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YEAR 12, No. 9 MARCH 2009 Home Paper of the 1999 Canadian Ethnic Journalists’ and Writers’ Club Winner for Best Editorial Toronto, Ontario

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They sometimes labor for long hours. They endure lonely and depressing days in icy cold environments.
They sacrifice the prime of life to fulfill a self-imposed responsibility: sending enough cash back home to the
Philippines so that their families would be decently fed, clothed and housed and their children well-schooled.
Against all odds, they hope to claim permanent resident status, that which has been rightfully and morally theirs
after complying with state-imposed terms and dues with their sweat and tears. Some pay with their life.
Finally, they anxiously look forward to the day when they reunite with their loved ones.
Many got what they wished for. But for a number, making dreams real just had to come the hardest way.
This is the saga of Filipino live-in caregivers in Canada. This is the saga of Juana Tejada and Celia Mansibang.


At 39, she lost her bout against can- At 46, she hangs on to dear life.
Being fishy, crabby cer. She died on March 8. Terminally ill with stomach cancer,
at Kisi Kisi - 26 However, Tejada’s sad but telling Mansibang was earlier denied perma-
story has gained notice anew in political nent residency (PR) under the Live-in
debates, most recent reports said. Caregiver Program (LCP) because of
Galvanizing factor her illness, which medical tests showed
Dancing Remittances
To Be A Star On March 9, Member of Parlia- she could have contracted while work-
- 33 to drop - 32 ment Paul Calandra (Conservative, Oak ing in Canada.
Ridges-Markham) told Parliament that Her Ontario health insurance cover-
Tejada’s “own tragic case threw into age was also canceled, even as she paid
stark relief the need to improve the Live- taxes during and after her LCP days, that
in Caregiver Program (LCP).” started in 2003.
Calandra said Citizenship, Immigra- However, all is not lost yet.
(To page 4) TEJADA MANSIBANG Most recent reports gathered by the
Manila Media Monitor showed her case


has taken the notice of immigration and
labor officials.
Todate, Mansibang is preparing to
see and have husband William and chil-
There is a big problem with Maluto’s story dren Vincent and La Sandra by her side

Plea made to help nanny

the Live-in Caregiver Program The Star report said Maluto, in the few months doctors said she could
(LCP); and almost always, care- 44 and mother of four, claimed spare.
givers are the ones punished with in court documents that she was Granted temporary stay
removal, work permit refusals, lured to come to Canada with a Fr. Ben Ebcas - Mission Director of the Archdiocese of To- In a March 5 communication to
misrepresentation charges while promise of a caregiving job that ronto Filipino Mission Center, Our Lady of the Assumption Mansibang’s lawyer Maria Deanna San-
unscrupulous labor and immi- turned out to be non-existent, Catholic Church on Bathurst - has sounded a plea to help Filipi- tos, the Ottawa-based Citizenship and
gration agents go on their merry that her recruiter stripped her no caregiver Madonna Galinato, who contracted aneurysm and Immigration Canada Case Management
way exploiting more unsuspect- of her passport, that she and 16 underwent and operation on March 12. (CICCM) branch said it would “issue
ing caregivers and foreign work- others were detained and made Galinato, 42, mother of four, had just arrived in Canada as a temporary resident permits for the fam-
ers who are desperate to enter, to cram and sleep in a basement, caregiver. “Unfortunately, she does not have the Ontario Health ily to join Ms. Mansibang in Canada.”
work and gain permanent resi- and that she was forced to work Insurance Program coverage yet. She needs our help,” Fr. Ben Temporary resident visas are granted
dency status in Canada. illegally in menial jobs. said. to visitors to Canada.
This, in retrospect, was the The report said nanny re- “In this holy season of Lent, we are called to pray, fast, and Santos, who is helping Mansibang
reaction of lawyer Maria Deanna cruiter Rakela Spivak, who runs perform works of mercy. No one is too rich that he can no longer pro bono, earlier appealed to the of-
Santos to a Toronto Star March the Rakela Care International receive and no one is to poor that he can no longer give,” Fr. fice of the CIC Minister and that of the
14 article that detailed the sad and who denied the allegations, Ben intoned. CICCM Director General to expedite
plight of Filipino caregiver Jo- had since sued Maluto, claiming Fr. Ben also bared plans to form a core group of people who the processing of Mansibang’s PR ap-
elina Maluto and several other the nanny owed her $3,500 in would sit down and reflect on the concerns of Filipinos who are plication.
victims of foreign labor and im- brokerage fees. in crisis in Canada. He noted the need to strategize so issues In the letter to Santos, CICCM ana-
migration agency misdeeds. (To page 6) could be addressed. With JULITO TIGLEY (To page 5)

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MARCH 2009 3
RP ties with Canada, 6
others reach 60th year New CIDA foreign aid focus
This year, the Philippines marks its 60th year of
healthy diplomatic relations with Canada, home to
may leave many vulnerable
more than 350,000 Filipino immigrants and host to
tens of thousands of Filipino overseas workers. The Canadian Interna-
The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto said tional Development Agency
the office and other diplomatic posts in Canada are on (CIDA) has cut to 20, from
top of activities commemorating this landmark year. 25, the number of countries
Canada, in 2007, ranked 22nd among the Philip- getting Canadian aid; and
pines’ top trading partners with trade amounting to the Philippines is notably
some US$522 million. Canada was also the Philip- absent in the priority list.
pines’ 18th largest export market, with exports reach- Lately, CIDA said it
ing US$258 million. would steer foreign aid
Last month, President Arroyo signed Proclama- toward a smaller pool of
(To page 14) countries, namely Afghani-
stan, Bangladesh, Bolivia,
the Caribbean, Colombia,
Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Hon-
Holmes named duras, Indonesia, Mali, Mo-
zambique, Pakistan, Peru,
envoy to Asean Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania,
Ukraine, Vietnam and the
South Upi officials and residents join CIDA representatives in planting com-
memorative rubber seedlings, in a bid to popularize agro-forestry systems
Foreign Affairs Minister Law- West Bank/Gaza. among farmers. AGRITEAM CANADA
rence Cannon has announced the Internal Cooperation
appointment of John Holmes as Minister Beverly Oda said not only abandons those “This is very bad news commitments, peace efforts
Canada’s first ambassador to the CIDA’s bilateral aid prior- who need our help the most, indeed for developing coun- in the region may suffer a
Association of Southeast Asian Na- ity shift, part of the gov- but it also risks tarnishing tries,” added Member of Par- huge setback,” the official
AMB. HOLMES tions (Asean). ernment’s aid effectiveness Canada’s once proud repu- liament John Rafferty (New told Manila Media Monitor
Concurrently, Holmes is en- agenda, would push several tation as an international Democrat Party-Thunder in a phone chat.
voy to the Republic of Indonesia, with accreditation to the poorer countries to second- player,” Liberal Internation- Bay). In the Philippines, CI-
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. tier status. al Cooperation Critic Glen Philippine reaction DA’s resources has come in
Holmes was Canada’s ambassador to Jordan until 2006. She, however, stressed Pearson said. An official of the Au- to help regions hit by natural
In 2005, he was named non-resident ambassador to Iraq. that the aid policy changes More African countries tonomous Region in Muslim tragedies; to imbibe entre-
Holmes’ Asean posting showed Canada’s commitment would not affect some ongo- have been removed, than Mindanao (ARMM) in the preneural skills, particularly
“to deepening its relationship with (Asean) in areas such as ing programs, particularly added, from CIDA’s list; and Philippines, hoped the situa- among women; to strengthen
health, security, counterterrorism, transnational crime, hu- humanitarian assistance to “it is highly questionable as tion would be reconsidered. local governance; and to en-
man rights, and trade and investment,” Cannon said. areas hit by natural calami- to how Sri Lanka and East “ARMM has received hance reforms in the judicial
He said Holmes would play a vital role in advancing ties. Congo, two of the world’s CIDA aid that has helped system.
Canada’s political, economic and security interests in the Abandonment? most urgent-need regions,” in peacebuilding measures. CIDA’s exposure to the
(To page 14) “This surprising move were omitted, Pearson said. If CIDA withdraws from its (To page 14)




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MARCH 2009 news
Juana Tejada
made Tejada eligible for der humanitarian and com-
permanent stay in Canada, passionate grounds.
(From page 1) it was on humanitarian Favorable action
tion and Multiculturalism seeking the addition of grounds; not because of the On July 17, then CIC
Minister Jason Kenney, be- members of the Live-in LCP, the reader added. Minister Diane Finley used
fore assuming his portfolio Caregivers Class on the “Is there any compelling her discretionary power un-
from Diane Finley, met with list of foreign nationals reason why officials could der new IRPA provisions to
Tejada several times. exempted from the only talk about the LCP but countermand earlier CIC de-
Kenney sought for rec- “excessive demand” ground could never muster the po- cisions on Tejada’s case.
ommendations on making of inadmissibility. litical will to make the law Finley said Tejada de-
the LCP more responsive to The amendment would more humane and more pro- served exemption from the
the needs of those within its recognize that, if a caregiver tective of caregivers?” the rules and declared her eli-
purview, he said. has done her work and paid reader asked. gible for PR status.
Calandra said: “I know” her taxes, she should be Tejada’s tale “(The) hardships she
he has made it one of the entitled to PR status no matter Tejada came to Canada faced were excessive” and
government’s top priority. what her medical condition in 2003. Besides having ac- “were the result of circum-
“Ms. Tejada’s case gal- would be, iWorkers said. ceptable personal, academic stances beyond her control,”
vanized the Filipino-Cana- ► Making LCP partici- and job qualifications, Te- the minister averred.
dian community and, in fact, pants eligible for the Interim jada at that time passed a Tejada’s health insurance
all Canadians,” he added. Federal Health plan, to comprehensive medical test coverage was also restored,
Deliberations ensure that they would get to gain entry into Canada. retroactive August 2007.
Meanwhile, the federal health coverage from the She labored to complete Community help
Standing Committee on day they arrive in Canada the two-year LCP require- Tejada’s case came to
Citizenship and Immigration to work, until the day they ment to be eligible for per- the attention of the Manila
has initiated discussions on are granted permanent manent resident (PR) status. Media Monitor in March
changes to the Temporary residence, with no coverage While in Canada, she 2007 through civic leader
Foreign Workers Program gaps at any time. contracted cancer. Gene Lara.
(TFWP). ► Significantly reducing JUANA TEJADA and GENE LARA The illness floated when Lara spearheaded calls
Member of Parliament the current 12- to 18-month Tejada received the results for assistance to get Tejada
Olivia Chow (NDP, Trinity- processing time for work The results of the Monitor reader commented. of medical tests required through her personal and
Spadina) called for the permits of new entrants to deliberations, which went “Are politicians just try- for LCP-related PR applica- immigration ordeals then.
changes, particularly that on the LCP; and, similarly, on for two weeks and ended ing to attract votes from a tions, and CIC officials de- Individuals and com-
ensuring a fair immigration for permanent residence to March 12, have not yet been large and fast-growing Fili- nied, on two occasions, her munity groups have since
process to LCP workers the eligible, including their released as of presstime. pino community (at least 95 status eligibility. responded and helped.
seeking permanent residence family members who have State inaction percent of caregivers come She was even told that Migrante Ontario, in
(PR) status. to wait for 15 to 22 months Beyond continuing talks from the Philippines)?” she would be an added load a statement, has commit-
A report from iWorkers, to be granted visas. on the LCP and occasional “For two years since me- to the Canadian health care ted itself “to pick up where
the Independent Workers ► A review of reaso- political promises to take up dia profiled the Tejada case system; even as authorities (Tejada) left off and (to)
Association-Homeworkers nable wages and benefits caregiver issues, the govern- vis-a-vis the LCP, nothing stripped her of her health in- continue the fight that she
Section, said the proposals for LCP participants. Of all ment has yet to show con- more than the evasive and surance coverage. started.”
included: workers under the TFWP, crete steps to shield caregiv- non-commital ‘we will look With her remaining re- Juana Tejada may have
► An amendment only the wages of live-in ers in Canada from abuse, into it’ has been officially sources and that given her gone but the inspiration she
to Section 38(2) of the caregivers are set according exploitation, discrimination mouthed, the reader said. by supporters, Tejada con- left lives on, Migrante said.
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Celia ...
(From page 1)
lyst A. Bilich wrote that
“our office does sympathize
with your client’s situation”
but Mansibang’s and her de-
pendents’ PR applications
should satisfy “statutory re-
quirements, including back-
ground and medical checks”
before a PR visa could be
However, Bilich wrote
that “under S.25 (1) of the
Immigration and Refugee
Protection Act, one can ask
to waive a requirement of
the act, based on humani-
(H&C) factors. The Min-
ister’s delegate authorized
to assess the request will
render a decision based on
residence and await the out-
come of either application,”
Bilich advised.
The CICCM letter was
nas and The Assumption
churches; and from com-
munity groups, including
the media.
Canadian aid, relief project takes off
Bilich said CICCM, af- forwarded to the Manila Appeal for compassion “Let us, from this mo-
ter consulting the Minister’s Media Monitor by Caregiv- The petition also asked communication program political figures have come ment, tell (the poor, hungry,
office, “has decided not to er Resource Centre modera- officials to scrap the sec- on the rights and protection forward to hear Mansibang’s sick and calamity-laden in
intervene” in the processing tor Terry Olayta. ond medical test LCP par- of LCP participants during case and lend the sick care- the Philippines and else-
of Mansibang’s application. Petition ticipants have to go through their stay in Canada. giver and similarly-placed where) that they are no lon-
But it could continue to Meanwhile, Olayta said when they apply for PR. Very encouraging peers a helping hand. ger alone. Let’s tell them
be processed through nor- individuals and groups have Until then, LCP partici- Olayta said the response Among them are Mem- that together, in the spirit
mal channels, “by request- come out and supported pants diagnosed with a ma- to the petition was “very en- ber of Parliament Bob of Bayanihan (collective
ing a waiver of the medical calls to assist Mansibang. jor ailment during the sec- couraging,” particularly that Dechert (Mississauga-Er- cooperation), we join them
inadmissibility due to H&C Olayta said more than ond medical test should not initiated by Mansibang’s indale) and Labor Minister in facing life’s many chal-
factors” to the CIC office a thousand signatures have be disqualified from PR eli- fellow caregivers. Peter Fonseca. lenges ... Together we can
processing the file. been affixed on online and gibility; but should instead “This is what we had Olayta said develop- (get them through their af-
“The dependents can hard copy petitions seeking be afforded proper care and been praying for a long, ments in the caregiver pro- fliction).”
be processed concurrently a CIC grant of PR status to their PR applications hastily long time time ... a great tection movement has lately Thus stressed Dr. Fran-
on Ms. Mansibang’s Live- Mansibang and her family. processed with human con- awakening for all those who been getting due notice from cisco Portugal as he led of-
in caregiver application. If Many petition signa- sideration and compassion. came (to Canada) as domes- the New Democrat, Liberal ficials in launching the am-
the dependents choose, they tures were initially gathered The petition likewise tic workers,” she said. and Conservative politi- bitious Canadian Aid and
can also submit and H&C from parishioners of St. urged for a continuing in- Political support cal parties. With reports Relief Project (CARP) at
application for permanent Paschal, St. Thomas Aqui- formation, education and Olayta said a number of from RODEL RAMOS (To page 23)
6 MARCH 2009 news
Disgusting treatment of Filipino workers Parliament Olivia Chow that once the law is passed
(From page 1) (New Democrat, Trinity- and changes are made on
The report added that More reactions to the Neric said the associa- “Our government takes Spadina) continued on urg- the Employment Standards
federal authorities knew Star story can be found at tion has helped some of the a zero-tolerance approach ing government “to crack Act (ESA), it would cover
about situations similar to workers find another job to immigration consultant down on unscrupulous im- foreign hands, including
that of Maluto’s and a lot SOS from Alberta and in the processing of fraud,” Kenney said, as migration consultants and caregivers.
more, but are turning a blind Reports on the maltreat- their papers. he launched a video that corrupt agencies that take Replication
eye to the exploitation. ment of Filipino workers “I can’t just stand to warned against immigration advantage of vulnerable The Ontario bill hoped
Disgusting have come to the attention watch these people being fraud and scams. people and cheat them out to replicate recently-imple-
“It is disgusting how of Manila Media Monitor walked all over by their em- The video would be of money and false prom- mented pro-worker prac-
(Citizenship and Immigra- from as far as Alberta. ployers. I am grateful that available to media in Cana- ises.” tices in Manitoba, Sas-
tion Canada and the Canada Alberta-based Gina Ner- some Caucasians are back- da for use as a public service In the House of Com- katchewan, Alberta and
Border Services Agency) ic, a viewer of Front Page ing me up on this.” announcement. It would be mons on March 12, Chow British Columbia that re-
are well aware of this and Philippines TV, has writ- Manila Media Moni- posted on YouTube. bared that Parliament’s im- quired all labor recruitment
still choose to turn a blind ten to raise her “concerns tor managing editor Ace Multilingual versions migration committee spent agencies to be registered
eye against the exploiters,” about Filipino workers on Alvarez, in a letter, referred would be fanned out to Ca- over a year travelling across and licensed; and likewise
Santos said. prohibited from collecting
“Any changes to the placement fees from work-
LCP will not be effective if The time is definitely right to aggressively push for reforms. Other- ers, including those coming
there is no real and efficient wise, the exploitation will just continue to rear its ugly head perhaps from foreign lands.
monitoring and prosecu- Currently, the recruit-
tion of (those who commit in other forms, but with the same sad outcomes. ment of foreign workers in
these illegal activities),” she - Maria Deanna Santos on maltreated Filipino workers Ontario is deregulated, af-
added. ter the Harris government
Santos noted: “The introduced amendments to
time is definitely right to the treatment they are get- the workers’ case to Frank nadian overseas missions Canada to study the issue the ESA in 2001.
aggressively push for LCP ting from their employers in Luna, chief of the Toronto- and regional offices. of immigration consultants Laws in the four Ca-
reforms.” Whitecourt, Alberta. based Philippine Overseas Immigration anti-fraud and issued a comprehen- nadian western provinces
“However, we should Whitecourt is an oil, Labor Office. warnings are posted on the sive report with nine rec- likewise provided strict ac-
ensure that there is also a forestry and agricultural Immigration fraud Citizenship and Immigra- ommendations. Instead of countability mechanisms
comprehensive review of town some 175 kilometers In Parliament Hill on tion Canada website, among more talk and more public for violations.
the systemic problems sur- northwest of Edmonton. March 10, Citizenship, Im- other official information. relations campaigns, the In Manitoba, employ-
rounding this program. It is located on the eastern migration and Multicultur- Foreign worker abuse Conservatives should act,” ment standards director
“It is extremely im- border of the foothills of the alism Minister Jason Ken- Kenney said he would Chow said. Dave Dyson said employ-
portant that the piecemeal Rocky Mountains. ney cited the state’s vow to soon issue new draft rules No more fees ... when? ers or recruiters found by
changes proposed never Neric, although unable protect potential immigrants banning employers - who Since it was introduced ministry inspectors to have
lose sight of the broader is- to provide details, appeared and their families “from abuse and repeatedly vio- on Dec. 9 last year, a pro- charged placement fees or
sues and problems that the frantic to seek official help unscrupulous immigration late labor laws - from fur- posed Ontario law banning have reneged on agreed
LCP perpetuates. as she disclosed efforts to representatives who charge ther hiring foreign workers. labor recruiters and tem- wages and benefits would
“Otherwise, the exploi- put up an “association to as- exorbitant fees and either He said this would help porary help agencies from have to pay back the mon-
tation will just continue to sist the foreign workers in fail to deliver promised ser- contain the exploitation of charging fees from potential ies to the aggrieved foreign
rear its ugly head perhaps Whitecourt regarding their vices or provide false infor- foreign workers. workers might have gone worker. With various PR
in other forms, but with the concern on how their em- mation about Canada’s im- No more talk, just act back to the morgue. reports and Internet
same sad outcomes.” ployers are treating them.” migration programs.” However, Member of The labor ministry said sources
menstrual spot? now appearing at a beer or store
*** near you.”
During U.S. President Barack To my music-loving friends at
Obama’s six-hour working visit the Philippine Press Club-Ontario,
to Ottawa recently, one TV field please read this item carefully.
ACE ALVAREZ reporter commented, “Change It refers to the volume 2 CD,
is here”. Untapped, and does not mean we
Great! For a change, too, have to appear and buy cases of
“And so to your lovely because … nowadays, the only
“change” people are familiar
beer, ha?
husband, Nestor” with are the “change” in their
pockets; no more $20, $50, or
Browsing over some books at
the Carlton Cards on Cedarbrae
$100 bills. Mall on Lawrence Avenue
I happened to listen to the 12 PNB Remittance Companies, happened on February 21 as I *** East and Markham Road in
noon news round-up of Philippine Western Union, Saratoga Money was paying my bill at the Rogers Still on “change” … the places Scarborugh recently, I chanced
broadcast newscast pioneer Bon Remittance, Remit X, Money Video on Ellesmere and Victoria where “change” is very apparent upon one title which read, 50
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DWBR 104.3 FM Radio (Manila) remittance operation this time While inputting all only give “change” now; jackpots One of those listed is Niagara
on Thursday, February 19. from the Philippines to Canada, information on my payment, are slack. Falls, Ontario.
His lead story that day cited such that loved ones of remitters she said, “Thank you so much *** I don’t know if you’ve been
Philippine President Gloria from Canada from hereon will be for waiting, sir. This thing is so Looking at photos in various to Niagara Falls, but in my case,
Macapagal Arroyo as saying that able to receive money from their slow.” Filipino Canadian newspapers now I only have 49 left to see.
the Philippines is not one of those loved ones through the services I replied, “You don’t have recently, I can’t help but seeing ***
countries affected in the worldwide of these companies, deserving of Rogers?” the same materials resulting Also at the same store, one
economic slowdown, described by special mention here being Manila Laughter from all store from the mass transmissions of knick knack read, “Love is one,
historians and economists as the Media Monitor advertisers. staff. press releases to all publications; nestled in two people”.
worst since the Great Depression. (Note to these specially I followed with, “Hold it and most of them were the same Hhhmm … in your case,
Perfect! And thank you, mentioned remittance companies, down, baby!” faces from various community readers, in the case of opposite
Madam Philippine president. this is added value to your Manila *** organizations I’ve been seeing genders, I hope the other person is
So, this being the case, I have Media Monitor advertising. To One South Asian businessman during the last 12 years that your spouse.
the following suggestions (and other remittance companies, not inquiring on advertising rates on we’ve been publishing Manila ***
everything is not necessarily mentioned, mag-advertise muna Front Page Philippines TV told Media Monitor. In one e-mail message, media
addressed to the President Arroyo, kayo – bago honorable mention). us that his advertising contract Fortunately, that was not the colleague Faye Arellano capped
except tha last): 3) Now, it is the Philippines with an Asian television network “retirement” call that Philippine her e-mail with “Regards to
1) That families left behind in turn to send economic aid to in Toronto (network, and not Retirement Authority Chair your lovely wife, Gie.”
the Philippines by their loved ones Canada, the United States and the program), if computed on the basis Eduardo Aglipay made during I responded, “And so to your
here na sila naman ang magpadala rest of the G countries! If GMA is of the number of airings for his his visit to Toronto recently. lovely husband, Nestor.”
ng pera dito, because of the very able to do this, maniniwala na ang year’s contract with the network ***
tight financial situation in Canada mga abang Filipino na totoo ang practically amounts to only $4.00/ An item in Marketing Daily Manila Media Monitor
at the moment; sinasabi ni Gloria! 30-second spot. on February 24 states, “Many of may be read online at
2) For the reliable money *** Hello … are we talking here Canada’s talented and up-and-
remittance companies (namely, The following situation of a TV commercial spot, or a coming young music artists are
Three weeks after The Rocky
Mountain News in Denver,
Colorado printed its final edition
From The At school later in the afternoon
before classes started, my
classmates and I chanced upon one
after 150 years of newspaper
publishing history, the Seattle
Post-Intelligence - owned by
Monitor’s Desk another at the school cafeteria.
Some of us who were of the
serious type talked about our 12 years of dedicated
newspaper and magazine giant ACE ALVAREZ future in journalism; the others, community service
Hearst Corporation, also printed of course, continued to talk about
its final edition, Tuesday, March rock music and bands; still, others,
17, 2009 - after 146 years of
chronicling news in the city of
J-students should not lose who were active in the school
drama club, discussed their roles
Managing Editor

