friends InternatIonal MagazIne noVeMBer 2009



friends InternatIonal MagazIne noVeMBer 2009
friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
editor’s note
Dear FIM readers,
48 issues and counting!
Published by
Smart Way International Ltd
5D Sun King Building
580 Queen’s Road West
Hong Kong
Tel: 5182 5569
Email: [email protected]
Capt. Rosendo C. Herrera
Arnold P. Grospe
Willy Castañar
We are thankful to you, our dear readers, for your
continued support and patronage. Difficult times
becomes easier because we know that you are always behind us. A lot of
people may have doubted us, but you did not. That is why we persevere, as
always to give you the best publication that you deserve for always sticking
with us. We would not have come this far if it were not for the inspiration
that you continue to give us. Whatever is contained in this magazine is all
Our gratitude also extends to our columnists and contributors. Without
them, there won’t be an FIM. They devote their time and efforts so that you
will have a worthwhile magazine to read. Be it messages of hope, good news
or timely advise, they see to it that they give you much needed information
to help out in your day-to-day life.
Bro. Eddie Villanueva
Bro. Rolly Estrella
Barrister Ody Lai
Noel Asinas
Cora Carsola
Dra. Gertrude P. Chan, FPDS
Ruel Y. Quezon
Words cannot express our appreciation for all of you. We are grateful.
Thank you.
Bobby Campus
Jo Mabalot
Nery/Leo Jimena
Rodel Concha
Letty Romero
The Christmas season is at hand too! A lot of our countrymen need our
help. We all have different ways on how we can be of help. The most
important thing is we can do something to brighten one’s day by sharing
what we can.
Adelaida Mogol
Bernadette Benitez
April Joy
Remely Valdez
Violy Pascual
Noemi Paniza
Julia Buen Terry
Lucida Maingpis
My dela Roca
Riza Acosta
This month, we feature a number of organizations who have just celebrated
their founding anniversaries as well. Most of the activities of different
associations now are geared towards helping our less fortunate countrymen,
especially the victims of the recent typhoons that left parts of our country
in ruins.
Last November 14, our very own Manny Pacquiao made us all proud to
be Filipino again. He knocked out Miguel Cotto to win a 7th title in a 7th
weight division. A record he now shares with no one. Even though he had
a tough task at hand, his determination never wavered and with us, his
countrymen behind him, he fought gallantly for our country. Many now
consider him as the greatest of all time, but the greatest thing about Manny
is that he remains a humble champion.
Like Manny, we at FIM always think of the greater things that we can
accomplish but stay grounded and always remembering what brought us
to publish this magazine in the first place, and that is to be of service to the
Filipino community here in Hong Kong.
Smart Way International Ltd
You can count on us, that in the coming isues of FIM, we will continue to
give you the very best to sustain the trust that you have bestowed on us and
hope that our bond long continues.
No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole
or in part without the prior writtent consent of the
publisher. Opinions and comments of writers, columnists
and contributors do not necessarily reflect those of
the management’s or any staff of Friends International
Maraming Salamat Po!
We welcome editorial articles, photographs and illustrations
for publication. Please send all communications and
materials to: Friends International Magazine, 5D Sun King
Building, 580 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong.
This issue marks our fourth year anniversary. Time
flies fast. It was just a few years ago since we started
publishing your favorite community magazine.
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Mabuhay ang lahing Filipino!
Happy reading.
Arnold P. Grospe
Managing Editor
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friends Co mm uni t y B oa r d
Dano crowned Ms. Barkadahan `09
by Arnold P. Grospe
James Blanco, joined the candidates and
became the most applauded part of the show.
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To all Association Leaders in Hong Kong. You are all
invited to join the newly formed Council of Filipino Leaders (CFL) for more info pls call Gen Sec Medy Borlaza at
6773 1021.
The Island Evangelical Community Church is offering
free Cantonese class every Saturday (except the 3rd), at
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at its church located at 8/F
633 King’s Road Quarry Bay (MTR Quarry Bay Station
Exit C). For more information, contact 2864 9337, 2864
9360 and look for Riza Guevarra.
Nurses who are interested in taking the National
Licensing Examination in Hong Kong on December 12
and 13 are urged to attend the refresher courses by the
FNA-HK. Getting the approval to have the examination
here will depend on the number of examinees. For more
information please call 95180835 for registration.
In celebration of our 3rd LAWA anniversary, we are
inviting everyone to join our Search 4 Champions 09
Competition in Modern, Ballroom, Show Dance, and
Singing (Duet) contest which will be held in Oct. For
more details, call Menard at 6335 2837.
The Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines
(IMAP-HK) is calling all underboard midwives to join its
review for the upcoming midwifery board examination
to be held in Hong Kong. The review will be held every
Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon at First Metro, United
Centre, Admiralty. For details, contact 94397853 and
DAMAYAN OFW-HK invites all interested parties, groups
or individuals who wants to join the Christmas Lantern
Competition. DAMAYAN OFW-HK “Pamaskong Handog
2009” will be held on Dec. 6, 2009 at Bayanihan Centre
Kennedy Town at 9:00-12:00pm. Please contact Ms. Luz
Penaranda with her tel.# 60673869 for more details.
Balaoanians - Hong Kong Association will be having
its search for Mutya ng Balaoan-HK 2009, Balaoan-HK
popularity 2009 at Causeway Bay Community Hall on
November 22. Contact person: Mila 95370801 or Mylene
Attention all Marinduquenos. Those who are interested
Last year’s third-place winner, Rubilyn
Misoles, joined Tadeo during the coronation.
to join the Marinduque Migrant Workers Association,
please don’t hesitate to contact Nos.91757513 /
93420937 / 63405147.
DOMOHK presents 4th anniversary celebration and LookA-Like Singing Contest at Rose Kitchen Johnston Road
Wanchai HK, Dec 13, 2009. For more details contact
Medy Borlaza - 67731021
The Management and staff of Friends International Magazine wish to thank the following
volunteer contributors and distributors for sharing their talent and support to the Magazine.
Gina Montero
Gie Ignacio
Mayvie Acosta
Olive Lasat
Juvy Aldea
Fely Bunso S. Naoe
Mario de los Reyes
Distribution Team
Black Eagle
Novo Ecijano Association
Mindanao Alliance
Oriental Mindoro Society
Cookie Micaller, of Hong Kong News, Vinzon
Gonda of Gen Ex and Joel of Sun Cellular
Philippines, were some members of the Board
of Judges.
Ms. Maricel Dano bested all nine lovely
candidates vying for the crown of Ms.
Barkadahan 2009 in the seventh season of the
Search for Ms. Barkadahan sa Smartone.
Number eight proved to be lucky for 26year-old Dano, who hails from Kidapawan
and representing Mindanao (HK) Migrants
Alliance (MinMa), when she was crowned
as champion. Dano took home HKD 10,000
worth of loads, tricycle and other cash prizes
from different sponsors. The reigning Ms.
Barkadahan 2009 Jenny Tadeo shared her
memorable experience during her farewell
walk and passed on her crown to Dano who
outshined all other candidates during the
coronation night on Oct. 18 at Queen Elizabeth
Stadium in Wan Chai.
Before the final night, all the lovely candidates
toured the famous Windows of the world and
had their pictorial which was presented during
the competition. The search has introduced
a new portion to the delight of the audience
especially the gentlemen as the candidates
paraded and show their body in the swimsuit
competition where celebrity guests, hunks and
top models from Philippines, Luis Alandy,
Brent Javier, Marco Alacaraz, John Hall and
Special guests were Deputy Consul General
Kira Danganan Azucena and vice consul Joy
Banagodos, of the Philippine Consulate in
Hong Kong.
Other guests included the members of Bankers
Group, Sun Cellular Philippines, Cargo and
forwarding companies, Finance Industry,
supporting organizations and VIP members of
the Barkadahan sa Smartone.
NOVEMBER 2009 issue 48
3Editor’s Note
Dano Crowned Ms. Barkadahan ‘09
Cover Story
7Tribal Filipino Migrants Against MSP Delisting
Mga Kuro-Kuro at Palapalagay
10At Your Service
Pains and Aches We Should Not Ignore
12Leyte Achievers Club 6th Anniversary
13OMCA 2nd Anniversary
14Oras ng Himala
15Legal Matters
Jesus The Living God Church Sagip Buhay Project
PCADE Visits Home of Loving Faithfulness
Meaningful Life
Kuwentong OFW
22On Improving the Helping Hand
Philippine Culture & Arts Month
Balitang Showbiz
featured Poems
30Laugh Lines
FIM Outlets
Horoscope and Mind Games
Birthday Corner / Just 4 Kids / Text From The Heart
Dano was the crowd favourite and had the
whole stadium cheering for her every time
her name was called and for every appearance
on stage. Before the Barkadahan Smartone
competition, Dano joined numerous beauty
contests and has won many. She is the reigning
Mutya ng Mindanao.
Cheryl Coyme won the 1st runner up title.
Coyme, representing Love, Peace and Unity
hails from the city of smiles (Bacolod).
Reymalyn “Reyma” Alcantara of Nueva
Vizcaya got the 2nd runner up title. She
represented the Confederation of Ilocano
Associations (CIA-HK) and the Filipino
Livelihood Organization for Reintegration
(FLOR-HK). Alacantara was applauded by
the the audience with her guitar rendition of
“What’s up” and “Panahon na para Magsaya”.
While special award for best in talent was
awarded to candidate no.10, Elvie “Live”
Rescuento, who performed a hip hop sing and
dance which made the stadium come alive and
impressed the judges in the talent portion.
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Tribal Filipino Migrants in HK against MSP Delisting
by Julia Buen Terry
Leaders from different Tribal Filipino Migrant
Groups in Hong Kong unite to push for the
reversal of the Commission of Election
decision in delisting the Migrante Sectoral
Party to represent migrants in the forthcoming
2010 Philippine National Election Party List
Thank you. . .
It’s our 48th issue, marking our fourth
anniversary. We couldn’t have gone
this far if it was not for your unfailing
Now that we are celebrating another
anniversary, we could not help but express
our sincerest gratitude to everyone of you
who continue to patronize FIM.
First and foremost, we put you our readers
ahead of everything else. After all, FIM
is yours more than it is ours. We strive to
give you the best possible magazine that
you will heartfully appreciate.
You can always rely on us to bring you
nothing but the best that you expect out of
us. We will continue to improve to keep
up with the times and to relentlessly serve
and please you.
It wasn’t that long ago when we started all
these. You were the one we had in mind.
Thinking, what’s the best way to convey
and communicate messages, events,
news, fun and games to ease boredom
and provide useful information. That was
when the idea of publishing FIM came
We would also like to thank our advertisers
who continue to trust us to effectively
communicate their products and services
through this publication.
Our indefatigable columnists and
contributors also deserve credit for
everything you read in FIM. Their
untiring efforts and generous sharing of
their time to provide advise, messages,
happiness and spiritual well-being has
encouraged and helped a lot of our dear
The road is long and you can count on us
that we will be with you the rest of the
Again . . . Maraming Salamat Po!
A few greetings from different leaders who are avid readers of Friends International Magazine
Happy 4th anniversary FIM. On behalf of
Kennon Road Overseas Workers (KROW-C
TUBA) and Benguet Federation our heartfelt
gratitude and warmest congratulations to
the whole staff of FIM and contributors,
keep up the good pages, it’s really amazing
and very helpful for us OCWs, reading it
subsides our boredom and homesickness.
