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Volume 18 Issue 03

MARCH 2013

Whats Inside
Official Vatican text of popes speech 2 Pope Francis Lenten Letter 2 Filipinos Involve in SKs Educational Reform and Policy Development for International Students 3 Expats most unhappy about visas, wages 3 Stepping toward multiculturalism 4 16 Business Ideas for OFWs 5 Likhaan 6 Puro Porma 7 Covenant Love: Introducing the Biblical Worldview 8 Karunungan 9 Ex-Korean Entrepreneurs 10 Ulat Komunidad 12 Announcements 13 Frequently Called Numbers 14 Daily Mass Readings (ORDO) 14 Birthday Greetings 14

Sis. Mel eoul - Saint Benedict Church, Hyehwa dong. "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." After saying this, Jesus breathed his last breath. The reenactment of the passion of Christ, which we call Senakulo, was done during the Palm Sunday liturgy on March 24, 2013 that was celebrated by His Excellency Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, DD Apostolic Nuncio to South Korea, with Fr. Alvin Parantar, MSP HFCC Parish Priest. The said reenactment was spearheaded by the El Shaddai Prayer Partner Community. The names of the casts are as follows: This year, Jesus was portrayed by Bro, Marnelo Porto, Local Preacher of El Shaddai Prayer Partner. Narrator-Bro. Mario Sado; Pontius Pilate-

Bro. Ronald Pulido; Pontius Pilates Wife-Sis. Jenin Pulido; Mama Mary-Sis. Melody S Palana; Mary Magdalene-Sis. Chelo Bechayda; John the BelovedBro. Edison Pinlac (HFCC). The Pharisees and Sadducees-Bro. Jimmy Villaflor and Bro. Jovito Berendez. Two Criminals (right) Bro. Arnel Maramot, (left) Bro. Ian Iruguin; Barrabas-Bro. Orly Tungala. Chief Captain-Bro. Dionisio Magsino; Soldiers: Bro. Pring Sanguyo, Bro. Bonifacio Lulu, Bro. Rey Bautista, Bro. Reggie, Bro. Joven David, Bro. Ramil Alba, Bro. Tj Roda. Simon of Cyrene-Bro. Bong Dizon; the crowd who were against Jesus: Sis. Marife Basas, Sis. Carmen Candia, Sis. Cristine Prudente, Sis. Letticia Caravana, Sis. Vicell Alba, Sis. Erlinda Gutierrez, Sis. Carmelita Cajumocan, Sis. Lina Desaville, Sis. Flor, Sis. Annie and Sis. Rachel. The Crying ladies: Sis. Susan Naquita, Sis. Rose Geguira, Sis. Alicia Callao, Sis. Joyce Delca, Sis. Linda Romero, Sis. Linda, Sis. Ervie Glory, Sis. Elizabeth Berroya, and Sis. Maricel. Sound Effect by Bro. Ryan Ramar.

Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle yesterday exhorted the faithful to trust Gods plan and avoid being stubborn in his Palm Sunday homily at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church in Paco, Manila. We want to control our life. We want our will to be followed, Tagle said in Filipino. But this Holy Week, Tagle said the faithful should follow the example of Jesus Christ and leave everything to God. He also expressed concern over the spread of injustices in the world because many people abandoned their faith. He called for the avoidance of a mentality of retaliation, which he said will only breed evilness and possibly start a vicious cycle.


Evil will pervade us should we repay evil with evil, he said, adding that one can defeat evil by being innocent like Jesus and not planning anything that will hurt others. Tagle also said the one who is wronged should do good instead of evil, because good is a more potent weapon than evil. Your goodness will defeat evil. Lets journey with (Christ) in our everyday life by being innocent, charitable, and (doing what is) righteous, he said. Tagle led other priests in blessing palm fronds and performed the Palm Sunday ritual before the packed Paco Church. Palm Sunday is the start of the Holy Week for Catholics around the world. The ritual commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before his passion and crucifixion, when townspeople waved palm branches and laid their coats on the ground before Christ.
SOURCE: The Philippine Star / http:// philippines.ucanews.com/2013/03/25/tagle-tofaithful-trust-gods-plan/

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Associated Press/Andrew Medichini - Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing at the end of his first Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, March 31, 2013. Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter's Square, packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans and bedecked by spring flowers. Wearing cream-colored vestments, Francis strode onto the esplanade in front of St. Peter's Basilica and took his place at an altar set up under a white canopy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Associated Press Sun, Mar 31, 2013 ATICAN CITY (AP) Following is the official English language translation provided by the Vatican of Pope Francis' Easter Sunday message, delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! Happy Easter! What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons. Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin, of evil! Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious! The mercy of God always triumphs! We too, like the women who were Jesus' disciples, who went to the tomb and found it empty, may wonder what this event means (cf. Lk 24:4). What does it mean that Jesus is risen? It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom. The love God can do this! This same love for which the Son of God became man and followed the way of humility and self-giving to the very end, down to hell - to the abyss of separation from God - this same merciful love has flooded with light the dead body of Jesus, has transfigured it, has made it pass into eternal life. Jesus did not return to his former life, to earthly life, but entered into the glorious life of God and he entered there with our humanity, opening us to a future of hope. This is what Easter is: it is the exodus, the passage of human beings from slavery to sin and evil to the freedom of love and goodness. Because God is life, life alone, and we are his glory: the living man (cf. Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, 4,20,5-7). Dear brothers and sisters, Christ died and rose once for all, and for everyone, but the power of the Resurrection, this passover from slavery to evil to the freedom of goodness, must be accomplished in every age, in our concrete existence, in our everyday lives. How many deserts, even today, do human beings need to cross! Above all, the desert within, when we have no love for God or neighbour, when we fail to realize that we are guardians of all that the Creator has given us and continues to give us. God's mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14). So this is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ's Resurrection! Let us be renewed by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.

And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world. Peace for the Middle East, and particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, who struggle to find the road of agreement, that they may willingly and courageously resume negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long. Peace in Iraq, that every act of violence may end, and above all for dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict and for the many refugees who await help and comfort. How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution to the crisis will be found? Peace for Africa, still the scene of violent conflicts. In Mali, may unity and stability be restored; in Nigeria, where attacks sadly continue, gravely threatening the lives of many innocent people, and where great numbers of persons, including children, are held hostage by terrorist groups. Peace in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in the Central African Republic, where many have been forced to leave their homes and continue to live in fear. Peace in Asia, above all on the Korean peninsula: may disagreements be overcome and a renewed spirit of reconciliation grow. Peace in the whole world, still divided by greed looking for easy gain, wounded by the selfishness which threatens human life and the family, selfishness that continues in human trafficking, the most extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century; human trafficking is the most extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century! Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to drug trafficking and by the iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth! Made the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible guardians of creation. Dear brothers and sisters, to all of you who are listening to me, from Rome and from all over of the world, I address the invitation of the Psalm: "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever. Let Israel say: 'His steadfast love endures for ever'" (Ps 117:1-2). Greeting Dear Brothers and Sisters, to you who have come from all over the world to this Square at the heart of Christianity, and to you linked by modern technology, I repeat my greeting: Happy Easter! Bear in your families and in your countries the message of joy, hope and peace which every year, on this day, is powerfully renewed. May the risen Lord, the conqueror of sin and death, be a support to you all, especially to the weakest and neediest. Thank you for your presence and for the witness of your faith. A thought and a special thank-you for the beautiful flowers, which come from the Netherlands. To all of you I affectionately say again: may the risen Christ guide all of you and the whole of humanity on the paths of justice, love and peace. (Source: http://news.yahoo.com/official-vatican-text-popes-speech135245923.html) o

Matt Fradd
March 14, 2013 - http://www.catholic.com/blog/matt-fradd/pope-franciss-lentenletter

f you're like me, one of the first things you did after hearing the news of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio being elected pope was start scouring the internet for any of his writings in English. Below is his Lenten letter for this year: And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. (Joel 2:13) Little by little we become accustomed to hearing and seeing, through the mass media, the dark chronicle of contemporary society, presented with an almost perverse elation, and also we become [desensitized] to touching it and feeling it all around us [even] in our own flesh. Drama plays out on the streets, in our neighborhoods, in our homes and -- why not? -- even in our own hearts. We live alongside a violence that kills,
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Volume 18 Issue 03

