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Philippines bids for Guinness’ longest line of coins

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chain of more than 70 kilometers made up of 25-centavo coins could break the Guinness World Record for the longest line of coins. The event called, “Barya ng mga Bayani [Coins of Heroes]: The Power of Small Change.” laid out Wednesday more than 3.5 million pieces of coins over 6,000 square meters of space fronting Quirino Grandstand in Manila with the intention of beating the

world record of 64 km held by the United States. According to the Kabayanihan Foundation, the officers’ club of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the BSP Employees Association, the event has three main objectives: First, to promote awareness among Filipinos of the importance of coins; second, to start raising funds to help build classrooms for public elementary schools; and lastly to unify Filipinos.

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he House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 5431 principally authored by former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sorsogon Rep. Deogracias Ramos, Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, and Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo, granting an additional P50,000 tax exemption for children requiring special needs. Batangas Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, chairman of the

House committee on ways and means, will present the bill at the plenary for approval. Mandanas introduced an amendment by setting the allowable income tax exemption at P50, 000 for each physically or mentally challenged dependent. Another key provision of the bill is the removal of limitation on the number of allowable dependents and the inclusion of children and parents in the definition of dependents.

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he Philippines is now polarized between two Titans! Either you’re for President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III or for Supreme Court (SC) Justice Renato Corona. There is no middle ground. The conflict between them could create a constitutional crisis, which could tear the country apart. Never in the history of Philippine jurisprudence had a sitting Chief Justice attracted so much criticism and opposition. Instead of dispensing Solomonic wisdom in interpreting the constitution that takes into account the broader application of the law, he has become a Machiavellian agent who narrowly – or loosely -- interprets the law to justify the desired outcome of cases brought before the High Court. And with the solid support of a block of at least eight justices, Corona has created a tyrannical majority that dictates how the rule of law is applied. Or is it “rule of man” disguised as “rule of law”? Inhibition Recently, Sen. Franklin Drilon started a clamor for Corona to inhibit himself in cases involving former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Drilon cited 19 cases in which Corona sided with the position taken by Gloria. “The current score is 19-0. Chief Justice Renato Corona

consistently voted in favor of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in all 19 cases brought before the Supreme Court. He never voted against her,” he said. The following are three major cases of those cited by Drilon: 1) Dissented in the Oct. 25, 2006 SC decision dismissing the petition of the pro-Arroyo Sigaw ng Bayan to allow a “people’s initiative” to amend the 1987 Constitution due to failure to comply with constitutional requirements of conducting a people’s initiative. 2) Concurred in the Oct. 10 2010 SC decision stopping the Aquino administration from revoking the appointment of alleged “midnight” appointees of Arroyo. 3) Concurred in the Dec. 7, 2010 SC ruling declaring President Aquino’s order creating the Truth Commission unconstitutional. It is interesting to note that had the Supreme Court ruled to allow a “people’s initiative” to amend the 1987 Constitution (Item No. 1 above), Gloria would have succeeded in changing the form of government to a parliamentary system with her as Prime Minister and with an indefinite term for as long as she controls the majority members of the parliament.

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Judicial independence In my article, “Judicial Independence” (November 4, 2006), I wrote: “The recent decision of the Philippine Supreme Court to dismiss the petition for a people’s initiative to amend the constitution to replace the presidential system with a parliamentary form of government has created a political storm. With a bare 8-7 majority, the decision penned by Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio caught a lot of people by surprise. People close to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were expecting the Supreme Court to vote in favor of the petition by at least a 9-6 majority.” Of the 15 Supreme Court justices, Gloria appointed 11 of them, of which six of them together with two appointees of former President Joseph Estrada voted for the rejection of the petition. The other five Arroyo appointees – Corona included -together with appointees of former President Fidel V. Ramos voted for approval of the petition. It was a major setback for Gloria for which she never recovered. The majority vote against the initiative was a manifestation that the Judicial Branch of the government maintained its independence and integrity — a healthy sign that democracy was still alive in the country. That was then. Stacking the deck During Gloria’s last year in office, seven justices retired. She saw it as a golden opportunity to appoint their replacements with justices with proven loyalty to her. And she was right on the ball when the seven new justices proved their loyalty to her when it came to their voting pattern, which mirrored Corona’s own voting pattern. It did not then come as a surprise that when Gloria appointed Corona during the ban on “midnight appointments” around the time of