Congratulations, Happy 4th anniversary,
magagandang tula at inspirasyon namin
sa aming trabaho, patuloy na pagbibigay
ng payo sa mga problema ng OCW na
sumusulat sa inyo...
God bless Everyone.
Ms. Helena Velasco
Bokod Assocation
Blessed Anniversary.
Gerald Antonio
Benguet Federation
Salamat po FIM dahil ikaw ang nagbibigay
sigla sa aking pang araw-araw na gawain at
nagpapalakas ng mga pinanghihinaan ng
loob sa mga nabasang isinusulat ng kapwa
Good luck.... Happy anniversary.
reference and souvenirs, good luck... more
power FIM... keep up the good work... God
Happy Anniversary! What a great
Norma Capsula
ANIBAHK & Members
From Canada with Love!
Sir Editor,
We enjoy every page of it, the articles,
poems, stories are beautiful and heart
warming. We crave for monthly copies. The
staff and contributors have truly compiled
tremendous amount of wisdom, it’s content
provide great things especially for us OFWs,
its really a wonderful gift to our love ones
and friends.
Rest assured, we will keep our monthly issue
for our family and friends back home, for
them to know our life here abroad, keep as
On 13 October 2009, ComElec delisted
Migrante Sectoral Party along with 25 other
partylist groups without due process. The
Commission said, MSP failed to participate
in the last two preceding election and failed to
obtain at least two percentum (2%) of the vote
casts in the two preceding elections.
Time does not stop and so do we.
Hopefully, we can continue to rely on
your support to keep us motivated, as
always, to bring you the best friendtastic
magazine that you have come to know
and love.
Happy Anniversary Friends International Magazine !
Dear Editor,
Migrante Sectoral Party- Hong Kong headed
by Vicky Casia Cabantac initiated the petition
through a signature campaign jointly signed
by leaders of various Filipino Organizations
attending the Tribal Filipino Sunday held on
18 October 2009 at Belcher’s Park, Kennedy
Town, Hong Kong.
Happy 4th anniversary FIM, we would like
to thank FIM for its existence, my friend
sent me a copy here in Calgary, we love
reading it, as if we are still there in Hong
Kong. We could still see our friends, the
photo activities and inspiring, informative
articles. We’ve learned a lot from it through
the writers, columnists’ articles shared in it.
Mabuhay Friends International Magazine.
Rose, Glory, Benith, Shionda, Jacky and Marilou
According to MSP, it participated in the 2004
election and had not run in the 2007 election
so that it can prepare itself better for the 2010
elections. Hence, ComElec’s interpretation
is flawed and nullifies the participation of
MSP in the next year’s election. Worse, this
was done without prior notice or hearing as
required by the partylist law. MSP’s delisting
smacks of political motivation.
For over three decades now, Migrante has
become the severest critic of the Philippine
Government for its labor export policy. The
government stands to benefit from stopping
MSP in its bid to have a seat in congress
through partylist race.
MSP had already filed a petition to ComElec
and vowed to bring their fight to the Supreme
Court if ComElec turns down their appeal
to be reinstated in the list and be qualified
for participation before the official campaign
starts on February 2010.
“Is this the way the government is treating
what it hails as modern day heroes? Migrante
had done a lot during the Overseas Absentee
Voting Registration in helping the ComElec,
yet this de- listing happen without a valid
reason. This is not acceptable.” Said Cristy
Casia, one of the Filipino Leaders attending
the program.
There is an estimated 9 Million documented
Filipino Migrant Workers in 203 countries
around the world but yet there is no single
migrant representative in the congress until
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Mga kuro-kuro at palapalagay
dito bibigyang buhay . . .
hatid ni April Joy
“Sa iyong palagay, may pagbabago
kayang mararanasan ang mga
Pilipino sa paghahanda sa nalalapit
na kapaskuhan?”
Melanie Ragot – Shatin
“Sa aking palagay malaki ang pagbabagong
mararanasan ng mga Pilipino ngayong
nalalapit na ang kapaskuhan lalo na doon sa
mga nasalanta ng mga
kalamidad nitong mga
nagdaang mga buwan.
Mas iisipin na lang ng
bawat isa na unahin
ang mga importanteng
bagay sa buhay lalo na
yung kanilang pagkain
kesa sa mga dekorasyon
na pwede namang
wala. Sa mga nawalan ng bahay at kabuhayan
ay mararamdaman nila ang kalungkutan
kumpara sa mga nagdaang pasko na walang
kalamidad sa buhay nila na nakaapekto ng
malaki sa bawat isa, at kung walang tutulong
sa kanila paano sila makabangon sa pagsubok
na dumating sa kanila? Doon naman sa mga
mayayaman at yung mga hindi naapektuhan
ng kalamidad ay tuloy pa rin ang kanilang
masaya at magarbong pasko at wala itong
Adelaida Barcelona – Chai Wan
“Mararamdaman ang
kapaskuhan kumpara
sa mga nagdaang mga
taon na talaga namang
ilang buwan pa ay
naghahanda na ang
mga Pilipino. Una kasi
yung mga naranasang
mga bagyo sa Pilipinas na sumira sa maraming
kabuhayan at mga tirahan, gustuhin man nila
wala silang magagawa kundi makuntento
kung ano lang ang kaya dahil karamihan
sa mga napinsala ng kalamidad ay hindi pa
nakaka recover. Dagdag na rin ang lalo pang
pagtaas ng mga bilihin at lahat ng kailangan
sa pang araw-araw subali’t ang pinagkukunan
naman ng kita ay hindi nagbabago. Sa pagiging
Flexible naman ng mga Pilipino ay magagawa
nating maging masaya ang ating pasko kahit
na hindi masyadong marami ang christmas
decors at handa. Saka aanhin natin ang
bonggang paghahanda at dekorasyon kung
pakitang tao lang naman ito, basta kumpleto
ang pamilya at magpasalamat sa dakilang
lumikha isang masayang okasyon na yun at
kalimutan na rin ang mga pangyayari sa buhay
na hindi maganda at magpatuloy lang tayo sa
alam nating magandang bukas na naghihintay
sa bawat isa.”
Jovita Pascua – Tokwawan
“Totoo na maraming
pagbabago ngayong taon
na ito sa pagsalubong
sa kapaskuhan dahil
sa katatapos pa lang
ng mga kalamidad
sa bansa mayaman
man o mahirap ay
mapalad ang mga mayayaman dahil sa
kanila walang pagbabago sa buhay dahil
marami silang pinagkukunan subali’t ang mga
mahihirap na lalo pang naghirap ay hindi na
siguro aasamin ang magarbong okasyon mas
iisipin na lang siguro nila at uunahin ang
kanilang kakainin. Hihintayin na lang nila na
sumapit at lumipas ang pasko ganon na lang.
Ang ibang mayayaman siguro sa halip na
gastusin sa magarbong pasko at dekorasyon
ang kanilang pera pipiliin na lang siguro na
ihandog at itulong na lang ito sa mga mahihirap
na kababayan, doon mas kalulugdan pa sila ng
Diyos at dakila pang matatawag ang kanilang
pasko dahil may mapapasaya silang mga
kapwa Pilipino. Sa mga OFWs naman, siguro
hindi na rin masyadong magbibibili ng mga
bagay na pwede namang wala. Mas uunahin
na lang siguro nila ang mga importanteng
bagay na ipapadala sa kanilang pamilya.”
Nora Concepcion – Yuen Long
“Kaugalian na nating mga Pilipino eventhough
nagka problema ay pipilitin pa rin nating
baguhin ang takbo ng ating mga buhay lalo na sa
pagdating ng kapaskuhan. At lahat ay gagawin
maging masaya lang ang kanilang pasko dahil
minsan sa isang taon lang iyon dumating. Isa
rin sa kainaman sa ating mga Pilipino ay iyong
pagiging matatag sa mga pagsubok sa buhay
at pipiliting bumangon para makapag simula
muli, at lalong nagiging
malapit sa isat-isa
Sa mga salat naman
nating kababayan na
naapektuhan ng sunodsunod na bagyo ay
magiging masaya rin
ang kanilang pasko
kahit na sa isang simpleng paghahanda at
salo-salo. Sa pamamagitan ng mga simpleng
bagay na nagpapasaya sa kanila para na rin
itong nagbigay ng pag asa na darating ang
araw ay makakaahon din sila sa pagdurusa at
magkakaroon ng mas maganda gandang buhay.
Sa mga katulad ko namang OFW, gusto talaga
nating ibigay ang mga bagay na magpapasaya
sa ating pamilya pero siyempre dapat may
hangganan at doon lang sa abot ng ating
makakaya. Sa ganong paraan kasi magiging
masaya na rin tayo at parang naipadama na
rin natin na nandoon tayo sa piling nila sa mga
okasyong gaya ng pasko.”
Ruth Ramos – Tsing Yi
“Sa aking palagay kung
tayong mga Pilipino na
magkaisa at mataimtim
na manalangin sa Diyos
at sabayan natin ng ng
gawa at sikapin nating
makaahon sa mga naranasang pagsubok sa
buhay , magkakaroon tayo ng pagbabago sa
darating na pasko kesa naman umasa tayo sa
gobyerno nating walang magawa sa pangit
nating ekonomiya. At sa mga kababayan
nating naapektuhan ng mga kalamidad, sana
naman mag share ang mga nanunungkulan
sa ating gobyerno ng kaunti nilang karangyaan
sa buhay. Para naman makapag bigay sila ng
saya sa mga kababayan. Sa mga katulad kong
OFW siguro wala namang magbabago ganon
pa rin tulad ng mga nagdaang taon, wish ko
lang sana tayo naman ang yumaman at ng
makauwi na tayo sa Pilipinas.”
Lorina Antipatia – Meifoo
“Para sa akin merong
pagbabago ang pasko
sa taong ito kung
ang paghahanda sa
mga nagdaang taon
magtitipid na ang mga
Pilipino. Isa pa ang
sobrang taas na ng mga
bilihin ngayon sa Pilipinas, dagdag na rin ang
mga pamilya na sobrang naapektuhan ng
mga kalamidad mapapansin ang maraming
kakulangan kumpara sa mga nagdaang mga
pasko. Pero totoo naman na sasapit at lilipas
ang pasko simple man o marangya ang
paghahanda, isipin na lang na hindi naman sa
materyal na bagay mararamdaman ang tunay
na diwa ng pasko kundi sa sayang dulot kung
sama sama ang buong pamilya.”
friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
Your Service
By: Rolando E. Estrella
friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
The author has been in the public service of the Filipino Overseas Workers in Hong Kong for the past 20 years. He gives free advice and
counsel, as well as practical solutions on employment-related problems, family matters, etc. Mr. Estrella or Brother Rolly, as most people
call him, is currently the Vice President of INSURANCE OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS CO., INC. For free counseling, please
send your letters/inquiries to: AT YOUR SERVICE COLUMN, c/o Friends International Magazine, 5D Sun King Building,
580 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong. (Attention to Bro. Rolly)
Dear Bro. Rolly,
My Filipino father was married to my Chinese
mother whose parents are Chinese who migrated
from Taipei to the Philippines when they were
young. In all appearance I am Chinese and while I
speak fluent Tagalog I also learned to speak Fookien
and Mandarin.