Seattle, Washington.
These and other related news
hope in spite of bleak in the forthcoming school staging
of Jesus Christ Superstar, among

Associate Editor
on the established print, radio
and television media during the state of journalism them were Pat Dionisio (from
Taguig, Rizal, and whom I lost

Contributing Editors
Ben Viccari
first quarter of this year across contact after our audition at GMA Ricky Caluen
North America have sent chills to As a sophomore then at j- Doroy, came and told us that the Channel 7’s DZBB); and, Homer Jimmy Montejo
journalism students. school in the Philippines, then country has just been placed by Alvarez (the last time I saw him was Mag Cruz Hatol
Grace P. Freires
Amidst all these, my President Marcos proclaimed President Marcos under martial when he paid Gie and I a surprise Manny Freires
grandnephew Kirk, a journalism martial law throughout the law and that the writ of habeas visit at our home in Muntinlupa, Pete Lacaba
Mel Tobias
student in New York, phoned me Philippines in one single stroke corpus has been suspended. Rizal [now a city] in 1982 coming
recently seeking my thoughts on of the pen on September 21, 1972 It was at this office that Ka home briefly to his native Cavite Editorial Assistants
Lennart Leigh Alvarez-Mahoney
his future in journalism considering through Proclamation 1081. Doroy dialed the phone at about City working with an Australian Dods Andrada
the present situation happening in I still remember that Thursday 10 a.m. that September 21st, company in Sydney, and came
both print and broadcast media morning when my father put and where we overheard him on with our compadre, another Eva Agpaoa
across North America. on the radio for his everyday the phone, saying, “General, my Alvarez - Aquilino Alvarez, Jr. Mario Dimain
morning news that he could not friends have all been arrested and Robert Wilson
He sought my thoughts on his – by then one of the godfathers of Noel Perada
future in journalism since it was I tune in to his favorite DZMT news are now in prison. So, what time my oldest child, Lennart Leigh, Larry Torres
whom he sought for advice, too, and public affairs station (nor any are you coming for me. I’ll wait and who was one of the secondary Chito Sarabia
Edwin Acuna
and who gave him encouragement station for that matter) and listen for you here!” sponsors on my wedding; likewise Bien Garcia
to finally enroll at j-school two to his daily dose of Teodoro F. Any political scientist would by then the Public Information Jeannie Pilapil
years ago when everything Valencia’s (fondly “Ka Doroy”) tell one that the first thing that a Officer of the Bureau of Fisheries, Account Executive
Over a Cup of Coffee. state leader would do when he, MYRNA SORIANO
seemed bright and rosy for him after nearly seven years as editor
to pursue the career discipline He asked my brother Tony or she, declares martial law is to of the Philippine Army’s official Graphics
what happened to the radio; my close down all media outlets. So, IDTech Solutions
(which he probably inherited from publication Ang Tala.) 416-875-2541
his granduncle in my person). brother, Tony – a techie, could not there goes journalism to the drain, During our first class that

My pep talk with Kirk was in solve the puzzle either. one would say. evening, our professor, Cesario Philippine Communication Facility
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Tony and I proceeded to go to salt,” I emphasized to Kirk, “will 974 Metrica Street
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Tel. 416.285.8583
When attending symposia and There is an abundance of
seminars such as those that were material imported from the West and COMPREHENSIVE
recently staged by the new seat of
radicalism and campus activism,
the Polytechnic University of the
Roundabout and a very scant number that have
been conceived and produced
is published and circulated
once a month
in Toronto and its suburbs.
Philippines, we learn new things. Time was when we were Manila MEDIA MONITOR is a
The audiences are goldmines MAG CRUZ-HATOL exposed to a diet of entertainment publication dedicated
of raw data with the questions fare chiefly form the United to the formation of positive
values in the Filipino-Canadian
they surface and the concerns they States. social and business community.
raise during open fora. Our childhood was overrun
Other speakers bring years
of research and scrutiny of the
TV has clearly dislodged by staples like Popeye, The Road
Runner, Mighty Mouse, Rin Tin
covers all aspects of interest
to the community it serves.
business with them.
They regale both organizers and other media in RP Tin, Lassie, Donald Duck and
the like, all subtle extensions of
Every effort is made
to verify the information published
attendees with new information or American imperialism. your one of only two
differently processed data. and google. million of tabloid readers. Today, the pie once held wholly community papers in Toronto
Luz Rimban, professor at The Pinoy is also in the top With a grand total of only 3.5 by the US had been apportioned (the other paper being ...
‘the others’). The views and opinions
the Ateneo and speaking for and five among users of social media, million, the figure is alarming among Japan, England, Korea, expressed, however, by individual
about journalism, confirmed that the others being China, Korea, when one factors in the national Canada, Australia, even Indonesia writers are not necessarily the
opinion, nor reflect those, of the
Philippine ad spend had indeed Mexico and Brazil. population of 88 million. and Germany. publisher. Thus, the publication
declined for print because much Strange that the Pinoy has Manila Bulletin still lords it Only about ten percent is accepts no responsibility in
indeed come of age as he is now on weekends but settles at number connection with any liability
of the business had migrated to homespun. which might develop resulting
the most popular, most prevalent an arduous user of podcasts, two to Philippine Daily Inquirer In effect, the Philippines is now from articles published.
medium today, television. blogs, photo sharing, video during weekdays. rearing its next generation with
That virtually three fourths of sharing, microblogging and social What we see in the data is a the values and realities of other accepts submissions, subject to
ad spend is now directed at TV networking. hefty responsibility being heaped countries other than its own. availability of space, but reserves
the right to edit for publication.
makes it the medium of choice Korea is acknowledged as the on television, it being the medium The cause and effect of this sour
these days. country that reads blogs a lot, the of choice by almost 85 percent of fact is evident in the way Filipino Contributed articles must be
in word document format.
Of that ad spend, Rimban Philippines is only second. the entire population. kids seek fast food, mostly fried, Photo releases must be with
said that nearly P80 billion were “We are not news readers With a predominantly young rather than homecooked meals. captions and in JPEG format.
poured in by health supplements anymore, as seen in the decline population, television should In the way Pinoy kids look upon Item and photo submissions
and beauty products, soft drinks of newspaper circulation and clearly be a youthful medium. barongs and the baro’t saya with must be sent by e-mail via
companies and telephone readership. We have become a But is it? disdain and embarrassment. In the
companies. country of TV news watchers,” Prix Jeunesse of Munich way social status is measured by Articles published in
It was amusing to run through claims Rimban. commissioned us to undertake the clothes one wears, the kind Manila MEDIA MONITOR
may be reproduced only
Rimban’s data. There are seven dailies and a survey of program offerings of English he spews out and the with the permission
Per A.C. Nielsen’s report, two business dailies as well as in the Philippines for youth and gadgets he is able to flaunt. of the publisher.
the country now has 24 million twelve tabloids that come out of children. All these from television, one SUBSCRIPTIONS, ADVERTISING,
internet users. Manila everyday. After only two weeks of study may ask. CIRCULATION and other inquiries
Just over eight years ago, there However, there are only 1.5 in February and early March, we Certainly, most parents would may be addressed at the following:

were only 2,000 users!

The top websites in the country
million copies of broadsheets
circulated and read daily.
have reached a conclusion that we
pander to the adult more than we
insist on their home-prepared
lunches and suppers.
TEL. (416) 285-8583
are yahoo, friendster, youtube, Add to that total only two do to the child. (To page 36) FAX (416) 285-6862
MARCH 2009 9
writings by Alexander Woollcott,

Commentary chronicler of his times - the 30s

and early 40s – and also raconteur
of times and crimes of an earlier
BEN VICCARI The books are While Rome
ANALYSIS Burns, published in 1933, and
Long, Long Ago, published
posthumously in 1943.
The US, Asia-Pacific Family Day 2009 a real hit This last reading, Woollcott
turned me on to two great movies

