Filipinos also took part in 9/11 memorial ceremony

After 10 years of the event that changed the world on a clear morning of September 11, 2001, Filipinos took part in the mourning and remembering of the nearly 3,000 victims of the tragic event.

A total of 2,753 names were read aloud by family members during the memorial service which were graced by Former US President, George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush, and incumbent US President , Barrack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama and other dignitaries, men and women of the US Armed Forces.

All family members had sweet words and touching messages for their loved ones. Part of the families that participated in the memorial are the families of the 20 Filipinos who also perished in the 9-11 attacks. There were 18 Filipinos who were killed at the World Trade Center buildings and 2 who were on board the airplanes that crashed into the twin towers.

Anisia Capito Abrabar, sister of Marlyn Capito Bautista who worked at Marsh & McLennan Co., said: “We love you and we miss you. You are always in our hearts.”

Ian Tamayo, whose father Hector was a project manager for the Vanderbilt Group,” said: “My father Hector Tamayo, you were a star so bright, so bold, now in the heavens where you belong. Your light still shines down here to us as if that light was in fact our own. We love you, we miss you, we thank you.”

Corazon Fernandez described her daughter Judy Hazel, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, as “amazing and beautiful.” “Judy, you gave us so much joy. We miss you so much. You’ll always be in our hearts. Your kuya Rich, Liza, your nephew Derick, ate Emma, Tim and your nieces Emily and Avery love you,” she said.

Here’s a list of the 20 Filipinos killed in the September 11 attacks:
1. Grace Alegre-Cua, 40, accountant for Chuo Mitsui Trust and Banking Co.
2. Cesar A. Alviar, 60, accountant for Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
3. Marlyn C. Bautista, 46, worked at the Accounts Payable Department of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
4. Cecile M. Caguicla, 55, Assistant Vice President of Finance of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
5. Jayceryll M. deChavez, 24, assistant to the portfolio manager of Fiduciary Trust International
6. Benilda Pascua Domingo, 37, utility worker for ABM Industries
7. Ramon Grijalvo, 58, computer programmer for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield
8. Frederick Kuo Jr., 53, mechanical engineer for Washington Group International
9. Arnold A. Lim, 28, analyst for Fiduciary Trust International
10. Manuel L. Lopez, 54, corporate tax manager for Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
11. Carl Allen Peralta, 37, broker at Cantor Fitzgerald
12. Rufino Conrado F. Santos III, 37, computer consultant for Accenture
13. David Marc Sullins, 30, a paramedic at Cabrini Hospital
14. Hilario Soriano (Larry) Sumaya Jr., 42, technology manager for Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
15. Hector Tamayo, 51, project manager for Vanderbilt Group Inc.
16. Maria Theresa Santillan, 27, customer service representative for eSpeed
17. Judy Hazel Fernandez, 27, benefits specialist for Cantor Fitzgerald
18. Cynthia Motus-Wilson, 52, head receptionist at International Office Centers Corp.
19. Ruben Ornedo, 39, propulsion engineer for Boeing Co.
20. Ronald Gamboa, 33, store manager at Gap

Aside from the memorial ceremony in Ground Zero. Simultaneous memoials also happened in Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvannia.

Manny Pacquiao’s 3rd fight with Marquez

Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez VS Manny "Pacman" Marquez

This November 12, 2011 another interesting fight will happen. It is the Pacquiao VS Marquez 3 fight at Chelsea Pier New York. The two boxers will match again after their 2 fights which already won by Manny Pacquiao. The Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez are still on his way in getting back from his lost from his fight to Manny Pacquiao. He is not convinced about their 2nd fight because he believed that he won that fight against Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. To remind you, their 2nd fight is a very tough fight that everyone was eager to watch that fight.

Before the press conference starts at the North America kick-off international Media tour Manny Pacquiao performed the song at a press conference in Las Vegas ahead of his title fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. But many was shocked when someone ask Pacquiao about his song, and Pacquiao said: “I will tell you now, I’m not a good singer but I can sing and I love to hear songs,”

Manny Pacquiao vowed that his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez will be very different than their previous bouts. Marquez is proudly to say that he ready to face Pacquiao in their third fight. “I’m not saying it’s going to be an easier fight but I have to train hard,” said Pacquiao. He told ESPN’s Sports Center the main difference will come from his improvement as a fighter. “I have had a lot of changes. I’m stronger now compared to years ago,” said Pacquiao. “I learned more techniques and strategy for my style, and I’ve improved my right hand,” he added.

Pacquiao and Marquez figured in 2 closely fought matches in 2004 and 2008. In 2004, the Filipino boxer decked Marquez 3 times in round 1. The Mexican, however, rallied in the following rounds to escape with a draw. In their 2008 rematch, Pacquiao hammered a split decision against the Mexican by scoring a knockdown in the 3rd round. The Filipino boxer said he will post a more convincing win this time now that he’s fighting in a higher weight division. “I’m very comfortable moving up to the higher division,” said Pacquiao.

Manny is guaranteed to have $22 – $30 million USD in the said fight that depends upon the pay-per-view sales.

Fighting Congressman Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani province is seeking a higher government position in 2013. He said he will be retiring by 2013 in his boxing career. “By 2013 I am running for governor and it’s going to be hard for me to continue my boxing career,”

And on their 3rd fight on this coming November, many sports enthusiasts and experts that said that it will really a smart and a full of heart fight by the both boxers because of their determination in winning this fight.


