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Balita columnist Leo Monsalud to speak at HiFi’s 2014 Trade Fair
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The First International Filipino Business Trade Fair will be held at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) Social Hall along Temple St in Los Angeles on December 5 & 6, 2014, Dr. Veronico Agatep, president of HiFi California LLc announced recently.

The FAIR aims to establish deeper business relationships between Filipino-American and Philippine-based entrepreneurs. This will be a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful tourist spots as well as introduce Philippine-made but world class products to the American public. Leo Monsalud, a Balita Media contributing columnist, will be featured as one of the speakers. He will speak on the topic: “Obamacare: Transforming the Healthcare Landscape in the U.S”.

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Signage for largest Fil-Am mural in US unveiled
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Mural creator Eliseo Art Silva talks about his artwork, which depicts Filipino and Fil-Am history and culture.

Mural creator Eliseo Art Silva talks about his artwork, which depicts Filipino and Fil-Am history and culture.

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City officials and Filipino-American community leaders unveiled the signage for the largest Fil-Am mural in the United States on Saturday.

“I see this new sign as a bridge, in the same way that the mural has become a bridge to other cultures,” said Eliseo Art Silva, the Fil-Am artist who created the mural depicting Filipino-American history and culture.

The mural, called “Gintong Kasaysayan, Gintong Pamana” (A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy) is located at the Unidad Park in Historic Filipinotown near downtown Los Angeles.

The signage contains information about the park and the mural, which was created in 1995 to commemorate the Centennial of the Philippine Revolution against Spain and depict heroes and important figures in Filipino and Fil-Am history.

Silva recently completed restoring the 25-foot high, 150-foot long mural, which taggers had vandalized. Among the heroes depicted in the mural were Jose Rizal, Cory Aquino, Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong.

Los Angeles City officials and Filipino-American community leaders unveiled the signage for the largest Fil-Am mural in the United States

Los Angeles City officials and Filipino-American community leaders unveiled the signage for the largest Fil-Am mural in the United States

The mural has been awarded the Design Excellence for Public Art by the City of Los Angeles Board of Cultural Affairs Commissioners and featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s travelling exhibition celebrating 100 years of Filipino migration to the US.

Unidad Park used to be a community garden sponsored by the Fil-Am grassroots group Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA). The lot was donated by Fil-Am doctor Carmencita Chuateco. The city bought the lot from Chuateco and converted it into a park through the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT).

LANLT hosted the unveiling ceremony, which also included a multicultural celebration showcasing Filipino and Latino folk dance and music.

The guests included Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Ryan Carpio, manager of the city’s Neighborhood Services, and Joel Jacinto, SIPA executive director. Jacinto led an Ifugao dance to close the celebration.

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Jennylyn Mercado’s prize for hard work
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Jennylyn Mercado (MNS Photo)

Jennylyn Mercado (MNS Photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Many female celebrities reward themselves with a collection of signature bags or shoes but not Jennylyn Mercado. Apparently, the actress is into luxury watches.

“Everytime matatapos ‘yung soap ko na talagang pagod na pagod ako, drained na drained ako, mag-shopping (ako ng) watch,” she said.

To date, she has at least 16 pricey timepieces, some of which cost more than a million pesos. She keeps the collection in a safety deposit box.

“Isa pa lang yata (maliban sa kin) ang nakakakita ng (buong) collection ko,” she shares.

Jennylyn started her collection some six years ago but her fondness for watches was already evident even as a student.

There is a reason for her “timely” collection. “Kasi lagi akong on time. Never akong na-late sa buhay ko, lagi akong 30 minutes or an hour early (sa meetings),” she says, adding, “Normally, umaalis ako (ng bahay) two hours before (a meeting) kung isang oras ang expected na byahe.”

Jennylyn’s parents taught her the value of time that’s why “nagagalit ako ‘pag may nale-late sa kung sino man ang kasama ko.”


Jennylyn’s discipline when it comes to time extends to her exercise routine. “Morning person ako. Halimbawa natapos ako ng 3 a.m. (sa shooting), nagigising ako on time, around 5 a.m. (kung minsan), para mag-training. Lately, inadjust ko na, ginagawa ko ng 7 or 8 a.m. lalo ’pag sobrang puyat,” she shares.