Judee Grace E. Nemeno

(Honorary Envoy for South Koreas Public Diplomacy)

he second Open Forum on Policy Development for International Students was held last on April 13, 2013 at the National Assembly Conference Hall organized by the Korea International Students Support Association (KISSA). Jasmin Lee, a member of the National Assembly, graced the said event by delivering a welcome address. The Vice- President and a few members of the National Assembly, along with some Ambassadors from different countries, also attended and conveyed their congratulatory speeches. This forum was initiated purposely to discuss the problems that the international students are currently facing while studying here in Korea. There has been a rising trend in the number of international students in South Korea since 2007. However, most foreign students have found various inadequacies in the educational system of South Korea. It seems to appear that despite the awesome research facilities and enticing scholarship grants, the country is not yet well-prepared to host a variety of students from all over the world. With the advocacy of facilitating the needs and improving the status of the international students, KISSA Manager, Sara Rai closely coordinated with the international students in Korea during the preparatory stage as well as during the actual forum. In addition, KISSA President Kyung Eui Yoo, was not only there to deliver his keynote speech but rather witnessed the whole proceedings of the said forum. Among the presenters were the representa-

tives from the academic sector, the government sector, and student representatives. Professor Shin Woo Young of Hanyang University and Professor Quan Zhixuan of Gwangju Womens University discussed how to create global opportunities and how to attract international students, respectively. While Kim Min Seon , Deputy Director of the University Academic Affairs and Evaluation and Jang Hee Jung , Deputy Director of the Visa and Residence Division, shared the basic information on the quality assurance system and visa policies for international students. The highlights of the forum were the presentations of the student representatives: Eva Marie Wang, PhD student at Seoul National University from the Philippines and the current President of the Pinoy Iskolars in Korea, Inc, and Kyle David Wardwell, a Social Science Student of SungKyunKwan University from the USA. Mr. Wardwell presented the issues on the complication of the admission process, lack of transparency, problems of information dissemination, academic culture namely class management, grading systems, and plagiarism. On the other hand, Miss Wang emphasized the status and the issues of the research student scholars in Korea particularly the marketing, recruitment, and scholarship management; research culture and ethics; and professor-student relations. Possible solutions and recommendations were also discussed. Finally, the forum, which was moderated by Dr. Young Soon Kim, culminated with a question and answer session in which several international student attendees expressed their prob-

lems which were not covered in the presentations and suggestions that are also relevant to the policy development. This kind of consultative endeavor is really crucial in policy development in order to bring Korean education into the global level. Offering excellent opportunities for the international students would be a significant strategy in promoting the global reputation of Korea because these students will eventually function as the ambassadors of goodwill once they go back to their respective home countries. It is expected that the students would still be involved when the law-makers will formulate the global standard policies for international students. Miss Wang emphasized that quality consolidation is highly crucial, meaning the policy development should not just be a topdown strategy but also a bottom-up approach so that the policies would be directed towards an excellent global service for the foreign students in the future. A paradigm shift as well as the collaborative efforts among the related sectors namely the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of Justice, and the National Assembly are indeed indispensable to achieve the goal of making South Korea a global higher education destination of foreign students. It is such a tremendous honor that the Filipinos, through the Philippine-born lawmaker Jasmin Lee and the active PIKO President Eva Marie Wang, served as part of the front-liners in bringing reform and development of the South Korean Educational System.

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By Bahk Eun-ji

oreign residents complain most about delays in being paid their salaries and inconveniences in renewing visas, the AntiCorruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) said Sunday. The ACRC analyzed complaints and petitions from foreigners with E-2, E-7 and E-9 working visas through e-People, an online portal service of integrated channels of all administrative organizations where people could register complaints as well as proposals. Among 2,246 cases filed between 2010 and 2012, 462 were related to visa issuance, representing 20 percent of the total. Two hundred and ninety-six cases, or 13 percent, were related to delayed payments. Many complaints were made by English teachers at private language institutes. Other complaints or inconveniences cited by foreigners were about services of government offices, overcharging and discrimination, accounting for 176. By nationality, Americans and Canadians reported 318 of 713 complaints about payment delays. The number of their petitions about illegal firing stood at 142. Most complaints filed by Filipinos and Chinese were related to immigration procedures and Korean officials handling of illegal residents. The number of long-term foreign sojourners is steadily increasing and their nationalities are

becoming more diverse, an ACRC official said. So we need to develop services customized to their diverse demands. ACRC has received complaints in 11 languages including Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese since 2008.
Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/ nation/2013/04/116_133939.html

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Remember that this article only gives business ideas. The success of your business will still depend on you. That is why you have to consider your true talent, skills, passion and economic resources. Final thoughts Our country is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of natural resources. And when I speak of natural resources, I also speak of human resources. We, Filipinos, are naturally talented and intelligent. Our nation is blessed with natural resources. But these natural resources that we have will be futile if we do not become resourceful. In other words, we need to be resourceful to optimize our resources. And one way to improve our resourcefulness is to learn more, further explore our own, and further take a risk in business or entrepreneurship. Build a company and help us create more jobs in the Philippines.

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Experts call for a long-term vision of Korea as a multiethnic society, social agreement on overall immigration policy
By Cho Chung-un (christory@heraldcorp.com)

Globalization, demographic change and economic growth have led Korea to embrace cultural diversity and tolerance toward others. But biases and discrimination against foreigners remain and Koreans pride for ethnic purity is deeply entrenched. This 10-part series will offer a glimpse into the nations efforts to promote multiculturalism and challenges in immigration law, education, welfare, public perception, mass culture and more. Ed. orea is one of a few countries that have long remained racially homogenous. But a growing number of immigrants since the late 1990s have prompted the nation to embrace multiculturalism as a key national policy and cultural movement. It is no longer rare to see mixed-raced children mingling with Korean peers at schools and streets. More Koreans marry foreigners and immigrants are playing an increasingly big role in society. The nation now has its first foreign-born lawmaker representing ethnic minorities. Despite diminishing prejudices and discrimination against the newcomers, Korea still has a long way to go with its immigration laws, education and welfare policies and peoples tolerance toward different cultures, experts say. It is too early to jump to the conclusion that Korea has made a successful entry toward a multicultural society, said Kim Yi-seon, research fellow at the Korean Womens Development Institute. Compared to other European countries, including France and Germany, Korea is still in the very early stages of being a multicultural society. Not only Korea but also the Korean government is at an elementary level when it comes to talking about its immigration policy, said Kim.

Immigrant spouses and their children from Boseung and Gangjin, South Jeolla Province, attend a cooking class on Korean traditional food held at

Immigrants have existed in Korea since the early 20th century when ethnic Chinese moved to the Korean Peninsula and had mixed-race children after the 1950-53 Korean War. But the government didnt pay attention to them because the number of immigrants in society back then was so low. The rapid inflow of immigrants through international marriages, largely from Southeast Asian countries, started in the late 90s leading the government to devise measures to help them settle down. The number of multiethnic families mostly consisting of immigrant spouses and children reached 550,000 in 2011, a nearly 60 percent increase from 340,000 in 2008. The Korean government expects the number of multicultural families to reach 1 million by 2020 and the proportion of families with diverse cultural backgrounds to double from 1 percent of the Korean population in 2011 to 1.9 percent in 2020. Koreas transition into a multicultural society will not be smooth, if other countries histories are a guide, Kim said. European countries like Germany and France, which embraced multiculturalism and implemented various immigration policies many years before Korea, have recently declared that their policies have failed to stop social conflict involving immigrants. Experts say, therefore, it is important to increase social acceptance of the government policy on immigration and how far it has to cover. If social acceptance increases, side effects from multiculturalism under fixed policy expenses will be reduced and the efficiency of policy spending will be increased, said Kim Jeung-kun, a research fellow at Samsung Economic Research Institute. Establishing a long-term vision

for Korea as an immigrant state is also needed, he added. It is somewhat surprising that the Korean government started to take the immigration issue seriously only in 2006. At that time, thenPresident Roh Moo-hyun was under pressure from the international community to address concerns about Korea neglecting human rights issues involving immigrants and foreign workers and brides. The fear of losing the productive population in the future due to a record-low birthrate was another reason. But it was the visit by American football star Hines Ward that dramatically turned Koreans toward a multicultural society. Ward, born to a Korean mother, became a proud son of Korea and inspired many that people from a multicultural background could also become an important asset to the country. But it took four years for the government to launch the first phase of the comprehensive multicultural project. The 2010 plan focused on supporting them financially and institutionally. Critics said that the initial plans led many Koreans to build a new type of prejudice against multicultural families. The plans gave the idea that multiethnic people are those who need help, ignoring their capabilities and potential to make a contribution to society, said Kim of the Korean Womens Development Institute. Late last year, the government again announced the second part of its policy efforts that focused on improving education, eradicating discrimination and supporting their social and economic participation. The new support measures focus on providing better educational opportunities for children from multicultural families and offering job opportunities for immigrant spouses to help them become part of society. The government seems to have made progress in the second plan because it includes supportive measures for families of foreign workers and students as well. Those who are legally recognized as foreign residents here have been excluded from the governments support programs so far. The second part of the comprehensive plan is designed not only for immigrant spouses but also for their families who share different cultures under one roof. (The government) needs to gain public acceptance of the project because it is a must, not a choice, for our society, said former Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, who then chaired a governmental committee that devised 86 projects under six different categories on multiculturalism for the next five years. The government-led support toward multicultural families is likely to increase as the countrys new President Park Geun-hye has pledged to make beneficial institutional changes for ethnic minorities. Many Koreans also agree that Korea embracing cultural differences and accepting immigrants as part of society is the right thing to do. As society becomes more competitive, however, Koreans could feel a greater sense of deprivation if immigrants start to get more jobs or enter mainstream society, as did Lee Jasmine. I dont feel good if I or my children would have to compete with immigrants for a limited opportunity, said Jung Hye-won, a 32-year-old office worker in Seoul. Han Kyung-koo, an anthropology professor at Seoul National University, said Koreans would also experience chaos in the transition to a multiethnic society. Like immigrants feel that they are strangers to the Korean society, the multiethnic society itself is also an unfamiliar phenomenon for many Koreans, said Han. Koreans also need to adapt themselves into the emerging multiethnic society through cultural education that protects individuals rights and choices, and develop their ability to negotiate and compromise, he said.

