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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

MARCH 2011

May 2011

THE FILIPINO JOURNAL Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Fund Raising Event Calendar

MAY 2011 Event: FOOD SALE Date: 22 & 29 Time: 0900 - 1200 Venue: NEX Atrium Event: KABAYAN NIGHT Date: 21 Time: 2000 - 2400 Venue: Mabuhay Garden Event: BRLL YARD SALE Date: 28 & 29 Time: 0800 - 1100 Venue: Granadillo Point 6D For more information please call: Joyce - 77506 Ritchie - 74506 Wilson - 77406 Ronald - 75228

GTMO COMMUNITY REMINDER NAVSTAGTMOINST 11200.1A (207B)

Vehicle Safety: DUTY TO MAINTAIN VEHICLE IN SAFE CONDITION Between annual safety inspections each owner shall maintain his

Issue No.4

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What makes the Filipino special? This is for every Filipino who embrace who they and for those who strive to maintain their Filipino identity in a foreign land and his very home country. Majority of Filipinos are brown in complexion. We must realize that our color should not be a source of or reason for inferiority complex. At least we don’t have to spend too much money visiting a tanning salon or risking yourself to harmful exposures due to extensive sunbathing. Filipinos are a touching people. We have lots of love Rico Julia / BRSC Port Operations and are not afraid to show it. Filipinos are linguist. We are adept at learning and speaking languages. In fact, it is not uncommon for Filipinos to speak at least three: his dialect, Filipino (Tagalog), and English. Filipinos loves to cook. In every occasion, we prepare lots of food in our table like pancit, lumpia and adobo to name a few. Welcoming all the guest and enjoy our delicious meals. We love to sing. Most households in Philippines has their own karaoke machines to practice. Filipinos are adventurers. We have a tradition of separation. Our myths and legends speak of heroes and heroines who almost always get separated from their families and loved ones and are taken by circumstances to far away lands where they find wealth or power. Filipinos are excellent at adjustments and improvisation, managing to recreate home or to feel at home anywhere. TFJ Editorial Proud to be Filipino! What’s inside? BRLL 2011 Sunday Bowling League Tournament winners Page 3 How to get better results from Technical Support? Page 6 Meet the candidates for Mr. Juan dela Cruz 2011 Page 8


GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

MAY 2011

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Over the last year, I have received several questions from Filipinos wondering about the background of the holidays observed by Burns & Roe Services Corp. Here is a brief summary of those holidays: New Year’s Day – January 1- Celebrates the first day of the calendar year. Martin Luther King Day – January 17 – Honors the birthday of American civil rights activist Martin Luther King. President’s Day – February 21 – A day of honor for all US Presidents, especially the first president – George Washington and the 16th president – Abraham Lincoln, who both had birthdays in February. Memorial Day – May 30 – Originally, this holiday honored all those who died in the American Civil War from 1861-1865. The holiday has expanded to honor all American servicemen and women killed in battle. Independence Day – July 4 – Celebrates the signing of the American Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Labor Day – September 5 – A day of honor for all working men and women in the USA. Columbus Day – October 10 – Honors the birthday of explorer Christopher Columbus, credited by many with discovering America (and Cuba). see page 4

BRLL 2011 OFFICERS Joyce Faminialan President Ritchie Dolores Vice President Anna Marie Santiago Secretary Evonie Pastoral Assistant Secretary Raul Reyes, Jr. Treasurer Marita Elesterio Assistant Treasurer Analyn Miranda Auditor Menchie Alumpe Assistant Auditor Edgardo Sichico Modesto Gamas

Issue No. 4

The Filipino Journal www.filipinojournal.site88.net

Raul Reyes, Jr. Editor / Layout

BRSC Safety Department BRSC-IT Richard Earl Joyce Faminialan Joselito Espinosa

Property Custodians The Filipino Journal is an authorized newsletter of BRLL for the Filipino community. Contents of The Filipino Journal is produced for information purposes only. The Filipino Journal is published on a monthly basis. A copy of the journal is distributed electronically via email. If you’re not receiving this email and would like to, submit your name and email address to filipino.journal@gmx.com.

Ronald Sanchez Diosdado Villegas, Jr. Ways & Means Coordinators Joselito Empleyo Ron Gilbert Santos Sedfrey Dela Serna Sports Coordinators Wilson Solon

Submissions to The Filipino Journal are due to the editor no later than a week prior first saturday of the month. All submissions are subject to editing for length, content and conform to local guidelines.

Ms. Rachel McGuirl

Sedfrey dela Serna Mark Snyder

Want to contribute to The Filipino Journal?

