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FILAM NATION

Butch Meily elected head of PhilippineAmerican Chamber

“This is a place where they feel safe and are able to break their silence.” DIGNA TALOSIG

Hope ADHC Mira Mesa

The Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce, one of the oldest bilateral business organizations in the United States, announced recently that it has elected Rene “Butch” Meily as its new president. It also Rene “Butch” announced Meily plans for a series of high-level video conferences between New York and Manila to promote trade and investment.

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ov. Jerry Brown’s initial 266-page budget proposal recommends the realignment, reduction or elimination of a multitude of state-funded or supplemented programs in an attempt to solve the $25.4 billion deficit. Among the programs on the chopping block is Adult Day Health Care Services (ADHC), which the governor estimates would save the state $177 million in general fund money. ADHC advocates argue that this move would actually cause the state to lose $51 million in 2011-12 by shifting costs to more expensive care settings, increasing unemployment due to the 7,000 jobs that would be eliminated and result in a decline in California business and income tax revenues. In addition, the state would forfeit $164 million annually in federal matching funds. Service providers, families and clients point out that the loss of funding would result in a higher human cost, including an increase in social isolation and physical and mental

“The chamber has a long history that goes all the way back to the 1920s. Our goal is to strengthen the business ties between the Philippines and the U.S. to benefit both Filipinos and Americans,” said Meily in a statement in New York City. — Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cantil-Sakauye faces first month of surprises

The Filipina said her transition Tani Cantilinto the job Sakauye has been invigorating despite little setbacks, like the unwillingness of judges critical of the centralization of courts to give her a chance to address their concerns. “Judge to judge I said, give me a chance. But instead in the first month, I’ve been a recipient of negative, critical letters,” Sakauye said. Another obstacle is the state’s proposed $200 million in budget cuts. In 2009, courthouses were closed for one working day each month to save money. Sakauye met with Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday to iron out those concerns. Sakauye signaled that the high court may decide “as soon as next week” whether to rule on a Proposition 8 question posed by an appeals court. While she describes herself as a moderate Republican, she declined to reveal her views about gay marriage or other controversial issues. — ABS-CBN News

Centers a lifeline for elderly Adult Day Health Care Services on budget chopping block, but staffers say cuts — and human toll — could prove much costlier for state if funding goes

Meily is a former first vice president and special assistant to the chairman of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. He also served as president of the PLDT Smart Foundation and executive director of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation, a group established by the private sector in response to the disastrous floods of 2009.

SAN FRANCISCO – It’s been a month of pleasant and unpleasant surprises for California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani CantilSakauye.

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Adult Day Health Care Services Center Mira Mesa

A staffer at the Hope Adult Day Health Care Services Center in Mira Mesa works with a client in physical therapy. The state’s ADHCs are among the agencies on the chopping block of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget cuts.

health deterioration — and in some cases, death. Indeed, ADHCs have become a critical lifeline to many. Digna Talosig, a social worker at the Mira Mesabased Hope ADHC, is painfully aware that the cost of eliminating the program would result in dire consequences for the clients she serves. She and other staff agree that most of the seniors are treated well by family members, but there are “cycles” where abuse

cases spike and the center is the first place that the abuses are caught by staff or shared by clients or concerned family members. “This is a place where they feel safe and are able to break their silence,” said Talosig. “A majority of elder abuse cases are perpetrated by family members or caregivers. We’ve seen clients that have been emotionally, verbally, sexually and finanSee ADULT CARE on Page 14

Nabueños gear up for tercentenary celebration 300th anniversary activities begin Feb. 19 in advance of May celebrations By Yaga Cerillo Special to the Filipino Press

SAN DIEGO — With less than four months to go, the Nabueños of Southern California, Inc., is moving mountains and feverishly planning the Grand Pintakasi in honor of their patron saint, Our Lady of Katipanan (Covenant) and the Holy Cross. The organization is poised to launch the tercentenary (300) year celebrations with a Eucharistic Celebration at 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station Airman Memorial Chapel. The kick-off is a prelude to a much bigger celebration on May 7 which will combine an annual fiesta celebration with

the tercentenary of the devotion to Our Lady of Katipanan. According to historical accounts, the town of Nabua, Camarines Sur, was hit with strong earthquakes in 1711, literary tearing lands and structures apart. With a fissure running from the door of the town’s church to the foot of Mount Sumagang, the people of Nabua deemed the situation so dire that town folks prepared for the worst and cataclysmic end of time as they knew it then. With an alert parish priest, devotees of the then-Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepcion were encouraged and convinced to pray harder for intercession by the Blessed Mother. The image of the Nuestra Señora was placed facing the Blessed Sacrament while the parishioners were praying for their lives. Their prayers were miraculously answered and the town was

spared from total destruction. As a result, the priest and the devotees created a covenant with the patroness and declared three things as part of their TIPAN (Covenant): (1) They shall relay to their children the events that took the place in 1711 when they made this covenant before the presence of the Virgin Mary; (2) Every July 28 they shall celebrate the fes-

tivity of Inang Katipanan with a thanksgiving Mass; and (3) They shall offer alms and gifts willingly and without reservation, just as their forefathers did long ago. Subsequently, the patroness was renamed Our Lady of Katipanan as a result of the TIPAN. For 300 years, Nabueños kept their faith and continued their devotion while faithfully passing on their knowledge of the 1711 occurrence to their offspring. Their active support of their church is evident as the Holy Cross parish has been elevated to a Vicariate having four other parishes throughout the municipality: Our Lady of Guadalupe in Malawag; St.Dominic of Guzman Parish in Santo Domingo; Our Lady of Lourdes in Tandaay; and the newly minted parish in Paloyon proper, Our Lady of Katipanan parish. In Nabua, May 3 Pintakasi is celebrated in honor of the

Holy Cross, May 4 is the fiesta of Our Lady of Katipanan and May 5 is the feast of Inang Angustia. The devotion in San Diego officially began with the establishment of the Nabueños of Southern California in 1986. Founded by the late Robert “Bob” Presnillo, NSC began celebrating the annual Pintakasi during the first weekend of May in honor of the Holy Cross and their beloved patroness, our Lady of Katipanan. To some, the holding of the fiesta of Inang Katipanan on May 4 and not on July 28 is somewhat baffling. Msgr. Raul Pan, parish priest of the Holy Cross Parish clarified in an e-mail that in addition to the traditional Pintakasi and fiesta of Inang Katipanan on May 3 and 4, respectively, “July 28 (now Sunday closest to July 28) celebration is still observed and called See nabueNos on Page 14

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Aquino turns 51 By Christine O. Avendaño Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA —Turning 51 on Feb. 8, President Aquino admitted that his day had been somewhat dampened by news that former Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes had killed himself. Aquino said he heard the sad news early in the day and found it to be “shocking” and something he “would not have wished to happen to anyone.” “We had some agreements, we had some disagreements over the years but again, the first thing in my mind after the shock is his family because what happened was really shocking. Our sympathy is with them,” Aquino told reporters. Despite the tragedy, the president was in high spirits

as he shook hands and posed for photos with people who greeted him on his birthday when he dropped by in a medical and dental mission organized for the special occasion inside the Palace compound. Saying he had no birthday gift for himself, Aquino said his birthday wish and “interest” was to be able to better the lives of people under his watch and do it at a “faster pace.” “If you can recall, we were projecting that it would take two years before people can feel the challenges, especially on the economic front. There are big opportunities that are already existing and forthcoming,” he said. Asked what he considers his best birthday gift so far, he said he had no time to look at his presents but said he val-

ued most those who sent him greetings and well-wishes on Tuesday, especially from people whom he rarely sees now but still continue to support him. “That is really a big thing for me,” Aquino said as he disclosed that he had so far replied to 500 to 600 text messages since Monday night and would reply to even more. Aquino went ahead with his schedule for the day that also included renewing his driver’s license, attending a thanksgiving mass in Malacañang and a candle-lighting ceremony for peace at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. “I pray for his good health and protection and pray he would be able to face up to the many problems in the country,” Kris Aquino, his sister, said.

Gimme five, P-Noy!

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President Aquino greets a young admirer as he visits the medical and dental mission at the Mendiola Parking Area in Manila on Feb. 8. Aquino turned 51 on Tuesday.

Reyes kills self amid allegations of skimming funds from military MANILA — Angelo Reyes lingered behind his parents’ graves as his two sons, an aide and driver walked back to their car at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina one morning last week. Reyes went down on his knees before the grave of his mother Purificacion. Moments later, a shot rang out and he slumped on the grave, spattering it with blood. As his companions rushed him to the car, a grave caretaker said he overheard the dying Reyes tell his sons Carlo and Judd, “Sorry ha, sorry ha” when they asked him “Bakit (Why) dad, bakit dad?” Reyes was lifeless upon arrival at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center, where doctors officially declared him dead at 8:32 a.m. after about 45 minutes of trying to revive him. A .45-caliber bullet had pierced his chest near his heart and exited through the back. Doctors tentatively pronounced the death a suicide. It was a tragic end for a decorated military officer who in his final days saw his name tarnished by allegations of skimming millions of pesos from funds meant for the Armed Forces of the Philippines. A day earlier, Reyes had sent a letter to the House of Representatives, declining to

attend a committee hearing on the plea deal being negotiated by retired AFP comptroller Carlos Garcia. “He was dead on arrival. They were not able to revive him ... as of now, our finding is only one gunshot wound,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona told reporters. “Based on the position of the shot, the bullet most probably hit his heart. If not, his large veins were damaged,” Dr. Fernando Lopez, Reyes’ attending physician, told The Star. Dr. Angeles de Leon, chief of the Quirino Memorial Medical Center, said Reyes no longer had vital signs when he was wheeled into the emergency room. At the Senate on Monday, Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada had presented documents showing the numerous foreign trips taken

by Reyes’ wife Teresita together with the wife of former AFP comptroller Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot. In the course of the congressional probes, retired military budget officer Lt. Col. George Rabusa had accused Reyes of receiving P50 million as pabaon or sendoff upon retirement as AFP chief of staff, apart from a monthly P5-million payoff from military funds during his tenure. Rabusa also claimed he gave shopping money to Mrs. Reyes. Emotions ran high when Reyes tried to confront Rabusa at the Jan. 27 hearing but was restrained by senators, including Antonio Trillanes IV, a former navy officer who was detained for more than seven years for alleged involvement in failed coups against former Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “I’m just trying to protect my reputation here,” Reyes said. “I have served this government for 48 years,” he said during the Senate hearing in what would be his last public appearance. “No, no, no, you don’t have any reputation to protect,” Trillanes responded. “I believe this is the time of reckoning ... You better find very good lawyers,” he added. — Philippine Star

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Express programs cut traffic jams, pollution

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The New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s E-ZPass electronic toll collection system has reduced toll plaza delay by about 85 percent overall and decreased overall fuel consumption on the state’s turnpike system by some 1.2 million gallons per year, cutting emissions of volatile organic compounds by 0.35 tons per day.