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Oct 6, 2012 by Victorino Abrugar at Business (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing (SMM), online reputaIdeas http://businesstips.ph/business-ideas-for-ofws- tion management (ORM), and other internet overseas-filipino-workers/ marketing services most businesses and even orking abroad is one of the popular large companies need to boost their brands trends for Filipino workers today. exposure or business profit online. There are many reasons why millions of Filipi4. Food business nos decide to work abroad and leave our counThe food industry will never perish since try. One of the main reasons is the higher salary or bigger income opportunity that awaits them people will need to eat to stay alive. Meat, in the foreign lands. Well, its a fact that com- fruits, vegetables, and processed foods are alpare with other countries like Singapore,stralia, ways in-demand products that you might conthe UK, US, Canada and the rich nations of the sider selling. You may also try to combine your Middle East, the average wages that our work- food business with farming, poultry and fishers can get here in the Philippines are way too ing. Another idea to consider is selling Filipino small compare to what they can get from those delicacies abroad. Though, some OFWs are countries. Thus, for greener pasture they already doing it because Filipinos abroad are move out of our country. However, in every prize comes with a cost. always looking for Filipino food abroad. ResOFWs earn more money, but in exchange taurants and food chains are also part of the they leave their family and loved ones behind food industry. So if you think you can successand its a sad reality not only for the OFWs, not fully run such business, you might consider only for their families, but also for the whole starting or franchising a restaurant, a food chain, or even a food cart business. nation. Our heroes of the past have fought and sacri- 5. Water refilling Purified water has already become a necesficed their lives just to earn our freedom and make our nation a place where Filipinos can sity for every household in the country. Hence, happily and peacefully live without suffering the water refilling industry will stay strong in from the slavery of other countries. But there is the market. one thing that is enslaving us now poverty. 6. Arts and crafts Poverty perhaps is the main cause of the This skill-based industry can be a good busiexodus of many Filipinos to other countries. ness if done right. This industry includes jewBut it is really is? Is the lack of money the root elry making, gift wrapping, gift basket making, why our beloved people are leaving our nation? bookbinding, flower decoration, and scented I dont what to answer that intriguing question, candle making. but instead, I want to share the following busi7. Travel and tourism ness ideas for OFWs who want to try entrepreSince OFWs are travelers and wanderers, neurship and start a business in the Philippines they might like to enter into the travel and tourin case they want to come back to their mother land and be reunited again with their families ism industry. This industry includes booking and ticketing services, transportation business, and loved ones that are left behind. hotel and accommodation, and running a resort. 1. Blogging Operating these businesses can also be a great Blogging can be an online business where way to love and promote our own country to you can start anywhere as long as you have an the world. Internet connection. Hence, you can start it 8. BPO services while still working abroad. Blogging involves Business process outsourcing or BPO has creating a blog or a number of blogs which been a booming industry in the past decade. regularly publish content that are targeted to broad or specific audience. A blog can earn With many companies local and abroad that through advertising, sponsorship, affiliate mar- want to outsource their routine tasks, like cusketing and other monetization schemes. One of tomer service and support, BPO service providthe most popular and easiest ways to monetize ers can still flourish in this industry if managed a blog is through AdSense. There are actually the right way. many OFWs that already become bloggers 9. Real estate For OFWs who have already saved enough and some of them are already enjoying success. For blogging success tips, you may read our money to buy real estate in the Philippines, the post about 100 ways to make your blog stand real estate industry can be a low risk yet rewarding venture. The real estate industry inout from the crowd. real estate development, real estate trad2. Web design and development cludes If you have sufficient skills and knowledge in ing, and property leasing (building apartments web programming, this kind of service can be or commercial spaces for rent). right for you. A website is already an important 10. Manpower services Utilizing human skills can be a good way to web property a company should have to gain success in online marketing, branding, and in do business. It provides employment and conbusiness as a whole. Thus, there is a good mar- tributes to the growth of economy. Manpower ket for this kind of service. You can start by services include security services, janitorial and finding personal clients who will trust your cleaning services. services. And as long as the number of your 11. Training centers clients grows, you can hire other website deKnowledge is power. That is why people will signers to help you. try their best to obtain the knowledge or education they need to improve their lives. Depend3. Internet marketing services Yes, there is money in Internet marketing, ing on your expertise and experience, you and there are already several people who earned might try establishing and running a training a lot in this kind of business. The secret is to center. There are many training and seminars build an Internet marketing company. Internet that you can provide, such as business, entremarketing comes in many forms. Internet mar- preneurship, marketing, management, music, keting services include search engine marketing arts, communication, and other talent and skill


12. Franchising

ment training.

If you have already saved enough money from working abroad, investing in a franchise business or becoming a franchisee on an already successful business model can also be a good business idea. However, although you will be starting and operating an already successful business model, your participation is still important to ensure the success of your own business. You may check some of the common franchising businesses in the Philippines.

13. Financing and lending

If your savings have already reached millions or tens of millions of pesos, then maybe you will be interested in establishing a lending or financing business. In the Philippines, a minimum of P1 million paid up capital for a corporation is required to establish a lending company, while a financing company is required a minimum paid-up capital of up to P10 million depending on the location of the business. Furthermore, financing and lending businesses are strictly regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). However, these types of business, when operated and managed the right way can be a profitable business, considering that lending money is a low-risk business.

14. Pawnshop

Another business idea is establishing and running a pawnshop. You may read our post on how to start a pawnshop business in the Philippines for more information.

15. Money changer

OFWs always need a money changer to exchange their foreign currency earnings to our local currency when they visit our country. Instead of visiting a money changer every time you need to change that foreign money into our local money, why not start your own money changer business? Here is a guide on how to register a money changer business in the Philippines.

16. Money remittance

This line of business can be added to your pawnshop and money changer business. In other words, you can create a hybrid business with pawnshop, money changer and money transfer business. With millions of OFWs who are sending remittances to the Philippines and with many people who are already dealing with long-distance and overseas clients through their online businesses, the money remittance industry is promising.

Other business ideas

There are many other business ideas that an OFW can start venturing. OFWs can try on equity or stock investing, investing in mutual funds, and MLM marketing, which are also popular among Overseas Filipino Workers. They can also try other small businesses, like Internet Caf, photocopying center, event organizing, photography business, beauty and spa, tutorial services, recycling and scrap trading, construction, and other business ideas that they believe they can succeed. Another great idea is to align their profession or expertise in their dream business. For example, if you are an accountant, you can start forming an accounting or auditing firm. If you are an engineer, you can start forming your own engineering firm. A doctor or dentist can also start building their own medical or dental clinic.
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By Edgar Guest The kids are out-of-doors once more; The heavy leggins that they wore, The winter caps that covered ears Are put away, and no more tears Are shed because they cannot go Until they're bundled up just so. No more she wonders when they're gone If they have put their rubbers on; No longer are they hourly told To guard themselves against a cold; Bareheaded now they romp and run Warmed only by the kindly sun. She's put their heavy clothes away And turned the children out to play, And all the morning long they race Like madcaps round about the place. The robins on the fences sing A gayer song of welcoming, And seems as though they had a share In all the fun they're having there. The wrens and sparrows twitter, too, A louder and a noisier crew, As though it pleased them all to see The youngsters out of doors and free. Outdoors they scamper to their play With merry din the livelong day, And hungrily they jostle in The favor of the maid to win; Then, armed with cookies or with cake, Their way into the yard they make, And every feathered playmate comes To gather up his share of crumbs. The finest garden that I know Is one where little children grow, Where cheeks turn brown and eyes are bright, And all is laughter and delight. Oh, you may brag of gardens fine, But let the children race in mine; And let the roses, white and red, Make gay the ground whereon they tread. And who for bloom perfection seeks, Should mark the color on their cheeks; No music that the robin spouts Is equal to their merry shouts; There is no foliage to compare With youngsters' sun-kissed, tousled hair: Spring's greatest joy beyond a doubt Is when it brings the children out.


Michael Balba Ako'y maralitang di tunay na makata, Ngunit aking hilig paggawa ng tula, Anumang pangyayaring aking napapala, Sa tula dinaraan magdiwang lumuha. Kapag itong puso nasakta't nasugatan, Sa tula idaraan pagluhang walang hanggan, Kung mayrong biyayang kaloob ang Maykapal, Patulang sinusulat magpuri't magpugay Mga tanong sa isip di kayang isatinig, Sa taludtod ng tula aking itititik, Tanong na paano? kaylan? saan? bakit? Tula lang paraan ng maisatinig. May tula ng papuri't papugay sa Maykapal, Mayro'ng iniaalay sa kaibigang tunay, May tula ring handog sa magulang na mahal, Pag-ibig na tapat tula rin dinaan. Pangarap at nais sa tula inilahad, Sa tula idinasal na aking matupad, Paalala sa kaybigang naligaw ng landas, Sa tula idaraan dito sinusulat. May tula ng paalam sa mga nawalay, May tulang nagsasabing ayaw ng masaktan, Iba-iba man tema tulang nakayanan, Ito'y nasulat ko puso ang puhunan. Sa mga akda ko kayraming pumansin, Mga nagsasabing ako ay kaygaling, Laking pasalamat sa Poong maawain, Dahil sa Kanya ako'y malikhain.

