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It took a month for Isabel to fully recover from her injuries. She had to undergo physical therapy to become her old self again. “Now we can take that cross-country trip to our home in Virginia,” her husband Albert told her. “Why don’t you join us?” Albert asked Romy and Ditas who were then visiting with their daughter Mikaela. “Then you can fly back to San Diego.” “Yes, why not?” Isabel enthused. “Para mas masaya (So it will be more fun).” Romy momentarily looked at his wife and said, “Okay.” “How about my job?” Ditas asked. “We can both take a month-long vacation. Malakas ka naman sa boss mo (You have a strong influence on your boss).” “Let’s go for it!” Albert declared. By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. Publisher & Editor Asian Journal San Diego The Original and First Asian Journal in America See page 3

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ElecHas Previously following: (i) proof of U.S. after years of waiting, the tion of officers is usually held Submitted An Affidavit of immigrant petition he filed on citizenship or permanent resiWhen is the Affidavit of during District Conventions, Support dence; (ii) proof of employbehalf of his relative is now Support Required however with the resignation ment; and (iii) current Federal ready for visa processing or of the incumbent governor due If sponsor or joint sponsor to ill health, an interim election in cases the relative is already Income Tax Returns. 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A person who files an Requirements required to be completed and immigrant petition on behalf filed at the time the intending intending immigrant whether and elevated to the position a relative or not provided he In evaluating whether the of his relative (petitioner) is of District Governor, then folimmigrant is applying for an is able to demonstrate that sponsor meets the income re- immigrant visa or at the time required by law to submit an lowing the same procedure, his income meets the income quirements you determine the the intending immigrant files Affidavit of Support filed on the 2nd Vice District Governor household size of the sponsor an adjustment of status appli- requirements set forth in the Form I-864 showing that he Brad Weeks became the 1st Federal Poverty Guidelines, meets certain income require- which in most cases consists Vice District Governor, thus cation. Atty. Jean S. Tinsay is a of the sponsor’s spouse and leaving the position of 2nd ments. If the petitioner is partner in the Law Firm of Vice Governor vacant. Three dependent children and assess not able to meet the income Petitioner/Sponsor is Chua Tinsay and Vega (CTV) highly qualified Lions vied whether his income meets the Currently requirements, the alien relafor the vacant position among tive/intending immigrant will Federal Poverty Guidelines Unemployed or His Income - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San them current North East Region for the sponsor’s household be ineligible for an immigrant is Insufficient To Diego and Manila. The infor- Chair Blesila Sanchez Trott of size. For example, the house- Meet the Federal Poverty visa or adjustment of status. mation presented in this arthe Escondido Host Lions Club. hold size of a U.S. citizen Guidelines ticle is for general information Voting was done through secret sponsor who is submitting an What is An Affidavit of ballot. Lion Trott was elected only and is not, nor intended Affidavit of Support for his Support If the sponsor is currently to be, formal legal advice nor on the first balloting. parent with a wife and two unemployed or his income The meeting was held on the formation of an attorneyminor children is 4. Based An Affidavit of Support is is not sufficient, one way to November 9, 2010, and was on the most current Federal a form completed by the permeet the income requirements client relationship. 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Silverio Jr. the money I gambled),” Mang make extra money out of the it will be more fun).” Teban exclaimed. “How come winnings of old Filipino gamRead Sim Silverio’s previous articles by visiting our website at Romy momentarily looked my other winnings were not www.asianjournalusa.com blers like Mang Teban who at his wife and said, “Okay.” questioned?” were receiving SSSI. “How about my job?” Ditas “Because they were not Little did the Filipino byasked. big enough. This one is big stander know his racket won’t “We can both take a monthand the casino has to issue an pay dividends to him in the long vacation. Malakas ka IRS 1099-Miscellaneous form long run. The taxes he was told naman sa boss mo (You have to be reported to the Internal to pay for his alleged “wina strong influence on your Revenue Service,” said the nings” were much bigger than boss).” (Editor’s Note: To read the of what he had already lost. Filipino cashier. he expected. The following “Let’s go for it!” Albert previous and weekly installThe win, which was a difficult “Papaano iyan (What he increased the commisments of this series, visit www. one, was considered a jackpot. now)?” Mang Teban asked the year,he was charging to cover declared. sion asianjournalusa.com. Once Mang Teban won much more Filipino guy. the taxes he would pay. He THE ROAD TRIP was a there, click the “News and than the regular amount of the “May paraan diyan also found a way of lessening chance for the women and the Features” heading, then click prize money. He was told to (There’s a little girl to see America. From “Promised Land by Simeon G. claim his special prize at the way out San Diego, they went up north Silverio, Jr.” title to see the list cashier’s office. to it),” to Las Vegas, Nevada; went of all chapters of ‘Promised “Congratulations Tatay,” back south to the Grand CanLand’. Click the title of the one of the cashiers, a Filipino, yon, then Phoenix, Arizona; chapter you want to read and greeted him. “Heto ho ang El Paso and Dallas, Texas; the article will appear.) papeles, pirmahan ninyo (Here passing through Louisiana and are the papers, sign them).” Mississippi; then crossing into “BINGO!” MANG TEBAN Then one Filipino bystander Alabama; then Atlanta, GeorSHOUTED upon crossing out asked him: “Are you receiving gia; South Carolina; North the last number in his card. It Social Security Supplementary Carolina; and into Virginia. was a rare feat. It’s been an Income?” They didn’t follow the hour since the game started “Yes,” Romy’s father reshortest route. Whenever there and no one had come up with plied. were tourist attractions in the the right configuration to win. “Naku, delikado ho iyan, area, they took a side trip to And when someone finally baka kuwestiyunin kayo ng said the see the place. did, he achieved the rarest of Social Security System (That’s bystander. In Las Vegas, they checked the feats: being able to cover dangerous. The Social Security “I can sign my own name out the Hoover Dam and all the numbers in a bingo System might question you)?” as the recipient of the winnings his tax payment by reportstayed at the Circus Circus card. And it was Mang Teban. “Bakit (Why)?” provided you will give me ing false gambling losses as Casino so Mikaela could enjoy “Diyos ko Teban, papaano “Because your SSSI is just fifteen percent of the money. deductions. Thus he continued the attractions for children. mo nagawa iyan (Oh God a supplementary income given That way, the IRS won’t know to conspire with his elderly “Naku Ate, ang daming Teban, how did you do it)?” by the government to assist you earned that much, you Filipino countrymen in comslot machines. Maglaro tayo his wife, Aling Munda cried you since you do not have won’t be taxed and the welfare mitting fraud against the U.S. (Hey Ate, there’s a lot of slot in disbelief. The other players other sources of income. It is agency people won’t question government and its taxpayers. machines. Let us play),” Ditas were also astounded. No one not an SS retirement income you.” But his unusual big winnings teased her cousin. had done so since the casino which you earned after years “Ang laki naman ng taga and losses would generate a “Heh! Tumigil ka nga diwas opened. of working. SSSI is a freebie mo (Your cut is big).” red flag in the IRS. It would yan. Isinumpa ko na ang sugal “I can’t believe it myself,” given to people who do not “But I will use part of the just be a matter of time before (Stop it, I already forsook Mang Teban exclaimed. have the minimum amount of commission to pay the tax.” the authorities would come gambling),” Isabel replied. A bingo official examined money to cover their living ex“Sige na Teban, pumayag knocking at his door to audit Albert and Romy both the winning card and declared penses. You are not supposed ka na, kaysa sa wala (Just him and discover his crimes. laughed. Mang Teban’s victory official. to bet the money in the casinos agree Teban. It’s better than “Finally,” the old man enbut spend it only on your basic nothing),” his wife urged him. IT TOOK A MONTH for THEY ALL MARVELED thused. “After years of invest- needs.” “Okay,” Mang Teban Isabel to fully recover from her AT THE MAJESTIC SIGHT ing thousands of dollars in this “That’s not right! I’ve been agreed. injuries. She had to undergo of the Grand Canyon; the Old casino, I won big!” spending thousands of dollars “Masuwerte kayo at nandi- physical therapy to become her West towns of Tucson, AriThe officials were all smiles in this casino!” rito ako para saluhin kayo. old self again. zona; took a walk on Dallas too. They knew Mang Teban “You can get the prize, Marami na akong natulungang “Now we can take that Pioneer Place; checked out as one of the biggest losers but you will be taxed and the kababayan natin na nag-SSSI cross-country trip to our home the city’s World Aquarium in the game, yet, he persisted welfare agency might stop giv- at nanalo ng malaki sa casiin Virginia,” her husband AlExhibit; the Coca Cola Muin playing on. What he had ing you your SSSI since you nong ito (You are lucky I am bert told her. seum and Olympic Park in won was just a small portion

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Page 3 Atlanta, Georgia; the historic Charleston and Fort Sunter National Monument in South Carolina; the Whitewater Falls and Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina; the Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement in Virginia; and other tourist attractions along the way. They also bonded together as close friends and relatives. And they all enjoyed Romy and Ditas’ little girl, Mikaela, whom they all agreed was beautiful enough to grow and become a movie star in the Philippines. The two best friends, Albert and Romy, were in the front seats alternately driving the car while the cousins, Isabel and Ditas, were at the back seat. In between them was little Mikaela. Romy enjoyed the trip and the bonding with his family so much that once they reached the East Coast, he suggested to his wife: “Since we’re already here, let’s visit the other areas in the East Coast.” “What areas?” Ditas asked. “We can tour Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston to the North. They are all accessible by car.” “How long will it take?” Ditas asked. “About two weeks.” “That’s too long. We will lose our jobs.” “Don’t worry about our jobs, I will take care of that problem,” Romy told his wife. Unknown to Ditas, her husband had a plan that would forever change the course of their lives. - AJ (To be continued) (Editor’s Note: To read the previous and weekly installments of this series, visit www. asianjournalusa.com. Once there, click the “News and Features” heading, then click “Promised Land by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.” title to see the list of all chapters of ‘Promised Land’. Click the title of the chapter you want to read and the article will appear.)

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tributed his martyred death as the catalyst that precipitated the Philippine Revolution. Dr. Rizal faced the firing squad at Bagumbayan on December 30, 1896, and finally our forefathers won freedom from By Dr. Cesar D. Candari velop values that could inour past, with Rizal as the the Spanish oppression on 3nd in a series of articles tegrate into a community. towering figure, exemplified June 12, 1898. We obtained These values will bind us the essence of Freedom, Deour Independence from the Two years later and for the together as Filipinos where mocracy and Unity…. United States of America in second time, I was again inthe words “Bayanihan” and We know that Dr. Jose 1946. The EDSA revolution vited by the same organization “Katipunan”(togetherness) Rizal wrote the Noli Mi to speak about Dr. Jose Rizal. have inspired and spirited our Tangere and the El Filibuster- returned the democracy we I shall mention only those that people in forging the Philipismo to fight for our rights and had lost. And it is not a mere accident that we are gathered are pertinent to the subject of here today. All these unity. events appear to me to be a part of our Divine 1994: DR. JOSE RIZAL’S relationship -- “the LEGACY voice of the people is Excerpts of the speech: the voice of God”. I would like to think that …Dr. Jose Rizal was the the legacy of Rizal has embodiment of what a true, influenced the Filipinos noble Filipino is. We comto an appointment with memorate this event not only destiny… to showcase the legacy of We are aware of the Rizal but also to reaffirm our problems of leadership pride as Filipinos. As a dethat beset our Filipino scendant of a noble Malayan communities in general. race, we must be proud of beOurs in San Diego is ing able to savor Democracy not exempt from such as established in the ‘Code problem. It is lamenof Kalantiao’ and the ‘Code table that we are still of Sumakwel’ many centuplagued with simmerries after Democracy was ing disunity, discord born in 510 B.C. in ancient and internal crises in Greece. We must be proud leadership. How can pines into a great nation. But of the legacy left behind by the political resolution of the we presume to bring a united a question is being asked, our national heroes, particuproblems that the Spaniards front against enemies from larly the bravery and national “Are we able to develop those abused the Filipinos. These values that bring us together sentiment of Dr. Rizal. We are social commentaries on must be proud of our heritage. in unity in this country?” That the Philippines that formed is precisely what I am going We must adapt to the various the nucleus of literature that cultural climates that we have to speak tonight. The legacy inspired dissent among peaceof Dr. Rizal- our freedom and ful reformists and spurred the been exposed to and have our unity… culled the best from each of militancy of armed revoluThe fight for freedom, these divergent cultures—the tionaries against the Spanish human rights and UNITY in combined courage and agcolonial authorities. gressiveness of Marikudo; the this world is never ending. All As a political figure, Jose wisdom, integrity and gentle- these speak of the inherent de- Rizal was the founder of La sire of men, of peoples of the Liga Filipina, a civic organiness of Sumakwel; the religious fervor of the Spaniards; world, be it in the prehistoric zation that subsequently gave and the sense of fair play and days or in the atomic/nuclear birth to the Katipunan led by self-sufficiency of the Ameri- age… their desire to be free. Andrés Bonifacio and Emilio Our forefathers down to Dr. cans. Aguinaldo. He was a propoRizal wielded their pens and I mention these historical nent of institutional reforms swords in their quest for free- by peaceful means rather than legacies because I believe dom from the Spanish, Ameri- by violent revolution. The that awareness of our comcan and Japanese conquerors. general consensus among mon ancestry and culture The hero-contemporaries of could lead us easily to deRizal scholars, however, at-

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Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com without when as a group we look for conflicts and become adversarial? The negative publicity that comes out of this imbroglio jeopardizes the image of the Filipino community. However, I realize that where there is growth and progress, we also expect things to be more complicated. In every case in our social and civic organizations there are inherent and natural growing pains and should be taken as such, otherwise we will lose the proper perspective of things and be disillusioned. As James Conant said, “Democracy is a small core of common agreement surrounded by a rich variety of individual differences.” But the officers and members of our associations should be vigilant to prevent any attempt by any person or persons from doing any political maneuvering to gain control of the organization. This kind of unhealthy politics should not be tolerated. We must learn from Dr. Rizal who championed the tenets of UNITY In fact when Rizal was elected RESPONSIBLE (chief) of the association of Filipinos in Madrid during his college days over his colleague, Marcelo H. del Pilar,

November 19 - 25, 2010 who wanted very much the position, he abdicated the position in favor of del Pilar and stated, “I do wish you to give your full support and cooperation to my dear colleague Marcelo. Let us be united in our efforts to liberate our country”. This is the kind of dignified politics within an association that we must emulate. Yes, and I could not agree more, that whatever little politics we have to contend with, we should be guided by ethics and principle, by personal aggrandizement not as a motive but for the welfare of the association and the members. Let us do away with the traditional, provincial and parochial divisions among ourselves. Our number of Filipino- Americans in this community is a tremendous opportunity for us to gain political, economic and cultural empowerment…. Tipping the balance of scale to the right are the positive reflections of the organization like yours—the Phil-American Community of San Diego, Inc., whose performance, stature, and decorum merit our admiration and a pride to all of us. What we need today in our leadership are those who have the courage and wisdom to carry the flag to unity… We must, and I shall quote President Fidel Ramos who had visited us here in San Diego when he stated, “ we must learn to put our past and petty divisions behind us and focus on those more significant values and aspirations that unite and dignify us as people.” “The Visayans have a saying we can profit from: Ang kusog ara sa pagbinuligay. In Tagalog, Nasa pagkakaisa ang lakas. (In Unity there is strength!).” (To be continued)

