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FINANCIAL LITERACY HOW TO USE A BUDGET p.10

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INVITATIONS SENT TO CHOSEN GROUPS, DISCRIMINATION OR A WARNING? P.12 Why are they here? They're here, united as one, shouting & screaming to oust Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and give end to Corruption, Killings and Toture to OFWs... more story on page 13

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The investment program seminar for OFWs on March 30,2008 hosted by the Philippine Stock Exchange Inc. (PSE) held at the Residence Lounge was attended by different group leaders, business heads and executives.

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organized the seminar on investment for OFW's to educate them on investing on Philippine Stocks. Vice Consul Roque welcomed everyone for acknowledging the invitation. "I am pleased to welcome you all my kababayans in Hong Kong Registration started at 3:45 PM for attending this very unique and was officially opened by Jay way of investing and saving G. Penaflor, Senior Specialist of through buying stocks. I am Philippine Stock Exchange, saddened to the problems of followed by a Welcome Remarks some of our kababayans of Enrico M. Trinidad, Philippine regarding utangan," Vice Consul Stock Exchange Vice President. Roque said. He told the group Trinidad presented that the that he also bought a share in the percentage of local Filipino Philippine Stocks and he is investors to Philippine Stock challenging the OFWs to invest Market is only 1 % to the and save. population comparing to Hong Kong, which is 17.5 % to 20 % Will the grand visit of the of their population. Philippine President in Hong Kong give positive outcome in Vice Consul Val Simon Roque, the upliftment and success of Head of Assistance to Nationals, every OFW's and their families?

WISE LIVING WITH p.14 PASTOR DAN Wise People Are Settled in Jesus

Model gets 'Sunshine' in showbiz career after Montano Scandal - p.p.88 A New Hope for Folic Acids intake may also reduce Premature Births - p.7 Termination Omega 3 deficient diet poses Cases - p.8 risks to infant health - p.7

What do OFWs do on Sundays & their holidays - p.7

OFWs Endless Search for Greener Pasture p.11

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Philippines' Aquino, democracy icon, has cancer MANILA (Reuters) Corazon Aquino of the Philippines, whose conquest of one of the 20th century's most corrupt dictators made her an icon of democracy across the world, is suffering from colon cancer, her family said on Monday. The 75-year-old was diagnosed with the disease just two weeks ago, her daughter Kris said in an emotional address on national television. She will start chemotherapy on Tuesday. Aquino, known as Cory to millions of Filipinos, was president from 1986 to 1992. But she is remembered, more than two decades after the fact, as the slim woman in yellow who led the "People Power" revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The tumultuous events of those weeks in 1986, which culminated when up to 1 million people waving rosaries and flowers stopped tanks advancing towards Aquinobacked army rebels, became a fairy-tale revolution that gripped the world. When a bewildered Marcos and his wife Imelda fled the nation, it set a stirring precedent for dissidents everywhere, from South Africa to South America to Pakistan. Aquino was hailed as a modern-day Joan of Arc. But she was a reluctant leader at the start, shedding the housewife's apron only after her husband Benigno was assassinated at Manila's international airport on his return from exile in the United

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States. Inevitably, her presidency was less successful than the revolution, with a series of coup attempts by the military keeping the administration hamstrung. Aquino was much lauded for her courage, but rarely seemed to be able to get on top of ruling the country. "I have not always won but ... I never shirked a fight," she said in 1992 before handing power over to her successor, Fidel Ramos Aquino seems frail now, but is still game for a fight when she thinks it necessary. She brought half a million people onto the street in the 1990s when her successor Ramos flirted with the idea of trying to extend his term in office. She was involved in the protests that brought an end to the presidency of Joseph Estrada in 2001, and has supported the campaign to remove current President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The presidential palace said it was saddened by the news of Aquino's illness. "I'm sure that the President will be one with us in praying for her speedy recovery," Arroyo's spokesman said.

Philippines braces for surging rice costs, supply shortage in global market MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine government, one of the world's biggest rice importers, assured a jittery public Wednesday that it is taking steps to secure enough supplies amid surging prices and tight stocks worldwide. Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said there was no rice shortage and that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had approved a proposal to augment the agriculture department's budget for rice production. Yap said the plan calls for the planting of an additional 600,000 hectares (1.5 million acres) of rice during the rainy season in the country's top 10 poorest provinces, and another 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) in other provinces. Harvests expected in the months ahead also will beef up supplies, he said. Arroyo said Tuesday that rice prices are expected to rise, but promised there will be no shortage. Yap said the government's rice reserve would last 57 days and that the National Food Authority was receiving additional supplies from the international market. "We're going to get additional support," he said. The NFA said it has secured 500,000 metric tons (551,155 tons) of rice from Vietnam and Thailand for delivery next month _ part of 2.1 metric million tons (2.31 million tons) to be imported this year. Rising demand from the Middle East and Africa has hiked the

price of rice in Vietnam and Thailand _ the world's top exporters _ to up to US$500 per metric ton, a 25 percent jump from a month ago, the Agriculture Department said. But even those countries are struggling to keep pace with export demand and there are fears they may curb sales to damp domestic prices and protect their consumers. A Philippine left-wing farmers' group, the May One Labor Movement, warned that any shortage or unchecked price of the grain, the nation's staple food, may lead to riots. The Philippines consumes a total of 11.9 million metric tons of rice annually, most of which is grown domestically. The market price has increased by an average of 3 pesos (US$0.07; â&#x20AC;˘0.04) per kilogram from a year ago, Yap said. He said the government needs to prudently manage its rice stocks, and production and conservation measures must be boosted. The NFA has deployed <rice marshals> to catch unscrupulous traders who reportedly hoard governmentsubsidized rice, diverting them from state-run stores to sell them at a higher price elsewhere, said Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita. National Food Authority chief Jessup Navarro has blamed dwindling rice fields for recurring shortfalls, with many farms in the country's rice growing region of Central Luzon converted to residential subdivisions, golf courses and

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines on Friday expressed alarm over the commercial hunting of the thresher shark, considered a vulnerable species worldwide. They said there had been a wholesale slaughter of the 10foot (three-metre) fish, considered a delicacy in Chinese restaurants here. "We should stop this slaughter to preserve the ecological balance of our priceless natural heritage," said Environment and

Eat 'kamote,' save on rice In case the country will encounter a severe shortage in rice supply, Filipinos should be ready to eat white corn, cassava, root crops and yam as their staple food. This was the advice given by GMA (Ginintuang Masaganang Ani) Rice Program Director Frisco Malabanan, who said that in parts of the Visayas, the staple food is no longer rice but white corn. "We actually have enough food, and there's white corn, cassava, root crops and yam [to eat in place of rice]," Malabanan told The Manila Times. Cassava and kamote (sweet potato) are included in the Department of Agriculture's list of high-value commercial crops, which are being pushed for propagation by farmers nationwide. Figures from the Agriculture department showed production of cassava and kamote from 2004 to 2006 has been growing at a rate of 2.26 percent and 5.41 percent, respectively. In 2006, cassava production was valued at P2.47 billion, and kamote at P1.07 billion. Yam production is largely unaccounted, but farmers plant the crop in their backyard. The estimated area planted to white corn is also not known, because the government focuses much of its efforts on yellowcorn production under the GMA Corn Program. Yellow corn is the main ingredient for livestock and poultry feeds. But there are thousands of farmers cultivating white corn, particularly in parts of the Visayas, since this is their preferred staple food. Another type of yellow corn, the sweet variety, is also becoming popular because of its being sweet and juicy, which makes it fit for human consumption. Since rice is the staple food of most Filipinos, the government must make sure there are enough stocks. Malabanan said the Philippines still has to import rice in the next few years, since the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rice production self-sufficiency cannot reach 100 percent during the next two to three year owing to a growing population. Rice production self-sufficiency is slightly above 90 percent and the government is aiming for 95 percent in 2009 or 2010. In 2007, the Philippines imported 1.87 million metric tons of rice, mostly from Vietnam. This year, rice importation may reach 2 million metric tons, and the National Food Authority is looking toward the US and Cambodia as supplemental sources for the grains. And in case there are areas in the country where the grains will become scarce, there is white corn and the humble kamote, cassava and even gabi to feast on. shopping malls. Arroyo last week earmarked US$69 million in an effort to cushion the impact of the rising world prices of rice, other goods and crude oil. She also ordered an expansion of government's hunger mitigation program, including expanding backyard vegetable farming and village food terminals, and intensifying swine restocking and livestock vaccination programs

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Natural Resources Secretary Joselito Atienza. Local marine conservationist Gerry Reyes said many of the sharks were caught in the Verde Passage off the south coast of the main Philippine island of Luzon, which the government has designated a protected area. Government patrols have recently seized thresher sharks caught by local fishermen living on the northern edge of the Verde Passage, Reyes told AFP. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which put the thresher shark on its "vulnerable" list last year, says the Verde Passage has the highest concentration of marine life in the world. Atienza said he had asked authorities to help prevent the hunting and slaughter of the sharks there.

Recruiters back OFW bank MANILA, Philippines--The local recruitment industry is pushing for the creation of a special bank that will cater solely to the financial requirements of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Jackson Gan, vice president of the Federated Association of Manpower Exporters (FAME), said it was high time for the OFWs to have their own bank that would serve their financial and investment needs. FAME is an umbrella association composed of 12 country organizations with a membership of 700 licensed recruitment agencies. "OFWs have suffered so much in the drop of their dollar value to the peso," Gan said in a statement. He added, "Migrant Filipino workers need a financial organization that would enhance their investment potential, give proper advice for income-generating business enterprises, and be ready to help OFWs at all times." Gan said the bank should also set exchange rates friendly to OFWs so their beneficiaries could get the maximum value for the foreign currencies sent to them. The FAME spokesman also recommended the dropping of ATM service charges for OFWs as a means of helping them. "The government-controlled Land Bank of the Philippines has expressed interest in managing the proposed OFW bank that will be known as the Philippine Overseas Postal Bank," Gan said. Gan said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) could invest P1 billion in the project as preferred shares while the Land Bank and DBP could invest P350 million each

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Coming financial crisis will make times much harder, warns economist Expect the coming months to be tough, warned an economics professor. And the tough times may start next month. "It's going to be a hard year for us. Everyone will be affected. And the hurt will be deepest among the low-income families," Ernesto Pernia, a professor of economics at the University of the Philippines and former economic chief at the Asian Development Bank told abs-cbnnews.com/ Newsbreak in an interview. The United States, a major destination of our export products and the host of overseas Filipinos whose dollars account for half of total remittances to the country, is facing a looming economic recession or growth slowdown. "We will probably start feeling the impact of the US slowdown by the second quarter, which is April to June, and up to the third quarter of 2008," added Pernia. "It also depends on how the US government stirs its economy. If they (US) don't recover by the third quarter, then most probably the Philippines will go through hard times the rest of 2008." WORSE THAN 1997 ASIAN CRISIS Pernia's prognosis describes a gloomy year never experienced by Filipinos in the past. Unlike the Asian crisis eleven years ago, which only hit Asian economies including the Philippines, this one is not just a regional financial crisis but a global one. "Brace yourself for difficult times ahead," Pernia cautions. The US economy is feared to be entering either an economic recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth, or a growth slowdown, which is like putting on the brake to the superpower's economic growth to a point that it will decelerate to just less than one percent. This will have an impact on all aspects of the Philippine economy—from generation of jobs to remittances to prices of basic goods. LESS U.S. DEPENDENT While we have become less dependent on the US as a buyer of our products for export—the US accounts for only 17 percent now, compared to up to 30 percent in the past—we are selling a wide range of finished products and raw materials from electronics to furniture to countries like Japan (about 20 percent of our exports), recently to China and Hongkong (about 27 percent), and to a small extent to Europe. These countries also sell to the US. Thus, while analysts and economists were betting on

