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Simbang Gabi in Los Angeles celebrates its 14th anniversary
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Filipino priest don't celebrate mass, they belt out songs too when they hold Simbang Gabi masses in Los Angeles.

Filipino priest don’t celebrate mass, they belt out songs too when they hold Simbang Gabi masses in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles – The Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region of the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will once again host the Annual Simbang Gabi Advent (night mass).

It is the 14th anniversary of the liturgical celebration of the Philippine tradition of culture, faith, and preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. Our theme this year is “JESUS, MAKE USGENEROUSDISPENSERS OF YOUR DIVINE MERCY” translated in Tagalog, “HESUS, GAWINMOKAMING MASAGANANG DALUYAN NG IYONG BANAL NA AWA.”

WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2016

TIME:  6:30 PM

WHERE:  Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

WHY: We consider our celebration a rich cultural heritage as well as a service totheFilipino American community.  The beginning of the 9 days novena before Christmas strengthen our family relationship and bring God’s presence to unityand peace.

PAROL PROCESSION:Ministers from parishes of the Pastoral Regions of Santa Barbara, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Pedroand Our Lady of the Angelstogether withDignitaries, Civic,Business and Non-profit organizations will march with their banner and parol (lantern), a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem.

MAIN CELEBRANT:Most ReverendArchbishop Jose H. Gomez, D.D.Other Concelebrants will be the Bishops and Priests of the Archdiocese.

EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: 3,000.

PARKING: Cathedral parking – $8.00 or pay at adjacent lots.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:EmailLemAmit -filipinoministryola@gmail.com |CP: 323 793 5141.

 

 

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NAGKAMIT NG 4 NA “BEST OF” AWARDS ANG PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO: ANG JOURNEY SA PECHANGA GOLF PRO KINILALA BILANG 2016 MERCHANDISER NG TAON
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Nasa atin ang panahong magwagi, ngunit hindi namin binabanggit ng Emmy’s, ESPN’s o maging ang Oscars. Kamakailan lang, ang Pechanga Resort & Casino ay nagtamo ng award na pinakamataas na parangal mula sa tatlong kilala sa bansang magazines at organisasyon para sa ekselehenteng serbisyo sa mga bisita at mga amenidad. Tinalo ng Temecula resort/casino ang mahigit sa 20 kakumpitensya nito sa kanilang kaibahan.

Ang mga mambabasa ng SoCal Gaming Guide ay tinukoy ang Pechanga Resort & Casino bilang Best Casino sa Southern California. Pinagbotohan ng mga mambabasa ng magazine, 22 tribal casinos sa Southern California ang kasali para kilalanin sa taunang Reader’s Choice 2016 BEST CASINOS na isinagawa nitong Agosto.

Ang Pechanga ay nagtamo rin ng award sa Best Overall Gaming Resort, Best Golf Course, at Best Craps mula sa Casino Player Magazine. Paulit-ulit na nanalo sa Casino Player’s Best Of na serye, ang buong-serbisyong resort at Journey sa Pechanga golf course ang mga katalista na nagpanalo sa mga mambabasa ilang taon na. Itinalaga bilang pinaka mataas na pampublikong kurso sa California ng GolfWeek magazine, ikinagiliw ng mga mambabasa ang sagradong tribal na aspeto ng kurso gayundin ng nakaeenganyong bahagdan.

Pinagkalooban ng Southern California PGA ang Journey sa Pechanga ng First Assistant Golf Professional, Bill Crist, sa 2016 Merchandiser of the Year. Ang kurso na may 2,600 square foot pro shop ay may mga club, balls, shoes, apparel, gadgets, magazines, at anumang kailangan ng isang golfer mapa street o golf chic sa pagitan lamang ng minuto. “ Ang pagkakaloob ng mapagkaibigang serbisyo sa mga customers ay laging pinakamataas na prayoridad para sa amin sa Journey Pro Shop, “ ayon kay Bill Crist. “ Sakaling hindi namin dinadala ang kailangan ng isang golfer, gagawin namin ang lahat upang makakita nito. “
“ Sa Pechanga pinag-iibayo naming magkaloob ng totohanang kakaibang eksperiyensa sa lahat ng aming bisita – sa casino floor, sa hotel, sa spa at sa golf course, kaya’t upang makilala ng mga bisita para sa aming mga pagpapakasakit ay isang karangalan, “ ayon kay Rudy Prieto, Pechanga Resort & Casino General Manager.

