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Report tracks rise of Asian population California institute traces evolution of America’s first ‘majority minority’ state

By Alicia DeLeon-Torres Filipino Press Contributing Writer

California became a “minority” majority state in 2000, with just over half the population reporting they were racially “nonwhite.” Since then, AfricanAmerican, American Indian, Asian-American and LatinoAmerican groups have increased while those identifying as Caucasian/White has decreased.

Projections from the state’s Department of Finance reflect continued growth for populations of color, who will represent nearly 70 percent of the state’s population by the year 2040. The Greenlining Institute’s California’s New Majority Population Report, released in December 2010, highlights the state’s racial demographic shift and the counties with the largest percentage per group. The

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report culled its data from the U.S. Census 2008 American Community Survey, California Department of Finance and California Department

of Education. “As the world’s sixth largest economy, it’s important to understand population change and the impact it can have on the

California’s ‘New Majority’ emerges In a new report issued last month, the Greenlining Institute summarizes the remarkable, continuing evolution of America’s first “majority minority” state. Drawn primarily from state Department of Finance estimates and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, “California’s New Majority” will provide a useful reference for journalists, business people, political leaders and others needing to understand and reach California’s diverse population. The full report, assembled by Greenlining Research Director Daniel Byrd, Ph.D., is available at Among the highlights: By 2040, the state’s Asian population will increase by 3.4 million, making up 13 percent of California’s population. California’s Asian population is highly diverse, with no clear majority among a wide variety of nationalities and cultures. The Greenlinging Institute is a multi-ethnic public policy, research and advocacy institute. Visit for more information.

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F I L  A M N AT I O N Fil-Am Harvard grad spared deportation; now in San Diego

Mark Farrales A Filipino-American detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for being an alleged illegal immigrant has been released. But the fate of Mark Farrales, a 31-year-old Harvard graduate, remains far from certain. ICE granted Farrales a deferred action for one year so he can find ways to remedy his situation. Farrales was arrested and detained at Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster, Calif., and released before Christmas. Farrales has lived in the U.S. since he was 10. His father Jaime filed for political asylum after he was nearly killed due to his political activities in the Philippines, reported. Farrales graduated with top honors from Harvard in 2001, but when his father died, his future in the U.S. became uncertain, the report said. Students from the University of California San Diego — where Farrales is pursuing his doctoral degree — launched an online petition to protest his impending deportation. At least two Facebook pages have also been created in support of Farrales. “From a purely legal standpoint, my journey is far from over," said Farrales. “My release from detention — as wonderful as it is — is but the first step. I face many months, probably years, of legal struggle. But at least I am out. And I am with my family on Christmas Day. And I have your love and support,” Farrales wrote on Facebook after his release. “He has gone through so much and has come from nothing and been able to make a lot for himself,” Mark Ramos, a youth leader who supported Farrales, said in the report. “Every day they work so hard to try to battle and get good grades and go to college. That’s what they came here for. They try so hard and all of sudden, everything can be taken away,” Ramos said. The report said that Farrales and the Fil-Am community are now turning their sights to Washington for a reprieve. On Dec. 22, 2010, President Obama signed legislative bills that granted legal status to two Japanese nationals. It was the first private immigration bill approved in five years. For now, Farrales faces a waiting period — and a measure of uncertainty. “The next step legally is waiting. I have no control over whether I will get another deferral or not,” Farrales said. “If the BIA decides to reopen the case, then I may have the opportunity to have my own day in court, for the first time in my life.” (ABS-CBN; Harvard Crimson)


13th Annual Shelia R. Hardin San Diego

Multicultural Festival

No clues in killing of local teacher Fil-Am Acejo was popular language instructor at Southwestern, SDSU Compiled from news reports


he13th Annual Sheila R. Hardin San Diego Multicultural Festival is set to again showcase the city’s diversity of cultures when it opens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade (between Fourth Avenue and Market Street on Harbor Drive) across from the San Diego Convention Center. The festival typically draws more than 20,000 San Diegans downtown to celebrate cultures from around the globe. Music and dance performances, storytelling and children’s activities as well as a wide range of food and retail vendors are all part of the free, family-friendly event. “This event has a long history of drawing people downtown to experience and explore San Diego’s cultural diversity,” said Frank Alessi, executive vice president and chief financial officer at CCDC. Along with performances from a variety of global and indigenous cultures — including dancers from the Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts group — the festival will feature a wide variety of performers representing Native American, Mexican, Chinese, Portugese, African and European cultures, said Andrea Caldwell, a media spokesperson for the festival. Children will also be thrilled by the variety of interactive events, including storytelling and handson events such as a clay station and a drum circle, Caldwell added. For festival details and updates, go to and click on the “Meetings and Events” tab or check out the San Diego Multicultural Festival Facebook page. Photo: Courtesy San Diego Multicultural Festival

Filipino highlight: Samahan dancers For the fourth time in the past several years, Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts dancers will repesent the culture of the Philippines with a performance of traditional Filipino dances drawn from various regions during their noon performance at the San Diego Multicultural Festival. Members of the troupe range in age from 15 to 35, said artistic director Ruby Chiong. Chiong, who also is community outreach director for the Filipino Press, teaches Philippine and Polynesian dance classes for children, teens and adults from 4 p.m. to 7 pm. on Sundays at the Music Learning Center, 3403 E. Plaza Blvd., Ste. L, in National City. For more information, call (619) 422-3695 or (619) 425-0262.

There are still no suspects or motives in the ongoing investigation into the death of a popular San Diego Filipino-American college instructor who died of multiple stab wounds and was found dead in his Henry Acejo T i j u a n a apartment in mid-December. Mexican authorities are still investigating the death of Henry Abalayan Acejo, a 45-yearold professor of Filipino language and English as a second language at Southwestern College, a Filipino lecturer at San Diego State University and an instructor with the University of California San Deigo Filipino Heritage Program. Acejo was also co-author of “Wikang Filipino,” written for SDSU Filipino 101 students. Family, friends, colleagues, students and former students gathered for a viewing on Dec. 28, 2010, to mourn Acejo, who was found dead on Dec. 18. “Henry was a man who really loved teaching,” ESL Department Chair Andrew MacNeill told the Southwestern Sun, the college newspaper. “He was a great guy and his students really liked him. He was particularly talented with the teaching of grammar and writing, and was very concerned about preparing his students to perform well.” “Ginoong Acejo was a passionate and wonderful professor and human being,” said Bryan Spencer, a former student of Acejo who is now a counselor with the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs in San Diego. “He taught in a way that displayed See ACEJO on 13


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New Philippine Navy chief vows to implement more training programs

Purisima expressed optimism that spending in the last quarter of 2010 had been contained within the program. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is also optimistic that December revenues would be within target because of Christmas spending. BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said the agency is likely to meet its goal for December, which is P73.78 billion, because of the additional holiday spending that could boost taxes. The National Government posted a budget surplus of P482 million in November 2010, marking the second monthly surplus of the Aquino administration. In August last year, the government also posted a budget surplus of P1.3 billion. However, the surplus was largely due to lower-thanprogrammed spend-ing instead of significant improvement in revenues. The November 2010 surplus is an improvement from the P6.4-billion deficit posted in November 2009 and significantly better than the P7.5 billion programmed deficit for the period. Furthermore, the November 2010 surplus reversed the P10.5 billion deficit in October last year. Revenues for November grew P111.5 billion, 15.8 percent higher than the P96.3 billion recorded in the same month in 2009 while expenditures during the month amounted to P111.1 billion, 8.1 percent higher than the P102.7 billion disbursed in the same period a year ago. Photo: Willy Perez

President Aquino looks on as incoming Navy chief Rear Adm. Alexander Pama (right) salutes his predecessor, Rear Adm. Danilo Cortez, during the formal turnover of command at the Philippine Navy headquarters in Manila.

pine Military Academy Class ’79, succeeded Navy chief Rear Adm. Danilo Cortez, who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 56. He had held important military positions like Navy vice commander, Navy inspectorgeneral, and Naval Forces Western Mindanao chief. He was also head of the Task Force Trillium, a joint military and police group formed to address the abduction incidents

in Basilan. Pama also served as the commanding officer of six Navy vessels. David, meanwhile, said the military would conduct a nationwide survey to determine the sentiments of the public toward the military. He said the conduct of the survey is in line with the implementation of the new internal security plan “Bayanihan.” The survey may be conducted in areas affected by insurgency

and armed conflict like Davao, Caraga, Bicol, Negros, Samar, and Cotabato to determine the military’s weak points. The plan, which took effect last Jan. 1 and will be in force until 2016, focuses on development projects to address the roots of rebellion. There were speculations that some ground commanders oppose the new security plan but the military leadership denied this. (

DSWD eyes DOJ: Palace may issue additional new EO on truth body 1.3 million for 4Ps By Delon Porcalla

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman said the agency is planning to add 1.3 million poor families to its roster of 'Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program" (4Ps) beneficiaries this 2011. Soliman said this will effectively bring the project's total number of beneficiaries to 2.3 million families. She noted that boosting the number of 4Ps beneficiaries is part of the agency's efforts in reducing the vulnerabilities of the poor and the disadvantaged sectors. The DSWD chief further said the agency is capable of doing this due to the more than P32-billion budget given by President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III for the agency this year. 4Ps is a poverty reduction and social development program that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education, particularly of children aged zero to 14. Cash grants, amounting to P1,400 monthly, are released every three months through a Landbank cash card or overthe-counter payment. GCash Remit facility was tapped by LandBank of the Philippines (LBP) to handle cash releases in areas without LBP branches. The pilot testing was conducted in Burdeos, Quezon and Balabac and Taytay in Palawan. At present, 668 municipalities and 61 cities in 79 provinces are already implementing 4Ps covering 1 million poorest households. (MNS)

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s 2010 budget deficit would likely stay within the P325 billion ceiling set for last year, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima recently said. “The budget deficit for 2010 won’t exceed the P325-billion target,” he said.

By Alexis Romero MANILA, Philippines — New Navy hief Rear Adm. Alexander Pama recently vowed to implement training programs to enhance the competence of Navy personnel. “In the area of competence, I would like to pay particular focus on educating and training our personnel in order to equip our sailors, Marines, airmen, seabees and support and maintenance personnel with new skill sets,” Pama said in a speech during the turnover rites the Navy headquarters in Manila. “This is to prepare them to operate and maintain material assets that are newly acquired or those planned for acquisitions,” he added. Pama said he will also focus on instilling discipline among members of the Navy and at the same time seek the upgrading of equipment. Pama assumed his post as Navy chief yesterday in a change of command ceremony led by President Aquino. Present were Vice President Jejomar Binay; Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Bia-zon, himself a former AFP chief; AFP chief of staff Ricardo David, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, and Cavite Rep. Jose Emilio Abaya, among others. Pama, a member of Philip-

2010 budget deficit seen to stay within P325-B ceiling

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang might issue another order to replace Executive Order No. 1 creating the Truth Commission, if the Supreme Court (SC) upholds its previous ruling declaring the EO unconstitutional, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. She said amending EO 1 might not be legally feasible at this point since 10 of the 15 SC justices had decided that it violated the equal protection clause guaranteed under the 1987 Constitution. “How can you amend something that has been declared null and void? So the better option is to just issue a new EO altogether, taking into consideration now the objections discussed in the majority opinion,” De Lima said. “One strong option is really to just issue another EO. That’s one of the strong options. (The) amendment is (quite unclear),” she said. She indicated that this option would depend on how

Aquino’s other predecessors, including former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, had formed six commissions. “Ano ba ang pinagkaiba noon sa ginawa (what is the differquickly the SC would rule on ence when), for instance, forthe government’s appeal. mer President Joseph Estrada President Aquino earlier hint- set up the Saguisag Commised that he was bent on creating sion to study the 1998 Cententhe Truth Commission. nial Expo? That was one partic“There is a motion for recon- ular project of the entire Ramos sideration, but there are other administration,” he argued avenues open to us in ferreting “Ms. Arroyo herself had set out the truth and we will exer- up not less than five and probacise those options,” he said. bly more commissions to study “Amending is one option, (but) various problems,” Aquino said, again we’ll announce later spe- apparently referring to the Felicifics of what we intend to do in ciano, Melo and Zenarosa comthe interim while the MR is be- missions, and the one that ining heard, or if the SC will take vestigated the Meralco bribery cognizance of our MR,” he added. scandal in the Court of Appeals. The President could not hide Aquino alleged that the SC was biased toward him, citing the void- his disappointment over the ed EO 1 creating the Truth Com- SC that voted 10-5 to reject the mission that is not different from Truth Commission that is supthe commissions created by his posed to be headed by former predecessors, whose legal prece- Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. dents he religiously observed. Aquino highlighted the obstaHe made a direct comparison cle this ruling could have on the to commissions formed by past reform agenda of his administrapresidents that included the Pres- tion, noting that it normally takes idential Commission on Good six years for every judiciary level Government that was created by to resolve a petition, in which case his late mother, former President his term until June 2016 would have ended by then ( Cory Aquino, in the early 1990s.