Security and Canada One of the less felicitious of

media concoctions was the apparent
We may be sure that Premier
Mc Guinty will take steps to avoid
which fortunately I possess on
DVD: Noel Coward’s World War
sudden discovery that the recent further suffering on the part of II sea epic and Hitchcock’s The
By AMITAV ACHARYA Ontario Family Day, February 16 small business proprietors, but Lady Vanishes.
was a disaster for small business. it would be sheer madness to The first piece was a paean
(Amitav Acharya is Professor of International Relations in The province suffered from throw the baby out with the bath of praise for In Which We Serve,
the School of International Service at the American University, headline overkill. water and cancel the celebration, which was the story of a destroyer
Washington, DC, and a Senior Fellow of APF Canada.) Yet that same day and the day so long coveted by a nation and and its dedicated captain, written
after, television showed hordes finally activated by a government and played by Coward.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s decision to make Asia (yes, hordes) of families visiting that believed at least, Ontarians The astonishing Coward and
her first overseas destination after taking office was not just an act the Toronto Zoo, the ROM, the deserved it. co-director David Lean brought
of symbolism. It also holds important policy implications for Asia Science Centre and other places of *** me back to those wartime days
-- and for Canada. interest. It was quite obvious that Since last month, when and the combination of comedy
The new US focus on Asia is not without significant challenges. Family Day was a hit. I announced the founding of and tragedy experienced by those
For the US, it is the implication of the global financial crisis. For *** Losode, a non-profit web site, my at home and those in the fighting
Canada, it is in overcoming years of neglect if it wants to keep pace Let us not forget that Family colleagues and I have uncovered a forces and made us all part of
with the renewed US emphasis on Asia. Day was conceived out of a wish number of interesting facts about the same effort to survive and
Asia a solution to global economic crisis expressed across Canada that there the availability of low sodium and conquer.
The past year has shown that while Asia is not immune to the fi- should be a statutory midwinter no sodium foods in Canada. The second was that time
nancial crisis, this is clearly not an ‘Asian crisis’ nor an ‘Asian con- holiday. If you’re interested in a honored legend of a young
tagion.’ Asia is much more a part of the solution than the problem. The obvious date would have balanced diet that looks seriously woman’s mother disappearing
Unlike the 1997 financial crisis, which started in Thailand and been February 15, the anniversary at the presence of salt in what we without a trace during the World
remained largely confined to Asia, the financial meltdown in 2008 of the raising of our own flag in eat and drink and considers the Exposition in Paris.
began in the US and engulfed Asian nations, some more so than 1965. But according to Heritage advice of many medical experts We jump several decades to
others. Canada, there were too many that an excessive intake of salt Ethel Lina White’s novel The
There are indications that Asian victims of the contagion may obstacles to such a national can lead to cardiac problems, Wheel Spins, which, as a film,
be doing better than the West, and better than they did during the holiday. especially strokes, please feel free became one of Hitchcock’s finest
1997 crisis. Ironically, as some Asian commentators have pointed One can scarcely blame Dalton to check out our web site at http:// comedy dramas with an elderly
out, Asia learned the lessons of the 1997 crisis while the West had McGuinty for making a midwinter woman disappearing on board a
forgotten to apply them itself. holiday -- an Ontario election issue *** train in Europe and the efforts of a
Moreover, Asia is moving to expand its system of currency at a time when the follies of the When I’m in between books young Englishwoman to prove her
swaps regionwide, with a total commitment of US$120 billion. Bush administration had not been scheduled to be read for their existence. It’s entirely possible that
There is some irony in this, as Washington vetoed the idea of an fully revealed and the debt crisis serious content or as mere time- Ms. White had read Woollcott’s
Asian Monetary Fund mooted by Japan in the aftermath of the 1997 had not yet threatened the economy wasters, I frequently turn to two story.
Asian financial crisis, not to mention its earlier opposition to an of the whole world. tattered paperback anthologies of (To page 14)
East Asian Economic Caucus mooted by former Malaysian Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad. It takes time to develop
North Korean nuclear disarmament something of quality.
North Korea poses a renewed challenge to the US, especially
in light of its threat to retaliate against the halt to unconditional
This is true with almost
anything worth having or doing. Our Journey
aid from the South, including the threat to carry out a ‘satellite Cooking a tasty dish or raising
launch.’ a successful child (and here I
Whether it will lead to the unravelling of the nuclear agreement have to say that the definition
painstakingly worked through the multilateral six-party talks re- of success for our children is as
mains to be seen, but there is little question that dealing with North varied as there are parents – but
Korea will remain a major challenge for the Obama administration, that’s another column), these take
which will be hard pressed to preserve the one major foreign policy
triumph of its predecessor.
time, care and attention.
There are no magic shortcuts.
Kissing frogs and success
Despite the multilateral umbrella of the six-party talks, the Bush The things we do in our daily to reflect our impatience: LOL, A friend of mine has a saying:
administration’s direct dealings with North Korea left key allies like lives tend to be mundane and HRU, OIC, IMHO, BRB. You have to kiss a lot of frogs
Japan and South Korea uncomfortable, raising concerns there and difficult to measure. Just have a look at your child’s before you find your prince.
elsewhere in Asia that the US might have sacrificed the objective The pace of their progress is IM conversation and it’s like When things didn’t pick up
of North Korean disarmament in order to contain and manage the slow and incremental. reading a foreign language. immediately, Robert began to get
North Korean nuclear proliferation. So it’s no surprise that we are Robert was on his way to frustrated.
Reversing this perception will consume some energy of the often frustrated when we take a building a successful cleaning Rather than double his effort
Obama administration. snapshot of our situation and feel business. (and kiss more frogs), his tactics
Security alliance like we are getting nowhere. One client at a time. But it was became focused on finding the
One ostensible purpose of Obama’s Asia policy is to reaffirm This is especially true in taking time. “big” deal.
the US alliance relationships in Asia. today’s digital world. He started the business in This, in his opinion, would
In the past, this would have meant its security ties with Japan, Over the past few decades January 2008 with a couple of resolve everything.
South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia. we have been conditioned by our clients and made barely enough to So he turned his attention to
But the US alliance relationships in the region are in a state of environment to want quick easy cover his family’s needs. landing big accounts and ignored
flux. Some allies are becoming more important than others and new solutions for all our problems. He, like all of us, had big the smaller easier deals.
strategic relationships are being forged. TV conditioned us to be dreams and ambitions. One of the challenges of
Clinton’s visit to Indonesia was largely a symbolic but fitting intolerant (and in some ways He saw a real need in Toronto landing a large deal is that the
recognition of the progress achieved by the largest Muslim nation suspicious) of any solution that and an even bigger need out west big players typically want to
and the largest Muslim democracy in the world. took a long time. where things are booming. And he do business with established
Indonesia has defied dire predictions by Western analysts (and It shortened our attention span is right. companies.
some Asian neighbours like Singapore) not so long ago about an and focused us inward. But Robert made some One of the reasons is references.
imminent collapse. Now the Internet has taken our mistakes. If you approach a small business
It has consolidated its democracy, found a peaceful settlement impatience (and self absorption) His first (and I think his most owner, she is more likely to take a
to the Aceh separatist movement, and also managed its economy to a new level. serious) was impatience. chance on an unknown.
creditably. We expect instant customized My advice to him at the time If you approach IBM, their
The Clinton visit came in the wake of a steady revival of US- responses and our ability to focus was build your business slowly appetite for risk is much lower.
Indonesian security relations. on a task (or a relationship) for one small client at a time. Their wrong decisions have
US-Indonesia ties any length of time is becoming Knock on doors (literally) and much larger consequences than a
Yet, the US courting of Jakarta is likely to cause discomfort in more difficult. ask for their business. This takes small business owner.
(To page 14) Even our language has evolved time. (To page 16)
Metallic thuds. Blinding the ugly piece of news to an excited Jimmy intoned: both his legs would have
flashes. Piercing blasts. A me and Roy Sinfuego, a COTABATO CITY, Feb. been wounded. He was able
moment’s panic. Subdued
pleas. Death.
On Feb. 25, 1980 in
defense reporter of Manila
Bulletin visiting the city.
“Tatlong granada ... sa
Omerta 25 (PNA) -- Three grenade
explosions rocked different
parts of the city at dusk to-
to hop to the nearby City
General Hospital.
The third grenade went
Cotabato City - at the edge plaza ... Yusingco ... may BUTCH GALICIA day, killing at least two and off very far from the stu-
of a sunset when the night patay ... maraming sugatan wounding scores, two of dents, who were shielded
sky started to dim and stars (three grenades ... at the pla- them seriously. by the row of movie seats
peeked and teased for a fer- za and Yusingco ... someone Police believed the from shrapnel.
vent wish, three grenade killed ... scores wounded),” bombings at the plaza and Like the rest, they scam-
blasts broke the promise
of a peaceful dusk and in-
Jimmy stuttered.
(Jimmy was my teletype Helpless bystander inside a theater were the
work of terrorists. (PNA)
pered out of the theater,
nursing the trauma of near
stantly claimed two lives, operator at the Philippines PNA Manila desk edi- injury or death. They both
ripped the bodies of two News Agency Cotabato, tors burned my reply-back went to school and attended
young girls beyond help opened by PNA senior re- fore editors put their news- lax away his time. telex machine with requests classes, with a terrifying
and scarred, if not maimed, porter Lito Catapusan some paper editions to bed. He was on his way to for periodic follow-up re- tale to tell their mates.
70 others. seven weeks past. I was its ***** finishing his third comic ports, fodder for national *****
Separately but almost bureau chief until 1990.) Late that aft, Jennifer book when ... radio and television. Shortly before 9 p.m.,
simultaneously, three men “Pare, pang-headline Rodriguez, 11, went with About 300 meters away ***** I, Roy and Jimmy got our
each lobbed a fragmentation ito. Trabaho tayo (Buddy, her cousin, Virginia Dimaa- inside the Yusingco The- One of the grenades ex- facts together and wrote our
grenade in three sections of this is headline material. no, 15, to the city plaza. ater, a Notre Dame Univer- ploded inches away from reports on the bombings.
the city where many people Let’s go to work),” Roy They had to. Vending sity student was enjoying a Jennifer and Virginia. The After transmitting our
milled and stayed for cooler told me, stopping any con- balut (steamed duck eggs) movie with his girlfriend. impact of the blast could stories, we decided to go
air after a day’s survival. tinuation of the small talk had been their family’s They had classes that have killed them instantly. out for follow-ups.
One of the grenades ex- we were having at DXMS source of living as far back night, but thought of skip- But despite mangled Roy went to interview
ploded at the half-packed where PNA’s small office as they knew. ping these for a date. It was and bloodied bodies that Constabulary commander
orchestra section of the was located under an ex- They took their posts in the middle of the movie caught deadly shrapnel, Major Brassim Mamalinta,
Yusingco Theater near the change deal. near the queue of jeepneys when ... both hanged on to dear life. while I went to the City
city’s waterfront; another As we geared up for waiting to be filled by peak- ***** Jennifer was brought General Hospital to get the
in front of Sanitary Barber the job ahead, we agreed to hour commuters, about 15 Roy and Jimmy hit the to the City General Hospi- tales of the wounded.
Shop at the southeast corner work as a team and share feet from the corner of Sin- phones to get some fast tal about 120 meters away; Jimmy had to stay to re-
of the city plaza; and the every piece of information suat Ave. and Almonte St. answers from the police, Virginia, to the Cotabato ceive any possible field re-
last, at the jeepney waiting we could dig our pens into. Jennifer and Virginia hospitals and clinics. At the Regional Hospital about a port from me and to attend
area along the city’s main It was mid 6 and 7 p.m. hoped to raise enough mon- same time, they picked facts kilometer away. to any official eventuality.
thoroughfare Sinsuat Ave. We had to work fast to get ey to buy part of the regular from DXMS live feeds from The other grenade blast *****
fronting city hall. an accurate account of the meager provisions of their its staffers. happened quite far from At the hospital about
***** story across to Manila Bul- joint households. Meanwhile, I sat before Maguid, but grenade frag- three hours after the blasts,
Panting heavily, Jimmy letin and PNA newswire Before dusk, Maguid our antiquated M15 tele- ments reached and hit one Jennifer was unconscious
Deboma rushed into the clients. Alilaya, 28, went to a com- type machine and rattled off of his legs. but continued to breath.
glass doors of Radio Sta- We knew we only had ics stand near the Sanitary my news bulletin to PNA Maguid felt lucky to be I watched while an op-
tion DXMS and broke out until 9 p.m. to do that, be- Barber Shop to read and re- Manila in similar lines as seated with crossed legs, or (To page 30)

thousand pairs of shoes The latest fad in


The 3rd Eye that can confuse even the

longest centipede.
motivation is the Law of
Attraction or more popularly
Have we forgotten to be
We need to be reminded
The Secret after the motion
picture and book by Rhonda
Byrne. The idea being that
every now and then, that it if you use the power of with ROBERT WILSON
is still humanly possible to The Secret you will attract
stay with the basics and be health, wealth and friends
content with what have. to you in abundance.
Art of contentment We need to learn the art
of contentment.
The Secret takes an old
idea and repackages it for
The Secret for
Less or
The art of contentment?
Is there
our today’s society.
The core idea is that
people who don’t
such an art?
Y e s ,
your thoughts control the
world around you. believe in voodoo
are the two surprisingly, If you have positive
opposing there is. thoughts, good things come and as waves – constantly a few conspirators so that
words that A family your way. shifting between being they could control all the
often cloud of robins If you have negative solid matter and being pure wealth of the world.
our thoughts that were thoughts then bad things energy. Unfortunately, that
when caught nested on a come your way. It is then proposed notion is nothing other than
between plum tree in In other words, if you that our thoughts create a marketing ploy to generate
greed and my backyard wish hard enough for the brain waves which in interest in the book.
need. last summer things you want -- you will turn influence the sub- It also contradicts
More is gave me a get them. atomic waves of the entire the concept of Law of
the side of crash course Simple. Or is it? universe. Attraction.
the scale that on the sub- If it were simple, then The Secret claims that The idea that a select
can outweigh ject. countless people throughout the more intent you are in group of people have kept
logic, when our selfish our lives. It was a case of Mother history would have figured your wish the faster the it away from the masses
motives fail to recognize the Interestingly, a classic Nature presenting an it out over and over, and universe will act upon it. intentionally preys on the
thin line that divides excess example is our feet. amazing show-and-tell. it would not be much of a Is it real, or is it VooDoo. destructively negative
from enough. We are born with a pair. The robins’ interesting secret. science? If real, it sounds emotion of envy.
How much is more? One is left and the other is behavior had me riveted Perhaps it takes a little wonderful! To the contrary, people
How little is less? right. for hours, prompting me to more effort than suggested Now, if I understand who have understood the
We all know the How many shoes can take notes in the three days – or perhaps it is just a pipe correctly, if I wish real hard Law of Attraction have
answers but we allow our they wear, each time they that I observed their daily dream. I can become a concert made numerous attempts at
wisdom to be absorbed by take us out for a walk? routine. We, as modern educated pianist and play to a sold out sharing it with the world at
consumerism and other Common sense tells us The strings of move- people, need more proof. audience in Carnegie Hall? large.
self-serving reasons. that two is the norm. ments were well timed and In order to make it I only see one hitch: I’ve The best example is
We are trapped by the But there is a woman in swift. palatable to the skeptic never had a piano lesson in Andrew Carnegie, who was
lure of pointless acquisition Asia whose outlandish taste Every morning, the in us, The Secret adds an my life. one of the most successful
and its promise of false for luxury re-defined the parent robins would take element of science. The Secret also presents so-called “Robber Barons”
happiness. word “excess” with a super turns flying out of the nest We are told that quantum the Law of Attraction as if it of the Industrial Age.
And in the process, we extravagant twist. to gather worms and insects physics has identified that had been intentionally kept Carnegie hired
get disconnected from other She shocked the whole for their young while the all things at the sub-atomic hidden for centuries.That it Napoleon Hill to research
more important issues in world with her nearly three (To page 15) level exist as both particles was suppressed and held by (To page 15)
MARCH 2009 11
Where many school Combining myth, Filipino-Canadian students and their experiences
children will forget the date
when Ferdinand Magellan
“discovered” the Philippines
science, and personal grit,
Magellan had maintained a
water passageway existed
Perspective organized a forum of sorts
billed as The State of the
Filipino Union (SOFU).
of discrimination, etc.,
something that is staple
in newcomer orientation
from text books, thanks to at the end of the American It was held at the sessions and in daily
Yoyoy Villame, students landmass, the westerly RICARDO J.S. CALUEN University of Toronto and conversations.
of the Martial Law era will route to the coveted Spice attended by an impressive It was quite impressive
remember it to be March Islands. number of students and for the organizers to bring
16, 1521. Magellan had to take community members who together a number of
The late King of Novelty
Music, in characteristic
this route not only to prove
his theory that the earth March - A month of filled the auditorium.
Based on the title of the
community leaders to share
their thoughts.
broken English, comically was round (arrive in the activity, I had expected the Well, with around a
described how Magellan east by travelling west) but discovery tired subject of “Filipino dozen speakers allowed to
and crew were “sailing day also because of the terms disunity” (regionalism, or speak for only two minutes
and night, across the big of the Treaty of Tordesillas the Venetian chronicler and for the serious student of what-not) to be the issue of each, there’s hardly enough
ocean, until they saw small that divided the world into diplomat, noted the greatest History or the casual reader the day. thought to go around and
Limasawa Island…” Portuguese and Spanish hospitality that the crew interested in a thoroughly With one of the prime comment about.
It was actually the spheres. experienced from since absorbing read. organizers harping on Maybe it was the format.
outline of Samar Island that The treaty provided that leaving Spain. What I like about the need for the Filipino Or the sheer number of
the crew first saw on that all lands that lay east of the It was also in this Bergreen is his evenhanded community to forge what speakers (there was another
day, the ennui and fatigue Atlantic Ocean (Cape Verde) country where Magellan approach in writing about he called a “functional dozen youths in another
of trans-ocean travel erased belonged to Portugal, and lost his life in the famous the era known as the Age of solidarity”, I thought the panel).
from their faces when the west of it to Spain. Battle of Mactan, depriving Discovery. forum was well on its way But, for all these
watch of the day shouted Technically, both the himself of the glory and He makes very special to addressing the issue of observations, student leader
“tierra”, “tierra”, “tierra”. Philippines and Moluccas, honors that were heaped mention of the fact that the factionalism within Filipino Mithi Esguerra rightfully
Not that Samar was the Spice Islands, fell within upon Sebastian El Cano, Europeans did not really associations, the social pointed out in her closing
the first landfall Magellan Portuguese territory. the Basque mariner who discover the Philippines, or divide between FOBS and remarks that this was only
made since the Armada de Guam was the armada’s presented himself to King Asia for that matter. bacons, or the gap between the beginning.
Molucca left the shores of first major landfall, a very Charles as the first man to Ample pages are the first generation (with It is nothing short of
San Lucar de Barrameda significant one considering circumnavigate the world devoted to the degree of their heavy Pinoy accents remarkable for these young
in Spain on September 20, that it had been more than by bringing back Victoria civilization Philippine and all that is embarrassing Filipino-Canadians to
1519 to head out to the three months since it left and its cargo of cloves the natives had achieved at the about Filipino parents) and embark on their own voyage
Atlantic Ocean. the strait with no land in 18 survivors. point of contact with the the second generation (and of discovery by organizing
Magellan had delivered sight for them to obtain These are but a few Europeans. their confused sense of such gatherings, providing
his crew from hostile provisions. details from the book Over I used to tell my identity). the venue to discuss their
South American natives Their numbers had been the Edge of the World written students in History class I really wanted to know origins and sense of Filipino
and the treacherous waters greatly decimated by then, by Laurence Bergreen. that Magellan did not what parameters define identity.
of Patagonia and what is thanks to scurvy, mutinies Published in 2002, discover the Philippines, “functional solidarity”. My generation was
now known as the Strait (one ship returned to Spain), it is the latest in the that discovery is a western Instead, much of the taught that Philippine
of Magellan out into what and hunger. historiography of Magellan notion. evening was spent listening society is paternalistic.
eventually came to be known It was in the Philippines and the Age of Discovery. Let me digress a little. to oldtimers recall their We look up to our
as the Pacific Ocean. where Antonio Pigafetta, This is a must-read Early this month, a group of early years in Canada (To page 30)
MARCH 2009 Feature
Traveling Europe on a bus and on
budget … it’s harder than you think
By ABIGAIL SANTOS, Hamilton, Ontario
One girl, 11 European Europe with a backpack for Liechtenstein?
countries, 22 days … sounds months on end (something There are some things
like a dream. Now, add one I’m sure I’ll do in the fu- I’d like to tell you that the
friend, one boyfriend, 47 ture), I chose to sign up for tour book didn’t mention.
other twenty-somethings in a Contiki Tour, a safe bet (Now, this isn’t an ad-
one sardine can of a bus = a and great way to “taste-test” vertisement for Contiki, and
Euro Trip to remember! Western Europe and what it it definitely isn’t a nega-
Last summer I was able has to offer. tive article against the tour
to experience a trip of a life- I, along with a girlfriend company. It is however,
time. A trip I’ve wanted to and my boyfriend, picked my hope that this will al-
do for over 8 years. A trip the European Experience low you to get a sense of
to Europe. Tour - 22 days exploring 11 what to expect on a trip like
Just like many young countries: England, France, this. I mean, if you are tak- THE UNITED KINGDOM’S STONEHENGE
twenty somethings who Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, ing that much time off work
have just finished school Germany, Austria, Liech- and spending so much mon- many, a campsite in Paris, some meals you have to pay Europe.
and are ready to explore the tenstein, Switzerland, The ey on it, you might as well and a hotel in Amsterdam), for; most lunches and a few I don’t need to say this
world, I knew what cities I Netherlands and Belgium. know all about it, right?) a chartered bus (a.k.a. your dinners here and there. but water and food are nec-
wanted to visit but had no Although there were What it included real home away from home. But instead of starving essary expenses, and you
idea where to begin when plenty of wonderful aspects In the brochure it was You spend more than 1/3 of and waiting for the next can spend over €100 easily
planning for a trip like this. to this trip; how many peo- classified as a budget tour, your time on the bus than on provided meal, there are on the three week tour.
So instead of trekking ple can say they lunched in but by the end of the three actual European soil), a tour plenty of cheap and deli- I should also make men-
weeks, budget was no lon- manager, a bus driver, and cious options around that tion that on a bus full of
ger the term to classify the the ability to SEE famous are big enough for you to young adults, there were
trip. Here’s why … landmarks. share with someone else. many a night where the
The European Experi- I say SEE because the And for those less ad- Contiki campgrounds bar
ence tour cost us $2,535 tour doesn’t include the en- venturous there are also was frequented, so if you
each (not including the trance fees to the attractions plenty of McDonald’s and drink, allot the money for
flight). It had 19 breakfasts, and historical landmarks. BK’s if you don’t want to it, because one can easily
1 lunch (since you’re explor- In other words, you can get veer away from Western spend their food money on
ing the city for the day you dropped off at the Eiffel cuisine. this nighttime activity.
might as well eat with and Tower but you can’t go to Also, be willing to spend Speaking of meals,
like the locals), 13 dinners, the top of it. a huge amount of money on when we first landed in
all accommodations (rang- What it didn’t include water … apparently tap wa- London, we decided to visit
IN MONACO ing from a hostel in Ger- As mentioned, there are ter doesn’t exist in Western (To page 13)