Ang 200,000 square foot casino floor ng Pechanga ang nagbadya ng pagtaas ng antas sa mga casino sa buong bansa, ang pagkakaroon ng pinakamalaking casino floor daig pa ang Las Vegas resort, gayundin bilang pinakamalaking resort-casinos sa kabuuan ng Estados Unidos. Piling-pili na 3,400 slot machines, 130 table games, 700-seat Bingo hall, 43-table-poker rooms, nakatalagang lugar upang manigarilyo at naglalakihang matataas na limit ng amenidad, ang prestihiyosong awards ay nararapat lamang.
Upang maranasan ang lahat ng award winning na mga amenidad at gaming sa Pechanga Resort & Casino, bumisita sa pechanga.com

Patungkol sa Pechanga Resort & Casino
Inaalok ng Pechanga Resort & Casino ang isa sa mga pinakamalaki at malaganap na kasiyahan na pang resort/casino kahit saan sa United States. Ibinotong numero unong casino ng mga mambababasa ng USA Today at hinirang na “Four Diamond property” ng AAA mula pa noong 2002, ang Pechanga Resort & Casino ay nagbibigay ng walang katumbas na marangyang bakasyon. Naghahandog ng mahigit sa 3,400 sa pinaka mainit na slots, table games at world-class entertainment, 517 mga kwarto sa hotel, kainan, spa at championship golf sa Journey sa Pechanga, ang Pechanga Resort & Casino ay tampok na destinasyon na tumutugon at humihigit sa kagustuhan ng mga panauhin nito at ng komunidad. Ang Pechanga Resort & Casino ay pag-aari at palakad ng Pechanga Band ng mga Luiseño Indians. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, tumawag ng toll-free sa 1-888-PECHANGA o bumisita sa www.Pechanga.com. Sundan ang Pechanga Resort & Casino sa facebook at sa Twitter @PechangaCasino.

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PNP chief Bato: ‘Kumpare’ called to reinstate Marcos
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MANILA, Dec 1 (Mabuhay) – Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Thursday the “higher official” who called him to reinstate to Supt. Marvin Marcos was his “kumpare.”

Dela Rosa, however, did not name the person.

“Kumpare, kumpare ko lang dyan. Basta kumpare ko lang,” the PNP chief said when pressed on the matter during a press conference at Camp Crame.

“Nakiusap lang na tumawag sa kanila yung grupo ni Marcos at nagpatulong kung pwedeng hindi sila ma-relieve dahil kawawa yung pamilyang maiiwan. Marami silang ma-transfer dito sa Crame,” he added.

Dela Rosa did not express regret on his decision to reinstate Marcos.

“Yes tama (ang desisyon) kasi yung tumawag naman sa akin e nagsabi na ‘’Pre yung grupo ni Marcos napapatulong na kawawa iyong pamilya nila kung maiwan doon, matanggal sila doon at mapunta dito sa Crame so baka pwede mong mareconsider yung decision mo na tanggalin sila doon,”’ he recalled the conversation.

“Sabi ko yes walang problema, for humanitarian purposes, I’m willing to do it,” he added.

He said he is ready to accept whatever the reaction of the public on his decision.

“Wala naman akong nakikitang problema na dalhin sila doon so that’s my decision. I may be hounded, I may be praised for that decision, tanggapin ko lahat. That’s my own decision, my own volition to reinstate them,” he said. (MNS)

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DFA: Only 240 out of 2,000+ illegal OFWs in Qatar meet deadline of amnesty 
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MANILA, Dec. 1 (PNA) – Over a thousand illegal overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Qatar are feared to be arrested by immigration agents as the deadline for illegal aliens ends December 1.

This after the Philippine Embassy in Qatar reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that only 240 out of more than 2,000 illegal OFWs have coordinated with them.

“As of embassy’s last report, they have issued 240 travel documents to OFWs availing of amnesty,” DFA spokesman and incoming Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia, Charles Jose said on Thursday, in a text message to the Philippine News Agency.

He said the Philippine embassy in Qatar has repeatedly informed illegal OFWs of their rights as well as the consequences should they not avail of the amnesty offered by the host country or get an exit visa to avoid deportation and put them in the list of undesirable aliens.

