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ABS-CBN TFC’s News Team selected for 2021 National Fellowship at the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Steve Angeles and Rommel Conclara join MIJE fellows from a mix of mainstream, ethnic, local community and niche media for cutting-edge training and mentorship


MERYVILLE, CA, APRIL 13, 2021 - The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education [MIJE], a national nonprofit dedicated to making newsrooms look like America and to bring about equity and belonging in media, announced the 44 fellows selected for Maynard 200, the third cohort of its flagship fellowship.

ABS-CBN International’s News Correspondent and MYX News Supervising Producer Steve Angeles and News Correspondent Rommel Conclara were selected from a competitive pool of over 140 applicants. The fellows represent a mix of mainstream, ethnic, local community and niche media, and their entrepreneurial ventures. The Maynard 200 fellowship will provide cutting-edge training and year-long mentorship from top experts. The 2021 class reflects a profound pivot from diversity to belonging. These professionals will provide the energy helping to power the culture shift in America’s newsrooms. Calls by journalists of color for equity and dismantling systemic racism in the news media are profound and will be answered through the work of these fellows. “We are energized by our fellows’ nuanced coverage, wide spectrum of diverse perspectives, empathetic leadership and innovative entrepreneurial ventures,” said Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, director of Maynard 200. “They will find allyship in and bolster the program’s mission of reinvigorating the media’s diversity pipeline now sharpened by the crises of our time amid our global pandemic recovery and racial justice reckoning. “Despite our digital pivot for the first training week because of public health protocols for COVID-19, we are committed to deliver the same excellent program this year, aiming to amplify the collective impact of our cohort.” This year’s Maynard 200 Fellowship will begin with a virtual training week, ongoing until April 16. The second training round is scheduled in person this November if protocols allow. Maynard 200’s three-track curriculum delivers a mix of content, expertise and perspectives and includes: Executive Leadership, Media Entrepreneurship, and Storytelling. Fellows hail from a wide range of publications, including national publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AJ+/Al Jazeera Intl, Univision, Los Angeles Times; local outlets including Decibel-Austin PBS, KUER NPR Utah, Arizona Daily Star, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer; and ethnicity-specific outlets including El Reportero, Asian Avenue Magazine, Univision 14 Bay Area, and ABSCBN International The Filipino Channel; as well as freelance reporters. Angeles, who joins the Executive Leadership track, looks forward to using the new skills he will learn. He shares that, “As we grow and evolve in our own newsroom, Maynard is an awesome opportunity for me to find new ways to serve the community, as I take on diverse ways to tell our stories such as developing new programs and through the MYX News team.”

Conclara, who is participating in the Storytelling (Investigative Journalism) track, hopes to harness his skills in investigative journalism to continue his service to the Filipino community. He adds that he looks forward to “expand my network of professionals and experts in order to provide more credibility and innovation in storytelling.” “We are fortunate to have accomplished leaders in charge of each of our training tracks — awardwinning investigative reporter and author Aaron Glantz in Storytelling, media strategist Dickson Louie in Media Entrepreneurship and former newsroom C-suite executive Virgil Smith in Executive Leadership,” said Evelyn Hsu, co-executive director of the Maynard Institute and the architect of Maynard 200. “They are joined by accomplished and devoted professionals who teach and mentor our participants. Our faculty are key to building the next generation of journalists of color.” “Given the demographics of the nation and the shift to have people pay for the news they use, the need to have media professionals that represent the wide diaspora of lives and cultures isn’t just the right thing

to do,” said Martin G. Reynolds, the institute’s coexecutive director. “It is imperative if journalism is to be seen as accurate, authentic, trustworthy and credible. It’s not hyperbole to say that the soul of journalism is at stake in this moment and in this time.” The program is tuition-free thanks to funding by Google News Initiative, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, The Hearthland Foundation, and the McClatchy Foundation. ABOUT THE MAYNARD INSTITUTE FOR JOURNALISM EDUCATION The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to helping the news media accurately portray all segments of society, particularly those often overlooked, such as communities of color. The media play a pivotal role in shaping our perceptions of each other. The distorted coverage of communities of color influences public policy and the decisions we make in our personal lives. -Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion




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Mga nagdasal sa Manila Golden Mosque sa pagsisimula ng Ramadan, mas kaunti dahil sa MECQ


AYNILA - Mangilangngilan lamang ang nagtungo ngayon sa Manila Golden Mosque sa Quiapo para salubungin ang Ramadan. Martes ang pagsisimula ng pag-aayuno ng mga Muslim na panahon rin ng kanilang pagninilay-nilay at pagdarasal.

Karaniwang daan-daang Muslim ang nagpupunta sa lugar taon-taon pero dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic limitado lang ang pwedeng pumasok sa mosque. Pero ayon sa ilan sa mga nagpunta sa lugar, mas mabuti na ngayong taon kumpara noong nakaraang taon na bawal talaga ang mass gathering sa ilalim ng enhanced community quarantine. Nananatiling 10 percent ang capacity na pinahihintulutan ngayon kaya kaunti lang ang nagdasal sa loob ng Golden Mosque. Maaga rin itong nagsabi sa Muslim community sa Quiapo kaya ang iba ay sa bahay na lang din nagdasal. Ayon sa administrator ng Manila Golden Mosque, nag-ingat lang din sila at sumusunod

sa guidelines ng Inter-Agency Task Force. Sa ngayon may 65 active cases ang Quiapo kaya dapat may suot na face mask ang lahat ng pupunta sa mosque. Ang Ramadan ang pinaka-sagradong buwan

para sa mga Muslim kaya nakikiusap din sa pamunuan ng Manila Golden Mosque at iba pang mosque sa Maynila na kung pupunta para magdasal ay magsuot ng face mask at sa lahat ng oras ay sundin ang minimum health protocols. -ABS-CBN News

Filipino scientist to make history by reaching the 3rd deepest spot on Earth


(Emden Deep in the Philippine Trench)

r. Deo Florence L. Onda, a microbial oceanographer of The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines is set to make history as one of the first humans and the first Filipino to reach the 3rd deepest spot on earth, located in the Philippine Trench Deep sea expeditions like this one are equivalent to the first early flights into outer space, thus it would be a major record-setting scientific and historic achievement. To date, most of these records are held by foreign scientists or explorers. The Philippine Trench is a unique feature found within the EEZ of the Philippines, and it is only appropriate that a Filipino scientist be one of the first to hold this record in the Emden Deep. Dr. Onda and Mr. Vescovo will dive the Emden Deep onboard the DSSV Pressure Drop, the only marine vessel in the world capable of launching the deep-sea submersible DSV Limiting Factor that can carry humans and repeatedly dive to the deepest parts in the world’s oceans. Part of the goal is to wave the Philippine Flag in the Emden Deep during its recordsetting voyage, highlighting that it is an

called the Emden Deep which is approximately 10,400 m or 34,100 ft deep. Dr. Onda was invited by the organization Caladan Oceanic to join the Emden Deep Expedition targeted on March 22 to 28, 2021. He will be joined in the descent by Mr. Victor Vescovo, the current

