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Asian Business Association of OC Connects Companies with Entrepreneurs
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rey_andresOne of the greatest attributes of America in being a great world power is its ability to harness the multifarious talents and gifted minds of its mosaic demographics. The country is likened magnets that lure talented people from many nations of the world with its offer of unmatched opportunities abound for those willing to work hard. Creativity puts no limits anyone entering its gates to achieve their dreams.

The Asian Business Association of Orange County (ABAOC) whose membership represents a tapestry of many cultures from around the world has constantly been at the forefront of a movement to harness the full potentials of its people who have come the represent California’ varied demographics.

Inspiration to others: The secrets of the business success of Twin Eagles Inc., (manufacturer of high-end grilling and barbeque system) run by  Filipino-American entrepreneurs Dante and Fanny Antal, and KCAL Insurance Agency of Kenny Chang, (CEO and Founder), and his daughter, Angela Chang (Chief Strategy Officer), had been shared to the attendees of Asian Business Association of Orange County-sponsored BMW-Procon Business Matchmaking and Procurement Conference at Disney’s Paradise Pier in Anaheim last Sept. 23.

Inspiration to others: The secrets of the business success of Twin Eagles Inc., (manufacturer of high-end grilling and barbeque system) run by
Filipino-American entrepreneurs Dante and Fanny Antal, and KCAL Insurance Agency of Kenny Chang, (CEO and Founder), and his daughter, Angela Chang (Chief Strategy Officer), had been shared to the attendees of Asian Business Association of Orange County-sponsored BMW-Procon Business Matchmaking and Procurement Conference at Disney’s Paradise Pier in Anaheim last Sept. 23.

Founded in 1992 as a nonprofits organization to meet the needs of the growing Asian businesses in one of the most populous counties in California with its more than 3 million in 34 cities, ABAOC envisions to provide Asian Americans the opportunity to “gain access to economic advancement by way of networking, education and community representation”.

For decades, ABAOC has led in successfully organizing major events like networking  mixers, outreach programs with the help and support of its sponsors and community affiliates and procurement events, a signature event that has opened business opportunities to its members.

This was accomplished at the BMW-Procon Business Matchmaking Procurement Conference at the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim last September 23rd.  ABAOC was able to do connect its members with top business players in the community.

For many years, this signature event has served as a bridge in facilitating the interaction of various businesses activities in the county.

Small business owners learned of the many needs of at least six businesses for goods and services which were represented in the Supplier Diversity/Purchasing informative talks delivered by Donna Osui of CBS Corporation, Arnice Lamb (Supply Diversity Manager of Walt Disney; Min Kim of California Edison,  and Pia Veesapa of Orange County Transportation Authority

Faces of Success

Let the Conference Begin: Tom Nguyen, president of Asian Business Association of Orange County, and Joe Hensley, Market President of Orange County US Bank are joined by the officers of ABAOC at the ribbon cutting ceremony of 2016 BMW-Procon where suppliers meet their business match. From L-R, ABAOC Directors Edith Andres. Gloria Rull, Arnice Lamb of Walt Disney Company and Director Kenny Ozaki, Esq.

Let the Conference Begin: Tom Nguyen, president of Asian Business Association of Orange County, and Joe Hensley, Market President of Orange County US Bank are joined by the officers of ABAOC at the ribbon cutting ceremony of 2016 BMW-Procon where suppliers meet their business match. From L-R, ABAOC Directors Edith Andres. Gloria Rull, Arnice Lamb of Walt Disney Company and Director Kenny Ozaki, Esq.

Success in American business is limited only by one’s creativity. The environment has always provided a fertile ground for the determined and the never say die.

Two Southern California companies, against all odds proved that success was possible in all business conditions.

Twin Eagles Inc., manufacturer of high-end grilling/barbeque equipment system and KCAL Insurance Agency which has captured the patronage of more than 85,000 clients has proved that with enough perseverance and dedication, everything will pay off in the end.

Dante’s expertise and knowledge  in residential appliances and expertise on residential appliances and high-performance, commercial cooking equipment, transitioned  him into co-founding a company in 1996 and in 2005, he introduced the Twin Eagles line of products.

Kenny Chang’s, CEO of KCAL Insurance Agency which he founded has succeeded in spite of many obstacles. His present partner in running his business is her daughter, Angela Chang, who serves as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer

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Despite Duterte tirades, Obama hails Fil-Ams
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-- President Rodrigo Duterte joins other heads of states on stage during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos on September 6. (MNS photo)

— President Rodrigo Duterte joins other heads of states on stage during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos on September 6. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Amid vitriol from President Rodrigo Duterte, US President Barack Obama has hailed Filipino-Americans “for the many ways they have enriched our society.”