“Our embassy is assisting our OFWs who would like to avail of the amnesty by way of, among other things: 1) coordinating with Qatar government to facilitate their exit; 2) issuing travel documents to those who need them; 3) opening the embassy on November 30, even though it’s a holiday, to render assistance,” Jose explained.

Today, December 1 is the last day of the three-month amnesty given by the Qatari government.

A marching order to Qatari immigration officers was issued to arrest all illegal aliens starting December 2.

In August, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced a three-month amnesty for illegal residents to leave the country without facing any legal consequences of their overstay.

A first in 12 years and the third ever in Qatar, the grace period came into force on September 1 and ends on December 1, 2016.

Foreigners who are residing in the country in violation of the provisions of Law No. 4 of 2009 Regulating the Entry, Exit, Residence and Sponsorship of Expatriates can exit the country without legal consequences.

About 6,000 illegal residents had availed of the scheme in the first three months between March 21 and June 20 during the last amnesty announced in 2004.

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Duterte asks support for Mindanao peace & development
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President Rodrigo R. Duterte clarifies that law enforcers can neutralize an illegal drug suspect only if the latter displays a violent resistance during his keynote speech on the 89th founding anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation at the NBI Gymnasium in Manila on Monday (Nov. 14, 2016). (MNS photo)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte clarifies that law enforcers can neutralize an illegal drug suspect only if the latter displays a violent resistance during his keynote speech on the 89th founding anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation at the NBI Gymnasium in Manila on Monday (Nov. 14, 2016). (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov. 30 (PNA) – President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to the Muslim people to help his administration achieve peace in Mindanao that in the end would bring economic prosperity in the region.

Addressing the troops in Butig, Lanao del Sur on Wednesday, the President said he does not want to wage war with fellow Filipinos and this is the reason why the government has embarked on peace initiatives on different fronts.

But with the renewed violence in Mindanao, particularly in Lanao provinces as a result of Maute Group’s terrorist activities, the President said he may lose his patience and make harsh response.

He said he does not want to fan more violence to fight terrorism and illegal drugs pleading the Moro people to support his government attain peace and stability.

“Hindi ako nananakot ng tao. I am pleading to my Moro brothers and sisters: Please help us. We will build a nation,” the President said.

Duterte announced that he will open the barter trade in Zamboanga City soon.

“If you want I will restore the barter trade. I will open Zamboanga again. Walang problema iyan,” he said.

The Chief Executive vowed to introduce reforms in Mindanao once a peace deal is achieved to improve the living conditions of the people.

He also said he will prioritize the region in giving assistance once foreign development aid comes.

President Duterte particularly pleaded to all the Moro political leaders, men of influence, and scholars to continue participating in the ongoing peace efforts to find solutions to the region’s problems.

He said he is open for the adoption of Sharia Law in some areas where it will be suitable as long as it is fair for both the Muslims and the Christians.

Reiterating his thrust to adopt a federal form of government, he said his government will begin the structure for federalism next year setting aside however provisions of the Constitutions that are not acceptable.

With regard to the military offensive against the Maute Group, the President said in an interview in Cagayan de Oro City that the military will continue the offensive against the terrorist organization.

“They (military) have to go on with the operations. What is there to stop? Wala naman nagpapakita ng sincerity diyan so the fight goes on,” he said.

The President visited the members of the Presidential Security Group confined at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City who were hurt by the explosion of an improvised explosive device in Marawi City on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

 

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Duterte says fight goes on against Maute Group
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AFP media briefing on military operations vs Maute group: continuation of military operations in the outskirts and nearby localities of Butig town in Lanao del Sur to ensure the safety of residents, following the government's recovery of the town from the Maute group, in a media briefing at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Thursday (Dec. 1, 2016). (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon)

AFP media briefing on military operations vs Maute group: continuation of military operations in the outskirts and nearby localities of Butig town in Lanao del Sur to ensure the safety of residents, following the government’s recovery of the town from the Maute group, in a media briefing at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Thursday (Dec. 1, 2016). (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon)

MANILA, Nov. 30 (PNA) – A day after President Rodrigo Duterte hinted of considering talks with the Maute Group, the Commander-in-Chief said on Wednesday that the military offensive against is members will continue because of the group’s “insincerity” in talking peace with the government.

