Oh boy, happiness for an old man is being able to have a few hugs and a picture with “Daddy’s Girls” from the Golden Nile. They were part of the big ABC pool party on 8 July and all I can say is, if you missed the party, you missed one hell of a good time. The only way it could have been better is if all the ladies could get naked but of course that will never happen. Proper attire was the rule of the day but man, what fun it was for one and all. More pictures will follow so you can get a good feel for the event and make plans for next year. See that lady with my hand over her shoulder, that was my hot pick for the day. She was only around 5 ft. tall but she sure was put together perfectly. Maybe her name should be Viagra as she was very stimulating.
Ah heck, why make you wait for the pictures. I just want to thank Gerard Sr. and Jr. for another great day at the pool. It was a perfect day, no rain at all. Enjoy the pictures and hope everyone has a great Aug, wherever you might be.
Attn: See breaking news regarding Golden Nile temporary closure.
Harry, Please tell all your avid readers to be careful of marquee mall, this is the home of snatchers and robbers. They have at least 3 to 5 snatchings of cells per week. They got mine and 3 other friends and we heard this is common there. We approached the security guards to inform them and they said “it’s not our problem, it’s yours since you didn’t keep your cell put away.” They cut bags and other techniques. They use the escalators for their evil deeds usually with 3 girls in front and 2 men in back. Michael Cain. (I must admit I was surprised by this report. We do shop at Marquee Mall often, but admittedly not as often as SM Clark. We have never encountered any problems but I do believe I have not been all that security conscious at that location. I do believe I will remind myself to be more careful when at the Mall. I did not like the response of the guards for it gives a very negative impression. What are they there for, just occupying space? Maybe the Marquee management should take note and see if they are getting the security service they are paying for. Mike, if I were you I would send a letter, with more specifics, to the manager of the Marquee Mall)
Fiesta Garden - Just read on Harry The Horse’s column about the “final drink being served on June 29th”. Very sad to hear. I knew Harley well & it was always the first choice for me & my asawa, given that all her family lived in the down-town Angeles area. Excellent value, swimming pool, 24-hour bar/food & all the goodies you’d expect …. a five minute ride from Balibago. I loved it’s location, however … that’s what put-off a lot of less experienced visitors to the city of angels. Last trip, we stayed in Angeles for 6 months & I was torn between renting a place OR staying at my beloved Fiesta Gardens. The missus insisted on renting an apartment ….. & alas …. I’ll never have the pleasure of staying at the FG again. We stayed there a month at a time, around a dozen trips, over the the last 19 years. I can remember a couple of hashes starting / ending there. Good memories of some great times. Now, sadly like the BOP, Rick’s Cafe, DMZ & the Anchorage…… gone forever. ON ON ! Alden.
(So many memories, so much sadness. I still miss the Birds of Paradise and the many dart tournaments as well as it being a great gathering place for the Hashers. Rick’s Café and it’s chicken bingo, DMZ and Tick and yes, the uniqueness of the Anchorage Inn. Remember the old original Hang-out with Davey White, The Fire Empire and so many others that are only memories now. Sure, they have been replaced but the new businesses that replaced them, if they closed, they would be forgotten quickly because they lack character and heart. They do not have the personal touch of a owner who connects with his customers. The exception is the Hang-out where Doug holds court. He is no Davey White, hell, no one could come close to that character, but Doug maintains that special relationship between him and his customers, where each customer is special and feels at home when he stops in for a drink. That is what so many of the bars had in the old days and there are still a few left today but then, for how much longer?)
Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry…just a quick update on the DMIA Immigration issue. My Fiancee and I departed thru immigration on July 4 to Thailand, but she was grilled thoroughly by the agent and nearly dismissed even though she contained a multiple entry-US Visa and international visa stamps in her Philippine passport. She is 25, holds a 4 year degree, and employeed. I think the issue there continues. Paul. (At least they allowed her to travel which is a slight improvement. I am sure they tried to find a way to stop her travel but could not find a legitimate reason to do so.
Hello Harry, I read your monthly blog regularly to keep me up to speed with what is happenning around Angeles. I am married to a local girl and we have a house in the countryside outside of Angeles although at the moment we are both living together abroad but hoping to retire permanently over there soon. I rarely venture into Fields in the evening when at home preferring the quieter life (plus the misses would not be too happy with hubby surrounded by the girls) so have not yet got round to visiting your establishment but will try and make it next time I am back over. I just wanted to comment about the statement that was in the article regarding the guy named Doug Frost where “Filipino concerned citizens help Doug then takes wallet, watch, rings ets”. My brother in law (Filipino) was recently involved in a very bad motorcycle accident in Angeles where he nearly died, again concerned fellow citizens assisted him and at the same time took his watch, wallet, silver necklace and even his brand named slippers! My wife’s uncle also had his house broken into recently and jewellry stolen, robbers never apprehended. I also witnessed a Filipino being a victim of a “snatching” on a jeepney on the way to Manila airport. Just wanted to mention these examples because as foreigners we sometimes feel discriminated against (for sure we are at times) but bad shit also happens to the locals as well and it is not only us who have their pockets emptied, their own citizens are also fair game in the right circumstances! Cheers, Ian (Ian, you are so right, the Filipino thieves do practice “equal opportunity, or non-discrimination” in the selection of victims. At least they do help get you to the hospital in the hopes that you recover and can be robbed again)
Hi Harry, I read at your recent report on Ken Graham and Mommie Rose of Coyote Ugly Bar. What is the latest with them concerning charges for alleged “trafficking” of underage girls, one alleged to be 14 years old? Are they both still in Angeles prison with no bail Harry? (Yes, except that Ken is presently in hospital in poor condition)
I also read opinions from four guys in your June and July newsletters about PEADOPHILES and also read your comments to them and would like to just add more in a more constructive way and APPEAL to your readers. Not to just complain about famous paedophiles, sadly, operating and living amongst us in Angeles.
You said “unless someone gives a tip off to the police and he is prosecuted he cannot operate here with impunity”. Well we all know that the police will do nothing unless forced, or paid. The police like to be seen to be doing things and love the publicity of raiding bars and carting hundreds of innocent girls off to Manila, but will not do simple policing.
I compare this situation to drug pushers who are well known to hundreds of people in Angeles (and even some by me, a foreigner), but the police know nothing of them! COME ON! Pardon the pun Harry but “you can lead a HORSE to water but you can’t make it drink”.
Why is it that this guy Barry E is so well known globally, by you and people I know (plus these four other guys writing to you) and many more in the bars, but the bar owners don’t know him and don’t know what he is doing with kids? COME ON! (Believe me, there are a lot of new bar owners in town that have no idea who Barry E. is or what he looks like. Again, he was NOT convicted therefore, he is an innocent person, dare I say “falsely accused?)
Why can’t the bar owners promote themselves better and put up photos of undesirable paedophile, as your reader Charles England suggests in your June issue? That’s my question to you Harry. (I will not post a picture of a pedophile unless he is actually convicted. It would leave me open to legal actions and I suspect other bar owners would feel the same)
Wake up you bar owners! Smell the coffee and VISABLY promote your bars as zero tolerance against paedophiles! You will have the full support of 99.99% of your customers. The other 0.01% can go somewhere else. It will also promote your image to the publicity minded authorities who just love to jump on the band wagon of “trafficking” underage girls into prostitution.
This guy and other paedophiles are HIGH RISK to all bars in Angeles that have underage girls! (Eh, Bud, as you know, bars in AC do not knowingly hire underage girls) The likes of them are 100 times more likely to be arrested than the normal guy who unwittingly gets an underage girl from a bar. After outside pressure to force the police to inevitably arrest a paedophile after having sex with an underage girl from an Angeles bar, there will be more cases like Coyote Ugly Bar and Ken Graham and Mommie Rose. Pardon the pun again Harry but “It will be too late to shut the stable door after the HORSE has bolted”!
I hope I am not the only one who cares about kids enough to contact the media about such sickening examples of perverted humanity and I APPEAL to the bar owners to “close their stable door before the HORSE bolts, or will many just do nothing and “pretend it never happened” in the town that so many of us have adopted for our retirement years, Angeles. Dave (Bud) A. Angeles City resident for 18 years (Bud, my man, after 18 years you should know how things work here. Believe me, 99% of the current bar owners are absolutely against hiring underage girls and do not cater to known pedophiles. I cannot speak for the Mamasans)
Dear Harry, Thank you for keeping us informed. I used to be a frequent visitor to the Philippines for many years. Both, for diving in many locations and some fun in Angeles. I loved the good old times at MS. We were always a group of friends and happy to spend some money in a fun country.
Last year it happened to me twice to have a gf. declined travel for a vacation to Singapore/Thailand. This happened in Manila and in Angeles. The second time I was threatened by the officer (Manila/Terminal 3) to be arrested and accused of human trafficking and they would keep an eye on me in the future. I stayed polite and decided to never ever return to the Philippines. This same story has happened to several of my friends in varaitaions, some had much worse experiences with setups and extortion involved. Yes, at the International Airport! None of us wants to end up in a Pinoy jail for inviting a girl – all above 25 yrs. of age & adult? – for a vaction trip. This is just ridiculous and an abuse of power of some corrupt officers. Once you start researching the subject, you start realizing how dirty and corrupt these people are. These stories abound with Thai expats, who would never return to the Philippines. We all are now travelling to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia and have never had any issues in those countries. We still miss the nice Pinoys and Margarita Station. Regards. Ron R. & Friends
(Ron, I can understand your frustration but am still saddened to learn that you and friends have decided to bypass the Philippines altogether. Yes, there are many areas of corruption here and that will never change. We who have lived here a long time are used to it. This airport immigration business did not exist a few years ago and myself and many others are saddened by the “over zealousness” of some agents using the anti-trafficking issue as an excuse to threaten travelers. I thought that things were getting better and they are, but there is still a bit more improvement needed. I will say this, if a tourist comes here, meets a bar girl and decides to take her on a trip out of the country it is likely that she will not get through Immigration. That is just the way things are right now. Even non bar girls, with jobs, passports and visas are being given a hard time. They might get approval to board the plane but as one individual wrote to me, not until after a very non-friendly interrogation. One can still enjoy the pleasures of Angeles City without encountering problems but just take the girls to in-country resorts for a vacation instead of a vacation that requires a passport. I am sorry, but right now, sadly, that is just the way things are. By the way, I am sure the owner, manager and staff at Margarita Station miss you as well and look forward to your return)
David Fowler asked this question: Comments and Remarks: i plan on going to baguio for 3-4 days do you know of any good bars there? I had to answer that I had no idea. You see, It has been years since I went to Baguio. I do not like it there as I think that after dark it is a boring place to be. Daytime, lots to see. But, I am sure that I have to be wrong. For that reason, I am asking any readers that are more familiar with Baguio to provide me with some recommendations that I can pass on to David. Help me out here folks.
Response: Dear HTH, What a great guy you are! I wish I had your energy and balls. We are just afraid to get into some drug-setup or worse, there are many cases doing the rounds here in the expat community, some of them personally known or experienced by our group. One guy had to pay of 65’000$ to get out of a setup in Manila. 100% innocent guy. He does not drink has no clue about drugs and was set up at the airport. Terrible life changing experience. His story alone has stopped many, many people from ever going back to Puerto Galera for diving again. Stay healthy, strong and THANK YOU from all the people you have helped in the past. Ron, it makes me sad to learn of your negative experiences here and I can understand the reluctance of you and your friends to return here. I can only hope that, in time, conditions will improve to the point that you will feel safe in returning to the Philippines and particularly Angeles City)
Hi Harry, I have been to your stable often and shared your company even brought you Aussie cherry’s and appeared as your visitor of the month. I used to holiday in Angeles quite a lot but have not been there for 3 to 4 years, my girl friend here in Aussie won’t let me go (maybe I should give her the flick Ha Ha).
It was good to hear that Bones is still alive and kicking I have stayed at the Ponderosa then bonanza often and had quite a few SM’s with him if you have an email address where I could contact him and say hello I would appreciate it if you could forward it to me..
I still read your blog every month keep up the good work and I hope your good health continues all the best. Regards Jim Spence (Jim, I certainly do remember those great cherries, I selfishly ate them all, no sharing. Bone’s Email address is:
Harry, I was wondering if you could post a little article in your next publication about Moons bar for me. I have only just come home, was very impressed with Moons bar when I was there. They now have well respected and well known owners running it now. They have friendly staff, spotless comfort rooms, drinks at the right price air con and good food. Its a breath of fresh air for Diamond Subdivision. There are 4 owners I American (Walter) 3 Australians. Joe. John and Mal and manager Bill. Thanks Bob Godbeer.
Fighting Cancer – Barry Haynes Update:
Hi Jim, I hope this email finds you well and fighting fit! Thank you for your write up on your web page, really made me smile and laugh at some of the shit you wrote ahahahaha, who paid you to write all them kind words or was it something my fiancee paid you in kind?????!!!! (straight from the heart barry, believe me)
I would like to update you on my current health situation, when i first came to meet with the doctors at the hospital, there were discussions that i was in a very bad way and in a lot of pain to say the least, had a MRI SCAN as well as a PET SCAN to see the the whole of the body and the current state i was in, which showed a lot of cancer lumps all over the body in my back pushing against the spine (so that was the problem with the nerves and me not being able to be comfortable and walk properly. and also in the groin area, under the arms and in the chest and stomach.
The doctors gave me just few months to live if i didnt act quickly and try something to make it better, after talking to family and friends and lyrra (the other half in the philippines) i had multipal meetings with consultants and doctors, we have done a lot reseach and found a new trial drug that has not been used any where in the uk as of yet. So that’s the course we will be taking for a month, if the new drug works and takes some affect then we will carry on. if it does not seem to be gaining then we will go back to the drawing board or nothing at all and rest in peace.
With this new drug and fighting the SHIT out of cancer, there are complications where we need to get control of the disease and get to a stage of nearly killing most of the cells. We would then move to the next stage where we will find a bone marrow donour that is a match with mine to reintroduce the somebody cells into my body, after bringing my imune system to below -0 (which is the danger part of the whole fucked operation.) Good job this is not covert or top secret ahahah….This whole thing could take up to a year or 2 to beat it properly, the good news is its the same cancer as before, hodgkins lympthona.
On the plus side we are trying to process my fiancee visa for Lyrra to come to the uk for a couple of months. I sure do miss her and her “nursing” skills will certainly make me feel much better.
Any how will stop going on on about all this cancer hell shit and wish you all the best with your fight and i will be coming into the stable of yours to kick your ass at darts for one speacial night again, Harry i would like to thank you and your staff for putting a amazing night for us. All was well worth the effort of turning up as i was not in the greatest of moods to begin with as i was set to leave Angles and lyrra behind. You take care and i wish you good health and god bless me old china boat. Best Regards. Barry Haynes.
Hi Harry, So sorry to hear of the closing of Fiesta Garden. One of the co-owners was the irrepressible Derek Harris, (now no longer with us). Lowell Johnson took my wife and I there the first night after Pinatubo, (both very much still with us!) A warm dry bed for the night, good company, good food, and no money changed hands. Things like that stay with you.
As regards your article on “Goodbye England”……IN THEIR DREAMS !! …..(F–k Mohammed….F–k Allah….F–k the Koran and F–k all Moslems). Kiss-Kiss, John (John, that sure is a lot of fornicating, you are now on the world wide Muslim hit list. Not to worry, I will not give up your Email address, even if they torture me. Eh, unless it hurts)
Harry, Listening to the radio, today, I heard Elton John referred to as “Sir”. HRH must be dishing out knighthoods, like confetti, just for any old tat. In the good-old-days knighthoods were only bestowed upon brave souls, such as Sir Lancelot & Sir Galahad. Fearless defenders of crown & country. I can just picture the scene, now. Dunkirk beach, D-Day. Thousands of German soldiers heading towards the beach, only to be faced by a bespectacled, short, aged, tubby man dressed in a pink ball-gown & bouffont blonde wig, mincing towards them armed only with a sparkly tiara. I bet they would’ve turned in their tracks & retreated, terrified, with well soiled underwear. Alden (Sir Elton was given his title quite a few years ago. Yes, those knighthoods are a dime a dozen now but why not? If Obama can get a peace prize for doing absolutely nothing why not give a knighthood to entertainers and others for bringing pride to their country. Alden, don’t pick on the talented Elton John who is the hero of all gay pride parades)
Harry if i could call on your vast experiance of all things Angeles,my self being a healthy 65 year old living in Brisbane Australia i find myself needing some surgery to wit an umbilical hernia. No big deal i have been told about a half hour job, i have no insurance so i am on the waiting list at the local hospital, just been told 2 years wait so i have formed the opinion better to go to a clinic in your neck of the woods. So do you have any sugestions? yours gratefully Christopher.
(Chris, instead of the Philippines I would suggest you look into the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok. You can get information by using google to search Bangkok hospitals or just search Bumrungrad Hospital. This is a very excellent hospital, many expats here go there for treatment. They even have quarters on the hospital grounds for you to stay in during your treatment. It is far superior to anything we have here in Angeles City and even Manila and the prices are very very reasonable. You can arrange an appointment on line and you will be surprised how efficient they are. Dear readers, one of the reasons I added this is to make folks aware of the Bumrungard Hospital and also so you can note that Chris, living in Australia would have to wait TWO years for a simple operation. Folks, welcome to ObamaCare)
I had a visit from the owner of Jimmy and Rowena’s convenience store located at the Orchid Inn Compound on Real Street. I was supposed to go by and check the place out but regretfully have only had time to pass it a few times. I was impressed with Jimmy and his wife Rowena and their bravery in starting up a new business in that location. I rather think it is a good idea to have a convenience store there, what with all the hotels in the area and the fact that it is open 7 days a week from 1000 to 2400 hrs. I will visit the store but for now, do me a favor, stop by and let me know what you think. They guaranteed me that the service would be excellent and the prices reasonable. Their motto is “The Price is Right!” I will take Mrs. Horse there to confirm that.
Harry, I read in Sunday’s Pattaya Times that the 10 ASEAN nations are considering following the Schengen Rule for allowing citizens of the European Union (minus Ireland and England and a couple of Scandinavian countries) to move freely within the 20+ countries without a visa. They predict this could happen by 2015. What’s the latest on this? http://pattaya-times.com/ (Leonard Levine) (Leonard, this was interesting information but it was the first time I read anything about it. I forwarded it to the Region III Department of Tourism Director to see if he was aware of this ASEAN decision. He replied: “First time to hear this, too! Right now, citizens from the ASEAN member countries enjoy visa-free travel to these countries. But for other nations outside the ASEAN it is really good news for all. However, this upcoming policy would not mean the immigration officers would let their guard down. I believe the war on human trafficking would still haunt us and would still victimize the innocents. Thanks for letting me know. None of the people in Manila know about this”)
Hi Harry, in case you haven’t heard AirAsia is flying from Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast via Kuala Lumpur to Clark for around $700…Whoooohoooo no more Manila madness. Expect a lot more Aussies to tripping your way now, I wonder if there’s a catch like no food or no blankets lol I had that experience with Philippines airways once. If you hear of anyone going that route be sure to pick their brains. Cheers, Don Taylor. (That sounds like a good deal to me Don. Hope some folks using that service will drop me a line to let me and others know what they think of it, good or bad)
Someone forwarded this to me. It is written by Jung on the AC2 message board, a well known long time resident of AC who is well liked. When reading this, bear in mind that Jung is not a small in stature.
“I have lived here feeling safe for almost 11 years. Walking home today after a night out, I stopped by 7-11 (located on MacArthur Ave), I buy some hot dogs, Gatorade and a donut. I cross the street walking towards the trike stand and some young punk a-hole shoves a gun in my rib cage and steals my cash and takes my bag of 7-11 stuff and then shoves harder and says, “your cell, give it to me”. I look at him and can tell he is not joking and I hand over my phone. I feel raped, I feel violated and I fee sad at humanity, all of this a day before my 46th birthday. I can’t express my sadness right now.” (Jung, this is a bit shocking. All your friends are very happy that you were not shot and possibly killed. It had to be one scary moment for you. At my age I probably would have had a heart attack. Your birthday present was that you were allowed to walk away from this piss ant, asshole, punk)
Last month I wrote about a Filipina wife selling a house bought and paid for her foreigner husband without his knowledge or permission. I wrote that even if the wife has the title annotated “Married to John Smith” she can still sell the house without his permission. One Steven Jackson wrote to me and was a bit surprised to read that statement and asked where I got my information. Naturally, since my wife has titles of property annotated with my name, I asked her to confirm what I wrote. But, just to be sure I contacted my lawyer and this is his answer:
“Hello Sir, Yes it is possible that the wife can sell the property without the foreign husband knowing or agreeing to it.. but the effect of annotation on the title that the seller is married to John Smith is what we call in legal parlance as “CAVEAT EMPTOR” (meaning “LET THE BUYER BEWARE”) …
My personal opinion is that the marital consent of the husband must be secured by the buyer on the sale because while the foreign husband cannot owned land in P.I. he is entitled to at least 1/2 of the proceeds of the sale as part of the conjugal funds and the annotation on the title that the property is owned by a ” wife married to” operates as a legal notice to the buyer to demand from the wife of her authority to receive the whole proceeds of the sale for and in behalf of the foreign husband …
if ever the unpaid foreign husband decides to sue the buyer for his share on the proceeds of the sale, it will be a test case… ”
(Steven, yes, as the attorney wrote, it is true that the husband can go after the buyer of the house but, believe me, most foreigners do not want to go through the legal process here as it would drag on forever. Additionally, depending on who she sold the property to, that person could be more dangerous than the wife who screwed you. By the way, there are ways to purchase a house and keep it out of your wife’s or girlfriends name until you have lived with her long enough to know that you can trust her and that she is truly in love with you. This does take longer than a few months!)
This is a picture that I am inserting just for my old friend Rick, the old owner of Rick’s Cafe, which of course, is now a bit of history. Do you folks remember the many nights that Rick had the “chicken shit Bingo” at his place? It was a lot of fun and people were anxiously waiting to see what number the chicken would shit on. I took this picture at an old Western style saloon (The Pioneer Saloon) in Goodsprings, Nevada on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Oh, one other coincidence, they also have an Asshole Association in which they charge $5 for a one year membership, have a very simple initiation and then issue a certificate of Upgrade to Complete Asshole. The owner was not aware of my “Knights of the Brown Ring (Asshole Club)” and for sure the initiation rites were not near as fun as mine but I was sure surprised to find Chicken Bingo and the Asshole Club in one location so far from the Philippines. I will try to renew my membership in Oct when I am there. Oh, my son was with me and became a member as well. Additional information, the owner was an American and his wife a young Filipina. The Pioneer Saloon, a GREAT place to visit when in Las Vegas. Take your own meat and fixings and have your own picnic in the back. They have a bunch of burners for you to use.
My son, Jim Dale wrote to tell me that he is taking a trip to Vietnam in Aug with his Vietnamese girlfriend and during that time, 16 Aug, he will be doing his comedy routine at Bernie’s Bar and Grill. He asked if I could give him a mention in my column and naturally, I am more than happy to do so. Jim is not a new, young, comedian but a 50 year old seasoned comedy club performer making appearances in Las Vegas, California and Arizona. I do not know how many readers of this column reside in Vietnam but am hoping there are a few and that some might be able see, hear and greet him on 16 Aug. The venue is:
BERNIE’S BAR & GRILL
19 THAI VAN LUNG STREET
BEN NGHE WARD, DISTRICT 1
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Show time is from 8PM to 10PM.
Jim’s website is: www.comedianjimdale.com
I would like to commend a military retiree, now working with the US civil service, Revelle Walker who, while visiting here last year helped a poor family that he encountered near the Clark SM Mall. As usual, this family had a young daughter, 11 years old that was begging. Revelle felt sorry for the girl and during his short visit, bought her clothes and gave money to the family. He did this a couple of times before returning to the US. A few months ago he wrote to me and asked if I could locate the girl and her family but I was not able to do so. He wanted to provide more assistance. After a few attempts to locate her I gave up and nearly forgot about it. To my surprise, last month Revelle walked into my Stable and jarred my old memory. He was disappointed that I had not been able to locate her. But, he returned a couple of days later to report he had found her and was able to once again, help her with new clothes, shoes, and a trip to a hair dresser. The girl was 12 now.
Most of us that live here for a long time have learned to ignore these kids on the street as they are put there by their parents and any efforts to befriend them could be misconstrued. In this case, Revelle, worked with adults in helping this girl and he genuinely feels that he has helped her. He is hoping that somehow he might be able to assist with sending her to school and maybe get her the opportunity to leave the street and be able to get a decent job some day. Maybe this act of kindness by Revelle will provide this girl a step up to a good future, maybe not, but at least he reached out that helping hand, and for this I commend him.
Last month I attended a meeting of PEACE, INC. in which Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan attended. He gave a short talk on various subjects pertaining to his plans for Angeles City to include Fields Ave. What really caught my attention was his announcement that this month bids will be accepted for a four million peso project to improve the Fields Ave Promenade (Walking street). Pavements will be constructed on both sides of the street to include 20 new lights. His intention is to make Fields Ave “beautiful” and emphatically promised that this transformation will be completed before Christmas. The lighting of Fields will be followed by Phase 2 and 3 which will see new lights put up all the way to the Friendship area.
He did not entertain questions so I was not able to voice my enthusiasm for this project but wondered what benefit the new fancy sidewalks have if the City would not approve a resolution to limit the number of door girls outside of the bar entrances? I did text the Mayor about this and his reply was “I will “dress up” the area, sooner than u can say sexy Jim”. Now, I really look forward to one evening trotting along Fields Ave with Mrs. Horse for dinner at the Black Angus Steak House, maybe even with Mayor Ed and his wife without the ladies being embarrassed. Then I can tell Alex Cauguarian to forget his idea about closing the bars on Fields Ave because Fields will bring in more tourists than ever and even families can enjoy the area as well. The Mayor followed up with another text stating that: ”U don’t need a law on that. I will just write personally Club owners to cooperate with the city wholesome image we are trying to project to the world. If some will not comply, City Hall will make its move”.
That is the faith the Mayor has in the Club owners, no law necessary, just a letter. I think that all Club owners will want to comply and appreciate the efforts being made to clean up Fields Ave. Two million pesos was spent on the new drainage, sidewalks and lights will be constructed and installed. Now, the next steps, hopefully, will be moving the vendors, removing the vendors and the underage kids that are begging there and selling gum, etc., and of course, moving the entertaining, but annoying “Billy Boys” to another area as well.
Man, don’t get this horse wrong, I am not a church going moralistic horse, I miss the old days when things were absolutely wild here, but sadly, that is the key, “OLD DAYS”! Angeles City is changing and in the next few years more dramatic changes will take place. The Clubs need to adjust to stay alive and by golly, I do not want to see the adult entertainment area go away.
(Update: The Mayor did send the letter to the bars on Fields Ave. It limits the door girls to one (1) and they must be dressed decently. Now, we must see if the bars comply as directed and support the Mayor’s objective of creating a better image of Fields Ave. I spoke with a few owners and they indicated they would and hope that enforcement would be uniform, not like before, when after a week or two, enforcement slacked off. Additionally, they are hoping that the Mayor will now look into the following problems: Vendors, underage sales girls late at night and the increase of Billy Boys roaming the Fields Ave area. I believe the Mayor will be looking into that as well)
The past vice president of the Clark International airport (CIAC) Alex Cauguarian was also present at the PEACE meeting and he talked about the future of the Clark Airport. I won’t go through all that he said because we have all heard it before from other officials and read it in the papers, in fact, some of what he said I have listened to five years ago. Key things he said though were that Northern and Central Luzon want the CIA to be developed and that the NAIA cannot expand anymore. Nothing new there, and he indicated that he could not give an estimated date for development, why? Simple, it is a political decision. But he said that he did foresee that within the next 10 years Clark would become the premier gateway for air travel. That is TEN years folks, and that is from an ex-CIAC vice president that still has connections with airport officials. This is also the estimate this old horse had and I do not have any professional knowledge but I sure do know how long it takes for politicians to do the right thing here and how long it takes for the power brokers to divide up the pie. So, we see many hotels and high rise buildings going up and many more on the drawing board but where is the infrastructure? Investors, start working on your ten year plans and hope that the speculators have the patience to wait for a full fledged, legitimate international airport at Clark. I hope this horse is still around to see it, that sure is a lot of horse years for me, but Priscilla should still be around.
Can any Veteran, regardless of country, look at this without a tear in his or her eye? I could not.
A friend sent this to me. I had no idea that this George Jones song existed. This is an important piece of music of an important piece of history. I think everyone should hear it. So if you feel like I do …….send it on. Turn on your sound and scroll down as the song plays. 50,000<http://mywebpages.comcast.net/singingman7/TNOTW.htm> (I guess you will have to search for it manually but worth the time to do so.)
ALERT FOR ALL EXPAT RETIREES LIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES: One night last month I was in Garfields talking to a couple of retirees and we were discussing the increasing expense of living in the Philippines and the steady strengthening of the Peso to the dollar. I could not explain in detail why the dollar was losing value to the Peso. Coincidentally, the next day the article below was forwarded to me by Dennis Wright. He was excited because he was happy that the Philippine economy was rebounding, as was I. I had known for a couple of years that this would happen. But, what is good news for the Philippines is bad news for those Expats retiring here (Especially US retirees) and living on a fixed income. With each passing month you will be getting less when changing your dollars to pesos. This is something that must be taken into account when planning a retirement in the Philippines. The article follows:
“International financial services firm Morgan Stanley has selected the peso as its latest “top pick” currency, citing the favorable economic conditions and significant dollar liquidity of the Philippines.