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$10,000 from March 1, 2010March 30, 2011. Blood Pressure Screening Program- SD County Employees Charitable Organization (CECO) - $520, in kind. Physical Activity & Pilipino American Youth Assessment (PAPAYA) City University of New York through Dr. Kevin Nadal funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $2,500 six months. API Network- Operation Samahan, $3,000, 10 months (Sept 2010-June 2011). KCS Core Operating Support- Comerica Bank, $1,350. Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival (FilAmFest) - SD Commission for Arts & Culture, $16,444; SD County Enhancement Program $3,500; SEMPRA $2,500; Comerica Bank 1,350; and Barona Casino $10,000. Our major fundraising activity this year is the 8th anniversary celebration with major sponsors such as The California Endowment, Operation Samahan, National Asian American Coalition (formerly Mabuhay Alliance) and SD Institute for Community Development. Besides partnering with the Salad Master and Eco-Quest, we are also embarking in a new business venture with Melaleuca, a Wellness Company. In 2011, we will start an Annual Donor Solicitation Campaign. Goal 2: Enhance and maintain organizational capacity through recruitment of new staff and board members and sponsoring inservice training for them. A.New Staff and Volunteers: We are blessed to have staff replacements who are to listen to her harp about him taking so long. As if women were the only ones who could go shopping for ten hours and come home with one tiny bag. The clatter of the front door latch made him wince. Uh-oh. Even the slam of the screen sounded angry. “I put my car in the garage,” she said. “I don’t want the neighbors to see. “What’s to be embarrassed about? It’s a stupid spider.” “Which is apparently a few notches above your intelligence level. While you were gone, the brace you put under the kitchen shelf fell. The thing’s even a better builder than you.” “Weave. They weave webs, they don’t build them. “Fine. Just get it done.” He sighed. “Okay, you take the plants around back. I’ll get some gloves.” “They’re already on your workbench. Along with the Lysol, alcohol, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pinesol, some old hair spray and that pressure washer thing.” “I’ve used all those before.” She shrugged. He flipped on the garage lights, picturing a gladiator’s arena. One stupid little spider. How hard could it be? In an older car he could just swap out the whole rearview assembly. Or take it off and dunk it in hot water. But these newer cars were gadget factories. Mirrors wired for defrosting and for automatic adjusting. You couldn’t just pop the housing anymore. The books said spiders hated water. So why hadn’t the pressure washer worked? Or the hair spray? God knows it nearly killed him in the bathroom every morning. Take the car in to the dealer for spider removal and the auto shop manager would

working as volunteers such as Rhod Resella, our most able administrator and his wife Evelyne, who is my sister, and helps with art work, clipping our articles published in the Asian Journal and prepares food for us during meetings. I am also blessed with Hermie and Emma Abutin, a couple who have been my friends since the founding of KCS. When they heard that Dr. Oades passed away, they immediately went to the Center and volunteered to help. Chris Feraro, our Administrative Assistant and Graphic Artist, have stayed with us and has been faithfully working as a volunteer, taking care of our computer needs and assisting in the day to day operation of the Center. Demy Din, Project Manager from the American Cancer Society, plans our workshops and markets them to the community. Rudy Liporada, from Salad Master, and Victor Paz, Champions for Change, assists with the HEAL Campaign conducting food demonstrations and grocery tours. We have recruited many volunteers to help keep the Center open by being there at certain days and times. These are Lydia Duro, Paul Valen, Ben Macayan, Paul Ones (Co-Founder), Bette Poblete, Alice Legaspi, Fe Rivero, and Bessie Samson. Our nurse volunteers who take blood pressures are Leony Pamintuan and Doring Felicidad. Jen Amos, our student intern from SDSU is updating our website and doing evaluation analysis of our programs. B. New Elected Board Officers and Members: Our new elected officers and members of the Board of Directors will serve for a term laugh his head off. Couldn’t do that. Charlie rooted around in his toolbox and found a long-handled mechanic’s mirror. He’d been wondering how things looked behind the rearview. Was it a smooth compartment? Or was the back of the mirror honeycombed so the little creep had a safe place to hide? No angle worked. He could get the small round mirror into the housing but then he couldn’t see a thing. Couldn’t see anything with the flashlight either, except for little wisps of web that Tina had missed. Water hadn’t worked before but some of the household chemicals surely would if he could just find the right mix. The Lysol stunk enough. Maybe if he sprayed in some of that and then mixed it with.... He looked around. …WD-40. That stuff was great but the stench could flat clear a room. When he’d used it on the squeaky bathroom hinge, Tina had squawked and coughed for hours. She hadn’t shut up for days. He leaned into the kitchen. “Hey, Teen, keep this door closed. You might want to put a towel up against the crack, too. It’s gonna get smelly out here.” No answer. He pulled on his gloves and got to work. After the Lysol and several liberal squirts of WD-40, he spied some rose spray on a high shelf and added a bit of that. With Scrubbing Bubbles for good measure. Phew. He backed off. The smell was even beginning to get to him. No way a dumb spider in a small space should be able to live through that. A bit dizzy, he opened the side door then unfolded an old camping chair, placing it

of 2 years. Wai-Ling Oades Rubic was elected Chair; Dennis-Michael Broussard, Vice-Chair of Operations; Jay Montenegro, Vice-Chair of Finance and Treasurer; Dina Ellorin, Secretary; and Paul Valen, Assistant Secretary. New board members are Bea Estrada, Dr. Michael Juan, and Dr. Rey Monzon. Faithful board members are Nita Barrion, Demy Din, Sal Flor, Ben Macayan, Paul Ones (Co-Founder), Bette Poblete, Fe Rivero, and Femie Cupit. New members of the Board of Advisors are Dr. Patricia Cantero, Dr. Lily Cheng, and Dr. David Suley. Others include Luz Bagaw, Rev. Perla Belo, Dr. Virgie Claudio, Julie Conte, Dr. Ben Orejudos, Arlie Ricasa, Dana Richardson, Dr. Cheryl Rock, Dr. Jim Sallis, and Dr. Elena Yu. Goal 3: Develop and expand effective communication strategies both internal and external through marketing and effective use of media. We have excellent programs but not many people know about it, so we will boost our marketing campaign by designing a new website, brand and logo for KCS. We hope the website will be up and running by 2011. Goal 4: Provide effective, relevant programs to the target population. We evaluate our programs each year consisting of Community Service, Advocacy, Research, and Training (CART). Community Services include dissemination of information through our website, local media articles, Center library, and participation in health fairs; screening for blood pressure and referrals; nutri(Continued on page 23)

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“Your little friend is back, by the way.” Charlie Hudson risked a glance at his wife over the morning paper. What kind of trap was this? Had she found out who he’d taken to lunch yesterday? Heard about the parking lot deal after softball last week? “Charlie, did you hear me?” She jabbed a bare toe at his ankle. “No fair hitting below the belt this early. What little friend?” “The one in the car…” Oh, man. It was just a quick hook-up after the game, and he’d parked in the shadows. Who had seen them? “What’s not fair is me having to drive around with that disgusting thing right outside

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my window.” His body relaxed so fast his bladder threatened to spill. “Oh, that,” he managed. The spider that had taken up residence in her SUV months ago. It lived behind the driver’s side rearview mirror. He’d tried everything he could think of to kill it. “Helene and I went shopping yesterday. I wiped off the web before I left but by the time we finished lunch, there it was again. Big as a saucer.” Her hands made a circle the size of a dinner plate. “I’m the only person in town whose car is permanently tricked out for Halloween.” “Well, come next Halloween you’ll be right in style then.” “Charles Hudson, I want that thing gone today. It should have been dead months ago.” She glared. “Little teeny spider, big strong man. I don’t see the problem.” Well, he wasn’t getting out of it this time for sure. “Fine. What concoction would you like me to try? “Me? You’re the expert.” All because he’d confessed that he’d once had a pet tarantula. He folded the paper and jammed the last of his English muffin in his mouth. “I’ll take care of it when I get back. First, I have to go to the hardware store and then pick up a couple of plants for the backyard.” If he was lucky he could stretch that into a four hour errand. Take long enough and maybe one of her girlfriends would call with a shopping trip she couldn’t say no to. Four and a half hours later, he backed into the driveway and unloaded two prickly shrubs. The garage door was down, a good sign. She always locked the house up tight when she was gone. At least he wouldn’t have

close enough so he could see if anything crawled out and gasped its last. Some time later, he roused, unsure for a moment whether he’d poisoned himself. He took a deep breath, moved all his limbs. Lungs didn’t hurt. No muscle spasms. Eyesight not blurry. Didn’t look like anything had disturbed the layer of Scrubbing Bubbles either, so the little varmint was still in there. Good, he hadn’t missed the grand exit. But now what? He dreaded going inside when he couldn’t say for sure that the problem was solved. The garage was peaceful and pleasantly cool. He could say he was keeping an eye out. It was almost sunset, and the thing got active at night. If it wasn’t dead, he was bound to see it sooner or later. He let himself in the house, quickly grabbed his Droid, a couple of beers, crackers and cheese, and a can of nuts. He could hide out behind the car and watch football, catch up on the news. Watch the mirror, too. The game was deep in the third quarter when he reached for a cracker and felt a sharp stab of pain in his thumb. Jerking his hand out of the box, he saw that his thumb was red and already swelling. It hurt, too. Lawsuit was his first thought. He dumped the box of crackers. Using his foot, he scattered the crumbs but saw no foreign object. Wow, that hurt. Surely it hadn’t been…? He wrapped his throbbing thumb in a paper towel, and doused it with alcohol. Might end up needing to go to the emergency room. Tina would never let him live that down. Son of a gun, the pain was bad. He caught a shadow mov(Continued on page 23)

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Arlie Ricasa wins reelection by wide margin
(Chula Vista, CA) – Arlie Ricasa won re-election to the school board of California’s largest secondary school district by soundly defeating her opponent by 18 percentage points, winning 59% 41% with some absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted. Ricasa retained her seat for a fourth 4-year term on the Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustees and garnered 42,788 votes to her challenger’s 30,052. Ricasa is the longest-serving Filipino American elected official in San Diego County and the only Filipino American elected official serving on a school board in the County. “I am humbled by the outpour of support I received from all walks of life – from Independents, Republicans and Democrats, to young and senior voters, as well as women and men,” said Ricasa, President of the Sweetwater School Board. “I thank voters for appreciating my qualifications, experience and dedication, but especially for recognizing the improvement and achievements made by our hardworking students,” commented Ricasa who was honored as “School Board Member of the Year 2010” by the San Diego County School Boards Association. During Ricasa’s tenure on the School Board, Sweetwater District schools have received state and national honors and schools were recently named among “America’s Best High Schools” in 2010 by Newsweek Magazine. The Sweetwater District has received the most “Distinguished School” and “Golden Bell” awards in California that recognize educational excellence. Ricasa said that her campaign’s victory was a testament to the voters’ recognition of students’ improvement and achievements, the District’s progress and their trust in her 22 years experience as an educator and policy-maker. She added that her campaign’s victory also “proved

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merce and San Diego County Democratic Party. Ricasa said she chose to remain positive and focused on educational issues, ways to improve student performance and how to achieve academic excellence. She said she looks forward to helping students and

Street Poetry
by Michael R. Tagudin
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Flashbacks! blast from the past! catching up to me in the present tense in my here and now Patrol) was named Best News feeling the effect of which MANILA, Philippines Program, while its anchors - ABS-CBN won the most Julius Babao (tied with Daniel realizing to be real number of awards, including once more tied Razon of UNTV) and Karen best television station, at the Davila were named Best Male feeling helplessly insane 24th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for and Female Newscasters, as it was Arlie Ricasa Television held last Saturday, respectively. as it was before Umagang Kay Ganda November 13. twelfth century fighting that positive and clean cambagged the Best Morning The star-studded event, caught in between factions paigns can still triumph over hosted by Angel Aquino, Miri- Show award (tied with UNgutter politics and special ridiculously displayed like sports am Quiambao and Ruffa Guti- TV’s Good Morning Kuya), interests.” to suffer the humiliation of being helpless errez, was held at the Newport while its host won the Best Her challenger, Andrew Morning Show Hosts award. Performing Arts Theater in to be mocked upon once more in the present Valencia, used constant The Best Public Affairs Resorts World Manila. by destiny’s grand design of which negative campaign attacks Program and Host awards Gerald Anderson won his the reflection...the reflection of the past against her and even insinuwent to The Bottomfirst acting award in becomes real here in the present ated throughout local media line and its host, the category Best that Ricasa and her campaign Single Perforpresent tense of my real here and now Boy Abunda. were somehow involved in an mance by Matanglawin and you...you! early morning attack on him being my tormentor! and Kuya an Actor, weeks ago, at 1:30 a.m., at a Kim Atien- my savior! while fast food drive-thru window, za, mean- stand helplessly like an idiot! Magkarwhen Valencia walked up to while, got doing action to fulfill one’s dream.... ibal star the window to place an order. Gretchthe Best Law enforcement officials en of being...being stupid! Educadiscovered that Valencia had in the present tense just like in the past! tional Barretto been drinking alcoholic bever- bagged being stupid! Program ages at a local bar earlier that the Best and Host doing action to fulfill... evening before the physical awards, Single to fulfill one’s dream! confrontation with a man at a
Jack-in-the Box. A suspect was apprehended and he alleged that Valencia used a racial and sexual slur before the physical confrontation. Law enforcement found no involvement by Ricasa or her campaign. Valencia was supported by the Sweetwater Educators Association teachers’ union, whose endorsed candidates lost all school board races. Ricasa was endorsed by Independents, Republicans and Democrats including California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, Congressman Bob Filner, County Supervisor Greg Cox, State Senator Denise Moreno-Ducheny, San Diego Councilman Ben Hueso, SMW Local 206, Chula Vista Chamber of ComPerformance by an Actress for the second consecutive year. Both Anderson and Barretto won for their performances in Maalaala Mo Kaya for the episodes Lubid and Larawan, respectively. The Kapamilya network also bagged major prizes including Best Drama Actress (Maricel Soriano for Florinda), Best Primetime TV Series (Dahil May Isang Ikaw), Best Drama Anthology (Maalaala Mo Kaya), Best Musical/ Variety Show (ASAP XV), Best Talent Search Program (Showtime),and Best Showbiz-Oriented Program (The Buzz). TV Patrol World (now TV respectively. Toni Gonzaga won 2 awards in this year’s PMPC Star Awards for Television, which are Best Female Host (for ASAP XV) and Best Reality Program Host (for PBB Double Up). Other prizes won by ABSCBN include Best Horror/ Fantasy Program (Pepeng Agimat), Best Talent Search Program Hosts (Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford for Pilipinas Got Talent), Best New Male TV Personality (Johan Santos for Precious Hearts Romances: Love Me Again), Best Variety/Game Show (Wowowee), Best Gag Show (Banana Split), Best Male Showbiz-Oriented Show Host (Boy Abunda for The Buzz) and Best Female ShowbizOriented Show Host (Bianca Gonzalez for ELive)

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©2010 Michael R. Tagudin. All rights reserved. About the Author: Michael R. Tagudin Educated as an engineer in the Philippines, the City of Los Angeles employee hopes his legacy of poems will provoke a dialogue about the human condition. He is donating the proceeds from the book “Crushed Violets” to the “Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)”, a non-profit that provides public awareness and advocacy efforts against human trafficking in the City of Angels. To learn more, visit www.castla.org. To help, call the CAST 24 hour hotline 888.KEY.2.FRE(EDOM) or 888.539.2373. Contact asianjournal3@aol.com for more information about ordering the book “Crushed Violets.”