Dear EarthTalk: Has the use of E-ZPass and similar programs to facilitate faster highway toll-paying cut down on traffic jams and therefore tailpipe pollution? Why do we need tolls at all? Dianne Comstock, New York

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es, E-ZPass and similar programs have been a boon to both participating drivers and the environment by reducing or eliminating idling and traffic back-ups at toll booths. Maybe that’s why 25 U.S. states either participate in E-ZPass or have their own similar systems (FasTrak in California, EXpressToll in Colorado, SunPass in Florida, etc.) to speed up highway travel and reduce pollution. A study conducted in 2000 to evaluate the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s E-ZPass electronic toll collection system found that toll plaza delay had been reduced by about 85 percent overall for a total savings of more than two million vehicle-hours per year. Passenger car drivers saved a total of 1.8 million hours per year, while truckers saved almost 300,000 hours. The system’s “reduced queuing” decreased overall fuel consumption on the state’s turnpike system by some 1.2 million gallons per year and cut emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — a key component of smog — by 0.35 tons per day. Maryland’s Department of Transportation is about to take the concept a step further by installing express toll lanes along the a congested eight mile stretch of Interstate 95 north of Baltimore. Once the project is complete, drivers will be able to either zip through the express lanes to pay an electronically collected toll, or save their money and instead suffer through the congestion in the free, general-purpose lanes. The toll amount will vary depending on the time of day and traffic conditions and will be assessed automatically via existing E-ZPass transponders or by photo capture of drivers’ license plates. Unlike existing EZPass-type systems in the U.S., there will be

no penalty or fine for entering the express toll lane without a transponder — a bill for the toll will just be mailed to the address on file with the car’s registration. The new cutting edge express toll lanes in Maryland should be operational by 2014. Why do we need tolls at all? Their original purpose was to raise funds for highway upkeep in a way that places the burden on the users of the roads and not simply on local taxpayers who may not even take to the highway or may do so only minimally. After all, a large percentage of highway traffic is trucks and other vehicles “just passing through,” often for commercial purposes. And environmentalists saw tolls as a way to discourage individual automobile usage, even make it unpleasant enough to hasten the day that people would begin to embrace a serious commitment to public transit. In that sense, it could be argued that E-ZPass and similar systems, in making tolls more bearable, could undermine the realization of that dream. Given that the private automobile as our main mode of transportation is likely to be around for some time to come yet, it certainly behooves us to green-up the experience as much as possible. With electric cars, plug-in hybrids and other alternative fuel vehicles poised to come on strong in coming years, we certainly seem to be moving in that direction. But let’s not lose sight of the incredible benefits that public transportation could provide if we could just get our elected officials to pay it more than lip service. Contacts: E-ZPass, www.ezpass.com; New Jersey Turnpike Authority, www.state. nj.us/turnpike; Maryland Department of Transportation, www.mdot.maryland.gov. Send questions to: EarthTalk®, c/o E – The Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; earthtalk@emagazine.com. E is a nonprofit publication. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe; Request a free trial issue: www.emagazine. com/trial.

Agencies team to join pets with vets SAN DIEGO — It is now easier than ever for local veterans and service members to adopt a pet. The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services and Rancho Coastal Humane Society have partnered with Pets for Patriots to help military members experience the gift of unconditional friendship and love while providing shelter dogs and cats a second chance at life. “This is truly a ‘win-win’ situation for both the pets that deserve a loving home and our service members who will gain a loyal, forever companion,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of the Department of Animal Services. Pets for Patriots initiates the relationship between military members and animal shelters and provides on-going financial support to the adopter for the life of the animal. Qualifying adoptions include dogs or

cats, at least two years old, as well as large dogs and special needs pets. Individuals are eligible from any branch of the United States military and at any stage of their careers — active, reserve, retired or veteran. “Our goal is to help both the animal and the military members,” said Jim Silveira, Rancho Coastal Humane Society President. “Veterans have sacrificed a lot for our community, and by helping them to add a companion animal to their homes, we not only solve a problem for our homeless pets, but we are bringing joy to the life of a service member who has given so much.” The two organizations will work with military personnel in the community to match them with a pet that fits their needs and lifestyle. The partnership will help all involved place more adult pets into lov-

ing, long-term homes. "Companion pets provide real physical and emotional benefits to veterans and their families, including those suffering from post-combat stress, transitioning to civilian life or experiencing feelings of isolation," said Beth Zimmerman, executive director of Pets for Patriots. “We’re delighted to work with the County of San Diego and Rancho Coastal Humane Society to benefit both the pet and person." Service men and women interested in the program must apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of military service. Upon application approval, the military members can visit any of the three County shelters or the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas for assistance in choosing their new best friend. For more information, visit www.petsforpatriots.org.

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Could Tucson tragedy happen as easily here? I

n the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy the gun-control debate has resurfaced to the forefront of issues being discussed in many living rooms. You never really think you will be the one who will be shot by a madman at a neighborhood Safeway grocery store. At least I don’t think that will ever happen to me. I think that it is more likely that heart disease will get me before a bullet from an automatic hand gun will. Back in 1980, I was a gasoline attendant. The filling station was attached to and owned by a grocery store where I worked. The grocery store was located in National City and was replaced by another grocery store after I stopped working there. More recently, the building where I worked was a Ralph’s grocery store and the site of the gasoline filling station where I worked is now where the Blockbuster Video is located at the corner of Euclid and Plaza. In the summer of 1980, a couple of criminals came up to me, at first posing as customers. At gunpoint, they robbed me of the money I had in the cash register. They did not want my coin changer, despite the fact that I offered it to them. However, one criminal — who was the gunman — demanded that I empty my pockets and give him my wallet. I did not have my wallet on me, but the other attendant working with me at the time, Troy, had his wallet in his back pocket and the gunman wanted it. Troy argued with the gunman about giving him his wallet and then finally relented and gave it to him. He could have gotten us both killed that day. The gunman and his accomplice left with the small amount of cash from the register that day without shooting either of us. From my recollection, I don’t think the gunman had an automatic weapon. Nevertheless, that was the first time in my life that I thought I would be shot. It was also my first experience in the justice system, as I was taken to a line-up and eventually testified in criminal court against the gunman. I believe that criminals are always going to be able to find ways to get guns, but the question is whether something is being done about the guns that were once legally purchased, but are now obtained illegally on the street. Most people never think they will be the person who is aboard that airplane that crashes or the driver in a multi-car pileup. Which young person thinks to themselves, “I hope I don’t get shot at my elementary school, high school or at a San Ysidro McDonald’s.” What are the odds of being killed in an airplane accident or car crash compared to the

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Legal Notes

Fortunately, there are laws in California which prohibit specific persons from buying, owning or possessing firearms. odds of being shot by a madman with an automatic weapon? Despite the fact that prior to the shooting some people may have known that the gunman in Tucson may have suffered from mental illness, somehow he was able to legally buy the automatic handgun and bullets that he used at the Tucson Safeway. Fortunately, there are laws in California which prohibit specific persons from buying, owning or possessing firearms. A person convicted of certain misdemeanors or a person convicted of any felony cannot not legally possess a firearm. Persons who are addicted to the use of a narcotic drug and those who have been held involuntary as a danger to themselves or others also cannot legally possess a firearm. This is specifically outlawed in the California Penal Code and Welfare and Institutions Code. The question is whether our police force is able to enforce these existing laws.

According to a Feb. 5 New York Times article, California already has a computerized database called the Armed Prohibition Persons System. This system identifies and records those people who legally bought handguns or registered assault weapons. Some in the database, subsequent to buying the weapon, for reasons such as having mental illness, are now prohibited from having these weapons. At the beginning of this month there were 18,374 names in the system’s database. It is estimated between 5,512 to 6,431 people out of 18,374 are now on the list because of subsequent mental health issues. It is also estimated that the people in the database have in their possession 34,101 handguns and 1,590 assault weapons.

In the same article, Dr. Garen J. Wintemute, the director of Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, stated that he believes that about 150,000 people out of the 10.8 million who applied were prevented from buying a gun because they failed background checks. In 2009, according to California State figures, 255,504 long guns were sold in California compared to 228,368 handguns. That just seems to me like a too many guns in the hands of too many unstable people. Once on the list, it is up to the local police department to enforce the law against these illegal gun possessors. With so many police departments limited by the amount of officers and financial resources, not every case can be pursued. It takes more than one officer to do the background checks and investigate the cases. Despite the existing California law and available databases after the Tucson nightmare, it seems that more must be done about who can purchase guns legally. Hopefully, renewed discussion about the supply of automatic and assault weapons and the rela-

tive ease by which of automatic and assault weapons may be purchased, will lead to better solutions to the gun control issue. San Diego attorney Edgar H. Sevilla III has practiced law in

California for more than 18 years, specializing in catastrophic work injury, personal injury and criminal cases. To contact Sevilla, email edgar@sevillalaw.com. This column is for informational purposes only and is not meant to construe legal advice.

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Commentary Congress should not cut public broadcasting funds

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am donating this space today in an effort to draw attention to the plight of public broadcasting, which is currently under scrutiny by Congress and is the target of budget cuts. Every month more than 170 million Americans use public media through 368 public television stations, 934 public radio stations, hundreds of online services, education services and in-person events and activities. In the next few days, the House of Representatives will take action on a bill that provides continued funding for government operations. Under this measure, large funding cuts have been proposed, including the likely elimination of federal funding for public broadcasting. Public broadcasting needs your help. Consider calling your congressional representative and telling them that funding for public broadcasting is too important to eliminate.

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You can reach your representative by calling (202) 2243121. Federal funding is critical for public broadcasting. Without this investment, many public broadcasting stations across the country will be forced to turn off their transmitters and go dark. Public broadcasters match every federal dollar with six dollars raised from other sources. This robust, effective and efficient public-private partnership provides a safe-harbor for children’s programming and brings arts, entertainment, news, information and educational programming to Americans of all ages.

For seven straight years, the Roper Poll has found that public broadcasting is Americans’ most-trusted source of information and is considered the best use of federal funding after national defense. An attempt by Congress to eliminate funding for this vital public service is overreaching. An organization known as 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting is leading this charge. You can learn more by visiting www.170millionamericans. org. Bill Ramsey is the editor of the Filipino Press. E-mail him at editor@filipinopress.com.