THREAT TO BPOs That's a threat to the likes of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, a popular job provider. American clients still account for a big chunk of those that local BPO companies currently serve. BPOs have been PESO-DOLLAR NOT BELOW a major stimulus for other P40 sectors like real estate, retail, The impact of a slowing transport, and consumer goods. superpower to the Philippines The real estate sector has will be pervasive, says Pernia. Take the twin case of peso-dollar boomed in the recent years because of office space needs of exchange rate and the the growing number of BPOs remittances from overseas workers. The $12 billion annual setting up shop not only in Metro Manila, but in other cities, remittances account for 12 like Cebu. Residential properties, percent of our gross domestic product, or the overall measure on the other hand, have also of the state of the local economy. been growing, partly because But despite the sharp weakening OFWs and their families have bought 20 percent of the of the dollar, the peso has not been appreciating as much. The available supply. Both sources—investments and central bank has said it is remittances—now stand to be allowing the market conditions affected by the slowing global to prevail. economy. OFWs STRETCHED TO THE EVEN TOURISM LIMIT Pernia believes that the capacity Even the tourism sector, which of the overseas Filipinos to remit had a banner year in 2007 with money home is being stretched more than three million tourism arrivals, stands to be affected too. to the limit because the peso "One of the elements of tourism equivalent of their previous remittances is just too much for is how much spare income these foreigners have. They come from them. "The income of these remitters is South Korea, the US, China, Japan, which will all be affected not elastic. They cannot just (by the global economic continue to catch up. In other slowdown). Even balikbayans words, they are reaching their limit, and they cannot catch up," will most probably spend lesser money when and if they come explained Pernia. home," Pernia said. The peso has lost about 30 percent of its value against the HOW DEEP AND LONG dollar since early last year. In addition, Pernia thinks that the Given that the economic slowdown is just around the host countries of the OFWs are also feeling the pinch, so some of corner, inevitably the next concern is how deep will the fall the OFWs might have not be and how long will it take for received their usual salary us to recover. increases, or worse, have been laid off, or are just working part Pernia expects that compared to our Asian neighbors, the time now. Philippines will take longer to About 50 percent of total recover. remittances to the Philippines He recalls the 1997 Asian crisis: come from US and Canada. As "The economies of Thailand, the economies of other major South Korea, and Malaysia went host countries—Europe, Japan, Singapore, Middle East, Taiwan, through a sharp downturn. But Hongkong, etc—also slow down, they also had a sharp upturn. It Pernia thinks remittances to the was V-shaped: deep fall, but a Philippines will also be affected. quick recovery." The Philippines still posted a Thus, while it has been earlier positive growth during that time, predicted by bankers that the though a miniscule 0.5 percent. peso-dollar exchange rate will "But our rebound was very reach P38, Pernia thinks otherwise. "My prognosis for the slow," he explained. "Most probably it will be the same this peso is that it will probably oscillate between P40 and P43 or time. 45. I don't think the peso will go Pernia attributed this to the fact below P40, especially with this we have a consumption-led economy, which is dependent on slowdown in the world whether there will be more jobeconomy." generating investments soon, and if the OFWs are able to send NOT ONE SPARED Every aspect of the economy will more money home. be affected, Pernia warns. Foreign direct investments might NEIGHBORS HAVE CUSHION Our neighbors, on the other slow down, and US investors will most probably have a wait- hand, will be able to cope better because they have a lot of and-see attitude, with the "cushion" already. "The possibility that a new administration will take over by economies of Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, even the likes the end of the year. "Both of Cambodia and Vietnam, have companies and the US been growing steadily, some government may not resume actually in double digits, even their investment spending or before the Asian crisis. They export and import activities in might slow down, but their the meantime." the rise of other possible superpowers like China and India, the slowdown or the recession in the US shows how intimately intertwined they all are.

growth surplus in the past has gone into their economic base, which is cushioning them now. Their economic base is already solid for a quick recovery." The Philippines, meantime, has had long periods of growth deficits. "A 7.3 percent growth last year is just a flash-in-the-pan. During the last seven years with [President Gloria Arroyo], the average growth rate is only 4.7 percent. That's not enough." Pernia said. Pernia also notes other problems that will hamper a fast recovery for us: "We have a baggage of high population rate, low savings rate, low tax collection, low science and technology base. Then of course there is corruption. There are a lot of things are not going to our favor in terms of higher growth path." POOR WORST HIT What lies ahead then? If the Philippine economy will be severely affected by the US economy's slowdown or recession, causing people to lose their jobs and making prices of basic commodities and transportation cost unaffordable, will these be enough to trigger social unrest? Surely, a drastic economic slowdown in the Philippines will hit the poor, especially those in the lowest 40 percent of income distribution. When a restless and restive population connects the dots and blames the allegedly corrupt government officials for their hunger and strife, a recipe for disaster might be in the offing.

phil news 3 DFA warns Pinoys going to UK of Internet recruitment scams Filipinos looking to work in the United Kingdom continue to be targets of Internet-based scams which originate from there, the Philippine embassy in London said.

Filipino workers who have been invited to work in the United Kingdom through the Internet are advised to consult with POEA to verify if the recruitment agency is licensed to deploy workers to the United Kingdom. If payment is being required before deployment, the public is advised to consider the transaction as suspicious and discontinue dealing with the recruiter.

In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the Court of St. James Edgardo Espiritu said in most of the scams, members of criminal syndicates claim to be officials from the British Border and Immigration Agency (BIA), a unit of the British Home Office that oversees the management of migration to the United Kingdom. He said the criminal syndicates carry the official address of the BIA in their internal communications but use email addresses obtained from commercial internet and email service providers. Payment for their service is then required to be coursed through legitimate commercial money remittance service providers which operate from many cities in the Philippines. Other criminal syndicates use the names of other British or Filipino government agencies in their fraudulent activities.

There is an estimated 200,000 Filipinos in the United Kingdom, many of whom are employed as nurses or care givers in the British national health system. The United Kingdom adopted last month its new Point-Based System of managed migration which makes entry into the British workforce by non-EU workers more closely monitored by the authorities.

Saudi gov't increases salary of Filipino nurses MANILA, Philippines - Starting March 19, Filipino nurses employed by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health will enjoy a 20 to 60 percent salary increase, according to Administrator Rosalinda Baldoz of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. The present salary of nurses employed by the health ministry ranges from SR 2, 250 to SR4,000 (roughly equivalent to P25,000 to P44, 000), Baldoz said. The salary adjustment, Baldoz said, applies only to Filipino nurses, and not to all foreign nurses hired by Saudi's health ministry, based on information conveyed by Fahad AlMsaibeeh, employment attache of Saudi's embassy in Manila. Lauding the move, Baldoz said it was an indication of the continuing preference of Saudi Arabia for nurses from the Philippines. Baldoz said a delegation from Saudi's health ministry were in the country to recruit more Filipino nurses. The health ministry remains among the top employers of Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia, providing employment opportunities to even those without work experience.

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Philippines' Aquino, democracy icon, has cancer MANILA (Reuters) Corazon Aquino of the Philippines, whose conquest of one of the 20th century's most corrupt dictators made her an icon of democracy across the world, is suffering from colon cancer, her family said on Monday. The 75-year-old was diagnosed with the disease just two weeks ago, her daughter Kris said in an emotional address on national television. She will start chemotherapy on Tuesday. Aquino, known as Cory to millions of Filipinos, was president from 1986 to 1992. But she is remembered, more than two decades after the fact, as the slim woman in yellow who led the "People Power" revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The tumultuous events of those weeks in 1986, which culminated when up to 1 million people waving rosaries and flowers stopped tanks advancing towards Aquinobacked army rebels, became a fairy-tale revolution that gripped the world. When a bewildered Marcos and his wife Imelda fled the nation, it set a stirring precedent for dissidents everywhere, from South Africa to South America to Pakistan. Aquino was hailed as a modern-day Joan of Arc. But she was a reluctant leader at the start, shedding the housewife's apron only after her husband Benigno was assassinated at Manila's international airport on his return from exile in the United

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States. Inevitably, her presidency was less successful than the revolution, with a series of coup attempts by the military keeping the administration hamstrung. Aquino was much lauded for her courage, but rarely seemed to be able to get on top of ruling the country. "I have not always won but ... I never shirked a fight," she said in 1992 before handing power over to her successor, Fidel Ramos Aquino seems frail now, but is still game for a fight when she thinks it necessary. She brought half a million people onto the street in the 1990s when her successor Ramos flirted with the idea of trying to extend his term in office. She was involved in the protests that brought an end to the presidency of Joseph Estrada in 2001, and has supported the campaign to remove current President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The presidential palace said it was saddened by the news of Aquino's illness. "I'm sure that the President will be one with us in praying for her speedy recovery," Arroyo's spokesman said.

Philippines braces for surging rice costs, supply shortage in global market MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine government, one of the world's biggest rice importers, assured a jittery public Wednesday that it is taking steps to secure enough supplies amid surging prices and tight stocks worldwide. Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said there was no rice shortage and that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had approved a proposal to augment the agriculture department's budget for rice production. Yap said the plan calls for the planting of an additional 600,000 hectares (1.5 million acres) of rice during the rainy season in the country's top 10 poorest provinces, and another 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) in other provinces. Harvests expected in the months ahead also will beef up supplies, he said. Arroyo said Tuesday that rice prices are expected to rise, but promised there will be no shortage. Yap said the government's rice reserve would last 57 days and that the National Food Authority was receiving additional supplies from the international market. "We're going to get additional support," he said. The NFA said it has secured 500,000 metric tons (551,155 tons) of rice from Vietnam and Thailand for delivery next month _ part of 2.1 metric million tons (2.31 million tons) to be imported this year. Rising demand from the Middle East and Africa has hiked the

price of rice in Vietnam and Thailand _ the world's top exporters _ to up to US$500 per metric ton, a 25 percent jump from a month ago, the Agriculture Department said. But even those countries are struggling to keep pace with export demand and there are fears they may curb sales to damp domestic prices and protect their consumers. A Philippine left-wing farmers' group, the May One Labor Movement, warned that any shortage or unchecked price of the grain, the nation's staple food, may lead to riots. The Philippines consumes a total of 11.9 million metric tons of rice annually, most of which is grown domestically. The market price has increased by an average of 3 pesos (US$0.07; â&#x20AC;˘0.04) per kilogram from a year ago, Yap said. He said the government needs to prudently manage its rice stocks, and production and conservation measures must be boosted. The NFA has deployed <rice marshals> to catch unscrupulous traders who reportedly hoard governmentsubsidized rice, diverting them from state-run stores to sell them at a higher price elsewhere, said Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita. National Food Authority chief Jessup Navarro has blamed dwindling rice fields for recurring shortfalls, with many farms in the country's rice growing region of Central Luzon converted to residential subdivisions, golf courses and

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines on Friday expressed alarm over the commercial hunting of the thresher shark, considered a vulnerable species worldwide. They said there had been a wholesale slaughter of the 10foot (three-metre) fish, considered a delicacy in Chinese restaurants here. "We should stop this slaughter to preserve the ecological balance of our priceless natural heritage," said Environment and