I am also good at cooking Chinese dishes due to
the influence of my grandparents. When my
father passed away four years ago, I decided to seek
employment abroad to support my younger brothers
and sisters.
Since I didn’t finish college, the quickest job abroad
is that of being a domestic helper. It wasn’t difficult
for me to get that job when my Chinese employer
learned that I speak Mandarin and I know how to
cook Chinese food.
I came to Hong Kong towards the end of 2006 and
have been with my present employer since then.
They really like me since I do my job well and there
is no cultural difference at all because of my Chines
blood and upbringing.
When I finished my first year contract in November,
2008 my employer decided to hire me as a sales clerk
in one of her beauty parlors in Hong Kong. She said
nobody would suspect that I am a Filipina helper
since I speak Chinese and I look like a Chinese.
She gave me a salary of HK$7,000 a month
which is almost double the salary I received as a
domestic helper. I was very much thankful for that
opportunity she gave me as I was able to send more
money to finance the schooling of my brothers and
She increased my salary to HK$7,500 beginning
May of this year. I should have been happy because
of that increase but instead I got so disappointed
when I learned that my co-worker who is a genuine
Hong Kong national but is a mere parlor cleaner or
janitress is paid HK$9,000 a month.
This is unfair to me since I hold a higher and more
responsible position in the shop.
May I seek your advice so that I could get a fair
treatment from my employer.
Rita, Kowloon
Do not fool yourself by believing that you
should be treated like a local Chinese resident
of Hong Kong.
Quite frankly I will tell you now – you are
illegally employed. You have been permitted
by the Immigration Departrment to work and
stay in Hong Kong only as a domestic helper
in accordance with the terms and conditions of
the standard employment contract. Any other
kind of job outside of your domestic duties is
ILLEGAL and subject to imprisonment and
fines or BOTH and you will not be permitted
to work again in Hong Kong in the future.
Adding more misery to my problem is when I learned
that my 7-year old daughter has speech problem as
relayed to me by her teacher.
My advice – talk to your employer, who is
also in violation of the law and who is liable
to prosecution and penalty as well, and tell
her frankly that you do not want to violate
the condition of your stay and that you just
want to stay in her flat to work as helper as
per contract.
If you are doing good in your household
duties, why not perform better. If you are
doing good-tasting Chinese dishes, why don’t
you do better-tasting dishes.
The quality of your work will speak for
yourself and your employer is not blind not
to recognize it – and then your salary increase
will naturally follow.
Bro. Rolly
Dear Bro. Rolly,
I have recently signed up for my 3rd contract
with my employer. For the past four years of my
employment with my Chinese employer, I was able
to save and at the same time to buy a low-cost house
in Bulacan.
I have four children aged 7, 9, 15 and 18 years all of
whom are going to government schools.
My husband is a jeepney driver and if not for my job
as a domestic helper, I don’t think we will be able to
buy any property and enjoy a comfortable life.
In early March, my oldest daughter texted me from
Bulacan informing me that my husband gets drunk
almost every night and sometimes beat them for no
apparent reason. That surprised me because from the
time I have known him, he never drinks. She also
noticed her father putting my old underwear under
his pillows for reasons she could not understand.
She also told me the problem about my 15-year
old son who does not want to study anymore. His
grades in the school are failing and he lost interest to
continue further.
Pains and Aches We Should Not Ignore
by Bernadette M. Benitez
Fellow OFWs “Our Health Is Our Wealth”.
See to it that we eat healthy food, have a
balanced diet, enough sleep and maintain
I can only blame my husband for his failure to do his
job as a parent while I am away.
I will appreciate to receive your advice.
Miss Sery, Chaiwan
Most husbands I know get drunk due to several
reasons: 1) bad habit; 2) wanting to forget a
bad feeling or memory; 3) sad and lonely.
Your husband’s attitude falls under Category 2
and 3 – wanting to forget a bad feeling and sad
and lonely. It cannot be Category 1 because
as you said he was never a drunkard ‘cause he
never s drinks.
What is happening to your husband is what
husband’s message is clear he wants you home.
He needs help because he could not cope up
with the parenting job alone and he miss you
so much as shown by his placing your undies
under his pillows.
Your attention is also being called by your 15year old son who does not want to continue
studying anymore. His grades are failing and
I am sure this is intentional on his part just to
tell you that he needs the care, love and aid of
a mother – YOU.
My advice – GO HOME before it’s too late
that you might find your husband in the arms
of another woman because you cannot provide
the love and affection he needs from his wife –
Bro. Rolly
However, being an OFW, we sometimes can’t
avoid late sleep. Others don’t even have enough
food supply by employers, an unbalanced-diet
and incorrect time for meals, so pains and
aches arise. At any rate, let’s find ways and
means to survive. Always inject our faith in
God in every circumstance. In my research,
I came across kinds of pains and aches we
shouldn’t ignore.
often it is arthritis but the other possibilities
are heart attack or abdominal problems. One
danger is aortic dissection which can appear as
nagging or sudden pain. Those who have high
blood pressure, with history of circulatory
problems, smokers and diabetics are at risk.
People at risk are menopausal women and
elderly men with high blood pressure.
ABDOMEN - Chest pain could be pneumonia
or heart attack, heart conditions typically
appear as discomfort not pain, heart patients
talk about pressure like an elephant sitting on
their chest, heart disease can masquerade as
stomach trouble such as bloating or discomfort
in the abdomen, pain associated with heart
disease could also be in the upper chest, throat,
jaw, left shoulder or arm accompanied by
nausea. Don’t take it lightly. Have it diagnosed.
UNEXPLAIN PAINS - Various painful and
physical symptoms are common in depression.
Patients will have vague complains of headache,
abdominal pain or limb pain, sometimes in
combination. The pain maybe chronic and
not terribly debilitating depressed people, their
families and health care professionals might
dismiss the symptoms. Loss of interest in
activities, inability to work or think effectively
and difficulty in getting along people are
symptoms of depression.
know that they have diabetes. Peripheral
neuropathy could be one of the first signs.
Burning or pains and needle sensation in the
feet or legs can indicate nerve damage.
But what is Pain? Pain - is the body’s way of
greeting your attention when something is
wrong; you are probably in tune enough with
your body to know when pain is just a bother,
perhaps the carrying of everyday heavy loads
or having indigestion after eating unhealthy
food. You know that an alaxan or an alka
seltzer will solve the problem. Its when pain
might signal something begins, so when in
doubt, don’t self medicate… see a doctor.
Here are the kinds of pains we shouldn’t
- If we Experience this we must see a doctor.
It could be an aneurysm, brain hemorrhage or
brain tumor. If that person has a cold, it could
be a sinus headache. Otherwise, it could either
be an aneurysm or sinus.
CALF PAIN - This is one of the lesser known
dangers in vein. It affects millions of people.
It can be threatening because a piece of the
clot could break loose and cause pulmonary
embolism (a clot in the lungs) which could
be fatal, cancer, obesity, immobility due to
prolonged bed rest or long distance travel,
pregnancy and advance age, swelling or painful
calf muscles, see the doctor quickly.
with the possibility of a rupture, if you still
have your appendix, gall bladder, pancreas and
stomach ulcers, intestinal blockages are some
possible causes of abdominal pain that need
friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
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Leyte Achievers Club International
Marks its 6th Anniversary by Ms. Remely Valdez
of the crowd. A special day as well for the 8
graduates of food and meat processing and 11
graduates of the fashion jewelry making, who
recieved certificates for the completion of their
livelihood training program. The highlight of
the celebration was the Coronation of Miss
Leyte Achievers Club Int’l 2009.
“Matamis na Bunga ng Pinaghirapan Dapat
Ingatan” is the theme of the group which inspired
them to achieve the goals of the association.
November 1 proved to be an enjoyable day
to reminisce while witnessing the wonderful
presentation from the Leyte Achievers Club
International. LACI marked its 6th year of
existence since it was organized in October
2003. The unforgettable celebration was held at
Belcher Bay Park, Kennedy Town.
Battle of talents in singing and dancing added
merriment and entertainment for the benefit
the judges. Bebot Bello and Ms Susie Burce got
2nd place and Lealyn and Janeth got 3rd place.
by Fely Payat
Idos; Secretary: Erollen B. Galvan; Asst. Sec:
Melone O. Vinluan; Treasurer: Felicitas S.
Bautista; Asst. Treasurer: Clarissa Martinez;
Auditor: Brenda D. Atrero; P.R.O.s: Edna
R. Garcia, Cristina C. Paloma, Suzette A.
Pisarro; Bus. Manager: Marilou A. Esperanza,
Evelyn D. Santos, Thelma R. Bandong; Sgt.
& Arms : Alejandro M. Bautista, Vinnet A.
Villamin, Mar R. Garcia, Maria M. Anib;
Muses: Melona R. Rosales, Shirley B. Besa,
Felicitas S. Bautista, Cora U. Villegas; Adviser:
Enrico T. De Leon, Nimfa C. Dulfo, Nora
D. Lozano.
In the solo dance competition, Ms. Rinna
Lyn Abalos from Pangasinan was proclaimed
winner with her amazing performance of belly
dancing. Ms Veronica Lumayno was 2nd place
and Ms. Annabelle Sabalbaro was 3rd place.
The winners from the competion received cash
prizes, trophy, RCBC coupon and PNB bags.
The celebration started at 10:30 am with a
thanksgiving mass officiated by Rev. Father
Emil Lim, followed by Bible Enthronement and
Candle lighting.
One of the amazing performances which
moved the crowd to tears was a pantomime
entitled “Give Thanks” performed by Sister
Cristy Kwan of the Glory Mission. After her
performance, she cited “Shine with glory and
shine whatever situation, we will not afraid coz we
are one family in the eyes of God”.
In the duet singing competition, Ms. Cristina
Intia and Desiree Santiago garnered a high score
from the board of judges and were proclaimed
winners. Their rendition of the song “Tell Him”
dazzled the crowd and impressed the board of
The OWWA Migrant Cantonese Association
(OMCA) celebrated their 2nd year Anniversary
last 25 Oct. 2009 at Bayanihan Kennedy Town
Center with a Coronation of the first Miss
OMCA 2009.
A competition on Fashion Jewelry Making
also added merriment to the celebration and
9 succesful students modeled and showed
their own finished products and their different
fashion styles. Ms. Wilma Miguel won the 1st
place, followed by Ms. Maricel Lukban as the
2nd place and 3rd place went to Ms. Marilyn
In the coronation ceremony, Ms. Regina
Talagtag was crowned Miss LACI 2009, Ms.
Virginia Pesano got the 1st runner-up and 2nd
runner-up went to Ms. Marichu Beliber.
Honored guests included Labor Attache Romy
Salud, Mr. Jaypee de Guzman of BDO, Mr.
Rolly Cruz of PNB, Mr. Vinzon Gonda of Genex Cargo, Mr. Richard del Valle of Dr. Smith,
Mr. Bernie Dagum of RFC and other guests
gave inspiring, remarkable and heartwarming
messages for the group and to all OFWs that
were present on that day. The program was ably
hosted by Mr. Arnold Grospe of Friends Int’l
Magazine, Ms. Pinky Rivas and Ms. Remely
The Leyte Achievers Club International wish to
convey their profound and sincere gratitude to
the following donors and sponsors who made
the event a success: PNB, BDO, Gen-Ex Cargo,
First Metro, BPI, A-Freight Forwarders, Dr.