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Duterte on health rumors: 'Want me to die? Pray harder'

denied having any health condition that prevents him from running the country. He also seemed to say his absence was because he had spent some time in his hometown of Davao City. "Kung sabihin mo may sakit ako, may sakit ako. Pero kung sabihin mo may sakit ako ngayon that would be preventing me from exercising the powers of the presidency, wala po," said Duterte, likely referring to the slew of ailments he has long admitted to having. (If you say I have ailments, I do. But if you say I have a sickness that would be preventing me from exercising the powers of the presidency, I have none.) He claimed that rumors about his health are circulated by political enemies who want him dead. "If you want me to die early, you must pray harder. What you would like to happen is to see me go. You want me to go and he President denies having any you're praying for that," said the President. health condition that impedes Did Duterte go anywhere? his ability to serve as Chief Duterte did not clearly say that he was absent Executive in recent days because he was in Davao City In his first public address after a nearly two- and not because he flew abroad, as some had week absence from the public eye, Philippine speculated. President Rodrigo Duterte tackled rumors that "The people must know that I am a resident he was missing in action because of ill health. of Davao City. I never pretended to be a Duterte, speaking to the camera on Monday, resident of Sampaloc or Sta Ana. My residence April 12, from the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse, is the city of Davao, and if I want to go home


there on reasonable basis, I can because that is my home," said the President. However, he also said he missed his daughter's birthday because he was busy attending to government papers. He was likely referring to his youngest, Veronica Duterte, who turned 17 last Saturday, April 10. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque had earlier insisted that Duterte did not leave the Malacañang compound that week. Duterte's longtime aide, Senator Bong Go, explained the President's absence from the public eye by saying that it was due to rising COVID-19 infections among Malacañang guards. Some 45 Palace guards were active cases at the time, said Presidential Security Group chief Brigadier General Jesus Durante III. Roque then said that Duterte's weekly "talk to the people" address on the week of April 5 was canceled to limit interactions among Palace staff that take place when these speeches are recorded. Duterte has not been open to purely virtual meetings. All his weekly addresses are recorded with four or five pandemic task force officials present. The President last tested negative on a COVID-19 swab test on April 8. -

Filipina killed, burned in Vancouver, Canada


ecilia Loreto, 49, was first reported missing on March 17. Burnaby police say she probably knew her killers. A 49-year-old Filipina was killed and then burned by two suspects in the City of Burnaby, Vancouver, Canada, local police reported on Thursday, March 25 (Friday, March 26 in the Philippines). The victim was identified as Ma. Cecilia Loreto, an immigrant from the Philippines, whose burned remains were found by Burnaby Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on March 18 at around 1:57 am. Suspects Carlo Tobias, 21, and a 15-year-old unnamed suspect were arrested by the police. They are facing charges of first degree murder and indignity to human remains. Loreto was first reported missing on March 17. The following day, the Burnaby RCMP responded to a report that burned human remains were found at Burnaby’s Greentree Village Park near Garden Grove Drive.

Initial investigation revealed that Loreto was in the park a few hours before she was killed. “Through a comprehensive neighbourhood canvass, investigators have determined that the woman may have been in the area up to two hours prior to the report of the fire,” said Detective Lara Jansen of Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT). “There is also indication that the woman may have been associated with a dark colored, smaller to midsized, hatchback SUV or crossoverstyle vehicle,” the detective added. Sergeant Frank Jang, IHIT spokesperson, said the killing of Loreto was planned and deliberate. He added that the victim probably knew the killers. Loreto was an active member of the local Filipino community in Burnaby and a known singer in local events. She was working in a grocery store in East Vancouver up until her murder. – (JAIRO BOLLEDO)




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PH, US discuss concerns over Chinese presence in WPS, anti-Asian violence


ANILA, Philippines — Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in a phone call, discussed their concerns over the presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea, the US State Department said Friday. “Substantive conversation today with my Philippine counterpart, @ teddyboylocsin, discussing our concerns with People’s Republic of China militia vessels in the South China Sea and our efforts to combat anti-Asian hate and violence. #FriendsPartnersAllies,” Blinken said on Twitter. The phone conversation between Locsin and Blinken follows reports on alleged Chinese “militia boats” scattered within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In a separate statement, US State “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Department Ned Price said that Blinken also reaffirmed the applicability of the 1951 spoke today with Philippine Secretary US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty to the of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. Both expressed their shared concerns South China Sea. with the massing of PRC maritime militia

vessels in the South China Sea, including at Whitsin Reef, and reiterated their calls on the PRC (People’s Republic of China) to abide by the 2016 arbitration ruling issued pursuant to the Law of the Sea

Convention,” Price said. Price was referring to the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favor of the Philippines and nullified China’s nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea, including parts that are within the Philippines EEZ. Beijing has ignored the 2016 international tribunal decision. Apart from the Philippines and China, other countries competing for territorial claims in the South China Sea are Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Aside from the renewed tensions in the West Philippine Sea, Locsin said they also tackled the string of anti-Asian hate and violence in the United States. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Romualdez earlier said that Washington has been taking steps to curb the anti-Asian attacks, including the setting up of hotlines and the deployment of more law enforces in areas with a large population of Asian Americans. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

PH, US defense chiefs tackle West Philippine Sea situation, regional security issues


#FreeandopenIndoPacific,” he said. The DND said both defense chiefs “are looking forward to the conduct of Exercise Balikatan, which was canceled last year.”

ANILA, Philippines – Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III on Sunday (April 11) discussed the situation in the West Philippine Sea and some measures to deepen the defense cooperation of two countries amid recent tensions in the contested waters. In a statement, the Department of National Defense (DND) said the defense chiefs of the two nations held a telephone conference to talk about the situation in the West Philippine Sea and recent developments in regional security. DND Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong earlier said that the Philippines is “keeping all options open” but said they are closely coordinating with the United States government on the matter. Andolong also said that both parties are “committed to undertake their

Austin also reiterated the importance of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the two nations and “hopes that it would be continued.” “Secretary Lorenzana committed to discuss the matter with the President as the final approval lies with him,” the DND said.

obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty so that neither stands alone in these issues involving the two states’ inherent right of self-defense, individually and collectively.” The United States and the Philippines signed the mutual defense treaty in 1951.

In a separate statement, Austin said he spoke with his counterpart to reaffirm their commitment to the alliance between the US and the Philippines. “I had a productive call with SND @del_lorenzana to discuss challenges in the South China Sea and the need for unity in ensuring security and stability in the region.

Also during the phone conversation, Lorenzana sought Austin’s assistance to speed up the delivery of Moderna-developed COVID-19 vaccine doses that were procured by the Philippine government. “To which, Secretary Austin replied that he would look into the issue and bring it to the attention of the office concerned,” the DND said. -Robie de Guzman



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MADEL BAROMA: TRAILBLAZING FILIPINO-AMERICAN HELPING FAMILIES TO IMPROVE THEIR FINANCIAL LITERACY • Retired healthcare professional in her 40s, spearheading a team of hundreds of associates as Senior Marketing Director for US, Canada and Puerto Rico territorie • Finance industry thought leader turning personal adversities to expertise that create value for clients and associates • Filipino excellence rallyist championing purposeful causes, she founded the social advocacy ‘Filipinos Making Impact to the World’ in March 2021 families save money, get protected, get out of debt and lower their taxes through the products and services they offer in US, Canada and Puerto Rico territories. Baroma’s success rooted from humble beginnings and painful adversities. Armed with determination and just $150 in her pocket, the open-heart surgery of her then six-year-old daughter in the Philippines became an eye opener that triggered her to accept a job in the US to earn and pay a Php 1M debt they have incurred in processing her application papers. The move had been physically and emotionally daunting as it was her first time to be away from her family. She did not know anyone from the state, did not know how to drive and even experienced cases of discrimination.