“They have been the artists who challenge us, the educators who keep us informed, and the laborers of our growing economy,” Obama said in a special message dated October 1 in celebration of the Filipino-American History Month.

“And throughout our history, they have served as members of our Armed Forces, helping safeguard our Nation and the values upon which we stand,” he added.

Channapha Khamvongsa: After War, A New Legacy of Peace in Laos: President Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Laos, where he discussed his work to address a legacy of war in the country. (White House official photo)

Channapha Khamvongsa: After War, A New Legacy of Peace in Laos: President Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Laos, where he discussed his work to address a legacy of war in the country. (White House official photo)

Obama, who will be stepping down from office in January, has been on the receiving end of some of Duterte’s tirades, the latest of which was when the Philippine president told him to “go to hell” for criticizing his deadly anti-drug campaign.

An earlier tirade from Duterte had prompted Obama to cancel their bilateral meeting during the ASEAN Summit in Laos last month.

Obama, in his special message, also took note of how Filipino-Americans helped the US military during World War II, although he admitted that their desire to petition their loved ones have been hampered by the US immigration system — an issue, he said, his administration addressed.

“This year, my Administration launched the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole program, which enables certain Filipino-American veterans to request that their family members join them in the United States as they wait for their green cards,” he said.

Obama said this policy “will allow loved ones to provide support and care for elderly veterans and their spouses.”

“This program is an important reminder that we must suppose those who serve our Nation not just in times of war, but throughout their lives,” Obama said.

Obama also thanked Filipino-Americans who “have lent their unique voices and talents to changing our country for the better.”

“Their immeasurable contributions to our Nation reaffirm that as Americans we will always be bound to each other in common purpose and by our shared hopes for the future,” he said. (MNS)

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PHL-US defense agreement under review
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By Jelly F. Musico

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 5, 2016) US Navy personnel verify the serial number of an air-to-air missile attached to an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan. The ship is on patrol supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 5, 2016) US Navy personnel verify the serial number of an air-to-air missile attached to an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan. The ship is on patrol supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

MANILA  (PNA) — Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Wednesday said the legal team of President Rodrigo Duterte is now reviewing the Philippines-United States’ Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

”Regarding the EDCA needing a President’s signature, I just like to say that the President’s legal team is currently addressing the matter,” Abella said in a press briefing.

During last Sunday’s 37th Maskara Festival in Bacolod City, President Duterte said the EDCA was just an executive agreement since it was not signed by former President Benigno Aquino III.

President Duterte has said EDCA was signed in 2014 only by former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg.

Last Monday, President Duterte said he might, under his presidency, break up ties with America and would rather establish alliances with Russia and China.

”He said that he might, okay? Let’s base in on that. He might. It is not a definite yes, it’s not a definite no. He said he might. Okay?,” Abella clarified when asked for comment.

Abella also explained that President Duterte is not leaning towards Russia and China.

”It (is) just that he has expanded his options. He is simply broadening his options in relationship,” he said.

”So you can tell that the tenor is not so much what economic benefits he can get from the country but that he is getting respect. And that’s exactly what the President apparently is wanting. He wants the Philippines to be on equal footing with others whether they’re big or not,” he added.

President Duterte’s threat to break ties with the United States has emanated from the US’ criticism of the Philippine government’s intensified war against illegal drugs.

“The way he expresses himself, it is still that he wants an independent foreign policy. In other words, the breaking may not necessarily be a breaking up of alliances in that way,” Abella said.

“Going back to the statement that he has made, it is basically expressing an independent policy. That it is not exclusive, that it is inclusive, that we are not be held down by any just one treaty, for example,” he added.

Last July, the Supreme Court has declared with finality that EDCA is constitutional agreement which provides for an increased rotational presence of US troops and use of Philippine military facilities by US forces.

The Philippines and the US have a Mutual Defense Treaty signed in 1951 and a Visiting Forces Agreement inked in 1998.

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Naturalized Filipino businessman Wallace amazed by Duterte’s accomplishments in just 100 days
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President Rodrigo R. Duterte and members of his Cabinet wave during a photo session at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on Monday (Oct. 3, 2016). (MNS photo)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte and members of his Cabinet wave during a photo session at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on Monday (Oct. 3, 2016). (MNS photo)

MANILA  (PNA) – Naturalized Filipino businessman Peter Wallace on Wednesday described as impressive the accomplishments of President Rodrigo Duterte in just 100 days of his administration.

