Wednesday, December 31, 2008


This is only the beginning.... Cung Le has several movies scheduled to come out in 2009-2010

Draw the Line (2009).... Johnny
Pandorum (2009).... Manh
Tekken (2009).... Marshall Law
Fighting (2009) .... Dragon Lee
Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter (KOMBAT) (2009) .... Erik

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Pacquiao vs De la Hoya - The Dream Match HL

Pacquiao faced Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada in a so-called Dream Match. De la Hoya threw in the towel before the start of the 9th round. It was officially a technical knockout.

Pacquiao vs De la Hoya - The Dream Match HL

Pacquiao faced Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada in a so-called Dream Match. De la Hoya threw in the towel before the start of the 9th round. It was officially a technical knockout.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fire on YouTube 2008

Fire on YouTube
Place a little fire on your website of choice.
It is perfect for MySpace and Friendster.
You could even add it to a blog.

Weather you are just sprucing up your site or
having a romantic moment this fire is here for you.
It also makes a great holiday addition to any social network presence.

Please enjoy!

Get it while it is hot! My "Fire on YouTube"
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Credit To:
pcaeldries: Awsome Fire Sound Recording

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Because Of You - My Family Addiction: The Dacocos [HQ]

Because Of You - My Family Addiction: The Dacocos [HQ]

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cellular mobile telephone subscribers outnumber fixed line telephone subscribers by 15 to 1

Cellular mobile telephone subscribers outnumber
fixed line telephone subscribers by 15 to 1
(FS-200801-NS1-01, posted 21 November2008)

In 2007, the total number of cellular mobile telephone (CMT) subscribers was estimated at 57.3 million, almost 15 times more than the number of fixed line telephone subscribers estimated at 3.9 million. Data from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) also show that CMT subscription started to outnumber fixed line subscription in 2000 when it registered a ratio of 2 to 1.

The 2007 level of CMT subscribers is 57.3% higher compared to its 2006 level of 42.9 million while the number of fixed line telephone subscribers only grew by 3.9% from 3.6 million in 2006.

For the period 2000 to 2007, the number of CMT subscribers continuously increased at an annual average growth rate of 31.4% while that of fixed telephones only increased at 3.2%.

NTC data further reveal that in 2007, CMT density was estimated at 65.93 per 100,000 population and fixed line telephone density in the country was estimated at 8.24 per 100,000 population.

Figure 1. Number of fixed line telephone and mobile cellular telephone subscribers:
1994 – 2007

Source: National Telecommunication Commission

Among the regions in the country, the National Capital Region has the highest fixed line telephone density at 29.53 per 100,000 population followed by Region IV1 (Southern Tagalog) and Region VII (Central Visayas) at 7.77 and 7.52, respectively in 2007. Meanwhile, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has the lowest at 0.81.

Among the provinces in 2007, Agusan del Norte posted the highest telephone density at 12.19 followed by Cavite and Benguet with telephone densities of 11.15 and 10.66, respectively. On the other hand, the province of Sulu had the lowest telephone density at 0.05 per 100,000 population.

Both indicators on telephone lines per 100,000 population and cellular subscribers per 100 population are Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) indicators under Goal 8. In the Philippines, both indicators show an increasing trend since 1994 implying that the MDG target of making available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications in cooperation with the private sector, will be achieved by the Philippines by 2015.

Figure 2. Telephone Density by Province: 2007 (per 100,000 population)

1 There is no separate data for Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region IV-B (MIMAROPA)

Source of basic data: National Telecommunications Commission

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One Week to Change: Obama Calling Urgently

One Week to Change: Obama Calling Urgently

In one week you can choose to change it all.
Go to to get involved right now.

We have to keep running through the finish line.
It's too important to take anything for granted.
It's too important to let up now.

The future you seek. - The future we seek together. - The future we seek for our children.
It's too important to let up now.
We have to keep running through the finish line!

For the change we need.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden 2008

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008



By Charmaine Manansala

I've spent the past few weeks criss-crossing the country talking to
AAPIs about Barack Obama and the vision he has for our community, and
for our country. I want to say a quick word about where we are in
this campaign to Filipinos.

