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Page 6► An advance business mission team from the Manitoba Filipino Business Council led by President Jon Reyes was in Manila for a 6-day whirlwind tour of business and investment opportunities. The business mission team included Gino Bains (Ginno's Automotive), Randy Viray (Viray Financial), Darin Hoffman (Mosaic Funeral), Ron Cantiveros (Filipino Journal), Damien Pili Jr. (Leo’s Autobody) and Derek Earle from the World Trade Centre Winnipeg. Above photo was taken during the joint opportunities presentation with the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) and the Philippine Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). Photo by Mara Basinal | Filipino Journal

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ccompanied by several members of the Manitoba Filipino Business Council, President Jon Reyes led an advance mission trip to the Philippines in partnership with the World Trade Centre Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. After a year of planning, it was time to get down to business as an intense meeting schedule was coordinated by our counterparts at the World Trade Centre Metro Manila. Business is definitely more fun in the Philippines except when you're stuck in traffic and trying to rush from meeting to meeting. The MFBC advance mission had several objectives which included identifying business opportunities for MFBC members and opening the door to a larger business mission in 2014. After meeting high calibre officials from several

key industry associations and business groups, the outlook of a larger business mission during the first quarter of 2014 looks extremely promising. Meetings with several industry groups left all MFBC member's heads spinning with ideas. Not just for their own interests but potentially those of many MFBC members. The MFBC-WTC team met with the following groups in Manila: Philippine Retailers Association, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Manila (CanCHAM), Philippine

Software Industry Association, Business Process Outsourcing Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Among the government groups that met with the MFBC included the Board of Investment (BOI), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Tourism Promotion

Board, Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). Also part of the busy meeting schedule was a short visit to the Canadian Embassy and a special visit by Canadian Ambassador, Christopher Thornley. Representing the World Trade Centre Winnipeg was

Project Lead, Derek Earle. Making up the MFBC mission team was President, Jon Reyes (UPS Store, Kenaston Common); VicePresident Ginno Bains (Ginno's Automotive); Darin Hoffman (Mosaic Funeral Chapels); Randy Viray (Viray Financial); Ron Cantiveros (Filipino Journal) and Damian Pili Jr. (Leo's Autobody).

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of Winnipeg Jets hockey. The Filipino Journal is back to cover Winnipeg Jets the Jets and get you up to speed for Report the upcoming season. There are new faces, new foes, and a whole by Derick Ramos lot of excitement in store for all you die-hard Jets fans. Winnipeg will be welcoming some new opponents to the MTS Centre. The Jets will move from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference and play out s kids head back to school morning, summer is coming to an of the Central Division. Some and the air becomes more abrupt end. Fortunately, there is new rivalries will be formed crisp and cool in the some relief on the way in the form as teams such as the defending Stanley Cup champions Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild will be battling it out for division supremacy. Playing out of the West will also allow the Jets to renew some old Canadian rivalries with the Edmonton

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Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, and the Calgary Flames. The summer for the Winnipeg Jets front office was a busy one as they were able to lock up Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler to long term deals solidifying their top line with captain Andrew Ladd. Defenseman Zach Bogosian also inked a deal for seven years. The Jets did lose forward Alexander Burmistrov to the KHL in Russia but managed to trade for former 30 goal scorer Devin Setoguchi from the Minnesota Wild. Back to school is the theme around this time of year and some new Jets prospects will try to make the grade and crack coach Claude Noel’s roster. Centre Mark Scheifele seems poised to finally make the team after spending the

past two years in the OHL with the Barrie Colts. Last year’s first round pick Jacob Trouba could round out the defensive core while 2013 first round selection Josh Morrissey will be learning the ropes in training camp. There will be plenty to watch out for this upcoming NHL season as the Winnipeg Jets will try to make the transition to the Western Conference. If the team can stay healthy, get some solid goaltending from Ondrej Pavelec, and possibly a breakout season from Evander Kane, the Jets may finally make the playoffs for the first time since moving from Atlanta. Filipino Journal Prediction: Jets finish 8th in Western Conference