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Phil - Am Law 101
by Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr.
Member, State Bar of California & Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Community Task Force Refutes DOLE’s Claim that Assistance is Being Given to 11 Trafficked OFWs
LOS ANGELES - Task Force KAPATID KO (Kolektibong Aksyon PAra Tulungan at Ipaglaban ang Dangal at Karapatan ng mga OFW, or Collective Action to Help and Fight for the Dignity and Rights of OFWs), a broad network of various church and community groups in the greater Southern California area, refutes the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s claim that it is providing assistance to the 11 Overseas Filipino Workers who were victims of human trafficking. The group supports the statement of the OFWs, known as LUHA KO (Laban Upang Huminto ang Abuso at Katiwalian sa mga OFWs or Fight to Stop the Abuse and Exploitation of OFWs), that while pursuing their trafficking case, they have not been given the assistance they have requested more than a month ago from the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Assistance (OWWA) Office. The Task Force rebuts the claim in a recent GMA7 news article that DOLE is currently giving them assistance. They have been promised assistance, but it has yet to be received. Community and church groups have been the only ones consistently providing the 11 OFWs financial and material support. Furthermore, the workers do not want to be repatriated. They demand that their case be brought to justice, and all the perpetrators in the Philippines and their accomplices in the US should be prosecuted. Labor Attache Luzviminda Padilla even wrote a letter to the workers suggesting that “they either go back to Mississippi or return to the Philippines, to save the Philippine Government unnecessary expenses,” says Tony Dorono, President of the Filipino Migrant Center, one of the convenors of KAPATID KO. “The workers do not want to go anywhere near their traffickers nor do they want to go back to the Philippines without achieving justice. They want to see Adman and the individuals involved in their recruitment in the Philippines prosecuted. They also want those who are in cahoots with these traffickers here in the US to pay for their crimes,” he added. The 11 OFWs were recruited by Adman, an agency in the Philippines that promised them jobs in the United States, only to become victims of apparent trafficking and contract substitution. Instead of the $8.00/hr pay rate, including food, housing, and transportation, as food servers on the original contract, they were made to sign a new contract cleaning rooms for $4.75/room with a quota of 16 rooms per day in a hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. Even without taking breaks, they could only finish 10-12 rooms per day, earning a meager salary, from which their supervisor would further deduct $350 per month for housing. Distressed by these exploitative conditions, the OFWs escaped from Mississippi and sought help from the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles. With the help of Welfare Officer, Don Duero, LUHA KO wrote a letter of request for financial assistance to the POEA and the OWWA Office. Even Duero himself has informed the Task Force that there has been no positive response to this request. Aside for the meager $1,000 worth of cash and coupons donated by individuals from the Philippine Consulate, LUHA KO has not received a single cent from the government. The Task Force condemns the Philippine government’s refusal to shell out even a small portion of the money

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The present financial crisis in the United States has taken its toll among many of us, including the elderly who now find it difficult to land a job and to just depend on their modest pensions. Because of this, many of them are thinking of going back to the Philippines where they can stretch their few dollars and enjoy a more comfortable life. Take the case of Byron, a United States citizen. After his retirement from the U.S. Navy, Byron was able to land a decent job at a medical distribution company. Byron has just married his new wife last month in the Philippines and he is now in the process of preparing the immigrant petition to bring her here. However, his employer informed him last week that the company has to lay off some workers. Unfortunately, Byron’s name is in that list. Sure, he will be getting unemployment pay, but it will be much less than what he is now earning. At his age of 55, Byron also knows that it will be extremely hard for him to land another job. Time will come when he will have to rely only on his retirement income which is not really much considering the high cost of living in San Diego. So, Byron is now thinking of going back to the Philippines where his modest monthly retirement will allow him to live comfortably. Actually, Byron has a

grant visas is to reunite family members. So, if Byron will be going to the Philippines, he will already be reuniting with his new wife. On the other hand, if the new wife migrates to the United States, she will be leaving Byron behind in the Philippines, which is not exactly consistent with family reunification. Therefore, during her interview, Byron’s wife must convince the consular officer that Byron lives in the United States. According to the U.S. Embassy Manila, the wife can prove this by presenting (1) a photograph of Byron holding a recent newspaper while at a location that clearly is in the United States, such as a U.S. Post Office (b) current mortgage or bank statements showing Byron’s U.S. address (c) certificates of employment, pay stubs, or utility bills in Byron’s name (phone, power, water, cable, internet, etc.). But what if Byron insists on leaving the U.S. for the Philippines? Again, the U.S. Embassy informs us that there is still a chance for his wife to get an immigrant visa, if Byron provides a letter of intent to return with her to the United States. This means that Byron can stay in the Philippines while his wife is waiting for her immigrant visa but once the visa arrives, his wife cannot leave for the U.S. without him. Take note that this leniency is extended

trafficking and to participate in gathering financial and material support for LUHA KO. Task Force KAPATID KO was formed to respond to the immediate needs of the 11 that OFWs themselves have billion dollars (PHP894.6 B) paid to the government in worth of remittances in 2010. OFWs by gathering material the form of fees to the POEA The irony here is that when and financial donations from the community and to coordiand the OWWA. Every year, these ‘modern day heroes of nate a campaign for justice for OFWs who leave the counthe Philippines’ need and retry contribute to POEA and quest assistance from the gov- the trafficking victims. The OWWA funds and pays other ernment that they help support task force convenors, led by the Filipino Migrant Center fees to the Philippine goveconomically, it turns a blind (FMC), together with groups ernment. According to Mieye and looks the other way! from the United Methodgrante Int’l, these funds total The Task Force demands ist Church and the Catholic PHP32.8B every year. The that the Philippine governFilipino Ministries of Los workers that make up LUHA ment provide immediate KO have themselves paid a financial assistance for LUHA Angeles and San Bernardino, as well as grassroots organitotal of PHP77,000+ to the KO and take punitive meazations like BAYAN-USA, Philippine government before sures against the recruitment Anakbayan-LA, Sisters of leaving for the US, and those agencies and individuals inwho have previously worked volved in this trafficking case. Gabriela, Awaken! (SiGAw) and HabiArts, have already abroad have since been paying The Task Force also appeals been supporting the OFWs various fees. A recent World to the public to support the since mid-October. Bank report stated that Filicampaign for justice for the pino migrants sent home 21.3 11 OFWs and other victims of

stronger reason why he wants to return to the Philippines. He misses his bride so much, that he has found his recent debacle as a good excuse to be with her. Why struggle in America, he said to himself, when I can enjoy life in the Philippines with my young wife? He was impressed by how even the poor are able to enjoy life in the Philippines. After working hard all his life, Byron now wants to experience that state of relaxed existence. But what about the petition? There may be a problem there. While Byron’s being unemployed will not be a reason to deny the petition since the law allows another person to be a joint sponsor, the petition may be denied because of Byron’s absence in the United States before his wife’s arrival. Generally, U.S. Immigration law requires the petitioner to be domiciled or to reside in the United States. The reason behind this is not hard to understand. The purpose of family-sponsored immi-

only to U.S. citizens. The rule is stricter when the petitioner is a legal permanent resident, because the law requires them to be physically present in the United States. Atty. Rogelio Karagdag , Jr. is licensed to practice law in both California and the Philippines. He practices immigration law in San Diego and has continuously been a trial and appellate attorney in the Philippines since 1989. He travels between San Diego and Manila. His office address is located at 10717 Camino Ruiz, Suite 131, San Diego, CA 92126. He also has an office in the Philippines at 1240 Apacible Street, Paco, Manila, Philippines 1007, with telephone numbers (632)5221199 and (632)526-0326. Please call (858)348-7475 or email him at rkaragdag@ attyimmigration.com for your free consultation. He speaks Tagalog fluently. Articles written in this column are not legal advice but are hypotheticals intended as general, nonspecific legal information.

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B HERE Campaign Reaches Out to Young Asian Americans
Two-Thirds of Asian Americans have hepatitis B and don’t know they have it
The facts are simple yet compelling: Hepatitis B is a life-threatening disease that affects up to 2 million Americans. Although anyone can get hepatitis B, the Asian community is most affected: One million Asian Americans are living with the disease. Due to hepatitis B, Asian Americans are at increased risk of liver cancer. Compared to Caucasian Americans, Asian Americans are three times more likely to develop liver cancer. It is important for Asian Americans to be screened for the disease. A simple blood test can tell if a person is infected. These were the talking points raised by the B HERE campaign during a recent stop this November at the University of California San Diego in a concert aimed at Asian American students. B Advocates B HERE is a national campaign to raise awareness of hepatitis B and encourages young Asian Americans to become advocates in their communities. It also encourages them to get Joseph Vincent themselves and their families tested. It is not widely known but hepatitis B virus is the second leading cause of human cancer after tobacco. Without monitoring and treatment, 1 in 4 people infected with hepatitis B could die from liver cancer, liver scarring (cirrhosis) or other serious liver diseases. Caused by Virus Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It can be transmitted in a wide variety of ways, even through unprotected sex or unsafe injection drug use. However, among Asian Americans, HBV is most often passed, unknowingly, from a mother to her baby during childbirth. As a result multiple members of the same family can be affected by the disease. It is the reason why taking the HBV test is important. Simple Test Chronic hepatitis B can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, often available for free from doctors and clinics. How-

ever, few get tested. Because of the oversight up to two-thirds of Asian Americans carry the hepatitis B virus and most don’t know they are infected according to health experts. For those who test positive, there are treatments to help those living with the disease to manage the infection. Likewise although the health risk is serious, Hepatitis B is preventable with a safe and effective vaccine for those who test negative.

PHILRICE SAVE MOTHER RICE SEEDS FROM TYPHOON JUAN. Great anticipation on the part of the Phil Rice management led by Dir. Ronil Beronio (right) in Nueva Ecija, saves hundreds of hectares planted with mother seed rice before the onslaught of super typhoon Juan (Intl. code name Megi) destroyed most if not all of the remaining unharvest palay rice in Northern Luzon. The foundation seeds taken from these mother rice palay will be distributed by the government to all those affected by the storm damaged to their crops. PINOY GONZALES/ PNS

called Ellen’s Wonderful Web by Channel APA, the Asian of Wonderment. Vincent was American broadcast channel. also named YouTube Artist – Asian Journal San Diego, of the Year 2009 by asianjournal@aol.com StarCentral Magazine. He recently signed on with Catch Adventures for a chance to develop into a global artist brand with the release of mixtrack and album YouTube Artist Joseph Vin- p r o j e c t s cent and B HERE according to a report “It is important that everyone gets screened for hepatitis B,” according to 21-year old Joseph Vincent, a singer and songwriter who describes his music along the lines of the acoustic melodies of Jason Mraz. He, along with other artists wove the Hepatitis B awareness campaign message of prevention in a context that engaged and best resonated with his peers, the language of music and hope. A Filipino American from San Fernando Valley and a University of California Irvine student, Vincent was traveling on a multi-campus tour for the B HERE road trip. Because of his music, the artist has attracted many of his fans on campus to the cause. “Music is universal, everyone can relate to in some form or another,” related Vincent in an unrelated Our Heavenly Father. Thank you for bringing us together interview with a-tunes.net. to celebrate another year. We ask You to preside our gathering. There have been both trials and blessings. You have been Joseph Vincent with us every step of the way and we trust You to be with us for the future. Thank you for the feast that You have provided. Vincent, a YouTube sensation, We ask you to bless this food and everyone that is gathered had appeared twice on the El- here. And thank you for our relatives and friends in Temecula, len de Generis Show. In April Murrieta, Menifee, East Coast, Fla., San Diego South Bay 2010, he was one of two con- and all the military that is serving overseas, fighting for freetestants who won the $10,000 dom for our country. AMEN pot on the show’s new segment Have a blessed year! Rey & Liz Venecia

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makatuwid, ang kuryente na galing sa katawan ni Enteng ay pumupunta sa food grinder at pinatatakbo nito ang moMaikling Kuwento ni Percival Campoamor Cruz tor ng nasabing kagamitan. (Continued from page 1) bigong-bigo dahil hindi nang- Nabalita ang galing ni Enteng Kapag alin man dito ay duyari ang kanyang minimithing at siya ay naging sikat na tao, mikit sa balat ng tao, sa ilang pagpapakamatay. Hindi tuma- bagama’t ang turing sa kanya segundo lamang, siya ay tiyak lab ang kuryente sa kanyang ay isang freak. na magugulantang, mangSamantala, ang asawa ni katawan! inginig, “mapapaso”, uusok o Enteng na si Melissa ay naNilimot ni Enteng ang mag-aapoy, titigil ang puso at pagpapatiwakal. Lumakad babalisa sa di pangkarinawang mamamatay. katangian ng kanyang asawa. ang panahon at nakapag-aral Tatlumpu’t limang tasiya, nakatapos, at nakahanap Tumatayo ang kanyang balahong gulang si Vicente, siya ibo sa tuwing nagsisiping sila ng trabaho, sa Meralco nga. nga ang bida natin, na kung Noong una ay inilihim ni En- sapagka’t siya ay nag-aalala tawagin ng mga ka-baranggay teng ang natuklasang pambina baka ang asawa ay isang niya ay Enteng Kuryente. hirang katangian niya. Nguni’t halimaw o taong nasasapian Sampung taon na siyang ng demonyo. Sino ba naman nang malaon ay ibinalita na kasal at kapiling sa buhay rin niya ito sa mga kaiang isang magandang babae, bigan sapagka’t naghalimang taon ang kabataan sa hanap siya ng opinyon kanya, na ang pangalan ay o paliwanag: kung bakit Melissa. Maganda ang mukha siya ay hindi tinatalaban at pangangatawan ni Melissa; ng kuryente. maganda rin ang kanyang Minsan ay nagdala boses. Sa gabi ay singer siya ang isang kaibigan sa sa isang first class cocktail bahay ni Enteng ng lounge sa Makati. Sa sampung isang scientist na ang taong pagsasama ni Enteng at pakay ay ang tiyakin at ni Melissa, hindi sila sinuwsuriin ang pambihirang erte na magkaroon ng anak. katangian ni Enteng. Baug yata si Enteng Kuryente. May dala ang scientist Sa araw ay natutulog si na sari-saring instruMelissa habang si Enteng ay mento na makasusukat gising at nagta-trabaho. Sa sa boltahe ng kuryente gabi ay baligtad, si Melissa at, gayon din naman, sa ang gising at nasa labas – lakas ng pagtanggi ng kumakanta sa cocktail lounge; katawan (ni Enteng) sa at si Enteng ang natutulog sa kuryente (resistance). bahay. May isa pang tao, sa duMay pambihirang katanmating na grupo, na ang dala- ang taong hindi tinatalaban gian si Enteng. Nang siya ay dala ay isang video camera na ng kuryente? Bukod sa alalabing-apat na taong gulang maaaring makapag-record ng lahaning ito ay napapansin pa lamang, namatay ang mga magaganap sa pagsusuri. ni Melissa na si Enteng ay kanyang ina. Sa labis na ka“nanlalamig” o hindi maisuNapatunayan na ang lungkutan ay inibig na niya na katawan ni Enteng Kuryente long ang pagkalalaki sa ilang magpakamatay. Tumungo siya ay pambihira: may kakayahan pagkakataon na sila ay nagsa pinakamalapit na electric itong tumanggap ng malalak- sisiping. Taong bakal, taong sub-station at doon ay isimatigas, taong di nasusunog ing boltahe ng kuryente na nayad ang dalawang kamay at walang idinudulot na perhuing kuryente, nguni’t bakit hinawakan nang mahigpit ang syo. Sa katunayan ay habang nanlalambot ang kanyang isang kawad na “nilalakaran” “kinukuryente” si Enteng ay pagkalalaki pagkaminsan! ng kuryente na mahigit sa Hindi maunawaan ni Melissa nakikipag-usap siya sa mga isang libo ang boltage. Pinisil- nagsisiyasat, at may hawak pa ang nangyayaring pala-isipan. pisil ang kawad, hinimasNaramdaman ni Melissa siya na food grinder. Nakita himas ito at pinaglambitinan sa pagsubok, at ito ay nakatala na nagkakaroon ng agwat ang pa. Himala ng himala! Wasa video camera, na umaandar relasyon niya kay Enteng. lang epekto ang kuryente kay ang food grinder sa tuwing Nalulungkot siya at natataEnteng! Bumalik sa bahay si kot na baka, isang araw, ay padadaluyin ang kuryente Enteng na buhay pa nguni’t mawawala ang pag-ibig sa sa katawan ni Enteng. Sa-

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Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com asawa. Di malayo na mangyari ang ganoon sapagka’t maraming lalaki ang nabibighani sa ganda ng mahusay na mang-aawit. Isa sa mga nababaliw sa kanya ay si Lauro, isang mayamang negosyante, na halos gabi-gabi ay nasa cocktail lounge at nakikinig sa pag-awit ni Melissa. Umiigi rin ang pagtitinginan nina Melissa at Carlito, ang piyanista na taga-akompanya sa tuwing siya’y umaawit. Napakabait ng piyanista sa kanya – nagsisilbing kasama sa trabaho, body guard, kasalo sa pagkain, at taga-hatid sa bahay kapag tapos na ang trabaho. maunawaan ay kung bakit pinabayaan ng ama na maging malupit ang pangalawang ina, at kung bakit hindi siya tinulungan ng ama nang siya ay bata pa at nangangailangan ng kalinga ng magulang. Totoong taong bakal si Enteng nguni’t marupok ang kanyang puso pagdating sa mga alalahaning may kinalaman sa pamilya. Kay Melissa niya natagpuan ang pagmamahal ng isang babae. Siya ang bukal ng kanyang lakas at sandigan - ang nag-iisang layunin kung bakit siya nabubuhay. Hindi nga ba’t nagpakamatay na si Enteng nang sumakabilangbuhay ang ina. Hindi nga lamang tumalab ang kuryente sa kanyang katawan. Malamang na madudurog ang puso ni Enteng kapag nawala sa buhay niya si Melissa. Isang gabing maalinsangan ay hindi makatulog si Enteng. Ang ginawa niya ay pinatay ang ilaw, umupo sa silyon na nasa tabi ng bintana, at sinubukang makatulog sa silyon sa tulong ng bahagya nang pumapasok sa bintana na sariwang hangin. Nang bandang ala una ng umaga ay nagising siya sa ingay ng isang sasakyan na pumarada sa di kalayuan sa kanyang bahay. Nakita niya mula sa bintana ang isang lalaki na bumaba mula sa awto, Si Melissa ay pinakamalumakad patungo sa kabilang mahal sa buhay ni Enteng. gawi ng awto at binuksan ang Siya lamang ang nag-iisang pinto upang tulungang makababae sa kanyang buhay. Nag- labas ang isang babae. Ang dusa nang mahabang panahon babae ay ang asawa niyang si si Enteng sa pangungulila Melissa. Nag-usap nang sansa kanyang ina na maagang dali ang lalaki at ang babae, namatay. Nag-asawa muli ang pagkatapos ay nagyakapan. tatay niya. Nagkaroon siya ng Humalik si Melissa sa pisngi malungkot na karanasan sa ni Carlito at nagpaalam. pakikitungo sa pangalawang “Salamat sa ride,” sabi ni ina. Pinalayas siya ng pangal- Melissa. “Good night! Ingat awang ina sa bahay ng ama at . . .” napilitang tuloy na makitira sa Nang makapasok sa pinisang nakatatandang pinsan. tuan ng bahay si Melissa ay Ang pinsan ang kumupkop at naaninag niya sa kadiliman nagpaaral sa kanya hanggang ng sala na may isang bagay sa siya ay maging indena nakahambalang sa sahig. pendyente. Ang hindi niya Binuksan niya ang ilaw at