Filipino Americans across the country are working nationwide through
the Obama campaign and Filipino Americans for Obama. Leading to
November 4th, they are working diligently to deliver the electoral
votes that will make Barack Obama our 44th President of the United
States. This is because Filipino Americans, young and old, all
recognize the challenges America faces, after all they impact our
lives every day. Our economy is in crisis, thanks in large part to the
Wall Street-first economic policies pushed through by President Bush.
Our nation is in an endless war; our veterans are not receiving the
care they deserve; and our health care system is broken. We need to
call upon the can do American spirit to lift ourselves out of this
precarious situation.

In many ways the Filipino-American community's experience embodies
this American spirit. Barack Obama has shared the same experience. He
understands keeping the American dream alive, and he knows that
government must keep its promise to you and all of the American
people. This is one of the core reasons why I believe that Barack
Obama is THE right candidate for Filipino-Americans.

Barack first became acquainted with the diversity and richness of Asia
and the AAPI community as a child growing up in Hawai'i. Members of
his family are of Asian descent and ours is a community that he became
a part of while living in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. The AAPI
story and community are personal to him, and he is committed to
keeping the door of opportunity open to Filipino Americans and
expanding opportunities for all Americans. Senator Obama understands
the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and the critical
role that we play in this nation.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden are committed to policies that will help
the Filipino American community succeed.

For instance, many Filipino families rely on family reunification
policies to help them build better lives in the United States.
However, AAPI families have some of the longest immigration backlogs.
That's why Barack has fought to improve and pass a comprehensive
immigration bill. He has put greater emphasis on keeping immigrant
families together. The Philippines and the United States have always
enjoyed a special relationship, and I assure you that Barack Obama and
Joe Biden are committed to building on our strong ties.

As we saw so clearly during the first debate, it's a choice of the
past versus the future. Barack Obama demonstrated the vision and
judgment to be Commander in Chief. He'll change the failed policies
of the last 8 years, and pursue 21st Century policies in Iraq,
Afghanistan, and in reinvigorating our alliances.

And on the homefront, again as seen during the debate, Barack Obama
demonstrated he'll be a fierce advocate for the middle class, and
offer the change we need on the economy, health care, and energy

Kababayan, we can create the changes we seek in America. But this
will only happen if ordinary people rise up to demand change. Just as
some of you participated in the people power movement in Edsa, I'm
also asking you to get involved NOW, and to encourage your families to
look at the candidates, come to an informed decision, and vote.

The reason is simple: the Filipino American community deserves better.

We want fundamental change in our country. We want to turn the page
on the failed policies of the past eight years and renew the promise
of America. We simply cannot afford a third Bush term. And let's be
clear. That is exactly what we'd get with John McCain.

As Senator Clinton says- No Way, No How, No McCain, No Palin. I know
there were many in our community who supported Senator Clinton in this
year's elections and I want to say a word to you. Senator Clinton is
someone I admire tremendously. I am a proud "Clintonista" who worked
in the Clinton administration for the first White House Initiative on
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. If you love Hillary, if you
believe in her, if you trust her leadership and if you gave her your
vote, then I ask you to do the one thing that she has asked of all of
us now: do everything you can to elect Barack Obama as the next
President of the United States.

The stakes are too high and the price of apathy is too great this year
to give anything but our all.

You know, there's been a lot of talk this year about making history.
And I believe making history is an important goal. But the more
important opportunity we have in November is to make possibility

Next year, school children all over America will sit in classrooms
looking up at the portraits of the American presidents on the wall.
After scanning past the first 43, I hope they'll take a good look at
number 44 because that one will look different. And suddenly, our
kids will start to think, "Maybe I can be Mayor. Maybe I can run for
Congress. Maybe I could be President." In that moment, possibility
is born.

I want a generation of Filipino boys and girls to see Barack Obama and
know that in America, anything is possible - with faith, hard work,
and determination, they can achieve anything in this land of
opportunity. That, after all, is the American dream of our lolos and
lolas. Stand with me today and let it be the commitment we make to
the generation of Filipino Americans who follow us.

No doubt, there will be some who say it's too hard. They will say
that Barack Obama and our movement for change just can't win. But I'm
here to tell you: kaya natin, yes we can!

For generations, that's what we Pinoys have taught this nation. KAYA NATIN!

When we were told that Filipino immigrants could never be at home in
these United States, we said kaya natin.

During WWII, when America was at war and soldiers were needed, our
brave Filipino veterans said kaya natin.

When farmworkers were told they could not organize, Filipino laborers
joined Cesar Chavez and other union leaders and said kaya natin.

When this country could not find enough doctors and nurses, the
Filipino community stepped up and said kaya natin.