Dr. Gilbert Chan
Dr. Daphne Chien
Dr. Janet Ho
Dr. Janet Wong
Dr. Michael Chin
MARCH 2009 13
Traveling Europe ...
(From page 12)

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After a few seconds of wondering why the HERE IS WHAT SOME SATISFIED CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY ..........
British pay so much to eat a tiny piece of fish en- “I had six credit cards and was ing with Mr. Amit Bhatia, I felt very in huge debt. Credit Manage-
grossed in two inches of butter, I had to stop and paying $550 per month. Bank relaxed and he reduced my $34,000 ment Services reduced my debts
say, “You’re in London, in an authentic English did not give me consolidation debts to just half. Amazing .......... which I am paying in interest-free
loan because I had bad credit. I can pick up my own phone now.” monthly installments now and I
pub having a traditional meal, when will you Then I met Mr. Amit Bhatia and M.M. can keep my car.” E.J.
have this experience again?” he reduced my loans and made
That’s when I told myself to stop converting one payment of just $200. I’ll be “After making us debt free, now Amit “My husband was so stressed
and just think of everything as being in Cana- debt free in 36 months. Credit Bhatia helped us getting the mort- with these credit card bills that
dian dollars. If you do this early, it will make Management Services is the best gage. We are happy to move to our once he forgot to stop at a red
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The tour also didn’t include the excursions money problem.” J.G. cident happened but I called
“I went back home to get married, Credit Management Services
Contiki offered. Tandem paragliding in Austria, “I was afraid to pick my own then I had to go again because my right away. Two weeks later my
a gondola ride in Venice, going to the Top of Eu- phone. I was so confused and mother got sick. Because of that I husband was back to stressfree
rope on the oldest cog railway in the world in stressed all the time that I didn’t had to borrow money from my credit life.” M.A.
Switzerland, along with many other excursions know what to do, but after meet- cards and also, I lost my job. I was
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should be meeting. It was an accident, but a good accident for us. In addition, expect to work on the tour as a cookie or
Another tip: when in Munich, don’t pay for the extra One of my favorite moments during the tour was in dishie. While you arrive to your new accommodations in
excursion to the beer hall, it is overpriced and again only Paris. We had the choice of going back to the campsite each city you visit, your tour manager will let you know if
Contiki groups attend. Go to Hofbrauhaus for the real ex- with the bus at 8:00 p.m., but that was way too early to say you’re either going to prepare and serve the meals you have
perience. I’ve been to its Oktoberfest counterpart in Water- goodnight to the city of love, the city of lights. that night, or if you are going to clean up after everyone is
loo, but that definitely doesn’t compare to the real beer hall So my boyfriend and I decided that we would take a cab done eating.
that made Munich famous. back to camp after exploring Paris. You’ll be doing it with a few of your tourmates as well
Something important to know is that all the places you We roamed the streets taking in the most amazing sights. as some permanent Contiki staff that work at each site.
stay at are outside of the city you are visiting. We sat along the Seine River watching the lights reflect on Although this might sound funny to some, work while
For me this was the biggest disappointment of the tour the water, looking at the Eiffel Tower in all its glory, hear- on vacation, this undeniably offsets the cost of your tour. If
since it meant that the time we spent in the actual city was ing Parisians speak their romantic language while watching no one prepares the meal or cleans up after it, then Contiki
limited because the bus driver had to drive us back to our teenagers on a bridge having a midnight party. would need to hire more employees at each campsite and
hotel/hostel/campsite (which was almost always close to We probably could have stayed there forever, but left thus the cost of the tour would increase.
an hour away). only after the lights on the bridge beside us turned off. So being a cookie or dishie is a small, yet fun, price to
Now, as I look back on the trip, there was only one point Paying that €30 or more for the cab ride back to the pay. Don’t worry, you only have to do it once on the trip,
where our hotel was right smack dab in the middle of the campsite was nothing compared to what we saw, smelled, and some people might be lucky enough not to do it at all.
city we were visiting. experienced. Something else to expect is what we lovingly referred
This was in Lyon, France, a lovely little town just out- Therefore, if you really want to discover and know the to as the “Contiki cough”. Everyone, and I mean everyone,
side of Paris. But the only reason we were centrally located city you are in, you have to bring it upon yourself to do will catch a cold or get sick while on their vacation.
was because the chateau we were supposed to stay in was so, and if that means taking a taxi and paying that extra Long days of touring, early mornings and late nights
over booked by another tour. expense, then so be it. (To page 14)
MARCH 2009
The U.S., Asia-Pacific Security, Canada
(From page 9)
its traditional treaty allies, against China. Anti-Americanism
the Philippines and Thai- President Bush was im- A second direction is a
Traveling Europe on a bus and on ... land, both of which earned mensely popular in India, conscious attempt to reverse
(From page 13) ‘Major Non-NATO Partner’ an anomaly in a period of the tide of anti-American-
make it easy to get sick. ticle gives you more insight status for backing the Bush growing anti-Americanism ism stirred up by the Bush
Bring Tylenol, cold and on Contiki, Europe and this administration’s war against in the world, because of his administration’s war on ter-
sinus medication and loz- specific tour itself. Iraq. support for the US-India ror and its unilateralist ap-
enges. Bottomline The concerns of these nuclear deal. proach to world affairs, par-
Although Europe has You have to expect to two allies will be further Although Clinton gave ticularly during its first term
fine and abundant phar- spend, spend, spend! aggravated if Indonesia, the India a miss, there is every in office.
macies, you don’t want to The European Experi- largest regional power in likelihood that President Indonesia will provide a
spend precious time looking ence tour was supposed to Southeast Asia, pursues -- Obama himself would visit key test of this approach.
for them and you definitely be a budget tour, and I sup- as suggested by Indonesian the country. If the reception of Mrs
don’t want to spend your pose it can be one if you analyst Jusuf Wanandi -- a There is some fear in Clinton is any indication,
money paying for meds. don’t visit any attractions, leadership role in a ‘remod- New Delhi that a Democrat- there has been a good start
So just bring some to if you don’t do any of the elling’ of the regional archi- ic administration will take a to restoring US standing in
be safe, and when you’re extra excursions or buy sou- tecture of the Asia Pacific stricter approach to the US- this nation.
coughing up a lung, you’ll venirs (but risk the wrath region that bypasses Asean. India nuclear deal (in terms On the downside, how-
thank me for having them. of your family and friends Clinton’s decision to of monitoring), just as in ever, is the likelihood that
Other important things upon your return), or if you visit Indonesia was seen by India (as well as through- the Clinton visit might have
to expect on the tour that don’t drink water or eat for some in the Philippines as out Asia) there is concern ended the prospect of Indo-
are at no cost are: experi- that matter, but what kind of a snub to Manila generally, about renewed protectionist nesia being the destination
encing Europe and all it has vacation would that be? and President Arroyo per- sentiments traditionally as- of a presidential visit any-
to offer, gaining memories If you want to enjoy sonally. sociated with a Democratic time soon.
to last forever, meeting new your holiday, don’t worry But the US military is administration. Whether and how soon
friends and maybe a special about every euro you spend deeply engaged in coun- Moreover, New Delhi Obama reverses Asian
someone. EIFFEL TOWER and be willing to let go on ter-terrorism training in the firmly rejects any attempt to anti-Americanism will, of
Also, most importantly, the purse strings a little. Philippines, which it can- make India part of the new course, depend on actions it
definitely do expect a trip It was a great way to see You’re in Europe, for not afford to abandon or ‘Afpak’ policy, which seeks takes at the global level, in-
of a lifetime! The European Europe for the first time. heaven’s sake! You made neglect. to deal with the problem of cluding its approach to the
Experience was an amazing So for those of you who it that far, and you know The chances are that terrorism and extremism in war on terror, torture and
trip, and it was more than I are considering taking a trip what they say, “When in left-wing politicians and Afghanistan and Pakistan multilateralism.
could have ever hoped for. like this, I hope that this ar- Rome…” the Philippine Congress through a single frame- Despite the declared
Although there were will demand a scaling back work. intention to close Guanta-
things here and there that Family Day 2009 a real hit of security ties with the US This was reflected in namo Bay, the US approach
bothered me, but what va- (From page 9) if Washington does not re- New Delhi’s successful ef- to the war on terror may be
cation doesn’t? Woollcott, in his time, Moss Hart comedy, The ward Manila with summit- fort in lobbying against difficult to change.
was a college graduate, Man Who Came to Dinner, level exchanges. including India in the man- Much will depend on
Holmes ... World War I soldier, colum- satirized a real character In so far as Thailand is date of special envoy Rich- progress on the Palestinian
(From page 3) nist, critic, broadcaster and while he was still alive with concerned, Clinton is likely ard Holbrooke. conflict, where a good start-
region - composed of mem- even an actor. He was a Bearded Monty Wooley, to visit the country in July Two other directions in ing point must be the recog-
ber-nations Brunei Darus- member of the notorious academic turned actor as to attend the annual meet- the Obama administration’s nition that lack of progress
salam, Burma, Cambodia, “Algonquin Round Table” Sheridan Whiteside. ings of Asean and the Asean Asia policy stand out. on this issue is a worldwide
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, that gave the “Smart Set” It was a hit on Broadway Regional Forum, although The US and Asean stimulus to terrorism and
the Philippines, Singapore, a literate and sophisticated and later became a top movie this will be in a multilateral The first is that there is extremism.
Thailand and Vietnam. gloss. with Wooley. context. likely to be a great com- Canadian implication
Canada has been a dia- He was far from shy Although the part of The US and Japan mitment to multilateralism. It is clearly too early
logue partner of Asean for about mentioning his Sheridan Whiteside was The Obama administra- Clinton is unlikely to miss to pass judgement on the
more than 30 years. presence at great events immortalized by Wooley, tion has reaffirmed its secu- the annual gathering of Obama administration’s ap-
Trade between Canada and meeting famous and Woollcott himself, far from rity ties with Japan. ASEAN foreign ministers proach to Asia, despite hav-
and Asean members ex- infamous people but his being offended by the satire Not only was Japan the and its dialogue partners as ing made a promising start
ceeded $13 billion in 2007. abounding curiosity and written by two Round Table first stop on Clinton’s trip, did her predecessor, Condo- in dealing with the region.
In the same year, Ca- sense of what made a good friends, basked in its glory by but Japanese Prime Minis- leezza Rice. But for Canada, one
nadian direct investment to story led him to profiling actually playing Whiteside ter Taro Aso, despite a pop- Already, Washington clear implication stands
the region was nearly $7.7 some lesser known and even in a road show tour. ularity rating below 10 per- has indicated its intention out: if the US is appearing
billion. PR obscure people. These are what normally cent and facing the distinct to accede to Asean’s Treaty to take Asia more seriously,
There’s his account of would be “dipping into prospect of leading the LDP of Amity and Cooperation, can Canada afford to be left
New CIDA ... lunching with an aspiring volumes, but when I find to electoral defeat for only following in the wake of all behind?
(From page 3 young unknown whose name myself going after a certain the second time in history, other major powers, includ- Despite persisting
Philippines in 2006 and was Orson Welles soon to piece, I find myself reading also secured the distinction ing China, India, Russia, doubts about the viability of
2007 totaled some $24.5 electrify the airwaves with on and on. of being the first foreign France and Australia. an East Asian Community,
million. a radio generated Martian Who can deny the leader to meet Obama in the And Clinton’s visit to a recent survey of Asian
Canada’s assistance to invasion. wayward genius of a man White House. the Asean Secretariat in elite opinion by the Centre
the Philippines began after And a long essay reveals who coined such phrases The US and China Jakarta was a powerful en- for Strategic and Interna-
the February 1986 People the essential goodness of as “His huff arrived and he Yet, the Obama admin- dorsement of the new ad- tional Studies in Washing-
Power Revolution, which Jack Humphrey, cowboy, departed in it”; “There is no istration has also reaffirmed ministration’s recognition ton found growing support
ousted the 20-year regime roughneck, animal lover and such thing in anyone’s life the importance of US-China of Asean and Asean-centred within Asia for the idea of a
of strongman President Fer- founder of the Seeing Eye as an unimportant day.”; ties, dubbing it as the most East Asian and Asia Pacific regional community.
dinand Marcos. dog program for the blind. “Germany was the cause of important bilateral relation- regionalism. The new American sup-
It took off as aid to re- The George Kaufman- Hitler as Much as Chicago is ship in the world. It now becomes more port for Asian regional in-
store democracy in the responsible for The Chicago To be sure, the Obama plausible that the US will stitutions such as Asean is
country. RP ties ... Tribune.” administration inherited a seek membership in the also a reminder of the need
It has then evolved into (From page 3) Thanks be for the healthy relationship with East Asian Summit, which for Canada to reverse its di-
programs supporting peace tion 1724 declaring the last irreverent and stylish China from its predecessor, the Bush administration had minishing standing and role
efforts, responsible gover- week of June of each year Alexander Woollcott, who but from preliminary indi- looked on with secret disfa- in these institutions, a direct
nance and private sector de- as International Friendship died all too young at 56. cations, it seems to be intent vor while publicly feigning result of years of neglect
velopment. With PRs Week. The yearly celebra- (Used with permission. Ben on placing its relationship disinterest. of these institutions after
tion “shall ensure that all Viccari is past president of with China on a new foot- And there are indica- playing a major role in the
TV ads reach far. countries enjoying diplo-
matic relations with the
the Canadian Ethnic Media
Association [CEMA] and
ing without appearing to
neglect Japan.
tions that the US will devote
greater attention and re-
creation of Asia-Pacific Re-
gional Forum.
ADVERTISE with Philippines are given a fair makes frequent appearances This requires an ex- sources to ARF particularly It is time for the Cana-
and equal treatment in cel- on OMNI TV Commentary. tremely delicate balancing with respect to transnational dian policy community to
ebrating their respective Some of his commentaries act, given emerging suspi- security challenges. debate the country’s role in
milestone years,” the proc- are republished in this cions in Tokyo about a clos- The main challenge for Asian regional institutions,
lamation said. publication and slightly er Sino-US relationship. the US will be to deal with including seeking mem-
This 2009, the Philip- expanded in some cases The US and India renewed East Asian finan- bership in the East Asian
pines also recognizes its from their 70-second India enjoys increasing- cial cooperation, which Summit, especially if this
60-year old ties with the broadcast originals. For ly close strategic ties with threatens to diminish the summit replaces APEC an-
Republic of Korea, India, more of his work, please the US, although New Del- clout of US-controlled fi- nual summit as the region’s
Pakistan, Indonesia, Thai- visit Ben’s website at: http:// hi has disavowed any kind nancial mechanisms such as highest level forum for dip-
Call 416-285-8583 land and Turkey. PR of formal alliance directed the IMF. lomatic interactions.
MARCH 2009 15 FMWF set on Aug. 14-16
Art of ... Peers welcome Marshall McLuhan awardee Glenda Gloria The Filipinos Making A big part of the FMWF
(From page 10) Waves Festival (FMWF) will be a stunning showcase
other stayed on guard to promises to make a bigger of Philippine culture.
protect the babies. splash when it highlights An assortment of world-
Food would arrive one anew Philippine arts, cul- class dance troupes, march-
beak-full at time, no more ture, music, cuisine, crafts ing bands and live bands
and no less than what was and many more at the and an impressive array of
needed for consumption. Yonge-Dundas Square from entertainment artists and ce-
The opened little beaks Aug. 14 to 16. lebrities grace the event.
of the baby robins receiving Hosted by Focus Philip- Singer search on
the ration, guaranteed that pines and Friends Cultural FMWF organizers have
nothing went to waste. Arts & Music, the festival is also launched Sing Galing,
Their easy way of life open to the public for free. a Canadawide singing tal-
was just as simple as the Organizers say the 3rd ent quest for individual and
nest, which was made FMWF focuses on trade, group performers of Filipi-
of grass and twigs that tourism and talent. no ancestry or affinity.
perfectly conformed to Major Philippine ex- Sing Galing categories
the specifications of the porters have joined in to include kids (7-12 years),
architect Mother Nature. give Canadians an experi- teens (13-17 years) and
The design was simple ence of Filipino products. adults (18-40 years).
but it clearly met the needs Food booths will serve Winners will perform at
of the birds. authentic Filipino cuisine. the festival.
And that easily FMWF will also feature Search coordinator Zena
explained why there were cultural shows and concerts Zagala invites those inter-
no visible attempts from the Glenda Gloria, winner of the Canadian Embassy’s Annual Marshall McLu- from an array of talents and ested to visit www.filipin-
robins to modify it. han Award for 2008 in the Philippines, was tendered a welcome dinner at visual art exhibits. PR
Unlike most humans the Aristokrat Restaurant by the Philippine Press
who are hardly satisfied, Club-Ontario when she came to Toronto recently.
birds have no use for huge
and fancy homes.
Glenda is the chief operating officer of the ABS-
CBN News Channel and managing editor of News-
They just wanted a break magazine. She is shown standing at center,
simple and happy life. back row. Kneeling (from left) are Edwin Mercurio,
Their mastery of being Dindo Orbeso, Ruben Cusipag, and Nestor Arella- -*/&0-2&1011 -*/&0-2&1+))
content is highly admirable no. Standing (from left) are Tony Sicat, Ricky Cal-
and a good lesson to all of uen, Tenny Soriano, Faye Arellano, Jojo Taduran,
us. Tess Cusipag, Rey Sunga, and Carlo Figueroa of • Asia • Vacation packages
The photo of the mother the Canadian Embassy in Manila. Photo: EDWIN
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session with the masters of seeds, gather a harvest robins’ less demanding • Caribbean
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It also echoes a verse your Father in heaven discard many of life’s • And anywhere else • Honeymoons
from the gospel of Matthew takes care of them!” unnecessary complications in the world! • And so much more!
which reads: “Look at the If we can only emulate and live a happier life.