”We’ve had almost 100 days now and we’ve had things done. I’m quiet amazed really how many things have been accomplished,” Wallace said in a press briefing in Malacañang.

He commended President Duterte for signing an executive order on the implementation of Freedom of Information (FOI) within the executive branch.

”But I think the one that struck us all immediately was, after what? Five presidents, 25 years, we didn’t have a Freedom of Information Act. Within six days, we had one. Just like that. He did the sensible thing. He passed an executive order,” the businessman said.

Wallace, founder of the Wallace Business Forum which helps chief executive officers (CEOs) understand the business environment in the Philippines, said he is confident Congress would pass the FOI bill that will cover all branches of government.

”I’ve no doubt, given the majority he has in both Houses, that (the) law will be passed,” he said.

He also praised the President for appointing Cabinet secretaries who are economic and business experts.

”His economic cluster is a very well-chosen cluster of people who are former businessmen and academics who know their job and know what has to be done. And he has said on numerous occasions, he will rely on them and their guidance as to where to go,” Wallace said.

He said the business community has essentially agreed with the 10-point socioeconomic agenda of President Duterte.

Wallace, whose Philippine citizenship was approved recently by Congress, called Duterte’s decision to continue the good policies of the previous administration a “remarkable change”.

”Each government has wanted to just to throw out the baby with the bathwater and start all over again. He said, ‘No, continuity is important. We’ll continue with those things that are good and we’ll speed them up,’” he said.

He also praised the Duterte government for promising to come up with 17 public-private partnership (PPP) projects before the end of the year.

Wallace said the target to increase the allotted budget for infrastructure spending from 2.5 percent to 5 percent is also commendable, saying the lack of infrastructure “is one of the greatest weaknesses today”.

He expressed hope that Congress would act immediately on the emergency powers that President Duterte has sought to “quickly and drastically” solve the traffic woes, particularly in Metro Manila.

The Filipino people should understand and accept President Duterte’s way of implementing the change he promised in the last May 9 elections, he said.

”He promised change and we wanted change so the people voted for him and he won overwhelmingly, promising that change. And now people are complaining that he’s changed, that he’s different. And yet that’s what we wanted,” Wallace said.

”I’ve been studying this man for quite some. I’ve known him for quite some time. And I know that the way he talks is not the way in which he thinks. This is a man who genuinely cares for this country and genuinely cares for its people,” he added.

President Duterte has been heavily criticized, not only in the Philippines but also abroad, particularly by the United Nations, United States and European Union for his war on drugs.

”And so he’s angry and he’s frustrated and he takes this out by swearing, which is not terribly abnormal in the society that he is mixed in. But it is difficult for particularly foreigners to understand,” Wallace said.

”What happens unfortunately is too often, what he says is taken literally rather than interpreting what he actually meant,” he added.

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Agri fellows briefed ON PHL conditions
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Cornell University LEADNY 2016 Fellows with the Philippine Embassy’s Commercial Counsellor Raymond Batac (front row, left), Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates (front row, 2nd from left), Economic Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga (front row, 3rd from left), and Labor Attaché Saul de Vries (front row, right) during their briefing on 28 September 2016.

Cornell University LEADNY 2016 Fellows with the Philippine Embassy’s Commercial Counsellor Raymond Batac (front row, left), Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates (front row, 2nd from left), Economic Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga (front row, 3rd from left), and Labor Attaché Saul de Vries (front row, right) during their briefing on 28 September 2016.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2016 batch of Cornell University’s LEADNY received a comprehensive briefing on the Philippines on 28 September 2016 at the Philippine Embassy.

During the briefing, the twenty-two (22) LEADNY 2016 Fellows were apprised of current conditions and trends in Philippine agriculture, labor market, and trade and commerce. Snapshots of Philippine culture and politics were also presented to provide the group with a holistic picture of the country.

“We thank LEADNY for choosing the Philippines as a focus of interest this year. This presents valuable partnership opportunities in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors, which have been designated as high priority areas by the Duterte Administration,” said Dr. Josyline Javelosa, Philippine Agriculture Attaché for the Americas.

The 2016 Fellows will travel to the Philippines in February 2017 to learn more about the country’s food and agricultural sectors.

The Embassy briefing was a joint presentation of Dr. Javelosa, Commercial Counselor Raymond Batac, Labor Attaché Saul De Vries, Political Officer Gunther Sales, and Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates.

