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Vickar Automotive Group PCCM donation reaches $115k

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Lucky Supermarket hosts grand opening in Winnipeg

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Rock the Ribbon was a huge success!

Pacquiao defeats Clottey

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Lucky Supermarket celebrates grand opening with lion dancers and great customer specials!

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“Our support for PCCM is unwavering.”, say Larry Vickar, CEO and President of Vickar Automotive Group Inc.

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arry Vickar, CEO and President of Vickar Automotive Group Inc, has handed the $15,000 donations to the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba and this reaches the $115,000 mark. Every year, Larry Vickar sets a portion of percentage on the sales of the vehicles to the members of the Filipino community. “Our every year commitment to the community is our driving force to help the PCCM. We are confident that PCCM will be symbol of community effort and

volunteerism and I am confident that the current officers and board of directors have all the creative talent and dedication to make this centre as the pride of the community,” says Larry Vickar.” Myself, Tova, our kababayans employees and my staff are happy to be a part of this dynamic community.” Philanthropy is not only the binding force which Larry Vickar has been tightly connected with the emerging Filipinos in the early 70’s but also his personal and social connection with some members

of the Filipino community. As the sales manager of Ed Vickar Community Chevrolet at Main Street, Larry started his special brand of doing business by serving the young community. He hired Filipino sales persons to give our kababayans a real home environment in dealing with the needs of vehicles and its corresponding services. Ed Vickar Community Chev moved to Transcona and Larry Vickar has already developed a closer relationship with the community. Larry and his wife

Tova engulfed themselves into the cultural fabrics of the Filipino community. Larry and Tova were always present in fundraising parties, induction ball, picnics and other community events. And almost everybody knew who is Larry Vickar and his wife, Tova. A big change in the dealership when Larry and Tova bought the dealership and it became Vickar Community Chevs under the holding company, Vickar Automotive Group. The Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba, Inc, since it

founding, Larry and Tova offered their supports to the founders to help. He has become more than a Filipino. In his company, Larry hired more Filipinos and employed in the sales and service and accounting departments. To this date, Vickar Automotive Group has the most number of sales associates numbering to 13 hardworking personnel; he promoted Gil Magsajo, as assistant sales manager for Vickar Mitsubishi Regent and lately, appointed Nelson Lantin, a latest arrival, as the sales manager

Larry Vickar with some of his key people and the current PCCM executive committee and board of directors during the donation ceremony. Front row, from l to r: Kelly Legaspi, Julie Javier, treasurer; Rod E. Cantiveros, president; Larry Vickar, CEO and President of Vickar Automotive Group, Inc. Dr. Irene Guzman, asst. treasurer; Leah Magsino, Clarita Nazario, recording secretary; and Jing Asperin; back row, Joel de las Alas, service manager, Vickar Mitsubishi; Jun Oquendo, corresponding secretary; Allan Zoleta, vice-president; Norman Padilla, auditor; Gem Anis, Stephen Vickar, president, Vickar Mitsubishi; Sam Vickar, general sales manager, Vickar Community Chevrolet; Rino Attardo, president, Waverley Mitsubishi, Daniel McFlicker, general manager, Vickar Mitsubishi, Noel Cadelina, Lito Taruc and Nap Ebora. (Rica Roque, board director, is not in picture).

Larry Vickar addresses the PCCM executive committee and board of directors.

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at Waverley Mitsubishi; and appointing some key Filipinos in the key positions in accounting and service departments. No other car dealership in Manitoba has the most numbers of kababayans who are working with him. And Larry Vickar’s latest connection with the Filipinos in Winnipeg is the “Pride of the Filipinos and the King of the Road”: the Philippine jeepney which is being repainted and restored to make this Filipino icon to be a part of the growing Filipino Community in Winnipeg. “ As per proposal of your President, Rod E. Cantiveros, PCCM will be the first stop of the Philippine Jeepney which you can use for fundraising for the centre,” says Larry Vickar with a smile. Present during the donation ceremony include Larry Vickar, CEO & President, Vickar Automotive Group Inc.;Stephen Vickar, President of Vickar Mitsubishi; Rino Attardo, President of Waverley Mitsubishi, Sam Vickar, Sales Manager, Vickar Chev, Daniel McFlicker, Manager, Vickar Mitsubishi Regent, Joel de Las Alas, Service Manager, Vickar Mitsubishi; PCCM executive committee, Rod E. Cantiveros, president; Allan Zoleta, vice-president;

Julie Javier, treasurer; Dr. Irene Guzman, asst. treasurer; Clarita Nazario, recording secretary; Jun Oquendo, corresponding secretary; and Norman Padilla,

auditor; board of directors Lito Taruc, Leah Enverga-Magsino, Nap Ebora, Noel Cadelina, Gem Anis, Kelly Legaspi, Rica Roque and Jing Asperin.

Ready for Larry Vickar to cut the cake as Dr. Irene Guzman and Julie Javier; and Rino Attardo and Sam Vickar look on. Photo by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal

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Pacquiao did his best to please the viewers

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ilipino boxing analysts are one in saying that Manny Pacquiao did her best to entertain the more than 50,000 fans who instead witnessed a one-man show due to the refusal of Ghanaian Joshua Clottey to trade decent punches. The fans are used to seeing the pound-for-pound king knocking out his opponent but what they saw was a boring fight if it is to be measured according to Pacquiao’s previous bouts. Although it appears that Clottey had conceded as early as the 4th round, Pacquiao still went for the kill by throwing an average of 100 punches per round even until the final bell. The boxing experts were right in saying that Pacquiao is not just a warrior, but also an entertainer. As for Manny’s next opponent, the analysts said it must be Floyd Mayweather Jr. But first, the flamboyant American must beat Sugar Shane Mosely in their bout on May 1.

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wherein Arroyo asked Garci about the status of one million votes he was supposed to deliver to her. Garci was then a high Comelec official in Mindanao who reputedly coordinated the manipulation of votes in the region with the help of other Comelec officials who became to be known as the “Garci boys.” After the 2004 elections, the “Garci boys” were promoted to higher positions in Comelec. Except for Garci, almost all of the “Garci boys” are still working in Comelec. The “Hello Garci” tapes also revealed the alleged participation of several generals in the cheating operations in Mindanao. These generals -- known as the “Garci generals” -- included Hermogenes Esperon Jr. who was later promoted to Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Indeed, reward comes with “success.” The recent appointment of Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit as the new Chief of Staff of the AFP has rekindled fear that the military would once again be involved in an attempt to manipulate the outcome of the elections. Bangit’s longstanding subservient association with Arroyo has given rise to the perception that his loyalty to Arroyo was the overriding criterion for his appointment, passing over several senior and more qualified generals. Bangit served as Arroyo’s senior aide-de-camp when she was Vice President from 1998 until she took over the presidency in 2001. From 2003 to 2006, Bangit served as the commander of Arroyo’s Praetorian guard,

the Presidential Security Group (PSG). He concurrently served as Arroyo’s “spy master,” the head of the Intelligence Service of the AFP where he adopted the code name of “Emperor.” Prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff, Bangit commanded the Army, the military’s largest component.

that the estimated five million “zombie votes” could cause a “failure of elections.” Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez told the media: “There is no such thing as ‘watchlist’ in an election and I don’t understand why the Comelec is insisting on this. Kalokohan yan (That’s nonsense).”