ATY, Texas, March 7, 2021: At the peak of her lucrative and highly in-demand healthcare career as a physical therapy director, Madel Baroma retired from the industry at 37 and took a leap of faith by joining one of the largest Marketing agencies in the Financial industry as a full-time financial consultant. Fast forward to four years she’s now Senior Marketing Director leading a strong unit with hundreds of associates aimed at helping

Guided by faith, perseverance and commitment to create a better future for her husband and children, she remained strong and treated every setback as a set-up for her ambitions. From a regular physical therapist, she had moved the ranks and reached managerial and directorial roles. In a short span of time, she had reached great heights and achieved a fulfilling clinical career that enabled her to bring the rest of the family here. She had also completed her Doctorate and Certification of Public Health Administration at the University of Montana in 2014. While grateful to have been reunited to her family, raising a five-member household with only one earner is indeed another practical challenge. She ended up taking three jobs to make ends meet in exchange of the quality time that her husband and children deserve from her.

It must have been fate, a close friend asked a simple favor for Baroma to join a business presentation for the company. As she listened to the speakers, the messages went straight through to her – a career that empowers the important aspects of your life, finding holistic balance everyday, making a difference for others and building a rewarding future. Believing in its potential, she started the business venture with her husband. Together, they became licensed insurance agents and have learned the foundations of debt management, investment portfolio diversification, employee benefit plans, insurances and pre-need planning. From being a supplement to their household income, earnings from its operation became their principal source of revenue. More importantly, it gave Baroma the true reward of experiencing financial independence while being her best version as a wife, mother, mentor and leader. Today, she endeavors to contribute more to her team and clients by promoting financial literacy advancement, developing a pragmatic mindset in approaching a sound financial portfolio and coaching by leveraging her personal learnings in turning adversities to holistic opportunities. With a greater desire to give back and inspire the FilipinoAmerican community, she has recently launched an advocacy, ‘Filipinos Making Impact to the World’ which is a social media group that aims to amplify meaningful causes that create a difference globally. “As a healthcare practitioner, I felt that I was just a fish in a pond who found contentment in physically healing my patients. As a financial educator, I now feel that I’ve jumped to a lake and find fulfillment in providing suitable recommendations to my associates and clients. As I venture to championing Filipino excellence as my advocacy, I look forward to swimming through an ocean and finding profound joy by magnifying inspiration that the world can emulate,” Baroma says.

Duterte still weighing pros and cons on quarantine classification of NCR+ area


ANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to make up his mind on whether to extend or lift the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status imposed on Metro Manila and four nearby provinces Bulacan,

Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal. In a statement released on Saturday night, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the president is still “weighing the pros and cons before making his final decision regarding the quarantine classification of the National Capital Region Plus Area.” Roque said that Duterte wanted to review and check pertinent information such as the Health Care Utilization Rate (HCUR) in the said areas. “We shall provide the necessary notice once everything has been made final,” Roque added. In a text message send to Malacañang reporters, Roque said the president is set to resume his “Talk to the People” on Monday. The NCR Plus area had been placed under ECQ since March 29. It was supposed to last until April 4. The president, however, ordered an extension of the ECQ until April 11.

Roque in hospital for COVID-19 treatment


residential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. on Saturday (April 10) announced he is currently admitted in a hospital for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment. “This is to say that

COVID-19 is more transmissible now so we have to do extra precaution,” he said. Roque, meanwhile, also reiterated he will announce the risk classification of the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus Bubble on Saturday after the discussion with the InterAgency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). He also said that President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his public address on Monday (April 12). The Palace official requested prayers for all COVID-19 patients in the country. AAC



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Ivermectin’s compassionate use permit not guarantee of efficacy vs COVID-19, FDA reiterates


ANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday reiterated that the approval of a hospital’s application for compassionate use permit of anti-parasitic drug ivermectin against COVID-19 is not a guarantee that the drug is safe and effective. In an online briefing, FDA Director-General Eric Domingo

stressed that a compassionate special permit only allows experimental or unregistered drugs for limited off-label use, but this is not an agency’s endorsement of its safety and efficacy. “Katulad ng alam natin, talagang karamihan sa mga gamot for COVID-19 ay ongoing clinical trials pa. Katulad po noong mga ibang nagamit natin at walang access ang ating mga

doktor at ating mga pasyente,” he said. “It’s not a marketing authorization, and in fact, walang garantiya ang FDA doon sa quality at efficacy ng gamot lalo na kung clinical trial drug lang,” he added. Domingo also emphasized that a compassionate use permit is different from certificate of product registration for the drug, which allows manufacturers to commercially sell the antiparasitic drug for human use. The FDA earlier said that ivermectin is not registered for human use in the country and is only commercially available for veterinary use to prevent heartworm disease and treat internal and external parasites. Despite the compassionate use permit, Domingo reminded the public that the distribution and promotion of ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment remains prohibited. Only the hospital that has secured a permit for ivermectin’s compassionate use for humans

will be allowed to import the drug through a licensed importer, he added. “Kapag ang doktor ay nanghingi ng compassionate special permit… they take upon them complete responsibility over the product. Kasama iyon sa product na they take full responsibility for the product,” the FDA chief said. “Of course, idi-discuss nila sa pasyente, kung halimbawa wala nang ibang maibigay sa gamot at palagay nila ito’y makakatulong, idi-discuss nila sa pasyente ito at kailangan tanggapin ng pasyente na gagamitin sa kanya ang gamot na ito,” he added. As for allegations that the FDA gave in to political pressure in granting hospital compassionate use of the anti-parasitic drug, Domingo said the approval went through proper process. “Hindi naman namin siya bibigyan ng compassionate special permit kung hindi siya eligible. Like I said, iyong eligibility natin dito ay drugs that are registered in another country

and not available here in the country or a clinical for COVID-19 or a clinical trial drug,” he said. “Basta may ongoing na clinical trial Phase 3 na ongoing sa ibang bansa, ibig sabihin dumaan ito sa ethics boards ng mga unibersidad at tsaka ng research groups at experts at pwede itong pagaralan at imbestigahan kontra sa sakit na COVID-19, enough iyon na mag-qualify for CSP dito sa Pilipinas, he added. The ivermectin drug recently made headlines after some personalities advocated its use for the treatment coronavirus disease. But the FDA maintained that ivermectin should first be registered in the country before it can be prescribed for human use against COVID-19. The agency also stressed that anecdotal reports cannot be used as a basis for the efficacy of the drug as a treatment against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

AstraZeneca vaccines may still be used on people above 60 years old — FDA


ANILA, Philippines — Senior citizens (60 years and above) may still be inoculated with AstraZeneca COVID-19

vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday. The FDA issued the clarification following the temporary suspension on the use of the vaccine for people younger than 60.

FDA director-general Eric Domingo earlier said that he has asked the Department of Health to temporarily halt the administration of AstraZeneca vaccines on persons aged 60 and below due to a possible link between the vaccine and “very, very rare” cases of blood clots. Domingo cited the report of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) which stated that around 16 cases of blood clots or reduced platelet count were recorded out of 200 million individuals who received AstraZeneca doses. The EMA found that most of those who reported blood clots overseas were women below 60 years of age, he added. “Iyong 60 and above, sila ang pinakamagbebenefit sa bakuna so hindi natin talaga iniisip na mag-limit ng bakuna sa paggamit sa mga senior citizens,” Domingo said in a press briefing. The FDA chief said updated guidelines on the use of AstraZeneca vaccines will be released next week. The AstraZeneca firm earlier assured it will work with the Philippine FDA amid concerns on the rare side effects of its vaccine. “Patient safety remains to be the highest priority for AstraZeneca,” the drug-maker said.

– RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)




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New Yorkers rally outside court where man faces hate crime charge vs Filipina


EW YORK, USA, Hate crimes annually in 2020 in 16 major US Extremism at California State Asian Americans and community April 5, outside a New York courthouse where a hate crime was due to face his first hearing before a Police have identified Brandon Elliot, 38, as the kicking her head several times on March 29 near Elliot was on lifetime parole since 2019 after to local media citing court records. He was arraigned and one count of first-degree attempted assault as a "This attack would not have happened if he was Citizens Alliance of Greater New York, standing "speak up against Asian hate" and to support the The New York Times identified the victim as enforcement source. Hate crimes reported against Asian Americans to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Concern over such crimes was heightened when at Atlanta-area spas. In California, Orange County prosecutors on Asian woman and her 6-year-old son as they drove, "The man later told police Koreans in the area A 28-year-old man was charged with felony enhancement, plus a misdemeanor count for throwing

reported against Asian Americans increased 149% cities, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and University, San Bernardino activists rallied against anti-Asian hate crimes on Monday, man charged with assaulting a 65-year-old Asian woman in a Manhattan Criminal Court judge. man seen in a video kicking the woman to the ground and then Times Square. serving a prison term for murdering his mother in 2002, according last week on two charges of second-degree assault as a hate crime hate crime. not released," said Phil Wong, president of the Chinese American in front of the courthouse, where demonstrators raised signs to police. Vilma Kari, an immigrant from the Philippines, citing a law increased 149% annually in 2020 in 16 major US cities, according California State University, San Bernardino. six Asian women were among eight people shot dead last month Monday charged a man with hate crimes for throwing rocks at an cracking their car's windshield. were trying to control him," the District Attorney's office said. violation of civil rights and vandalism with a hate crime the rock, prosecutors said. –

Police, communities across US fight back against anti-Asian hate crimes


ALIFORNIA, USA, A Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism report shows that while hate crimes overall in the US had fallen slightly in 2020, crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders had jumped by 145% More than a dozen San Jose, California, police officers walked through the white arches of the Grand Century Mall in "Little Saigon" to reassure a Vietnamese-American community fearful over the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States. The officers walked through the arcade of hair and nail salons, restaurants serving Vietnamese cuisine, and herbal medicine shops on Saturday, April 3, talking to business owners and patrons. They then conducted a similar tour of San Jose's Japantown, where a citizen patrol group was formed following the deadly attacks on Asian spas in the Atlanta area on March 16. "We know that there is a lot of angst, fear with our Asian community," said San Jose's police chief, Anthony Mata, during his visit to Little Saigon. "It's important for us to have that dialogue, engage with them and see how we can help." Across the United States, law enforcement agencies are scrambling to better protect Asian communities amid a wave of violence targeting them since lockdowns to cope with the coronavirus pandemic began about a year ago. A recent report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, showed that while hate crimes overall in the United States had fallen slightly in 2020, crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) had jumped by 145%. A vicious assault last week in which a man kicked a 65-year-old immigrant from the Philippines in New York City multiple times was captured on video and went viral, further stoking fears about antiAsian hate crimes. New York City has deployed a team of undercover Asian police officers. Other major cities,

from San Jose to Chicago, have boosted patrols in Asian neighborhoods and sought to forge closer ties with communities, some of which have sought to fill gaps the police can't fill. Leanna Louie, who has organized residents to patrol San Francisco's Chinatown, said the city's police force of about 2,000 doesn't have the resources. "It's impossible," she said. Paul Luu, chief executive officer of the Chinese American Service League, welcomed the "revved up" police presence in Chicago's Chinatown, which he said built on an already supportive relationship that includes Chinese-speaking officers on the beat. His group is focused on educating the community on hate crimes and encouraging victims, many reluctant due to language barriers or wariness of the police, to come forward. Luu pointed to a recent attack on a 60-yearold Vietnamese immigrant on the North Side of

Chicago who was initially reluctant to file a report. Official data shows Chicago recorded two anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020 – the same as 2019 – while such crimes spiked to 28 in New York last year from three in 2019. "The numbers may be very low in Chicago, but it does not mean that it is not happening," Luu said. Driven by disinformation Not everyone believes more policing is the answer. Grace Pai, director of organizing at the Chicago branch of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said she is against a larger police presence, citing distrust of law enforcement. Pai said the police response in the Atlanta area shootings, where an officer seemed to minimize the attack by saying the shooter had "a really bad day," was emblematic of a broader police bias. Six of the eight killed were of Asian descent.

"Asian Americans have been negatively impacted by policing," she said. "We really don't see the police playing a role in stopping these crimes from occurring." Since the Atlanta shootings, the Los Angeles Police Department has increased patrols and police visibility where many people of Asian heritage live and work, especially in and around Chinatown, Koreatown and Little Tokyo. Blake Chow, who is the AAPI coordinator for the Los Angeles Police Department, said comments made by then-President Donald Trump blaming the pandemic on China and using remarks such as the "kung flu" have contributed to anti-Asian sentiment. "We don't have evidence of any hate group operating in LA that is focusing on the Asian, Pacific Islander community," said Chow, a deputy police chief. "The rise is seen in individual acts and it seems driven by disinformation on COVID, some of it from the former president." Chow said the department is holding forums with the AAPI community to get feedback on what more the police should do, as well as to educate community members on how to report troubling encounters, even if they may not amount to a crime, such as when someone utters a racial slur. "We want to document hate incidents, as they can be a forerunner to an actual hate crime. If we can document a pattern of conduct and track those, we can bring it to a judge for enhanced sentencing." The rise in attacks so alarmed retired San Jose police veteran Rich Saito that he added a patrol unit to a community group keeping watch over Japantown. Deluged by offers to help, Saito said he has trained 40 to 50 volunteers to walk the streets and document and report any suspicious activity. "I'm very concerned about the safety of this community, especially the seniors," said Saito, who escorted police chief Mata on a tour of the neighborhood on Saturday. "The police department does the best it can, but they can't be here all the time, every day." –



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Trailer of upcoming series 'Init sa Magdamag' gets 3.2M views in less than a day


ANILA — The trailer of ABS-CBN's upcoming sexy drama series “Init sa Magdamag,” starring Gerald Anderson, Yam Concepcion, and JM de Guzman, has been warmly received by netizens. As of writing, the trailer uploaded on the official Facebook page of Star Creatives has been viewed for over 3.2 million times. It also has over 123,000 views on ABS-CBN Entertainment's YouTube page. The trailer introduces the lead characters — Tupe (Anderson), Rita (Concepcion), and Peterson (de Guzman) — and their love triangle marred with political drama and clashing dreams. An aspiring doctor, Tupe gets falsely accused as being involved in the corrupt activities of his government official-father (Joey Marquez),

affecting his relationship with Rita. Years after Tupe’s apparent disappearance, Rita finds a new love in Peterson, who credits her for becoming a changed man as he pursues political office.

Complications arise, however, when Tupe and Rita cross paths again, triggering Peterson’s rage. “Init sa Magdamag” is set to join ABS-CBN’s “Primetime Bida” lineup starting April 19.