Whistleblowers giving up much to stop corruption T hey were all in tears when they came into the country’s national consciousness, these whistleblowers. The latest of them — former AFP budget officers retired Lt. Col. George Rabusa, Lt. Col. Antonio Lim and former COA auditor Heidi Mendoza — all wiped tears as they narrated the massive corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines during hearings in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Nearly three years ago, former NEDA consultant Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada was in tears when he appeared in a hastily-called press conference at 2 a.m. at the De La Salle Greenhills to reveal that government authorities had kidnapped him from the airport to prevent him from testifying before the Senate on the $320-million NTN-ZTE broadband deal. During the conference, he described how former Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos and former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo were involved in the controversial project. Fear was obviously the main reason for the tears. All four of them feared not just for their lives, but, more importantly, for the lives of their children. And yet, the tears

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could very well be the result of a feeling of relief in the case of Lt. Cols. Rabusa and Lim, having finally admitted guilt in the conspiracy to defraud the Filipino people and their fellow soldiers, and having finally found the courage to make up for their mistake by exposing the perpetrators of the crime. For Mendoza, it was more a liberation from years of sleepless nights pondering on the knowledge of a crime that she had not been able to expose as she should have. As they shed those tears while trying to overcome fear, the more the Filipino people, both as spectators and ultimate victims, should realize the sacrifices of these new heroes, and the importance of making sure that their efforts shall not be in vain. “Our lives were disrupted completely. My only hope is that our sacrifices will not be in vain,” Lozada said in 2009, after he and his family were

forced to live within the confines of De la Salle Greenhills for more than one year, after he and his wife were charged with perjury, and after he was charged with malversation in connection with the purchase of motor vehicles for the P19.6-million jathropa fund of the Philippine Forest Corp. where he served as president. In an article entitled “The Saga of Jun Lozada” in April 2009, more than a year after he first surfaced as a whistleblower to the broadband fiasco, I wrote: “Lozada’s travails reflect the evils of the Arroyo administration and the apathy of the Filipino people. How many times have whistleblowers like Lozada gone through similar sacrifices only to end up with shattered lives or dead, while the perpetrators of the exposed deals continue to wallow in wealth and power? And what have their sacrifices gained? Nothing. Absolute-

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ly nothing. Because the people don’t seem to care, or are too numbed to do something about the abuses and injustices brought upon them. “Lozada’s case is certainly not the first time that ordinary people who found courage to expose anomalies in the government had suffered the consequences. The more prominent among them were Marlene Esperat, the 45-yearold journalist who was the first to expose the P720-million fertilizer scam, and Siche Bustamante-Gandinao, who boldly testified before the Alston Commission on the killing of her father-in-law, Dalmacio Gandinao, a member of the militant Misamis Oriental Farmers Association. “Esperat was shot on Maundy Thursday in 2005 while eating dinner with her 10-yearold son inside her house in Sultan Kudarat. It turned out later that high-ranking officials of the Department of Agriculture had tried to talk Esperat into withdrawing the charges she had filed against agriculture officials a few days before she was killed. The Esperat expose later turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg that was to be infamously known as the P760-million fertilizer scam, where hundreds

of millions of government funds earmarked for fertilizer subsidies for farmers were allegedly diverted to Arroyo’s campaign funds. “Siche Gandencio, on the other hand, was shot dead in front of her family in Misamis Oriental in 2006, just a week after United Nations rapporteur Philip Alston had left Manila after completing an investigation of the unsolved political killings in the Philippines. Gandencio was one of the few relatives of political slay victims who testified before the Alston Commission. “And in 2007, Musa Dimasidsing, the courageous Maguindanao school district supervisor who exposed election anomalies in that same province that was prominently involved in the 2004 Hello Garci poll fraud, was murdered. Dimasidsing had revealed that gunmen filled up ballots or made teachers fill them up with names of Team Unity senatorial candidates while guns were pointed at them. “The bigger tragedy was that all these three people who chose courage over their personal safety and comfort died in vain! All their sacrifices went to naught as the perpetrators of the corruption and abuses that they dared expose

remain free and in power. “Lozada will probably escape jail. But his life and those of his family will never be the same again. For two long years, they have suffered through it all, but he never backtracked. He never gave up. It was the people – for whom he had offered his life and from whom he had expected support – who is giving up on him.” It’s noteworthy to mention that not one of those tagged in the anomalies that Lozada, Esperat, Gadencio and Dimasidsing exposed have been charged in court, much less convicted, and yet the lives of the families of the whistleblowers have been damaged forever. Now, more than ever, is the best time to take a second look at those crimes, so that their sacrifices would not be completely in vain. The three latest whistleblowers are giving up so much in the hope that the corruption in the military that they witnessed for years would finally be corrected and the perpetrators meted justice. Will their sacrifices also be in vain? Will the Filipino people give up on them, too? Will it be another tragedy in courage? E-mail Val Abelgas at valabelgas@aol.com.

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P-Noy’s ‘simple living’ style “There is a mistaken notion among some that to own a paper is to have a license to clobber one’s enemies and attack people we don’t like. A newspaper is an information tool to reach a large number of people at a given time. A newspaper should inform, educate, entertain and provide viewpoints that could give us the means to make intelligent decisions for ourselves and others.” — Ernie Flores Jr., founding editor and publisher Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2226, NationaI City, CA 91950 • E-mail: filpress@aol.com Office: 600 E. 8th St. Ste. Ste. 3, National City, CA 91950 • Telephone: (619) 477-0940 • Fax: (619) 477-1024 Website: www.filipinopress.com • E-mail: filpressads@aol.com for ads • E-mail: editor@filipinopress.com for editorial Founding Editor and Publisher ERNIE FLORES JR. Publisher/Marketing Director SUSAN DELOS SANTOS Editor/Art Director bill ramsey Account Executives DERRICK ARCE ANTONIO MUNOZ Webmaster • bo navarro

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he third-grade teacher asked her pupils, “Whose ‘simple living’ style do you like best and why?” Joselito raised his hand and stood up, “Ma’am, I like Nelson Mandela’s ‘simple living’ style cuz he is respected by his people.” “Very good, how about you, Isabelita?” the teacher said. Isabelita stood up and said, “Ma’am, I like the ‘simple living’ style of Cory Aquino and that’s why the people loved her.” “Excellent! How about you, Miguelito?” “Huh? Me?” Miguelito asked. “Yes, you!” The teacher said. Miguelito stood up, looked around, and then said,

“Well, I like the ‘simple living’ style of P-Noy.” “Why?” the teacher asked. “Cuz… P-Noy likes girls, guns and guzzlers,” said Miguelito. “ H u h ? Can you explain?” asked the teacher. “Well … you see, he’s a bachelor with many girlfriends. He hangs out with his ‘shooting buddies’ Rico and Ronnie all the time. He has a gas-guzzling twin-turbo Porsche and a bullet-proof Lexus. He has Mojo Jojo to run Malacañang while he’s having a good time. He has Mar Rox-

as to trouble-shoot his Porsche and Lexus. He lives in a twobedroom bungalow by the Pasig River he calls ‘Bahay Pangarap,’ guarded by a battalion of soldiers. And he plays with his XBOX 360 all night long. That’s the kind of ‘simple living’ I like. Oh, I forgot to say …” “That’s enough!” shouts the teacher, “Class dismissed!” What is “simple living”? R.A. 6713, Section 4 (H) states: “Public officials and employees and their families shall lead modest lives appropriate to their positions and income. They shall not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form.” See p-noy on Page 12

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s a refresher, the Marriage Encounter Weekend is a seminar for married couples where they can learn how to understand their marriage through a technique of loving dialogs as they studiously look into their life, with God focused in the middle. The emphasis is honest and forthright dialog on their relationship and the recognition of each others feelings, thoughts and mood-swings. Two or three lay speakers who are alumni of the program speak on their experiences based on certain topics and how their conjugal life had turned richer and fuller and their homes more livable and lovable. The couple candidates learn through the presentations and the dialogs that follow. A priest also talks on spousal relations and presides during the renewal of nuptial vows, a momentous ending of the seminar. Through this seminar, it is expected that the candidates will rediscover a new love life in three modes — as lovers, friends and caring partners. As lovers, when their hearts throb with passion and seek fulfillment in each other (eros or romantic love). As friends, finding fondness in each other and seeking fulfillment toward a common goal (philia or fraternal love.) As caring partners, self-giving, forgiving, thoughtful, protective, learning to live with less than perfection (agape or sacrificial love.) It is a moving scene that is witnessed at the end of the seminar (usually on a Sunday afternoon) when the candidates all look pumped-up, throbbing with lively faith and confidence or, as it is wrtten in Job 11:17, “Its gloom has become like morning.” They now address each other as my “sister wife” and “brother husband,” terms of endearment of their new-found bonding. If the outpouring of feelings is any indication of any positive effect the encounter had done to them, these will be measured when they ascend the ladder of spiritual growth and find themselves in the mainstream of blissful contentment. They will have rediscovered a new-found liking for each other, become like-minded, taking pleasure in doing the simple chores of daily living,and delighting in loving and being loved in return with the resolve to focus on the clause of their wedding vows “for better for worse, for richer for poorer ... till death do us part.” As Nat King Cole aptly sang, “The greatest thing we’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return.” But they are going back to reality, into the world to resume their daily tussles. The encounter may have done them good. They may have changed, but the world hasn’t and there lays what forebodes. The world is strewn with life’s vicissitudes which the couple has to cope each day. They bear the crosses of human weakness which they are hemmed on every side. Christ’s Calvary is reenacted in their daily life as they interact with each other, with their neighbors and the rest of the world. In times of crisis, they are taught how to cope, how to take concessions and dispose of some, how to make sacrifices and subjugate pettiness. Their See encounter on Page 12

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In PI corruption, it’s all in The Family A

euphemism for the Mafia is The Family. That says a lot about the notorious killers, thieves and racketeers portrayed in the film series, “The Godfather.” But in the Philippines, The Family has a more literal connotation. In our government, those who are involved in the thievery and the plunder are not just the public officials, but literally members of their families. The revelations of former AFP budget officer and retired Lt. Col. George Rabusa and the allegations of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada concerning the multimillion peso Game of the Generals and their deputies and assistants now include their wives. In his recent exposé, Estrada alleged that the wives of retired former AFP comptroller Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot and former AFP Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes had purchased several houses in the U.S. with funds that could not have possibly come from a military officer’s salary. The wives had also been such frequent travellers they could have qualified for the multi-million mile category in an airline’s mileage reward program. And those trips didn’t cost them a cent. According to Rabusa, the wives made sure to ask for substantial shopping allowances for their trips. Of course, the military brass are still the main characters in the Senate drama. And what we are witnessing is gripping theater. The grilling by Estrada of Ligot was so reminiscent of Mafiosi being interrogated by anti-racketeering authorities, I wouldn’t be surprised if Joseph Estrada Productions

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decides to make a movie of it. The way Ligot refused to answer questions, invoking his right against self-incrimination, was straight out of the playbook of mobsters “invoking the Fifth.” This refers to the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that states that nobody can be forced to testify against himself. Amnesia, another favorite fallback position of mobsters who are on the carpet, has also been employed by the generals in the course of the Senate inquiry. Reyes could not remember receiving P5 million a month from Rabusa and a P50 million send-off gift on his retirement. On the other hand, Ligot could not remember the frequent overseas trips of his wife which, Estrada alleged, were funded with the people’s money. Ligot even commented that his wife must have kept her travels “secret.” But, as intriguing and impressive as the Senate hearings have been, we can’t help wondering if these will result in any indictments and, subsequently, in imprisonment for parties who are proven guilty. We saw how it was with the Jocjoc Bolante caper, the Garci interrogation, the ZTE-NBN zarzuela, involving Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, her husband and the Hamburjer Man, and,

of course, the countless attempts to pin down former first lady Imelda Marcos. Did these result in anybody going to jail? No. Are we to believe that the current inquisition will fare any better? We have already witnessed the amazing spectacle of the Ombudsman, Merceditas Gutierrez, providing an accused plunderer with grounds for acquittal, in a curious effort to justify a smelly plea bargain. Former AFP Comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia should have saved the money he spent on his defense team. He just needed Gutierrez and her prosecutors to get him off the hook. It has taken a spunky former COA examiner, Heidi Mendoza, with her methodical unraveling of Garcia’s plundering ways, to persuade Gutierrez to revisit the good-as-sealed plea bargain. Truly, the Philippine justice system can leave your head spinning. There’s the case of fugitive Sen. Ping Lacson being exonerated by the Court of Appeals, but Secretary of Justice Leila De Lima still insists on arresting him ostensibly because the verdict “isn’t final and executory” or some such technicality. On the other hand, there’s the current openand-shut case where an AFP budget officer reveals that sev-

eral generals illegally pocketed millions who provides documents to support his accusations. No one has initiated any move to indict them or, at least, to build an airtight case against the suspects. Instead, they’re waiting for the case to be handed to them on a proverbial silver platter. And who is going to build that case? The Senate? The Justice Department? The Ombudsman? You might as well use a favorite Mafiosi quip: Fuggedaboudit! The public pronouncements of the current military leadership that “they welcome” the Senate probe of monkey business in their domain is as sincere as Judas’ kiss. Of course, they have to claim to “welcome” the probe. What choice do they have? Protest or block it? But what’s happening in the backrooms? Are they helping gather evidence to build a case against the suspects? Or are some parties shredding documents and covering tracks? Are quid pro quos being negotiated? Are witnesses being intimidated or made to disappear? We know what happened to Jocjoc Bolante and to Garcillano. Bolante went overseas. Garci went to the hills. We know what happened to Jun Lozada. He was taken for a ride. I can’t help comparing the foot dragging of the Justice Department and the AFP with what is routinely done in the U.S. under similar circumstances. For example, when Willie Brown was mayor of San Francisco, there were allegations of sweetheart deals being made by some officials of the Human