In its latest report on currencies, Morgan Stanley told its yield-seeking clients that the Philippine peso has so far outperformed other emerging market currencies and was likely to keep appreciating against the dollar over the near term.
It sees the peso strengthening to 40.75 against the greenback by the end of this year and rise further to 39.50:$1 by the end of next year.
“The [Philippine peso] continues to outperform its peers in the region because of its robust fundamentals,” Morgan Stanley said in the report distributed to clients. “Capital inflows [to the Philippines] are picking up as investors are attracted not only by strong growth conditions but also the improving credit position of the [Aquino administration].”
In the first quarter, the Philippine economy grew 6.4 percent from a year ago, faster than the 4.9 percent registered in the same period last year. The Philippines’ growth in the first three months was the second-fastest in Asia after China’s 8.1 percent.
The outstanding debt of the national government as a percentage of the country’s gross domestic product has dropped over the years from a peak of 84 percent in 2004 to only about 50 percent today.
Economic officials said the declining debt burden showed the improved capability of the Philippines to settle its debts to foreign creditors and bondholders.
Morgan Stanley also cited the improving dollar liquidity of the country that has made it more capable of meeting its foreign currency-denominated obligations.
“[The peso] is supported by a positive macro dynamic of above-trend growth and external surplus—no other currency in [the Asian region excluding Japan] has this macro support right now. In addition, the [peso] is supported by a twin surplus,” Morgan Stanley said. The bank was referring to the surplus in the Philippines’ current and capital accounts. A surplus indicates that inflows of dollars and other foreign currencies exceeded the outflows.
The BSP earlier reported that the current account of the Philippines posted a surplus of $882 million in the first quarter. The current account is a record of the inflows and outflows of dollars and other foreign currencies resulting mainly from export earnings, remittances, payment for imports, settlement of foreign debt.
The capital account registered a surplus of $962 million during the period. Capital account covers inflows and outflows resulting from portfolio and direct investments.
The favorable outlook on the Philippine economy by entities like Morgan Stanley has been credited for the increased appetite for peso-denominated portfolio assets, mainly stocks and bonds.
The Philippine Stock Exchange index hit a record high last week, breaking into the 5,300 mark amid optimism on the economy. The rise in demand for peso-denominated portfolio assets was credited for the peso’s rise to a four-year high of 41.68 against the dollar last week.” (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 11 Jul 2012)
One other negative for US military retirees living here is the medical expense. Supposedly we are covered by the Tri-Care for Life military insurance plan. We have to pay for our medical care in advance and then submit paperwork to Tri-Care Headquarters in Wisconsin and hope for a 75% reimbursement. Well, don’t hold your breath. Because we live in the Philippines the powers that be in Wisconsin look for every excuse in the book to refuse payment. I had two biopsy procedures performed here within two months when they were seeing if the growths on my left vocal cord were cancerous. The results determined that it was cancer and I went to the US for radiation. The two procedures were legitimate and necessary but when I submitted my claim with the hospital bill and receipts the paperwork was returned to me asking for more details from the doctors. I got the details that they requested and returned the claim. Once again, two months later, the claim was returned again asking for even more details but they had to be on the doctor’s “RX” pad. The doctor repeated, in writing, the information he had already submitted. The doctor scratched his head in bewilderment and wondered what more he could write. Now, the third submission was submitted and I await a decision. For this reason, I have postponed my PET scan which I am required to have until I go back to the States in Oct where I can use my Medicare and Tri-Care for life with no problems at all. I am afraid if I have it done here, once again Tri-Care Wisconsin will refuse reimbursement. I am not alone with this quandary, many other Veterans have experienced this negative attitude on the part of our insurer. This also has to be taken into consideration when thinking about retiring here in the Philippines. Realize also, that Medicare cannot be used here at all. Also, if one has an emergency and must be admitted to the hospital here, have enough cash on hand for admittance. Without cash you will not be admitted. Without cash you will not be treated at all. You must have the money or have a friend on hand that can vouch for the initial payment. Many civilian US plans do not cover you here as well. Make sure you have International medical insurance which is not cheap. For now, retiring in the Philippines is a great choice, but be prepared financially. It is great now but I can’t accurately predict what will happen by next year or two or three years from now. Right now, if you have a tight budget, my recommendation is stay in the US and hope that Obama does not make life any more miserable for you than he already has. Good luck! (Sorry, I had to stick that in).
Hee, Hee, I have to insert this picture here. The USA lady, sadly, is becoming more and more common lately, and the European lady is better, but neither one of them come close to “Daddy’s Girls” or the many lovely ladies you can find here in Angeles City. Book your flight now and try to forget those “Walmart Shoppers”.
KEN GRAHAM UPDATE – I have had many queries about the status of Ken Graham, owner of the Coyote Ugly Club that was a subject of a CIDG police raid that resulted with Ken being arrested under a human trafficking charge. He is presently under medical care at the Dee Hwa Liong Foundation Medical Center, Henson St., Angeles City, tel. # 045-323-8888/8881. There is something I noticed when one old guy visits another old guy in the hospital. After the hellos, gift giving, and small talk the conversation always gets around to discussing the visitors aches and pains and his previous hospital experiences. Now, Ken is in bad shape. He had to have his leg operated on, has stage one cirrhosis of the liver, has a heart problem and also has gout along with acid reflux and to make life even more miserable has to piss all night, at least 7 to 8 times. Kind of makes it difficult to sleep. Naturally, after listing my bad back, bad knees, circulation problem, bad eyes and fat stomach, Ken won the whose sicker contest hands down. His confinement at the Hospital was not an excuse to get out of jail for a while, he is a very unhealthy man needing one hell of a lot of hospital care. A representative from the Australian Embassy is visiting him 2 times a week and visitors are bringing books, DVD’s and some food. He is doing the best he can under the conditions but he is not a happy camper. At 75 years old this experience is extremely hard on him and if he ends up being admitted to the City Jail it could kill him. Ken continues to profess his innocence and is anxious to prove that at his hearing.
One main problem is that with the hospital fees, lawyers fees, and loss of his business he is suffering financially. He thanks those who have helped him with the hospital bills and hopes that those that can afford a few pesos and would like to help offset the hospital expenses would drop by the hospital to see him. As I was writing this update, I received a message that was sent out by his son. It was sent out to a large number of people. It reads as follows:
From Kenneth Graham’s Son: Hey Guys,
This is an email reaching out to anyone that can help My father Ken Graham who has been accused unfairly in our country. A lot of you know our father as a great generous loving man, who could never hurt a soul, thus this whole set up has been a huge burden to our family, considering that mum passed away not even 5 months has passed.
For everyone who wants to help or could help dad, we need to raise enough for his bail as we unfortunately have nothing left due to what has happened. All of you who my dad has helped in any way, its your turn to do him a bit of a favor. Anything is a blessing already. All your support is needed, fianancial, blessings and prayers. you can contact any of us on 09272812961, 0915 727 3240 – Ken, 09173667336 – Chris, 0458 458 915 – Don (in Australia).
Michael P. asks: What was he jailed for and where?
Answer from David S. Ken was arrested and charged with “Human Trafficking”. Those who know the facts would tell you that it was a major set-up at the instigation of the Barangay Chairman, Tony Mamac, who has political ambitions way above his station! I have visited Ken a few times and he is coping under difficult circumstances. Believe that he is currently in a private hospital but under the watchful eye of the BJMP. What is most amazing is that in the Philippines we generally give pardons to those convicted felons who exceed 70 years of age. I have visited others in the Angeles City Jail and shudder to think that Ken will be moved there after his sojourn in hospital.
In a previous column I included the whole story of Ken’s arrest, the charges against him, and Tony Mamac’s version of what happened and his statement that everything was done by the book. Ken and his lawyer will be fighting the charges in court and they both feel that there were some mistakes made that could work in Ken’s favor. I agree with David that any amount of time spent in the City Jail would be a horrendous experience. Again, I remind one and all that the wheels of justice turn very slowly in the Philippines.
Doug Frost (Hang-Out) Update – It was not easy but they finally got him on a plane and sent him home for proper medical treatment. When he go to the hospital the opinion was the he was a mess. He had a severe infection in his hip, severed nerves in one arm and leg and had a high fever. He will be in hospital for many months. Will continue with updates as I receive them. The man has been through hell and the doctors here made his condition worse instead of better.
The security guard employed by the new Pancho Villa Mexican restaurant (2 doors away from Midnight Rock) was murdered on the night of 20 Jul while on duty. His cell phone and gun were stolen.
Tony Sanders is now working at the Arizona Beach Resort, Subic Bay Philippines. Actually he has been there since May but he contacted me on Facebook back then and I just noticed it in July. Man, I just don’t have facebook figured out. Email is so much easier. • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arizona-Beach-Resort-Subic-Bay-Philippines/113667018669117
2 Bedroom luxury apartment for rent – I personally took the time to go and take a look at this apartment and take pictures. I was impressed. It is ideal for a bachelor or a young couple, ok, even an old couple would be quite happy. It is located at the Angeles Sports and Country Club, Zeppelin St., Hensonville. If you want quiet, you got it, you want good security, you got it, want a top class swimming pool, you got it, want a par 3 golf course and driving range, you got it, you want a club house with sauna, you got it, want to play or watch lawn bowls, you got it! Man, what more can you ask for? The apartment is fully furnished, and believe me, not cheaply. It is true turn key living. The owner lives on site, I know him and he believes in quality workmanship. The rent is P40,000 a month for a one year lease. You have to check this place out, it won’t be available for long. Contact Ainie/+639996526214 or John at +639996526214.
LOLLIPOP BAR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Effective 1 Aug, ALL MESSAGE BOARD MEMBERS, Service Organizations(VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Vets, RSL, Active Duty Military), HHH, Alien Hash, are entitled to 10% discount on ALL Regular Price items, excluding Happy Hour and may not be coupled with any coupons. To be clear, that’s Customer Drinks, Ladies Drinks, Party Animal, Bottled Ladies Drinks, Bell Rings, Balls and Merchandise (T-Shirts, etc). You must present your card when ordering. This is for Lollipop only. Come on in and say hello, I’ll be looking for you. Scott.
SUBIC BAY NEWS FROM RON AND ELSA: The various road construction projects on main roads in Olongapo are just about complete, so driving there isn’t a slalom course for the time being. However, on the highway going from SBMA to Barrio Barretto there are several holes in the road that could be dangerous if hit at high speeds, so be careful. Hopefully those “ruts” will be fixed by the city soon. The road on baloy beach, after all this rain, is a real disaster. Elsa and I only go there if we have to play darts or pool. (Hell Ron, even in the dry season the road sucks. One would think that the many businesses along that road would get together and put some money in to pay it. Get with the Mayor and see if costs can be shared. It is definitely a no visit zone during heavy rains. It has been that way for years) The Wednesday Dart league will be at the half-way point on August 1st (14 games completed out of 28) Friday Dart league will be finishing in a week and starting again soon. The Harbor Point (Ayala) Shopping Mall has a few more stores that have opened, and really nothing that you can’t get in SM Clark or any of the SM’s in Manila. The new SM in Olongapo is open, but it is really small compared to the other ones. The bright side of this area is the beaches. At Christmas time, Elsa and I invited friends to All Hands Beach on SBMA (On the Base pass the airport. Follow the signs). We rented one of the larger spaces that was enclosed with screens, tables and chairs, fans, and big enough to fit 60 or more people, so we had pot luck with plenty of food, clean beach for swimming, and Elsa brought her DVD player and speakers, so we had music and a lot of friends. We recommend that for those that are inviting a lot of people, or a smaller cabana if not so many people. Rental prices are reasonable. They charge for the rental space and a small fee for bringing in food and drinks. They supply BBQ grills free of charge. One thing to remember though, is don’t bring beer or sodas in bottles, as they won”t allow it. We brought our beverages in cans. Good place to go for a party or just a family get together on the weekend. Our favorite place to eat on SBMA is still Texas Joe’s Rib and Steak House, (Mine too Ron, but I like Vasco’s too) and they have a nice little bar inside if you want a cold drink. In Barrio Barretto, near where we live, Sit N Bull Restaurant is our normal stop, especially in the mornings for breakfast. (The next time I visit the Barrio I have to visit this place. I have heard some good words about it) We are hoping to make it to Angeles this coming month for a couple days now that the kids are settled in school to stop by and see Harry and Mrs. Horse at their watering hole and other friends we don’t see very often.
Sorry to read that Greek citizen Voula Papachristou was dropped from the Greek Olympic team by the Hellenic Olympic Committee for political correctness. Too bad, she was quite good looking. At least those Nile mosquitoes will still be happy. Be careful how you use twitter folks, freedom of speech is on the way out.
On 4 Feb 2010 the 3rd floor office was raided resulting in the arrest of four souls (including Popz) and no less than 53 computers confiscated ”as evidence”. Staff numbering approximately 8 (including one female, 9 months pregnant) were also detained with the pregnant lady being sent home and the other employees initially held at CIDG, Pampang for several hours.
The search warrant that had been the basis for the raid had, interestingly, been issued in Guimba, Nueva Ecija which clearly had NO JURISDICTION in the matter. After appropriate action by their lawyers all were released and a preliminary investigation started and action was taken resulting in the quashing of the search warrant. The court also determined, and ordered that all property seized should be returned to the defendants.
Subsequently, Andy, based on the misdeeds confirmed in the quashing of the search warrant, filed several complaints against CIDG Officer Randy Glenn Silvio and his eight (8) assisting CIDG personnel all from Angeles City. The order for the quashing of the search warrant was made by Judge Pamular, the very same judge who had issued the search warrant! Apparently he was very embarrassed that he had not completed a proper investigative interview before issuing the search warrant. When his order was not complied with further application was made to the good judge who has not, as yet, signed the arrest warrants for contempt of court addressed to the CIDG.
The preliminary investigation of Andy’s complaints were set and subpoenas served on all parties. Despite this and three subsequent hearing dates the Government “civil servants” failed to appear. The complainants, under oath, provided all information required by the investigating fiscal and noting the non-appearance of the defendants, Prosecutor Caliope de Guzman submitted the case for resolution
All those named in the original filing of the information on which the search warrant was based continually followed up their various complaints in the TWO years that have passed and Andy had followed up his complaints against the raiding party on several occasions, always being told “the matter is pending and you will be advised in due course”. Complaints of Arbitrary Detention are pending in RTC Mabalacat (the scene of the raid). Qualified theft against CIDG Silvio, etal in RTC Angeles City and contempt of court in Guimba. Accordingly it came as a great shock that Fiscal Caliope was able to determine that there is a case to answer under Sec 4(e) in relation to Sec. 6c, Republic Act 9208 in Criminal Cases Nos. 12-8650 and 12-8651 since no applicable evidence exists or submitted by the complainant (Silvio) . These cases refer to Human Trafficking and are non-bailable under current law.
They are both currently detained in the Angeles City Jail where they are awaiting trial (That could be many months and in some cases years). Given the fact that the arrests were made based on the recommendation of the very Fiscal that is named in the Order to quash the search warrants, presumably so encouraged by the CIDG personnel also so named, one can only assume that a preffesional and capable lawyer will be successful in obtaining a reversal of the arrest warrants in a timely manner. It would appear that this is a further case of cooperation by the CIDG and cooperating judicial officers to manipulate the legal system for their own ends. Perhaps prosector de Guzman, DIDG officer Silvio and the others assume that Andy will withdraw his complaints agains them as a ‘quid pro quo’ for an affidavit of desistance by Prosecutor de Guzman. My interpretation of Andy’ comments is that de Guzman is sorely wrong if that, indeed, is his modus operandi.
After reading the above, one might feel that Andy and Popsy have been victimized by certain officials that have revenge on their minds for someone who had the temerity to strike back legally for an injustice that took place two years ago. Kind of looks that way, doesn’t it? Guess we will have to wait to see what the Judge says, hopefully that will only take months, not years)
HOUSE FOR RENT - Brian Nolansun has a house for rent. It is located at B69-A Marlim Extension, Pulung Maragul, AngelesCity. Details: House & Lot 150 sqm, House area 100sqm, Fully furnished, Located in the rural setting behind the
WOW !! FIFTY YEARS ALREADY SINCE AUSTRALIA FIRST SENT TROOPS TO VIETNAM TO SUPPORT OUR ALLIES. A WAR THAT SAW US INVOLVED FOR ANOTHER 13 YEARS. THIS COMING AUGUST 18TH ( A SATURDAY – VIETNAM VETERANS DAY ) The RSL WILL HOLD A MEMORIAL SERVICE AT CLARK VETERAN CEMETERY AND HOPE TO HAVE THE AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR AS GUEST SPEAKER.
THE EVENT COMMENCES AT 1100 HRS AND INCLUDES OUR USA, NZ, SOUTH KOREAN & PI ALLIES.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND AND JOIN US LATER FOR HOSPITALITY DRINKS AT PONDEROSA POOLSIDE AT 1200 HRS. MIDDAY SNACK PROVIDED.
THE RSL IS SEEKING ANY SUPPORT FROM THE COMMERCIAL BUSINESS HOUSES FOR THE AUCTION AND RAFFLE THAT THEY HOPE WILL COVER THE COSTS OF THE DAY.
ANY CONTRIBUTIONS WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED ON THE DAY.
DALLAS DRAKE, HONORARY SECRETARY, 09165243084.
Fat Boy 9th Inaugural, International, Invitational Fat Boy 10’s
This exciting annual, international event comes back to Angeles the first weekend in September. 16 rugby teams will be taking part in a knockout rugby 10’s tournament on Saturday 1st September at the Challenger field stadium in Clark base. It is a fun day for all the family with stalls, food outlets, bouncy castles for the kids and more. Entrance is free! On Friday 31st August the Fat Boy Open golf tournament will be held at Mimosa Golf and Country Club. Anyone can come along and join in the fun. Keep a lookout for more details in flyers around town. If you really want to have some fun then you have to attend the Fat boy’s weigh in session on Friday night 31st August at the Golden Nile. You can have a good laugh at the exposure of excess blubber and it makes for some good pictures. It is all in fun and these guys really enjoy themselves. It is also planned to hold a cricket 6’s tournament on the Sunday.
Captain Gordon Hughes passed away on June 27th, a few days after his 74th birthday. He died of heart failure in Angeles hospital and his funeral service was held at La Pieta 3 days later.
Gordon was a proud Scot who joined the Merchant Navy as a teenager, rising to the rank of Captain. In the late 60s he moved to Hong Kong where he lived for the next 35 years. On retiring in 2004 he moved to Angeles with his wife Isabel, who sadly died only 2 years later.
He was a regular afternoon customer at Roy’s (now the King’s Head) where he enjoyed debating various aspects of life, including the various frustrations sometimes encountered in Angeles, over a few San Miguel’s. He was a man of strongly held views and the more glasses he drank, the livelier the discussion became! After a heart attack in late 2010, though, he stopped drinking on the advice of his doctors. In fact he was allowed one a day, but as he said – “What’s the point of just having one San Mig ?!”
He particularly enjoyed the periodic visits made to Angeles by old friends from Hong Kong days, and the annual trip made by friends from various parts of the world that always enjoyed his company as part of their “Cultural Tour”. Their visits to Angeles will never be quite the same. (Submitted by Charles Harris.)
Jim Jones, bar manager at Garfields passed away in July while in hospital. He was buried at the Clark cemetery with many of his friends in attendance. After the burial his friends gathered at Garfields to have a few drinks, tell tall tales and stories about Jim. Food was provided by the Garfields management team. He was retired from the USAF.
Hello everyone. My name is Yati, wife of Capt. Tony Sayers. I am sad to inform you of his demise on the 5th July. He passed away peacefully at the hospital in Chonburi, Thailand. If you know Tony personally and wish to speak to any of his family, you can contact the following numbers:
1) Sister, Jean Sayers @NZ tel: +64 95246287
2) Widow, Fon @ Pattaya, email: email@example.com or tel: 66 867229750
3) myself, Yati @ Singapore, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 65 91726226
Regards, Yati Sayers
I WOULD IF I COULD
OK guys, here I was at Thi-Hi again, but this time on a mission. Michelle has asked me two weeks before if she could be my Jul lady. How could I turn down a volunteer. She is 28 years old but has a boy that is 11 years old and a girl, 4 years old. It getting harder and harder to find a lady that does not have one or two kids at an early age. They don’t fully realize that it reduces their chances of meeting that special guy they are looking for. Michelle is a nice lady, not way up there in the looks department but in that category if someone does fall for her, she would be loyal and loving as all get out. Yes, as usual, she is looking for that special guy, one between 40 to 60 years of age, and yeah, maybe even a bit older. She likes to cook and is willing to travel (who isn’t) and she considers herself a good mother and I do believe that. One thing about these ladies, they have the babies but they do not abandon them and work their asses off to support them. If you want to communicate with Michelle Email her at: email@example.com.
IL GIGLIO ROSSO
The Il Giglio Rosso Italian Restaurant and Deli is located at the EuroAsia Hotel on Perimeter Road. I had the pleasure of dining there for the first time with my Mrs Horse and we found the food to be pleasing to our palates and the prices quite reasonable. The next question would be were the portions large enough to fill our tummies. Mine certainly was, I had a noodle dish with a tasty sauce and Priscilla had an Australian tenderloin dish that she thoroughly enjoyed but it did leave her wanting a bit more. I was hoping to get some of her left overs but there wasn’t any.
What made the evening special is that we were able to enjoy the company of Executive Chef Magnini Luca Massimo who took the time to sit with us and explained in detail what we were eating. We discussed various Italian restaurants in town and he clued us in on the difference between fine dining and Trattoria dining. Fine dining is along the style of gourmet dining which means smaller portions at a higher price of some very well prepared food. Trattoria dining, which Luca provides is like family dining, not fancy, basics, larger portions in an informal manner. The menu items are easier to understand. Luca comes from Florence, Italy and has worked in kitchens for 27 years. He attended a culinary school in Turin, Italy for 3 years. Luca worked in six different restaurants in Manila before coming here to Angeles City. During our meal the discussion turned to pizza and Luca was proud of the fact that the many who signed and commented in his guest book raved about his pizza offerings. Out of curiosity I did order one to go so our son could enjoy a special treat when we got home. I ordered the pizza piccantina (pizza w/Italian spicy salami, mozzarella and tomato. When it arrived I decided to try one slice right away. For those of you who like an extremely thin pizza crust this is the pizza for you. For me, a New Yorker, it was not to my taste. I like a thicker crust and a lot more toppings, but, you know me, what do I know about food. Everyone wrote that they loved his pizza, me, I will certainly return for his main dishes, especially that noodle dish, but will pass on the pizza. Please do not take this as a negative, it is just my bias towards New York style pizzas. For sure you have to check out this restaurant. Many times I have been asked where is there a good Italian restaurant in town. In the past I could only say one, maybe two, now, Mama Mia, you have around four excellent choices. I recommend you try them all then decide on your favorite, but make sure you put Luca’s Il Giglio Rosso restaurant on your check list.
TOURIST OF THE MONTH
Tom Young wrote and told me that he planned to visit AC and would bring me some “Good and Plenty” candy. I had to respond that could he make it twizzlers instead as I already had more than enough from some good folks who gave me a pretty good supply. Sure enough, one morning Tom and Josh Anderson showed up at my Stable with three packages of Twizzlers which I am chewing on as I write this, along with helpings of Good and Plenty as well. Tom is from Wisconsin where he dealt with udders and cheese until the age of 17 when he joined the Navy. For four years he was in that safe, boring field of EOD specialist. After four years he got out and joined the Army, he chose sand over water and ended up in the EOD field again. He ended up in Clark AB taking care of communications for the special Ops folks. He retired in 1993 and ended up as, yeah you guessed it, a civilian EOD contractor. He now has 34 years of EOD experience. I wonder if he ever considered being a bank robber? He has a son, Andy, who visited AC two years ago and is trying how to make a return trip, yes, he caught the AC Virus. Tom stayed at the Pacific Breeze Hotel because the Central Park was fully booked. He enjoyed bars like the Body Shop (music not loud, you can carry on a conversation without yelling), Geckos (small and friendly) and was real keen on the Midnight Rock and Rockin Dave.
His running mate was Josh Anderson, 32 years old, single from California, here on his first trip. Yeah, the girls loved him. He was into EOD as well, civilian, dealing with un-exploded ordinance (UXO). He is from California. He went to Camp Pendleton for four weeks of training, learned how to use metal detectors and all that other stuff you learn to keep your ass from being blown up. He also learned that a shovel is a big part of the EOD career. He also is already planning his next trip to AC.
Both had a message for retired Army engineer Ellis, living in Reno who chickened out on making the trip with them because he was under the thumb of his American girlfriend and had no guts to make a first trip to the PI. What is bad is that Ellis was the leader of the pack who planned the trip with Josh and tom and talked about it all the time. He had an argument with his girlfriend but then made up. he cashed in his ticket at the last minute thereby missing a great trip that no doubt would have changed his mind about American women. Now his American honey has him by the balls. Too bad Ellis, you should have made the trip.
The RSL Blood Register is working well and with the new electronic register it can be updated at anytime by the RSL committee members authorised to access it. This will ensure the registry is up-to-date at all times. It’s a big help and will ensure swiftness of access should anyone require blood in a hurry.
We, with the help of the A.U. Hospital Red Cross Department, have devised a new system of donating and receiving blood. From here on in the procedure will be.
You will be able to donate blood at any time. All you have to do is go to the A.U. Hospital during normal Hospital times (9am to 5pm week days) and go to the Red Cross Department in the basement and ask for Liza or Sir Alvi and tell them you are here to donate blood and it is to be credited to the RSL Blood Registry Account.
They will then take a test sample and if your blood is suitable they will then take it. If you do not wish to wait for the sample to be tested you can ask them to take the blood straight away and they will do that on the understanding that if the blood is unsuitable for any reason it may be thrown away. We have found that some of our donors are quite happy to take this option rather than wait for the testing to be done as sometimes the test can take a while. The option is up to you, the donor.
This method of donating blood will eliminate the necessity of running blood drives and makes it more convenient for donors as you can donate anytime that is convenient for you. So if you are a resident or just here on holidays you can be of help.
Please note, it doesn’t matter what your blood type is, AU will credit us unit for unit regardless of type.
PLEASE GIVE IF YOU CAN – THE MORE CREDITS WE HAVE THE BETTER
When you or a person you are acting for requires blood you must follow this procedure.
First of all you MUST get a “Request Form” from the Doctor in the hospital the patient is in – please ensure the request is fully filled out and signed by the Doctor.
Then you take the request form along with a small esky (cooler) with ice in it to the AU Hospital Red Cross Department and ask for LIZA or SIR ALVI. If it is after hours there should be someone there as it is manned 24 hours. Explain to them you are there to collect blood from the RSL Blood Bank and present them with the Doctors Request.
There will be a service charge of P354 per unit.
In the event they do not have the blood type you request, then call the RSL Blood Register number (listed below) and we will attempt to locate donors. If you have any difficulties or need help or have questions, please call the numbers listed below. (Lindsay Drury 0929 336 5753) (The horse feels this is one hell of a good project. Over the years I have been here quite a few Expats have expired in the operating rooms here for lack of a good supply of blood. Even visitors to Angeles City can donate blood under this program and it sure would be appreciated)
I WOULD IF I COULD II
On 28 July I visited the Treasure Island bar at it’s new location. I enjoyed it so much that I decided my readers deserved a bonus, a second “I Would If I Could” for this month. I asked the manager Peter, an Australian with good taste, to select one for me. He reads this column so knew what to do. Ah, he is a man of good taste. He introduced me to Miss Salvacion, 25 years old, no children, from Leyte. This lady was fun to talk to and she looked pretty darn good to me. She has worked at TI for 1 1/2 years and claims not to have a boyfriend but I bet she has quite a few admirers. She has four sisters and four brothers, a pretty productive family. For courting purposes she would like her man to be between 40 and 50 years old, maybe older but not as old as me. I think I am going to go back to saying I am 68 years old, I did better then. OK, enough, here is her contact address: firstname.lastname@example.org. If this Email does not work let me know as I have contact with the manager and can find out why. So, what do you think, does my bonus lady work and did Peter make a good choice?
I see no reason why I shouldn’t follow up Salvacion with a few words about the place she works at. TREASURE ISLAND! I love it! I was able to meet up Australian Manager Peter and all around manager Scott who is well respected and liked by one and all. I always favor the smaller Clubs over the big ones that have a lot of glitz but are short on friendliness. Places where you never get to meet the manager and for sure, not the owner unless you are a super big spender. Not so at Treasure Island. The waitresses, dancers, Mamasans and managers are friendly. The music is not overly loud, you can actually talk and be heard, the prices are within reason and by golly, there are some pretty attractive ladies on hand as well. It is roomier than the old Treasure Island and has a cleaner look. By coincidence, after leaving Treasure Island I met the Mrs and we stopped to eat at the Swiss Chalet and met, for the first time, Ron, the owner of Treasure Island. He told me he is usually at TI nearly every night, but at a late hour. I told him I was impressed with his Club and the personnel and truthfully, sure hope that more folks will take the time to check it out. When you do, say hello to Peter, he enjoys meeting the customers.
