrate the birth lives: those who come for a reason, brief, they have left us some things
these songs for this album and we “Well, the other three weeks are become a simple, connected way to of Jesus in the darkest time of the a season, or a lifetime. I love it that will be with us as long as we
year, especially in the Northern because it gives us a deeper under- live. Whatever emotion, values and
Hemisphere. That was about the best standing of the value of friendship knowledge that they have shared
art and environment decision you and challenges us to embrace the with us are with us still, ready to be
could make.You have the liturgical presence of friends more fully. used and shared anew.
calendar and then Western civiliza- A lot of you have read “Lifetimes” Lifetime relationships are simply
tion basically has its season moving before because it’s better known by the most rewarding. “Lifetime”
in patterns with the calendar. For me its other title: “A Reason, a Season, people are usually our family and
how can you not tell that something or a Lifetime.” friends whom we could turn in times
is changing when the leaves get “People come into your life for of greatest need. Problems may crop
beautiful and then everything starts a reason, a season, or a lifetime. up and storms may buffer us, yet our
to die and the days get colder. When you know which one it is, “lifetime” people are with us through
And I loved how Christmas music you will know what to do about that thick and thin. They are anchors in
was not defined by any one particu- person. our lives!
lar musical genre. It’s the one time When someone is in your life for Though relationships with “life-
of year where music is defined by a REASON, it is usually to meet a time” people could be challenging at
lyrical content. need you have expressed. They have times, the relationships that chal-
come to assist you through a dif- lenge us the most provide us with the
How has having kids influenced ficulty, to provide you with guidance greatest opportunity for happiness
the way you celebrate Advent? and support, to aid you physically, and growth. It is with them that we
When children get to the age where emotionally and spiritually. They embrace fully the joy of the moment,
they’re really having a sense of the may seem like a godsend and they and the joy of a lifetime.
mystery and the anticipation of the are. They are there for a reason you
season, it really reawakens those need them to be. Then their pres- Whatever reason or season, or
same thoughts and feelings in you. ence in your life comes to an end. length of time, these relationships
Christmas is the one time of year Sometimes they die or sometimes come to us – we are thankful and are
where a lot of people take the past they just walk away. What we must blessed to have friends come into our
and pull it into the present. Some- realize is that your need has been lives. As I end my piece, allow me
times they judge the present accord- met, your desire fulfilled, and their to share with you this beautiful poem
ing to the past, but memories can be work is done. The prayer you sent about “Measuring Life”:
really deceptive. up has been answered, and now it is
I think kids are the antidote to that. time to move on. “Time is not the measure of
They help you live in the moment. Some people come into your life life’s joys and tears;
For me, it’s watching my sons un- for a SEASON, because your turn Mostly it is the mileposts
wrap toys on Christmas morning or has come to share, grow, and learn.
watching them see snow for the first
along the road of years.
They bring you an experience of
time, or being with them and they peace, or make you laugh. They Love cannot be measured,
start asking questions … teach you something you have never kindness has a worth,
My oldest is seven and I remem- done. They usually give you an Friendship has a meaning,
ber him being four years old on unbelievable amount of joy because faith comes not of earth.
Christmas Eve. During the homily it real, but only for a season Not the years we’ve traveled,
at the 4:30 Mass he runs up to the Lifetime relationships teach life- but the good we’ve done,
celebrant and tells him they need to time lessons; those things you must
get the Avengers to help save baby build upon in order to have a solid
Is life’s truest measure at its
Jesus. emotional foundation. Your job is setting sun.”
It’s ridiculous, but at the same to accept the lesson, love the person
time I’ll never experience Mass on and put what you have learned to use Let’s make the most of what life
Christmas Eve the same way ever in all other relationships and areas of brings us in the coming days and
again and that’s a good thing. I think your life. It is said that love is blind years ahead!
in some ways God made me a father but friendship is clairvoyant.”
so I could learn how to be a son
again. Christmas and Advent are
some of those moments where you You explore a lot of different more like a pub in Dublin. Almost
really step into your role as a parent styles in this album. What was the like there’s a level of joy that is
and rediscover what it means to be a thought process which led to a jazzy reverently irreverent.
child of God. Jingle Bells and a bluegrass Hark,
The great thing about kids too is the Herald Angels Sing? Which is your all time favorite
that you have to really simplify what I studied theory and composition Christmas song?
it is you’re trying to communicate. and jazz in college, but then I started From a liturgical view, “O Holy
You don’t get to rest on the self- leading worship music at church, and Night.” As someone who writes a
assuredness of your vocabulary. You with that music there were already lot of congregational music, I love
have to make it simpler to under- musical parameters already estab- melodies that people want to sing
stand. You go back to the basics and lished. Christmas music, however, together. The range of that melody
it’s really important. doesn’t seem to operate within that. and how it keeps slowly ascending is
Most of the great Christmas songs, just stunning.
