Monthly Archives: September 2014

Pangasinan celebrates vibrant tourism


September 16, 2014
LINGAYEN — Pangasinan officials have declared September as Pangasinan Tourism Month to provide the needed linchpin in promoting the province’s vibrant tourism industry.
Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. signed Provincial Resolution No. 743-2014 adopted by the Sanguniang Panlalawigan declaring the month of September and every year thereafter as “Pangasinan Tourism Month” during its regular session on September 1. Continue reading

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Pacquiao ready for Mayweather dream fight


September 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES/MANILA – The elusive dream fight between two world boxing icons – the undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao – may finally happen next year.
This as promoters of both fighters, including Top Rank’s Bob Arum, have confirmed meeting and talking about the fight which boxing fans have been waiting to happen for a decade now. Also, executives of HBO and Showtime have also met to thresh out possible arrangement on pay-per-view airing of the fight globally. Continue reading

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Marcos again in Malacanang? Senator weighs in 2016 plans


September 16, 2014
BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte – Marcos again in the Palace?
Why not! Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., one of the most popular senators in the country,
has been urged to run for president in 2016.
Groups wanted him to follow the footsteps of his father former President Ferdinand Marcos and continue the legacy of the Marcoses. And the senator is fit to run the Palace, so they say. Now for the big question:
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Filipino Cinema: New Directions/New Auteurs


September 16, 2014
The contemporary cinema of the Philippines is a hidden treasure, a popular cinema that excels in passionate stories and rousing entertainment featuring an array of established and emerging stars. From September 6 through 27, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents Filipino Cinema: New Directions/New Auteurs, a sampler of five new works—all Chicago premieres—by directors making waves at festivals from Cannes to Toronto and beyond.
In the 1970s, the late Lino Brocka (MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT, INSIANG), internationally renowned auteur, created a model for a socially aware cinema in the Philippines that was simultaneously box-office dynamite. Brocka cannily employed the conventions of the melodrama, the soap opera, and the action film, and cast top stars alongside non-professional actors in stories that most often targeted social injustice and political corruption.
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PHL gov’t to overcome pressing problems, says PNoy


September 16, 2014
MANILA (PhilamPress) – President Benigno S. Aquino III has vowed to resolve the pressing problems his administration faces in the remaining two years of his term.
Speaking during the Agenda-Setting with Dialogue Partners, which was attended by members of Congress and the Cabinet, coalition allies, leaders and representatives of various civil society organizations and business groups at Malacanang’s Rizal Hall, President Aquino focused on four issues the government is facing and the steps it is taking to resolve them.
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No Time for a Holiday In Europe Continuing Austerity Cuts Deep Into Society and Families -What Lessons for Our Future?


On holiday in Sicily, southern Italy, I am struck how deeply five years of “austerity” policies in the Eurozone countries have cut into the economies, and into families’ lives and prosperity in all the eighteen nations of the Eurozone. August traditionally has been a holiday month when most Europeans take time off for summer vacations. In these long extended troubled times, since the 2009 Great Crash, far fewer Europeans are taking a break. Continue reading

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WHY TPS MATTERS TO US ALL


They are often referred to, half-jokingly, as TNTs, the Tagalog acronym for Tago ng Tago (hiding and hiding) or Takot na Takot (very afraid). But it is no laughing matter to be a Filipino out of lawful immigration status in the U.S., constantly hiding from immigration authorities and always anxiously fearful of being deported back to the Philippines. They often work for the lowest wages as domestic servants or caregivers, and reside with their employers or in cheap, overcrowded housing. Despite their abject living conditions, they still somehow manage to remit money back to their relatives in the Philippines. Continue reading

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Silent Heart Attack


Many patients with coronary heart disease have no chest pains or other symptoms indicative of ischemia (diminished blood flow and oxygen to the coronary arteries that supply the muscles of the heart). As such, this silent (asymptomatic) type of ischemia is treacherous and increases the risk of sudden and unexpected death and other cardiac events. Symptoms, in any illness, are the body’s defense alert system, a good warning sign that allows the affected individual time to do something pre-emptive to protect itself and prevent serious complications, like in seeking prompt medical help. Silent ischemia could strike an individual surreptitiously, causing heart attack or even cardiac arrest. These are the sudden deaths we all hear about every now and then, where the victims do not even know or realize the dangerous situation they are in. Continue reading

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Rizal Underground, Rizal’s Background


Kabilang sa sangkaterbang bandang sumulpot noong dekada nubenta ang kuwartet na Rizal Underground (RUG) na pinaglideran ng magkapatid na Mike, punong gitarista, at Angelo Villegas, tanging bahista. Para mapabilang sa RUG, kumalas si Angelo sa The Jerks na bandang mas mahilab ang kita, mas taga-sa-panahon at (dahil sa) mas may pangalan at humigit-kumulang permanenteng mga groupie. Pero kailangan niyang sumugal sa isang bagong-tatag na grupong wala pang pruweba at, higit sa lahat, wala pang mga groupie. Nasubaybayan ko ang unang album nilang self-titled hanggang sa ikalawang istudyo-album na Diskaril. Kahit nagpapaka-fab four ay umaangat ang timplang kayumanggi sa kanilang mga liriko, tunog, at areglo. Continue reading

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ROMANIA Part Two


I love food; my picture proves it. My initial culinary ventures into the art of Romanian cuisine wasn’t much to ‘rah-rah’ about but don’t let my limited experiences scare you off. If you visit Romania I’m sure the local chefs won’t disappoint; use your search engine and type in ‘Romania’s restaurants in Bucharest’ for a wide selection to choose from. Also check out ‘Romanian recipes;’ you’ll be amazed at the good eats you’ll find and may want to prepare some yourself. Continue reading

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