Maasai Girls Escaping Circumcision from Kenya, a Film Subject of a Filipina Photojournalist


Filipino native, now US resident Marvi Lacar a photojournalist and a short film maker receives her international spotlight after her 28-minute documentary, titled:  Escape: Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Kenya, that depicts the struggling life specifically the early marriage and female circumcision of young girls, from indigenous community of Kenya.

To see the Escape Video Trailer, Click Here.

The film of Marvi Lacar just had caught the attention of NY1 News, Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour news channel in New York City and several writers and bloggers across the US.

The video also shows the rescue work of Tasaru Rescue Center of a teenage girl Naanyu Sekut, who is about to go on her wedding ceremony with a 45-year old man. Tasaru Rescue Center, offers girls an alternative rite of passage to the deep-rooted cultural practice, also known as FGM. Mary Walker, and FGM, Global Relief Resources raises funds in order to offer Scholarships and Grants for women and girls who are ending Female Genital Mutilation in Africa.

From GMA News Online, Lacar said she made the film on Kenyan women “not only to bring awareness to the plight of these girls but to get viewers invested enough in their future and help them through donations, outreach, education, etc.”

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To see the rest of photos taken by Marvi Lacar, Click Here.

From Marvi Lacar’s page, she wrote, This project documents the progress of some Maasai people’s battle against female circumcision and early marriage through rescue, rehabilitation and tribal outreach programs. This work is part of a larger photo documentary on “Women in Poverty”, quoted as she emphasizes this word.

According to Marvi and her husband from their 1 month interaction to Maasai Tribe of Kenya, girls from 8 to 15 years of age undergo to genital circumcision and prerequisite this rite to marriage, which brings in a significant dowry to the girl’s family. Once married, girls quit school and attend to their wifely duties of keeping house and raising children as what wife does. At the age of 18-20 some of these girls have several children.

Charice in New York

International singing sensation Charice continued to capture the hearts of Americans as she joined the 14th K Festival for the first time.

Charice rocked the Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, New York on Sunday as she performed her hit single “Pyramid” for the annual KFest. She also performed a pop medley (Just Dance by Lady Gaga / Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus and Rock With You by Michael Jackson), a remix of Pyramid, and I Love You, which is included in her debut self-titled global CD.

“Nakakatuwa po kasi ang mga Americans dahil kumakanta din po sila, sumasabay sa akin sa pagkanta ng Pyramid and I Love You,” Charice told

She added: “Sobra po ung pagtanggap nila sa akin. Nakakatuwa po, talagang ginawa nila ung PYRAMID sign.”

Charice said she was able to perform while it was raining. “Opo, umuulan po.”

According to Charice, K Festival is a big music event that gathers some 40 big artists every year. This year’s artists include American Idol winner Adam Lambert, American rock band Train, Ludacris, B.o.B. and rapper Iyaz.

“Masaya po talaga ako kasi ngayon po ay nakakasali na po ako sa mga ganitong kalalaking event,” Charice said.

The pint-sized chanteuse is still busy doing her radio tours to promote her album. Just last week, Charice performed on Disney Radio where she sang an acoustic version of “Pyramid.” 

Charice might go back to Manila on the second week of July after promoting her album in different countries.

Charice will be in Toronto, Canada on June 3-5; Paris, France on June 17; London, June 20; and Germany, June 22.

Next week, Charice is set appear on “Live with Regis and Kelly” to promote her album.

“Half-price” fashion models tighten their belts

PARIS (Reuters) – Free designer dresses, an army of admirers and $15,000 to stroll down a catwalk: no wonder thousands of teenage girls aspire to being a top model.

But at the haute couture shows in Paris, the leggy blondes in silk dresses who advertise a life of luxury are finding their world turned inside out by the economic crisis.

“Half price! It’s half-price everywhere, in Milan, even in New York,” cried Anna Chyzh, a 23-year-old from Kiev who had just changed out of a Stephane Rolland haute couture gown into jeans and was headed to the next show.

Like many models from Ukraine, Russia and the Balkans, Chyzh regularly sends money home to support her mother, a freelance interior designer who is having trouble finding work because of the downturn.

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De Venecia’s ‘Global Filipino’ debuts at a lingerie studio

NEW YORK – Amid hanging lacey lingerie and nylon pjs at a swank Manhattan studio, former Speaker Jose de Venecia launched his book, ‘Global Filipino: The Authorized Biography of Jose de Venecia’ and signed autographs.

The packed atelier belongs to noted lingerie designer Josie Natori, who hosted the book event. De Venecia told Philippine News he’s been “banned” from the Philippine Consulate in New York. The outspoken oppositionist added that in Washington, his launch was held at the “prestigious Heritage Foundation” office, instead of the Philippine Embassy.

Among the guests in New York were former American Ambassador to Manila Nicholas Platt, Beatrice TLC CEO Loida Nicolas Lewis, and community leaders. Neither Consul General Cecilia Rebong nor the head of the Philippine Mission, Ambassador Hilario Davide, attended the December 4 event. A De Venecia spokesperson said they had previous commitments and sent their regrets.

If there is anything that has changed since De Venecia became a fierce critic of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, it is that the flow of official support appears to have run dry.

“I was banned by Malacanang,” he told this reporter, betraying not a hint of bitterness, his wife Gina beside him, also smiling. That’s ok, he said. In Washington, the Heritage Foundation graciously offered their building, he said.

The parting of ways between the former allies stemmed from the $329-million broadband deal where Arroyo’s husband and De Venecia’s son represented rival bidders. Mike Arroyo’s group won the bid, but it was later nullified by the President when the transaction became tainted with alleged payoffs. De Venecia accused the Arroyos of wholesale bribery, after he was removed in a House coup. [Continue Reading...]