Project Full Moon Sister Mary John Mananzan -who is co-chair of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) -- suspects that the “Emperor” may have been appointed to manipulate the May 10 elections. She mentioned a code name -- “Project Full Moon” -- for the alleged plot. She said that it involves the hacking of the Automated Election System (AES) which will be used for the first time on May 10. In a text message to the media, she said: “National Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzalez will manage the May election cheating through Bangit and Brigadier General Romeo Prestoza.” Prestoza is Arroyo’s current “spy master” -head of the Intelligence Service of the AFP. With the May 10 elections less than two months away, there is widespread apprehension that things are not going to proceed smoothly. There are talks of “no election,” “no proclamation,” “failure of elections,” and, now, “Project Full Moon.” Comelec’s decision to provide the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) with a “watchlist” of multiple registrant voters as a preventive measure against flying voters is being protested by members of Congress. They said

Line of succession Rodriguez said, “it will be very difficult for Congress to make a decision once the issue on these multiple registrants is raised during the canvassing.” Indeed, an impasse could cause an indefinite delay in proclaiming the winners in the presidential, vice presidential, and senatorial races. And this would lead to a “no proclamation” scenario wherein the line of presidential succession is invoked. Since there would be no President, Vice President, and Senate President after June 30, the next in line would be the Speaker of the House of Representatives. If Arroyo wins her congressional seat -- which is expected -- and subsequently chosen by her peers in the House to be their Speaker, then she would become acting President.

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‘Zombie Voters’ Could Cause Failure of Elections

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ecently, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) revealed the discovery of 40,000 voters entered as double, multiple, or dead registrants in Region 11 in Southern Mindanao. In Philippine election jargon, double or multiple registrants are called “flying voters” while dead registrants are called “zombie voters.” PPCRV’s legal counsel Howard Calleja told the media, “what we discovered in Davao City and Davao del Sur is only the tip of the iceberg.” He said that the 40,000 invalid registrants could “make or break a local election.” However, if such a number also existed in all provinces, the nationwide total of zombie and flying voters could reach three to four million, enough to change the results of the presidential elections. A few days after the PPCRV exposé, the office of Calleja was broken in. He told the media that what the burglars stole was the list of double, multiple, and dead registrants which has taken the PPCRV volunteers lots of time to compile. “There appears to be a concerted effort from some group to ensure that the Comelec’s final

but unpurged voters’ list that is filled with double, multiple and dead voters stays unpurged,” he said. According to sources close to Calleja, Calleja had been “receiving death threats allegedly from a sonin-law of a high ranking City Hall official in Davao City.” Another source said that the bigger suspects in the break-in are members of the Comelec “cheating syndicate.” A recent news report stated that Comelec disclosed the discovery of 704,542 voters with double or multiple registration records. However, Archbishop Oscar Cruz of the Kontra-Daya watchdog group said that “the voters’ list is padded by no less than five million.” That’s 10% of the total registered voters. Could this be a harbinger to a massive cheating operation in the forthcoming elections on May 10? “Garci generals” This brings to mind the “Hello Garci” election cheating scandal during the 2004 elections when wiretapped conversations between President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo -- who was then running for president -- and Virgilio “Garci” Garcillano were recorded

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Needless to say, the military would play a pivotal role during a constitutional crisis. As the “protector of the people and the State,” the military could impose martial law in the event that things would go wrong. In this case, it doesn’t necessarily mean “to protect the people and the State,” but to provide Arroyo with firepower, if necessary, to get what she wants -- political power!


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How many more Jeffreys?

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The sad story ’ve been closely following the story of Jeffrey Cansanay, the young Filipino accused of shooting and killing a teenager because of a gang feud over control of the drug trade in Winnipeg. Not because of anything else, but my desire to find out what led a young man like him to this situation. On Monday (March 15, 2010) the trial of Cansanay got underway. He is accused of firing

the gunshot that killed Phil Haiart, 17, and injured another man, 25, on the night of October 10, 2005. The two victims were about to cross Maryland Street near Sargent Avenue when they were shot by errant gunfire from across a parking lot. Police and justice officials said shots were supposedly for the two members of a street gang outside 606 McGee St. in Winnipeg’s West

End, where Cansanay resides. Rivals of that gang were purportedly using the home to sell crack cocaine, causing tension and outbreaks of violence in the immediate area. On Thursday (March 18, 2010) Gharib, Abdullah, a crown witness belonging to the Mad Cowz street gang testified he saw Cansanay on the day of the shooting, carrying the .22 calibre rifle that killed Haiart, and injured another man. Cansanay, 24, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, along with three counts of attempted murder in connection to the shooting. If convicted, he faces a life sentence without being eligible for parole for a minimum of 10 years. As a permanent resident who immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 1994, Cansanay also faces deportation. The trial continues for the next few weeks.

It’s not hard to guess how it was with this family. No mother, only an irresponsible father who abuses his children. No good role model around. There could only be a few possible ending to the sad story - one of them is disaster. How many more? According to Statistics Canada, Canadians of Filipino origin make up one of the largest non-European ethnic groups in Canada. In 2001, the Filipino community was the third largest non-European ethnic group in the country, after the Chinese and East Indian communities. That year, almost 328,000 people of Filipino origin lived in Canada,

representing 1.1% of the total Canadian population. Currently here in Manitoba, close to 60,000 people are of Filipino descent. Many Filipinos I know say they decided to immigrate to Canada because of their children’s future. If they only work hard, they know that they have a good chance to provide their children good education, endless opportunities and a much better life than what they can offer back in the Philippines. But at what price? With their desire to provide, most Filipino parents work more than one job, often too tired when they get home. They buy expensive equipment and games to keep the young ones occupied.

Who is Jeffrey Cansanay? According to published reports, Cansanay came to Canada with his father and his sisters in 1994. He would have been only 8 years old then. He was said to be often emotional during his testimony at the hearing. He described how he and his family suffered intense abuse at the hands of his father. He also said his father was deported back to the Philippines two years ago because of a drug trafficking conviction.

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So children are left to their own devices, that sometimes lead them to seek attention from elsewhere, often from “bad” friends. Lacking parental guidance, their young minds absorb whatever is popular, although not necessarily right, to get a sense of belonging. Guess where these situations will lead to. Is this the future we want them to have? Jeffrey’s story has been told before, no doubt it will happen again with a different voice, a different face. But it’s not too late to try to prevent that story from unfolding. Hanggang sa muli!