Page 11 tumambad sa kanyang mga mata ang kanyang asawa na si Enteng na nakatumba, padapa, sa sahig at di gumagalaw. Nilapitan niya ang asawa, sinubukang itaob ito upang mapagmasdan ang mukha. Nakita niyang bumubula ang bibig ni Enteng. Pinisil niya ang leeg nito sa lugar na may malaking ugat na nagdadala ng dugo sa utak. Walang naramdamang pintig ng puso si Melissa. Tila si Enteng ay patay na. Nang dumating ang tulong, isa sa mga kapitbahay na dumating ay isang doktor, napagtiyak ni Melissa, batay sa pagsusuri ng doktor, na si Enteng ay nagkaroon ng matinding atake sa puso at iyon ang ikinamatay niya nang biglaan. Na-atake si Enteng nang Makita na ang kanyang asawa ay nakikipagyakapan sa isang lalaki. Inisip niya na si Melissa ay nagdaraya sa kanya. Alam ng Diyos na walang namamagitan kina Melissa at Carlito na masasabing makasalanan at labag sa batas ng pag-aasawa. Si Carlito ay tapat na kaibigan na may malasakit sa kabutihan ni Melissa; taga-hatid sa bahay ng kasama sa trabaho na walang sariling awto. Ang yakap at halik ay yakap at halik na pangkaibigan lamang. Sa mata ni Enteng, ang kanyang nakitang tagpo ay nakagugulat, nakagagalit, at nakamamatay na pangitain. Ang katotohanan ay hindi na niya malalaman ang katotohanan sapagka’t siya’y sumakabilang-buhay na. Si Enteng Kuryente ay sumakabilang-buhay, sanhi ng kirot na dulot ng matinding pagseselos. Mabangis pa pala ang selos kaysa isang libong boltahe ng kuryente. Hindi iniinda ni Enteng Kuryente ang sagitsit ng kuryente. Nguni’t siya pala ay babagsak sa mumunting kamandag ng pagseselos.

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Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com the 10th and 11th rounds he kept looking at the referee virtually asking him to stop the fight hence, stopping the beating. He said, “Boxing is not for people killing each other.” Ringside observers were quite critical of Margarito’s corner and referee, Laurence Cole for not stopping the fight. In fact, a Filipino broadcaster called him at that moment a Cole-hearted person. “I was very close to stopping the fight but every time I attempted, Margarito would fire back punches.” In her book, Joyce Carol Oates traced the roots of boxing. During the early Olympics

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Take it from my barber
by Benjamin Maynigo
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Former World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman once said, “Boxing is the sport to which all other sports aspire.” “All sports have the potential of becoming about much more than athletics, transforming into symbols of a culture’s and country’s mood, insecurities, conflicts, and hopes. But perhaps no sport lends itself to this kind of transposition more than boxing. For the purity of boxing gives it the nature

Pacquiao, Pugilism, and Politics

of a blank canvas; there is no playing field or special equipment; the rules are few and easy to understand. There is but two men, facing off with nowhere to go, with only their fists and their determination to decide their fate. Thus boxing easily becomes a metaphor for debates over our values: good vs. evil, immigrant vs. nativist, bravado vs. humility, intellect vs. brute strength,” wrote Brett & Kate McKay on May 30, 2009.

sport that its critics would like to portray. It has its own rich history. Included in the Olympics and licensing it as a profession, it has gained worldwide acceptance. In America, a boxer became a politician and in fact, became President of the United States. Pacquiao has excelled in his first chosen profession. His first title was in the 112-pound flyweight division. Then he won titles at 122, 126, 130, rate? It was 44% totally and Indeed, Congressman 135, 140, 147, and of course, 58% for the powerful ones. Manny Pacquiao settled a lot the latest one which is the of debates in his last fight. He How consistent? In his fight 154-pound junior middlewith Clottey, he threw a total reaffirmed what Ring Magaweight division. That’s a total of 1231 punches also in 12 zine had already pronounced: of 8 titles. No other boxer in rounds. “Pound for pound, he is curhistory ever accomplished My barber described Pacrently the greatest boxer in such a feat. He is definitely the world.” While his trainer the best offensive fighter of all Freddie Roach and his protime and arguably the greatest moter, Bob Arum had already fighter ever. asserted it earlier, even Robert Pacquiao is also concurGarcia, trainer of Margarito rently a politician. Elected as a now publicly admits, “He’s the Congressman in the Sarangani best fighter in the world. He’s province of the Philippines just too fast.” by a landslide, he now has to How fast? He actually perform as fast, as hard, as threw a total of 1069 punches effective and as efficient as he and landed 474. How hard? He was as a boxer. unleashed 713 power punches Politics, especially in a and landed 411. How accudeveloping country like the Philippines, means poverty alleviation, prosperity and and the Panhellenic festivals, quiao’s speed and accuracy as progress, peace, people emboxing was still in its most well as Margarito’s fate this powerment, and the pursuit primitive form: “no rounds, way in Tagalog; “Si Manny, ring, weight classes, rest peri- of happiness. To some, it also pakyaw lahat ng 12 rounds. means pork barrel. He joined Walang tinge. Suntok – pasok ods or point systems. A boxer was declared the winner when the government with great porito, pasok doon. Mukha ni litical capital: popular public his opponent could no longer Tony, MAGA-RITO, maga support. continue and cried uncle.” doon. Battered bog-bog and During the fight, the PhilipAccording to her, in Anbewildered. Triple B.” pines as a nation stood still. cient Rome, boxing was part A Filipino commentator of the Gladiator contests where Crime rate was virtually zero. during the fight said, “Ang The criminals and the law enthe Gladiators would wrap suntok galing sa Luzon, their hands and forearms with forcement officers watched the Visayas at Mindanao. Wasak fight. The military declared a leather straps, studded with ang mukha at namamaga ang ceasefire and the rebels chose metal shards (the cestus) and eye of the storm – the Tijuana would battle it out, often until to watch. All the institutions Tornado (alias for Margarito).” suspended operations just to death. An American broadcaster watch. Congressmen who did The true birthplace of said, “Pacquiao was turning not go to Texas also opted to modern prize fighting is reMargarito’s face into a hamwatch. Even P-Noy who was ally England where wealthy patrons put huge wagers down attending an APEC conference found time to watch. on the fights of their chosen How will Pacquiao channel pugilists. Rules governing the this popularity and goodwill as sport were developed. John Broughton pushed boxing as a a public servant? Will he use cure for “foreign effeminacy” it to help alleviate poverty? To and dubbed it as a “truly Brit- the poor he represents hope. ish art.” It became a substitute He has become an inspiration and rags to riches model. Will for the deadly tradition of he help negotiate peace? Will “dueling” as a way to defend he reject the pork or will he one’s honor. It was also a use it for projects helping the great leveler for all economic poor? Will he fight corrupclasses. burger.” It was a dollar to peso exchange. For every punch that Margarito gave, Pacquiao gave back 42. According to HBO statisticians, Margarito was hit on the right and left of his face 117 and 136 times respectively. His chin received 148 blows and his right and left sides, 50 and 23. It was a super, fantastic, pugilistic and “brutalistic” display of human skill, strength and intelligence. It was also a demonstration of endurance, courage and Mexican pride in the case of Margarito. While critics of boxing would easily describe it as “animalistic behavior” Pacquiao certainly softens such attacks to the profession that got him out of poverty through his signs of the cross, kneeling and praying, as well as declaring to the world that he owed everything to God. When asked by Mario Lopez of Dancing with the Stars why in

When it arrived in the United States, its most important advocate was Theodore Roosevelt who himself boxed as a young man throughout college and into his presidency. According to him, “the most powerful, vigorous men of strong animal development must have some way in which their animal spirits can find vent.” The role of boxing in training at the Armed Forces and that of the YMCA was due to Roosevelt’s advocacy. Boxing then is not necessarily the evil and animalistic

tion as aggressively? Will he lead an empowered people in the pursuit of happiness and prosperity? As we listened to the postfight interview of Pacquiao, my barber said, “I am very proud of my former governor. Behind every successful fight of Pacquiao, is my governor.” “Why is that? Can you prove it?” I asked him. “Look.” As he pointed to Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson and other Filipino politicians as they stood “behind” Pacquiao for the entire world to see.

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don’t mind talaga if Willie would have a show on TV5 na sabi will be on primetime. What they don’t like is that Willie is requesting na gawin ding noontime show ang programa niya. In which case, itatapat uli sa ‘Eat Bulaga’. Yun ang ayaw nina Joey. Bakit mas parang bibigyan si Willie ng importansya gayong mas nauna sa TV5 sina Joey at Vic?” Honestly, we don’t think this will be an issue. Willie’s “Wowowee” didn’t succeed in toppling down “Eat Bulaga” and even Kris Aquino’s “Win na Win” also failed to do that. So there’s no reason for the “Eat Bulaga” people to feel insecure if Willie’s show on TV5 would be up against them.
(Following are movies now showing or soon to be shown in San Diego.)

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Vic and Joey to resign if Willie enters TV5?
PNS -- AT the launch of his two new shows on TV 5, “Wow, May Ganon” and “House or Not,” Joey de Leon said he doesn’t mind if Willie Revillame would join TV5. But how come there’s a story

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now that if TV5 would air Willie’s comeback show, not only Joey but also his friend Vic Sotto would resign from their shows in the Kapatid network? “Hindi naman ‘yun ang tinututulan nila,” says someone close to them. “They

Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones), and their daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) and husband Roy (Josh Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Lucy Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Antonio Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting This film is Rated PG-13 by the MPAA. the response Running time 108 minutes. to his latest Exclusive Engagement Opens Friday, October 22nd manuscript, Landmark’s La Jolla Village or Hillcrest Cinemas becomes 8879 Villa La Jolla Drive or 3965 Fifth Avenue, moonstruck Suite 200– (619) 819-0236 over Dia (Freida Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Despite these characters’ attempts to dodge their problems with pipe Set against South Africa’s breathtaking landscapes, White dreams and impracticable plans, their efforts lead only to Wedding is a high-spirited modern day road comedy about heartache, irrationality, and perilous hot water. Taking its title love, commitment, intimacy, friendship, and the unbelievable obstacles that can get in the way of a fairy-tale ending. In Cape from the prediction fortune tellers use to beguile their marks, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger illustrates with wry humor Town the beautiful Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana) is just days how easy it is for our illusions to make fools of us all. www. away from achieving her lifelong dream: the perfect white wedding. The only problem is that her husband-to-be, the loyal, sonyclassics.com/youwillmeetatalldarkstranger/ committed Elvis (Kenneth Nkosi of District 9 and Tsosti) is This film is Rated R by the MPAA. 1800 kilometres away in Johannesburg. He sets off on Tuesday Running time 98 minutes. night by bus to Durban, intending to connect with his childLandmark’s La Jolla Village & Hillcrest Cinemas hood friend and best-man Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo). But the 8879 Villa La Jolla Drive & 3965 Fifth Avenue, Suite plans start to go awry when Tumi doesn’t show up at the bus (619) 819-0236 station. Not an auspicious beginning, but this is just the first in many comic and illuminating misadventures they meet along

From Academy Award nominated filmmaker Charles Ferguson (No End In Sight) comes Inside Job, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. Narrated by Academy Award winner Matt Damon, Inside Job was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/

of the tent. Mist curled out of his mouth as he blew unto his hands. He noted that only embers were left of the campfire that blazed the night before. However, the kerosene pumped Petromax lamp on a tripod at the center of the camp was still hissing bright. He stealthily passed five more tents where only engineers like him slept. The soldiers, assigned as their bodyguards, were sprawled on the grounds in their canvass sleeping bags. A number of By RDLiporada them, he was told, were supposed to be on guard around Publisher’s note: The com- the perimeter. plete novel serialized here is He glanced at the tractors on Unholy Allied Mountains behind one of the tents. He by RDLiporada. For those chuckled as he made out that who would want to procure a two soldiers assigned to guard copy of the book online, go to the tractors dozed off by the unholyalliedmountains.com. giant wheels of the machines. In the previous series, Philip- They must have drunk, too. pine Government soldiers Who would not in this cold? confront the Igorots for being But those guarding the perimfriendly with the NPAs. The eters better be awake. Igorots were also disturbed by He hurried towards the the news that the government bushes. would be constructing a dam There, he could hear the along the Chico River endan- ripples of the river. gering their livelihoods. There, he could still see peering through the bushes, the camp illumined by the Chapter 10 (Fifteenth Petromax. of a series) He unbuckled and pulled his thick trousers down to his It was early dawn by the ankles. He put off his flashriver. light and squatted to relive The engineer was awakhimself. ened from his sleep. His thick Though the cold further blanket had slid off and his bit on him, he still was thankteeth were chattering as he ful that he got this job. Given shivered on the cot bed. The the circumstances, he was till thick canvass tent which he lucky to be selected as one shared with another engineer of the engineers to construct was not thick enough to ward the Chico River Dam. Hard it off the freezing coldness of was but it will surely add up the mountains especially to his resume and be part of by the river. In the dark, he his ticket to go abroad, more grappled for the blanket by his likely, to Saudi Arabia. knees and pulled it to cover It does not matter if there his body. In a little while, he was danger because the felt warmer. Igorots are against the buildYet, he could not go back ing of the dams. Those savto sleep. The snoring of his ages who still behead people fellow engineer was blaring are just plain ignoramuses in an uneven crescendo. He who do not have a concept of tossed as the snoring rocked development. They also say his brains. Then his stomach that there are NPAs who roam grumbled. It must have been the area. But with the guns of the dog meat he ate last night. the soldiers guarding them, He reached for the flashwhat could those NPAs do? light beneath the end of his Suddenly, he heard rustles. pillow. The cot creaked as he At first, they were muted got up and sat. He flicked the rustles. They became hurflashlight on, trying to subdue ried rustles that overcame the the light by cupping the lamp sounds of the ripples of the with his hand. He reached for river. his steel-toed pair of shoes The engineer stealthily and stealthily put them on. He cleaned himself in a hurry. tightened the woolen muffler He peered through the around and his neck pulled his bushes. bonnet down to cover more He saw naked bodies his ears. He then waggled out streaking, glistening by the

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light of the Petromax. The bodies swiftly swooped down upon the soldiers, howling, hacking, stabbing, piercing. Glinting bolos sparked in the dark, gleamed, crimson with blood. A soldier awoke a bit but was hacked back into nothingness. Screaming of the dying filled the freezing air but were short lived. One of the bodies grabbed the Petromax and smashed it on a tractor. The kerosene streaked and the tractors and bulldozers turned into fireballs. The engineer trembled but no longer from the cold. As swift as the rustles came, they were gone. The ripples of the river began to roar.

