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BACK TO SCHOOL. Filipino grade school students cross a river on the first day of a new school year in a remote village in Rizal province, east of Manila, June 2. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

No budget yet for teachers’

additional pay - Palace wages.

Malacañang, however, remains non-committal about their demand. “While we recognize their plea, we are already in the middle of implementing the 2014 budget. We have to identify other sources to cover the request or study this in the drafting of the budget for

2015,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview with radio dzRB. According to him, the Department of Education is asking for understanding from the teachers amid the need to fulfill their duties to students. The teachers, led by the Alliance

of Concerned Teachers, said protest actions will greet today’s opening of classes, warning of a “mass leave” if the government continues to snub their request. Public school teachers are seeking an increase in the entry-level salary to P25,000 from P18,549, adding that adjustments should be made accordingly for senior-level teachers. But Coloma said the government has been doing its part in strengthening the education sector, noting that from the P195.9-billion budget 


ANILA (June 2) -- The opening of school classes today will be welcomed by protest actions from public school teachers aiming for higher

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Filipinos chart new territory, collect data on Benham Rise


ANILA (June 2) — Filipino scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP) and specialist divers from Xavier University and Ateneo de Manila University completed the first phase of exploration of Benham Rise, a new Philippine territory east of Luzon island. filipinos, 5

p8 DIVERS touch and collect data on benthic life from the bottom of Benham Rise, a new Philippine territory off the eastern coast of Aurora province.


Benham Rise Program



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21-M students return to school MANILA (June 2) - Almost 21 million public preschool, elementary and high school students will return to school today even as the government struggles to address classroom congestion, particularly in Metro Manila. The Department of Education (DepEd) expects this year’s enrollment to reach 20.9 million, of which 1.79 million are in kindergarten, 13.3 million in elementary and 5.8 million in high school. Authorities, on the other hand, also made preparations to ensure the safety and security of students on the first day of classes. The Philippine National Police (PNP) distributed flyers titled “Balik Eskwela 2014” providing crime prevention tips and safety reminders for parents and students. The PNP is more focused on incidents of bullying and street crimes. Malacañang has directed the PNP to ensure the safety of students in time for resumption of classes in public schools nationwide. “We are calling on the general public to help ensure the safety of everyone. Let us help each other and coordinate with the authorities so that the resumption of classes will be as peaceful and as smooth as possible,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima directed all police units to be on alert to ensure orderly and peaceful opening of classes as he instructed police commanders to closely coordinate with the local government units and the DepEd. Problem of overcrowding DepEd officials insisted there is “no more classroom shortage” for this school year. DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo, however, admitted congestion would remain a problem most especially in urban areas. “The classroom shortage in Metro Manila is due to the lack of buildable spaces,” he said. A total of 66,813 classrooms had been built as of December 2013 to address the 2010 backlog of 66,800, according to DepEd. DepEd-National Capital Region director Luz Almeda said overcrowding of classrooms is still expected in some schools in Metro Manila this school year due to increase in enrollment. Almeda said some 1,200 students from Yolanda-devastated areas have transferred to schools in Metro Manila. For school year 2012-2013, DepEd said it achieved a national average classroom to student ratio of 1:40 for elementary and 1:50 for high school. However, DepEd records also show that, for the same school year, the classroom to student ration was 1:75 for elementary

A teacher at a public elementary school in Manila prepares for today’s opening of classes. EDD GUMBAN

and 1:74 for high school in Metro Manila. Almeda said total enrollees in public schools in Metro Manila this school year reached 2,172,576 or about .27 percent up from last year. There are around 900,000 students in private schools, she said. Among the 20 most congested schools in Metro Manila are Sampaloc Site II Elementary School in Parañaque City, Payatas B Elementary School in Quezon City, Bagong Tanyag

Annex B in Taguig City, President Corazon Aquino Elementary School (Quezon City), Bagong Tanyag Elementary School Annex A (Taguig City), San Diego Elementary School (Quezon City), Bagong Silang Elementary School (Caloocan City), Caloocan North Elementary School (Caloocan City), Don Galo Elementary School (Parañaque City) and Libis Baesa Elementary School (Baesa Annex). The other congested schools included the Sto. Niño National

High School in Marikina City, Tinajeros National High School Acacia Annex in Malabon City; Potrero National High School also in Malabon, Holy Spirit National High School in Quezon City, Catmon Integrated School (Malabon City), San Bartolome High School (Quezon City), Captain Albert Aguilar National High School (Las Piñas City), Kalayaan National High School (Las Piñas City), North Fairview High School (Quezon City) and Sampaguita High School (Caloocan City). -Philstar

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‘Medical marijuana bill prohibits pot sessions’ MANILA (June 2) - Pot sessions will not be allowed under the bill that seeks to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano lll, who authored the measure, said yesterday. He said the bill contains strict provisions that would regulate the cultivation and use of medical marijuana. He said only patients with debilitating medical conditions who are screened by competent doctors would be allowed to use it. In his explanatory note on the bill, Albano said, “Modern research has confirmed the

beneficial uses of cannabis (or marijuana) in treating and alleviating the pain, nausea and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, as found by the National Institute of Medicine of the US.” He said at least 20 states in the US, Israel, Canada, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic have allowed the use of medical marijuana. “Other states in the European Union, including Finland, Portugal, Spain, and Luxembourg, in recognition of the medical value of cannabis,

have developed various forms of de facto decriminalization, whereby possession and use of cannabis rarely lead to criminal prosecution,” he added. Albano pointed out that in the Philippines, the law prohibiting dangerous drugs actually allows the cultivation of marijuana by laboratories and research centers “for medical experiments or research purposes or for the creation of new types of medicine.” The bill proposes the creation of a medical cannabis regulatory authority under the Department of Health to regulate the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The authority would issue identification cards to patients who, in its evaluation, are qualified to use medical marijuana. All information relating to patients would be treated as confidential. A qualified patient would be prohibited from possessing

or using medical marijuana in public transport or a public place, or from operating any vehicle while under the influence of cannabis. He would not be allowed to use marijuana for purposes other than treating his debilitating medical condition. He would not be permitted

to undertake tasks using body or motor functions impaired by his medical marijuana treatment. An authorized physician would be prohibited from prescribing marijuana for purposes other than treating a medical condition covered by the proposed law. Philstar



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MANILA (June 2) - Almost a year after the alleged pork barrel scam was exposed to the public, the Office of the Ombudsman believes it has enough evidence against three senators tagged in the multibillion-peso anomaly. According to a report of the Asian Journal dated May 29, Ombudsman Conchita CarpioMorales told a townhall meeting in New York that there is sufficient data to prove the guilt of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada who have been linked to the scam. Morales, on a two-week study tour in Washington, was asked by community leaders through Consul Kira Danganan about the possibility of securing the conviction of the three senators,

the report said. “That’s supposed to be confidential, but given the fact that the ombudsman has come up with a resolution that there is probable cause to believe that crimes were committed and that the respondents are probably guilty, of course, the ombudsman will not go to court without proper ammunition. We have enough evidence,” Morales replied to the question. “They filed a motion for reconsideration, and I understand they are now awaiting my return. I’m prepared to face them. I was telling them I have yet to study in earnest their motion for reconsideration, so only God knows if they will be indicted in court,” she added. Morales said she does not have a timeframe to sign the

charges against the senators. “We can assure you that the ombudsman is independent. We can handle pressure. I have said it time and again, we are impervious to influence,” Morales said. She said President Aquino has never exerted pressure on her. “Maybe I look that fierce in public that no one has pressured me. In fairness to the President, he has not intimated or slightly suggested that I should do this or that,” she said. The Office of the Ombudsman has recommended plunder and graft charges against Enrile, Revilla and Estrada and several government officials for the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or congressional pork barrel. Philstar