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Those who Publicly Affirm Charity And (On the Fictionality of Religious Texts and Hypocrisy of Religious Fanatics)

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hat religion do you ascribe to? Christianity? Judaism? Islam? Hinduism? Buddhism? Paganism? Shamanism? Totemism? Animism? Which God (or Goddess,

for that matter) do you believe in? Yahweh? Allah? Vishnu? Ganesha? Odin? Sedna? Haámyeda’r? Bathala? The teachings of what religious text do you based your

life on? The Christian Bible? The Qur’an? The Vedas? The Sutras? The Satanic Bible? The Zohar? Religious texts, also known as scriptures, are the texts which various religious traditions consider to be sacred or of central importance to their respective religious tradition. Many religions and spiritual movements regard their sacred texts as infallible

because they believe that these are divinely or supernaturally inspired; and whoever disagrees with this they usually dismiss as an infidel, heretic, evil, or— worse—their enemy.

I have a friend who doesn’t believe that scriptures are sacred in the sense that they are divinely or supernaturally inspired. He doesn’t believe that these books are holy records of historical data. Instead, he considers them to be intricate works of literature written by anonymous authors. He treats these the way he treats the classic works of authors like Ovid, Dumas, Shakespeare, and Tolkien—well-written, imaginative, and full of insights revolving around the universal theme of good versus evil. He doesn’t believe that God was the original author of such sacred books, because he believes that God is a mere personification of an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent energy. Ultimately, he believes that God did not create humankind; he says that it’s the other way around. Sadly, to many religious fanatics and self-declared people of God or of whatever deity, my friend is an infidel, heretic, evil, and ultimately, a most-hated enemy. Very ironic! How such scripture-loving people could hate others so much just because the latter do not share their beliefs, when the central theme of such religious texts is supposed to be love, compassion, and understanding. You may call my friend an atheist, a freethinker, or a free spirit—someone who rejects the

belief in the existence of deities; someone who holds that opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or any other dogma; someone who believes that no single faith, religion, nor God is absolute and true. And my respect and admiration goes to him for being honest, broadminded, well-read, and brave to express his own convictions; NOT to Him nor to those religious fanatics who are usually hypocrites and bigots who cannot accept or acknowledge the multiplicity of cultures and faiths and who do not practice what their sacred scriptures preach.

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The Last Leaf Like Christopher Hitchens— author of God Is Not Great (How Religion Poisons Everything)—I have long noticed that those who publicly affirm charity and compassion and forgiveness are often the same people who are inclined to condemn anyone who does not share their beliefs. Some will even kill or order to kill an entire race in the guise of “cleansing” the world of nonbelievers. As always, religion curtails freedom and sense of expression. References http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Religion [03/17/10]. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Religious_text [03/17/10].

Philippine Election Update NPO has printed 14 million ballots to date

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he Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that about to 14 million official ballots have been printed by the National Printing Office (NPO) for the May 10, 2010 automated national and local elections. The NPO said each printing machine can print an average of more than 200,000 ballots a day. Another printing machine expected to arrive anytime to augment the printing process is set to be acquired by the Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM).

COMELEC sets deadline to Provincial Ejection Supervisors

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he Commission on Elections has directed all provincial election supervisors (PES) to deliver all printed election returns (ERs) to the Comelec central office in Manila and Congress not later than three days after the May 10 polls. C o m e l e c Resolution 8803 issued on March 16 also states that there should be security escorts and watchers of the candidates, parties, organizations or coalition when

transmission is being processed. Upon the closing of the voting hours on Election Day, eight copies of ERs will be initially printed and another 22 copies will be printed after the electronic results have been transmitted to different servers in the municipality/city/ provincial canvassing centers and Comelec central office..

Noynoy, Mar most trusted candidates Pulse Asia

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p u l s e A s i a survey said that Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer, Sen. Benigno “ N o y n o y ” Aquino III and his running mate, Sen. Manuel Roxas II were the most trusted by Filipino voters among public figures and among all candidates running in the presidential and vice-presidential elections on May 10. In comparison, a big drop has been noted on the voters’ trust for Nacionalista Party standard-

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bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. and his running mate, Sen. Loren Legarda.. The survey conducted from Feb. 21 to 25 also showed Aquino and Roxas topping voters’ preferences for president and vice president, respectively if elections were held today.


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Can Someone with a Criminal Record Visit the U.S.?

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any people think that getting a pardon for past criminal behavior will automatically allow them to enter the United States. There are those who also think that their having any criminal record will prevent them from traveling to the U.S. These are not true.

pardon application. The information in your pardon application may be needed to get you into the U.S. at a later date.

If I have a pardon, do I need to tell U.S. officials about my past criminal record? Persons with pardons can legally state that they do not have Can a pardon allow me to enter a criminal record. However, when the U.S.? A pardon is a process that, once completed, allows a person who was criminally convicted in the past to say that s/he has no criminal record. Pardons are useful to allow people to start new and to get a second chance. However, getting a Canadian pardon does not guarantee entry to the U.S. I have had the chance to work with U.S. lawyers for clients who have Canadian pardons. Some of these lawyers say that pardons can actually be more of a problem. Whether or not a person has a pardon, the U.S. still must assess if s/he can be allowed into the country. In order to do this, the U.S. sometimes asked questions by any official need to review documents in they should carefully listen to the connection with the criminal case. question. If the person has been When a person gets a pardon, these convicted of a crime, the chances documents are often “sealed.” are that s/he has been arrested. If If you have committed a crime asked whether s/he has ever been and do decide to get a pardon, please arrested, the truthful answer would make sure you keep a copy of your be yes, even if s/he has a pardon.

Do all criminal records prevent me from entering the U.S.? The short answer to this question is no. However, if you have any sort of criminal record, it is good to get it reviewed before you attempt to enter the U.S. If you do not, you risk being turned back at the border or airport. I have a criminal record and/or a pardon, what should I do before I travel to the U.S.? Before traveling to the U.S. or any other country, it is good to check the laws of that country to determine what their laws are. If you are unsure as to whether you would be allowed to enter another country, you should speak to a legal advisor of your choice before attempting entry. In some cases that I have been involved with, I have requested U.S. lawyers to prepare submissions for persons to carry with them when they enter the U.S. explaining why they should be allowed into the U.S. despite their criminal record. In other cases, we have advised clients to speak to a U.S. lawyer to file a formal application to enter the U.S. beforehand.