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Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com the chief’s hut. Nearby, scattered circles of Chidlawan villagers and wellwishers from nearby tribes grappled on ungarnished boiled pork, beef, chicken, and carabao meat with their Hah! They think they could fool the people. Truth, no matter how one buries it with echoes from the mountains, will always shine as gold waiting to be unearthed from the bowels of the earth. The gobierno’s truth is buried too shallow. And what do they take the Igorots for? Ignorant? They surely know that it is wrong for the dam to be built and it is right to fight if they have to fight for the sake of generations to come. These are the teachings of the chief. And even if he is now dead, his teachings live. On the seventh day, the corpse of Sam-ang began to shrink, devoid of most of its fluids. It was still continually rubbed with juice extracts from guava, patani, and atab herbs to keep the flesh intact and smoothly dried. A richly ornate multicolored colibao blanketed the corpse after the juice dabbing to keep it warm. The nearest kins wanted to extend the time of the mummification process but that would, however, entail more butchering of cows, carabaos, and chickens. They implored Sam-ang’s soul praying ‘forgive us for we cannot offer you more. We want you on sangachil for a hundred more years but these are hard time as you know. Besides we should keep our mourning short and turn our grief into anger for your death has to be avenged.’ On the following frosty dawn, the corpse was untied from the chair and wrapped with a fresh colibao. The rigid remains were then trussed across a pine pole. Sam-ang’s eldest sons alternated in bearing the pole on their shoulders as they led the procession through seven hills towards the sacred grounds where all their ancestors have joined their forefathers, their anitos, in the land beyond the skies. The procession snaked through the trails over the hills amidst chanting, gong beatings, and wooden solibao drumming. The women and children were wailing. The warriors’ spears were pointed to the ground. On the seventh hill, they reached the mouth of a cave where Sam-ang would join his ancestors in their eternal sleep. Slowly and gently, facing the sky, the remains of Sam-ang was lain in a cong. The holed-up-sliced-in-two coffin that was made of pine wood had a lid that had a carved head resembling a carabao’s. Stuck on the head were real carabao horns. The carabao will haul the spirit of Sam-ang to his final destination along with spirits of carabaos, chickens, and cows that were butchered during the sangachil so that the chief will not go hungry during his journey to the life beyond. As the closest kins interned

November 19 - 25, 2010 the cong into the cave, gongs and solibaos beat into a frenzied tempo, no longer of the mourning beat. At the mouth of the cave, two men leapt as if in a mock battle at the center of villagers who have formed a circle. The tails of warriors’ loincloths flapped with the wind as their feet pounded on the dust. In cadence with the heightening beat, they barked and swooped at each other, leaping as their shields smacked at each other. Their spears crossed as they bashed each other with all their might. They pierced, they parried, they slashed with outmost brutality, with outmost vehemence. They fought until one trampled on the ground with a sharp thud. The blade of the victor’s spear was pressed on the vanquished throat. Damn the dam. (To be continued)

bare hands and ate ravenously Chapter 11 for the feast in honor of the dead. The armed men came at the Immediately around the break of dawn. Without warn- small fires around the chief, ing they rattled the stillness the nearest relatives alterof the morning with bursts nately shooed flies away from from their blazing guns. They the corpse with fig leaves. knew that he, the leader of Drinking tapoy, sleepy, tired, those who were against the and tipsy, they took turns in construction of the dams, was continuously chanting the alone in the hut. They fired bangil recounting the episodes their guns and let fly flaming on the chief’s life. bullets like rains of fire into The chief was born before the flimsy hut. Not an inch of the lowlanders replaced their the walls was spared in the Espanol masters with the riddling with molten swarms Amerikano. It was around of death. his turning into a man when Chief Sam-ang died in his he heard that Amerikanos sleep. opened the mines in Benguet As the revered chief, the to steal gold owned by Igorots villagers had to place him on down there. He already had sangachil. nine wives when the slit-eyed The exposed blackened Hapones came to the mouncadaver of the chief was tains trying to escape the lashed and sat squat upright lowland Huks. He himself had onto a pinewood chair. Made beheaded thirteen Japanese to hug its folded knees which soldiers. Their skulls adorn touch its chest, it only had a his hut. Three jawbones are loin cloth on. A strong band of handles of his favorite gongs. cloth was tied from the back He had always been generaround to the knees to keep ous to the needy. He would the knees from springing out. part with his slice of hunted Another band was wrapped wild boar for any woman around its mouth to keep the whose child is sick. His genertongue from dangling and the osity in return spawned more corpse’s innards from disgorg- gifts from the villagers. These ing out. had helped him afford fourOn its third day of beteen wives who had borne him ing mummified, the chief’s 19 sons and four daughters. remains became bloated and He had been a staunch the skin had cracked on many leader and fighter in wars parts as smoke curled from against the other tribes and tiny lit bonfires a foot away had kept his inter-tribal soveraround the remains. Sticky eign authority. fats, plasma and other body Those who killed him oils oozed slowly from the knew he was the chief of all pores of the skin and from chiefs who were against the all the body orifices. The oils building of the dams. pasted the corpse on the chair He had to die for in his which was positioned a meter death, they thought that the away from the lowest rung of Cordillera people will cease their fight against the dams. They thought that without their leader, the people will now be afraid to fight. They even tried to blame the NPA’s for his death saying that he cooperated with the soldiers from the big bird from the sky.

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Spiritual Life
Lower Your Nets
by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez
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Give Thanks to the King of Kings
Thanksgiving is an essential element of Christian spirituality and worship, that the Greek word for thanksgiving, eucharistia, has been closely identified with charis, grace. Thanksgiving is therefore understood as giving thanks to God who in his graciousness has given us the best gift or grace of all, his own beloved Son, Jesus Christ. 1 .Reflections: “Gratitude is a rare virtue in these times.” The Christians give thanks to God Perhaps we strongly believe by seeing every that our success is due to our own ability, and that what we aspect of their life as permeated by have was just simply what God’s presence others owed us. It is said that through Jesus saying “thank you” is one of Christ or as one the hallmarks in the journey that is deeply roottoward maturity. Those who ed in an intimate never learn to be grateful rerelationship with main psychologically dwarfs as adolescents, never growing God and flows out into serving one’s up as matured adults. fellow man in his The Greco-Roman world behalf. religious expressions were There was a mostly motivated by dread, wonder, dread of punishment little boy who fell off a pier into the and catastrophe as well as supplication and petition. The deep cold ocean water. An older sailor, heedBible adds something new less of the great danger to to these categories, namely himself, dove into the dangerthanksgiving. Thanksgiving ous water, struggled with the involves God’s participation boy, and finally, almost dying in human affairs and man’s from exhaustion, brought response to this divine initiathe tyke back to safety. Two tive. Joke of the week: A young sentry, on guard for the first time, had orders not to admit any car unless it had a special identification seal. The first unmarked car the sentry stopped contained a general. When the officer told his driver to go right on through, the sentry politely said, “I’m new at this, sir. Who do I shoot first, you or the driver?” Mother of Perpetual Help, Woman of Eternal Hope, you wordless gaze tells me so much about you. Your knowing eyes look upon me with tender love. While your left hand supports the Child Jesus, your right hand is read to receive me. Just as Jesus feels the beating of your heart, so you encourage me to draw close to you and to lead a life of hope and holiness. Just as His sandal will fall on the ground, through you intersession may God help me as I stumble and fail. Never let me be parted from you and your Son, Jesus. Lady of love, you invited me to place my hand where Jesus fingers touch yours - near a heart of endless hope - so that I may be united with you in prayer here on earth and joined forever with you in heaven.

weeks later, the boy’s mother came with him to the same pier, looking for the sailor who rescued her son. Finding him, she asked, “You dove into the ocean to bring my boy out?” “Yes, ma’am,” the sailor responded. The mother impatiently asked, “Then where’s the hat?” 2. Reflections: (Christ the King) - The Power of the Cross Scripture: First Reading: 2 Samuel 5: 1-3. The first mention of David in Hebrew history occurs in 1 Samuel 16: 13. Later on, fleeing the wrath of King Saul, David led a group of renegade army. Then, David was made king by the southern tribes and later by the northern region to

of Christ’s activities as God’s wisdom: his preexistent state before creation and his incarnation and redemption. It is the same God who both creates and redeems. Gospel: Luke 23: 35-43. St. Luke’s Gospel began with the apparition of Gabriel to Zechariah in Jerusalem. For Luke, Jesus” journey is about to end in Jerusalem. Luke shows that Jesus’ mission that began and ended in Jerusalem reveals that it is confined within Judaism in the same manner that continuing this mission gives birth to the Church in Jerusalem (as narrated in Acts of the Apostles) and from there expands to Rome (the Gentile world). Reflections: Luke’s version of the Gospel personifies Jesus as the embodiment of compassion and forgiveness. Jesus wept over Jerusalem, he grieves over the fate of Jerusalem women and children, he heals the slave’s ear at the time of his arrest, he forgives those who crucified him and promises Paradise to the penitent thief. True to his style, Luke places the trial and crucifixion of Jesus as an occasion to manifest this compassion and forgiveness, characteristics of his true kingship. For a world where power, such as political, physical, and economic, holds supreme, the power that Jesus exercises as King is ludicrous. This mentality has been demonstrated by those who taunted him, “You are a savior. You’re a king, prove it, save yourself!” The Jews at the crucifixion and the Roman soldiers looked at Jesus as a political Messiah or a rebel who would free Israel from the domination of foreign rulers. Because Jesus does not conform to their own concept of kingship, he and his teachings were thought of as obnoxious. In the same way, failing to make Jesus conform to their idea of kingship, many in the world today

Balintataw
by Virginia H. Ferrer
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Naniniwala Ako (6)
Naniniwala akong minsan ika’y nagkakaduda sa kaibigan mong ito na pababa kang hinila at mula sa iyong pedestal ikaw ay itinumba pero ng gipit ka na ang sumaklolo pala’y siya. Naniniwala akong karapatan ko ang magalit sa mga bagay na talaga namang nakakangitngit masasamang salita aking minsan ay nasasambit hanggang duon lamang naman at hindi ako malupit. Naniniwala akong marami akong natutunan dahil sa dami ng aking mga naging karanasan mayroong dapat itapon, mayroong dapat ikaban walang kinalaman mga kandilang kong sinindihan. (may karugtong) ©2010 Virginia H. Ferrer. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Filipino Language Teacher at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

be the king of Israel. Today’s first reading is about this recognition of David both as shepherd and military leader that took place at Hebron. Second Reading: Colossians 1:12-20. This hymn speaks

Novena to Saint Jude
Oh Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue, rich in miracles, near Kingsman of Jesus Christ and faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recoursed from the depth of my heart and humbly beg, to whom God has given special great power, to come to my assistance in my present, in return I promised to make your name known and cause to be invoke. ( Say 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Marys and 3 Glorys for nine consecutive days, publication must be promised.) St. Jude, pray for us all who invoke your aid. (This novena has never been known to fail.

find it difficult to belong to his Kingdom. Luke presents Jesus as a powerful King when he looks helpless on the cross. This powerlessness of Jesus is part of his leaving the greatness of heaven, and by becoming incarnate, humble and small, he was beset with weakness. Yet in this powerlessness and smallness, Jesus exercises his powerful kingship when he bestows forgiveness and promises salvation. Indeed, Christianity is the only religion where God shows his greatness when he is humbled and mocked at. The cross reveals not only his power and the nature of his kingship, but also how someone who is chosen like him, as the “Christ” (the one anointed), should follow his example. Luke, in writing the Acts of the Apostles, wants to complement the fact that the Apostles and Paul took up the cross in the same way that

Jesus took up his own. It is ironic that many women and men who preached peace and non-violence, like Christ, died in the hands of violent assassins, even today. True kingship with Christ is shepherding and guiding the people to their salvation by compassion, not by domination and subjugation. This kind of kingship goes against the world’s values. No wonder why not too many people want to be in Jesus’ kingdom. They would rather prefer to use their “kingly” power (over the family, community or nation) to control and oppress, not to care and love. A Blessed Thanksgiving To All Readers! Quotation of the week: “A non-violent deity can only signal his existence to mankind by having himself driven out by violence in the Kingdom of Violence.” René Girard.

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Laughing Matter
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Mountain Road, Suite 300 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Nov. 18. Contact Josiah Larkin @ (415) 782-8990 or email: jlarkin@cmcp.org. Asian Pacific Bar of California (ABC) is hosting four or five scholarships to a meeting at the NAPABA eligible individuals to take the Conference on Nov. 20 at the California State Bar examina- J.W. Marriott in Los Angeles. tion in February 2011 or July The meeting will be held at 2011. Deadline 12/10. See 2:00 p.m. in the Platinum G attached for more informaConference Room. The ABC tion. was formed to push for the FALSD co-sponsors appointment of more Asian ERDC’s upcoming mixer, Americans to the bench. “Holidays Around the Please contact Erika HiramatWorld,” Sheppard, Mullin, su at Erika.Hiramatsu@doj. Richter & Hampton LLP, 501 ca.gov if you are interested West Broadway, 19th Floor, in learning more about the on Nov 18. Food and netorganization. working. FREE. Attorney Referral Needed: Seeking a solo or small firm Others: to handle landlord tenant matters as well as estate & Expanding Trade and real property issues. Please Investment Opportunities contact falsd1@gmail.com Briefing on Nov. 15, Double- for more info. tree Hotel located at 7450 Vietnamese American Bar Hazard Center Drive, San Association of Northern CaliDiego. The Fil-Am Chamber fornia (VABANC) announces of Commerce of San Diego Lan and Mark Beyster Public is organizing the event in col- Interest Fellowship, which laboration with the Philippine will be the largest fellowship Trade and Investment Cenamount offered by a minority ter. For registration and fees, bar organization to encourage please contact Mr. Audie J. public interest work. This de Castro at 619-702-8690 or fellowship (in the amount of email at adecastro@decas$25,000) will be awarded to tropc.com or Ms. Catherine a recent law school graduSoriano at 619-793-7443. ate to enable him or her to Volunteers Needed for provide legal services to and Law Career Luncheon, Nov. advocacy for the Vietnam17, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Mission ese community and/or other Valley/Downtown YMCA underserved communities. Outreach Department with Please contact falsd1@gmail. Montgomery and Mar Vista com for more info. Middle Schools. This program was created to expose students to a variety of careers by connecting with professionals and learning about their experiences throughout their lives. Email falsd1@ gmail.com for more info. California Minority Counsel Program host San Diego Diversity Reception at Mintz Levin located at 3580 Carmel

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Broadway/San Diego presents a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with host Garrison Keillor at San Diego Civic Theater, Saturday, February 26, 2011!
Special guests will be announced closer to the engagement. And of course, everyone can catch up on the news from Lake Wobegon during Keillor’s signature monologue. A Prairie Home Companion started production in 1974, and airs nationally every Saturday night from 5—7 p.m. CT, and airs locally on KPBS Radio Saturdays at 5 PM, and Sundays at 11 AM. The show was last seen in a live broadcast from the Civic Theatre in 2003, and we are delighted it is returning! A Prairie Home Companion is heard on close to 600 public radio stations across the U.S., with a weekly audience that tops 4.3 million listeners. The program can also be heard on the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network. A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. The show is sponsored nationally by General Mills,

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{San Diego, November 7, 2010} Broadway/San Diego ~ A Nederlander Presentation is delighted to announce a very special addition to the 2010-2011 Season roster! For one afternoon only, the rabid fans of A Prairie Home Companion with host Garrison Keillor will be able to become part of their beloved show in a Live Broadcast at San Diego Civic Theatre, on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 2:45PM. For those lucky San Diegans for whom there cannot be enough time spent in Lake Wobegon, there is a special Premium Ticket that includes an opportunity to attend rehearsal from noon – 1:30PM and an APHC Fan Reception between the rehearsal and the show (limited availability). Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 15 at 10AM. Actress Sue Scott, Tim Russell (the man of many voices), and sound-effects wizard Fred Newman will be on hand, along with the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, led by pianist Richard Dworsky.

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Also arrest man with $50,000 taped to his legs
SAN YSIDRO, CALIF. – U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers yesterday arrested a SENTRI member allegedly attempting to bring methamphetamine into the country and in a separate case, a man allegedly attempting to smuggle more than $50,000 out of the country. On November 4, at 12:20 p.m. Officers were conducting outbound inspections at the pedestrian exit of the San Ysidro port of entry when a currency detector dog alerted to a 25-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Riverside, Calif. During the inspection, officers discovered packages of money taped to the man’s thighs. Officers removed a total of $50,346 from his thighs and pant pockets. CBP officers arrested the man and turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for processing. CBP seized the money. Later that day at the San Ysidro port of entry at about 3:50 p.m. an officer conducting inspections in the SENTRI vehicle lane encountered a 35-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Tijuana, Mexico driving a 2005 Chevy Equinox. The officer noticed discrepancies with the vehicle and referred the man and Equinox for further investigation. An officer and his narcotic detector dog conducting in-depth inspections screened the vehicle and alerted to the rear bumper. Officers then discovered a specially built compartment within the rear bumper area and extracted 20 packages of methamphetamine weighing 30 pounds with a street value of $360,000. CBP officers arrested the driver, and turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for processing. CBP placed an immigration hold on the man to initiate removal from the U.S. at the end of the criminal proceedings. CBP officers seized the methamphetamines and the vehicle. The man’s SENTRI privileges were revoked.