Senate finally approves FOI bill

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fter being approved in the Senate during the last Congress but failing to get the same approval at the House of Representatives, the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) bill was approved by a joint panel in the Senate on Wednesday after holding only two hearings. The FOI bill seeks to institute transparency and accountability in government by ensuring reasonable access to public documents and information. While the bill, if enacted into law, would allow access to government records, it also contains some exemptions and safeguards on

information concerning national security, bargaining position of the country in international transactions or when it would jeopardize criminal investigation, among others. Senator Grace Poe, head of the Senate committee on public information and mass media said a committee report on the approved bill will now be routed to members of the committees for signature before it will be submitted for plenary debates. The senator added that they were determined to submit a committee report on the floor on September 24, sponsor it for plenary debates

on September 25 and hopefully gets the approval of the chamber within the year. The senator further said that the controversial “right of reply” provision was not included in the approved measure. The provision mandates media organizations to allow officials to respond to reports that were obtained through the FOI requests.

Angara praises signing of Anti-Bullying Law President Benigno S. Aquino III has recently approved the law against bullying in schools. Aquino signed Republic Act No 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013, as Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara lauded the President, calling it a huge step in protecting our children from the earliest forms of violence. The law defines bullying as any severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another student that has the effect of actually causing or placing the latter in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm or

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fter a two-year thunderous relationship, the U.S. and China seem to start warming up to each other. Not only did the two countries’ defense chiefs meet in Washington DC, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel extended an invitation to China to participate in a joint naval exercise! And in a gesture of openness, Hagel showed Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan the nerve center of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which is also known as the American strategic nuclear counterattack forefront. This is where the military’s top brass would operate in the event of a nuclear war with China or any other nuclear-armed country. Located inside a humongous bunker carved out of the Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, not a lot of foreigners have been invited inside, let alone the Chinese defense minister. Indeed, Chang’s American hosts treated him royally. He could have reciprocated by just being polite. That would have been the right thing to do. Instead, he went on the offensive during a threehour bilateral meeting with Hagel on August 19, 2013 in Washington DC. Keep your friends close… In an AFP news report titled, “China will defend seas,” last August 21, Chang was quoted as saying: “We always insist that related disputes be solved through dialogue and negotiation.” That’s a nice and friendly opening. But what followed next was a strongly worded statement, to wit: “However, no one should fantasize that China would barter away our core interests, and no one should underestimate our will and determination in defending our territory, sovereignty and maritime rights.” Clearly, his remarks were directed at Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines who are embroiled in territorial disputes with China. Nevertheless, Hagel invited China to participate in an antipiracy naval exercise in the Gulf of Aden, which was held the weekend of August 24. China was also invited to take part in a major

US naval exercise in 2014, which makes one wonder why is the U.S. suddenly cozying up to China? But then, Hagel could just be doing “Godfather” Vito Corleone’s favorite line: “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Pivot to Asia Two years ago, the Obama administration announced a plan -- which came to be known as “Pivot to Asia” -- to shift 60% of US air and naval forces to the Asia-Pacific region. As part of this strategic rebalancing of U.S. air and naval assets, the Pentagon developed the concept of Air-Sea Battle (ASB), which combines air and naval forces to counter “the increasingly formidable defenses of nations like China or Iran.” The first line of defense is along the First Island Chain that connects Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo and Malaysia. China has not broken through the chain; however, she is employing “salami-slicing” tactics to grab small islands – island by island -in the South China Sea. Part of ASB is to encircle China with a string of “small, bare bones bases” in the Pacific along the Second Island Chain, which connects Japan through Guam to Papua. ASB would provide the US with the ability to disperse her forces should the main bases (Guam’s Anderson Air Base and other Western Pacific airbases) come under attack by Chinese ballistic missiles. (Source: “US encircling China with military bases: Report,” Press TV) But no sooner had Chang gone back to China than Hagel took off on a four-nation trip to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines. His trip to Brunei coincided with the annual meeting of the defense ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN). Hagel’s move didn’t dwell well with China. Weakest link in the chain Hagel’s visit to the Philippines on August 29-30 signified the US’s determination to strengthen the alliance between the two countries. But being the weakest