Eat 'kamote,' save on rice In case the country will encounter a severe shortage in rice supply, Filipinos should be ready to eat white corn, cassava, root crops and yam as their staple food. This was the advice given by GMA (Ginintuang Masaganang Ani) Rice Program Director Frisco Malabanan, who said that in parts of the Visayas, the staple food is no longer rice but white corn. "We actually have enough food, and there's white corn, cassava, root crops and yam [to eat in place of rice]," Malabanan told The Manila Times. Cassava and kamote (sweet potato) are included in the Department of Agriculture's list of high-value commercial crops, which are being pushed for propagation by farmers nationwide. Figures from the Agriculture department showed production of cassava and kamote from 2004 to 2006 has been growing at a rate of 2.26 percent and 5.41 percent, respectively. In 2006, cassava production was valued at P2.47 billion, and kamote at P1.07 billion. Yam production is largely unaccounted, but farmers plant the crop in their backyard. The estimated area planted to white corn is also not known, because the government focuses much of its efforts on yellowcorn production under the GMA Corn Program. Yellow corn is the main ingredient for livestock and poultry feeds. But there are thousands of farmers cultivating white corn, particularly in parts of the Visayas, since this is their preferred staple food. Another type of yellow corn, the sweet variety, is also becoming popular because of its being sweet and juicy, which makes it fit for human consumption. Since rice is the staple food of most Filipinos, the government must make sure there are enough stocks. Malabanan said the Philippines still has to import rice in the next few years, since the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rice production self-sufficiency cannot reach 100 percent during the next two to three year owing to a growing population. Rice production self-sufficiency is slightly above 90 percent and the government is aiming for 95 percent in 2009 or 2010. In 2007, the Philippines imported 1.87 million metric tons of rice, mostly from Vietnam. This year, rice importation may reach 2 million metric tons, and the National Food Authority is looking toward the US and Cambodia as supplemental sources for the grains. And in case there are areas in the country where the grains will become scarce, there is white corn and the humble kamote, cassava and even gabi to feast on. shopping malls. Arroyo last week earmarked US$69 million in an effort to cushion the impact of the rising world prices of rice, other goods and crude oil. She also ordered an expansion of government's hunger mitigation program, including expanding backyard vegetable farming and village food terminals, and intensifying swine restocking and livestock vaccination programs

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Natural Resources Secretary Joselito Atienza. Local marine conservationist Gerry Reyes said many of the sharks were caught in the Verde Passage off the south coast of the main Philippine island of Luzon, which the government has designated a protected area. Government patrols have recently seized thresher sharks caught by local fishermen living on the northern edge of the Verde Passage, Reyes told AFP. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which put the thresher shark on its "vulnerable" list last year, says the Verde Passage has the highest concentration of marine life in the world. Atienza said he had asked authorities to help prevent the hunting and slaughter of the sharks there.

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MANILA, Philippines--The local recruitment industry is pushing for the creation of a special bank that will cater solely to the financial requirements of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Jackson Gan, vice president of the Federated Association of Manpower Exporters (FAME), said it was high time for the OFWs to have their own bank that would serve their financial and investment needs. FAME is an umbrella association composed of 12 country organizations with a membership of 700 licensed recruitment agencies. "OFWs have suffered so much in the drop of their dollar value to the peso," Gan said in a statement. He added, "Migrant Filipino workers need a financial organization that would enhance their investment potential, give proper advice for income-generating business enterprises, and be ready to help OFWs at all times." Gan said the bank should also set exchange rates friendly to OFWs so their beneficiaries could get the maximum value for the foreign currencies sent to them. The FAME spokesman also recommended the dropping of ATM service charges for OFWs as a means of helping them. "The government-controlled Land Bank of the Philippines has expressed interest in managing the proposed OFW bank that will be known as the Philippine Overseas Postal Bank," Gan said. Gan said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) could invest P1 billion in the project as preferred shares while the Land Bank and DBP could invest P350 million each

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Coming financial crisis will make times much harder, warns economist Expect the coming months to be tough, warned an economics professor. And the tough times may start next month. "It's going to be a hard year for us. Everyone will be affected. And the hurt will be deepest among the low-income families," Ernesto Pernia, a professor of economics at the University of the Philippines and former economic chief at the Asian Development Bank told abs-cbnnews.com/ Newsbreak in an interview. The United States, a major destination of our export products and the host of overseas Filipinos whose dollars account for half of total remittances to the country, is facing a looming economic recession or growth slowdown. "We will probably start feeling the impact of the US slowdown by the second quarter, which is April to June, and up to the third quarter of 2008," added Pernia. "It also depends on how the US government stirs its economy. If they (US) don't recover by the third quarter, then most probably the Philippines will go through hard times the rest of 2008." WORSE THAN 1997 ASIAN CRISIS Pernia's prognosis describes a gloomy year never experienced by Filipinos in the past. Unlike the Asian crisis eleven years ago, which only hit Asian economies including the Philippines, this one is not just a regional financial crisis but a global one. "Brace yourself for difficult times ahead," Pernia cautions. The US economy is feared to be entering either an economic recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth, or a growth slowdown, which is like putting on the brake to the superpower's economic growth to a point that it will decelerate to just less than one percent. This will have an impact on all aspects of the Philippine economy—from generation of jobs to remittances to prices of basic goods. LESS U.S. DEPENDENT While we have become less dependent on the US as a buyer of our products for export—the US accounts for only 17 percent now, compared to up to 30 percent in the past—we are selling a wide range of finished products and raw materials from electronics to furniture to countries like Japan (about 20 percent of our exports), recently to China and Hongkong (about 27 percent), and to a small extent to Europe. These countries also sell to the US. Thus, while analysts and economists were betting on

THREAT TO BPOs That's a threat to the likes of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, a popular job provider. American clients still account for a big chunk of those that local BPO companies currently serve. BPOs have been PESO-DOLLAR NOT BELOW a major stimulus for other P40 sectors like real estate, retail, The impact of a slowing transport, and consumer goods. superpower to the Philippines The real estate sector has will be pervasive, says Pernia. Take the twin case of peso-dollar boomed in the recent years because of office space needs of exchange rate and the the growing number of BPOs remittances from overseas workers. The $12 billion annual setting up shop not only in Metro Manila, but in other cities, remittances account for 12 like Cebu. Residential properties, percent of our gross domestic product, or the overall measure on the other hand, have also of the state of the local economy. been growing, partly because But despite the sharp weakening OFWs and their families have bought 20 percent of the of the dollar, the peso has not been appreciating as much. The available supply. Both sources—investments and central bank has said it is remittances—now stand to be allowing the market conditions affected by the slowing global to prevail. economy. OFWs STRETCHED TO THE EVEN TOURISM LIMIT Pernia believes that the capacity Even the tourism sector, which of the overseas Filipinos to remit had a banner year in 2007 with money home is being stretched more than three million tourism arrivals, stands to be affected too. to the limit because the peso "One of the elements of tourism equivalent of their previous remittances is just too much for is how much spare income these foreigners have. They come from them. "The income of these remitters is South Korea, the US, China, Japan, which will all be affected not elastic. They cannot just (by the global economic continue to catch up. In other slowdown). Even balikbayans words, they are reaching their limit, and they cannot catch up," will most probably spend lesser money when and if they come explained Pernia. home," Pernia said. The peso has lost about 30 percent of its value against the HOW DEEP AND LONG dollar since early last year. In addition, Pernia thinks that the Given that the economic slowdown is just around the host countries of the OFWs are also feeling the pinch, so some of corner, inevitably the next concern is how deep will the fall the OFWs might have not be and how long will it take for received their usual salary us to recover. increases, or worse, have been laid off, or are just working part Pernia expects that compared to our Asian neighbors, the time now. Philippines will take longer to About 50 percent of total recover. remittances to the Philippines He recalls the 1997 Asian crisis: come from US and Canada. As "The economies of Thailand, the economies of other major South Korea, and Malaysia went host countries—Europe, Japan, Singapore, Middle East, Taiwan, through a sharp downturn. But Hongkong, etc—also slow down, they also had a sharp upturn. It Pernia thinks remittances to the was V-shaped: deep fall, but a Philippines will also be affected. quick recovery." The Philippines still posted a Thus, while it has been earlier positive growth during that time, predicted by bankers that the though a miniscule 0.5 percent. peso-dollar exchange rate will "But our rebound was very reach P38, Pernia thinks otherwise. "My prognosis for the slow," he explained. "Most probably it will be the same this peso is that it will probably oscillate between P40 and P43 or time. 45. I don't think the peso will go Pernia attributed this to the fact below P40, especially with this we have a consumption-led economy, which is dependent on slowdown in the world whether there will be more jobeconomy." generating investments soon, and if the OFWs are able to send NOT ONE SPARED Every aspect of the economy will more money home. be affected, Pernia warns. Foreign direct investments might NEIGHBORS HAVE CUSHION Our neighbors, on the other slow down, and US investors will most probably have a wait- hand, will be able to cope better because they have a lot of and-see attitude, with the "cushion" already. "The possibility that a new administration will take over by economies of Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, even the likes the end of the year. "Both of Cambodia and Vietnam, have companies and the US been growing steadily, some government may not resume actually in double digits, even their investment spending or before the Asian crisis. They export and import activities in might slow down, but their the meantime." the rise of other possible superpowers like China and India, the slowdown or the recession in the US shows how intimately intertwined they all are.

growth surplus in the past has gone into their economic base, which is cushioning them now. Their economic base is already solid for a quick recovery." The Philippines, meantime, has had long periods of growth deficits. "A 7.3 percent growth last year is just a flash-in-the-pan. During the last seven years with [President Gloria Arroyo], the average growth rate is only 4.7 percent. That's not enough." Pernia said. Pernia also notes other problems that will hamper a fast recovery for us: "We have a baggage of high population rate, low savings rate, low tax collection, low science and technology base. Then of course there is corruption. There are a lot of things are not going to our favor in terms of higher growth path." POOR WORST HIT What lies ahead then? If the Philippine economy will be severely affected by the US economy's slowdown or recession, causing people to lose their jobs and making prices of basic commodities and transportation cost unaffordable, will these be enough to trigger social unrest? Surely, a drastic economic slowdown in the Philippines will hit the poor, especially those in the lowest 40 percent of income distribution. When a restless and restive population connects the dots and blames the allegedly corrupt government officials for their hunger and strife, a recipe for disaster might be in the offing.

phil news 5 DFA warns Pinoys going to UK of Internet recruitment scams Filipinos looking to work in the United Kingdom continue to be targets of Internet-based scams which originate from there, the Philippine embassy in London said.

Filipino workers who have been invited to work in the United Kingdom through the Internet are advised to consult with POEA to verify if the recruitment agency is licensed to deploy workers to the United Kingdom. If payment is being required before deployment, the public is advised to consider the transaction as suspicious and discontinue dealing with the recruiter.

In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the Court of St. James Edgardo Espiritu said in most of the scams, members of criminal syndicates claim to be officials from the British Border and Immigration Agency (BIA), a unit of the British Home Office that oversees the management of migration to the United Kingdom. He said the criminal syndicates carry the official address of the BIA in their internal communications but use email addresses obtained from commercial internet and email service providers. Payment for their service is then required to be coursed through legitimate commercial money remittance service providers which operate from many cities in the Philippines. Other criminal syndicates use the names of other British or Filipino government agencies in their fraudulent activities.

There is an estimated 200,000 Filipinos in the United Kingdom, many of whom are employed as nurses or care givers in the British national health system. The United Kingdom adopted last month its new Point-Based System of managed migration which makes entry into the British workforce by non-EU workers more closely monitored by the authorities.

Saudi gov't increases salary of Filipino nurses MANILA, Philippines - Starting March 19, Filipino nurses employed by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health will enjoy a 20 to 60 percent salary increase, according to Administrator Rosalinda Baldoz of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. The present salary of nurses employed by the health ministry ranges from SR 2, 250 to SR4,000 (roughly equivalent to P25,000 to P44, 000), Baldoz said. The salary adjustment, Baldoz said, applies only to Filipino nurses, and not to all foreign nurses hired by Saudi's health ministry, based on information conveyed by Fahad AlMsaibeeh, employment attache of Saudi's embassy in Manila. Lauding the move, Baldoz said it was an indication of the continuing preference of Saudi Arabia for nurses from the Philippines. Baldoz said a delegation from Saudi's health ministry were in the country to recruit more Filipino nurses. The health ministry remains among the top employers of Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia, providing employment opportunities to even those without work experience.