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BIR: Gov’t lost P200-B from tax exemptions MANILA (June 2) - The government has lost more than P200 billion in 2012 and possibly more last year due to tax exemptions and reductions enjoyed by a number of investors, the Bureau of Internal Revenue said. This preliminary data is the reason why the Department of Finance (DOF) has been pushing for the passage of the fiscal incentives bill in both houses of Congress, BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares told reporters late last week. “I am not saying that we should get rid of all the incentives for investors. What I’m saying is you should only give incentives to people who need them to become profitable,” Henares explained. “If you’re profitable already, you have the obligation to share it with the country because you’re availing of the services of the country. That’s the reason why there is a need for the rationalization of fiscal incentives,” she continued.

Fiscal and non-fiscal sweeteners are aimed at increasing foreign and domestic investments in the country. But some firms, Henares noted, have enjoyed too many years of not paying taxes that the incentive packages being extended by a number of agencies should be reviewed. The DOF specifically wants the authority to grant these incentives be given solely to the Board of Investments. This means other agencies such as the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, the Bases Conversion Development Authority, and other economic zones will not be allowed to offer perks to interested investors. The fiscal incentives bill, one of the Aquino administration’s top priority measures, has failed to secure approval in Congress for about 15 years now, the commissioner recounted. The piece of legislation currently remains pending in both the lower and upper houses of Congress. Philstar


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in 2010 when President Benigno Aquino III came to office, there was an increase of 71% to P335.4 billion in 2014. He also pointed out that this is the highest allocation in the budget as anchored on the Constitutional provision that the country should give priority to education. Coloma instead asked the public, including government agencies from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, to implement the system of “bayanihan (helping)” to ensure that the opening of classes will be smooth today. “Magtulungan po tayo para tiyakin ang kaligtasan at kaginhawaan ng mga kabataang mag-aaral. Makipag-ugnayan po tayo nang masinsin sa isa’t isa para maging maayos at matahimik ang pagbabalik eskwela ng ating mga anak, kapatid, kaanak, kapitbahay, at ka-barangay,” he said.

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Marine scientist Cesar Villanoy, leader of Benham Rise Program, said that scientists who set out for the research cruise earlier this month were the first humans to explore the undersea plateau believed to be containing rich gas deposits and minerals. “We would like to think na kami ang naunang mag-touch ng bottom ng Benham ... We were getting to see things that no human has ever seen before,” Villanoy said in an interview on Solar’s last week. Members of the program explored some of “shallowest” parts of Benham Rise at 120 to 170 feet beneath the surface, with divers staying at the bottom for a maximum of five minutes. “The currents were very strong, so we had safety lines for the divers. We had to get to the bottom where the currents slow down a bit,” Villanoy said, explaining some of the activities during the two-week expedition. Team leader Hildie Nacorda, an oceanographer from UP Los Baños, said that researchers onboard the vessel of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources were able to document some of the species spotted in the area as well as collect specimens that can aid further research and exploration. The activity was the firstever benthic survey of the undersea area, granted to the Philippines by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to the Philippines in 2012. “We came without knowing what we [would] find. It’s a 50-50 chance we would be diving because we did not know what depth we will land onto. We didn’t know how shallow was shallow, or how deep was deep,” Nacorda said in the same show. Among the species they spotted were a small butanding or whale shark, a young white tip shark, tuna, puffer fish, groupers, snapper representatives and surgeon fish. Nacorda said the scientists also collected samples of sea life such as corals and algae and measured temperature, salinity, oxygen levels and water samples to show on Benham Rise’s productivity. Camille Diola/Philstar



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Entertainment Boots Anson-Roa and fiancé law yer King Rodrigo


assaulted by foreigner BARELY three weeks before she says “I do” to law yer King ricky Rodrigo on June 14, exci ted Lo bride Boots Anson-Roa got the shock of her life when she was assaul ted by a foreigner right at the lobby of the Andrea’s condominium in Quezon Ci t y where she’s staying. “It was The Philippine STAR that caused i t,” Boots in her characteristic good-natur edness joked about i t when she talked to Funfare on the phone yesterday. “I was reading your column when the assaul t hapconfr onted me fr om behind, pened.” saying, ‘Why don’t you buy It happened in the morning your own paper?’ I didn’t mind of Thursday, May 22, and Boots him. I saw him walk towar d was talking about i t only now the elevator and come back that she and King are prepar- wi th a folded newspaper. While ing formal charges against the cursing me, he slapped my lef t suspect who is also a resident arm wi th the folded paper but at the same condominium. I kept my co ol. Hindi naman “I was in my jogging out fi t ako confr ontational kasi, eh. and I just came from the gym,” Ever y thing was caught by the related Boots. “I dropped by the CCT V.” counter at the lobby to browse Obviously, the suspect (“An a copy of The STAR. This guy Australian-Canadian married

funfare Canada

to a Filipina,” said Boots) didn’t know who he was assaul ting. “It was not an isolated incident,” added Boots. “I learned that he has had similar brushes wi th other people.” It took a while before Boots (who’s living only wi th maids at the condo uni t) informed King who remained cool and decided to just take legal action against the suspect. Boots and King are get ting married at the Ar chbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong Ci t y, wi th Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of ficiating, on June 14 which is King’s 75th bir thday and not, as

wrongly mentioned by Funfare in last Sunday’s stor y, that of his mom’s (who is turning 100 on Nov. 18). For a complete r epor t on what happened, Boots sent Funfare a copy of an account (which I’m printing as is) submi t ted to the condominium management by Richard C. Ramon, detachment commander of Leopar d Integrated Securi t y Ser vices, Inc. Mr. Ross Hemingway of uni t 3002 slapped the lef t upper arm of Ms. Boots Anson-Roa using a folded newspaper.

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Patricia Trinidad was among the “Dean’s Listers” during her high school years, bagging back-to-back honor rolls to the delight of her teachers. She has three years experience in Vocal Jazz and Choir, so that says a lot about her passion for the musical arts. Patricia was also a member of her school’s official Literary Magazine, having contributed articles and stuff. She once made a speech on Youth at U of W and she hopes to pursue a career in medicine.


Photos by Darryl Palapuz of Eight Rays Studio (Facebook, @EightRaysStudio))

TYLER Magnaye earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film degree from the University of Winnipeg in 2012. The following year, he received his Broadcasting Diploma from the Academy of Broadcasting. He was a member of the Magdaragat from 1995 to 2013. During his spare time, Tyler enjoys listening to a variety of music, making short films, writing, playing basketball and piano. This multi-talented broadcaster is currently into promotions and works as an operator for Energy 106, a Top 40’s radio station. Tyler is not your ordinary dude. In 1997, he was cast for an acting role for Rainbow Stage in South Pacific and local short film written and directed by Fernando Dalayoan, dubbed “Young Ligaw” in 2011. The future looks bright for this 24-year old Transcona resident.