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Liberal Caucus Announces Education as their New Focus for Spring Legislative Session Deputy Liberal Leader, Kevin Lamoureux to assume health critic role while Gerrard takes on education portfolio

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innipeg – Dr. Jon Gerrard, Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, announced today that he will transfer critic responsibility for health care to his Deputy Leader as part of his push to focus Liberal attention on education during the next session. “Manitoba has so many serious social issues that are directly related to the NDPs long-term failure to improve our education system. The NDPs poor performance on education is directly related to the need for increased funding in our health care and justice,” says Gerrard. Gerrard added: “With a massive provincial debt to tackle, Selinger’s NDP should be looking for ways to spend provincial revenues more intelligently to This article is prepared for guarantee the best improvements general information purposes to our communities. Increased only and is intended to provide spending in education is going comments for readers and friends of Filipino Journal. The contents should not be viewed as legal advice or opinion. If you have specific questions concerning immigration law, you should discuss them with a legal advisor of your choice. Reis Pagtakhan is a lawyer with the law firm of Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP. He practices in the areas of immigration law and corporate and commercial law. His direct line is 957-4640. If you like to know more about Pagtakhan or Aikins, you may visit the firm’s Web site: www.aikins.com.

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to be our best choice moving forward but I have no faith that the NDP will fully recognize the potential of education investment without intensive pressure from the opposition parties.” Liberal Deputy Leader, Kevin Lamoureux said he looks forward to his role as health critic and that he will build on the work that Gerrard had already done in holding the NDP accountable for increased wait times, doctor shortages, and bloated spending on RHA administration. Lamoureux also said that he will focus his attention on spending smarter and improving the quality of health care services provided to Manitobans. Investing in the prevention of illnesses such as diabetes and front-end health care services, such as community clinics, will be of greatest importance.


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as the site of the Transfiguration, i.e., Israel awaits you! Now there is when Jesus was transfigured in front no more reason to avoid Israel - no of his apostles Peter, more suicide bombings or Lebanon’s James and John as he appeared Hezbollah surprise attacks. with Moses and Elijah.

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

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oly Land memories - soulsatisfying and blessed memories - linger on like Bible images from childhood years. A pilgrimage to the Holy Land affords a unique opportunity to deepen one’s spiritual life and could be an experience of a lifetime. The Holy Land is not only the old and new Jerusalem but also the many sacred and historical sites of the Promised Land dating back as far as 2000 BC. Nestled among the Judean mountains, Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel. Located within the modern city of Jerusalem and surrounded by huge stone wall with

14-pointed silver Star of Bethlehem beneath the altar. Here we experienced ducking our heads as we entered the basilica through its very tiny door. Associated with the acts in the life of our Lord is the Mount of Olives, a hill facing the old city of Jerusalem. The Church of the Pater Noster marks the site where Jesus taught his disciples of the Lord’s Prayer. At the foot of Mt. Olives is the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent his last hours praying before he was betrayed and arrested. The Church of Agony enshrines the holy ground. We strolled along the Shepherds’ Fields reminding us when the angel

The Jordan River

The Dead Sea

Lita & Gem on the shore of Lake Galilee

Dome of the Rock & Wailing Wall

narrow cobblestone streets the Old City has been traditionally divided into Four Quarters: the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Armenian Quarters. For the Jews the holiest place in Jerusalem is the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). You can place written prayers or petitions to the Almighty by pushing them into the cracks between the ancient wall stones. For the Muslims, it is the gold-gilded Dome of the Rock where believers say the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven. For the Christians it is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre atop where Jesus was crucified and buried. Perhaps the highlight of our trip is honouring the Passion of Christ and walking the “Via Dolorosa” (The Way of the Cross) held to be the path Jesus walked carrying the cross on the way to the Crucifixion at Calvary. In Bethlehem is the Church of the Nativity built over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus with the

appeared to the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night to announce the birth of the Messiah. The spot is symbolized by the Chapel of the Shepherds in the form of a Bedouin tent. Seeing 18 year-old male or female conscripts carrying M16s on public buses and many checkpoints, we travelled all over Israel. We marvelled seeing the mighty Negev and Judean deserts, the ruins of Caesarea on the Mediterranean, the contested Golan Heights, the beautiful town of Haifa, and the resort city of Eilat in southwestern Israel. We experienced floating on the waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. No living organisms can survive in its waters laden with salt and minerals. We found it impossible not to float - tried to sink but it was futile. We had so much fun covering our bodies with the dark mud found at the bottom of the sea believed to have medicinal and therapeutic benefits. We had the opportunity to visit Tabgha, home of the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes. The town has a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel. Situated on the north shore of Galilee is the small fishing village of Capernaum where Jesus first called his disciples after leaving Nazareth and later became

his home. It was on this northern shoreline of the lake that Jesus calmed down the storm and walked on its waters. Not far from Tabgha is the Mount of Beatitudes famous for the Sermont on the Mount. We experienced Cana, location of the wedding feast where Jesus performed his first miracle by changing water into wine. Our marriage vow was renewed at the Church of Cana. After our baptism at the sacred Jordan River we proceeded to the oldest city in the world dating back from 7000 BC called Jericho, the city of palm trees. From here we viewed the barren and rocky Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by Satan. And lastly not to be missed is Mt. Tabor, an ancient mountain considered

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Vhong Navarro gets a new leading lady

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he host of the popular noontime show “It’s Showtime” is happy to be paired with Toni Gonzaga in ABSCBN’s new fantaserye “Kokey@ Ako.” Vhong Navarro said the original leading lady Angel

Locsin has to be pulled out from the project as she is scheduled to do another teleserye with John Lloyd Cruz. The actor added that she is happy for Locsin knowing too well that the actress is just as excited to do her new teleserye. As for her new leading lady,

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Arnel Pineda’s rendition irks NHI

Navarro said he and Gonzaga are the best of friends as a result of the numerous past projects that they did together.

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ourney rock band lead singer Arnel Pineda joins Charice Pempengco, Jennifer Bautista, Christian Bautista, Martin Nievera, La Diva, Sarah Geronimo, Lani Misalucha, and Kyla not in a blockbuster concert, but in the growing list of performers criticized by the National Historical Institute (NHI) for the erroneous rendition of the Philippine National Anthem. In Pineda’s case, NHI wants to elevate the reprimand further by contemplating on filing a case. The

Mendoza ‘brilliant’ anew

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he diamond in Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s works shine brilliant once more The multi-awarded independent film maker, who has reportedly won 6 major wards out of his 8 films in various film festivals abroad, has just won the grand prize at the 27th Miami International Film Festival in Florida, United States. His official entry “Lola,” stars Filipino film icon Anita Linda in a story of forgiveness and redemption.. The movie was shot in one of Manila’s poorest

incident took place when Pineda sang “Lupang Hinirang” at the Manny Pacquiao- Joshua Clottey world welterweight bout last March 14 in Dallas, Texas. According to NHI, Pineda could face a fine ranging from P5,000 to P20,000 or jailed for a year, following Section 37 of Republic Act 8491, which states that that he national anthem must be sung in accordance with its original marching tempo as composed by Julian Felipe.

district, the Malabon’s slums. As if this latest worldwide recognition is not enough, the movie was also featured as the opening film of the 12th Deauville Asia Film Festival in France. It will be also competing for best film at the 24th Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland and at the Asian Film Award in Hong Kong. Mendoza said his latest achievement proves that Filipino independent filmmakers are capable of making good and quality movies that could be recognized abroad

Kris Aquino stays at ‘The Buzz’

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ontrary to the belief of some showbiz denizens, Kris Aquino is staying as one of the hosts of the Sunday gossip show “The Buzz” on ABSCBN.