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link in the First Island Chain, the Philippines is depending on the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) in defending her territory. But that is not enough. Currently under negotiation is a framework agreement that would allow the US to increase the presence of American troops and air and naval forces on a rotational basis. This would provide interoperability of US and Philippine forces to deter aggression or intrusion into Philippine territory. Given this scenario, China’s military leaders would think twice before they’d attempt to intrude into Philippine territory. Obama visit It was announced the other day that US President Barack Obama will visit Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines from October 6 to 12; the same countries Hagel visited last August. It’s interesting to note that since Obama assumed the presidency in 2009, he had made several trips to the Asia-Pacific region but the Philippines was never on his itinerary. For some reason, the Philippines didn’t seem to have a significant role in the geopolitical game in Asia-Pacific. Or, could it have been a subtle message that Uncle Sam didn’t appreciate what the Philippines did in 1992; that is, kick the US bases out? Whatever the reasons were, the nightmarish threat of Chinese encroachment of Philippine-held islands in the South China Sea is enough for Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to run to Uncle Sam for help! It did not then come as a surprise when Wang Guanzhong, a senior officer of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), reportedly warned visiting US Defense Undersecretary James Miller that the US should handle issues “appropriately” to avoid damaging “mutual strategic trust.” “These issues should not become a problem between China and the United States, and China hopes that the United States does not become a third party in these issues,” Wang said. In short, what China was telling the U.S. is: “Stay out of my way.” 2020 timetable In an article published a few months ago in the Want China Times titled, “China to take Second Island Chain by 2020,” it said: “In 1982, Admiral Liu Huaqing, the former commander of the PLA Navy and the mastermind

of China’s modern naval strategy, said that it would be necessary for China to control the First and Second Island Chains by 2010 and 2020. The PLA Navy must be ready to challenge US domination over the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean in 2040. If China is able to dominate the Second Island Chain seven years from now, the East China Sea will become the backyard of the PLA Navy.” If China succeeds in breaking through the First Island Chain and takes control of the Second Island Chain, the entire Western Pacific waters would become

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Declare Revolutionary Government His Excellency Noynoy Aquino President Republic of the Philippines Malacanang Palace Metro Manila, Philippines Re: State of the Nation If you so will, Mr President, let me express my deep disappointment of the shape of things what is happening in the old homeland. I am an expatriate; nevertheless, my heart bleeds for the country that gave me birth. Since my family and I settled in a foreign land some decades ago, daily I long to return home. Before I creep on my bed, I always look up the sky by my window and murmur to myself, "Tomorrow, the Philippines". When you assumed power, the Filipino people tired of corruption perpetrated and perpetuated by those who had been abusing their delegated political powers, were hopeful that things in the old homeland would change for the better. It is disheartening to read news articles that the wrong practices of old---the systemic deception against the Filipino people---such as wanton thievery of powerful men and women who have access to public funds, appropriating the tax money for

themselves is still going on until this day. It is outrageous. It is revolting. Mr President, when your late Mother assumed power after the four day war in EDSA '86, her very first act to transform the birth land from the savages of abuses of the discredited regime, is the dismantling of the machinery of Martial Law. She appointed Nene Pimentel as head of the local government unit to carry out the presidential fiat to remove all incumbent officials from their seats. Likewise, your late Mother, created the Presidential Commission on Government Reorganization, the PCGG, as well, preside the dissolution of the onerous Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines by appointing 50 "Wise Men" to craft a new fundamental law of the land, which is still in operation up to this day. Your late Mother, demonstrated her fortitude in the early days of the Revolutionary Government by exercising political will---governing with boldness what needs to be unlearned and implemented what needs to be done. The civil government, according to the Scriptures, was

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instituted by the Supreme Being to maintain order in society. One of the several things the government ought to do is the mandate to civil rulers to act as "terror to bad conduct", which means government authorities must restrain evil by the threat of punishing wrongdoing. Governmental rulers do "good", when they carry out their responsibilities in a just and fair way, following the revealed principles of good governance. The government exists for the good of the people, not to serve the selfish ends of the elected and appointed government officials of the land. The misuse of government power for self-enrichment of the elected and appointed officials and their minions is clearly a gross betrayal of the fundamental purpose of government to serve the people. If the government was established to restrain evil and do well for the nation, the citizens must, in general, be subject to good governance and ought to obey its just laws. In the light, however, of the long train of abuses and usurpation of powers that the old homeland is undergoing since the days the country was subjugated by foreign powers, to correct the pattern of despotism, I am convinced, the Filipino people have the right to overthrow despotic officials in order to usher a new set of rulers who can provide safeguards for the future of the Philippines. Whether the change being proposed is to be carried out by military action, or revolt of the Filipino people, or, a Cory act---declaring a Revolutionary Government to cleanse government bureaucracy of