FCMA, KCCC medical fair in the offing MENDOZA’S DEBT /

The Filipino Cana- addressing common medi- therapists will join in to
dian Medical Association
(FCMA) and the Kalayaan
cal conditions: detection,
prevention, treatment, and
give the event a lift.
Attendees are urged to
Cultural Community Cen- health promotion. bring medicines from home,
tre (KCCC) will conduct a Lectures will be in two under advice of a qualified
medical fair at the KCCC in
Mississauga on Sept. 13.
sessions: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
and 2 to 4 p.m.
pharmacist, for sorting in a
“brown bag” program. FINANCIAL PROBLEMS?
The fair, from 9 a.m. to Medical exhibits will A fee of $10 will be
5 p.m., is geared on educat-
ing the public on health and
also be on display.
Para-medical associa-
asked from each attendee
to cover medical fair costs,
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Word Int’l UPAA sets council polls Kissing frogs and success (From page 9) Summerfest
presents The University of the Sketching of Life session. Robert had no references Robert over this past year. The Philippine Colleges
Philippines Alumni As- The sketches were sold to to show prospects. Though But I understand that and Universities Alumni
cantata sociation (UPAA) has set
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Ministries, Ontario will Grosvenor St. on March 20 a solo art exhibit at the UP go after the big deals. The point is that Park on July 12 from 9 a.m.
present its Easter cantata from 6 to 11 p.m. College of Fine Arts, Dili- Robert spent nearly anything worth having take to 9 p.m.
Redemption: The Power of UPAA president Noel man, Quezon City to mark all his time chasing large time and effort and there are As in the past, hundreds
the Cross, at Unit 18, 951 Cruz said the group’s mem- UP’s centennial. clients. Hopping from one no shortcuts. of graduates of at least 16
Wilson Ave. on April 12. bership and financial status Cruz led a UPAA del- opportunity to the next. Talk to a successful academic institutions in the
Admission is free. and future plans and activi- egation to the centennial The net result is that he entrepreneur. She makes it Philippines will wear their
Redemption is a praise ties would be announced celebration, during which failed to get a single large look easy. school colors as they gather
and worship celebration of during the meeting. UPAA presented a cheque client. And he failed to But what she might not to renew ties, share food,
the power of Jesus Christ as As for UPAA’s ac- for the UP Professorial build a sustainable business tell you is that there were and get involved in other
demonstrated in His resur- complishments, Cruz said Chair to UP president Emer- with the smaller clients. many many years spent activities.
rection. members have been seeing linda Roman. True, individually, each with little or nothing as she They are also expected
It is a testimony of how each other regularly during On its own, some 300 small client was not worth a worked to build her business to compete in team sports
Jesus’s sacrifice more than the monthly Kapihan, and UPAA attended the UP Cen- great deal. one client at a time. and fun games to bring
2,000 ago can still change fundraising activities. tennial Ball at the Marriott But taken together, they We only see the end home the honor of bagging
lives and destiny today. He said UPAA is also Hotel with former president would have made Roberts result. Also ask her how the revolving trophy.
It is also a timely re- involved in a mentoring Fidel Ramos as guest. business successful. many frogs she had to kiss. The University of the
minder that even though life program that has assisted Cruz called on UPAA I’ve lost touch with Philippines Alumni Asso-
is difficult and full of chal- newcomer alumni in job members to show up, re- ciation won the over-all tro-
lenges, God is there to con-
tinuously love His flock and
searches and networking.
Last year, UPAA tied
join, exchange pleasantries
with fellow alumnus and
Police host int’l phy last year.
Event organizers said
is willing to help His people
though their trials. PR
up with the Philippine Art-
ists Group and conducted a
vote during the election.
day to ‘end racism’ the PCUAA had a success-
ful Awards Ceremony and
The Toronto Police goal. Dinner Dance on Jan. 31,
TV ads reach far.
www. Service (TPS) Community
Mobilization Unit will host
End Racism, Embrace
Human Rights is the 2009
and raised funds to cover
picnic ground fees and oth-
with credit cards and bank loans the commemoration of the theme. er Summerfest costs.
Too many loans & credit cards? 8th Annual International Dignitaries and com- They decided to waive
Paying too much interest? Day for the Elimination of munity members will join shared expenses.
Afraid to pick up your own phone? Racial Discrimination at TPS Board Chair Alok They also called on of-
Looking for consolidation? the main lobby of the TPS Mukherjee, police chief ficers of PCUAA member
headquarters on March 25 William Blair and Canada’s school groups to help final-
Please see page 13 for our detailed advertisement ize the summerfest by at-
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Pillars to Obit: Consul Eloy Luis Bello

conduct free OTTAWA - The
info fair Philippine Embassy
here has announced
The Pillars Cultural As- the untimely demise
sociation (PCA) will con- of 2nd Secretary and
duct its 2nd Annual Infor- Consul Eloy Luis B.
mation Fair at the Wellesley Bello, who succumbed
Community Centre on to subarachoid hemor-
March 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. rhage on Feb. 21.
The fair is open for all Eloy Luis was born
and free of charge. on March 4, 1971 in
The PCA said govern- Quezon City.
ment and community-based A graduate of
agency representatives Fordham University,
would provide information BELLO New York (B.S. Admi-
on pension and benefits, el- nistration), Eloy Luis
derly abuse, crime preven- started his career with the Department of Foreign
tion, safe medication, fall Affairs in 1999 as Principal Assistant of the Office of
prevention, and others. the Legal Assistant for Migrant Workers’ Affairs.
Participating are the He held officer positions with the Office of American
Parkinson’s, Alzheimer, Affairs and the Office of Personnel and Administrative
Osteoporosis and Cancer Services and became a fellow of the Japan Foundation
societies, Canadian Diabe- Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai, Tajiri-cho,
tes Association, Sheena’s Sennan-gun, Osaka, before being assigned as an Officer
Place Nutrition, Heart and of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to Vienna,
Stroke Foundation of Can- Austria.
ada, Spectrum Health Care, He arrived in Ottawa on 2006 and assumed as 3rd
Service Canada, Ontario Secretary and Vice Consul. He was promoted to 2nd
Seniors Secretariat, Parale- Secretary on the same year.
gal Services, Toronto Police Eloy Luis is survived by his father, Ambassador
Crime Prevention and many Eloy Bello III and his mother, Maria Consuelo.
more. PR

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J-students should not lose hope ... “If you can’t find jobs within the country, go find
(From page 8)
to our future in journalism. to be universally-minded executive positions based in connections and move elsewhere. Connections are
I should mention that in
this class belonged Honey
people,” and capping it up
with, “Don’t be scared, basta
other major Asian cities.
Raising my hand, I
not bad for as long as after you have been placed
Estaris (now Mrs. Johnny huwag la’ng kayo tula ng asked Bert: “How do you there, you can prove that you can tackle the job.”
Gahol – a former Philippine tula, I assure you that you’ll easily find these jobs?”
military officer and a former earn a living somehow. He said through - BERT CORVERA
councillor in his native town Reinvent yourselves!” connections, adding that,
in Batangas), who lives in The second class that “Connections are not bad
Toronto with her family and evening was under Bert for as long as after you have Dava (I don’t know where decided to come to Canada, “So, you see, Kirk, as
connected with Pidoy Pacis’ Corvera – at that time, an been placed there, you can he is now); Linda Lacorte regardless of good careers Bert Corvera counselled
AC Tristar company. editorial consultant for the prove that you can tackle (now Mrs. Bong Lintag) and economic blessings us, ‘Connections are not
I should also mention Philippines News Agency the job.” who later joined the PR we have been showered bad for as long as you can
that Honey, after graduation (PNA), and who later Two and half years later, Department of the Philippine by the good Lord in the prove that you can tackle
from j-school, became the became Manila Media we graduated from j-school National Red Cross and Philippines, for the sake of the job’.”
executive assistant of Tony Monitor editor Butch – a time when the country now based in BC with her our children’s future. While underpaid, Joe
Barreiro at the Kapisanan Galicia’s boss after the latter continued to be under family and connected with When we came, appointed me a supervisor
ng mga Brodkasters sa joined the state-owned news martial law and remained the Canadian Red Cross, recession has started to of a section under his
Pilipinas (The National agency. so for another five years, for and I got employment at cloud this country. department, and for which,
Association of Broadcasters Bert counselled us: “If a total of nine years. the News and Public Affairs Jobs became so scarce I deeply appreciated, saving
in the Philippines) – an you can’t find jobs within the Regardless of, most Department of DWXB-FM two weeks after we landed, me from doing those odd
association which was country, go find connections of us got into journalism, Business News Radio. and when the Toronto Star’s jobs that I was never used
created to regulate the radio and move elsewhere.” others in related fields, Others got hired in other headline on July 19 read, to doing.
and television media and Bert, then, came home to such as public relations and industries but later given a “Govt admits Canada in While I was at this, I
their personnel and a by- the Philippines after a short advertising. break in the advertising and recession”. exerted all efforts to go back
product of martial law. stint as editorial consultant A couple of us even PR departments of the same It was seven months to journalism and offered my
Professor del Rosario to a large Asia-circulated happened to be in the same companies which gave them later after landing in T.O. knowledge and experience
gave us some ideas on how weekly news magazine with news organization: Jimmy their first job experiences. that I found my first job, to the mainstream print and
to earn a living armed with offices in Hongkong. Montejo - who later became Starting Over connecting with Renato broadcast media outlets in
our baccalaureate degrees Bert also had previous an editor at Philippine Star In 1990, considering all ‘Bong’ Gratela – a product the city – only to receive
in journalism, stressing that, stints before this for two and also worked with editor the right reasons for having marketing manager in one of as frequent as I sent my
“Journalists are supposed or three years in editorial Butch at the PNA; Ador done so, my wife, Gie, and I the leading pharmaceutical covering letters and my
companies in the Philippines resume, rejection letters
with whom I had occasion stating that they were not
“Journalists are supposed to be universally-minded people. Don’t working with for several hiring and that they would
years, and who, in Toronto, keep me in mind when an
be scared, basta huwag la’ng kayo tula ng tula, I assure you that was instrumental to refer opportunity arises.
me to his boss at the From time to time,
you’ll earn a living somehow. Reinvent yourselves!” city directory publishing Joe would bring me issues
- CESARIO DEL ROSARIO company – the jolly good
real estate agent Joe Nolasco
of Filipino newspapers
whenever he, and his wife,
of Homelife Cimerman. (To page 18)
► MARCH 20: Philippine Press Club-
Filipino book author Omidvar dwells on DiverseCity Ontario Celebrity Night, Casa Manila, 7
cites harmonious in CEMA Speaker Series ► MARCH 20: University of the Philip-
pines Alumni Association General Meet-
growth of Ratna Omidvar, president of Maytree three years. ing, YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St., 6 p.m.
Foundation and the Greater Toronto Lead- Research shows that while the Greater ► MARCH 21, 22 and 29: Kababayan
RP-Canada ties ership Project of the Toronto City Summit Toronto Area is the most diverse region in Community Centre (KCC) Tax Informa-
Alliance, will introduce DiverseCity dur- Canada, its leadership is not reflective of tion Session and Clinic, Praise Chris-
By BEN VICCARI ing the Canadian Ethnic Media Association this reality. tian Family Church and KCC, 1 p.m.
A Filipino book author gave the story (CEMA) Speaker Series at the Majestic The Greater Toronto Leadership Project ► MARCH 22; APRIL 5, 19 & 26: Fili-
of the harmonious growth of relationships Board Room of OMNI TV on April 2. is working actively to address this through pino Centre Toronto Free Income Tax
between Canadians and newcomers from Omidvar will expound on how efforts distinct initiatives that will strengthen in- Preparation.
the Philippines – now Canada’s fourth are being made to transform Toronto’s lead- stitutions, expand networks and advance ► MARCH 26: Philippine Chamber of
largest immigrant group, when he spoke ership landscape by enabling a new group knowledge on the role of diversity in lead- Commerce Toronto Taxation Seminar
before members of the Canadian Ethnic of diverse leaders to emerge in the next ership. for Small Business.
Media Association (CEMA) – the premier ► MARCH 28: Kababayan Community
organization of print, radio, television J-students should not lose hope ... Centre Spring Dance, 20 West Lodge
and news media people from various (From page 17) Ave., Toronto, 6 p.m.
ethnocultural communities reflecting Ate Linda, would have a Area, in fact, ethnocultural the leadership then of its ► APRIL 4: Pangasinan Association of
Canada’s diversity on March 5, 2009. chance to shop at Filipino media appears to be president Ben Viccari Canada Spring Dance, Dufferin Clark
Forte Gerardo, stores in the city. thriving, according to a – whom Ontario Premier Community Centre.
author of Ka- When my pail of CBC Television news report Dalton Mc Guinty attributed ► APRIL 9 and 10: The Pillars Cultural
intindi’han (Mutual disappointments finally on March 6, 2009. to as the Dean of Ethnic Association Traditional Pabasa.
Understanding), was filled to the hilt, I said The story quoted a source Journalism. ► APRIL 11: Launch of Mikey Bustos’
used a number to myself: “Fine, these from the Canadian Ethnic “So, Kirk, I impart to CD in Sabado de Glorya Night, Rex
of compelling established media would Media Association (CEMA) you the same wisdom cited Saigon Buffet & Resto-Sheppard.
historical facts not give me a chance, so, I saying that “unlike TorStar, by one of my j-professors, ► APRIL 11: Extreme Heartthrobs Ca-
on how, since will create my own media.” CanWest and the CBC, the Cesario del Rosario: nadian Tour, Massey Hall.
the 1950s, sound Thus, was born Manila ethnocultural publications reinvent yourself if there ► APRIL 12: Word International Minis-
relationships have Media Monitor (for the are not struggling to find is need after you complete tries Ontario Easter Cantata Redemp-
developed between complete story on this advertising revenue. j-school. tion: The Power of the Cross, Unit 18,
Canadians and both transplanted Filipinos publication, visit www. The CEMA spokes- “Also, while it may 951 Wilson Ave., 10:30 a.m. and 3
and those who reside in that island nation. person told CBC that the seem to you, Kirk, and all p.m.
Gerardo believed that these defined When we, academically ethnic media survives j-students that the present ► APRIL 18: Filipino Canadian Associ-
a role model for relationships between trained and experienced because outlets keep state of journalism is ation of Vaughan Spring Dinner-Dance,
diverse communities. people in the ethnocultural minimum staff, who regard bleak, an annual study of Garnet Williams Community Centre,
He said the mainstays of this relationship community media, were their work as a “labor of the industry, published on Vaughan City, 7 p.m.
have been a mutual understanding of each in the mainstream back in love”. March 15, 2009 by the ► APRIL 18: Ilocos Sur National High
other’s core values and economic success. our respective countries of When, during the 90s, ‘Project for Excellence School Alumni Canada-Ontario Spring
Gerardo cited that in 1996 there were origin, absent a chance to be ethnic media outlets were in Journalism’ in its sixth Dance, Our Lady of the Assumption
157,872 working Canadians of Filipino likewise in the established ignored, the situation has annual State of the News
origin and ten years later, 300,000 of the media here, we reinvented changed a lot by the onset Media survey suggests that A public service feature of the
estimated 400,000 in Canada now reside in ourselves. of Y2K; thanks to the all hope should not be lost.” Manila Media Monitor. Also visit
In the Greater Toronto work of CEMA through
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Community media representatives join Dr. Francisco Portugal (4th from left,
standing) and other officers of the Canada Aid and Relief Project during the
project launch on March 14. Photo: ARIEL RAMOS

Canada aid, relief project takes off

(From page 5)
the Sheraton Parkway Hotel Without Borders and those care and lying in facilities
on March 14. who spearheaded medical for normal pregnancies and
In his speech, Portugal missions. medical emergencies.
talked about the social and Helping ease poverty in The KMED clinic oper-
economic blessings Filipino the Philippines by deliver- ates 24/7 and is staffed by
Canadians have, compared ing health care services to qualified doctors, midwives
to many families in the Phil- its needy but impoverished and nurses.
ippines and other develop- communities is CARP’s Portugal said the CARP
ing countries in the world. major goal, Portugal said. is funded by donations and
“We who are here in CARP evolved from kept afloat by volunteers
a very affluent nation like medical and dental mis- from Canada and the U.S.
Canada are very fortunate to sions Portugal led in Purok who look forward to reach-
enjoy health care and social Maligaya, Antipolo City ing out to other depressed
safety nets that many con- and in Milaor, Camarines areas in the Philippines.
sider a birth right ... From Sur - the latter battered by a During the CARP
cradle to grave the govern- strong typhoon - in the last launching, Portugal led of-
ment will care for us.” two years. ficials in presenting at least
He added that many The missions led to the $100,000 worth of dona-
who came to Canada seek- establishment of the An- tions in the form of cheques
ing better opportunities, tipolo City-based KMED and medical equipment.
have become successful. Klinik - under the auspices “The soldiers who are
He lauded the “many of Kup Kop Kita Kabayan needed to fight this war on
who have heeded the cry of (I’ll Take Care Of You, poverty are never enough;
the poor” through donations Countryman) Foundation - but together, we can do it,”
to World Vision or Doctors that offered primary health Portugal said. BG
MARCH 2009 Community