The talks went around the corners on this side of the entertainment world when the controversial actress and TV host complained last week that

she was being used to attack the candidacy of her brother, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III who is running for the top position of the land in the coming May elections.. Aquino also said that she is also staying in her other television shows aside from her late night show “SNN.” She added that she will also join her brother on the campaign trail on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and on other important days that might need her presence.

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Reader’s Digest cites TV bigwigs among ‘Most Trusted Filipinos’

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he prestigious monthly magazine Reader’s Digest cited four GMA News and Public Affairs’ personalities as among the top 15 most trusted Filipinos. Jessica Soho, GMA VP for News Programs placed third as the most trusted news personality on the list. Veteran documentary filmmaker and GMANews.tv Editor-in-Chief Howie Severino was at number six, GMA Kapuso Foundation Executive Vice President Mel

Motherhood thrills Judy Ann Santos

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ctress Judy Ann Santos beams with excitement nowadays just thinking of her coming real-life role as mommy to her own baby. The actress admitted tough that she is also partly scared and has to be assured .by husband Ryan Agoncillo that everything would be alright. The support

Tiangco placed ninth, while GMA Senior Vice President for Radio Operations Mike Enriquez ranked 13th. The trustworthiness rating survey was conducted nationwide last October 2009 by independent market research company “The Digital Edge” in behalf of the magazine. The results conform to the high ratings obtained by the giant television network in the credibility survey conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines last September.

Jay-R to cope up with Krissa Mae’s beauty title

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inger Jay-R admits he needs a lot of adjustment to tune his relationship with newlycrowned Bb. PilipinasInternational Krissa Mae Arrieta, Jay-R got to experience a prelude of Arrieta’s hectic schedule during the pageant as she had to go through all the essentials and ground rules required from all

contestants. With the title now come the intensive trainings in preparation for the Miss International pageant and participation to various humanitarian projects of the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. The singer said he’s ready to face all challenges in their relationship especially the lack of quality time that they could have spent together sans the beauty title.

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being shown by their close friends also help to allay her fear of being a mother for the first time. The actress said that she taking it easy with her work and has adjusted her diet. She added that she is enjoying the days counting for the arrival of their baby.


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Rock the Ribbon was a huge success!

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s the first fashion show for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Prairies/NWT Region (CBCF), Rock the Ribbon touched the minds and hearts of all the attendees of the night. Held on March 5, 2010 at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Rock the Ribbon was graciously hosted by Ace Burpee

from HOT 103 and featured 13 models. Nine of which were breast cancer survivors and 4 from Earls Restaurants. All of the models strutted down the runway wearing the latest spring fashions from Nygard with music from local DJs BUNDOWNsoundsystem. The event organizers, Meryl Kaye De Leon and

Shayna Wiwierski would like to extend their thank-you’s to the 17 sponsors who made Rock the Ribbon possible and such a success! The night raised closed to $4,000 for the CBCF, and everyone is wondering when the next one will be!

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The tale of two cities: Vegas vs Arlington

Arlington, Texas plays host to Pacqiao and Beverly & Michael WYnne. Written by Michael and Beverley Wynne

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an you REALLY compare apples to oranges? Not entirely impossible in our case, comparing the venues for the past seven consecutive Manny Pacquiao fights we attended, starting in 2007 vs. Marco Antonio Barrera. The Mandalay Bay Event Centre, which holds approximately 12,000 people, was our first PACMAN experience. Just as intimate is the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which holds approximately 15,000 people, both venues located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas became our second home, returning for Manny’s next 5 fights: Marquez, Diaz, Dela Hoya, Hatton, and Cotto. Then, Cowboys Stadium! All we can say is “WOW”! What a magnificent spectacle, located in the

middle of Arlington, Texas. More than 50,000 of us PACMAN fans witnessed his 51st win vs. Joshua Clottey. So, can I compare apples to oranges? Las Vegas, Nevada to Arlington, Texas? Two different cities with two different types of people? For sure! One thing in common: Manny PACMAN Pacquiao! He brought the Philippines vs. the world to these two cities. He brought Filipinos from all over the world to these venues. And he brought the true boxing fans together to witness history! Airfare to Texas: $400.00 Hotel across from Cowboys Stadium: $300.00 Tickets for the fight: $500.00 Watching our 7th consecutive Manny Pacquiao victory: PRICELESS!

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On February 20, Teddy Pagtalunan celebrated his birthday with family, relatives, and friends. In the photo are Rolly; Liberty; Gil; the birthday celebrant; and his wife, Aida.

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On February 18, Nanay Ebeng Magnaye celebrated her 82th birthday with family, relatives, and friends. In the photo are Nanay Ebeng and daughters Pilar, Liza, and Aida.

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Ano Nga Ba ang Pinakamalalaking Ibong Hindi Nakalilipad? [What Are the World’s Largest Flightless Birds?]

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pinakamalaking uri ng ibonghindi nakalilipad na lehitimo sa Pilipinas, subalit ang laki nito ay wala sa kalahati ng pinakamalalaking ibon sa buong mundo. Ostrich The largest living bird is the ostrich, the male species of which can reach a weight of 155 kilograms. The long neck and legs keeps its head 1.8 to 2.75 meters above the ground. The ostrich also lays the largest egg

moa of New Zealand laid larger eggs, but these birds are already extinct. The flightless ostrich has a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 70 kilometers per hour (kph), making it also the fastest bird on land. Although native to Africa, ostriches have long been farmed around the world, particularly for their feathers, skin, and meat. Interestingly, ostrich farms can now be found in the Philippines, particularly in Nueva Ecija, Misamis Oriental, and General Santos City.

pabo of any living bird. The elephant ang birds of Madagascar and giant Emu

Native to Australia, the emu is the second-largest living bird by height, attaining a maximum height of two meters. It is distinct with its brown, soft, thick plumage. It can travel great distances at a speed reaching 50 kph. Emus are farmed for their meat, oil, and leather. They are common over most of mainland Australia, although they avoid dense forest and heavily populated and arid areas.

can grow as tall as 1.7 meters and weigh up to 40 kilograms. Native to South America, it has graybrown plumage, long legs, and a long neck similar to that of the ostrich. When running, it usually spread its large wings which act as sails. Just like ostriches and emus, rheas are also used for their feathers, skins, and meat. Cassowary Another large flightless bird is the cassowary, which is native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and northeastern Australia. It is distinct from other flightless birds with its hard and stiff black plumage, blue facial skin, casque on top of the head, and a brightly colored neck and wattle/s hanging down

Rhea The rhea is another large flightless bird. It

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its throat. Females are bigger and more brightly colored, attaining a height of two meters and a weight of 58.5 kilograms. Sa Madaling Salita Ang pinakamalalaking ibong hindi nakalilipad ay ang ostrich, na lehitimo sa Africa; emu, na karaniwang matatagpuan sa Australia; rhea ng South Africa; at cassowary ng New Guinea. Or, in Simple Words The world’s largest flightless birds are the ostrich, emu, rhea, and cassowary. Reference http://en.wikipedia.org [03/04/10].