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“Delicadeza” According to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted between September 4 and 7, Corona has the worst satisfaction rating – “neutral” or zero – with 28% satisfied and 28% dissatisfied. No other public official in the three branches of government reached rock bottom like Corona did. As Sen. Francis Pangilinan said, “Corona’s inhibition will help spare the Supreme Court from doubts that, under Corona’s leadership, it is biased in favor of the former president and first gentleman.” It is not too late to restore the severely damaged image of the Supreme Court under the leadership of Corona. All he has to do is inhibit himself out of “delicadeza” and let the wheels of justice roll with fairness and impartiality. When Gloria appointed him as Chief Justice, Corona proclaimed that he attained the fulfillment of every lawyer’s dream. But let me remind him that fulfilling his dream is not the ultimate end but only the beginning of a journey to immortal greatness in the annals of Philippine jurisprudence or perpetual damnation in rogues’ gallery. It’s your choice, Chief Justice Corona.

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the presidential election as mandated by the constitution, the Supreme Court, by a 9-1 vote, “legalized” the appointment of Corona as Chief Justice notwithstanding the ban on “midnight appointments.” With Corona’s “legalization” as Chief Justice, Gloria stacked the deck with justices loyal to her. The first test came on Oct. 10, 2010 when the High Court issued a status quo ante order on the implementation of Executive Order No. 2 revoking Gloria’s “midnight appointments” (Item No. 2 above). And on December 7, 2010 the High Court inflicted a crippling blow to P-Noy’s anti-corruption crusade when it declared the Truth Commission unconstitutional (Item No. 3 above). As Malaya columnist Amado Macasaet recently said, “It all started when the Supreme Court, obviously at the behest of Gloria Arroyo, ‘raped’ the Constitutional prohibition against appointment to the judiciary during a prohibited period.”

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Naniniwala Ka Ba na May Diyos?

(On Humans’ Ability to Do Goodness and Capacity to Commit Evil with or Without the God)

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theism, in its simplest definition, is the nonbelief in the existence of the God or any other deity or supreme being. Despite its having achieved popular status and support and adherence from many freethinking individuals worldwide, the non-belief continues to be misconstrued by many usually religious fanatics, who unfairly and ignorantly equate it to evil. Individuals who ascribe to atheism, those who do not believe in the existence of the God or any other deity, are called atheists. And contrary to what many think, atheists are not necessarily evil nor are they worshippers of the equally mythical Satan or the Devil. To atheists, both the God and the Devil are simply symbols or representations of good and evil, respectively. Marami pang kakaining kanin ng kaalaman at pipigaing patak ng pang-unawa ang maraming Filipino para mabuksan ang kanilang isipan at mapalawak pang lalo ang kanilang pananaw, upang matanggap na hindi lamang Kristiyanismo ang relihiyon sa buong mundo—at para matutunang irespeto ang desisyon ng ibang tao na yakapin ang eteyismo, o ang kawalan ng pinaniniwalaang Diyos o nakatataas na nilalang. Just because Christianity or the reverence for a certain religion

or god has become the norm for perhaps the majority of humankind, many people have ingrained in their psyches that goodness, kindness, and compassion can be achieved only with the belief in the God or any other supreme being; and conversely, that any individual who does not believe in the existence of the God is automatically evil. That’s the problem that arises when people judge others based on religion or the lack of it or when they center their lives on or define their lives with their religions or beliefs: They develop the tendency to be self-righteous, judgmental, and discriminatory— believing that their own belief is the one true absolute religion and judging and discriminating others based on religion and not on deeds or actions. Worse, many people assume that just because they believe in the God, they are automatically good persons; and worst, that they are better than people who do not believe in the existence of the God. They cannot accept the fact that, like them, atheists also have the ability to do goodness; and that all humans—atheists or believers—have the capability to commit evil. Don’t Judge a Person by Her Religion Therefore, we should not judge one another based on our