Rights Commission. The deals were alleged to have financially benefited the officials. Based on the allegations — and without the kind of documents and eyewitness testimony provided by Mendoza and Rabusa — the FBI swooped down on the office of the Human Rights Commission, sealed the filing cabinets and carted them off along with the computers to ensure that no incriminating files and documents would disappear. Brown was also questioned by investigators. Brown was subsequently exonerated and so was the head of the commission, a FilAm. But some minor officials of the commission were indicted. In another celebrated case, Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham of San Diego was suspected of favoring a defense contractor and benefiting financially as a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. On the strength of a warrant, the FBI raided Cunningham’s residence as well as that of the defense contractor. Cunningham was subsequently indicted and sent to jail. Can something like that happen under the new Aquino administration? Will Secretary De Lima have the guts to order the NBI to gather evidence against the suspects, in addition to that already being provided by Mendoza and Rabusa? Or will they, as in past administrations, “challenge the accusers to provide proof” before they act on the case? Remains to be seen. E-mail Greg Macabenta at gregmacabenta@hotmail.com.

An ode to the love letter, written, not texted W ho do you love? That’s the buzz word these days. Is it your spouse, your lover, partner or mate? But love is more than romance, if I may say so. It could also be your parent and child … a favorite relative … an inspiring teacher … or our dearest and trusted friends, too. Have you told them what they mean to you? The simple and timeless act of putting feelings into writing is a love letter — a treasured affirmation to keep and re-read — of our deepest, truest thoughts toward the people we love. Shakespeare, Donne, Byron … all have created some of the most romantic writing. But have technology and the pace of modern living killed off love letters? According to a recent survey, statistics show that 62 percent of adults have never put pen to paper to declare their love, yet 69 percent have gushed “I love you” by text message. In a world of texting, tweeting and one-sentence status updates, the art of writing a love letter is becoming a distant memory. And yet there is something so satisfying, personal, moving and deeply intimate about committing your feelings for another to the page. In praise of the dying art, and in the spirit of mash note and on the eve of Valentine’s Day 2011, I thought I should write about the precious (or otherwise) love letter. A love letter is really a simple exercise in listening to your heart. However, plain does not mean without effort. For me, the thing women most want on Valentine’s Day is not jewelry or chocolate but a love note from you. I say, too,a Hallmark card with some prefabricated message simply won’t do. Women want to hear words straight from your heart. But writing a well-craft-

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ed love note is no easy task. They can quickly devolve into trite, cliché mushiness that doesn’t say anything meaningful. Chock full of banal generalities, these love notes pack the sentimental punch of a wet noodle. Do you need some inspiration on making your love note powerfully romantic? Nothing is more tender and tragic than the last letter a soldier (or a sailor like me, for that matter) writes home before being killed in action. The supreme example of this dispatch was written by a man named Sullivan Ballou. Ballou was an American patriot who immediately and voluntarily left his career and family and enlisted in the Union Army when the Civil War commenced. A week before Bull Run, a battle in which he would be killed, Sullivan penned this love letter to his wife Sarah. Read the words slowly and take in what a true man’s love sounds like: July the 14th, 1861 Washington, D.C. My very dear Sarah: The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days — perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more. Our movement may be one of a few days’ duration and full of pleasure — and it may be one of severe conflict and death to me. Not my will, but thane O God, is done. If it is necessary that I should fall

on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing — perfectly willing — to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt. But, my dear wife, when I know that with my own joys I lay down nearly all of yours, and replace them in this life with cares and sorrows — when, after having eaten for long years the bitter fruit of orphanage myself, I must offer it as their only sustenance to my dear little children — is it weak or dishonorable, while the banner of my purpose floats calmly and proudly in the breeze, that my unbounded love for you, my darling wife and children, should struggle in fierce, though useless, contest with my love of country? I cannot describe to you my feelings on this calm summer night, when two thousand men are sleeping around me, many of them enjoying the last, perhaps, before that of death — and I, suspicious that Death is creeping behind me with his fatal dart, am communing with God, my country, and thee. I have sought most closely and diligently, and often in my breast, for a wrong motive in thus hazarding the hap-

piness of those I loved and I could not find one. A pure love of my country and of the principles often advocated before the people and “the name of honor that I love more than I fear death” has called upon me, and I have obeyed. Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield. The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when God willing, we might still have lived and love together and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me — perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar — that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name. Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often been! How gladly would I wash out my tears every little spot upon your happiness, and struggle with all the misfortune of this world to shield you and my children from harm? But I cannot. I must watch you from the spirit land and hover near you, while you buffet the storms with your precious little freight, and wait with sad patience till we meet to part no more. But, O Sarah! If the death can come back to this earth and

flit unseen those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night — amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours — always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again. As for my little boys, they will grow as I have done, and never know a father’s love and care. Little Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood. Sarah, I have unlimited confidence in your maternal care and your development of their characters. Tell my two mothers his and hers I call God’s blessing upon them. O Sarah, I wait for you there! Come to me, and lead thither my children. Sullivan Achingly beautiful, isn’t it? My dear folks, whether you are a man or a woman, I dare you not to get a tear in your eye. Feeling inspired now? Indeed, some of the best love letters have been crafted while the threat of death was imminent. The truth is that any day could be your last or mine’s. So, on or before February 14th, please don’t wait to tell your loved ones how you feel — you’re all invited to scribe all types of love letter — to yourself, your partner, your children, yourr high-school crush, and to the beloved you haven’t even met yet — and tell how much you truly love them all. And do have a Happy Valentine’s Day! E-mail Jesse Reyes jtreyes619@hotmail.com.

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HealthyLiving County unveils Healthy Works anti-obesity program Initiative engages residents, businesses and leaders to create ‘Paths to Healthy Living’ SAN DIEGO — Bicycles and Balboa Park go together in San Diego. The two elements served as perfect partners for students from Roosevelt Middle School to join County Supervisors Pam Slater-Price and Ron Roberts in a bicycle safety activity recently, when the San Diego County’s officially unveiled the comprehensive obesity-prevention initiative Healthy Works. Healthy Works engages San Diego County residents, businesses and community leaders in systems and environmental approaches such as farmers’ markets, community gardens, bike-to-school and work programs, school exercise and nutrition programs and changes involving land use and transportation. Healthy Works creates “Paths to Healthy Living.”

“Healthy Works continues the county’s aggressive efforts in obesity prevention,” said Supervisor Slater-Price, who chairs the Healthy Works Leadership Team. “We are determined to make the neces-

UCSD scientists discover clue to ending chronic itching side effect of certain drugs

cream used to treat a variety of skin diseases. One pathway produces the therapeutic benefit; the other induces severe itching as a side effect.

SAN DIEGO — Scratching deep beneath the surface, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and three South Korean institutions have identified two distinct neuronal signaling pathways activated by a topical

The findings, published recently in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, point to the possibility of designing future drugs that effectively treat targeted conditions while blocking the cellular signals that can

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sary changes allowing County residents better access to healthy choices, including healthy activities.” Now that all the Healthy Works partners are in place and preliminary accomplish-

ments realized, the real momentum of this work can begin to take off. Healthy Works is a component of the San Diego County’s “Live Well, San Diego!, Building Better Health” initiative,

lead to problematic itching and scratching.

Itching — and the scratching response — are part of a complex and imperfectly understood somatosensory process that includes complex, confounding psychological factors. The mechanisms involved are so sophisticated, said Simon, that just reading or thinking about itching can provoke the sensation.

“This new pathway provides another avenue to block the scratching response that appears as a chronic side effect during treatments of cancer, renal failure or the use of some antibiotics,” said Melvin I. Simon, Ph.D., an adjunct professor in the UCSD Department of Pharmacology and a corresponding co-author of the study, headed by Sang-Kyou Han, an adjunct assistant professor at UCSD.

Improving understanding of itch biology isn’t just a matter of scratching an intellectual curiosity. It could lead to practical medical benefits, according to Simon. “Itching and scratching

a 10-year strategic vision for improving health and wellness and combating the toll of chronic diseases, including obesity, which is viewed as a nationwide public health emergency. “We are excited about the systems and environmental changes that people are already beginning to see in their communities,” said Ron Roberts, who currently serves as vice chairman of the Board of Supervisors and, together with Slater-Price, has been a champion of obesity awareness in this county. “Healthy Works is a turning-point initiative in San Diego County and will lay the groundwork for wellness efforts in the years ahead,” he said. This is an ambitious, $16 million initiative to create programs that encourage wellness. “In order to affect change, we must try to assure that all levels in our community support healthy choices. Government, businesses,

neighborhoods, families and individuals all play key roles in this effort,” said Nick Macchione, director of the county’s Health and Human Services Agency. Healthy Works is the San Diego County initiative of Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a federally funded grant program administered by San Diego County, and includes the University of California San Diego, San Diego Association of Governments, San Diego County Office of Education, Community Health Improvement Partners and San Diego State University, along with numerous community-based partners. The initiative is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as is part of a nationwide initiative involving more than 50 communities implementing environmental and systems approaches related to obesity and tobacco prevention. San Diego County received the largest grant in the nation for obesity prevention.

are side effects of a variety of therapeutic drugs and of specific illnesses. In many cases, these effects are severe and make it impossible to use otherwise effective therapies. Thus, the itch remains an unmet medical need,” he said.

sponse. One major side effect: Imiquimod produces intense itching and scratching.

In the PNAS study, the scientists focused on Imiquimod (marketed as Aldara), a prescription-based topical cream used to treat a number of skin diseases, including some forms of skin cancer, by activating the body’s innate immune re-

The researchers discovered that the skin sensory circuit activated by Imiquimod to causes itching is different from the signaling pathway involved in the drug’s therapeutic benefit. Indeed, the Imiquimod itch mechanism is distinct from other, well-defined itch mechanisms. “By breaking down the reSee notes on Page 9

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SDG&E offers low rates to customers with special medical needs SAN DIEGO — With nearly two months of winter still ahead of us, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) wants to remind its customers, assistance is available to help with heating costs and utility bills, including those with special medical needs. Households with members that have special medical conditions requiring heat, air conditioning or life-support equipments, energy is essential. SDG&E offers energy at the lowest rate to customers through the Medical Baseline program. “Customer assistance programs like the Medical Baseline program can lessen the burden on customers who may already be struggling, especially in this down economy,” said Hal Snyder, vice president of customer solutions for SDG&E. “For the average cus-

tomer enrolled in the program, they save about $33 per month, or 30 percent.” To qualify for the program, a full-time resident of the home must meet one of the following requirements: Require permanent space heating or air conditioning as a paraplegic, quadriplegic, hemiplegic, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma patient or have a compromised immune system or a life threatening illness. Require one of the following devices: •Aerosol tents • Apnea monitors • Hemodialysis Machines • Compressors • Electric Nerve Stimulators • Pressure Pumps • Electrostatic Nebulizers • IPPB Machines • Ultrasonic Nebulizers • Iron Lungs • Kidney Dialysis Machine

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Southwestern offers free dental exams for children on Feb. 12

providing oral health education.