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Folic acid intake may also reduce premature births By Stephen Daniells The risk of having a premature baby may be halved if women take folic acid supplements for at least one year before conception, suggests new data. The results are based on a study of folate supplementation by 38,033 participants, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston told attendees at the 28th Annual Society for MaternalFetal Medicine (SMFM) meeting. According to the researchers, this study represents the first and largest U.S. study to look at the effects of folate supplementation prior to conception on early preterm delivery. The results add to the wellestablished benefits of the vitamin that links folate deficiency in early pregnancy to increased risk of neural tube defects (NTD) - most commonly spina bifida and anencephaly - in infants. This connection led to the 1998 introduction of public health measures in the US and Canada, where all grain products are fortified with folic acid - the synthetic, bioavailable form of folate. While preliminary evidence indicates that the measure is having an effect with a reported 15 to 50 per cent reduction in NTD incidence, parallel measures in European countries, including the UK and Ireland, are still on the table. Women of childbearing age are currently recommended a daily dose of 400 micrograms starting before conception. Lead researcher Radek Bukowski told attendees that the benefits were of particular note against very early premature births, those babies who are at the greatest risk of complications such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, chronic lung disease, and blindness. The study is an observational analysis based on data from an earlier trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "Thanks to the depth and breadth of the NIH study, which included an early pregnancy ultrasound of each participant, we had highly accurate evidence of the gestational ages of the preterm deliveries," said Bukowski. "This evidence enabled us to determine that folate supplementation for at least one year is linked to a 70 per cent decrease in very early preterm deliveries (20 to 28 weeks in gestational age) and up to a 50 per cent reduction in early preterm deliveries of 28 to 32 weeks." Bukowski and co-workers limited

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induced cell proliferation of SEG-1 cells was significantly reduced by the cranberry extract. The researchers report that apoptosis By Stephen Daniells (programmed cell death) was 43.6 per cent greater in the cranberry An increased intake of fruit and extract-treated cells. vegetables may cut the risk of Barrett's oesophagus, a precursor to "In summary, our results show oesophageal cancer, suggests a new that a cranberry proanthocyanidin rich extract has potent effects on study form California. A proanthocyanidins-rich cranberry cell cycle regulation, cell viability, cell proliferation, and apoptosis of extract was found to inhibit the esophageal adenocarcinoma growth and spread of human cells," wrote the researchers. oesophageal adenocarcinoma (a cancer in glandular tissue) cells, "The specific molecules mediating report the researchers from Ohio the pro-apoptotic, antiproliferative, State University and the Blueberry and positive cell cycle regulatory and Cranberry Research Center at effects of PAC are currently under Rutgers University. investigation," they concluded. "Anticancer activity has been reported for whole cranberry extracts The popularity of cranberries has been increasing in recent years as as well as specific cranberry a combination of strong marketing fractions in numerous in vitro studies utilizing cancer cell lines and campaigns and a body of scientific evidence revealing the fruit's in limited in vivo investigations," wrote lead author Laura Kresty in the health benefits have contributed to growing consumer awareness and Journal of Agricultural and Food interest in the product. Chemistry. "However, to our knowledge the The fruit has long been considered cancer inhibitory potential of cranberries or cranberry constituents an effective method of fighting urinary tract infections, something has not been evaluated against esophageal cancer utilizing in vivo that has led to almost one third of parents in the US giving it to their models or in vitro systems." children, according to a recent The researchers employed two types study. of oesophageal adenocarcinoma cell In 2004 France became the first country to approve a health claim lines - SEG-1 (responsive to acid) and BIC-1 (non-acid-responsive line) for the North American cranberry species Vaccinium macrocarpon, to test the cranberry extracts. The SEG-1 line was used to "gain insight which states that it can 'help into the mechanisms by which reflux reduce the adhesion of certain E.coli bacteria to the urinary tract of acid and bile salts promotes progression to Barrett's esophagus walls'. Recently, researchers from St. and ultimately esophageal adenocarcinoma," explained Kresty. Francis College, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and New York Barrett's oesophagus is cause by acid reflux, and although it can occur University reported that the antibacterial benefits may be matched early in life, most sufferers are in by anti-viral benefits their 40s and 50s. Although it has (Phytomedicine, Vol. 14, pp. 23been reported to be a precursor to 30). oesophageal cancer, 90 per cent of Source: Journal of Agricultural patients are said to never develop and Food Chemistry cancer, and although some Published online ahead of print, speculation as to dietary and drug history, the reason why this is so is ASAP Article, doi: 10.1021/ jf071997t not really known. The researchers incubated the cells "Cranberry Proanthocyanidins with varying concentrations of the Induce Apoptosis and Inhibit proanthocyanidins-rich cranberry Acid-Induced Proliferation of extract, ranging from 12.5 to 400 Human Esophageal micrograms per millilitre. They Adenocarcinoma Cells" report a time- and dose-dependent effect on the viability and spread of Authors: L.A. Kresty, A.B. Howell, M. Baird the cells. In addition, at a concentration of 50 micrograms per millilitre, the acid-

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regular diets. The supplement added the equivalent of two fatty fish meals per week, an amount the researchers estimated would prevent deficiency. Omega-3 deficient The women's blood diet poses risks to samples were taken at 16 infant health and 36 weeks of pregnancy By Laura Crowley and measured for the amount of docasohexaenoic The typical North American acid (DHA), a type of diet consisting of large amounts of meat and little fish omega-3 fatty acids known to be important for brain is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, posing possible risks to and eye function. infant neurological After the babies were born, development, says new the researchers did vision research. tests to evaluate the infants' This study, published this ability to distinguish lines of month in the American different widths - a method Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows the potential of omega- of evaluating neurological maturity in babies who are 3 supplementation and unable to talk. fortified foods aimed at According to the pregnant and breastfeeding researchers, more girls had women. below average eyesight (visual acuity) in the It is just the latest of many placebo than in the DHA studies showing the health intervention group. benefits arising from the Moreover, increased levels omega-3, a predominantly of omega-6 fatty acid status marine-sourced unsaturated in the mother's red blood fatty acid. cell, using ethanolamine "Omega 3 fatty acids are phosphoglyceride important for the baby's docosatetraenoic acid as a developing eyes and brain," measure, were related to said Sheila Innis, head of the reduced visual acuity in nutrition and metabolism program at the Child & Family both boys and girls. Research Institute at BC This appears to be in line Children's Hospital, and professor at the University of with a growing body of evidence linking an British Columbia. increased omega-3 to omega-6 intake ratio to "During pregnancy and improved health. breastfeeding, fat consumed by the mum is transferred to The report said that while the developing baby and breastfed infant, and this fat is this contributes to a growing body of important for the baby's knowledge on the dietary developing organs." needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women, more Study research is needed to Women who ate lots of meat and little fish were found to be identify recommended daily amounts of omega-3 fatty deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, and their babies did not acids. perform as well on eye tests, reflecting a difference in brain Popularity of omega-3 Omega-3 has been development. increasingly linked to a The researchers recruited 135 wide range of health benefits, including reduced pregnant women and risk of cardiovascular randomly assigned them to disease (CVD) and certain two groups. The first group cancers, joint health, and was given an omega-3 fatty improved behavior and acid supplement, while the second took a placebo. All the moods. women continued to ear their


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A New Hope for Terminated Cases Isa po ako sa mga natulungan ng Elise Consultant na makahanap ng bagong amo at makapagtrabaho dito sa HongKong. 6 na buwan akong nagtatrabaho sa una kong employer nang akoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;y naterminate. Kahit pa maayos naman ang aking release, hindi pa rin ako panatag dahil alam ko na may kahirapan ang paghahanap ng bagong employer ang mga katulad kong terminated. Maigsing panahon lang ang ibinibigay para mamalagi dito sa HongKong at maaaring maubos din ang itinalagang araw ko para makakuha ng bagong employer uli. Mabuti na lang at nakapag bigay alam ako kay Maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;am Elise Wong ng Elise

Consultant tungkol sa aking sitwasyon. Agad naman akong inasikaso at matapos ang apat na araw, pinaalam sa akin na may nakatakda nang interview sa susunod na araw para sa bagong employer. Isang araw matapos ang interview, ipinaalam agad sa akin na pirmado na nang bagong employer ang kontrata. Ngayon, uuwi ako ng Pilipinas na masaya at walang takot dahil makakasama ko ang aking pamilya habang hinihintay ko ang aking Visa para sa panibagong trabaho. Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa Elise Consultant at nagkaroon ako ng employer at tiwala akong maganda at malinis ang kanilang hangaring makatulong sa

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Sandara Park gets her first big break in South Korea Star Circle Quest (SCQ) runner-up Sandara Park has just gotten her first big break in South Korean showbiz via a music video. Nakatanggap kami ng email sa kaibigang PR of beauty clinics (currently Faces and Curves) na si Elena dela Vega. Malapit si Elena sa first batch of SCQ graduates na sina Sandara, Joseph Bitangcol, at RJ Martinez. Isang link lang ang laman ng email, a YouTube link of the MTV of the carrier song of South Korean R&B singer Gummy na "I'm Sorry." It features another South Korean star T.O.P. (na miyembro ng South Korean boy band na Big Bang) and Sandara as the lead female. Now under Y.G. Entertainment, a record label in Korea kung saan talent din si Gummy at ang Big Bang, this is Sandara's first break in her home country. Sandara was a runner-up in the first SQC, na naging sagot ng ABS-CBN noon sa StarStruck ng GMA-7. She came second to eventual winner Hero Angeles at sila na rin ang pinag-partner. Kaso, early on, nagkakagulo na ang dalawa dahil may tunay na boyfriend si Sandara,

another SQC graduate, si Joseph Bitangcol. Naudlot ang career ni Sandara noong nagpasya siyang magpatuloy ng pagaaral sa South Korea. Hindi rin ito natuloy ngunit pagbalik niya, nawala na rin ang kanyang ningning. She finally decided to go back to South Korea in August 2007. The next few weeks, nagkaroon agad ng announcement ang Y.G. that they are signing Sandara as one of their new artists.

Model gets 'sunshine' in showbiz career after Montano scandal

Seventeen-year-old Filipino-Brazilian model and aspiring actress Mariana del Rio has finally taken her first step to fulfill her dream of becoming part of local showbiz. She was given a break to prove her acting skill through ABS-CBN's upcoming television show "Kapitan Boom!", a fantasy-comedy series that stars former PBB housemate Jon Avila as a superhero. But even before Mariana's showbiz debut she already snatched the limelight in controversial fashion: she was rumored to have had a romantic affair with multiawarded actor Cesar Montano, which supposedly spurred his wife Sunshine Cruz to walk out of their house and live a separate life. Del Rio said that she was unprepared for all the intrigues she received as she tried to enter Philippine showbiz. "(I felt) super bad since I don't want to be somebody because of controversy. I want to do many things, I want to be seen as a good actress and not because of controversy," del Rio explained.