Smith/OWTEL, RCBC, Jollibee, IPI/Chimeco
Trading Company, Natino Employment
Services and Trading, Brastel, RFC, Forever
Living and TP3.
Acknowledgement goes to all dance groups
from A-freight, Bohol HK Assn, DOMOHK,
Dancing Friends, Beauty Fat, Marinduque
Migrant Workers, Filguys, Junior Dance Club,
PNB Pangarap, RFC and Bohol Federation
who entertained the crowd.
Special thanks to all guests from Macau,
Canada, Las Vegas and New York, USA. To
the following employers Ms. Fanny Hung Wai
Fun, Ms. Cristy Kwan and Mr. Hafezah Khan.
The active officers of LACI are: President Babelonia Bagaipo; Vice President - Elizabeth
Cheng; Secretary - Regina Talagtag; Treasurer Norie Bernardino; Auditor - Gina Jaballa; PRO
- Eliza Torres; Business Managers - Evelyn
Ashraf and Perla Tagyamon.
OMCA Celebrates 2nd Year Anniversary
Guests and visitors from different organizations
participated and rendered intermission
numbers. Best Health International gave away
prizes to lucky visitors who participated in the
Congratulations to all the officers and members
of OMCA who gave their very best to make
the event a memorable one. More power and
wishing you more anniversaries to come.
OMCA would also like to express its sincerest
gratitude to Guest of Honor Labour Attache
Romulo V. Salud, OWWA Welfare Officers
Ms.Manuela Pena and Ms.Aniceta Cataran.
The 2 judges of the Chinese Dress by the 6
candidates of Miss OMCA 2009 - Mr Philippe
Lueng, Vice Pres. of Sun Hung Kai Properties
and Prof. of Hong Kong University and Miss
Debbie Fong, Consultant of Nomura Bank.
Special thanks to generous sponsors: Mr.Rolly
Cruz of PNB, Chato Carlos of Cashsense and
Best Health Australia International and to all
the Candidates of Miss OMCA for a successful
A big thank you to Evelyn Santos for the
refreshments, to the President of OMCA Miss
Helen Agbanlog and her wonderful Vice Pres.
Mildred Grota for their tireless efforts and hard
work showing the true meaning of leadership
in the organization, Emcee Luz Pulicay and to
Adjudicator Cora Sebastian.
Good Luck and God Bless. “Humbleness is
the key to success of an Organization”.
Newly Elected Officers of OMCA are:
President: Helen V. Agbanlog; Internal VP:
Mildred R. Grota; External VP: Lourdes
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Legal Matters
friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
Mission of Love to the
Typhoon Victims
by Apostle Renato D. Carillo / ORAS NG HIMALA staff
Please Join Jesus Is
Our Shield Worldwide Ministries in Helping
Typhoon Victims in the Philippines
After the devastating Typhoon Ondoy
(International Name: Ketsana) battered
Luzon and Metro Manila on September 26,
2009 which took away innumerable lives and
properties, Typhoon Pepeng (International
Name: Parma) followed on October 3, 2009
and caused disaster to northern tip of Luzon,
hitting the province of Isabela. It turned
back on October 8, 2009 and wrought more
destruction in Northern Luzon, mostly in
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
It had weakened into a tropical depression,
bringing strong winds and heavy rains that
caused unimaginable damages through
widespread landslides in the northern
mountain province of Benguet and Baguio
In Pangasinan, several dams were forced
to release a vast amount of water, making
60% to 70% towns in under floodwaters and
submerging some 70% towns. Wide hectares
of crops were damaged. It has been reported
that more than 50 towns were hugely affected
and in great distress. They lost their homes,
properties and livelihood. The death toll has
been continuously increasing and many were
injured and declared missing. Thousands
upon thousands of people have been displaced
in a number of evacuation centers.
Pastors and ministerial staff arrived at the
place ahead to share the comforting word of
God first before the Mission of Love team
came to distribute the relief goods. The people
were led in repentance and acceptance to our
Lord Jesus Christ as the sick and afflicted
also were ministered. They were so grateful
as they received bread, rice, canned goods,
noodles, drinking water, and clothing.
Rights of the Victim of a Crime - Part 2
A number of evacuation centers have been
reached out wherein thousands of flood
victims have been helped. Relief goods which
include bread, rice, canned goods, noodles,
drinking water, and clothing have been
distributed to the victims. They were also
comforted with the word of God and the sick
and afflicted were ministered.
Presently, thousands of families are still
waiting for our helping hand as their homes
and properties were all devastated by flood.
Thus, we appeal to you today to do your part
in fulfilling this great commission. Please do
something to give for our countrymen who
are in dire need of our love and care.
You can give through financial gifts, in-kind
offerings, and material donations. To make a
financial contribution, please make checks or
send money order payable to:
Recently, the MISSION OF LOVE team
distributed relief goods to another severely
affected area in Tatay, Rizal. Flood victims
in this area informed us that they were not
able to receive any relief goods from other
groups due to it’s seem not passable location.
But despite of it, we were able to come and
distributed goods with the assistance of the
Philippine Military group.
P.O. Box 40, Araneta Center,
1135 Cubao, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES
Or send through bank account:
Account name: Jesus Is Our Shield
Worldwide Ministries
Bank name: Banco de Oro Universal Bank
Peso Account number: 397-003-7047
For material donation such as clothing,
canned goods, noodles, biscuits and others,
we request that your donations can be sent to
the ministry’s main church:
The Philippine government extends its
declaration of a nationwide state of calamity
that may last one year. Damage caused by
both typhoons reached over P20 billion and
is expected to augment in the coming days as
the entire extent devastation unfolds.
Got questions regarding legal matters? Write us and we’ll get your
queries answered by our knowledgable columnist. Send all correspondence to Friends International Magazine by post or email.
I arrived in Hong Kong after my annual leave and
found out that my best friend, Melinda, also on
OFW, became a victim of an attempted rape. In
the struggle, she suffered cuts and bruises all over
her face, neck, shoulder and arms. I do not know
what to do and say to her. Please help me.
In this great distress, the JESUS IS OUR
in the Philippines has been continuously
expressing “Love In Action” through
MISSION OF LOVE headed by the Man
of God, Apostle Renato D. Carillo together
with his whole family, Ministerial Staff,
Pastors and congregation.
Jesus Is Our Shield Worldwide Ministries
Cinema 21, Gen. Roxas Ave. corner Times
Square Ave., Araneta Center, Cubao,
Quezon City.
And May God richly bless you and your
family as you give generously out of love and
by Barrister Ody A. Lai
Wendy of Chai Wan
Hong Kong has a Charter for Rights of
Crime Victims that is applicable to Melinda
who was a victim of attempted rape and
wounding with intent. Wendy should be
able to help Melinda by telling her about the
various rights and obligations of the victim
and the different government authorities, law
enforcement agencies that will protect her.
Despite Melinda suffering much pain and
aguish, she has a paramount duty to help
maintain law and order in Hong Kong.
She needs to report and cooperate with the
police department to enable them to properly
investigate the matter. It takes courage to
discuss an attempted rape to a total stranger
such as police officers so Wendy needs to
encourage Melinda that doing so is the best
thing that a victim could do. There will be
high confidentiality involved during the
investigation process and Melinda will be
handled by professional people who are
sensitive to her experience. Her privacy and
dignity will be protected. The enforcement
people will be courteous to her.
Reporting a crime should not be a scary
proposition to any victim and it is not
meant to put the victim on further possible
acts of violence. Melinda should not put
herself to risk by personally handling her
own investigation. She should give as much
information as she can reasonably remember
and know about her assailant and the
offence committed against her person. If the
prosecution is to proceed, Melinda has a duty
to appear in court and become a witness.
Melinda should take further precautions on
her everyday safety. If necessary she should
consider living in another boarding house
where the assailant will not be able to track
her. Changing telephone number is easily
done same as changing the lock and key of
the door where she lives. Even though we
lived in a civilized society such as Hong
Kong, it is advisable that Melinda should not
attract would be assailants. She should dress
modestly and not create trouble for herself.
When there are suspicious circumstances,
she should call the police by dialing 999.
Prevention is better than cure.
Hong Kong autorities should efficiently
respond to Melinda’s complaint and instigate
fair and proper investigation on the crime
committed. Melinda may need the assistance
of a Philippine Interpreter who can speak
her mother dialect while giving her police
statement. She has the right to speak in the
language she is most comfortable. The police
will oblige and they will call the required
interpreter without any costs involved for
Melinda. She will have to prepare herself by
giving truthful and full details of the incident
and in so doing her criminal record if any will
be checked. I assume that Melinda is of clear
record in Hong Kong and in Philippines. If
the statement taking cannot finish within one
session, Melinda will be requested to come
for another session to continue. At the end
of each statement taking, Melinda will be
provided with a copy of her statement be it
in video form or in hard copy. She will also
be provided with the details of the persons
who took her statements such as names, staff
numbers, rank, telephone and fax numbers.
Anytime, she can get updates from her Case
Officer. If Melinda suffered physical injuries,
she will be referred by the police officer for
medical treatment and certification of her
injuries. Where appropriate she could be
referred to social welfare departments and
other legal services.
Melinda should be aware that the prosecution
of the case may not proceed especially if the
evidence as assessed by the prosecution is not
sufficient to make out a prima facie case. The
assailant may not be in the territory, cannot
be identified even by Melinda, there is a
good alibi that the assailant was in another
location at the material time of the crime,
the evidence is so circumstantial that it hangs
on a thin thread. Melinda will be informed
of the progress of the case and the ultimate
decision to proceed or not. Melinda will be
given orientation as to court procedures, her
role as the main witness to the crime, the date
and place of the trial, the final disposal of
the case and any appeal outcome if any. If
the prosecution successfully got conviction
in court, Melinda will be informed about
the sentence imposed and also when the
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defendant gets out of custody.
In the court, Melinda will be provided
facility where she and other witnesses can
remain while waiting to be called. There
will be separate facility for the prosecution
and defence witnesses. Witnesses who are
summoned to attend and gave evidence are
entitled to daily witness allowance to cover
their traveling and food expenses for the day.
Melinda may want court protection that her
name, address and identification details not
published in any mass media like newspapers,
radio or television. The prosecutor will apply
to the court, justifying the need for privacy
and confidentiality. The court will then order
the court reporters present not to mention
the personal details of Melinda. In some
instances, the victim of a sexual offence may
not want to personally face the assailant again.
Then a request for a CCTV link trial can be
made and if the court approves, Melinda can
give evidence through video link. After trial,
Melinda can get back her personal property
used during the court proceedings. In some
high profile cases, Victims may request for
Witness Protection from the authorities. I do
not foresee this applicable to Melinda.
Melinda can opt for compensation from
her ordeal through a civil claim under
appropriate circumstances. But this will be
protracted and it involves further legal cost
for Melinda. If she claims less than 1million,
she files her claim at the District Court.
More than 1 million, she files her claim at
the High Court. If Melinda is intent on
pursuing compensation for damages after
the trial, she should approach the Legal Aid
Department and apply for their services.
She being a domestic helper and out of job
at the moment, she cannot afford private
representation to pursue her civil claims.