As our families struggle with the longest immigration backlogs and
living in this frail economy, Barack Obama joins with the Filipino
community to say kaya natin.

So, we cannot wake up on November 5th wishing we had done more and we
can't afford to let someone else decide for us. We all know that this
is going to be a very close race. A handful of votes may decide the
election. Those handful of votes could be yours.

Change doesn't come by hoping for it. It doesn't come by wishing for
it. We have to organize for it, fight for it, register for it and
vote for it. Change happens when we say, with great pride in our
community and love for our country, kaya natin!

Maraming salamat po.

Charmaine Manansala is a Filipina-American immigrant. She serves as
the National Director of the Obama for American AAPI Vote Team.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

OBAMA - Keep Running Through The Finish Line: Pimped Ad

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We have to keep running through the finish line.
It's too important to take anything for granted.
It's too important to let up now.

The future you seek. - The future we seek together. - The future we seek for our children.
It's too important to let up now.
We have to keep running through the finish line.!

For the change we need.
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Friday, September 26, 2008

The Filipino Game of Tag - Jason Telmo

After a million years, I have finally finished my entry for the Filipino Game of Tag in response to Regisor94's tag

Reggie, I am sooooooooooooo sorry this has taken me forever to do. This may probably be the last time you're going to think of tagging me again...hehehe. If I could recall, you tagged me last August 10, and now it's what? September 1. took me 20 days to reply. I had to reserve a small studio and rent some lights for my shoot. After compiling the materials in Adobe Premiere, I faced the task of editing down one hour worth of footages to just 8 minutes. Meticulous Photoshop and AfterEffects work followed. Then there's the musical score and sound design. It was all worth it though. I enjoyed a lot making this video, and I hope all you Filipino youtubers enjoy viewing this. Thank you, Regisor for patiently waiting for this tag video to come out. And thank you, for adding me as your sixth tag! :-)

To GenTosMenTos, I applaude you for originating this game!
This thing you have started is the best idea anyone would ever come up for YouTube. You are a genius! I really hope this amazing game reaches every Pinoy and Pinay youtuber on the planet. :-)

So without further ado, let's play the Filipino Tag Game....
Here are the questions:

1. When was the last time you were in the Philippines?
2. Name one Filipino dish you enjoy the most. Why?
3. Name one Filipino household item that best resembles our culture. Explain.
4. Do you know how to speak in Tagalog? If so, say a phrase or two.
5. Which part of the Philippines are you from?

Here are the current rules:

1. If you're tagged, you have to play.
2. Tag who ever you want!
3. Have fun!

The five lucky people I'm tagging are:

1. My brother, Jonas

2. My sister, Joann

3. My cousin, Maurice

4. My uncle and aunt, Tito Joven and Tita Diding

5. My new friend, Dan
Hi, Dan. I'm sorry this came a bit late. I didn't count on you doing your tag video so soon. Anyway, I still feel honored tagging you for RegiSor.

Songs used in the tag video:

So Close -- sung by Jon McLaughlin, OST Enchanted
Time In -- sung by Yeng Constantino
Getting Into The Habit -- Sister Act soundtrack
Hana Kimi soundtrack -- sung by S.H.E.
Distant Shores -- Megatraxx 2007
BayaniJuan Minus 1 version -- ABS-CBN original music

"NOYPI" - sung by Bamboo for end credits

I tried to make this tag video very entertaining, if not comical. If you don't find it funny or even informative, thanks anyway for viewing. Forgive me also for the audio quality. The musical score is a bit too loud that it has virtually drowned my spiels. Thank you for bearing with me.
To all my subscribers and friends, I urge you to check out Reggie (the one who tagged me) Soriano's channel: and his other channel:
There are a lot of cool stuff there to see.

So again, thank you for being curious enough to open and view this new video of mine. I haven't uploaded anything for such a long time. Please feel free to comment and rate this video. As I would always say, if you have nothing good to say, I'd rather not hear from you. If you are not yet a subscriber or friend of mine, I will be deeply honored for your subscription and be twice grateful for your friend invite. Happy viewing! CHEERS!!!!! X-D X-D X-D

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Manilatown Heritage Foundation's 2nd Annual Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction

Manilatown Heritage Foundation's 2nd Annual Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction

October 4th, 2008
At the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco

Please forward these sponsorship level handouts to other local businesses that would like to help.
Anything, of course is appreciated!

Thank You!