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ODAY I’d like to touch base on one of Winnipeg’s newest and hopefully long lasting car groups, LowMotive. With such a shor t amount of time, being well put together by the amazing crew behind it, it seems to be a big hit.

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Magnaflow Catback 3” down pipe SAI Upgraded diver ter valve


The first meet being a huge success, really shows the dedication these guys have been put ting into every thing. All cars, all makes and models were paraded, filling the parking lot at 865 Waverly ranging from S2000’s, MR2’s, Preludes, Genesis coupes, and oh, that VW squad that rolled in fashionably late! I’ve known these guys since they star ted out as Dime Status, being a small group of friends, helping each other out on their own projects all the through the sudden name change a couple months ago that helped them grow in the car scene. Launching a full forum for all enthusiasts, with their collective passion cars, everybody communicates and learns on dif ferent builds, and even creates new concepts to take this whole endeavor even far ther. To just credit their work and determination strictly isn’t enough though. So, let’s get to know these guys a lit tle bit more, with just a brief backgrounder on all founding members. First of f, there’s Cory, the funny guy of the group that star ted out with the RSX project, who later on had the misfor tune of figuring in a road accident that somehow only made him more determined to pursue his love for cars. Anyways, he decided to get an MkIV Jet ta, touched it up and now, check it out: LowMotive holds their meets every Thursday night, star ting at 7 and a group cruise at 9:30. Come out and meet some new people, I’ve cer tainly enjoyed myself during opening night, speaking to many car owners and gawking over their builds. We’ll keep you posted on our first big meet. Make sure to mark your calendars when it’s announced and come out, meet my team and sign up for SpeedFest directly with us! June 8th is the SpeedFest Mini meet Location: PCCM Parking Lot 737 Keewatin St from 3pm-7pm Come and get your cars washed by the beautiful SpeedFest ladies! Sign up with us for SpeedFest, simply email me or DM PegCityJDM on Instagram

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Keeping fit with

Lower Body Exercise


hope everyone is enjoying our nice weather for fun outdoor activities like running. Good luck to all par ticipating in any races this summer. In this issue, I will be providing you with some lower body exercises for bet ter shape. As promised here are the lower body exercises to help improve your strength during running season using body weight. These exercises mainly target the quadriceps, hamstrings, inner thighs and calves. Keeping the muscles ar ound the kne es and ankles strong prevents your joints from injuries caused by repetitive movements. Complete these exercises 2-3 times a week in your training program. Enjoy! Squats: Lower body exercise, target quadriceps. Star t wi th shoulder wid th apar t. Stick your but t out keeping your back in a neutral spine. Bend the knees keeping your chest up.

Right foot in front

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Squat down to about 90 degrees of knee flexion, then return to standing position. Complete this exercise 3 sets of 10 repetitions.

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Side lunges: targeting the inner thigh, with some quads as well. From standing, bring the lef t foot to the side of the body (4 feet away) Then bend the lef t leg keeping the back in a neutral position, chest up while keeping the right knee straight. Push-of f from the bent knee position back to standing straight, then repeat this movement 10 times. Complete this exercise 3 sets of 10 repetition on each leg.

Calf R aises: targeting calf muscles. Stand on a step or a stair holding on to the side or wall for balance. Stand on your toes with the heels hanging of f the step. Then stand on your toes as high as you can feeling the contraction on your calves. Then bring your heels back down to repeat the movement. Complete this exercise 3 sets of 10 repetitions. Thanks again for reading and I hope you enjoy these simple exercises. Stay tuned nex t week for simple core exercises that will help with flat ter abs you always wanted.


Walking lunges: targeting quads and hamstrings. Star t in a standing position, bring your right foot forward (3-4 feet away in front). Then bend your right knee down nearly touching the floor. Stand up and bring your back leg to the front. Then bring your lef t foot forward this time (like you’re walking) then bend the lef t knee. Stand up and repeat this movement going to a forward direction until you can complete 10 steps with both legs.

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“Be Careful with My Heart” phenomenon hits Malaysia and Vietnam

THE Philippines’ number one day time drama series “Be Careful with My Hear t” is now a cer tified southeast Asian phenomenon in two countries as it continues to captivate viewers from Malaysia and Vietnam with its light, feel good love story. The well-loved family series currently enjoys an average of 1.6 million viewers in Malaysia everyday via Media Prima, which is considerably high for a foreign content airing on Malaysian free TV. Just like Filipinos, Malaysians would share their thoughts to their social media accounts to express how much they adore

the romance between nanny Maya (Jodi Sta.Maria) and her boss Sir Chief (Richard Yap). It created such a buzz online that “Be Careful with My Hear t” landed in the top ten Twit ter trending topics in Malaysia. Malaysian viewers embrace the series because of its light but engaging plot. They find it unique and just full of good vibes since the story doesn’t have an antagonist unlike the usual soap operas on TV. They are also delighted with the sweetness and politeness of the characters. From Malaysia, the “Be Careful with My Hear t” fever crosses over to Vietnam

where it is also a widely-followed Filipino series airing every 7:00pm via Today TV. According to Lam Chi Thien, the executive chairman and CEO of International Media JS Company, Vietnamese are endeared towards the show because they can relate to its characters and what they represent in society. “Maya and Sir Chief are very down to ear th and they represent the working class in the society,” he said in an interview with the Philippines primetime newscast “TV Patrol.” “Be Careful wi th My Hear t” is only among the many Filipino dramas made

available to international viewers by ABSCBN International Distribution. ABS-CBN International Distribution has been recognized in the global arena as a reliable foreign content provider. It has been a premier source of high quality Filipino programming in over 50 territories all over the world and has sold over 30,000 hours of content worldwide. Living up to this recognition, ABS-CBN International Distribution commits to add to its line-up of high-caliber programs and movies with cast and storylines that appeal to various cultures.

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Long wait for citizenship

sands of people in Manitoba, the Filipino community more than any other will be affected. Whenever an MP speaks in the chamber, you are allowed to ask a question of him/her. In this instance, my question was the following: “It now takes a minimum of two years to get citizenship. That is a minimum. Often it will go to five or six years. My question for the minister is this: when does he anticipate that the average time to get citizenship will be no more than a year?” Minister Chris Alexander answered: “Mr. Speaker, I will repeat for the member for Win-


mp kevin lamoureux

Straight up nipeg North the facts of the matter. The waiting time now for a new application is 28 months. It is more than two years and it is unfortunate, but it is because Canadian citizenship has never been more popular. There have been 333,000 applications. We do not apologize for that, and the measures in this bill will bring us back to one-year processing by early 2016.” That same day, like the Minister, I and a number of other MPs talked about citizenship and immigration for several hours. All aspects of the bill were referenced with a lot of focus on certain parts but often, the debates dealt with the broader issue of immigration policy. lamoureux, 29

The Love Boat

T all started as a talking point that Commodore Brilliante Ochoco, then Philippine Coast Guard chief, needed for a speech before a group of businessmen. I had just been introduced to him by a former high school classmate who also happened to be in the military. Upon learning that I was an advertising man and a writer, Ochoco asked to pick my brains for his talk. I decided to feed him an idea that had begun to curdle in my mind: a public transport system using the Pasig River. It was almost the mid-80s. The traffic situation in Metro Manila had become increasingly worse and I thought that it was a crying shame that the Pasig River was not being utilized, the way it was in pre-war years. To ease the public transport problem, Imelda Marcos, then First Lady, Governor of Metro Manila and head of the Ministry of Human Settlements, had introduced the Love Buses, airconditioned buses plying the metropolis.