When Spring Appears

By Aileen Fisher Meadowlarks give lusty cheers when spring appears when spring appears. Buds and seeds prick up their ears and blades of grass show eager spears. And only icicles weep tears when spring appears when spring appears

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sasakyan dahil laging gadgets ang inaatupag. Binubuhusan lang ng tubig ang kotse sa paglilinis at ini-spray-an lang ng freshener ang loob nito. Madalas ipinupuslit ang awto sa mga gimmick ng barkada. Pangalan: Renato Dimagiba, 33, panganay sa walong magkakapatid, Trabaho: Driver ng Bella Mansion. buntis ang asawa at may isang baby. Gayak: Maong na jacket (kahit summer), naka-Rayban (kahit sa loob ng Pangalan: Mario Fontana, 51, balo ngunit nasa pangangalaga ang 2 bahay), may malaki at makinang na gold necklace (kahit nasa siksikang anak na nasa university. bus), naka-fitting na Black Jockey T-shirt (kahit malaki ang bilbil), naka Gayak: Naka-kupas na maong, polo shirt na binili lang noong mag-Sale, -Levis 501 na pantalon (kahit di na siya makaupo ng maayos), naka-bota naka-sandalyas, kita ang hindi man lang naka-pedicure na mga kuko, (kahit patay na ang mga kuko sa paa), at may tattoo sa braso na Philip- digital na relong rubber pa ang strap, naka-sumbrero ng souvenir from the Vatican (sa halagang 2 euro), di man lang kinulayan ang ubanin ng pine Eagle na may nakasulat na: Sipag at Tiyaga. Prinsipyo sa Buhay: Di bale nang maubusan ng yaman, huwag lang ng buhok ngunit laging matamis ang dalang ngiti at masayahin sa kanyang sipol. yabang. Ugali: Patagong natutulog sa ilalim ng mga puno dahil ayaw mainitan at Prinsipyo sa Buhay: Simpleng kabuhayan. Dobleng kasipagan, trimapawisan. Laging nakangiti at alerto kapag nandiyan ang amo, ngunit pleng kaligayahan. Ugali: Maaga pa ay nagwawalis na ng terrace, pagkatapos ay maghakung wala ay panay lang ang yosi at basa ng diyaryo. handa ng agahan para sa lahat ng nasa bahay, pagkahigop ng kape ay Trabaho: Hardinero ng Bella Mansion mamamalengke na, sakay ng bisikleta, madalas nagkukumpuni ng mga sirang appliances, nagi-is-is ng mga kalawang sa mga bintana at dumi sa Pangalan: Imelda Sucdulan, 29, may 1 anak sa pagkadalaga, pero dingding, naglilinis ng bodega at garahe, may kusang-palo, madaling ngayon ay may boyfriend na foreigner. pakiusapan at pagkatapos ng mga gawain ay laging nag-rorosaryo. Gayak: naka-Prada na bag (binili sa credit card), Cartier na Relo Trabaho: May-ari ng Bella Mansion. (hulugan sa ahenteng naglalako), Swarovski na bracelet (3 buwang inipon sa paluwagan), naka-Louis Vuitton na wallet na binili sa Via Condotti (birthday gift sa sarili), naka-walking shoes na Lacoste na binili sa Authors: Fr. Adonis Llamas Narcelles Jr., SVD & Fr. Rex Fullerte Fortes, CM Champs Elysees (Christmas gift sa sarili), naka-Burberry na scarf na galing pa sa Kadewe (Valentines gift sa sarili), naka-make up at lipstick o na pinabili sa Harrods (Holloween gift sa sarili). Prinsipyo sa Buhay: Iba talaga pag orig ang mga gamit. Matagal Outside of Lent, do we have to do anything mabutas, kahit mauna pang mabutas ang bulsa. special on Fridays? Ugali: Late kung dumating at sinasabi laging na-traffic. Paspasan kung Full Question magtrabaho, ang 8 oras ginagawa lamang 4. Maaga laging umuuwi dahil Outside of Lent, do we have to do anything special on Fridays? sa sangkaterbang dahilan: masakit ang ulo, tiyan, puson, ngipin o pati Answer kuko sa kalingkingan o may sakit ang anak, pinsan, magulang o maski Friday remains a day of penance, even outside of Lent. Here is what the yata ang alagang daga. Code of Canon Law has to say: Trabaho: Taga-laba at plantsa ng Bella Mansion. All Christs faithful are obliged by divine law, each in his or her own way, to do Ibinabahagi ni Bro. Allan Rodriguez (mula sa aklat, ok ka lng dyan?) Pangalan: Paterna Batong-bakal, 62, walang trabaho ang anak, may 4 na apong kanyang sinusuportahan. Gayak: naka-Air Max Running Shoes (Nike), naka-comfort fit na sleeveless na kulay orange (may nakasulat na Just Do It), naka-tennis skirt ala Sharapova pero size XL (siyempre Nike din), naka-sun visor cap (may silver metal logo), may shoulder bag na bulaklakin (di pa rin tinatanggal ang pricetag ng Nike), naka-ankle socks (pinalilitaw pa rin talaga ang pangalang Nike), at naka-eyebrow na makapal (korteng check rin ang pagkalagay). Prinsipyo sa Buhay: Kapag puro check ang sinusuot, tiyak marami ring Cheque ang susulpot. Ugali: Angal-ng-angal sa mga iniwang dumi ng mga alaga, dinadala ang mga ito sa part-time na baby-sitting (sabay-sabay na lahat sila sa paginom ng gatas, sa paglaro at maging sa pagtulog), laging nakakalimutang paliguan at pakainin ang mga ito pag nag-out of town ang amo. Trabaho: Tagapangalaga ng aso at pusa sa Bella Mansion.
penance. However, so that all may be joined together in a certain common practice of penance, days of penance are prescribed. On these days the faithful are in a special manner to devote themselves to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity, and to deny themselves, by fulfilling their obligations more faithfully and especially by observing the fast and abstinence which the following canons prescribe. (CIC 1249)

All are obliged to repent, and so that there may be corporate repentance toward God, days of penance have been set up, as in the Old Testament when the Jews proclaimed a national fast to do repent of their sins against God. Today, Friday is the chief day of penance since Christ died because of our sins on Friday, and Sunday is the chief day of worship, since Christ rose for our salvation on Sunday. (CIC 1250) The days and times of penance for the universal Church are each Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent. . . . Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the episcopal conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are o be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. . . . The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their 14th year. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority [i.e., 18 years; canon 97:1], until the beginning of their 60th year. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by Pangalan: Miguel Madatung, 45, sikretong may ka-live in pero ang reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence are taught the true meaning of penance. . . . The episcopal conference can determine more tunay na asawa at 3 anak ay nasa Pilipinas. precisely the ways in which fasting and abstinence are to be observed. In place of Gayak: May earphone ng I-pod na nakakabit sa tenga (transistor radio abstinence or fasting it can substitute, in whole or in part, other forms of penance, pa ang nasa kubo nila sa probinsiya), may Blackberry na cellphone na especially works of charity and exercises of piety. (CIC 1251-1253)

This is the same as with worship. All the faithful are obliged by divine law to worship God and, so that all may join together in the corporate worship of God, days of worship (Sundays and holy days of obligation) have been instituted. The flip side of this is penance:

Thus the law of abstinence from meat is still binding unless ones nakasukbit sa sinturero (di man lang mapalitan ang Nokia 3210 ng national bishops conference has provided for alternate forms of asawa niya), may metal backpack na naglalaman ng Apple Laptop nya penance. In the United States, the National Conference of Catholic (di man lang mapadalhan ng pambili nito ang anak niyang Computer Science ang kurso), laging dala ang Canon Digital Camera na 12 Bishops has obtained permission from the Vatican for such substitution. Catholics are obliged to do some form of penance on Fridays and keep megapixel at may external zoom pa (kahit dalawang buwan nang di the day as per canon 1249, but now they can choose the form of penance nakapagpadala ng sustento sa Pinas). they wish to do. Prinsipyo sa Buhay: Nakakabilib ang cyber technology. Napapabilis Answered by ang communication ko sa family. Kahit wala silang financial security. Jimmy Akin wwww.catholic.com Ugali: Laging nakakalimutan ang appointments at ang daming banga ng

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Covenant Love: Introducing the Biblical Worldview

(Editors note: This is the 7th part of the Online Bible Study course on the subject taken from the website of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Studies http://www.salvationhistory.com/)

Lesson Four: The First-Born Son of God


II. Out of Egypt, My Son (cont)

C. Plaguing Pharaoh
Pharaoh is punished, his nation put under judgment, for failing to respect the rights of God's first-born son. Pharaoh makes the big mistake of mocking the power of the Moses' God (see Exodus 5:2). In the ten plagues God visits upon him, He both punishes Pharaoh and executes judgment on the Egyptians' many gods (see Exodus 12:12; Numbers 33:4): The Egyptian Nile god, Hapi, is rebuked by the plague of blood on the Nile (see Exodus 7:14-25). Heket, the frog goddess, is mocked by the plague of frogs (see Exodus 8:1-15). The bull god, Apis, and the cow goddess Hathor, are reviled by the plague on the livestock (see Exodus 9:1-7). And the plague of darkness is a rebuke to the sun god, Re (see Exodus 10:21-23). Scholars believe that each of the plagues can be linked to specific Egyptian deities. Even the final plague that strikes the first-born of Egypt can also be seen as an attack on the political gods of Egypt, because Pharaoh was worshipped as divine and his sons were "divinized" in special ceremonies. By these divine actions, worked through Moses, God was demonstrating His power establishing that Israel's God is "a deity great beyond any other" (see Exodus 18:11; 9:16; 11:9).