Government allocates P10.179-B for land acquisition under CARP MANILA, Philippines — The administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III has allocated in its budget for next year some P10.179 billion to acquire some 300,000 hectares of private and public estates for redistribution to farmer beneficiaries under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas said the P10.179 billion is 15.4 percent or P1.363 billion greater than this year's P8.816-billion allocation for the land acquisition and distribution plan of the government. "The fresh funding will enable the DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) to take over some 200,000

hectares of private land and 100,000 hectares of public land, and then parcel the estates out to small landless farmers," he said. Gullas made the statement as government is preparing to renew formal peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF). Confiscatory land reform -the seizure of estates owned by big landlords and the subsequent redistribution of the holdings to landless peasants -- formed part of the NDF's original 10-point program put forth in the 1980s. The Cebu solon said the 300,000 hectares targeted for acquisition and distribution next year would cover around 20 percent of the residual undistributed lands.

Thus far, government has awarded a total of 7,558,777 hectares of land to some five million agrarian reform beneficiaries nationwide, leaving only 1,485,295 hectares still undistributed, according to the DAR. In August 2009, Congress passed Republic Act no. 9700, which extended by another five years the implementation of CARP, which included the land acquisition and distribution scheme. Under the law, the DAR has up to June 30, 2014 to complete its land procurement and dispersal program and expand the economic opportunities of small farmers who currently do not own the land they are cultivating. (MNS)

The November surplus brought the January to November fiscal position to a deficit of P269.8 billion, narrower than the P272.5 billion recorded in the same period last year. Revenues during the 11-month period amounted to P1.104 trillion, or 8.1 percent higher than the P1.021 trillion generated in the same period last year. The government has a target to contain the budget deficit at P325 billion this year or 3.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). (

Jollibee completes sale of Delifrance assets to CafeFrance for P100 million MANILA, Philippines — Jollibee Foods Corporation subsidiary Fresh N’ Famous Foods, Inc., has terminated its franchise agreement with Delifrance Asia, Ltd. effective December 31, 2010 after selling the assets of the restaurant chain. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Jollibee said the sale and purchase of assets of its Delifrance business unit between wholly-owned subsidiary FNF and CafeFrance Corporation was completed also last December 31. Fresh N’ Famous Foods had earlier entered into an agreement to sell assets of the Delifrance unit to CafeFrance Corporation for P100 million which was paid in cash. JFC said CafeFrance intends to operate a café business in all existing Delifrance store locations under a new café concept and a new brand name. It intends to hire all of the current employees of the Delifrance Business Unit. Delifrance began operating in the Philippines in 1995 as a joint venture with Delifrance Asia Limited and then as an exclusive franchise of JFC since 2006. As of September 7 last year, there were 23 Delifrance stores in the Philippines (20 are operated by JFC through FNF and three by franchisees) and two satellite booths. “This is part of JFC’s intention to concentrate its resources in building larger quick-service restaurant businesses,” JFC said. JFC chief financial officer Ysmael Baysa said the sale of assets and termination of the operations of Delifrance will not have a material impact on JFC’s profit. Jollibee reported that its consolidated net income rose 16 percent to P2.15 billion in the first nine months of the year from P1.85 billion in the same period in 2009 as earnings in the third quarter surged. JFC said net income for the third quarter of 2010 rose 32 percent to P711 million from P539 million in the same period last year. The firm said operating income in the third quarter grew 25.7 percent driven by a 10.2 percent gain in revenues and by an improvement in operating margin from 5 percent last year to 5.7 percent in the period under review. (

SSS expects P16.5B in amnesty payments MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System expects to collect a total of P16.5 billion in short-term loan payments this year as it recently kicked off another amnesty program for delinquent employers. Emilio de Quiros Jr., SSS president and chief executive, said in a statement that the projected amount includes P2.1 billion in overdue amortizations from such employers. This means regular short-term loan payments are expected to reach P14 billion, equalling the amount recorded in 2010. “Reducing the loan delinquency of members is a top priority of SSS,” De Quiros said. “We offer the six-month amnesty program to employers since employed members make up an overwhelming majority of overdue loan accounts.” The new amnesty program, which will end on June 30, will benefit employees with overdue loans taken out under current or previous employers or when they were self-employed or voluntary members. A previous amnesty program covered SSS employees, self-employed and voluntary members for loans payments due between May 2008 and December 2009. De Quiros said the SSS collected a total of P919.8 million in principal and interest payments from that amnesty program, which was in force last year. He said the new program for employers covers salary, calamity, emergency, educational, stock investment and privatization fund loans. He said unpaid loans incur continuing interest and monthly penalties of one percent, but employers can choose to pay in full or installments of up to 24 months, which carry a 3-percent annual interest. “The SSS will waive penalties on delinquent loan amortizations due on or before April 1, 2010, which is in accordance with guidelines approved by Malacañang last June 3,” De Quiros said. “Penalties on loan amortizations that fall due after April 1 of last year are not covered by the loan condonation program." Employers applying for amnesty must be up-to-date in paying contributions to have their loan penalties condoned, De Quiros added. (


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Four housing issues to watch in 2011

Wells Fargo makes mortgage changes in California By Matthias Rieker and Joan E. Solsman Wells Fargo & Co. agreed to make an estimated $2.4 billion in mortgage modifications for California homeowners with “pick-a-payment” adjustable-rate loans, as part of an agreement with the state's attorney general. The fourth-largest U.S. bank in assets said it also is seeking to reach an agreement with other states. “I'd love to get all 50 states in,” said Franklin Codel, chief financial officer of the San Francisco bank's mortgage unit, in an interview. “We are pleased to be in this agreement with California.” In October, Wells Fargo reached an agreement with eight other U.S. states that investigated risky mortgages made by Wachovia Corp. and Golden West Financial Corp. Terms of the deal announced were similar to those in the October agreement. Wells Fargo's biggest concentration to “pick-a-payment” is in California. In addition to the loan modifications, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $33 million to California for customer outreach and to prevent or reduce the effects of foreclosures in California communities. California Attorney General Edmund “Jerry” Brown said the state would use $32 million for restitution to roughly 12,000 pick-a-pay borrowers in California who lost their homes through foreclosure. “Customers were offered adjustable-rate loans with payments that mushroomed to amounts that ultimately thousands of borrowers could not afford,” Brown said. “Recognizing the harm caused by these loans, Wells Fargo accepted responsibility and entered into this settlement with my office.” A spokesman for the California Attorney General said the office “has been in discussions with Wells for the last couple of months,” but “because of the scope of California's mortgage market, it took longer” than the agreement between Wells Fargo and other states.

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“Wells Fargo has modified more than 50,000 ‘pick-a-payment’ mortgages in California, most involving a reduction of the loan’s principal. Those principal reductions total $2.9 billion.” Wells Fargo has already written down the value of the mortgages qualifying for modifications under the agreement, meaning it won't have to take an additional charge. The $2.4 billion in modifications could increase if the economy deteriorates, Codel said. If the economy improves and un-

employment goes down, Wells Fargo might not have to modify as many loans, he added. The agreements essentially reflect loan-modification efforts put in place since 2008. But state attorneys general “were very worried that we were going to stop or slow down” modifying loans, and

this is “an assurance that we continue,” Codel said. Wells Fargo has modified more than 50,000 “pick-apayment” mortgages in California, most involving a reduction of the loan's principal. Those principal reductions total $2.9 billion. The deal includes the possibility of principal forgiveness even for stressed borrowers who make payments," Codel said. The loans were made either at Wachovia, which Wells Fargo bought in 2008, or at Golden West's World Savings Bank unit, which Wachovia had bought prior to its own takeover by Wells Fargo. Pay-option adjustablerate mortgages let borrowers make payments at various levels. The highest level fully covered the monthly interest and principal due, while the minimum level was insufficient to cover the monthly interest owed and the unpaid interest was added to the loan balance, according to Brown's office. (

erhaps the biggest question facing the housing market in 2011: Is this the year housing actually hits bottom? Home prices are expected to fall another 5% in 2011, though there are some who say price declines could be much worse. Here’s our list of four issues to keep an eye on in 2011 (or take a look-back at last year’s list): 1. Jobs: Call it a cop out because it’s so obvious, but without more tax credits to juice sales, the housing market needs job growth. First, who’s going to buy a house when they’re not certain they’ll have a job in six months and when it looks like home prices are likely to fall another 5%? Mortgage rates spent much of 2010 at a level that hadn’t been seen since the Eisenhower administration, but it didn’t do to increase buyer demand. A crummy job market means that more homeowners risk falling behind on their payments, which would add to the supply of lower-priced foreclosed homes–further depressing prices. Foreclosures are already expected to pick up in 2011, though the rising supply could be offset somewhat by very low levels of new home construction. If jobs pick up, demand picks up and many of the other problems facing the housing market can more easily take care of themselves. If it doesn’t, prices will fall further, and more homeowners will fall underwater, or owe more than their homes are worth. 2. Foreclosure delays: In September, some of the nation’s largest banks, including units of Bank of America Corp. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., suspended foreclosures due to potentially fraudulent document-handling procedures. Foreclosure filings were down sharply in November, a sign that the foreclosure machinery is proving to be slower to restart than the banks’ initial folks-there’snothing-to-see-here guidance. Banks say that foreclosure-document problems are a technical problem and that they haven’t evicted anyone who wasn’t delinquent. But regulators and state prosecutors have launched a series of reviews and Investigations could shed more light on abuses, such as misapplied or excessive fees, by servicers, their attorneys and other third-party vendors. Meanwhile, some re-

al-estate legal analysts have warned that problems may be more severe if loans weren’t properly recorded or transferred during the process of bundling mortgages and selling them as securities. If foreclosures are more difficult and expensive to process, banks and investors could step up bulk sales of loans or foreclosure alternatives such as short sales, where banks approve sales for less than the amount owed. 3. Washington: Next month, the Obama administration is set to issue an initial set of recommendations for how to remake Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the broader mortgage market. Deficit hawks also have their sights set on scaling back the mortgage-interest deduction, though immediate action isn’t expected. Meanwhile, regulators are also writing new rules on provisions outlined in the DoddFrank Act that will clarify how banks must retain some of the risk on loans that are bundled and sold off as securities and define what constitutes a “qualified residential mortgage” that is exempt from such rules. Other questions loom: Will regulators and policy makers get more aggressive about banks’ treatment of second mortgages, which have hindered efforts to modify mortgages or to avoid foreclosures through short sales? Will policy makers (pay particular attention to the states here) take more vigorous measures to slow foreclosures or rework mortgages? 4. Lending standards and rates: The government continues to dominate the mortgage-lending landscape, with more than nine in 10 new loans backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or government agencies such as the Federal Housing Administration. Policymakers might try to create more room for private lenders to return by allowing expanded conforming loan limits to fall in September. If mortgage rates continue to rise, that could lead buyers to scale back their purchases, putting pressure on home prices. While some analysts have raised red flags over the FHA’s finances and say that loans with 3.5% down payments are leading the agency to take on too much risk, others worry about tighter lending standards that could further pinch demand. Fannie and Freddie are raising fees that could hit borrowers with down payments of less than 25%. (