Dolphy leads 'Pinoy Oscars' in Hollywood LOS ANGELES -- The "Filipino American Visionary Awards" was held on Mar 7, 08 with much fanfare, drawing to the Kodak Theatre - home of the Oscars - Filipino and FilAm celebrities such as comic legend Dolphy, champion boxer Manny Pacquiao, and Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap. Also in attendance were Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Brian McKnight, TV actress Nia Peeples ("Fame","Walker","Texas Ranger", "North Shore", "The Young and the Restless"), Reggie Lee ("Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"), Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ("Hannah Montana"), "American Idol" finalist, Jasmine Trias and Jennifer Paz ("Miss Saigon") "Visionary Awards" was dubbed the "historic celebration of Filipino and FilipinoAmerican performers in the entertainment industry." Hosted by singer-actor Fernando "Ding Dong" Avanzado and "Kababayan LA" TV host and producer Janelle So, the show was produced by the newly-launched production company, NuVision Worldwide Media, LLC headed by its president/CEO Ramil Q. Gonzales.According to the event's publicist, Ted Benito, NuVision aims to make a difference in the entertainment industry by giving recognition to those who excel in their respective fields and have raised awareness of the Filipino's artistry with their remarkable achievements in television, film, music, sports and public service. Benito said, "The Visionary Awards also seeks to honor outstanding Filipinos and Filipino Americans who have made a difference in Hollywood and the Philippines and whose contributions have uplifted the profile of Filipinos in the arts and entertainment." When we arrived at 4:30 p.m., the photographers and cameramen were already lined up outside the Kodak Theatre where a red carpet has been rolled for the celebrities and VIPs. Both GMA-7 and ABS-CBN television networks were represented as well as a number of Filipino American newspapers. Some of those who arrived early were singer Jasmine Trias, who was dressed in a black plunging neckline gown. Also gracing the red carpet were the charming couple, Rudy

RICA Garlick Mentha Naging problema ko ang biglang pananakit ng aking tenga. Naging On and Off ito at hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit bigla na lang ito nangyari. Pumunta na rin ako sa doctor at mga ilang linggo ay nawala naman ang pananakit at akala ko ay okay na, ngunit nang sumunod na mga buwan ay napansin kong nanghina ang aking pandinig. Nabahala na ako at baka lumala na ng tuluyan. Sinubukan kong bumisista sa RICA Shop sa worldwide at

Fernandez and Lorna Tolentino, Senator Bong Revilla Jr. and wife, the blooming Lani Mercado, the veteran hosts of "Eat Bulaga," Tito, Vic and Joey with their respective spouses, Mike Enriquez of GMA-7, Francis Magalona who was dressed in black and had a necklace with a silver pendant of the "three stars and a sun" which he acknowledged in his award acceptance speech as representative of the Philippine flag. Among the FilAm talents who attended the show were actor and martial arts expert Mark Dacascos ("The Crow"), actor Michael Copon ("One Tree Hill") and Fox 11 news anchors Jean Martinez and Bob de Castro. After the red carpet action, the media people were herded to the press room where a big screen TV showed the event as it happened. Unfortunately, there was no sound feed. So for about 30 minutes, we watched the proceedings without sound. The press people, who had been working since 3 in the afternoon and were expected to cover the show till midnight, were getting thirsty and hungry since there were no drinks or food in the media room. The sad part was that there was no press coordinator in the room to handle the situation. It was also unfortunate that there was no press moderator assigned in the media room to handle the question and answer sessions. There was no microphone for the media folks asking questions so it was a "free for all" situation when an awardee came in. Reporters had to scream out their question to be heard while photographers had to yell at the awardees to turn to the right or to the left. The sadder part was that not all of the awardees were brought to the press room to be interviewed and for photos. So we wondered what we were doing there if the awardees were not being brought to the press room. It would have also been helpful if press kits were provided and which explained why each honoree is being given this or that award. Knowing who comprised the Awards Committee or whoever selected a celebrity to receive a particular award would have been also helpful to the press. Getting press tickets to the event was no consolation either as the tickets assigned to the media were way up and all the way in the back of the mezzanine floor. If there is going to be another one next year, the organizers of the Visionary Awards should definitely have a new vision on how to handle the press properly.

sinabi ko ang aking kalagayan. Pinayuhan naman akong mag RICA Garlick Mentha at ipinliwanag din sa akin ang tungkol dito at ang mga benepisyong maidudulot nito sa katawan at kalusugan, pinayuhan din akong magpakunsulta sa kanilang consultant dahil libre naman at para na rin mapayuhan ako ng mga dapat kung gawin. Sa unang linggo kong pag inom, naramdaman ko ang pananakit ng aking tenga, ngunit tuluyan na rin itong gumaling pati na rin ang aking pandinig hanggang sa

kasalukuyan. Maraming salamat sa RICA International at sa RICA Garlick Mentha. Lorna Manzano Midlevel


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EVERYDAY daw nagpapa-dala ng flowers si Richard Gu-tierrez kay KC Concepcion. Ruffa Gutierrez and her perfect pouty lips did it again. Sa interview na ginagawa kay KC sa The Buzz where we visited Kuya Boy Abunda and Ate Cristy Fermin, KC was quoted that Richard give gifts in a way that no woman could forget him. Biglang nadulas si Ruffa sa pagsabing everyday ngang nagpapadala ang kapatid ni-ya sa anak ni Sharon Cuneta kahit nasa States ang binata. There could be something in it between the two dahil both talk about each other in glowing words and glowing looks. Wish talaga namin, ma-tuloy nga ang first co production ng Star Cinema and GMA Films na pagsasamahan nila. We honestly don't know whatever happened to this although quoted na si Ms. Annette Gozon-Abrogar that they formally sent feelers to Star Cinema. Perfect combination ang dalawa both on and off screen we tell you.

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Jolina Magdangal changes image for 'Pinoy Idol' Nakausap ng Philippine Entertainment Portal si Jolina Magdangal sa presscon ng "Pinoy Idol" na ginawa sa Annabel's restaurant sa Tomas Morato, Quezon City kaninang tanghali, March 28. Isa siya sa three judges ng talent search na magpipremiere sa April 6, kasama sina Ogie Alcasid at Wyngard Tracy. Ipinangako ng multimedia artist na ibang Jolina ang mapapanood ng viewers sa Pinoy Idol at out na ang Christmas-tree look na kanyang pinauso noon. "Ibang level na ito!" sambit niya. "Hindi na ako pasweet, hindi rin sobrang mataray. Gusto ko lang maging honest at kung ano ang maitutulong ko sa nagaudition, yun ang sasabihin ko. Hindi na ako yes nang yes. Alam kong may mga nagalit na nagaudition, pero binigyan ako ng responsibilidad ng GMA-7 at gagawin ko ang trabaho ko. Ibang usapan na ito, dapat honest at credible ka."

Maja allows John Prats to share their past Young actress and dancer Maja Salvador finally broke her silence on the reports that actordancer John Prats is "using" her to promote the latter's upcoming movie -- Manay Po 2.

Total overhaul si Jolina sa Pinoy Idol mula sa ayos ng buhok, makeup, at wardrobe. Napansin ng PEP sa publicity photos ng singer-actressTV host na iba na ang kanyang dating at parang lumabas ang sexy Jolina. Sabi nito sa kanyang bagong image: "Plain Jane, pero something chic. Hindi pa-tweetums at hindi rin teacher ang dating, ayaw ng viewers ng teacher-looking. Pero hindi ko sinasabing pangit mag-ayos ang mga teacher. Young pa rin, pero respetado. More on earth ang colors ko ngayon. Ang peg ko sina Ivanka Trump [daughter of Donald and Ivana Trump] at Katie Holmes, wife ni Tom Cruise. Si Ivanka, hindi fashionista, pero iba manamit. Kahit naka-shorts lang, pero ang tops, kakaiba at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yun ang gusto kong maging dating ko sa Pinoy Idol." Galing sa Iora, Black Shop, at Sari-Sari ang mga damit na isinuot at isusuot pa ni Jolina sa duration ng contest. Nag-research din siya sa Internet. Gusto niyang maging consistent ang look niya mula sa auditon hanggang sa grand finals ng Pinoy Idol na gagawin sa SMX ng Mall of Asia.

Bilib sa Rica Omega 3!

gawaing-bahay sa araw-araw at gumanda pa ang aking GUMAGAMIT AKO ng RICA Omega balat. 3 dahil nabasa ko na napakabisa at Binigyan ko rin ang aking maganda ito sa ating kalusugan lalo mga magulang sa Pilipinas na sa akin na matagal nang may may Hypertension at sakit sa migraine, dysmenorrhea, sakit sa puso at napakaganda rin ng puso at varicose veins. Napakahirap epekto nito. Sa kanilang regular ng kalagayan ko na may maraming check-up ay nakita rin ng karamdaman lalo na at marami ang doktor ang positibong aking ginagawa sa araw araw. pagbabago sa kalusugan nila, Sa anim na buwan kong naging normal ang BP nila kaya paggamit ng RICA Omega 3 ay ipinatigil na rin ng doktor ang napakaganda ng epekto nito sa paggamit ng mga gamot na dati akin. Napupuna kong gumaganda nang nirereseta sa kanila. ang aking pakiramdam, hindi na rin Kahit ang anak ko ay ako naiistorbo ng aking mga sakit at natulungan din sa kaniyang mas malakas at masigla na akong pag aaral dahil mas malusog nagtatrabaho. Mas nagkaroon ako at matalino rin siya. ng resistensiya para sa mga Salamat sa RICA Omega

3, hindi lang ako kundi buong pamilya ko ang natulungan sa pagkakaroon ng magandang kalusugan at malaking savings din sa pagbili ng maraming gamot. Jael, 33 - Midlevel

Some nasty reporters and columnists have taken John to task for supposedly talking about his past romance with Maja to drum up interest in his film project. "I don't mind but if he wants to share information our past relationship, when we had a mutual understanding; it's okey with me. I don't take it badly. Let the people judge or interpret what John says, but for me as long as he is not maligning my reputation or say bad things against me, it's fine with me," said Maja. John Prats (John Paulo Quiambao Prats in real life) started his career as a child star in 1992. He is dubbed as The Prince of Dance because of his amazing moves onstage. He regained his popularity when he landed as the 2nd Big Winner in Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition Season 1. Right now, Prats is a regular performer of ABS-CBN's weekly variety show ASAP '08 and busy promoting his movie with actors Polo Ravales and award-winning actor Jiro Manio. Maja's moves Meanwhile, Maja (Maja Ross Andres Salvador in real life) has earned

her own tag as "Princess of Billboards" because of her appearances in numerous billboards for her clothing endorsements. She dismissed the possibility of undergoing a cosmetic surgery to augment her breasts to add to her appeal. "(I'm also a dancer.) I dance and it's hard to bop if you have big breasts," Salvador briefly explained. Salvador is a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic and is considered one of the most popular and promising stars of her generation. She's known as an amazing dancer and a talented actress. Viewers saw her shine as an actress in Kris Aquino's hit movie "Sukob" and in the TV drama series "Bituing Walang Ningning". The actress is also a regular performer in ASAP'08 and has been very busy with numerous projects. Watch her as she plays a sexually abused youngster (Jasmine) in tonight's (March 28) episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya after television series "Maging Sino Ka Man."


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FINANCIAL LITERACY - HOW TO USE A BUDGET Last month, we learned about writing a budget. Have you done it? This is the most efficient way to manage your money: instead of crossing the money jungle without a clue where you are going, your budget gives you a direction: it is your map. Do you remember the steps? Set your goals, calculate how much you need to save every month to achieve them, list your expenses and allocate your salary to your saving and your expenses, without forgetting the expenses which are paid only once a year... and that we tend to forget.