What advice do you have for par- the classics, are almost written like It was written to be sung on Christ-
ents who want to implant an appre- show tunes or jazz standards. mas Eve at Mass, by a French priest.
ciation of Advent in their children? For example, “The Christmas In a really subtle way, the melody
Man, isn’t it funny how you make a Song” by Mel Torme, goes through twists and turns and the key change
kids book and now people are asking so many key changes. It’s really hints at maybe some of the sur-
you for parenting advice? harmonically complex music. Then rounding feelings of trepidation that
I would say just try to be present. there’s the heyday of the develop- may have existed in the narrative of
Advent is about this announcement ment of the American traditions of Joseph and Mary traveling and, with
“Prepare the way,” and I think there Christmas, with Burl Ives and the no room to stay.
are a lot of different ways you can subsequent explosion of the record The lyrics are stunning too. In the
get ready for Christmas. Advent industry, when everyone started second verse it says “Chains shall
is about simplifying your life, but making Christmas records. That he break, for the slave is our brother.
it’s about doing it so that you can tradition just keeps on continuing And in his name all oppression shall
actually celebrate the Christmas as a and it’s all part of the subgenre of cease. Truly he taught us to love
season, and not get sick of it in one “holiday” and “Christmas” music. one another, His law is love and
day. It’s supposed to cross genres and feel His Gospel is peace.” It’s just really
I guess my advice for parents a little broad. profound. It’s beautiful poetry, it’s
would be: try to figure out the sched- “Hark, the Herald Angels,” a lot of beautiful lyrics, and it’s beautiful to
ule to eat a meal together, whether people don’t know this, was written hear people sing. Even when it’s just
it’s at morning or night, find a way by Charles Wesley, who wrote pretty one cantor who can’t quite get the
to read scripture together, and to much every great Methodist hymn. high note.
end each day with a family prayer. He had a charismatic experience., If you’re asking for my favorite
It doesn’t have to be long or overly basically a spiritual awakening, and from the American tradition, I’d
complicated. his response was to continue to write probably say “White Christmas.”
Do stuff that feels a little intentional some of the most profound hymns Mostly because I have so many
and in the moment. The great thing that Christendom still has. auditory memories of Bing Crosby’s
about Advent is that it lasts four When I read the words of “Hark, voice and my Dad’s singing together.
weeks. You don’t have to expect im- the Heralds Angels Sing,” on a hu- It was always cranked up so loud on
mediate results. Sometimes being in- man level, just the amount of joy that our stereo, but my dad would sing
tentional and spending time together comes from it, one of the memories along really loud.
can take a while to bear fruit. I associate with that kind of joy was If I stood between the stereo and
The last thing I would say is that from growing up in Newfoundland. my dad I would get Bing in one ear
there are a lot of people who come particularly around the holidays, and my Dad in another and that’s
from broken homes and did not how people would come together at just a really great memory.
grow up with a traditional family someone’s house and spend hours
in the Christmas season. My advice on end talking. Eventually people ______We are a participant in the Amazon
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As the Disbarred attorney sentenced to prison for defrauding former

clients and investors
by the U.S. Attorney's Office, South- the investment. Anderson admitted State Bar in January 2015. Anderson Brown. “Today, Defendant Clayton
ern District of California making a $182,549.69 bank transfer admitted that if A-Plan’s participants Anderson, Jr., received an appro-
in order to conceal from his clients had been aware of those facts, they priate penalty that will hopefully
by Rudy Liporada SAN DIEGO – Clayton Marlow the fact that he had already with- would not have continued to partici- bring closure for the victims of this
Read previous articles by Rudy Liporada Anderson, Jr., a former attorney drawn their settlement money from pate in A-Plan, and that his misrepre- egregious fraud.”
at ww.asianjournalusa.com based in La Mesa, California be- his client trust account without their sentations and omissions prevented
permission. Anderson also admitted them from recouping their invest- “The blatant fraud and deceit
fore his disbarment in 2015, was
Heneral Luna and Today’s
that he engaged in a money launder- ments or at the very least mitigating carried out by this former attorney
sentenced to serve 18 months in ing transaction on January 2, 2013, their losses – totaling $1,362,257.50. is unconscionable,” stated Special
federal prison today for defraud-
Buencaminos and Paternos
when he transferred over $30,000 Agent in Charge R. Damon Rowe
ing clients and investors. On July in money derived from his fraud “Clayton Anderson put his own with IRS Criminal Investigation.