NATIONAL CITY — Southwestern College’s Dental Hygiene Program Clinic will offer free dental exams for children from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, according to a San Diego UnionTribune report.

For more information, or to make an appointment for the free clinic, call (619) 692-8858.

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sponse and sorting out its various elements, it may be possible to both understand the molecular mechanisms involved and to control them,” said Simon, who noted more research is planned. Co-authors of the paper are SeJeong Kim of UCSD’s Department of Pharmacology and the Department of Neuroscience, Dental Research Institute and Brain Korea21, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University; Goon Ho Park, Hyejung Min and Estelle Wall, UCSD Department of Pharmacology; Donghoon Him and Sung Joong Lee, Department of Neuroscience, Dental Research Institute and Brain Korea21, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University; Jaekwang Lee and C. Justin Lee of the Center for Functional Connectomics, Korea Institute of Science and Technology.

The clinic, located at the college’s Higher Education Center at 880 National City Blvd, will also provide free dental sealants, fluoride varnishes, school entry dental exams, referrals to community resources and information and opportunities to win prizes, the story said. Students in the college’s dental hygiene program provided free dental care to more than 1,000 patients last year. During their studies, each student volunteers for more than 30 hours at community health events and fairs,

“Customer assistance programs like the Medical Baseline program can lessen the burden on customers who may already be struggling, especially in this down economy.” Hal Snyder Vice president of customer solutions for SDG&E • Suction Machine • Motorized Wheelchairs • Pressure Pads • Respirators • Oxygen Concentrators Enrollment in the program is simple: customers need to complete a short application

The accredited program prepares graduates to be licensed at dental hygienists. The twoyear program enrolls 36 students each fall, U-T reported.

Scripps study reveals link between DNA, heart disease SAN DIEGO — A new study involving researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Scripps Health patients reveals major scientific progress in understanding the mechanism of heart disease at the molecular and genomic levels. STSI is an initiative of Scripps Health in collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute. The study findings establish a

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link between coronary artery disease and genetic susceptibility resulting in an abnormal inflammatory signaling response in a segment of the genome on chromosome 9. The discovery sheds new light on the causes of heart disease and opens the door to developing improved approaches to control inflammation. The results from the study were published Feb. 10 in Nature and also on the journal's website at www.nature.com/nature. “The hope is that in the future we can find better ways to control inflammation for patients carrying these sequence variants, which may ultimately reduce their risks of heart attacks,” said Dr. Eric J. Topol, a corresponding co-senior author of the paper and chief academic officer at Scripps Health. “This was an extraordinary hunt to find how the risk DNA variant was exerting its effect, and it turned out to be quite remote through a gene known as STAT-1, a vital mediator of inflammation.”

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Community&BusinessNews Self-defense class for seniors abuse, false imprisonment and victim of both physical and fitheft. nancial abuse. “Seniors are increasingly Mary Davis, a 72-year-old, the targets of criminals who third-degree black belt in Kaprey on people they feel are rate, talks about ways to avoid less likely to defend them- physical attacks and demonSAN DIEGO — Sadly, old- selves,” said Chairman Bill strates techniques to use when er adults continue to be in the Horn, District 5, San Diego an assault occurs. Speakers news as victims of physical at- County Board of Supervisors. from Adult Protective Sertacks, neglect and financial “With these tough economic vices and the district attorabuse. The assaults can come times, physical and financial ney’s office address ways to from strangers as well as peo- attacks may happen more fre- avoid scams, fraud and other ple the seniors might think quently and it’s important to financial abuse. Participants they could trust, such as fam- give people the tools necessary receive helpful materials to ily members and hired care- to protect themselves.” take home, and a free lunch is givers, as exemplified by the Self-defense classes, called served. case of 93-year-old Arnold V. “Senior Expo: Protect Yourself The Senior Expo is coor“Max” Bauer, whose caregiv- & Your Wallet,” provide valu- dinated by Aging & IndepenCOV 28897 2 on 6/10/10 12:02 PM aPagedence 1 Services, a division of er has beenFilipino chargedPress_SD_MECH:Layout with elder able tips avoiding being

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the county’s Health and Human Services Agency, in partnership with the San Diego District Attorney’s office and the County Library. Funding for the sessions is provided by the Barona and Sycuan tribal governments. Events are held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please register early as space is limited: • March 18 (Friday) – The Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine. • April 14 (Thursday) – Logan Heights Library, 567 S. 28th St. in San Diego. • May 20 (Friday) – Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. in Escondido. Reservations required. Call (800) 510-2020 and press “4” twice when you hear the menu. Leave your name, number and the date or location of the event you wish to attend.

COPAO offers free tax-prep, filing help NATIONAL CITY — The Council of Philippine American Organizations is again offering the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Earned Income Tax Credit programs to help low-income families with their 2010 income tax preparation and filing. The free income tax preparation and electronic filing services is open by appointment to families with a gross income of $40,000 and below, now through April 16, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at the COPAO Center, 832 E Ave. Special arrangements for preparation and filing on Mondays through Fridays may sometimes be arranged on a case-to-case basis by appointment only, depending on the availability of the volunteers. Call Normita Atangan at (619)507-5863. COPAO, a collaborative of 60 member organizations based in National City, has been conducting its annual VITA / EITC program for the past seven years. The program is accredited and supported by the Internal Revenue Service, which oversees the training of volunteer income tax preparers and supplies the much needed technology support, such as notebook computers and printers for electronic filing as well as tax preparation manuals and information materials.

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Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at the free Chinese New Year Food and Culture Fair in the heart of San Diego’s Asian Pacific Historic District. On Feb. 12 and 13, lion and dragon dancers, martial artists, acrobats and musicians will perform and food and craft vendors will fill the streets of the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District at the intersection of Third Avenue and J Street. Inside the museum, we’ll have a delightful array of tea cozies and traditional New Year prints on display as well as a variety of Asian goods for sale. For more information, contact the museum at (619) 338-9888, visit its website at www.sdchm.org, or visit the fair website http://sdcny.weebly.com.

16 • northwest civic association town hall meeting

Northwest Civic Association Town Hall meeting in the auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Library (at 4th & F), Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. Speakers include City Attorney Glen Googins and Assistant City Manager Scott Tulloch. Googins will speak about ethics issues, frivolous complaints filed during election seasons and potential medicinal marijuana operations within the city. Scott Tullock will speak about the city's budget, the newly negotiated contracts with city unions and operational hours of parks, libraries, recreation centers and the Norman Park Senior Center. The event is free. Everyone is welcome. For further information, call (619-307-3460).

17 • 17th annual lunar new year celebration 2011 | Year of the rabbit

The Asian Business Association of San Diego presents this annual event with the support of title sponsor Viejas, along with supporting sponsors SDG&E and Cox Communications, held this year from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the NTC Promenade at the McMillin Event Center, 287 Dewey Road in San Diego. ABA and partner members: $25; non-members: $30; at the door: $35.. Free parking. For more information, contact the ABA San Diego at erica@abasd.org. The ABA San Diego is headquartered at 5675 Ruffin Road, Ste. 305, San Diego, CA 92123.

19 • post-valentine dinner dance

The Baguio City Association of San Diego will sponsor a PostValentine Dinner Dance from 6 to 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Holiday Inn On The Bay, 1355 N. Harbor Dr. in San Diego. $50 per person. Besides induction of association officers, this dinner dance is also a fundraiser for association projects. DJ. Contacts and tickets: Edith Donaldson, (619) 224-3095; Lalaine Uvero, (858) 568-8498; Rudy Liporada, (858) 722-1465; Julius Sinlao, (858) 863-7237.

19 • silliman university alumni association installation of officers

The Silliman University Alumni Association and friends in San Diego will celebrate its 11th installation of officers from 6 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station's Officer's Club. Dinner, dance and raffle. Tickets: $35 per person, prepaid. Semi-formal attire. For tickets and information, call Amy at (619) 710-8875 or Laarni at (858) 384-2610.

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25 jobs available at new Goodwill in Mira Mesa MIRA MESA — Goodwill is launching a new donation center and retail store in the Target Center at 8145 Mira Mesa Blvd. in the space formerly occupied by Radio Shack and is seeking 25 new employees. “The community has been asking for a store in this part of the city for many years, and we feel fortunate to have found such a strong location. This new facility gave us the opportunity to hire 25 additional San Diegans.” said Mike Rowan, CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County. Just up the street, the San Diego Goodwill’s highest producing donation center is located in the CalTrans Park & Ride lot near the freeway, bringing in over 103,429 individual donors during 2010.

This center has been open for years, operates seven days a week and has seven full-time staff. Goodwill trucks service this center at least 32 times every week, creating additional jobs in transportation. “Opening a retail store in this area is a logical move for us, and in addition to reducing overhead costs in transportation, it also provides a better work environment for our staff, and a wealth of treasures to our local shoppers in their own neighborhood,” said Beth Forsberg, senior director of operations. “Without the local support this would have never been possible, so all of us are very grateful for the hundreds of thousands of donated items that have been given to us over the years.”

Asian Realtors announce new officers; mark Year of Rabbit By Marissa Acierto Special to the Fillipino Press

SAN DIEGO — Members of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, San Diego Chapter marked the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit on Feb. 8 at the Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant. Founded in 2008, the group is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to increasing the homeownership of the Asian-American community and enhancing professional development opportunities for its members. AREAA San Diego's membership represents a broad array of real estate, mortgage and housing-related professionals that serve the diverse Asian market. The 2011 executive board members of AREAA San Di-

ego are President Albert Salon, President (Pacific Crane Realty); Vice President Ric Manalo (Manalo Realty); Founding President Shonee Henry (Allegro Realty and Mortgage); Secretary Regina Ong-Garcia (Streamline Web Systems); Community Partnership Chair Chris Mei-Shia Lin (Realtor Prudential Ca-Realty); Boardmember Eran Sinai (Credit Restoration and Analysis); Membership Committeeman Eric Elegado, (Eric Elegado & Associates and Prudential California Realty). For further info on how you can join or participate with AREAA San Diego, contact Albert Salon by e-mail at sandiego@areaa.org or albert@ pacificcranerealty.com. Visit www.areaa.org/sandiego for more information.

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Autos, TVs, laptops up for bid at public auction SAN DIEGO — Twelve autos, several televisions, laptops, and many more items will be up for bid during the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Public Administrator/Public Guardian auction at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 at the County Operations Annex, 5201-A Ruffin Road. The auction will feature items from numerous Superior Courtappointed decedent and conservatorship estates managed by PA/PG. Customers are required to pay for and pick up their property by 2:00 p.m. the same day. Proceeds from the auction benefit the estates administered by the county. PA/PG investigates and administers the estates of persons who have not created a will before their death or who don’t have an appropriate person willing or able to act as their administrator. The office also investigates conservatorship matters and serves as the legally appointed guardian for elderly and disabled persons

found by the court to be unable to manage their own assets and personal care. For more information, call (858) 694-3500.