TORONTO POLICE SERVICE 3 in community among bets in

Spring Safety Tips Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2009
Spring-like weather is users should do their part to Three members of the
near and it is a very good ensure that everyone who Filipino community have
time to remind family uses Toronto’s streets and been selected among the
members, especially young roadways has a safe and 75 shortlisted finalists
people, of the importance of pleasant week.” in the Top 25 Canadian
personal safety during this “Drive, ride and walk Immigrants of 2009 Awards
part of the year. as if every child you see is program.
It is a time where your own,” Burrows said. The three are:
more people are outdoors From Marine Unit ► Ching Quejas,
enjoying the sunshine and The Marine Unit is who has received several
more children can be seen cautioning kids to stay clear awards including the Queen
playing at local basketball of lakes, rivers and streams, Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee
courts, playgrounds and as the rise in temperatures Gold Medal, Province
parks. means a rise in water of Ontario Senior of the
From Traffic Services levels. Year, Walter P. Kohlmeier VON DACH QUEJAS CABRERA
“There will be many “Don’t go near water Award and Senior Citizen
children enjoying the milder unless you have to and Outstanding Service Award who has volunteered at the Presented by Canadian issued by RBC.
temperatures, which means there is an adult around. It from the Peel Multicultural Multicultural Society of Immigrant magazine in The Top 25 winners
more potential hazards on can be very dangerous,” Council. Kelowna for many years. association with RBC, the will be announced in May.
and near our roads,” said said Marine Unit Constable She has also been She’s the founding national people’s choice Winners will be recognized
Traffic Services Sergeant Gary Gibson. inducted into the Order of member of the Immigrant award seeks to uncover in Canadian Immigrant
Tim Burrows. Gibson said it is Ontario. Women’s International and celebrate the untold Magazine, as well as receive
“Everyone needs to especially important to ► Rolando Cabrera, Network of Kelowna, which stories and remarkable a commemorative plaque
be prepared from a traffic teach children about water who is the publisher has expanded and is now achievements of outstanding and a $250 donation toward
perspective,” Burrows said. safety because they are and editor of a biweekly called the Inter-Cultural Canadian immigrants. an authorized Canadian
The easiest way to unaware of the risks and community newspaper, Women’s Educational Until March 31, charity of their choice.
prevent collisions and dangers that could follow. which goal is to provide the Network (WEN). Canadians can go online at The awards program
reduce injuries is simple, With 14 years experience community with a means to WEN promotes the www.canadianimmigrant. kicked off in November
slow down. at the Marine Unit, he has read about their loved ones, advancement of female ca/top25 to cast their vote 2008 with a successful
According to Safe Kids seen his fair share of water- their birth country and to education of children, young for their favorites. call-for-nominations phase,
Canada, a child struck by related tragedies, many of feel “at home” while away adults and women who live All voters are garnering hundreds of
a car travelling at 50 km/h which were preventable. from home. in poverty primarily outside automatically entered to submissions over a two-
has an 80 percent chance “There was one incident ► Elna von Dach, Canada. win a $500 Visa gift card month period. PR
of being killed, while that where two young fellows
same car travelling at 30
km/h results in a 95 percent
were playing on ice. One
fell through and the other of year is paramount to the
Gerardo heads business council
chance of survival. felt obligated to help. They Toronto Police Service. International business Networking for Member- Gerardo said the CPBC,
Slowing down will both died,” Gibson said. “Lets all do our part in expert Forte Gerardo has ship and Trading would be for the first time, is based in
increase the ability to “Those were two very keeping our families safe been elected president of conducted at the Kalayaan the GTA and YR.
perceive, identify and, preventable deaths.” said and away from harm,” urged the Canada Philippines Cultural Community Cen- Most Canadian compa-
more importantly, react to Gibson. Toronto Police Service Business Council (CPBC). tre on March 20, 12 noon to nies involved in trading and
potential hazards. Gibson’s advice for community liaison officer Elected with him are 3 p.m. investment in the Philip-
“A child’s actions are parents is to always be Constable Philip Mendoza. Bill Pomfret, vice presi- At the event, members pines, as well as of business
often not predictable and, within arm’s reach of their For any questions, get dent; Yuri Canete, secretary; and guests would be up- units owned by Filipinos of
after a winter of being children when playing in in touch with Mendoza Camilo Tabalba, treasurer; dated on the state and out- Canadian origin, are located
slowed down by snow the water. at 416-808-7071 or email and directors-at-large Rey look of Canada-Philippines in Ontario, and largely in
and bulky clothing, the The safety of all family him at Philip.mendoza@ Pagtakhan and Otch von trade, on prospects for new the GTA and YR.
newfound freedom of nice members during this time PR Finckenstein. suppliers and agents in “CPBC is a nationwide
weather could cause basic Ex-officio officers are the Greater Toronto Area inclusive organization open
safety strategies to have past president Alicia Nativi- (GTA) and York Region to and cooperative with cor-
become easily forgotten,” GET FAST RESULTS dad and special adviser El- (YR), and on the promotion porations, entrepreneurs,
Burrows said. liott Tepper. of products, expertise and professional practitioners,
Motorists should ADVERTISE CPBC Board of Advis- skills. skilled trade persons, asso-
exercise extra caution and ers include ambassadors The event also includes ciations and other entities
always be alert at areas such Robert Desjardins and Jose a display of advertorial interested to interact pro-
as school zones, parks, TTC Brillantes, former ambassa- materials on free table top ductively in the economic
stops, tourist attractions, dors John Treleaven, Peter spaces as available; a forum and cultural arena to expand
libraries and community Sutherland and Robert Sim- on the smarts of marketing and to enhance the relations
centers. Call 416-285-8583 mons. to Filipinos in Canada; and between Canadians and the
During March Break, Gerardo said CPBC’s the exchange of ideas on bi- Filipinos in the private sec-
Burrows said “all road first 2009-2010 Update and lateral trading. tor area,” he added. PR
MARCH 2009 25

Leaders: Close growth gaps, build Asean community

HUA HIN, Thailand Heads of state of member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) form a markets, have adversely im-
- Heads of state of member- chain during the opening ceremony of the 14th ASEAN Summit at the Dusit Thani Cha-am Hua Hin Ho- pacted trade and investment
countries of the Association tel in Phetchaburi, Thailand. Fourth from left is Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (MAR- in the region.
of Southeast Asian Nations CELINO PASCUA/OPS/NIB Photo) These developments
(Asean) have vowed to push posed significant downside
mutual efforts to acceler- Asian Nations (ASEAN) important task to ensure the operation, food and petro- the leaders noted that while risks to regional economic
ate the establishment of the here on March 1. benefits of Asean integra- leum security. Asean’s economic funda- growth, they said.
Asean Community in seven The declaration was pil- tion are fully realized.” Global crisis mentals remained sound as The Asean leaders:
years, by signing the Cha- lared on Asean’s political The leaders also signed The leaders agreed to a result of significant struc- ► Concurred on the
am Hua Hin Declaration on and security, economic and and adopted 24 Asean-relat- jointly deal with the world tural reforms made since need of proactive and de-
the Roadmap for an Asean socio-cultural communities. ed documents since the start economic crisis, as the the 1997-98 Asian finan- cisive policy actions to re-
Community (2009-2015). In the declaration, the of the summit on Feb. 26. global financial meltdown cial crisis, the deepening store market confidence and
The signing came at Asean leaders said that The documents dwelt had increased impact on global economic downturn, ensure continued financial
the close of the 14th Asean “narrowing the develop- on trade and investment, Asean member-countries. coupled with heightened stability to push sustainable
Summit of the Southeast ment gap shall remain an sub-regional economic co- In a press statement, risk aversion in financial (To page 30)



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MARCH 2009

March in Negros Occidental Pagcor erects

Bagong Nayon
Kisi-Kisi Festival: When leisure city

being fishy, crabby is nice

The Philippine Amuse-
ment and Gaming Corp.
(Pagcor) has started the con-
struction of the P25-billion
Las Vegas-styled Bagong
Nayon Entertainment City
It is a pity that the ig- fered by a Tagalog guide of in a 150-hectare lot along
norant and the uneducated the Spaniards, as the place Roxas Blvd. and Coastal
give the fish and the crab a was surrounded by the lon- Road in Parañaque City.
bad reputation, as when they gest river in Negros – the Dodie King, Pagcor
speak of “something fishy” Ilog River. vice president for corpo-
and “crab mentality”. In 1628, Ilog became rate communications, said
But in progressive Ilog a garrison town for Ne- Bagong Nayon is expected
town in Negros Occidental, gros. From 1632 to 1795, it to be a hub of entertainment
being fishy and crabby in the served as the capital of Ne- and tourism in Asia when it
third week of March is part gros Island and Siquijor. starts operations in 2012.
of a celebration to honor the Besides sourcing food King said the entertain-
town’s patron Señor Santo from Ilog River, residents ment city would deviate
Niño and to thank God for and settlers pursued diversi- from the notion that Pagcor
a bountiful seafood harvest fied agricultural interests. focused on casino gaming.
reaped from Ilog River. They grew rice, cacao, “The goal is to shift into
This is the time when tobacco and coconut. Fr. entertainment, because tour-
residents of Ilog (a vernacu- Juan Avila set up a cacao ism is now our approach,”
lar that means river) go out industry that could match he said.
for a widely-participated demand in the Philippines. Pagcor has been devel-
street dancing gig, as they Trading went as far as oping entertainment Broad-
lay out seafood delicacies Spain and Mexico. The annual Kisi Kisi Festival in Ilog, Negros Occidental is highlighted with a way-type musicals.
for all to see and taste. In 1727, Ilog was at- street dance parade wherein participating dance groups wear colorful cos- The magical show Wan-
It is the time for the Kisi tacked and conquered by tumes and headdresses (above are dancing crabs and below are gyrating ders will be Bagong Nay-
Kisi Dance Festival. marauding Moros. The na- shrimps). The dancers also use fishing nets, poles and baskets for props. on’s initial offering, King
The Kisi Kisi dance imi- tives regrouped, fought back Kisi kisi refers to the way the fishes flip-flop and twitch as they are hauled said following the gala pre-
tates the flip-flopping and and regained the town. up a boat during a bountiful harvest. Before the dance parade, performers mier of Pagcor’s latest mu-
twitching movements of Twice between 1751 and re-enact the legend of how town patron Señor Santo Niño twice delivered sical play Flow at the Pag-
fish caught by a fisherman. 1756, the Moros raided Ilog Ilog villagers from plundering Moro raiders between 1751 and 1756. Photos cor theater.
Performers don color- anew; but in both attacks, of CHARLIE SINDIONG,, used with permission. Flow involves cultural
ful costumes and headgears they were repelled by Ilo- performances from a cast
resembling fish and other gnons led by parish priest, of 150 that included danc-
aquatic creatures that have Fr. Matias Guerrero. ers from Cuba and Chinese
abundantly filled many a In 1860 until 1889, Ilog acrobats.
table in Ilog homes through was at the height of its gran- Pagcor chairman Efraim
centuries past. deur and glory. Genuino said three more
And every Kisi Kisi During the Philippine shows were in the pipeline.
dance is incomplete without Revolution in 1826, the Jobs, income
fishing props and adorn- Ilognons showed their defi- King said the entertain-
ments. ance to Spanish rule. ment city is expected to
Ilog’s history Ilog’s landmarks create over 250,000 jobs
Beyond being religious Ilog is known for its during construction and op-
and cultural, the Kisi Kisi Dancalan cave system: the erations.
Festival is an acclamation Cueva Kabog, Cueva Tu- Bagong Nayon would
of the town’s rich history. big, and Cueva Intsik. have hotels, convention
Augustinian priests In the town is nestled centers, theaters, sports are-
Geronimo Marin and Fran- Mt. Kanlaoron, a cone- nas, restaurants, shopping
cisco Bustos founded the shaped mountain with a centers, cultural complexes,
town on May 16, 1584. It large cross at the peak. museums and amusement
was the biggest settlement, Birdwatching and swim- parks.
a commercial and political ming are enjoyable activi- Pagcor expects to double
center, in Negros Island dur- ties at the Andulauan Bird its income to about US$1.3
ing the Spanish conquest. Watching Sanctuary, the billion when Bagong Nayon
The name Ilog was of- home of migratory birds. operates. PR
MARCH 2009 27
Filipino Games medalists to
earn more than US athletes
CHICAGO - Filipino alist in track and field. in the 2008 Beijing Olym-
athletes stand to earn more However, USA Track pics.
cash incentives if they har- and Field chief executive This was his response
vest medals in the 2012 officer Doug Logan recom- to an unflattering 69-degree
London Olympics com- mended paying additional report issued last February
pared to what members of $15,000 to those who will by a panel that examined
the United States track and achieve personal bests at the federation’s problems
field team will get for the the Games and $5,000 to after the US won only seven
same feat. those who will hit their high golds in Beijing.
While the Philippine mark of the season. He said the failures in
government, with the help Logan wanted the US Beijing were not merely
of a giant telecommunica- track and field team to im- aberrations but were proof
tion company, has pledged prove from the 23 medals that validates “the unease
to award cash prizes worth it won in Beijing in Au- felt by many” in American
P12 million (US$232,800), gust 2008 to 30 at the 2012 track and field.
P3 million (US$58,200) Games in London. Meanwhile, more wind-
and P1 million (US$19,400) The Associated Press falls await victorious Fili-
for gold, silver and bronze quoted Logan: “We have pino athletes - most particu-
medal winners, respec- to do more to support and larly amateur boxers - in
tively, the United States cultivate our talent, but it is international competitions
Olympic Committee will undoubtedly there.” aside from the World Sum-
give only $25,000 (P1.175 Logan also recommend- mer Olympic Games.
million) for gold medalist, ed shortening the trials for These are: P2 million,
$15,000 (P705,000) for sil- the Games as ways of im- P1 million and P500,000
ver medalist, and $10,000 proving the team’s results for gold, silver and bronze
(P470,000) for bronze med- after a disappointing effort (To page 30)

Albay: Suman, latik makers get P200K grant
STO. DOMINGO, Albay - Suman at latik makers in Barangay Fidel Surtida at the south-
ern tip of this town received a P200,000 government grant to boost much-needed capital
and spur production of their famous snack/dessert. Bicol labor and employment regional

Kalayaan Group holds more oil than Kuwait

director Ernesto Bihis said the grant was given to the Fidel Surtida Women Association
under the state agency’s Workers Income Augmentation Program that aimed to assist small
and medium enterprises in rural areas. PNA

