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Volume 17 • No. 20 • October 16 - 31, 2021 Publication Mailing Account #41721512

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Lipa Councilor Mikee Morada & Alex Gonzaga

Maria Ressa awarded Nobel Peace Prize Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 for her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee made the announcement on Friday, October 8. The 2021 prize was awarded jointly to Maria Ressa and Russian journalist, Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov. “Ms Ressa and Mr. Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia,” the Nobel committee See RESSA p5

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U.S. land border reopens to fully vaccinated Canadians in November U.S. land border reopens to fully vaccinated Canadians in November Fully vaccinated Canadians will be allowed to enter the United States at land and ferry border crossings starting in early November. On October 12, U.S. officials announced a plan to reopen the land borders with Canada and Mexico, which have been closed for non-essential travel since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadians have been allowed to travel by air to the U.S. throughout the pandemic and trade and business travel at land borders has not been restricted. The land border reopening will be rolled out in two phases. The first phase, starting in November, will allow fully vaccinated Canadians to enter the U.S. at land and ferry entry points for nonSee BORDER p4

The Peace Arch on the U.S.-Canada Border between Washington state and British Columbia (Wikipedia photo)



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RESSA... From page 1 said in a press release following the announcement. “At the same time, they are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.” “I am speechless! Thank you so very much!” was Ressa’s immediate response when Olav Njølstad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, informed her of the honour in a telephone call. “This is really for all journalists around the world,” said Ressa the following day. “We do need help on so many fronts – it is so much more difficult and dangerous to be a journalist today.” Ressa is the first-ever Filipino to win a Nobel prize. She is also just one of 58 women to ever win the award. “Maria Ressa uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines,” the Nobel committee also stated. “In 2012, she co-founded Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism, which she still heads. As a journalist and the Rappler’s CEO, Ressa has shown herself to be a fearless defender of freedom of expression. Rappler has focused critical attention on the Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign. The number of deaths is so high that the campaign resembles a war waged against the country’s own population. Ms Ressa and Rappler have also documented how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse.” The Nobel Peace Prize, which includes 10 million Swedish krona ($1.43 million, CAD), will be awarded to Ressa and Muratov at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on December 10. There

PILIPINO EXPRESS were 329 nominees for the Peace Prize this year, 234 of whom were individuals and 95 were organizations. Maria’s early life Maria Ressa was born in Manila on October 2, 1963. Her father died when she was one year old. Her mother subsequently moved to the United States, leaving her two daughters with their father’s family. At the age of 10, Maria and her sister reunited with their mother in the United States and were adopted by their stepfather. Her parents relocated to Toms River, New Jersey. Ressa studied molecular biology and theatre as an undergraduate at Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in English and certificates in theatre and dance in 1986. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study political theatre at the University of the Philippines Diliman where she also taught several journalism courses as a faculty member in the university. The journalist Ressa’s first job in media was at PTV 4. She also served as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila from 1987 until 1995. She then ran CNN’s Jakarta bureau from 1995 to 2005. As CNN’s lead investigative reporter in Asia, she specialized in investigating terrorist networks. She became an authorin-residence at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) of Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. From 2004 to 2010, Ressa headed the news division of ABSCBN while also writing for CNN and The Wall Street Journal. Ressa established the online news site Rappler in 2012 along with three other female founders and with a small team of 12 journalists and developers. It initially started as a Facebook page named MovePH in August 2011, evolving into a complete website on January 1, 2012. The site became one of the first

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Maria A. Ressa (Illustration by Niklas Elmehed, Nobel Prize Outreach)

Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov (Illustration by Niklas Elmehed, Nobel Prize Outreach)

multimedia news websites in the Philippines and a major news portal in the Philippines, receiving numerous local and international awards. In 2018, Maria Ressa was named among “The Guardians” and a Person of the Year by Time magazine. The Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 102 times to 137 Nobel Prize laureates between 1901 and 2021, 109 individuals and 28 organizations. Notable past awardees include, Malala Yousafzai (2014), Barack H. Obama (2009), Al Gore (2007), Jimmy Carter (2002), Nelson Mandela (1993), Mikhail Gorbachev (1990), Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama, 1989), Desmond Tutu (1984), Mother Teresa (1979), Martin Luther King Jr. (1964), Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson (1957), and Albert Schweitzer (1952). This year, the Nobel Prize committee recognized the importance journalism in society, stating, “Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda. The Norwegian Nobel Committee is convinced that freedom of expression and freedom of information help to ensure an informed public. These rights are crucial prerequisites for

democracy and protect against war and conflict. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov is intended to underscore the importance of protecting and defending these fundamental rights. “Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to successfully promote fraternity between nations, disarmament, and a better world order to succeed in our time. This year’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize is therefore firmly anchored in the provisions of Alfred Nobel’s will.” As of press time, it is not yet certain that the Philippine courts will allow Ressa to travel to Oslo to receive the award in person. Maria Ressa has been the target of no less than 10 court cases, seven of which are still active. She has been denied the right to travel outside the country since August 2020, despite a track record of returning to the Philippines 36 times when the courts previously granted her permission to travel. So far, Ressa has been denied travel permission four times, including last December, when her mother was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a mastectomy operation. Ressa has vowed to fight for her right to travel. Sources: Nobel, Wikipedia.

Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced two joint winners of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize on October 8 – journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia. Maria’s story is on the front page of this issue of the Pilipino Express. In their announcement, the Nobel award committee said, “Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions. In 1993, he was one of the founders of the independent newspaper Novaja Gazeta. Since 1995 he has been the newspaper’s editor-in-chief for a total of 24 years. Novaja Gazeta is the most independent newspaper in Russia today, with a fundamentally critical attitude towards power. The newspaper’s fact-based

journalism and professional integrity have made it an important source of information on censurable aspects of Russian society rarely mentioned by other media. Since its start-up in 1993, Novaja Gazeta has published critical articles on subjects ranging from corruption, police violence, unlawful arrests, electoral fraud, and “troll factories,” to the use of Russian military forces both within and outside Russia. “Novaja Gazeta’s opponents have responded with harassment, threats, violence, and murder. Since the newspaper’s start, six of its journalists have been killed, including Anna Politkovskaja who wrote revealing articles on the war in Chechnya. Despite the killings and threats, editor-in-chief Muratov has refused to abandon the newspaper’s independent policy. He has consistently

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Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov (Photo: WikiBioFacts) defended the right of journalists to write anything they want about whatever they want, as long as they

comply with the professional and ethical standards of journalism.” Source: Nobel

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Canada landed almost 38,000 new immigrants in August and the strong performance has continued throughout the year. The country is on target to meet the ambitious goal of 401,000 new permanent residents this year. The August numbers followed a strong yearto-date performance with more than 184,000 landings. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino had reason to be pleased with his department’s performance. “We’re ahead of where we expected to be at this point in the year and we are going to continue to accelerate the pace of landing new permanent residents,” Mendicino said in a telephone in interview recently. “We are going to deliver on that goal.” The last time Canada landed more than 400,000 people in one year goes back over 100 years ago and the government hopes to achieve 400,000 plus


landings for 2021, 2022 and beyond. In 2020 the landing numbers fell from 341,000 in 2019 to 185,000. The decline was one of the direct results to the closing of Canada’s borders because of the COVID pandemic. Canada has moved to recover from the low arrivals by making it easier for temporary residents in the country to acquire permanent residency. “By granting them permanent status, they’re going to put down roots in their communities, “Mendicino added. “That’s exactly how we’re going to address both the short-term economic recovery, which we are accelerating through immigration, as well as the longterm demographic pressures.” Canada moved to clear the road for holders of Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)

Canadian economist wins a Nobel Prize David Card, a Canadian economist born in Guelph, Ontario, has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics “for his empirical contributions to labour economics.” His studies in the early 1990s challenged conventional wisdom and showed that an increase in minimum wage does not lead to less hiring and immigrants do not lower pay for native-born workers. Card, 65, who is currently a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, thought he was the target of a friend’s prank when he received a phone call telling him that he had won a Nobel Prize. David Card will receive half of the $1.43 million CAD prize and the other half will be awarded jointly to American professor Joshua Angrist, and Dutch professor Guido Imbens “for their methodological contributions to the analysis of

causal relationships.” The 2021 Nobel Prizes will be awarded in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10. Source: Nobel

David Card, The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences 2021. (Illustration by Niklas Elmehed, Nobel Prize Outreach.)