3, 2018, Anderson pleaded guilty scheme into a retirement account financial interests above those of his “The honesty and integrity Ameri-
As the Bamboos Sway are supposed to be protected as per to wire fraud and money launder- under his control. clients, and he betrayed the trust that cans expect from their attorney must
By Rudy D. Liporada National Democratic Front and Gov-
ing in connection with his fraudu- they placed in him as their attorney,” never be compromised, which is
ernment of the Philippines earlier In his plea agreement, Anderson said U.S. Attorney Adam L. Braver- why we will continue to work with
I didn’t know what I was miss- agreements. They harass Senator An- lent investment scheme, known
admitted that his fraud caused his man. “This prison sentence serves all levels of law enforcement to root
ing until I finished watching Hen- tonio Trillanes, ousted Chief Justice alternatively as the “Clayton M. clients to lose over $600,000, and as a warning and demonstrates the out unscrupulous attorneys and hold
eral Luna in Netflix just last week Ma. Lourdes Sereno, and impris- Anderson Monthly Income Plan,” that the six other A-Plan participants commitment of the United States them accountable.”
when, already, three years had oned Senator Leila Delima for their “Anderson Plan,” or “A-Plan.” lost over $700,000 in money loaned Attorney’s Office to protecting the
already gone by since its initial blunt criticisms on the government to him. Anderson also admitted rights of investors – especially those This case was prosecuted by Spe-
processes. Of late, by deploying bat- During a hearing this morning be- misrepresenting and concealing a investing with their own attorney – cial Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey
release in the movies in 2015. talions of soldiers to Samar, Negros fore U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann variety of information from the six to candid, truthful information.” D. Hill, and Assistant U.S. Attorney
Oriental, Negros Occidental, and the Bencivengo, Anderson was found other A-Plan participants, including Joseph J. M. Orabona.
To me, it was not only a realistic, Bicol region to “suppress lawless to have breached his duty as an at- his law firm’s bankruptcy, his deci- “The FBI vigorously investigates
though dramatic, fresh historical violence and acts of terror” in these torney and a fiduciary by involving sion to forfeit all outstanding legal those who breach the attorney-client -- https://www.justice.gov/usao-sd-
flashback but a depiction of the areas, President Duterte had further his clients in “A-Plan,” a scheme to settlement money to the bankruptcy trust relationship by committing ca/pr/disbarred-attorney-sentenced-
Philippine current situation today. installed a de facto martial law. After solicit loans to finance the costs and trustee, and his suspension and even- fraud and deceit,” commented prison-defrauding-former-clients-
If the Heneral (played by John all, Digong himself said that he does fees related to construction defect tual disbarment by the California FBI Special Agent in Charge John and-investors
Arcilla) was alive today, I could not have to declare martial law. He lawsuits brought by his law firm. As
could order anyone shot at anytime a part of his sentence, Anderson was
almost hear him say: We have a if he wants. also ordered to pay over $1.5 million
bigger enemy than the Chinese, in restitution to his victims. OBITUARY
American, and other imperialists All these no qualm manipulations
– Ourselves. are so depicted in the treacherous From 2005 until 2014, Anderson
ambush shooting and bolo hacking solicited unsecured loans from six
Unfortunate for the Philippine Rev- to death of the Heneral applied on individuals and paid them high
olution of 1898 to be postponed with those who follow his revolutionary rates of interest between 8% and
the murder of Andres Bonifacio, the ideas of today. 13% each year. However, Ander-
founder of the Katipunan, and the Fortunately, the revolutionary ideas son eventually refashioned these
Heneral by the spineless suppos- and spirit of the Heneral remain alive unsecured loans as an “investment”
edly president of the Republic of the today. with guaranteed interest, and pitched
Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo (Mon When the Heneral noted that the the investment to his legal clients. In
Cafiado). Spineless, not primarily war with the American colonial- 2012, Anderson won a $1.8 million
due to narrow provincialism but ist troops could not be won with legal settlement for Jefferson Pointe
kowtowing to the likes of opportun- frontal positional battles, he decided Professional Corporation (“JPPC”),
ists Felipe Buencamino (Noni Buen- to shift to guerilla warfare begin- who had hired Anderson to repre-
camino) and Pedro Paterno (Leo ning at a Cordillera mountains base. sent them in a construction defect
Marinez) whose trading interests Unfortunately, he was hacked to lawsuit against the builders of their
with the American colonialists were death before he could implement his office park in Murrieta, California.
more paramount to the liberation of plan. Aguinaldo may have intended Instead of paying his clients their
the nation. Both served in the first to implement it by running away rightful share of the legal settlement
Philippine Commission established from the chasing American troops to as required, Anderson repeatedly
by the colonialists as being trained remote Palanan in Isabela. However, solicited them on behalf of “A-Plan
to govern the Philippines after the short of military skills, lacking in the Investment Services, Inc.” promis-
Filipino pacification. political will to win the revolution, ing JPPC a 13% annual return on
Aguinaldo was captured and eventu- their “investment.” As a part of his
Fast forward. Today, led by Presi- ally commanded all the remaining guilty plea, Anderson admitted that
dent Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte him- revolutionary forces to give up the his pitch to his clients violated his
self, we have his henchmen parading fight – meaning surrendering to the duties as an attorney and that he
that the partnership with the Chinese colonialists. Although there were made multiple false claims, includ-
imperialists in exploiting the Philip- generals like Macario Sakay who ing that A-Plan had over $1 million
pine resources in the Philippine persisted, without proper revolution- under management and that A-Plan
West Seas and beyond is good for ary guidance, they were eventually was the beneficiary of a $4.4 million
the greater majority of the Filipinos.