D. The Passover and 'Our Paschal Lamb'

Israel's first-born is "passed over" in the last plague, spared the fate of Egypt's first-born. We have to read the story of the Passover carefully. This story has a great influence on the shape and the meaning of the rest of the Old Testament. It's also vitally important for understanding Catholic beliefs about the meaning of the Cross, the salvation won for us on the Cross, and the memorial of our salvation that we celebrate in the Mass. The Passover story is one of the Old Testament's defining dramas. But more than that it points us ahead to the defining drama of all salvation history - the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. Since the earliest days, the Church has understood the Crucifixion and Resurrection as "the Lord's Passover" (see The Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 557-559, 1174,1337,1364,1402). The Eucharist, in turn, III. The Making of the Old is the memorial of the Lord's Passover. Covenant That's why during the Mass the priest presents the consecrated Host to us and A. Images of the New Exodus God's great act of deliverance in the Exodus declares: "This is the Lamb of God...Happy are shaped the identity and imagination of the those who are called to His supper." The Liturgy is yoking together two New Testament Israelites. We're going to find references to this Exodus throughout the rest of the Old

passages (see John 1:29; Revelation 19:9). But what made the New Testament writers talk about Jesus this way in the first place? The answer is the Passover story. The Church's ancient belief is based on the interpretation of the Exodus story that begins with Jesus and the New Testament writers. Let's read ahead to John's account of the Crucifixion (see John 19). As Christ is condemned, John notes that it was the "preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon." Why this detail? Because that was the precise moment when Israel's priests slaughtered the lambs for the Passover meal (see John 19:14). Later, the mocking soldiers give Jesus a sponge soaked in wine. They raise it to him on a "hyssop branch." That's the same kind of branch the Israelites are instructed to use to daub their door posts with the blood of the Passover lamb (see John 19:29; Exodus 12:22). And why don't the soldier's break Jesus' legs (see John 19:33,36)? John explains that with a quote from Exodus, telling us that it was because the legs of the Passover lambs weren't to be broken (see Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; Psalm 34:21). There are more parallels that we could draw in John's Gospel and in the other Gospel accounts. The Crucifixion is presented in the New Testament as a Passover sacrifice - in which Jesus is both the unblemished Lamb, and the High Priest who offers the Lamb in sacrifice. For the New Testament writers, what we're reading about here in Exodus is a sign that points us to Jesus. In the Passover, Israel was spared by the blood of an unblemished sacrificial lamb painted on their door posts. The lamb dies instead of the first-born, is sacrificed so that the people could live (see Exodus 12:1-23,27). It is the same with the Lord's Passover, the Cross and Resurrection. The Lamb of God dies so that the people of God might live, saved by "the blood of the Lamb" (see Revelation 7:14; 12:11; 5:12). "For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed," St. Paul says (see 1 Corinthians 5:7). On the Cross, St. Peter tells us, Jesus was "a spotless unblemished Lamb." By His "Precious Blood" we are "ransomed" from captivity to sin and death (see 1 Peter 1:18-19). That's what's going on here in Exodus. The first-born sons and daughters of God are being "ransomed" or "redeemed" - bought out of captivity and slavery (see Exodus 6:6; 15:13; Psalm 69:18; Isaiah 44:24; Genesis 48:10). The Israelites were instructed to remember the first Passover by each year eating the Passover lamb's "roasted flesh with unleavened bread." And in His last supper, eaten during Passover, Jesus instructs His followers to remember His Passover in the Eucharist, where we eat His flesh and drink His blood (see John 6:53-58).

Testament. The Exodus was the one divine sign above all others that convinced the Israelites that they were God's chosen people. What other people could boast that God had personally delivered them in their time of trial? We hear this faith in the song that Moses sings when they get to the other side of the Red Sea: "Who is like to You among the gods, O Lord?....In your mercy You led the people You redee med...The nations heard and quaked...while the people You had made Your own passed over" (see Exodus 15:11,13,14,16). The memory of God's mighty deeds here in Exodus become the foundation of Israel's identity as a nation and the basis for all of its hopes for the future. Later in the Old Testament, when Israel through its sin has fallen into captivity and exile, the prophets will predict a "new Exodus," led by a Messiah, a new Moses, who would bring an even greater redemption and deliverance of God's people (see Isaiah 10:2527; 11:15-16; 43:2,16-19; 51:9-11). This new Exodus, Jeremiah predicted, would mark the start of a "New Covenant" (see Jeremiah 23:78; 31:31-33). In the New Testament, Jesus is the new Moses, leading a new Exodus, liberating God's people from the last enemy - sin and death. We will see all this in our last lesson, when we look at the New Testament in detail. As we read the story of the crossing of the Red Sea and the testing of Israel in the wilderness beyond the sea, we need to keep in mind how these scenes are understood in the New Testament. There, and throughout the Church's tradition, these historical events are described as symbols foretelling the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist. As the Israelites passed through the waters into freedom and a new identity as God's chosen people, so too the Christian in baptism is freed from sin and made a child of God. And as the Israelites received manna from heaven and water from the rock, the Christian is given the heavenly bread and spiritual drink of the Eucharist. "Our ancestors...were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea," Paul wrote. "All ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ" (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-3).

B. Testing in the Wilderness

Paul also said that we should read the account of Israel's testing in the wilderness "as an example...written down as a warning to us, upon whom the end of the ages has come" (1 Corinthians 10:11). Despite all the signs and wonders worked by God, the story of the Israelites' journey to Sinai after the Exodus is a story of stubbornness and shortsightedness, of the people's inability to trust that God was with them, that the God who delivered them would care for them along their way. Right off the bat, they grumbled at Marah that the water was too bitter to drink - and God responded by giving Moses the power to make
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Jn 8: 1-11 (http://www.msp.org.ph/homilies.do?id=14513) ELEBRITIES WHO ARE caught in adulterous relationships make news headlines. This is one thing that media would not miss to feast on. Once, we heard about an illicit affair of a famous man in the world of sport. And then the husband of an Oscar award-winner has been scrutinized because of his flings with another woman. However, this is not only true to famous people. It can also happen to ordinary people. As soon as the adulterous relationship is being known, the tongues in the community would inevitably start wagging. In our gospel, we heard of scribes and Pharisees bringing a woman, who had been caught in adultery, to Jesus. They expected Jesus to pass harsh judgments on her, and approve of a death penalty for her by stoning. Let us try to reflect on the different and opposing responses of the scribes and Pharisees, on the one hand, and Jesus, on the other, toward this adulterous woman. First, let us reflect on the behavior of the scribes and Pharisees. They were too resentful and they showed bitterness toward the woman. Well, they may have good intentions in the sense that they expect people to be morally good always, and that every sinful act should be condemned. But scribes and Pharisees have problems with themselves. The first could be their pretensions. They forget that they themselves are also sinners, yet quick to condemn the mistakes of others. Another could be their total identification of the sinner with the sin. In our earlier formative years in the seminary, we were taught to be careful in judging other people. We taught how to distinguish the sin from the sinner. That we should condemn the sin, but not the sinner. However, for most people, this is something difficult to do and to understand as well. We can see some of these through the reactions of people toward public sins committed by some public officials. Their words and their actions toward an alleged, tried, and condemned public sinner are no more Christian. That is the result of this tendency to equate sin with the sinner. Second, let us consider now the responses of Jesus. The first one I saw is one of compassion. This is exactly opposite to the Pharisees resentment, bitterness, and hatred. Jesus was very much aware of the human capacity to commit sins and the divine capacity to forgive these sins. This is the reason why he reminded the righteous scribes and Pharisees of who they are: Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. And they left the place out of shame. The sinner is obviously in a miserable situation. It is on this context that Jesus showed mercy and compassion toward her. But let us not misinterpret this. Jesus compassion and mercy toward the woman is coupled with the instruction, Go and from now on do not sin anymore. Compassion toward the sinner should have a concomitant conversion. Compassion can be meaningless without repentance and conversion on the sinners part. In the same way, there may be parents who showed compassion toward the miserable situation of their children who are into different vices, but failed to show to the latter the evils of vices. In consequence, no conversion happened. This gospel is worth reflecting because I am convinced that this is something we need especially during this season of Lent. On the one hand, we are reminded that we are not perfect beings. We are a people who are limited, weak, and sinning. Consequently, we should be considerate toward others in their sins. I remember some ten years ago, that when the famous US president was caught in an adulterous relationship, the American media or public was quick to condemn

him. But the Europeans did not see things in the same way. In one of the editorials of a European newspaper, it said, The Americans are making a double standard. They set a high morality standard to their President, and a set a different standard to themselves. In other words, they want their president to be faithful to his wife, when they themselves are not faithful. On the other, this gospel leads us to reflect on the goodness of our God. That our God is compassionate, and merciful. Therefore, we should always go to him, we should always ask his forgiveness, but with the resolve to change ourselves and try not to sin anymore. o