The military launched the latest offensive against the Maute Group on Saturday after the ISIS-linked group seized parts of Butig town in Lanao del Sur, the second time it has done so within the year.

In an interview with reporters at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City, the President said that he is doing everything to prevent a war because he does not want to wage war against fellow Filipinos as much as possible.

“To the Maute Group, I said I do not want to declare war against Filipinos, but I told them that they have to stop,” he said.

“I did not threaten them, I only said that I hate war. I do not want to wage war, but do not force my hand into it,” President Duterte said.

He said that he cannot be forever traveling to Mindanao every month to talk peace only for the killings to start upon turning his back.

When asked what he told the troops engaging the Maute Group in Butig, he said that he ordered them to continue the fight.

“They have to go on with the operations. What is there to stop? Nobody had shown sincerity there, so the fight goes on,” President Duterte said.

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Congress approves Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino World War II veterans Arrangements for President Obama’s signature for historic legislation to be announced
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Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, the U.S. Congress finally granted national recognition to the 260,000 Filipino and American soldiers who served under the United States Army Forces of the Far East (USAFFE). They have waited for more than 72 years.

The House of Representatives approved S.1555, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015, passed by the Senate via unanimous consent in July. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

“Today is truly a great day, a significant seminal period in American history – second only to the liberation of the Philippines and surrender of the Japanese Imperial Forces on August 15, 1945,” says Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret), chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP). “Now we can tell our veterans with pride in our hearts that this grateful nation has, at last, granted them recognition for the selfless sacrifice they endured in war, and restored their dignity and honor in service to their nation.”

Seventy years ago this past February, the Congress passed the Rescission Act of 1946, a bill that stripped Filipino soldiers the benefits promised them by President Roosevelt.

In hailing the bill’s passage, Taguba recalls the many conversations he’s had with veterans who endured “a lifetime of injustice and indignation” inflicted by the Rescission Act. “Yet, they remained steadfast and resolute, hoping our country they willingly defended would right the wrong brought upon them. Their courage and strength were their salvation. They placed their trust and expectations on their sons and daughters, on members of Congress, and the American people who believe in them.”

Long overdue

“I’m very happy because this recognition is long overdue,” says 99-year old Filipino World War II veteran Celestino Almeda of Gaithersburg, MD, one of the less than 7,000 surviving veterans residing in the U.S. today. “We responded to President Roosevelt’s call to serve and risked our lives fighting under the American flag. But after the war was over, we were treated unjustly, which was painful and humiliating.”

Rudy Panaglima, 86, of Arlington, VA. has also harbored the same disappointment and frustration over the years, but is nonetheless “thrilled that the U.S. has now recognized us. It’s better late than never.” Panaglima was only 13 when he served with guerilla forces near his home in Cagayan, as a courier and scout. In 1995, he availed of the naturalization benefits granted to Filipino World War II veterans and immigrated with his wife Pura to the U.S.

“If Alberto Bacani were here today, you would see him beaming with joy,” says Marla Miranda Mooney of Stafford, Va. “On behalf of my grandfather and all our family, we are grateful for this timely recognition bestowed on World War II Filipino veterans and for all who worked diligently on their behalf for this day to become a reality.  For my grandfather and all the veterans we honor with this award, the price to ensure democracy and restoration of peace worldwide meant risking personal safety. Though some were not professional soldiers, all of these extraordinary individuals answered President Roosevelt’s call to service.  To them, we were not two separate people—we were One; united against anyone and anything which threatened our lives, liberty, and our pursuit of happiness.” Bacani, who fought in Corregidor as a Major in the Philippine Commonwealth Army, died in November 2013.

Paving the way

The Filipino Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 garnered bipartisan support from 312 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and 71 in the Senate, paving the way for Congress to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal, which – along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – are the highest civilian awards in the United States.

The CGM bill was introduced in June last year in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), with U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) as lead co-sponsor, and in the House by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2), with U.S. Rep. Joseph Heck (R-NV-3) as lead co-sponsor.

“We did our due diligence by securing more than the two-thirds majority required in both chambers, to ensure its passage,” says Marie Blanco, FilVetREP’s legislative director. “We know how much it means to our veterans and their families.”