The series will be seen on TV5, A2Z Channel 11, Kapamilya Channel, Jeepney TV, Kapamilya Online Live, and iWant TFC; as well as WeTV and iflix, where VIP users will have access to two advance episodes. -ABS-CBN News




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There is no "out-of-season" for volleyball


ave you ever played a sport that you just can’t get enough of? Well.. these two teams have. It all started during the Pandemic last year. Playing volleyball is not just a game for them, it’s more than that. It helps both teams cope emotionally. The sport helps to reduce stress and anxiety, while promoting good sportsmanship, and healthy motivation. Physically, volleyball enhances their energy levels, improves cardiovascular health, and promotes weight loss especially during the Pandemic time. It’s a great bonding activity for friends and family. After practicing, the two teams decided to do a tournament. Volleyball

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is a great team sport that can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. What makes volleyball so great is that it doesn't require a special playing field. You can play anywhere you please. All you need is a net, a ball, and good friends to play with. We are so proud of them! Such talented, fun, & motivated teams... Tournament Schedule: March 14 2021 April 11 2021 April 25 2021 May 2 2021 May 23 2021 For more info. about the tournament please visit TFC Florida FB page.



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These 2 ABS-CBN series will debut with 8 viewing venues, in ‘another step’ towards big dream


ANILA — In “another step” towards its big dream, ABSCBN has doubled the number of viewing venues for its primetime programs, from four, after its freeTV channel was forced off air, to at least eight, nearly a year since the network’s broadcast franchise was denied. When it premiered in August 2020, “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin” — the first Kapamilya series to debut and conclude after Channel 2 was shuttered — was seen on Kapamilya Channel (cable), TFC (overseas subscription), iWant TFC (on-demand streaming), and Kapamilya Online Live (free livestreaming). In comparison, “Huwag Kang Mangamba” and “Init sa Magdamag,”

primetime dramas scheduled to premiere on March 22 and April 19, respectively, will be accessible across eight platforms. Those additional venues include two free and digital TV channels: A2Z Channel 11 (Metro Manila and nearby provinces) and TV5 (nationwide). Launched in October 2020, A2Z is the current home of most Kapamilya programs, not just primetime dramas, on free television, under the blocktime partnership between Zoe Broadcasting Network and ABS-CBN. TV5, meanwhile, started its simulcast of ABS-CBN’s primetime programming on March 8, in an unprecedented partnership among the two networks and Cignal. “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin,” and “Walang Hanggang Paalam” are the current scripted programs forming

that lineup. “Huwag Kang Mangamba” and “Init sa Magdamag” will replace the latter two on their scheduled premiere dates. The two brand-new shows will have two more venues for streaming starting March 20: WeTV and iflix, where VIP users will have advance access to episodes two days ahead of their TV broadcast. To sum up, ABS-CBN’s primetime shows can now be accessed through eight platforms: Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, TFC, Kapamilya Online Live, iWant TFC, WeTV, and iflix. “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” is also aired on CineMo, while “Init sa Magdamag” will be available on Jeepney TV, both cable channels of ABS-CBN, bringing their total to nine. Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN’s COO of broadcast, along with ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak and

chairman Mark Lopez, attended the media launch virtually. Georgette Tengco, Philippine manager of WeTV and iflix, noted that the “whole entertainment industry in the entire world is shifting, where networks and studios in the US and Europe have begun experimenting on how to deliver their content more efficiently and expediently to their viewers.” She described the partnership as “a testament to the progressive thinking of ABS-CBN,” mentioning its top executives. “It is proof that as a content creator, ABS-CBN is willing to put the power into the hands of the viewers, to watch whenever, wherever they find it most convenient,” she said. -Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

13 It wasn't love at first sight for Jessy Mendiola, Luis Manzano PINOY


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ANILA – Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano took the

internet by storm when they announced on Sunday that they are already married. One day after the big reveal, Metro. Style published an article about the two where they recalled how they first

met and how they fell in love. “Obviously, we’re not fit to become a love team. Pwede pa siguro mag-ama kami sa acting,” said Manzano in jest. “I would constantly see her in 'ASAP,' and she would always guest on my game shows, sometimes with her significant others at the time or with her love team,” he added. Describing their courtship as complex and unusual, Manzano said: “I’ve always known her. Then something happened a while back which brought us closer together.” While stressing that the attraction was not instantly there, Manzano, nonetheless, shared that they certainly formed a bond. “There was a bond. That’s the best way to put it dahil nga sa pinagdaanan namin. We

were both in different relationships pero we formed this solid bond so parang that’s where it started eh.” But it wasn’t until Manzano’s birthday celebration in 2016 that Mendiola realized there could be something more between them. “Everyone left and then when people were cleaning up na, we went outside, we went outside by the pool tapos that was the time na I saw, ‘Oh okay, pwede pala siya.’ There was attraction na,” she said. “Sabi ko, he’s the type of guy that I could talk to about anything under the sun. Kumbaga anything and everything under the sun. I could just talk to him about simple things, about weird things and I didn’t feel awkward at all so sabi ko pwede siya ha. Parang everything just fell into place after that.” Manzano and Mendiola exchanged “I do’s” at The Farm at San Benito in Batangas last February 21, 2021 in a civil wedding rites officiated by Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa. The two, who have been together for more than four years, announced their engagement last December.

Kris Aquino to limit sons' social media appearances to give them 'enough privacy'


'm partly to blame kung nadamay man ang mga anak ko,' says Kris A month after a "tell-all" video, Kris Aquino said she’ll be limiting the appearance of her sons Josh and Bimby on her posts. In a 21-minute video posted on her social media accounts on Friday, April 9, Kris admitted that she’s “partly to blame”

for why her sons are subject to scrutiny online. “I’m taking full responsibility. I can never shield them fully because from the time they were born, I was already Kris. But I can choose what to show you,” she said. Kris said that while they'll never be “regular people," but said that from now on, she'll only post about the celebrations and milestones of her sons. “Yun ang mga mapapakita ko sainyo (That’s what I can show you.) The regular things that regular people show people. And that’s my right. Kasi lahat ng mga magulang, ‘yun ang ginagawa (That’s what other parents are doing),” she said. The TV personality also announced that her sons will no longer be involved in her work to respect their privacy. “Pero the other things, ‘yung trabaho ko - labas na. Out si Kuya Josh, out si Bimb (But for other things such as work, they’re out. Josh and Bimb won’t be part of it)." "It’s my responsibility…. They will have enough privacy. You won’t get to see them as often as you used to,” she said. Kris added that she she needs to work for her son Josh. “Hindi po ako ganon kayaman (I’m not that wealthy).