Lk 22: 14-23:56 (http://www.msp.org.ph/homilies.do?id=14514) HE PALM SUNDAY commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. For Christ, the event marks the beginning of the last week of his life, a week of violent contrasts, which will end in grief and glory. The palms which signify a welcome will soon be transformed into crosses, and the cheers will turn into jeers calling for his death. Throughout the passion, we focus our attention on Jesus who appears as a person completely absorbed in prayer, responding quietly each new moment of sorrow. The passage that we hear is full of passion. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus is deeply troubled, and sweats blood as he prays for the Father to remove the chalice of suffering and death from him. Then he was mocked and beaten while a convicted murderer is set free. Then Peter denies him and the apostles abandon him. On Calvary he is crucified between two thieves and dies as a common criminal. His mother, Mary, stands alone at the foot of the cross faithful to the last. During this Holy Week we are confronted with the primary symbol--the crosswithout which we cannot become Jesus' disciples. This was the point emphasized by Pope Francis. The day after he was elected Pope, he had a private mass with the Cardinals at the Sistine Chapel. In his first homily, he said that the path of the Church always entails difficulties and Church leaders should be prepared to embrace them. He explained that when we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess a Christ without the Cross we aren't disciples of the Lord. The Pontiff warned the Cardinals that in this case: We are worldly. We are bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord. Crosses are not to be sought because they are given to us, and in fact, we can experience it in our day-to-day life. Like Jesus, the Church expects us to carry our own crosses, and find meaning in it. In addition, during this Holy Week, the Church invites us to journey with Mary and those few friends who follow Christ to the Calvary, who were silently staring at his side. Christ wants the cross to touch our lives, to break our sinful ways so that we could transform our lives. We need to take note that the sufferings of Christ have been a source of strength to countless people throughout the ages. When Christians were persecuted, they looked and embraced the cross which led them to persevere. Christs passion gives us at least a tiny glimpse into the mystery of suffering that surrounds us on all sides. Marys standing on the cross symbolizes perseverance and hope. For us, Mary is a source of hope especially in our encounter of struggles and difficulties in life. Thus, Mary can be our model for the call to embrace the cross. She is our model because she is full of hope. She simply stood. She knew well that after these pains, a sweet glory will come. This is also something that we do and expect.

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By Emely Dicolen-Abagat ilang bahagi ng paghahanda sa aking ginawang pagpapaliwanag tungkol sa Financial Literacy noong ika 21 ng Abril 2013 sa Hyehwadong, kinapanayam ko (salamat sa facebook) ang ilan sa ating mga kababayan na bumalik na sa ating bansa at nagsimula ng maliit na negosyo. Nais kong ibahagi sa inyo ang panayam na ito upang maging tularan at kapulutan ng aral lalong na sa ating mga nagbabalak nang umuwi sa Pilipinas, at paguwi ay magtatayo din ng maliit na pangkabuhayan o negosyo. Nais ko munang ipakilala sila sa inyo:

Si Marcelino M. Serdena III ay nagtayo ng MMS Egg Dealer sa Antique. Namalagi siya sa Korea ng 6 na taon.

Si Rodney Queman ay nagtayo ng Zerox Copy Shop sa Cavite. Namalagi siya sa Korea ng 6 na taon.

Si Samuel Grado ay nagtayo ng Sams Image Digital Photo Studio sa Mariveles, Bataan.

Narito ang kanilang mga naging tugon sa ilang mga katanungan: Mga bagay na isinaisip bago magtayo ng negosyo: - Klase ng negosyo - Kakayanang pasukin ang negosyong binabalak - Potensiyal na kikita - Sapat na oras para sa negosyong itatayo - Kaalamang natutunan sa Korea (FILIPOS) Mga paghahandang ginawa - Nag research o nagsaliksik - Nag-ipon ng perang pangpuhunan - Inalam ang posibleng market o mga mamimili ng produkto - Unti-unting binili ang mga gamit para

sa studio Pinag-aralang mabuti ang photography habang nasa Korea - Sumali sa mga contests o patimpalak Paano nagsimula/magkano ang puhunan - P150,000 kulungan ng manok+300 heads ng layers (manok) - P220,000 2 zerox machines galing sa ipon sa Korea - P100,000 para sa studio (dahil unti-unti ng nabili sa Korea ang ibang mga gamit) Bakit ganyang uri ng negosyo ang itinatag - Matagal ng plano bago pa mag-abroad at sa tulong ng website na ito www.mixph.com - Dahil nakita kong maganda ang kita sa pa-zeroxan ng pinsan ko na nanghimok sa akin - Photography ang aking hilig - Sa lugar namin sa Bataan wala pang ganung ka hi-tech na photo studio Mga sangkap sa pagtatayo ng negosyo - Positibo, matapang at lakas ng loob - Handang sumugal - Pera, oras at magandang pwesto - Skill/talent/interest - Maayos na business plan o plano sa pagnenegosyo - Isang bagay na enjoy kang gawin Ilan ang tauhan/management style - 4 na tauhan (manukan); envelope style - 3 tao sa zeroxan; walang style na sinusunod - Wala pang permanent na tauhan subalit kinukuha mga ex-koreans per contract - Misis ang bahala sa marketing at secretary dahil Management graduate Mga mahalaga sa negosyo - Produkto o serbisyo - Presyo ng produkto - Lugar ng negosyo - Kalidad ng produkto o serbisyo - Kaalaman sa negosyo - Sariling pagtutok o pagpapatakbo sa negosyo Mga suliranin - Paghina ng negosyo, kulang sa pampasuweldo at pambili ng patuka - Pagtugon sa demand ng mga kustomer lalo kung kailangan na nila (zerox) - Maliit ang kita sa una - Mga nakakasira ng loob na puna tulad ng: isara mo na yang shop mo Karagdagang tips - Maging handang sumugal - Isama ang pamilya sa pagpaplano at pagpapatakbo ng negosyo - Tiwala sa sarili - Maging positibo - Mismong ikaw ang tumutok sa negosyo

Magkaroon ng sapat na puhunan na puwedeng makasurvive ng 6 na buwan - Sapat na kaalaman sa itatayong negosyo - Pag-aralan ang mga competitor o kalaban sa negosyo - Dapat marunong makisama Narito ang ilang mga larawan ng kanilang kasalukuyang mga negosyo:

Ito ay larawan ng manukan na itinatag ni G. Marzy Serdena III sa Antique.

Ito ang banner ng itinatag na negosyo ni Samuel Grado sa Mariveles, Bataan. Makikita din ang video ng kanyang negosyo sa http://www.facebook.com/ l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com% 2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxAQu9itGioY%26feature% 3Dyoutu.be&h=FAQGiEnb6

Ang kanilang mga karanasan ay kahangahanga at napakalaking halimba para sa ating mga Filipino sa bansang Korea. Tayo sanay maging handa sa ating pagbalik sa ating mga pamilya sa Pilipinas. o

How should senior citizens observe fasting and abstinence during Lent?
Full Question
How should senior citizens observe fasting and abstinence during Lent?

According to canon 1252 of the Code of Canon Law, all Latin-rite Catholics are required observe the laws of abstinence starting at the age of 14. There is no upper age limit on abstinence after which the person is automatically excused, but those who need to eat meat for a medical reason may be dispensed from the abstinence requirement. In the United States, the fasting requirement begins at age 18 and continues until age 59. At that age, a person is automatically excused from the requirement to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, but, if health permits, may participate in the fast should he choose to do so.

Answered by
Michelle Arnold wwww.catholic.com

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that destroys families, that enlivens wars and conflicts in so many countries of the world. We live with envy, hatred, slander, the mundane in our heart. The suffering of the innocent and peaceable buffets us nonstop; the contempt for the rights of the most fragile of people and nations is not so distant from us; the tyrannical rule of money with its demonic effects, such as drugs, corruption, trafficking in people -- even children -along with misery, both material and moral, are the coin of the realm [today]. The destruction of dignified work, painful emigrations and the lack of a future also join in this [tragic] symphony. Our errors and sins as Church are not beyond this analysis. Rationalizing selfishnesses, does not diminish it, lack of ethical values within a society metastisizes in [our] families, in the environment of [our] neighborhoods, towns and cities, [this lack of ethical values] testifies to our limitations, to our weaknesses and to our incapacity to transform this innumerable list of destructive realities. The trap of powerlessness makes us wonder: Does it make sense to try to change all this? Can we do anything against this? Is it worthwhile to try, if the world continues its carnival merriment, disguising all [this tragedy] for a little while? But, when the mask falls, the truth appears and, although to many it may sound anachronistic to say so, once again sin becomes apparent, sin that wounds our very flesh with all its destructive force, twisting the destinies of the world and of the history. Lent is presented us as a shout of truth and certain hope that comes us to say "Yes, it is possible to not slap on makeup, and not draw plastic smiles as if nothing happened." Yes, it is possible that all is made new and different because God remains "rich in kindness and mercy, always willing to forgive" and He encourages us to begin anew time and again. Today, again, we are invited to undertake a Paschal road toward Life, a path that includes the cross and resignation; a path that will be uncomfortable but not fruitless. We are invited to admit that something inside us is not going well, (in society or in the Church) to change, to turn around, to be converted. Today, the words of the prophet Joel are strong and challenging: Rend your heart, not your clothing: be converted to the Lord, your