She adds: “We are extremely grateful to Sen. Hirono and Sen. Heller, and to Rep. Gabbard and Rep. Heck for their leadership in pushing this bill through to the finish line. We are appreciative as well of the senior leadership in both the House and Senate, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and, of course, to all the cosponsors and their staffers for championing this very important legislation.”

Historic step

In a statement released earlier, Sen. Mazie Hirono paid tribute to Filipino World War II veteran Domingo Los Banos of Kaua’i, who joined the Senator last week aboard the USS Missouri “to recount how these veterans were instrumental to our victory in the Pacific, but had to fight for decades to receive the benefits they earned. The unanimous support this bill earned in the Senate and the overwhelming backing it has in the House honors the sacrifice so many of these veterans made for our country.”

“For months, we have said that time is running out to recognize Filipino World War II veterans for their brave service,” adds Hirono. “Today’s House passage is the culmination of decades of work by these veterans and their families to recognize their key role in the Allied victory, and their decades-long fight for benefits.”

“Today, the United States Congress took an historic step forward in honoring the more than 200,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers that served our country during World War II. With unanimous support from the United State Congress, our bill now heads to the President’s desk,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “Our Filipino WWII veterans have waited decades for this recognition alongside units like the Tuskegee Airmen and Hawaii’s own 442nd/100th Infantry Battalion with the Congressional Gold Medal—our nation’s highest civilian honor. With just 18,000 of these Filipino World War II veterans still alive today, we cannot afford to wait any longer. I urge the President to sign this bill into law before the year’s end, and honor our veterans with this long-overdue recognition.”

U.S. Rep. Coleen Hanabusa (D-HI-lst), in her remarks during the House proceedings, acknowledged former Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, for championing the cause of Filipino World War II veterans during their many years of service in the Senate. “They fought to repeal the Rescission Act,” Hanabusa said, “and they did everything they can to restore their rightful benefits. They would be proud to know that Congress finally did the right thing.”

Grassroots support

Ben de Guzman, FilVetREP’s Outreach Director, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support for the national effort to raise awareness about the critical role Filipino World War II veterans played in the Pacific Theatre. “A coalition of national advocacy groups serving Filipino Americans, Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders, veterans service organizations, and countless local organizations and advocates at the local level took part in this national campaign. Their engagement with their senators and representatives in the last 17 months was instrumental in moving the CGM legislation forward,” de Guzman said. “Without grassroots support, it would have been difficult to mount the kind of campaign needed to bring us to this historic moment, which we celebrate with pride today.”

Among the advocacy groups that assisted in the nationwide effort is the San Francisco Veterans Equity Center (SVEC), which has helped hundreds of Filipino World War II veterans over the years. “They are so delighted to finally receive the recognition they have been waiting for a long time,” says SVEC Exec. Director Luisa Antonio, who is also a FilVetREP Board Member. “Leo Ansis, an 89-year-old New Philippine Scout, felt that his service has been forgotten, but very excited to hear of the bill’s passage. Mrs. Lourdes Poblete, a member of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and a recognized guerrilla who served from 1942 to 1944 is also overjoyed to receive the honor while she is still alive. She is 92 years old.”

Preserving an American story

The stories of veterans Almeda, Ansis, Los Banos, Panaglima and Poblete have inspired the work of the Bataan Legacy History Society (BLHS), which has been educating the American public since 2012 about the role of Filipinos in World War II. In 2014, it started working with the California Department of Education to have their stories taught in public classrooms, a program that was finally approved in July.

“The recognition of their sacrifices and valor comes at an auspicious time when we are about to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines,” points out BLHS Exec. Director Cecilia Gaerlan. “The Filipinos formed the majority of the USAFFE and they forged an unbreakable bond with their American brothers in the trenches of Bataan and Corregidor. Their forces were able to delay the timetable of the Imperial Japanese Army despite suffering from massive disease and starvation and fighting without any air support.  These facts are now included in the U.S. history curriculum framework for Grade 11 in California.”

“Indeed, our heroes accomplished their mission and we are deeply and eternally grateful to them for defending our country, for preserving our freedom, and granting us to live free for generations to come,” Taguba said. “Now, we have to accomplish ours by ensuring that this American story is preserved for posterity.”

 

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