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ay patatawarin naman sila ng or ‘unbelieves’ in. In the same respective religions or on the lack kanilang pinaniniwalaang Diyos. manner that every human has the of it; for in the greater scheme tendency to commit evil whether of things, we should rather or not she believes in the existence Sa Madaling Salita be evaluated by our sense of Hindi ang ating relihiyon o of the God. compassion, broadmindedness, paniniwala sa Diyos o kawalan contributions to society, ability to Ultimately, the factor that nito ang magiging sukatán ng acknowledge and willingness to will measure one’s humanity is ating pagkatao kundi kung paano understand personal differences. neither her religion nor her belief tayo makipagkapwa-tao. For ultimately, the key to peace or non-belief in the existence is not unity, singularity, nor fear of the God—but her sense of Or, in Simple Words in an unseen deity—but rather Every person has the ability compassion and respect for the the acknowledgment that every to be good and compassionate people and things around her and person has the ability to be good regardless of what she believes for the environment in which she and compassionate regardless of lives. what she believes or ‘unbelieves’ in. We should actually be able to Lower Fort Garry be good and compassionate not National Historic Site parkscanada.gc.ca because of the expectation of Heaven as a reward or the fear of Hell as a punishment. The world might be a better place if we don’t always rationalize and justify all the bad things happening in the world as part of the “grand plan” of “God.” Many things are simply out of our hands. That’s nature. December 4th and 11th That’s life. All we can do is live as fairly and as responsibly as Dash through the Fort on a one-horse open sleigh! possible. Celebrate Christmas Red River style. Have a cup of In the end, every individual hot cocoa, make a craft, and join in a carol. remains the master of her own fate and the captain of her Open for these two days only: 12 to 4 p.m. choices and decisions…not her Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site beliefs, not her religion, not 5925 Hwy. 9, just 15 minutes North of Winnipeg her God. And whatever choices or decisions she makes will 1-204-785-6050 www.parkscanada.gc.ca/garry lfg.info@pc.gc.ca usually define what kind of life she will have and what kind of relationships with others she will have. Ang nakalulungkot pa nga riyan e kadalasan kung sino pa ang napakarelihiyoso e sila pa ang napakabilis manghusga ng kanilang kapwa; at kung sino pa 11/18/11 10:17:02 AM ang naniniwala na may Diyos ayPARKS 12563 Red River Christmas_Filipino-FIN.indd 1 sila pa ang madalas magkasala at gumawa ng kasamaan sa kanilang kapwa; ikukubli na lang ang kasamaan sa likod ng pagdarasal at pagsisimba sa kani-kanilang simbahan— malamang dahil sa paniniwalang anuman ang kanilang gawin

There is no one true religion; mythical and symbolic deities should serve only as guides to living and should not be trusted or taken too seriously, for one’s humanity is measured neither by her religion nor by her belief or unbelief in the God or deities but by her sense of compassion and respect for the people and things around her and for the environment itself.

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he Jets mid-November home stand resulted in a 3-game home winning streak against division rivals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers at the MTS Centre. The Capitals visit marked the first time many Winnipeg fans were able to watch Alex Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals who is known for brilliant on-ice moves and dazzling goals. Unlike their epic road trip earlier in November, the Winnipeg Jets went out on a relatively short road trip for three games against the Washington Capitals (3-4 loss in OT), Carolina Hurricanes (3-1 win) and Boston Bruins (2-4 loss). Closing out their games in November, the Winnipeg Jets lost to the Ottawa Senators in a 6-4 loss at MTS Centre last Tuesday. This is the second of four meetings between the Ottawa Senators.

December is going to be one epic home stand for the Winnipeg Jets. They play twelve of fourteen games at MTS Centre in December with the Phoenix Coyotes visiting on December 1st. The Winnipeg Jets will play host to the visiting Anaheim Ducks and the return of former Winnipeg Jets rookie superstar, Teemu Selanne.

go towards the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation and the remaining will be shared by the province and MPI.

Winnipeg Jets License Plates Following the success last summer with the Winnipeg Blue Bomber license plates, Manitobans will be able to sport Winnipeg Jets license plates starting December 12th. There will be a total of 20,000 license plates available and more if the demand is there. The Winnipeg Jets unveiled their new specialty license plates to the public last month and will begin selling them through all Manitoba Autopac brokers for $70. Part of the fee, $30 will

Mark Stuart (5) and Dustin Byfuglien (33) chase down Ottawa Senators’ Colin Greening.

Washington Capital’s Alex Ovechkin.

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How Immigration’s Anti-Fraud Unit Works

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n September, the Federal Court decided the case of Mr. Wang Hui. In this case, Mr. Hui’s immigration application was refused because the visa office concluded that he provided fraudulent information regarding his work experience. While Mr. Hui lost his court case, the case is interesting in that it provides a glimpse as to how Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Anti-Fraud Unit works. What is the Anti-Fraud Unit? Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Anti-fraud Unit is a group that provides quality assurance verification of information and documents that potential immigrants to Canada submit. Essentially, the unit makes sure everything in the application package is truthful.