COVID infection and immigration landings: An inverse proportion documents, and these numbers have been included in the higher arrival rates. The Express Entry for skilled workers has been invited record numbers, such as the 27,332 invited on February 13, 2021. The Express Entry has focused largely on candidates in Canada under the Canada Experience Class along with the six temporary immigration streams. The two-prong approach of making it easier for foreign workers, students, and visitors in Canada to obtain permanent residence and the lifting of travel restrictions for COPRs and visitors from source countries

BORDER... From page 1 essential reasons. This includes visiting friends or family, or tourism. The second phase in early January 2022 will require all inbound foreign national travellers entering the U.S. by land or ferry for essential or non-essential reasons to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have proof of vaccination. Senior U.S. officials said several details are still being worked out, including what type of documentation will be accepted to prove a traveller’s vaccination status.

such as India, has all added to the numbers of arrivals. As a country we are recovering from COVID, and immigration is a key factor in the government’s recovery plan. The country’s ambitious Immigration Levels Plan to increase new arrivals in 2021, 2022, and 2023 to numbers above 401,000 per annum allows IRCC to show the government’s ability to adjust targets lower or higher based on policy and operational considerations. Government action does change the numbers of arrivals. Let’s hope that the numbers continue to increase and that COVID infections in the country continue to drop. If things

get worse with the fourth wave the arrival numbers in Canada may take another dip. There is an inverse correlation between the pandemic and demographic growth. Michael Scott is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC, R525678) who has 30 years of experience with Immigration Canada and the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. He currently works as a licensed consultant with Immigration Connexion International Ltd. Contact him at 204-691-1166 or 204-2270292. E-mail: mscott.ici@gmail. com.

The American government is also waiting for guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concerning travellers who received mixed doses of COVID-19 vaccines and those received the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not approved south of the border. The U.S. has also not approved mixing vaccine doses for its own residents. Nevertheless, one official has said that the CDC plans to recommend accepting air travellers who have received any vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization, which includes AstraZeneca. A similar rule is expected at land crossings.

Canadians crossing the border will be questioned about their vaccination status by U.S. border agents. Proof of vaccination will only be required if a traveller is sent for secondary screening. If a traveller is fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test will not be required. However, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will require all returning travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken 14 to 180 days before their departure – even those who are fully vaccinated. Various clinics in Winnipeg charge about $250 per person for those tests.

The Canada/U.S. border crossing at Emerson, MB. (Photo: Wikipedia)



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The Deferred Millionaire In feng shui, deferred maintenance on a house means deferred money. In other words, if you’ve put off replacing that cracked window or cutting down a dead tree, you’re likely not receiving all the money you could be if your home were in good repair. Why is repairing your home so important to feng shui? In a word: chi. The chi or energy of a home declines when it’s got leaking faucets or roof, when the paint is peeling or when it’s dirty and cluttered. Even looking at a home that’s not in good repair gives a depressed or sad feeling. You see a house in decline – and the occupants who live there are also in decline. Millionaires live in beautiful, attractive, and maintained surroundings. If you’ve deferred maintaining your house, you could be deferring wealth too. Rarely is the case that when a homeowner is successful, that the house is falling down. In fact, it’s most often the case that as a homeowner becomes more successful, the more a house represents that success with pretty plantings, fresh paint, clean windows, and a clean interior. That’s because a home with successful occupants often has lawn and cleaning services to help them keep the home in good condition. But even if you’re not a millionaire, you can still live like one in your home, and often, you’ll find that when the house is neat, tidy, uncluttered, and in good repair, you feel better and more confident. A millionaire’s home is usually attractive and clean, and by emulating that, you will raise your home’s chi, which in turn, raises your own. Improving your home improves your life. Simply improving the maintenance on your house, your home pays you back in improved energy, greater opportunities, and more satisfaction and contentment

in life – and, yes, even in money. Use these tips on home maintenance to the critical areas that help you create millionaire financial energy around your home. 1. Start at the front. If your sidewalk is cracked and lifted from tree roots, it’s unlikely that opportunity will make it’s to your front door. Give the front of your house some TLC in the form of a landscape makeover, including checks on sidewalks, porches, mailboxes, light fixtures, and the front door. Work on your curb appeal – it will pay you in increased income and opportunity. 2. Check for leaks. From gutters to the roof, the kitchen sink to garden hoses, when water is leaking, so is money. Water can also be a source of emotional problems – whether that’s an empty swimming pool (missing water = missing money) or a case of black mold (spending on what you don’t want). When water is either completely missing or too abundant, emotions can be more volatile. Make sure that water issues are carefully attended to because of their emotional/ financial implications. 3. Sparkling windows represent clarity. Can’t focus or decide? Maybe it’s because the windows need cleaning. Windows represent the eyes and the way we take information in. Dirty windows hamper our ability to see our financial situations clearly. 4. Beat up doors and walls. When doors are scratched by the dog, walls are dirty from handprints, the feeling is that opportunity is missing and that life, in general, is in decline and a feeling of hopelessness settles in. Repaint walls and repair doors. Doors are the way chi enters the house – especially the front door. Make sure the way to the front door is open and attractive and that all doors work properly and smoothly. A sticky front door stymies opportunity and money, and door problems create energy problems, especially with money.

Feng shui areas to maintain your home and build your wealth

5. Lighten up to lift your financial chi. Never let light fixtures fill up with bugs or allow bulbs to stay burned out. Dirty lamps or fixtures, dim bulbs, and burned-out bulbs create the inability to see life clearly or develop initiative in your financial life. Never underestimate the power of lighting to lift your financial chi – or bring it down if they’re burned out. 6. Let the landscape go. This is a sure way to create severe financial hardship. When a landscape has dead or has overgrown plants and weeds in the grass, there are major financial obstacles. It’s especially true when you leave tree stumps from cut-down trees. These will not just drain away your finances, they can rob you of your health. No matter how you try to dress them up, they still symbolically register a tree that was cut down. The millionaire’s secret is always to pay attention to the grounds and landscape. Even if your yard is small, give it impact and put money into it because landscaping pays off financially and in your health and vitality. 7. Hang on to everything. A great way to have less is to hang on to everything. Millionaire closets are neat and orderly and usually aren’t stuffed to the gills. Creating room for more is the singular best way to achieving more. Don’t be afraid to get rid of as much as possible to create more room in your life for what you want. Money is energy, and when your house has too much stuff,

there’s little room left for prosperity to come in. 8. Give it a good scrub and refresh. Cleanliness they say is next to godliness, and it’s true. Giving your home’s exterior a good wash with a pressure washer, and the interior a good wash, especially the kitchen results in better energy, and better energy means more money. The kitchen, and stove, in particular, represent wealth, so keep them sparkling! Find ways to update and refresh your space. A fresh coat

of paint and deep cleaning and do wonders. Kathryn Weber has over 20+ years of feng shui study, practice and professional consultation. Her witty, no-nonsense style appeals to audiences, making her a popular speaker and radio show guest. She is often called on by media to explain feng shui in down-to-earth terms, and has been featured in Seventeen, First for Women, Faces, Conceive, Martial Arts Professional, and Natural Health magazines, and on websites around the world.

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Breaking unhealthy habits can help you reach your weight-loss goals Changing habits, especially ones you’ve had for many years, isn’t easy. But breaking these unhealthy habits can make a difference in your weight, which is why we encourage you to eliminate them for two solid weeks. Try these for two solid weeks and you will see the difference: 1. No TV while eating — and only as much as you exercise. Studies show that watching TV — or any other “screen time,” such as computer use — is a driver of weight gain. You aren’t moving, and there’s a good chance you’re also sipping or nibbling on something. So, spend only as much leisure time watching TV — or in front of any screen — as you spend exercising. That way, you’re breaking the bad habit of mindless eating and adding the good habit of being more active. 2. No sugar — except what’s naturally found in fruit. If you want something sweet, eat fruit. Otherwise, stay away from sugar

and sweetened foods, including table sugar, brown sugar, honey, jam and jelly, candy, desserts and soda. Alcohol also counts as a sweet. Keep in mind that many artificially sweetened foods like candy, cookies, cakes, ice cream and yogurt can still pack lots of calories. Relying on fruit to satisfy your cravings is a healthier, lower-calorie habit. 3. No snacks except fruits and vegetables. Common snacks typically have a lot of calories and little nutritional value. If you’re hungry between meals, eat only fruits and vegetables and nothing else. Snacking on healthy fruits and vegetables a couple of times a day can help you manage your weight. Stock your home with a variety of ready-to-eat vegetables and fruits. 4. Moderate meat and low-fat dairy. Limit total daily consumption of meat, poultry and fish to 3 ounces — the size of a deck of cards. If you consume dairy products, use only skim

milk and low-fat varieties, and consume them in moderation — about two servings daily. Full-fat dairy products contain saturated fat that can raise your cholesterol. Even lean cuts of meat and skinless poultry have some saturated fat and cholesterol and can be high in calories. 5. No eating at restaurants — for two weeks. Eating out is associated with weight gain. The tantalizing sights and smells of a restaurant, deli counter, bakery display, food court or concession stand entice you with high-calorie menu items and large portions. If you must eat out, make sure you order foods and beverages that fit the habits in this plan. Changing habits is challenging, but with confidence and the right strategies, you can succeed. And remember: Your immediate goal is to stick to these changes for only two weeks. Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network