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New California laws you should know


ore than 700 new laws went into effect in the state of California on Jan. 1. Here are some of the more significant law changes: Laws affecting families Chelsea’s Law (AB 1844): Among the changes, Chelsea’s law provides for more severe penalties for sexual crimes against minors and restricts sex offenders from entering parks where children regularly gather. This bill was introduced by Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher of San Diego A Law to Prevent Malicious Internet Impersonation (SB 1411): This law makes it a crime to use the Internet to impersonate an actual person with the intent to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud. The intent of the law is to prevent perpetrators from using social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to harm their victims. The law


Legal Notes also gives the victim authority to file a civil action against the perpetrator for damages. This bill was introduced by State Sen. Joe Simitian. A Law to Prevent Chronic Truancy of K-8 School Children (SB 1317): If your child misses more than 10 percent of the school days in one school year without a valid excuse, you could be fined up to $2,000 and be subject to one year imprisonment. This bill was introduced by State Sen. Mark Leno. Laws affecting vehicles and driving High-Occupancy Vehicle Lanes and Hybrid Vehicles (SB 535): If you drive a hybrid vehicle (yellow stick-

er), you will lose your ability to drive in the HOV lane as a single person on July 1. If you drive a fully electric and compressed natural gas vehicle (white sticker) or a plug-in hybrid vehicle (new stickers issuing Jan. 1, 2012), your ability to drive solo in the HOV lane has been extended until Jan. 1, 2015. This law affects more than 85,000 California drivers and was introduced by State Sen. Leland Yee. Traffic Violator School Program (AB 2499): As a result of this new law, you may soon see online and homestudy traffic school programs available. This bill was introduced by Assembly Members Anthony Portantino and Danny D. Gilmore. Blue Alert System (SB 839): We are all familiar with the Amber Alert system, which uses electronic billboards to notify the public of child ab-

ductions. This new law establishes a Blue Alert system to notify the public that an officer has been seriously injured or killed and that a suspect is on the loose. The idea behind the law is to increase public safety by aiding law enforcement in the apprehension of dangerous criminals. This bill was introduced by State Sen. George Runner. Laws affecting real estate No Short Sale Deficiency Judgments on First Mortgages (SB 931): This law is good news for families seeking a short sale. If you receive written approval for a short sale from your mortgage lender after Jan. 1, this law prevents the mortgage lender from obtaining a judgment for any amount left unpaid on your first deed of trust after the sale. Homeowners should be cautioned, however, that this new law does not address

your second deed of trust, nor does it help if you have refinanced your loan (SB 1178 was recently vetoed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger). This bill was introduced by State Sen. Denise MorenoDucheny of San Diego. Consumer Real Estate Fraud Protections Expanded (AB 2325): This new law expands the definition of a foreclosure consultant to include any person who performs a forensic audit of a residential mortgage loan. Existing law prevents a foreclosure consultant from collecting claiming, demanding, charging, collecting or receiving any compensation before fully performing the services. The bottom line here is that you should not be paying up-front fees to any attorney or legal entity for a loan modification or a “forensic loan audit.” This bill was introduced by Assembly Member Ted Lieu.

Residential Tenants and Domestic Violence (SB 782): This law prohibits a landlord from evicting a tenant as a result of a domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking incident. The law also requires that the landlord change the locks within 24 hours of a written request when the restrained person is not a tenant of the residential unit. This bill was introduced by State Sen. Leland Yee. For more information regarding the new laws in California for 2011, visit www. Grace K. Powell is a San Diego attorney who focuses on bankruptcy, real estate and small b u s i n e s s m a t t e r s. Po we l l i s a lifelong San Diego resident with degrees in engineering and law. She can be reached at FRESH START SAN DIEGO at (619) 7271204 or at

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Rain or shine people


s everyone has noticed, it has been raining on and off the past couple of weeks, often very hard. People generally stay active when it is sunny, especially here in San Diego, where, due to our almost year-round beautiful weather, people live very active lifestyles. But when it starts to rain, the downpour definitely has an effect on people’s moods, activities and lifestyle. In the course of a couple of weeks, here is what I noticed: When it rains, I have friends who spend most of their time in the office doing paperwork, finding anything on the back-burner to do to avoid battling the traffic if they can help it. Admit-

tedly, I fall under this category. Then there are those who decide to stay home when the sky begins to cry. Many of these people become emotionally affected by gloomy weather and end up becoming gloomy or depressed themselves. I know the seasons can affect people’s moods, that there are even documented disorders associated with the seasons, but I’ve always wondered about rainy day people. Of course, there are those who don’t seem to be bothered by the weather — rain or shine — and carry on with their errands, appointments, personal and professional commitments. To me, they are the Rain or Shine People.

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Finally, a glimmer of hope By Perry Diaz


inally, after a roller-coasting decade of uncertainty, instability, and volatility, there is a glimmer of hope that 2011 would usher in an era of certainty, stability, and vibrancy. President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III said during the Rizal Day ceremony, “We’re not just seeing the light at the end of the tun-


nel. In certain sectors, we can already feel the light, the warmth of the new beginning.”  Indeed, his exuberance and optimism are buoyed by the high “trust” ratings the people have given him in spite of several embarrassing incidents and diplomatic faux pas that his fledgling administration experienced during his first six months in office. He seems to have a Teflon skin

Warning on warming

he recent storms that pounded California in December and the record blizzards and extremely chilly weather that caused chaos in Europe and the northeastern United States and Canada should serve as a grim reminder to people all over the world that cli-

mate change brought about by global warming is no longer just a problem of future generations and that we should all act now to avert worse consequences. Even Georgia and nearby areas, which have not seen snow in 128 years, suddenly had a white Christmas!

Rain or Shine People don’t make rain an excuse not to work, nor do they blame it for the blues. They charge forward with enthusiasm, knowing the rain is a fact of life that they have to deal with; that there are more things that can be accomplished by not being hung up on the inconvenience. I was especially touched by one of my friends who I had a meeting with when it happened to be raining. In attempt to be considerate because she is pregnant, I asked her if she wanted to postpone our meeting because of the rain. She said, “No, I had already planned on meeting with you.” When I met with her, I was blown away by her enthusiasm. She even volunteered to accompany me to my car to help me out with some of the bags. I can’t help but compliment her for not taking the rain as an excuse for not doing things. As the old show-business adage goes, rain or shine, the show must go on. Please e-mail me at with comments or suggestions. Visit us at or on our Facebook page at

that deflects the criticisms – and mud -- thrown at him. Barring anomalies of corruption and questionable transactions involving his appointees or himself, P-Noy should be able weather most, if not all, of “storms” that would come his way. Perceived as honest and incorruptible, it would really take a major, major scandal to break down his “invincibility,” which is buttressed by the legacy left by his parents – Ninoy and Cory Aquino. For as long as P-Noy’s “trust” ratings would remain high, a performance below par wouldn’t necessarily diminish the people’s affection for him.  However, the office of the President comes with vulnerabilities that could bring the occupant down if he or she failed to con-

tain corruption and deliver the people from the bondage of poverty. The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos found out – albeit too late – that the use of brute force was not enough to keep him in power. In contrast, the late President Ramon Magsaysay proved that friendly – and sincere -- persuasion could disarm the enemy.   “Gordian Knot” The question is: Would P-Noy settle for a place in history that would border on mediocrity or would he strive to be an “Alexander” and untie the Philippines’ complicated “Gordian Knot” that has kept the country in a state of economic disarray and moral decadence? But unlike Alexander who sliced the knot in half with a stroke of his sword -- known

as the “Alexandrian solution” – and conquered the known world in the fourth century BC, P-Noy could untie his country’s “Gordian Knot” by the power of persuasion. So far, he has yet to succeed. There were some incidents during his first six months that PNoy might have wished he’d have handled differently. He’d probably wished that he did a few “easy” things during the August 23 hostage-taking crisis to project him as a “hands-on” take-charge leader that Filipinos love to idolize. He’d probably wished that he listened to those who advised him to let go of DILG Undersecretary Rico E. Puno whom he protected amidst allegations that he was receiving jueteng payola. Had he removed Puno, it would have sent

an electrifying signal to all his appointees that they are expected to be above board and beyond suspicion. Puno’s refusal to name the jueteng lords’ “feelers” who approached him on the jueteng lords’ behalf raised “red flags” about his involvement with them. He’d probably wished that he did not boycott the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo for his “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” He reasoned that he wanted to spare the lives of five Filipinos in death row in China. However, he didn’t say that those five condemned Filipinos were sentenced to death for “drug trafficking,” an

Australia, where it is summer at this time of the year and which has rarely been affected by storms in the past, stands to lose $7 billion in damaged crops and had to evacuate thousands of families recently due to unprecedented flooding brought about by continuous rains. Even in the Philippines, where the rainy season traditionally ends in early September, people had to celebrate the holiday season under heavy rains and chilly weather, not to mention the unusual heavy floods in Albay and other Bicol areas. Almost everybody who was affected by these recent weather disturbances were one in saying they have not experienced such storms and blizzards in years, and yet are unable to relate it to global warming. In March 2009, the world’s foremost experts on global warming gathered in an emergency meeting in Copenhagen to warn politicians to act

now to minimize the impact of what they described could be “irreversible” climate shifts and hopefully save a world that they said was “on the brink.” The 2,500 scientists from 80 countries who attended the conference warned in their statement: “There is no excuse for inaction.” Katherine Richardson of the University of Copenhagen, the primary organizer of the conference, said: “We need the politicians to realize what a risk they are taking on behalf of their constituents, the world and, even more importantly, future generations. All of the signals from the earth system and the climate system show us that we are on a path that will have enormous and unacceptable consequences.” The scientists were concerned that any significant delay in reducing emissions would lead to “a range of tipping points” that would make it significantly more difficult to reduce greenhouse gas levels. The scientists pointed to an increasing possibility that there would be increases in average temperatures of six degrees by the end of the century, which, they said, would produce conditions not seen on Earth for more than 30 million years. That could mean, they added, massive rises in sea levels, whole areas devas-

tated by hurricanes and others turned into uninhabitable desert, forcing billions of people to leave their homelands. They warned that implications could be severe, noting that 10 percent of the world's population — about 600 million people — live in vulnerable areas. They fear that these conditions could lead to wars over key resources, including water supplies, falls in crop yields in southern Europe and the spread of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Almost a third of animal and plant species could become extinct. Warm-water corals are among the species most at risk; animals that will struggle to survive include polar bears and emperor penguins. “Much of southern Europe would look like the Sahara. Many of the major rivers of the world, serving billions of people, would dry up in the dry seasons or re-route,” one scientist said. A United Nations report presented during the conference noted that surging population growth, climate change, reckless irrigation and chronic waste are placing the world’s water supplies at threat and described the outlook for coming generations as deeply worrying. The report warned that lack of access to water helps drive poverty, deprivation and breeds the potential for un-

rest and conflict. Nicholas Stern, a British economist and academic who wrote the highly influential Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change, which in 2006 alerted the world to the financial costs of climate change, said politicians have yet to grasp how devastating climate change would be to society in this century. Wars, famines, floods and hurricanes would wreak havoc unless greenhouse-gas emissions were controlled, Stern said at the conference. He predicted that a four- or five degree rise over the next 100 years would result in collapses in crop yields, rivers drying and perhaps billions of people being forced to leave their homes. “What would be the implication of that?” he asked. “Extended social conflict, social disruption, war essentially, over much of the world for many decades. This is the kind of implication that follows from temperature increases of that magnitude.” Not only politicians, but a vast majority of ordinary people remain unperturbed by the warnings of climate experts, obviously for a lack of better understanding of how gas emissions can affect their lives, notwithstanding that emissions can irritate their nostrils and


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Seeing what you can’t see

een from a certain vantage point, sometimes even bad news can sound like good news. So much in life depends on “where you’re coming from” as you face your circumstances. The secret, of course, is perspective. Obviously, perspective is related to the way we view something. The term literally suggests “looking through… seeing clearly.” One who views life through perspective has the capacity to see things in their true relation or relative importance. Definitely, he sees the big picture. He distinguishes the incidental from the essential, the temporary from the eternal, the partial from the whole: the trees from the forest, so to speak. A favorite song declares: “On a clear day you can see forever.” Another cheerful refraina, by Johnny Nash, goes: “I can see clearly now the rain

Never forget that the gift of vision was so important that when God created the world, the first command was for light in order to see. is gone/I can see all obstacles in my way/Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind/It’s going to be a bright, bright, sun-shiny day.” As I thought more closely about the lyrics, I discovered there’s actually more to this than I originally thought. Then I started thinking about all the analogies there are to seeing: insight, foresight, hindsight, dream, clarity, perspective. And I realized that it didn’t just apply to the corrected perspective my eye glasses provide.