“Our economic diplomacy has always taken a long and integrated view. Engaging future leaders and policymakers in strategic sectors is a necessary step to the creation of productive and enduring collaborative relationships,” stated Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga, the Embassy’s economic officer.

LEADNY is a leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agriculture and natural resource industries of the US Northeast. The program helps participants improve their leadership skills, level of self-awareness, issues analysis, critical thinking and civic engagement.

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Agri fellows briefed ON PHL conditions
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Cornell University LEADNY 2016 Fellows with the Philippine Embassy’s Commercial Counsellor Raymond Batac (front row, left), Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates (front row, 2nd from left), Economic Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga (front row, 3rd from left), and Labor Attaché Saul de Vries (front row, right) during their briefing on 28 September 2016.

Cornell University LEADNY 2016 Fellows with the Philippine Embassy’s Commercial Counsellor Raymond Batac (front row, left), Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates (front row, 2nd from left), Economic Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga (front row, 3rd from left), and Labor Attaché Saul de Vries (front row, right) during their briefing on 28 September 2016.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2016 batch of Cornell University’s LEADNY received a comprehensive briefing on the Philippines on 28 September 2016 at the Philippine Embassy.

During the briefing, the twenty-two (22) LEADNY 2016 Fellows were apprised of current conditions and trends in Philippine agriculture, labor market, and trade and commerce. Snapshots of Philippine culture and politics were also presented to provide the group with a holistic picture of the country.

“We thank LEADNY for choosing the Philippines as a focus of interest this year. This presents valuable partnership opportunities in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors, which have been designated as high priority areas by the Duterte Administration,” said Dr. Josyline Javelosa, Philippine Agriculture Attaché for the Americas.

The 2016 Fellows will travel to the Philippines in February 2017 to learn more about the country’s food and agricultural sectors.

The Embassy briefing was a joint presentation of Dr. Javelosa, Commercial Counselor Raymond Batac, Labor Attaché Saul De Vries, Political Officer Gunther Sales, and Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates.

“Our economic diplomacy has always taken a long and integrated view. Engaging future leaders and policymakers in strategic sectors is a necessary step to the creation of productive and enduring collaborative relationships,” stated Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga, the Embassy’s economic officer.

LEADNY is a leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agriculture and natural resource industries of the US Northeast. The program helps participants improve their leadership skills, level of self-awareness, issues analysis, critical thinking and civic engagement.

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Agri fellows briefed ON PHL conditions
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Cornell University LEADNY 2016 Fellows with the Philippine Embassy’s Commercial Counsellor Raymond Batac (front row, left), Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates (front row, 2nd from left), Economic Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga (front row, 3rd from left), and Labor Attaché Saul de Vries (front row, right) during their briefing on 28 September 2016.

Cornell University LEADNY 2016 Fellows with the Philippine Embassy’s Commercial Counsellor Raymond Batac (front row, left), Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates (front row, 2nd from left), Economic Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga (front row, 3rd from left), and Labor Attaché Saul de Vries (front row, right) during their briefing on 28 September 2016.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2016 batch of Cornell University’s LEADNY received a comprehensive briefing on the Philippines on 28 September 2016 at the Philippine Embassy.

During the briefing, the twenty-two (22) LEADNY 2016 Fellows were apprised of current conditions and trends in Philippine agriculture, labor market, and trade and commerce. Snapshots of Philippine culture and politics were also presented to provide the group with a holistic picture of the country.

“We thank LEADNY for choosing the Philippines as a focus of interest this year. This presents valuable partnership opportunities in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors, which have been designated as high priority areas by the Duterte Administration,” said Dr. Josyline Javelosa, Philippine Agriculture Attaché for the Americas.

The 2016 Fellows will travel to the Philippines in February 2017 to learn more about the country’s food and agricultural sectors.

The Embassy briefing was a joint presentation of Dr. Javelosa, Commercial Counselor Raymond Batac, Labor Attaché Saul De Vries, Political Officer Gunther Sales, and Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates.

“Our economic diplomacy has always taken a long and integrated view. Engaging future leaders and policymakers in strategic sectors is a necessary step to the creation of productive and enduring collaborative relationships,” stated Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga, the Embassy’s economic officer.

LEADNY is a leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agriculture and natural resource industries of the US Northeast. The program helps participants improve their leadership skills, level of self-awareness, issues analysis, critical thinking and civic engagement.

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