Other options include the court to order
monetary compensation from the defendant
to the victim for her injuries. Restitution
Order can also be awarded if Melinda
suffered property damage. These 2 orders
are quick and done when the defendant is
sentenced by the judge. Melinda can also
seek compensation from the Criminal and
Law Enforcement Compensation Scheme
offered by the Hong Kong Government. The
amount will not be as high as a successful
civil claim but the paper requirements are
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Jesus The Living God Church “Sagip Buhay Project”
by Ms. Remely Valdez
PCADE Tinikling Chapter visits
the Home of Loving Faithfulness
are in very critical condition, parents visiting
their children, some have no parents at all,
abandoned in the streets.
PCADE members were introduced to the
Home by Pui Yee a Chinese voluntary nurse
who has been working at the Home for over
30 Years.
“But those who hope in the LORD will
renew their strength. They will soar on wings
like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
in a grieving situation and outcry coz nature
disaster can not be controlled. But, despite
all these trials that came in our country, we
never lose hope, coz we know that God loves
us, He just set a reminder to all of us..
Did you know that an eagle knows when the
storm is approaching long before it breaks?
The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait
for the winds to come. When the storm hits,
it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up
and lift it above the storm. While the storm
rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The
eagle doesn’t escape the storm, it simply uses
the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds
that bring the storm.
Jesus The Living God Church launched the
Sagip Buhay Project for the victims of the
typhoon Ondoy and Peping. JLG Head Pastor
Gerry Vallo who gives no limit in spreading
the goodness of God, go home to Philippines
to help and provide necessities to the victims
of the typhoon. The Sagip Buhay Project
was supported by Calvary Church Filipino
Congregation, JOL Church, PHILRADS,
OB Philippines, JLG Church and friends..
They provided following goods such as 50
sacks of rice, used and new clothings, water,
sugar, coffee, milk for babies, cereal, matches,
caps, bags, slippers, dried fishes, shampoo,
toothbrush, noodles and many others for
daily needs..
The PCADE Tinikling Chapter performed at
the Home of Loving Faithfulness (HOLF),
an adopted organization in Sheung Shui last
Oct. 11, 2009.
she could not understand Filipino language.
Members of PCADE were touched by how
this kids struggle in their trials in life. Some
PCADE dancers met with some of the
Filipino workers there, they said that they are
enjoying working in HOLF even it’s far from
Central. Some of them have been working for
more than 10 yrs here in HK and considered
HOLF their 2nd home. They do love and
care the HOLF children and treat them as
their family members.
And it also shows that all of us are children
of God coz of the aids and undying helped
from all walks of life, from other nation, other
countries, cultural differences, race, color,
beliefs, traditions never been a hindrance to
help our beloved country Philippines.
When the storms of life come upon us and all
of us will experience them it may not be easy
but we can rise above them by setting our
minds and our belief in Jesus, our God and
daily committing and trusting our life and way
to Him. The storms do not have to overcome
us. We can allow God’s power to lift us above
them. God enables us to ride the winds of the
storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and
disappointment in our lives. Remember, it is
not the burdens of life that weigh us down,
but rather, how we handle them.
As God’s Word says, “And we know that in all
things God works for the good of those who
love him, who have been called according to
his purpose.”Admittedly, this can take time.
Our country was in state of calamity due to
typhoons that was terribly devastated some
areas in Manila and Northern Luzon. It was
HOLF opened their doors to severely
mentally and physically disabled young
people in 1965. The children cleanly dressed
in simple uniform gowns, were well fed and
looked after, although in barren and colorless
surroundings. But the pain of seeing over 50
faces unlit with any expression in their eyes
or smile on their lips was a feeling they were
to recall repeatedly in years to come as one of
their most devastating experiences.
The PCADE met new friends namely: Ping
Pong, Emmanuel a blind child since birth,
Tongtong 8yrs old, Shau Ming, Evan 14 yrs
old is blind also, You Ching 50 yrs old, Anna
21 yrs old, and Fafa 18 yrs old, this girl is cute
and friendly.
When the PCADE performed the “BAYAN
KO” (an interpretative dance), you could see
the tears steaming from the eyes of Fafa she
said she could feel the tune of the music even
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Meaningful Life
drowned after saving most of his neighbors
when Typhoon Ondoy wrecked havoc in their
community. We mourn his death, yet we celebrate his life as well – and etch him in that
special place in our hearts where we keep and
honor our heroes.
yet their lives continue to individually touch
our own and collectively affect our generation. These are the people who wisely made
it count during their life time and made their
investment of time and purpose outlast their
earthly existence. We see this in the example
of a father who left a lasting legacy to his family; a teacher who made an achiever out of a
known delinquent student; a faithful friend
who did not sell out on a commitment; or a
boss who never gave up on a physically-challenged worker.
It is a fact that we need not die for another in
order to make our lives meaningful; we only
have to live honorable lives – by daily purposefully living with integrity and dignity, without
duplicity and deceit, especially decidedly going the extra mile or taking the high road.
All things considered, we are still infinitely
blessed – because we still have the opportunity
to make up for any failures, step up to our destiny, keep up with our present commitments,
and move on to wherever our purposes, choices, decisions, and actions may bring us.
In life, we can absolutely make a difference.
Let us begin by becoming the change we want
to see in this world. Let us begin today.
by Bishop. Eddie Villanueva
While there are those
who criticize the
seeming “commercialism”
to the occasion, the
annual remembrance of our dearly departed
loved ones during All Saints/Souls’ Day celebration definitely has become a valuable part
of the traditional Filipino culture. And despite
the criticisms, it can be said that the remembrance of our dearly departed remains a binding force that keeps family ties much stronger.
Beyond the customary exercise of going to memorial parks and offering flowers and candles
in their memory, however, the occasion also
calls for a much deeper appreciation of life.
The message that the grave so loudly reinforces is the fact that life has its ending, and it’s the
inescapable fate of all men – great or small.
We shall pass this way but once. The difference
maker, really, is how we live it out. There are
two checkpoints by which we may measure
our progress on our earthly journey.
First, we ought to daily live like we’re dying. We may mirror the truth that life has its
end, and that we should make every second of
every day count, in the lives of those who are
critically and terminally ill.
I personally have had numerous encounters
and dealings with people who were at the
brink of death. They would plead for prayers
and ask God for healing so that they might get
a new lease on life. In their death bed, they
would bargain for more time because they
wanted to make up for lost times with longneglected loved ones, fulfill a long-overdue
promise, or pursue a long-delayed passion. In
all these instances, a tinge of regret could always readily be discerned.
There are so many people who died ages past
Mga Kwentong OFW
ni Violy C. Pascual
Nilipad man ang bubong ng bahay nina
Laarni sanhi ng bagyong “Pepeng”, hindi siya
gaanong naapektuhan dahil sa ipinakitang
malasakit ng kanyang mga amo.
Nang kumalat ang balitang kalunos-lunos ang
dulot ng delubyong nagdaan noong huling
linggo ng Septyembre sa Pilipinas kung saan
nasa pangunahing pahina ng mga pahayagan,
radyo o telebisyon, nakatutok sina Mr. & Mrs.
Arthur Janoyan, amo ni Laarni sa Discovery
Bay, mga tubong Australia.
Anim na buwan pa lamang si Laarni sa
kanyang pangalawang amo sa halos tatlong
taong paninilbihan dito sa Hong Kong. Hindi
niya sukat akalain na ganoon na lamang
mag-alala ang kanyang amo para sa kanyang
Tubong Cagayan Valley si Laarni, dinaanan,
pinaglaruan at sinalanta ng husto ng bagyong
“Pepeng” at tinangay ang maraming bubungan
ng mga bahay, kasama ang kina Laarni. Nang
kumustahin ng amo niya ang kalagayan ng
pamilya nito, binanggit ni Laarni ang tungkol
sa bubong at pagkabasa ng kanilang mga
kagamitan. Sinabi nito na ang matinding
problemang kinakaharap ay ang matagal-tagal
na kawalan ng kuryente sa kwentuhan nilang
mag-amo, uso sa kanila ang generator danga’t
napakamahal kaya hindi makabili-bili ito.
Nagtanong ang amo kung magkano aabutin
kung bibili ay humigit kumulang HK$6,000 sa
kwenta ni Laarni. Nagulantang si Laarni ng
sabihan siyang sasagutin ang kalahati upang
makabili siya agad at nang hindi masyadong
magdusa ang kanyang pamilya pati na ang
ilang mga kapitbahay na kayang idamay sa
grasya. Kagya’t lipad si Laarni upang ipadala
ang pera kinabukasan at tuwang tuwa ang
kanyang asawa at tatlong anak sa balitang
makakabili na sila ng generator at hindi na
magdusa sa kawalan ng kuryente na malimit
mangyari bago pa man dumalaw si “Pepeng”
sa lugar nila. Samantala ang amo ni Mila Quintos na
sina Mr. & Mrs Aaron Danzer, na taga
Bel Air Pokfulam, sinabihan agad siya na
gusto nilang magbigay ng perang donasyon.
Nakahinga sila nang malaman na hindi
apektado ang pamilya niya sa Abra, ngunit sa
nakitang kaawa-awang kalagayan ng mga
binaha hanggang bubungan, inutusan
siyang maghanap ng matinong pagbibigyan
ng donasyon na makakarating agad. May hipag
siyang miyembro ng Balikatan sa Kaunlaran
Hong Kong Council (BSK) at doon inabot ang
HK$1,000 na agad naman ibinili lahat ng iba’t
ibang pagkain, mga pangunahing kakailanganin
ng mga nabaha at isinama sa dalawang jumbo
box na libreng kahon bilang donasyon ng
A-Freight na ipinadala noong Oktubre 4 at
ibabagsak sa Balikatan sa Kaunlaran National
Foundation. Kabilang ding maituturing ang mga amo
ni Elsie Miana, na sina Mr. & Mrs. Ben
Bulmer, tubong Scotland. Wala pa siyang isang
buwan sa kanila upang mag-alaga ng panganay
at ipapanganak pa lamang, ipinaubaya ang
linya ng telepono upang gamitin maya’t maya
sa pagsubaybay sa kalagayan ng pamilya at ang
bahay na nalubog sa baha. Nasa likod bahay
nina Elsie ang dike na sumabog sa Natividad,
Pangasinan. Nagmukhang disyerto at halos
lahat ng mga pananim ay kinalbo ng malakas
na agos. Nagkataong matibay ang pundasyon
ng bahay ni Elsie at kung pangkaraniwang
simpleng kahoy ay tiyak na natangay din ito
sa matinding alon.
Si Aida Villanueva ay likas na matulungin.
Gumupit siya ng mga eksenang lubog ang
mga bahay at mga taong tila mga pato na
naglulutangan sa tubig baha, upang ipanghingi
ng donasyon. Sa simula ay hindi natinag
ang kanyang madam, na mahigit 21 taon na
niyang pinagsisilbihan. Hindi siya nawalan ng
pag asa, patago niyang sinubukang magsabi
sa mga kamadyong ng kanyang amo at bawat
isa ay nagsipagbigay. Nagkwento rin si Aida
sa mga anak at mga kamag-anak ng amo na
dumadalaw sa kanila at nakalikom siya ng
mahigit HK$1,000. Bandang huli, nakita ng
amo habang kausap ng kanyang pamangkin
si Aida na inaabutan ng HK$100 at isinusulat
ang pangalan, biniro niya ang tiyahin na siya
na lang ang walang pangalan sa listahan
ng nagbigay tulong. Tinablan ng hiya sa
paglalambing ng kanyang pamangkin kaya
nag-abot na rin ng HK$100 ang amo ni Aida.