This is apart from the continuing
plunder of other foreign interests on
captured and executed. Philippine
pacification and Filipinization, thus,
insurance policy on his life. An-
derson admitted his clients invested Dante Balasico Villa
our resources like those being mined
ensued. $800,000 of their legal settlement
into “A-Plan” in reliance on his
DECEMBER 11, 1934 – NOVEMBER 18, 2018
and agribusiness related which wring Nonetheless, decades later, formally false claims, and that he engaged in
havoc on our ecosystems – causing in December 26, 1968, the reformed other fraudulent conduct toward his
floods, erosions, and deaths apart Communist Party of the Philip- clients. Obituary of Dante Balasico Villa
from the depletion of resources pines (CPP) decided to pick up the
which should be rightfully for Filipi-
Dante Balasico Villa, of San Diego, California passed away on Sunday November 18, 2018.
fight started by Andres Bonifacio In fact, Anderson was in dire
nos. If the Heneral was alive today, and carried by the Heneral. With financial straits when he solicited He was the fourth of seven children born to Damaso C. Villa and Petra A. Balasico on
he would slap them for being traitors its New Peoples Army (NPA), the December 11, 1934 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He married his college sweetheart
for placing their personal political, Party does not only have bases in the Estelita L. Deguzman in 1957. Devoted father of Dario (Tess) Villa, Emma Villa Guarnes
social, and economic interests above Cordilleras but all over the Islands. sweet talks of those who push for the
the independence of the Filipinos. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this status quo, the Heneral says: “Para
and Din ( Janet) Villa. He is survived by his wife Estelita, younger siblings Durante, David
year, the Heneral would have been kayong mga birhen na naniniwala sa and Puresa, grandchildren Jason, Rio Jacinta, Joseph, Niko, Mai, Dante Ryan and Kayla,
These modern Aguinaldos, Buen- proud of the accomplishments of the pag-ibig ng puta.” and numerous nieces and nephews.
caminos, and Paternos also have no CPP – from a miniscule force with An Artikulo Uno production, Hen-
qualms in manipulating the laws miniscule arms when they started to eral was produced by E.A. Rocha,
of the government and media, both an unquashable force of today. executive produced by Fernando While attending National University in Manila, he joined the United States Navy in 1960
mainstream and social, to silence Ortigas and directed by Jerrold Tarog and served with honor and distinction for 23 years, the last 12 years as a Chief Preven-
those who harbor ideas akin to the For those fighting, one can almost from a screenplay by Henry Francia,
Heneral’s. They have murdered law- hear Isabel (Mylene Dizon), the
tive Medical Technician. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science from
E.A. Rocha and Tayag.
yers, workers, peasants, students and Heneral’s amore, saying, “Digmaan Laverne College/University while stationed in the Philippines in 1975. He became a
others who questioned the validity and iyong asawa, ako lamang and Registered Sanitarian for the State of California in 1983.
of their actions. They have impris- iyong querida.” This complements
oned legal personalities like Vicente the Heneral’s line saying that to Download the
Ladlad and Rafael Baylosis when truly serve your love ones, you must Asian Journal He served on the submarine USS Sabalo during the Bay of Pigs Cuban Crisis and was
they should not be because they are involve yourself in the revolution. asianjournalusa.com/digital in Vietnam twice during the war. He was a recipient of National DefenseService Medal,
consultants of the Peace Process and And for those who still believe in the Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal-Cuba, Navy Unit Commen-
dation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Philippine Republic
Presidential Citation, and Five Good Conduct Awards. Upon retiring from the Navy, he
continued to serve the military in a civilian capacity as a Sanitary Inspector for 20 years.
He was a founding member of the San Diego County Metropolitan Lions Club, former
president of the Sarrateneos of Southern California and member of Jaen, USA. He was an
avid bowler who collected many trophies in his younger days. He also enjoyed gaming at
the local casinos and lately followed many Tagalog tele-series on TV. Above all, he loved
family gatherings to celebrate holidays, birthdays, graduations and accomplishments. A
visitation at glen abbey main chapel for Dante will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2018
from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road,
Bonita, CA 91902. A funeral mass will occur Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 11:00
AM to 12:00 PM at St. Charles Catholic Church, 990 Saturn Blvd, San Diego, CA 92154.
A committal service will occur Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.GlenAbbeysandiego.

com for the Villa family.