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Reach the lucrative Asian Pacific Urgent Action Needed to Stem Foreclosures, Islander Greenlining Institute Warns Group That Warned of Crisis in 2005 Sounds Market by New Alarm as Senate Examines Crisis advertising years before officials started WASHINGTON, D.C. -– The Greenlining Institute, in the Asian whose 2005 warnings of a paying attention, but were ignored,” said Greenlining Institute Executive Director growing crisis in subprime Journal! Orson Aguilar. “Now we have lending were ignored by a new warning: The foreclothen-Fed Chair Alan Greenspan and other regulators, Call (619) sounded a new alarm today sures that have devastated be neighborhoods so far will dwarfed by the new tide of as the Senate Banking Com474-0588 foreclosures that’s coming, mittee prepares to examine
the ongoing foreclosure crisis. Greenlining urged aggressive action to stem a pending tide of foreclosures, including a moratorium and principal reductions. “As the film ‘Inside Job’ so strikingly documented, we warned of the subprime crisis and the result will be unbelievable misery. We urgently need a national foreclosure moratorium while we put in place a program of acrossthe-board principal reductions that will keep people in their homes.” Statistics assembled by

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.” Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!” You know, life is full of imperfect things.....and imper-

Burnt Biscuits

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fect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults - and choosing to celebrate each others differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. And that’s my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husbandwife or parent-child or friendship! “Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket - keep it in your own.” God Bless You..... Now, and Always.... So Please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burnt one will do just fine.!.!.!.! And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life... I just did! the Greenlining Institute indicate that seven percent of white homeowners have been foreclosed upon or are in imminent danger of foreclosure, while the comparable figures for African Americans and Latinos are 11 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Foreclosures are expected to drain $273 billion from Latino and African American communities nationally. “Millions of hard-working Americans risk losing their homes due to shady lending practices and an economic downturn that they did not create,” Aguilar said. “We completely agree with Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo, who said last Friday that foreclosures simply cannot be better than modifications, including principal reductions – but to be effective, action must happen now.”

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Parol Competition at Philippine Lantern Festival December 4
December is one the most exciting months in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic nation, whose celebration of Christmas brings many Filipino diaspora wonderful memories of “home.” Included in that is the parol, a fivepoint star-lantern symbolic of the Star of Bethlehem, which lead the Three Kings to the infant Jesus, Mary and Joseph. It is a Filipino symbol of their strong faith as Christians and fond memories of the family making a parol each Christmas. Luz Carino, PASACAT Board member shared, “I remember my dad making our parol every year. It was like our Christmas tree.” PASACAT hopes to inspire and encourage families to rekindle the tradition with Parol Making Workshops and a Parol Competition to be held at the 13th Annual Philippine Lantern Festival on December 4, 100 PM to 500 PM at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall. The winners will be announced at the end of the Parol Festival. Free workshops are also be conducted by the House of the Philippines on Saturday, November 20, 9 am – 12 pm at the Hall of Nations, Balboa Park and on Wednesday, December 1, 4 pm – 6 pm at Skyline Hills Library, 460 South Meadowbrook Drive, San Diego. The traditional parols are made of bamboo frames and covered with Japanese rice paper known as papel de Hapon. A candle or coconut oil-lamp was placed inside the three dimensional lantern hung in front of homes which beautifully illuminated villages. To complete the look, tails would be attached to the lower tips of the five point star. PASACAT will display a variety of parols, from handmade parols by Jose Morales, Jr. and those from the Philippines, but a number of the more contemporary capiz shell parols, some which will be available for sale. For more information and to register for Parol Competition and information on the Parol Festival contact PASACAT, 619-477-3383, e-mail: admin@pasacat.org, website: www.pasacat.org or Facebook: PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company. ever, get acknowledgments notable to her cause such as SAN DIEGO, CA - Three getting an endorsements from Filipina American vied for the San Diego Union Tribune a political position in San and La Prensa newspaper. Diego County. One was Meanwhile, a second term Merceditas “Ditas” de los Filipina American by the name Santos-Yamane. A 51-yearof Arlie Natalie Ricasa-Bagaold candidate, and a first gen- poro, ran a fierce race with a eration who seeked a public Latino American by the name appointment three times and of Andrew “Andy” Valencia lost. Then three times again who was endorsed by the as a running candidate for the Sweetwater Teacher’s Union same seat for National City and the Republican Party. Councilmember and lost. Arlie is a lifelong Democrat As for the 6th times seeking and was running on her third public office, many of her term race. This race led to friends supported her such as inquiries on an investigation Aurora Soriano-Cudal, Asteria of sort from the Fair Political “Aster” Sansano-Santelices, Practice Commission (FPPC) Myrna Reyes, Julio de Guzsubmitted from a former Laman, Audie de Castro, Normi- tino American Principal, Jaime ta “Mitz” Sumulong-Lee and Mercado who is also a Demoother Fil-Am members of the crat and questioned fundings community mostly from the being utilized improperly. Pangasinan Association. This Mr. Mercado wrote a 10 page time the Fil-Am community report. Although issues and stood to watch a lone Fil-Am concerns were noted, Arlie Democrat candidate who ran still won by a large margin of against three other Latino 33,248 votes and Andrew lost American’s. by having 23,579 votes. Arlie The candidates in National will still be the current SweetCity unofficial canvass report water Unified School Board indicated at this point and Member up to another four time for Nov. 2, 2010, General years. This board position has Election till present: The first no term limits but the ongoing place winner for National City investigation still continues. Councilmember is Ramona Lastly, the other candidate “Mona” Alvarado-Rios, 2,450; for Southwestern Unified second place is Louie “Luis” Community College Board Natividad, 2,362; third place Trustees is Terri Pasqual-Vallis Merceditas “Ditas” de los adolid. Terri has been elected Santos-Yamane, 1,941; fourth for a third term which equals place is Frank Lopez, 1,940. out to 12 years and is a DemoSince this is an unofficial crat. As a Filipina and Mexicanvass, the provisional balcan American mestiza who lots have not been counted and is originally from El Centro, may change the results of the she decided to run for public second, third and fourth place office in San Diego county. outcome. Then recently the trustees The latest news was an in- board faced a questionable isdividual who voiced her opin- sue on whether Southwestern ion as to why the lone Fil-Am College would be accredited candidate should not of been of sort and created a turmoil selected and went through and stir among the students, other channeled media such faculty and administration. as the La Prensa and several The public became more email blast that was sent. It aware of it when it got publiwas hardly a dent to affect her cised in the San Diego Union candidacy due to most NaTribune, and then mailers tional City Fil-Am voters are were sent out regarding the probably not on the email list, removal of incumbents seekand on top of that, seldom do ing re-election. Even with the they read the Latino American rally to remove public officials newspaper. Ditas did howthat are incumbents, it did not affect the alienated support for Terri. Terri received a successful winning by 31,524 votes for the fourth term and her opponent Jessica S. Gonzalez received 29, 913 votes.

Fil-Am Politics in San Diego, 2010 Bonita Dentist Receives 2010 Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry
BY MARISSA ACIERTO The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists who are dedicated to staying up to date in the profession through continuing education, is pleased to announce that Nita H. Largoza, DMD, MAGD, of Bonita, California, received the association’s 2010 Mastership Award during the AGD 2010 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, recently held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Mastership award is the highest honor available at the AGD and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Largoza had to complete 1,100 hours of continuing dental education. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Largoza joins more than 2,100 AGD members who understand that providing great smile and good oral health for their patients are the result of

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Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com way he was 10 years ago when he first started his performing career – humble, down-toearth and devoid of airs. He is a joy to watch and to talk to! In more ways than one, our new champ is like the champions of the past three years: Shawn Klush (2007), Brandon Bennett (2008), and Bill Cherry (2009), who are now legends in the Elvis world. Justin was originally from Chicago, then Las Vegas, then Portland, Oregon, and now back in Vegas. Now the City of Neon Lights and Glitter can again claim Justin as one of its own! He moved back to Vegas so he can expand his career. Currently, Justin is performing in several ongoing shows that are featuring Elvis Tribute Artists while waiting for his

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Justin Shandor 2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist World Champion
When Justin Shandor stepped onto the stage of the Orpheum Theater at the final phase of the competition for the title of “2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist World Champion” – he stepped into the pages of history. For history was made for him that day! Being named the winner of this most prestigious Elvis competition is tantamount to winning an Oscar. This is Justin’s third attempt for the title, and as they say, the third time was the charm! To get to this coveted top spot, Justin had to win one of the preliminary rounds held around the world. He won in the first-ever Las Vegas Ultimate ETA Preliminary Contest presented by Legends in Concert at the famous Freemont Street Experience. Then at the semi-finals held in Memphis, Tennessee, Justin competed with 23 other ETAs and was selected as one of the 10 finalists to compete in the finals. During the first segment of the final competition, each performer did two songs. Justin mesmerized the crowd with his epic rendition of “How Great Thou Art” and “Unchained Melody.” After the intermission, he again made it to the Top 5! This time, wearing a blue jumpsuit, he gave his all in his powerful version of “Polk Salad Annie” and won the big prize! As the New Champion, Justin was awarded $20,000 and a contract to perform in the Legends in Concert Ultimate Elvis Tribute Tour. The rest of the Top 5 in the 2010 contest are: Kevin Mills of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, winner of the Tupelo Elvis Festival preliminary, second place; Jay Dupois of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, winner of the Silver Slipper Ultimate ETA Contest preliminary, third place; Victor Trevino, Jr., winner of the Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge Ultimate ETA Contest, fourth place; and Matt Cordell, winner of Harrah’s Cherokee Ultimate ETA Contest, fifth place. Second place winner Kevin Mills sang “Suspicious Minds” and received $3,000. Third place winner Jay Dupois sang “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” and took home $2,000. Winning this competition calls for top talent and ability, and Justin is endowed with a lot. Not only is he gifted with an enviable talent and ability, he also exudes personal and stage charisma. He has a powerful voice that closely matches the King’s, and he has the Elvis’ moves and mannerisms down pat. And he has an uncanny resemblance to the King! How uncanny? Well, Justin recently performed for a local casino in Washington, and during the event’s promotion, Graceland e-mailed the casino stating that they “could not use a real picture of Elvis to promote the show.” However, the photo wasn’t that of Elvis at all – it was a picture of Justin! A few years back, U.S.A. Today featured Justin on its front page in its headline article entitled “Hunks of Burning Love Keeps His Memory Alive” with a large one-fourth page photo of Justin leaning out of the side window of a pink Cadillac. Most of the readers who saw the photo thought it was a photo of the young Elvis! Justin also has the persistence to go for what he wants! It’s well proven that persistence pays time and again.

Justin didn’t get very far in his first attempt in 2008, but he came pretty close last year. This time around, he developed a strategy that was designed to appeal to the judges – a brilliant performance showcasing all the years of Elvis’ life: from young, to the middle, and the last years. WOW! Now Justin can rightly be called the Top Elvis Tribute Artist in the world – a crowning achievement of any ETA. For a year anyway! Because immediately after Elvis Week 2010 ended, a series of preliminary competitions are in the works in preparation for Elvis Week 2011 when another World Champion will be crowned. Did you know that Justin got his very first gig when he was just 16? And at his very first audition too! This happened in Las Vegas, the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” After that audition, he landed a contract with Elvis-A-Rama, performing 7-8 shows a day, 6 days a week, for over 2 years. When ElvisA-Rama closed its doors, Justin moved to bigger and better things. Justin is so talented he writes his own music, and he can play several kinds of musical instruments. Yet with all his talent, ability and fame – Justin is still the

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upcoming but yet unnamed “Super Show” to start. One of Justin’s as yet unfulfilled dreams is to do symphonies! In 2008, Justin performed on two Swedish tours with Elvis’ original keyboard player Glen Harding. He also performed in several tours with Elvis’ original back-up quartet, “The Jordanaires.” In August of the same year, he performed for 20,000 people at the “Back to the 50s Cruise In” in Grants Pass, Oregon. In November of 2009, Justin drew a crowd of over 100,000 people in 17 theater shows in Australia. He has performed all over the United States, Canada, Sweden, England, and Fiji. Justin attributes his ongoing success to the Lord, to his untiring dedication in keeping the legacy of Elvis Presley alive, and to his manager for the past eight or nine years – West Coast Producer Jamie Goetz of Jamie’s Rock and Roll Legends.

nists spent the night trading heavy shots without engaging in embracing and pushing. It was a clean fight. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum announced that Margarito could not attend the press conference as he was rushed to the hospital to have his wound stitched. Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO’s) said “I tried my best” to knock out the five feet and 11 inches tall Mexican threetime world champion nicknamed the “Tijuana Tornado” but Margarito was so durable and his superior in size made it harder for Pacquiao to put him away. Pacquiao apologized he could not sign autographs for fans “because my hands are swollen.” The card, Pacquiao’s second straight appearance in the $1.3 billion stadium owned by Cowboys Dallas chairman Jerry Jones, attracted 41,732 fans, fsr cry from the 50,997 people who watched Pacquiao steamroll Joshua Clottey for the WBO welterweight title on the same venue on March 13, 2010.

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Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com Director Dean Preston, “it is time for California sheriffs to take a more proactive role to protect innocent residents from improper post-foreclosure evictions. California sheriffs should impose an immediate moratorium on post-foreclosure evictions by any lending institution about which there is evidence of large-scale fraud in affidavits leading to evictions.”

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had fresh mango flan on a bed of sweet cream, and panna cotta with cinnamon. GM Rudy brought a freshly baked moist chocolate cake covered in fine dark chocolate with whipped icing. Our dining experience was made more delightful as Boom brought out some bottles of his favorite Sauterne wine for the nobility of a truly sweet ending. Our last morning on the paradisiacal island, the sun’s rays penetrated the clear waters as the eclectic sea explodes in a frenzy. The mountain, with trees and plants still drenched in morning dew, come alive. There are only few places on earth that sincerely espouse eco-luxury that can match the magnificent and astonishing natural beauty of Bellarocca. My search for a magical elusive paradise stops here for now. I need some time to absorb it. After all, it isn’t every day that one comes across a resort that truly cares as it takes its role of stewardship to an exhilarating and inspiring level. It is a fervent prayer that ecoluxury tourism inspires us to adopt a more caring approach towards traveling — one that will allow us to digress from our comfort zones as we embrace new and refreshing perspectives of stewardship. As we all strive to make a heartfelt contribution to other people’s lives, one friendship at a time, we may just certainly change our own. (Story and images courtesy of the Philippine Star)

Today, Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for tenants’ rights, sent an open letter to all California sheriffs requesting that they impose a moratorium on foreclosure evictions unless and until lending institutions can guarantee that their foreclosures and evictions after foreclosures are legitimate. The open letter comes in response to recent media reports that “robo-signers” working on behalf of banks have filed bogus affidavits across the nation leading to improper evictions after foreclosure. These falsified affidavits have called into question the integrity of the judicial process that leads to eviction. In the open letter, Tenants Together reminds sheriffs that as the final link in the eviction chain, they have been responsible for carrying out illegal eviction orders, causing the massive displacement of residents—including tenants— and resulting in prolonged vacancies and neighborhood blight.

