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This just in... Gloria Arroyo cancels 7-day U.S. visit, due to Moro problem in Mindanao. Say's cannot attend 
 grand U.S. Filipino fiesta of the “Mayayabangs” in Seattle .

 "They (organizers) will Forge (daw) a New Filipino American Agenda for the 21st Century"?

Seattle , WA - In just a few weeks, hundreds of community leaders, members and advocates throughout the United States and other countries will gather in Seattle to discuss how to "Forge a New Filipino American Agenda for the 21st Century" and promote the welfare and well-being of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans by fostering unity and empowerment. 
The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), will hold its 8th National Empowerment Conference, a three-day event on September 26-28, 2008 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle .  Since its founding in 1997, leaders from across the nation and around the world convene every two years to discuss how Filipinos can help each other improve their quality of life. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be the keynote during the Gala event on Friday, September 26, 2008 .  Over 1,000 attendees are expected. 
"We are really looking forward to hearing what President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has to say to us.  We are a diverse community, some of us are third, fourth generation Filipino Americans, but regardless of how far back we can trace our Filipino ancestry, we remain attached to the culture. We would also like her to hear how we are very much part of day to day struggle to have the quality of life we hope for, as Filipino Americans.  NaFFAA is a young national organization, only 11 years old, yet has had major successful projects such as dual citizenship for global Filipinos.   But we are still and will continue to fight in the United States for Equity for Filipino WWII Veterans, for voter education, civil rights advocacy, better educational and business opportunities.  It is good for President Arroyo to hear all that." states Kern. Other expected dignitaries visiting with the President are: Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry Peter Favila,  Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto Romulo  and Press Secretary,  Jesus Dureza. "The youth sector will have our own workshop offerings that specifically focus on issues such as leadership development, identity and culture, and how we can be part of the 21st Century dynamic and strong Filipino bloc now, not 10 years from now", asserts Ian Purganan, Region 7 Youth Chair.  He adds, " field trip is planned to visit various Filipino-American and Asian-American sites of historical significance such as the Carlos Bulosan Exhibit, Rizal Park and RIzal Bridge ." "We planned the workshops so that there is something for everyone.  General Aglipay of the Philippine Retirement Authority will discuss how you can enjoy your retirement pension in style. We have workshops from Alternative Medicine to Education, Domestic Violence Prevention and Human Trafficking and so much more.  This conference is rich with intellectual stimulation and networking with esteemed leaders. You can be up close and personal with activists and trailblazers like Dolores Sibonga, Bob Santos and Dorothy Cordova, Pio De Cano", reiterates Mariela Fletcher, Overall Conference Chair. NaFFAA Conference would not be complete without an educational forum on political empowerment.  Discussion of platforms will be led by both spokespersons from Republican and Democrat Campaign, respectively. "As a national Filipino American organization, it is important for our community to know what each presidential candidate have to say about the issues affecting us.  We need to vote intelligently", said Kern. NaFFAA invites not only Filipinos and Filipino Americans but everyone interested in enriching their knowledge of who and what Filipinos are about. NaFFAA's purpose is to monitor legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans and work in coalition with other national groups around common issues and concerns. It is headquartered in Washington , D.C. and recognized by policy-makers, private industry and national advocacy groups as the voice of Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the nation. It is a non-partisan, non-profit national affiliation of more than five hundred Filipino-American institutions and umbrella organizations. Its twelve regions cover the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Marianas . A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at the St. Edwards Parish on Saturday Sept 28, at 10:00 AM .  President Arroyo will address the Filipino American community afterwards.  The Filipino Community of Seattle, a member organization is co- sponsoring this event for NaFFAA. The Filipino Chamber of Commerce in the Pacific Northwest offers workshops designed to help new and existing businesses to make their millions.  Topics such as Access to Capital, IT Infrastructure for Small Business and Supplier Diversity are among the many topics being offered. The registration fee is $195, which includes all workshops, materials, meals, and a gala dinner; and $125. For business tract. To attend the conference, be an exhibitor or for more information, contact Mariela Fletcher, Overall Conference Chair at, Tel. 206-892-0075. You may also visit Or, contact Ning Rogge, Media Relations Manager, NaFFAA 8th Empowerment Conference, Tel. 206 949 9676;

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Why the Philippines Is Shunned By Foreign Investors

