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Vietnam from North to South: A Travel Journal

Text and photos by OSCAR F. PICAZO 1.  On a Cyclo Tour, Hanoi – I find Hanoi’s streets living museums of trade, handicraft, cultural encounters, and motorbike and cyclo traffic.  Some of the alleyways are heady with incense smoke and the aroma of pho (noodles), strong...
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Filipino skating star seeks glory on thin ice

By DAVID CASUCO LOS ANGELES –The image of a Filipino skater receiving a medal in the Winter Olympics does not have any shades of reality. Even in dreams, where the sequence of actions do not follow logic, the chance of an athlete from a tropical country winning in winter games...

Tourism threatens Philippine primate

BY JOE SINCLAIR BOHOL (AFP) – The tiny creature turns its head slowly through 180 degrees and stares, boggle-eyed as another group of noisy tourists takes its picture from just inches away. This is the Philippine tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world. It is a...
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Gregorio del Pilar: The ‘Boy General’

By NENET GALANG-PERENA During the Philippine Revolution in 1896, the people of my town  participated in the battles launched by the Katipuneros against Spain. Calumpit became the headquarters of General Luna in 1898 and in the bloody encounters at barrio Bagbag on April 25,...
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Of credit-grabbing Epals and contentious HDOs

NEED one say anything to introduce Philippine politics? Ah, what mess, what circus, what potpourri, what huge entertainment – which seems to be the only rational posture one can take, otherwise one would fall into a deep, deep depression about the future of our dear...

Looking Good: Don’t overdo casual Friday

BY OSCAR F. PICAZO FOR Filipinos, one of the most satisfying things to do is to see and be seen. Below are some sightings in the Philippines. A couple of the sightings have no formal names, so I invented the phrases to describe them (Donald Tramp, Batman’s dimpo mini-cape). So...
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Food philia: Comforting, disturbing terms

BY OSCAR PICAZO FILIPINOS love eating, more than any other pleasure.  If they have food, they eat five times a day: breakfast, merienda (snack), lunch, merienda, and supper (and sometimes merienda again before going to bed). They share their food to anyone within sight as it is...

Tropical wonderland vacation that breaks no bank

By DAVID CASUCO, Balita Media Editor Boracay is arguably a world class destination. Surprisingly, a lot of Filipinos and Fil-Ams have not been there because they think they don’t have enough money to spend for the trip. It is a shame, because when I did my own personal survey,...
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Visa Bulletin for September 2011

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during September. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...
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State Senator Yee visits L.A., seeks support of Fil-Am leaders

If all goes well, Yee may yet be the first Asian-American to become SF city mayor To say that the Chinese are now dominating the globe – no thanks  to its almost 10% growth rate compared to the U.S.’ dismal 1.3 percent during the same second quarter  period this year – is...