DiAnne Bueno
Admin/Program Assistant
Manilatown Heritage Foundation

Casting Session: The Other Side of Paradise and Hungry Pinoy

The Other Side of Paradise and Hungry Pinoy Documentaries
Its all about Aloha Spirit
When: September 13 2008
Where: At Kaleo Café ( ) between 14th and Irving Street
Take N Judah and get off at 14th and Judah then walk one block from 14th to Irving St.
Time: 5-7pm Casting Session
7-10 pm Music
SPACE IS LIMITED COME EARLY—Casting Session might be film ……
expect to be on CAMERA !
For More Information : Braddah Randy Fermo
Email: or
contact me on Myspace :

Friday, August 29, 2008


Posted by MikeG209 on August 28, 2008, 7:57 pm
Fri, 29 Aug 2008

LOS ANGELES - The wait is over and the fight is on... Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion "The Golden Boy" OSCAR DE LA HOYA will face current Ring Magazine No. 1-ranked pound for pound champion MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO on Saturday, December 6 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada in a bout that will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc., the bout will be a 12-round, non-title fight contested at the 147-pound welterweight limit. This exciting and intriguing match-up pits two of the most recognizable and popular talents in the sport today in what will surely be the grand finale of the 2008 boxing calendar year.

"Manny Pacquiao is considered the best fighter in boxing today and I always want to fight the best," said De La Hoya. "I am glad we were able to make this fight happen because while Pacquiao is at the pinnacle of his success and has defeated all of the top fighters he has faced, I am going to show the world that it stops with me. December 6 can't get here soon enough."

"This is my greatest challenge," said Pacquiao. "When I take that walk to the ring to fight Oscar, I will carry all the people of The Philippines - the entire country - on my shoulders. I promise I will fight with all of my heart and that I will give everything I have. Like my trainer Freddie Roach says, I have what it takes to win the biggest fight of my life."

After several weeks of amicable discussions between De La Hoya's company, Golden Boy Promotions, and Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank, Inc., a deal was struck this week ensuring fans around the world the opportunity to see this dream match-up.

Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer, Golden Boy Promotions said, "This fight will have the whole world talking and will be a fantastic night for boxing. Oscar's career has always been defined by taking on the biggest challenges and fighting best names in boxing. This fight against a great champion like Manny Pacquiao is just another testament to his readiness to face the strongest competition and continue his legacy as one of the greatest fighters boxing has ever seen."

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, Chairman of the Board, Top Rank added, "This fight is what all sports fans are looking forward to, a contest between two champions who come to fight and who are the most popular names in boxing today. Manny Pacquiao is taking on a major task in facing the legendary Oscar de la Hoya, but we at Top Rank are very confident Manny will handle himself extremely well."

Richard Sturm, President of Sports and Entertainment, MGM MIRAGE said, "MGM MIRAGE has hosted the greatest names in sports and entertainment and this event will certainly continue that tradition. We look forward to presenting one of the most exciting promotions in the history of boxing and there is no question this fight will have a major impact on fans worldwide."
Mark Taffet, HBO Pay-Per-View said, "De La Hoya-Pacquiao is a dream match-up which will capture the imagination of sports fans everywhere. It's the pay-per-view king vs. the pound-for-pound king and an event in which both fighters' popularity clearly transcends the sport."

Oscar de la Hoya has been a fan favorite and the most successful pay-per-view attraction in the history of the boxing. A 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist for the United States, de la Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) is a champion in every division he has competed in from 130 to 160 pounds and has faced boxing's elite for over 15 years, including Floyd Mayweather, Julio Cesar Chavez, Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Felix Trinidad, Pernell Whitaker, Ike Quartey, Fernando Vargas, Arturo Gatti, Genaro Hernandez, Jesse James Leija and Hector Camacho Sr. In his fight against Mayweather on May 5, 2007, he fell short via a close split decision, but set records with the fight having the most pay-per-view buys and grossing the most revenue in the history of boxing. In his last fight against Steve Forbes on May 3, 2008 De La Hoya registered a dominating unanimous decision victory, winning nearly every round of the fight which took place in suburban Los Angeles at the outdoor Home Depot Center soccer stadium, another first for boxing's star attraction.

Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 35 KOs) is recognized by most knowledgeable observers as the best fighter at any weight in the world today. Pacquiao, 29, has held world titles in four weight divisions, winning the WBC flyweight world title two weeks before his 20th birthday in December of 1998, the IBF junior featherweight world title at age 22 in 2001, the WBC super featherweight world title in March of this year and most recently the WBC lightweight world title in his last fight on June 28 against defending champion David Diaz.

More information on the bout as well as a detailed schedule for a planned media tour will be distributed shortly.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

PING PONG PLAYA beginning September 5th!

Dear Friends and Family,

We are extremely thrilled to write to you about the upcoming release of our movie PING PONG PLAYA beginning September 5th! It's an exciting time--but here's where we need your help. We'll let the movie speak for itself, but we need your help to spread the word about the release of the movie. Independent movies don't have the marketing budget to compete against the mammoth studio movies, but what we do have is intense, strong word-of-mouth (just check out any of a number of our reviews--from outlets large and small, from critics, bloggers, and chat room posters alike).

Please help us continue to spread the word and come check out the movie opening weekend!

PING PONG PLAYA will be coming to theaters!

When: opening SEPTEMBER 5th
AMC Village 7, New York, NY
Regal E Walk (42nd street) , New York, NY

Mann Chinese Theater, Hollywood, CA
Mann Glendale Exchange, Glendale, CA
Edwards Alhambra Palace, Alhambra, CA

West Park Regal, Irvine, CA

Metreon AMC, San Francisco, CA
Shattuck Landmark, Berkeley, CA
Camera 12, San Jose, CA

and then...

When: opening SEPTEMBER 12
Lincoln Square, Bellevue, WA
Meridian Regal, Seattle, WA
Alderwood AMC, Lynwood, WA

Marq E Houston, TX
First Colony, Houston, TX

See you at the theaters soon,

Jimmy Tsai
Writer/Co-Producer/2nd Assistant Production Accountant

Jessica Yu

Joan Huang

Anne Clements

Jeffrey Gou
Executive Producer

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Calendar of Events -

Nurses Making a Difference Everyday Barsamian Auditorium
The Philippine Nurses Association of Ame... West Roxbury, MA
Mon, Aug 25 - 7:30 AM

National Heroes Day Flag Ceremony Rizal Hall of the Philippine Consulate General
The Philippine Consulate General in Los ... Los Angeles, CA
Tue, Aug 26 - 8:45 AM

Member's Night Valley Corporate Community Center
Zoe Venture Inc. presents "Member's N... Sherman Oaks, CA
Wed, Aug 27 - 5:00 PM

Sinehan sa Summer - Maalaala Mo Kaya Philippine Center - Kalayaan Hall
“Sinehan sa Summer," a Filipino Film Fes... New York, NY
Thu, Aug 28 - 6:30 PM

Fil-Am program meeting presenting EQ in Investing for Members and Guests Max's Restaurant
FIL-AM Glendale Liwanis Foundation prese... Glendale, CA
Thu, Aug 28 - 6:30 PM

Filipino WWII Veterans Public Forum Philippine Consulate General
The Philippine Consulate General in Los ... Los Angeles, CA
Thu, Aug 28 - 6:30 PM

Katrina Halili Live Empire Theatre
Fans of Vixen Katrina Halili will be thr... Stockton, CA
Fri, Aug 29 - 12:00 AM

A Little Night Music Concert Pechanga Resort & Casino
For the first time, this summer of 2008,... Temecula, CA
Fri, Aug 29 - 9:00 PM

The Greatest Hitmakers Live at Reno Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
The Greatest Hitmakers Reno, NV
Sat, Aug 30 - 8:00 PM

Katrina Halili in Fantasies at San Francisco South San Francisco High School Auditorium
Featuring Jonalyn Viray, Kris Lawrence, ... South San Francisco, CA
Sat, Aug 30 - 6:00 PM

The Greatest Hitmakers Live at The Grand Grand Theater of Grand Sierra Resort Casino
Anticipation is just around the corner. ... Reno, NV
Sat, Aug 30 - 8:00 PM

Just Because Party Dance Studio World USA Studio
Dance World USA will be holding a "JUST ... Las Vegas, NV
Sat, Aug 30 - 8:00 PM

FAL Children’s Reading Program --- Aug. 30 in Montebello & Sep. 6 in San Pedro Asian Pacific Resource Center
Everyone, please forward this email to f... Montebello, CA
Sat, Aug 30 - 2:00 PM

Philippine American Press Club Quarterly Kapihan West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center‎
Philippine American Press Club USA
San Francisco, CA
Sat, Aug 30 - 11:00 AM