Mr. Richard Earl

Illustration Artist

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Contributors

Feel free to contact us at

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PIDC Chairperson

Mr. Brad Renollet Advisers


GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

MAY 2011 Take good care of your heart

OFW NEWS

The Department of Health (DOH) advises the public to practice a healthy lifestyle by engaging in regular exercise, avoiding salty and fatty foods, not smoking, and limiting intake of alcohol beverages. The department has stressed that diseases of the heart and the vascular system now ranks as the country’s top killer diseases. About 90% of Filipinos today are positive for one or more risk factors like physical inactivit y, smoking, hy perchole sterolemia, hypertension, obesity and diabetes.

DFA issues advisory on passport applications The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assures the public that measures have been put in place to address the delay in the processing and releasing of p a s s p o r t s w h i c h a r e c au s e d b y t h e r e c e n t unprecedented increase in passport applications and other technical concerns. The DFA said that due to this, the validity of expiring passports of those who have urgent travels will be extended for another year. "The extension will be free of charge while the applicants are waiting for the release of their new electronic passports (ePassports)," the agency said in a statement posted on its website. Applicants who need their passports on emergency circumstances are advised to go to the Passport Director's Office, located at the ground floor of the DFA-OCA at the Aseana Business Park along Macapagal Avenue, for assistance. To accommodate all applications for passports, the DFA also announced the extension of the Office of Consular Affairs' work hours. The processing is now until 8:00 p.m on weekdays and 5:00 p.m on Saturdays. They also encourage the public to file their application as early as 12 weeks before their scheduled travel. "The DFA is exerting all efforts and is committed to resolve the delays at the soonest possible time, and requests the public's patience and understanding, particularly those who applied at its Regional Consular Offices (RCOs)," the statement said.

Courtesy of DOH

BRLL 2011 SUNDAY BOWLING LEAGUE

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High Scratch Game (Women)

Place

Name

Place

Name

1

Jesse Clonts

1

Donna Ballesteros

2

Johnny Zapata

2

Blessie Meneses

3

Jeffrey Laxamana

3

Noemi Spiker

BRLL 2011 SUNDAY BOWLING LEAGUE RESULTS Place Team Points Won Points Lost

Name

1

Johnny Zapata

2

Sunny Morales

2

Blessie Meneses

3

Jesse Clonts

3

Noemi Spiker

Place

Name

1

Donna Ballesteros

High Handicap Game (Men)

High Handicap Game (Women)

Place

Name

Place

Name

1

Gilbert Remoroza

1

Grace Manansala

2

Rommel Hidalgo

2

Noemi Spiker

3

Sunny Morales

3

Donna Ballesteros

High Handicap Series (Women)

Place

Name

Place

Name

1

Johnny Zapata

1

Noemi Spiker

2

William Oxford

2

Donna Ballesteros

3

JR Talavera

3

Grace Manansala

Pins plus Handicap

1

BANANA SPLITS

13

3

9462

2

TEAM 11

11

5

9683

3

V-FIVE

11

5

9518

4

M.K.S.Y.

10

6

9724

5

FB GUYS

10

6

9529

6

PIN-PIMPS

8

8

9321

7

PENTAD

7

9

9503

8

LABA PA

7

9

9075

9

CORINASSO BOYZ

7

9

8607

10

PWDUDES

5

11

8962

11

SPACE MONKEY MAFIA

4

12

9171

3

High Scratch Series (Women)

Place

High Handicap Series (Men)

Courtesy of (DFA/RJB/SDL-PIA NCR)

High Scratch Series (Men)

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High Scratch Game (Men)


GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA DRIVING SAFELY

SAFETY SMART

MAY 2011

Here are some guidelines:

Backing up of Vehicles

There are probably several reasons for the frequency of accidents when backing up vehicles. One may be that the driver fails to exercise the usual precautions, think that a backing accident is unlikely to result in personal injury. Then too, the driver may think that little damage is done, because the vehicle is being operated at low speed. Many backing accidents occur because operators rely too heavily on their vehicle mirrors. Even with the best of mirrors and mirror arrangements, there still are blind spots to the sides of the vehicle and behind it. The analysis confirmed that the following three variables contributed to (i.e., were the root causes of) most of the Company’s Motor Vehicle Accidents: •

Not focusing on driving tasks in general;

Not having a clear picture of surroundings (e.g., not properly evaluating road conditions, other drivers); and

Not checking behind the vehicle before backing.

