Daily Archives: June 28, 2008

Sleepless in New York: GMA takes Manhattan in a marathon of meetings

by Momar Visaya/AJPress

NEW YORK – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s whirlwind business trip to the U.S. brought her to the Big Apple Thursday and Friday (June 26 & 27) as she met business moguls, investors, and the local Filipino community in the East Coast.

The President arrived here Wednesday night after a successful three-day working visit to Washington D.C., where she was able to meet President George W. Bush.

On Thursday night, she had the opportunity to update and thank her countrymen about the ongoing relief operations being done in Manila after typhoon Frank pummeled the archipelago, along with her report on how successful this trip has turned out to be.

“The US was one of the first nations to offer assistance because we are such strong, dependable allies of each other,” the Chief Executive said in her 18-minute speech, as she thanked America for their immediate assistance in this time of need.

The President said the US government immediately sent to the Philippines the USNS Stockham, two helicopters, a P-3 maritime surveillance aircraft, and a U.S. navy divers to assist in the rescue and recovery operations at the height of the super typhoon that hit the country.

“That is what a good ally does,” the President said.

Arroyo also decribed Philippine-US relationship as “strong, growing and mature” and noted that there are now four million Americans of Filipino descent in America and 250,000 US citizens who live and work in the Philippines.

At a time of global tensions and economic uncertainty, the President emphasized that the two countries “remain steadfast allies and friends.”

The President also reported on the relief operations being done in the Philippines and asked the audience for a moment of silence to pray for the victims and families hit by typhoon Frank.

Hindi na natutulog ang National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). Umaga man o gabi dito sa America ay tinatawagan ko sila. No wonder they call me a hands-on President, and rightly so, ” Arroyo said.

During her speech, the President reported that as of 6 pm of June 26, 2008, Manila time, the total number of affected population is 600,000 families in 4,000 barangays, 380 municipalities and cities in 45 provinces of Ilocos, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Mimaropa (Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Bicol, Visayas, Northern, Southern and Central Mindanao, the National Capital Region, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Caraga Region.

The President assured the audience that the government is doing everything to aid in the clean-up, provide disaster relief and bring comfort to the families of the victims.

“We are also holding the ferry company accountable to ensure that “we find out how this ferry tragedy could have occurred/ so that we can take steps to make sure it never happens again,” the President said.

Hundreds of Filipino Americans from the Northeast United States – Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, New York and New Jersey – trooped to the Hilton Hotel Thursday, June 26, to attend the community meeting with the President.


“During our trip, we are advancing key issues that impact on the Philippines, particularly during this time of global economic uncertainty,” the President said.

The President had several business meetings earlier in the day with Manhattan-based corporations “to expand their investments in and trade with the Philippines and to add new jobs.”

This leg of her New York trip is a business mission, and she thanked the businessmen who were part of her official delegation, which include Teresita Sy-Coson, President of Shoemart, Inc and Chairman of Banco de Oro Universal Bank and Enrique K. Razon, Jr., Chairman of International Container Services, Inc.

President Arroyo’s official delegation also include First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, sons Cong. Mikey Arroyo and Cong. Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, former Press Secretary and now member of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Ignacio Bunye, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya, Finance Secretary Gary Teves, BSP Gov. Armando M. Tetangco, Jr. Other members of the House of Representatives who were her in this US visit include Cong. Joseph Santiago (Catanduanes), Cong. Anton Lagdameo (Dist. 2 – Davao del Norte), Cong. Conrado Estrella, Jr. (Dist. 6-Pangasinan), Cong. Antonio Cuenco (Dist. 2-Cebu), Cong. Raul del Mar (Dist. 1-Cebu) and Cong. Eduardo Gullas (Dist. 1-Cebu) for their continued trust in her administration. The President hopes to push her campaign to advance economic and investment opportunities in the Philippines that would create more new jobs and sustain economic growth.

Busy day

On Thursday, she started the third leg of her 10-day, three state working visit to the United States, at 10 a.m. by visiting the New York City Stock Exchange (NYSE).

A Philippine flag was draped alongside three American flags, including a giant one that adorned the NYSE building on Wall Street.

Upon her arrival at the NYSE, the President was met by Duncan Niederauer, chief executive officer of the NYSE Euronext. After their meeting, Niederauer presented to the President a token with inscribed Bull and Bear statue.

Immediately after her visit to the NYSE, the President proceeded to the Bellevue Hospital on First Avenue, where she was welcomed by the officers and staff of the hospital including Filipino nurses.

The President also had a brief tour and interacted with the Filipino staff working in the hospital. Following the hospital visit, President Macapagal-Arroyo received several callers at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.


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The Hurricane Strikes

by Joseph Pimentel/AJPress

LEMOORE – They call her the “Hurricane” for a reason.

Last Thursday, FilAm female boxer Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton quickly disposed of Salana Jordan 37 seconds into the first round of a bantamweight fi ght at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Leemore.

“I’m just as surprised as everybody else,” said Julaton about the quick fight. “It’s hard for me to remember [what happened]. I was just thinking to keep going because it [the knockdown] just happened fast.”

The 27-year-old Julaton was unrelenting in her attacks from the get go.

She opened the first round with a hard stiff jab rocking Jordan’s head like a bobblehead doll. A few seconds later, Julaton jarred Jordan with a right hook to the chin. About 25 seconds into the fight, Julaton threw a right to the body, left hook to the head and finished the combination with a perfectly placed right hook to Jordan’s jaw. Jordan fell to the canvas but quickly rose from the floor. Jordan stood dazed but the referee continued the fight.

Julaton continued to pepper Jordan with fierce combinations. Deftly placed lefts hook to the liver and another right hook to the head finished the fight. Jordan’s corner threw in the towel. Referee Ray Balewicz waved the fight off 37 seconds into the first round signaling the win for Julaton.

“It was a good performance,” said Trainer Freddie Roach, who flew in from Las Vegas to corner the fight for Julaton. “I think she’s progressing well. She’s where she needs to be right now.”

“I give it up to my training and coaches,” added Julaton. “We’ve been training for a long time for this fight. I was ready and prepared.”

Julaton said she was surprised that she knocked down Jordan.

“It always catch me to surprise,” she said. “It was the same way when I knocked down Rita [Valentini] in my first fight. [But] I feel good. I’m glad about the outcome. I’m just doing what I’m trained to do and it just happens.”

Planet Hollywood

The next match-up for Julaton is arguably going to be her toughest fight. On Saturday, July 5, Julaton faces undefeated Johanna Mendez of Houston, TX. Mendez is the 2007 US National Silver medalist. After turning professional, Mendez has racked up a 3-0 1 KO record.

Besides having to fight two bouts in a span of ten days and her undefeated record on the line, Julaton will also be celebrating her birthday on July 5, adding more pressure to do well against Mendez.

Julaton said she’s ready for her opponent.

“It’s back to work,” she said. “I’m glad to have an opponent who is very skilled. I need go do what I got to do. This is what I’m supposed to do.”


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