Marami ang taos pusong nagbigay tulong na
makapagpapadali sa pagbangon ng ating mga
kababayang nasalanta ng bagyo.
Filipino Friendship Team joins CyberRun for Rehab
The Filipino Friendship Team, a group of
health conscious OFW hikers, joined the
CyberRun for Rehab, a 5km run and 4km
walk event held at Cyberport Port Pokfulam
last November 1, 2009.
We need not come to the point of death in order for us to realize that when it comes to the
issues of life, there is more than meets the eye.
May we discover what is truly important to us,
before we finally hit the point of no returning.
Second, we ought to daily live with, and for,
a purpose. The real essence of life can never
be measured by how long we’ve lived, but how
What good is a life of a hundred years if it has
failed to touch another’s? It is a tragedy when
we go on living, unmindful of the opportunities presented to us to make a difference in the
lives of other people.
This is probably why we naturally mourn the
death of those who sacrifice their lives for others. It is impossible not to be moved by the
story of a 19-year-old boy from Marikina who
and consultation services for people with
disabilities and chronic illnesses in China and
Hong Kong.
Cyberfun Ambassador, Mr. So Wah-wai,
gold medal winner of 200m Run 2008
Paralympic Games, led the event. It was a
fund raising project of the Hong Kong Society
for Rehabilitation and was co-organized by
Cyberport Tenants Club to support training
11 females and 4 male members of FFT
finished together along with the Chinese
participants, among them a 5 year-old child
who was the youngest participant, guided by
his parents.
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Edith “mighty lola” Ebreo, founder of the
group, recently took home the silver medal
at the Athletic Veterans of Hong Kong 2009
(AVOK). A 3 series, 5km run along the slopes
of Wanchai Gap, Tai Tam Reservoir and
Bowen Road.
Interested runners who wish to join the group
may contact Julie at 90182526.
friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
November 2009 is Philippine Culture
and Arts Month
The Philippine Consulate General in Hong
Kong SAR, in cooperation with the Philippine
Arts and Cultural Society, Haraya Visual and
Media Arts Society, Hong Kong Musicians
Union and the Philippine Association of Hong
Kong (PAHK) will launch on 14 November
to 16 December 2009 the Philippine Culture
and Arts Month, a series of events that will
showcase the highlights of Philippine heritage
in Hong Kong, with the support of the Hong
Kong Visual Arts Centre (HKVAC), Hong
Kong Arts Centre (HKAC), Leisure and
Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and
the Philippines’ National Historical Institute
(NHI) and National Commission on Culture
and the Arts (NCCA).
The 2009 Philippine Culture and Arts Month
will consist of two art exhibitions of the works
of contemporary Filipino artists based in
Hong Kong and the Philippines; a concert by
Filipino musical bands based in Hong Kong;
a lecture on Filipino culture and national
identity by renowned Filipino historian Dr.
Ambeth Ocampo of the National Historical
Institute of the Philippines; and, a Filipino
independent film festival.
“Haraya: An Exhibition of Contemporary
Works by Hong Kong-based Filipino
17 - 30 November 2009, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm.
Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. 7A Kennedy
Road, Central.
“Beyond Borders” Art Exhibit
30 November - 4 December 2009, 9:00 am 4:00 pm. Philippine Consulate General. 14F
United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty and
6 - 16 December 2009. Experimental Gallery,
3/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, Harbour Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
“Concert in the Park 2009 Goes to the
22 November 2009, 1.00 pm - 7:00 p.m. Hong
Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui.
“Lecture on Filipino Culture and National
Identity” by Dr. Ambeth Ocampo
21 November 2009, 10:00 am - 12:00 am.
Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy
Road, Central.
“1st Philippine Film Festival”
14 - 22 November 2009. Level 4, Hong
Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road,
The film festival will screen the following:
14 Nov 2009, Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
1. Inang Yaya (Mother Nanny), 100 minutes
2. Brutus, 110 minutes
15 Nov 2009, Sunday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
3. Boses, 98 minutes
4. Forgotten War, 99 minutes
22 Nov 2009, Sunday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5. Namets, 90 minutes
6. Jay, 84 minutes
Entry is on a first come, first served basis (70
seats only). Admission is free.
For more info, please contact the Philippine
Consulate General.
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friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
Balitang Showbiz
ni Noel Asinas
DINEDENY ni Jennylyn Mercado
na may karelasyon siya ngayong
band member. Single daw siya
ngayon at ayaw pang ma-in love
muli. Tama na munang asikasuhin
niya ang kanyang baby AJ at ang
yumayabong na career sa GMA 7.
Patrick wala
pa ring
sustento sa
love child nila
ni Jennylyn
Tungkol sa kanila ng napapabalitang band member, categorically na in denial
si Jen. Aniya: “Wala akong nami-meet na musician. Wala akong bagong
boyfriend. Masaya na ako sa buhay ko.”
Tungkol sa role niya sa Ikaw Sana bilang api-apihan lagi ni Pauleen Luna.
Nasabi ni Jen na totoo lahat ang sampal sa kanya ni Pauleen luna. Pero, aral
naman ang pagsampal. Di gaanong masakit. Di puedeng dayain ang sampal
kay direk Joel (Lamangan). Kasi, magagalit iyon. Mapapagalitan ka.” Ani Jen:
“Naiintindihan ko si Pauleen sa ginagawa niya sa akin sa istorya. Trabaho lang.
Kaya sana sa mga nakapapanood ay huwag kayong magreak sa ginagawa ni
Ayon kay Jen, ayaw na niyang pagusapan pa ang sustento sa bata. At
least na bubuhay niyang sarili ang
love child nila ni Patrick. Masaya
na siya na kapiling niya araw-araw
si AJ.
Sa eksenang pinuntahan namin sa isang mall sa Morato, nakita namin kung
paano sabunutan si Jen ni Pauleen. Totoong natanggal ang extension hair ni
Jen sa pagsabunot ni Pauleen. Kitang-kita sa kamera ito. Ganyan kabagsik si
Worldwide talaga ang Bitoy’s SHOwwwTIME dahil mula sa mga bansang
California, USA at Drammen, Norway ang mga tampok na videos last Nov. 7 sa
isa sa mga segment ng programa sa pangunguna ng Asian TV Awards winner
na si Michael V. Exciting ang programa dahil hiphop dancing brothers, rap artist at isang magic
act artist mula sa magkakaibang panig ng mundo ang magpapakitang-gilas ng
kanilang galing na in-upload sa mga links tulad ng at
SPEAKING of Jennylyn Mercaco,
nakuwento niya sa press na wala
pa ring sustento siyang narereceive mula sa ama ng anak
niyang si AJ na si Patrick Garcia.
May insidente kay Pauleen nang nasa SM North Edsa siya ay may humataw na
matandang babae sa kanyang kamay. Nagulat si Pauleen. Tinalakan si Pauleen
ng babae. Bakit daw inaapi niya si Jen. Huwag daw siyang manakit ng ibang
tao. Sa insidenteng ito, natuwa si Jen dahil nagpapakita lang na epektib na
kontrabida si Pauleen. Saka, maraming sumusubaybay sa kanilang soap.
Programang ShowwwTime ni
Michael V pang-international Nakausap namin si Jen sa set ng
Ikaw Sana!, ang soap opera na
muling pinagtambalan nila ng ex-bf
na si Mark Herras na ipinapalabas © Copyright FHM Philippines
bago mag-24 Oras. Masayang kausap si Jen sa set ng Ikaw Sana sa may
Morato Ave., sa Quezon City kasi super taas ng ratings ng kanilang show.
Naungusan na nila nang husto ang pinakamalapit na programa.
Napansin namin kay Jen na super sexy siya ngayon. Kasi, katatapos lang
niyang mag-pictorial para sa FHM issue niya na siya ang cover. Gulat siya sa
naglalabasan na super sexy ang pictorial niya. Ani Jen: “Kaya ko lang gawin ay
ang magsuot ng one piece swim wear. Di ko pa kaya ang two piece. Di pa ako
Mark Herras,
na sa minor
Si AJ ang inspiration ngayon ni
Jen para pa siyang magsikap pang
magtrabaho para sa future ng
Kasama si Patrick sa bagong
soap ng GMA, ang Full House..
Pagbibidahan ang Full House
nina Richard Gutierrez at Heart
NAKARECOVER na si Mark Herras sa
aksidenteng tinamo niya sa Tagaytay
City habang sumasakay sa long
board. Ibang klaseng skateboard ito.
Mas mahaba at mas matulin. Kaya
lang sinawing palad siyang tumaob
at nasukagatan ang magkabilang
braso ng actor. Buti na lang hindi
siya napilayan. Sugat lang ang
kanyang tinamo.
Dahil sa sugat niya sa braso, hindi
siya nakapaglalabas ng ilang
linggo sa SOP. Nagpahinga talaga
si Mark para gumaling ang suga
agad. Sa inteview namin kay Mark,
pinagkukumento namin siya kung
bakit ang mga ex niyang girl friend
ay di niya nabubuntisan. Tulad ni
Jennylyn Mercado, si Patrick Garcia
ang nakabuntis. Ngayon naman
ang ex-gf niyang si Lian Paz ay
nabuntisan ng present boyfriend
nitong si Paolo Contis.
Nag-usap na sila ni Paolo, nasabi
ni Mark na siya ang magiging
ninong ng anak ni Lian. Ano ba ang
sekreto ni Mark? Sa dinami-daming
girls na na-link sa kanya ay di siya
nakabutis? Ayaw sagutin ni Mark
ang tanong. Tumawa lang ang actor.
Ang sikat na kantang “I Gotta Feeling” ng Black Eyed Peas naman ang dance
hit na sasayawin ng iba’t-ibang grupo para magwagi ng premyo sa segment
na Gaya Nyo Yun? Samantala, mula naman sa Nueva Ecija ang tampok na
nakakatawang video sa Facemuk!
At sa Talbugan segment, hahataw muli ang apat na Bida na sina Boy Tusok ng
Rizal na nagtutusok ng pin sa mukha, Boy Nogtu ng Lucena, ang beat-boxer
na may kasamang pagkukwento; Boy Mantika ng Rizal na naghihilamos ng
kumukulong mantika at Boy Nginig ng Paranñaque na nagpapakuryente ng 220
volts sa buong katawan!
Pero tatlo sa apat na Bida ang hahamunin ng mga Atrebida! Sinu-sino kaya ang
magwawagi at mag-uuwi ng P75, 000 na cash prize? Sino ang matatanggal?
At may tatanghalin na kaya ang Bitoy’s Showwwtime na kauna-unahang Bida
Samahan sina Michael V at Mang Enriquez ngayong Sabado sa Bitoy’s
SHOwwwTIME pagkatapos ng Celebrity Duets sa GMA-7.
Lovi, nakipag-date sa anak ni
Gov. Chavit Singson GAANO ang katotoo ang balitang nasagap namin na hindi lang daw isang beses
nakipagdate si Lovi Poe sa anak ni Gov Chavit Singson na si Ronald. Bagkus
nauulit pa ito hanggang ngayon?