My new role, however, means I spend more time in the House of Commons than any of my colleagues which means that I have even more opportunities to address a wide variety of different issues. I always get engaged when the issue of immigration and citizenship comes up.

few months after Justin Trudeau became Leader of the Liberal Party, he asked me to be part of his House Leadership team and I was happy to take on the challenge as it has afforded me the opportunity to help shape the many different debates in Ottawa. However, it also meant that I was no longer the critic for Immigration and Citizenship. People who know me understand how passionate I am about multiculturalism, immigration and citizenship. After all I have been on the frontlines of these issues for over 20 years. My new role, however, means I spend more time in the House of Commons than any of my colleagues which means that I have even more opportunities to address a wide variety of different issues. I always get engaged when the issue of immigration and citizenship comes up. Inside the chamber on May 28, Chris Alexander, the Minister of Immigration, stood 15 feet in front of me and explained why his bill was going to improve Canadian Citizenship. He talked about how he was going to speed up the citizenship application process. That issue alone will impact many thou-


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IT all started as a talking point that Commo- greg b. macabenta dore Brilliante Ochoco, then Philippine Coast Guard chief, needed for a speech before a group of businessmen. I had just been introduced to him by a former high school Street talk classmate who also happened to be in the about it. But, as it turned out, military. Upon learning his speech was enthusiastithat I was an advertis- cally received by his audience, which included members of the ing man and a writer, press. Over the next few days, news items and column menOchoco asked to pick my brains for his talk. tions cited “Ochoco’s idea” as a For Ochoco’s speech, I decided to call the proposed ferry service, the Love Boat - a water-based equivalent of the Love Bus and also reminiscent of a popular TV series that had already gone off the air. After I had given Ochoco the speech, I thought no more

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School opening woes


HE Department of Education is addressing the backlog in classrooms, but the inadequacy of school facilities keeps re-emerging as education resources fail to keep up with the booming population. Over the weekend the government announced the release of P7.3 billion for the construction of 7,136 classrooms in 4,007 public elementary and high schools nationwide. Another P1 billion was released to repair or build new schools in areas hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda last year. Still, overcrowding in several areas is expected as the school year starts today in public schools and most of the private learning institutions. In disaster zones, some schools double as evacuation centers as the development of resettlement sites moves slowly. The lack of classrooms is not the only problem. While the government keeps hiring new teachers, there are never enough educators. Salaries have gone up for public schools teachers, but they continue to be unhappy with their pay and have warned that they would greet the first day of school with mass protests. The government must also compete with foreign employers that can afford to pay much more. There have been many improvements in recent years in the public school system. The textbook shortage has been addressed. The basic education curriculum has been overhauled to emphasize science and mathematics. Children are taught in their native tongue in the first years of schooling before they are introduced to English. Kindergarten is now free and compulsory, and K to 12 is in place. There are programs to assist students in matching their chosen courses with skills that are in demand. Yet there are persistent problems. The quality of Philippine education still lags behind many other countries in Asia. Filipino school children are being left behind particularly in skills in information and communication technology. In Metro Manila, overcrowding in several schools and horrendous traffic jams arising from simultaneous road constructions briefly gave rise to a proposal for a three-day school week. The proposal has been junked. There have been notable improvements in Philippine education, but tough challenges still lie ahead as a new school year opens. Philstar

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Kapag nagtulungan ang Pinoy, sigurado and asenso - Part 2 NAPAKARAMING magagawa ng komunidad na nagkakaisa at nagtutulungan. Synergy ang resulta ng team work o nagkakaisang grupo o komunidad. Ang ibig sabihin ng synergy ay ang pakikipagtulungan ng mga elemento ay may mas malaking epekto o resulta kaysa sa suma ng indibidwal na pagsisikap o gawain. Kung may dalawang baka na kapwa nakaka hila ng 5,000 pounds o libra, 10,000 libra ang suma nito. Ngunit sa pakikipagtulungan o teamwork ang dalawang baka ay maaring humila ng hanggang 35,000 libra na bigat. Nasa alaala ko pa ang litrato sa libro sa paksa patungkol sa Pilipino noong ako ay nasa elementary pa patungkol sa bayanihan. Isang mabuting ugali na taglay nating mga Pilipino. Buhat buhat ng maraming lalaki ang bahay ng kapit bahay na kinailangang ilipat ng lugar. Hindi ito posible kung ang pamilya lamang ng nakatira ang bubuhat. Kaya dumami ang mga Pinoy sa Winnipeg, nang dahil sa

NAPAKARAMING magagawa ng komunidad na nagkakaisa at nagtutulungan. Synergy ang resulta ng team work o nagkakaisang grupo o komunidad. Ang ibig sabihin ng synergy ay ang pakikipagtulungan ng mga elemento ay may mas malaking epekto o resulta kaysa sa suma ng indibidwal na pagsisikap o gawain. Kung may dalawang baka na kapwa nakaka hila ng 5,000 pounds o libra, 10,000 libra ang suma nito. mga may ginintuang puso na nagsponsor sa kanilang mga kaibigan at kamag anak. May panahon noon na pinapayagan ng immigration Canada kahit hindi kakilala ay inisponsor ng mga kababayan nating narito sa Winnipeg. Pagdating ay sinasalubong ng mga nagsponsor kasama ng marami pang kababayang ang mga bagong dating sa airport. Pakiramdam ko minsan pag sumasalubong ako sa airport ay wala ako sa Canada dahil sa dami ng mga Pinoy na sumasalubong.

Pagkatapos ay pinatitira sa bahay ng sponsor nang libre, tinutulungang makakuha ng SIN, medical cards, child tax benefit at makapag hanap ng trabaho. At kung kaya ng lumipat at bumukod ay tinutulungang mabuo ang kanilang kagamitan at tinutulungan sa paglilipat. Isang kaugaliang maipagmamalaki nating mga Pinoy dito sa Friendly Manitoba. Ako ay naniniwala na magpapatuloy ito hanggang sa may pagkakataong pang makatulong


Agent 777 tayo sa mga kababayan natin na makarating dito. Gaya ito nang kaligayahan at pagpapalang dalda ng pagkakaisa na sinabi ni David sa Awit 133: 1-3, pakinggan natin; “Masdan ninyo, na pagkabuti at pagkaligaya sa mga magkakapatid na magsitahang magkakasama sa pagkakaisa! Parang mahalagang langis sa ulo, na tumutulo sa balbas, sa makatuwid baga’y sa balbas ni Aaron. Na tumulo sa laylayan ng kaniyang mga suot; Gaya ng hamog sa Hermon, na tu-

mutulo sa mga bundok ng Sion: sapagka’t doon pinarating ng Panginoon ang pagpapala, sa makatuwid baga’y ang buhay na magpakailan pa man.” Sa pagkakaisa at pahtutulungan daw ng bayang Israel dumadaloy ang pagpapahid o pagpapala ng Diyos. Parang langis na tumutulo mula sa ulo ni Aaron na punong pari ng Israel tungo sa kanyang balbas at bumababa sa kanyang damit kung saan sa kanyang dibdib ay ang lanbingdalawang bato na simbolo ng labing dalawang tribo ng Israel. Kinatutuwa ng Diyos ang ating pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan lalo na kung ginagawa natin ito para sa kanyang karangalan at kapakanan ng iba at hindi para lang sumikat at tanghalin ng ating kapwa bilang matulungin. Kaya kabayan, panatiliin natin ang bayanihan dito sa Canada sa ating komunidad pati na rin sa ibang lahi ng maranasan natin ang masaganang pagpapala at kaligayahang walang patid.