Marion Barry and Ronald Singson


locos Sur Congressman Ronald Singson’s problems with Hong Kong authorities for illegal possession of drugs — or, possibly, for drug trafficking — is such a major media event no self-respecting Philippine official would miss an opportunity to speak before the TV cameras or to be interviewed by newspapers and express alarm, embarrassment and righteous indignation over the besmirching of the image of the Philippine Congress. To quote Rep. Orland Fua of Siquijor, “The committee on ethics will have to investigate if the incident blows up into a national controversy and threatens to damage the integrity of the House.” House Deputy Minority Leader Milagros Magsay-

say has stated, darkly, that the House leadership will be constrained to expel Singson, once he is convicted by the Hong Kong court. In a statement to media, Magsaysay declared, “We’re supposed to set the tone to be the leaders of this country. So how can you expect the people to respect the institution of Congress if we violate the very laws that we make and we have sworn to uphold?” I must say, I’m impressed with Fua and Magsaysay and all the others who are now calling for the expulsion of Singson in order to protect the good name of the House of Representatives. I think it’s a great way to start the new year. I’m all for cleansing the image of Congress in the area of


A big chunk of Greenland and other Arctic glaciers are melting and temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, including Alaska, have risen by as much as 7 degrees in the last 50 years. The drought and wildfires in California and Europe are known to be direct results of global warming, too. The impact of global warming is likely to become more frequent and widespread with continued warming, which would spread disease, bring early spring, extinction and migration of many tropical animals and plants, destruction of coral reefs which would, in turn, endanger sea animal life and bring more heavy downpours, heavy snowfalls, flooding, drought and fires. With all these in mind, people around the world should stop asking that silly and selfish question “Why should I worry at all?” (

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trigger asthma or allergy attacks. Scientists need to explain in terms ordinary people and politicians can understand how fossil fuels and other gas emissions can lead to catastrophic conditions and why people should be concerned more than a century down the road, when neither they nor their children’s children would be alive. The fact is we are already feeling the effects of global warming right in our own backyards. The frequent heat waves and periods of unusually warm weather in Europe, the East Coast and here in California during summer, along with the record blizzards during winter are some clear signs. The unusually strong storms and flooding in Louisiana and other coastal areas are the result of ocean warming and sea levels rising.


I’ve reached that awkward stage in my life when I can’t see without my glasses, so I constantly carry them with me and momentarily panic whenever I’ve misplaced them. As my senior citizen-age eyesight changes, I’ve become acutely aware of how precious my ability to see clearly is. Nellie, an old high school friend of mine who lives in Toronto, is an extraordinary artist who creates panoramic watercolors that are breathtaking in their exquisite detail. Her eyes and hands possess a visual catalog of a woman’s daily life with astonishing attention to subtle nuance – nothing is too insignificant or uninspired for her attention. Like a brilliant photograph, her still-life arrangements seize a moment in time to dazzling effect. Artists such as she hold sacred the sense of sight. Pablo Picasso once said, “If we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes, we would be amazed at the world around us.” Paul Klee, the Swiss artist, asserted, “One eyes sees, the other feels.” As Paul Cézanne grew older, he worried that the authenticity of his art might be a quirk of nature. Because he had trouble with his eyesight he wondered if his unique way of seeing the world, which he captured on canvas in painstaking single brushstrokes, might be mere accident instead of genius. But perhaps Georgia O’Keeffe expressed it best when she observed that, “In a way, nobody sees a flower really, it is so

small, and we haven’t the time — and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” To see takes time. We haven’t the time. Here is the unrelenting truth and it’s chilling to the soul: Most of us have been given a miraculous gift — the ability to see — but we don’t take the time to do more than glance around. We take our sense of sight for granted. I vividly recall that my late, lamented sister-in-law Delia had some serious trouble with her eyesight and as she shared her worries with my wife and me about losing it, we both felt so helpless. What she mourned losing was being able to read the newspaper or a magazine, to do her grocery shopping, try out new recipes, see the faces of those she loves, put on her makeup. Yes… infinitesimal, precious moments that make up the days of our lives. They say hindsight is 20/20 because we’re looking with the benefit of learning. Wisdom is that which we learn after we (think we) know it all, but hindsight is really the most beneficial to us if we choose a

path going forward that will lead us to avoiding some of the pitfalls we can see through the eyes of that enlightenment. My dear readers, for the next few minutes, snap a telescopic lens on your perspective and pull yourself up close. Close enough to see the “real” you. Study what you see. Like a doctor giving you a physical. Like an artist painting your portrait. Like a biographer writing your story. From the reflection in your mental mirror, pay close attention to your life. Try your best to examine the inner “you” on the basis of time. Seems to me the only way to carry out this project is to look in two directions: back, then ahead. In many ways, what we see in our past and visualize in our future determines how we view ourselves today — right now — that of which we call “the present.” As we look back, one overriding thought eclipses all others. It is not very new, nor very profound, but few would debate its truth: Life is short! It is perhaps a painful reminder, too, that we aren’t

getting any younger. Now, looking ahead at the opposite horizon we discern another singular message. Again, the words are neither unique nor scholarly, but they echo back repeatedly: Life is uncertain! The unexpected, such things as surgery, transfer, change, accomplishment, loss, benefit, sickness, promotion, demotion or even death itself could precede most every event in our future. Well, then, you ask: What to do? Looking to the brand-spanking new year ahead for all of us, we will discover that life is indeed very challenging. Because it is also short, every moment wells up daring possibilities. Because it is uncertain, it’s filled with adjustments. My dear folks, today I suggest you really look around at your world — your family, your home, your pets, your co-workers and the strangers on the street. Smile at everyone you meet because you can see them. When you do that, you’ll understand and see it much clearly than you previously did. Never forget that the gift of vision was so important that when God created the world, the first command was for light in order to see, and after the Great Creator was finished with each day’s task, he glanced back on his handiwork and “saw that it was good.” Can you see clearly now? We all do need to see how good it is. And so I choose.

drug use. Now, while Fua and Magsaysay and all the other righteously indignant congressmen are at it, perhaps they might find time to also cleanse the image of Congress as a House of Representa-Thieves. Perhaps they can also call for the expulsion of every member of Congress found to have stolen money from the public coffers, made improper use of his or her pork-barrel allocation, engaged in influence peddling, overpricing, payment to ghost employees, and other acts that constitute violation of the very laws that they make and have sworn to uphold. Over at the Senate, Sen. Tito Sotto, being a showbiz veteran, has an even more dramatic take on the Singson scandal. He is challenging “all incumbent national and local government officials to undertake a voluntary drug test.” He added that he would “set an example by undergoing a drug test at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency … if only to encourage the rest of the officials in government to do the same.” I can almost see it. If Sotto can plug it often enough on Eat Bulaga, he can actually stage a National Day of Drug Testing, to be held at the Araneta Coliseum. With the prospect of media exposure, we can expect droves of Philippine government officials pouring into the coliseum for a drug test.

At the head of the pack would be Congressman Manny Pacquiao, with a parade of supporters taunting Floyd Mayweather. Of course, GMA Network, ABS-CBN and Channel 5 will be there to cover the big event, for telecasting internationally. I really like Sotto’s spirit. He is even threatening to find “ways to go around the Supreme Court ruling declaring unconstitutional the provision of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 requiring the mandatory drug testing of candidates in order to weed out politicians using illegal drugs.” My hope, in the case of Sotto, is that he will go the whole hog and also find his way around the problem of senatorial candidates and other candidates for public office using illegal funds for their political campaigns. I think Sotto will agree with all of us that this country also needs to weed out politicians who enrich themselves in office with funds stolen from the public coffers or generated from ghost public works projects or taken as bribes from illicit business dealings, gambling lords, drug lords, killers and assorted criminals. Surely, Sotto will agree that corruption is just as evil as using or dealing in illegal drugs. It had to take the Hong Kong authorities to nab a Philippine politician breaking the

law. It hardly ever happens in the Philippines. Being nabbed, I mean. Breaking the law happens all the time, if we are to go by anecdotal evidence. The case of Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romy Jalosjos and Nueva Ecija Rep. Nicanor de Guzman, for statutory rape and gun smuggling, respectively, are the exceptions that underscore the fact that highranking officials in our country are considered high enough to be above the law. Not so in America. The records will show that in every administration, going back to the time of the Founding Fathers, public officials in the U.S. have been caught, indicted and jailed for a variety of crimes, most of them having to do with bribery and financial indiscretions. The reason it’s great to be a congressman-cum-criminal in the Philippines is that you are virtually untouchable — unless you belong to the opposition party. In the U.S., members of Congress are not spared being subjected to a sting by the FBI. The most celebrated sting happened during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, when FBI operatives, pretending to be “Arabs” caught several members of the U.S. Congress accepting bribes. Six congressmen were convicted and sentenced to prison terms. I happened to be visiting Washington at the time. I saw the videotape of the sting —

showing the congressmen receiving the bribes — being aired on network television. In 2005, a staunch supporter of Filipino World War II veterans, Rep. Randall “Duke” Cunningham of San Diego, was forced to resign his seat and was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for accepting $2.4 million in bribes and for tax evasion. Cunningham was the Republican counterpart of Democratic Rep. Bob Filner in sponsoring the Veterans Equity Bill. At any rate, all is not lost for Rep. Singson, if we are to go by the U.S. experience. In early 1990, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was caught in a sting staged by the FBI, smoking crack cocaine. Barry served six months in federal prison for that offense. But in 1992, Barry ran for the city council and won. And in 1994, he ran for mayor and regained his former seat, serving from 1995 to 1999. If it can happen in America’s capital, it can surely happen in the Solid North. And here I was, actually hoping that the Singson case would actually result in a dogeat-dog frenzy in Congress, where the honorable solons would expose each other and cause each other’s expulsion and imprisonment. Oh well, no harm in wishful thinking. (


when a deficit of P6 billion was projected at that time. “And we didn’t achieve that by tightening our belts and those that needed funds were no longer funded so we can window dress. All [items] that needed funding were funded but still we had a surplus,” he said.   Bravo! The question is: Can the Aquino administration sustain a 7% growth in seven years?  “747” economic program In October 2003, I went to Manila with a group of Fil-Ams to attend a State Dinner for President George Bush hosted by thenpresident Arroyo in Malacanang.  Our group paid a courtesy call to the then-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jose De Venecia. De Venecia gave us a 27-page book titled: “747: A Program for Economic Takeoff Toward Sustained Growth.” It was the result of a study commissioned by De Venecia in 2002. The “747” program was designed to generate seven percent growth for seven

years in order to achieve a “Philippines without absolute poverty.”   The book identified seven strategic programs as key to its success, to wit: 1) Rural modernization; 2) Creating a world-class service sector; 3) Promoting domestic competition; 4) Magnets for foreign investment and development aid; 5) Enhancing the assets of the poor, 6) Resource Mobilization; and 7) Political and administrative modernization.  Had then-president Arroyo adopted the “747” program in 2003, she would have ridden the country of “absolute poverty” by the time she stepped down in 2010.  With P-Noy off to a good start in 2010, he could achieve what Arroyo failed to achieve if he could sustain a 7% growth through the end of his presidency in 2016. However, it is easier said than done. Like Alexander of Macedonia, P-Noy has to untie the Philippines’ “Gordian Knot” to bring in an era of peace and prosperity. 