The Anti-Fraud Unit works closely with – and for some intents and purposes functions the same as – Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Migration Integrity Unity.

While there is no way to officers in the course of their avoid being investigated by the duties. anti-fraud unit, if all questions What did the Anti-Fraud Unit answered in an immigration application and all documents do in the Mr. Hui’s case? In Mr. Hui case, the submitted to support that immigration officer who reviewed application are truthful, an antihis application became suspicious fraud unit investigation will not about his employment claims. turn up anything negative. Because of these suspicions, the officer sent an anti-fraud If it is found that I committed unit investigator to go to Mr. immigration fraud, what is the Hui’s workplace to speak with a penalty? In most cases, immigration number of people there. The antifraud unit investigator found that fraud will lead to the refusal of there was no record of Mr. Hui’s an immigration application and a bar to applying to immigrate to employment at that company. After going to Mr. Hui’s Canada for some time. However, workplace, the anti-fraud unit in some cases, individuals guilty investigator called Mr. Hui. Mr. of immigration fraud have been Hui provided the investigator with jailed and fined. If I make an innocent error in information that was inconsistent with what the investigator found at my application, is that fraud? There is always a chance that the workplace visit. The findings of the investigator were given to the a person makes an innocent error officer in charge of Mr. Hui’s file in an application. Depending on and Mr. Hui was given a chance the error, your application may or to explain himself. Eventually, may not be affected. the visa officer found that Mr. Hui made a misrepresentation and refused his application.

How does Citizenship and Immigration Canada fight fraud? Citizenship and Immigration Canada fights fraud through telephone verification, document verification, and personal interviews. In addition, Citizenship and Immigration Canada monitors questionable educational institutions and immigration consultants and also maintains contact with local law How can I avoid being enforcement agencies. Anti-Fraud work is not only investigated by the anti-fraud done by the Anti-Fraud unit. It unit? is also done by all immigration

DAP Graduate School conducts academic program

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aster in Public M a n a g e m e n t (MPM) and Master in Productivity and Quality Management (MPQM) students recently gathered at the DAP Conference Center in Tagaytay City for an academic fellowship organized by the Development Academy of the Philippines Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAPGSPDM). Personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Command and General Staff College and the Presidential

Security Group comprised the students taking the MPM in Development and Security. Those majoring in Health Systems and Development are physicians from the Department of Health (DoH)’s Doctors to the Barrio program. Also participating were area managers of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI) taking MPQM major in Microfinance and students of the Executive Doctorate in Education Leadership.

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The topics include Internal Peace and Security Plan: A MultiStakeholder Convergence for Development, National Security Policy, Integrating Health Sector Reform in Development, Good Governance for Sustainable Community Development,and Self-Sustaining Communities for Development. The Roadmap for Philippine Development was also discussed to emphasize the crucial roles played by security, health, finance, leadership, and education in national growth.

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Before submitting any immigration application, it is important to carefully review everything that is being sent in. If there is information in the application package that is not clear, it is important to clarify that in the application package. This Article is prepared for general information purposes only and is intended to provide comments for readers and friends of the Filipino Journal. The contents should not be viewed as legal advice or opinion. Reis is a lawyer with Aikins Law and practices in the areas of immigration law. His direct line is 957-4640. If you would like to know more about Reis or Aikins you can visit the firm’s web page at www.aikins.com, follow Reis on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/ ImmigrationReis, or connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www. linkedin.com/in/reispagtakhan


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Manitoba Filipino Business Council November Keynore Speaker - Jeff Vilar

MFBC members at the November MFBC keynote speaker seminar.

Picking the door prize winners (L-R), Zeny Regalado, Jeff Vilar, Jon Reyes and Ron Chan.

Jon Reyes, Jeff Villar, Gino Bains, Tes Aiello, Ron Chan and Sammy Sarte.

November MFBC speaker, Jeff Vilar, president of Naida Communications.

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when Evangeline Pascual placed first runner-up and then again in the early ’90s when Ruffa Gutierrez finished 3rd runner-up with the title 2nd Princess. Cecilia Amabuyok was fourth runner-up in 1968. Other placement of Philippine bets was the Top 5 finish of Maria Rafaela Yunon in 2003 and Karla Bautista in 2004.