She swims regularly for 2.5 to 4 km, as training for triathlon, which she has been doing for four years now. “Iba ’yung fulfillment. Gusto kong i-prove sa tao na mommy na ako pero kaya kong gawin ‘yan kahit hindi siya madali,’” she says.

These days, Jennylyn is busy taping for her upcoming GMA-7 series “Second Chances” where she plays Lyra, a veterinarian. She works for the first time with Camille Prats.

“Sa ‘Princess Sarah’ and ‘Ang TV’ palang pinapanood ko na siya. I’m sure soon (mas may matututunan ako sa kanya). So far, konti palang ’yung nakukunan naming scenes together,” Jennyln says.

“Second Chances” will air on GMA-7 in November. (MNS)

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Despite challenges, US-PH ties will remain strong, says envoy
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President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17, 2014) Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and  Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje. (MNSPhoto)

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17, 2014) Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje. (MNSPhoto)

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– Despite calls to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) following the alleged the murder of a Filipino transgender by a US Marine, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg on Monday said he was certain that the two countries’ relationship will remain strong.

“As I look ahead, I know we will be faced by challenges and uncertainty but just as was the case 70 years ago, we will prevail,” Goldberg said during the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Landing when General Douglas McArthur returned to the Philippines to face the Japanese forces.

He recalled how Americans and Filipinos worked together during World War II “to achieve what may have at times seemed impossible” and “turn the tides of a war.”

He gave his speech as activists assail the VFA and the continued presence of US troops in the country. With the murder of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude and the filing of a complaint against Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, critics are again questioning the VFA provision allowing the US military to retain custody over American soldiers accused of violating Philippine laws.

Goldberg did not mention the incident but said that the two countries will continue “to renew and expand upon [their] partnership.”

“When we examine our shared history and our shared victory, when we consider the values that underline our relationship – courage, mutual respect and freedom – there can be no doubt that by working together we will meet any challenge no matter how great,” he said.

The envoy reiterated US President Barack Obama’s earlier statement that “America’s committment to the Philippines is ironclad.” He said it is “unmistakenly embodied in the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty, a pillar of our relationship and a source of stability in the region for over 63 years.”

The Mutual Defense Treaty is the basis of the VFA, which eventually replaced the Military Bases Agreement after it was terminated by the Senate.

Addressing President Benigno Aquino III and other ambassadors attending the event in Leyte, Goldberg said the alliance of the US and the Philippines during the World War II remind the two countries of their “enduring friendship.”

“As to the words of McArthur from 70 years ago, ‘We have come dedicated and committed. And it is these words that embody the strong partnership that exists between the Philippines and the United States over the past seven decades’,” he said.

“Our resolve to work together during good times and bad is a testament to the friendship our two countries share.”

Testament to that commitment was the P6.4 billion worth of relief assistance offered by the US for those affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) last year,” he said.

Goldberg pointed out that the US was able to quickly respond when “Yolanda” hit Central Visayas on November 8, 2013. (MNS)

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79% want VP Binay to face Senate probe – SWS poll
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Vice President Jejomar Binay (MNS photo)

Vice President Jejomar Binay (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Nearly four out of five Filipinos want Vice President Jejomar Binay to appear before a Senate subcommittee that is investigating corruption allegations against him, a survey by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) concluded.

The SWS poll was taken from September 26 to 29, with 1,200 respondents, and asked, “Do you agree or disagree with the proposal of some senators that Vice President Jejomar Binay should appear in the Senate to answer all allegations against him?”

Of those polled, 79 percent agreed Binay should face the Senate, 10 percent disagreed, and 11 percent were undecided.

Of the respondents who agreed, 57 percent “strongly” agreed, 22 percent “somewhat” agreed. Of those who disagreed, six percent “somewhat disagreed,” four percent “strongly” disagreed.

The Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee has been investigating allegations that Binay and his family had unexplained wealth.

Among the matters the subcommittee has looked into is the supposedly overpriced Makati City Building Hall II, and Binay’s alleged ownership of a 350-hectare estate in Rosario, Batangas.

Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado revealed the Vice President benefitted from the P2.5 billion Makati City Hall Building II.

The P2.5-billion building was overpriced by P1.314 billion, according to the complaint filed by defeated mayoralty candidate Renato Bondal against the vice president and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. Bondal was Junjun Binay’s opponent in the 2013 elections. The building was constructed in 2007 when the elder Binay was Makati mayor and Junjun a city councilor.