A Little Night Music Concert Cashman Center‎
For the first time, this summer of 2008,... Las Vegas, NV
Sun, Aug 31 - 7:30 PM

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Philippine Flag: Manny Pacquiao

This video was made to honor the selection of Manny Pacquiao as the flag bearer for the Philippines during the walk of nations ceremony and the 15 athletes from the Philippines are participating in the games.
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Saturday, August 23, 2008


New York, NY � The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) announced that it has filed a complaint in New York federal court on behalf of a Filipina immigrant worker against a former United Nations ambassador from the Philippines, his family, and his wife�s travel agency, for violating federal laws against human trafficking.

At the press conference today, Marichu Suarez Baoanan, a citizen from the Philippines, described how she paid $5,000 to the Bajas and Labaire International Travel, in return for transportation, a visa, a work permit, and job placement services in the United States. Ms. Baoanan arrived in New York in early 2006, believing that she would receive assistance to find employment as a nurse. Instead, former UN ambassador Lauro Baja, Jr., his wife Norma Baja (an owner of Labaire International Travel), and the Bajas� adult daughter, Maria Elizabeth Facundo, alleged a substantial debt against Ms. Baoanan and subjected her for three months to involuntary servitude, forced labor, peonage, debt bondage, and slavery as a domestic worker in their home on Manhattan�s Upper East Side.

�Human trafficking is far more complex than many people realize,� said AALDEF Staff Attorney Ivy Suriyopas, who leads the Anti-Trafficking Initiative. �It can involve domestic workers that cook food for, clean the house of, and take care of the children of your next-door neighbor. Trafficking involves the severe exploitation of workers regardless of the industry of the worker or the reputation of the trafficker.�

Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), individuals can sue their former traffickers and also legalize their immigration status. "T" visas are available to sex and labor trafficking survivors who have been subjected to force, fraud, or coercion.

Ms. Baoanan sought assistance in 2006 from DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association, a Filipino labor rights group, and lawyers at AALDEF. AALDEF helped to secure a T visa for Ms. Baoanan and Derivative T visas for her family members, with case management assistance provided by New York Association for New Americans (NYANA). Ms. Baoanan was reunited with her family in April 2008.

�It is an honor to work with AALDEF on behalf of Ms. Baoanan and other women and youth like her to meet the humanitarian needs of trafficking victims and their families, and to preserve the rule of law and the values that we cherish in our lives and our society,� said Aaron Mendelsohn, an associate at Troutman Sanders LLP in New York, the law firm which is serving as pro bono co-counsel on this case.

AALDEF�s Anti-Trafficking Initiative provides free legal representation to trafficked women and youth to apply for immigration relief, facilitate survivors� access to human services, and represent them in civil litigation. AALDEF�s anti-trafficking efforts also include community education, outreach, and advocacy.
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The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

For more information:
Ivy O. Suriyopas
Staff Attorney
212.966.5932 ext. 235
Click here to email
Margaret Fung
Executive Director
212.966.5932 ext. 201
Click here to email

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Determination to Dream

then and now

Determination to Dream

I. Dream

As I sit here
12 o'clock
Soon to be one
I stair down
Into this brewed cup of oil.

Tugging at my intellect.
Thoughts of wealth and prosperity
My vision is full.
Trying to focus
On needs
And putting wants second.

Risk is a game of thinking
Plotting strategies
Movements forward.

Do what it takes
Obtain my goals
And set the new.

Never losing sight
Of happiness or joy.

It is the light at the end
A realized vision.
A dream fulfilled.

II. Fears

Apprehensive of misfortune
Living in a bubble.

Outside is a wonderful place
I am sure.
I will never know

Stepping out is a risk.
I don't know if I can take

Cold sweat running
Down the back of my neck.
Soon to reach my ankles.

The timid young boy
Paid the sixth grade bully.
Never ate his lunch.

All hopes are barred
Deep in agony and pain.

Bitter sickness holds me in
While others play in the sun.

Never take a risk
Never overcome a challenge
I will lose.

III. Hopes

Like the droplets
Of breast milk
The most pure and fulfilling.

Creating desire
When hunger is at it peak.

Like infants they are seeds
Growing stronger
With every moment
And piece of knowledge.

Nurturing our minds
With a honey so sweet
That our vision becomes

A fine line is walked
Between the real
And the obscure.