Membership at Wellness Institute or Reh-Fit Centre dramatically improves health, 10-year study finds Belonging to a certified medical fitness facility like Winnipeg’s Wellness Institute or Reh-Fit Centre lowers a person’s risk of dying by 60 per cent, compared with a similar person who does not attend such a facility, new research shows. Members also have a 13 per cent lower risk of being hospitalized, the 10-year retrospective study found. And members who attend a medical fitness facility more than three times per week exhibit even better health, with a 39 per cent lower risk of hospitalization. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is the first to examine the long-term health outcomes of those who attend a medical fitness facility, versus those who don’t. The project was conducted

by researchers at the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre (CDIC) at Seven Oaks General Hospital and the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) in the University of Manitoba’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. “It’s exciting to see this dramatic evidence, based on a large population over a 10-year period, of the benefits of joining a medical fitness facility in preventing disease and premature death,” said Dr. Alan Katz, professor of family medicine and community health sciences, and director of the MCHP. “These findings provide guidance for health management, and we hope they will inform health policy.” The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital and the Reh-Fit Centre in South

River Heights are not-for-profit facilities that offer a broad range of health, wellness, and disease rehabilitation programs. They deliver evidence-based, medically integrated programming and provide a greater degree of medical oversight than traditional fitness centres. The study focused on more than 19,000 new adult members of the Wellness Institute or Reh-Fit Centre from the time each started scanning their membership card for entry. Their average age was 47. Members had access to an annual health assessment, fitness equipment, group exercise classes and certified fitness staff. When members swiped in, they may have been accessing services such as nutrition counselling rather than exercising, the study

notes. Using members’ and nonmembers’ anonymized personal health identification numbers, the researchers used databases at MCHP to compare members’ health status and mortality rate from 2005 to 2015 with those of a control group of nearly 516,000 people from the general Winnipeg population. Individuals in the control group were matched and directly compared with those in the member group according to age, sex, income (based on postal code) and health conditions. The level of physical activity in the control group was not part of the study. The researchers conclude that health-care systems should consider the medical fitness model as a preventive public

health strategy to encourage physical activity participation. “These findings present an opportunity for people to take charge of their health, and for medical professionals and governments to offer a simple option for reducing medical risk,” said Dr. Paul Komenda, professor of internal medicine and research director of the CDIC. “The medical fitness model holds tremendous potential for public health. Our study found that members tended to be from higher income groups. Imagine if all income groups had regular access to this kind of lifeprolonging facility.” The study received funding from the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation, with support from Research Manitoba and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

How harmful is too much sitting? Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to a number of health concerns, including obesity, heart disease and even cancer. Don’t believe it? Stand up and read on. It’s time to step away from the computer and read this: According to one study, people who spend more than four hours a day in front of a screen have a higher risk of early death in general and a higher risk of events related to heart disease, such as chest pain or heart attack. But sitting in front of the

TV isn’t the only concern. Any extended sitting — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful. What’s more, even fitting in some moderate or vigorous activity doesn’t seem to significantly offset the risk of sitting most of the time. The solution? Sit less and move more overall. You might start by simply standing rather than sitting whenever you have the chance. For example: • Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch. • If you work at a desk for long

periods of time, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter. Better yet, think about ways to walk while you work: • Walk laps with your colleagues rather than gathering in a conference room for meetings. • Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmillready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day. The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can

be profound. For starters, you’ll burn more calories. This can lead to weight loss and increased energy. Plus, the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important reactions related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. When you sit, these responses stall — and your health risks increase. When you’re standing or actively moving, you kick the processes back into action. Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Get vaccinated! “Vaccination is still the best way to reduce the risk of infection, hospitalization and death from COVID-19,” reiterated world pandemic expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently. “Get fully vaccinated” is the main takeaway message. My immediate family in Winnipeg is fully vaccinated, except for our grandchildren under 12. We joyfully gathered at home on October 11 for our annual Family Thanksgiving tradition. Still, we missed one family in Ottawa; although both parents are fully vaccinated, their only son is still non-eligible and we felt, for an abundance of caution, travel for the family celebration was best postponed. Efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines is crystal clear Frankly, our family did not think we could do it this year when we missed last year’s get-together. In fact, we did not anticipate that COVID-19 vaccines would become available for mass emergency use in December 2020 to urgently slow the spread of COVID-19. Last month on September 16, Health Canada gave full approval to both the Pfizer and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (henceforth to be known as “Comirnaty” and “SpikeVax,” respectively) for anyone aged 12 and older – a testament to their efficacy and safety after billion of doses have been administered worldwide. Thanks, indeed, to the preceding years of persistent scientific research, many serious illnesses, hospitalizations, admissions to intensive care units and deaths due to COVID-19 have since been prevented. And even when breakthrough infections with the more recent deadly delta variants occurred, the illness had not been as severe and the mortality was much less among the fully vaccinated. Evidently, the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines are crystal clear. Current track record of vaccination in Canada As of October 13, only about a third (35.42 per cent) of the world’s population has been fully vaccinated, with 47.69 per cent having received the first dose.

It is only close to a fifth of the population in the Philippines for both the first and the full dose (22.69 per cent and 21.1 per cent, respectively). For the U.S., the respective figures are much better at 64.64 per cent and 55.81 per cent. Fortunately for Canada, the corresponding vaccination rates are even higher: 76.83 per cent and 71.99 per cent of the total population, or 87.82 per cent and 82.29 per cent of those eligible 12 years of age and over. This makes Canada’s standing at 19th place among the nations of the world. But the vaccine coverage for both Alberta and Saskatchewan – the two provinces that had experienced a resurgence in crisis proportions – are below the national average. Availability of vaccine supplies helps explain the differences in rate of immunization, a challenge the World Health Organization is continually issuing to the world’s wealthy countries. Another factor is the difference in the political climate in North America. There is greater polarization and divide in the U.S. than in Canada. The good and the sad news As with any medical story, waves of good and sad news have accompanied the ongoing pandemic, seen starkly in the U.S. and, to a much lesser extent, in Canada. 1. Vast majority of Canadians vaccinated: Canadians overall can be grateful for the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for everyone eligible and for the fact that the vast majority have chosen to be vaccinated. This translates to lesser morbidity and mortality among the citizenry and to easing the burden to the health care system and national economy. This also translates to the fact that about 12 per cent of eligible Canadians have yet to receive one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 18 per cent have yet to receive their second. 2. Young Winnipeg adults leading the way: Just over 88 per cent of Winnipeggers between the ages of 20 to 29 are nearing 90 per cent to being fully vaccinated with 95 per cent having had at least one dose. In contrast, the Southern Health region of my

home province lags behind with less than two thirds (63 per cent) of eligible residents fully jabbed. 3. Enhanced effectiveness with delayed interval between first and second dose validated: CBC News (Adam Miller · October 09, 2021) and Canadian Press recently reported on research data soon to be reported in medical journals from both the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the Quebec National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ). The data shows that the earlier strategic decision “to delay (by as long as four months) and mix second doses of COVID-19 vaccines (for the purpose of vaccinating more Canadians sooner at the time when the vaccine supply was limited) led to strong protection from infection, hospitalization and death – even against the highly contagious delta variant.” These observations have implications as countries presently review their policies on international travel and make them conform to new scientific data that have emerged from “the analysis of close to 250,000 people in B.C.” and “1.3 million people in Quebec.” Note further that the earlier policy decision generated public debate as we also commented at the time. Dr. Danuta Skowronski, the BCCDC research scientist who spearheaded the move to lengthen the two-dose interval, said, “Protection was even stronger when the interval between the first and the second doses was more than six weeks apart.” Dr. Gaston De Serres, an epidemiologist at the INSPQ, said, “The takeaway is whatever vaccine people had, if they got two doses, they should consider that they are very well protected against severe COVID-19.” 4. Travel to the U.S. reopens next month: Travel to the U.S. will reopen early next month to fully vaccinated Canadians. Since last August, Canada has allowed fully vaccinated Americans to enter. Whether U.S. border officials will recognize a mix of vaccines doses is yet to be clarified. Reopening the CanadaUnited States land border that had been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020 has a significant impact to economic activity, particularly to close border communities. Optimism must be guarded, however, since the pandemic, although at a reduced intensity overall, is still ongoing.