Restoring harmony in your home C. Pray before the meeting. Each of you. Get your own heart right and come to the meeting with a spirit of reconciliation, and a spirit of forgiveness, ready to work on the issue, not attacking each other but attacking the problem. We’re on the same team. Don’t fix the blame; fix the issue, fix the problem. Come with a positive attitude toward this peace conference. Work on the issues. There’s going to be some resolution. It’s not for me to blame and unload -- accuse and excuse.


nce you’ve done this and scheduled the peace conference.

5. ESTABLISH GROUND RULES PRIOR TO THE FIGHT. When we argue, when we have a conflict, we say, “Yes, we can have major differences and we can talk about them. But there are certain deadly weapons that are out of bounds, hitting below the belt, that we will not use in our family. These tend to provoke anger and resentment. We will not use these things.” Seven rules for fighting fair in marriage. They all start with “C”. Everyone of these things are things that you have done and I have done. From now on these are out of bounds. A. Never Compare. Don’t say “Why can’t you be like...” or “You’re just like ... “It’s unfair to compare. God made every person unique.” B. Never Condemn. Don’t use phrase like, “You always...” or “You never... You ought to... You should... You ought to be ashamed of yourself.” Lay on the guilt, play the conscious. Start them with “I”. “I need this from you... I feel this...” If somebody says “I feel it”, husbands/wife, accept it as legitimate -- whether you understand it or not don’t say, “You shouldn’t feel that way!” If they feel it, just accept it. It

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Shout Out doesn’t mean you agree with it or it’s legitimate just accept that that is the way they feel. “I need... I feel... It seems to me...” is much less threatening, much less condemning than to make “You” statements: “You ought to, you should... you never... you always...” C. Never Command. Don’t try to end an argument by force. “I demand that you do what I say! I command you to do this...” Don’t try to be a parent to your spouse. Don’t make demands it causes temperatures to be raised. D. Never Challenge. Threats. “Just try that and see what happens!” Remember when you were a little kid and somebody would draw a line and dare you to step over it. You would! Just to see what happens. That is the rebellious nature of humanity. If somebody says “I dare you” you’re going to take the dare. E. Never Condescend. Don’t humiliate the other person. Never treat others in the family as less than they really are, or as an inferior. Don’t belittle your spouse. Don’t put them down. Don’t ridicule them for their feelings or their logic or whatever. F. Never Contradict. Never interrupt in the middle of a sentence. When we tend to get into arguments all we see are ourselves. We tend to jump at saying things back. We’re not thinking about what the other person is saying. We’re not listening. We’re just thinking about what we’re going to say. Wait your turn to talk when

Ask yourself, “How much of this is my fault?” Before you start accusing and blaming and attacking, Jesus says check your own self out. Am I the problem? Am I the cause of it? Is there a blind spot in my life? When you’re in a conflict, before you start getting the sawdust out of your husband’s/wife’s eye, get the telephone pole out of your own eye. you’re in a conflict. Let them say their whole piece and then you can say your piece and back and forth. Don’t cut each other off. Treat each other with consideration. G. Never Confuse. This is when we bring up unrelated issues in the middle of the argument. We often do this intentionally to side track people. Some of us are very good at this. When we’re in an argument that we know we’re losing we bring up something unrelated and they start arguing about that. We keep switching the argument because we realize we’re losing. Stick with the issue at hand. Don’t confuse people. Let me summarize these seven things in one sentence: Attack the issue not each other. Proverbs 11:29 (Living Bible) “The fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment will finally have nothing worthwhile left.” It is foolish to intentionally cause anger or resentment in your home. 6. SWITCH YOUR FOCUS Philippians 2:4-5 “Each of you should look out not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” We’d have very few conflicts in our home if we practiced this scripture. Move the attention away from self to the other person. From selfishness to unselfishness. If we would just do What was Christ Jesus’ attitude? It was an attitude of not looking after number one, but looking out for other people. Look not only at your own interests; look at the interests of others. Circle “look”. The word in Greek is

“scopos” where we get the word telescope, microscope, a scope on a rifle. It means pay attention to the needs of the person you’re in conflict with. Ask yourself at this peace conference. What are his/her needs right now? What can I do to meet it? When we’re angry, typically we’re preoccupied with ourselves. All we can see are our needs, our hurts, and our expectations that haven’t been met. The Bible says, “Look at the needs of others not just your own needs.” Switch the focus. If you want a magical sentence that clears up so many conflicts and will usually end it right on the spot is: “I’m sorry, I was only thinking of myself.” If you make that statement, after your mate wakes up from fainting, then you can begin to deal with the real issues. It’s a hard thing to say but the bottom line is conflict is caused by selfishness and immaturity. When two immature people want their own way and are not thinking about the other person conflict is inevitable. It happens. We need to just grow up! 7. ASK FOR ADVISE Proverbs 19:20 New Living Translation 20 Get all the advice and instruction you can, and be wise the rest of your life. Proverbs 20:18 New Living Translation 18 Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without the advice of others. Proverbs 15:12 “Conceited people do not like to be corrected. They never ask for advice from those who are wiser.” Proverbs 15:32 (Good News) “If you refuse to learn, you are hurting yourself.” In every other area of life

we’re not ashamed to ask a professional for help. If you have a health problem you go and ask the advise of a doctor who is trained and skilled in health problems. If you have a legal problem you go to an attorney who is a professional and can help you with legal problems. If you have a financial problem you go to a CPA or CFP or somebody who is a professional in financial services to help you. If you have a relationship problem, a problem in your family, get some Christian counsel! There’s nothing to be ashamed of. “I’ll just work it out myself!” Do you say that when you’re going bankrupt? “I’ve got cancer, but I’ll just work it out.” No, you go get the advise of a professional. Get some help. What if your spouse won’t go get counseling? Go yourself. At least you can grow up. You can work on you. You can get it together. Get some help. What is the price of your happiness? What is it worth? What’s it worth to have a harmonious home that you look forward to coming home to? 8. DON’T GIVE UP Don’t walk out in the middle of a fight. Finish your fights. Stick with it. Resolve them. Conflict resolution is never easy. There are three stages in a conflict: A. Stage One is Recognition. “We have a problem.” Many people have a hard time getting to stage one -- “What problem? We don’t have a problem.” The first indication of that problem is when the person walks out. B. Stage Two is Reaction. “It’s worse than I thought.” That’s the painful stage. That’s the stage when the emotions come out and maybe some voices are raised, some tears. Maybe some hurtful things come out, some bitterness, resentment, anger, frustration, fears, irritation. C. Stage Three is Resolution. “What are we going to do about it?” The problem I see over and 