DANCERS SCOTT, PETER, FLR MGRS WAITRESSES
PHILIPPINE TRICARE PROGRAM DELAYED (For US Military Veterans)
The following was reported in the Stars and Stripes:
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Tricare says plans to temporarily replace its troubled retiree health insurance system in the Philippines with an experimental closed network of providers will start early next year, months later than originally announced. Cities with large populations of retirees such as Angeles City and Subic Bay are slated to become the first areas served by the new network of credentialed hospitals and doctors on Jan. 1, 2013, while other areas of the country will not join until 2014, according to the agency.
The closed network – which had been scheduled to go online this spring – is designed to put an end to years of fraud and ballooning program costs. Tricare officials say it also should reduce health insurance red tape for thousands of aging servicemembers who have retired to the Philippines and depend on Tricare to cover treatment costs.
The first phase of the network will cover Manila, Angeles City, Subic Bay and Orion. The second phase will open in January 2014 in areas of Cavite, while the final phase of the network will include Iloilo City, according to Tricare spokesman Austin Camacho. The agency had said the project would be up and running this spring but did not elaborate on the apparent delay. Tricare plans to continue the experiment until December 2015 when it will weigh the benefits of the changes and decide on the future of the Philippines network.
Tricare has said all retirees will be required to use the new network. Under the plan, participating health care providers will be required to file their insurance claims directly to the agency, meaning beneficiaries on fixed incomes no longer will have to pay for medical procedures up front and wait for reimbursement. So far, no hospitals or doctors have agreed to participate.
“Recruitment is not yet under way” but the agency has hired its existing Philippines contractor, International SOS, to create the closed network and bring providers on board, Camacho said via email.
Last year the Department’s Inspector General criticized the contractor for not properly certifying providers or authenticating insurance claims as part of the existing Tricare system in the Philippines.
Camacho said International SOS will compile a new list of providers for the experimental network as part of its overseas contract and that list will be posted on Tricare’s website two months before the project begins.
But some retirees worry the agency will be hard-pressed to find Philippine hospitals and doctors willing to take part.
Bob Lowe, a retiree and cancer patient who is receiving treatment in Angeles City, said many top-tier providers may be leery of joining an experimental system in which they depend on medical care reimbursement rates decided by a foreign insurance agency.
“All indications are the good docs and medical institutions will have nothing to do with this program and they have no need to make room in their waiting rooms that are already full of paying patients for Tricare patients that they may or may not get paid to treat,” Lowe wrote in an email. email@example.com (I guess the reporter did not realize that Bob Lowe is currently being treated in the United States for his cancer)
A LA TURKA
It is great to find a new type of eatery at the SM Clark Mall. We discovered this place by accident as we were walking the walk at the Mall and looking for the bathroom which is located near the ACE Hardware. When we finished our business we noticed this new place because there were a couple of expats eating there, one of whom I knew. He was very positive about the place and that I should write something positive about it. Shucks, I can’t do that unless I sample the food. Well, Priscilla and I sat down, checked out the menu and ordered what was called a donner chicken sandwich. It came with french fries and when it was delivered I realized that the meat was the same as shawarma, and the hot and white sauce were the same as well. It is a Turkish version of the Shawarma served in a different style. Mind you, the more familiar pita style wrapper was available as well. For me it was a welcome alternative to the Burger King or McDonalds. Right next to it is a nice Express coffee shop as well and that usually has quite a few people in attendance. I like the location because it is away from the main flow of people. It is a good place to meet friends, maybe those expats that sit outside of McDonalds every day with one cup of coffee lasting an hour or two would like this location better. A LA TURKA – check it out!
NEW HOTEL SOON TO OPEN
Harry, please let your readers know that soon they can check out the newest hotel in AC, conveniently located at 4895 MacArthur HiWay directly across from the PAGCOR Casino. It is named “The Best Western MacArthur”. The first phase of the hotel begins with a 52-room hotel on floors 7 and 8, a lobby, and coffee shop starting in August of 2012. Rooms on floor 7 come with wood floors, while rooms on floor 8 are carpeted. All of the furnishings in the rooms are imported from the US. Each room will be comfortably outfitted with American king or double beds, split-type air conditioning units, oversized chairs, reading lamps, a desk, large mirrors, and 32” flat screen TV’s.
The second phase of will add a 600 square meter rooftop bar, dining area, and one or two signature restaurants, along with a stunning 200 square meter glass enclosed swimming pool. The second floor of the hotel is reserved for a 600 square meter gym – the largest of its kind in Pampanga. There is also the possibility that more rooms could be added to the 2nd floor; however, this has yet to be determined.
The restaurateur involved with the rooftop bar and restaurant is a famous Filipino actor, Marvin Agustin, who has 45-restaurants around the country. Followed by this, phase 3 of construction on floors 3-6 will be completed with 20-rooms each – bringing the total number of rooms to 132. Phase 3 also includes a 400 square meter event center, which will be built at the basement level to provide a venue for business meetings, birthdays, wedding receptions, debuts, baptismal, and other functions. The official opening will be on 5 Aug. (This sound Sounds pretty interesting to me. I did not have time to get over to look at the place but will do so in a few days. Deadline time caught up to me so will give more details later in the month in my breaking news. I am particularly interested in the rates that will be charged – last minute news sent to me is that the starting rate will be P2350 a day. I will get more details on 5 Aug and put it in my “breaking news)
SWISS CHALET HOTEL/RESTAURANT
Way back when, I used to stop in for a steak with peppercorn sauce and french fries at the Black Jack, opposite the Orchid Inn and Hans was always the perfect host as well as a great chef. That had to be in the 1980′s and then he built the Swiss Chalet Hotel where he could put his ideas and talents to work. The Hotel is very popular and so is his food. I had not eaten there in a long time but whenever I passed the place it was always full of customers, regardless of the day of the week. finally, I just had to return for that steak and it was as good as I remembered, maybe even better. As usual Hans was busy in the kitchen as well as taking time to greet his customers and chat a bit. He introduced me a side plate of Coppa which I had never tasted before. I could have eaten a kilo of it if allowed. It goes great in a salad. While enjoying my meal I was happy to see Ron, the owner of Treasure Island and Dennis Wright from Global City. Both men told me that they eat at the Swiss Chalet two or three times a week. I am sure there are many more who do the same thing.
I was pleased to find an Email from Hans a couple of days after my visit to say hello and to pass on some information about a couple of upcoming events he is putting on.
“Hello Harry, Thanks for visiting us and enjoying the good steak with the nice salad from Baguio. I was happy to see you and your wife, even if i don’t have too much time to talk to you. We are ready for the Octoberfest. Don’t forget our 20 years anniversary on December 16 2012, we will have many surprises, we will sell food for the price from 20 years ago, Special for Today with salad for 105 pesos.” (Hans, that is way advance notice. This is only Aug and you are writing about Oct and Dec. You might have to send me a few reminders. I will mark my calendar now for your anniversary. I don’t want to miss that)
Thank goodness there were 31 days in Jul as I did not finish my writing until after midnight on the 30th. I don’t know why the heck I am always getting behind schedule. Sometimes too many meetings to go to or a bit of laziness creeps into my old bones. But, man, it sure does feel good when I get to this part and can say “It is time to put this baby to bed”. Now I can completely relax for a couple of days and Priscilla is allowed to talk to me again. Three days before the end of the month I get a bit cranky. Look, I did want to provide a few pictures and some words about my visit to the US Naval Ship Mercy when it visited Subic but I ran out of time and energy. I will feature that in next month’s column. Those folks do one hell of a great mission. OK, I am tired and for sure it is time to move my butt to bed. Good night, and oh yeah, don’t forget to be kind to horses (Even if he is a Republican).
POLITICAL RANTINGS – SKIP THIS PART
Quit trashing Obama’s accomplishments! Quit being a Democrat or a
Republican and just be a proud American citizen. Do your homework.
Obama has many Firsts:
> > First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he
was a foreigner.
> > First President to have a social security number from a state he has never
First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States
> > First President to violate the War Powers Act. .
> > First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .
> > First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing
the Health Care Reform Law.
> > First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third
> > First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.
> > First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
> > First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through
> > First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U..S., including those with criminal convictions.
> > First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
> > First President to terminate America ‘s ability to put a man in space.
> > First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
> > First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and
refuse to enforce it.
> > First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.
> > First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
> > First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
> > First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
> > First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-Corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
> > First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office. .
> > First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office, 90 to date.
> > First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.
> > First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
> > First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours’.
> > First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayer.
> > First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
> > First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
> > First President to repeat the Holy Quran tells us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
> > First President to take a 17 day vacation.
So, how is this hopey and changey thing working out for you?
- An 80 year old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a Muslim woman in a burqa is only subject to having her neck and head searched. (this is bullshit, any Muslim woman stupid enough to wear that outfit in America should be stopped at the airport, moved to a private room where a female TSA agent can strip search her. Our National security comes first! Problem is they probably stink like hell under those clothes)
This was sent by Dick Morris. It is a very important subject and I was one of those that wrote about it and also signed the petition and even wrote to my Congressman in Nevada. Hillary and Obama were hoping to backdoor US citizens on this one.
We won a big battle yesterday at the UN but must still win the war! Due to massive public pressure – your pressure – fifty-one Senators asked Hillary not to sign the Arms Trade Treaty on Friday citing concerns that it would enable UN imposed gun control.
The Treaty has been the subject of four weeks of intense negotiations and seemed likely to be signed but the recent pressure forced the Administration to back off. Our site alone has sent 700,000 e mails to Congress and the NRA has effectively lobbied against the treaty. But it’s not dead yet. My bet is that Obama hoped to slip it through while his allies in the media downplayed it. Now it’s blown up in his face. I think he will try again after the election — especially if he loses.
Dear Mr. Horse (smile, he used my real last name),
Thank you for contacting me to share your opposition to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama signing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. I am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights and appreciate the opportunity to respond.
As you know, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is scheduled to be finalized on July 27, 2012. It is the explicit responsibility of our administration to establish firm guidelines for the ATT to protect national security, foreign policy, and economic interests as well as our constitutional rights. Like you, I agree that the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding, responsible Nevadans must not be infringed.
You may also be interested to know that I have signed a letter along with my colleagues in Congress to President Obama and Secretary Clinton specifically requiring that they as representatives of the United States uphold the beliefs and ideals outlined within our Constitution. Issues addressed in the letter sent June 2012 addressed viable threats to national security, damages to U.S. economic interests, dangers of burdensome regulations on individual personal-safety, and the potential violation of an American’s Second Amendment rights. The Administration must ensure that the ATT does not place new requirements for action on the U.S. as our current law systems are compliant with the treaty regime.
In the U.S., treaty power is a coordinated effort between the Executive branch and the Senate. The President may form and negotiate a treaty, but the treaty must be advised and consented to by a two-thirds vote in the Senate. Only after the Senate approves the treaty can the President ratify it. The House of Representatives does not play a role in the ratification process. If implementation of the treaty requires the expenditure of funds, the House of Representatives may have the opportunity to block, or at least impede, such implementation by refusing to vote for the appropriation of the necessary funds.
For additional information, please visit my website, http://www.heck.house.gov. From this site you can access statements about current events or pending legislation, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for Nevadans.
Again, I appreciate your thoughts and it is an honor to serve you in Congress. Your suggestions are always welcome, and if ever I may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Still believe in ACORN? Check these out and get educated.
Welcome to year 2013.
Oh my gosh, 2012 passed too quickly for me but it was a decent year. I managed to stay relatively healthy and hopefully have enough energy to contine this column for another year. What helps is being able to take pictures of some of the beauties in Angeles City. The picture to the left is an example that keeps my old heart pumping. You have seen most of these ladies in Phillies in their waitress uniforms and now you can enjoy seeing them in off duty attire. This picture was taken at their Christmas employee party. How many can you recognize. I have to admit there are a few who are not waitresses but I am sure you can spot your favorite lady who always serves you with a big smile. I attended this very entertaining party with great food and the pleasure of seeing this many beautiful faces in one venue. One of the problems encountered by Phillies is holding on to their staff. Too many customers end up taking them as girlfriends and also marrying them. Another good reason for you to spend some time at Phillie’s Sports Grill.
THE FEEDB AG
Hi Harry. Just finished your December column and I always appreciate the work you put in to keep us informed. Usually I only write when someone I know appears in TAPS, but luckily that hasn’t happened in the last few issues. I’m actually writing to get your take on the new “sin tax” that the RP house has approved and that the President is pushing. How will this affect the tourist belt? Some of those places on fields are too expensive already (85p, 95p, 105p and more for a San Mig?), and of course, any tax will get passed to the consumer. Do you think they will price themselves out of the tourist business? (Oh I don’t smoke, so a tabacco tax doesn’t bother me at all). Bobby Woodell.
(Bobby, it could hurt the bars, even I would have to raise my prices but I do not know how much yet. You see, SMB already raised the price of beer in Nov but there were no price increases. All we can do is wait and see. As an owner, you can only absorb so much and then you have to pass some off to the customer)
Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry. This is Tony Stewart from Hobart in Tasmania. (The Tassie Devil) I was saddened by your report that Don Watson had passed away. I also knew Don and his staff, having had many visits to Manila to see him. He was primarily responsible for obtaining a visa for my filipina wife to come to Australia to be with me. I have nothing but the highest praise for the work that he and his staff did on my behalf. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Keep up the good work, Jim. Tony Stewart.
Harry….by going into all of those stupid bloody wars:-I am not rubbing UR nose in over the election but all of this “socialist” state stuff is bullshit.
The USA total federal debt was 34.7 per cent when Bill Clinton was President. This year, it is 74.2 per cent of GDP, nearly all of it caused by Bush and his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and still rising. The only time it has been higher in US history was in the latter stages of World War II. Since 1945 the USA stock market has average a 15% return under Democratic government but only 10% under The Republicans. The five former Democratic Presidents (Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and Harry S. Truman) all REDUCED public debt as a share of GDP, while the last four Republican Presidents (George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford) all oversaw an INCREASE in the country’s indebtedness. Exit polls demonstrated that, 4 years after G.W. Bush left the scene, 53% of voters still held him responsible for the debt, with only 38% blaming the current President. The exit polls also showed that “taxes” and “the deficit”, much harped on by Republicans – especially Tea Party ones – were largely irrelevant for the vast majority of voters at the 2012 election. Ray Armstrong.
(Ray, like I have said many times but some people are too dense to listen. Lets wait and see what happens with the next four years. We have no choice but to do so. So shut up and wait and try to get over Bush and company because the Democrats had a hand in all that shit as well. I guess Barney Franks is your hero.)
Harry, The last week saw the first week without the cities garbage collection as they were stopped by the VHRAI and refused entry to the subdivision. Once again the Association has chosen to disregard City Council resolutions and force residents to pay for services that do not really exist. The Barangay was assisted in purchasing a truck and raising their fee under the condition that they provide service to Villasol Subdivision as well as other residents of Barangay Anunas. They will not respond to requests. We will be bringing this up at the next City Council meeting if our request to the City Engineers Office through Councilor Edu Pamintuan remains without action. It seems that despite the many warnings issued the Association remains convinced they are above the law. Their formation was the result of fraudulent application, as residents that signed up did not posses the written permission of the owners as required under Republic Act no.9904. Please warn renters that signing up with the Villasol Homeowners and Residents Association without the written permission of the owners is an act of fraud violating the Magna Carta for Homeowners ans Homeowners Associations Act. You are not allowed to act as agent for the homeowner without his written consent. This could be especially inconvenient to foreigners who may face criminal charges. John Casey.
UPDATE – A DIFFERENT OPINION
Hello Harry, just read your breaking news with letter about the VHRAI and the garbage, I have lived here for 8 years, And we all hate change, but that said, What is with this John Casey, he want us take up money to pay his 350 pesos a month. My god that is less then a pizza, Maybe this guy is having a hard time and is eating fish heads, Let us know where he lives and we will drop off left overs for him. Tell him they sell the big guy diapers a SM. He sure cry like big baby.
Sorry they stop picking your garbage up one time a week for free. But man how do you stand the smell having it there all week, maybe that is the way you were raised. Not me I like the fact that they pick mine up five days a week. There is over ten Americans that live on my street and we are happy. Maybe you need go back to states so you can get free shit from Obammma.
Man up pay the 350 or move some were you can through you garbage in the river. Shut the hell up, tired of hearing your shit. Harry hope you will put this in the breaking news like you did his letter, Bill Edwards.
UPDATE from John Casey - Guys, Some of our wives showed up at VHRAI to pay the newly established P200 and were turned away because they were married to foreigners. The VHRAI has obviously levied a P150 tax on foreigners or their dependents. (There was a lot more in John’s Email, sort of an answer to Bill Edwards but I chose not to include it. I guess the best thing to do is to take your garbage and dump it in front of the Barangay Captain’s house or maybe the President of the VHRAI’s house. I still do not understand how the VHRAI can have two prices for garbage collection)
Harry, Got an email from Bones (Ponderosa) mate. Very sad. I knew him so well. Bones told me that he had tried to get his Filipino wife and kids over to Oz for a visit bit immigration would not let them come. I had the same trouble. I tried the legal way to get a tourist visa for my wife and that didn’t work so I had to do it the “other” way.
She is here now and has been for 2 years. I have been all over the world and find the Aussie immigration officers the worst in the world. I have searched many times here in Oz as I come in but NEVER in any other country. Getting a visa is VERY difficult…even a tourist visa. U need at least 80,000p in the girls account, she must have a job and a letter of release from her employer for the duration of her holiday and a return ticket..they make it REALLY fucking tough. Ray A. (I think the US Immigration is just as difficult)
Hello Harry, I am a fan of your newsletter and always thought you were ” fair”. But your ” hear say” comments on the Blue Rock Resort are shameful. You should know better or do you HATE Australians as well. I have stayed there twice and found it great. I even approach the owners son and asked ” whats your secret of running such a smooth hotel?” The answer I will use in my own dealings in the Philippines. Hold onto your hat Harry because the world is tipping and no your way. Cheers, Dennis, Perth.
(Oh Dennis, you disappoint me. How in the world would you even think I dislike Australians, what has that got to do with what I wrote? For your information I like and admire Australians, many read this column and visit me. I never mentioned Nationalities. You can disagree with what I write but do not get racists on me. What I heard was three men talking about their physical stay at the Blue Rock and how unhappy they were. I pass this on so that the Blue Rock folks, whoever they might be, can review what was said and maybe take corrective action or dismiss as three guys having a bad day or two. But, I have before and will again emphasize the importance of guests submitting their complaints directly to management instead of just talking about it days later after they have left. I will continue to keep the Blue Rock Resort on my list of places I recommend for stays when visiting Subic. Now, I have heard many folks talking about the great Blue Rock floating dock and that I would like to see. You don’t have a problem with that do you Dennis? Seriously, I appreciate your writing and passing on your good words about your stay at this Resort. The only negative I have about Australia is that Vege-Mite )
Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry, Whilst it probably doesnt matter, your December girl Glaisa told you a few lies. She was working at Angel Witch in the middle of last year. I met her on a few occasions when out with friends. She is a nice girl but has been in the bar scene a lot longer than she admits. All the best Jamie.
(Jamie, my gosh, I am shocked that this girl lied to me. Seriously, after 30 years of listening to the bull shit that comes out of the mouths of these young and old ladies in the bars I take everything they say with a grain of salt. But, this lady is cute enough that I could live with a lie or two, at least overnight)
First and Last Name: alan fleming
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments and Remarks: hi mate,, read your site,,,good stuff,,,,i am an Australian auto designer and builder living near Silang Cavite,,,would it be possible for you to list that i am seeking a 350 or 327 early chev engine and trans, for a vehicle that i will display at next years transport show in manila,,,someone must have connections around your area to where i might acquire one,,,,thanks,, my website is www.flemingjrod.com,,,,,cheers.
Hi Harry, I just read your monthly bash and an article you had about Australian pensions has me intrigued. I am 52 Australian and have been living here in the Philippines since 2005. My wife (Filipina) and I have a house in Leyte and I work in PNG and come home every second weekend. I pay tax in PNG, and do an annual Australian Tax Return. This year the Australian Tax Office finally regarded me as a non-resident, so I no longer have to pay Australian Tax. I still do an annual tax return, and get tax credits for the excessive tax I pay in PNG. I have a super fund in Australia which is just gathering money at present as I have no need to use this money.
From your article are you indicating that when I reach retirement age (which for me would be in 2027 aged 67), I would be entitled to the Australian pension? Would this be true even if I am a non-resident for Tax purposes? Because I know when I start using my retirement money from my super fund, I will be paying tax on the interests earned over the next 15 years before I retire. I have no intentions of returning to Australia to live, but may now and then over the next 15 years go to Australia for short stints of work if the money is right. Regards, Kevin E. (I cannot answer this question so am hoping some Australian with a bit of knowledge to the pension system can answer it for me)
Hi Harry the horse, some good news for you and your readers about travelling out of Clark with girlfriends etc.
As I previously informed you I had arranged a two week vacation to Thailand for my girlfriend Michell, she had never been abroad before so had no stamps in her passport and after reading many forums about the issues at Clark regarding offloading filipina’s I decided to take things a little bit further, I emailed the British Embassy in Manila and go no joy just a reply saying” not there issue take it up with the Philippine Embassy”, obviously I emailed the Philippine Embassy asking them why they were treating tourists girlfriends/spouses like third rate citizens and not allowing them to travel with their loved ones, my reply was all about Human Trafficking which made me even more determined to sort this out and find exactly what Michell’s requirements were.
I emailed the Philippine tourist board in London many times and the head of the authority (Chit) was very surprised when I explained what was happening to the tourists loved ones etc. she raised this issue with the Philippine Justice system and kindly copied me in on the emails she sent, their reply was very much the same as the Philippine Embassy’s;, all to do with Human Trafficking, so I’d reached a point where i wanted to get as much information about what was required by the Immigration Officers at Clark, so I decided to call their office, the number was quite easy to find on the net, I was told by an officer Michell required a CFO, Hotel Voucher, Pocket Money and return Ticket.
Michell went to Manila to gain the CFO, after a 2 hour seminar and a fee of 400 peso she had a one on one interview where they wanted to see photos of us together, my work qualifications, my mothers maiden name, my home address in UK, obviously she was not at hand to provide all this so went away empty handed and very tired after getting up to be at the Manila office for 7am. I was still in UK at this point so had to email her our photos together then she had to get them printed off at SM, the second trip to Manila happened and she gave them all the required information and came away with the CFO.
I arrived in Philippines via Clark (fully expected to be turned away after all the grief i’ve given out) on December 4th. Being the way I am I took her to the City Hall offices near Marquee Mall and got an affidavit drawn up and stamped by a officer for 500 peso stating I would take care of all expenses and responsibilities for her in Thailand.
The day had come to travel, 20th December, we smiled together and she looked not over dressed, flat shoes no boobs showing etc., lol, checked the bags in, paid her 1620 peso filipna departure tax, then went to the airport tax desk paid the 400 peso fee each, the next step was the dreaded immigration counter, one guy one woman, the guy looked mean so we hung back for the woman to be free, we went to the window together ,just handed over the return tickets and passports for us both, inside her passport was the CFO, quite expecting to be hauled off to an interview room and we were prepared to bombard them with all our prepared paperwork, but NOTHING, just stamped our passports no questions asked and on we went. if I had a peso for every time Michell asked “am I safe now” I would be a millionaire.
So yes I’m writing this email in Thailand with Michell splashing around in the pool in front of me with a massive smile on her face, it just goes to show if you’re determined enough and do your research anything these bastards throw at you can be overcome.
I wish you and all your readers a great Christmas and an even better new year,
DONT LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN !!! Maybe its the old British Bull Dog attitude in me lol. All the best from Thailand, Jimmy and Michell.
(Most of the procedural details you have written could be found in previous HTH columns but you have added a few additional details that I have not mentioned. It is a good update. It remains a shame that a Filipina citizen must go through all that red tape for a vacation just because she is in the company of a foreigner. But it is their rules and we have to comply so folks, if you want to take your darling out of the country, read, weep and then comply. Thanks Jimmy)
Bones Update: Hi Harry, Further to my last e-mail regarding the situation with Bone’s de-facto wife,Teri and the children. So far I have found out the following:- it appears that the Agency through which the application for Teri and the children was re-looked at, at the time of Bones passing and is now under re-view – which is good news, as usually an application is cancelled when the person who filed the application passes away.
Ian Anderson, whom I understand has many friends in Angeles, actually unoffically took it upon himself to act as “Carer” for Bones when he returned to Australia, and I understand has put in a lot of ground work in this matter – for which most of Bones’ friends would like to thank him. (Good work Ian, we all hope that this is all sorted out soon)
Harry, as time passes by one discovers how better he gets with age. Your December issue is absolute proof of that. When I was stationed at Clark just over one hundred years ago I was a police officer at Clark and I sure don’t remember nor did I ever suspect that Angeles or Balibago would change as much as it has. My God I remember when Fields Ave had the appearance of Tobacco Road. Billy Boys were more numerous than women. Town Patrol had a permanent patrol there. How I wish I had your life if but for a month. As I stated in my last post the former owner of a floating bar in Barrio Berretta is in the process of making an on again off again residence in the Subic Area. He is the best friend I have and lives in Las Vegas. I never planned to return to the PI, however, with all of the new growth and wonderful cuisine I need to reestablish roots. Aw, what the hell. That picture you recently posted of Phillie’s.That young lady in the front is so attractive she would make a preacher put a Bible down.They are all gorgeous. Well, most are gorgeous. Owen Parker. (Owen, there are so many ladies to choose from in Phillies. You just have to dazzle them, court them and hope for the best)
A devout Arab Muslim entered a black cab in London. He curtly asked the cabbie to turn off the radio because as decreed by his religious teaching, he must not listen to music because in the time of the prophet there was no music, especially Western music which is the music of the infidel. The cab driver politely switched off the radio, stopped the cab and opened the door. The Arab Muslim asked him, “What are you doing?” The cabbie answered, “In the time of the prophet, there were no taxis so xxxx off and wait for a camel.”
HOUSE FOR RENT - Available 1 Feb 2012. Brian Nolansun has a house for rent. It is located at B69-A Marlim Extension, Pulung Maragul, AngelesCity. Details: House & Lot 150 sqm, House area 100sqm, Fully furnished, Located in the rural setting behind the LivingStone International School, minutes from Fields Avenue & 5 minutes from Marquee Mall. Features: 2 Bathrooms, 1 with Hot Water. 2 Bedrooms, 1 Romp room, Lounge, Dinning room & standard kitchen. Lounge & Dinning area w/ 3 hp air-con unit. Anything can be arranged, Maids, Airport Pick up/drop off, 24hr Trike, Vehicles, Tours etc. House is available for Monthly rental at P15,000 per month. You can contact his wife for further information at Email email@example.com or Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I have run this ad a few times for Brian and he has had mixed luck. He is back in town now and making a few improvements to the house. One stumbling block to the rental is its location. It sounds like it is isolated but believe it or not it is conveniently located to access the Marquee Mall, the NLEX and only minutes away from Fields Ave. I have visited the house and it is nice. It is also in an area that is being developed with new homes. It is the right size for a bachelor, a couple and even one rugrat (kid). Check it out)
WOW, IT’S ABOUT TIME – My goodness, after almost 8 years of courtship, Vegas Dave and Jennifer finally said “I DO”. It happened in a closed private ceremony at the Mabalacat City Hall on 31 Oct 2012. The Mabalacat Mayor did the honors with two close friends of Dave as witnesses. When asked recently how the marriage was going he said, “no different than the others, except now I know I can’t kick her out whenever I want”. NO, Dave did not cut off the pony tail for the wedding. Good luck Dave and Jen as you both are very well liked in this community.
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A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government. – George Washington. (Old George knew what he was talking about – pay attention folks, buy up those guns and ammunition now while you still can. Believe me, in the near future you will need them – Beware the United Nations)
Last month the Tight Jeans Club was raided and closed down. This time the management is not taking this action sitting down. A trusted source sent this information to me:
“Tight jeans management will fight it out against those who raided. It turns out that somebody reported that tight jeans is employing minors. As of this date, management is requesting maj tan to furnish them a copy of the case filed agst them however no case or charges has been filed agst them. Management is also requesting formal documents as to the closures of their establishment, however negative as of this date (8 Dec). Allegedly, maj tan personally padlocked their club without the formal documents and the presence of any officials from the city hall. PNP is mandated to protect lives and property and to maintain peace and order. Closing of any establishment is vested upon the power of the local chief executive after the revocation of the business permit. And such order must be delivered/implemented after the presentation of the revocation order to the management explaining the violations of laws committed which constitutes such revocation. Management has filed WRIT OF AMPARO agst all those who perpetrated the raids with the prayer for the release of all those who are in custody of DSWD.”
Are you interested in play flag rugby? Would you like to put a team together? There is a very active Clark Rugby Club that has been working with kids and competing. Not only have they been competing but have been winning as well. Now, this flag Rugby is open to all ages and all sexes. They will be playing at the Clark Parade ground on 2 Feb at 0800 hrs. For further information on how to join or how to form your own team Email email@example.com. You can also drop by the Brass Knob bar and talk to Cameron McPhie.