Sa kabila ng denial ng young actress na nakasama niya si Ronald sa isang
gimikan lang. Wala namang masama kung makipag-date na si Lovi sa ibang
boys. Naihayag na niya sa national television sa programang Showbiz Central
na hiwalay na talaga sila ni Jolo Revilla.
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friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
Richard, pinalitan na ni
Dingdong bilang host
ng Family Feud; Dennis
Trillo, bagong host ng
StarStruck 5
SI Dingdong Dantes ang kapalit ni Richard Gomez bilang
host ng season 2 ng Family Feud . Kakandidato si Richard
bilang congressman ng
Ormoc City.
Samantala, si Dennis
Trillo naman ang bagong
host ng StarStruck 5 at
makakasama ni Carla
Abellana na magsisimula
na rin ngayong Nov.2009.
Napaaga ang pamamaalam ni Goma sa
programa dahil ngayong
November ay kailangan na nilang magfile ng kandidatura
sa Comelec. Kapag nagfile
ka na, officially dapat
kailangan mong umalis
sa anumang programang
kinaaaniban para mawala
ang insinuation na
nangangampanya ka sa
show mo.
Matunog na lumalabas
sa mga showbiz column
ngayon na si Dingdong
Dantes ang makakapalit
ni Goma. Wala pang
confirmation iyon. Mag-a-announce ang GMA ng kapalit
ni Richard sa isang presscon daw.
Ngayong Friday kasabiksabik ang line up ng
celebrity na kalahok,
kablang sa maglalaban
ay ang Alvarez family vs.
Co Family. Siempre na
nangunguna sa Alvarez ay
mag-asawang Paul Alvarez
at ang asawang si Almirah.
Sa Co naman ay ang
basketbolistang si Atoy Co
at Fort Co.
More than half a million na ang nakatayang premyo sa
Ms. Earth 2009 candidates, super gaganda
Pauleen nail-link sa
apo ni Henry Sy
ang beauty ni Pauleen Luna
nang nakausap
namin sa taping
ng Ikaw Sana!
Sa Il Terrazo sa
Morato Ave.,
Quezon City,
last Friday.
Paano raw ay
may baong
suitor siya
ngayon, ang apo
ni Henry Sy,ng
SM Malls.
Bungad pa
lang namin
kay Pauleen
sa issue, react
agad ang dalaga
sa amin. Di siya
nag-deny na kilala niya yung binatang apo ni Henry Sy,
bagkus sinabi pa niyang nagkita sila sa ribbon cutting ng
isang kabubukas na store ng Save and More na pag-aari
rin ng mga Sy.
Ani Pauleen: “Naku, nagkita lang kami at
magkatuwang kami sa ribbon cutting. Tapos,
siyempre, nagkakuwentuhan kahit paano. Pero,
hanggang ganoon lang iyon.
“Di ako ngayon nag-e-entertain ng suitor. Ayokong
magulo ang showbiz career ko ngayon. Naka-sentro ang
utak ko sa pag-aartista ko.”
Ang lalaki raw ay iyon din ang naging ex-bf ni LJ Reyes.
Balitang split na yung binatang Sy kay LJ. Tapos si LJ
naman daw ngayon ay balitang nakikiapagdate kay
Paolo Avelino naman ng StarStruck 4.
Happy at contented si Pauleen ngayon dahil maganda
ang reaction ng fans at televiewers sa pagiging
kontrabida niya sa Ikaw Sana!.
Di malilimuan ni Pauleen na dahil sa pagiging kontrabida
niya, nahampas siya ng isang lola nang nakita siya sa
SM North Edsa. Sinabihan siya ng lola na salbahe siya
at laging pinaiiyak si Jennylyn Mercado. Mag-aagaw ng
lalaki na ang tinutukoy ay ang role niya sa Ikaw Sana.
Inagaw ni Pauleen kay Jennylyn si Mark Herras.
WALANG itulak kabigin sa Mr. Jaime Acosta sa pagbisita sa opisina niya ng walong contestants ng Ms Earth 2009 dahil
lahat sila’y magaganda. Pero, may tatlong bets siyang sa tingin niya ay papasok ang pangalan sa semi-finalist. Napisil
niya ang mga delegate mula sa Greece, Costa Rica at El Salvador.
Iba pang candidates na pumasyal sa Psamstre office ay ang mga representative ng bansang Scotland, Kosovo, Slovinia,
Nepal at Puerto Rico. As usual hinanda ni Mr. Acosta ang mga local delicacies na puto, sapin-sapin, pitsi-pitsi at ang
beef somai at spaghetti na may sandwich. Ang inumin naman ay ang paboritong lemon ice tea.
Sa pangunguna ni Jim Acosta, CEO/President ng Psalmstre Enterprises Inc., malugod at mainit ang naging pagtanggap
para sa mga Ms. Earth delegates. Masaya namang nagpaunlak ang mga kandidata para sa maikling interviews at photo
opt ng mga bisitang media mula sa print at broadcast.
Ang Psalmstre Enterprises Inc. ay ang kumpanyang nasa likod ng matagumpay na New Placenta beauty products. Ang
Psalmstre ay isa sa mga malugod na taga-suporta ng tinaguriang “Beauties for a Cause”. Sa kasalukuyan, ang New
Placenta ay ini-endorso ni Ms. Melanie Marquez na dating Ms. International at tinaguriang Philippines’ Ambassador of
Para naman sa pre-pageant activities, isa sa mga competitions nito ay magbibigay ang Psalmstre ng “special award”
para sa tatanghaling “Face of New Placenta”. Ito ay pamumunuan naman ng CEO/President ng Psalmstre na si Jim
Mahigit kumulang 90 na kandidata mula sa iba-t-ibang bansa ang makikipagtagisan para sa titulong Ms. Earth 2009
na kasalukuyang hawak ni Karla Henry ng Pilipinas. Ang coronation night ay magaganap sa November 22 sa Boracay
Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center. Ang mananalong Ms. Earth 2009 ay magsisilbing spokesperson para sa Miss
Earth Foundation, United Nations Environment Programme at iba pang mga environmental organizations.
Jolina in love na naman
WALA nang itinatago si Jolina Magdangal sa kanyang bagong karelasyon ngayon. Di tulad
nang dati na ayaw pa niyang sabihin at identity ni lalaki. Aba, nang nakita namin siya sa Star
Awards for Music sa Skydome ng SM North Edsa ay willing siyang magkuwento kay lalaki.
Ani Jolina: “Di ko alam kung kalian kami naging mag-on. Basta, masaya kami ni Mark (Escueta).
Di na mahalaga kung kalian pa. Basta, naka- move on na ako sa huling karelasyon ko ( Bebong
Muñoz). “Dahil naka-move on na ako, ayaw ko nang iditalye kung ano ang dahilan ang split up
namin. Past is past na sa aming relasyon.
“Masaya ako kay Mark, pareho kaming mahilig sa music. Nagkakaintindihan kami. “Pero, ang
kasal, wala pa rin. Hindi ako nagmamadali. Masaya lang ako.” Bumata nga si Jolina nang nakita
namin. Nag-iba agad ang aura niya kapag binabanggit ang present love life niya.
Regular si Jolina sa SOP tuwing Sunday. May Dear Friend sila ni Marvin Agustin na mapapanood pagkatapos ng SOP. Ang
feature episode ngayong buwan aya ng Special na tampok sina JC de Vera, Jewel Mische at Ynna Assistio.
friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
friends International Magazine NOVEMBER 2009
Marian di pupunta sa laban ni Manny Pacquiao
DEFINITELY di raw makakasama sa America si Marian Rivera para sa
taping ng Show Me Da Manny. Magkakaroon ng special episode sa
America ang sitcom na doon mismo kukunan. Ewan lang namin kung
buong episode ito dahil di nga buong cast ang makapupunta doon. I hardly understand this kind of feeling
Something in my heart i knew is missing
Though i`m sorrounded with friends and
Sadness inside of me still i can`t deny
This kind of feeling kept on bothering me
But afraid to show and share this to anyone
Pretending i`m fine and think them i`m happy
knowing not i got a heart that is so empty
Samantala, double purpose ang pagpunta ng staff and crew ng GMA
7 sa Nov. 11 sa fight ni Manny Pacquiao laban kay Miguel Cotto. Una’y
para mag-ulat ng blow by blow account ng mga nangyayari kay Manny
before and after ng fight na magaganap sa Nov. 15 ( Nov. 14 sa US)
sa MGMGrand Arena sa Las Vegas. Pangalawa’y para sa pagti-taping
ng episode ng Show Me Da Manny mismo sa lugar na pinuntahan ni
Pambansang Kamao.
In quiet times someone tells me to change my
life`s direction
For darkness is what i`ve seen most on my
Wasting not this awakening call whispered
on me
Tears began to flow as i silently uttered my
Nakaalis sina Benjie Paras at Onyok Velasco at susunod na si Paolo
Contis. Di makasama si Pekto dahil walang US Visa. Ang tanong: Makasunod din kaya si Marian Rivera sa taping doon ng Show Me Da
Manny? In my heart i realized i was all wrong
Blinded for so long to the world i thought i
Knowing now the deeper purpose of why i`m
Leads me to abide with my master who`s
there from the beginning
Maraming pang happenings na magaganap kay Manny sa US. Hindi
lang fight niya kay Miguel Cotto dahil may dalawang concert pa siyang
gagawin doon. May schedule siya sa Las Vegas at Los Angeles, California.
Anyway, ang Show Me Da Manny ay tuluy-tuloy na mapapanood si Manny sa sitcom tuwing Sunday pagkatapos ng
Bandaoke dahil maraming reserbang ginawa si Pacman sa show.
Wally at Jose,
nabibigyan ng
role sa Wow,
WALANG kakupas-kupas ang pagiging
komedyante ni Wally Bayola. Nakilala
si Wally bilang ka-tandem ni Jose
Manalo sa noontime show na Eat
Bulaga. May iba’t ibang character na
ipinakikita si Wally sa noontime show
nang panahong nasa EB pa si Jose.
Ngayong nawala na si Jose, medyo nabawasan ang character na ipinakikita ni Wally.
Bumawi si Wally sa Wow, Hayop, ang Wednesday night feature ng Bilib Ka Ba Nights ng GMA 7. Nagagawa ni Wally ang
mga characters na ginagawa niya sa EB dahil kasama niya sa Wow, Hayop si Jose.
Magandang panoorin ang episode ng Wow, Hayop dahil elimination na naman sa Greatest American Dog reality show
May matatanggal na magpartner na aso’t amo dahil di sila maaasahan sa panahon ng kagipitan.
Latest test sa mga aso ngayon ay paano nila ire-rescue ang kapwa nila aso sa panahon ng kagipitan. May darating ding
manghuhula sa show, ano kaya ang mahuhula nito? Maapektuhan kaya ang pagsasama bilang tandem nina Jose at
ni Blandee Ancheta
Now i knew what kind of feeling i am missing
And what my heart is yearning and my soul
is searching
A life with my master after all that i am
The one who breathed me life and gave me
my life`s meaning
ni Elsie Ella
Ako’y isang dalaga na may maraming
Sa lahat sa kanila sa isa ako’y nagigiliw
Siya ay morina at may nakakaakit na mata
Malambing na boses at malumanay
O, pamangkin kong parang anghel ngayon ay
by Ms. Hazel M. Napuaga, Victoria Canada
A friend of mine was so dear to me
With fortune live rough and lean coz
I just began to know that friends are treasure
Nor gold, silver or bronze can’t measure
The bondage of promises are kept to
No insults, no gossips, no backfights, no rusty
Instead; encouragement, praise, loyalty, and
And nothing to measure afterall the promises.