despotic leaders, do not matter anymore. What the nation need is restoration as a serene place to live in; not a paradise to be robbed. The Philippines is akin to a tree that evinces bitter fruit. Its fruit is bitter since the tree is planted on toxic soil. The poisoned soil must be radically get rid of in order to transform the bitter bearing plant into sweet tasting yielding fruit tree and edible to eat. (Editor’s Note: This Open Letter to the President was sent to Malacanang Palace via eMail on Sunday, 04 AUG 2013. Before the Philippine Inquirer and the Philippine Star run a series of expose regarding the misuse and abuse of development fund (PDAF) commonly known as “pork barrel”, the author have received prior information how the public money was squandered by a few who walks in the corridors of powers. The Congressmen and the Senators have allocated capital funds from the national budget. But these Legislators do not have direct access to these monies. To circumvent the procedure, the unscrupulous Congressmen

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Neepawa had three teams at the tournament. Neepawa 1 was crowned the tournament champion with 1st runner up going to Virden. Neepawa 2 won 2nd runner up and Hamiota took 3rd runner up. In case you don't know where Hamiota is, it's approximate 3.5hrs west of Winnipeg nestled along Highway 21 between Hwy 1 TransCanada and Hwy 16 Yellowhead

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Sandara Park discovers a Pinoy Eugene Domingo vouches for Maricel Soriano fast food in New York ctress Eugene Domingo Sandara Park of the famous South on ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Quest Korean girl group 2NE1 was in New during her stay in the Philippines. York City and was too excited to find her favorite Filipino fast food. Sandara narrated that she thought she was in the Philippines so she ordered in Tagalog. She posted on Twitter a photo of herself carrying two plastic bags of food in front of the Jollibee store in Woodside, Queens. Sandara was with CL, another member of 2NE1. They visited New York for Jeremy Scott’s fashion show and party. Among the celebrities who went to Scott’s fashion show were Paris Hilton, Jonas Brothers, Nicki Minaj and A$AP Rocky. Sandara first gained popularity

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said it was a pleasure to be working on the comeback movie  “Momzillas,” of Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. Eugene took it upon herself to vouch for her co-star knowing the many intrigues Maricel encountered this year. Admitting that she has always been a fan of Maricel, Eugene said she has gotten to know the veteran actress more and shared a different side to her. Maricel and Eugene co-star with Billy Crawford and Andi Eigenmann as lovers set to get married in the Star Cinema’s offering The major problem is that their mothers (Maricel and Eugene) are against it. The two moms have been mortal enemies for a long time because in their younger years they fell in love with the same man. The movie is directed by boxoffice director Wenn Deramas from a story he himself co-wrote with Keiko Aquino. Momzillas starts showing in theatres nationwide on September 18.

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Kapuso young actress wins award in New York film fest

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nother young Filipino and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards actress gets internationally this year. Aside from the Harlem recognized for her acting talent. International Film Festival Barbara Miguel, the Kapuso “Nuwebe” was also shown in child star who starred in the various international film fests, Cinemalaya New Breed Category including Montreal World Film entry “Nuwebe” won the Best Festival in Canada and MovieMov Actress award in the recently Italian Film Festival in Rome. concluded Harlem International Film Festival Award in New York. The ten-year old Barbara played the role of Krista a nineyear-old child impregnated by her own father in the indie movie which was based on real-life accounts. Krista is considered as the youngest mother in Philippine history. The award is the Kapuso child star’s second acting trophy. She earlier won the Best Child Actress for the indie film “Migrante” at the 61st Film Academy of Movie Arts

The movie is also expected to be screened in the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival. Directed by Joseph Israel Laban, the indie film also stars Jake Cuenca, Nadine Samonte and Anita Linda.