Dear Harry the Horse, I think you should read this as it proves the International Justice Mission (IJM) is not interested in rescuing minors they have planted but simply in closing Fields Ave and any thing not fitting in their moral world, as you can see the lies Gary Haugen, the owner of IJM, is putting out that girls are forced and ID’s taken from them so they cant leave, Haugen obviously does not even know the Philippines does not have national ID’s but rather ID’s you buy from the supermarket and NONE whom are poor would have an ID to start with but since its Christmas season as seen on his web page its DONATE DONATE AND DONATE. Petty the 10s of thousands of people who will lose their jobs for Haugen to LIE that he is rescuing fully licensed workers in the entertainment business through his agents, pity the billions poured into Pampanga for new hotels and restos that will go bust. THE BATTLE IN PAMPANGA AS HE CALLS IT, why don’t Haugen look at a noon time show on local TV, that is showing some real flesh, is he going to rescue the 12 years old on TV in Bikini as well or only fully licensed adult workers in Pampanga. Remember an establishment in Manila which never in the 12 year history had an employed GRO (LA Cafe), Haugens AGENTs said there were EMPLOYED GRO MINORS, such liars and criminals they are. Haugen has ZERO ideas what his IJMers are doing here but check his web page and they are paid in Dollars with huge, Philippine standard salaries plus bonuses for convictions. It’s not about helping the poor, in that case Haugen would be on Quezon Boulevard where mamasans knock on doors selling anything, boys, girls dogs, cats, goats anyone wants to buy through car windows but he is not interested in that as it wont give him marketing opportunities like IJM RESCUE OPERATION; BROTHEL RAIDED, GIRLS RESCUED aka girls kidnapped and forced against their will under machine gun to follow IJM agents and sign affidavits they don’t even understand to read. I suggest you spread Haugens letter around, we all know there are no FORCED workers in Angeles nor any trapped workers but that this is only HAUGENS marketing ploy to increase his figures in so called rescues and convictions with no morose for innocent people spending the rest of their life in jail and legitimate tax paying businesses being closed down due to his economic sabotage against the PI. Its time the Philippine people stand up against his crimes against humanity. Haugen rejects any Twitter account we try to contact him on, any letter we write him, any email we write him, he simply dashes any chance for a communication where we are willing to sit down and talk to him as either he is fully aware of the illegal activities of his group or he is not aware and just gave them the gravy train keys. You as an American might have better luck, challenge him to talk to you, problem is he don’t care. What’s another innocent Filipino in jail and a few thousand people losing their job, they can just go abroad and be abused there instead. I think you should inform City Hall as well on Haugens plans as EVERY business is legal and fully licensed, every Filipino/Filipina is of legal age and fully licensed till IJM storms in with machine guns and kidnap them and force them to coerce themselves to be PRIVATE COMPLAINANTS against their managers, cashiers, bosses and co workers, not knowing what they sign as IJM forces them and refuses them food and water till they sign the affidavits at 2 am in the morning. You know the Filipina mentality, if she is hungry, she will do anything for a cup of rice. With the new expanded RA 9208 law, TIP law that will take effect, lobbied and paid for by IJM they will be immune from suit and the coerced women can not by LAW retract what they have been forced to sign. Any affidavit even with an IJM paid machine gun and no rice will stand in court, they will also be allowed to hang innocent people in media unlike before, even if they still hang people through media through buffers. Lets stand up united against HAUGENS money mission. (Ps, he is paid about 15.000.000.00 pesos a year himself that is a years salary for 500 honest hard working Filipinos doing their constitutional right to work, who is Haugen to take away our constitutional right to work? This email is signed by over 2000 people, we can scan the signatures and email if you so require but we have not included due to space limitations.
A letter from IJM President Gary Haugen
As we begin our preparations for the Christmas season, I’d like to invite you to journey with me to a place where a great battle is beginning: Pampanga, the Philippines. I know that my invitation may seem incongruous as this Advent season starts, since this time of year we intentionally seek out peace, but I think there is no better time. For the battle in Pampanga is a battle to bring light to darkness.
On the surface, it doesn’t look dark. In fact, the streets of the region’s main city are awash in the jarringly bright color of neon signs, glowing through the night. But it is dark indeed: These signs are advertising girls for sale in the bars and clubs. Pampanga is a place where people have grown rich by selling the bodies of trafficked women and girls. The pimps and traffickers here are powerful and well-connected—and the bars and clubs where girls are sold for sex are often protected by people in power.
Stopping the trade of trafficked women and girls in Pampanga could be our most difficult fight yet. That’s why, this year, we sent a team of veteran IJM staff to open our fifteenth field office here, with an audacious goal: to shake the very foundations of a city run on exploitation.
For a girl or woman trafficked here, the story is almost always the same. She is poor. She is lured to Pampanga with the promise of a good job, often as a waitress or as a maid. After she travels far from home, her new “employer” confiscates her ID, trapping her so she can’t leave, and hands her a skimpy dancer’s outfit. Slowly, the terrible truth of what she is being forced to do sinks in. Just imagine it: She has no money and no way home. She is threatened with violence and tricked with lies. But even in this place that abuse and assault have rendered as dark as night, there is hope for light to break through. We’re seeing it happen—because we have just conducted our first rescue operation in Pampanga.
One brave government official ready to stand up and stop the trafficking in his city asked our team for help bringing down a bar that was selling girls for sex. My IJM Pampanga colleagues conducted a sting operation with local law enforcement and successfully rescued more than a dozen girls and women. These survivors are now receiving counseling, help and hope at an aftercare home, and the criminals who sold them have been arrested and charged. Josie,* one of the girls rescued from the bar, just testified powerfully and boldly in court against the traffickers who tricked, trapped and exploited her. She was clear and confident. But it’s at the aftercare home where her real personality comes out. Those who know her say she is shy and funny— she and the other girls laugh and joke around together. Their laughter together is a reminder of a deep truth: When we talk about ending trafficking in Pampanga, we are not just talking about statistics and strategies. We are talking about real people. Girls and women with dreams, with plans, with smiles and laughter. And, even tonight, other girls like Josie—girls who desperately wanted something different for their lives—are being sold in Pampanga’s dark bars and brothels.
This is why we are committed to work with fearless perseverance until Pampanga is transformed into a place where girls aren’t sold as a commodity. Our team in Pampanga will stay by Josie’s side until she and the other survivors are fully restored, and we secure the convictions of the people who abused them. And we will continue rescuing more and more like her. This is how great darkness is overcome. It is difficult, but the story of Christmas gives us courage to press on in hope, because it is the great Story of light triumphing over darkness. And in it lies an invitation for each of us to do the same: To be agents of rescue in a dark world. That’s why it’s such a privilege to ask you to walk with us in this new place. Together, we can do this. My team and I know that, if you help us, we can stay in this fight until the doors on the brothels are locked for good, the neon signs come down and a new kind of light floods the city. Now is the time. Will you give a year-end gift today so that we can rescue more girls like Josie from the horrors of sex trafficking? Thank you for joining with us and bringing light to darkness this Christmas. With joy, Gary Haugen
(This was long but it shows you how one organization spreads a bunch of lies and mis-information with one main objective, to press for donations, to build up their bank accounts. They like using the words “rescue” and “brothels”, two words that are overused and misleading. But they are here and the one way that they can be stopped in their tracks is to make sure all laws and regulations are being followed. For sure, all bars must make sure there are no underage women employed. Watch out for plants for this organization is famous for that and also for using foreigners in their sting operations.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
CAMP OLIVAS — A businessman was killed by riders-in-tandem after he was robbed of some P2 million in Barangay Anunas in Angeles City on Monday. In a report, Angeles City Police Director Rodolfo Recomono identified the fatality as Alberto Cabingas, 40, of Manaog, Pangasinan and temporarily residing in Apartment M2 in Mekong Street, Barangay Anunas, of same city. Cabingas was with a certain Maryann Rebotoc, 27, of Pugaro, Manaoag, Pangasinan onboard a pickup truck when they withdrew P2 million from a bank in Barangay Sto. Rosario, the report said. They were on their way to the victim’s apartment when unidentified gunmen on board two motorcycles fired several shots, hitting the left side of the vehicle. Cabingas lost control of the vehicle when he was hit, causing it to turn sideways. The two gunmen fired several shots again, hitting the windshield of the victim’s vehicle, the report said. One of the suspects grabbed the bag inside the vehicle and then went off. Recomono said Rebotoc, who was seated at the back of the vehicle, was unharmed but she was in a state of shock when the responding policemen found her. Cabingas, who suffered gunshot wounds, died while being treated in a hospital, the report said. Recovered from the crime scene were several spent shells for caliber .45 pistol and one cartridge for .9mm caliber pistol.
(This incident was witnessed by my brother and sister in-laws as their shop is located on Mekong Street where the killing took place. They saw the vehicle speed by and then the two motorcycles in pursuit. They started shooting at the vehicle as they passed the shop, then further down the driver lost control and flipped the car. Two of the passengers on the motorcycles got off, walked over and calmly shot the victim, then walked back to the motorcycles, turned around and headed back towards the Friendship Bridge. When my in-laws saw that they were headed back towards them they ran back into the shop and closed the doors. They did not emerge until the police arrived on the scene. This took place around 4 PM but it took the police until 8 PM to get the victim out of the car. These killers did not even wear masks, I guess because they knew no witnesses would try to identify them) UPDATE – 27 DEC: After interviewing a police official I learned that the victim was not a business man but the driver for a door to door agency. The female employee picked up the 2 million pesos from the RCBC bank and got in the back of the car to return to the office which is located in an apartment on Mekong Street. After the robbery/killing the suspects headed back along Mekong towards the Friendship bridge but did not go over the bridge. Instead they turned right on the road just before the bridge heading towards Villa Sol and then to Amsic where it was easy to disappear. There was a surveillance camera at the corner of Mekong that caught images of the suspects but not enough to positively identify them. But, it is suspected that these are the same suspects that have been involved in many robberies in this past year. I have learned the door to door company would like this case to go away so as to protect their company. These door to door money companies do not like bad publicity. I guess never mind that their driver was murdered, after all, he can be replaced.
The holiday season is over but Dr. Tey and her wonderful team of dentists, technicians, assistants and staff wanted their loyal patients here in Angeles City and abroad to know that they are appreciated and hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Oh yes, they also hope that you had a toothache free season and don’t forget to get your teeth cleaned in 2013. An apple a day can keep the doctor away but it takes a lot more than that to keep the dentist away.
Camp Olivas – Two unidentified armed men forcibly took the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) of a 38-year-old woman, after which they shot her in the legs, in front of the BPI bank in Barangay Anunas, Angeles City recently.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Angeles City police director, identified the victim as Leonalyn Bernalez of Redwood Villa inside the Clark Freeport in Mabalacat town. The suspects also took P10,000 in cash from her, which she had just withdrawn from the bank’s ATM. Bernalez was about to leave the ATM area on board her red Mitsubishi Montero when the suspects, wearing bonnets, suddenly approached her and at gunpoint ordered her to open the door of the vehicle. When the victim opened the SUV.s door, one of the suspects shot her seveal times on the legs. The other suspect then drove the vehicle away from the area, bringing with them the victim, her 5-year-old daughter and their housemaid Cristina Etorma, 19.
The victim and her housemaid told police they saw the face of one of the suspects when he removed his bonnet. They were dumped along Barangay Margot in Angeles City while the suspects fled to an unknown direction. Police recovered three spent shells for caliber .45 pistol at the crime scene.
Bernalez was taken to the Angeles University Medical Hospital for treatment. The housemaid positively identified one of the suspects in the police’s rogue galleries and he is now being hunted down by police. Story by Sun Star’s Ric Sapnu. UPDATE: The identified suspect had already served 10 years in jail and had been released in Mar 2011. He had already been arrested before at Station Four and his picture was in the rogue gallery book at Station four which is how he was identified by the victim of this incident. The police are actively searching for him. He lives in Mabalacat but has not returned home. Maj Tan is confident that he will be apprehended as eventually he will try to sneak home.
Canadian Murdered - Police are hunting two tricycle-riding men who mauled, shot and robbed a French-Canadian tourist while he was walking with a female companion in a subdivision in Bgy. Balibago, here, last Wednesday 19 Dec). Chief Insp. Luisito Tan, Police Station 4 commander, identified the victim as Guy Lemieux, 55, of Bulacan St., Mt. View Subd., this city. The victim was walking along Don Gueco St. in the subdivision with Rosa Milano, 33, when two men on board a tricycle offered them a ride, which they refused. The two men made it appear that they were leaving but quickly made a u-turn and grabbed the shoulder bag of Milano.
Lemieux tried to defend his female companion but the suspects mauled him. One of the suspects then pulled out a handgun and shot Lemieux in the right shoulder and then grabbed his bag. The suspects immediately sped away, leaving behind the badly-beaten victim whose gunshot wound was oozing with blood. Concerned citizens brought the victim to a hospital where he died two hours later due to cardiac arrest triggered by the injuries he suffered. (He was shot in the arm by a 38 caliber bullet)
Tan said one of the suspects was identified by witnesses through the police rogue gallery. Update: The suspect in this shooting/robbery was out on bail for crimes committed last year. There is a warrant of arrest out on him now. One witness was a tricycle driver that was in his tricycle resting. He had on a bonnet because of the cold that make it appear that he was sleeping but he was able to see all that happened.
(All three of these cases are being actively investigated with Major Tan determined to close them before his retirement in June. I asked him about the Butterfly owner case and he indicated that one of the suspects in this case was nearly caught at Christmas time but he (Frances) was able to elude arrest. He confirmed to me that they are actively pursuing that case as well. I hope that I will be able to report that all of these cases are resolved this year and that I can also see Mark Dizon sentenced to life in prison. That is my wish for 2013 and of course, making it through another year as well. Do I think there has been an increase of violent crimes in the last couple of months? Yes! Should it affect tourism, I hope not. I still consider AC and the entertainment area to be quite safe. It is still a lot safer than living or visiting Chicago, that is for sure.)
My gosh, let me add something new to the equation. In all the time I have been here, this is the first time that I am now apprehensive about going to the Bank in the Clark Freeport Zone. You can’t even trust the CDC cops anymore. Dig this one: CAMP OLIVAS – A Chinese national lost some P4 million after he was held up by three armed men while on his way to the Fontana Leisure Park inside the Clark Freeport over the weekend. Zhuang Zhi Qiang, 34, temporarily billeted at Fontana, has just withdrawn P4 million from the BDO branch at the SM City Clark before the heist. Police said the victim boarded his Toyota Corolla, driven by Fontana company driver Romulo Corneliosa, 51, of Barangay Dau, Mabalacat, after withdrawing the said amount from the bank. While travelling towards Fontana Leisure Park, three armed men, including an alleged CDC police personnel on board a CDC Police Security Department patrol motorcycle, flagged down the victim’s vehicle. Corneliosa then pulled over and opened the vehicle’s central lock, which led the suspects to open the car’s doors. One of the suspects at knife point forcibly took the money from the Chinese national, police said. The driver later admitted he had the knowledge of the incident and told police he was willing to pinpoint the suspects, which later led to their arrest.
Mabalacat Police Station-4 arrested two of the three suspects, identified as Allan Mamanian, 32, a member of CDC’s Police Security Department and resident of Barangay Sindalan, City of San Fernando; and Joseph Estanislao, 41, of Dau, Mabalacat.
(I do not know exactly what the writer meant when he wrote that “the driver later admitted he had the knowledge of the incident”. I can only guess that he was in on the robbery from the beginning. Now, when my wife goes to the BDO bank on base to withdraw money and while driving is flagged down by a CDC Policeman, is she supposed to stop or keep going? Me, I will keep my doors locked, keep the motor running and just lower my window enough for him to prove it is a legitimate stop. The report said that three were arrested, who was the third one? Maybe the Fontana driver??)
I had someone stop by my hotel that sat down with me for a chat in which he introduced me to a new website in development, in fact it is up and running with more subjects being added even as you read this. It is called the “The Angeles Guide” and it is very comprehensive. In fact I suspect that no business in town would want to be left out of this guide and most businesses would want to advertise in it. It is probably the least expensive ad you can take out in other sites, at least for 2013. The initial charge is P5,000 for the entire year of 2013.
That is an introduction fee and renewals might cost a bit more. I was impressed with it. The details are too numerous for me to print here. I can only suggest you check out their website at www.the angelesguide.com. The company behind this is the Asian Propety Holdings Limited situated in Hongkong. I do not usually support these various guide pamphlets or whatever as they all seem to provide more ads than information. Read up on this on, i think you might agree that it shows a lot of promise.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO US MILITARY VETS – TRICARE:
Hi Harry —– This is an important meeting for the Tricare Demonstration Project and we really need to make sure we have full attendance so they know we are concerned with our health care. They say there will be plenty of time for questions, but I do not believe this since the Angeles meeting and the Subic meetings are only 5 hours apart. I am sure the VFW will get the word out, but just in case, it would be helpful if you send the notice to folks that you know that may be concerned. Bob Lowe.
Here is the tentative schedule for meetings with beneficiaries sent to us by Mr. Halliwell. We need to ensure that the meetings are full to capacity. Let’s get the word out to all beneficiaries.
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE
Gentlemen, As many of you are aware, the first phase of the Philippines Demonstration Project commences 1 January 2013 in metropolitan Manila, Angeles and Olongapo. At the request of International SOS (ISOS) and Global 24 Network Services (Global 24NS), I’ve been asked to make you aware that preliminary dates and times have been set for a round of Demonstration Project Beneficiary Information Forums that they will be conducting during the second week of January. Venues have yet to be definitively confirmed, but should be known by the first week in January (if not earlier).
Final details will be shared once confirmed, but early indications are that the meetings will be held at the Richmonde Hotel in Ortigas, Manila; Holiday Inn in Angeles City; and location TBA in the Subic Bay area. Each venue will have enough space for 100 attendees, and any TRICARE beneficiary who is interested in hearing about the Philippines Demonstration Project and/or have questions about it may attend. The projected schedule will be:
Wednesday, January 9th, 1400 PM: Beneficiary Education Meeting in Manila
Thursday, January 10th, 1000 AM: Beneficiary Education Meeting in Angeles City
Thursday, January 10th: 1500 PM: Beneficiary Education Meeting in Subic Bay/Olongapo
Attendees will be asked to sign in before entering the meeting. At the briefings, there will be ample time for both the presentation and questions. To minimize interruptions and keep things moving along smoothly, attendees will be asked to hold onto their questions, if at all possible, until the conclusion of the presentation. Please feel free to pass along this “heads-up” to interested members of your groups and other TRICARE beneficiaries. We hope to follow up shortly with additional details regarding the upcoming educational briefings.
V/R, Thomas W. Halliwell, FACHE, FAHM TRICARE Area Office – Pacific Chief, Hawaii Satellite Office
I have heard from a reliable source that DHL Manila might be looking to move to Clark in the near future. They have been looking at warehouse/distribution point at Clark. The reason for this is that in Manila used to hold up shipments for 2 days but are now holding up to 30 days allegedly to ask for a larger sum of money for their services.
Again, I keep hearing that the Lewis Grand Hotel is up for sale, the money to be used to pay for the completion of the Penthouse. Also, it is said that Lewis has purchased a property in the rear of the Grandview which used to be the Embassy housing. He plans a big project there.
The latest info I have on John Cody is that he resides in the Villa Sol Sub-division, New York Street. Cell phone #0929 194 2666. Another number just provided is 0921 725 9870 so any “friends” trying to contact John can try those numbers.
WARNING: A somewhat virulent strain of bronchitis is traveling through AC and its inherent danger is that it is sometimes mis-diagnosed as Pneumonia, when in fact it is TB in camouflage. During the first week of December an Englishman (name not divulged) collapsed in his hotel lobby, as a result of severe oxygen deprivation. He was taken to a local Philippine hospital where he was diagnosed with Pneumonia. After a week’s stay his condition had not improved so he returned to England. There he was diagnosed positive for TB. He was also separately diagnosed to be suffering from an aggressive MRSA (antibiotic resistant Staph infection). If you come down with a chronic bronchial infection it may be a good idea to insist on a TB test (blood test is the best) and a chest X-ray before you accept a stethoscope opinion that you merely have pneumonia. Additionally, use caution regarding which hospital you allow yourself to be admitted to. MRSA is a skin contact disease therefore many hospitals throughout the world have had high incidences of contracting the disease in their wards after being admitted.
I posted this to my breaking news on 2 Dec but am including it here for the many that might not have checked it last month. It is a very sad story. Many people remember Dave and to die just when he was about to become a very happy man is sad. I cannot imagine the sadness and hurt experienced by his fiance. I am sure Ferrari Doug and others will help her. Fortunately she looks young enough that she will have the strength to recover and get on with her life.
“With a very heavy heart I want to inform you of the death of my friend of 45 years Dave Fouke. Dave owned the Blue Fox about 10 years ago [sold it to Dave Fisher]
I was shocked and deeply saddened with the news that Gary Grochow has passed away, I have fond memories of Gary and our time at Woodland Park. Angeles City Flying Club. I always remember how he would go to extreme lengths to explain things to a student pilot as he was a very good and safe Instructor/Pilot.
I spent many hours with Gary on and off the Airfield and was amazed at all the things he did. I visited him in North Carolina and he took me to The Wright memorial Field, Kill Devil hills, where it all started, and I shall never forget that. May you rest in peace Gary, you’re in the sky now where you belong. Bob Lemon
MSgt.Robert J. “Bob” Gigliotti, U.S. Air Force Retired passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012 in Angeles University Foundation Hospital
Philippines. Bob was the current Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 3 (DAV). Commander Bob was also a DAV service representative for many years and was always assisting veterans and dependents. He was a long-time resident of Angeles City and is survived by his wife, several children and grandchildren. He was an avid horseshoe player in the local league for many years.
Bob was taken to AUF suffering from a mild heart attack and stroke. After eating breakfast the next morning, he suffered another heart attack and passed away. He was cremated on 21 Dec. It was a sad Christmas for his family. Bob was an old friend and many years ago he was also a very good dart player and he taught me a thing of two about darts. He will be sadly missed.
Subic News: Happy New Year from Subic Bay. The Mall on SBMA here has two new fast food places. Burger King opened a day ago, after saying they would open end of November, and now Wendy’s is to open by March 2013. Progressing slowly as usual in the Philippines. Texas Joe’s on base is still great for steaks and ribs and is now open 7 days a week at 11 a.m. (used to close on mondays). In Barrio, Bubbly Bones, Sit N Bull, Route 69 and Dynamite Dicks are my usual hangouts. Bubbly has great ribs as a special on Fridays and Saturdays for P199 (beat that)and 99% of the meals are less than P200. Bubbly opens 11 a.m, and offers 3 beers for P99. Sit N Bull is a favorite breakfast place for Elsa and me, as well as other meals. Sit N Bull opens at 6 a.m. Dynamite Dicks still has the best burgers in town and has a Thursday seafood special you cannot beat for P250. Dick opens 1 p.m. but is usually there before 10 a.m. for early birds and will serve you burgers and drinks at your request. Route 69 has a great menu and friendly waitresses and good music. Route 69 opens at 2:00 pm every day. If you are a good dart shooter, go to Route 69 and let Michelle play you a few games. There is also a pasta place called Bingos just a mile or so up the road from Barrio that has good pizza and other pastas and also a selection of baked goods (bread, cookies, etc). Elsa and I also go to Arizona Hotel to eat for a change of pace and offers the freshest seafood in the area. Anyway, we have been busy with relatives visiting from the province for the holidays and havent made it to the Horse’s Stable which is forthcoming soon – trust me on that one. Hope everyone had happy holidays and wish everyone the best in the years to come.
27 Jan – Australian Day Street Festival on Fields Ave. This is one event you want to attend.
USNS MERCY MEDICAL SHIP
One of the most exciting days Priscilla and I had last year is when, thanks to retired Navy man Bilal Muhammad we were able to visit the USNS Mercy Medical Ship when it was in liberty Port at Subic. Bilal was still in contact with a friend that he worked with on active duty, Lt. Jermaine White who was on board the Mercy at Subic. We drove to Subic with Bilal and he was able to have a short reunion with Lt. White who was kind enough to give us old landlubbers a tour of this fantastic ship. I was absolutely amazed at how spotlessly clean everything was, cleaner then any hospital here in Angeles City. The facilities were beyond belief. They were prepared for any type of medical assistance, from simple examinatons to any type of surgery. You should see the computerized beds they had for the patients in ICU. They can weigh the patient, turn them, massage the back, all automatically. I forgot to ask if they had automated bed pans. I hope I took enough pictures to give you an idea of what this floating hospital can do on the world wide missions. I wish it was a regular day so I could see the personnel in action. It was a well deserved liberty stop over so everyone was heading off the ship for some entertainment and shopping and just a chance to sample Philippine hospitality. The manning included doctors from the USA, Malayasia, France, Holland, Japan, and Australia. It is indeed a “ship of mercy” sailing throughout the world helping helping the sick with medical expertise that many would never be able to get.
I could have spent the whole day on board and written two pages of praise but I think you get the idea. I enjoyed seeing the dining hall, it was enormous and my two escorts nearly had a heart attack when I popped into the Chief’s Mess to say hello to some Chief eating by himself. He was quite nice about it but Lt. White’s blood pressure rose to a dangerous level. The Navy takes that top three enlisted rank very seriously, not like the Air Force. I kind of like that.
The tour had to end, we bid the Lt. goodbye and I do not know if he realizes how much the wife and I appreciated his taking the time out for us and I wish every person assigned to the Mercy would know that I think every one of them are very special people. I would
also like to wish each and every one of the doctors, civilians, and active duty personnel on this magnificent ship with a life saving mission a very happy New Year. May you continue to your mission for many, many more years. I wish I could have visited you when you were active and not in port for liberty so I could better show your personnel in action but I believe the readers of this column have a good idea of what you do.
TOURISTS OF THE MONTH
Towards the end of Dec I had two visitors that I was very pleased to see. One because, because I was so busy this month that I was worried I would not be able to greet any tourists and secondly because they both brought me a couple of great gifts. Let me start with the first picture featuring Bob Harris from Virginia. Bob is 54 years old, has a wife, Cresencia (Cristy) from Leyte. They have 2 boys, Lee (22 Years old) and James (21), both single. It seems that Lee is kind of serious over his girlfriend, an American blond who is a bit possessive. Lee, your Dad and I discussed this and we feel you should visit Angeles City for at least two weeks before making any serious commitment, naturally, without your girlfriend.
I’ll take you to breakfast at Phillie’s so you can enjoy the wonderful sight of the Phillie’s girls, waitresses supreme. Hell, check out lunch and dinner as well so you can check out every shift. Then do a bit of barhopping and after two weeks see how you feel about your commitment back home. Oh, tell your blond girlfriend Harry the Horse sends his regards. Getting back to Bob, he spent 6 years in the Air Force and trained as a computer software technician which is one hell of a good job. So good that he decided to get out of the military and a few days later went to work with Pitney Bowes. Over the years he has worked with different companies and rose up the ladder with each change of job. He is now happily working as a software Tech. Spt. specialist and does not regret giving up the military job. He and Cristy visit the Philippines every other year. That box he is holding contains four bottles of hot sauce, labeled “not so spicy”, “somewhat spicy”, “just like fire”, and “feel it burn”. I usually do not open the hot sauces sent to me but I might do so with these, even though I hate to open the box. Thanks Bob, I will reserve my decision later this year.
NEXT, INTRODUCING JOHN CONNOLLY, a single traveler from Lancashire, England. I forgot to ask how old he is. He visits AC once a year and has been doing for for five years. He wrote to me earlier in the year, told me he would be visiting and what would I like from England. I did not have to think long as I wrote back “bring me some of that instant Yorkshire Pudding mix”. I had a mate that used to bring me some every year as he traveled back and forth but he retired, settled here permanently and married a local girl. We ran out and I have not been the same since. We always cooked up a batch every New Years Eve for our Family dinner and also a few times throughout the year. On 26 Dec he showed up with five packages of Aunt Bessie’s homebake yorkshire pudding mix (just the way you like it) and by golly, just in time for my New Years Eve dinner. I am looking at the package while I type this and even the picture is making me want to cook up a batch right away. John did not restrict himself to the Philippines as he is also touring Malayasia, Thailand and Singapore in 15 days. This is one hell of a busy schedule. He is traveling with a friend who is seeing Angeles for the first time. John is trying to keep him from catching a dose of the AC virus. He has already been with one girl for two days already. Two more days and he will be infected. He has to change the girl before that. John is staying at the Clarkton but considers the Oasis the best place he has stayed at. His favorite bars are the Typhoon, and D’Bar but does manage to stop in to quite a few more. Priscilla has called me to move my butt. We have to stop by the Walk-a-bout to pick up 100 apples that Bill has donated for our food packages we will be delivering to the Aeta village on Saturday. Kokomo’s and Phillies are donating oranges. We deliver clothes and candy as well but within a short time all I see are 100 Aeta children eating oranges and apples and the adults checking out the clothes. It is a fulfilling day. Oh, Oh, second call from Priscilla, got to run.
John and Bob, thanks for the visit and looking forward to seeing you both again. Dinner tonight, Yorkshire pudding with whatever!