PNB reaches out to Oceanside Filipinos LOS ANGELES — On Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., representatives from PNB Los Angeles Branch will be in Oceanside inside Mission Asian Market at 3320 Mission Avenue. The outreach is aimed at assisting our Kababayans who are interested in any of the following thru the bank’s Own a Philippine Home Loan program, such as buying or investing in real estate property in the Philippines, building a house on a previously acquired lot or renovating an existing family home. Loan officers of the bank will be available for consultation at this time. Bank representatives will also assist those interested in opening a PNB account, whether it’s for pension purposes, savings or to facilitate remittance.To register, call (760) 722-8024 or the PNBRCI Mira Mesa Branch at (858) 549-1253.

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alentine’s Day generates an outpouring of emotions in the name of love. Friends, husbands, lovers, soulmates and significant others find this day as an occasion to express that special feeling they have for their beloved by presenting them with Valentine’s greeting cards, bouquets of roses, pieces of jewelry or inviting them to a candlelight dinner, with just the two of them whispering their love and affection for each other. I remember hearing these words from a soulmate: “Never doubt my deep affection for you, never.” Although it was said with profound emotion, it didn’t hit me as hard as when I hear the words, “I love you.” I’ve celebrated almost 60 Valentine’s Days with my former campus sweetheart, my husband, Winlove. For him, as he often sings, “Love is a many splendored thing.” We remind ourselves that love is an action word for kindness, thoughtfulness, respect, humility and forgiveness. We worked hard on our relationship, believing that “what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” When we got married in 1955, the officiating pastor’s homily was on “The Way of Love,” based on 1 Corinthian 13, New International Version (NIV): “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my bodies to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does

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I remember hearing these words from a soulmate: “Never doubt my deep affection for you, never.” Although it was said with profound emotion, it didn’t hit me as hard as when I hear the words, “I love you.” not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I tried to compare these verses with the translation made by Eugene H. Peterson in “The Message, The New Testament in Contemporary Language.” It says: “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything as plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, ‘Jump,’ and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything to the poor and even go to stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So no matter what I say, what I believe and

what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always ‘me first,’ doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end.” Whatever biblical versions we adopt, one thing is certain — God is love. And His commandments prevail. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind …. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” My prayer: Almighty and ever-loving God, thank you for filling our hearts with your love. Empower us to share and translate your love into action. Teach us to love even those who hate us or persecute us. Enable us to reach out to others, especially to those who have not experienced your love. We lift up our friends who have lost their loved ones and those who are suffering from pain and terminal illness. Grant them the strength to face each new day with faith, with hope and with love. Make this day more meaningful as we reflect on the way of love and inspire us to act in accordance with Your Words. Amen.

Lead me in your truth “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You ... Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”(Psalm 25:1-2a, 4-5)

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couple of days ago, I arrived in my car at a broad, crowded intersection. Construction was close by, so the traffic signal was flashing red for everyone — six lanes east and west, four lanes north and south. Lots and lots of traffic barely organized chaos as cars started and stopped, turned left, turned right, yielded the right-of-way or honked their horns. To my right, on the corner, stood eight young women. They were all dressed in white, matching uniform dresses. I took them to be nursing students since the local community college was very near this intersection. I could see they wanted to cross the sixlane highway to get to the other side. My window was rolled down so I could hear their animated chatter, their cautious “oohs” and “aahs” expressing the apprehension they felt at subjecting themselves to this dangerous free-for-all. Very suddenly, one of them closest to the curb took the plunge, stepping off the curb, raising her hand and arm in the air (she was the shortest one in the group) and, without looking back, shouting loudly, “Follow me ladies, all together now!” Sure enough, her confidence won their support. They im-

Each of us is endowed with gifts from God. It’s exciting and natural to lead or teach others in the areas of our giftedness. Conversely, it can be extremely unsettling to have others look to you for leadership in unfamiliar territory — areas outside your giftedness. mediately closed ranks and followed her closely as they continued their chatter, now somewhat subdued, but looking straight ahead as they walked all the way across the busy lanes in front of the drivers waiting in their cars. The scene reminded me of a mother hen with her bobbing chicks. It also brought to mind the importance of leadership and that all of us are called to lead at certain times and in varying ways. Each of us is endowed with gifts from God. It’s

exciting and natural to lead or teach others in the areas of our giftedness. Conversely, it can be extremely unsettling to have others look to you for leadership in unfamiliar territory — areas outside your giftedness. Most of our greatest leaders, however, are known and respected for their willingness to lead in the unfamiliar. The resumes of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower or Winston Churchill did not contain “World War Experience” prior to 1939. Abraham Lincoln had never led a Civil War prior to his inauguration. Leadership often takes us out of our comfort zone. The good news is this: When we trust God’s ways, God’s paths, and God’s truths FIRST and foremost, we can step out with confident assurance to lead one or thousands, if called to do so knowing that God’s strength working in us will bring us with our flocks to our destinations. Father God, in You I seek to place my trust. I will wait on You. Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth that I might be used by You to lead others to the destination awaiting them at Your side. Amen.

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love relation has gone several notches higher that should insulate them from he foray of various moods and unruly desires. It is said that if Jesus is with us who can be against us? There is someone: The Vicious One. This One doesn’t seem to rest in snaring the weak and weary, unless they are formidable and vulnerable. Over time the vaunted communication technique loses its novelty, becomes bland and the love feeling that was once a many splendored thing wanes. Whatever the euphemism, the euphoria of the encounter turns to depression. The advice is to light the candle that they used during their marital vows during the encounter. If both are still rational, the conflict is half-solved. The lighted candle is the beam that shines through the clouded issues. And what did they avow to each other during the renewal of marriage vows before the priest? They said: “Love is patient, kind, without envy. It is not boastful or arrogant. It is not ill-mannered nor does it seek its

www.filipinopress.com own interest. Love overcomes anger and forget offenses. It does not take delight in wrong, but rejoices in truth. Love excuses everything, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love will never end.” (1 Corinthian 13:4-8) Whither now he encountered couple? Trials are a dime a dozen. Unless they can rise above them they fail. The encounter made marriages more vibrant and dynamic. It energized parish life with their involvement.Admittedly, however, there are failures, given that they are humans with imperfections. Let’s cite some reasons. There are hang-ups which are among the crosses of any secular environment. There is the waggish tongue that loves evil more than good and falsehood more than truth. Gossips, catty talks, slights and slurs are loathsome patterns of speech that discourage even well-intentioned couples and cause them to shy away. Some perceive a sense of rejection, especially the graduates, when they feel unwelcome by the parochial old cliché which implies that if you don’t have the same feathers you don’t belong. Which belies the theory that membership in the fellowship of the Lord knows no such

things. The demands of work and family rate high as concerns that preclude the couple from attending various marital stimulants and programs that can provide them nurturing. But perhaps the most plausible reason for the fallback is they might not have discovered their “couple power” during the encounter. Fallout. Timeout. On keave are various labels for couples who backslide. Half-baked may describe a situation where the expected benefits of the encounter may not have found firm anchor in their hearts. It’s like the parable of the sower where the seed sown on rocky ground with little soil sprouted quickly, but as soon as the sun rose the plants were scorched and withered because they have not rooted deeply enough. Thus the couple pulls back, drifts and gets lost. Their classmates and sponsors work the hours to bring them back with prayers. And like the Good Shepherd, they will leave the flock to look for the one that drifted. And like the proverbial prodigal son, the astray couple finds their way back to the fold to live happily ever after. Many times it works that way. Give it to God who works in prodigious, mysterious ways.

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Is President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III living a “simple” lifestyle? According to Presidential Communications Operations Office head Sonny Coloma, “riding either in the Lexus or Porsche has not changed the president’s ‘simple’ lifestyle.” Let’s see … the “thirdhand” (kuno) Porsche 911 twin-turbo Carrera costs P4.5 million (kuno) and the bullet-proof Lexus LX 750 SUV costs P7.5 million (kuno). But for the next 5.5 years, P-Noy doesn’t need to own a sports car and a bullet-proof SUV cuz his “bosses” — the Filipino people — have already provided him with a classy Mercedes Benz S600 limousine. P-Noy claimed that a brother-in-law lent him the Lexus “for its security features.” Then he changed his story, saying that a campaign supporter had lent him the car. But when pressed by reporters, he wouldn’t identify the “supporter.” As it turned out, the Office of the President is going to foot the bill for the lease of the bullet-proof Lexus. The problem is: First, he lied. Second, he lied again. And third, why did he lie about it in the first place? Didn’t some wise man once say, “Once a liar, always a liar”? If he continues to lie, his “bosses” might start calling him, “Pinoycchio.” Where is Rico Puno? After lying low and out of reach of the media’s radar screen, P-Noy’s “shooting buddy,” DILG Undersecretary Rico E. Puno, has finally come out of hibernation. But guess where he is? He’s in Washington for three months of training on police matters. It’s no wonder, the jueteng lords, drug lords and carjacking gangs are having fun! Like they say, “When the cat is away, the mouse will play.” Wait till Rico comes back with all the tricks of the trade. But let’s just hope that he’s got cojones to go after the jueteng lords, drug lords and carjacking gangs. From Lakas to Wakas … After the landslide victory of P-Noy last year, the dismemberment of the Lakas-KampiCMD was bound to happen. Once the super political party that ex-prez Gloria Macapagal Arroyo built to propel her vehicle to empowerment beyond the terminus of her presidency, Lakas is nearing the “wakas” (end) of its usefulness. And from its ashes rose a new political party. Called the National Union

Party, it consists of members of the original Kampi, which Gloria founded 13 years ago. But Gloria did not join them. She decided to stick it out with a handful of Lakas-Kampi-Christian-Muslim-Democrat loyalists. Perhaps they should shorten the name cuz its sounds silly when the name has more letters in it than the number of members. Just call it “Wakas.” Ping is back … The Court of Appeals cleared Sen. Ping Lacson of “any involvement in the murder of publicist Salvador ‘Bubby’ Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in 2000.” The court also nullified the warrant of arrest issued by the RTC last year, which was what prompted Ping to go on the lam. But Justice Secretary Leila de Lima — like a pit bull — said that she’d still hunt Ping down because the warrant of arrest for Ping stays despite the CA ruling. Whoa! I didn’t know that the Justice Secretary is above the court. Or was she just trying to save face cuz she couldn’t find Ping for the eight months she has been in office? I wouldn’t be surprised if Ping would show up in Leila’s office and say, “I understand you’re looking for me Leila.” And picture how Leila would react. Would it be “Grrrr” like a pit bull or “Meow” like a pussycat? Noisy minority … A new group on Facebook called “The Noisy Minority” recent-

ly emerged and is now one the noisiest — if not the noisiest — groups in Facebook. It was started by Leslie Bocobo. The discussions are no-holdsbarred and anybody could be the subject of the discussion. So far, P-Noy is the number one subject, followed by Gloria. A recent post goes: BINAY: “Sir, your ‘daang matuwid’ is now a zig-zag road. May I suggest you write a goodbye letter to the Filipino people?” AQUINO:“Why, where are they going?” Here’s another post: “In the Philippines we address rapists, drug addicts, plunderers, corrupt cheats and the likes as “YOUR HONOR” and incompetents as “YOUR EXCELLENCY.” Gloria receiving Don Quixote Award from King Juan Carlos Here’s a good one: A blogger wrote, “Gloria Macapagal Arroyo receiving the 2009 Don Quixote award from Spain’s King Juan Carlos.” Another blogger responded, “Do you mean Donkey Xote?” And another asked, “Now where are the freaking windmills?” The original blogger responded, “The windmills are in Lubao, Pampanga. Gloria used one half of her P2.2billion pork barrel to build them and kept the other half.” The Noisy Minority is certainly one noisy bunch! E-mail Perry Diaz at PerryDiaz@gmail.com.