5. Legal challenge of vaccine mandate for health-care workers launched: Quebec has mandated that all health and social services workers – from nurses and technicians to administration and cleaning staff – who are not fully vaccinated by November 15th will be suspended without pay. This would certainly cause serious disruptions to health care services. I trust both sides would come to a meaningful resolution of the issue and recognize the paramountcy of public health and the health of those served. Any outcome to the legal dispute could have unforeseen implications elsewhere in the country. 6. Vaccination key to avoiding another wave: CTVNews (Rachel Aiello, October 8) recently reported on the national projection released by Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam that “in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories, COVID-19 infections are continuing to put ‘significant strain on the health system,’ with similar challenges in smaller health regions with low vaccine uptake as well.” The modelling data reveal “new cases were 10 times higher and 36 times more likely to end up in hospital” among the unvaccinated compared to those vaccinated. The report quoted Dr. Tam: “It is important to stress that even as the fourth wave recedes, COVID-19 is unlikely to disappear entirely, and there could continue to be bumps along the way,” while calling attention to the current vaccination rates data. 7. Full approval for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines: Dr. Chris Beyrer, a professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, wrote in his Vaccine Blog: “Full authorization is a sea change” for mandating the use of the vaccines in the military, business, and academic institutions, with “exemptions for medical conditions and religious objection granted only on a case-by-case basis and with a formal process for review.” Canada can draw precedence. It has also contributed to increasing vaccine uptake. 8. Pfizer seeks authorization of COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11: A week before press time. PfizerBioNTech sought emergency use authorization from for their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. They had shown in a strong immune response in a clinical trial that included 2,268 participants ages 5 to 11, using

two doses of 10-micrograms (one-third of the dose regimen for older children and adults) administered 21 days apart. When finally approved in Canada, some three million more children would become eligible to get immunized against COVID-19. I trust Canada would have a well-laid out plan by then – perhaps as early as before the end of this calendar year. 9. Children and COVID-19 risks: The Canadian Paediatric Society recently released its yearlong study of all pediatric cases of COVID-19 in hospitals and ICUs. The have validated earlier observations that “children and youth fared better than adults and were at less risk of severe disease or death.” At the same time, it emphasized that children with COVID-19, “with and without underlying conditions can be hospitalized or admitted to ICUs.” The impact of the more contagious delta variant is still under surveillance. With Pfizer seeking regulatory approval in the U.S., few can begin preparing and encouraging families to get their children vaccinated when the vaccine is also approved for use in Canada. Summation We clearly need further uptake of vaccine and at a faster rate to get ahead of the delta and other variants. Both coverage and pace matter. Indeed, the best and pivotal approach to controlling the pandemic, including protecting Canadian children for whom no vaccine is yet approved, is via full vaccination of the older children and adults in the community. Dr. Rey D. Pagtakhan, P.C., O.M., LL.D., Sc.D., M.D. M.Sc. is a retired lung specialist, professor of child health, author of articles and chapters in medical journals and textbooks, and a former health critic, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, and cabinet minister, including Secretary of State for Science, Research and Development. He graduated from the University of the Philippines, did postgraduate training and studies at the Children’s Hospitals of Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and spent a sabbatical year as Visiting Professor at the University of Arizona Medical Center. In June 2003, he spoke on “The Global Threat of Infectious Diseases” at the G-8 Science Ministers/Advisors Carnegie Group Meeting in Berlin.

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Inis na inis kay Andrea Torres ang mga kaibigan naming tumututok sa Legal Wives. Gusto nilang lamukusin ang bibig ni Ada, ipagduldulan sa sahig ang mukha, dahil sa pang-aapi kay Bianca Umali. Tawa kami nang tawa sa kanilang mga reaksiyon, ibig sabihi’y epektibo ang pag-arte ni Andrea bilang asawa ni Dennis Trillo na selosa, suwapang sa pagmamahal at maldita. Awang-awa naman ang mga ito kay Bianca na kinakawawa ni Andrea, pareho lang silang pinakasalan ni Dennis (pati si Alice Dixson), pero iba ang dahilan ng ikot ng kuwento ni Bianca na sinalo lang ni Dennis sa matindig kahihiyan nang magdalantao. Gandag-ganda kami kay Bianca Umali. Walang maling anggulo ang dalaga. At mahusay siyang umarte. Natural, alam niya ang kaniyang ginagawa, kuhang-kuha niya ang simpatya ng manonood. Napamahal din siya nang husto sa publiko dahil sa malaking respeto at pagmamahal niya sa kaniyang lola na nagpalaki sa kaniya. Hindi man nila ipinaglalantaran ay magkarelasyon sila ni Ruru Madrid. Bagay na bagay sila, kung sila nga ang magkakatuluyan ay siguradong napakaganda ng kanilang magiging produkto, sana nga ay magtagal ang kanilang


relasyon. Sabi pa ng isang kaibigan namin, “Kapag kinakawawa siya ni Andrea sa mga eksena, e, gusto kong pumasok sa TV para ako ang magtanggol kay Bianca! “Ang sarap-sarap sapakin ni Andrea! Wala siyang puso, sakim!” komentong hinahalakhakan lang namin. *** Dalawang bersiyon ng kuwento ang lumulutang ngayon tungkol sa sitwasyon ni Alex Gonzaga. Nagdadalantao na raw siya kaya kailangan niyang lumiban muna sa pagtatrabaho. Ang ikalawang bersiyon ay kinailangan siyang magpahinga kaya wala siya sa lunch show na Lunch Out Loud. Nagkaroon daw ng miscarriage si Alex. Kung ano ang totoong pangyayari ay wala pang linaw hanggang ngayon. Ang lumabas lang na kuwento ay nagalit daw ang kaniyang Mommy Pinty sa mga kasamahan niya sa LOL, ang grupo ang pinagdidiskitahan ng kaniyang ina na nagpakalat ng istoryang nalaglagan siya, wala raw ibang nakakaalam ng katotohanan kundi ang grupo lang. Pero kapansin-pansin na parang wala namang nakaabang sa senaryo, nasanay na kasi kahit ang mga reporters na walang napapala kung si Alex ang tatanungin, sa vlog niya ikinakarga ang mga importanteng kuwento ng See CRISTY p11

Back: Frankie, Senator Kiko Pangilinan and Miel Front: Miguel, Sharon Cuneta and KC Concepcion

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• Andrea Torres – Epektibo ang pag-arte • Alex Gonzaga – Nagkaroon daw ng miscarriage? • Mayor Isko Moreno – Matayog ang lipad • Willie Revillame – Hinangaan ng ating mga kababayan • Vilma Santos-Recto – Hindi na tatakbo sa darating na halalan • Karla Estrada – La Traydora Ingrata • KC Concepcion – Naglabas na ng kaniyang saloobin • Kim Atienza – Mainit ang pagtanggap ng GMA 7 • James Yap – Kakandidatong konsehal ng San Juan • Manny Pacquiao at Chavit Singson – Sira na ang samahan

Alice Dixson

Dennis Trillo

Andrea Torres

Bianca Umali

Lipa City Councilor Mikee Morada & Alex Gonzaga

Vilma Santos-Recto

Mayor Isko Moreno

Willie Revillame

Karla Estrada

Kim Atienza

James Yap

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CRISTY... From page 10 kaniyang buhay. Ang relasyon nila ni Konsehal Mikee, ang pamamanhikan nito sa kanilang pamilya, kahit ang kanilang pagpapakasal ay sa vlog lang naman ni Alex lumabas at napanood. Kumbaga ay wala siyang sasabihing kahit ano sa interbyu, kasi nga ay ipinagpapaliban niya ang announcement sa kaniyang vlog, natutuhan na ni Alex na negosyohin talaga ang kaniyang pagba-vlog. Sabi nga ng kaibigan naming propesor, “Natural, hindi niya ‘yun aaminin nang kaswalan. Irereserba niya ‘yun sa vlog niya dahil malaki ang kikitain niya. Mas malaking views, mas malaking datung ang ibig sabihin noon!” nayayamot na komento ni prop. Mismo! *** See CRISTY p13

