Monthly Archives: August 2013

Napoles, pork barrel scam ‘mastermind,’ goes to jail


September 1, 2013
MAKATI CITY (PilipinasNews)– Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brain in the P10-billion pork barrel fund scam, is now languishing at the Makati City Jail (MCJ) a day after she voluntarily surrendered to President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacanang last Thursday. Continue reading

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Hopefully Not Lost in Translation : What Japan’s Lost Decades Tell Us Here in the U.S.A.


[ “Part One – How Japan’s Miracle Fell Apart” appeared in the August 1-15 issue of MegaScene. It recounts how Japan’s economy fell from being fast-growing and challenging the U.S.A. for global dominance in the 1980’s to a stagnating and declining economy today. In essence, a massive financial crash in the early 1990’s saw Japanese businesses, banks and households lose much of their savings and wealth when a property market bubble suddenly collapsed. Since then, the Japanese economy never fully recovered. It fell into a long-term trap of deflation and recession. Continue reading

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Shameful Scapegoating of a Filipino American TV Producer


Few Filipino Americans, or Asian Americans for that matter, are as deeply respected and as highly regarded in the field of journalism as Lloyd LaCuesta, who retired last year after working at Oakland TV station KTVU for 35 years, most recently as its South Bay bureau chief. He was the founder and first president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and has won six Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Continue reading

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Controversial medical therapies


“For ladies who want larger breasts, men who want larger and longer penises, for those who want to be taller, and for older people who want to have instant rejuvenation and a sex drive and performance of a teenager, send me your money and I will make your dream come true!” Continue reading

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Baguio: Kabisera sa Tag-araw (Huling Bahagi)


Makulay na bahagi ng buhay ko, o marahil ninumang taga-Luzon, ang pamamasyal sa Baguio tuwing tag-araw. Bahagi rin naman ang Baguio sa nagbabago-bagong kabanata sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas.
Paboritong pasyalan ang Baguio ng mga kaibigang manunulat sa komiks noong dekada otsenta. Madalas ay sa mga panahon ng Abril at Mayo, pero kahit anong buwan basta naisipan ay “umaakyat” sa Baguio. Kahit kaunti ang baon . Continue reading

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‘LA MIGRA!’ Immigration Reform Part One


“Inmigración de Estados Unidos. Abre la puerta! Tenemos órdenes de deportación para…” Few things are as frightening as lightening raids conducted by armed agents of the United States immigration services. Federal agents showing up at homes, places of business appearing as if out of nowhere is enough to scare anybody out of their wits especially hapless illegal aliens hoping to evade deportation proceedings. Continue reading

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Dolce Far Niente (Sweet Nothingness)


Idleness is the devil’s workshop. Doing nothing is boring. Couch potatoes, loafers and other losers are at the risk of depression. Inactivity is not a healthy habit. And so they say. Tradition has a long reservoir of clichés condemning the absence of work. Our folks taught us that it is never good to do nothing. Continue reading

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The ‘shopping spree’ begins!


Driving on the fast lane of daang matuwid – “straight path” – President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III never had it so good… until now.  By a twist of fate, right after he delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 22, a number of his political allies, personal friends, and relatives were implicated in several corruption scandals.    Continue reading

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On more US troops in the Philippines


August 16, 2013
Negotiations have started on how more American soldiers, equipment, including war ships and airplanes and war materials, could be stationed on rotation basis in Philippine territory. The idea is to provide greater support to the Philippine forces in keeping with the US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement as the Filipinos continue to suffer from continued bullying and aggression from China which claims almost all islands and reefs in the West Philippine Sea and the bigger South China Sea. The greater objective though is to ensure free access and passage by all tthrough international waters in the area considering that the bulk of cargoes in the region pass through it. Continue reading

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Ryan Agoncillo mulls transfer from TV5 to GMA


August 16, 2013
Is actor and television host Ryan Agoncillo transferring from TV5 to GMA? From the looks of it, there is indication that the husband of Judy Ann Santos may yet indeed move to the network where his wife is also being rumored to be transferring. Ryan made the hint as TV5 decided to end its top-rated talent search, “Talentadong Pinoy,” which the actor hosts. Continue reading

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