God. These [words] are an invitation to all people, nobody is excluded. Rend your heart, not the clothing of artificial penance without [an eternal] future. Rend your heart, not the clothing of technical fasting of compliance that [only serves to keep us] satisfied. Rend your heart, not the clothing of egotistical and superficial prayer that does not reach the inmost part of [your] life to allow it to be touched by God. Rend your heart, that we may say with the Psalmist: "We have sinned." "The wound of the soul is sin: Oh, poor wounded one, recognize your Doctor! Show him the wounds of your faults. And, since from Him our most secret thoughts cannot hide themselves, make the cry of your heart felt [to Him]. Move him to compassion with your tears, with your insistence beg him! Let Him hear your sighs, that your pain reaches Him so that, at the end, He can tell you: The Lord has forgiven your sins." (St. Gregory the Great) This is the reality of our human condition. This is the truth that approaches authentic reconciliation between God and men. This is not a matter of discrediting [one's] self-worth but of penetrating, to its fullest depth, our heart and to take charge of the mystery of suffering and pain that had tied us down for centuries, for thousands of years, [in fact,] forever. Rend your hearts so that through this opening we can truly see. Rend your hearts, open your hearts, because only with [such a] heart can we allow the entry of the merciful love of the Father, who loves us and heals us. Rend your hearts the prophet says, and Paul asks us -- almost on his knees -- "be reconciled with God." Changing our way of living is both a sign and fruit of a torn heart, reconciled by a love that overwhelms us. This is [God's] invitation, juxtaposed against so many injuries that wound us and can tempt us temptation to be hardened: Rend your hearts to experience, in serene and silent prayer, the gentle tenderness of God. Rend your hearts to hear the echo of so many torn lives, that indifference [to suffering] does not paralyze us. Rend your hearts to be able to love with the love with which we are beloved, to console with the consolation with which we are consoled and to share what we have received. The liturgical time the Church starts today is not only for us, but also for the transformation of our family, of our community, of our Church, of our Country, of the whole world. They are forty days so that we may convert to the same holiness as God's; that we become collaborators who receive the grace and the potential to reconstruct human life so that everyone may experience the salvation which Christ won for us by His death and resurrection. Next to prayer and penitence, as a sign of our faith in the force of an all-transforming Easter, we also begin, as in previous years a "Lenten Gesture of Solidarity." As Church in Buenos Aires, marching towards Easter and believing the Kingdom of God is possible we need that, in our hearts torn by the desire of conversion and by love, grace may blossom. [We need] effective gestures to alleviate the pain of so

many of our brothers who walk alongside. "No act of virtue can be large if it does not also benefit another... Therefore, no matter how you spend the day fasting, no matter how you may sleep on a hard floor, and how you may eat ashes and sigh continuously, if do not do good to others, you do not accomplish anything great." (St. John Chrysostom) This year of faith we are traversing is also an opportunity God gives us to grow and to mature in an encounter with the Lord made visible in the suffering face of so many children without a future, in the trembling hands of the elders who have been forgotten and in the trembling knees of so many families who continue to face life without finding anyone who will assist them. I wish you a holy Lent, a penitential and fruitful Lent and, please, I ask you all that you pray for me. May Jesus bless you and may the Blessed Virgin care for you. Paternally, Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio S.J. Matt Fradd is Australian by birth and Catholic by choice. After experiencing a profound conversion at World Youth Day in Rome in 2000, Matt committed himself to inviting others to know Jesus Christ and the Church He founded. o
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the water sweet (see Exodus 15:22-25). A month later, they were grumbling for food in the Desert of Sinai. God feeds them with manna from heaven, giving them their daily bread every day for 40 years (see Exodus 16). This is the manna that Jesus said was a symbol of the Eucharist (see John 6:30-59). But even this wasn't proof enough for them. They were thirsty at Meribah and Massah and put God to the test: "Is the Lord in our midst or not?" (see Exodus 17:2,7). So Moses struck the rock, as God instructed, and waters poured out for the people. Forty years later, in the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses explained to the Israelites that God did all this "to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your intention to keep His commandments...You must realize that the Lord, your God, disciplines you even as a man disciplines a son" (see Deuteronomy 8:2-5). Why does God test Israel if He knows everything already? The key is found in Moses' last line - His testing is a form of "fatherly discipline," by which He makes His child stronger. God does not test Israel to learn something that He doesn't already know. He tests to make Israel stronger, to teach the people what they don't know - how much they need God, how without Him they would be nothing. God tested them, Moses said, so that they wouldn't mistake their freedom and prosperity as the work of their own strength. " Remember then," he told them, "it is the Lord, your God, who gives you the power to acquire wealth, by fulfilling, as He has now done, the covenant which He swore to your fathers" (see Deuteronomy 8:17-18). To be continued

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1. Period of application: Jan. 01. 2013 ~ Dec. 31. 2013 2. Minimum wage Hourly wage rate: 4,860 won 3. Target of application: Every business or workplace employing worker(s) Workers whose minimum wage can be reduced by 10% (hourly rate is KRW 4,374) a) Probationary employee: His/her minimum wage may be reduced by 10% up to 3 months probation period (But, 10% reduction shall not apply to a contractual employee for one year or less) b) Workers employed in job categories monitored and intermittent under the approval of the MOEL Minister 4. Workers who are not covered by the minimum wage a) Employee who is vocationally challenged due to mental or physical disabilities (Limited only upon the approval of MOEL Minister). b) Employee who is a relative and cohabitant at his/her family business workplace c) Domestic helper d) Seafarers and ship owners governed/ regulated by The Seafarers Act. 5. Liability of the employer Liable to pay announced minimum wage or higher. - Employer shall pay employee(s) at least the minimum wage or a higher amount and shall not lower the previous wage level on the ground of the Minimum Wage Act. If the employment contract was concluded with a salary lower than the minimum wage, it is considered as invalid and the minimum wage rate shall be applied instead of the indicated lower wage. (If there is a violation, 3 years or less imprisonment OR 20 Million KRW or less penalty. Both penalties can be applied together) 6. Employers obligation : Notice of the minimum wage to employees Employer shall inform employee(s) of minimum wage, wages not included in the minimum wage, effective date, and employees being excluded from the Minimum Wage Act. If there is violation against the aforementioned obligation, 1Million KRW or less penalty can be applied) g. In case of the following, the concerned manpower agency who deploys employees to a principal shall take responsibility jointly and severally with concerned principal (employer): a) Principal subcontracts a manpower agency b) In case the principal pays the manpower agency less than the announced minimum wage due to reasons attributable to the manpower agency (manpower agency signed a manpower supply contract with a provision of labor cost lower than minimum wage, OR decreased the labor cost during the contract period between principal and manpower agency) If there is a violation against the aforementioned obligation, either 10Mil KRW or less penalty or 2 years or less period of imprisonment REMEDY FOR VIOLATION When a worker receives a salary less than minimum wage, concerned worker(s) can seek for assistance from a job stability center which has jurisdiction over the concerned workers workplace. With regard to minimum wage, reference can be made on the MOEL website (www.moel.go.kr), Minimum Wage Council


(http://www.minimumwage.go.kr) and MOEL Counselling Center(1345). HOW TO KNOW IF THE MINIMUM WAGE IS APPLIED Subtract additionally paid compensation amount from the salary (before tax) and divide the remaining amount with standard/given working hours for the given period. The computed amount shall be compared with announced hourly minimum wage. *Monthly standard working hours: 40-hours work per week is 209 hours 44-hours work per week is 226 hours Additional allowances/compensation benefits are as follows: Allowances or benefits other than regularly paid monthly salary: Allowances such as paid leave, overtime payment, holiday working payment and etc. Allowances such as family allowance, housing allowances, commutation allowance, food allowance, welfare compensation and etc. DEFINITION (RANGE) OF MINIMUM WAGE Wage (including allowances) is defined and specified in a concerned group contract, employment rules and regulations of company or individually signed employment contract. It is paid on a regular basis one time or more per month. In general, basic salary, service allowance, duty allowance, license allowance, production increase bonus, etc are recognized and included in a salary which is also paid regularly and uniformly.


50-17 Dongsoong Dong Chongrogu Seoul 110-809 near Maronnier Park. Tel #(02) 7472086 E-mail: kcwc21@jinbo.net (KCWC) Office hours: Mon-Fri. 11 am-5 pm Sat. day off Sun. 3 pm-6 pm Activities: Emotional/ spiritual counseling Womans rights and labor issues Korean language/culture study (men and women are welcome).

1. Birth certificate ng batang bibinyagan 2. 2X2 ID pictures (2 pcs) 3. Application form (kumuha sa center) Kailangan ipasa ng mag-asawang magpapabinyag ng anak ang application form at sumailalim sa interview sa Catholic Center isang linggo bago dumating ang takdang araw ng binyag. Ang mga magulang, ninong at ninang ay bibigyan ng katekismo sa binyag na ginaganap tuwing ika-10 ng umaga, araw ng linggo (mismong araw ng binyag). Tanging ang mga pangalan ng mga nakadalo ng katekismo ang mailalagay sa Baptismal Certificate. Ang bilang ng mga ninong at ninang ay hindi dapat lalabis sa dalawampu. Ang lahat ay pinakikiusapang isaisip ang angkop na pananamit para sa okasyon.