What you’re forgetting is I do have a son who is in the autism spectrum. He will need lifelong care, he needs to be assured because I promised that to my mom na gagawin ko ang lahat (I will do everything) to make sure that he will be comfortable for as long as he will live. And that will take a lot of money and pag-iipunan ko ‘yan, (I will save up for it),” she said. In the same video, Kris shared her conversation with youngest son Bimby, who was subject to online gossip. “I told him that it’s your choice what you wanna do with your life. I will support you and I will love you. Hindi natin kasalanan ‘yung magiging opinion nila about you (It’s not our fault that they think that way). What’s important is you know who you are and you’re not gonna be like them. I’m proud of that. I brought up a son who’s brave,” she said. “Wala akong utang na loob sa mga taong walang magawa sa buhay nila kundi pintasan ako pero napakalaking utang na loob ko sa mga taong come what may, minamahal ako,” she said. (I don’t owe anything to those malicious people who do nothing except attack me but I owe this to the ones who come what may, loved and supported me.) Kris, who came from a political family, is also a host, actress and endorser. Despite being away from TV or the movies for several years, Kris has maintained a huge presence on social media. - -ABS-CBN News



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FAMI & FMSU Candidates Food Drive


il-A Movement Inc. and FMSU Candidates held a Food Drive last March 27, 2021 to prepare meals as a part of their yearly community outreach in the Neighborhood Center, Deland Florida, to feed a 3 course meal to those in need. The meal was served differently this year because of COVID-19. COVID did not stop them. They all worked together on everything from the appetizers to the main course and dessert as a pre-packed meal. They served a variety of meals and made sure that everything was healthy. Part of the Food Drive success comes from the following Donors: • Mrs Miami 2020 (Jenalyn O’Berem) $50 • Princess Tampa 2020 (Kaycee Mateo) $50 • Miss Orlando 2019 (Jannel Navares) $50 • MPE Florida 2019 (shannen Mann) Chicken Wings • Queen Orlando 2020 (Beth Douse) 50 To go boxes

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Prince FMSU 2018 (Lorenzo Umbac) $50 Miss Foundation 2019 (Thalia Jahrling) $100 Queen FMSU 2015 (Virginia Siobal) $50 Anonymous $200 Princess Springhill 2015 ( Keilene Teitsma) bathroom tissue Princess Springhill 2016 (Alyssa Teitsma) bathroom tissue Mrs FMSU 2015 (Emely Jagla) Fruits Queen Daytona Beach 2016 (Guy Cortez) Fruits Princess FMSU 2017 (Angelica Larkins) Salads Teen Daytona Beach 2015 (Abby Larkins) Salads Mrs Miami 2016 (Riza Cabell) $50 Mrs Jacksonville 2017 (Fritzie Kwan) $50 Princess Port St. John ( Olivia Drummond) paper towels Queen FMSU 2018 (Vivian Dudgeon) $100

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Prince PSL 2020 (Steven Orona) $25 Teen FMSU 2016 (Serahline Orona) $25 Princess PSL 2015 (Camille Anoos) $25 Mrs PSL 2015 (Dolly Anoos) $25 Mrs Orlando 2020 (Lourdes Evangelista) $120 Queen POOLER GA 2020 (Gilda Rose) $25 Teen Brooksville 2019 (Abby Croom) Bathroom tissue Queen Pensacola 2019 (Lynie Cruze) $100 Miss Foundation 2017 (Lauren Mosley) $30 Miss Tallahassee 2020 (Joella Mosley) $30 Mrs. Tallahassee 2020 ( Aileen Ray) $30 Queen Tallahassee 2020 (Elvie Edens) $30 Princess Tallahassee 2020 (Melissa Foster) $30 Mrs Kissimmee 2020 (Faith Leduc)

$50 Mrs PSL 2019 (Cherry Meola) $25 Miss Titusville 2016 (Alexis Nevalga) $25 • Mrs FMSU 2017 (Lenie Henes) $50 • Mrs FMSU 2016 (Liza Laurente) $50 • Mrs Ocala 2016 (Christy Pilapil) $50 • Queen Vero Beach 2019 (Prima Lectura) Paper towels • Queen Tampa 2019 ( Amy Amos) $35 All funds are used to purchased foods, drinks, and necessities. FAMI encourages all of the past and present Candidates to get involved and become active in the community because It takes a village to do this. Every one person can make a difference. Fernando Solis, FAMI Chairman said, “This event could not have been a success without the help of FMSU Candidates, Volunteers and Donors and I am extremely grateful for them. We all have a chance to make this world a better place and We Believe in the Power of Good!” • •




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Questions about a deceased petitioner and how to adjust status after entering the U.S. with a fake name will be answered this Sunday on Citizen PInoy


OS ANGELES, March 18, 2021 - Leading U.S. Immigration Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel provides the latest news on immigration developments, as featured on his YouTube channel: US Immigration TV. Atty. Gurfinkel also answers another round of immigration questions from Kapamilya in the U.S. and from the Philippines.

Rio from San Ramon, California wants to know what happens to the petition of her two sisters since their mother (the petitioner) passed away in 2019 – the same year the petition became current.

Rachel from Pangasinan, Philippines asks if she can get an immigrant visa through her 10-yearold daughter who is a U.S. citizen by virtue of her U.S. citizen father. Someone who chose to remain anonymous shares that she used a fake name and a fake passport when she entered the U.S. in 1998. She has since married a U.S. citizen. What can she do to adjust her status? Get answers to these questions and more on a brand-new episode of Citizen PInoy, airing on TFC this Sunday, March 21, at 5:30 pm PT (8:30 pm ET thru select Cable/ Satellite providers). Citizen Pinoy is also available on iWantTFC. - Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion

Finally a Filipino tricycle makes history as it crosses the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time


ho would have thought that a Filipino created a Pinoy tricycle in California and it has been making waves on its highways? Yes, it has finally materialized and was proudly made by Pinoys. According to its social media account, this tricycle named TNT Traysikel is a “mobile public artwork that operates as a cultural marker for the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District in San Francisco.” The vehicle recently made a meet-up with the Norcal Pinoy Riders and 60 of them showed up, wherein one of its routes was passing through

upcoming web series, “TNT SideCaraoke”; a rolling interview show about Filipinos and the Filipino American experience and a documentary “TNT in America.”

the well-known Golden Gate Bridge. The historical moment was documented. News quickly traveled to the Philippines and it has been shared multiple times; mostly by automobile enthusiast groups.

Francisco. “Buti diyan pinapayagan ang tricycle sa highway. Sana all!”

“Hanggang diyan ba naman sa ibang bansa nakagitna pa rin ang tricycle. Sabi nang gumilid eh.” But wait. The TNT traysikel Some netizens jokingly reacted isn’t just an ordinary automobile we usually spot in our local about the vehicle traversing at the center of the highways of San streets. It is the star of an

The Pinoy pride was made by artists Michael Arcega and Paolo Asuncion. It was funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission/Individual Artist Commission with additional financial subsidy from Awesome Foundation, San Francisco State University and Balay Kreative. What do you think of this Philippine entry on the streets of Los Angeles? -Jeanne Perez


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Osaka moves Olympic torch run off public roads, declares COVID-19 emergency


he prefecture reports 878 new infections, a secondstraight day of record numbers Japan's western region of Osaka will hold the Olympic

torch relay in a park without spectators instead of on public roads, as record coronavirus infections prompted its government to declare a medical emergency on Wednesday, April 7. Health authorities fear a virus variant is unleashing a fourth wave of infections just 107

days before the Tokyo Olympics begin, with a vaccination drive still at an early stage. Osaka governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said the street runs for the relay would be canceled, adding that the medical system faced enormous strain as a more infectious variant sent cases skyrocketing among young people. "It is almost certain that this mutant strain is highly contagious with a high transmission speed," he said in televised remarks. "I would like to ask all residents of Osaka prefecture to refrain from going out unnecessarily. The medical system is in a very tight situation." The torch relay will instead take place in the Expo '70 Commemorative Park, a 260 hectare park managed by Osaka prefecture, without any spectators during the event, Tokyo Olympic organizers said. The Tokyo organizing committee "will implement all necessary measures to ensure a safe environment for all torchbearers who wish to run there," it said in a statement. The Osaka leg of the relay is scheduled for April 13-14. The prefecture reported 878 new infections on Wednesday, a second-straight day of record numbers. Severe cases have filled about 70% of hospital beds in the region.