Balanga City: Dogs have their day By ALEX VILLANUEVA JR. fields offshore Borneo up to
Mindoro in the continental
BALANGA City, Bataan - Pet dogs, of pure breed and locals popularly called asong
PUERTO PRINCESA area. shelf of the eastern coast of
kalye or askals, had their special day here on March 13, when they competed against each
CITY - The Kalayaan Is- All claimant countries the South China Sea.
other for the title of being either the fattest, biggest, smallest, hairiest, most active or fastest
land Group (KIG) in Sprat- believe there are some 200 Socrates reported that
eater in the Search for Asong Pinaka, an event to mark Rabies Awareness Month. The dogs
lys off the South China Sea billion barrels of oil, natural that continental shelf of the
wore costumes and paraded before a panel of veterinarian-judges. Winners were crowned
is believed to be sitting on gas, minerals and polymet- South China Sea has geo-
and seated on thrones to watch a program prepared by their best friends, the humans. Two
top of what could be the als — such as gold, silver, logical structures that can
guest poodles did tricks and danced the waltz, cha-cha and tinikling in an entertainment
largest oil and natural gas iron and nickel — under the trap oil in large quantities.
fare that awed the crowd that filled the city plaza fronting St. Joseph Cathedral. During the
deposits in the world, hold- sea surrounding the KIG. Meanwhile, Malampaya
day, officials also led in the vaccination of dogs against rabies. PNA
ing large quantities of hy- One of the oil prospects is just one of many petro-
Basilan: US, RP troops in medical mission drocarbon concentrations.
It could ably generate
in the KIG is the Marantao
Petroleum Fields, located in
leum deposits of one vast
reservoir rock formation
ZAMBOANGA CITY - At least 1,500 residents of eight far-flung villages in Sumisip and 17.1 billion barrels of oil, the South Palawan Shelf- offshore both east side and
Ungkaya Pukan towns in Basilan received basic medical services in a three-day mission more than Kuwait’s 13 bil- Reed Sedimentary Basin. west side of the province.
conducted by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines and the Philippine lion barrels, China’s Minis- The Marantao prospect There are 15 service
Marine Battalion Landing Team-10. A total of 1,849 bottles of infant medicines, 296 boxes try of Geology and Mineral is a carbonate build-up contracts within Palawan
of multi-vitamins for adults, and 888 boxes of basic adult medicines were provided to Resources reported. (reef) interpreted to be at covering an area measuring
beneficiaries in barangays Central Sumisip, Giyong, Manaul, Bacung, Sapah Bulak, and This was revealed by least five times larger than about 11.85 million hect-
Upper Cabengbeng, all in Sumisip; and barangays Amaloy and Balon in Unkaya Pukan. Jose Antonio Socrates, a the Malampaya gas project. ares.
Officials said this is the first of a series of medical missions the joint US and Philippine known geologist here who The potential oil reserve Some of the service
military teams will be conducting. PNA is consultant of Palawan on in Marantao - under Service contracts (SC) in Palawan
maritime affairs. Contract 55 - is estimated at are: SC 50, which covers
Bulacan: Townfolk run vs. crimes Socrates, also a doctor one billion barrels. 128,000 hectares in North-
of orthopedics, is monitor- Malampaya only has western Palawan; SC 55
GUIGUINTO, Bulacan - Mayor Isagani Pascual and town officials led hundreds of resi-
ing KIG and the Malam- about 2.5 million cubic feet covering 900,000 hectares
dents here in the weekly two-kilometer run against crime and drug abuse, the fifth leg of a
paya oil project in northern of natural gas reserves, and in West Palawan; SC 61
provincewide campaign initiated by Bulacan police director Senior Superintendent Allen
Palawan. 85 million barrels of con- covering 1.3 million hect-
Bantolo. Pascual said the run “is a convergence of efforts in crime prevention, particularly
The KIG is the subject densate that could provide ares in northeastern Pala-
that which pertains to drugs.” Takbo Laban sa Krimen has earlier swept through the towns
of territorial claims by six 2,700 megawatts of electric- wan; SC 62 covering 1.3
of Hagonoy, Paombong, Calumpit, the provincial capitol compound and Malolos City
Asian countries - the Philip- ity to Luzon for 20 years. million hectares in south-
since it began in January. Police Superintendent Manuel Lukban Jr. of the 305th Provin-
pines, Brunei, China, Ma- Socrates said that aside eastern Palawan; SC 67 cov-
cial Mobile Group said the response from the people of Bulacan to the program was very
laysia, Taiwan and Vietnam from Marantao, KIG could ering 648 million hectares
encouraging. PNA
- in part or as a whole. be hosting other prospects in eastern Palawan, SC 68
With the signing of like Sirinao, Bajallanura, covering 983,000 hectares
Davao Oriental: OPD for poor opens in Mati Presidential Decree 1596 in and a string of other struc- in eastern Palawan; SC 59,
MATI CITY, Davao Oriental - Governor Corazon Malanyaon led officials in opening 1978 by then President Fer- tures collectively known as which covers 1.47 million
the new P6.5 million fully-equipped outpatient department (OPD) complex of the Davao dinand Marcos, the territory the Rizal Leads. hectares in West Balabac in
Oriental Provincial Hospital, built to serve constituents who could not afford private hos- was incorporated within These structures, or ar- southwestern Palawan; and
pital services. Malanyaon said the complex’s presence would stop the costly and time-con- the jurisdiction of Palawan eas where possible oil and SC 63 covering one million
suming erstwhile exodus of indigent patients from Davao Oriental to Davao City where province to strengthen the gas deposits can be located, hectares in southwestern
modern and bigger government and private hospitals are located. PNA Philippines’ claim over the lie along the giant petroleum Palawan. PNA
SC junks Manila law on Strict watch
motel ‘short time’ rates CHR: Solve vigilante slays on motorbike
riders urged
MANILA - The Su- That time, Manila May- By CATHERINE J. TEVES PA R A Ñ A Q U E
preme Court (SC) declared or Alfredo Lim signed the CITY - Mayor Floren-
as “unconstitutional” a Ma- law to protect the people’s MANILA - The Com- flict,” CHR Chairperson since such atrocities jeop- cio Bernabe has ordered
nila ordinance banning mo- interest and morality, espe- mission on Human Rights Leila de Lima said. ardize the people’s right to city police and traffic
tel “short time” rates. cially that of the youth. (CHR) has decried the re- De Lima cited the dis- life and due process.” enforcers to be strict
The SC said the local But Victoria Court and surgence of vigilante kill- covery of an alleged hold- “The right to life and due with motorcycle riders,
law was similar to an earlier Anito motel owners ques- ings in Metro Manila, and up man inside a wooden process are firmly enshrined who recently have been
one barring motel opera- tioned the legality of the or- called on the Philippine Na- crate in Quiapo, Manila, as in law that applies to every- regarded as major vio-
tions in the Ermita-Malate dinance before the Court. tional Police, Department well as of two hogtied and one ... Without our clamor lators of traffic and road
area, which the SC junked. The SC said that while of Justice and local govern- tortured male corpses along against vigilante killings safety rules.
City Ordinance 7774, the ordinance might have ments to take steps to stop Mindanao Ave. in Quezon and street justice, we bring Bernabe cited re-
approved on Dec. 3, 1992, aimed to stop the use of such crimes. City as among the latest society down through a spi- ports saying motorcycle
prohibited all motels, ho- “short time” rates for il- “We maintain there can cases of vigilante killings in ral of injustices,” she said. riders frequently dis-
tels, inns, lodging houses, legal sexual activities, the be no validation of the tak- Metro Manila. De Lima feared the regard traffic rules and
pension houses and other ordinance also affected the ing of life except where the She warned: “Authori- country’s human rights light signals; are known
similar establishments from rights of legitimate spouses law provides justification ties must stop vigilante kill- situation would worsen if for speeding, reckless
offering “short time” and and those of motel owners. such as in circumstances of ings the soonest and bring such crimes continued, at driving and doing coun-
“wash up” rates to clients. PNA self-defense or armed con- the perpetrators to justice a time when vigilante kill- ter flows; and drive
ings outside Metro Manila without safety helmets.
DFA sets Foreign Service Officer examinations have been reported as on
the rise.
These acts have
caused serious, if not
The Philippine Consul- ten test would be given at North American appli- Applicants shall be less “The esoteric Davao fatal, accidents.
ate General in Toronto has the Philippine Department cations (forms at www.dfa. than 36 years old on May Death Squad remains be- Worse, the incidence
announced the schedule of of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should have been 10; must have completed yond the ambit of local law of motorcycle thefts,
recruitment tests leading to main office in Pasay City. received and processed by a four-year course or its enforcement,” she said. hold-ups, hijacking and
the position of foreign ser- Depending on qualify- the Philippine Embassy in equivalent; and must be a De Lima noted that sus- other crimes staged by
vice officer (FSO). ing test results, the Board of Washington D.C. not later Filipino citizen. pected criminals like drug motorcycle-riding gun-
The qualifying test Foreign Service Examina- than March 20. If married to a foreigner, pushers, thieves and rob- men have soared,” Ber-
would be on May 10. Ap- tions (BFSE) shall decide on Applicants must be the applicant must obtain bers have been targets of nabe said. PNA
plicants from North Amer- whether interviews would knowledgeable on Philip- prior authorization from the vigilante slays.
ica could take this test at be conducted in testing cen- pine economic, political and Secretary of Foreign Af- The CHR also urged ju- ONLINE m
the Philippine Embassy in ters in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo social conditions; and must fairs, through the BFSE, to dicial and police authorities
NEWS .co
Washington D.C. and Zamboanga cities. possess facility in oral com- take the qualifying tests. to resolve pending viguilan-
it or
The preliminary inter- The oral test is on Nov. munication and personality The exams are given te-related cases. on
view is on July 18 and 19, 11 to 13, and the psycholog- traits essential to the perfor- pursuant to provisions of “Let us preserve the rule iam
the written test on July 22 ical test on Nov. 23 to 27. mance of FSO duties. the Foreign Service Act of of law and the protection ed
to 24. However, these are These again are tenta- They must also be will- 1991 and the Revised Ad- that every person derives la CYBERSPACE
all tentative dates. tive dates, but definitely ing and able to accept as- ministrative Code of 1987. from the law,” De Lima
The interview and writ- taking place in Manila. signments to any post. PR said. PNA
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(From page 25) (From page 10) (From page 11)
regional economic growth. growth; and welcomed dis- erating team led by director Shortly before mid- pleading for justice, but leaders for guidance and
They welcomed expan- cussions to promote region- Dr. Eduardo dela Fuente night, Dr. dela Fuente told rather for mercy on those emulation.
sionary macro-economic al infrastructure financing. frantically worked on her me that “Jennifer had gone who did the dastardly deed; In its worst form, we
policies - including fiscal ► Recognized efforts to wounds. to heaven.” perhaps praying for hope leave it up to those of
stimulus, monetary easing, promote financial sector co- Then I heard Dr. dela So did Virginia, who ex- for those they left behind. positions of authority or
access to credit including operation in various Asean- Fuente asking for blood to pired a few hours later. I could not believe that I social standing to do things
trade financing, and mea- led fora and consultations, be transfused on Jennifer. ***** was unable to extend an arm for us.
sures to support private which would be essential to I have never seen in Doc Indeed, the news story to save two fine girls from But I know today’s
sector, particularly small safeguard the region from that surge of adrenaline and hogged the headlines in being wasted by beasts. Filipino-Canadian doesn’t
and medium enterprises - future economic and finan- sense of urgency, but when most Manila-based national I could not believe that wait for things to happen.
undertaken by each Asean cial crises. he looked in my direction, it dailies on Feb. 26, 1980. all I could do at the moment He makes things happen.
member-state to stimulate ► Urged that more co- was a sad pleading glance. Roy’s byline was tops in was count the number and Where the youth fails to find
domestic demand. ordinated action by both “Sir, I am a universal the Manila Bulletin; mine in jot the names of victims, community leaders worthy
They called for coordi- developed and developing donor and have been giving the Times Journal and the oblivious to the fact that of emulation, they poise
nating policies and taking countries be taken to restore blood before. Perhaps a few front pages of other news- these men, women and chil- themselves in positions of
joint actions that would be financial stability and en- drops for the girl would not papers, including those dren suffered from the in- leadership.
mutually reinforcing at the sure the continued function- matter right now,” I said. published in Mindanao. dignities of a cowardly act Now, that’s a reversal of
regional level. ing of financial markets to “Have you had a good It was my first national of terrorism. roles.
► Reaffirmed their de- provide support to growth. sleep last night? Have you daily headline story. I came to realize that if I And it seems to me that
termination to ensure the ► Called for a bold and had a drop of alcohol in However, it was no lon- ever wanted to talk to them, the youth have gained the
free flow of goods, services urgent reform of the inter- your veins? Are you not ger a question of an ego- it was not out of sympathy upperhand. Might as well.
and investment, and facili- national financial system to tired?” he asked. inflating headline or grim but to merely use their sto-
tate movement of business achieve a more comprehen- “I had a few hours of proof that I did my job ries to strengthen mine. bystander just looking on
persons, professionals, tal- sive, equitable and inclusive sleep. I had a few rounds well. I could not believe that as more helpless bystand-
ents and labor, and freer system that would consider of beer with a peer from Sleep was wanting for I nearly stood aback and ers get caught in the web
flow of capital. the interests and voices of Manila. Of course, the mad me that night. I dared not maintained the callousness of a vicious and seemingly
They agreed to stand emerging and developing rush for news made me close my eyes, fearing a - overly mistaken for objec- hopeless cycle of violence
firm against protection- economies. tired,” I honestly replied. nightmare. tivity - some peers said was and death that have gripped
ism and to refrain from in- ► Looked forward to “Then I won’t let you I could vividly imagine a mark of a good coverage. the world.
troducing and raising new working with other partners give blood,” he insisted. the ghosts of Jennifer and Recalling this episode God! I hate that feeling.
barriers; while intensifying to convey their views at the “But ...” was all I could Virginia hovering above. of my life as a news re- Would you, too? butchgali-
efforts to ensure a strong G20 London Summit in say, sad to have been shut They would not be porter, I felt like a hapless
Doha Development Agenda April. off from Jennifer’s time.
outcome. Asean was established I waited and watched. Filipino book author ... Filipino ...
► Acknowledged that on Aug. 8, 1967. Its mem- Nearing 11 p.m., Dr. dela (From page 18) (From page 27)
regional cooperation should ber-states are Brunei, Cam- Fuente came to me and the Greater Toronto Area. in Canadian exports to the medal winners in the
be expanded to mobilize bodia, Indonesia, Laos, whispered: “We’ve done In 1970, imports to Philippines to nearly $590 Asian Games; P1 million,
savings for investments in Malaysia, Myanmar, the everything possible. Even Canada from the Philippines million has also resulted. P500,000 and P250,000
productive areas, particu- Philippines, Singapore, if she survived, she would amounted to $4 million. Gerardo is also the in World Championships;
larly infrastructure devel- Thailand and Vietnam. lose her legs. It’s just a mat- But in 1996, with a president of the Canada P300,000, P200,000 and
opment, to spur regional PNA/Xinhua ter of time.” population growing from Philippines Business P100,000 in the Southeast
300,000 to 400,000, these Council and member of Asian Games and P30,000,
imports amounted to $990 the advisory board of The P20,000 and P10,000 in
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PAL MLA-YVR flights go daily

At least two Asian air- British Columbia and to pend, if not limit, its estab-
lines have trimmed or cut other western Canadian lished routes to Canada.
flights to Canada, thanks to provinces via Vancouver. Singapore Airlines said
the prevailing global eco- “That community has that it would, after 20 years,
nomic crisis. increased over the years and completely drop its service
But in a twist, flag carri- right now, the Philippines is to Vancouver.
er Philippine Airlines (PAL) the second-largest source of Cathay Pacific has cut
said it would upgrade its foreign workers in Canada,” one flight per day. Cathay
five-days-a-week service to after the U.S., he added. reported a record $1.4-
a daily frequency starting PAL’s move came at at billion net loss for 2008,
March 23. time when when Singapore compared to a net profit of
In a press release, PAL Airlines and Cathay Pacific $1.1 billion in 2007, its first
Philippine National Bank (PNB) Remit Canada official Feliciano Miranda III officials said the airline, have been forced to sus- shortfall in a decade.
explains the impact of the global recession on the money remittance and Asia’s first, would have di-
foreign exchange industries, as people cling on to their cash for liquidity.
Miranda was guest of the Philippine Press Club-Ontario (PPC-O) during the
rect Manila-Vancouver-Ma-
nila flights on Mondays and
RP eyes P50B more in
club’s breakfast forum at Casa Manila on Feb. 28. With him are PPC-O presi-
dent Tenny Soriano and forum chair Tony Sicat. Photo: JOJO TADURAN
Wednesdays, two days of
the week when the service
domestic borrowings
did not previously operate. MANILA - The Philip- the external programmed
Officials said the airline pine government is plan- borrowing amounting to

GUARD AGAINST FRAUD would maintain its Tuesday,

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
and Sunday Manila-Van-
ning to raise domestic bor-
rowing by P50 billion this
year, after an upward revi-
US$123.4 billion.
The government has
changed the borrowing mix
Statistics compiled a list of online resources that provides a list of fraudu- couver-Las Vegas-Vancou- sion of the budget deficit on for 2009 to 75-25, still in fa-
by PhoneBusters showed could be used to identify lent scams to watch out ver-Manila route. account of the global eco- vor of domestic sources.
that in 2008, at least threats and protect against for, channels for report- Allan Coo, PAL country nomic turmoil. This, after the deficit
17,000 people fell victims fraudulent scams. ing suspected fraud cas- manager based in Vancou- “That is the residual target was raised to P177.2
to scams in Canada. Lost The list: es, and links to Canadian ver, said the two new flights domestic borrowing,” Na- billion or about 2.2 percent
to fraud was a staggering ► PhoneBusters is an fraud prevention groups. were meant to meet the tional Treasurer Roberto of the gross domestic prod-
$36 million. anti-fraud call center man- ► The RCMP web- needs of a growing Philip- Tan said. uct (GDP) from P102 bil-
The numbers, howev- aged by the Ontario Pro- site, www.rcmp-grc. pine community in Canada. Domestic borrowing in lion (1.1 percent of GDP).
er, were based solely on vincial Police, the Royal “Our passengers are 2009 was earlier pegged at In 2008, the government
reported cases. Potential- Canadian Mounted Police dex-eng.htm, gives prac- mainly ethnic Filipinos that P386.5 billion, or 76 percent targeted a budget deficit of
ly, countless more have (RCMP) and the Competi- tical information to help go between the Philippines of total borrowing mix. P75 billion.
gone unreported. tion Bureau Canada (CBB). Canadians protect their and Canada,” Coo said. With the planned in- The 2008 deficit reached
Thus, the Toronto Po- PhoneBusters’ website, personal information and He acknowledged the crease, the figure rose to only P68.1 billion, which
lice Service has compiled, (To page 34) “wave of temporary foreign P436.5 billion. officials attributed to en-
workers that have come to The other 24 percent is hanced tax collection. PNA
Check out if you got your peso’s worth for the
RP inflation rate rises to 7.3%
MANILA - The Phil-
dollars you have had exchanged since Feb. 16. ippines’ inflation rate in-
US$ Cdn$ creased slightly to 7.3
March 13 48.42292 38.00693 percent in February, from
March 12 48.39015 37.50985 January’s 7.1 percent, due
mainly to higher prices of
March 11 48.22207 37.67170 some food items and fuel
March 10 48.27524 37.74266 costs.
March 09 38.51022 37.31309 The February figure
March 06 48.37852 37.61756 brought the average infla-
March 05 48.50332 37.68472 tion rate for the first two
March 04 48.61298 38.09577 months of 2009 7.1 percent,
March 03 48.73293 37.68766 well within the govern-
ment’s original target for
March 02 48.90116 38.20242
the year at 6 to 8 percent.
Feb. 27 48.74403 38.37883 Bureau of Agricultural
Feb. 26 48.24489 38.74889 Statistics data showed that
Feb. 25 47.99912 38.24381 the average price of regular
Feb. 24 48.09397 38.56548 milled rice rose by 6.5 per-
Feb. 23 48.10734 38.45305 cent (from P28.94 per kilo
Feb. 20 48.18212 38.42023 in January to P30.83/kilo in
Feb. 19 47.85553 38.00824 February) while white corn
grain went up by 2.2 percent The rise in the price of rice, which along with that of other cereals and of
Feb. 18 47.21325 37.49890 fuel, pushed the Philippine inflation rate to 7.3 percent in February.
(from P22.00 to P22.47).
Feb. 17 47.82403 37.95368 Fuel prices also rose