California Sheriffs Asked to Impose Immediate Moratorium on Post-Foreclosure Evictions in Response to National ‘RoboSigner’ Scandal

kind resort to offer something that would uniquely stand out from all the other resorts in Asia. From the refreshing white stucco-structures, to the tiles in the steps and the mirrors in the bathrooms, it remains consistent with what you would find in the Greek destination. One can certainly claim sunset-viewing rights from the white washed accommodations, with curved ceilCook County, Illinois, ings and walls with terraces and verandas of Aegean blue. Sheriff Thomas Dart is cited The spectacular architecture as an example for California doesn’t interfere with the natural sheriffs to follow. Two years landscape. One can witness the ago, Sheriff Dart took a bold special attention and respect given step by refusing to evict innoto surrounding nature, with trees cent tenants after foreclosure. jutting out near the roofs. There His actions were challenged was an effort not to cut down trees in court, but were settled with so plans were built around them new requirements imposed on instead. softly and smile generously.” banks before they can proceed (Continued from page 1) Dining at Bellarocca is never Marinduque is only 35 minutes second best. We were treated to a with tenant evictions. His ac- human heritage. Currently, the by either chartered or sumptuous dinner that was hightions also put a national spot- finest things in life are increasingly from Manilaflight. Upon landing, commercial becoming environmentally virtulighted by the resort’s version of light on the plight of tenants cold verbena towels and ice-cold ous. Yes, the new face of luxury paella marinara. Perfectly cooked in foreclosure situations at a Wilkins mineral water is served in with piquant flavors and spices, is Code Green, its peculiar DNA time when few were paying the spacious air-conditioned van of the top layer of delicate rice is soft simply means responsible consciattention to this issue. entious travel where the place you the resort. After a brief scenic drive while the layer beneath is crunchy This week, Sheriff Dart through excellently paved roads, visit benefits from your presence. and caramelized. Other delectable the mise en scène, reminiscent of announced that his office According to gracious direcmust-try dishes are their creamy Amorsolo paintings, comes alive will not evict families from tor of marketing John Tanjangco, and frothy butternut pumpkin foreclosed properties if banks while “Bellarocca was the product as one is transported via speedboat puree soup, savory ginatang to what resembles the lost city of of one person’s dream to create a cannot confirm that the forekalabasa, freshly-caught native Atlantis — Santorini, Greece. Its world-class upscale resort, its viclosures were done properly. salmon grilled in tangy citrus butDart announced his new mor- sion, however, was not only driven immaculately relentless beauty ter sauce, delectable bites of fillet and grace will capture you as you of grouper and fish simmered in atorium after national revela- by the element of luxury but with the guiding principle that the resort approach the island. The crystal flavorful teriyaki sauce with slivers tions about fraudulent foreclowould espouse respect for the envi- reflection of shimmering turquoise of almonds and succulent morels sure filings. The moratorium ronment, sustainable development waters gives a sense of tranquility. took effect this week and will and a social consciousness for the Marinduque was ravaged by the ill of mushrooms. For dessert, we stop or at least delay the evic- communities around.” effects of mining a decade ago but tion of hundreds of families in is now being rehabilitated into a It is no wonder that Bellaparadise we can all be proud of. his county. It applies to Bank rocca is the only luxury resort in John Tanjangco shared further: of America, JP Morgan Chase the Philippines that is part of the distinguished roster of Eco Luxury “What we offer that you cannot and GMAC/Ally Financial. find anywhere is the absolutely Hotels that include Four Seasons “I can’t possibly be exauthentic and genuine feel of Tented Camp in Changrai, Amanjiwo and Amanwana in Indonesia, the Mediterranean Islands that is complemented by the customized, Banyan Tree in Phuket, Thailand personalized Filipino service. We and Ringha, China, Six Senses make it a point to do or deliver Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, what it is that the guests want. ‘No’ Al Mahad Desert Resort & Spa is something you will not hear in Dubai, the Datai in Langkawi, Fairmont in Mayakoba, Royal Liv- from our staff.” t a sense of peace and nirvana ingstone in Zambia among others in Seychelles, Morocco and South as we joined the mid-morning yoga Africa. Eco Luxury, a collaboration class led by winsome Carmela Cancio at the resort’s meditation of the best retreats in the world, sanctuary, amidst the symphony of is a catalyst towards the changing birds in the background. We also face of tourism — proving that experienced sheer bliss after swimeco-luxury is not an oxymoron, ming in the aquamarine waters and and is dynamically becoming an kayaking in this pastoral atmoestablished brand, showing the sphere between the rocky, volcanic two can go, synergistically, hand promontory, the lush forest and the in hand. As if that wasn’t enough, even azure seas. The resort’s wellness spa is a private retreat you ought CNN International has given to indulge in as delightful treatBellarocca a thumbs up for being ments await you. We excitedly the hottest New Generation Asia tourist hotspot. There is a Bedouin anticipated the full moon from our veranda as we lay on the white saying that fosters hospitality to cushion beds with wood frames as the highest degree: “Each guest is a guest of God.” With this philoso- we listened intently to Giglio’s rendition of Indescribable God. The phy in mind, Bellarocca delivers only the most indefatigable degree mood was soulful and festive as of loving kindness. My dear friend, we waited for the luminous moon to illuminate its path, after all, it gracious GM Rudy Studer, resort manager Alexis Tibayan, executive was the birthday of my beloved chef Cris Castro and the congenial brother-in-law Boom Boncan and we — his wife, my affectionate staff will certainly shower you with their genuine service. Guests Ate Jaqui and her vivacious daughare free to be as social or as private ter Christel and I — couldn’t have chosen a more magical place to as they wish, but should they need anything, the friendly staff is celebrate life, love and laughter. The celebration continued indiscreetly ever present. The Belside our posh two-bedroom Athena larocca motto seems to be “Speak villa with Jacuzzi and plunge pool, lounge chairs and table where we had candlelit dinner overlooking the calm ocean and mystic mountain. Our villa radiated comfort and sophistication, with a topof-the-line Sensurround Denon sound system and no less than my favorite L’Occitane Verbena products. The master plan, architecture and interior design of Bellarocca were all done by Alex Yatco of AY Design, proudly a Filipino company. They created this one-of-a-

pected to evict people from their homes when the banks themselves can’t say for sure everything was done properly,” Dart said. “I need some kind of assurance that we aren’t evicting families based on fraudulent behavior by the banks. Until that happens, I can’t in good conscience keep carrying out evictions involving these banks.” According to Executive

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Pero hanga kami kay Sarah dahil ng pagkumbaba siya over Charice,alam niya kung saan siya dapat lumugar.Teka, diba yung huling movie niya with Judy Ann Santos ay hindi kumita at ang “Idol” niya sa kapamilya network ay bilis natby Ogie Cruz Read Ogie Cruz’s previous articles by visiting our website sugi dahil mahina sa rating, at at www.asianjournalusa.com ang balita pa namin may ilang concert si Sarah sa Amerika na mahina na rin at lugi pa.Anu kaya ang say ni Ms. Cristy Fermin na tagapagtanggol ni Sarah Geronimo? NAKAKALUNGKOT NAMAN ANG NAKARATING SA AMIN NA BALITA, May isa palang producer na im sure marami rin dito sa interesado na pagsamahin sa mga Pinoy sa Amerika lalo na isang concert sina Sarah Geronsubscribers ng TFC ganon din imo at Charice Pempengco, ang magiging feeling.Hanggang kaya lang ang inaalala lang ng December na lang pala ang producer ang billing ng dalawa. “Win na Win” nina Rico Puno, Alam nyo naman na parehong Rey Velera,Nonoy Suniga at bigatin ang dalawa kaya lang Marco Sison. sa magkaibang lugar pero sa Matsu-tsugi na raw ang parehong panahon.Magkaiba show dahil kahinaan ng rating rin ang nakamit na tagumpay ng nito laban sa Eat Bulaga ng dalawa, si Charice umaariba sa GMA 7.Totoo naman na tumaas Amerika samantalang si Sarah ang rating nila tulad ng sinasabi naman ay sa Pilipinas nagninni Rico compare noon sa rating ing ang bituin. ng show na naduon pa noon si Nakarating na rin kay Sarah Kris Aquino.Tumaas nga pero ang tungkol sa proyekto na pagmababa pa rin kung pagbabasesamahin sila sa isang concert, Charice Pempengco han ang rating ng Eat Bulaga, walang kagatol-gatol na sustill nilalampaso pa rin sila. mang-ayon ang naturang prinni Ms. Pempengco pero kung sa Sa totoo lang base sa aming cess ng kapamilya Network. Pilipinas gagawin ang concert pagtatanong sa mga pinoy dito Masaya at walang problema dapat mauna ang name ni Ms. sa Amerika, na dati tagasubaykung matutuloy ang project na pagsamhin sila ni Charice ayon Geronimo, na sinang-angyunan bay ng Wowowee,nagugustuhan naman ng ilang showbiz hosts na raw nila ang show nila Rico pa rin kay Ms. Geronimo,at din. and Co. lalo pa tungkol sa wala daw magiging problema Pero kung kami ang taportion ng Theme Song Buhay sa billing. Mo.Maganda raw ang treatPayag na payag raw si Sarah tanungin, walang duda na si Ms. Charice Pempengco ang ment show parang yung show na mauna ang pangalan ni Ms. dapat mauna sa billing kapag raw noon ni Willie sa TFC,kaso Pempengco kung pagsasaconcert na ang pag-uusapan, mukhang hindi ito gaano nagumahin sila sa isang concert, na kahit sa Pilipinas o Amerika gustuhan sa Pilipinas mas favor ikinabigla ng ilang nakadinig. pa ito gawin.Naniniwala kasi sila panoorin ang kina Tito, Vic Ayon pa rin sa kanya, idol daw kami na ang natamong katan& Joey. niya talaga si Charice, basta Nakadagdag pa nga ang Masaya raw siya kung matutu- yagan ni Charice sa U.S. ay saya sa naturang show ang loy na pagsamahin sila sa isang pinaka –achievement na ng isang Filipino o bansa natin, pagpasok ni K Brosas na halos concert sa Pilipinas o dito sa siya lang ang nakagawa ng magsapawan sila ni Pokwang Amerika. ganon so far at wala pang ibang sa pagpapatawa, pero pareho Pero may ilang grupo sa singer na galing sa ating bansa. silang magaling at walang tulak showbiz landia na hindi sangYung natamo naman ni Sarah kabigin.Pero alam nyo ba ayon sa gusto na mangyari ni sa Pilipinas, marami na ang natanggal na si Janet something Sarah kung billing ang pag-uunakagawa ng ganon at mas higit sa show na yun, dahil mukhang sapan.Sabi nga ng isang contropa ang katanyagan like the one mas nagustuhan ng channel 2 versial TV/Host depende kung si K Brosas na mag-stay kaysa saan gagawin ang concert, kung and only Superstar na si Nora kay Janet Something. sa Amerika raw ay walang duda Aunor at ang Megastar na si Sharon Cuneta. Ang ipapalit daw sa “Win na na dapat mauna ang pangalan Win” ay ang mga young stars na show, na wala ng pang-title hanggang ngayon, tiyak malulungkot ang mga tagasubaybay na TFC subscribers sa naturang show.Ganon talaga, pero huwag kayong mag-alala dahil malapit nyo na mapanood dito sa Amerika ang show ni Wilie Revillame over channel 5, dahil next year daw mayroon ng TV5International. MATAPOS NAMING NAIBALITA RITO SA ASIAN JOURNAL TUNGKOL KAY Nora Aunor na isa na siyang Caregiver sa California ang trabaho, at na-pick up naman ng ibang dyario sa Pilipinas. Eto ang pinagtatanggol na mga nagmamahal sa Superastar na walang problema ang pagiging caregiver ang trabaho,marangal naman daw yun. Totoo naman yun na marangal naman ang trabahong Caregiver, kaya lang hindi naman namin inaasahan na ang

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Sino ang dapat mauna sa billing, Charice o Sarah?

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Sarah Geronimo isang Superstar sa bansa natin ay maging ganito ang trabaho dito sa Amerika.Puede naman siyang bumalik sa Pilipinas para gumawa ulit ng Movies o TV show, dahil may option siya. Pero anu itong nabalitaan namin na gusto na raw niyang umuwi sa Pilipinas, kaya lang humihingi siya ng pamasahe at bahay na tutuluyan sa bansa natin. May offer pala sa kanya noon ang channel 5 para sa kanyang pagbabalik sa Pilipinas,bibigyan siya ng isang teleserye,movie at bahay ,kaso hindi niya pinatulan dahil ayaw niyang maging exclusive contract ng TV5.Ayon daw sa mga tagasulsol ni Nora, mahirap daw kung exclusive lang siya sa naturang istasyon, so ibig sabihin hindi siya puedeng lumabas sa ibang channel tulad ng ABS at GMA,kaya hindi natuloy ang usapan na ‘yun.Sabi nga ng TV5 network, siempre naman kami ang naghirap para makabalik siya sa Pilipinas pagkatapos lalabas siya sa iba, siempre raw hindi puede yun. Grabe naman pati pamasahe, wala ang La Aunor kaya pala nagka-car pool siya kapag pumapasok sa trabaho niya sa Simi Valley California bilang caregiver.Sana bumalik na lang siya sa Pilipinas, dahil mas malaki ang kikitain niya roon kaysa rito at dahil nami-miss na rin siya ng mga tagahanga niya roon.Kahit anung sabihin nyo, ang nining ng Superstar ay matanggal ng inaantay ng mga tao roon. Ang Tanong, kaya ba ni La Aunor na iwanan niya ang kanyang love affair sa California ?Pwes paki explain Jayvee Jureidini ng San Francisco California ! NAKAKA-SHOCK NAMAN YUNG DATING LIVEIN PARTNER NI SNOOKY SERNA, nilabas ang video ni Snooky na nakahubad kaya lang nakatalikod naman na tinanggal din niya kaagad sa Facebook, dahil may nagcomment daw na ka-facebook niya na yung private moments nila ay huwag ng ilabas. Kaso nang nilabas niya, nakopya na kaagad ng ilang facebook friends nila dahil sa technology ngayon ,mabilis makopya ang videos sa Facebook. Aminado naman yung lalake na hiwalay na sila ni Snooky, siempre mayroon silang mga bagay na hindi napakasunduan . Na email na yung iba, tungkol sa video ni Snooky sa ilang facebook friends namin, ang tanong may kasunod pa kaya Kangino bang puso ang sinasaktan mo sa sandaling ito? At kayakap-yakap na kay higpit-higpit ang hindi sa iyo. Ikaw ba ay manhid na ipagpatuloy ang hindi totoo? Maglaro ng apoy na paulit-ulit ay masamang bisyo. ‘Di naman malaman kung anong paraan ang syang nararapat, Gamutin ang sugat ng samang patuloy bago ‘to mawasak. Kung sino man siya sana ay magisip ihinto ang lahat, Dagling maagapan, sinimulang lamat ng hindi lumawak. ‘Di ka na nakutya sa iyong gawain na ubod ng sama? Sa tawag ng laman ay pinagpalit mo ang pangako’t sumpa. Ano ang nangyari sa mga panahon ng saya at tuwa? Ngayong magsitanda, saka nagkaisip ng pangangaliwa. Kwidaw ka lang pare, baka kalbaryo mo’y lumamig na tingga, At ika’y singilin ng KARMANG matindi, matakot ka tanda. Sa laki ng utang sa aswa’t anak ikaw ay maghanda, KARMA ay ‘di sapat bilang kabayaran sa samang ginawa. Pansamantala lang, ‘di habang panahon ang tawag ng laman, ‘To’y batik sa lahing iyong sinimulan sa bayan mong hiram. Dapat mong tandaan ang magagandang araw, ngayo’y hahayaan, Talikdan ang lahat ng sayo’y nagmahal sa “TAWAG NG LAMAN” Akda ni: Romeo S. Nicolas 7/22/2010 ang video na ito at alam kaya ni Snooky na nilabas ang kanyang video na nakahubad.Sa totoo lang , kahit kami may kopya k nung video pero hindi na namin nilabas, siempre naawa rin kami kay Snooky hindi naman boldstar si Cookie. Mahirap talaga kapag showbiz personality ang ka-partner maintriga,pero aminado naman yung busineman na minahal naman niya si Snooky, kaya lang may mga masasakit na salita siya nilalabas sa Facebook against Ms. Serna.Siguro kung ka-facebook mo si Snooky at yung businessman, alam mo kung anu ang sinasabi niya.Nasaan na kaya si Cookie ngayon, kahit sa facebook kasi hindi na siya ganon ka-active.Totoo ba itong nabalitaan namin, kahit cellphone, wala daw ang nasabing aktres? MARAMING NAGTATANONG AT NAGIGING SHOWBIZ NA RAW SI PRES. NONOY AQUINO, dahil sa kanyang love romance with Liz Uy.Sumasagot kasi ito sa mga interviews about sa kanyang nababalitang girlfriend na si Liz Uy, samantalang ang bansa ay humaharap sa maraming problema sa ngayon. Ang balita, si Kris Aquino raw ang nagkakalat sa mga media kaya ganon kaputok ang balita sa ibat-ibang TV networks at newspapers sa Philippines, pati sa bansang Japan naisulat ang Love Romance sa isang newspaper doon. Kaya marami ngayon ang sumisisi kay Kris,dahil siya raw ang nagbubuking at nagsasalita tungkol sa love affair ng kanyang kuya, kaya talk of the town , ngayon. How true na hindi raw in good term noon si Kris at yung dating girlfriend ni Pres. Noynoy na si Shalani Soledad, kaya nagkahiwalay ang dalawang ito at ang resulta inireto niya ang kanyang Stylist na si Liz Uy?