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Film Academy selects ‘Transit’ for 2014 Oscars

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he Film Academy of the Philippines has selected Cinemalaya’s “Transit” as the country’s entry to next year’s Oscars, The movie is Hannah Espia’s directorial debut. It won Best Film in the New Breed category of the 2013 Cinemalaya Film Festival, while stage-screen actress Irma Adlawan and actressmodel Jasmine Curtis-Smith won the awards of Best Actress and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively. The cast also includes Ping Medina, Mercedes Cabral, and child actor Marc Justine Alvarez. The committee on the selection of the Philippine entry to the Oscars is headed by filmmaker Peque Gallaga. Other committee members are actors Robert Arevalo and

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Government of Manitoba Working with Communities to Increase Recreation Choices Province’s Recreation Policy to be Updated to Improve Accessibility, Better Reflect Changing Face of Manitobans: Chief

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tarting this fall, the province will begin a review of Manitoba’s Policy for Recreation Opportunities to help the government establish effective priorities that reflect the changing face of recreation across the province, Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief announced today. “We see an increasing role for recreation in building relationships and healthy communities,” said Chief. “And as the face of our communities is changing, so too is the way Manitobans like to spend their leisure time. We need to stay current and responsive to emerging

trends, whether that’s traditional play programs, or a game of cricket or ultimate frisbee.” The minister noted that recreation is widely recognized as an effective tool to address community issues such as crime prevention, physical activity rates and community development. Recreation professionals are increasingly partnering with local governments and community organizations to provide recreation programming that meets identified community needs, Chief added. “As well as alleviating the negative pressures of poverty, recreation builds a sense of belonging across all segments of

society, and we know improving accessibility to those recreation opportunities is key,” said Dennis Lewycky, executive director of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. “Recreation programs offer a positive alternative, especially for kids, and we need to ensure there are opportunities available for everyone.” The minister noted the government continues to make significant investments in recreation programming, with more than $2 million invested in children’s recreation programs this year. This summer, provincially supported summer recreation programs include:

• The Manitoba Camping Association Sunshine Fund – underprivileged children from all parts of the province were provided the opportunity to attend an accredited Manitoba Summer Camp; • Skateboard Ambassador and Instructional Camps in Brandon – eight youth ambassadors provided one-on-one coaching, education on skate-park etiquette, advice on proper safety equipment and also provided seven instructional skate camps in July and August to approximately 140 youth; • Youth Leadership Base Camp in Flin Flon – a project for youth

ages five to 13, which included educational activities, outdoor recreation and skill development activities, crafts, games, community volunteering and music/drama activities; and • Youth programming at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre in Winnipeg – activities included cooking for kids, trips to Assiniboine Park and beaches, and the Wrench Program, where participants learned to fix bicycles. Chief said key partners will be consulted in the redevelopment of the policy, including local governments, school divisions, and sport and recreation organizations.

Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief is joined by more than 300 children, youth and seniors in Memorial Park to announce a review of Manitoba’s recreation policy. The update aims to improve accessibility and better reflect the changing face of Manitoba. The provincial government has invested more than $2 million in children’s recreation programs in 2013.

Piolo Pascual leads "ON THE JOB"

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he cycle of life and death and scheming at its highest level are on full display in ON THE JOB, a gritty crime thriller that delves deep into the inner-workings of the ingenious hitmen, honest cops, ambitious federal agents, and shady government officials. The film is based on the true scandal that rocked the Philippines where prison inmates were contracted by high-level politicians to temporarily leave jail and conduct a series of assassinations before returning to incarceration. After a prominent drug dealer is murdered by two criminals – Tatang (Joel Torre) and Daniel (Gerald Anderson) – Sergeant Acosta (Joey Marquez) takes the lead on the investigation, but their trail goes cold almost immediately. It might have to do with the fact that Tatang and Daniel get shuttled right back into prison after their killing spree and it’s the last place the cops are looking; the perfect cover-up. Federal agent Francis (Piolo Pascual) is called in to oversee the case by Manrique (Michael De Mesa), his controlling father-in-law and Congressman, on the orders of General Pacheco (Leo Martinez), but who is really pulling the strings? Not trusting his superiors to find the right leads, Acosta continues to stay involved and starts to show Francis just how immoral his orders are. Now caught in a web of deceit and corruption, Acosta and Francis are on a collision course with the government officials who will do anything to silence them – and no one is safe.