Estelita Legaspi Villa, Wife
Dario Villa, Son
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Gene-edited baby claim by Chinese scientist sparks outrage
Inquirer.net | HONG KONG, ously in exclusive interviews with editing is banned in the U.S., though Jennifer Doudna, inventors of a said. Concerns have been raised about how
China — Scientists and bioethics The Associated Press. Deem said he worked with He on the powerful but simple new tool called Doudna is paid by the Howard Hughes He says he proceeded, and whether par-
Reaction to the claim was swift and project in China. CRISPR-cas9 that reportedly was Medical Institute and Zhang receives ticipants truly understood the potential
experts reacted with shock, anger grant support from the organization, risks and benefits before signing up to
and alarm Monday to a Chinese harsh. “Regardless of where it was con- used on the Chinese babies during
More than 100 scientists signed a ducted, this work as described in fertility treatments when they were which also supports AP’s Health & Sci- attempt pregnancy with edited embryos.
researcher’s claim that he helped petition calling for greater oversight press reports violates scientific con- conceived.
ence Department. He says he began the work in 2017,
make the world’s first genetically Another conference leader, Harvard but he only gave notice of it earlier this
on gene editing experiments. duct guidelines and is inconsistent “Not only do I see this as risky, but Medical School dean Dr. George Daley, month on a Chinese registry of clinical
edited babies. The university where He is based with ethical norms of the scientific I am also deeply concerned about the said he worries about other scientists trials.
He Jiankui of Southern Univer- said it will hire experts to inves- community and Rice University,” the lack of transparency” around the work, trying this in the absence of regulations The secrecy concerns have been
tigate, saying the work “seriously school said in a statement. Zhang, a scientist at MIT’s Broad
sity of Science and Technology of Institute, said in a statement. Medical
or a ban. compounded by lack of proof for his
China said he altered the DNA of violated academic ethics and stan- Gene editing is a way to rewrite “I would be concerned if this initial claims. He has said the parents involved
advances need to be openly discussed
twin girls born earlier this month dards.” DNA, the code of life, to try to sup- with patients, doctors, scientists and
report opened the floodgates to broader declined to be identified or interviewed,
A spokesman for He said he has ply a missing gene that is needed or practice,” Daley said. and he would not say where they live or
to try to help them resist possible society, he said. Notre Dame Law School professor where the work was done.
been on leave from teaching since disable one that is causing problems. Doudna, a scientist at the University
future infection with the AIDS early this year but remains on the It has only recently been tried in of California, Berkeley and one of the
O. Carter Snead, a former presidential One independent expert even ques-
virus — a dubious goal, ethically adults to treat serious diseases. adviser on bioethics, called the report tioned whether the claim could be a
faculty and has a lab at the univer- Hong Kong conference organizers, said “deeply troubling, if true.” hoax. Deem, the Rice scientist who says
and scientifically. sity. Editing eggs, sperm or embryos is that He met with her Monday to tell “No matter how well intentioned, this he took part in the work, called that
There is no independent confirma- Authorities in Shenzhen, the city different, because it makes perma- her of his work, and that she and others intervention is dangerous, unethical, ridiculous.
tion of what He says he did, and it where He’s lab is situated, also nent changes that can pass to future plan to let him speak at the conference and represents a perilous new moment “Of course the work occurred,” Deem
has not been published in a journal launched an investigation. generations. Its risks are unknown, Wednesday as originally planned. in human history,” he wrote in an email. said. “I met the parents. I was there for
where other experts could review And Rice University in the United and leading scientists have called for “None of the reported work has gone “These children, and their children’s the informed consent of the parents.” /
it. He revealed it Monday in Hong through the peer review process,” and
States said it would investigate the a moratorium on its use except in lab the conference is aimed at hashing out
children, have had their futures irrevo- cbb
Kong where a gene-editing confer- involvement of physics professor studies until more is learned. important issues such as whether and
cably changed without consent, ethical
ence is getting underway, and previ- Michael Deem. This sort of gene They include Feng Zhang and review or meaningful deliberation.”
when gene editing is appropriate, she

Christmas fried sweet bananas covered with

flour and smothered with sugar. Then
to buy them in the stalls under Que-
zon bridge in the Quiapo District.
counters. At three o’clock in the
afternoon, Eric and his family got
restaurants like the dim sum, noodles
and buns. There are also occasional
already getting dark, Eric persuaded
his tired family to take a cab across
( Continued from page 16 ) there is the famous Ferrino’s Bib- From Harrison Plaza, Eric and his hungry and went to the basement of Indian and Middle Eastern eateries town, some thirty miles away, to see
a minor scandal is enough to pull ingka and Puto Bumbong, one of the family took a cab to the shopping the mall where the fast food section in these fast food restaurants. Indeed, the pride of Quezon City.