Balancing act Recently, P-Noy received an unsolicited advice from Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, the former president of the influential Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Lagdameo said that P-Noy “needed to be discerning when it came to the pieces of advice he was getting from the people around him.” He suggested that P-Noy replace some of his “weak” Cabinet members and that he should do a “balancing act” -that is, “Listen to what everybody has to say and pick up the best elements for the good of the country.” During his inaugural address, P-Noy acknowledged that the people were his “bosses.” It behooves him then to listen to them… to hear what’s in their minds. And after he listens to his “bosses,” he could then make his call.  Finally, after a decade of turmoil, there is a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel. ( 

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illicit activity that has reached epidemic proportions in the Philippines. Criticized by human rights’ groups, P-Noy said, “It's not their call to make the decision. It's my call.” Now, that’s arrogance! While it was indeed his call to make, did he have to rub it in? Makes one wonder if a feeling of invincibility had gotten to his head? Economic renaissance? P-Noy had every reason to exude optimism and confidence. The GDP grew at 7.9% in the first half of the year during Arroyo’s last six months in office; and it grew at 6.5% in the third quarter during P-Noy’s “first 100 days.”  Economists have projected the growth for 2010 to be at least 7%. P-Noy said during the Rizal Day commemoration that his government had registered a budget surplus of P500 million last November

One who views life through perspective has the capacity to see things in their true relation or relative importance. Definitely, he sees the big picture. He distinguishes the incidental from the essential, the temporary from the eternal, the partial from the whole.


New law protects children’s insurance By Lori Abbott

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California children with pre-existing medical conditions will still be able to get health insurance coverage, thanks to a new state law that goes further than federal health-care reforms. The law that took effect Jan. 1 requires California insurers to offer "child-only" policies if they want to continue selling in the larger individual market. Kelly Hardy of Children Now, a national children's rights group based in Oakland, said the new state law, along with federal health-care reform, will mean some of the sickest children will have access to more affordable coverage. “This is for kids who have pre-existing conditions and may have been denied coverage in the private market previously because insurers feared that their coverage would have cost them too much,” Hardy said. Many insurers stopped issuing child-only policies because they feared parents would wait until their children were sick before getting insurance, Hardy says. The new state law discourages parents from doing so by allowing insurance companies to charge higher premiums after March 1. "We're encouraging parents to make sure they investigate what coverage options may be available for their children because, thanks to the federal health-care reform law and new state laws, there's many more options available now than there used to be,” Hardy said.

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Dr. Melinda Silva talks anti-aging and hormone therapy By Reyllen Bangsal Filipino Press Contributing Writer



t all started as a vision when she was just a child that it almost feels like telling a “Once Upon A Time” story. A little girl had a dream of becoming a doctor someday and lending a helping hand to those who are in need. Many years later, that girl who envisioned herself as a successful doctor and humanitarian is now Melinda Silva, M.D. She is a board-certified specialist in anti-aging, human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG weight loss, and bioidentical hormone therapy. Hormonal imbalance affects both men and women. It is impossible not to experience this as we get older. Millions of women suffer from early menopause, perimenopause symptoms such as weight gain, menopause, adrenal fatigue as well premenstrual symptoms, such weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, depression, low libido, insomnia, fatigue, memory loss, fibroids, endometriosis and vaginal dryness. Men are not immune. Countless men go through andropause (male menopause) with symptoms of muscle loss, weight gain,

fatigue, sleep problems, gynecomastia (breasts), hot flashes, night sweats, a diminished sex drive, irritability, depression, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, urinary problems and memory loss. Men’s hormonal changes are usually more gradual compared to women, which explains why men don’t seek medical attention right away. Services Luckily, Silva has solutions to these common problems so men and women don’t have to endure hormonal imbalances and changes. Her clinic offers bioidentical hormone therapy services such as a comprehensive assessment of history and physical exams starting with a review of symptoms, including medical, family and personal history. Then, a client’s hormone levels are evaluated using an analysis of saliva, urine and/ or blood. She also offers natural hormone balancing using a quality compounding pharmacy and, if needed, Silva can give patients highquality supplements, design fitness programs, nutrition planning and stress reduction plans. “Each person’s health problems are different,” Silva said, “that’s why I give my clients a personalized hormone therapy program and a customized health and fitness program designed to fit their needs.” The doctor is also an expert in cosmetic medicine, offering botox, fillers and laser hair removal treatments. Her expertise in weight loss helps her patients lose weight quickly by customizing a safe

Ritedose recalls vials of albuterol used in nebulizers

Dr. Melinda Silva program for each client. Cosmetic weight loss and hormone therapies are available at an affordable rate that fits any budget, she said. “Feel stronger, look younger and live longer,” Silva said. About Dr. Silva Silva was born in Lipa City, Batangas. When she was 2, she moved to the United States with her mother to re-unite with her father, who was then serving the in the U.S. Navy. Although she was only a toddler when she came to America, Silva proudly said that she could still understand and speak a little bit of Tagalong, but mostly speaks “Taglish.” Asked when did she realized she wanted to be a doctor, Silva replied, “Growing up, I was always fascinated with science. I love learning and making a difference in people’s lives.” That passion became her driving force to finish her medical education at University of California Davis, where she earned her doctorate of medicine. She also graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a

bachelor’s in psychobiology. Medical career Silva did her postgraduate training at Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine. She was an intern and resident there for three years. During her last year as resident, she was promoted to chief resident of family medicine. After medical school and residency, she practiced as an urgent care physician for Memorial Prompt Care in the Long Beach area. She also served as the director of adult care at Long Beach Memorial Children’s Clinic for one year before transferring to San Diego as a staff physician with Kaiser Permanente. She worked at Kaiser for 13 years before deciding to leave her staff position to pursue her private practice. Today, Silva is busy juggling many responsibilities. She’s part of an elite national network of physicians at BodylogicMD in Mission Valley and is also medical director of Med Spa XL in Encinitas and La Jolla. Her private practice is due to open this spring in Chula Vista. Adding to this, she’s part of the Scientific Advisory Board of Youngevity, a vitamin company. She endorses their line of mineral make up. Because of her successful career and extensive experience in medicine, Silva gives various lectures on bioidentical hormone therapy, anti-aging and weight loss across the country. She is in demand as a speaker, taking the role of guest lecturer at conferences, symposiums, conventions and meetings. See anti-aging on 9

The Ritedose Corporation has recalled some single-dose vials of Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution because an incorrect label could lead to a possible overdose. The recall includes 0.083% Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution, 3 mL (in 25-, 30-, and 60-unit dose vials) because the 2.5 mg/3 mL singleuse vials are mislabeled as containing 0.5 mg/3 mL. The product is a prescription inhalation solution that is administered with a nebulizer to treat acute asthma attacks and exercise-induced asthma in children and adults. If someone reads the incorrect concentration, he or she may upwardly adjust the volume, resulting in an administered amount that is five times the recommended dose. Symptoms of albuterol overdose include tremors, dizziness, nervousness, headache, seizures, angina, high blood pressure, low potassium levels, rapid heart rates up to 200 beats/minutes, and potentially death. The recalled solution is contained in single-use vials in a protective foil overwrap packaged in a shelf carton. The correct caoncentration is, however, labeled on the primary foil overwrap pouches and shelf cartons. In the hospital setting, the vials are often not accompanied by the rest of the packaging. The recalled lot numbers are manufactured by The Ritedose Corporation under NDC: 0591-3797-83, 05913797-30, and 0591-3797-60. They include: 0N81, 0N82, 0N83, 0N84, 0NE7, 0NE8, 0NE9, 0NF0, 0P12, 0P13, 0P46, 0P47, 0PF0 and 0S15. These products were distributed nationwide and in Puerto Rico. Consumers should immediately return the affected product to where it was obtained. Those with questions should contact the company at (803) 935-3995 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST or send an email to (

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Drop-side cribs banned by agency due to safety issues

CDC: Teen births at record low; C-sections at high New data on U.S. births have broken three records, the CDC reported recently. • Record No. 1: The U.S. teen birth rate is the lowest since record-keeping began in 1940. • Record No. 2: One in three U.S. babies (32.9%) are delivered by C-section. • Record No. 3: The U.S. birth rate is the lowest ever, at 13.54 births per 1,000 total population. The data are from an analysis of nearly all U.S. birth certif-

icates from 2009 by the CDC's Division of Vital Statistics. Births to teens aged 15 to 19 dropped 6% to a rate of 39.1 births per 1,000 teens. Teenagers were part of a national decline in both birth rate and fertility. The only group to see a birth rate increase was women in their early 40s. Although unmarried women also had fewer births, the percentage of mothers who are unwed rose to 41%.

Here are some other interesting statistics from the CDC's preliminary 2009 vital statistics on U.S. births: • The birth rate for women in their early 20s fell by 7%, the largest decline in this group since 1973. • For the second straight year, preterm births declined. In 2009, 12.2% of all U.S. births were premature. • As recently as 1996, the C-section rate was 20.7%, just over one in five of all U.S. births. The rate has climbed steadily since then to just a fraction under one in three U.S. births. • After decades of steady increase, the very low weight (less than 3 pounds 4 ounces) birth rate is leveling off at 1.45% of all U.S. births.(


and neglected children through Project Mac. Silva also served as volunteer at Venice Family Clinic in Venice, Calif. As a medical student, she was also co-director of Clinica Tepati, a student-run free clinic for the homeless and the poor in Sacramento, California. Recognition Through the years, Silva’s charity efforts and hard work have gained her recognition. She was awarded the Elizabeth Shilling MD Award for compassionate care, the Everyday Heroes Award and Kaiser Community Service Excellence Award. She was also the recipient of Resident Teacher Award, Community and Political Service Award as well as the Mead Johnson Teaching Award. Adding to this, she took home the American

Academy of Family Physicians Leadership Award, Sierra Nevada Soroptomist Fellowship Award and the Outstanding Community Service Award. Where to find her Dr. Silva currently practices at two clinics in San Diego. Those living in North County can visit her at 208 N. El Camino Real, Ste. B, in Encinita. In the heart of San Diego, Silva’s office is located at 5030 Camino De La Siesta, No. 290. Silva’s private clinic in South County opens this spring at 890 Eastlake Parkway, Ste. 305, in Chula Vista. For more information on her services, visit www. For appointments, call (619) 761-1574 or email Silva also does home and office visits. Call to and find out how Dr. Melinda Silva can help you.

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By Bill Hendrick The Consumer Product Safety Commission is banning cribs with drop-down sides because they have been blamed for the deaths of at least 32 infants since 2001. The announcement from the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has pushed for such a ban, said new federal crib standards will take effect in June, stopping the sale, manufacture, resale, and distribution of drop-side cribs. The new rules also will prohibit drop-side crib use at motels, hotels, and child care facilities. The announcement was made in Washington by Gillibrand, Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and the parent of a child said to have died because of a faulty crib. The CPSC’s new standards also will require mattress supports to be stronger, crib hardware to be sturdier, and more rigorous safety testing of baby beds. The CPSC, the government’s top regulator of children’s products, said cribs with drop-down sides have hidden hazards that can cause strangulation or suffocation. Numerous recalls The CPSC’s board voted unanimously to ban the dropside cribs, which have been under scrutiny for many years. They have always been popular because the drop-side moves up and down and allows parents to

lift infants from the cribs with ease. Drop-side cribs have been recalled by the millions. In June alone, more than 2 million were recalled. Since last January, about 1.5 million cribs have been recalled, not counting those in June, according to the statement from Gillibrand’s office. That statement said Gillibrand and Crowley launched an effort in Congress to ban all drop-side cribs and that today’s announcement addresses a requirement in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that calls for all major juvenile products to have the strongest possible mandatory safety standards. “Enough is enough,” Gillibrand said in her statement. “Time and time again, drop-side cribs have trapped and suffocated infants, destroying families across the country.” She said the products “are deadly” and the new rules will save lives. Preventing infant deaths Tenenbaum said in the statement that she had made a promise to Congress to toughen crib standards and now has fulfilled that pledge. “After nearly 30 years, these new crib safety rules will usher in a new generation of safer cribs,” Tenenbaum said. “I believe that a safe crib is the safest place for a baby to sleep and our actions today will help parents have confidence in the safety of cribs they buy in the future.” Crowley said that “unsafe equipment has absolutely no place in the nursery and today’s

move by the commission will help keep our children safe.” Schakowsky said the new standards “will finally end the unconscionable and preventable drop-side crib tragedies that have injured or killed infants and children.” Michele Witte, who lives in Long Island, N.Y., was with the officials when the new rules were announced. She said she lost a child, a 10-month old boy named Tyler, due to a drop-side crib. The news release said more than 11 million drop-side cribs have been recalled in the past three years. Advice for parents The CPSC said parents using drop-side cribs should check the beds to make sure they work properly and haven’t been the subject of a recall. The Juvenile Products Association, which represents most of the crib industry, said most that are assembled properly and that haven’t been recalled can be used safely. It said in a news release that it has filed “comments in support of a timely and orderly transition to the new standard,” which will have a “negligible impact” on manufacturers. However, the organization said it is concerned “that there be a timely and orderly transition to products which meet the new standard so as to ensure enough product in the marketplace by the compliance date, without the burden of re-testing already safe product.” (