Make every effort to avoid backing. Park so that you can move forward when starting. Avoid making "Y" turns in driveways or roads. Park in a location away from traveling or parked vehicles, thus avoiding setting yourself up for a collision. If parked in one spot for any period of time, walk around your vehicle and check for any children, other vehicles or obstacles. (Did you ever wonder why some companies require a cone to be placed at the rear of any parked service vehicle? That's one reason.) Whenever you can't see through a rear window, the law requires that a signal person be stationed where they can view the rear of the vehicle and be seen by the operator. Before backing, sound your horn with two quick beeps, check rear and side view mirrors, watch side clearances and then back slowly.

Backing a vehicle is often said to be a true test of a driver's ability, backing accidents can To reduce the number of backing accidents, be prevented. BRSC Safety Department we have to know and observe the necessary preventive measures. from page 2

Veteran’s Day – November 11 – This day was first celebrated as the ending date of World War I, and has grown to be a day to honor all American military veterans. Thanksgiving Day – November 24 – A day for giving thanks for all blessings received. Christmas Day – December 25 – A day of celebration for all Christians for the birth of Jesus Christ. Enjoy all the holidays in 2011!

Richard Earl

is a proverbs or sayings. Part of one’s cultural heritage which should not be taken for granted nor forgotten. A good sources of information about old traditions, beliefs, customs, and ways. SALAWIKAIN

“Ang paala-ala ay mabisang gamot, sa taong nakakalimot.”

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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

MAY 2011 have been! Those who humble themselves shall be exalted. Next, we are to pray for mercy, for cleansing, for deliverance from the power of sin. O Lord, hear us even now, and shut not out our cry. “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Those who call upon the name of Lord shall be save. In this prayer we are to seek the Lord’s face. He has left us because of our faults, and we must entreat Him to return. O Lord, look on us in thy Son Jesus, and smile upon thy servants. With this must go our own turning from evil, God cannot turn to us unless we turn from sin. We should pray to one another and for our country. We need repentance and revival and …

INSPIRATIONAL WORDS If, and a Triple Promise “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”— 2 Chronicles 7:14 CALLED by the name of the Lord, we are nevertheless erring men and women. What a mercy it is that our God is ready to forgive! Whenever we sin let us hasten to the mercy seat of our God, seeking pardon. If we confess our sin, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleansed us from our unrighteousness”. We are to humble ourselves. Should we not be humbled by the fact that after receiving so much love, we yet transgress? O Lord, we bow before thee in the dust and own our grievous ingratitude. Oh, the infamy of sin! Oh, the sevenfold infamy of it in persons so favored as we

Then comes the triple promise of hearing, pardon, and healing. Prayer: Our Father, grant us these at once, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen! Joselito Espinosa

OFW CORNER Overseas Filipino Workers take a considerable amount of risk when they travel abroad. Overseas Filipino Worker sacrifice a lot in order to give a better life for their families. They are heroes in their own right because they live to help their families and sometimes even other people they do not even know but are in need of their help and support.

Danilo Manuel

Raul Estares

Ramil Maceda

AC Technician, GCR Years in service: 16

QC Utilities, BRSC Years in service: 13

Engineering Planner & Estimator, BRDC Years in service: 7

BRLL 2011 Sunday Bowling League Tournament winners

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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

MAY 2011

TECH TALK How to Get Better Results from Technical Support Most of us out here in GTMO have already bought or used a computer either in our office, in our barracks, or at home. It could be in a form of a desktop, laptop, tablet PCs or other mobile gadgets. And in some ways, have the fun experience of calling the technical support for assistance when we encountered any computer troubles. It’s not always the easiest or pleasant experience describing our computer problems to someone over the phone. Below you will find a list of things to keep in mind the next time your computer breaks down. 1. Stay calm – Don’t yell at the support person on the other end of the phone. He is there to help and the angrier you are the less help you are going to get. 2. Get to the point – Ask your question or explain your situation right away. Don’t beat around the bush. 3. Don’t be arrogant – You are calling technical support because you need help. Don’t try to be a smart guy. 4. Call for yourself – Don’t call for a friend, relative, or co-worker. It’s very difficult, for the person trying to help you, when you are repeating information that you got from someone else. 5. Stay at the computer – Make sure you are at the computer with the problem when you call. It’s hard for someone to help you through a problem if you don’t have the access to the computer 6. Record the error – If you are calling about an error you saw, make sure you write it down. It’s hard for someone to help you if all you can say is “There was a box on my screen that had writing in it”. 7. Find out how many people are affected – The priority of your call can be greatly influenced by the amount of people it is affecting. If the problem is affecting a number of people, it will probably be escalated to a higher level. 8. Be patient – By default, technical support usually have certain questions they are required to ask. These are not meant to make you angry, but help, in the process of solving your problem. 9. Know what kind of support is offered - Ask around before calling to see what kind of support is offered. Not all technical support centers offer “HOW TO” help. If your support group does not offer this type of support you may have to get a co-worker or a friend to help. 10. *The Golden Rule*: Technical support is trying to help – The reason you called, in the first place, is because you needed help with something. Try not to make it difficult for the person on the other end to help you. These tips aren’t just some random bunch of words I have put together. This article was published online by someone, who like me, is fond of answering the phone when you call technical support. And as far as my experience goes, I had been in this environment for more than ten years now and have heard almost every excuse, lie, and problem you can imagine. For me, it would make things much easier if the caller follows these simple rules. That’s it for this issue and hopefully this article can help you. BRSC-IT