Judy Ann Santos willing to do another TV series next year

Piolo remains tight-lipped on breakup with KC

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iss Philippines-World Gwendoline Ruais is back in Manila after a fruitful stint at the Miss World pageant in London recently. During a reception and press conference at Midas Hotel on the boulevard, the half-French Filipina beauty who came home with the First Princess title, thanked her countrymen who showed their support all throughout the competition. She said she was happy having represented the Philippines and that she did her best in the contest to make her country proud. SMDC, a key partner of Miss World Philippines presented Ruais with a fully-furnished condominium unit as part of her prizes in winning

the Miss World Philippines 2011 title. Meanwhile, the Philippine Senate adopted Resolution No. 646 commending Ruais for giving honor to the country by placing first runnerup, and for showcasing stunning beauty, commendable personality and exceptional intelligence. She received the copy of the resolution from Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, author of the S.R. 646. The 21-year old Ruais the daughter of a former Air France executive and a former model. She is a business and management graduate of the Southville Foreign University in Muntinlupa City. The Philippines came closest to the Miss World title in 1973

She is currently hosting the Judy Ann Santos will be more than willing to accept another cooking show “Junior Master Chef: television project by next year, as Pinoy Edition.” long as it will not be in conflict with her schedule as a full-time mom. In a recent TV interview, Santos said that she prefer working hours of until 12 midnight only as she has to wake up early on the following day to attend to her daughter Yohan who has an early morning class. According to the actress and television host, her top priority w w at w .the integritymortgageservice.com moment is her family, and that she wants to spend as much quality time with them, especially with her kids. Santos has her last television series in 2010 wherein she worked with Gina Alajar, Derek Ramsay and Joem Bascon in ABS-CBN’s “Habang May Buhay”.

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ctor Piolo Pascual has described her breakup with TV host actress KC Concepcion as a very sensitive issue and pleaded with understanding from the public. In a TV interview upon his arrival from Japan, Piolo said he has nothing more to say considering that KC has already said her piece on the issue. The actor also apologized to the public for the breakup and asked their fans and supporters to give them privacy as both of them are undergoing personal crisis. For her part, KC confirmed the split during a recent one-onone TV interview although she didn’t divulge any reason why they called it quits.

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APilgrimage to Italy

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spiritual journey or a religious vacation to sacred sites and destinations commonly known as pilgrimage may be life-changing, faith-healing or faith-deepening. Our pilgrimage to grand Catholic Italy is more than a religious vacation, a combination of faith and travel exploring and experiencing its rich culture and history. From Lourdes, France, we drove to the French Riviera passing through many beautiful cities on the Mediterranean and arrived at Nice where we spent the night and dined at Best Western Nautica. Afterwards we took a walk along the Boulevard Des Anglais and enjoyed the scenery along the Mediterranean Sea. Early morning after sunrise we journeyed along the panoramic coast viewing Monte Carlo and the Principality of Monaco until we reached Padua (Padova), Italy, home of St. Anthony, the miracleworking saint and patron of lost and stolen articles. We visited the richly decorated tomb and reliquaries of the saint inside the Basilica of St. Anthony. The saint was actually a Portugeese, not Italian, having been born to a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal though he died in Padua,

Italy - that’s why both countries are trying to claim him. We travelled on and entered by private tourist motorboat to Venice, the city of canals and one of the world’s most romantic cities. We stayed for hours at the crowded St. Mark’s Square and marvelled at the golden Basilica of San Marco and the lavish Doge’s Palace. We strolled along the rims of the Venetian lagoon lined with colourful gondolas for hire, viewed the legendary “Bridge of Sighs” and walked on the Rialto Bridge, the oldest stone bridge in Venice. In the afternoon we were at Murano, internationally famous for glassmaking industry and watched a demonstration of glassblowing by the skilled artisans. The pilgrimage trip continued to Florence, the capital city of sunny Tuscany. Our guided tour of Florence included the Academy of Fine Arts where we admired in awe Michelangelo’s “David”. We climbed with a little difficulty the Giotto’s Bell Tower and spent hours at the sculpture-studded Signoria Square. A mass was held by our tour director-guide, Msgr. Jan from Yoguslavia at the magnificent Cathedral of Sta. Maria del Fiore (popularly known as the