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cially abused. ” Her voice rises in anger as she recalls stories of clients having their supplemental security income being forcibly taken by a family member who wanted to use it for gambling. In some cases, adult children registered themselves as the in-home support service caregiver in order to receive payment to take care of their frail or disabled parent, but instead used the money luxury items for themselves. Staffers find out about some abuses when the client comes in hungry because they weren’t fed at home or the last time they ate was at the center. Sometimes staffers notices frail or disabled clients with bad hygiene because they weren’t assisted in their taking their baths or other grooming habits. Other times, they find deeper physical or mental abuse. “One time, an elderly couple came into our center. They had been abused on many levels to the point the husband had attempted suicide,” said Talosig. “His wife found him standing on top of the toilet seat about to put his head through the noose.” Talosig said the couple was living with their drug-addicted adult daughter and her boyfriend in northern California. Whenever the boyfriend would get mad at the couple, the daughter stood by the boyfriend. One night, the daughter and boyfriend got mad and threw the elder couple’s belongings out of the window and onto the lawn. The couple picked up their things, walked to the bus station and called a sister in San Diego where they lived and were abused mentally and financially. The couple finally came to the center for help, Talosig said. “They felt understood not just because we spoke their

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A staffer at the Hope Adult Day Health Care Services Center in Mira Mesa works with a client in physical therapy. language and knew the culture, but because we listened,” she said. “They felt safe. In turn, we connected them with other resources like food stamps, transportation and more.” Edith P., an LVN at the center, focuses on more common issues she sees with the seniors. “Some of the elderly live with family members who work long hours and may not have time or the comprehension to take care of the complicated health needs of their parent or parents,” she said. “Sometimes they don’t understand the impact that skipping or mixing medication can have — and their parent ends up with a more serious health problem. That’s where we come in. We regularly monitor the client’s health and medication — and we provide regular physical therapy for those who need it.” Due to their intensive training, commitment and dedication to clients and their families, Hope staffers have been able to prevent many serious health issues with some of the center participants such as blindness brought on by a slipped transplanted lens, pneumonia, early signs of heart attacks and more. Ninety-two percent of

ADHC program participants rely on Medi-Cal insurance. Operators of ADHC programs receive only $76.27 per day per client to provide skilled services including social services, therapeutic and medical care. The state pays only half of the daily cost, or $38.14. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to cut funding to ADHCs twice. During both budget proposals, state legislatures recognized the overall fiscal, resource and human costs for running the program would be much more than government funding provided. Elder Adult and ADHC advocates are hoping they continue to stand firm in supporting the much needed services. Linda Sandi, CEO at Hope ADHC, reiterates the importance of ADHCs as being more than a provider of good nutrition, socialization and support medical and therapeutic care. “Our seniors face social isolation, physical health and mental health issues, abuses and other issues. In many cases, we are their lifeline. What will happen if the lifeline disappears?” she said. It’s a question that advocates, providers, families and elder adult participants ask — and hope will not be answered.

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The one-year preparation for the tercentenary has three thematic themes that span: from July to October 2010 by commemorating the History of Inang Katipanan; from November 2010 to February 2011 by participating in the deepening of the Devotion to Inang Katipanan; from March to June 2011 by sharing the gift of devotion to Inang Katipanan. To hasten the tercentenary preparation in San Diego, President Cecile Cerillo created a Tercentenary Steering Committee to oversee the overall planning and implementation. Six other committees were formed to focus the planning: liturgy, logistics, commemorative souvenir program/membership directory, food, entertainment, and hospitality. This year is a big year for Nabueños in San Diego as they celebrate the tercentenary of their devotion to their patroness, Our Lady of Katipanan with a Grand Pintakasi planned for May 7 to commemorate the event. A gala night is also planned for their 25th Anniversary on May 21. For more information about the tercentenary or the 25th anniversary celebrations, please visit their website at www.nabuenos.com or search Nabuenos of Southern California, Inc on Facebook. For additional questions, call Cecile Cerillo at (760) 295-3047.

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Parish Day in honor of Inang Katipanan. This is preceded by a whole day visit to each barangay, school and institutions within our parish, then a novenario in her honor.” “It is on this day,” he continued, “when we have the procession of the Holy Cross, Inang Katipanan, Inang Angustia and all the barangay patron saints, all together! The Archbishop normally celebrates the Mass during our Katipanan celebrations in July.” The tercentenary spiritual preparations officially began in July 2010. In a circular released in early 2010 by the Office of the Archbishop of Caceres in Naga, the Archbishop reminded the faithful and the clergy of the tercentenary of the devotion to Ina, Nuestra Señora de Katipanan to be held in 2011. Caceres Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi said that “the celebration is for us, and most especially for the faithful of Nabua, an act of gratitude and a commitment to further growth in faith and holiness.” He then announced a yearlong preparation from July 25, 2010, up until July 26, 2011, “When we shall celebrate the 300th anniversary proper with the theme “Celebrating the Fullness of Life through Inang Katipanan.”

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National City Bears tryouts set for Feb. 19 at Sweetwater High Want to be a Bear? The National City Bears are looking for football players who are dedicated and want to compete in an organized LCFL Western Conference League. Tryouts for the Bears will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Gail Devers Stadium at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Ave. Register at D Avenue gate. All positions are open those 18 and above and have played at any level. There is a one-time $40, which includes a Bears shirt, water and light snacks. Players may be asked to try out several times.

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Dorothy and friends in the Land of Oz. Kate Bristol, Beau Hutchings, Andrew Haserlat and Jesse Coleman star in "The Wizard of Oz," Feb. 15-20 at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

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Where: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd and B Street, San Diego When: Tues. and Wed., Feb. 15-16, 7 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., Feb. 17-18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (ASL interpreted performance 2 p.m.); Sun., Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Opencaptioned performance at 1 p.m.) Tickets: Online at www.broadwaysd.com/thewizardofoz.php; Available as part of a Season ticket package: (888) 937-8995; Civic Theatre ticket office, (619) 570-1100; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Ticketmaster: (800) 982-2787; Group savings for 10-plus: (619) 564-3001

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‘Dwarfina’ is GMA-7’s top prime-time program GMA-7’s “Dwarfina” scores big success in the race for prime-time supremacy, according to ratings data from the research agency Nielsen TV Audience Measurement. Starring Heart Evangelista and Dennis Trillo, “Dwarfina” tells of the fascinating journey of a girl barely the size of a finger, holds the top spot in the Jan. 1-14 ratings chart (based on overnight ratings data) for Mega Manila and Total Urban Luzon. Total Urban Luzon accounts for 77 percent of urban television households nationwide. “Dwarfina” debuted at No. 1 with a strong 15.4 Mega Manila people rating — beating all counterpart programs — on Jan. 10 and has since then continued to register consistent and staggering high numbers. Moreover, the pilot week, which saw the birth of the young heroine and how she was slowly accepted by her loving parents despite her size, earned an easy week-long vic-

tory with “Dwarfina” consistently outshining all other primetime programs. This week, young Yna, after being saved by Elvin and Duwentukin, crosses over from the earthly world to the land of the duwendes. Yna wakes up clueless and wanting to return to her family. Meanwhile, Calixto (Jestoni Alarcon) and Abiana (Jackielou Blanco) are worried more than ever about losing their reign to Romera (Angelika dela Cruz). This was after Romera exposed the royal couple’s secret about using a gwendikam to present their princess. Could Yna be the answer to the looming problems that continue to threat the duwende kingdom? The larger-than-life adventures of Yna can be seen worldwide on GMA Network’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. Call your preferred pay TV operator now to subscribe.

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Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley kick-off their national media tour on Feb. 10 in Beverly Hills for their upcoming world welterweight fight set for May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and the MGM Grand. The fight will be broadcast live on Showtime pay-per-view.

Asian writer looks back on heritage with ‘A Tiger in the Kitchen’ memoir After growing up in the most food-obsessed city in the world, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan left home and family at eighteen for America — proof of the rebelliousness of daughters born in the Year of the Tiger. But as a thirtysomething fashion writer in New York, she felt the Singaporean dishes that defined her childhood beginning to call her back. Was it too late to learn the secrets of her grandmothers’ and aunties’ kitchens, as well as the tumultuous family history that had kept them hidden before? In her quest to recreate the dishes of her native Singapore by cooking with her family, Tan learned not only cherished recipes but longburied stories of past generations. “A Tiger in the Kitchen,” which includes 10 authentic recipes for Singaporean classics such as pineapple tarts and Teochew braised duck, is the charming, beautifully written story of a Chinese-Singaporean ex-pat who learns to infuse her New York lifestyle with the rich lessons of the Singaporean kitchen, ultimately reconnecting with her family and herself.

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based writer who has written a memoir about discovering her Singaporean family by learning to cook with them. “A Tiger in the Kitchen” was published by Hyperion on Feb. 8. Tan was a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and the Baltimore Sun. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Marie Claire, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Family Circle, Bloomberg Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, The (Portland) Oregonian,

The (Topeka) Capital-Journal, The (Singapore) Straits Times and Elle.com. She is also a regular contributor to The Atlantic Food Channel. In March/April 2010 and also in December 2010, she was an artist in residence at the Yaddo artists' colony, where she completed her memoir. Born and raised in Singapore, Tan crossed the ocean at age 18 to go to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Unsure of whether she would remain in the U.S. after college, she interned in places as disparate as possible. She hung out with Harley-Davidson enthusiasts in Topeka, Kan., interviewed gypsies about their burial rituals in Portland, Ore., covered July 4 in Washington and chronicled the life and times of the Boomerang Pleasure Club, a group of ItalianAmerican men that were getting together to cook, play cards and gab about women for decades in their storefront “clubhouse” in Chicago. An active member of the Asian American Journalists Association, she served on its national board for seven years, ending in 2010.

Website features multicultural San Diego SAN DIEGO — San Diego's Multicultural Convention Services Network just launched UniquelySanDiego.com — a new online hub highlighting the city’s multicultural news, events, attractions, travel deals and more. UniquelySanDiego.com promotes the various facets of San Diego’s ethnic communities, encouraging locals to learn more about the city’s culture while enticing visitors and meeting planners to book trips to San Diego. Aside from serving as a great resource for locals and visitors, UniquelySanDiego. com is also an online platform for businesses and organizations to easily engage with a growing database of digital followers for little or no charge. Additionally, it’s part of MCCSN’s plan to utilize UniquelySanDiego.com to draw attention to the various charities, nonprofits and

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Black eyes Fil-Am guard for SEAG five MANILA — A high-leaping FilAm guard is being eyed for the Philippine team that will defend the men’s basketball title in the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia in November. Coach Norman Black said Chris Newsome, a 6-foot-2 sophomore at New Mexico Highlands University, will come to the Philippines to seek his spot in the team, which will be gunning for its 15th SEAG cage title against what he described as improved rivals. “He practiced with Ateneo the past school year and I can say he’s good, he really can jump and he’s very athletic,” Black said. Based in Rio Rancho, N.M., Newsome currently plays for the Cowboys in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, leading the squad to a 90-84 win over University of Colorado-Colorado Springs with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in their most recent game. Newsome will relocate to the Philippines after the season and play for Ateneo by 2013. Another Fil-Am, Youth Olympic Games veteran Ray Parks, looms as a hot prospect. “He’s very impressive when he attended our first tryout last week, to think he’s only 17. He’s really way ahead of his age,” Black said of the son of manytime PBA Best Import Bobby Parks. — Philippine Star

UFC 126: Fil-Am fighter Muñoz roots for Silva LAS VEGAS — Filipino-American mixed martial artsfighter Mark Muñoz is rooting for middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva in the upcoming UFC 126 match. Muñoz showed up at the open work-out of UFC fighters who flaunted their wrestling, boxing, and kick boxing moves.

individuals that are making a difference in the San Diego's multicultural communities. MCCSN’s goal is to use UniquelySanDiego.com to provide the city's multicultural businesses and groups with a vehicle to reach locals and visitors. To that end, visitors to the website are invited to submit their multicultural-related events to what will become San Diego’s most comprehensive multicultural event calendar. Local businesses and orga-

nizations can also announce news on UniquelySanDiego. com, and if the site’s administrators deem the content a good fit for their audience, they’ll broadcast the news across their various social media and marketing channels. UniquelySanDiego.com is also home to a multicultural discussion forum and business directory and the site will continue to add new features and functionality on an ongoing basis.

