CHINA DRIVES PINOYS AWAY FROM ITS “EEZ” IN CHICAGO!
GET OUT OF HERE!
ABOUT 15 MINUTES into the rally program after Chicago Pinoy newsmagazine publisher-editor Mariano “Anong” Santos spoke at the rally on behalf of the Knights of Rizal, a Chicago Police officer interrupted the program and admonished the surprised rally leader, Mr. Jerry B. Clarito, not to hold the rally by the sidewalk abutting the China Consulate and to resume it across the West Erie street in Chicago, Illinois on Friday noon, July 12. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
UNFURLING PHILIPPINE FLAG:
MR. EDMUND NABUA of MALAYA, a US movement for democracy in the Philippines and against tyranny and dictatorship, unfurls the Philippine flag in front of the China Consulate before his group was driven away from the sidewalk abutting the China Consulate at the corner of 100 West Erie and Clark streets in the heart of Chicago, Illinois on Friday noon, July 12. This is the first time in the last seven years that Fil Am rallyists had come closest to the China Consulate. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
PRAYING FOR ENLIGHTENMENT:
BISHOP ELI PASCUA of Chicago, Illinois’ Philippine Independent Church opened the rally just beside the door of the China Consulate (note the Consulate panel at right) on July 12 at noon with a prayer, “Today Oh Lord, we ask for your grace and accompaniment as we gather in this area to call the attention of peoples, our people and people of China as to to the important consideration of life of nations and people on decision that should have been upheld until now. The Philippine Western Sea also known as South China Sea belongs to Philippines but China continues to assert its claim and doing its operation. We pray Oh Lord for your important and much needed intercession, enlighten governments and peoples of China and the Philippines concerning this matter. Little group as we are Oh Lord but we take the voices of the solid Filipino nation, defending its rights and sovereignty, and fighting for its patrimony over the West Philippines Sea.” (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
WITH CHINA CONSULAR STAFF:
EVEN AFTER Filipino American rallyists cleared the sidewalk beside the China Consulate at the corner of 100 West Erie and Clark streets in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, a staff of the China Consulate (extreme right) was seen from across the street talking animatedly with the Chicago Police who evicted the rallyists “occupying” the sidewalk beside the China Consulate last Friday noon, July 12. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
THE CHICAGO POLICE were back to tell Fil Am rally leader Jerry B. Clarito (right) to tone down the volume of the speakers and have the megaphone face away from the China Consulate’s direction on Friday noon, July 12, in Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
THE VOICE OF Edmund Nabua (right) of MALAYA, a US movement for democracy in the Philippines and against tyranny and dictatorship, must have been so loud (see top photo) that it disturbed the conversation between the Chicago Police and the China Consular staff across the street that the Chicago Police told rally leader Jerry B. Clarito to “tone down” the megaphone and have the megaphone turned around as shown in bottom photo last Friday noon, July 12. (JGL Photos by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
FOREIGN INVADERS FOR 15 MINUTES:
JERRY B. CLARITO (right), who represents the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance of Illinois (FAHRA) in Chicago, told his followers that the couple of setbacks his group got from the China Consulate should bolster their pride and are badges of honor. Mr. Clarito said, “We were able to “invade” them for 15 minutes close to the China Consulate as close as possible. But because we are peace-loving people, we have to leave.” (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
“ATIN ANG PINAS! CHINA, LAYAS”:
ROY VILLA of U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) reads the statement of USP4GG, saying, “Atin ang ‘Pinas! China Layas!” (The Philippines is ours! China get out!). This has been the rallying cry of the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG) since 2010, as they were joined by fellow Filipinos all over the world to protest the illegal activities and unjust policies of Beijing in the West Philippine Sea. Their worldwide protests played a part in prompting the Philippine government to file an arbitration case against China in 2013, which led to a historic victory for the Philippines on July 12, 2016.” Looking on at right is rally leader, Mr. Jerry B. Clarito of Filipino American Human Rights Alliance of Illinois in Chicago, and Ms. Ella Basillo of National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
“I LOVE IT”:
A LADY PASSER-BY (right) responded to Mr. Joseph (Joe) Balmadrid’s quote of a Chinese proverb, “A long journey starts with the first step. This is one of the first steps hanggang mapalayas natin ang (until we are able to drive away) China,” saying, “I love it.” To Mr. Balmadrid’s right are Mariano “Anong” Santos of Chicago Pinoy newsmagazine and Ruben Salazar of Philippine American Cultural Foundation and Piyesta Pinoy. The rally was held in Chicago last Friday noon, July 12. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
GOD BLESS THE WORLD!