Vice President Binay has denied all the allegations against him.

Mayor Binay also dismissed the plunder complaint filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged overpricing as a move by “desperate” opponents who want to bring his father down.

The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee has invited the Vice President to attend its Sept. 25 hearing, but Binay sent a letter saying he could not attend it.

In an interview during an event in Tondo that day, Binay said he’d rather work than attend the hearing where he expected “lies” to be hurled against him.

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesperson, said the Vice President declined the committee’s invitation with the belief that the speech he delivered the week before would suffice to answer the accusations.

The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee said it will invite the vice president again for a hearing.

Binay’s camp, however, said on Monday the vice president has no plans of facing the Senate inquiry.

Remulla said “there are other venues where the Vice President can address the baseless allegations and lies – venues where there is no other agenda except arriving at the truth.”

Sampling error margins of ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages applied to the poll.

Geographically, social classes

Of those polled in Metro Manila, 64 percent said they strongly agreed that VP Binay should appear before the Senate.

In Balance Luzon 58 percent agreed to the proposal, with 54 percent in Mindanao, and 51 percent in the Visayas.

Among the Class D or masses, 81 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed that Binay should face the probe, along with 80 percent of those of the ABC, and 72 percent of those in Class E.

The proportion of those “strongly” agreeing was higher among the upper classes, including 65 percent in Class ABC, compared to 58 percent in Class D and 50 percent in Class E.


About 63 percent of respondents who were dissatisfied with Binay’s performance as vice president “strongly” agreed he should appear before the Senate.

About 56 percent of those who were satisfied and 54 percent of those who were undecided on his record also “strongly” agreed to the proposal.

The poll also found that support for the proposal was stronger among those with formal education.

Some 85 percent of respondents who were high school graduates “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed, along with 82 percent among college graduates, 74 percent among elementary level graduates and 69 percent among those with some elementary education.  (MNS)

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Tech agenda: Gigaom Structure Connect 2014
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(Relaxnews) – October continues with a conference focused on the connections of tomorrow and on how the internet of things will be built.

Gigaom Structure Connect 2014
October 21-22
San Francisco, California, USA

Focusing on the framework, opportunities and challenges of connecting homes and businesses to the internet and how greater levels of connectivity and larger numbers of connected devices, from appliances to automobiles, are going to impact on consumer and business life.

Inside 3D Printing 

October 21-23
Santa Clara, California, USA

Now in its second year it is a conference and expo aimed at everyone from architects and artists to engineers and venture capitalists who could be left behind if they don’t get on board with the third industrial revolution that many believe 3D printing will usher in.

CES Unveiled PARIS 2014 

October 22
Paris, France

A press conference and expo promoting the upcoming International CES 2015 and showcasing the best of French tech talent.

Twitter Flight
October 22
San Francisco, California, USA

The microblogging and social media platform is going to give annual conferences another try with the launch of Flight, an event aimed at developers that Twitter hopes will become an annual conference.

WSJ.D Where the Digital World Connects
October 27-29
Laguna Beach, California, USA

The first tech event by the publication since the closure of its All Things D blog, it promises to pull out all of the stops to make it one of the most important on the tech calendar. Expect big-name tech CEOs as keynote speakers and a focus on China as well as on Silicon Valley. Also expect demand for tickets to very quickly outstrip supply.


The IoT China 2014 Conference and China Connected Vehicle and ITS Expo and Forum 2014
October 28 – 29
Shanghai, China

Smart transportation, healthcare and agriculture will be hot topics as will the future of the smart city.

Japan IT Week Autumn 2014
October 29 – 31
Tokyo, Japan

The place to be for anyone who does any type of IT business in Japan. As well as offering access to partner companies, new technologies and a host of networking opportunities, the show features a host of concurrent specialist events covering everything from the cloud to data centers and smartphone security.

Droidcon London 2014
October 30 – 31
London UK

Marketed as Europe’s largest and most exciting grassroots Android developer conference, this year’s event boasts over 40 workshops, seminars and discussions over two days.