“Duomo”). Across the Duomo is the octagonal “Baptistery” of San Giovanni famous for its heavy bronze doors of relief sculptures dubbed as “Gates of Paradise” that have miraculously withstood all kinds of weather, floods and two world wars. It didn’t take so long to reach and explore the hilltop village of Assisi, birthplace of one of the most beloved saints of all times, St. Francis, a patron of Italy and the ecologists, and the founder of the Franciscan Order of Friars. We’re able to see the crucifix that spoke to the saint, visited the St. Mary of Angels Basilica and the “Porziuncula” where St. Francis acquired his vocation and made it his home for the rest of his life. It is believed that St. Francis was the first person to bear the wounds of Christ’s Passion when he received stigmata in 1224. We went to see the Monastery of St. Damian, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ. This is also the place where he wrote the “Canticle of the Creatures”. On to Cascia, a small town in the mountains of the Umbrian Valley, and home of Sta. Rita de Cascia, the “Patron Saint of the Impossible Causes”. Her intercession is also sought by abused women. After hearing mass at the Basilica of St. Rita we entered the chapel that houses the saint’s incorrupt body. Our Italian pilgrimage continues to Lanciano, San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte Cassino, and finally to Rome on the next issue.

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“The Gates of Paradise”, Florence.

St. Mark’s Square, Venice.

St. Francis’s Assisi.

Gem and Lita at the St. Rita of Cascia Shrine.


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H o l i d a y Glitter Model: Lorraine Domingo Written by: Tia Provici & Alana Klein

Artist: Tia Provici Photographer: Alejandro Jose, rubypearlphotography.com

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himmer, shine and sparkle are all the rage in makeup this holiday season. Think “you” but with a bit more “wow” and glamour to your look. This joyous time of year is famous for festive get together’s and fabulous gatherings so it’s the perfect time to experiment and try new things such as a different color on your lips or a new look on your eyes. It’s all about being subtle. You can still look like a sun kissed goddess in the season with a beaming golden glow by working with warm hues such as gingerbread, pumpkin, copper and champagnes. You will also want to have a nice flush to your cheeks like you just came in from the cold, so work with a shimmering pink blush on the apples of the cheeks. To achieve this look for yourself, read the step by step “how to” I did on our lovely model Lorraine. Bring this article to the PROVICI Cosmetics studio located at 233 McDermot Ave, in The Exchange District and receive a FREE Foundation Brush a savings of $29 when you buy any PROVICI skin care product or Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation. Call 957-1544 or email teamprovici@provici.com. Offer expires Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012. Not redeemable for cash, based on availability.

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Tia’s image-consulting firm, PROVICI, has attracted a loyal following in the entertainment and business communities. She has recently styled individuals for print media and live entertainment, and for awards shows such as the Junos and the Grammys. Check out Tia on Shaw TV channel 9 on Tuesday evenings, and Wednesdays before noon. Kung meron kayong questions, comments or suggestions send an e-mail to tia@provici.com. She welcomes your questions and is available for personal appointments. Just log onto www.provici.com or visit Tia at PROVICI Cosmetics, now located at 233 Mc Dermot Ave. or call (204) 957-1544 for more info.

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Year Ender in Music for 2011, part 1: Rock (On 55 New Rock Albums Released This Year)

Theory of a Deadman – The Truth Is… Tim Booth (of James) – Love Life Unwritten Law – Swan The Vines – Future Primitive The Waterboys – An Appointment with Mr. Yeats White Lies – Ritual The Wild Swans – The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years The Wombats – This Modern Glitch

Final Note A true music enthusiast has the passion and the initiative to search for music old and new. She does not rely on commercial media and does not limit her listening opportunities to commercial radio. To her, the Internet is such a bountiful ocean of music. Surf, search, and share!

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ast year I ended my music column with an article listing my recommended albums released in 2010, proving that the music industry in general has a treasure trove of new and old materials released every year. It’s just that many so-called music fans rely on only commercial TV and radio, the reason they usually miss a lot of interesting new stuff being released or re-released every now and then. There are hundreds of artists— old and new—coming from various countries—releasing new materials, that I couldn’t help shrugging my shoulders every time I hear claims that the music of today is crap and that nothing beats the music of yesterday. This narrow-minded view on arts and music is the attitude that prevents many people from realizing that there will always be new and interesting music out there. Now here is a list of albums from various Rock subgenres (Punk, Postgrunge, Alternative Rock, Postpunk, Indie Rock, etc.) released this year that I was able to get hold of and enjoy listening to through researching and by recommendations from fellow music enthusiasts.