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Trends worldwide on Twitter

“The Voice Kids”

Premiere hits high note as most watched weekend program nationwide


ILIPINOS nationwide tuned in to the much-awaited premiere telecast of “The Voice Kids” and watched the first batch of young ar tists woo coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga in the show’s Blind Auditions. According to data from Kantar Media, “The Voice Kids” topped the list of the most watched pr ograms last we ek end. On Saturday (May 24), it recorded a national T V rating of 33.3%, or 21 points higher than GMA’s “Vampire Ang Daddy Ko,” which only got 11.9%. It also hi t a national T V rating of 35.8% last Sunday (May 25), crushing rival program “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (15.8%). On Twit ter, the hashtag #TheVoiceKidsPhilippines became the number one worldwide trending topic on both nights. Several ar tists and songs featured in the show also figured on the list of nationwide and worldwide trending topics as viewers posted their thoughts on the micro-blogging site while watching the show.

horoscope ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ve never had a problem with conversation. In fact, you can always find something to chat about, no matter who you’re with. But for the moment, you’re also going to be amazingly sensitive not only to the words someone is saying. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Luck is still in the air. Big time. But no one is going to be as lucky in love as you -- as if you ever needed any help in that department. Your usual magnetic charm will be running on high, but you’ll also be incredibly perceptive. It’s almost not fair.

celebrating now. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’ll be an emotional creature today, that’s for sure -even more so than usual, which is really saying something. That’s fine, though, because what you’ll be expressing are all good feelings -- most likely because of one particular person who’s just made your day, your week and your month. And you’re wondering if they might not end up making your year, too. Dab carefully. Don’t smear your makeup or make your eyes red. SCORPIO (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): These new folks you’ve been seeing so much of lately? They’re really something, aren’t they? You feel quite happily involved with them. In fact, it probably feels as if you’ve known them all for far longer than you have.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t just sit there. Listen to your intuition. Someone needs you, but they’re far too proud to ask. So offer. Go to them, and let them know you’ll be there for them, no matter what they need. If this is someone who’s been there for you in the past.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov.22-Dec.21): Your honest enjoyment of people always promises a good time, and that’s particularly true today. You have energy and imagination to spare, and when it comes to the social scene, you can’t be beat.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Put all the nonsense of the past few days behind you -- it’s time. Focus on the days ahead, which will be interesting and unusual. Oh, and speaking of interesting, prepare yourself for a terrific day. Start making plans to celebrate something -- anything!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Yesterday’s luck hasn’t gone anywhere just yet. In fact, since the universe has decided to grant you an amazing dose of intuition in addition to all your gifts, you won’t believe just how fortunate you’ll be -- and in how many categories.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Ready to snuggle up, get close and become intimately involved? Well, here’s a tip: The last part of that has probably already happened. Now it’s just a matter of admitting it -- first of all, to yourself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): For quite a while, you’ve been considering what to do about your relationship with a certain possessive someone. Should you end it, slow it down or jump right in? The fact that you’re not sure is a statement in itself.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Right now, the stars are busy turning up the volume on all your personality traits: Compassion, tenderness and intuition, for starters. Since it’s also your time to relax and have fun, you might want to start

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t worry about this romantic roll you’re on coming to a close. It’s really just getting started. And it’s not going to be strictly the romance that will be devastatingly good. You have luck coming at you in all categories.

So far, nine ar tists have already persuaded a coach to push the red but ton and turn around, with two young ar tists on Team Sarah, four on Team Bamboo, and three on Team Lea. Who will successfully pass the Blind Auditions this week? How are the three coaches going to pitch themselves to fight for the young ar tists they want to land on their respective teams? Don’t miss the continuation of the Blind Audi tions in “The Voice Kids” on Saturdays, 6:45 PM and Sundays, 7:30 PM on ABS-CBN’s Yes Weekend. For updates on the program, visit, like w w w., or follow @thevoiceabscbn on Twi t ter and @abscbnthevoice on Instagram.

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announcement A Korean Speaking Contest and Korean Singing Contest will be held on October 9 & 10 as part of The Korea Week in Manitoba. The event will be hosted by The Korea Times. For more info please contact The Korea Times at Tel: 204-663-5051 or email See you there!

“MIRABELLA” SCORES ALL-TIME HIGH NATIONAL TV RATING ABS-CBN’s top-rating and Twitter-trending fantasy series “Mirabella” has reached an all-time high national TV rating of 22.6% last Thursday (May 22). Based on data from Kantar Media, the episode that featured the confrontation between Mira (Julia Barretto) and Iris (Mika dela Cruz) scored almost nine points higher than its rival program on GMA, “My Love From The Star” (13.9%). Meanwhile, the plot of “Mirabella” continues to thicken now that Mira has started getting even with her father’s family through the personality of Bella. How long will Mira be able to keep Bella’s real identity a secret? Will she succeed in bringing down Alfred (James Blanco), Olive (Mylene Dizon), Iris, and Terrence (Sam Concepcion)? Don’t miss the drama series that will change the true meaning of beauty, “Mirabella,” weeknights, before “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. For more information about “Mirabella,” visit the show’s official social media accounts at and

Ruffa feels like a teenager in her movie love triangle with Sarah and Coco “Maybe This Time” star Ruffa Gutierrez says her casting alongside Sarah Geronimo and Coco Martin makes her feel younger. “It’s a love triangle between me, Coco, and Sarah. I’m not Coco’s mother in the movie, not even Sarah’s aunt. I feel like a teenager,” shares Ruffa in an interview in “Tapatan Ni Tunying” airing this Thursday (May 29). The actress also says that she admires Coco’s acting talent, the secret to their onscreen chemistry despite their age gap. “I’m just very lucky to work with a very talented actor that we immediately established a rapport, which can be seen on the big screen,” she says. If Ruffa stars in a movie, her fellow single mom Sunshine Cruz has been making a string of television appearances after a years-long break from showbiz and separation from her husband Cesar Montano. She says she enjoys her newfound independence and is learning a lot from it. The actress, however, admits that she has not totally moved on from her broken marriage, but that her

daughters are inspiring her to stay strong. “I used to cry all the time, but despite what happened to our family, I still have three beautiful and good daughters who love me a lot,” she says. For updates, follow @TNTunying on Twitter and Instagram, or like its Facebook TNTunying.

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École Stanley Knowles School

celebrates opening

of new basketball court

MAY 23, 2014 - THOUSANDS of Winnipeg youth will be able to play more basketball this summer on a new outdoor cour t at the École Stanley Knowles School thanks to funding from the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program, Children and Youth Oppor tunities Minister Kevin Chief, minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, announced today. “As a long-time basketball player, I can tell you spor t opened many doors me. I want more kids to have more oppor tunities to pursue their passion for spor ts,” said Minister Chief. “Spor t facilities like this strengthen our communities and inspire us to play harder and give our best. The benefits of fitness and self confidence that are built through spor t can last a lifetime.” The province provided the École Stanley Knowles School Par ent Advisor y Council wi th funding for a new, state-ofthe-ar t outdoor

basketball cour t. The project included replacing the existing cement and old poles with a new basketball cour t including fencing, bleachers and lighting which is available for students, as well as the community. “The students are ecstatic. There’s nothing around us - it’s quite a distance to go to the nex t place that has a play structure or a basketball cour t. Anyone in this par t of the city now has access to the cour t for their children to play on as well. It gives the kids an avenue to exer t some energy, do something positive and have some fun,” said Heather Grant-Jury, president, École Stanley Knowles School Parent Advisory Council.