him down. But in the Philippines, best that Eric has tested. Its kesong malls of Makati, some fifteen miles is housed. The fast food section is one can have his choice of cuisine at When Eric was a kid, his parents
a politician escapes unscathed even puti (white cheese) is made from ca- away. Site of Ayala Avenue, the typical of shopping malls in Manila, reasonable prices by merely visit- used to take him and their brood
after the reading public feasts on his rabao milk unlike the kesong puti in “Wall Street of the Philippines,” in especially the Shoe Mart chain. Lo- ing the fast food eateries in Metro in their long, twelve-seater (with
follies. The ignominy of the Marcos Batangas sold along the highway on Makati boasts of affluent communi- cated in one whole floor are specialty Manila’s shopping malls. folding chairs in the middle) 1949
dictatorship is beyond comprehen- the way to Tagaytay which is made ties and first-class shopping malls. stalls that sell a variety of delicacies For lunch, Eric ordered broiled Dodge car to different Christmas dis-
sion. Yet, even after being exposed, of cow’s milk. Its salted egg is made One of the most popular is the Glo- and the ubiquitous franchise holders. native catfish, a rarity he has missed play sites all over Manila in the days
the members of the Marcos family, from duck egg not chicken. Eric’s rietta. The site is again teeming with Usually, there are McDonald’s, its during the twelve years he has been before Christmas. They would first
from Imelda to her son Bongbong favorite is the one that sells pan de Christmas shoppers who flock to the Philippine competitor, Jollibee, and staying in the United States. He had go to the now defunct Ysmael Steel
and daughters Imee and Irene are sal (rolls) with a choice of fillings: first-class boutiques that might rival fast food chains like Dunkin Donuts, rice and pickled mango (burong compound along Espana Extension
free to circulate; oftentimes basking Chinese ham, keso de bola, carne Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive. Even Pizza Huts and Wendy’s. One of manga) for a dip and gulaman at in Quezon City. Ysmael Steel used
in high society and getting elected to norte (corned beef), sardinas (sar- popular mega-star Sharon Cuneta the locals that has made good is the sago for a drink. To his disappoint- to manufacture refrigerators with a
high public offices. dines) and other Filipino favorites. has her own boutique in the area Tropical Hut, which was already ment, however, the catfish tasted a brand name called “Admiral.” Its
“Where are we going today?” Eric’s Eric’s wife and kids had bibingka named after her daughter with popu- very popular for its thick hamburg- little bit like gas fuel. It was obvi- logo was a steel robot. One Christ-
wife asked him. and maruya for breakfast while Eric lar movie idol, Gabby Conception. ers long before McDonald’s invaded ous that it was broiled over a gas mas time, it had a five-storey-high
Outside, the rain mysteriously himself had fried rice, egg and tapa When Eric and his family arrived the Philippines. Tropical Hut started stove, not in the traditional charcoal steel robot in its compound dressed
stopped and the sun was slowly (beef jerky). One can tell a Filipino that afternoon, a Christmas show out as a grocery store in the af- ihawan. For dessert, Eric had halo- like Santa Claus. On another occa-
peeking from the clouds. if he eats rice for breakfast. was being staged in the center of the fluent community of Greenhills, halo from a unique food franchise in sion, it had a rocket ship ladened
“I guess we just have to visit more At eleven in the morning, Harrison mall featuring the very popular Apo with a hamburger restaurant on the the fast food section: “Sari-Saring with Christmas gifts during the time
shopping malls,” he answered. Once Plaza was already filled with shop- Hiking Society. One could hardly side. Though its main grocery still Halo.” It is one of the best halo-halo Russia and America were compet-
one got stuck in Manila, there are not pers. The Christmas spirit was in get a glimpse of the trio but Eric was remains, it has concentrated on its he had ever tried, and always had ing for dominance in space. From
enough parks, museums and scenic full swing as Christmas carols were content enough to sit on a bench as hamburger restaurants by establish- his fill whenever he was in Manila. there, they would go to the Magnolia
spots to visit but there are always blaring from big loudspeakers inside he nursed his aching foot while his ing branches in different parts of the Tourists should also try Philippine Plant on Aurora Blvd. On top of its
shopping malls. the mall. The place was festooned family went shopping on their own city. In such a fast food complex, brand ice creams like Magnolia, two-storey building, a nativity scene
They took a cab and went to nearby with Christmas decorations from the for two hours. one can see different native restau- Selecta and the upcoming Mamang would be displayed, with the star
Harrison Plaza which was just four native nativity scenes to American “We will shop till we drop, dad,” rants that offer food specialties from Sorbetero. The recommended flavors looming above and rays of Christ-
blocks away. Although the meter icons like Santa Claus, reindeers and his littlest daughter kidded him. different regions of the Philippines. are the Keso (cheese) ice cream mas light flowing to the ground. It
was only showing twenty pesos plus snow. Eric checked out the Philip- There is a Pampaguena restau- (with chunks of cheese); Langka; was a sight to behold. They would
the twelve pesos flat fee for the air pine products section of Rustan’s. Landmark rant famous on its lechon kawali, Macapuno; Mango; Avocado, Mais stay on the grassy ground in front of
condition of the cab, the driver was The place sells high quality barong broiled catfish, morcon, embotido and others not among those avail- the building, scampering and playing
charging them fifty pesos. tagalog shirts, wood crafts, native Beside the Glorietta is another and others. The Ilonggo restaurant able in the 31 flavors that Baskin and around as their parents would allow
“How come?” Eric asked. baskets, shell crafts, native dresses shopping mall called “The Land- has Bacolod specialties like La Robbins has to offer in the United them to have as much Magnolia ice
“We are accredited by the hotel, and other authentic Philippine mark.” It has the same scene all Paz Batchoy. There is the Bicolano States. cream as they could eat. They would
and we charge a minimum of fifty products. During the time of Marcos, over again: frenzied Christmas restaurant with its coconut syrup and then pass by Arcega’s Department
pesos!” Imelda would have the main store of shoppers with families in town and hibi dishes, oftentimes hot and spicy. Cubao store on the same street and check
“You mean if we hailed another Rustan’s in Makati closed so that she shopping bags on their shoulders as There are international cuisines out its colorful display on its façade.