For so many years each one of us must be searching for answers on why despite the intelligence and educational background we thought we have, foreign investments doesn’t seem to stick in the country. The simple answer I was told is "the system" which we inherited during the 360 years of being lorded by the Spaniards before we got turned to over to the Americans, actually sold together with Puerto Rico under the Treaty of Paris. Everyone must have heard of so many stories about how foreign investors get scammed after all their monies are brought into the country. The latest of which was the construction of the new Manila international airport by an international consortium of investors and developers, headed by a German company. Soon after it was built, the president or chief operating officer almost got arrested on charges of corruption. The good thing is that poor guy was not in the country at the time the warrant of arrest was issued by a court in Manila . Anyhow, the government took over the facility without paying the consortium, that went to court to order the government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to pay up... but you know what happened? They didn’t pay. The judge that found the government in fault was gunned down a month after the decision. He was shot dead, and no one knew who did the job. That's only the latest example of the hundreds of stories that really happened to foreign investments. Remember that Canadian mining company based in British Columbia that sunk in $275 million? After the balance of the total investment was brought in… the Canadian mining executive and his assistant were arrested, and do you know what they are accused of? Pollution!!!  For goodness sake, that mining company had been operating there for more than 30 years, and the Philippine government only found that out after the money was brought in? If they ask them (anyone) what happened, they’d tell you that "well, anyway those investors deserved the treatment". What about that famous story on Imelda Marcos cashing in $200 million out of paper investment she signed with the operators of that foreign investment company who didn’t say anything but gave the cash to Imelda? See, this family of Ferdinand is best example on how business and political people are behaving worse than the wise guys from New York . Before I continue, the Marcos family are all back home and doing very well. The money they stole is still with them and two of them were elected as government officials. Imagine that! Only in the Philippines . Back between the 80s and 90s I was told by one of the managers of a Geneva based inspection company (SGS) that Filipinos are basically corrupt and won't invest their own money for any business whatsoever... even operating a (sari-sari) grocery store. According to stats… 86% fails. In 1986, a businessman who was managing the Hong Kong branch of Equitable Bank of the Philippines, the youngest brother of the Go family named Frank, who doubles as a trader  asked me to sell goods for him… since he’s from Manila, I sold and booked a quarter million U.S. dollar worth of woven fabric from China, but the problem was there was no goods from China, so my buyer notified him that he will sue him for damages… he thought since I am Filipino, I’d be one of those whom they enslaves back home and won’t hurt me at all. The son-of-a-bitch paid my buyer and didn’t even say sorry to me. Up to this time he hasn’t paid for the work I did which is about $7,500. That’s peanuts for this millionaire who makes at the least $10,000 a day. So there you go…Again, it’s in the system that’s been hanging there for more than 100 years…. Reliability is not in our dictionary. In my next article I will be mentioning more on why we are way back behind countries surrounding us (in) manufacturing goods for export. And of course my meetings with famous people back home who are all corrupted and vicious... You will be surprised how unreliable we became after all those years from the time be got our independence from Uncle Sam on July 4th, 1946 … Please stay tuned for our forthcoming articles and stories that will make your blood boil. Did you know that the Cory Aquino government loaned the Lopezes billions of pesos with no guarantee? And what about that former speaker Jose De Venesia, who also stole billions from the government of Ferdinand Marcos, and never paid back? All these infos are documented and archives at the Library of Congress, submitted by Philippine newspapers, such as the old Manila Times. We have more stories to come as we go along publishing the first of it kind newsmagazine which only purpose is for us to open our eyes and see what we can do together and talk about on how we can be great again as we used to be before the Europeans came along and bastardized our people and turned us to garbage of the Pacific. But, first let’s find out how we all got here, so ethnically divided and ignorant of what Jose Rizal, was trying to tell us.  

Imelda, Imelda will be posted later..... we received a lot of e-mails regarding this article from so many readers all over the world... relax!  we will publish this without any cuts...everything will be there from the time she was crowned Miss Manila, by the city mayor who later got killed later after she married the swindler and killer and all of the above description of a bad man, Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Some of the articles coming soon for publication: "Imelda, Imelda"  "The daughter of the late Manila Mayor Arsenio Lacson, grew up to become a very successful politician and business leader"  "Rita, the Canadian Model that was gang raped in Manila by policemen"  "No Government Officials Can Prove They are not Crooks"  "Why North Borneo Was Never Secured Territory of the Philippines"  " What Ernie Maceda did in Washington, D.C. having escaped the rape case filed by a secretary brought in from Manila"  And, there are so many stories very interesting for Filipinos to read.....Please stay tuned...for there are lots of articles and stories coming from our very talented Filipino independent writers whom we are to celebrating, especially stories that cannot be published in Philippines for fear of imprisonment for libel. 

Filipino illegal Immigrants both in the US and Canada: What can be done or what can they do to make their stay legal or what they should do before going home on their own, or  where else can they go to find work and settle permanently. How we can help and assist our people in need who are in trouble overseas, including those in North America.

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What's Up Doc?

This section is a special feature on health and life style. Written and compiled by the very well-known Filipino American Surgeon, Dr. Philip Chua, celebrated by the State of Indiana that bestowed upon him the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Indiana Governor, and  now US Senator Evan Bayh. Read more of his CV at the link.

Medical terms for everyone to  learn

Hey you all people out there, do you want to know what those medical terms means at all? Like, E. coli infection   Ankylosing spondylitis   Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder   Hepatitis B or C    Schizophrenia   Click the above link and you shall find out. Keep this vital info into your note book, so,  from time to time you’d know what medical science people are a talking about. The listing is from A to Z. Check it out now!!

The Seven Medical Beliefs that's not true

Drink at least eight glasses of water a day     We use only 10% of our brains    Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death    Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight    Shaving causes hair to grow back faster or coarser    Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals    Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy

WHAT'S A STROKE? : Helping stroke patients to speak    Music 'can aid stroke recovery'  Stroke risk peaks every 12 hours   Heart drug may help threat stroke   Stroke struggle: 'They said I would never become a doctor'      What's Killing Canadians?   What's the "Marburg" Virus?  More disease cures check archives  

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Suggest any topics that could possibly improve the country's politics and economics...let's work together for a prouder identity to the world.

Why are we politically and economically behind countries like Japan , Taiwan , South Korea , Singapore , Malaysia , other countries in the region and no one from our own government and business leaders seems to care?  And, is it true that the government is ran by corruptors and gunslingers? This section will be busy discussing all allegations that our people are accused of doing or practicing. Your feedback is very important for this site... It's about time we all talk about those subjects and find ways to improving our standing in the world community and once again gain the respect and admiration we all used to have. All together, we can be very productive as we are almost there, considered one of the most educated people on earth , even Nelson Mandela learned something from our very own national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, that made him great. Want to know more? Stay tuned.

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