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ecause we had other important appointments to attend to before the concert, we missed the front acts which included the U.S. Metal bands Hellyeah and Black Label Society; but that's all right, at least, by the time the headliners appeared onstage, our energy was freshly potent. I didn't care if I was wearing an Echo & the Bunnymen shirt; still I was practically headbanging and airdrumming through the whole set of Megadeth. The entire show was quite short—only about 14 songs, especially when compared with other gigs that we attended in the recent past. I think it was intentional, and I was already expecting that, considering the number of bands opening the show. Even so, Megadeth's fist-pounding brand of Thrash Metal remains as crunchy and sparklingly clear as always—Dave Mustaine's and Chris Broderick's

twin lead-guitar attack never failed to charge up the audience; add to that, the tubular-sounding bass playing of Dave Ellefson that connected well with the hits and kicks of drummer Shawn Drover. Megadeth opened their set with the tribal-drummingintroed "Trust," from the seventh album, Cryptic Writings (1997). Unsurprisingly they performed their most commercially popular song, "Symphony of Destruction," from the fifth album, Countdown to Extinction (1992), at the latter part of the set, which of course got the loudest sing-along response. They didn't play my most favorite song ("Mary Jane," from 1988’s So Far, So Good…So What!), but at least they played something from the same album—the Thrash ballad "In My Darkest Hours." One highlight of the show was the performance of the song "Dance in the Rain," from the latest album, Super Collider (2013), which featured on lead vocals

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David Draiman of the U.S. band Disturbed. The moshpit though was a bit lackluster—no wild slamdancing—just full of Metalsign-flashing Metalheads. It didn't matter though, the music was enough to raise the dopamine levels of perhaps the majority of that night’s audience inside MTS Centre, and that meant Megadeth’s business is still good. In my honest opinion though, based on my having known the band since 1988, Mustaine and the rest of Megadeth seemed to be really past their wild and anarchic days. They remained passionate and hard-rocking onstage; but obviously, they had elevated onto the status of serious artists who were now simply happily reaping the fruits of their long labor and enjoying their music as usual. Come to think of it, 2013 is Megadeth's 30th anniversary. Gone were their youthful days of angst, rebellion, and drunken indulgence. And to me that’s actually better. His sobriety has surely helped Mustaine become more focused on the music rather than on the “art” of drinking.

I believe that the claim of many artists that drugs and alcohol enhance their creativity is just an illusion—a defense mechanism, justifying their follies by claiming that these are the seeds of their fruits. To me there is no better art than the kind which comes from a naturally potent and passionate mind. The last song was "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due," from the band's fourth album, Rust in Peace (1990). What sent shivers down my spine was the song that they selected to be played after the curtains had closed—"My Way" by Sex Pistols—Megadeth's

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Bicol Association of Manitoba celebrates “Our Lady of Peñafrancia” annual fiesta at Kildonan Park

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ith more than four hundred devotees at Kildonan Park, the annual "Pista ng Lady of Penafrancia" is considered as one of the biggest number in participation; and most food available during the lunch period. "Wow, ang daming tao, baka ma-short sila sa pagkain," one of the devotees said after joining a lone line leading to the two tables where volunteers handed food to everyone. "We have lots of food, Mama Mary provided us all what we need, nobody would go home with an empty stomach," Amado Mendoza, president of Bicol Association of Manitoba. Added by the balmy late summer wind and cloudy sky, the procession honoring the Lady of Penafrancia took a longer route around the football ground in Kildonan Park. Started at an early morning procession along the Red River, Lady of Penafrancia took a boat ride heading to Kildonan Park. Upon arrival, a mass was held with Fr. Sarsi, the officiating priest. People started coming and joined the mass and received the communion. After the procession, the line of devotees started forming and if one would have been present, one

would be alarmed by the hundreds of friends and guests of the Bicol Association of Manitoba, that the food would be short in supply. "Do not worry, maraming pagkain, our devotion to our Lady of Penafrancia helps us," one of the volunteers said. More donors came with pancit, ulam and desserts, and more lechons were chopped. Bicol Express and Bicol laing are some of the favorites. The Annual "Pista ng Lady of Penafrancia" has become one of the most popular events in the Filpino community. And every year, devotees attend the procession at the Red River, then to Kildonan Park and enjoy the Bicol's hot Bicol Express and other ulams!

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Horoscope Today is a good time to make notes of any dreams you have and to analyze them. There will be a wonderful rapport in personal relationship. You would be able to meet commitments and expand your plans as financial front will present an encouraging picture. It would be good to have your health checked and take precaution against stomach ailments.

New adventures are on the horizon now and you have a great opportunity to take advantage of situations that resonate with your true self. When you go into a discussion at work or with business you want to know what you’re talking about, and anticipate any possible questions. Your confidence and preparedness allow others to trust you.