SWISS CHALET 20TH ANNIVERSERY
Twenty years of good food and great service and over those years I have enjoyed many meals served up by Hans. Can I say his food gets better each year, no what I should say is that more and more people discover his restaurant and keep coming back for more. I’ve written it before and will repeat myself, this restaurant is busy 7 days a week. Now, a new touch. Because of the noise and dust from the construction across the street Hans has enclosed the outside eating area with glass and air-conditioned it. As weather permits the windows can be opened. A great idea born out of necessity but has been met with customer satisfaction and will remain permanent. On this special night a one page menu offered with with selections offered for only P105 but adding a small salad was a bit extra. The menu items were 1) Schweinsbraten (Roast Pork), 2) Cordon Blue (Pork or Chicken), 3) Paprika Gulach (Beef), 4) Hack Braten, 5) Kassler Braten (Smoked Pork Loin I ordered this and it was more than I could finish, had to take it home).
Needless to say, the place was packed, tables at a premium. You had to wait for diners to finish up and leave. Was Hans busy? You betcha but he would come out of the kitchen to say hello to folks during any short lull in the orders. He wanted to thank all those customers that have supported him all these years and, of course, he wished one and all a Happy New Year.
I WOULD IF I COULD
Guys, I really worked hard to get this lady to pose for this picture. I only had a few days left to find my girl for this month. You know how busy I am in Dec and I hardly got out enough to write a decent column. OK, some folks think I never write a decent column but I do try. Anyway, thank goodness for the newly named bar just a few meters away from my stable, “The Green Bottle”. I will write a few words on this bar after I finish this. First I had to check out the ladies to see if I could find inspiration. Ah Hah, this lady caught my eye and owner, Elmer, agree with me. Then we called her over. First I told her what I wanted. She was hesitant. Then I told her she was good looking, cute, nice smile. She disagreed. OK fine, what next. Oh yes, I told her someone would see her, write to her, maybe court her, maybe marry her and six kids later she would be grateful I took her picture. No doubt I would have to be Godfather to her six kids and they would come looking for money each year and then I would be sorry I took her picture. But, she did soften a bit. Desperate for the picture as I had no time to look for someone else I got on my knees and begged. She agreed, but said I could only take a picture of her face and she also mentioned that she did not have an Email address yet. At this stage I agreed to all she said, if she asked me to kiss her feet I would have done that. Time was running out! After it took four people to get me up from the floor I finally got a picture. Man, this job is getting harder each month.
Her name is Mary Ann Prentis, anyway that is what she said after I asked about the last name and she said no, it is all one name. I am still not sure on that score. Twenty years old from Samar (of course). She is not a high school graduate. She has one brother and six sisters. She is new to the job having only worked at the Green Bottle for only 2 months. She claims to have no boyfriend and no children. She likes to read. She is a dancer so if you visit her you will see her without her jacket and be able to see that she does have nice legs. Why she only wanted her face shown is a mystery to me. I was not willing to lay prostrate on the ground for a full body shot.
Look, if you want to send a message to MaryAnne send it through me. It is only a short walk to the Green Bottle so easy to deliver. Damn, my knees still hurt.
THE GREEN BOTTLE
Finally, at long last I think there will be a successful bar in this location. For the last few years, hell, even longer than that, no bar here has succeeded. For whatever reason they open, close, open again, open, new owner, close again. It was becoming a joke. Now, here comes my fellow New Yorker, USAF retiree, previous owner of Stargate, Elmer. He comes with experience, personality and an established following. He is personable, talks to the customers and is available. The music is not loud, it is VARIED and the dancers, waitresses are good looking and fun to talk to. Happy Hour drinks (2 to 7 PM) – P50, after 7 PM – P60. Ladies drinks – P120. Extended conversation time with the ladies will cost you P1,300. Be advised that the drink prices might increase when the “Sin Tax” comes into effect. The bar closes at 2400 hrs. I see a long future for this bar, check it out.
THE NEW BRETTO’S
I know that Bretto’s has been around a long time and I also know that the new owners have been around a few months as well, but it is new to me since this is the first time I have visited and written about it. There are a lot of pieces that go in to taking over an established Deli and Restaurant and making it into a success. Let me start with two. First the Boss or Bosses if more than one. What are their personalities like? Do they take good care of their customers and employees. On this, John, to the left of me, and Bernard to the right are great in this category. John is from New York, which automatically makes him a good guy, even thought he moved to California and Bernard is from Israel and then moved to France plus China, Thailand and other countries. They both own other businesses and consider Bretto’s a fun hobby but seriously are determined to make it one of the best eateries in town as well as an excellent Deli. Believe me, they are well on the way to doing that. Second ingredient, good service and good waitresses. Well, the two lovely ladies pictured with me are super, especially Joy on the right who is only 18 years of age and is loaded with personality plus and Janice. Both are single and for me, a good reason to stop in and have a meal. That Joy is a doll! Eh, don’t tell my wife I said that. I keep getting interrupted while writing this is lose my train of thought.
At my age that is serious for then I forget what the hell I was writing about. Even my wife does not talk to me when I am one day away from publication. Now, lets see, where the hell was I? Oh yeah, Bretto’s. OK, Priscilla and I ate there last night, 29 Dec, actually John invited us there for dinner and it ended up being a sampling of some of their special menu items they were developing. I planned to have soup only because we overate at the Holiday Inn buffet the night before. But my goodness, they treated us to a filet mignon wrapped in bacon with fresh tdomato sauce plus roast potatoes. Then Penne Bolognese with garlic bread, also French Onion Soup that was terrific loaded with Mozzarella cheese. While eating the waitress passed our table with an order for two hamburgers, one a half pounder and the other a one pounder. I had to take a picture of the burgers and the Filipino that was eating the one pounder. Man, I have a big mouth but not sure my false teeth will handle that big a burger.
I meant to go back and ask the customer if he finished the whole burger and whether he liked it. I forgot because I was enjoying myself too much with the food and the good company of John and Bernard. They were telling me about the special menu that they will use when they set up their restaurant at the Tune Hotel. Even though they will set up in a hotel they plan to keep the prices reasonable and the food quality very high. To tell the truth both Priscilla and I were very impressed with the young Chef Arem. He studied at Holy Angel University and enjoyed practical experience in a variety of restaurants. Believe me, the man is good and I do not how long John and Bernard will be able to hold on to him. An indicator of how good the food is and the service is the fact that
Bretto’s is attracting a loyal Filipino customer base to include Congressman Lazatin who I am told is a steady customer. That is one hell of a good recommendation. Bretto’s also has an excellent wine selection that can be served with your meal or purchased to take home. I have talked so much about the restaurant that I nearly failed to mention the Deli and the meat selections. They have replaced most of the old staff in the store and that operation has seen a dramatic increase in sales. All in all, Bretto’s is here to stay and they provide many of the popular restaurants in town with their meats. If you have questions, complaints, compliments, whatever, be advised that Bernard is very accessible and will provide you with any assistance you might need. All in all, put Bretto’s and the two owners on your “A” list.
SANTA THANKS MANY WHO HELPED
Santa was able to reach out to many more low income families, hospital patients and Aetas this year because of the many special people who gave monetary donations, clothes, stuffed toys, candy and food items our personal charity that has been in existence since 1985. Dec is a very busy month for Santa as we try to reach out to those people who are overlooked at Christmas time. Because of donations from some very special people each year we are able to reach out to more people who are normally overlooked at this time of year. Let me take this time to acknowledge some of them: Howard Tateishi (Hawaii), Rod Carter (Texas), Buddy Skelton, Cliff Wilsey, Tony Power, Dr. Tey (Smile Dental), Uncle George (US), Karel Heinan, Gerard Heinan (ABC Hotel), Mark Broom (Australia), Kandi Suites, Earl Honeycutt, Dennis Wright, Damian (Honey Ko’s), Chris Welsh, Mark Brown, Bob Chesko, Pat Plat (Hawaii), Charles Hoffman and the Garfields Members, teacher Joy, Teacher Scott, (Brightwoods and High Grove schools), Teacher Rose (Mindchamps, (Montessori Sch), Nepo Mall, Bruce McTavish (stuffed toys and t-shirts), Dave Marr (clothes), John McCaully (stuffed toys and loads of candy), Bill, Walk-a-Bout (apples), Phillies Sports Grill (Oranges), Derek, Kokomo’s (Oranges).
Also I thank those who put money in the jar on top of the Bar counter. Speaking of that, In all the years that we have used that jar this is the first time we had a customer steal money from it. We were able to see it on our surveillance camera but not clear enough to pin point who it was. Special thanks to Mark Brown, a customer staying in our hotel who, when he heard about it, put in the money to replace what was stolen. The culprit was a foreigner. Please forgive me if I left out any names. Some of those named were major donors and have been for consecutive years. John McCaully, please thank your sister for the boxes of stuffed toys and candy she sent from the US. Believe me, it brought many smiles to a lot of children, especially the sick ones in the hospitals. By the way, we take donations of clothes, stuffed toys and regular toys and candy all year long. Nothing goes to waste.
138 Children from low income families, over two hundred in attendance including parents, younger and older children. Throw in a few Grandmothers as well.
Mabalact General Hospital and Rafael Lazatin Memorial Hospital
Aeta village handing out clothes, candy, food, apples and oranges with assistance from RCCC President Bill Campbell and tourist Mark Brown.
BOXING AT PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL
This happened so early last month that I nearly forgot to mention it. One of the best venues to watch live sports in town is at Phillie’s as you have the multiple TV screens and the giant screen in the center plus surround sound. During the Pacquiao fight I popped down there to sit upstairs and relax over breakfast while the place filled up. It did not take long to get to standing room only and a special one page menu was developed just for the event along with the buffet. Early, during the preliminary fights I took a few pictures but these were taken before Pacquiao got knocked out cold. It was too depressing to take pictures after that. But, I was a bit happy since I won P500.
Yes, I was pretty sure he would lose this time but not in the manner he did. I wonder when this guy will retire and quit trying to fool his fans. Obviously, he is milking the system for as much money as he can get. I wanted him to retire undefeated and live on as a legend. Now, he has the audacity to even mention that he might want another fight with Marquez. If that happens I will watch the cartoon channel instead.
THANK YOU HOLIDAY INN
I do like the Holiday Inn. The two restaurants, the pastry section, the staff in all departments, the people who greet you at the entrance and I always like to see the big old dog outside and always stop to pet him. I am thanking the General Manager, Michael, and the marketing folks for having a special Christmas dinner for the Media and favored customers at pool side. I must say that I was impressed with the hard work that went into the entertainment via staff dances and the video in which each department did their bit in presenting themselves “Gangnam Style”. It was darn clever. The big dance routine at poolside was fun to watch and even Manager Michael loosened up a bit. It really set the mood for the Christmas season and I must say “Well Done” and thank you for a wonderful evening. That snowman my wife is standing next to was made of ice. That box she is holding is filled with bakery goodies especially my favorite, the very delicious cinnamon rolls. I was so disappointed when I ate there with guests on the night of 28 Dec and they were sold out of those rolls. In fact, there was nothing left in the display case at all. That is how good their bakery offerings are. I look forward to another year of priority club membership with the Holiday Inn.
It is time to close out this year of 2012 and start anew in 2013. I do wish each and every reader of this column a very happy New Year. I have enjoyed your comments over this year, most complimentary and yes, a few negative as well. I thank those of you that catch my mistakes and overlook my typo’s and incorrect sentence structure. I must also state how grateful I am for “spell check” it is much easier to use than the dictionary. I so enjoy meeting those of you who stop by my stable to say hello and also bring me some surprise goodies. Each year by the time I get to this last column in Dec I find myself a bit more tired than the previous. Am I entering the “age factor”?. My feet are swollen, my legs ache and my back is a bit of a mess. But, writing this column and meeting new people keeps me going. Age 75 is approaching in Feb, I do hope some of you will be able to stop by my birthday party on 23 Feb and have a drink with me. Put it on your calendar in case you are on holiday here around that time. For now, time for bed and dream of my Yorkshire pudding with my roast beef tomorrow night, New Year’s Eve. Remember folks, be safe, be well and for goodness sake be kind to Horses.
POLITICAL RANTINGS – STOP HERE
BEST BARTENDER JOKE EVER! - A Lawyer, an Illegal Alien, a Pathological Liar, a Muslim, a Communist and a Black Guy walk into a BAR. Bartender asks….”What’ll it be, Mr. President?” (Not my joke but I could not laugh, it is too close to the truth)
Written by Col. William Bauer, USMC.
We’re the Battling Bastards of Benghazi,
no fame, no glory, no paparazzi.
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell,
defending the country we loved so well.
It wasn’t our job, but we answered the call,
fought to the consulate, ‘n scaled th’ wall.
We pulled twenty countrymen from the jaws of fate,
led them to safety, ‘n stood at th’ gate.
Just the two of us, ‘n foe by th’ score,
but we stood fast to bar th’ door.
We called for reinforcement, but it was denied,
so we fought, ‘n we fought, ‘n we fought, ‘n we died.
We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
‘n Obama didn’t give a damn,
just two dead SEALS, who carried the load,
no thanks to us, we were bumps in the road.
Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon.
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”
This was sent to me by Olin Marsh: Greetings Mr. Sweeney, I have a few comments that I would like to add regarding this topic. I will go ahead and tell you that I certainly concur with what Pastor Dave said. Pastor Dave is Nice Man and a Good Courteous Christian Man. I am a Small Government Conservative Libertarian. I’ll be a little more Blunt with you. I will take the Right side of the road more often than not. I don’t have much use for the “Florence Morning Fishwrap” nor any other Liberal Rag, Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is a Good and Decent Man in my opinion. I also think that what he said is right on track. There is an ongoing movement in this country to Tear Apart the Very Fabric of our Society. Part of that strategy is to destroy Traditional American Family Values and Churches. This is all part of the Progressive/New Age/Postmodern Liberal strategy of “Remaking/Transformation/Hope and Change” plans for the USA. If you carefully listen and dissect the sentences and words that this president uses in practically any address or speech that he makes it is not difficult to see that he is a master of word manipulation and doublespeak. When you analyze his speech and sentences it becomes clear that what he really means and is saying is nothing short of textbook “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky. I do agree that what happened at Sandy Hook, CT is a Real Tragedy and a Crying Ass Shame. To borrow a phrase far overused by our president, Let Me be Clear, the Shame is all Adam Lanza. Lanza committed that despicable crime. No one else. No external force took control of Lanza and made him do that. Adam Lanza committed those murders. Which is all against the law, already. There may have been some bad influences upon Lanza. In this Liberal (anything goes) society that is quite possible. Just ten years ago I discovered my young teenage sons watching movies like “Spawn” and playing video games like “Grand Theft Auto”. I certainly did not obtain those for them and I certainly did curtail those activities immediately. Unfortunately there were friends of my sons that came from homes where such things were tolerated and my rules were often circumvented. Still I tried to enforce rules of decency at my house and I think that my sons grew up to understand why I did. Harvey Weinstein, Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx are about to release the next big load of Excrement to come out of Hollywood in the form of this so-called movie “Djangco Unchained”. Will the media call this for what it is and say Shame upon these Hollywood Filth Merchants ? Don’t hold your breath. The Hollywood Filth Merchants are Best Buds with this president and the democrats. Another question while I am at it. Why haven’t these politicians mentioned the Fort Hood Murders committed by that Scum Sucker Nidal Hasan ? Obama, Feinstein, Schumer, Bloomberg, etc… They all conveniently skip over this one when ranting about shooting murders. Is Hasan ever going to be tried for those murders or what ? Why hasn’t this Scum Sucker been tried, convicted and executed by now ? You want get any answers from the federal government or the media on it. They want to hold discussions about how to minimize murders and crimes committed with guns. I am open to that. I will say this up front though. Any plan or idea to curtail, suspend, impede, eliminate or impair our 2nd Amendment Rights will not be considered ! Not Now ! Not Ever ! If our 2nd Amendment Rights are suspended then others will follow. I served 21 years in the U.S. Naval Service to protect our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Not Gonna Happen on My Watch !!! I will offer this suggestion. There are many of us Veterans of the Armed Forces that can be employed as “Armed Security”. It can be done. Billions of dollars are thrown away on Absolutely Foolish things. Why not not put it to a better use if the Congress and President are sincere in seeking solutions. Again, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Olin Marsh
— On Mon, 12/17/12, Ed Palumbo <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Subject: FW: Huckabee / Response to Flo. news correspondent criticising Mike
Date: Monday, December 17, 2012, 8:11 AM
ONE MORE REASON WHY WE DON’T BUY THE FLORENCE MORNING DEMOCRAT!!!
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Subject: Huckabee / Response to Flo. news correspondent criticising Mike
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:14:58 +0000.
If you didn’t like huckabee’s piece, I am sure you will not like what I have to say either. These school shootings are a relatively new occurance in society, why? Perhaps because Huckabee was right, since prayer was removed from our public schools and 10 commandments pulled down. We have elected leaders who hold their fists in God’s face and told Him we will not follow His Word. Yet we are still shocked when things like this happen. Make no mistake, Disobedience to God yeilds a high price, as tragic as this incident was it pales in comparison to the horrors that awake the American people who have made their choicesover and over to put into power those who are determined to remove The Word of God from our schools, National life. I pray everyday for America, Land that I love and hate to think of what this country is headed for with this type of liberal mindset. God Bless You! Rev. Dave Bult, Jr. Kingsburg Baptist Church.
(The shock of what transpired at this school shocked the whole world. It was terrible. For four days in Dec I visited schools as Santa Claus and the children I saw were ages 2 to 8 years of age. As I looked at those happy smiling faces as Santa entered, the happiness and joy they showed when it was time to open their presents brought tears to my eyes as I thought of those 20 children who would not see any presents under the Christmas tree this or ever again. I thought of those parents who would not be taking anymore picture of their school events and so much more. I was able to hug each child during the day and their parents were so proud to take their pictures. No one knew what I felt in my heart at that time. You see I have been Santa at one school, Brightwood, for around 8 years and I am able to visit those children in the 1st and second grades who I first saw as young as two years old. I thought of those teachers who would not not see 20 of their students grow and mature. Those 20 will never be forgotten in that town. Each years there will be memorial services and each year I will treasure being able to bring Santa Claus to the children at Brightwood and the other schools I visit and each year I will pray that the tragedy that struck Newtown, Connecticut will never happen here in the Philippines. As far as 20 year old Adam Lanza is concerned I do not care why he did what he did but I will have to agree with his ex-classmate, Tim Dalton, who wrote via Twitter “Burn in Hell” Adam!”
Of course now, there is a clamor for more gun control. Those people who want to get rid of our second amendment rights are rising up in anger again. For me, I am sick of these school shootings, Mall shootings, and any other public mass shootings. I agree that there must be more strides towards gun control but it must not be done the way Obama and Hillary want. It must be looked at and implemented in America, not by the United Nations. We must not give up our sovereignty! America and its citizens (legal) can come together and solve our own problems. It is time we came together and solved this one, quickly)
I am so upset over the incident at the Mexican border where Mexican authorities threw ex-Marine John Hammer in a dirty stinking jail, chained by the leg to his bunk for months while our US Government dragged their ass in doing anything about it. He was released only after his mother was finally listened to by the media and a couple of senators who pressured our State department. Hillary was probably too busy dodging Senate hearings on her inept handling of the Benghasi debacle. This incident only showed how weak our Government is. It was a disgrace that we let the Mexicans get away with this. Oh, so happy he was released but what about an apology from the Mexican President, what about a few actions against Mexico? No, our Government just continues to kiss the ass of Mexican officials. Now, let these illegals continue to come into the US. Do not even deport them when they commit crimes. Get real folks, they commit a crime when they enter the country illegally. When the hell are we going to get smart? They detain an American illegally and we do nothing and allow them to keep him in a jail not good enough even for dogs. In fact they treated him like a dog. Meanwhile when we arrest Mexicans for breaking our laws they are treated humanely. No wonder they want to leave Mexico!
Over the last year the International (Formerly Shano’s) has been going down hill. The quality of the food went down, the employees were unhappy, and the customers stayed away. Then the Poker room was closed down. But, now, there is life after death. The Lewis Group is coming to the rescue. The below description was sent to me and it sounds like a very interesting, and dare I say an exciting Sports Bar will bring back a bit of life to A. Santos Street.
Cuba Libre Rum and Sports Bar in Angeles City is recreating the vibrant heydays of 1950s Havana and its love of sports and dancing.
The Lewis Grand Hotel team has created an enticing menu that features fresh produce with a Cuban Latin edge as well as mainstays in comfort food dishes.
Our amazing team of mixologists has also researched Cuban Cocktail Menus from the last 50 years to develop our cocktail List that features true classic Cuban cocktails with our favorite liqueur…. Rum!
We will feature authentic Latin Jazz bands playing live with Latin dancing to accompany the festive atmosphere in the evenings!
Get a ready… Opening August 2012!
Located at the old International Bar and Grill on A. Santos Street. Adjacent to the world famous Fields Ave. Angeles City, Philippines!
For More Info please add our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.
From what I remember of Cuba and the 50′s, there were great sexy floor shows, gambling and the Mafia. I wonder if we will get a taste of that as well. There are enough “shady Expats” in town that could fill the “gangster” slots without having to import any from Vegas and Chicago. Back then the Cuban government and the police got rich on hand outs from the gangsters. Damn, that sounds familiar. But, I think the Cuba Libre Sports Bar will be content to just provide the food, liquor, bands and plain old fun. It is something to look forward to in August.
HI GUYS, I SURE HOPE YOU WILL BE AT THE ABC POOL PARTY ON SUNDAY, 8 AUG, STARTING AT 1130 HOURS. YOU WILL SEE A LIVE BAND, PLENTY OF FOOD AND DRINK AND IF YOU ARE LUCKY, YOU MIGHT SEE ME.
I WILL BE LOOKING FOR YOU, THAT SPECIAL KIND OF GUY. IT MIGHT BE YOUR LUCKY DAY!!
I will just post this link and you can read the details.
I can only say good luck in the investigation and do not expect much cooperation from the local police. Why isn’t some organization investigating the murder of the owner of the Butterfly Bar. The police have done nothing and the murderers are still at large. Unless money is paid , do not expect much from the Police when a foreigner is murdered here.
Sure, the finally caught and arrested Mark Dizon but they had a lot of help in doing so and the publicity was so strong that they HAD to do their job. What is happening now, Mark is gaining weight in jail as his court hearings go on, and on, and on.
Hey Folks, July already. Back in the US hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks, parties, and baseball. Back here in Angeles City, well, some Clubs will probably have a few special events but the one to look forward to will be the big pool party at the ABC Hotel, not exactly on the 4th but Sunday, 8 Jul. One guarantee is that they will have a band and the music will be loud, very loud but I think that during their breaks Gerard should book Howard McKay and Doggie Dave (DD) for a great switch in sound. The party goers could use a bit of Aussie music mixed in with some American sounds and folk music. The problem is I am not sure that Doggie Dave could make it up the stairs to the stage, but not to worry, an elevator is available. A lot of folks might not know this musically talented duo but they have been playing in Angeles City for many years now and they have a devoted following. They play every two months at my stable and it is nearly standing room only. On 27 Jun the house was packed for one of their best fun appearances, they had the fans dancing in their seats, laughing, chatting, including one lady who was glued to her Ipad for the whole evening, taking pictures and demonstrating to others her love of the evening. I wonder if she sleeps with that Ipad. Now I don’t want Mrs Horse to have one if that is what it does to people. Actually I wanted to join her as those darn things fascinate me but I know I would never be able to learn how to use it with all those applications and stuff. Hell, I have not figured out my cell phone yet. Anyway, back to Howard and DD. There is no entry fee for his appearance and believe me, it is an enjoyable night. His next appearance will be in Aug on a Tuesday evening, date to be announced. Normally I would place the audience pictures further down but what the hell, let me put them here, might as well change my routine. Forgive me for making you look at the big guy Garth twice but he was sitting in a location that made it unavoidable. I think he had a two cigar night. Oh, those folks with yellow pieces of paper were raffle winners. Yeah, as cheap as I am I took some money out of my pocket to provide a few prizes. I am looking for some raffle prizes for the August show, preferably from restaurants and other businesses. Good chance to promote your business.
I am planning to fly out of Clark to Bangkok with my gf in August. She lives in Bohol, works for the ferry company there, and has a bachelor degree in hotel management. She’s 23. I already bought the tickets to go there, since it’s cheaper to buy in advance. I just hope they don’t stop her from going on a well deserved vacation with me to do some sightseeing and shopping over there in Thailand. What’s going on about the immigration issue? Bret B.
(Bret, I can nearly guarantee that the folks at Clark will not allow her to board the plane. They will claim “profiling”, “human trafficking” , “Immigration directives”, and just plain personal opinion. Whatever the reason, I recommend you go the seminar route in Manila and get the CFO stamp even though the whole process is a complete waste of time and expense. But, at least you will not lose the cost of your girlfriends ticket)
Well I have until August, so we’ll go a day early to Manila so she can attend the seminar in Manila and getting a CFO stamp. If that doesn’t work, we’ll just have to tour northern Luzon instead. Bret. (My goodness, if that does not work, please let me know).
Harry Perhaps u can help me, i am trying to contact my friend kim barnaby, u might even know him we go way back. several years ago i met up in puerto galera but his contact numbers must have changed. Maybe u can pass on his new ones or give him mine. Much appreciated. best regards Brian Fenton (Kim Barnaby, if you happen to read this please drop me a line and I will provide the Email address for Brian) First and Last Name: Graham L. Comments and Remarks: Dear harry, I was a bit confused as to articles in June 2012 report? In one short paragraph you warned that foreigners should not get involved with domestic disputes…2 Filipino guys hitting a girl and the foreigner trying to help, you stated that foreigners should turn and walk away… good advice to me. The second article concerned two foreigners fighting in front of La Pasha; you turned a 360 in this article and went as far as to call the foreigners idiots for turning on a Filipino who tried to break it up? Another story from my side: Two friends of mine…one who is not anymore were also fighting in front of La Pasha and another friend of mine plus his long time girlfriend, my wife and myself tried to stop it… during the rucus my friend was kicked twice whilst knocked out, face down on the ground and a third attempt to stomp on the nape of his neck by the other foreigner was thwarted by my wife, during this many Filipino’s jumped in and taking free shots at us whilst grabbing for cell phones rings and wallets… Etc Etc, My friend face down in the gutter was repeatedly
kicked again by Filipino guys… his finger almost dislocated as his gold ring was ripped off. I know of an earlier incident at the same spot that night as the Police informed us, plus door girls at the club… The M.O. of said Filipino group jumping in to fights is to confuse and rob during the ruckus and run off like little rodents into the back streets (This tactic confirmed to us by the Police), the Filipino’s were not trying to help at all… Hope this clears up any misunderstandings about Filipino’s good intentions. (Graham, you have a good point here. I would guess that the best advice I could give, is, please guys, do not fight each other in public. No one is the winner, especially if it is over a woman. Graham, I compliment you and your wife for your attempts to help a friend. Fortunately the “gang” did not turn on you as well. To be honest, I do not know exactly what I would do in a similar situation. At my age and small stature I guess I would not be very effective)
First and Last Name: louie. Comments and Remarks: read your article about Easter and you should know that Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. Some how you got it wrong on your article.
(oops, good catch. It has been corrected. If it is still wrong, blame Priscilla)
hello Harry, glad to hear you’er doing good. read your newsletter about immigration blacklisting someone they piss off. it made me think about my last immigration visit in april when i went to get stamped out. i got impatient and if i remember correctly he made some disparaging comments. if i do get blacklisted can i try to bribe the officer when i reenter next week? Jim Q. (Jim, cross your fingers and hope he forgot all about you. I hear that a few of the Clark Immigration personnel were transferred so lets hope the new crop is a bit more understanding).
Comments and Remarks: As for your “Noise Reduction” article in June, it will just be selectively enforced (as the helmet law) against foreigners of course. Overall, this cesspool is becoming overly unbearable between Immigration, selective “law” enforcement, and the increasing set-up of foreigners. Can it be much longer until we are just stopped in the street and told we are drug dealers and held for “bail”? It is at the point that if I see foreigners dealing with these idiots (in a permanent way) I didn’t see a thing….and I am not alone in feeling this way. Dave (Dave, I hate to tell you this but there have been cases of foreigners set up for having drugs, even on the street. Not so much now, but it can still happen again) After I sent Dave my reply, he followed up with what I consider a bit of disturbing news. Does this mean that the Barangay officials have now joined forces with the police in setting up foreigners? Tony Mamac, what say you?
- Dave’s second message: Harry, It Just happened to a friend of mine this week…..lives here, not a tourist. Back on real street, a girl asks for a light and gives him a cigarette in return. Lights it, finds it is marijuana and tosses it immediately. BUT… right after many baranguay are all around him and haul him to station 4. Gets out after 12 hours and 30,000 Pesos. I have been coming here for 15 years..lived here for 2 now. Not sure how much more of this I will put up with. Many of my friends are saying the same. We have all been around the world and know how the game is played…and like it for the most part. Nice just buying your way out of (and into) things when the need arises. We understand the extra “costs” of being a foreigner and living in a place like this. Just getting to be too much.