"I train with him, I’m very good friends with Anderson. Kaibigan ko, kase we train all the time when he is in L.A.," said Muñoz. "That's my friend and that's my training partner," he added, pointing at the two. Silva will be fighting against Vitor Belfort at a battle of the mixed martial arts champions this Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Octagon action. Silva vs, Belfort is one of the fights at the upcoming event expected to be one of the best fight nights in the history of MMA. Six of the most talented and notable names in UFC will strike it out in that event. — ABS-CBN News

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Single and solo on V-Day? Got you covered “Learning to love yourself — it is the greatest love of all.” Whitney Houston

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appy Love Week, my pampered friends! I hope you all enjoyed last week’s special 24-Hour Valentine featured on our cover. Now, for those of you who are single, don’t think I’ve forgotten about you! (I wouldn’t dare.) Whether you and your friends have decided to get together for an ex-boyfriend bonfire or you plan on pampering yourself with some quality solo time at home, here are some things to watch and listen to, which can still deliver a satisfying Valentine’s Day.

Call in your favorite takeout, put those hard-working feet up and pop in one of these DVDs. Enjoy your V-Day escape in super single style! Videos “Roman Holiday” Audrey Hepburn as a princess+an Italian adventure+Gregory Peck …What more could you want? “Enough” Jennifer Lopez

is a butt-kickin’ mommy who gets the ultimate revenge on the man who scorned her. Go girl! “The Break-up” There’s nothing like seeing a couple crumble before your eyes to remind you that sometimes it’s better to be single than in a dysfunctional relationship. Even Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn had trouble

making it work. “(500) Days of Summer” Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make you melt you in a film that exhibits romantic pining from a guy’s perspective. That’s a refreshing change! “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” Uma Thurman shows that inside every woman is a superhero … and we all know it takes a very special guy to handle a woman with remarkable super powers. “The Stepford Wives” Originally filmed in 1972, the film was re-created in 2004, proving the timeless theme of female empowerment and the importance of a balance of power in a relationship. “He’s Just Not That Into You” The all-star cast works to illustrate that honesty, no matter how painful at first, can be an important catalyst for change in our lives, especially regarding matters of the heart. “Lars and The Real Girl” Ryan Gosling fans may automatically grab “The Notebook” as their romantic film of choice, but who wants to cry on V-Day? Instead, check out his performance as Lars, a

man who learns to love in the most untraditional of ways. In doing so, Lars teaches his community the meaning of unconditional love. “The Waitress” Keri Russell is a woman in a relationship that leaves her feeling underappreciated. Cheer her on as she finds love and rediscovers the power of her talent and her dreams. “Sex & the City-The Series” Season 5 is particularly suitable for celebrating your fabulousness as a sexy single, whether you’re conservative, adventurous, ultra-independent, stylish … or all of the above! Bonus tip: Sure, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)” is an anthem we can’t escape on Valentine’s Day, but here are 10 must-haves for your V-Day Playlist that cover all the emotional bases. Maybe you’ve recently loved and lost (and are now saying “Good riddance!”) Maybe you’re enjoying your freedom and plan to stay single for a while. Maybe, no matter how hard you try, you’re still not quite ready to let go of a very special love … this playlist has something for everyone. V-Day Playlist “Express Yourself” Madonna “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” Aretha Franklin “Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson “I Do It For You” Nick Lachey “The Heart of The Matter” india.arie “I Will Survive” Gloria Gaynor “Rolling in the Deep” Adele “Between the Lines” Sara Bareilles “Diva” Beyonce “This=Love” The Script

Happy Valentine’s Day, my pampered friends! I wish you all the love in the world. Always remember, though, if you don’t love, appreciate and take care of yourself, you can’t expect anyone else to. Treat yourself (and your heart) right! Pampered Pinay Facebook Shout-outs of the Week Happy Birthday to Pampered Pinay Fans, Shaharoh Bolling and Breana Cappaert, who both celebrate their birthday on February 14th! Congratulations to Pampered Pinay Fan Tierra Gonzalez-Hammonds, who won first runner-up in this past weekend’s Miss Teen Hollywood pageant! Tierra is also the reigning Miss Teen San Diego. • Wanna keep in touch and join in on fun weekly chats with other Pampered Pinay fans? Simply check out  www.Facebook.com, and search “Francine Maigue.” See you online! • Check back every week for ways to pamper yourself and those you love. Why? The answer is simple: You deserve it! • Got a business or event I should know about? Wish to agree or disagree with me? Want to send me a love note? (I love those.) E-mail me at  thepamperedpinay@yahoo.com.

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iPhone 4 arrives on Verizon; trade-in program available BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — It’s here — iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network makes its debut for the general population this week. Beginning Feb. 10, iPhone 4 will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communication stores nationwide and Apple’s retail locations. “We know people across America have been waiting for the day when they can experience an iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless’ most reliable network,” said Dan Mead, chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless. “Our store employees nationwide are poised and ready to help customers purchase their iPhone 4s activated as quickly as possible.” iPhone 4 is available for suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16 GB model and $299.99 for the 32 GB model with a new two-year customer agreement. To enjoy all the features of their new iPhone 4s, customers can subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes) or a

Nationwide Talk and Text plan (beginning at $59.99 for 450 minutes and includes unlimited text, picture and video messaging), as well as an unlimited Email and Web data plan for $29.99 per month. Customers will also enjoy the new Personal Hotspot capability paired with a 3G Mobile Hotspot plan to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The 3G Mobile Hotspot plan is

$20 per month for 2 GB. Verizon Wireless Trade-in Program Wireless users who want to move their mobile numbers to the nation’s most reliable network can take advantage of the Verizon Wireless Trade-in Program and receive value for their used phones. For example, a wireless user could trade in a smartphone in good condition and receive a Verizon Wireless gift card worth more than $200. The Verizon Wireless gift card will arrive within two weeks of receipt of the smartphone and can be used online at www.verizonwireless.com, in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores or to pay a Verizon Wireless bill. The Verizon Wireless Trade-in Program accepts phones from most major manufacturers and wireless carriers. For additional information, visit http:// www.trade-in.vzw.com. For more information about the iPhone 4 on Verizon, visit www.verizonwireless.com/ iphone.

South Bay Fish & Grill offers Valentine special SAN DIEGO — This Valentine’s Day, indulge in a romantic seafood dinner at South Bay Fish & Grill for only $39.95 per couple. This dinner will not only include the appetizing choices of soup or salad, entrée and dessert, but it will also include a complimentary glass of champagne to spice up the mood. Located on the Chula Vista Harbor, the three-course meal will begin with starter choices of clam chowder, lobster bisque or salad. The night will continue on with flavor-

some entrees choices such as succulent lobster-stuffed seabass topped with honey-chili beurre blanc, ricotta chicken served with garlic-whipped potato, scrumptious tuscanni shrimp served over mushroom risotto and hazelnut-crusted scallops topped with tropicalfruit salsa served with jasmine rice and seared peppers. To top off the night of dinner and romance, the dessert choices will be crème brulee, tiramisu or chocolate-dipped strawberries. South Bay Fish & Grill, 570

Marina Parkway on the picturesque Chua Vista harbor, boasts dramatic views from the many windows in the 10,000-square-foot property. The restaurant features a blend of fine dining and casual fare with a maritime ambiance, created by a unique collection of nautical antiques and yacht club memorabilia. The restaurant offers a 15 percent discount to all members of the military with a military ID. Seniors also receive a 10 percent discount. Call (619) 420-7234 for information.

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Oriental Chicken Masterpiece at Chowking for a limited time Chicken Chow is uniquely flavored with 8 special herbs & spices, with a delightful new Hot & Sour Sauce

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n keeping with the Lunar or Chinese New Year celebration in the month of February, Chowking brings back an extremely popular Oriental chicken masterpiece. For a very limited time, we’re offering a popular customer favorite: the Eight Treasures Chicken Chow. Taken from our Master Chef’s closely-guarded recipe, the Chicken Chow is uniquely flavored with 8 special herbs and spices. Now made even better with a delightful new Hot & And not to be taken lightly is Chowking’s 23-year heritage of serving delicious dishes such as its signature noodle soups, siopao (steamed bun), rice meals and halo-halo (fruit mix). Reantaso added, “Take for example our noodle soups. We make our broth the traditional way, with stock that has been simmered for hours. We add absolutely no MSG to the soup.” He also explained that Chowking uses zero Trans Fat oil for cooking. This is

most significant in the Chicken Crrrunchy, which, by the way, is made with fresh chicken (never frozen). Taste the difference! “And with the cold season still upon us, we definitely offer a variety of delicious choices from arroz caldo (Filipinostyle porridge) and Tokwa’t Baboy (pork and Tofu) to Hot Taho (tofu with sweet caramel syrup and boba),” said Reantaso adding that, “we also introduce seasonal products on a monthly basis to that customers will always find something new and exciting at Chowking.” Chowking pioneered the Asian quick-service restaurant concept in the Philippines. It has over 400 stores in the Philippines, the Middle East, Indonesia and the United States. Chowking recently opened its first outlet in the Pacific Northwest region at Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Washington. It is scheduled to open soon in Chula Vista, San Diego. Other locations in the United States are at West Covina, Carson, Cerritos, Eagle Rock, North Hills and Panorama in the Los Angeles area, in National City and Mira Mesa in San Diego, in Vallejo, Sacramento, Union City, San Jose, Milpitas and Concord

“With the cold season still upon us, we definitely offer a variety of delicious choices from arroz caldo (Filipino-style porridge) and Tokwa’t Baboy (pork and Tofu) to Hot Taho (tofu with sweet caramel syrup and boba).” in Northern California, and in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our Sour Sauce Chicken Chow is uniquely flavored with 8 special herbs & spices, with a delightful new Hot & Sour Sauce. Another great thing is at we not only serve good food, we also try to come up with healthier options. “We pride ourselves on the quality of our food. Our concern is not only that our dishes taste good, but that these match American health or nutrition standards,” according to Sonny Reantaso, Chowking Head for Operations, “we add absolutely no MSG (monosodium glutamate) or “vetsin” and use zero trans fat oil. We have lots healthy options for our customers to choose from.”


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