NEW BASKETBALL COURT. Kevin Chief, Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities and Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, announces the grand opening of a new basketball court at École Stanley Knowles School. The parent advisory council and school worked together with the province, City of Winnipeg, and Winnipeg school division to build a new, state-of-the-art outdoor basketball court available to both students and the community. The province committed funding to the project through the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure, Community Places and Sports Opportunities Programs. In photo, left to right: Principal Darryl Stevenson, City Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Community Member Ruel Maranan, Kevin Chief, student Sean Maranan, and Tyndall Park MLA Ted Marcelino.

Donaire defeats Vetyeka, gets 5th belt in rough fight MACAU - It was a bizarre ending to what was shaping out to be an action-filled albeit rough fight. Hampered by a nasty gash he suffered in the opening round that kept getting worse as the bout progressed, Nonito Donaire Jr. settled for a technical decision win over Simpiwe Vetyeka to seize the WBA featherweight title in front of a sold-out crowd at the Venetian Resort’s Cotai Arena here. The bout was halted shortly after the bell sounded to start the fifth round after Donaire couldn’t see due to a cut on his left eyebrow, which was earlier caused by a head butt. The fight went to the

scorecards, and Donaire won on all three judges’ cards, 49-46, to take home the championship. Cheered on by the local crowd, Donaire started the fight studying Vetyeka, who often leaned his head forward as the Filipino-American launched his offense. But an accidental clash of heads near the end of the first round opened a cut on Donaire’s left eyebrow. It turned out to be the start of Donaire’s ordeal. “After the first round there was a headbutt. The ref asked me if I want him to stop the fight. I told him I want to continue,” he said after the fight. philstar

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“Dyesebel” reigns in Primetime TV despite new rival

ABS-CBN’s hit fantasy series “Dyesebel” topped the list of the most-watched TV programs in the country despite the airing of its new rival program. Based on data from Kantar Media on Monday (May 26), the primetime program topbilled by

Anne Cur tis scored a national T V rating of 32.6%, or more than 15 percentage points higher than the pilot episode of “Niño” (17.1%) of GMA. Aside from the national TV ratings game, “Dyesebel” also won the hear ts of TV viewers

Dyesebel Summer sa Trinoma: Young JV, Andi Eigenmann, Gerald Anderson, Anne Curtis, Sam Milby and Neil Coleta (photo from Anne's official Instagram account).

in the recently held grand fans’ day at Trinoma Activity Center led by Anne, Gerald Anderson, Andi Eigenmann, and Sam Milby. Thousands of fans gathered at the “Dyesebel Summer Sa Trinoma” where Anne, Gerald, Andi, and Sam treated everyone with non-stop production numbers together with their co-stars Neil Coleta and Young JV, and Dyesebel’s (Anne’s) friends Pinky Pusit and Karlo Kabayo. The theme songs of “Dyesebel” were also huge hits among the lead stars’ suppor ters. Copies of the official soundtrack were sold-out during the event. Continue to follow the exci ting adventures of “Dyesebel” weeknights after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. For more information about “Dyesebel,” visit the show’s official social media accounts at and Twit ter. com/Dyesebel_TV.

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At one point I took advantage of the opportunity to emphasize to the Minister an issue that I wanted him to hear directly from me. It is an issue that I have written about in this paper and talked a great deal about and even have petitions on the issue. Here is what I said: “We have family members who are living abroad and want to come to Canada to visit, to support families, to provide care for their grandchildren, or to be in Canada while a sibling is dying, or to participate in a marriage of a child. There are numerous reasons. It is amazing. We are not talking about hundreds. We are talking about thousands who are being denied that opportunity. In some cases, what this is saying is that a brother will never be able to see his brother who is dying in the hospital. That is just wrong. These are the types of changes we need to push for -- reforms of our visitor’s visas.” I may no longer be the immigration critic but the role that Justin Trudeau has given me today goes far beyond just dealing with immigration. But know that my passion for immigration policy will always be there. If you are interested in getting access to the entire debate, please call my office at (204) 984-1767.

worker-turned-billionaire in “My Puhunan” BROADCAST journalist Karen Davila features the inspiring story of a former factory worker who worked hard, found his own luck, and became a billionaire and owner of the country’s largest foam factory on

Wednesday (May 28) in “My Puhunan.” Seventy-year-old Natividad Cheng, the owner of “Uratex” that produces different kinds of mattresses and furniture, did not finish college and, like her husband, struggled to provide for their family when they toiled in low-wage factory jobs. Natividad and her husband eventually ventured into buying and selling different materials such as plywood and leatherette, until they formally started their own foam business in 1968. Natividad’s business was doing so well, until a fire razed their factory and destroyed all their equipment,

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over is many families never get past stage two. They recognize they have a problem and they start talking about it and the tempers rise and the emotions get blown out of proportion and somebody says, “I’m walking out!” and they leave the room and they don’t ever resolve the issue. You’ve got to stick with it. It takes courage to work it out when every part of your body is screaming on the inside, “Get out of this place! Don’t put up with this!” It takes courage to stay at the peace table. Eventually if you stay there, you’ll get through -- you’ll run out of energy. You get past stage two in the conflict where all the hurt things have been said and you’re out of energy and finally say, “What are we going to do about it?” I see so many people who short circuit the resolution process by not staying with it. It is more rewarding to resolve a conflict than to dissolve a relationship. You’ll do one or the other: resolve or dissolve. Resolving a conflict is painful but the rewards are far greater than letting the relationship die. Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap harvest if we do not give up.” Don’t give up.

the blessings of the First Lady. According to the foreign businessman, it seemed like a project that would appeal to her because, aside from her Love Bus concept, she had also mounted a serious effort to clean up the Pasig River and beautify its banks, which meant, clearing them of squatter colonies. That was how I found myself accompanying Ochoco and the businessman to Malacañang, armed with a flip chart presentation on the Love Boat idea. Needless to say, the Commodore and I had to hurriedly develop a concept beyond just ferrying commuters from one end of the Pasig to downtown Manila. Heck, if we were going to fantasize anyway, why not go the whole hog? Thus, we envisioned a fully-integrated transport system and a corollary real estate development, tourism development and urban renewal program focusing on the Pasig River. There would be terminals at key points along the Pasig River, from Pasig through Makati, Mandaluyong, Santa Ana, Santa Mesa, Quiapo and all the way up to the Escolta. The vicinity of the terminals would be developed into shopping and dining centers, even parks, with jeep and tricycle terminals and public parking. Soon, we envisioned, there would be high-rise buildings with restaurants on the ground floor, just like those in Singapore.

including the very expensive imported machines. How did they overcome this tragedy and start over again? Meanwhile, Doris Bigornia features the inspiring story of Krsna, a 19–year-old student born with dwarfism. What motivates her to achieve her dreams despite the huge setbacks and experiences she went through? How does she keep a positive outlook in life? For updates, follow @mypuhunan and @MutyaNgMasa on Twitter or like www. andwww.