(I did a bit of research on the cigarette incident you mentioned above. It did not involve any police at Station four. In fact, it was the barangay police who were involved. Yes, he did get a cigarette from a lady, but it was a “Billy Boy”. He was also in the company of two other Expats and as he was walking he lit the cigarette and was smoking it. The smell of marijuana was obvious and his friends told him to toss it. But, barangay police had arrived and he was taken to the Balibago Barangay Hall. Barangay Captain Tony Mamac was called and he responded to the Hall where the situation was explained to him. He then directed that the “Victim” be transported to the City Police compound and turned over to the PDEA. After that Capt Mamac was not aware of what the final outcome was. Whatever the situation the lesson learned here is that one should not accept a cigarette from any lady (real or not) in the Fields Ave area. I do not know for sure if this was a set up or not or just carelessness by a foreigner that might have had one or two drinks too many. Be careful out there folks, I have been told that the drug problem in the Fields Ave area is serious and that investigations are active. Be alert, be careful, be safe!)
Hi Harry, here is a copy of a letter sent to the Commissioner of Immigration from a girl I have sponsored for the past 3 yrs. It regards a most upsetting personal experience for her when she had to deal with the Clark Immigration agents as she attempted to travel abroad. It just seems ridiculous that they are not able to sort genuine travelers from illegal workers etc. At this moment there has been no response to her letters. John H. Ana Rose S. Mangaser, 80 Geronimo Street, Barrio Barretto, Olongapo 2200, Philippines Phone 09328493834 TO: Commissioner of Immigration Mr. Ricardo A. David Jr. 2nd Floor Bureau of Immigration Magallanes Drive, Intramuros Manila April 23rd 2012 Dear Sir, Earlier this month I graduated from Lyceum of Subic Bay College, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City. This was possible because I was sponsored by a Mr. John Hills from Australia. Because I’m doing well at school my sponsor decided to take me to Hong Kong for a five day visit before I become part of the work force in the Philippines. As this was my first trip to an international destination my sponsor made the effort to ensure all documentation was in place. He was told by an immigration officer at the Clark international airport prior to the trip that there should be no problem but to bring information to show I was a graduated college student, a letter from parents to verify the sponsorship and their approval of the trip. I did this plus references from my college registrar and an attorney who knew both myself and my sponsor. Thus, the return tickets and accommodation were booked for the trip on April 15 to April 20. On getting to Clark airport I was set aside by immigration. Unfortunately it was not a very nice experience. I was happy to answer any questions of relevance for the trip. But the interviewing officers seemed more interested I was not employed and therefore could not afford to travel and the age difference to my sponsor. Even though I was traveling with my sponsor who was paying for all expenses. After a two hour interrogation the supervisor on that night of April 15 refused me to travel. The reasons given were 1. I was not related to the sponsor. 2. I was not employed. 3. I was too young to travel. Yes, I am not related to my sponsor but I did show letters to show he had been sponsoring me for the past three years. How can I have employment when attending full time college????. To say I am too young is ridiculous. I am 24. I have not lived with my parents for several years and have been employed as a Technical Support for CD-R King Multimedia provider (PINIC INTERNATIONAL) prior to returning to college to further my career. All these points were pointed out and verified to the immigration officers but they appeared to take no notice. As you could imagine I was devastated by their refusal. I was not impressed by the attitude of these immigration officers especially when they could see I was upset and refused to let me see my sponsor who had already passed through immigration and was in the departure lounge. Now I have been told by another immigration officer I need notarized affidavits from my sponsor and from my parents. This makes me more confused, when I was traveling with my sponsor immigration were not interested in talking to him at my interview. Also, I was under the impression that 18 was the legal age to be classed as an adult. Surely wanting parents permission to travel at 24 is not needed. I have been a Social Security System contributor since 2007 and I am a Registered voter and Tax payer with a TIN 249-772-356-000 when previously employed. To me it appears Immigration policy for holidaying to international destinations is confused and poorly defined and not explained prior to traveling. I do not wish to turn up to the airport for another trip and be refused again. I am happy to produce any documentation required to comply with immigration policy, but it is unacceptable to be asked at the moment of departure for documents you are not aware you need to travel. I would sincerely ask you for your assistance to provide the list of documents I require to travel in the future so that I am not subjected to this type of interrogation at departure in the future. Thank you for your assistance, Respectfully Yours, Ana Rose S. Mangaser Copies To: Supervisor of Immigration DMIA Clark Freeport Zone Ma. Milagros H. Magsaysay House of Representative (John, I have heard that some agents at the DMIA have been transferred and that there is a new female supervisor assigned. I did not see the article but was told by a friend that she wrote an article in some newspaper that the people at Clark will be more considerate in the handling of females traveling out of the country. I am trying to get more details. Right now, there remains a bit of confusion. I can understand the anger and frustration of Ana. It would be nice if the people she wrote to would at least send a reply but don’t hold your breath waiting)
Harry, Thanks for the reply, thats sounds promising. It is just not acceptable to turn up ready to fly and be prevented for ridiculous reasons not laid down in the regulations. I would appreciate any thing you may hear that changes this situation.
Comments and Remarks: Harry, I Just wanted to make a comment about the Charlie Apartelle Hotel in Angeles. With their new Manager, Cherry, being there, the customer service is simply fantastic. I had a few chanllenges while checking in, however Cherry and her staff provided instant solutions. Joe Mortimer
Comments and Remarks: Hello Harry the horse, Just a forewarning to anyone who wants to buy FORBIDDEN CITY. DON’T …why? It has LABOR complaints filed against it. The building itself is not worth the price they are asking. Investigate deeper if you please. The BUYER might find its more trouble than it’s worth. Bad reputation, the building has too many “malfunctions”, not worth the asking price. If it were such a hot ITEM then why is it FOR SALE…AGAIN Just a friendly advice.
(I am sure that whoever negotiates to buy the Forbidden City will use due diligence. Any price can be negotiated and the location is prime. But, any warning from a knowledgeable person, I am sure will be taken into consideration. By the way, I passed the subject Club recently and there is a lot of renovation going on at the outside area. It appears that they are trying to attract more Filipinos to the place).
First and Last Name: Paul/Texas Joe comments and Remarks: Harry – I’m getting around to reading some of your blogs and am enjoying them, as usual. In reference to the May article about Cancer and cures… I implore you to read the following: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cancer_center/news_events/featured/cancer_update_email_it_is_a_hoax.html. Please don’t forego conventional medical treatment if you have cancer, in favor of some woo woo theories. It’s not wise either, to subscribe to the conspiracy theories about the medical profession being in cahoots with the drug companies. If anyone has a miracle cure for cancer, I assure you that they would make more money by curing people and being at the forefront of medical science than they could by prescribing drugs. Every doctor I know would be on board with any treatment that really works. I have had close friends that stopped conventional treatment in favor of eating lemons or peach pits, or whom have gone to Mexico for chelation therapy or enemas or other wacky stuff, and they all died. (Joe, a few people wrote to me and advised me of the hoax in that article. I agree with you in certain areas but I have to add that I am becoming more interested in certain areas of alternate medicines especially in areas such as preventive procedures and the use of medicines through the use of herbs. I would never give up using doctors, for sure, to do so would be nuts, but to close my mind to alternate therapies would be foolish as well. I have read articles that indicate that more and more doctors are working together with alternate practitioners to find methods that benefit the patient. By the way eating a lemon does have benefits but drinking water with some lemon juice is a lot better for you than drinking a coke. (Smile). Of course, eating a delicious meal at Subic’s (SBMA) “Texas Joes” restaurant won’t hurt me at all (No charge for that free plug Paul).
First and Last Name: Frank Evans Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry WELL DONE Harry!!! For having the balls to bring up the topic of paedophiles! Not nice to read but let’s not bury our heads in sand and pretend all guys who visit bars in Angeles are not perverts. Yes, you sure stirred up a lot of conversation with me and my friends in Angeles about this low life paedophile which was mentioned in your last month’s newsletter! We all know of him and he is quite visible to this day with his liking for kids and are sick to the teeth of scum like him who are only safe after castration! The international press and TV love it all about paedophiles in Angeles (true) and trafficking of girls into forced prostitution here (not true). What do our folks back home think of us living with THEM? Like you I remember all that shit about this guy being arrested and over a 100 homemade videos being confiscated by the police showing him having sex with kids as young as 12. It was all over the internet and in local and international papers. I remember him from The America Hotel over 10 years ago entertaining street kids, DSWD kids and kids from the bars. Many I would think between 12 and 14 years old, before he was kicked out of the hotel for just that! Let’s face it, I think most of the paedophiles residing in Angeles are well known to the likes of people like me who are still here from Clark Airbase days who still frequent the bar areas. How many have been brought to justice? I think none!
He got off the charges, still plays around with kids and the authorities don’t stop it. It’s the same old story about paying for injustice that we all know and some greedy mamasangs selling their soles. I hope you use my words on your site Harry so such guys of his type living here or wanting to come here for sex with kids read it and are aware that, (as you and others living here know), in this country, some individual policemen, vigilante organisations, groups of headstrong people and individuals (filapinos and foreigners alike) sometimes get so angry with the system that cannot, and will not, put these foreigner paedophiles behind bars or deport them, they themselves dish out the justice! There are rarely any half measures as well balanced people might often wish for. Why so many people in Angeles get murdered by a passing gunman on the back of a motorbike or another way? We don’t know all the reasons in all cases but the fact that the justice system in the Philippines is as good as a bar with no alcohol is one definite reason! Frank Evans – Angeles City. (I think we all know where you are coming from on this subject Frank)
Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry REF. I KNEW THIS PEADOPHILE GUY MENTIONED IN YOUR JUNE NEWSLETTER. My name is David and now living back home in Boston after a few years living in the Philippines, about 6 -8 years ago and am a constant reader of your newsletters each month. I knew this paedophile guy mentioned in your June news letter. He was my neighbour in Seashore Resort, Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro for over a year. He was rearrested in Sabang by the Angeles Police, 2 local police forces, NBI, filmed by channel 7, for crimes against children, after jumping bail in Angeles, all prompted by PREDA a Roman Catholic charity organisation in the Philippines who have been trying to put this scum behind bars for over 10 years. I can tell you for sure that he got away with it! The police were preoccupied with the Channel 7 cameras to promote their arrest of a man on the run but did not even search his room, where they would have found almost 100 tapes of him having sex with girls. Many girls filmed seemed to be well underage (as my wife and the staff of the resort observed through viewings of the films) shot through a hidden camera in his room. He somehow returned to Mindoro in 3 days time accompanied by two girls, looking clearly underage, on his arm as he proudly walked off the boat from Batangas, which staggered all. THE NERVE AND ARROGANCE! I am pleased to say that his TV fame and the high profile arrest made him a NO NO for all girls in Sabang. He reluctantly returned to Angeles where he was not so conspicuous, and I presume to this day, “it’s business as usual”. Like with many others who knew him in Sabang, be boasted that he did not ever use condoms with, at the time of counting, was over 1000 Filipino girls in his trophy cabinet. How many girls he has infected, with what infection, make staggering assumptions??? Yes I confirm what Mr England says about this matter of “no condoms” in your last newsletter. The paedophile’s name is B. E. Please remove it from this offering if you wish Harry (For obvious reasons Dave I have only used his initials). THE BIG POINT IS! I would have thought that the authorities would have caught up with this freak of nature by now. I can do nothing from the USA except to just make my comment to you Harry that the system there in the Philippines is not deterring foreigner paedophiles from filming sex sciences with kids, traumatising kids and infecting kids. They are not protected from paedophiles in even the most high profile people such as this guy. David, Boston USA (David, you have joined a few others that have written to tell me that they know this person and to confirm his bad character. I suspect that eventually he will slip up again and find himself back in jail)
First and Last Name: hank martin
Remarks: You asked for comments about your June write up about a pedophile in Angeles: “REF. PHEODFILE WITH EXTREMLY HIGH RISK OF AIDS!” You got it from me! I’m happy to name and shame the cretin, hoping that people will recognize him as a pedophile and hope the bar owners will take note. His name is Barry E. who is an elderly Englishman who has been kicked out of countless hotels in Angeles, over more than 15 years, for bringing kids into his hotel room. Just Google “Barry E. / pedophiles / Angeles City” or visit the owners of hotels in Angeles and it is all there to see that we have quite an “internationally famous pedophile” with us. Let’s not kid anyone that this guy is running under the radar or is reformed. He is HIGH PROFILE to this day, and as all pedophiles are, will never change his addiction for wanting sex with kids! None of them ever reform as we all know Harry. I am not a believer in people taking the law into their own hands even with such freaks but I know many people in Angeles capable of that when roused! The only way to get rid of this reptile from the town we love is to have him physically damaged or to remove his supply of kids. Just a few nights on Field’s Avenue buying drinks for the youngest looking girls in bars would unearth a number of 15 or 16 year olds naively admitting their age (as they do), while the bars hold fake ID on them. So to a determined and experienced operator like E., who trawls the bars most nights, it would be easy over a period of time, to run up a stable of kids even younger than 15 from bars on Fields Ave. Underage bar girls is a hot topic like never before in the history of bars in Angeles. These pedophiles (let alone an “internationally famous pedophile” like Barry E), just compound the problem for the customers like me (wanting it to stay alive) and the entertainment industry with its dependant industries. It’s relatively hard for publicity to influence the halt to the street girls offering sex for money in Angeles but I am sure that the bar owners have the power to easily stop these mamasans recruiting kids and then knowingly supply them to pedophiles. Are the bar owners turning a blind eye to it, unaware of it, or promoting it? What’s your take on it Harry? Hank Martin. Harry If you find my words too strong please delete as you think fit, while still keeping the main messages. (Hank, I certainly did get a lot of feedback on this guy. I deleted the full name for my own protection. I can say this about the bars, they do aggressively do all they can to refuse employment to underage girls. I can vouch for this, but sadly, some do slip through the crack. I do blame the Mamasans, ask Ken Graham, who became a victim because of Mommie Rose. Even the majority of Mamasans do a good job and resent those few that violate the law. I did not realize that this Barry guy is still so active in town. I had forgotten all about him. Thanks for your input.)
Harry, I read your article about S and R with interest. First of all, I want to preface this by informing you (and your readers) that I have been shopping at S and R (in Manila) since they first opened as Price Smart. I also wanted to let you know that the General Manager of the entire operation (something like 7 stores nationwide) is a personal friend of mine, and I brought the blog to his attention. Here is his response (Dave Fisher, Club owner, Barrio Barretto): “Hello Dave.. Sorry for delay, but things have been really busy, and I also had to follow up on the compliant from John Casey, that was sent to the Blog (Harrythehorse). I actually read a lot of Harry’s Blogs….. very informative. If you could please let Harry (I assume that is his name) know, I have checked on this matter with the Whse management staff and of course, they don’t seem to recall anything like this. I’m sure the information from the customer is accurate and the Whse has a lapse of memory. This certainly is not the way that S&R does business. Our members should never have to worry about pricing.
We have many systems in place to insure that this does not happen. However, in this case, it would appear that not everyone did there required job. The Members Treat Sale was a huge sale with many, many items marked down. However, this was not an excuse to overlook signage or not audit the pricing at the registers. I will follow up with each of the managers in Pampanga and make sure they understand the severity of their actions when it comes to correct pricing and signage. They will also be reminded that the customer is always right. We have a zero tolerance policy on this and it should not happen. If it does happen, I will take action immediately. We value all our members and want to exceed their expectations when shopping at our S&R Whse’s. Thanks to Harry The Horse, John Casey and yourself, for bringing this matter to my attention. Thank you. Regards,” (Dave, you omitted the name of the manager. Why? How can I say hello to him when I go to S & R? Anyway, I appreciated his response and of course love the fact that he reads my column. The Mrs and I just bought a Maytag heavy duty washing machine there on 18 Jun, on sale, of course. Can’t go in that store without buying more than I planned for)
First and Last Name: William Roach Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry, Took my Filipina Sweetheart to Pattaya Thailand on the 18 June from Clark and had no problems. Went thru immigration in record time. Wanted to see Round Trip ticket. After check in and paying departure tax, including terminal fee, immigration took less than five minutes including stand in line. No problems. Girl is coming back in 20 days to AC. Thanks for all your help with my phone call to you. Sincerely William Roach. (Bill, maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is so good to read some good news about the DMIA Immigration folks and glad I was able to help you a bit)
Harry, Having been going to Angeles about 60 days a year since 2001. I have learned how to dodge the girls. It takes a lot of practice since I have been known to frequent the streets of the grabbing girls in Tijuana. A easy idea to enforce. The girls are not allowed to be in the street. They have to stay on there own property. That will take care of the ten girls who hang out in the street in front of Atlantis. I love to walk between the girls and there building. They don’t realize it and I just ignore them. Mike Meyer, Worm, San Diego (Mike, at least in Tijuana you do not have a bunch of organizations and politicians wanting to close down the bars. Here, image is important)
First and Last Name: LAURENCE S Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry. Thanks for the great ongoing AC news and information. On the trike boys front, many still agree on a price before ride, then on arrival, say that you are their first fare, and have no change -common practice-call their bluff. On a bright front, however, last month, an honest trice boy, who had dropped me off at Robinsons , chased me through the Mall to return my cell phone, which I had dropped in his trike. I was so shocked at his act of honesty, I neglected to give him a reward. My apologies (Oh boy, now that will be the last cell phone he returns). Last week I watched the U.S Doctor Drew show on cable, and he related that there was a new strain of V.D. which is resistant to Anti Biotics, in America. I was telling some mates here about this, over a beer and one guy told us a long time local had told him several Europeans had been sent home by local Doctors to be treated for the V.D strain, as local Doctors were unable to treat the new disease. So guys, maybe keep a cap on it for a while. Take care out there Laurence S.
Comments and Remarks: Hello Harry the Horse, I have been reading your posts now for around a year or so. Mr. horse i hope you will post this to your monthly news letter. I was in the navy and stationed at Cubi Point NAS from june 1960 to Dec 1962 And being aboard three ships also spent a lot of time in subic bay. I met and married my wife in Olongapo (best thing i ever did in my life when i married this lovely little filipina ) We have now been married 50 years. My last visit to olongapo with all my family but my oldest daughter was 2006. The last time i was there while still in the navy was late 1963 and i never went back untill march 2004.(about a 42 year span) When i finally returned it still looked pretty much like it did when i left in 63 except olongapo has got a hell of a lot bigger. Some fancy buildings here and there (no bars anymore) and a burger joint here and there. What my main point is going to be is how “filthy” this country still is, (in fact it is even worse than before ).? If one was to do anything constructive in this country to try and build some respect for the country and it’s people would be to take some steeps to clean that “shit hole up”. (start with the school kids and go from there ) I get so tired of going to web sites and reading about how hard it is because these peopl are so “poor”…….”BULLSHIT” “Being poor” does not give anyone the right to be filthy and throw garbage and crap down all over the place and pollute all their rivers, thats just plain bullshit and laziness. I grew up poor as a kid and in a family of 8, and we were always told by our mother that being poor is no excuse for being dirty. I’m very fond of the Philippines and like the Filipino people….But I can’t go there and pretend i don’t see all the filth like a horse with blinders on. Go to any fancy place in Manila (or anywhere else i have been in the P.I ) and drive 10 miles in any direction and tell me what you see.?? I would be ashamed to have the world look at my country if i was a Filipino. I have a lot of Family members in Olongapo and other areas throughout the island of Luzon….I’m sure this won’t set well with them if they read it…..But my god people, get some pride. Larry K. (I agree Larry, it sure can do with a bit more cleaning up. After living here for so long I get like the natives and am so used to the situation that I don’t notice it that much anymore. There have been many clean-up campaigns where volunteers arrive and spend a day or two picking up garbage and trying to beautify a location. But, two days after they leave, the place is filthy again. So, why bother? Too many people just do not care, especially those in squatter areas. It is not just the Philippines but the same situation exists in many countries. It cost a lot to keep a city clean and lack of City Government funds does not help. In Las Vegas I was fascinated by the fancy garbage trucks picking up garbage from the houses. In the old days it took three people to man the truck, now, only one is needed, the driver. The damn thing is so automated that he hardly has to get out of the truck. I guess I will take a few pictures of a typical garbage truck here, and how two to three people are on top of a pile of garbage and how much it stinks. They do the best they can. “Pride” is abundant here but it would help if enough funds were available to supplement that pride.)
An English Expat dropped by to see me and brought me a copy of a Bureau of Immigration, Manila Memorandum Order No. ADI-U3-013, 9 Jun 2003. This Order, signed by then Commissioner Andrea Domingo states: Whereas the freedom to travel of every Filipino is enshrined in our Constitution as an inalienable right: Whereas, various requests from other government agencies that impose restrictions and requirements that infringe on the right of Filipinos to travel and unreasonably discrininate by reason of station in life, gender, religion and age are hereby removed to avoid bureaucratic red tape, and to prevent a breeding ground and opportunity for corruption; and Whereas, the vaciilating requests for the Bureau by the other government agencies to be strict and then to relax and then to be strict again on immigration departure formalities have created a vicious cycle that opens the Bureau and it’s officials vulnerable to unverified complaints and reports that are hearsay and tender them liable to court suits and unnecessary litigation; Wherefore based on the foregoing premises and effective immediately, all concerned Bureau of Immigration personnel are hereby instructed to allow the departure of Filipinos who have valid passports, valid visas where required and round trip tickets when necessary without requiring other documents to be submitted except those that may be required by existing laws such as Authority to Travel issued by the Department of Social and Welfare Development to unaccompanied Filipino minors. OK, the Expat wondered why it is different now and that this 2003 order is being ignored by Immigration officials. My reply was that way back in 2003 we never heard too much about Human Trafficking and Hillary Clinton had not arrived on the scene yet to threaten the Philippines with withdrawal of American money. Also, over the years it appears that many ladies are leaving the Philippines, heading to Bangkok and then on to other locations for jobs that end up with them being used for sexual services. So, in a nutshell, things have changed and Immigration policy changed. The problem is that there was no public announcements about the policy change and of course, there was no standard procedure established at the Airports thereby leading to what this 2003 Immigration order was trying to resolve in the first place as stated above in bold face. Confusing, sure, but the problem is being addressed and with time, more common standardized procedures may come about —- eh, maybe.
SUBIC NEWS – From Ron and Elsa: The Ayala Mall on base is open (kinda), with about 70% of the businesses, restaurants, etc still not open. They claim “most” will be open by the end of this month. We personally think that SM Clark is still the place to go without travelling too far. The traffic lights at the Kalaklan Gate/Hiway is still an area you have to be real careful with when driving around there. It has been and will continue to be an ongoing hazardous area, so watch your “p’s and q’s” as there have been several accidents there. It still seems to us the best value for a meal at SBMA is Texas Joe’s. For pizza, S&R near Pure Gold is pretty darn good. In the barrio area, Sittin’ Bull bar and restaurant always has quality meals and more than enough to satisfy your hunger. “The Garage”, a small air con bar inside Sittin’ Bull is a good place to go for an ice cold drink and the friendly staff makes it worth your while to return on a frequent basis. Another new bar in barrio is Route 69 Sports Bar and Grill. Nice little place with good music, good food, cold drinks, a dart board, aircon and also has a friendly staff to serve you. I go there just about every day and I play on their dart team. Another good watering hole in Barrio is Dynamite Dick’s, and their infamous “Dynamite Burger” will definitely satisfy your appetite. Driving in Olongapo is like going through a slalom course with all the road construction going on. If you are coming from Manila or Angeles, go thru SBMA and out the Kalaklan Gate (like i said, be careful there at the intersection) and go to Barrio. Avoid down town Olongapo if you can. There are now darts in the barrio/baloy beach area seven days a week. There is a Wednesday and Friday League play, and all other days are a money tournament. P100 entry is usually the norm. There are also 8 ball money tournaments during the week for those interested. For info on pool and darts, search for Cool Subic Darts or Cool Subic Pool online. There are several hotels in the barrio/baloy beach area too, at reasonable prices. If you want to stay at SBMA, there are some nice hotels there too, but they are more expensive. Elsa and I, like a lot of other folks, are going to be busy now since the kids are going back to school. Our kids go to school on SBMA, so we have to take them and pick them up everyday. That’s about it from Subic. We plan to go to Angeles next month after Elsa and the kids get back from vacation in Samar late this month for a week, so we will stop by Harry’s Watering Hole for a meal and some cold drinks.
Someone sent me this article from “MSN Now” and it really has me kind of confused: Before you let that chiropractor crack your neck, consider the latest warning published in the British Medical Journal. A new study suggests that manipulating your neck with those quick jerks that feel so good may lead to serious complications. The study’s author calls cervical spine manipulation “unnecessary and inadvisable,” saying it can lead to an array of nightmarish issues, including stroke and tearing of the lining of the vertebral artery, which carries blood to the brain. Other experts insist the technique can be excellent therapy and that studies like this do nothing but instill fear in patients who are already suffering enough. (there, you see what I mean. First I am convinced that no one should be messing with my neck and then it goes on to “other experts” who say it is OK to crack your neck. Shit, which experts do I rely on? I think that at my age with all my old bones in rapid deterioration I better side with the British Medical Journal. Someone might crack my neck and my damn head would fly right off my shoulders. For the rest of you, make your own decisions!)
While shopping at the Marquis Mall in Angeles City, I happened upon an expat who stopped me to relate a tale of woe, one he thought would be worthwhile passing on to others. It is not an unusual tale for this town but its uniqueness is in the length of time involved. Let me call the man Mr. Smith for convenience. Mr. Smith was married to a Filipina for 21 years, living happily for most of those years. He bought a lovely house for her, had four handsome children, saved money and was extremely happy husband and proud parent. Of course the house and many other assets were in the wife’s name. This is normal, most of us Expats, married and unmarried have done the same even though we realize that this could be a risk. Mr. Smith thought that since the title to the house had listed her name and stipulated “married to husband Mr. Smith, etc.” that he was pretty well covered. Additionally, after so many years of marriage, he remained happy and secure. Guess what? Everything went to hell very quickly. His wife got addicted to gambling, got in debt, sold the mortgage to the house, borrowed money which she could not pay back, got involved with a Filipino, left Mr. Smith and now he is dealing with the courts to try and get the house back and salvage whatever he can as well as dealing with a broken heart. One thing he did not realize is that the “married to” clause on a title does not mean anything unless your spouse dies and the Expat survives her. Mr. Smith blames the lawyers for not notifying him when his wife sold the mortgage. Believe me, she can sell anything in her name without the Expat knowing anything.
She can even withdraw nearly all the money in a Joint bank account without a spouse knowing anything until it is too late. Mr. Smith blames himself, and called himself “stupid” but I told him not to do that. He was just “taken” by a wife that went bad. What is unusual or unique, is that it took so long to happen. I am sure that there were warning signs that in hindsight, Mr. Smith can think of, but being secure in his marriage, so he thought, he was trusting until the shit hit the fan. Fortunately, Mr. Smith is still young enough to recover, he is healthy and still has the love of his children. His wife is responsible for her own debts and she is no longer part of the household but somehow, through the courts he hopes to regain ownership of the house. It is a sad story that serves as a warning to all who marry and live here. Be prepared for the worse case scenario. More than likely, a Mr. Smith incident will never happen, but if it does, remember, the Horse has warned you. What about me? You guessed it – yep, Mrs. Horse is the keeper of the house who I try to make sure stays very happy, never gambles, never drinks and hopefully, never gets too pissed off at me. Marriage is always a gamble and there are more winners than losers. So far I am still in the winner’s circle as so many others are. But if one has to lose, it is so much easier to recover here than back in the USA, Canada, Australia and other countries.
PACQUIAO – I guess I have to comment on the Pacquiao/Bradley fight. OK, Pacman lost, many thought he won. Was he the same champion of old, no, but he was never hurt, not knocked down and still strong at the end of 12. Normally, under those conditions, the nod will go to the champ. It did not! Now, there is to be an investigation and that is good. But, to be honest, I think there should have been an investigation into the judging of the Pacquiao/Marquez fight in which it was so obvious to everyone who watched it, that Pacquiao lost! So, is there a smell hanging over boxing, you better believe it! OK, let the big guys investigate, get better judges, find out who did the fixing if any and then let the rematch come on where Arum and company make big bucks. The lesson to be learned here is that Pacquiao never should have given up women and booze too quickly and held off on the born again stuff. It did not help him at all! Maybe he should just concentrate on being a “bought again Congressman” instead. It would be nice to see him win the rematch though. Update: Ah, the WBO investigating board came out and said that based on review Pacquiao won the fight but of course they cannot reverse the decision. The Pac-Man has been vindicated and he remains a hero, somehow, it remains a hollow victory.
Now we wait to see what is next, should be interesting.
Lewis Grand Hotel - It’ s rainy season… and instead of raising our prices, like some of the other joints in town, we are actually giving you a hefty discount on our nice and “plush” Double Occupancy Suite rooms (see also: http://lewisgrand.com/rooms/
I am providing an Email address of a lady that works in a Club that I frequent who I think would be a person some guys would enjoy communicating with. She does have a very young child and yes, has worked for a number of years in this Club. She is still under thirty, attractive and a nice personality. She is a friend, not intimately, just a nice person to chat with. I would like to help her meet a decent expat and, who knows, even have a relationship leading to marriage. Well, one never knows. Anyway, she does not want her picture shown but her Email address is: email@example.com.
Alien I-Cards will soon be delivered to foreigners Posted by Vito Barcelo & filed under Metro.
I talk to Derek, the owner of Doll House, often. No chance he’s going bust. He is planning a 500 room hotel, he already owns the land. His bars are racking in the cash. Sounds like another stupid rumour.”