Senator Manny Pacquiao

Chavit Singson





Mikee Quintos – Just Enough Kapuso star Mikee Quintos shows the world her truest self in her very first single entitled Just Enough. This bubble gum pop track will definitely make the listeners feel lit as Mikee sings about her definition of love in a feel good tune. The single will also give her fans a fresh and never-before-seen look into her musicality and how she has grown as a performer. Mikee is thrilled to introduce to her listeners this exciting track, “I want them to hear and feel the love from the words of the song down to the beat, down to every pluck of the guitar. Gusto kong maramdaman nila na it’s all made with love, and it’s made for love. I want them to feel that and be reminded that it’s still possible See MIKEE p13

Behind the Song Join The Clash Season 2 finalist Thea Astley as she delves into conversations about music with various international and local singers, composers, and producers as host of the weekly podcast, Behind the Song. Each episode features artists talking about the music production process, from concept to publishing, and the inspiration in crafting their masterpieces. Aside from this, podcast guests also participate in fun trivia games! Thea couldn’t be more excited to talk and bond with different artists. “This podcast is for everyone, but I can say that it is especially perfect for music lovers. We have musicians, composers, and producers See THEA p13

Mikee Quintos

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Thea Astley

Don’t miss GMA Pinoy TV’s all-hits October! GMA Pinoy TV’s anniversary celebration is not over this October as the channel brings the Kapuso abroad another mix of vibrant program offerings. The month started with a bang as the fourth season of the all-original singing competition The Clash 2021 on October 3. Julie Anne San Jose Rayver Cruz are back as Clash Masters. Joining them are Journey Hosts Ken Chan and Rita Daniela and the Clash Judges Aiai delas Alas, Christian Bautista, and Lani Misalucha. Set to premiere this month as well is the invigorating teamup of Emil Sumangil, Patricia Tumulak, and Kuya Kim

Atienza via GMA’s latest news magazine program “Dapat Alam Mo!” which airs abroad this October 18 on GMA Pinoy TV. Catch a new mini-series starring Jak Roberto, Klea Pineda, and Lauren Young in Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye on October 18. Stories from the Heart is a drama anthology of unusual love stories that shows how social media affects the relationship of lovers and the people surrounding them. Last but not the least is the story of three sisters played by Yasmien Kurdi, Thea Tolentino, and Faith da Silva who traverse different paths in life in an intense See GMA p13

Ken Chan, Rita Daniela, Rayver Cruz, Julie Anne San Jose, AiAi Delas Alas, Lani Misalucha & Christian Bautista

Dapat Alam Mo! Beginning October 18, GMA launches the fresh and fast-paced news magazine program Dapat Alam Mo! airing weekdays at 5:30 p.m. on GTV. Dapat Alam Mo! is anchored by Emil Sumangil, Patricia Tumulak, and new Kapuso Kuya Kim Atienza.

Emil brings with him two decades of broadcast journalism experience. He is considered a veteran of the police beat covering exclusive after exclusive of the biggest headlines of the day. Having been at the forefront many times, his reports from the field have been providing

viewers a closer look at the news by immersing in the conflict and plight of the personalities and regular people he covers. As news anchor of Dapat Alam Mo!, Emil not only delivers the news of the day but also extends Serbisyong Totoo to See DAPAT p13 Faith Da Silva, Yasmien Kurdi & Thea Tolentino

Emil Sumangil, Kuya Kim Atienza & Patricia Tumulak

Lauren Young, Jak Roberto & Klea Pineda

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Horror and suspense flicks this October on GMA GMA Life TV, welcomes October with well-loved shows and spooky flicks that Pinoys abroad can enjoy with the whole family.! On October 16, catch the period film Ika-sampu top-billed by Eddie Garcia and Maria Isabel Lopez. The movie is about a descendant of a rich Hispanic family that lived in the Philippines in the 1800s who soon discovers the dark past of her family. A bizarre horror film coming on October 23 is San Lazaro, an occult film that revolves on the journey of two estranged friends asking for the help of a faith healer to save the life of a boy who is possessed by an evil spirit. It stars Ramon Bautista, Wincy Aquino Ong, and Bianca King. On October 30, Tom Rodriguez and Jasmine Curtis-Smith frighten viewers in the supernatural horror film Maledicto, which is about a cynical priest who searches

MIKEE... From page 12 to love and the power of love!” She added that they will meet another side of her that she feels most connected with, “It’s not new but it’s the first time I’m introducing this side to them, and I hope they welcome it with full hearts and acceptance.” Just Enough is now available for download on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and other digital streaming platforms worldwide.

THEA... From page 12 from different backgrounds bringing all sorts of stories and experiences. This has created colourful conversations, which will surely be a treat for every kind of listener. In every song we introduce in each episode, we try to get the guests talking about every aspect of making it. This included everything from the idea to its execution and all the easy to difficult steps along the way. My hope is that music lovers will have a renewed sense of love and appreciation for the songs knowing each story behind them.” Some of the online show’s upcoming guests include BTOB, mxmtoon, Happy Fits, Pablo of SB19, Julie Anne San Jose, Mikee Quintos, Bianca Umali, and many more exciting personalities.

for redemption by performing exorcisms. On the lighter side, starting October 23, Kapuso comedy sitcom Hay, Bahay returns with comedians Vic Sotto and Aiai delas Alas. It narrates the hilarious tale of a couple, Yoyo and Batch (Oyo Boy Sotto and Kristine Hermosa), who live in a crazy and fun house together with their boarders – Vio and Lav, played by Vic and Aiai, along with Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola. In celebration of World Teacher’s Day, GMA Life TV also gives tribute to all honourable teachers who are selflessly dedicated and passionate about their profession. Reel Life Weekend presents a heart-wrenching and emotionally charged teacher’s story, Ang Maestra. Starring multi-awarded actress Perla Bautista, Dennis Padilla, and Jenine Desiderio, it tells the story of a retired senile schoolteacher living

Behind The Song is available every Tuesday for streaming on Spotify for free. As part of Kapuso Exclusives, the full video of each podcast episode will also be released on GMA Network’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

DAPAT... From page 12 viewers in need of help. “Ever since I started in the industry, nais ko nang ipadama sa taumbayan na ang paghahatid ng balita ay hindi lang para sa impormasyon, kundi para maghatid din ng serbisyo publiko,” said Emil. “Dito sa programang Dapat Alam Mo!, naglaan kami ng oras para tugunan ang mga hinaing na ‘yan ng ating mga kababayan.” Emil calls the attention of authorities and concerned groups to resolve concerns raised by viewers. And during calamities, he leads Dapat Alam Mo! to coordinate with government and private groups for rescue and relief operations. “Galing na ako sa iba’t ibang sulok ng bansa, marahil lahat na rin ng klase ng tao ay aking nakasalamuha. Kahit papaano, tumatak na sa isipan ko ang kanilang pinagdaraanan at pangunahing pangangailangan. Sa ganitong paraan, mas komprehensibo nating malilikha ang isang istorya na siyempre daglian natin ipaparating sa mga kinauukulan,” he added.

under the care of her grandson (Biboy Ramirez) whom she finds difficult to connect with. Will her grandson realize her worth when she runs away? Long-time news magazine show I Juander seeks to answer

how students and teachers cope up with newly-enforced “distance learning” and the setbacks that challenge the education system in the country during the coronavirus pandemic. In its special episode Ano ang Lagay ng Pag-

aaral sa Bayan ni Juan Ngayong Panahon ng Pandemya, discover the resourcefulness of some students who climb mountains and ride on sailboats just to get an internet connection for their online classes.