Mutya ng Masa Doris Bigornia

We saw the entire length of the Pasig River itself eventually becoming a tourist attraction, reliving the Spanish colonial period when life revolved around the major artery that connected the city with the nearby towns of Rizal. In preparation for the meeting with Imelda, Ochoco brought me, columnist Ruther Batuigas and some naval officers on a boat trip, from Malacañang Park to the navigable extremity of the Pasig. The First Lady was interested enough in the concept to send for a high official of the Ministry of Transportation who happened to be vacationing in Hong Kong. True to form, Imelda instructed the official to drop everything, fly back to Manila and report to her the next day. Unfortunately, that meeting in the palace was the last I heard about the project. Unexpected events overtook everyone. The ATOM group and other militant quarters began to make louder and louder demands for justice for the slain Ninoy Aquino. Ochoco earned a second star and was promoted Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy. The We Belong Group of activist PMA cadets and military officers, encouraged by then PC Chief Fidel Ramos, began to openly criticize AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Fabian Ver. Marcos was pushed into a corner in an interview with a US TV network and found himself agreeing to hold a snap election. The idea of a Pasig River ferry service was forgotten. It would eventually be picked up again during the presidency

of Fidel Ramos and was operated off and on through the tenure of Erap Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. From what I’ve read in published reports, the idea was developed in bits and parts but not as an integrated concept. In some instances, the service was called the Love Boat, just as I had named it. To this day, the concept remains appealing but iffy and the losses incurred by those who had tried to make a go of the service are enough to discourage less intrepid businessmen. I suppose funding is a key obstacle. But the bigger obstacle, I think, is the vision and the will to pursue it. The trouble with an idea like a Pasig River transport system, with corollary real estate development, tourism development and urban renewal components is that it’s pretty much like pushing a boulder up a hill. Unless you have enough muscle and commitment to push the boulder all the way up to the top, you will always end up getting it halfway up and then seeing it roll back down to the ground. According to one commentary on the idea of Jeff Bezos, which envisioned revolutionizing retail sales by migrating a big slice of it online, if he didn’t have access to “swimming pools of cash,” the concept would have withered on the vine. It also took will and tenacity behind the far-reaching vision of Bezos. With due respect for MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, who has restarted the Pasig

River ferry service as a balm for the horrible traffic situation in the metropolis, his effort is heroic but it will take more than his good intentions to develop the Pasig River transport system and all the necessary elements as Commodore (and then Admiral) Ochoco and I had envisioned it. It’s a whole process. The Pasig River has to be dredged and cleaned. The squatters have to be relocated. The banks have to be beautified. The terminals have to be built as attractively as the gas stations and convenience stores that dot the South and North Luzon expressways. And the transport system has to be operated by someone with brains brighter and sharper than those being used to operate the MRT and the LRT. But there is hope. According to a news item that ran over a month ago, the Ayala Group is interested in developing the Pasig River concept on an integrated basis. Perhaps the SM Group or the San Miguel Group or the group of Manny Pangilinan will want to take on the challenge. Any one of these folks has the track record and the money to develop the total concept, rather than just bits and pieces of it. But whoever that final visionary might be, imagine the legacy that you will leave to the country. And when that happens, move over Venice and Bangkok, because it will be more fun cruising down the Pasig on Sunday afternoon. (gregmacabenta@hotmail. com)

30 n June 1-15, 2014

GMA Network brings forth powerhouse ensemble with

“Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real”

THIS June, GMA Network presents Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real, an intriguing story of a man who marries two women, loving them equally at the same time. More than just another drama on infidelit y, the series aims to show the viewers the real consequences and changes in the life of the betrayer and the betrayed - that there are no victors. The series premieres on June 2 on GMA Network’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. The pr oject brings together a powerhouse ensemble of three multiawarded ar tists – Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes as Anthony

Paulo Avelino and Bea Alonzo

Real, Kapuso Premier Drama Actress Lovi Poe as Shiela Salazar-Real, and the Diamond Star Ms. Maricel Soriano as Millet Gonzales-Real. Making the series grander are respected T V, theater, and movie actors and actresses who will be driven to take sides in the stor y: Rober t Arevalo as Henry Gonzales, the rich and successful businessman and father of Millet; Celeste Legaspi as Aurora Gonzales, the beautiful and kind mother of Millet; Tommy Abuel as Justino Salazar, a retired police chief and strict father of Shiela; Jaime Fabregas as Jun Real, a simple, honest, upright man and father of Anthony; Susan Africa as Salome Salazar, the religious and devoted mother of Shiela; and making a grand comeback and celebrating her 40th year in the industry Ms. Coney Reyes as Sonia Real, the amiable and loving mother of Anthony.

Toni gonzaga

Piolo Pascual

ABS-CBN made advertisers “PINASmile” at the Ad Summit ADVERTISERS didn’t just smile, but they also giggled, shouted, and cheered as ABS-CBN’s “PINASmile” show treated thousands of delegates at the recent Ad Summit Pilipinas 2014 to a one-night-only Kapamilya experience filled with cool gimmicks, exci ting prizes, and only the biggest and brightest stars. ABS-CBN brought the house down at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center as a way of saying thanks to adver tisers who have suppor ted ABS-CBN over the past years. “It’s Showtime” led the program line-up as its hosts gave adver tisers the full ‘Show time’ experience via its exciting segments “That’s My Tomboy,” “I Am PoGay,” and “Stars on 45,” wherein adver tisers and even ABS-CBN executives gamely par ticipated. ABS-CBN also showcased its new of ferings in the coming months that include the first ever team up of Bea Alonzo and Paulo

Avelino in upcoming primetime drama “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon” and Piolo Pascual’s much-awaited television comeback via family drama “Hawak Kamay,” which also stars Iza Calzado, Nikki Gil, Zaijian Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat, Yesha Camille, and Andrea Brillantes. “The Voice Kids” kicked of f its first season on Saturday (May 24) with coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo and with new hosts Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga. Popular 90s legal drama “Ipaglaban Mo,” on the other hand, is also slated to return alongside Korean superstar Lee Min Ho who will once again be seen his fans in the highly-anticipated hit Asianovela “The Heirs.” Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News also generated cheers from the audience with the news anchors of “Bistado,” “Mutya ng Masa,” “My Puhunan,” “Tapatan ni Tunying,” and “Red Aler t,” namely Julius Babao, Doris Bigornia, Karen Davila,

ABS-CBN talents entertain the audience during the Ad Summit.

Anthony Taberna, and Atom Araullo interacted with the adver tisers. ABS-CBN Regional Net work Group’s fun take on “Ano Ka Hi Lo,” not only gave some guests the experience of being a par t of the popular segment on RNGs long running weekend game show “Kapamilya Mas WInner Ka” but a chance to win cash prizes. Aside fr om the smiles on their faces, adver tisers didn’t go home empt y handed as some of them won cool and exci ting prizes. One luck y winner took home an LG phone ki t fr om ABS-CBNmobile, another will be looking for ward to a trip for t wo to Palawan wi th t wo new Samsoni te luggage, four took home P50,000 in cash, thr ee luck y guests got P100,000 in cash, and the luckiest of them all won P200,000 in cash. The show ended with the Kapamilya stars going around for endless selfies with the Ad Summit delegates.

June 1-15, 2014



32 n June 1-15, 2014

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