RAY VILLAR greets his son, Atty. Don Villar, a Chicago, Illinois area labor leader and former staff of WLS-ABC TV Channel in Chicago, who provided moral support for the cause that his father is advocating for but declined to make a statement last Friday noon, July 12, in front of the China Consulate in Chicago. To Don’s right is Ms. Flor Clarito, wife of Mr. Jerry B. Clarito. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
JOSEPH G. LARIOSA of PM (philamessenger.com) advocated for the U.S. Senate to amend the 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty to include Philippine Western Sea or South China Sea as part of the “Pacific Area” that will trigger the United States to help the Philippines in case there is an attack in the PWS’ exclusive economic zone (ECC) by a foreign power as a deterrent to maintain peace in the area. The PWS is also an important waterway through which trillions of dollars in trade pass each year. Mr. Lariosa pointed out that it is ridiculous for Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec. Teddy Locsin to assign fault on the 22 fishermen who were sleeping when their boat sunk after being struck by Chinese vessels last June. Instead of rescuing the 22 Filipino fishermen in what China calls Liyue Tan or what the Philippines calls “Recto Bank or Recto Reef” in the Spratly Islands which is within the 200 nautical miles of the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Chinese vessels pulled away after feeling being threatened. How can the drowning Filipino fishermen threaten someone when they were drowning? Under both the “castle” and the “last clear chance” doctrines, the Filipino fishermen could not be held liable for the allision. (JGL Photo)
CHINA OUT OF PWS:
THIS HARDY GROUP of Filipino Americans and supporters have sent a powerful message to China to get out of the Philippine Western Sea or South China Sea as their banner is visible from across the W. Erie Street on the third anniversary of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, The Netherlands, on Friday, July 12, when PCA ruled that China’s massive nine-dash-line claim in PWS/SCS had no merit. (Photo by Flor Clarito)
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – Filipino American artist Paul Cainto Balaan, who designed the gold medal former President Obama gave away to outstanding
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2016 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) -- When Steve Harvey hosted the 2015 Miss Universe, his eyes were not in the right place for misreading the name of the winner: reading the name of MissAdd a comment
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2015 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – Watching the Miss Universe beauty pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, on live television was like watching the dying seconds of a very close last round of a boxing match but the problem is that the referee read the wrong scoring card!
In one of the most bizarre and surreal endings of the Miss Universe finale, TV host Steve Harvey announced Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo as the 2015 Universe winner.
BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Miss Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (left) waits along with Miss Colombia 2015 Ariadna Gutierrez-Arevalo and Miss U.S.A. Oliva Jordan for the announcement of the first to be eliminated from the final round of the Miss Universe 2015 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, Dec. 20. (JGL Photograb from Fox Chicago TV Footage)
But a few seconds later after reigning 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega crowned her country mate Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo, Mr. Harvey trotted back to the stage to announce that there was a mistake.
Mr. Harvey clarified that the first runner up was Miss Colombia and that the winner of the Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who was shocked as did Miss Columbia, whose crown was being taken away from her head and was being moved over to the rightful head of Miss Wurtzbach.
The closest boxing controversial decision, though never reversed, that comes to mind was Timothy Bradley’s split decision over Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao in 2012, which was also held in Las Vegas, Nevada – at the MGM Grand Arena.
IN THE CARD:
The scorecard of the Miss Universe from Push Alerts@Push_Alerts twitter account shows 2nd Runner Up USA, lst Runnder Up Colombia and Miss Universe 2015 Miss Philippines. (JGL Photograb from Push Alerts@Push_Alerts)
When he came back to the stage of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Mr. Harvey flashed the scorecard, showing Miss USA as second runner up, Miss Colombia, first runner up and at the right corner of the score card, Miss Universe Miss Philippines, prompting an unbelieving and shocked Miss Philippines to amble in measured steps towards the center of the stage to await 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega crown her 2015 Miss Universe.
Because all the stage presentation was synchronized to the television time slot, Miss Universe Paulina Vega barely moved the crown on the Miss Philippines’ head before the unfolding drama abruptly went off the air.
HARVEY PLAYING FAVORITES?
Some watchers were questioning Mr. Harvey for playing favorites when he recklessly announced the wrong winner. Mr. Harvey later said, “I have to apologize. The (first) runner up is Miss Colombia. And Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines!”
Had Miss Columbia won, it could have been the second back-to-back country winner since 2009 Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez was crowned by her country mate 2008 Miss Venezuela Dayana Mendoza, the 2008 Miss Universe.
The mistake caused Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez-Arevalo to shed tears as she was being demoted from Miss Universe to first runner up.
A Filipino-German actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder, Ms. Wurtzbach was born in Stuttgart, Germany to a German father and a Filipino mother. But she claims Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines, where she grew up, as her home. She speaks German, Filipino and English.
She has one sister who is two years younger than her. Pia finished her secondary education with the ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center and studied culinary arts at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in Metro Manila, Philippines. She worked as a cosmetics model. At the age of 11, under the screen name Pia Romero, she worked as an actress. Pia is currently a stylist and writer for the lifestyle section of a leading newspaper in the Philippines.
“I AM CONFIDENT AND BEAUTIFUL FROM THE HEART”
At the question and answer portion, Pia gave a winning statement when asked, “Why should you be the next Miss Universe?
“To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and a responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe, I will use my voice to influence the youth and I will raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country, i.e. Philippines. I want to show the world—the Universe, rather—that I am confident and beautiful from the heart.”
Ms. Wurtzbach becomes the third Filipina to win the title since Gloria Diaz won in 1969, and Margie Moran took home the crown in 1973 at the 63rd year staging of the pageant.
Rounding up the top five were Philippines, France, Colombia, Australia and U.S.A.
On the first question-and-answer round which dealt with country-based questions on such hot-button issues, as the dangerous territory of US military presence in the Philippines, Ms. Wurtzbach said the Philippines is showing strong influences from the United States and that the Filipinos are welcoming the issue.
In his initial twit, Harvey said, “I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.” But he deleted this as he misspelled Philippines and Colombia.
Harvey, who has 3.07-million followers, later corrected it, saying, “I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.
“Secondly, I’d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake.
“I don’t want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing.”
Harvey generated 167,000 likes and 107,000 re-twits.
It was the first time that the Miss Universe allowed online voting during the two-hour telecast only from Eastern and Central Time airings from 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 CT for anyone 13 years of age or older who goes to http://www.missuniverse.com/vote. There were four (4) voting points that were voted upon -- during the swimsuit competition, during the evening gown competition, during the final question round, and after the final look.
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