Archive for August, 2009

by Dino Crescini

Early this month, not just the Filipino nation but the entire world, grieved the death of former Philippine president Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. She died of a lingering ailment that caused physical pain on her body as well as mental anguish on immediate members of her family.

News about her colon cancer prompted no less than the Pope to send her a comforting message. When she died on August 1, American president Barack Obama sent her family his own personal message of condolences.

But should death really be a fearsome topic to discuss or even worry about? Radical Muslims who commit suicide in the name of jihad certainly don’t fear death. They believe that the killing of infidels (non-believers of Islam) will deliver their mortal bodies to a better place, to be welcomed by at least 14 virgins.

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The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney is conducting forums with Filipino communities across New South Wales to promote the Dual Citizenship program, which allows Filipino-Australians to regain their Philippine citizenship without affecting their Australian citizenship.

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The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney held a Mass for the repose of the late former Philippine President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, who passed away on 1 August 2009, Saturday, 5:18 a.m. AEST. The Mass was attended by leaders and members of the Philippine-Australian Community of New South Wales.

Corazon Aquino, the 11th president of the Philippines (1986 to 1991), was 76 years old. She had been suffering from colon cancer.

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by Monique

Yes, this is true. We had an unfortunate encounter with those C-5 squatters last Father’s Day night.

My husband Rey and I and our 1-year old daughter Jana, were driving home around 9:30pm along the centre lane of C-5 southbound lane, in the area between Petron Gas Station and Heritage Park.  Two men suddenly crossed very casually and when we were close enough, started to hurl a shirt with something heavy like a rock hidden inside, toward Rey’s window. It was a good thing that Rey was quick enough to swerve our car away to the right, just in time to avoid the attack.

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To all those who travel frequently: please be very, very careful. Read on…

An Indian was detained in Bangkok for stealing a box of cigarettes in a duty-free shop at Bangkok International Airport. He had paid for chocolates and a carton of cigarettes. The cashier put an extra packet of cigarettes into his bag and he thought it was a free promo pack. He was arrested for shop-lifting and the Thai Police extortion price was 30,000 Baht for his release. He spent two nights in jail and paid 500 Baht for an air-conditioned cell, 300 baht for each visitor and 11,000 baht for his final release.

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