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The easiest way you can keep your budget in mind is to have it at hand whenever you need it, either in your room, or in your handbag. A student one day suggested writing it down on a name card size paper and placing it in her purse. We saw how to How can you use your budget to track FINANCIAL efficiently manage your money? expenses in Your budget gives you guidelines Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LITERACY by Sophie Paine on how much you have decided article: to spend on each type of expense: write down food, family, outing, clothes, every phone, etcâ&#x20AC;Ś If you spend more on expense or ask for receipts one item, you will have less and add up your expenses money either for another type of every week by category. expense or you will save less and Look for cheaper won't achieve your goals. alternatives: you might find a better deal or another way So the first step to efficiently to get the same product or follow your budget is to make service for less money. Ask sure you spend within the limits yourself what cheaper ways you have set. But this is easier to you can find each time you write on a budget than to do! The spend money. three main tips to follow your budget are: keep your budget in Let's take an example: you mind, track your expenses with have decided your monthly this limit, and find cheaper phone budget is $300.

Tricky to achieve? No, many of my students managed to keep phone expenses under control with a few tips, discipline and motivation! First, calculate how much you can use every week: $70 ($300/ 30 days x 7 days in a week). Set time limits on how often and how long you phone, write down what you want to say to keep focused on the important things you want to talk with your family, and buy phone cards only for $70 a week. Find cheaper alternatives: emails, Skype... or letters. Mobile phones are great but they are an expensive way to communicate with your family overseas. Whatever you spend on the phone is money less for another important expense... or a goal. Motivation is the key: keep your goal in mind, whether it is your dream house, your

children's studies... or getting out of debt. You can use the weekly budget method for other expenses like clothes or leisure. To make sure you don't spend more than your weekly budget, split your income in envelopes: put the amount you have written in your weekly budget in an envelope with the type of expense written on it. And no cheating! If your "clothes" envelope is empty, don't take cash from the "transportation" envelope! As soon as you are paid, put the money you want to save in your bank account. Open a separate bank account for your saving only to be able to keep it separate and see it grow!

Keep an amount to cover expenses you could not foresee. If you don't like adding up figures and are computer savvy, follow your budget on a spreadsheet; you can track expenses and compare with your budget more easily. When you pour water in a glass, you know that you can't pour more than what the glass can contain. Do the same with money: if you don't, your "leaks" will prevent you from saving and achieving your goals; in four, six or eight years' time, you will still be working in Hong Kong without having put aside a single dollar for your future. So write a budget and follow it! If you have questions, or want a free budget spreadsheet, send me an email: Sophie@aandbmake3.com

Every month compare your actual expenses with your budget and see where you spent less or more and if you have saved what you a + b = 3 Ltd wrote you would save. Financial Literacy Adjust your budget if you Because money is more have forgotten one expense. than adding up figures How can you deal with an unexpected event? In your saving goals, always Visit our website: http:// include emergency saving. www.AandBmake3.com

THE OFW's ON SUNDAYS AND THEIR HOLIDAYS.

Learn Tips for Eating Healthy

This group of OFW is from the different parts of the Philippines. During Sundays and on the days of their holidays they meet each other in a place, which is most convenient to them. They also have something in common, they love music, they sing and they dance. So, every Sunday they drop by their favorite place in Sai Ying Pun and are enjoying the gift of music, friends and the warmth place of Ms Leah Ng. According to these ladies they fell fulfillment after spending their free day in singing, chatting and eating. And it's not only a matter of enjoying the good feeling, but it also develops their talents in singing through videoke.

1- Ingredients * 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles * 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli * 1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided * 3 tablespoons flour * 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper * 3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese * 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese * 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 - Cooking direction 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta for 4 minutes. Add frozen broccoli and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the pasta and broccoli are just tender, 4 to 5 minutes more. 2. Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 cups milk in another large pot over medium-high heat until just simmering. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl until combined. Add the flour mixture to

Are you from Cheung Chau Island? Well, whether you are from that place or not, you are invited to visit or even join "Our Lady of Fatima Church". Why? Because the English group is such a wonderful group! On February 24, 2008, the group had a boating activity. The girls absolutely enjoyed the event sponsored by Don Bosco Retreat House. They had a free ride on a Bosco I yacht. More than 20 Filipinas joined the activity including two (2) priests. "Masarap magkaraoke sa loob at may iba't-ibang uri ng recreation sa loob", a member said. "Pinasakay din kami ng speedboat at tinuruan kami kung paano magpatakbo nito", they said. Aside from different activities they are enjoying, they are also 'grwing in faith' as they unceasingly worship and learn things about their faith.

GREAT THINGS TO DO DURING HOLIDAYS Do you love cooking? Well you must, because... these ladies said, "cooking is a great hobby!" This group is learning Asian and Western Cooking. On their holidays and on Sundays they spend time in learning how to cook or better say they are adding their knowledge of cooking in a culinary school at Sheung Wan. Let me guess... they are preparing for Canada? or they just want to please their employers, which is a great thing to do!, I'm very sure they'll get some raise or a BIG THANKS from their bosses, or maybe they are planning to open a restaurant in the future. Therefore, it is a recommendable past time on our free days because it is a lifetime education. So, why not join them?

No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese

1. Hiccups happen when the diaphragm, the muscle that controls our breathing, becomes irritated and start to spasm and contract uncontrollably. With each contraction, air is pulled into the lungs very quickly, passes through the voice box, and then the epiglottis closes behind the rush of air, shaking the vocal chords, causing the "hic" sound. The irritation can be caused by rapid eating, emotional stress and even some diseases. The best cure? Breathing into a paper bag. This calms the diaphragm by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream. 2. Your heart beats 101,000 times a day. During your lifetime it will beat about 3 billion times and pump about 400 million litres (800 million pints) of blood. 3. Your mouth produces 1 litre (1.8 pints) of saliva a day. 4. Unless food is mixed with saliva you cannot taste it. 5. The liver is the largest of the body's internal organs. The skin is the body's largest organ. 6. We actually do not see with our eyes - we see with our brains. The eyes basically are the cameras of the brain. One-quarter of the brain is used to control the eyes. 7. Our eyes are always the same size from birth. 8. The bones in your body are not white - they range in colour from beige to light brown. 9. The bones you see in museums are white because they have been boiled and cleaned.

Nutrition info Per Serving * Calories: 396 kcal; Protein: 22 g; Carbohydrates: 57 g; Dietary Fiber: 7 g; Fat: 10 g; Sugars: 8 g

the simmering milk; return to a simmer and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in Cheddar, Parmesan and mustard until the cheese is melted. 3. Drain the pasta and broccoli and add to the cheese sauce. Return to the heat and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat, until heated through, about 1 minute. Yield: 4 servings

10 Delicious Soups from 10 Countries - part 3 French Pea Soup with Creme Fraiche Ingredients 1. 2 medium shallots, chopped 2. 1 teaspoon olive oil 3. 1 boiling potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 4. 1 teaspoon salt 5. 3 1/2 cups water 6. 1 pound frozen baby peas, thawed 7. 1 tablespoon creme fraiche, mixed with 8. 1 teaspoon water

1. Cook shallots in oil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add potato and salt and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add water and simmer, covered, until potato is tender, about 15 minutes. Add peas and simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes.

Nutrition Info Per Serving * Calories: 113 kcal * Carbohydrates: 19 g * Dietary Fiber: 4 g * Fat: 2 g * Protein: 5 g * Sugars: 4 g

2. Puree in batches in a blender (use caution when blending hot liquids), then force

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through a very fine sieve into a saucepan. Reheat soup and season with salt and pepper. 3. Drizzle servings with creme fraiche. Yield: 6 servings

10. The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.

INTERESTING FACTS 1. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. 2. If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb. 3. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet. 4. A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. 5. A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy.) 6. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour 7. The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off. 8. The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field. 9. The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. 10. Some lions mate over 50 times a day. 11. Butterflies taste with their feet. 12. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. 13. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. 14. Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. 15. A cat's urine glows under a black light.


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OFWs should participate in governance Lawyer Arnel Banas, Deputy Secretary for Administration and Finance of the Senate of the Philippines, has been thinking of ways to encourage Filipinos abroad to take advantage of all laws that would allow them to participate in their country's governance. Banas told abs-cbnNEWS.com he had studied and travelled in "multicultural and multi-ethnic settings" overseas and had heard many stories from his fellow Pinoys who worked or had migrated abroad. He said these Filipinos should make full use of the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 (Republic Act 8042 or the Magna Carta for Overseas Workers), the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003 (RA 9189) and the Citizen Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 (RA 9225). He arrived in Seattle last September 2007 on a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship sponsored by the US State Department, a 10-month non-degree program combining both classroom and practical experience. Banas said there are 173 fellows from 85 selected countries in their batch of Hubert Humphrey fellows, including four Filipinos. All the fellows are hosted by 15 different universities across the United States. At the University of Washington where Banas was assigned, there are 14 fellows from 13 countries and he is the only Filipino. When his fellowship ends, Banas will fly back to the Philippines as he is only on leave from the Senate, where he has worked since 1995. Prior to this, he worked for a non-governmental organization affiliated with the Ateneo Human Rights Center. Banas finished BS Tourism from the University of the Philippines, acquired a Bachelor of Laws from the Ateneo de Manila University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Warwick, England where he was a British Chevening Scholar. He said he wanted to focus on the quality, capabilities, and "skills of our human resources, the Filipino workers," so for his presentation, he shared the history, contributions, problems and bright spots affecting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). "In many ways, they represent the Philippines and its people. They are like our extentions or ambassadors overseas.

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OFWs ENDLESS SEARCH FOR GREENER PASTURE by Rowena

After sought of greener pasture, hundreds of OFWs attended an orientation on Canadian employment for 3 consecutive Sundays at alleyalley Central last month.

Whether they are conscious of it or not, they represent our country and its culture with the kind and quality of their work," Banas said. He added that "I wanted to share with the audience at the University of Washington the contributions of OFWs and migrant workers in general to the economies of both the sending and receiving countries." At the same time, Banas said he appealed for better appreciation and more compassion for migrant workers. Banas called OFWs a "special class of Filipinos" and he entitled his presentation "Filipino Workers: Modern Day Heroes Cope in a Globalized World" delivered at the University of Washington's Parrington Hall on February 22 "You can even find them in countries where there is war," Banas said. "When you find Filipino workers in every nook and corner, that is a concern." Different reasons can drive Filipinos to work abroad, but their primary reason for leaving the country is economic. Mothers, for example, leave the Philippines to care for other women's children. "It's ironic," Banas said. "You leave home to support your family and children, but when when you come back, they (their children) think of you as strangers. You leave a lot behind. You don't get to see them take their first steps. Sometimes you don't get to see them receive their diplomas." Banas opined that while the economic contributions of the OFWs are appreciated, the policy needs to be reviewed. "They are leaving their comfort zones for their families," he said. "They travel because they feel like they have to. We appreciate their economic support, but we still want them to be involved in the Philippines. The solution is at home." And for to be able to do this, he urged overseas Filipinos to take advantage of laws enacted for them.

Year after year more Filipinos are leaving for Canada, the dream of every domestic helper in Hong Kong and around nearby Asian countries. According to this group they are seeking for employment in Canada because of the benefits that may bring to them. With much expectation, that it would lead them to a successful life. Hong Kong is the best place where those who reached Canada took their experiences and earned money that financed their application. However it does not offer the benefits and security which Canada offer, here, opportunities are limited. Therefore, thousand of Filipino domestic helpers long to work in this greener pasture. The Philippines' economic and political conditions have failed to produce better life for its people because of the over population, unemployment and poverty. All these envelop the country and are threatening the Filipinos. Hence, Filipinos still enjoy working away from home after saving money for several years abroad. Who would not wish for better benefits and more opportunities like brighter future because of the chance for landed immigrant in a minimum of three (3) years, extended benefits for the family and different benefits from the government of other countries like Canada?