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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

MAY 2011

MAY BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS Last Name ACUÑA ALCANTARA ALTARES ARAÑA ARMADA BADAYOS BATANGAS BITONG BONGCO BORJA CADAHING CAMPO CANARIA CASTILLO CORRO CRUZ DANIEL DELA CRUZ DELA SERNA DIJAMCO DOROTEO ENJAMBRE ERIN FAJUTNAO FLORITA GOMEZ GRANADOZIN IMPERIAL ISAR JAVATE JIMENEZ LACERNA

First Name Day ROMMEL 7 ARNEL 6 ALFREDO 25 JOENEL 20 RONILO 20 NICASIO 28 ISRAEL 1 DARWIN 14 EMIL 27 ALLAN 14 ENRIQUE 25 ALFRED 21 ALVIN 26 ARDALON JR. 19 EDUARDO 11 ALFREDO 12 ROBERT 18 GUILLERMO 6 SEDFREY 20 MAURICE 25 RUM 3 CONSTANCIO JR. 10 RONILO 5 JULIUS 19 MARIO 16 MELVIN 6 RIC 19 PIO, JR 6 ROMEO 17 MARCELINO 5 ED 3 GODOFREDO 4

Last Name LAJE LANSANG LAYSON LAYSON LEONOR LIGTAS LORZANO LUCERO MACAHIA MANGAOANG MANIO MENDOZA MUNGCAL MUSE NIERVES PANGANIBAN PARAISO PUASAN RESUMADERO RIOJA SAMPANG SANCHEZ SERMONIA SOLIMAN SY TAGULAO TALAVERA TIMBOL TORRES VALERIO VELASCO

First Name ARTURO JR. JESUS JOEL NESTOR RANDY EDWIN GODOFREDO ROMEO DANILO REGINO JR. ANTONIO NICOLAS BRUNO JR. BRYAN JEAN MARK ANGELO GERMAN ROMEO JR. REYNALDO JOSUE JR. ROBERT OSMON DEXTER DANTE FROILAN ANTHONY NARCISO JR. GERONY ALFREDO GERARDO JAMES

Day 18 12 25 28 17 31 4 18 15 30 10 20 12 22 3 26 29 8 21 27 29 26 9 25 17 14 29 16 19 13 11

Save Earth! Please help conserve electricity by turning off equipments and lights when not in use. PIDC 2011 T-Shirts are now available FMI: Wilson 77406 or Joyce 77506

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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

MAY 2011

MR. JUAN DELA CRUZ 2011 CANDIDATES

Joselito Calderon

Jason Silva

Rollie Gacer

BRDC / MILCON Project

US Naval Hospital

PENTAD

Godofredo Lacerna

Ricky Iglopas

Elmer Zacarias

BREMCOR Trans Maintenance

BRSC BATCH PLANT

BRSC Utilities

“Available Now”

May 28 & 29, 2011 The event will be on June 18, 2011, Saturday at the Downtown Lyceum Ticket Cost: $15.00 Ticket only $25.00 Ticket with PIDC 2011 T-­‐Shirt

F.M.I Please Call: Wilson @ 77406 or email: wsolon@brgtmo.com Joyce @77506 or email: jfaminialan@brgtmo.com

Events: Menu: • Exhibit will start @ 1600 hrs. Pancit, Lumpia, Pork/ Chicken Adobo, White Rice • Games and Craft Fair @1630 hrs. Flan, Sweet/ Unsweetened Iced Tea • Parade @ 1830 hrs. • Dinner @ 1900 hrs . Filipino Freedom: • Kick Off Our Pride, Our Glory

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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

MAY 2011

CELEBRATE THE JOY OF FILIPINO FOOD

FOOD SALE Insomia?

Come and visit our food sale. Where your Filipino dishes are showcased for your heart’s delight. Come see us at NEX Lobby on May 22 & 29 from 9am-12pm and sure you’ll enjoy the taste of home.

No... uughh

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