Remittances likely to drop 33%

Feb. 16 47.47134 38.18848 by 6.5 percent from the
previous month due to

Canada loses 295,000

higher gasoline cost (P1.50
to P2.00 per liter), diesel
(P0.25/liter), and liquefied MANILA - Money sent to an eight-year low. jobs, remittances would

jobs since October ‘08

petroleum gasoline (P6.00 home by overseas Filipino In 2001, only 800,000 plunge to as low as $11.4
per kilogram). workers (OFWs) may drop secured jobs abroad. billion in 2009.
However, light and wa- by as much as a third this Todate, 8.7 million Fili- The lack of OFW dol-
The construction sec- tario has lost 160,000 jobs, ter costs decreased. And so year, cutting consumption pinos work abroad. They lar inflows may increase
tor shed off at least 43,200 most in manufacturing, did that of transport and demand and compromising make up ten percent of the the budget deficit to three
jobs, over half of the 82,600 business and construction. communication. the country’s growth goals. Philippines’ population and percent of the country’s
jobs lost in February. The February employ- In Manila, light and Remittances may de- 24.2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, an
The February job cut ment losses were all in full- power consumers had a cline to $11.4 billion for labor force, as of 2007. amount equal to anywhere
pushed Canada’s unem- time work, with 110,900 five-centavo per kilowatt- 2009, Citibank said in its If OFW earnings are cut from P229 billion to P238
ployment rate up from 7.2 jobs disappearing, while hour relief (kwh) as gen- Asia-Pacific market analy- by 15 percent to preserve billion, Trinidad said.
percent in January to 7.7 part-time employment eration charges dropped to sis. The figure is about 30
percent last month.
The jobless rate has not
edged up slightly.
Job losses were also
P4.45/kwh in February.
Transportation costs
percent lower than 2008’s
$16.4 billion.
Statscan: 538,200 go on EI
been this high since August reported in professional, also dipped with the 50- Lower remittances may At least 538,200 Cana- The number of EI bene-
2003. scientific and technical ser- centavo jeepney fare reduc- compromise the country’s dians received regular Em- ficiaries rose in all provinces
Statistics Canada said the vices, with 31,100 jobs cut. tion in mid-February. economic growth targets ployment Insurance (EI) and territories year-on-year,
February figures brought to The trade sector lost Economic planners are since funds from OFWs benefits in December 2008, with the largest increases in
295,000 the number of jobs 17,700 jobs, while employ- counting on easing inflation boost demand for products up 25,000 or 4.9 percent British Columbia, 33.2 per-
lost since October, when the ment in educational services to boost private consump- ranging from cellphones to from November. cent); Alberta, 30.3 percent
economy began to feel ef- fell by 14,700. tion, to ease the impact of condominiums. Statistics Canada said and Ontario, 29.6 percent.
fects of a global recession. The manufacturing sec- the global financial crisis The “global supply” of the number of those receiv- Most census metropoli-
Of the total, 129,000 jobs tor added 24,700 jobs in on the local economy. OFWs may diminish, Citi ing regular EI benefits rose tan areas experienced an
were lost in January. February, but employment Private consumption ac- analyst Jun Trinidad said. by 79,100 between Decem- increase in the number of
Ontario leads in the sector was down by counts for 70 percent of the New hires and rehires ber 2007 and December regular beneficiaries.
The largest February job over 104,000 from Febru- gross domestic product. were seen to decline by 2008, a 16.6 percent rise. The largest year-over-
loss was in Ontario, where ary 2008. The government is pre- anywhere from 37 to 51 The number of men on year changes occurred in
35,300 jobs were shed off, Agriculture was the only dicting a 3.9-percent aver- percent as the crisis cuts benefits went up 21.7 per- London, +75.5 percent;
followed by Alberta, 23,700; other sector to add jobs last age inflation rate for the demand for labor in foreign cent; while for women, 8.6 Windsor, +61.3 percent;
and Quebec, 18,400. month, as employment rose Philippines this year and shores, he said, adding that percent higher month-on- Kitchener, +50.9 percent
In four months past, On- by 16,700. 4.7 percent in 2010. PNA OFW deployment may fall month. and Victoria, +49.1 percent.

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Why pay tax on money you never see?
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AFCA launches free tax clinics

NANNY REQUIRED A tax seminar joined in
by 80 members of the As-
hands-on workshops on
personal income tax prepa-
► March 29 at the Ka-
layaan Cultural Community


sociation of Filipino Cana- rations for the tax clinics. Centre; and
dian Accountants (AFCA) The tax clinics started ► April 4 at The Gate-
launched this year’s AFCA on Feb. 28. Remaining clin- way Centre for New Cana-
Eglinton West/Oakwood Area Tax Clinic Community Ser- ics are scheduled on: dians.
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children and light housekeeping officer. ► March 28 at the tributions are appreciated,
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Arts & Entertainment MANILA MEDIA MONITOR
MARCH 2009 35
Canlapan, Malabanan SEOUL DRIVING SCHOOL
topbill PPC-O Celeb Night YELLOWBIRD
6013 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
Rising singing sensa-
tions Cassandra Malabanan
and Inah Canlapan are set
to topbill the Philippine
Press Club-Ontario’s (PPC-
O) Celebrity Night at Casa
Manila on March 20.
Malabanan and Canla-
pan have shown their vocal
prowess as guests during
the PPC-O’s installation of
officers in July last year.
co-chairmen Ramon Datol
and Ace Alvarez said talents Enverga, of PNB Remit led “is one occasion for com-
from Studio Six Produc- by Jun Miranda, and of the munity mediamen to un-
tions would also be featured Mississauga-based Gateway wind and share thoughts.”
in the club’s monthly event. Centre for New Canadians. It also provides the re-
Invited celebrity guests Master DJ and PPC-O laxed forum by which PPC- T.H.D. CONSULTANTS
include officers and mem- member Larry Torres will O members could interact
bers of the Philippine In- provide the night’s music. and network with commu- 4800 Sheppard Ave., East Unit 123, Scarborough, Ont., M1S 4N5
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Filipino singers in a fund-
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Sabado ... is presented
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in cooperation with PNB
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DE LEON BELLO (To page 38)

Search for Young Pinoy Singing champ on

The search for the 2nd
Young Pinoy Canada sing-
ing champion is on, as
hopefuls gear up for judg-
ment day at the Kalayaan
Cultural Community Centre
in Mississauga on April 11.
This year’s winner will
succeed 2008 champion
Candace Santos, who later
won the Young Asian Cana-
dian singing contest.
The hopefuls are be-
tween 14 to 25 years old on
February 11, 2009; have full CANDACE SANTOS and JOSE SAAVEDRA
or part Filipino ancestry;
have legal status in Canada; spot in the Young Asian Ca- ing tilt will receive $1,000
not under contract for any nadian singing contest pre- plus a trip to Asia; the 2nd
entertainment-related inter- finals on May 29. placer, $500 and a trip to
est; and have not joined last The 2nd placer is eligi- London, England; and the
year’s contest. ble to compete in the open 3rd placer, $250 and a trip
The deadline for regis- competition on May 24 to Orlando, Florida.
tration is on March 31. against 2nd place winners The open, pre-final and
Detailed information from participating commu- final competitions will be
may be secured at www. nities and ten contestants conducted at the Chinese or through from the open audition. Cultural Centre of Greater
Jose Saavedra. The competition finals Toronto.
Prizes, spots is on June 14. The search is in conjunc-
The Young Pinoy Cana- The top placer of the tion with the celebration of
da winner gets an automatic Young Asian Canadian sing- Asian Heritage Month. PR
36 Arts & Entertainment MANILA MEDIA MONITOR
MARCH 2009

Sharon bags another award

ABS-CBN’s Sunday awards in the past, including during concert night. Win-
night show Sharon continues the 2007 Best Entertainment ners from outside Ontario
to touch lives and bring joy Program by the Catholic will get round-trip airline
to Filipino families around Mass Media Awards. It has passage for two. Winners
the globe. also been highly commended will be drawn on May 19.
And once more, Sharon in the Asian TV Awards. To join, send three quali-
brought the Best Celebrity It airs every Sunday after fying transactions to the
Talk Show plum from the Rated K! on ABS-CBN. PR Philippines from participat-
prestigious Gawad Tanglaw Western Union promo ing Western Union agents
(Gawad Tagapuring mga Western Union has between March 1 to April
You Changed My Life co-star John Lloyd Cruz visits Akademisyan ng Aninong launched a promo that gives 30.
the ABS-CBN International Office in Redwood City TV has ... Gumagalaw), which has away two VIP tickets each Fill the entry form and
and poses with (from left) community relations (From page 8) given honors to exceptional for five winners for the Sha- send - together with three
manager Mitos Santisteban, managing director Most parents would think achievements in the field of ron Cuneta Live! concert at original “To Send Money
Chinky De Jesus and Kerwin Du of Starry Starry twice before pampering their entertainment arts, broadcast the Metro Toronto Conven- Form Receipts” to the ad-
Store and Theatricals. PR/Photo: NIÑO NUCUM children with expensive and print media since 2003. tion Centre on June 7. dress on the entry form.
gadgets that would only lure Sharon, hosted by Western Union will also This should be received on

You Changed My Life hits criminals.

Hence, it is not the home
Megastar Sharon Cuneta,
has received numerous
book free one-night hotel
accommodation for winners
or before May 15. (See ad,
page 2)

Scarborough, Mississauga but television in particular,

media in general, that may
be culpable. First Get Lit! competition reels off
As part of the 15th anniversary celebration of TFC, ABS- The rest of the fault lie
CBN International’s Starry Starry Store and Star Cinema with the social and family To mark the 35th anniversary of the To- Toronto Arts Council Foundation (TACF)
are taking the film You Changed My Life to Toronto and environment. ronto Arts Council (1974-2009), the City of on or before May 4.
Mississauga, after sold-out premieres in the U.S. At the just concluded Toronto invites residents of all ages to get A special jury will review all submis-
Starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo, the film awarding of the most creative and submit their Toronto-inspired sions and consider how the works make
will be shown at the Coliseum, Scarborough Town Centre child-friendly cities works to the first-ever Get Lit! competi- people think about Toronto in new, inter-
from March 20 to 26 and at Empire Studio 10, Square One, and municipalities, we tion. esting, and inspiring ways. The first prize
Mississauga from March 27 to April 2. challenged the winning Creative work includes poetry, short fic- winner will get $700; the second, $200; and
Cruz and Geronimo were named SM Cinema Box mayors. tion, painting, collage, sculpture, poster art, third, $100.
Office King and Queen in 2008, after their first starrer A Being child-friendly banner design, or even photography, a short Get Lit! submissions will be featured at
Very Special Love grossed P180 million and topped all does not stop with putting video and a sound recording. a special exhibition at the TACF on May 23
other movies in the Philippines during the year. up playgrounds or day-care Get Lit! submissions must include a lit- and 24.
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, You Changed My centers. erary element – either printed text or spoken Winners will also be featured on the
Life also stars Rayver Cruz, Dante Rivero, Rowell Santiago, There is a more sinister, word incorporated into or accompanying TACF website and in Open Book Toronto.
Matet De Leon, Bernard Palanca, Joross Gamboa, Johnny more pervasive influence the work. Get Lit! is produced by the TACF, in as-
Revilla, Bing Pimentel, Al Tantay, among others. that they should mind. There is no minimum word count re- sociation with Lit City, where Toronto sto-
You Changed My Life is on a 12-city theatrical run in It is the medium that has quired. ries meet Toronto settings taking place from
the U.S. and Canada. PR all but replaced reading. Applications must be submitted to the March to May 2009. PR
Arts & Entertainment MANILA MEDIA MONITOR
MARCH 2009 37
Maghanoy presents new play
Ragual eyes anew USA Worldshowcase Talent title Filipino Canadian
playwright Jason Magha-
noy has been included
Maghanoy is one of
two playwrights commis-
sioned by the Playwrights
Brampton songstress This year, Jasmine Raines. of Bramption City. anew in the Buzz, which Theatre Centre (PTC),
Jasmine Elaine Ragual has has eyed the title, as she On March 20, she will She is active with the recognizes new plays and The News Program!
been invited anew in the conveyed her thanks to those again be a featured soloist Fiesta Filipina Dance theater artists in Toronto. He will be in Vancou-
USA Worldshowcase Talent who have been supporting at the BSO’s world concert Troupe of Canada that will Maghanoy, who has ver from June 8 to 12 for
Competition in Las Vegas. her to reach for her goal. tour to South Beach in touring Poland in Aug. been receiving excellent the presentation of his
Jasmine was the Most To vote, log into www. Miami, Florida. In Oct., Jasmine will reviews for his works, newest play, tentatively
Potential awardee in the, Jasmine was 2008 play Annie in the Taste of showcased his play Throat titled Tear, as part of
solo child female category, and click ‘vote’. Results are junior champion of the CNE Broadway charity concert at the Theatre Passe Mu- PTC’s New Play Festival.
earning her a spot in the posted weekly, until the Top Rising Star Search and of the Markham Federation raille on March 12. PR
internet voting process that 10 are left for the final poll. 2008 Arts Acclaim Awardee of Filipino Canadians. PR
began on March 11. Jasmine, 12, has guested
In August last year, she
came in third place over-all
after the final cyberspace
and has sung solo with
the Brampton Symphony
Orchestra (BSO) under the
Big Penoy is coming!
voting. baton of Maestro Robert By SAMANTHA ASENCE
Jarrel Montes is an brought the house down!
aspiring stand-up comedian. Everything else was
Born in Cagayan de Oro, history.
this young fellow has been Some of his past
bringing joy and laughter to performances included
the people around him. front acting for a comedy
At a very young age, his night at M Studio where
talent for making people Rex Navarete was in the
laugh has become apparent. audience.
At nine years old, he He even hosted and front
would make family and acted for another comedy
friends cry their eyes out show – Comedy Week
laughing with his jokes and – which featured a group
funny antics. of Filipino comedians from
He was so entertaining Laffline and Punchline.
that his short skits became It’s now his turn to have
a crowd favorite during his own show. On May 9,
gatherings. MONTES Jarrel will perform at M
He even won the Best Studio with guests Darius
Actor award in one of his from sharing his passion He first showcased his CirIa and Ruth Morales.
Jasmine (center) poses with artist-real estate school plays when he was with others. talent during one of the When asked what the
developer John Cutruzzola (left) and Brampton in Grade 5. He joined the group group’s activities. audience could expect from
Mayor Susan Fennell after the Art for the Arts His family migrated to Youth for Christ (YFC) He played the character him, he summed it up in
dinner gala and concert at the Rose Theatre on Canada when he was 13. shortly after they came to of a potato during one three words – Fun, Fun,
Feb. 15. But that didn’t stop Jarrel Toronto. of their plays and his act Fun!

3 P.M.
MARCH 2009 Life & Leisure
TO diva Josie de Leon to have TV show Joel Recla

Toronto-based songstress Josie de Leon (center, seated) is all excited as

she talks about her upcoming television show with members of the com-
munity media, during the launching of the Canadian Aid and Relief Project.
Expected to air near the end of March, De Leon’s TV appearance is produced
by Studio Six. Photo: JOJO TADURAN
TV ads reach far.
Mikey Bustos to launch 2nd CD ... ADVERTISE with
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Mikey will sign au- p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. and we will continue to do
tographs on his new CD, Dancing starts at 10 p.m. this as long as we receive Aries (March 21 –April 19): A new age, a new start, you are admired by your
his second, which he will The Philippine Courier used wheelchairs and walk- subordinates in the workplace for your objective and strong nature. However, with your
launch after the show. (TPC) publisher/editor-in- ers from these kind-hearted strengths come your weakness, and that’s what you need to work on. Know what it is your
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4. Pagbaba ng tubig 12 13 14 and place for everything. Lucky Number 2
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20. Bangin 35 36 37 nature as one that may lead to your career path. People come open their hearts to you
22. Isalin because they feel that you can understand them most. Consider going into the medical
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24. Bintang field. Lucky Number 2
27. Hulapi 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 Libra (Sept 24 – Aug 23): You have done well with all the things being thrown at
28. Pangunahing tauhan you left, right and centre. Your balanced nature, and positive attitude has gone a long way.
32. Konstitusyon 48 49 50 51 Your influence is appreciated by others. Your loved ones will need you most this month for
35. Sangkap sa hitso support. Continue to strive to be the best that you can be. Lucky Number 14
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36. Pang-angkop Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 22): Your hardwork, drive and persistence will reward you
37. Wari 55 56 57 in plenty. Though people may covet what you have. Know that you have earned it! Use
38. Itali your goodwill to inspire others to achieve their dream. Lucky Number 8
40. Binago ang pamu- Sagittarius (Nov. 23 – Dec. 21): You’ve got the right stuff and you’re on the
nuan 4. Hawak na pera 30. Tinggalan ng tubig right track, baby! Lucky Number 88
44. Pag-aalis ng balbas 5. Dahilan 31. Bantay ng bahay Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19): Sometimes, the world may seem cruel because
48. Bagyo 6. Katiwala 33. Reklamuhan everyone seems to be giving you unwanted advice. You don’t wish to hear it, because
49. Angkan 7. Ihambalang 34. Balat ng niyog it’s not true, right? Perhaps you should consider being more open minded – you will be
51. Saksak 8. Tanong sa mamimili 38. Estado ng Amerika surprised how much you can learn about yourself, and what you can change to make things
52. Panghihina 9. Pasubali 39. Higaang kawayan better for you. Lucky Number 12
53. Bawas gatong 10. Gukgok ng baboy 40. Bisiro Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18): Feeling sorry for yourself will not help you win in
54. Gamit sa biyahe 11. Yeso 41. Gawi pagkagising the end. Wallow for awhile if you must, but don’t drag it on and on. No matter where you
55. Biskwit ng Cebu 19. Gara 42. Maiksing sulat are in life, you should count your blessings. Be thankful, and continue to smile, and good
56. Siyudad sa Bikol 21. Pangatnig 43. Asong nakakahilam things will happen to you! Lucky Number 23
57. Pansin 23. Bagsak, pag inulit 45. Pinatuyong hipon Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20): Taking some time off to reflect is the first step towards
24. Asam 46. Huwag isama your next journey. Try to remember a really trying time in your life, one that you didn’t
PABABA 25. Puno ng barangay 47. Kubli think you could ever get over, and compare that to a time when something really amazing
1. Tagulamin 26. Parte ng katawan 50. Negrito happened to you. What was the difference with your emotional state? Pretty obvious…
2. Kutkutin 28. Inang-bayan your positive attitude will go a long way! So what are you waiting for? Go out there and
3. Amoy ng sunog 29. Disinteriya (Sagot sa PAHINA 32) celebrate, you’re already halfway there. Lucky Number 30
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