Buffalo Tom – Skins Bush – The Sea of Memories Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto Daughtry – Break the Spell Dropkick Murphys – Going Out in Style The Drums – Portamento Erasure – Tomorrow’s World Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues Florence + the Machines – Ceremonials Foo Fighters – Wasting Light Foster the People – Torches Fountains of Wayne – Sky Full of Holes Funeral Party – The Golden Age of Knowhere Gang of Four – Content Gary Numan – Dead Son Rising The Get Up Kids – There Are Rules Glasvegas – Euphoric Heartbreak Hedley – Storms The Human League – Credo Juliana Hatfield – There’s Always Another Girl Kaiser Chiefs – The Future Is Medieval Misfits – The Devil’s Rain The New Cities – Kill the Lights New Found Glory – Radiosurgery Nickelback – Here and Now Peter Bjorn & John – Gimme Some Peter Murphy – Ninth 3 Doors Down – Time of My Life R.E.M. – Collapse into Now 311 – Universal Pulse The Raveonettes – Raven in the All Time Low – Dirty Work Grave Angels & Airwaves – Love: Part Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m with Two You Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See Rev Theory – Justice Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Saves the Day – Daybreak Speeding Simple Plan – Get Your Heart On Blancmange – Blanc Burn Sloan – The Double Cross Blink-182 – Neighborhoods Social Distortion – Hard Times and Blondie – Panic of Girls Nursery Rhymes Bowling for Soup – Fishin’ for Woos Sum 41 – Screaming Bloody Murder Switchfoot – Vice Verses

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Aquino hails growth in tourism, predicts better things ahead for the country

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resident Aquino has cited the 12 percent-increase in tourism arrivals this year and expects that it will mark the start of better things ahead for the country. Aquino said the private and public sector must work together to promote tourism to generate more jobs and opportunities for our countrymen. Aquino has invited the world to visit the Philippines as he cited the reforms implemented by his administration, These include modernizing airports and seaports as well as improve roads and bridges to entice more tourists in the country’s prime destinations. Despite the growth in tourist arrivals, the President admitted that the Philippines is still lagging behind some neighbors in Asia in terms of tourism traffic as there were 32 million tourists in Malaysia and 14 million in Thailand this year.


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PBA Basketball Announcements Games for Sunday Dec. 4, 2011 Center Gym: Wes Crymble 10:00am Magic 2 vs Aura - Lds Open, 11:15am Wolverines vs Vickar - Juv, 12:15pm Blazers vs Lans Concrete - Juv, 1:15pm Shockers vs Geek N Sneak - Juv, 2:15pm MRD vs Lans Concrete - SR, 3:15pm Wpg Cockers vs Pampanga D-SR, 4:15pm Russ M vs Ginno’s Auto - SR, 5:30pm Crown vs Greenhills Realty.

Elite - 15UB, 12:30pm Wesmen vs Momentum - 15UB,1:45pm Mayhem16u vs Magic 1 - LDS, 3:00pm Lux-N-Charm vs RBC LDS, 4:15pm Bulls vs Versatile - LDS, 5:30pm Wpg Storm vs Wpg Spirit.

About the PBA The Philippine Basketball Association Inc. (aka Lipenos) was founded in October 2001 mainly to assist youth in our East Gym: Jun Alvis 10:00am Magic vs Mayhem - community to discover their 15UB, 11:15am Wpg Spirit vs potential in playing the sport

of basketball. Along the way, it has become a means for building their self esteem and confidence, overcoming peer pressure, developing teamwork, unity and sportsmanship. It encourages play in a healthy competition atmosphere and leading a healthy lifestyle. At the same time it promotes cultural awareness. PBA WINNIPEG mission is to ensure these young people are able to participate in local, regional and national tournaments to enhance and cultivate their skills.

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Horoscope Get ready for a month filled with hectic activity on the work front. Though you will be busy at work, this will be a good thing as it will give you incentive to learn ways of doing things faster and more efficiently. You will almost certainly see your productivity improving now, especially during the opening weeks of the month.

Make sure you set aside plenty of time to minister to the needs of any children in your life, especially during the first week or so of December. There are little ones who rely on you for advice and guidance, and there’s a possibility your communication channels with these kids has been on the wane of late.

Any outstanding quarrels or disagreements with spouse or children should be addressed as soon as possible. These are not problems you want to take with you into the New Year.

This is a busy time for you and you’ll need to keep your life organized in order to maintain some semblance of efficiency. Keep your overnight bag packed for last minute, surprise journeys.

You may wind up being distracted and too exhausted to enjoy the fun, particularly if you’re called upon to play host. If you can, set aside a few minutes every day for a little rest and relaxation. Even a brief nap in an easy chair will go a long way toward recharging your batteries.

The typical Leo may be facing some financial problems or issues early on this month. In order to deal with them effectively, you will have to be both proactive and somewhat aggressive.