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WITNESSES IN SYMPATHY by Rowena

For several years, a group of ladies have been using the podium below WWH along Connaught road as their meeting place on holidays and Sundays. The ladies described the area "a very busy place". It is crammed full of people sending balikbayan boxes, therefore, noises of packing tapes are everywhere. From time to time, vendors around the area often attract onlookers which usually drew nearby urban's attention. "Every Sunday and on holidays there's something new to watch around", a lady in the group said. "It could be exciting but our group was never disturbed, we were never scattered to check on an issue," she continued. According to the group, they are accustomed to this situation. The space they are using is a home-like to them. They sit, chat, eat and even entertain visitors in the place. Some of their friends, town mates or even passers entrust bags. "Maraming nakikisuyong mag-iwan ng kanilang bag, okay lang naman sa amin basta walang mahalagang gamit sa loob katulad ng wallets, alahas o mga bagong bili", the group said. On 9th March 2008 at around 2:35 in the afternoon, the group was at last disturbed. Ten (10) steps away from them, a lady standing in a corner yelled. Two ladies from the group felt it is something serious. They then rushed to the scene and were shocked of the scandal they witnessed. Being mothers, they felt pity for the lifeless baby girl abandoned in a white paper bag wrapped in a towel and was covered of a black jacket. The management blocked all the way to the area for investigation. Police dog was brought in, unfortunately, no single evidence was found that afternoon. It was only at 7 night, that onlookers mostly Filipinos freed the area. People flocked in the escalator near the foot bridge in Worldwide House wanting to see and hear about the dead baby.

The usual Sunday of this group of OFWs which is to exchange stories and enjoy eating together turned into a shocking experience when the dead baby who was believed to be left by her own mother, was discovered inside a white shopping bag which was about 10 steps away from them.

A Police dog was brought to the scene to help investigators gather details and evidences especially with the person responsible for leaving the dead baby.

As messy as it seems but this place was strictly guarded by police men after a dead baby placed inside a white shopping bag was discovered by a group of OFWs.


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"Another way to amass OFW’s dollar," says HK OFWs.

left to fend for themselves. Now we will starve to death while GMA comes here wasting about half a million HK dollars to try to fool OFWs and entice us to bleed more money for her selfserving purpose," he added.

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GSM-HK estimated that the cost of GMA's appearance before OFWs at the plush Grand Hyatt Hotel on Sunday, March 30 will reach about PhP1 million while another million will be spent for the three-day expenses of GMA and her entourage. Villanueva said that the government even sent personnel from the Office of External Affairs that is under the Office of the President just to check the preparations for the Sunday event.

Different Filipino Associations in Hong Kong are continually battling for the rights of Foreign Domestic Helpers most especially Filipinos in Hong Kong and Worldwide. On December 2007 they submitted a petition letter to the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, they followed up on February and on December. In the letter, they demanded the chief executive to abolish the levy and to raise migrant worker's salary. Association leaders are disappointed to the Philippine Government for not taking actions in helping out Filipino migrant workers. "Imbes na tulungan nila tayong ipaglaban ang ating mga hinaing lalo pa nilang dinagdagan ang ating problema dahil sa mga bagong OWWA o POEA requirements katulad ng 1 month seminar na lalong nagdagdag sa gastusin ng mga aplikante. Actually, ayon sa mga bagong dating wala daw silbi ang mga itinuro sa training center," a group leader said. On 30 March 2008, 3:45 PM, Officials from the Philippines Stock Exchange conducted a seminar at the Residence Lounge of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Wan Chai. They discussed about the Philippine equities market and the basics of stock investing. At 6:30 PM a reception was offered to the Filipino Community in Hong Kong, which was graced by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. "With all the problems that we are encountering, I don't think this new program of the President will work. Ang dapat nyang gawin ay bigyang solution ang pangunahing problema ng mga OFW's, pero lalo nyang kokolektahin ang dolyar ng mga OFW's," the group said.

Invitations sent to chosen groups, discrimination or a warning? by Rowena Thousands of Filipino Domestic Helpers assembled and participated a protest led by the United Filipinos (UNIFIL) Organization in Hong Kong at the open space between the Immigration Tower and the Inland Revenue Building opposite Grand Hyatt Hotel at Wan Chai in the afternoon of 30 March 2008. Group leaders, members of various Filipino Associations in Hong Kong and some individuals organized the rally as a manifestation of their disapproval to the President's programs. In the morning they went around known places where Filipino usually hangout on Sundays and on their holidays, they persuaded everyone to join the demonstration. According to Emman Villanueva, secretary to the UNIFIL, the Philippine Consulate did not invite opposition groups and several leaders who were very supportive to them and to the vision they are fighting for; fortunately they obtained news from different channels regarding the arrival of the Philippine President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Hong Kong. "We are not invited but we never regret because this luxurious trip and worthless event of the incompetent president should be

Munting anghel ka nang aking isinilang Galak at kasiyaha'y walang mapadsidlan Hirap at pagod ay di maramdaman Sa tuwinang ika'y masilayan Sapagkat para sa aming iyong mga magulang Ika'y higit pa sa ginto at kayamanan. "John Vincent", ika'y aming pinangalanan Dahil ipinanganak ka sa buwan ng kanyang kapistahan Kaya aking dinadasal, siya nawa'y iyong tularan Upang maging lubos na ang sa isip ko'y kapayapaan Sapagkat ang minamahal kong anakay lalaking uliran.

shortage will further impinge on our already tight budget. When will the GMA government stop heaving one calamity after another to us?" he remarked.

Based on their inquiry at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the cost of the hotel's facilities are the following: Tiffin Lounge where GMA will meet OFWs - HK$450 (PhP2,550) per head or HK$90,000 (PhP450,000) for a maximum of 200 people; reservation for Function Room for 160 people - HK$140,000 (PhP700,000) while dining is at This was the statement of Eman HK$1,100 (PhP5,500) per head. Villanueva, spokesperson of the Meanwhile, the group estimated Gloria Step down Movement Hong Kong (GSM-HK) in a picket GMA's stay in HK, based on going rate for posh hotels, at HK$15,000 rally at the Philippine Consulate (PhP75,000). Her entourage General today to denounce the "squander of people's money" for estimated at a low of 30 personnel the upcoming HK visit of GMA in will require about HK$180,000 the face of the rice shortage in the (PhP900,000) at a rate of HK$2,000 per person each day. Villanueva country. remarked that this may even be a "We are made destitute by this government with its rampant corruption of public resources. Distressed overseas Filipinos are

conservative estimate considering GMA's "penchant for lavish traveling". "With the rice shortage, recent oil price hike, and the general economic crisis, only a president that has complete disregard of the people's plight can spend PhP2 million with wanton abandon," Villanueva added. Villanueva reported that the news of serious rice shortage in the country and the increase in prices of rice is a grave concern for overseas Filipinos who are the main breadwinners of their families. "We are already contending with low wages and the continuing slide of the dollar. The rice

plundered or are used to replace money stolen from other public sources. We will not let GMA touch our hard-earned money that is barely enough to sustain the basic needs of our families," he stated. Meanwhile, Villanueva also lambasted the PCGHK for its "preparation frenzy to make GMA happy". "It is condemnable for the PCG-HK to pool resources and manpower for the useless meeting with GMA while they cannot even find time and effort to answer the repeated requests of OFW groups here for a Leader's Forum to discuss pressing concerns. Like GMA, government officials here have revealed their true priorities and these are definitely not our rights and wellbeing," he said In conclusion, Villanueva said that the rice crisis will surely fire up the outrage of overseas Filipinos reeling from economic hardships and the neglect and irresponsibility of the government. He said that they will intensify their campaign to urge OFWs to join the March 30 rally. "Now it is even clearer that GMA's continued rule and corruption shall spell death for us. This time, by hunger," he said.

Sa iyo "John Vincent", maligayang kaarawan Lagi sanang tatandaan at huwag kalimutan Malayo man ang inay, kayo lagi ang nasa isipan Harinawa'y baling araw pangarap ko’y maisakatuparan Na kayong mga anak ko'y madulutan ko ng Magandang Kinabukasan.

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Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.

THE MISSING RIB A girl in love asked her boyfriend: "Tell me, who do you love most in this world?" "You, of course!" "In your heart, what am I to you?" The boy thought for a moment and looked intently in her eyes and said, "You are my rib. In the Bible, it was said that God saw that Adam was lonely. During his sleep, God took one of Adam's rib and created Eve. Every man has been searching for his missing rib. Only when you find the woman of your life will you no longer feel the lingering ache in your heart." After their wedding, the couple had a sweet and happy life for a while. However, the youthful couple began to drift apart due to the busy schedule of life and the

lit his cigarette and felt the lingering ache in his heart. He couldn't bring himself to admit that he was missing her. One day they finally met -- at the airport -- a place where there were many reunions and goodbyes. He was going away on a business trip. She was standing there alone, with just the security door separating them. She smiled at him gently. (b): "How are you?" (g): "I'm fine. How about you. Have you found your missing rib?" (b): "No." (g): "I'll be flying to New York on the next flight." (b): "I'll be back in 2 weeks time." (g): "Give me a call when you get back. You know my number. Nothing has changed." With a smile, she turned around and waved good-bye. One week later, he heard of her death. She had perished in New York -- in the event that shocked the world. Midnight. Once again, he lit his cigarette. And like before, he felt the lingering ache in his heart. He finally knew that she was the missing rib that he had so carelessly broken. Sometimes people say things out of moments of fury. Most often than not, the outcome could be disastrous and detrimental. We vent our frustrations 99% at our loved ones. And even though we know that we ought to "think twice and act wisely," it's often easier said than done. Things happen each day, many of which are beyond our control. Let us treasure every moment and everyone in our lives. Tomorrow may never come. Give and accept what you have today.

Busy Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter ask for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The paid was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees "Congratulations," the boss said. "Go on that way!" Very motivated for the boss' words, the woodcutter try harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing "I must be losing my strength", the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on. "When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" the boss asked. "Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees..."

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"Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains." - Emilie Cady

Believe in God's Plans The problem with many of us is that we don't believe that God will open a window and pour out blessings that we won't have room to receive them. I dare anyone to try God. He is true to His word. God cannot lie and His promises are sure. Three things will happen to you this coming week: (1) You will find favor with someone you don't expect; (2) You will be too relevant to be ignored; (3) You will encounter God and you will never remain the same again.

My prayer for you today: The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, the hands that will send this message to others shall not labor in vain, the mouth saying Amen to this prayer shall laugh forever. Remain in God's love as you send this prayer to everybody on your list. Have a lovely journey of life! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will never fail you because He is AWESOME! If you truly need a blessing, continue reading this email: Heavenly Father, most Gracious and Loving God, I pray to you that you abundantly bless my family and me. I know that you recognize, that a family is more than just a mother, father, sister, brother, husband and wife, but all who believe and trust in you. Father, I send up a prayer request for blessings for not only the person who sent

this to me, but for me and all that I have forwarded this message on to. And that the power of joined prayer by those who believe and trust in you is more powerful than anything. I thank you in advance for your blessings. Father God, deliver the person reading this right now from debt and debt's burdens. Release your Godly wisdom that I may be a good steward over all that You have given me Father, for I know how wonderful and mighty you are and how if we just obey you and walk in your word and have the faith of a mustard seed that you will pour out blessings. I thank you now Lord for the recent blessings I have received and for the blessings yet to come because I know you are not done with me yet, In Jesus' name, I pray. AMEN !!!!