cab across the street, we would have and her foreign guests could shop in though they would never run out of too, like the kimchee of the Korean Their pilgrimage of shopping malls The best display of all is always
saved twenty pesos?” privacy. After seeing the prices of the money to spend. Toys were all over restaurants, the sushis and sashimis would not be complete without visit- presented by the C.O.D. Department
“Yes!” native goods, Eric realized that he the place and long lines of shop- of the Japanese restaurants and the ing Cubao during Christmas time. Store which boasts of itself as “the
“Now I know better,” Eric muttered would get a better bargain if he were pers queued for the cash register perennial favorites from the Chinese Thus, despite the fact that it was ( Continued on page 15 )
to himself.
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height of the Marcos dictatorship. It

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( Continued from page 14 ) money on top. It showed some colorful Christmas ( Continued from page 1 ) us for giving away the significant win in Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 in
only Filipino-owned department Another local game shown was the displays which many people visited. pine Sea at labag sa Saligang Batas the PCA,” he added. Arya Auditorium, East of Kailash, New
Filipino version of the piñata using Today, the Amon Trading building is Last Nov. 19 to 20, President Ro- Delhi, India on November 24.
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cascaded from tall buildings and hotels During his time as solicitor general, pageant after winning the Mr. Hannah’s
people, some of whom were com- landed on the moon. The streets and Hilbay led the country’s legal team to
sidewalks in front of C.O.D. were and were entwined on lampposts in the World Tourism Philippines 2018 title in
ing all the way from the provinces. middle of the street. It was like watching the Permanent Court of Arbitration in
There were moving mannequins of often filled with people and hardly ( Continued from page 1 ) June.
the electric parade in Main Street U.S.A. The Hague. He succeeded last year’s winner
people and animals, doing their part passable, to the detriment of the of Disneyland. Whoever said that the In July 2016, the court ruled that Bei- Ambassador 2018 in India.
in the tableau to the tune of holiday business of competing stores. Since jing’s claim to almost the entire South De Lumen’s win comes soon after Luong Gia Huy of Vietnam.
Filipinos are suffering would take back Southeast Asian delegates Aung Wira
melodies. At one time, C.O.D. pre- prospective clients could hardly his words at the sight of these luxurious China Sea was invalid. China claims Philippines’ bet Ma. Ahtisa Manalo won
first runner-up in the recently concluded Jaya of Indonesia and Chitsanupong
sented a Christmas theme celebration enter their stores as people stood by Christmas displays. The Central Bank nearly the entire South China Sea,
Soeksiri of Thailand also won as the first
and blocked the doorsteps to watch including waters within the exclusive Miss International 2018 held in Tokyo,
of rural Philippines, complete with a building fronting Roxas Blvd. featured
Japan, and second runner up titles.
barrio chapel with its bells ringing, the presentation, the competing store Christmas lights simulating fireworks economic zones of Brunei, Malaysia,
a marching band, a small pondas owners had to board up their side with sounds to boot! Indeed, despite the Philippines (the WPS), Vietnam and
(small temporary roadside eatery) walks to block the pedestrian’s view what people say, the best place to spend
and enjoy Christmas is still that home
Hilbay added that agreeing on a joint Divine Mercy Shrine
selling bibingka and puto bumbong and allow the entry of customers oil and gas exploration with China was in Encinitas, California
of the Christmas fanatic Filipinos, the
(rice cakes), people going to church into their own establishments. Dur- Philippines. - AJ tantamount to giving up the country’s
dressed in native attires, colorful na- ing that time, Makati and only few (To be continued) win in The Hague.
tive lanterns and even native games buildings with a lot of vacant space “By signing MOU on joint oil and gas
(palaro) like the palosebo which filled with cogon grass. The most
showed a small boy, climbing up and notable landmark then was the Amon
exploration with China, we are giving up
our victory in the arbitral tribunal,” said Be part of the story.