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The Czarina and the Emperor

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fter being sworn in as the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit declared: “I will allow only God to use me.” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was seated next to him, was smiling when he said that, after all Gloria is treated like a “Czarina” by her underlings. Yup, she’s the Czarina of the “Enchanted Kingdom.” Bangit used to be Gloria’s spy master when he was head of the Intelligence Service of the AFP. He used the code name “Emperor” in his cloak-and-dagger work. In 2006, he hosted a lavish Christmas party where he threw bills as the merrymakers chanted, “Long live the emperor!” Makes one wonder how much a spy master earns spying on people. The Czarina gave her first order to the Emperor: “Suppress insurgency before my term ends on June 30.” “That’s impossible, ma’am,” the Emperor protested. “How can I suppress in three months an insurgency that has been going on for more than 50 years? That’s a very tight deadline you’re giving me, ma’am. You only have three months left in your presidency!” The Czarina responded, “Gago! I’m going to be Prime Minister after that. Do you have any problems with that?” The Emperor quivered. “No, ma’am. Your wish is my command, ma’am,” the Emperor replied and then bowed his head down. The Emperor told the media

later, “The reason why I have so much respect for President Arroyo is because after all these years, never have I received illegal orders from her.” Not yet. Just wait, it will come at the opportune time. Meanwhile, Sister Mary John Mananzan -- who is co-chair of the Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines -- suspects that the “Emperor” may have been appointed to rig the May 10 elections. She mentioned a code name for the alleged plot -- “Project Full Moon.” She said it involves the hacking of the Automated Election System (AES) which will be used for the first time on May 10. The plot thickens… It was also reported in the news that Sister Mary John said that she received an anonymous text message saying the Emperor may have been appointed to aid an administration cheating scheme. She passed the message to Henrietta De Villa of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), a Catholic Church-backed election monitor. Father Jose Dizon of the Kontra Daya (anti-fraud) multi-sector poll watchdog also expressed concerns about the Emperor’s appointment. He said, “It exacerbates fears that the AFP will again be used to cheat,” as he alleged Gloria did in the 2004 elections. Well, it looks like the “Garci boys” are still around to do their dirty work. In the news… “President Arroyo encouraged foreign observers to come to the country

and monitor the May 10 elections as she vowed that her greatest legacy would be ensuring honest and orderly polls.” Hmmm… And I thought that her greatest legacy was the “Hello Garci” election cheating in 2004? It changed the way elections are fought in the future; that is, survival of the “cheatest.” Then she said, “For myself, I will be staying out of the election process. I will trust the Commission on Elections to ensure the new voting machines work, the votes are protected and counted and the results are delivered in rapid manner to the satisfaction of voters.” Yup, just like in 2004 she stayed out of the election process and just let the “Garci boys” and her generals do the work for her. *** A few days ago, I received this unaccredited story: The Philippine Postal System has created a new stamp displaying a picture of Gloria Arroyo. However, Gloria was told that the stamp was not sticking to envelopes. Enraged, Gloria demanded a full investigation by a special commission After a month of testing and spending P8 million, the special commission presented the following findings: (1) The stamp is in perfect order, (2) There is nothing wrong with the adhesive, and (3) People are spitting on the wrong side of the stamp.

Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, head of a sect called “Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name,” was fuming mad when presidential candidates Noynoy Aquino and Manny Villar didn’t show up at the “lawyers and businessmen’s forum” he organized in Davao City. Pastor Q, as he’s called by his six million followers, called Noynoy and Villar as men with “no word of honor.” Noynoy apologized and explained that he had a cold. Villar also apologized and explained that he had a “hundred reasons” why he skipped the forum. One of these reasons could be that Villar got cold feet about facing the lawyers and businessmen who might be asking too many questions about his involvement in the C-5, Savannah, Norzagaray, and San Pedro scandals. Yup, that would be more than enough to deep-six “Money Villarroyo,” as Villar is called by some people who believe that he is Gloria’s “secret candidate.” With Noynoy and Villar out of Pastor Q’s good graces, Erap Estrada, Gibo Teodoro, and Bro. Eddie Villanueva are still hoping to get Pastor Q’s endorsement and three million “command votes.” Pastor Q -- who bandies himself as the “Appointed Son of God” -- said that God revealed to him in 2004

March 20 - April 5, 2010 that Gloria was anointed to lead the country. Now, you can see why the wannabes are kissing Pastor Q’s behind. Meanwhile, it was reported in the news that the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) showed that Pastor Q’s name was among some 40,000 voters entered as “double, multiple, or dead registrants” in Davao City and Davao del Sur alone. Interestingly, PPCRV showed that “two voters were registered as Apollo Carreon Quiboloy with the same birthday on April 25, 1950.” One resides in Barangay Buhangin Poblacion and the other supposedly resides in Barangay Tamayong. It’s not clear though if Pastor Q was the same person registered twice. A lawyer pointed out “that the estimated 40,000 bogus entries on the Davao voters’ list could ‘make or break a local election.’ Assuming that such a number also existed in other provinces, he said the total could reach more than three million votes nationwide, which would be enough to manipulate the results of even the presidential race.” Now, I can see the big picture. It could be 2004 all over again. The question is: which presidential candidate would benefit from this potential “massive election cheating operation?” Is this part of “Project Full Moon”? If so, who is behind all this? Abangan!

haLf man haLf eLf will represent the Filipino culture in the Asian Heritage Festival on May 23 at The Forks

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he Filipino-Canadian New Wave band haLf man haLf eLf will represent the Filipino culture at the main event (drumming exhibition) of this year’s Asian Heritage Festival, to be held on May 23, Sunday, at The Forks (7 pm to 10 pm). haLf man haLf eLf with guest members from other local bands like Here the World, Narra, Skip the Silence, and Tuldok, and female dancers will perform as one big ensemble. haLf man haLf eLf are Jun Villanueva (guitars), Gilbert Trillana (keyboards), Bert Nicanor (drums/percussion), Niño Intac (bass), and aLfie vera mella

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(vocals/keyboards/percussion). Canada declared May as the Asian Heritage Festival month, when the country celebrates the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society. Eight groups coming from different Asian ethnicities (including Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean) will each perform a drumming exhibition, highlighting the traditional and modern uses in their respective cultures of the drum as a percussion instrument. There will also be guest performances from the Aboriginals / First Nations community.