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Open letter to the Secretary of the Philippine Department of Labor & Employment
Sec. Rosalinda D. Baldoz Department of Labor and Employment Manila, Philippines November 14, 2010 Secretary Baldoz: Warm greetings from the cold place of Los Angeles, California. You might have read from the papers or heard from your counterpart in Washington DC, Attache Luzviminda Padilla, about us. We are the 11 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who escaped from Mississippi to seek justice for what happened to us here in the US. We decided to leave Mississippi when we experienced the terrible exploitation in our workplace where we were brought after we were forced to sign a new contract different from the one we signed in the Philippines. We tried to approach and seek help from your trusted lawyer, Atty. Elaine Carr on August 10, 2010, 5:45 pm, but the reply we got was, “You don’t have a case for trafficking. If you want, you could go to Virginia and file a case against Aramark. It is too early to file a case.” She knew about the horrible situation we were in, as we had shown her our documents as well. Because we did not know where else to go, we sought assistance from the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles. Rufino de Guzman, one of our co-workers who first decided to escape from Mississippi, provided the means for us to approach OWWA Welfare Officer Don Duero. Not once were we able to speak to Labatt Padilla in person while we were still in Mississippi. If we had received assistance from the representatives of our government while we were still in Mississippi, we would not have asked for help anywhere else. WE WANT ACTION, NOT JUST WORDS! We are legitimate OWWA members and documented OFWs in the POEA. It is our right to ask for protection and assistance from the government, not just financially, but also in pursuing justice

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against the deception and injustice we experienced. PLEASE STOP MAKING STATEMENTS THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO US IN THE PERIOD OF ALMOST TWO MONTHS THAT WE HAVE BEEN STAYING AND WAITING IN LOS ANGELES. IT WOULD BE MUCH BETTER TO HELP US ACHIEVE JUSTICE AND PROSECUTE THOSE WHO ARE BEHIND THIS INJUSTICE. The people who did this to us continue to victimize others in the Philippines, and the Armenians who handled us in Mississippi and who are connected with Adman continue to operate. We demand that we focus on pursuing the perpetrators, fighting for justice and just reparation for us. Right now, we are being helped by the Filipino community, AnakBayan Los Angeles, Filipino Migrant Center, Sisters of Gabriela, Awaken!, Habi Arts, Bayan USA, groups from the United Methodist Church and the Catholic church. These people are the ones taking over the

responsibility that is supposedly yours. WE DEMAND THAT YOU MAKE PUBLIC THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, NO MORE, NO LESS. We never wanted to go back to the Philippines, like you have been repeatedly saying. None of us requested to be repatriated to a Philippines that is full of graft and corruption. Please think about what the lives of our families would be if we do go back home. How will we pay off our debts, money that was extorted by Adman? We will not have a place to come home to because we are over our heads in debt. We do not need mere promises; we need to concentrate on concrete action and solutions. We will not stop fighting, we will not go home, we will not retreat until we achieve justice and until the perpetrators pay! Secretary Baldoz, our final question is, “ARE YOU WITH US OR AGAINST US?” Looking forward to your response, “Those who sustain the economy of the Philippine Nation… Those who sacrifice to give their loved ones a better life… The New Heroes…” LUHA KO 11 OFWs (Laban Upang Huminto ang Abuso at Katiwalian sa OFWs or Fight to Stop the Abuse and Exploitation of OFWs) Norman Paul Yaranon Ronilo Cruz Ricardo Jabagat Vuenas Ian De La Puerta Khalid Anthony Velasco Mario Abaday Manuel Jusayan Imelda Nosa Arlene Dorotan Eutropia Velasco and Rufino De Guzman

Carnival Splendor to be Relocated
scheduled military operation, Tenth Avenue will be able to accommodate the Splendor. Carnival has estimated the Splendor could be stationed at Tenth Avenue for several weeks. Carnival Cruise Lines has announced cancellation of voyages on the Carnival Splendor through Jan. 9, 2011, to allow time for repairs. The ship is scheduled to re-enter service on Jan.16, 2011. Guests who were scheduled to sail on these voyages will receive a full refund of their cruise fare and air transportation costs, along with a 25 percent discount on a future cruise. There are three major ship yards in the area – General Dynamics NASSCO, Northrup Grumman and BAE

November 19 - 25, 2010 Systems – but they are located south of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. Because of the ship’s height, it would be unable to maneuver under the bridge. The 113,000-ton ship is 215 feet in height and the bridge is 200 feet. Two cruise ships are scheduled to arrive this Saturday at the B Street terminal and Carnival and Port officials determined it was prudent to relocate the ship at this time. Carnival and its contractors continue to assess the extent of the damage that occurred on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, when an engine fire cut off all power, leaving the ship dead in the water some 200 miles from San Diego and about 45 miles off the Mexican coast. On board were 4,500 passengers and crew who were scheduled to be on a seven-day cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. While crews assess the damage, investigators from the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board and the ship’s flag state of Panama, are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fire. The media interested in covering the Splendor’s relocation will be unable to visit the Tenth Avenue terminal because of logistics and because it is a secured facility.

The Carnival cruise ship that was towed into San Diego harbor last week will be relocated on Thursday, Nov.

18, 2010, to the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. The repositioning of the Carnival Splendor by tug boats will begin about 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. It will take about three hours to travel the roughly 2.5 miles from the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal to Tenth Avenue. Port and Carnival officials said the ship is being relocated because it will require major repairs that are better accommodated in a waterside industrial facility rather than at a passenger cruise ship terminal. “The industrial shipyard resources, equipment and shipyard staff are more accessible from the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, which is part of the working waterfront area of the port,” said Joel Valenzuela, the Port’s Director Maritime Operations, who oversees the Port’s two cargo terminals at Tenth Avenue and National City and the cruise ship terminals. “It is the more suitable location for a major repair undertaking such as this.” He added that while the Port will continue to receive shipments of bagged fertilizer, wind energy components and other goods, along with a

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General or his designee may remove the conditional basis of the permanent resident status for an alien who fails to meet the joint requirement if building next door. We are the alien demonstrates that exseriously considering applytreme hardship would result if ing for a capital improvement (Continued from page 6) such alien is removed. USCIS grant to construct a building denied Samson’s petition in ing fast up the car door. next door. The Center has beBig spider, long legs, thick 2002. In 2003, Samson filed come smaller for community a third I-751 petition seeking body, almost invisible, camevents and workshops and so ouflaged against the black a waiver of the joint filing (Continued from page 6) we need to expand our facility paint job. He batted at it requirement. USCIS denied tion & physical activities; to accommodate more people. with his wrapped thumb and the petition again. When one health education workshops; party makes a written withhowled at the pain. and intergenerational arts and Conclusions: This was a The spider leapt toward the drawal of support from a joint cultural events such as the difficult year for us due to the windshield and the window petition, the petition is considFilAmFest. following reasons: well. ered not to have been filed. In We conducted or sponsored “Oh no you don’t!” Charlie this case, permanent resident the following workshops: a. We are still coping with grabbed another towel from status is terminated on the Prevention and Treatment the loss of our leader; the roll and spun back. But it second anniversary of the of Gambling Problem, Debbie b. Our financial status has was gone. alien’s lawful admission for Rull, February 6 declined precipitously due to Like a mad man, he permanent residence. Samson Kawasaki Disease ,UCSD the economic recession; and sprayed everything available could not extend his condiand Children’s Hospital, c. Our new staff and board into the window well. As the tional permanent resident March 20 are still adjusting to the period fumes thickened, his lungs Financial Literacy, Willie of transition. status by filing additional petiached and his vision blurred. Racelis (Foresters), April 3 tions after his status had been Still no sign of the thing. If Colon Cancer Preventionterminated. Samson had no Challenges: it was smart, it wasn’t comAmerican Cancer Societystatus to extend when he filed ing up. If it went down into July 17 his second and third petitions a. To survive the economic the engine, well, one long, Domestic Violence- South recession requesting hardship waivers. hot drive should take care of Bay Community ServicesThe removal prob. To build another structhings. August 7 ceedings against Samson ture next door; He collapsed back into continued. At the hearing, Healthy Eating Active c. To create a new KCS the chair so he could watch Living Campaign (HEAL) he testified that he had no for the next generation by beneath the car. This time he Healthy Eating Food children and had not divorced exploring new ideas, themes, knew what to look for. If it Demonstrations- April 10; Delilah. Samson has three novel ways of working & de- showed it’s ugly self again, May 22, & June 19 sisters, two of whom live in veloping personnel with skills he’d be ready. Physical Activity workthe United States and are U.S. able to blend the old with the Early the next morning, shop- Larissa Johnson – Sep- new or the young & old. citizens while the third is a Tina staggered downstairs to tember 1. Canadian citizen and lives Thank you for listening. make coffee. Whatever he’d HEAL upcoming activiin Canada. Samson has a Please continue your support ties include two grocery tours for by Center by participating used in the garage, the down- close relationship with his stairs still reeked. Probably in Seafood National City on siblings and nephews and in our activities, volunteering hadn’t thought to open the November 20 and December your time, and donating your nieces. Samson helps out his side yard door because she 18 from 10 AM to 12 noon; resources. sisters by babysitting their hadn’t reminded him. physical activity workshop for She flung open the kitchen children and taking care of his seniors in January 2011; and brother-in-law when he had *** door. “Charlie? Have you a “Taste of Healthy Filipino surgery. Samson’s parents are been out here all night?” American Cuisine” in March Speech delivered by Dr. Of course he had. No doubt dead. Samson testified that 2011. Our advocacy relates to Ofelia Dirige at the 8th anhis sisters are his only family. asleep in the car. the HEAL Campaign in that niversary of the FWC last He missed his parents and his “Charlie?” She tiptoed we work with FilAm restauSaturday, November 13, 2010 across the garage floor, her sisters provided him emotionrant and grocery owners to at the Holiday Inn in National bare feet freezing. al and moral support. Samson encourage them to prepare City. One look and she shrieked worked as a security guard in and sell healthier choices to the Philippines. He earned at his purple face and lolling the public. *** $500 a year. In comparison tongue. Dead eyes wide in a In terms of research, we terrified stare. to the $12,000 a year he could collaborate with Operation FREE GROCERY TOUR She screamed even louder earn as a security guard in the Samahan in their Asian PaDo you want to eat when she saw the car. United States. Samson did cific Islander Network (API healthy? When you go to the A gigantic web, so not own any real estate in the Network) project to collect grocery store do you have thick it resembled a cushion, United States. He had no imdata on this population, dea hard time trying to denow covered the entire wind- mediate family remaining in velop resources and use it as shield. the Philippines. a basis for developing imple- cide what to choose that is healthy? There are more than But there was no sign of The Immigration mentation programs. We also 2,000 items in the store and it the spider. Judge (IJ) concluded that network with the University can be very confusing. © Jean Jenkins Samson did not meet the of California San Diego and KCS is conducting a groSan Diego State University on extreme hardship standard. cery tour to help you choose determining the relationship The IJ also noted Samson was the right thing. between diet and cancer. young and healthy, possessed Date: November 20, SatWe provide field training to assets that could be sold to ficollege and graduate students urday nance his return to the PhilipTime: 10 AM to 12 noon and community service hours pines, spoke Tagalog fluently, Place: Seafood City, Nato high school students. One and had spent much of his tional City of our projects starting in life in the Philippines. ExIf interested, please sign 2011 is the “Riz Oades Schol(Continued from page 7) treme hardship encompasses up by calling Demy Din or arship Fund” that will grant Samson filed a second I-751 more than the mere economic scholarships to deserving stu- Dr. Dirige at (619) 477-3392. petition, this time seeking deprivation that might result Tour is limited to only 10 dents majoring in Philippine a waiver of the joint filing from an alien’s deportation people so call early. History or Asian Studies. requirement. Under our imfrom the United States. Also, Goal 5: Expand KCS famigration laws, the Attorney the readjustment of an alien cility by constructing a new

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Open Forum: Who is the Filipino? - GK
Conrado de Quiroz and Jose Ma. Montelibano spark dialogue on “Who is the Filipino” and his sense of pride
NATIONAL CITY, 11/17/2010 -- In the quintessentially Filipino city its mayor Ron Morrison once fondly dubbed the “Capital of the Philippines outside the Philippines”, Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Conrado de Quiroz and Jose Ma. Montelibano, two of the country’s leading columnists, led a discussion among forty five participants from the Filipino American commuity on what it means to be Filipino at the Villa Manila Restaurant “The goal is achievable for a country whose economy years ago was second only to Japan.” He also noted that only the retirees with little to spare return for good. It should not be the case according to Montelibano. FACC and Trade the tone of the trade delegation at the prior FACC event, has become chic as fleeting as it may seem. Even the theme of a resurgent Filipino identity brought on by the Filipino diaspora has generated a new trade opportunity identified by the Philippine consular trade delegation as the “Pinoy Pride” movement. It is listed as one of many investment ideas by the consular delegation along with the export of regional products. The delegation also presented the success of a venture headed by Dylan Wilk of Gawad Kalinga. The firm provides a growing

line of organic cosmetics from Human Nature, which is a social enterprise headed by Gawad Kalinga to provide livelihood for the poor. The meeting on Wednesday The list also includes the ancient follows a successful Philippine healing art of “hilot” as an added attraction to the country’s growing health tourism industry. -- Asian The battlecry of the Global Filipino resounds even in mime -- We Are One! Filipino Americans gathJournal San Diego, asianjourer around Jose Ma. Montelibano and the Gawad Kalinga movement. (Photo by Joseph Roley-Arzaga)

Heroes Conrado de Quiroz also challenged Filipino Americans do to do their part. He noted the resiliency and resourcefulness of the ordinary Filipino. This was inspite of the challenges posed by a corrupt political establishment that has lost touch with the common man. De Quiroz said that the true heroes of the country are the common people. He narrated the story of several politicians and Josephine, a struggling but high-achieving young Filipina from the slums.

When asked what they could do for Josephine, each politician rattled off an answer without asking Josephine herself. The right answer was to ask Josephine for the solution. De Quiroz mentioned the experience of encountering expatriates who showed shame because of it. Pride

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Jose Ma. Montelibano, GK advocate and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist engages the audience (Photo by Joseph Roley-Arzaga)

in National City. The topic resonated with younger Filipino Americans in the audience who were uprooted from the culture at an early age and are now finding their way back to theirs roots -- among them Sam Magtanong and Frederick Duque Aguinaldo, both of whom retired from the Navy and served as U.S. servicemen on humanitarian missions to the Philippines. Aguinaldo runs the website www.weareonefilipino.com. Like Tony Olaes, founder of GK One World, they represent a new leadership that looks to upliftment of the country from a third to a first world nation. Freedom and the Filipino

trade delegation conference hosted by the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Diego early in the week that showcased the investment opportunities in the country.

But there is a lot of good to be relished as well. He also explained how he felt pride as a Filipino like many others did while watching the PacquiaoMargarito fight from the resiConrado de Quiroz, Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist, and lodence of a Filipino American cal businsessman J.R. Chantengco chat at Villa Manila Restaurant. family in Florida, USA. “These moments are ephemeral,” de Quiroz noted as he recalled a list of Filipino celebrities who have put the country on the global A-List among them President Corazon Aquino who graced the cover of TIME magazine twice, Leah Salonga, and aside from Manny Pacquiao, the world table tennis champions from the Philippines. Tide is Turning

Gawad Kalinga advocate and thought leader, presented a synopsis of how the country has fared as a colony of thrice under Spain, Japan and the United States. He explained that although the country is itself free, it did not experience the same struggle against oppressors that gives rise to a national consciousness and the freedom that it begets. Montelibano pointed to Britain, which for hundreds of years was a colony of the powers of mainland Europe, as an example. It was not until the various tribes of Britain united under King Alfred that the national consciousness was born. Global Filipino Montelibano also addressed the rise of the “Global Filipino” and how it has become the force for the call to be one. “No matter where we are in the world, we are one.” He underscored the role that Filipino Americans stand to play in the emergence of the country as an economic powerhouse in the region. “Wherever they are in the world and opportunities abound, Filipinos are able to achieve what their own country cannot give them.” Fall Behind? “If we do not help, it will only fall father behind behind its neighbors in Asia because the many of the best minds have left to pursue their dreams elsewhere,” Montelibano said as he address the Filipino American crowd.

Know History, Know Self. No History, No Self. -- Professor Felix However, the tide is slowly Skateboarding champ Sam Walker, who is holding his his young turning. Being Filipino, from Tuyay of Southwestern College explains the importance of preserving Jose Ma. Montelibano, a son, shows that it is not too early to learn about the culture. and passing down history to a new generation of Filipino Americans.

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