Rumor control # 3458: Ken Graham died in jail. HTH research: Horse Shit again. He was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. He is still kicking.
Rumor control # 3459: Bones, from the Ponderosa Hotel, now living in Australia, died. HTH research: Yep, you guessed it – HORSE SHIT AGAIN. Bones underwent a minor operation and remains alive and well. Good news for one and all.
Rumor control # 3460: Lewis, owner of the Lewis Grand Hotel is taking over the contract for the restaurant in the International Club. From what I have heard, this appears to be true.
Spike and Pat from Maui, sorry I missed you. Thanks for the goodies. Hope to see you on your next trip.
The Phillies Sports Grill now has live feed Australian Horse Racing every Wednesday and Saturday at 0900 hrs. Right now there are a few glitches in the system but it is being worked on. Hopefully all will be well by the time this column goes to print.
Hang-Out Owner Doug Frost – Medical Update. My goodness, this man has gone though hell since his car accident. Finally, again, he has been released from hospital and is home but remains bedridden. He cannot get up, he cannot walk, he can barely sit up in bed. He has spent over 3 million pesos for some incompetent hospital care and finally some excellent care in St. Lukes. Let me try to give a bit of history here if I can remember it all. First, car accident, of course Filipino concerned citizens helps Doug, but then takes wallet, watch, rings, etc. Then, Maj Tan takes him to ONA hospital, big mistake. As quickly as possible he was transferred to AUF, for sure another mistake. Since he had no insurance, they needed money up front. While there, the doctors misdiagnosed his injuries. They missed a broken hip completely. The operation performed on his arm had to be redone after he transferred to Sacred heart. He was in and out of Sacred Heart three times. Arm fixed, hip fixed, then it was found his Achilles tendon in his right ankle was damaged and that needed an operation. That developed into a hospital infection and also, last but not least he developed a severe bleeding duodenal ulcer which required surgery. These last two symptons were taken care of when finally, he was transferred to St. Lukes Hospital where finally, he received the final medical care he needed so badly. Now, the question is, will he be able to recover. I suspect he has a long road to go but he is a tough old bird and has enough ladies looking after him as well as Mac. I have heard that he is a bit cranky now with the frustration of being in bed so long and undergoing a bit of pain for so long. I hope to be able to visit him soon.
The Vortex bar has been taken over by new tenant, George (Paradise Garden). I stopped by on 25 Jun and there was some minor renovations taking place. The VORTEX sign out front was removed so no doubt there will be a new name. The good news is the two lads who had some legal beefs with Gary Stone were taken care of and all concerned were in mutual agreement. Bill, owner of the Walk-a-bout was very helpful and fair in assisting with the settlement. I do not know what name will be used or when the club will be reopened but with George in charge, I am sure it will be a well run establishment that will become quite popular. By the way, Gary Stone remains “missing in action”.
The Clark Cemetery, finally, through the efforts of the VFW and Mr. Dennis Wright is coming under the spotlight of some senators and Congress. Many readers of this column have no idea that this cemetery exist its historical significance. I have been remiss in that over the years I have not written much about this cemetery and the struggle to gain official US recognition of it. Since the Americans left the base in 1991, VFW volunteers have maintained the cemetery and managed new burials. The Commander of the VFW here, John Gilbert has provided some information that will allow you to get a good idea of how important this cemetery is. The Clark Veterans Cemetery, located on the former Clark Air Base, has over 8600 remains dating from 1900, with a capacity of 12,000. We perform 30 – 40 Burial per year, and host 6 – 8 major Ceremonies. Our database is reasonably accurate and we have a plot map available for those interested in research. The majority of American graves in the Philippines are in our Cemetery and in the American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, (17,000 WWII). Other Cemeteries were consolidated with these two, or are predominantly local Filipino Cemeteries. Our website www.vfwpost2485.com has information on the Clark Veterans Cemetery as well as information on local accommodations. The Clark Veterans Cemetery Restoration Association website, www.cvcra.org has additional Cemetery reference material and a searchable database. I hope you will take the time to look at both sites. John Gilbert, Commander, VFW Post 2485, Chairman, Clark Veterans Cemetery
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The Sandusky jokes have started – no surprise there: HAVE YOU HEARD THAT . . . 1. Penn State is the only University where you can major in minors!
2. You may hate Jerry Sandusky, but at least he drove slowly through school zones.
3. His defensive football philosophy at Penn State was to “always cover the Tight End.”
4. He had to stop going to church. The priests kept fighting over who got to hear his confession.
A joke sent to me from Ron Nethercutt: I was in a pub last Saturday night. Had a few…. and noticed two very large women at the bar. They both had strong accents so I asked… “Hey, are you two ladies from Scotland?” One of them chirped… “It’s WALES, you friggin’ idiot!” So, I immediately apologized and said… “I’m sorry. Are you two whales from Scotland?” That’s all I remember.
Goodbye England? Maybe, eventually – Check this out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Golf Cart graveyard - For quite some time now I have heard many complaints about the Mimosa Country Club and particularly the unhappiness with the treatment given to many of the long time expat members. It appears that many of the complaints are not being addressed by management but then that appears to be “par for the course” (pardon the pun). The latest complaint I hear about is the shortage of Golf Carts and many members wondering why the many non-operational carts are not being repaired. Instead, they sit in what can only be referred to as the Mimosa Golf Cart Graveyard, rusting away. Can it be that this Golf Course is so mismanaged that there is no money available for repairs? If so, then that is a sorry state of affairs, especially knowing that Mr. Levy Laus when he was in charge of CDC provided 40 brand new golf carts to Mimosa. Add this to many other complaints and one may wonder how this golf club maintains its membership? Many have said by catering to the Korean members, and even those Korean non-members to the detriment of other Nationalities. Even if these complaints are not valid, one thing is for sure, pictures do not lie, and surely, a better golf cart maintenance program is called for.
An interesting story here. English citizen David Colvan contacted me a few months ago to relate to me his difficulties with his pension. The British Government stopped his State Pension payments despite the fact that he had informed the Government that he would be abroad for an extended period of time and provided an Email address in which he could be contacted. He specifically requested that his payments not be stopped. Needless to say, without his pension payments living here became a bit difficult. Over time he sent 6 different Emails to the Government and 6 letters and finally a phone call to the pension officials from his daughter in England. What he is quite proud of is that after many months he finally received a letter from the Parliamentary Business Unit in Norcross, Blackpool acknowledging the error and stating that “we accept that the service you received fell below that which you were entitled to expect from us”. The letter went on to say “We have therefore authorised a payment of 175 pounds into your bank account comprising 100 pounds for inconvenience, 50 pounds for distress and 25 pounds for embarrassment”. Colin passed on the information as he stated “Harry, it’s not often you get an admission of shortcomings, and an ‘apology’ from a British Government Ministry and a compensatory award!”
I relate this story because I compliment Colin on his perseverance, patience and stubbornness and let this be an example to others who might have legitimate problems with their Governments, especially regarding pensions. If you are right, FIGHT for your rights and do not let the bureaucracy defeat you. All too often it is some low level Government clerk that has started all the trouble to begin with. Well done Colin!!
The Philippine elections are not until 2013 but the local election scene is already quite interesting. Many were surprised when Congressman Lazatin announced that he was going to run for Angeles City Mayor. The question is will EdPam run for re-election or will he seek a Congressional seat? Lazatin will be a formidable candidate as he was a much respected Mayor and then Congressman. The Lazatin family has a long political history in Angeles City. If EdPam decides that he wants to continue as Mayor no doubt, it will be the most exciting AC election in years. It would be very difficult to predict a winner. After thinking about it for a long time, Barangay Captain Tony Mamac announced that he would run for Vice Mayor, the third person to declare for that position. Incumbent Vice Mayor Vicky Vega and Councilor Max Sangil have also declared they will run for that position. As you know, anything can happen from now until the actual election. Candidates now, can change their minds as crunch time comes along and decisions have to be made. I have my favorites but all I can do is sit on the side lines and root for him or her. If Congressman Lazatin does run for Mayor I wonder if he would spend more time in Angeles City. If he does, that would mean that Irish Calaguas (IC), Lazatin’s senior adviser for political affairs would be here as well and it would be good to see more of her. She is one dynamic lady. She is the originator of the famous Angeles City Sisig Festival which I miss. But I see that the Angeles City Tourism office events calendar as it scheduled for 8 Dec and that is something I will be looking forward to. I love that Sisig!
LOOKING FOR A BUSINESS PARTNER - ”Erwin Altenburger” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, (AKA Palito) sent me a text to ask if I would announce that he is looking for a partner in Palito’s Club on McArthur Ave just across the street from Johnny’s Supermarket. The investing partner could gain up to a 45% interest with the possibility to take over all within 3 to 4 years. His cell phone number is: 0927 941 3088. This could be a decent investment opportunity as improvements and new ideas could come about over a period of time. It is a two story Club with pool table and darts upstairs.
The Aloha Bar and Infinity bar are new clubs on Fields Ave which contribute to the continuing new sights on Fields Ave. But both Clubs represent examples where government officials say one thing but then we find out it ain’t quite that way. Balibago Barangay Captain, Tony Mamac had a Barangay ordinance passed that restricted the number of personnel assigned as doormen, really door ladies, along the stretch of Fields Avenue. The purpose, of course, was to reduce the red light image of Fields Ave. Though it passed in the Barangay but City Councilor Attorney Willie Rivera declared the ordinance illegal, a decision that has angered Mamac. Meanwhile, the excess number of ladies out on the streets remains and the Aloha Bar is a perfect example of excess ladies and over-zealousness on the part of the ladies. Their aggressive behavior is more apparent at night, when like bats, darkness brings out their “attack” urges. Prior to darkness, as you can see in picture one the 8 ladies are just warming up. The number will increase late at night and their attire will be more daring. I can understand the owners motive, since his monthly rent g is P200,000, add on labor, electric, water, permit and licensing fees and the need to drag customers in off the street is quite evident. No doubt there is one Korean that now loves Willie Rivera. I believe that Councilor Rivera needs to take a few walks along Fields around 10 PM and maybe he would then decide to work with Capt Mamac to come up with a City resolution that would help to make Fields Ave a bit more presentable.
The second picture is that of the Infinity Club. It is a nice looking frontage with a great viewing area for girl watching. The previous Club occupying this building was the Dirty Duck which was closed by the City after a raid by the police that resulted in the so called “rescue” of underage girls. It stayed closed for a long time. I am happy to see a new owner and a new name but I am curious. I mentioned before that the right hand of the Mayor in the person of Alex Caugarian stated quite forcefully at a meeting that any Club on Fields Ave closed down as a result of a raid would not be allowed to reopen as a bar, instead it must be a restaurant, hotel or other non-entertainment business. I guess that was all talk and maybe he meant that sometime in the future this would be a City policy that needed City Council approval. In any case, great news for the owner of the Infinity who managed to open his Club before anybody took Alex C’s words seriously.
Welcome back Jim Sebree, owner of the very popular Cottage Kitchen and also a valued member and past President of the Rotary Club of Clark Centennial (RCCC). Jim has been slowed down by some very serious medical problems and not able to attend Rotary meetings as well as being confined to his home. He has regained enough of his strength to make a surprise visit to a Rotary Club meeting in which he was warmly greeted. Jim’s condition might require him to go to the States for more extensive medical treatment but for now, all Club members were so happy to have him with us once again. We all pray for the continued improvement of his health.
ABC hotel’s annual POOL PARTY extravaganza. July 8. Mark it on your calendar. This year will be especially spectacular…Start time: 1130 hrs until 1700. Folks, believe me, for sure you do not want to miss this event.
FAREWELL BARRY HAYNES
A special gathering of close friends to Barry Haynes got together at my stable on the evening of 11 Jun to wish him a safe trip back to England. Barry was to leave the next day to undergo medical treatment in England and all are wishing him a speedy recovery and early return to the Philippines. Barry worked with the owners of a new Hotel, under Great Western Management that will be opening soon as a sales agent. I met him when he first got here as a replacement for Simon, who also had to return to England to help care for his sick father. Simon was on my dart team so naturally, when I met Barry, my first question was “do you play darts”. Regretfully, his answer was “no” but despite my disappointment I found this young man to be extremely likable and an instant friendship was established. Everyone who met him appreciated his energy and bubbling personality and he was highly respected by his employers. His illness is a bit serious but even on the eve prior to his departure he never quit smiling even though bearing up to a bit of constant pain. He joked, laughed and had a few drinks as well and the love and respect for the man from those in attendance was overwhelming. It was a fine evening, one that Barry will remember and it is hoped that the memory of that evening along with remembering the very special lady he had to leave behind will help him be strong enough to overcome his illness and return quickly. For sure Barry, plans for your return party are already underway so good luck. Update: Sadly, I was informed that Barry will not be returning to us. The doctors in England did not treat him as they found his cancer had progressed too far and sent him home to spend his last days with his parents. I regret that coldly typed words can not adequately reflect the sadness and tears brought about by this news. Until his last breath, many will be praying for a miracle. 2nd Update: I was told he is receiving experimental drug treatments now so we have to wait to see if there are any positive results.
ANOTHER GOLF COURSE AT CLARK
Previously I wrote about the new Condo Unit built on Clark by the Korean owned Donggwang Clark Corporation located near the Parkson Duty Free Store which is a magnificent edifice and is nearing completion. Now, this same company is developing an area at what was called the “True North” development site which has been stalled for many years. The new name for this site and the description provided reads as follows: “CLARK ODE COUNTY” was designed to complement DONGGWANG’S premier development inside Clark, a state of the art golf clubhouse in a 304 hectare estate project that will change the Philippine tourism horizon and redefine its leisure business. Called the CLARK SUNVALLEY COUNTRY CLUB, the project will include a 36-HOLE golf course and driving range, a clubhouse, a water park (3 to 5 times bigger than Fontana), spa, gymnasium, eco park, business center, international school (BRENT), medical clinic and drug store, five star hotel, casino, a 500-unit villa and a shopping arcade. DONGGWANG CLARK CORPORATION expects to launch the 1st 18-HOLES by 4th Quarter of 2012 and project completion by 2016. The area for development is located along the road leading to the old Officer’s housing and the Virgil Grissom Elementary School. There has been a little controversy over the development as Auxilliary Bishop Virgillo Pablo David, Renato “Abong” Tayag (Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon President) and Chairman Sonny Dobles were not happy with the denuding of a mountain range which is part of this development. But, at the entrance of the site, a sign is posted in which the DENR gave approval for the extensive tree cutting. I guess money talks. I certainly hope that for every tree cut 30 tree saplings had to be purchased by the Korean owners for replanting. Why am I hoping this? Because when my wife was building our apartment complex we had two very DEAD trees in the front of our lot. In fact, before we had a chance to cut them down, one limb fell off by itself and damaged our neighbors gate which we had to pay for repairs. While having the trees cut down our neighbor who is an avid environmentalist called the DENR and reported the cutting.
They responded immediately and did not care if the trees were dead or not. We had to purchase the seedlings. OK, fine, I just hope that the rules also apply to rich corporations as well. My other concern here is the building of yet another golf course within the Freeport. A few years ago I attended a couple of meetings in which the possibility of the extensive use of water within the Clark Freeport, especially for Golf Courses could cause the shortage ground water in this area that could have a negative effect on water levels available to Angeles City, especially during a drought. Naturally, regardless of warnings by experts in this area the CDC folks at that time brushed off any concerns and assured attendees that there was nothing to worry about. I can only hope that they are right. It is a thought for the future. Oh, one more thing, notice the bare hills there. Guess what, during heavy rains there are mud slides which spread to the area they are trying to build the golf course. Duh, what did they expect.
TOURIST OF THE MONTH
It was a great honor to meet up with 1st Sgt Elving Peralta who is stationed in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Black Hawks. I was absolutely thrilled to receive a airborne shirt and a C/2-82 AVN (Vipers) unit patch. I already wore the shirt and the patch will find a place on my wall in the bar. It was very interesting talking to Elving, a veteran of 26 years. He will rotate to Fort Bragg in Sept and plans to put in his retirement papers after 28 years of service. He was taking a much needed break here and the Wild Orchid was his hotel of choice. He said that his vacation was going a bit too fast as he fit in a five day visit to Boracay. His favorite watering hole while in AC was “Lost in Asia” where he enjoyed his conversations with “Duke”. Naturally I consider First Sgt Peralta a very special Tourist of the Month.
BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE (BYOB)
If you have a desire to enjoy fine dining and enjoy your favorite wine then by all means make a reservation at the Piccolo Padre for their every second Saturday of the month BYOB event. You get to bring your wine at no cost and enjoy a special set gourmet menu for the reasonable cost of P950 inclusive of Vat. It is also a great chance to meet other people and make new friends as everyone sits at one long common table. This was a unique experience for me as the menu presented items I had never heard of or tasted before. The menu read as follows: Minestrone Alla Milanese (Fresh vegetables and Pancetta), Scallops Salad (Fresh greens and baked scallops with balsamic vinaiggrette), Risotto Nero (Cuttlefish braised in Ink, onions, garlic, white wine and tomato), Pollo Alberghiera (Chicken breast with shiitake mushrooms, onions , blue cheese and cream sauce) and finally, Kahlua Panna Cotta. Each item was served one at a time and I did ok with the Minestrone but when the scallops salad was served to me I thought there was something hard there and went to cut with my knife. That is when I discovered the salad was served in two large white shells and I only needed my fork. Fortunately, no noticed my screw up. Then this black mass was served. It was the Risotto Nero. I took one look and thought, what the hell is this food, covered in black ink or what? (Picture 4) With trepidation I slowly gave it a taste. Damn, it was good and it did not taste like fish at all. I can’t describe the taste, all I can say is I did not leave one scrap on my plate. It was followed by the chicken and that was delicious as well (picture 5). Finally, the dessert! It was sort of like a custard but it wasn’t, it had a strawberry and some raspberry sauce over it. It was good and I was hoping there would be some folks there that would not eat theirs and I could get seconds and thirds on that but no luck. Oh, the wine. I am not a wine drinker so did not take a bottle but the guy I was sitting next to took mercy on me and gave me some of his as well as the wine his girl friend (Beautiful lady) did not want, thanks Jack). Oh yeah, the bread was fantastic as well and it went well with a dip of virgin olive oil mixed with fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar (Chef Dan grows his own herbs). It was a great evening and I was sure introduced to a style of dining that I had never experienced before. This is not something one would partake of on a regular basis and many would feel it is a bit expensive but believe me, for what you get it is not. I would suspect that to eat this meal in the US one would pay a hundred bucks each, depending on the restaurant. If you want to impress your wife or girlfriend, make a reservation for this month. The menu changes each month. Cell phone numbers: 0917 500 4750, 0919 887 2195. I had the added good luck to have Englishman Colin Buckley sitting opposite me who was able to guide me through the dinner. I guess you could call Colin “Mr. Oyster Man” since he owns the “Oyster Republic” business in which he has been the premier oyster supplier/producer of oysters in this country for 12 years (pictured above with Aida, wife of Chef Dan). The good news is that Colin will be opening a seafood restaurant along MacArhur Ave in the near future featuring fresh, live Boston Lobsters and of course, oysters. I will be able to provide more details in the near future but for now, Colin assured me that this would be a very special restaurant and the prices will be quite affordable. By the way, Chef Gov, previously with the Yats Wine Club will be heading up the kitchen. Sounds exciting to me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSIE
It was a fun day and evening at the Thi-Hi as the girls and customers celebrated the birthday of the personable, hard working boss, Josie. I nearly forgot about it but thankfully I received a text reminding me of the event and I hastened right over. Needless to say everyone had a good time and the snacks served up by Josie were delicious. Josie told me her age but all I will say is that she remains a lot younger than me and no doubt, better looking. What saddened me is that a week later I had to miss the 13th Anniversary of the bar and that is something I hate to do. I don’t know how time passes so quickly. Maybe next year I will have a small celebration for the 25th year of continuous operation of the Blue Boar Inn, previously known as the “Alleyway Bar”. I usually leave anniversary celebrations to the bigger bars. It is hard to believe that the years have passed so quickly since we took over the La Casa in 1988. Congrats Josie on your birthday and the anniversary. I certainly hope that there will be many more years to enjoy the Thi-Hi and I am sure your many loyal customers share my sentiments.
AMERICAN STEEL’S 10TH YEAR
Let me combine two stories into one here. First is the 10th Anniversary of the American Steel Motorcycle Club, Angeles City Chapter. I did not arrive at the celebration site until quite a few of the celebrants had already left. I thought it was going to be an all day event with everyone there at the same time. Instead, they trickled in and trickled out throughout the day. At least I got the big guy, Garth in the picture. Garth waited until he was a member for 10 years before he got his “American Steel Tattoo” the night before the big event. Even the soon to be married “Vegas Dave” was in attendance. I just missed “Fast Eddie”. MaryAnne arrived a bit late and I missed getting her in the picture. My goodness, I forgot to ask if she got her tattoo! Needless to say, great Club, great guys and gals. Now, let me give honorable mention to the venue for this event. The newly opened O’beavers Smoke House. It is located along the Fil-Am highway a bit pass the WestFields school on the right hand side of the road if you are traveling from North to South (Through Korea Town) from Perimeter Road. The venue is owned by “OB” and his Korean partner”Beaver” who also has a BBQ restaurant in Korea and is a member of the Korean chapter of American Steel. He and OB have been friends for 15 years. OB originally hails from Florida, is retired from the US Air Force and spent 25 years in Korea. He used to make monthly trips here to AC but bought a house here in Villa Sol 3 years ago. He has been married for 10 years and has a 13 year old daughter. Beaver still spends a lot of his time in Korea but together he and OB make one hell of a team. The Smoke House has a hell of a large dining area and a large bar is in a separate room. OB has one hell of a large collection of old time videos which are fun to watch in the bar. Right now they are open from 12 to 9 PM but in a month or two they will be open for breakfast. OB showed me the smoker that he built himself and where some great tasting meats are cooked to perfection. He makes his own sausage, ham, corned beef, pastrami and Sauerkraut. Eventually he wants to open a deli on site but for now is content to build up the restaurant. For special events you can call 0928-407-8521. My congrats to the American Steel members and also to OB and Beaver on the opening of a very unique “smoke House”.
JULY’S VERY SPECIAL LADY
Gentlemen, you know that I do not find my “special lady” every month so I consider myself lucky to have met Rozal Shayne S. Ambrocio at the Grandview Tower. She is employed at the Information Desk and it was my pleasure to have her escort me to the Accounting Office on the second floor where I had to go to collect my fee for their ad in this column. She is only 19 years old and is a graduate of a two year degree for a course in computer science. She is from the local area Magalang, Pampanga, and has only one brother. She stands 5′ 6″, has a great figure and a fantastic personality. She is the mother of a three year old boy but at this time, no attachments to any man. I would envy the man who could successfully court this young lady and hold on to her. It might take a bit of an effort but would be well worth the effort. She likes traveling, reading, playing badminton and going to the local gym. She considers the ideal man to be between 30 to 50 years old. If you would like to correspond with Rozal, Email her at: email@example.com.
SM CLARK IS EXPANDING
I had heard about the planned expansion of the SM Clark a couple of weeks ago and meant to run over to get some pictures of the area before it was closed off, sort of for historical purposes, but procrastinated, as usual. Finally on 23 Jun I had Priscilla drop me off outside of the hyper Market and with cane in hand walked all the way around to the back area. Man, I did not know it was such a long walk. So, I get there to take some pictures just as they are putting up their wall to hide the view. I was happy with my timing until one rent a guard comes up and tells me no pictures. I ignored him, he mumbles and leaves. A second rent a guard comes up on a bicycle to tell me no pictures, I told him no matter what, I am taking a picture. My legs and back were killing me from the walk, I could have used a wheel chair and I was faced with walking all the way back to where I started. No damn way was I giving up on my pictures. What the hell was so top secret? He rode off on his bike no doubt mumbling curse words against this ugly, demented American. Got the pictures then made the very long walk back to the Hyper Market and then all the way to the Food Court, up the escalator then over to the Administrative Office to see if I could get an interview with someone in marketing. Success! A fine gentleman named Paolo from Marketing took mercy on this old man and allowed me a few minutes of his time. I was informed that the food court will be expanded along the style in Singapore. I have never seen any food court in Singapore so have no idea what he meant but suspect it will look a lot better than the current one which is not all that nice. The new Annex will feature a Bowling Center and an I-Max Theater. At long last, 10 pin bowling will return to Angeles City. There will be additional space for more tenants. I asked Paolo if they could get Burger King and Subway on board in which he said “I wish” but that was out of his area of expertise. When can we expect all this construction to be finished and we can all enjoy this new Annex? Not until the 4th quarter of 2013 (Oct -Dec)! I think, after checking my life expectancy chart, that I can just about wait that long, but that does not take into consideration any delays. It was mentioned that this expansion is costing big bucks but my reply was that Mr. Sy was just named the top billionaire in the Philippines so this will be chump change for him.
Speaking of tons of money, I can’t understand why the outside escalator leading up to the pedestrian overpass cannot remain operational. Paolo did not have a good answer for me, he sort of said maybe they should just do away with it. To me that is a defeatist answer. Why doesn’t SM hold the company that installed it accountable? Get a few pesos from Mr. Sy and get it fixed so it works longer than a week. The perception is that SM Clark does not care about the common folks that have to walk. Paolo told me that the new SM San Fernando will open for business on 20 Jul, I had no idea that a new SM was being built in the center of San Fernando, near the public market. I think it would be nice if a “Prestige Lounge” could be added to the annex like the one that is located in the San Fernando SM Pampanga Mall. This is a terrific place to rest from shopping, especially for men who would like to read and have a cup of coffee while their ladies do the shopping. It is a fantastic idea but one has to spend enough to earn enough points to qualify for the Prestige card. My wife has one and I was able to enjoy the super comfort of this lounge while she did a bit of shopping. Super good idea, please add it to the SM Clark Mall as well.
The Mrs and I enjoy eating out at the Holiday Inn. Their two restaurants offer up some great food but it can play havoc with one’s attempt to maintain or lose weight. There is an extra bonus one can enjoy. The bakery goodies offered up for sale at half price each night at 7 PM always makes me want to be there early enough to get ticket number 1 so I have first choice. Another reason I enjoy that counter is that there is always present the two very attractive single ladies known as Iree and Nikko, both 19 years old. On the left is Nikko, a high school graduate with Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Her co-worker Iree recently graduated from college majoring in HRM. Her Email is email@example.com. I hope I got those addresses right, Iree wrote hers so small that I had to get my magnifying glass to read it. There you have it, Holiday Inn offers great dining, beautiful bakery goods and very charming employees, what more can you ask for. Darn, now Priscilla knows why I spend so much time at the bakery counter.
RASOI FOR INDIAN FOOD
Welcome back Richard Nayyer and your wonderful Indian cuisine. Many of the old timers here remember you when you served up the hot stuff at the “Blue K”. When Asti restaurant moved to a new location I was sad to see one of my favorite restaurants move to a different location but when I discovered that you had taken over that location I was very pleased. After taking the family there to sample your menu items I was even happier. Your food was as good as I remembered so whenever I get the craving for your delicious chicken vindaloo I will return. Ah dear people, there is another reason to visit the Rasoi, the prices are very reasonable and that is a big plus with me. Richard also runs the kitchen at the Heckle & Jeckle Sports Bar on Polanis Street, Makati, Manila. The Rasoi is located at 4180 Zeppelin Street, Hensonville. For reservations call 0916 644 2063 or 0928 625 5973, delivery is available with a mminimum order of P300 plus 10% service charge. Indian food lovers, check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
NEW DELI ON FRIENDSHIP
Fantastic, a new business opens on Friendship that is not Korean owned. It is the newly opened H&W Delicatessen owned by German National Ingo, who used at one time was the manager of the Clarkton Hotel. Ingo has returned to his true vocation, engineering and is employed abroad but his wife, who calls Angeles City her home will be running the Delicatessen. They make a good team and Ingo is excited about opening this store which he promises will deal only in quality meat selections, cheese and other offerings. It is a good looking store in a good location and I think that its location will be quite convenient for shoppers and will fill a needed niche in the Delicatessen market.
I WOULD IF I COULD
Oh boy, this 35 year old lady more than qualifies for my choice this month. She is personable, mature, petite, and cuddly. Kind of like a kitten when they finally let you pet them. It is fun to talk to her and yes, she is the single mother of a 12 year old daughter. She is kind of good looking but could do with a bit less make-up. As you can see, she is sexy. Now, I have no idea what it would be like to be around this lady 24/7 but I suspect it would be fun to find out. If you are interested, her name is Maria Crisanta, high school graduate from Olongapo. She comes from a family of 6 brothers and two sisters. She likes singing and, of course, would like to have a good husband. Her age preference in a man, between 40 and 60 but I bet she would go older. She works in my favorite bar and you know which one that is. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAREWELL FIESTA GARDEN
The longer one lives here in Angeles City, the more often some events happen that kind of make you sad. Sometimes it could happen from something as simple as the closing of a bar or hotel. Such is the case when I went to take some final pictures of the Fiesta Garden Hotel. That hotel has a lot of history over the years and thousands of foreigners, especially Australians will hold on to many memories of the good times they enjoyed there over the years. Harley, the present “gate keeper” held on for 14 years until, now, the place fell victim to its location. Business dropped off so much due to the rise of so many newer and bigger hotels in the entertainment area that tourists just did not want the inconvenience of being located so far from the action, especially when so many were offering cut rate prices. I remember the many Saturdays that many gathered there on Saturdays for the horse racing and many other events. The bar was always filled and lively. I attended Harley’s wedding there 14 years ago to Agnes who passed away from cancer three years ago. Harley did his best and those 14 years hold many memories for him. I know there are a hell of a lot of people around that can relate some great “Fiesta Garden” stories. Maybe some of you will send me a story or two that I can pass on. But for now, the last drink was served on 29 Jun 2012, down and out but never forgotten.