Osaka and the neighboring prefectures of Hyogo and Miyagi started on Monday, April 5, a month of targeted lockdown measures, to rein in a more virulent strain of the virus. In recent days, Osaka's infections have outstripped those in Tokyo, the Japanese capital and a much larger city. Even so, Tokyo's cases are on an uptrend as well, with Wednesday's 555 new infections standing at the highest since early February. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said she was preparing to request similar emergency steps in the capital region. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had said on Sunday, April 4, that the measures, which allow regional governments to order restaurants to close early and levy fines for noncompliance, would be expanded as necessary. Japan's vaccination drive is far behind that of most major economies, with about 1 million people being given at least one dose since February. That figure represents less than 1% of the population, versus almost 2% in neighboring South Korea, which started its campaign after Japan. –

Boxing: Donaire finally gets fight date with WBC champion Oubaali


ANILA -Former fourdivision world champion Nonito Donaire finally has a fight date with WBC bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali, according to an online boxing report. Dan Rafael reported on Boxing Scene that the "Filipino Flash" will meet Oubaali on May 29 in Los Angeles. Donaire was supposed to challenge the Frenchman last Dec. 19, but Oubaali was forced to pull out after contracting COVID-19.

The 38-year-old Donaire (40-6, 26 KOs), who won world titles at flyweight, bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight, is seeking to win a bantamweight title for the third time. He was last seen in action in November 2019 during a brutal clash with Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue. Donaire lost the fight by points. Oubaali (17-0, 12 KO), on the other hand, was also sidelined since defending the crown against Takuma Inoue in November 2019.




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TRENDING & FEATURES Manny Pacquiao Speaks Up Against AsianHate Incidents: “Fight Me Instead”

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oxing champion and senator Manny Pacquiao has spoken up amid the racial violence that Asians are currently facing in the U.S. Since the spread of COVID-19, which originated in China, Chinese and Asians of different nationalities have been victims of abusive comments and attacks.

Over the past year, anti-Asian hate crimes have alarmingly increased, with one of the recent incidents involving a 65-year-old Filipina who was brutally attacked in New York City. The attacker reportedly told the victim, “F*** you, you don’t belong here,” while repeatedly kicking her. CCTV cameras around the area have captured the incident. Sen. Manny Pacquiao, like many Filipinos and Asians, has had enough. On April 1st, the boxing champion took to social media to express his frustration. He posted a photo that reads, “#StopAsianHate. Stop attacking Asians who can’t defend themselves! Fight me instead.” The post also came translated into Filipino, Chinese, and Korean. He also wrote in the caption: “We have one color in our Blood! Stop discriminating. LOVE AND PEACE TO EVERYONE!! #StopAsianHate” -NICOLE VILLALUZ

Local Officials Are Banned From Putting Their Names on Government Relief Goods, Says DILG


n an interview with ABS-CBN Teleradyo, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing gave a warning against local officials who take advantage of government COVID-19 aid and use it to promote their political ambitions, especially with the 2022 elections ahead. Densing is pertaining to the practice of local officials putting their names or photos on government aid or ayuda. He said in the interview, “Di natin maiiwasan iyan. Talagang magagamit iyan sa election. Given po iyan. Magagamit po sa election, di na po namin iyan makocontrol sa baba, ang importante dumating ito sa tao.” That said, he is calling out to the public to report such incidents to the office of the DILG, pointing out that they have the support of the Office of the Ombudsman. “Just the same, i-report pa rin nila sa amin kasi meron na kaming decision mula sa Ombudsman na ang umepal na mayor ay nasuspinde,” Densing said. Need to report a politician-branded government ayuda? You can contact the DILG on Facebook at or through the numbers 0927-422-6300 and 0961-384-9272. -NICOLE VILLALUZ



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he A delectable, sour fusion of carrots, pork, shrimp, and of course, white radish, this Ginisang Labanos recipe is filled with all the fun of its varied, colorful ingredients. Because of the abundance of labanos or white radish, it has rich notes of acerbity that make it stand out as a Filipino viand. It is also more well-known as a dish in the Pampanga area. But because of its one of a kind flavor and versatility as a dish, the recipe soon found itself in households all over the Philippines. You can try this on its own as a side dish, but it also fits incredibly well when paired with some rice for a filling and healthy ulam dish. How to Cook Ginisang Labanos Whip out your pan, and heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in it. Then take 3 cloves of garlic that you’ve crushed, as well as 1 medium onion that’s been sliced. Start sautéing these together in your pan, and wait for your onion to soften. Once this happens, you can add 1 medium tomato that you’ve cubed. Let this cook for 3 minutes. After your 3 minutes have passed, feel free to integrate your share of protein– ¾ cup of thinkly sliced pork. Cook for this 5 minutes more, then place ½ cup of water in your pan. Wait for this to boil, then put a cover on top. We’ll be letting our dish simmer for 10 minutes. Now add the hero of the dish, which is 1 lb of white radish or daikon sliced up into thick strips. Also put 1 medium carrot– also sliced into thick strips– in your pan. Then stir these together, and cover so we can cook this for 5 minutes. Gather ¾ cup of small shrimps, 2 teaspoons of fish sauce, and ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper. Place these into the pan, and stir thoroughly. After, you can cook these for 10 minutes. Then at last, you can put your dish into a serving plate of choice.

Matipid Na Lolo Juan: mga pare ang tipid talaga ng lolo ko, yong lolo ko nakapulot ng sim card, para di masayang yong sim card bumili ng cellphone yong lolo ko. Pedro: Wala yan sa lolo ko! yong lolo ko nakapulot ng baterya ng kotse, para di masayang yong baterya, bumili ng kotse yong lolo ko. Juan at Pedro: O! Tomas bakit ka malungkot? Tomas: Kasi yong lolo ko patay na… Nakapulot ng kabaong.. Greedy Number Tanong 1: Anong number ang matakaw? Sagot: 8 (ate). Tanong 2:Anong number ang mas matakaw sa 8 (ate)? Sagot 2: 7 (seven) Tanong 3: BAkit? Sagot 3: seven 8 (ate) nine

Once you’re ready to dine on this with the family, as it is good for 4, make sure to have it with a side of freshly cooked rice! • • • • •


1 lb. daikon white radish, sliced into thick strips 1 piece carrot sliced into thick strips 1 piece tomato cubed 3/4 cup pork thinly sliced 3/4 cup dried shrimp small

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1 piece onion sliced 3 cloves garlic crushed 2 teaspoons fish sauce 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons cooking oil


Heat oil in a pan Sauté garlic and onion Once the onion becomes soft, put-in the tomato. Cook for 3 minutes.


Si Pedro At Ang Manong Unano Pedro: manong bat ang liit liit mo? Manong Unano: kasi baby pa lang ako nang ako ay mawalan ng magulang Pedro: e ano namang koneksyon nunsa pagiging maliit mo? Manong Unano: tanga kaba? ehh di walang nag palaki sakin Kalye Juan: jose jose may ipapakita ako syo Jose:ano ano? Juan:tara sa kalye Jose:anong gagawin natin don Juan:edi s ipapakita ko sayo yung kalye, tanga kaba.