A doctor with a big heart That innate fire to touch the lives of others prompted Silva to help her community. She has volunteered for numerous community services, including summer youth physical exams, mentoring at local elementary and middle schools and tutoring juveniles in prison. Silva is the also founder, coordinator and volunteer for Doc Is In, an outreach program for high school students she started when she was a resident at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Such fervor for helping others began as early as her medical school days. She reached out to the needy doing what she does best. While at UCLA, she was a counselor for abused



My Personal Testimony


Remembering Ernie Flores

fter a day of cleaning and throwing away nonessentials, which have kept our small apartment uncomfortably messy, I paused and started to read a book I won as a raffle prize, “Where Do We Go From Here? Death, the Great Adventure” by Ernie Carville, a celebrated author and storyteller. What a coincidence! I was just thinking of the death of a friend and here comes a book revealing one of the greatest secrets of all — the mystery of death. I did not want to write about death at the beginning of the new year, but when I read in the previous issue that The Filipino Press is marking its 25th anniversary this year, my mind wandered back 19 years to the time when I first met Ernie Flores, the late founding publisher and editor of this paper. I never entertained the notion that I would venture into the field of journalism or write a weekly column for The Filipino Press, for that matter. But serendipity intervened when I wrote a letter of thanks to Er-

nie for publishing a press release on the opening of the Filipino Help Center (Tulungan Center), an information, referral and counseling service for new Filipino immigrants and low-income families. He had published my press release on the front page with a banner headline and I promptly wrote to thank him. Two days later, I received a call from Ernie thanking me for what he said was “a well-written thankyou letter, the first one I ever received as editor of this paper.” Our 30-minute conversation ended with a promise that I’d come to the paper’s office the following day. I was impressed when I met this slim, bespectacled man in his mid-sixties. His welcoming, modulated voice disarmed me. I was new in San Diego and I was wary of the attitude and behavior of people I’d met for the first time. Ernie had charisma. He invited me to write articles, even a column for his paper. I hedged. I told him that I was not a writer, that I was not

comfortable seeing my name in print. I had only written official reports as senior health education adviser for the Philippines Department of Health, though I often wrote policy speeches for the secretary of health, especially when I was division chief on Prevention Education and Community Information of the Dangerous Drugs Board. Besides, I was a new arrival, an “FOB” so to speak. But Ernie had a way of convincing you and sharing his opinion about your potential. “Filipinos are deeply spiritual and many would like to read about the Word of God and get inspiration from it,” he told me. “I really would like to have a Spiritual Life page in the Filipino Press. Perhaps, this is something you can do.” When I won the 2010 Asian Heritage Award for Excellence in Media last July, the words that came out of my mouth after receiving the award were, “Thank you, Ernie Flores of The Filipino Press, for your encouragement and inspiration.” It seemed I saw Ernie taking some photos, proudly beaming, for the award belonged as much to him at that moment. Thinking of Ernie, who passed away on Jan. 7, 2006, makes me appreciate the book I’m currently reading. “Where Do We Go From Here?” invites each of us to begin a journey of reflection, deeper than perhaps one has ever ventured before. As The Filipino Press begins its 25th year as a community newspaper, let’s take a look back, so we can move forward. Ernie Flores lives on in The Filipino Press and his shadow will stay in our presence forever.

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From Whom All Blessings Flow


The first day of the year

or the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12) The first day of each New Year carries with it a myriad of emotions that often lead to promises and resolutions. Some commit to lose weight. Some commit to exercise more. Some desire a more disciplined walk with the Lord. And some want to be better wives and mothers. We all want God’s highest and best for the New Year. But God knows too that these promises and resolutions are often grounded not in His Word but in our flesh. We focus on the end result and not on the process. There is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight and exercise. It is a wonderful goal to be a “better” wife and mother. It is admirable to commit to daily Bible reading and quiet time. But we must be aware of making these things a daily duty we check-off. Committing to a New Year’s Resolution will not neces-

sarily bring profound lasting life change. Committing your heart to God - studying, learning, and praying His Word… that is what will bring eternal, lasting life transformation. I invite you to join me this year in writing a New Year’s prayer. To begin, examine your New Year’s Resolution and prayerfully ask the Lord to reveal the heart issue behind it. Ask Him to lead you through His Word to verses that directly address what you hear. Listen to the power of God's promise in our key verse today: “For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12) Perhaps you want to lose weight because you feel unworthy of love due to your past, your present, or choices you have made. Find verses on God’s great love for you. Believe and trust His promises that He created you just the way you are because He has a great plan and purpose for

your life that only you can accomplish. Perhaps you want to spend more time in the Word but you are too busy - you just can’t fit it into your day. Find Scriptures on God’s wisdom and priorities. Proverbs is a great place to start. Perhaps you want to be a better wife and mother, but you have a temper that flares or a tongue that cuts like a knife. Open God’s Word and find verses addressing speech, self-control, and patience. Proverbs and James are great places to start. Once you have found your verses, take each one and personalize it. Then join them together, along with your own words to make a prayer. Copy your prayer into a journal or notebook. Listen to God’s promise in Isaiah 55:10-11: The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my Word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55 is God’s promise to you. If you pray His Word over your life… over your heart… over your home, He will be faithful to prosper it and make it bear fruit! Heavenly Father, invade my heart as I seek to surrender my life to You in 2011. Lead me through Your Word, show me the truths and promises You have for me. Help me to write them into a prayer for You today. I love You, Lord, and desire nothing more than to live a life fully surrendered to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Remembering Remy: Magbanua was Samahan Clinic’s ‘mother and mentor’ By Fe Seligman

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omeone once said that the true worth and value of a person is often known by how one is remembered posthumously. Remy Magbanua, who died of skin cancer on Nov. 29, 2007, is still revered by those she left behind — her Samahan Clinic family. “Ate Remy,” as she was fondly known, was a mother and a teacher to many workers at the clinic. Though harsh with her words at times, she was dearly loved. “When I started at Samahan way back August 1992, Ate Remy was the one who taught me everything I needed to know at the clinic,” said Acelita Cunanan, a medical assistant at the clinic. “She molded me into the person that I am.” Samahan Clinic is a community clinic founded by the Filipino community 36 years ago. Cunanan is one of the clinic’s hard-working and highly detailoriented staffers. She attributed those traits to Magbanua’s strict tutelage. Cunanan said there were times when she didn’t want to go to work because she thought Magbanua was picking on her. “Little did I know that she cared so much about Samahan Clinic and her work,” Cunanan said. “It wasn’t personal. She was like that to everybody.” “Ate Remy was the clinic’s gatekeeper,” said Amy Tenchavez, Samahan Clinic’s accounting assistant. “She trained at least three generations of workers here at the clinic, starting with me.” Samahan Clinic has become a family to many of its employees, some who have worked their since 1977. Tenchavez was

“Ate Remy was the clinic’s gatekeeper. She trained at least three generations of workers here at the clinic, starting with me.” barely 16 when she began working at Samahan. Magbanua was her first mentor. “It was difficult at first to be under her,” she said. “I thought she was always picking on me. She would always point all my mistakes when I thought I was doing well. But now, I know better. She was teaching me how to be detail-oriented and was not patient with slackers.” Tenchavez holds a key position at the clinic, which relies greatly on her ability to be accurate with her financial entries, and she is grateful to Magbanua for instilling those skills in her. Essentially, it was Magbanua’s high standard for punctuality, accuracy and loyalty that rubbed some employees the wrong way. But among those who knew her intimately, they reckoned that behind the stern look and attitude was a person who they could draw strength and courage from. “She was like a second mother to me,” said Cora Caimol, another dedicated medical assistant at the clinic. “I did not have anyone to console me here in America except for her. Although she may be highly upfront with her viewpoints, she had a tender heart beneath that stern look. I will never forget how she consoled me and encouraged me when it was diffi-

cult here at Samahan.” Magbanua was diagnosed with a very rare skin cancer in 2007 called mycosis fungoides. During the last year of her life, she was in excruciating pain. She requested that her chemo treatment be stopped because she could not handle the negative side effects of the therapy. Despite her condition, there was only one thing she wanted to do: continue to work at Samahan Clinic and be with the people who she cared about. “Ate Remy was very dedicated to the clinic,” Tenchavez said. “Even during her last days, even when she was in her worst condition, she did not stop coming to Samahan Clinic to work and to be with those who mattered to her.” Magbanua’s last day at Samahan was when she celebrated her birthday, exactly one week before she died. Despite her great discomfort, she sliced the birthday cake herself to be shared by all. And, as if she knew it would be her last celebration, she called out the staff by name and asked where they were when they were not within sight. For those who were there, all they could give her was their last hugs and kisses, thanking her for the role she played in their lives. “Remy was my instructor when I first came to Samahan in 1992,” said clinic manager Irene Gallardo. “She was a role model for me and I thank her for everything good I learned from her. Remy gave 100 percent to Operation Samahan. She cared for all of us and we will truly miss her. In our hearts, she will be there forever. I am thankful that I was able to have her in my life.”

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Superior Court Judge Robert C. Coates retires


an Diego Superior Court Judge Robert C. Coates will retire on January 2,2011, after serving more than 28 years on the bench. During his judicial career, Judge Coates has served in every court division except probate; presiding for four years over the Municipal Court’s Civil Division, spending several years handling civil jury trials, plus assignments in Juvenile Court and Family Law, and for many recent years as a criminal trial judge. Because of his law practice experience in injury and mental health law, he has often been assigned cases involving mental difficulties. An accomplished writer, Judge Coates’ works include a book of poetry. A founder of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Homeless in 1984, he has also authored a book on solutions to American homelessness titled A Street Is Not a Home. In addition, Judge Coates has penned six law review articles. Judge Coates has served as an Adjunct Professor at the

Judge Robert C. Coates University of San Diego Law School teaching Environmental Law and Trial Practice and at the Western State Law School where he was an instructor in Poverty Law. He has also served as President of the County Law Library Trustees and as President of the Mission Valley Rotary Club and the San Diego Eagle Scout Alumni Association. Judge Coates chaired the court committee that created the downtown Substance Abuse As-

sessment (SAAU) Unit, which exists to prevent convicted drinking drivers from repeating; and he wrote the legislation which requires those drivers to pay for the work of the SAAU Unit. “The availability of real justice is so critical. It has been a moment-to-moment privilege of my life to serve San Diegans as one of their judges,” said Judge Coates. “Throughout his long judicial career, Judge Coates has had a strong work ethic and shown a willingness to serve in whatever capacities and assignments the court has needed. He has developed an expertise in the societal issues of homelessness and substance abuse. His insights have proven invaluable in working on those issues within the justice system. We wish him the best,” said Presiding Judge Kevin A. Enright. In retirement, Judge Coates plans to return to the practice of law and to devote himself more fully to a Rotary project which he founded 27 years ago: partnering with the Scripps Institu-

tion of Oceanography to educate about the science surrounding climate change. He also plans to continue organizing Boy Scout units in Southeast San Diego. Judge Coates began his judicial career in 1982 when thenGovernor Jerry Brown, Jr. appointed him to the Municipal Court. He was elevated to Superior Court in 1998 when the Municipal Court consolidated with the Superior Court. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Coates had a diverse career in private law practice, and before that, in engineering and city management. He was a partner in Coates & Miller after serving as an associate with Schall, Boudreau and Gore. As an attorney, Judge Coates was a leader within the Trial Lawyers Association and before law school was a candidate for the 78th State Assembly District, in 1964 and 1966. Judge Coates is a 1970 graduate of California Western Law School and holds his undergraduate degree in Engineering Geology from San Diego State College (now University), in 1959.