Cartes Secure Connexions
November 4-6
Paris, France

The theme for the 29th annual meeting of the digital security industry will be users on the move and will examine the issues it creates in digital payments and identification

Dell World
November 4 -6
Austin, Texas, USA

This year’s event, hosted in the company’s hometown, promises more than 50 breakout sessions focused on the hottest tech trends as well as a speaker lineup that includes Dell’s founder, Michael Dell and Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy


Internet of Things West
November 6 -7
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The latest new event focused on what is more than likely going to be the next all-encompassing global tech revolution, the Internet of Things West will examine connectivity, the cloud and enterprise and consumer applications.

Engadget Expand New York 2014
November 7-8
New York, USA

A chance to experience the future of technology and hosted by the leading tech publication, Engadget, it promises to be a show designed by tech fans for tech fans.

Future Convention 2014
November 10
Frankfurt, Germany

A one-day event that will aim to take participants on a journey through the latest innovations and advances in order to highlight where communication is going.

The Open Mobile Summit 2014
November 10 -11
San Francisco, California, USA

A gathering of some of the most influential names in the internet, media, commerce and broadcasting. Expect examinations and debates around user experience, mobile design and the latest innovations.

CES Unveiled New York 2014
November 11
New York, USA

The final advancer event before the International CES 2015 kicks off in Las Vegas next January, the New York event will showcase the tech talents in the area.

Africa Com 

November 11-13
Cape Town, South Africa

Focused on enhancing digital communications in Africa, last year’s event attracted over 8,000 attendees and this year’s show promises to be bigger still.

Samsung Developers Conference

November 11-13
San Francisco, California, USA

The South Korean tech titan has announced the date for its second annual conference focused on attracting developers and programmers that would otherwise be focused on creating apps for iOS or Android, to give Samsung’s phones, TVs, smartwatches and operating system some consideration instead.

Electronica 2014

November 11-14
Munich, Germany

The world’s leading trade show for electronic components, systems and applications will be opening its doors for the 26th time and this year also offers forums, panels and a conference schedule.


November 12-13
New York, USA

The Satellite Communications Conference and Expo is about getting to grips with new technology, networking and of course innovation within the industry and the future of content creation and delivery.

Apps World Europe

November 12-13
London, UK

This is where to go if you want to discover the future of multiplatform apps — one of the biggest tech subjects of the year thanks to increased competiton between Apple and Android, the convergence between notebooks and tablets and the integration of smart devices like fitness trackers with smartphones.

DEMO Fall 2014
November 18-20
San Jose, California, USA

This Silicon Valley get-together was where the Skully Augmented Reality crash helmet was first demonstrated but then that’s not surprising given the event’s track record at spotting and developing innovative tech products.

Siggraph Asia 2014
December 3-6
Shenzen, China

Part tech conference, part high-tech art exhibition, the show is as much about collaborative creativity as it is about computer graphics and interactive techniques. As such, like its sister event in North America, it attracts some of the world’s most respected creative practitioners in design, gaming, science, animation and education.

LeWeb’14 Paris
December 9-11
Paris, France

One of the key international shows for tech startups and entrepreneurs looking to take their ideas and their businesses to the next level. LeWeb is also a place where trends are discussed and innovations digested and where attendees will get access to a host of leading high-tech luminaries through keynotes, sessions and one-to-ones.

The Next Web USA Conference 2014
December 10
New York, USA

Described as the place where business and cultures collide, this year’s event expects to attract over 800 attendees and has a very impressive list of keynote speakers including YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.

International CES

January 6-9
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Still the biggest tech device showcase on the planet and the place to be to spot the potential hardware and gadget trends of the year ahead.

IBC Content Everywhere MENA 2015

January 20-22
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

How can businesses, particularly the media, harness the rocketing growth of mobile and smartphone adoption in the MENA region and what will this growing trend mean for online content distribution?

3D Printer World Expo Burbank
January 29-31
Burbank, California, USA

The inaugural 2014 show attracted over 3500 people and for 2015 the orgnaizers are aiming higher. Expect a showcase of the latest technology, products and innovations around one of the hi-tech areas generating the biggest buzz right now.

Technology Convergence Conference
February 26 
Santa Clara, California, USA

Confirmed for a seventh year, the event is currently in the final stages of confirming keynote speakers and sponsors.

Mobile World Congress
March 2-5
Barcelona, Spain

The most important event on the telecommunications calendar is a month later than usual but will still be packed full of new smartphone, phablet and tablet launches and representatives of all of the world’s leading network operators.