A question of action or passive thought
A separation of possibility.
It is or is not!

IV. Perseverance

1000 years of living
In a pit darkness.
0ne day I walked out.

I found strength
In the warmth of insight.

One goal achieved
The ability to overcome.

At age 12
Wanted that shiny corm bike.
The one that lived
In the window of old Earl's Bike Shop.

Glistening like a star among stars.
It is a machine
Possessing power
Everything I desired.

Working harder than 20 oxen
I mowed lawn and painted fences
Took the complaints

In the end
I had what all others
Lusted after.

My determination
My hopes
And my dreams.

GS Poetry
As It is Written
©2008 Ben Greer PhotoBen750

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Why... PhotoBen750?

Why… PhotoBen750?
by: Ben Greer

This is just the beginning… For many of you my passion for photography may be new to you, but I have been in love with the camera for the longest time. Growing up I would usually prefer to be the one taking the pictures rather than having my picture taken.
As a young child I did not have much money so I was limited to basic bottom barrel point and shoots and disposable
cameras. Not having much money this also made the process of getting my picture developed difficult. For many years I just kept the spent film in hopes that one day, before it went bad that, I would get it developed.
A major turning point in my life that sent me down this road of photo passion was the day my uncle Dennis Baunach gave me his old Pentax K1000. This was around the end of my sophomore
year in high school just before we took a family trip to Europe. At that time I did not realize what importance this camera might play in the development of my talent. Even though my uncle had owned this camera for about 25 years prior to him giving it to me the Pentax K1000 is a classic camera that is still used by many photogs.
The Pentax was my first real SLR camera. It had all the manual features a beginner could want and a few auto function that
were new back when the camera was originally purchased. It came with a black leather caring case designed to hold the camera, film, filter, lenses, flash, and a battery operated auto shooter. Back then I had little knowledge on how any of it worked or what it meant to adjust shutter and aperture settings.
To get me started my uncle showed me how to read the built in light meter, focus the camera and basic adjustment to the shutter and
aperture. Off I went to discover the world through its glass eye interpretation.
I would go to all kinds of places taking picture of just about anything. I even got into taking black and white images with the Kodak Tmax film. At the time black and white was not easy for me to get developed. Unless you knew how to it yourself you had
to find a shop that worked with black and white. You couldn’t just drop it off at Costco or any old photo store and it was also twice as expensive to develop. I would often just take the pictures and keep the
undeveloped film.
For years I continued taking pictures some film would get developed but most would just get added to the collection. In 1999 when I was preparing to move to California Anselmo Villinueva, a good friend of mine, discover that I had all this undeveloped film saved up. He said that I should think about getting it developed before it goes bad. I told him that I could not really afford to do it, but I really wanted to see what picture I had taken.
He offered to drop it off to Costco for me and pay for the development. I could not believe it. There were over 20 roles of film. This was a good chunk of change that I will forever be thankful
for. Once they were developed I began to see all the moments from the past come to life. It was like opening a time capsule. The subject matter was so varied and spanned over many, many years. It brought back lots of great memories.
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Many of the pictures were poor in quality and not as nice as I would have hoped, but the real excitement came when I would find the outstanding
shots. I did not know much about photography when I started, but I had an eye to appreciate what I saw. Many of my first images may not have been in focus or the shutter stayed open too long, but the picture would have a story.
I am not sure who coined the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but I see the art in this statement. When I take a photo it is almost like I am writing a poem. When you write a poem you are using words to
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express ideas that may not exist in the tangible world. To do this, you must attempt to capture as much of that idea and express it words that best represent your thought as a vision understandable in another persons mind.
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Seeing still images like poetry allows me to expand the context for which an image has meaning to me. Much like the ability to express a complex story with the added ability to stretch time and partially recreate
a moment of the past. Using imagery of elements that all real tangible existence has long left the present.
Some time in early 2003 I got my first digital camera. A Nikon CoolPix 4300 with a 4.1 megapixel CCD.
With the new found freedom of not needing to go anywhere special or wait for development I began to rediscover my photo passion. I must have taken several thousand images before I upgraded to my current camera in the spring of 2004.
A Fuji Finepix S7000 6.2 megapixel SuperCCD with the ability to interpolate up to 12.3 megapixel. This camera has been
very reliable and has many great features. My digital image collection is now in the range of 15-20 thousand high resolution images. That would be the equivalent of about 470-625 rolls of film, 32 exposures each.

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