Mga kailangang dokumento sa paga-asikaso ng mga reklamo tungkol sa sahod: 1. Pay Slip or any other proof of payment of salary 2. Daily Time Record (DTR) if available, or self-made record of daily work attendance specifying Regular Working hours, Overtime, and Night Differential. 3. Labor Contract 4. Bank Book/ Passbook 5. Alien Card and Passport



Tinatawagan ang pansin ng lahat ng mga di pa nakakakuha ng Baptismal Certificates ng kanilang mga anak. Maaari ninyong kunin ang mga ito sa Catholic Center tuwing linggo sa ganap na alas 9:00 ng umaga hanggang ika 12:00 ng tanghali, at sa ganap na ika 4:00 hanggang ika 5:00 ng hapon. Maliban po lamang sa tuwing ikadalawang lingo ng bawat buwan. Makipag-ugnayan po kay Edison Pinlac: (010-2906-3109) o sa kahit na sinong Lay Minister.


Doty Hospital - 42-5 Eung-am-dong, Unpyeong-gu, Seoul 122-906, tel. no. (02)3851477 Joseph Clinic - 423 Yeungdongpo-dong, Yeung dongpo-gu, Seoul 150-030, Mon.-Fri. 1pm9pm, Tel. No.(02)2634-1760 Raphael Clinic - inside Tong Song High School, every Sun. , 2-6 pm. National Medical Center Dongdaemun Tel. No. 2260-7062 to 7063 Seoul Medical Center Gangnam Tel. No. 3430-0200

1. Birth Certificate ng mga ikakasal 2. Status of singleness from Census (notarized) 3. Parents consent as proof of singleness (notarized) 4. Baptismal Certificate for marriage purposes 5. Confirmation Certificate for marriage purposes 6. Passport (xerox copy) 7. Pre-Cana seminar na gaganapin bago ang takdang araw ng kasal. Makipag-ugnayan po lamang sa Catholic Center para sa schedule.

Guri Pastoral Center 031-566-1141 Ansan Galilea Center 031-494-8411 Suwon Emmaus Center 031-257-8501 Friends Without Borders Counseling Office 032-345-6734/5 Gasan, Song-uri International Community 031-543-5296 Uijungbu, Nokyangdong Migrant Center 031-878-6926 Masok Chonmasan Migrant Center 031-593-6542 Bomun, Seoul Foreign Workers Labor Counseling Office 02-928-2049/924-2706



Para Po sa lahat na may E-9 VISA, may tatlo pong tanging dahilan upang payagan kayong makalipat ng kumpanya. Ito po ay; 1. Kayo ay dalawang buwang hindi pinasasahod 2. Kayo ay pisikal at verbal na sinasaktan, o di kayay 3. Bankrupt o lugi ang kumpanya

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Listahan ng mga Maaaring Bumoto sa Korea Bilang Overseas Voter
Kung kayo po ay nakarehistro bilang Overseas Voter sa Korea para sa darating na voting period mula 13 Abril hanggang 13 Mayo 2013, maaari ninyong makita ang inyong pangalan sa pamamagitan ng pag-click sa link na ito (http://www.comelec.gov.ph/oav/index.php?r=tpl/ find_registration_-_individual_search). Lalabas lamang po ang inyong pangalan kung nagparehistro kayo para makaboto sa Korea at hindi kayo lumibang bumoto sa Korea ng dalawang sunod na eleksyon. Kung wala po ang inyong pangalan sa itaas na listahan, maaari po na kayo ay nagparehistro sa Korea subalit hindi nakaboto ng dalawang sunod na eleksyon sa Korea. Maaari po lamang na tingnan kung ang pangalan ninyo ay nasa listahan sa pamamamagitan ng pag-click sa link na ito. Kung ang pangalan po ninyo ay kasama sa listahan, maaari na po kayong bumoto sa eleksyong ito mula 13 Abril hanggang 13 Mayo 2013 dahil naglabas ng resolusyon ang COMELEC tungkol dito. Kung hindi po lumalabas ang inyong pangalan kahit na sa tingin ninyo ay dapat na kasama kayo sa mga listahang nabanggit sa itaas, o kung may iba pang mga katanungan, tumawag po sa mga numerong ito - 010-936-52312 (Ms. Elaine Diza); - (02)7967387 to 89 Ext. 119 (Mr. Jun Socorro); and - (02)7967387 to 89 Ext. 115 (Ms. Mila Agustines).

How to Apply for ePassport

Schedule an Appointment starting 15 July 2010. Only fifty (50) ePassport applications will be entertained per day. Call the APPOINTMENT HOTLINE NUMBER 010-9385-0535 ( from 9:00am to 5:30pm M-F) OR you can send an email to epassport@philembassy-seoul.com and give your full name including middle name, date and place of birth, your old passport number and mobile number in Korea. Requirements:

Old Philippine Passport and a photocopy of the passport data page, last page showing the name and signature of the signing officer, and the page with the date of last entry to Korea Passport application form Remember your Appointment Reference Number ePassport fee US$ 60.00 payable in cash only.

Updates to the Contingency Plan as of 12 April 2013

We would like to inform the Filipino community that we are still on Alert Level 1 or heightened alertness. The community is advised to remain calm and to continuously monitor developments in South Korea. Meanwhile, we would like to provide you with some important information to help you prepare in case tensions escalate. In case of an attack, it is important that we first follow the safety procedures ordered by the local government in your area. These safety procedures will apply to both Korean and foreign residents: When an air-raid warning is issued, turn off gas valves and electrical appliances and go to a nearby shelter; If you are outside when an air-raid warning is issued, follow safety staff to a nearby shelter. If you cannot find a shelter, hide and protect your-self any way you can. If you are driving, park the car in an empty lot or on the right side of the road and evacuate to a safe place. Follow the instructions of the National Emergency Management Agency. Be prepared by checking where the designated shelters are located near your house or workplace, and have medicine kit, emergency items, etc. ready at all times. It is also important that you know in advance the designated shelters in your own area and to coordinate with your area leaders (please see list below). Once movement from the shelters is allowed, Filipinos are advised to proceed to any of the different convergence areas as identified in the attached assembly points. This is only advance information and there is no evacuation going on. Thank you for your cooperation. PHILIPPINE EMBASSY HOTLINE: 010-9263-8119 & 010-9365-2312 POLO SEOUL HOTLINE: 010-4573-6290 LIST OF AREA COORDINATORS (As of 12 April 2013)

Procedure on Date of Appointment: Step 1:

Check your name on the list of applicants with appointment Complete all information on the passport application form Wait for your name and number to be called at Window 4 Submit the application form and present your old Passport and photocopies OPTIONAL : If you wish to avail of the courier service, get a courier form and write your name and complete return address. Get a copy of the courier form. Payment will be made upon delivery of your ePassport. Have your old passport canceled by the consular officer. Go to cashier and pay the exact amount of US$ 60.00 in cash. No check may be accepted Keep your receipt and show it when you claim your ePassport in person after 6 weeks. Go to the encoder for encoding of data, picture taking, taking of thumb marks and digital signature. Applicant should be in decent attire. Both ears should be shown Keep your receipt of payment and bring your old passport for cancellation to claim your ePassport. You can also authorize a representative to claim your passport by giving authority at the back of y o u r claim receipt.

Step 2:

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NOTE: It takes about six (6) weeks to process the ePassport as the approved applications are sent to a central processing facility in the Philippines.

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is prepared and published monthly by the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center for Filipino Migrants which is being administered by the Mission Society of the Philippines under the auspices of Seoul Archdiocese.

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2013 April - May

Weekday: Year 1

Editor-in-Chief : Emely DicolenAbagat, Ph. D. News Editor : Ma. Teresa Solis Literary Editor : Bro. Allan Rodriguez Catholic Faith Editor / Lay-out Artist : Roberto Catanghal Webmaster : Engr. Rogelio Domingo Contributors : Michael Balba Johnny Maliglig Ervie Glory Felipe Lagunda Lyn Laurito Pete Rahon Circulation Manager : Fr. Arvin Mosqueda, MSP


Eucharistic Lectors & Commentators FMAA Choir Sports & Recreation IT Youth Prayer Partners LRC and CWI Steward : Cecilia Garcia : Jovito Gonzales Jr. : Norma de Guzman : Elisea Torres : Mike Panlilio : Ma. Teresa Solis : Weng Santos : Bro. Tony Sacapanio : Reynaldo Centeno Jr. : Sonia Permejo

01 - Lisa Colis 01 - Patrick Pasagi 02 - Lisa Maramot 05 - Nancy de Loyola 10 - Mely Tavarro 10 - Sander Tavarro 10 - Vilma Tavarro 15 - Sis Ervie Glory 17 - Marciano Gonzales 20 - Cherry Bajaro Candia 20 - Edna Tamban 21 - Bro. Joel "Bong" Dizon


15 - Nizea Marjoram C. Laurito 15 - Conchita Gonzales 16 - Bernie Catanghal 21 - Bernardo B. Carpio 21 - Sis Violy Bacsa 22 - Mark Kevin Caguimbay 22 - Amy Buesa 25 - Concepcion S. Catanghal 27 - Rebeck Beltran 30 - Rev. Fr. Alvin B. Parantar, MSP

24 - Lorna Benedicto 25 - Analyn Martinez 28 - Jadd Nelson Guanzon 29 - Christina Silva-Nicdao 30 - Dolores Candia o 06 - Marivic M. Pakingan 08 - Ronnie Jobellano 08 - Daniel Nhat Anh Bautista 08 - Ernest James C. Bautista 11 - Ronan Aldous M. Catanghal 11 - Marilou Silva

Fr. Alvin B. Parantar, MSP Adviser/Chaplain

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