Meanwhile, Patricia joins Emil in giving viewers light, feel-good features that are sure to inspire and entertain. Patricia reveals she was elated when she found out about her latest show. “As soon as I got the call, I cried a bucket of tears. I went straight to my parents and told them the great news. Words cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity!” For her, Dapat Alam Mo! is an answered prayer. “It’s always been my dream to become an anchor for GMA News and Public Affairs. This is what I’ve prayed for, envisioned, and dreamed about. I am beyond blessed,” she shared. Patricia recently renewed her contract as a Kapuso and she won the title of Miss Philippines Fire in the Miss Philippines Earth pageant in 2009. She was also was one of the top 15 finalists of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in 2011. In 2015, she earned the moniker “HBD Girl” when she joined the longestrunning noontime variety show Eat Bulaga. She also appeared in other Kapuso shows such as 24 Oras, Wowowin, Magkaagaw, Super Ma’am, and Contessa. Completing the team of Dapat Alam Mo! is versatile host, triathlete, wellness and biodiversity advocate, and Kuya ng Bayan, Kim Atienza. In the show, he shares various trivia and knowledge with viewers. As a new Kapuso, Kuya Kim sees Dapat Alam Mo! as something he can really enjoy. “I look forward to years and years

of fun and purpose and public service. This is not work, I can see that it will be so much fun,” he said. He adds that he looks forward to spending every day with Emil and Patricia as they provide Serbisyong Totoo and good vibes to the public. “There’s also so much to learn from them. It’s the first time that I’m working with Emil and Patricia and I can see that they are very skilled at their work as well. So we will all grow together,” he said, adding that Dapat Alam Mo! is a show he thinks viewers will enjoy watching everyday. “I’m really excited for it because the format is something else,” he ended. With a career spanning 17 years in the broadcast industry, Kuya Kim is known for the weather updates he creatively presents and various trivia he graciously shares. He also inspires people to lead healthier lives with his love for sports. A known advocate of wildlife preservation, Kuya Kim also uses his influence in spreading awareness about protecting the environment. Dapat Alam Mo! serves as one of his first projects under the Kapuso Network. Kapuso abroad can also watch it on GMA Pinoy TV.

Albert Martinez on the Kapuso Network. Playing equally important roles are Jason Abalos and Lucho Ayala. Completing the star-studded cast are the special participation of Rita Avila and Leandro Baldemor. GMA Pinoy TV is also launching its newest interstitial Pockets of Hope this October to encourage everyone to share the things that helped them weather these trying times. Anyone can participate by sharing their own Pockets of Hope story by just sending an email to with a short description accompanied by photos and videos. Also stay tuned for upcoming TV specials of the latest Pinoy Abroad Fun Connect where Kapuso stars get to bond virtually with fans from all over the world.

GMA... From page 11 family drama Las Hermanas. Making this original drama series special is the TV comeback of

CRISTY... From page 11 Sa matayog na paglipad ng saranggola ng mga pangarap ni Mayor Isko Moreno ay meron kaming naalalang senaryong nakapanakit sa kaniyang kalooban noong kasagsagan ng kaniyang karera bilang artista. Pinagtambal sila noon ni Claudine Barretto. Iba ang datingan noon ng mga Barretto, sosyal ang kanilang imahe, yayamanin ang tingin sa kanila ng publiko. Madalas pang magsalita noon si Mommy Inday Barretto, palagi itong hinihingan ng pahayag ng mga manunulat, minantikaan ang See CRISTY p16




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Cora Baris – birthday and TLC staff appreciation day

Cora Baris

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Nanay Linda Ramos – Celebration of Life

Friends and family got together to celebrate the life of Erlinda Magnaye Ramos on October 13, the first anniversary of her passing.

Kim Atienza joins GMA Network Versatile host, triathlete, wellness and biodiversity advocate, and everyone’s favourite trivia man, Kim “Kuya Kim” Atienza, embraces a

new chapter in his life as a Kapuso, joining the growing

Nanay Linda’s children

roster of talents and personalities of GMA Network. The grand welcome to the “Kuya ng Bayan” was made last October 4 on 24 Oras where Kuya Kim will soon be seen as one of its segment hosts. “Isang malaking karangalan na mapunta ako sa Kapuso Network,” said Kuya Kim, who regards his move to his new home as a blessing. “Nothing happens by accident. I was given this opportunity by GMA-7 and I intend to make the most out of this opportunity.” Aside from 24 Oras, he will also be part of Mars Pa More and GTV’s upcoming news magazine show Dapat Alam Mo! With a career spanning 17 years in the broadcast industry, Kuya Kim is known for the weather updates he creatively presents and various trivia he graciously shares. He also inspires people to lead healthier

lives with his love for sports. A known advocate of wildlife preservation, Kuya Kim also uses his influence to spread awareness in protecting the environment. As he embarks on his journey as a Kapuso, he says he embraces the opportunity to try new things and thanks everyone in GMA for the warm welcome he received. “I am so happy that you are accepting me wholeheartedly. Damang-dama ko ang pangalan ng ating istasyon,” Kuya Kim ended.




CRISTY... From page 13 dila ng ina ni Claudine. Minsan ay sinabi ni Mommy Inday, hanggang pelikula lang daw ang relasyon nina Isko at Claudine, malayo sa totoong buhay. Ang pangarap daw nitong makarelasyon ng kaniyang anak ay isang lalaking nakapag-aral at mula sa isang magandnag pamilya. Alam naman ng buong mundo na dating basurero si Mayor Isko, sinuwerte lang na nakapag-artista at nagtagumpay na makilala, maraming nainis sa pahayag ni Mommy Inday. Pagkatapos nang ilang dekada ay heto na ngayon ang dating basurero. Naglingkod muna bilang konsehal, naging vice-mayor, at ngayon ay siya na ang ama ng Maynila. At suntok sa buwan ang kaniyang pangarap ngayon na makupo ang upuan sa Palasyo bilang pangulo ng ating bayan. Napakalayo na nga ng narating ng punong-bayan ng Maynila na

nadiskubre sa isang lamayan sa Tondo. Naaalala pa kaya ni Mommy Inday ang pagtanggi nito noon na makarelasyon ni Claudine ang dating namamatsoy ng basura na si Mayor Francisco Domagoso? *** Napakasakit tanggapin ang nabasa naming negatibong komento tungkol kay Mayor Isko Moreno sa social media. Kumbaga sa sugat ay nagnanaknak ang mga salita. Ang sabi, “Nahiluran lang ng libag si Mayor Isko Moreno, kaya lumalabas na ang tunay niyang kulay ngayon. Libag lang ang nakapaibabaw sa balat niya. Noong nahiluran na siya, heto na siya ngayon, isang hungyango!” Pinakakain ngayon ng ampalaya ang aktor-pulitiko, pinagmumumog din siya ng apdo, dahil sa masasakit niyang patutsada laban kay Vice-President Leni Robredo nang magpahayag itong kakandidato sa panguluhan. Kapansin-pansin sa mga komento na hindi naman si VP Leni ang minamanok ng iba, pero


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10. Lilok 12. Uri ng lasa 16. Bintang 19. Pahabang prutas 21. Bilihan ng gamot 23. Katay 24. Iduwal 25. Bisa 26. Batugan 27. Daw 28. Biyuda 30. Sambot 31. Singko


ang kanilang galit ay nakatuon kay Mayor Isko, napakaaga raw niyang nagpakilala ng kung sino siya talaga. Markado ang kaniyang sinabi na huwag daw tayong magpapaniwala sa pagbabago ng kulay. Fake daw si VP Leni. Kulay dilaw noong una pero biglang naging kulay pink, kaya pekeng kulay at pekeng kandidato ang kaniyang katunggali sa panguluhan. Naghamon si Mayor Isko, kaya nagsadya sa halamanan ng politika ang mga nayabangan sa kaniya, doon napatunayan na siya pala ang kumpirmadong political butterfly dahil sa dami ng kampong kaniyang sinalihan mula nang pasukin niya ang politika. Kabisado ng mga kababayan natin ang mga partidong niliparandinapuan ng makasaysayang political butterfly. Mula sa kampo ng yumaong si Mayor Alfredo Lim, ay lumundag siya sa kampo ni Mayor Erap. Pagkatapos ay nagsumiksik naman siya sa partido ni Senadora Grace Poe at noong huling halalan ay nasa kampo na siya ni PRRD. “Sino ngayon ang fake? Siya ba na ang dami-dami nang nilipatang partido o si VP Leni na mula noong 2013, e, nanatili sa Liberal Party! Naririnig mo ba ang sarili mo, Mayor Isko?” panunumbat pa sa kaniya ng isang netizen. Dahan-dahan lang sa pagsasalita. Reaksiyonaryo ang publiko. Ang basurang itinapon mo ay siguradong babalik din sa iyo. *** Hinangaan ng ating mga kababayan ang ginawang pagpapakatotoo ni Willie Revillame. Humarap siya sa kaniyang manonood nang walang pagpapanggap. Anim na buwan siyang hindi makatulog nang sapat, pakiramdam ni Willie ay para siyang nahihilo na nasusuka, hindi niya alam kung paano haharapin ang alok sa kaniya ni PRRD at ni Senador Bong Go na kumandidato bilang senador ngayong parating na halalan. Pero noong Huwebes nang hapon, hinarap niya na ang katotohanan, nagpakatotoo siya sa pagsasabing wala siyang kakayahang gumawa ng batas, ni hindi nga siya mahusay magIngles, kaya masasayang lang ang botong ireregalo sa kaniya ng ating mga kababayan. ‘Yun ang pinakamahalaga. Alam ni Willie kung ano lang ang kaniyang kapasidad. Hindi siya nahihiyang aminin ang kaniyang mga kakapusan. Hindi rin siya dinisenyo para sa politika. Hindi niya gusto ang nagaganap na pag-aaway-away ngayon ng mga lingkod-bayan. Sa panahon nga naman ng pandemya, sa halip na ang pagtulong sa mga nagdarahop nating kababayan ang unahin ay bangayan nang bangayan ang mga politiko na nagpapataasan ng ihi, walang may gustong magpakumbaba. Mananatiling host ng Wowowin-Tutok-To-Win si Wilie, pinalakpakan siya ng mga kababayan natin, matagal na kasi niyang napatunayan na kayang-