CeBIT 2015
March 16 – 20
Hannover, Germany

A European tech show that blends an examination of the latest trends with a host of keynotes, showcases and workshops. CeBIT is one of the biggest events on the calendar in terms of the number of attendees

2015 NAB Show
April 11 – 16
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

This year’s show will examine everything from aerial robotics and drones to showcasing the latest digital media talent and the new start ups that are getting ready to disrupt the entertainment industry


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Filipino nurses at risk of getting infected by Ebola virus
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Chito ParazoNurses in a Dallas hospital in Texas where a Liberian Ebola patient died recently, expressed resentment that they were given few rules and limited guidance on how to treat patients who have contracted the deadly virus.

The nurses, some of them Filipinos, expressed their displeasure in a press conference after learning that they were being blamed for “breaching protocols” at the Texas Health Presbyterian hospital which led to a nurse becoming infected with the deadly virus. She is the nurse that cared for the Liberian Ebola patient during his confinement at the hospital after being diagnosed with Ebola.

It is still unclear how many Filipino nurses and caregivers are employed at the Texas Health Presbyterian hospital.

As of this writing, the nurse, of Vietnamese decent, is getting the best care and treatment. Her family was quoted in the press saying that she is in good spirit and remain confident that she will survive the deadly virus.

Amid fears of the disease, President Obama recently gave assurance that the dangers of a serious outbreak in America is very minimal. He, however said that his administration is closely monitoring it’s progress and seriously taking it  at the highest levels of government.

In an effort to to further quell what appears to be a nationwide fears about the deadly virus outbreaks, he gave assurance that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  would be sending rapid response teams to any site in America where an Ebola diagnosis was made.

Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases and is transmitted through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of infected people. Early symptoms of Ebola include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle and headaches and sore throat.

 The United Nations admitted recently that is is falling behind in a desperate race to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in Africa.

UN even predicted that thousands of new infections are possible before the end of this year. The World Health Organizations (WHO)  said Ebola infection rate could soon reach 10,000 a week which is really bad. However, they said that the good news is that they know how to stop it. The question is how soon will they stop it to prevent it from spreading here in the United States.

There are hundreds of thousands of Filipino nurses and caregivers working in hospitals and nursing homes all over the United States. The Philippines is the number one exporter of nurses all over the world. Filipino nurses are well known throughout the world for their work ethics and their compassion for their patients.

Because of the threat of the Ebola virus, Filipinos in Texas expressed apprehension over the safety of their relatives working not only at the Texas Health Presbyterian hospital but also those working in various hospitals throughout the United States.

They also grumbled their concerns whether hospitals in United States can effectively handle  the Ebola virus disease to prevent it from becoming an epidemic here in America.

They said that the there is a strong probability that their nurse relatives might get infected by the deadly Ebola virus since as medical workers, they are the first in line in the delivery of health care services to infected patients.

Meanwhile, the National Nurses United, who claims to be representing the interest of health care workers in Texas gave assurances that they are now closely monitoring the situation and looking into how the nurse who treated the Liberian Ebola patient got infected.

The nurses union criticized  the hospital where the Liberian Ebola patient died and his nurse got infected, claiming that the protocols to protect hospital employees were not in place. They claimed that nurses were claiming of confusion in the days that an Ebola patient was diagnosed in the Dallas hospital,thus putting them at risk and that they were not given specific training on how to care for Ebola patients.

They also claimed that no advance preparedness on what to do with Ebola patients were made, no protocol and there was also no system in place.

From what he have learned and read from newspaper accounts, the first time the Liberian patient came to the hospital complaining about muscle aches and fever, he was sent home by ER doctors despite the fact that he to,d them that he had been recently in the Ebola stricken Liberia.

When he came returned to the hospital days alter really sick, he was even made to wait at the ER for hours, exposed to other patients. When confirmed that he got infected with Ebola, he was confined in isolation at the hospital. During his confinement, the Ebola infected patient suffered severe diarrhea and vomiting. Nurses  however were claiming that they where we’re no clear cut guidelines given to them on how to discard of the patient’s soiled linen and towels.

I will not be surprised if one of these days, nurses who will be infected with the deadly Ebola virus while caring for their infected patients, will sue for damages. Reports have it that some parents of medical workers are now talking with their lawyers and are now looking into issues involve in potential legal actions against hospitals that do not provide a safe environment for their medical workers.

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