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Daiso Japan announces Grand Opening of National City Store San Diego Filipino Cinema celebrates
National City, Daiso’s fourth USA. “We hope the community of
National City will join us for the
100 years of Philippine Cinema
San Diego-area store to hold
grand opening celebration on celebration and enjoy the fun and ON Dec 1, 2018, San Diego Fili- as they produce brilliant works of
unique shopping experience Daiso pino Cinema celebrates 100 years cinema with impactful intensity,
Friday and Saturday, Decem- offers.”
ber 7-8, 2018 of Philippine cinema with two passion, and artistic playfulness
The 5,800 square feet Daiso Na-
tional City store features products film screenings of award-winning even with the production budget
National City, CA -- DAISO and styles for this holiday season, films from the Philippines. These which is a quarter or even less
Japan, a rapidly growing value including Thanksgiving and Christ- two films Ang Larawan by Loy than their American counterparts.
store known for selling quality mas entertaining. Daiso offers thou- Arcenas and Lorna by Sigrid
items for $1.50, is pleased to an- sands of quality products ranging Andrea P. Bernardo are great Ang Larawan - screens at 4:00 pm,
from kitchenware, beauty supplies, representations of the ingenuity total running time of 2:04 hrs., Q and
nounce the opening of its fourth A after the screening (still subject to
stationery and wrapping paper to and creativeness of Filipino film-
San Diego-are store. To celebrate electronic accessories and useful, ( Continued on page 8 )
the National City store opening, everyday sundries. Shoppers will
makers and creative collaborators
Daiso will hold in-store festivities find novel, unique gift items, snacks,
on Friday and Saturday, Decem- greeting cards and party favors for
ber 7-8, 2018, starting at 10:00 every occasion. riences that keep customers coming When: Friday and Saturday, De-
AM. The National City Daiso More than just a value store, Dai- back. From gardening supplies and cember 7-8, 2018, at 10:00 AM
store is located at 1420 E. Plaza so’s goal is to put the fun back into household sundries to a growing Where: 1420 E. Plaza Blvd., Na-
Blvd., National City, CA 91950. shopping in a budget friendly way, selection of specialty foods, Daiso is tional City, CA 91950
offering useful and unique products a one-stop shop for the entire family. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/
“We are very excited to be open- that meet the needs of just about events/500295313804556/
ing our fourth store in the San every shopper in the household. Daiso National City Grand Open-
Diego area,” said Mr. Yoshi Murata, Our buyers work hard to stock ing Celebration ● Goodie Bags for the first 100
senior vice president Daiso Japan must-have items as well as novelties, Who: Open to the public customers with receipt on both days
creating memorable shopping expe- (12/7/18 & 12/8/18)

Christmas displays in the Philippines

● Free Great Prize Giveaway tick-
ets all day on 12/7 and until 4:30PM

are a sight to behold

on 12/8 or whenever the tickets are
gone. No purchase necessary! Ticket
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr., Publisher supplies are limited, so please make
& Editor, The San Diego Asian Journal sure to ask for a ticket at the Daiso
(1st in a series of Christmas Stories) table near the front of the store. Win-
ners will have two weeks to claim
Manila, Philippines, December your prize. Expires 12/22/18. There
24, 1996 -- It’s unusual to rain will be no re-drawing so make sure
on the eve of Christmas in the to check your ticket numbers within
the two-week timeframe. Prizes
Philippines, but rain it did on De- include iPad Mini, Apple Watch and
cember 24, 1996 while Eric and hundreds of dollars in gift cards.
his family were visiting his home ● Taiko drum performance by Sen-
country. ryu Taiko on Saturday 12/8/18, from
Through the glass window of his 10:00AM to 3:00PM
hotel room in on Roxas Blvd. in ● Vendor sampling and promotions
Manila, he could see rain pouring ● Limited edition Daiso balloons
hard on Manila Bay, with gusty took turns taking a shower. He got skills and talents of their foreign for the little ones (while supplies
winds whipping the swaying palm the free newspaper outside the hotel counterparts. Although the attacks last)
trees on the shore and splashing the room’s door and called room service against politicians are sometimes ● Music and much much more
big waves against the walls of the for coffee. freewheeling, irresponsible and
breakwater facility. Manila’s newspapers looked cheap downright insulting, they seem to About DAISO
“There goes our Christmas,” he compared to the American dailies fall on deaf ears’ as graft and corrup-
muttered as his wife and daughters because of their use of recycled tion remain unabated. In the United DAISO Japan, known for its wide
rose from bed, one after another. It newsprints. But the articles they States, a politician’s involvement in selection of household products at
was nine o’clock in the morning, publish and the expertise’ of Filipino ( Continued on page 8 )
( Continued on page 14 )
and as was their practice, everyone journalists are comparable to the

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