Monthly Archives: July 2013


July 16, 2013
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO – An elderly Filipino-American couple, a woman and her sons were among the passengers injured when an Asiana airplane carrying more than 230 passengers from Seoul, South Korea crashed at the San Francisco International Airport last Saturday. At least two persons were killed and more than 100 were injured in that crash. Continue reading


Chances for House okay of US immigration reform bill improve

July 16, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK – Chances for the passage of the immigration reform bill in the House of Representatives continue to improve as Republicans admitted that they  support reforms to benefit millions of undocumented aliens in US. With both parties in the U.S. Congress looking hard at immigration reform, experts said no bill will pass that does not include a path to citizenship for around 11 million undocumented workers. Continue reading

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Polar Bears and Glaciers Are Talking. But Are We Listening?

“ What is a man alongside infinity? – To see a surprising prodigy of Nature, let him seek out the smallest thing he knows. Let a mite reveal the incomparable smallness of its body, its limbs, its veins, the smallest drops of its blood. He may think this perhaps the smallest thing in Nature. But inside it, I will show him a new abyss – an immense natural world conceivable inside the still smaller frame of an atom.” Continue reading

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Global Networking: What is Bayan’s position on China’s imperialism?

At a fund raiser for the Filipino Advocates for Justice in Oakland on June 20, I sat down with Joe, the former national chair of Bayan USA, to ask him if his group planned to join the July 24 global protest against China s occupation of the Ayungin Reef. Continue reading

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When chest pains hit you

In these days of health-consciousness, almost everyone is concerned about chest pains and possible heart attack, especially individuals who are 40 and older. While we hear occasionally of cases of heart attack among those in their 30s or even 20s, most likely candidates are actually those who eat red meat regularly, do not exercise, who smoke, who are overweight, and 40 years of age and older. The peak average age incidence is about 65. Continue reading

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Sa ilang panahon ay ikaapat nang Hulyo ang petsang ipinagdiriwang na araw ng kasarinlan ng Pilipinas pagkat ibinaba ang bandilang Amerikano kasunod ang pagwagayway ng bandila ng Pilipinas sa Luneta noong Hulyo 4, 1946 o humigit-kumulang isang taon matapos mapaalis ang mga mananakop na Hapon sa kapuluan noong Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig. Iisa noon ang petsa ng pagdiriwang ng araw ng kalayaan ng Pilipinas at US. Continue reading

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DOPERS’ HOLIDAY Legalizing Marijuana – Part Two

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Many Americans take a casual outlook towards marijuana. The Asian attitude regarding cannabis use is at the polar extreme of the legalization debate. Punishment in some Far Eastern countries is spelled out in one word; D-E-A-T-H! When travelers enter Singapore Changi Airport there’s a large poster of a hangman’s noose warning visitors of the ultimate penalty for controlled substance use. Continue reading

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The Colors of Summer

Blue is the color of a cloudless summer when heat invites people to shed off fibers that cover their skin. She was barely 17, young and innocent. He was 21, almost an inveterate kid in the skills of subtle attraction. Their rendezvous took place in an old aula of behind the Oblation Plaza of the University of the Philippines, a historic building where intellectual footprints and radical souls left their grimes on walls. Continue reading

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Caraga Diary

The Caraga Region or Region XIII is one of the 17 administrative regions of the Philippines. Located in northeast Mindanao, it is composed of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands. Continue reading

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Would ‘Sex-for-fly’ hurt P-Noy’s reforms?

Government officials call them “heroes.” They are the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have remitted more than $20 billion last year, twice their remittances 10 years ago. And their remittances have kept the economy afloat during bad economic times. Continue reading

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