‘How to make 2011 your best year ever’ health and fitness seminar OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Coach RB Berry, Oceanside Fitness Expert, will deliver the seminar, “How to Make 2011 Your Best Year Ever,” as a community awareness and fundraising event for the Ivey Ranch Park Association on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at 110 Copperwood Way, Suite Q, Oceanside, CA 92058. The event will kick-off 2011 by teaching Oceanside and surrounding residents a proven strategy for achieving their New Year’s Resolutions for health and fitness, and raising

money for a great charity. Coach RB Berry is a certified fitness and nutrition professional with over 30 years experience in the North San Diego County area. “Most people set health and fitness goals for the New Year and start off with full momentum, but burn out quickly and never reach their goals. At this seminar, we will reveal how anyone with the desire can make 2011 the year their weight loss and fitness goals are finally achieved,” Coach Berry said. “The information you will re-

ceive in this seminar will empower you to start and succeed on your mission to a healthier, more toned, and confident individual. I’m very confident that this information will have a real impact on the health of our community – and raise money for a worthy cause at the same time. I intentionally chose the name of the event because of its implicit promise. Oceanside residents have supported my businesses over the years, and now we want to give back by showing them how to really make 2011 their best year yet.”

North County residents over 15 years of age are invited. There is no cost to attend other than a small, tax-deductible $10 donation to Ivey Ranch Park for Able and Disabled Children at the door. Mark your calendar; you don’t want to miss a great chance to take control of your body and your health. Over $3,000.00 in prizes will be given away at this event by Coach Berry and local business. Additional information about the event and registration is available at under event button.

Legionaires to revive Palomar College Photo inactive Leyte Post 625 Gallery open Jan. 7 - Feb. 28

The memories of the grandchildren of a Filipino-American military veteran were the recent catalyst for the reactivation of a long dormant American Legion Post in San Diego. When the young grandson and granddaughter learned that American Legion Leyte Post 625 — an American Legion outpost in which their parents were once active and proud members — was no longer active, it prompted former Legionaires to action to revive the post. Rey Aragon and Bert Andrade initiated the reformation of the post and have formed an ad-hoc committee to boost interest in the post, which was part of the American Legion’s

California District 22 before it was disbanded. “There were lots of memories here,” the two said. “We should regroup and find ways to make this post live again.” Several photos and memories of the post are collected in “Filipinos in San Diego,” a book on the history of Filipinos in the area by Judy Patacscii, Rudy Guevarra Jr. and Felix Truay in 2010. Any former Legionaires or veterans interested in joining the revived post can contact Aragon at (619) 501-6167 or Andrade at (619) 470-8039. For information on active American Legion Posts in the San Diego area, visit www.

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New Works: Recent Photographs by Palomar College Photography Students will be on display from January 7 to February 28. The gallery will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The gallery is set up at the Hearth Rotating Gallery at the San Marcos Community Center located at 3 Civic Center Dr., Civic Center Complex, San Marcos, Ca. 92069. “Palomar has a wellknown and highly respected photography department that has managed a vigorous and varied program for over 40 years,” said Palomar College photography instructor Donna Cosentino. This group of more than 50 images was juried by the photography faculty from more than 150 photographs entered by students who range from beginning to advanced sta-

tus. Represented in this show are digital and film-based, color and black and white, traditional darkroom and alternative process images. The student population in the Palomar College Photography Department is comprised of a diverse group in age, interest and background, and they come from all areas of North San Diego County and beyond. Their goals range from exploring career options to life enrichment. In addition to acquiring strong technical skills, students are encouraged to pursue their own expressive personal vision as evidenced by the work displayed in this exhibition. For more information on the exhibit contact the Palomar College Photography Department, (760) 744-1150 ext. 3628 or faculty member Donna Cosentino, (760) 484-3951. For information on the Rotating Art Gallery please call the San Marcos community Center at (760) 744-9000 ext. 3503.



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JANUARY 3 - 16 Christmas tree recycling Christmas tree recycling will be available at Las Palma Park January 3 -16, 2011. The annual Christmas tree recycling program has relocated from El Toyon Park to Las Palmas Park. The drop off point will be in the parking lot just south of the municipal pool located at 1800 E 22nd Street. Christmas trees can be dropped off at the site any time. This recycling program is for Christmas trees only; no trash or debris will be accepted. National City residents may check their mail for EDCO’s Waste Disposal newsletter “The Environmental Times” or call EDCO at (619) 474-8855 to learn how to prepare all Christmas trees for recycling.

JANUARY 15 13th annual multicultural festival The 13th Annual Multicultural Festival will be held on Saturday, January 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade (across from the San Diego Convention Center, Fourth Avenue to Market Street on Harbor Drive). The event will feature children's activities, multicultural entertainment, food and merchandise, and an education fair. For vendor and sponsorship opportunities, call (619) 533-7145. For more information about the event, call (619) 235-2222 or visit

JANUARY 16 Keyboard conversations The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents Keyboard Conversations® “The Romantic Music of Robert Schumann: Fantasies Forbidden and Fulfilled” featuring Jeffrey Siegel. The event will be held on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at the Center Theater. Siegel takes the audience on an exciting musical journey featuring the “Fantasy Pieces Opus 12,” the famous “Dreaming and Soaring,” and the stunning, virtuoso “Symphonic Etudes Opus 13,” or “Variations on a melody of a false Father-in-Law.” Tickets are $32.00 and can be purchased by calling (800) 988-4253 or visiting

JANUARY 23 new shanghai circus The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and Mike Pettite Presentations present New Shanghai Circus on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Concert Hall. Shanghai’s astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats, stretching the limits of human ability to bring more than 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions to the stage. This incredible group of acrobats, jugglers and contortionists present a spellbinding show with spectacular flair. Tickets range from $20.00 – $33.00 and $53.00 for VIP tickets. To purchase tickets please call (800) 988-4253 or visit

JANUARY 29 forever plaid The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and Mike Pettite Presentations present “Forever Plaid” on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Concert Hall. As four-part guy groups harmonized their way across the airwaves, Forever Plaid made their rise to the top. Not even a fatal car crash could stop the old-fashioned gents in plaid as they try to ‘make it,’ making the best of the toughest of rejections and the most challenging roadblocks — including death. See the Plaids return to Earth for one final concert, performing some of the greatest hits from the ’50s before returning to heaven. Don’t miss this heartwarming musical comedy, at the Center for one night only. Tickets range from $28.00 – $45.00 and can be purchased by calling (800) 988-4253 or visiting

JANUARY 29 NATIONAL CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL DINNER The National City Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Dinner on Jan. 29, 2011. This is an annual celebration inaugurates the incoming board of directors. It is also a great opportunity to network with city leaders, business owners and other chamber members. With raffle prizes, live auctions and entertainment, this night is sure to be filled with fun and excitement. We invite you to get involved as a chamber member and participate in our Annual Dinner Planning Committee. We would like to know if there has been any positive news within your organization that you would like for us to share and be the highlight of the 2011 Annual Dinner. We would like to know if your business has had a rise in employment, new building retrofitting that has generated more business, or an event that was positive for your business. Please send us your stories as we would like to highlight them in our 2011 Annual Dinner in January. Also, we would like to know who you would recommend to be the Business of the Year and Community Business Leader of the Year. Please send all of your stories and recommendations to Ms. Jacqueline Reynoso at before Friday, January 7, 2011.

April 30 27th Annual Children’s Book Party Attention parents and kids from grades K-12, you are invited to the 27th Annual Children's Book Party. This fun and popular event is free and open to the public. It will feature entertainment, refreshments and best of all, each child will receive two free brand new books to call their own! The event will take place Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. For more information or to volunteer, call Roosevelt Brown at (619) 266-4118 or (619) 804-7992.

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Tea cozies in new exhibit at S.D. Chinese Historical Museum “Undercover: Tea Cozies of China and Beyond,” a new exhibit featuring a collection of finely embroidered and exquisitely carved tea cozies from around the world, is set to open at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. From exquisitely embroidered silken sleeves to intricate-

ly carved and lacquered boxes, these tea cozies are as rich and sophisticated as China’s finest leaf. Beginning in the 17th century, the import of tea from China transformed Western, and especially British, culture forever. With the advent of afternoon teatime in the 1800s came fine Chinese porcelain teapots and the necessity of insulated tea co-

zies to keep the pot warm. This exhibition of fine cozies from China and Europe features motifs that highlight various values and aesthetics from different cultures, while also reminding us that in spite of drastic cultural differences, we can all take delight in sharing a pot of hot tea. Sally Yu Leung loaned many

pieces from her personal collection for this exhibit. Leung specializes in Chinese culture and folk art, often producing and curating cultural exhibits. She has also had many active roles at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, including senior docent and serving on the Commission of the Asian Art Museum. In addition, Leung has served on the

boards of the Society for Asian Art, the Chinese American International School and the Chinese Cultural Foundation. The exhibit opening will be held in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension building at 328 J Street from 2 to 4 p.m. An introductory lecture will be given by the collector, Sally Yu Leung, at 2 p.m. Refreshments


will be served at the reception held in the Chinese garden at 404 Third Avenue. Admission is $2 and free for members and children under 12. The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is located at 404 Third Avenue in downtown San Diego. For more information, please visit its website at www.


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we approach socioeconomic issues,” said Daniel Byrd, Ph.D., research director for the Berkeley, Calif.-based Greenlining Institute. “Take, for example, the state’s Asian-Americans,” he said. “California is home to the largest percentage of Asian-Americans in the United States; yet, there is a lack of information, especially disaggregate information, in many areas — such as political attitudes.” According to the report, Asian-Americans are the second fastest growing population in the state (behind Latino-Americans) and are expected to increase by 3.4 million –—13 percent of California’s population. Latinos will comprise roughly 48 percent of California’s population by 2040, increasing by approximately 15.5 million people — larger than the entire current combined populations of Los Angeles and Orange counties. The African-American population is expected to grow by 300,000 while the Caucasian population will decrease by approximately 100,480 people. The report also reveals a variety of interesting trends among the state’s Asian-American population, including a large number belonging to the “Baby Boomer” and “Generation X” generations. California’s largest population of 41-61-years-olds are Asian-

his passion for his students, connectedness to our learning and experiences, as well as sustaining the Filipino language for for all generations. His legacy lives on in the students he taught and the people who crossed paths with his loving and genuine personality. Salamat sa lahat ng itinuro ninyo sa amin.” SDSU student Christian “CV” Vallido added, “Ginoong Acejo was just a fun and wonderful guy, took the casual approach to learning which made it easier to grasp. And he never let his height stop him from being a big man.” Another former student created the Facebook page “Celebrating the Life of Professor Henry Acejo” in tribute to the instructor. Students and friends asked for justice and posted fond memories of the Filipino teacher online on Facebook and on the SDSU website. Acejo’s body will be flown to the Philippines for burial. To help defray the cost of transportation and burial expenses, the Southwestern College language department has set up a fund to collect money. Mail contributions to: The Henry Acejo Fund, School of Language and Literature, Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

“California is home to the largest percentage of Asian-Americans in the United States; yet, there is a lack of information, especially disaggregate information, in many areas — such as political attitudes.” American. Among Asian-Americans, Filipinos were the largest ethnic group at 23.6 percent, followed closely by Chinese at 22.70 percent. San Francisco and Santa Clara counties have the largest percentage of AsianAmericans. “The Central Valley will see a shift in demographics as more Filipinos move into the area,” said Byrd. Currently, the Central Valley is known for its high percentage of immigrant and refugee populations, such as Latino and Southeast Asians — especially

Hmong, Mien, Iu and Lao. Further information on population change, including that based on racial and ethnic demographic growth and decrease, will occur with the anticipated release of additional data from U.S. Census 2010. Preliminary data has already impacted future political representation, strategy and redistricting. Areas with high rates of racial/ethnic populations have taken notice and are beginning to voice their concerns, including San Diego, where communities are in current dis-

cussions regarding redistricting and the addition of a new city council district — which happens to have a high number of Asian-American residents and businesses.