A true friend never say I can’t instead I will...
Never disappear when needed & never will in
a day
Favors you in times of arguments and
Sadness comes they never run.
Friendship that binds two through likes &
They together agree to keep secrets & not to
But only TRUST can do the magic of
And so the story of friendship keeps on ....
Revealing day by day!!!
by Ms. Hazel M. Napuaga, Victoria Canada
When darkest comes and I’m alone
Your presence gives me hope
And when I faint and can’t cope
I feel the need inside of me.
I never understand before you came
That your love could be a mystery
But every part of me, you give light
And I feel your love inside of me.
Simulat sapol siya’y aking kasa-kasama
Karga-karga at kinakantahan pa
Siya’y malapit sa akin at napamahal ng sobra
Sa puso at isipan ko’y lagi siyang naaalala.
Ngunit isang araw may nangyaring trahidya
Sa pamangkin kong mahal siya ay
Dahil sa nangyari siya’y nagging suwail na
Mga lambing lambing niya ngayon ay wala
At subrang sakit na nangyari sa kanya na di
niya makaya
Sa araw-araw ng paggising siya ay lumuluha
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featured Poems
No greater love to hold too
Than your life you’ve offered me
Before I knew you gave it all to me
And I feel the peace inside of me.
I will hold you now, because I care..
No more pain, no more doubts, no more fears
Just hold on.... my dearest....
Coz I feel your LOVE inside of me.
ni Blandee Ancheta
Walking in the maze of life
I barely see the light
Like a thief in the night
That`s wandering around
Puzzled in what direction to take
Bothers me so much along my journey
Am i going to see the light
That would bring me to my destiny
Where this maze leads me
Will it ever solve this mystery
On the crossroad that is too many
which i`m going to fallow
Can someone hear my voice
That i utter silently in mind
Am i stock in this maze of life
Without reaching for my dreams
Weak and tired of wandering around
In this so-called maze of life
I lay down and rest for a while
As i prayed in silence to the One above
Puzzled as it is to the crossroad of life
But with a new streght that born in my heart
In solving for the maze of life
I will be still now i knew that God is my guide
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Laugh Lines . . .
Pilya si Sister
Madre: Ano ang apelyido mo iho?
Lalake: Alam niyo na po yun sister! Lagi niyo
pong hinahawakan yun!
Lalake: sister naman! Rosario po ang apelyido
Green minded na madre
Madre: Father, ang lamig no?
Father: Oo nga eh. Gusto mo gawin natin yung
ginagawa ng mag-asawa kapag nilalamig sila?
Madre: Sige, sige (kinikilig)
Father: Sige, pagtimpla mo ko ng kape!?!
Bakit ka nagpari?
Madre: Father, ang gwapo-gwapo mo naman
bakit ka nagpari?
Pari: eh yung nanay ko kasi di ako pinayagan
mag-madre eh!?!?
NO. 1:
Pag binato ka ng bato BARILIN MO!....
(pesteng taong to...ano akala sa yo bobo!)
NO. 2:
Ang buhay daw ay parang gulong,
well for me its like a RING. (a gold ring)
NO. 3:
Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan may
dipirensya sa tainga....
(maglinis ng tainga... luga lang yan)
NO. 4:
Ang karukhaan ay syang gabay sa pagpatay...
(nawlan na kasi ng pera....)
NO. 5:
Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wika,
ay mahigit pa sa mabaho at malansang SHARK.
NO. 6:
Ang umaayaw ay di nagwawagi, ang nagwawagi
ay di umaayaw....
(kita nyo na ha? kaya dapat pag hingi ng bf
nyo ng kiss wag na kayo umayaw, di kayo
magwawagi nyan...hehhe)
NO. 7:
Ang taong walang kibo, ay kino COMATOSE.
NO. 8:
Huli man daw at magaling, still...huli parin....
NO. 9:
Habang may buhay, may pag-asa.
(Pero pag wala ng bigas tiyak mamamatay ka....)
NO. 10:
Aanhin pa ang damo kung butil ng bigas ang
hanap mo????
(Take mo bang kainin yung grass instead of
NO. 11:
Matalino man daw ang matsing.....
MAS matalino parin si GLORIA....
No. 12:
Kung anu ang puno, sya ang bunga...
katulad ni GLORIA kagaya sa ina nya....
(heheehe..mapagkamalan ba....)
No. 13:
Nasa ky GLORIA ang awa, at ang tao ang mga
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ni Manny.
NO. 14:
“Manny ! may me seeds ka.”
Huwag kang magtiwala kahit kanino, just like
GLORIA, stranger kase siya eh...
nakaminiskirt na bakla
(manloloko pa!...wahehehe)
Sabi ng baklang naka miniskirt:
“Di baleng makita ang legs,
Alam ko ang totoo
huwag lang ang eggs!”
Anak: Mom i know the truth
Mom: ha?? eto P500 huwag ka lang maingay sa
A visit to a hypnotist
Dad mo!!
A woman comes home and tells her husband,
Anak: Dad i know the truth
“Remember those headaches I’ve been having
Dad: ha?? eto ang P1000 huwag ka lang
all these years? Well, they’re gone.”
maingay sa Mom mo
“No more headaches?” the husband asks,
Anak: (ok pa ito... subukan ko nga sa katulong)
“What happened?”
Inday i know the truth!!!
His wife replies, “Margie referred me to a
hypnotist. He told me to stand in front of a
mirror, stare at myself and repeat ‘I do not have
Kunwari ang pangalan mo ay “IKAW”, tapos ang
a headache, I do not have a headache, I do not
pangalan ko ay “AKO”
have a headache.’ It Worked! The headaches
Ang tanong.. Sino ang panget sa ating
are all gone.”
The husband replies, “Well, that is wonderful.”
Isipin mong mabuti.. Pasagot...
His wife then says, “You know, you haven’t been
exactly a ball of Fire in the bedroom these last
kung ibebenta ko ang sarili ko..
few years. Why don’t you go see the hypnotist
tataasan ko na ang presyo...
and see if he can do anything for that?”
matawag mo lang akong MAHAL...
The husband agrees to try it.
Following his appointment, the husband comes
Sa sabungan walang entrance fee ang may
home, rips off his clothes, picks up his wife and
dalang panabong..
carries her into the bedroom.
Si juan para makalibre pumasok may dalang
He puts her on the bed and says, “Don’t move,
I’ll be right back.”
Bantay: hoy!! ano yan?
He goes into the bathroom and comes back a
Juan (galit pa) manok!! bakit?
few minutes later, jumps into bed and makes
Bantay: alam ko.. eh bakit sisiw??
passionate love to his wife like never before.
Juan: heller?? may laban ang ama niya
His wife says, “Boy, that was wonderful!”
siyempre moral support.. tanga!!!
The husband says, “Don’t move! I will be right
Math love story...
He goes back into the bathroom, comes back
Boy: do you know that my love for you is like
and round two was even better than the first
the limit of a constant over a variable as the
time. The wife sits up and her head is spinning.
variable approaches zero??
Her husband again says, “Don’t move, I’ll be
Girl: ano yun?
right back.” With that, he goes back in the
Boy: infinity :)
Girl: ganun? eh alam mo bang ang lab ko sau ay
This time, his wife quietly follows him and
parang limit of a function of x as x approaches ‘
there, in the bathroom, she sees him standing
a’, f d function of x s equal to ‘c’ f x s gretar than at the mirror and saying: “She’s not my wife,
a en s equal to d nd f x s less than or equal to a? she’s not my wife, she’s not my wife…”
Boy: ano namn yun ?
Girl: syntax error!!!
what women say about their love lives
Three women were talking about their love
Ang Sardinas
Nanay: nak lutuin mo na yung sardinas..
The first said: “My husband is like a Rolls-Royce,
AnaK: kakaliskisan ko po ba?
smooth and sophisticated.”
Nanay: tanggalin mo na rin ang hasang ng
The second said: “Mine is like a Porsche, fast
masulit ang katangahan mo hayup ka!!!
and powerful.”
The third said: “Mine is like an old Chevy. It
Libring tuli ni Mayor Binay
needs a hand start and I have to jump on while
NANAY: Anak, masakit ba ang libreng tuli?
it’s still going.”
ANAK: di nman po. huhuhu!
Share your Jokes
NANAY: eh bakit umiiyak kpa?
ANAK: kasi po nilagyan pa nila ng tatoo ung
and put a smile
pototoyko! ang haba ng nakasulat..
“A project of Mayor Binay”.
on someone’s face
Ganito kami sa Makati. Sana ganito sa buong
Ice Cream
Kung ikaw ay isang ice cream..
Huwag mong hayaang matunaw ka ng hindi ka
man lang nadidilaan..
Dionisia Me Seeds
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Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22) It is best to keep to yourself
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Emotions: Good ~ Money: Fair ~ Wellness: Good
Power Numbers: 49, 24, 42, 30, 3, 26
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Emotions: Fair ~ Money: Fair ~ Wellness: Good
Power Numbers: 33, 20, 41, 8, 5, 18.
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for relaxation and time out from the daily grind.
Emotions: Good ~ Money: Fair ~ Wellness: Good
Power Numbers: 46, 32, 21, 14, 33, 10
Cancer (Jun 23 - Jul 23) It may be difficult to
maintain your perfect image when other distractions
draw your attention elsewhere. Save your stage
appearances for later and check the mirror only
after you’ve finished with necessary business.
Work clothes are the order of the day -- there will
be time for dress up when the evening rolls around.
Emotions: Good ~ Money: Fair ~ Wellness: Good
Power Numbers: 13, 47, 48, 11, 42, 3.
Taurus (Apr 19 - May 20) Release from restrictive
circumstances and pressures is the main issue at this
time with regards to your love life. Obligations and
responsibilities are not so demanding now, and you are
able to enjoy a greater level of freedom in your daily
life. Emotions: Good ~ Money: Fair ~ Wellness: Fair
Power Numbers: 20, 40, 38, 21, 24, 45.
Capricorn (Dec 21 - Jan 19) You are very clear and
perceptive now. It’s a good time to make a decision
or come to an agreement, negotiate, exchange
your views with others, present your case. If you
are in a profession dealing with words, ideas, or
communication, this is a very productive time for you.
Emotions: Good ~ Money: Good ~ Wellness: Fair
Power Numbers: 13, 31, 17, 9Power Numbers: 46,
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Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19) A good time for starting
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you will not always have this much drive, and
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Emotions: Fair ~ Money: Fair ~ Wellness: Good
Power Numbers: 9, 17, 46, 16, 20, 36.
Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) This is an excellent
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relationship which keeps you from going after
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Emotions: Good ~ Money: Good ~ Wellness: Good
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Emotions: Good ~ Money: Good ~ Wellness: Fair
Power Numbers: 1, 27, 43, 9, 29, 5.
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backs of the ones you care for, as they may need it.
Emotions: Good ~ Money: Fair ~ Wellness: Fair
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