Quit wasting time. Re-examine your habits. You have become entrenched in a routine that keeps you from achieving more. You can appreciate your good fortune better when you have previously had a misfortune. Enjoy life today. It could be a passive day for your finances. There would be some ups and downs in your personal relationship.

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This is a great day for you, Cancer. You’ll find that long-term trends are coming together harmoniously. Connections are being made when you share good times and laughter with close friends and other people. Stick with the things that feel right. You have love and bravery to share with the world, so don’t be afraid to go out and conquer. Take action and be strong.

There will be several interruptions. The only way to accomplish your duties is to listen carefully. The weather may force you to alter your plans. Prepare alternate indoor activities for everyone. Stock up on non-perishable consumables. Wonderful understanding in personal relationship will make you happy. Health will be fine.

Stay positive and radiant today, Virgo. This is a great day for you to take control. Connect with others on group projects and feel free to offer creative input. Let the artist within take the spotlight, and cultivate this talent in any way you can. Take the time to engage in long conversations with people regarding recent events. You have a great deal to share.

There would be good improvements in your career front. Finances are not very bright for the day. Arrest unwarranted expenditures to safeguard funds. There may be some blocks in realizing your aspirations. You must focus more on your personal relationship to make it a memorable one. A health check would be good for you.

Wonderful rapport within family will make you happy. Financial front will come up with both expenses and gains. Spend according to a planned budget. You may experience some stress in your career front and as a result there would be some deviation in your concentration. You can have your health checked.

This is a time when good communication among co-workers is important. Even though they may not seem like they are listening, avoid using sarcasm or other defensive tactics and be straightforward with them. Make the effort to make yourself clear, for this could prove to be extremely valuable in the long run.

When your time is stretch every which way, you will need to let someone special in your life know how important they are to you but you must handle your business first. It can be difficult to be there for everyone, but if your relationship or social life is important you will find a way. You may embark on a spiritual journey which would bestow progress and peace of mind.

Confrontation with others is difficult for you because of your past experience with a dominant personality. You have a naturally aggressive spirit, but you need to overcome your fears. There are competing voices out there. Plan carefully and talk privately to the right persons to get your ideas across.

Not judging a book by its cover is key now, especially when you’re meeting new people. A person who seems like your polar opposite may be bringing you a fascinating new perspective -- but not if you decide prematurely that you don’t like them. Engage your natural open-mindedness and give each new person -- and idea -- a chance, and then maybe another one. The bonus is that your karma will prosper as well.

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Orli Marcelino installed as Honourary Consul General for Manitoba Orli Marcelino was sworn in as the next Honourary Counsul General for Manitoba during ceremonies at the Philippine Consulate (Toronto) last August 16, 2013. Hon. Consul Marcelino was sworn in by Consul-General Junvever Mahilum-West. The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto wishes to

inform the public that a Consular Outreach Team will travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba to render consular services for the Filipino community on September 2125 (Saturday to Wednesday). Consular services will be held at the Westwood Village Inn, 477 Westwood Drive from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Philippine Consul General Junever Mahilum-West administer the oath taking

Here to succeed! by Manitoba Start Staff

Newcomers arrive in Manitoba with a vision to succeed. The purpose for immigrating is often to access new possibilities or to provide better opportunities for family and loved ones. Remind yourself: “I came to Canada to thrive, not just survive. I’m here to succeed!” A can-do attitude and the “abundance mentality” will help you to use your strengths and skills to create a world of possibilities in your new situation. Anton’s story is an example of this approach: Within two weeks of arriving in Winnipeg, Anton had applied for 15 jobs, and soon had 3 interviews lined up. One company interviewed him five times before they finally made him a job offer. Amazingly, it was an insurance sales company—and Anton’s background was in IT! Anton also did not have a valid driver’s license or his own vehicle, which were requirements for this particular position. However, the hiring committee was impressed by Anton’s communication skills and upbeat attitude. They believed he had great potential in the industry, and decided to give him a chance.