“With politics, there is an assumption that class is the factor — that race is no longer a factor. Race is still a factor.” Byrd said. “There is no evidence that race is not a factor.”


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Fil-Am Criss filled with ‘Glee’ By Amy Mosura

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harice, Bruno Mars … now it’s Darren Criss’ turn to carry the FilAm torch into the Hollywood limelight with his role in the hit TV series “Glee.” Yes, Gleeks, the curly-haired, greeneyed heartthrob — who started out as a guest character, a gay teen named Blaine, and is now the show’s newest regular star — is of Filipino stock and very proud of it. Gregarious In Manila for a set of Christmas shows for Ayala Malls, the gregarious Criss sat down with the press only hours after he landed and only a few minutes before he and his team started rehearsals for his show later that afternoon. Criss, however, is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as only a hot new Hollywood prospect can be, and was in the mood to talk about his previous adventures in Makati. “The last time I was here was for my cousin’s wedding, about two years ago, and it’s so good to be back,” Criss told this writer in a one-on-one. “My mom is Cebuano, born and raised in the Philippines, and she went to the [United] States when she was an adult. She’s the youngest of seven, so I have a lot of family in Makati, a lot of them have moved on to other countries, but many of them are still here. My dad’s side is rather tiny, so I feel like a great part of my family is Filipino. I love the Filipino community so much.” The fact that the Filipino community is, in his words, “notoriously embracive,” is one of the reasons he had jumped at the chance to perform here so close to Christmas — even while nursing a cold. “I wasn’t born here, so I won’t make any claims of being fully Pinoy, but I don’t know,” he said. “Every time I come here I feel this sort of kinship with the country. Probably because Filipinos are so notoriously embracive of anyone, especially in the entertainment industry. I couldn’t be happier to be here.” Even before landing “Glee,” Criss has had a sizeable, if underground, fan following, which came about when he and his college friends from the University of Michigan theater department decided to post a Harry Potter parody musical they produced on YouTube. With songs written, produced and performed by Criss, the project, “A Very Potter Musical,” got millions of hits and gave birth to two other musicals, also posted on YouTube. When they formed a company to release the soundtrack albums, one became the very first college musical to land on the Billboard and iTunes charts.

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13th Annual Sheila R. Hardin San Diego Multicultural Festival Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade across from the San Diego Convention Center When: 11 a..m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15 Info: Visit


West Side Story Where: Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego When: Through Jan. 9 Tickets: $20 and up. (619) 5701100 or (800) 982-ARTS or visit

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Actor-singer Darren Criss, who is half Filipino, plays Blaine on the hit Fox TV series “Glee.”

DIY advocate The experience makes Criss an advocate of doing things yourself. “There are no rules to this game,” he said. “People are always saying, ‘Yeah, very smart to go on YouTube first,’ and you know, none of it is connected. I’ve just been very, very fortunate and I can’t stress that enough. The strength that our musicals have had — the ones I help make with my company, Star Kid Productions — was completely organic. We had no idea people would like it as much. And ‘Glee’ happened because I auditioned for it. I don’t think anyone in ‘Glee’ knew about that other world that I had. “My recommendation is that in this day and age there’s a big do-it-yourself mentality. We made that thing ourselves, produced it ourselves. If you want to do something, it’s very easy with the tools available now. Create, create, create.” Even after becoming hot Hollywood property, Criss is devoted to his other creative pursuits with the same collaborators, his old college friends. “My friends from Michigan [have all been] very supportive, and I’m still working with them. In fact, our fourth musical comes out in February. It’s called ‘Starship,’ and we’re rehearsing now,” he said, and added deprecatingly, “At the end of the day, I’m just some random guy, not really any different, the same old weird dorkish guy.” Independent “Then, pending my schedule, I’ll be working on a full-length studio album,” said Criss, who released an EP of five songs as an independent before “Glee”

beckoned. “That was always gonna happen, then I got cast in ‘Glee,’ which kinda stalled it for a bit. Depending on what time I have, I’ll be going back and forth between ‘Glee,’ my company and my musical and the album, and between those three, I’m keeping myself pretty busy. It also depends if I get a film this summer. I’m always auditioning.” With such a wealth of talent, it seems Criss’ path is full of possibilities, but will he ever choose between acting and music? “I wanna have my cake and eat it, too. They complement one another, and I’m gonna keep going until one or the other makes me decide.” Loves Blaine He loves the role of Blaine, and doesn’t fear typecasting, despite playing a gay role. (Criss is straight.) “I am no more a gay teenager in a blazer who’s 16 years old than Max Adler, who plays Karofsky, is a homophobic bully, or Heather Morris is a dumb blonde. We’re all playing parts and serving the story,” he pointed out. “I’ve been handed the tremendous opportunity to play an incredibly strong character. I can’t stress enough how important Blaine is to me. I mean, I play him, but taking that away from the equation, I think he plays such an important role in what’s going on in our world, what’s going on with young people. The things he has to say can transcend the gay topic, and into all sorts of exclusion and alienation and inclusiveness and acceptance." (

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‘Truth’ hurts: Silva downs Vera MANILA, Philippines — The truth really does hurt. Filipino-American Brandon “The Truth” Vera learned that lesson on New Year’s Day, suffering his latest loss on Jan. 1 at the hands of Thiago Silva in their Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vera was defeated by Silva via unanimous decision in their “UFC 125: Resolution” bout. Silva secured the win via a 3026, 30-27, 30-27 decision. On Friday, Jan. 7, the UFC announced it was dropping Vera as one of its fighters. In the first round, the two fighters showcased aggressiveness, with Vera landing leg kicks and Silva driving hard punches. A minute into the fight, Silva took down Vera. Thirty seconds into the second round, Vera attempted to redeem himself but Silva once more got on top. At the start of the third round, Vera bounced back by knocking Silva down. Within

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Mixed martial arts fighter Brandon Vera fell to Thiago Silva on New Year's Day UFC clash in Las Vegas, Nev.

a minute, however, the latter took control as he went on top of the Filipino once again. Silva’s grappling power seemed too much for Vera, who had his nose broken by his opponent. With the victory, the Brazilian now boasts a 15-2 record. Meanwhile, Vera dropped to an 11-6 record. (ABS-CBN)

Fil-Am basketball classic in Fresno The Meet in the Middle Winter Classic Fil-Am Basketball Tournament takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, at Fresno State University Student Recreation Center, 5010 N. Woodrow Ave. in Fresno, Calif. Brought to you by Xs & Os Basketball Foundation, Inc., XO Select Basketball Team

and the Magkaisa Filipino Club, the event features the best Pil-Am teams in California. Registration is $300 the week of the tournament, with at least three games guaranteed. For more information, vist search Facebook: “The Meet in the Middle Winter Classic FilAm Basketball Tournament.”

Fil-Ams to take ice at Asian Winter Games Photo: Gil Nartea/Benhur Arcayan/Malacannang Photo Bureau

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III welcomes Allan Pineda Lindo Jr., the Filipino-American singer of international pop group the Black Eyed Peas (better known by his stage name, during a courtesy call at the Yellow Room of the Premier Guest House at Malacañang on Dec. 23, 2010. The 36-year-old pop icon was born on Nov. 28, 1974, in Sapang Bato, Angeles City, Pampanga, to a Filipino mother Cristina Pineda and an African-American father. Through his Apl Foundation, he plans to finance the construction of school buildings, initially in his home province. Lindo has collaborated with the Department of Tourism in creating a video promoting the Philippines entitled “Take U to the Philippines,” which features the star against an animated background featuring a tricycle, jeepney and various domestic tourist spots. It highlights the Philippines’ warm and tropical nature and mentions specific places such as Palawan, Pampanga and Tagaytay.

MANILA, Philippines — Four Fil-Am skaters will be the first among the members of Team Philippines to plunge into international action this year as they compete in the seventh Asian Winter Games in Astana and Almaty, Kazakshtan, next month. Philippine Skating Union president Pocholo Veguillas

said Phl will field veteran Gracielle Jean Tan; 15-year-old national women’s champ Zhaira Costiniano from Dallas; and Mericien Venzon, 19, from California in the women’s short program of the Feb. 1-6 competition. Chicago-based FilAm Maverick Clint Eguia will be the lone entry in the men’s category. (

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Go green Sure, major purchases and membership rewards are good reasons to break out the plastic — especially if you know you will be able to pay off these bills soon, ideally at the end of the month. Handling cash helps remind us that frivolous spending has consequences — such as an empty wallet. Budget your funds and start paying cash again. A drawer a day Resolutions involving organization can feel overwhelming. As difficult as it is to admit, inside most of us is a hoarder of some sort. Take

it day-by-day, drawer-bydrawer. Limit yourself to cleaning out one drawer at a time. Sock drawers may only take five minutes, whereas drawers full of photos and mementos may take hours. Limit yourself to cleaning out one drawer at a time and you’re less likely to feel held back by feelings of stress and anxiety. Let the sunshine in ...or better yet, get outside. When was the last time you took a leisurely stroll? Just a few minutes of vitamin D from the sun and fresh air in your lungs on a daily basis can do wonders, especially for your well-being. Escape tension filled workplaces and busy households by simply stepping outside to take in the view, collect your thoughts and absorb the solace of the sun’s warmth on your skin, even if only for a few minutes a day. Pampered Pinay Facebook Shout-outs of the Week: Happy Birthday to Theresa Maigue-Bendorf, Merve Calayir and Lorna delos Santos! I hope you each enjoy fabulous celebrations worthy of a queen. See you online, my pampered friends! Check back every week for ways to pamper yourself and those you love. Why? The answer is simple: You deserve it! Got a business or event I should know about? Wish to agree or disagree with me? Want to send me a love note? (I love those.) E-mail me at thepamperedpinay@

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In loving Memory

Estela Rimorin Fontanoz Gordo


Dec. 24, 1924 – Dec. 16, 2010 “Mama Estela”

ur beloved Mama Estella passed away on Dec. 16, 2010 at 1 a.m. at a famly home in Stockton, Calif. With her were Melanie Gordo, Mita Gordo and Nicolas E. Gordo Sr. at the home Mita Gordo, M.D. Mama Estela was born in Bauang La Union on Dec. 24, 1924. Her love for the arts found expression in writing and painting. At the tender age of 13, she won first prize in a YMCA magazine-sponsored literary contest. As a high school student, she was was literary editor of “La Union Tab” and contributed several poems and stories to the “Bannawag,” an Ilocano weekly published by Ramon Roces Publications. She can be found on Yahoo or Goggle search engines as the “First female Ilocano novelist” due to her contributions when she wrote her first novel, “Sasainnec,” in 1948. The book was edited by Benjamin  Gray and subsequently serialized in “Bannawag.” Mother Estela was a retired state university professor (DMMMSU). She obtained her degree in education from Philippine Women’s

University in 1941 and her Bachelor of Laws Degree from Arellano University in 1949. She spent four decades as a Philippine public school teacher and is the author of the college textbook, “Spanish For Everyone.” Mother Estela was a strong woman who never left a kid behind and did her best to educate all her children. She gave all to keep them safe and to attain a better life.  Mother and Dad have nine children: (Youngest to eldest) Mr. Mariste Gordo De Vera,  Miss Melanie Chito Gordo, Manuel Gordo (deceased), Dr. Nicolas Gordo Jr., M.D.,  Mrs. Sonia Gordo Atos, Mrs. Grace Gordo Imson, Mr. Gordon Rimorin Gordo (USN Retired),  Dr. Mita Rimorin Gordo and Laurence Andres Gordo (USN Retired). Dr. Estela Rimorin Gordo’s remains will be brought back  home by her son Gordon Gordo to her final resting place in Baguio City, where the family started, in February.  Gordon has arranged a Funeral Liturgical Mass at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Saint Michael Church in Paradise Valley, 2643 Home Dale St., San Diego, CA 92139. Family, relatives and friends are welcome. Her remains are now at 6950 Simi Way in San Diego, California.

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COPAO members attend the flower offering on Rizal Day, Dec. 30, at Seafood City in National City.

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