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Hightops, Ballerz and W5 are Lipenos Basketball Champions Men’s Open Champion still to be crowned.

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sinama ako ng mommy ko sa PCCM noong nagkaroon ng botohan ng bagong board of members. Maraming tao ang dumalo. Nakatutuwa kasi nagkaroon din ng reporting at open forum tungkol sa mga nagawa at plano ng kasalukuyang members ng board. Kanya-kanyang tuligsa at suhestiyon mula sa ilang mga nandoon. Karamihan e positibo naman, pero hindi talaga maiiwasan na sa ganoong mga pagpapalitkurukuro e nagkakainitan din. Meron ding mga iilang tao na para bang walang pinag-aralan at pinagkatandaan, kasi puwede namang ipahayag ang kanilang mga opinyon sa mahinahon at maayos na paraan, pero ayun sila at tila ba galit na galit sa mundo at pasigaw at pagalit kung magsalita

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at minsan ay personal na ang kanilang mga tinuturan. Kasama namin si Tito George, at nabanggit niya sa amin na kilala niya raw ang iilan sa mga taong tila ba galit sa mundo. Bulong sa akin ni Tito George, marami draw sa mga ito e magaling lang manuligsa at mamuna pero kulang naman daw sa gawa. Kapag ganyang balitaktakan lang daw mabibilis, pero kapag kinailangan na ang tulong e hindi na mahagilap. Okay naman sana magbigay ng opinyon at suhestiyon, pero sana naman ay subukan ding kumilos at makibahagi kapag oras na ng bayanihan. Teka, maghuhugas pa nga pala ako ng pinagkainan namin. Mahirap na at baka pati ako e masabihan na panay dada pero kulang sa gawa.

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n Lipenos Basketball season end championships, Hightops, Ballerz and W5 take the crown from their respective divisions. In the Juvenille division, Hightops defeated West Alexander Technologies. Ballerz won against Scerbo Formals in the Senior Division and in the Ladies Division, W5 claimed the championship by defeating Versatile. In Men’s Open Division, game two of the threegame championship series between So Smooth/UMac and Hightops continues on Sunday, March 27 at 5:30pm at Daniel MacIntyre. Game 1 went to So Smooth/Umac. Congratulations to the following players: Juvenile Div Reg Season MVP - Kevin Tipan MVP Finals -Sean Allarie Senior Div Reg Season MVP -Ryan Oregas MVP Finals - Lenin Mangaron Ladies Open Div Reg Season MVP - Rose Tapia MVP Finals -Jonalyn Huertas Source: Lipenos Basketball Commissioner, Manny Aranez

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Parking Ban Street cleaning services protect and enhance the livability of Winnipeg. Therefore, motorists From the Desk of are reminded to watch for temporary no parking signs. These Councilor Mike Pagtakhan signs are placed well in advance of sweeping operations and indicate the hours of prohibited parking. Get Involved in the Spring Cleanup Drive Vehicles parked in violation may be ticketed and towed at the Time to cleanup. It’s Springtime! owner’s expense. If your vehicle has been towed: he following bits of street debris that collects during • If your vehicle was information are the city’s the winter months. parked on the street prior to cleanup services this the placement of temporary no spring. In addition, there are many • Streets – All streets should be parking signs and has been towed organizations that take part in our cleaned. Spring cleanup begins program by initiating community after the snow and ice has melted. spring-cleanup drives. Hence, I Spring cleanup program start encourage all Winnipeggers to dates are announced through the do their part in cleaning our city. media. Cleanup drives can be enjoying • Boulevards – Sweeping if collectively done with family boulevards begins when there members and friends. are no frozen or wet boulevard To all those who are interested surfaces or approximately two to to be part of your community’s three weeks after street sweeping cleanup drive, please contact begins. your nearest community center or • Sidewalks – The sidewalks in the school. downtown area from Broadway The street cleaning program to Ellice Avenue and from Main provides a healthy and safe Street to Memorial Boulevard are environment for the citizens of cleaned on a regular basis, but away, please check the next street Winnipeg by protecting water not on the same schedule as street over and/or around the corner for quality, by preventing damage cleaning. Due to safety factors and your vehicle or contact 311 for to regional and residential the extra care that must be taken assistance. pavements, and by minimizing when sweeping around pedestrian • If you parked your vehicle the burden of debris entering the traffic on the walks, the sidewalk on the street after the placement sweeping process takes longer of temporary no parking signs, storm sewer system. than the street cleaning process. Spring Cleanup contact Dr. Hook Towing Services Spring cleanup activities at 956-4665. involve removing the build-up of • Note: More than 1,600 vehicles were ticketed and towed in 2007.

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So what is Sudoku? Pronounced [su:doku], Sudoku is the Japanese abbreviation of “the digits remain single”. In Japan Sudoku is sometimes referred to as “Number Place” and can be spelt “Su Doku”. Sodoku originated in Japan and was designed by Howard Garns. The Sudoku Game was first published in New York in 1979 and was likely inspired by a game called Latin Square. Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square.

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Litter Control Paper Picking • Manual removal of litter from street right-of-way. • Emptying and disposal of litter from litter containers in the Downtown Square, the City’s parks and other designated areas. • The City does not provide new containers or collect litter at any additional/new containers due to limited funding in the operating budget.

• Daytime sweeping focuses on collector and residential streets. • Cleanup of boulevards in residential areas is limited to areas with excessive sand. o Call 311 to request an inspection of a boulevard if it appears there is an excessive amount of debris Reference: http://winnipeg.ca/ or abrasives. publicworks/Services/CleanUp/ Cleanup_street.asp

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Isang zodiac sign Simbolo ng silicon Men in Black Iboto Lipon ng taludtod Unang babae Kuwarta Susan Africa Asikaso Alaga Lugar kung nassan ang Greenbelt Unawa Simbolo ng Indium Tanggalin Haligi ng tahanan Uri ng isda Hayop na panggabi Kulay ng balat Hudyat sa taguan Batas, Ingles

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Did you know? o Up to 200 pieces of equipment and 500 staff participate. o Budget for spring clean-up is in the millions of dollars. o Approximately 45,000 tonnes of aggregate (from winter ice control) removed. o Water is sprayed onto the streets to control dust. Back Lane Sweeping Program o Paved back lanes are swept once a year o Begins after streets are swept in spring

Spring Cleanup • Annual program, running four to five weeks beginning in mid-April depending on weather conditions. • Initial focus is on the Downtown Square (bounded by Broadway/ Ellice/Memorial and Main from Higgins to Assiniboine. Followed by effort on the balance of the regional street system. • Sweeping on regional streets Regular Cleanup takes place at night. • After spring cleanup is completed, Regional streets are swept once a week at night time. • Regional streets in Downtown Square are flushed once a week and swept three times a week. • From June to October, sidewalks in Downtown Square are flushed once a week.