kaya niyang tumulong sa sarili niyang paraan na wala siyang anumang pinanghahawakang posisyon sa ating pamahalaan. Panalo ang desisyon ni Willie Revillame! Panalung-panalo ang kaniyang mga tagasuporta sa hindi niya pagpasok sa politika! Mabuhay si Kuya Will! *** Madalas nating marinig ang komento na mabuti pa ang matakaw at may kabusugan. Humihinto na sila kapag dumidighay. Pero ibang-iba raw ang mga politiko. Kapag isinawsaw na nila ang isang paa sa mundo ng politika ay kasunod na ang isa pa, ginagawa nang negosyo ang kanilang posisyon, ayaw nang bumaklas. Pero may isang Vilma SantosRecto na nagpatotoo na hindi lahat ng mga lingkod-bayan ay walang kabusugan. Alam ng Star For All Seasons kung kailan siya papasok sa pintuan ng politika at kung kailan siya lalabas. Hindi siya tatakbo sa darating na halalan sa anumang posisyon pangnasyonal man o panglokal. Bumaklas na siya sa politika. May gusto na niyang maging botante kaysa sa siya ang aamot ng boto. Nagpaalam siyang napakaganda ng kaniyang kartada sa paglilingkod. Mula sa pagiging mayor hanggang gobernador hanggang sa kasalukuyan niyang posisyon bilang kinatawan ng kaniyang distrito ay walang anumang bahid ng karumihan ang kaniyang pangalan. Kaya niyang pasukin ang labanan sa pagiging senador, siguradong magtatagumpay siya, pero hindi niya sinunggaban ang oportunidad dahil sa mas makabuluhang sitwasyon. Nasa pandemya tayo ngayon, sensitibo ang panahon, siguradong kapag nag-ikot siya sa buong bansa ay hindi maiiwasan ng ating mga kababayan ang lumapityumakap-humalik sa kaniya. Kakabit pa rin niya ang pagiging sikat na artista kahit bali-baligtarin pa ang mundo. Kumakaway ang kaniyang pangalan kahit saan siya magpunta at ‘yun ang ayaw niyang mangyari bilang pagrespeto sa health protocol. Siguradong nagbubunyi ngayon ang kaniyang mga Vilmanians dahil nakaagaw ng kaniyang pag-aartista ang politika. Ngayon ay mabibigyan na niya nang sapat na panahon ang pagiging Star For All Seasons niya. At vlogger na rin ngayon si Ate Vi. Ine-enjoy na niya ang pribado niyang buhay. Pero hanggang sa May 8 ay kinatawan pa rin siyang magseserbisyo sa kaniyang mga nasasakupan. Siyam na taon si Ate Vi nang magsimula bilang artista. Halos hindi na nga siya nakapaglaro ng manyika. Hanggang ngayong sisenta’y otso na siya ay trabaho pa rin ang kakambal niya sa arawaraw. Panahon na para regaluhan niya naman ang kaniyang sarili mula sa pagtatrabaho nang halos anim na dekada mula nang pasukin niya ang pag-arte. Ito na ‘yun! ***

OCTOBER 16 - 31, 2021 Pinaliliguan ngayon nang masasakit na salita ang tinaguriang Queen Mother na si Karla Estrada. At ang pinakamasakit pa, ang mga bumibira ngayon sa kaniya sa social media ay mismong mga kakampi niya, ang mga tagahanga ng kaniyang anak na si Daniel Padilla at ni Kathryn Bernardo. Nag-file ng COC si Karla bilang nominee ng isang Party List. Markado ang grupong sinalihan niya, isa ‘yun sa mga humarang para mabigyan ng prangkisa ang ABS-CBN, kaya ang tawag ngayon ng mga kontra kay Karla ay La Traydora Ingrata. Tuntunin natin kung saan nanggagaling ang mga galit na galit ngayon kay Karla. ABSCBN ang nagbigay ng suwero sa naghihingalong buhay nilang mag-iina. Pinasikat at binigyan nang todong suporta ng network ang kaniyang anak na si Daniel. At tanggapin natin ang katotohanan na nang sumikat na ang anak niya ay nabahaginan siya ng suwerte, naging host siya ng isang programa, at ang mga kasunod pang milagrong ibinigay sa kanila ng ABS-CBN ay isang kasaysayan na ngayon. “Karla, ang kapal ng mukha mo!” sigaw ng mga tagasuporta ng ABS-CBN. Pinagbibitiw rin siya ng mga KathNiel supporters dahil napakalinaw na kawalan ng loyalty sa istasyon ang ginawa niya. Dagdagan pa natin. Napakakapal ng mukha ni Karla Estrada! Mas makapal pa sa sangkalan ang pagmumukha ng babaeng ito na maagang inapuntahan ng dementia para lang sa pangsarili niyang interes. Hindi na ‘yun bago, si Karla ang tinatawag noon na kalabit-penge ng mga nakasaksi sa kaniyang pakikipaglapit sa mayayaman. Pero nang sumikat na si Daniel at nagkaroon na rin siya ng magandang oportunidad ay ni hindi man lang niya maalala at makamusta. Gusto raw niyang magkaroon ng boses ang mga Kapamilya sa Kongreso, sabi pa ng tabatsinang ina ni Daniel, boses? Bakit? Paano? May nagpaalala pa kay Karla Estrada sa social media, “Aanhin mo ang mansiyon kung malaki naman ang iyong puson at wala kang loyalty?” ‘Yun na! *** Tumawag ang isang pamangkin namin mula sa Nueva Ecija, ang kaniyang tanong, “Kakandidato pala uling congressman si Romel Padilla? “E, noong last election nga, e, natalo siya, kahit pa ikinampa niya siya ng anak niyang si Daniel Padilla kasama si Kathryn Bernardo! “Nag-motorcade sila sa buong distrito, pero wala ring nangyari, lotlot pa rin ang kandidato nila! Ang bilis-bilis naman kasi ng takbo ng motorcade, ano kaya ‘yun?” natawa kami sa reaksiyon ng aming pamangkin. Dati nang kumandidatong vice-governor sa Nueva Ecija si Robin Padilla na tatakbo namang See CRISTY p18