Anton received assistance from Manitoba Start in planning his job search and creating his resume. After gaining employment, he returned to Manitoba Start to share his interview tips and job search strategies with other newcomers. Anton considers this new job his long-term career path, and believes there will continue to be room and resources to grow his career and achieve his goals. Keep the abundance mentality in your job search: • Focus on the abundance of possibilities. Think about all the job opportunities that are out there. • Keep a win-win perspective. For example, if you participate in an interview but don’t get the job, you still win because you’ve gained more interview experience and employer feedback. Leave the win-lose mindset behind. • Appreciate the skills and resources you do have. This will keep your mind positive and open to possibilities. • Stay organized. Prepare your resume, cover letter, and other marketing tools. Dress for success. Plan your job search.

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island hop in Guimaras and pay a courtesy call on His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III in Manila. Winter Escapade is open to interested parties throughout Canada at incredibly attractive rates starting from CAD 850 for a six-night, seven-day trip that offers the best of Philippine hospitality with almost all meals

plus cultural shows included in the package. This special tour gives you the freedom to choose your departure date and flight. The fun begins when we all meet at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on January 18 to catch the morning flight to Kalibo, our first stop. For more information, visit FilipinoJournal.com.

UST nails last slot in UAAP men’s basketball semifinals

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MIPS (Mataas na Lupa, Ilat, Palsahingin, Sambat)

The officers from left to right: Benny Malasu, Rowena Tumambing, Michelle Fresno, Nette Ilagan, Marlo Axalan, Reggie Ilagan, Odie Atienza, Boy Altazo, Suzan Cabaguio, Phenny Magsumbol, & Arnold Tumambing.

MIPS (Mataas na Lupa, Ilat, Palsahingin, Sambat) Winnipeg Batangueno-Canadian Community Association) taken at the Kildonan Park last July 20th, 2013 to celebrate the 9th anniversary with a family day fiesta.

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Dinner of the Filipino Domestic Workers Association of Manitoba (FIDWAM) on Saturday August 24, 2013 at the Canad Inn Polo Park.

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Buko Ron Cantiveros

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Playing in the rain! I remember my childhood trips to the Philippines were always during rainy season. I recall the endless downpour as I played in the rain with my cousins in the province of Nueva Ecija, or driving through the water-filled streets of Quezon

City. This was my first trip back to the Philippines during the rainy season and that's the type of weather I was expecting. Luckily, the weather has been kind during this visit as I was on the advance trade mission team

Testing food equipment at the annual Asia Food Expo at the World Trade Centre Metro Manila.

of the Manitoba Filipino Business Council. Aside from the non-stop business meetings during the joint MFBC & World Trade Centre (Winnipeg) itinerary, my personal balikbayan travels were equally busy. Golfing in the Philippines is a truly unique experience as personal caddies and umbrella girls make up your personal entourage. Yes, a personal caddy to help you choose clubs, spot your ball or even line up your ball for putts. On hot and sunny days, or in my case on rainy and overcast days, a personal umbrella girl is at your side with

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an umbrella covering you on the greens and fairways. The Tagaytay Midlands Golf & Country Club is a private member golf course overlooking Taal Lake and Mount Makiling. It's quite a challenging course compared to the relatively flat golf courses across Manitoba. The abundance of greenery, Bermuda grass and an estimated 37,000 trees that line the course make every hole picturesque. I don't think I recall putting my camera phone away during my entire round. Even the heavy downpour during the front nine didn't

FORE! Wet fairways and wet grips on your clubs can make for extra challenging shots!

dampen my spirits. Playing in the rain was fun. As with any trip, it's customary to pick up pasalubong from the various vendors that line the highway. Or in my case, take a route off the beaten path to pick up pasalubong such as tawilis, lowa, jacobina and fresh buko pie. As luck would have it, driving back from Tagaytay, we picked up fresh buko pie from "The ORIGINAL Buko Pie Bakeshop" which now had an outlet in Santa Rosa, Tagaytay Road in Silang, Cavite. The freshly baked buko pies were crispy on the outside with large chunks of buko inside. Ang sarap!

The 2013/14 Winnipeg Jets pre-season kicked off while I was in the Philippines. As a true Winnipeg Jets fan, I brought it along with me for my version of “Hockey Morning In Manila�.

A must for all pasalubong lists. Fresh hot buko pie from "The ORIGINAL Buko Pie Bakeshop" in Tagaytay. The view from the clubhouse overlooking the 18th green and Taal Lake at the Tagaytay Midlands Golf & Country Club.

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