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Hapag Uri ng gulay Maupo Ikiskis Paningin Di maamo Dahong medisinal Lalabas ng kulungan Pagsusulit ng mga abogado Ilog sa Mindanao Uri ng punongkahoy Mayor ng Maynila Pambansang dahon Animo Katay Gaano karami Leksyon Lisa: Ingles

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Part time Event Coordinator Wanted to coordinate events in Winnipeg, Manitoba Job description: • Schedule events • Post events on various web sites • Market event • Recruit attendees for event • Set up for event • Run event • Send out e-mail communications to attendees • Update database with new attendees and new contacts • Attend networking meetings and mixers Please respond with an attachment of your resume or a description of your qualifications and why you are interested in this role. Applications to this role can be submitted to info@ FilipinoJournal.com Thank you for your interest. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Volunteer Photographers Wanted

Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver & Winnipeg Volunteer photographers needed. Build your portfolio or use your expertise to aid the Filipino Journal by photographing special events and concerts. Must have own equipment and transportation. Photo editing skills would be helpful but not required. The Filipino communities are growing in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver & Winnipeg. More & more events being passed along our way, we are looking to complement our team with volunteer photographers to cover all those events. As with any community newspaper, we focus on local events such as community gatherings, picnics, sporting events, press conferences, dinners. Some gigs can be as quick as 15-20 minutes and other can be long, painful & boring. Our goal is to find photographers that we can assign work to on any given story. The majority of the events are during the evenings and weekend. As far as compensation is concerned, we’re offering several options and considerations: 1. promotional compensation with photo credits on all photography used in our print and online editions. 3. advertising compensation with supporting photography services ad in our print edition. 4. royalties on any photographs sold through our website (in development). Interested photographers can submit their name and portfolio to info@FilipnoJournal.com

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listen to Indie Rock during its peak in the 1990s or simply did not pay attention at the time and are interested now in catching up, the following l a n d m a r k albums are where you should start. However, these are just some of the more popular Indie Rock artists that brokethrough commercially in the ’90s. Check out the references provided below for more bands and albums.

Gin Blossoms – New Miserable Experience (1992) Sugar – Copper Blue (1992) The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993) The Juliana Hatfield Three – Become What You Are (1993) The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993) Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994) Dinosaur Jr. – Without a Sound (1994)

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The Alternative Rock Explosion of the ’90s

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erhaps the term Indie Rock was coined just to differentiate less fuzzy and more melodic Alternative Rock songs from typical Grunge, which is generally characterized by a guitar sound that uses a high level of distortion, fuzz, and feedback effects and by growling and angstfilled vocal parts—especially that both genres originated from the same roots—Punk Rock, New Wave, and Postpunk. Characteristics and Origin Whereas Grunge is best characterized by fuzzy and distortion-heavy guitars and angst-filled vocals, Indie Rock is more melodic and its theme and the quality of the vocal tracks more gloomy and sad than angry and desperate. Bands whose music is classified as Indie Rock

usually draw their influences more from New Wave and Postpunk than from Punk and Metal. Some musicologists even say that Indie Rock is a continuity of New Wave and Postpunk. Prominent Indie Rock Bands Originated in the ’80s, Indie Rock became commercial in the ’90s; but it remained second only to the popularity of Grunge during that decade. Despite this, many bands regarded as Indie Rock became as popular and more influential than Grunge bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Some of the best-known Indie Rock bands that peaked in the ’90s are Sonic Youth, The Lemonheads, Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Gin Blossoms, and Soul Asylum. Final Note If you were too young to

Pixies – Doolittle (1989) Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual (1990) Toad the Wet Sprocket – fear (1991) Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

The Lemonheads – It’s a Shame about Ray (1992) Soul Asylum – Grave Dancers Union (1992)

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Alternative_rock [03/18/10]. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Indie_rock [03/18/10].

Advancing Peace Studies New joint Master of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies a go

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INNIPEG, MB – Students who want to obtain advanced degrees in peace and conflict studies will be able to pursue a new Masters of Arts program in Manitoba effective September 2010. The new, joint Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, which has been in the works for several years, is a partnership between The University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. Winnipeg has now joined Washington, DC as the only cities in North America to offer a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral program in peace and conflict studies. Dr. Joanne Keselman, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at the University of Manitoba, said: “This new program builds on academic strengths at the University of Manitoba and enables us to devote new resources to this important field of study. As outlined in its Strategic Planning Framework, the University of Manitoba is committed to encouraging debate and discussion around the understanding of human rights, peace and justice and respect for others. In collaboration with

our colleagues we aim to make Manitoba the preeminent centre for peace and conflict studies in Canada.” “This is a significant addition to our academic repertoire because until now, students in Manitoba could only obtain a BA and a PhD in this field. Now we are linking that journey with this new Masters degree,” said Dr. Sandra Kirby, Associate VP (Research) and Dean of Graduate Studies, UWinnipeg. “With the new Canadian Human Rights Museum at the Forks, we see this as an important synergy that allows us to keep building an academic base that complements Winnipeg’s emerging reputation as an international human rights city.” The peace and conflict studies’ research priorities will include the analysis and resolution of protracted ethno-political conflicts, Indigenous approaches to peacemaking, gender, conflict and peace building, peace education, children and war in the context of human rights and human security. At The University of Winnipeg, the new MA program is coordinated by Marilou McPhedran, Principal of Global College, which offers Western Canada’s first BA in Human

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Rights and Global Studies. In partnership with Menno Simons College, UWinnipeg also offers a BA in Conflict Resolution Studies and a BA in International Development Studies. The Arthur V. Mauro Centre at St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba, is dedicated to the advancement of human rights, conflict resolution, global citizenship, peace, and social justice through research, education, and outreach. The Centre is home to the PhD Program in Peace and Conflict Studies; the joint MA Program in Peace and Conflict Studies is governed by the University of Manitoba and The University of Winnipeg, housed at the Mauro Centre and Global College. COURSE INFORMATION People wishing to obtain more information from The University of Winnipeg about the new, joint MA in Peace and Conflict Studies can contact Global College 204.988.7105 global.college@uwinnipeg. ca or Menno Simons College 204.953.3847 n.funk-unrau@ uwinnipeg.ca or contact the Mauro Centre at: 204.474.6052 or Email: Sean_Byrne@umanitoba.ca


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Lucky Supermarket hosts grand opening in Winnipeg

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he management & staff of Winnipeg’s newest and largest Asian grocery store, Lucky Supermarket welcomed hundreds of shoppers during their official grand opening with traditional lion dance entertainment and gift giveaways. Edmonton based grocer, Lucky Supermarket opened in February with thier new 32,000 sq ft retail supermarket featuring hot food counter service, full service meat department and a wide range of Asian food products, fruits and vegetables.

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