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CRISTY... From page 16 senador ngayon, pero natalo rin, si lotlot din ang nakasama nito sa bilangan. *** Naglabas na ng saloobin si KC Concepcion tungkol sa pagtakbo bilang vice-president ng kaniyang ama-amahang si Senador Kiko Pangilinan. Ayon kay KC ay isandaang porsiyento ng suporta ang ibibigay nito, kilalang-kilala raw kasi ng aktres ang puso ng senador, post pa ni KC. Nagparamdam na rin ng saloobin ang bunsong anak nina Senate President Tito Sotto at Tita Helen Gamboa na si Ciara, emosyonal ang kaniyang post, iniyakan ng singer-actress ang pagsasalpukan sa halalan ng kaniyang ama at bayaw sa pinsan. Ayon kay Ciara, “I cried because I’m so hurt and disappointed. It made me feel that my parents were of no value, afterall.” Masakit tanggapin ng magkabilang kampo ang senaryo. Itinuring nang parang panganay na anak nina Senador Tito at Tita Helen si Sharon Cuneta. Sa mga pagkakataong kailangan ng moral support ng Megastar ay nandiyan ang mag-asawa para hindi magdamot ng suporta sa kaniya. Pinakamahirap ang posisyon ngayon ni Sharon, ipit na ipit siya sa dalawang nag-uumpugang bato, mismong asawa niya at mahal na ama-amahan ang magpipingkian sa darating na eleksiyon. Para na naming nakikinita ang epekto ng labanang ito sa Megastar. Sino ang kaniyang papanigan at bibigyan ng boto? Pang-grade one ang tanong. Natural ang kaniyang mister. Pero paano naman ang napakagandang relasyon nila


nina Senador Tito at Ate Helen? Pangalawang magulang na niya kung tutuusin ang mag-asawa na palagi niyang tinatakbuhan kapag problemado siya? Mapagbiro talaga ang kapalaran. At matinding away ang hatid ng mundo ng politika sa mga magkakaagawan sa posisyon. Wala pang inilalabas na pahayag si Sharon Cuneta, boses niya ang hinihintay ng bayan ngayon, ‘yun ang kaabang-abang. *** Napakainit ng pagtanggap ng GMA-7 sa tinatawag ngayong Pambansang Kuya na si Kim Atienza. Lahat ng mga ehekutibo ng network ay nagwelkam sa kaniya nang buong puso. At hindi sandaling panahon lang ang ibinigay sa kaniya ng 24 Oras, halos kinse minutos ‘yun, nakapinta sa mukha ni Kuya Kim ang sobrang kaligayahan. Labimpitong taon ang pagiging Kapamilya niya, siya ang humalili sa namayapang si Ka Ernie Baron, naging makabuluhan ang mahabang panahong ‘yun ng kaniyang karera sa ABS-CBN. Isa lang naman ang ibinabato sa kaniya ngayon ng mga kamping-Kapamilya, ang pahayag niya nang tanggalan ng prangkisa ang kanilang istasyon, ang kaniyang post ay maigsi lang pero may paninindigan, “I shall stay as a Kapamilya till its last breath.” Pinagtawanan ‘yun ng ibang mga kasamahan niya sa Dos, hindi raw napanindigan ni Kuya Kim ang kaniyang paninindigan, dahil hindi na siya nakapaghintay. Tinalakay namin ‘yun sa Cristy Ferminute, napanood ni Kuya Kim ang aming opinyon, nagpadala siya ng text message sa amin. Ang kaniyang sabi, “I just want to say that you were my guide, my showbiz Nanay when

I was new in ABS-CBN 17 years ago. I want to thank you for those beautiful years. “I take what you said in your show with all humility. I know it’s a constructive advice from a Nanay to her anak. Salamat sa kalabit. Kailangan ko ‘yan mula sa mga taong mahal ako,” bahagi ng marespetong mensahe ng Pambansang Kuya. Isa lang ang naisip namin – sana, all. Sana’y marami pang tulad ni Kim Atienza na nagbibigay ng pang-unawa at pagrespeto sa hanay ng mga manunulat. Hindi lang ang takbo ng panahon at mga katangian ng iba’t ibang hayop ang kabisado niya, nang pasukin niya ang mundo ng telebisyon ay malinaw sa kaniya na hindi isa lahat ng panahon ay kakampi niya ang publiko, kahit pa nagpaalam naman siya sa mga ehekutibo ng dati niyang istasyon. Panghuli niyang text message, “I prayed really hard for this. God is soooo good. Feeling ko, e, parang noong baguhan pa lang ako. The passion is alive again!” Goooooo!!!! *** Kakandidatong konsehal sa San Juan ang magaling na basketbolistang si James Yap. Mahusay siyang maglaro, mabait pa sa hardcourt, pero ni sa panaginip ay hindi kami nakakita ng pahimakas na papasukin niya ang pulitika. Mahiyain kasi si James, sa mga interbyu nga ay kabadung-kabado siya, maghapon na lang daw sana siyang isalang sa paglalaro, kaysa sa magpainterbyu. Hindi nagamot ni Kris Aquino ang pagkamahiyain ni James Yap, ‘yun na talaga ang kaniyang naturalesa, kaya nakagugulat na heto at pumasok na rin siya sa pulitika. Sabi ng aming source,

“Naku, nagkayayaan lang silang magkakaibigan kaya kakandidato siyang konsehal! Kung si James lang ang masusunod, e, hindinghindi niya papasukin ang public service! “Suwerte nga niya, puro virtual lang ang kampa niya ngayon, walang entabladong aakyatin ang mga pulitiko! Aysus, kung ganoon ang labanan, e, mapapanisan ng laway si James!” natatawang komento ng aming kausap. Kung puso ang pag-uusapan ay panalo naman ang ama ni Bimby. Wala tayong naririnig na anumang negatibo tungkol sa ugali ni James, mabait siya, mahusay makisama. Huwag na lang sanang katihin ang mga daliri ni Kris sa pagpopost ng mga kuwento tungkol kay James Yap. Kilala naman natin si Kris, kapag ginusto nito ay walang makapipigil, baka biglang maglita niya ito na anong public service ang susungkitin ngayon ni James samantalang ni hindi nga niya dinadalaw si Bimby? Hindi ba dinadalaw o ayaw ipakita? Basta, pasok na sa banga ang pagkandidatong konsehal ni James Yap. Ibigay na natin ‘yun sa kaniya. Bawat tao naman, kung mabibigyan lang ng pagkakataong ipakita ang kaniyang kapasidad, ay may magagawang maganda para sa kaniyang nasasakupan. Kahit ganiyan na tatahi-tahimik lang si James ay siguradong mayroon na siyang plantilya ng kaniyang mga planong gawin kapag nanalo siya. Tuturuan niyang magbasketball ang mga kabataan ng San Juan. Magkakaroon ng mahuhusay na players ang lunsod na puwedeng ilaban nang sabayan sa PBA. Bakit ba? *** Ang dating napakagandang

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OCTOBER 16 - 31, 2021 pagkakaibigan nina Senador Manny Pacquiao at dating Governor Chavit Singson ay napakaasim na pala ngayon. Sanggang-dikit sila dati. Tuwing may laban ang Pambansang Kamao ay isa ang politiko sa makikitang nakasuporta sa kaniya. Pero sira na pala ang kanilang samahan, ramdam na ramdam sa pagsasalita ni Governor Chavit ang matinding sama ng loob kay Pacman, diretso ang kaniyang pagsasalita. “Mauubos lang ang pera niya. Hindi siya mananalo, kulang na kulang siya sa kaalaman,” isa lang sa mga naging pahayag ng dating kaibigan-tagasuporta ng senadorboksingero. Sa pinakahuling pakikipagsagupaan ng Pambansang Kamao kay Ugas kung saan siya natalo ay kapansinpansin na wala na sa ring ang mga kaibigan niya. Isang source ang nagsabi, “Si Coach Freddie Roach at si Buboy Fernandez na lang ang nandoon, pero ang mga kaibigan niya dating todo ang pagsuporta sa kaniya, e, wala nang lahat. “Nagbaklasan na sa kaniya, kasama na doon si Governor Chavit. Nagkaroon sila ng problema kay Pacman, may mga naging pagbabago na hindi ma-take ng grupo,” komento ng source. Pero ang pinakabukas ang bibig sa pagbibigay ng komento ng pagkontra sa pagtakbong pangulo ni Pacman ay si dating Governor Chavit. “Sana, hanggang may panahon pa, e, ma-realize niya na walang mangyayari sa pagtakbo niyang presidente. Mauubos lang ang pera niya,” markadong pahayag ng politiko. Walang forever. – CSF

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Constancia Rosales Atienza’s 92nd birthday celebration, October 2, 2021 A mother of 11 children, Nanay Constancia was married to Felipe Atienza in 1947. She arrived in Canada in March 1987. Nanay Constancia celebrated her birthday with a large part of her family on October 2. Happy Birthday! from: Nick Lourdes Atienza, Gerry Gloria Atienza, Cely Lino Santos, Narcisa Roging Cruzat, Florentino Lorna Atienza, Emma Nante Katipunan, Peña Francia Ganie Dadua, Ron Jenifer Atienza, Mimi and Moises Duot, Sr, Mimoza Duot, Moises Duot, Jr, and many more.



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