Libreng Asukal Isang araw nagkasabay mag kape ang dalawang tanga. Tanga 1 : Ano ang hinahanap mo diyan sa supot ng 3-in-1 coffee ? Kanina ka pa silip ng silip diyan . Tanga 2 : Hinahanap ko yung libreng asukal nakasulat kasi sa karton “sugar free” Mag Asawa Babae : Hon bat ako ang pinili mo ehh hindi naman ako maganda ? Lalake : Hon naman maganda ka ! Babae : Talaga Hon Sure ka ? Lalake : Oo naman Hon maganda ka ,

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Add the pork. Cook for 5 minutes. Pour-in water and let boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add-in the daikon and carrot. Stir. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Put-in the shrimp, fish sauce, and ground black pepper. Stir and cook for 10 minutes more. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with hot rice. Share and enjoy! - PANLASANGPINOY.COM

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APRIL 2021 Emotional conflict is likely to ensue today if you aren't careful, Aries. People may step on your toes if you give them the opportunity. Make sure you aren't vulnerable to attack. Someone may be ready to confront you, so you must be ready to defend yourself. The best way to combat whatever force tries to shoot you down is to have confidence in yourself even if you don't have everything perfectly planned.


People may have missed your company lately, Taurus. Make an appearance where you know it will be noticed and appreciated. Look for the good points in others instead of being so judgmental about the bad points. People aren't going to miss you at all if you talk about them behind their backs and only mention the unappealing parts of their personalities.

Don't act like you have all the answers today, Gemini. This attitude will get you nowhere. Remember that everyone you encounter has something to teach you, so don't disregard that homeless person on the street. The looks you exchange with a stranger may make or break your attitude for the afternoon. Maintain a positive demeanor instead of a sour one and you will be quite successful.

There's a special power to your words today, Cancer, and an internal confidence that rarely comes around this strongly. You should notice strength in your emotions and personality. Take this opportunity to get one step ahead of the game. You have a special influence that can't be matched by anyone. Don't let others convince you of anything you aren't 100 percent sure of yourself.

If you feel like you're running on reserve battery power, Virgo, remember that you always have a reserve tank ready to kick in. Don't disregard this. It might help you to know that there's only a little time left on the clock. You work more efficiently under pressure. Just remain calm and remember that it isn't the end of the world if things don't work out exactly the way you'd like. Fire up your energy today, Scorpio, and demonstrate your power to conquer. Create a bonfire of activity that gives off a great deal of heat to the people around you. Some might not be able to stand too close now. Don't worry - that's their problem, not yours. The key for you now is to be yourself. In this way, you will attract those who enjoy the intense heat.


Break open any door that seems to block you today, Leo. It won't take a great deal of effort on your part to accomplish this. The key is to be more flexible in your approach and merge with the group effort instead of trying to fight against it. You will find that when you open yourself to the people around you, there are a significant number who want to break down that same door.

Add a bit of spark to your day, Libra. Get yourself into gear. It might feel like there's a great deal of anticipation in the air, but don't get ahead of yourself. Enjoy the day you've been given, and make sure you use every minute to its fullest potential. Small annoyances may turn into large headaches unless you maintain an honest mind and neutral standpoint. Get out of "gimme" mode, in which every new toy or gadget you see calls out your name, Sagittarius. If you keep thinking that you need these material things in order to be happy, you will never be truly satisfied no matter how much you have. In this same vein, don't think that you need to buy tangible things for others in order to demonstrate your love for them.

It's important to turn your attention to more spiritual matters now, Capricorn. Consider enrolling in a yoga class that combines meditation with the physical practice. It's vital to link your mind, body, and soul together. The more you can integrate these three parts of your being, the healthier you will feel. A highenergy dance class would also be a good way to achieve this goal.

Reach out to those people you know will make you feel better today, Aquarius. There's no reason to sit in your room alone and depressed when you know there are people who would love to hear from you. Don't think that others are too busy to listen to your thoughts and feelings. Your emotions are strong, and your incredibly sensitive mind can offer a great deal of insight.

Don't get bogged down by past events today, Pisces. It's time to move forward. Leap out of bed as if it were your first day on the planet. Realize how lucky you are to be alive and how much power and influence you have. Use your power wisely, for you will find that it's stronger than usual. Note that relationships with women are apt to be especially rewarding on a day like this.




APRIL 2021


Puerto Princesa Underground River


ocated about 80 km north of Puerto Princesa in Palawan lies an underground river known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. More commonly known as the Puerto Princessa Underground River, it channels its way through caverns and flows directly underneath the St. Paul Mountain Range. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east.

What to see

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is known for its amazing limestone karst mountain landscape and cave system. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and several large chambers in the park never fail to keep tourists in awe. The cave system stretches to a total of 24km underneath the mountains, and the river itself winds its way through 8.2km of its entirety. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River was known to be the world’s longest underground river until the 2007 discovery of an underground river in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Nonetheless, the National Park has a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia. In fact, it has a range of forest formations representing eight of the thirteen forest types found in tropical Asia.

There are about more than 800 plant species found in the national park. It is also home to a lot of bird species most of them are endemic to the site. There are also quite a number of mammal species that have been recorded in the area, as well as reptiles, bats, frogs, and sea cows among others. Regular tours allow tourists to enjoy until the 4-kilometer mark of the river. Beyond that point, a special permit has to be pre-arranged for the guests to continue the more challenging part of the journey where guests need to swim to be able to pass through the narrow spaces between the rock walls.

International Recognition

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is a protected area of the Philippines. In 1999, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2012, it became a Ramsar Wetland Site. A Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental environmental treaty established by UNESCO. In the same year, it made to the list of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, an initiative started in 2007 to create a list of seven natural wonders chosen by people through a global poll. In June 2019, PPUR was celebrated with a Google Doodle, a special temporary alteration of the Google logo to commemorate special events and notable historical figures.

How to Get There

To reach the Underground River, you must travel to Puerto Princesa first, which is accessible by air if you are coming from Manila, Cebu, Clark, Iloilo, or Davao, or by sea if your point of origin is Manila, Coron, or Iloilo. Once in Puerto Princesa, make your way to the San Jose Terminal, located in San Jose New Market, and ride on a jeepney or bus plying to the port of Sabang, a small town that serves as the jump-off point for the Underground River Tours. While they are scheduled to leave at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 12:00 NN, and 2:00PM, drivers usually make sure that all seats are filled up before leaving. Travel time is approximately 3 hours, including stopovers. For a faster travel time of around 2 hours, opt to ride a van from the same terminal going to Sabang. Once you are in Sabang port, you will then need to ride a boat to Sabang Beach, the underground cave’s entry point.

Tickets and Entry

There are mandatory fees to be able to enter the Puerto Princesa Underground River, and there is a slight difference for local and foreigner visitors. Adults (21 years old and above), whether local or foreigner, will pay an entrance fee, audio device fee,

environmental fee, and a terminal fee. Minors from foreign countries will pay an entrance fee and environmental fee, while local minors will pay a different price for entrance and environmental fees, respectively. Audio device fee and terminal fee remain the same for both foreign and local minors. You will have the option to book an entire boat for yourself or your group and pay for the entire quoted price, or join a group to lessen your personal expense.

Best Time to Visit

As with the rest of the Philippines, Puerto Princesa has both dry and wet seasons. The peak dry months are from March to May, considered the summer months in the country, but November to February are also still regarded as dry periods. These months mentioned are the best times to consider visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River as the waters are much calmer, and there is also less chance for bad or rainy weather, which occurs during June all the way to October. However, expect to see a large crowd of tourists during this peak season. It is always recommended to check weather updates from time to time, and before proceeding with your travel plans. The Puerto Princesa Underground River’s operating hours are between 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and it is best to get there early before the rush of visitors during mid-day.

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