Friends and associates will be drawn to you like iron filings to a strong magnet. You will be the center of attention at any social gathering. This is a good thing, since you are very comfortable in the spotlight.

This month, especially the first two weeks, will be filled with activities that occupy almost all your free time. You may be feeling a bit breathless at the moment, but in the end it’s nothing you can’t handle and you will find you’ve filled your life with memories that will last for decades to come.

The career of the typical Archer has been in a bit of a slump lately, but that’s all about to change for the better. You have finally set some serious and achievable goals for yourself and now is the time to move ahead with those.

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The typical Aquarius will have to mind his or her step during the first week of December. You’re feeling much more vigorous and physically alert. This could lead to an increased propensity to put yourself at risk during physical activities.

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UFC 140: Jones vs Machida

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n Saturday, December 10th, UFC returns to Toronto to hold another stellar pay per view event at the Air Canada Centre. The first time they were in Toronto, on April 30th this year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship broke records in attendance, gate earnings and merchandise sales. Looking to get close to those numbers, they’ve put together a pretty stacked fight card that includes exciting up and comers, legends and is headlined by a title fight for the Light Heavyweight Championship. Champion Jon “Bones” Jones is a phenomenon and 2011 has been his coming out party. In

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this past year, he’s finished off an undefeated fighter (Ryan Bader), destroyed two legends (Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson) and in the process, captured the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Not to mention he also captured a mugger in the streets of New Jersey just hours before he won the title. Jones is equipped with the longest reach in MMA at 84 inches, throws wild strikes with speed and accuracy at the same time having solid take downs, wrestling and submissions. The challenger, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is a former Light Heavyweight Champion. He is elusive, patient and accurate. One mistake by

the champ and it could be lights out of Jones. Last time Machida came to Toronto, he used a jumping front-kick ala Karate Kid to knock out icon Randy Couture and put him into retirement. This is one of those fights that can truly go either way. Each fighter can be unpredictable, fast and accurate. However, I believe wrestling will be the difference and the fight will end without the title changing hands. Jones by rear naked choke, round 4. Other fights include a rematch between former UFC heavyweight champions, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the other Nogueira brother taking on Tito Ortiz and hometown hero, Winnipegger, Krzysztof Soszynski up against Igor Pokrajac.

Here are my predictions for Rich Attonito over. Jake Hecht via UFC 140: unanimous decision, John Cholish over. Mitch Clarke via unanimous MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view) decision. Jon Jones over. Lyoto Machida via submission round I’ll be live tweeting during 4,Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira the event, follow me @ over Frank Mir via TKO round 3, BigMarvShow Tito Ortiz over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via unanimous decision ,Brian Ebersole over Claude Patrick unanimous decision, Mark Hominick over Chan Sung Jung KO round 1. PRELIMINARY CARD Krzysztof Soszynski over Igor Pokrajac via TKO round 2 ,Jared Hamman over. Constantinos Philippou via unanimous decision, John Makdessi over Dennis Hallman via TKO round 1 , Yves Jabouin over. Walel Watson TKO round 1, Nik Lentz over Mark Bocek via unanimous decision ,

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Doon Po sa Amin, sa Munti Naming Kusina

(On Some Kitchen Words and Their Corresponding Names in Filipino)

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he kitchen is many people’s most favorite part of the house, especially for those who love eating or cooking. Why not, when it is the area in one’s home where food is prepared and made and meals are being partaken. In light of that, here is a list of some things related to or found in the kitchen and their corresponding English and Filipino names.

ladle – sandók pitcher – pitsél plate – pláto/pinggán saucer – platíto slotted turner – syansé spoon – kutsára Add Some Seasonings… fish extract / shrimp paste – bagoóng fish sauce – patís pepper – pamintá salt – asín saltpeter (curing salt) – salítre soy sauce – toyò sugar – asúkal vinegar – sukà

bowl – mangkók chair – sílya/upúan/salumpuwít cooking pot – kaldéro The Last Leaf cup – tása The kitchen and cooking cupboard – páminggánan itself used to be associated with dining table – lamésa/mésa / only the woman of the house—not hapág-kainán anymore. In the current modern drinking glass – báso society, men are no longer known faucet – grípo only as they who love eating and fork – tinidór rely on the cooking of their wives. frying pan – kawáli Many men have long established kitchen – kusína themselves also as equally creative kitchen sink – labábo and skillful cooks and chefs. knife – kutsílyo

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