3 Kilo sa Isang Buwan GUSTO KONG magpapayat lalo na sa braso, baywang at hita ko. Isa sa aking mga kaibigan ang nagrekomenda ng RICA Perfect Trim. Agad kung sinubukan ang produkto nila kahit marami na akong nasubukang produkto na hindi naman umepekto. Ginamit ko ang RICA Perfect Trim nang isang buwan at mabilis ang epekto nito sa akin. Sa totoo lang, ang dati kong 56 kilos na timbang ay naging 53 kilos na lang. Pati ang braso, hita at baywang ko ay na-trim din. Ngayon patuloy pa rin akong gumagamit ng RICA Perfect Trim at wala

talagang side effect ito sa akin at normal pa ang aking pagdudumi. Naging masaya na ako ngayon dahil magaan na ang aking pangangatawan at nakamtan ko pa ang aking inaasam-asam na magpapayat. Hindi talaga masasayang ang pera ninyo, sa isang buwan lang ay may pagbabago na. Kaya inanyayahan ko kayong lahat na gustong magpa-slim na gumamit ng RICA Perfect Trim.

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monthly horoscope brain 1.

Aries Mar 21-Apr 20 Put some thought and work into longer-term matters now -- career, personal goals, an important relationship. Things should pick up starting Wednesday afternoon; expect a flurry of exciting communication, but beware of malicious gossip or overdramatization (on your part or others'). Be flirtatious instead -- you're great at it now! From later on Friday through the weekend, taking care of home stuff and cozy nesting is extra satisfying.

Taurus Apr 21-MAY 21 Somebody (or is it 'somebodies'?) is definitely picking up on that subtle sexy side of you during the first couple of days this week. If you're in a relationship, enjoy; if you're single, explore those options! Then you're liable to have an out-of-character urge around Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Before you give into it, figure out where it's coming from. And starting later on Friday, you have perfect energy for time off -you're social, happy, funny and generally great to be around. Let work rest, for everyone's sake!

Gemini

May 22-Jun 21 Deploy one of your secret weapons at the beginning of the week -- you know, that skill you've got that no one knows about, that side of you that you rarely share or one of your miscellaneous but seldom-used superpowers. The results may be surprising -- and immensely satisfying. Then, starting Wednesday afternoon and lasting through Friday, you're smart and sexy and generally superb. Bask in the extra attention you're bound to be getting! This weekend brings some ups and downs. For stability's sake, get exercise and rest, eat healthfully and stay hydrated!

Cancer Jun 22-Jul 22 Make your case and have fun while you're at it as this week begins. Whether it's at work or in your personal life, you're so compelling now, how can anyone refuse? Starting Wednesday afternoon and lasting through most of Friday, there's a ton to do -- so much that there's a danger of getting bogged down. If that happens, reach out; a fresh perspective on your prioritizing or just a little moral support helps a lot. And from later on Friday through the weekend, you've got an extra gift with romance, and extra imaginative powers. Quite an interesting combination!

Leo

Jul 23-Aug 22 Red tape or rules, conventionality and the status quo aren't sitting well with you during the first couple of days this week. Go ahead, be a rebel -- but if it's at work, you'd better also be ready to deal with the consequences. Starting later on Wednesday, you're much more of a team player, ready to work or play with a group and enjoy what's best about everyone. Socializing's especially fun now -- have your weekend early, because from later on Friday through Sunday, you're likely to feel more like nesting or just being with a certain someone.

Virgo Aug 23- Sep 23 Kick your routine to the curb -- during the first couple of days this week, you get a real kick out of doing something different, exposing yourself to new ideas and saying 'see ya' to any rut you're in. (After you get caught up on work, that is, knowing you.) Wednesday, Thursday and Friday contain the kind of cosmic energy that could go either way. The key? Communication, of course. Be clear and be kind. Friends, family and community are highlighted this weekend. Join together -- the more, the merrier!

Libra Sep 24- Oct 23 Yikes! During the first couple of days this week, you're liable to fly off the handle, act on an impulse, overindulge or make a sweeping declaration that you may or may not be feeling soon after. Chill out -- or go ahead (at least you'll make life interesting!). Then, starting sometime Wednesday, you're feeling a little calmer and giving things more forethought (or maybe hindsight!). A certain relationship may take a turn for the more significant, too. When the weekend comes, smaller, lower-key plans are a better idea than building up big expectations.

Scorpio Oct 24- Nov 22 The stars may wreak some havoc in your life during the first few days this week. Remember, you can control your response (as well as your tendency to go to extremes!). Things may seem to calm down starting sometime Wednesday, but appearances can be deceptive. It behooves you to pay particularly close attention to things both large and small in your world now. If you're looking for a little luck, just you wait until later on Friday. From now through the weekend, you're likely to get what you want, maybe even before you know you want it.

Sagittarius Nov 23-Dec 21 Do your best to be down-to-earth at the beginning of this week: Take care of responsibilities, analyze practicalities, administer reality checks. Dullsville, right? You'll be awfully glad you did around Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, when life's crazy-busy. The groundwork you lay now lets you pay attention to the areas and interactions that need it later. Then, from later on Friday through the weekend, you can engage with your world on a philosophical level, getting deep and exercising those ideals. Enjoy!

Capricorn

Dec 22- Jan 20 Aren't you dutiful! But life should also be beautiful during the first few days this week -- the stars are sending a little extra oomph in the romance department your way, so make the most of it! A certain relationship or situation is simpler than you might think around Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If you're the one to discern the real issue or value, you'll reap the rewards. And if there's an issue, tackling it this weekend is favored. Don't fear change -- a new idea helps immensely.

Aquarius

Jan 21- Feb 19 As a freethinker, you love nothing more than to let your thoughts and imagination roam -- and at the beginning of this week, a discovery awaits. Set time aside for brainstorming at work and daydreaming at home. Then, starting sometime Wednesday and lasting through most of Friday, the discovery you make may be in matters of the heart -- and it may be a hot one. (That imagination comes in handy now, too!) This weekend, don't put off until tomorrow what you can get out of the way today -- then you can move on.

Pisces Feb 20- Mar 20 Your dreamy, gentle side is in effect during the first few days this week, but you're not spaced out -- quite the opposite. You've got amazing insight working for you (especially in relationships), so use it! Be prepared for change, too, because nothing's set in stone starting Wednesday afternoon, when weird switcheroos and general hubbub are the rule rather than the exception. Best to wait and see -- but stop waiting around Friday evening, when it's all systems go, all through the weekend. The action you take and the things you create are highly favored by the stars now.

Answers for Brainteaser : 1. A kiss 2. Onion 3. A hole 4. I am fire 5. Wedding Ring 6. A Shadow

7. A Pineapple 8. I am a Liar!

answers are on bottom left corner of this page

Of no use to one Yet absolutely bliss to two. The small boy gets it for nothing. The young man has to lie for it. The old man has to buy it. The baby's right, The lover's privilege, The hypocrite's mask. To the young girl, faith; To the married woman, faith; To the old woman, charity. What am I?

2. I come out of the earth, I

am sold in the market. He who buys me cuts my tail, takes off my suit of silk, and weeps beside me when I am dead. What am I?

3.

Many things can create one, it can be of any shape or size, it is created for various reasons, and it can shrink or grow with time. What is it?

4. No legs have I to dance,

feeling no pain. What is it?

5.

7. I have a crown, Yet I'm not a king. I have scams, but I'm no fish. I have "eyes", Though I can't see. Guess Who?

No lungs have I to breathe, No life have I to live or die And yet I do all three. What am I?

I am a token of ones love. I have no beginning and no end What am I?

6. Only one color, but not one

size, Stuck at the bottom, yet easily flies. Present in sun, but not in rain, Doing no harm, and

8. I have 4 bodies I have 7 heads; I have 8 hands; I have 3 legs; I have 5 eyes; I have 9 mouths and finally i have 6 ears. Who am I?

Jokes Sayings by famous people

mo? Dagul: Sira pala ulo mo! Wala ngang nagpalaki sa akin.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord; Give me the grace to see a joke, To get some humor out of life, And pass it on to other folk Sometimes, when I look at my children, I?say to myself, "Barbara, you should have remained a virgin." -- Barbara Bush (mother of G.W.)

begins at fifty. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread I had a rose named after me out. and I was very flattered. -- Phyllis Diller But I was not pleased to read the description in the By the time a man is wise catalog: "No good in a bed, enough to watch his step, but fine against a wall." he's too old to go -- Eleanor Roosevelt anywhere. ---Billy Crystal Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest The cardiologist's diet: If it woman I had ever seen. I tastes good, spit it out. have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to Orientation program withdraw that statement. Isang umaga, nakita ng -- Mark Twain Manager ang Bagong Hire sa Company kaya't The secret of a good pinapunta sa kanyang sermon is to have a good opisina para bigyan ng beginning and a good konting Orientation ending; and to have the Boss: Anong pangalan mo? two as close together as possible. -- George Burns New Hire: Mario po. Boss: Di ko alam kung saan Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once lupalop ka galing pero dito sa Company ko, last name a year. - - Victor Borge ang dapat na tawag sa isatisa. Masagwa pag first B e careful about reading health books. You may die name lang dahil doon nawawalan ng pag galang of a misprint. at diyan din nagkakaroon -- Mark Twain ng breakdown in Authority. By all means, marry. If you Ako, tawagin mo na lang na Mr. Gonzales. get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a Maliwanag ba! Ano nga pala ang last name mo? bad one, you'll become a New Hire: Haniko! philosopher. -- Socrates I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. -- Groucho Marx

Boss: Para lang sa iyo, Mario ang pangalan mo dito.

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap. -- Bob Hope

Mental Sa isang mental hospital.. (pasyente nagbubungkal ng lupa) Nurse: Oi! Anu ginagawa mo??!!! Pasyente: Di mo ba nakikita?? Nagtatanim ako.. bobo! Nurse: Wala ka namang seeds eh! pauso!! Pasyente: seedless to, tanga!!!

I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it. -- W.C. Fields We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. -- Will Rogers Don't worry about avoiding temptation as you grow older, it will avoid you. -- Winston Churchill Maybe it's true that life

Ulila Bitoy: Dagul bakit ang pandak mo? Dagul: Kasi, bata pa lang ako, ulila na ako. Bitoy: Anong kaugnayan nun sa pagiging pandak

Away sa mag-asawa Boy: honey! Parang galit ka yata sa akin??? Girl: hoy! Wag ka na nga magbait-baitan dyan!!! Boy: bakit??? Girl: aminin mo na may kasama ka na namang babae kanina!!! Boy: eh wala yun, wag mong pansinin yun!!! Girl: anong wala eh! ilang beses mo nang ginagawa sa akin yung pang-babae!!! Hon, hindi ko na kayang magtagal!!! Ayoko na!!! Magpakamatay nako!!! (tumungtong sa sofa at tatalon sa bintana) Boy: assistant! assistant! Assistant: bakit! Bakit po sir!!! Boy: magpakamatay yung asawa ko1 pakitulungan! Pakibukas yung bintana nakalock kasi. (tumawa). PLDT Operator Isang Araw Habang Nag Papayabangan ang Tatlong Magkakaibigan Tasyo: Pare alam nyo yung Pinsan ko sa sobrang ganda ng Boses Kinuha Siya sa ABS-CBN para gawing News Broadcaster. Inggo: Wala yan sa Pinsan ko mga Amigo ko, Yung Pinsan ko sa Sobrang Ganda ng Boses ini Laban kay Regine Velasquez sa Singing Contest. Teban: Aba ang Ganda naman pala ng boses ng mga pinsan nyo mga Igan ko! Pero wala parin yan dun sa pinsan ko mga Pare ko. Yung Pinsan ko NGONGO pero kinuha ng PLDT para gawing Telephone Operator! Tasyo: Paano naman nangyari yon? Inggo: Oo nga naman pare! Teban: Oo mga pare ko, Siya yung sumasagot pag Busy yung Telepono. NGO...... NGO...... NGO....... Noon at Ngayon Ano ang ipinagkaiba ng mga babae NOON at NGAYON? NOON, ang babae, magkakaroon muna ng KABIYAK bago MABIYAK ! NGAYON, ang mga babae MABIBIYAK muna bago magkaroon ng KABIYAK !

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