MORE SUBIC NEWS
It has been a long time since I was able to participate in the Barrio Barretto Wednesday dart league in Subic. We missed the Wednesday trip and the bar hopping afterwards. The opportunity to participate came about when Paul Southgate, the Captain for the Johan’s dart team invited me to bring my wife’s nephew to the Barrio to play with his team. It is not something we could do on a regular basis but it was great to be able to see some old friends and familiar faces again. Matt, who is a decent player welcomed the opportunity to play with someone as good as J. T. one of the best players in the league. He lost his game against J. T. but learned a few lessons from him. Fortunately, Paul’s team was able to win the match. It was a fun afternoon and all I had to do was watch and drink coffee plus talk a lot. Right across the street from Johan’s is the Lagoon resort and I was happy that I had enough time to pop over for a visit and say hello to Billy (dart organizer), manager, Ben Wiseman and owners Cliff (the pipe) and wife Elsa. The Lagoon has 19 rooms ranging in price from P899 to P2005 a day. For me, the attraction of the Lagoon is access to dart boards, decent food and of course a very large bar area. I also ran into a reader of this column named Ernie and his partner Anna. Ernie is from the Gold Coast, Australia and he was staying at the “Get-A-Way which was quite a bit further down the road from Johan’s. I wanted to visit this place and take a picture because the original place burned down a few years ago and now has been rebuilt and operational again. I believe the owner’s name is “Bill”, last name unknown. The next time I get to visit the Barrio I hope to get to the Get-A-Way to meet Bill and get a few pictures.
SLOWLY BUT SURELY
My goodness, this building, the Penthouse (Previously Lexus) is finally finishing up its top floor. It was announced that the exterior would be completed by May, but, as usual, time tables mean nothing here. I just viewed a Youtube clip that showed a 30 story hotel in China being built to completion in 30 days. Maybe Lewis should have gotten Chinese labor over here as this 16 story building has taken much, much longer. The good news is that is getting there and it impressive when one stands close to the building and looks up. The first picture was taken three or four months ago and the second one just a few days ago. Maybe now owner, Lewis, can raise his glass again in relief that progress has been made. The third picture was taken at a presentation for investors and unit owners over a year ago. I do not have the latest completion date for this project but it still has a way to go and when completed it will be a very beautiful building. The roof top will have a large pool and I wonder what it will be like swimming in the pool during an earthquake? When I bent my neck back that is the first thing I thought of. Oh how nice it would be to own a unit on the top floors. What a magnificent view it would be, but man, I think I would purchase a parachute, just in case.
That is an unusual name for a bar, it sure does catch the eye when passing. It is the newest bar to open along Perimeter Road, it used to be the home of “Foxy’s”. I was able to visit the bar recently in the hopes of meeting the Australian owner, Mario. Regretfully he was not in at the time I visited but to my great surprise and pleasure, greeting me was manager Wee George! Just knowing the popular, personable Wee George was on board was enough to convince me that I would be making many return visits to this bar. Additionally, I found the place to be well set up, the staff was friendly, Mommie Tess was a pleasure to talk to and I was fascinated by the presence of 24 year old, good looking Mamasan Christine. They have the usual pool table set off in a corner location that is convenient and does not take away from the entertainment area. It has only been open for three weeks and already draws in a good many customers and of course, the presence of Wee George will see his many devoted fans adding to the customer base. It is open from 2 to 11 PM. Local drinks are P65, ladies drinks P130 but be careful for they also have those darn double ladies drinks costing P250. Make sure you clarify your order. I am hoping the next time I visit, I will get to meet Mario, but I think I have to get there a bit later than 1500 hrs. My overall impression, very favorable, for sure add the “Ice Bar” to your barhopping list.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY “FAST EDDY”
Eddie (Fast Eddy) Kusturin, a truck driver from Portland, Oregon celebrated his 52nd birthday at my stable on 29 Jun, just in time to be included in this Jul issue of HTH. The first picture shows Eddie in the company of his extended family here in the Philippines. He spent the day feeding a whole lot of folks and enjoy some good company. Then a couple of weeks later, birthday time and what a day it was. He used my Stainless steel grill that I was able to obtain from the patio of the AF Special Ops Wing at Clark in 1991 before the AF left for good. It was heavy as hell to move but it serves as a memory of the good old days. He grilled up a whole bunch of chicken he bought locally and even more great US steaks that he purchased at Doug Slade’s Home Base store in Villa Sol. These steaks were absolutely fantastic, well worth the price he paid. Added to the menu were baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, potato salad, meat balls, a fruit salad desert and rolls. Man, it was a feast. He was joined by many friends who came and went from two PM to finally after 7 PM. Eddie is a hard working truck driver who deserves the break he gets when he gets over here to the Philippines. He is a gentle giant who loves life and his family here and no doubt plans to spend many more birthdays in the Philippines. I already look forward to the next one. Happy birthday Eddie.
A wonderful outdoor coffee shop has opened at the front of the Grand Central Hotel on Fields Ave. It is simply named the “Central Cafe” offering coffee, expresso, tea, deserts and panini (little sandwiches). The menu offering of the various drinks offered is quite extensive and some of the beverages are unique to Fields Ave. Imagine sitting down in the comfortable chairs in the afternoon sipping on an expresso or a drink named mocha (Frappe) which is new to me but am sure known be many of a younger generation. I sampled a mocha with a chocolate flavor. It was an expresso with Frappe mix, chocolate, ice and whip cream. It was absolutely delicious and also comes in mint or orange flavor as well. I enjoyed watching Ella and Stephanie preparing the ingredients and completing the process with the expresso machine which was served with big friend smiles. It is planned to have a “coffee Club” where one can purchase a large coffee mug with the Central Cafe logo affixed and then having your name added to the cup. The cup will stay at the Central Cafe for your use and you will entitled to some discounts and avail of some promotional offerings only for coffee Club members. By the time you read this it will only have been open for three days and as time goes by more tables and chairs will be added as well as extending the overhead awning. This a very nice addition to the Fields Ave scene. The Hotel kitchen is under renovation as well and it will be contracted out to a popular Filipino actor, Marvin Agustin who is also a chef. Marvin is the owner of 45 restaurants in the Philippines, all with different names. He will be opening a restaurant, not yet named, featuring New York style steaks, burgers and pizza and I predict that it will quickly become a very popular eatery. I do not have a time frame for the opening but it should happen well before the end of this year.
Since it is the night of 29 Jun I better close up shop for this month and get this off to the technical folks for publication. It has been a busy day and month for me but as promised I am trying to get out to Fields Ave a bit more. People are telling me that there is not much to write about because business is so slow now. It is true that the arrival of tourists has slowed down, more so than last year and sales of many business are off 20 to 30% from last year at this time and it is not good news but with a little belt tightening is necessary but construction has not slowed down and new bars and other businesses are still appearing on the scene. I am happy because I did not have to report any killings, robberies, police raids or deaths this month. I am looking forward to the ABC pool party and am sure I will see a lot of familiar faces there. I say that every year don’t I, OK already, I lack originality but it is a good event. Hope it does not rain, I get lazy when that happens, that is why I missed the Wild Orchid Inn’s annual beauty contest by the pool last month. Damn old age is slowing me down. Speaking of slowing down, it is 11 PM and my fingers are telling me to stop right here, now! So, good night and remember, be kind to horses.
NO RANTINGS THIS MONTH, INSTEAD I AM PASSING ON AN ARTICLE ABOUT ANGELES CITY THAT I CONSIDER WORTH READING
*THE CAMALIG DENIZEN The Official E-Newsletter for the Friends and Patrons of HISTORIC CAMALIG RESTAURANT (The Home of Armando’s Pizza: “Ang Pambansang Pizza”). Thanks to Resty Odon for this article in Asian Traveler Magazine, where he wrote: ”For a nice twist to the old-new divide, you also check out Camalig restaurant, which serves a Pampango pizza, with native sausages and salted egg slices as main toppings. You call the novel delicacy Pampanga fusion.”
Reclaiming Angeles and Clark
|Words By: Resty Odon Images By: Nicky Sering|
Even if your view of the world is not in the least left-leaning, you are still bound to see Angeles City and Clark through the prism of soul-searching–especially since these two destinations in Pampanga province are in a stage of recovery from havoc, both natural and man-made. After the sudden crippling of the local economy due to the historic scrapping of the American military bases and the wide destruction brought on by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, you cannot help but zoom in on the tell-tale signs of recovery and rehabilitation everywhere. What you find here is, happily, one big banner story of reclaiming not just the good things that were lost but more so the things that should have been. Rejuvenated by soul-searching The telling signs are readily evident in how the locals have made an effort to choose hope and joy in the face of the seemingly insurmountable. You hear, for instance, the story of how Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan roused his grieving people from the doldrums in 1991 by organizing a street-dancing festival called Tigtigan Terakan keng Dalan (Music and Dancing in the Street), their version of Oktoberfest, barely four months after the volcanic eruption. Seemingly irrational at first, the gesture strikes you as a Viktor Frankl moment of truth: “I have a choice in my reaction to life’s circumstances.” You find it equally refreshing to see Angelenos now being reasonably proud of their heritage. You don’t hear here the contumacious sneer, the unseemly putdowns, of one’s own, only eager recommendations. Watch how tour guide Kim Tinio of Kuliat Foundation’s Museo ning Angeles animatedly turns back the hands of time to trace the evolution of Angeles from Barrio Kuliat, originally named after a parasitic vine proliferating then but now a rarity. His zeal is infectious and typical. Over lunch served upstairs at this former municipal hall, you are enthused to find how eager the other museum staff lay out all the requisite goodies from what is dubbed to be the Philippines’ culinary capital (see sidebar): The conversations heavily spiked with Malay-sounding, vowel-filled Kapampangan, the town’s First Lady, no less, plays host, explaining the entrées and suggesting how to mix and match dishes. You slowly discover where the genius lies in Pampango cuisine: it lies in the crafty pairing of homespun flavors and textures. She points to where the original Aling Lucing sisig is made (at one streetcorner beside the railroad crossing), then goes on to say that there are three major variants of the dish, but not one contains egg. You thank your hosts with a surreptitious burp, hoping the dismal sound is masked by folk singer Andy Alvis singing “Atin Cu Pung Singsing” in the background, reminiscent of another fine musician, the fine jazz singer Mon David, who’s also a Pampango. A requisite tour of two famous mansions, the 1820s Bale Matua or Founder’s House (also called Henson House or Pantaleon de Miranda House) and the 1890s Pamintuan Mansion, leaves you catching your breath at the contrasting sights of country-style décor (folksy wood carvings) and Old World elegance (stamped ceiling and ornate calado or filigreed woodwork). You listen to the tale told about the Pamintuan doña who once upon a time shouted “Ing paksi! Ing paksi!” to one and all from on top her stately palace–her way of flaunting to her neighbors that her dinner for the night was vinegar-stewed milkfish sourced all the way from Dagupan, a rare luxury then. The dazzling all-white interior ofHolyRosaryChurchin the center of the old section of town stuns you with its gigantic silver sunburst altar centerpiece, which was reportedly made from melted silver coins donated by someone who had won the lottery jackpot during the times of the polo y servicio (forced labor) under the Spanish. The American face of Clark, which in 1902 was called Fort Stotsenburg, is equally assured of indelibility with the preservation of the historic Stotsenburg Gate, the sparklingly neat Clark Cemetery (plus a K-9 cemetery), the invaluable Clark Museum of wartime artifacts, and the parade grounds of all-American spaciousness made even more interesting by a marker memorializing the exact site where President Manuel Roxas died in 1948. In the museum, the picture of an American soldier in the brink of tears during the turnover rites would have pleased postcolonial theorist Frantz Fanon, who frowned on all forms of colonization as being psychopathic. You also meet around here a finely-built fellow named Gabby La’O, who runs the Western town-looking El Kabayo Stables horseback-riding club in full cowboy regalia. The Philippine tricolor, notably, now waves proudly out front, in place of the former colonizer’s. Facing reality head-on You hardly ever see the denial of the deluded in this town. They know the American servicemen are gone, many of their properties and savings gone. They have found acceptance and like to move on. Local historian Marco Nepomuceno is the first one to admit how the town’s earliest and most prominent families acquired, distributed, and fought over their wealth through the generations. History book author Ed Sibug is beginning the task of writing down other similar stories into another book, certainly with the same accepting eye. Angeles, however, still has a shrugging-shoulder attitude when it comes toFields Avenue, the “adultDisneyland” strip notorious for its raucous Mardi Gras scene. The good news? It is substantially ridden of its former criminal elements, thanks to Police Chief Louie Tan guarding the junction at the end of the district’s no-car zone. The shows in the most frequented establishments, such as Golden Nile and Club Atlantis, are still no family fare, about two notches above what you see on bawdy lunchtime TV. But you are surprised how the crowd here has gone international–no more American monopoly–and they seem more interested in the food fare than the quickie sex, for what are they all doing in the open-air cafés drinking all night as buddies? Speaking of food, you are delighted to learn that the first shawarma shack in thePhilippinescan be found still standing somewhere near. Embracing the new together with the old The old is being embraced, but not at the expense of the new. The Holy Angel University’s Center for Kapampangan Studies, for example, is equipped with modern museum display devices. You type your name in one computer and amuse your narcissistic self at seeing the Pampango baybayin script version of it. The guide here shows, among other things, how the world-famous Pampanga lantern is manually operated: through sheer ingenuity, using just grandma hairclips and masking tape! Later, you enter a theater to watch videos highlighting Pampanga’s unique history and culture. You end up amazed at the impact these people in Central Luzon had on an entire nation–all the whole bunch of them: saints and scoundrels, rebels and romantics. Factoids like this come flying off the handle: leftist leaders Luis Taruc and Bernabe Buscayno had Pampango roots, as had the first Filipino priest, soldier, doctor, and so on. Another little new development: Patis Tesoro’s “Ninay” dolls (the famed fashion designer traces her roots in Angeles) makes a special appearance in the museums, but there’s no mistaking it as, in fact, another modern resource that you don’t want to miss, cleverly cleaved with the old. You meet a young party boy here, make him a quick friend, and next thing you know, you are driven around town for other best-kept secrets. You head off to Abe Tayag’s Island Grill for a night cap, where you sample such novel delicacies as dulong (baby anchovies) paté in olive oil and basil, and the deep-fried tanigue (Spanish mackerel) caviar called puga. Among the crowd, your new friend points out, is the owner of the famous fashion store in Manila, Folded and Hung, a true-blue Angeleno. You check out the night club scene at Hacienda–hulky Terence Lagman and crew’s party place–which pulsates with the same vibrancy as Manila’s Embassy or Republiq, the glamorous younglings filling it up to the rafters in the dead of the night. You weave yourself into the thick weekend throng, there to hobnob with the perfumed future of Pampanga. A lot of guests are from Manila, including the night’s DJ, Elmer Dado, and his band, Gruppo Tribale, with their intoxicating samba beats. The hotels are on an expansion spree, even as they try to exude warmth in huggable sizes. ABC Hotel, for example, combines the refinement of the Old World and the warmth of Asian hospitality. The others, like The Fields Plaza Suites, designed for honeymooning couples, goes modern all the way. Checking in, you feel like an Arab prince, with your appetite for royal treatment satisfied. Other facelifts abound. You take Friendship Highway one moment then find yourself the next on an entire strip called Korea town. Farther, you are dazzled by the palazzo architecture of Ruperto Cruz’s Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, a one of a kind manicured property. You realize gourmet places are everywhere too. You dig into your porterhouse steak at the Royal Amsterdam’s Black Angus Steakhouse, lick your fingers feasting on the jolly Jim Sebree’s most authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine in Cottage Kitchen, and sample the French-inspired dishes at Gerard Heinen’s ABC Hotel—whose chef trained under Le Soufflé’s Billy King—and have yet another hearty lunch at Jim Dale’s Blue Boar Inn at La Casa Hotel. You next find the Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar in Mimosa golf course just because you heard it has the most extensive wine list in the country (5,000 mostly French labels). Here at Yats, you converse with a frequent guest, Irishman Richard Agnew, who recounts how he ended up in Angeles. You hear a dozen other similar tales from other nationalities around the city, frequently involving a local lass who has held the foreigner’s heart captive, and frequently resulting in the blooming of a conjugal enterprise. You see this as a form of reverse colonization. For a nice twist to the old-new divide, you also check out Camalig restaurant, which serves a Pampango pizza, with native sausage and salted egg slices as main toppings. You call the novel delicacy Pampanga fusion. Angeles and Clark are now quite child-friendly that you forget adult entertainment altogether. You take your kids to Fontana Water Parkfor summer fun or to a trek to Paradise Ranch and Zoocobia for a huffing-and-puffing environmental awareness exercise. You survey the other options available based on the season: a four-seater plane ride over Mt. Pinatubo, mountain-biking, hot air balloon, kite-flying, go-karting, paintball, airsoft… Even PX goods shopping here can also be an extreme sport. You head off to the many casinos later, reminded that Angeles is a sister city of Las Vegas. PAGCOR Casino’s façade interests you with its reliefs of Kapampangan mythical characters like King Sinukuan, Pampanga’s first inhabitant according to local lore. Finding blessing in abjection Finally, you see here the palpable proofs that loss and tragedy in cataclysmic proportions can be a blessing if we turn them into one. Lahar sand, for example, with its high sulfur content, is a quarry much preferred by construction people. It easily earns millions for the enterprising. An isolated hot spring recently emerged in Sitio Puning, accessed through Barangay Sapang Bato via a 4X4 ride, that is deemed therapeutic by Koreans who come and go in hordes, availing of their own traditional treatments such as hot sand, volcanic mud, and massage treatments. The 45-minute ride over a splashing Sacobia Riverbed gives you the thrill of your life, with magnificent vistas of breathtaking canyons, ravines, and gullies you will never forget. Amidst melodic bird chirps, you notice queer stone markers along the way, and learn that they are an Aeta indication of where to take refuge in case of sudden rain. Who knew the scars of a furious volcano could be this dramatically beautiful? There are just no words; you just have to be there. Jing Torno of Angeles City Tourism Office prefers to sum up his city this way: “Food! Fun! Angeles!” I would have added, “More!” This bustling destination, plus Clark, together have the gritty urbanism of Manila, the cosmopolitan air of Boracay, the American frontier feel of Baguio, and the rustic charm of an old provincial town, but they each have become uniquely themselves, with their own palette of many hidden charms and unexpected come-ons. Their story ends on the happy note of reclaiming one’s true self in the ever-shifting lahar of time, their cry for freedom from invading humans and invasive nature echoing resoundingly down Abacan River.
This is an interesting article. Form your own conclusions. Good luck to any country who depends on the US for military assistance. The US can afford to talk and negotiate but get into an active conflict with China, I think not!
Chinese Navy admiral targets Philippine ships
Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, director of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) Information Expert Committee, said this should be done to “Filipino vessels that hang around in the lagoon and don’t leave,” according to state-owned news agency China News Service (CNS).
Yin said Chinese naval troops should board and search Philippine government ships and private fishing vessels.
He said this is already being done by the Philippines on Chinese fishing ships.
Yin said the “Philippines has not yet returned 24 Chinese fishing boats it is holding,” referring to Chinese boats intercepted in Philippine territory in October last year.
Yin, who is described by the CNS as a military expert, said Chinese troops “must try to maintain restraint, not force, not hurt people,” when going after Philippine ships found in waters near or at Scarborough shoal.
He said Chinese government ships should conduct more regular patrols in the waters off Scarborough to esnure the safety of Chinese fishing boats.
Yin told Communist Party publication the People’s Daily on Thursday that China’s navy will not hesitate to use deadly force against its enemies.
“Our navy has the absolute ability and the absolute confidence to use arms to defend our country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and maritime rights. We’re just waiting for the order,” he said.
President Benigno Aquino said earlier in the week that the Philippines may redeploy ships to the shoal to counter the presence of foreign vessels.
Philippine ships were forced to pull out from the area last weekend due to bad weather.
“If there is a presence in our territorial waters, then we will redeploy. But if there is no other presence of other vessels that might impinge on our sovereignty, there is no need to deploy and they can go back to their normal routine of safeguarding — the Coast Guard for instance — our coastlines from… [the] wet season,” Aquino told reporters.
He said the decision to redeploy will be based on China’s moves to occupy the area.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Saturday that several Chinese ships have been seen again around Scarborough shoal.
Gazmin, in a text message to ANC, said the Chinese vessels were spotted by a Philippine Air Force plane that was deployed to conduct a reconnaissance mission over the disputed area.
He did not say how many Chinese ships are now at Scarborough.
Yin blasts Aquino, ‘US-Philippine plan’
Yin, during a discussion with Chinese netizens on the state-owned People’s Daily website, also claimed that Aquino’s plan to send ships anew to Scarborough shoal is part of a scheme between Manila and Washington to usher in US military troops’ return to Asia.
He said the US and the Philippines — which are bound by a mutual defense treaty — want to use Scarborough shoal as a flashpoint to break China’s friendship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Yin also accused Aquino of trying to “consolidate his regime” by pleasing military officials.
He said Aquino inherited his mother’s bad relationship with the Philippine military, which the country’s current president now wants to solve.
The Chinese military official also said Aquino’s tough stand on Scarborough “attacks domestic anti-American and pro-Arroyo forces in the Philippines.”
It is not known how much influence Yin wields in the PLA.
His statements mirror an earlier call by another hardliner, PLA Major General Luo Yuan, who wants China to launch “decisive action” at Scarborough Shoal to reinforce Beijing’s claim on the territory, which is located within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
While their comments do not represent official policy and the PLA is only serving on the beck and call of China’s Communist Party, officers like Yin and Luo have been given some leeway to strike a tougher tone in their comments, according to foreign analysts.
In 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao admonished the military for letting officers speak on sensitive issues.
This, however, has not prevented Yin and Luo from airing their hardline views on state-owned media.
For sure you will want to plan your trip around this date. The Horse guarantees it is one of the best times you can have in July.
OOPS, JUST NOTICED THAT THE DATE IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS POSTER. THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON 8 JULY.
THANK YOU TODD FOR THE HEADS UP.
The price of booze and cigarettes is sure to go up in Jan 2013. So start buying by the case now and stock up and for sure, barhopping will cost more starting next year. Yes, folks, the Philippines will be jumping on the “sin tax” bull shit to make more money and to punish drinkers and smokers. Read and weep!
Lawmaker confident of sin tax passage in Senate
5:02 pm | Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Cavite Representative Joseph Abaya. congress.gov.ph photo
MANILA ,Philippines— Following its passage in the House of Representatives, House Bill 5727 otherwise known as the controversial sin tax reform bill’s next stop will be at the Senate where the measure’s author Cavite Representative Joseph Abaya felt confident it would also breeze through the upper chamber.
“We are confident that it will follow the same fate in Senate, however, it will require vigilance from supportive senators, health advocates, media and the people to ensure that the bill doesn’t get watered down,” Abaya said.
The measure was passed by lawmakers on its third reading Wednesday which was the last day of the second regular session via a landslide vote of 210 in favor for it, 21 against it and five abstentions.
“This is a landmark legislation since we have put in a reformed tax structure for sin products which has remained virtually unchanged for the last 16 years,” said Abaya.
Majority leader Neptali Gonzales II meanwhile expressed worry on changes that may take place once the Senate handles the measure.
“Our gut feel is that changes in the bill might happen. It’s possible taxes for alcohol would go up and taxes for tobacco will go down. But it is difficult to second guess but we hope the differences will not be significant,” Gonzales said.
The measure seeks to solve the decline in government revenue from excise tax on alcohol and tobacco since 1997, as reported by the Department of Finance, by:
- leveling the playing field through encouraging fair competition among all stakeholders in the alcohol and tobacco industry;
-increasing revenue base of the government;
-addressing the rise in social costs of consumption of the said products; and
-making tax laws compliant with World Trade Organization-General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade requirement.
It also seeks to resolve the case filed by the United States of America and the European Union against the country for low excise rates on local distilled spirits.
HB 5727 will simplify the basis of excise taxes on alcohol products, pegged on per proof liter for distilled spirits, per liter of volume capacity for wines and fermented liquor as well as the basis of excise tax on tobacco products: a) cigars – per cigar, b)cigarettes packed by hand – per pack, and 3) those packed by machine – per pack.
From January 1, 2013, excise tax rates based on net retail price (not including excise tax and value added tax) will be:
-for distilled spirits which priced at:
A) less than P90 – P20 per proof liter;
B) P90 to P150 – P80 per proof liter; and
C) more than P150 – P320 per proof liter;
A) sparkling wines, champagnes regardless of proof if the net retail price per bottle of 750 milliliter is:
- P500 or less – P250 and
- more than P500 – P700;
B) still wines and carbonated wines containing 14 percent of alcohol by volume or less, P30, and
C) still wines and carbonated wines with more than 14 percent but no more than 25 percent of alcohol, P60.
-for fermented liquor:
A) if the net retail price per liter is P50.60 or less, the tax will be P13.75 per liter; and
B) if the net retail price per liter is more than P50.60, the tax will be P18.80 per liter.
Fermented liquor brewed and sold at microbreweries or small establishments shall be subject to the rate of P28 per liter.
-on tobacco products P1.75 and P1.5;
-on cigars, P150 per cigar;
-on cigarettes packed by hand, P7.56 (by January 1, 2013), P12 (by January 1, 2014); and
-on cigarettes packed by machine by January 1, 2013:
A) if the net retail price is P11.50 and below per pack, the tax will be P12 per pack; and
B) if the net retail price is more than P11.50 per pack, the tax will be P28.30 per pack;
-on cigarettes packed by machine by January 1, 2014:
A) if the net retail price is P11.50 and below per pack, the tax will be P22 per pack; and
B) if the net retail is more than P11.50 per pack, the tax will be P30 per pack.
An eight percent increase every two years will be imposed on the excise tax rates from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2025 for distilled spirits, wines, fermented liquor, tobacco products, cigars and cigarettes through revenue regulations issued by the Secretary of Finance. It will also remove the price or brand classification freeze on alcohol and tobacco products.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue projected a P33 billion revenue increase following the passage of the law. This additional revenue is being eyed to fund basic social services including the universal health care program and alternatives for tobacco farmers.
Gonzales said that this projected tax revenue can still change once the Senate tackles the measure.
Abaya also said that they were conscious of the Northern bloc opposing the bill due to the plight of tobacco farmers and explained that they “do recognize they are the most affected sectors thus 15 percent of the incremental revenues will be plowed back to them.”
“It is then incumbent upon the Northern block public servants to properly utilize such funds to really protect and support the farmers since that is the intent of the law,” he said.
“Even without this bill, roughly P4 billion is given back to tobacco growing areas. With the passage of this bill we are looking at around P11 billion to P12 billion being plowed back,” Abaya explained.
But much more important was that the tax reform measure could “wean away the poor and the youth from the bad habits of smoking and drinking,” he said.
Gonzales agreed with this, saying that although the government was “sensitive with their (farmers) plight, more will benefit from the trade off” pertaining in particular to the universal health care.
Tonight, I received a call from Jorg, the owner of La Pasha and he informed me that the prices at his clubs remain at P95 for local drinks. I printed a report from a reader of this column who commented that the prices at La Pasha had been raised. Jorg wants everyone to know that this is not true.
I am more than happy to report this as Jorg runs a great group of Clubs and is one of the good guys in town. By the way, I did not know that six months ago he added a new baby to his family. It’s a bit late Jorg, but congrats!
OBeavers Smoke House is having their grand opening Saturday, 2 Jun. It is located along the FilAM highway just before you reach WestFields School. There is a double event on Saturday, the Angeles Chapter of the American Steel Motorcycle Club is having their 10th Anniversary celebration starting at 2 PM and at the same time OB, a Florida native and his partner “Beaver” will celebrate the Grand Opening of the restaurant and Bar.
Folks, I stopped by today (Friday) to interview OB and Beaver and give the place a look over. Man, it is fantastic. I thought I was entering a place located in Texas, or Arizona, or even Las Vegas. This old horse felt at home, in fact I thought they could tie me up to a hitching post along with some old time cowboys. It is big, the food specializes in smoked meats and they have one hell of a great smoke house that will crank out some mighty tasty selections.
I will write more in my July column but did not want to wait that long to make this announcement. You have to check out “OBeavers”, I predict a great success for this new restaurant for expats, tourists and Filipinos as well. I hope they will be featuring some great country and western music. There is plenty of room for parking. Folks, get your ass on out there, you will love it. By the way, the ribs are out of this world, fantastic!
For sure this old horse will be there, hope to see you all now.
Forgot, operation hours 12 to 9 PM, seven days a week.
This month of June I would like to dedicate this column to a wonderful gentleman who peacefully passed away on 6 May at the young age of 65. Steve was an icon in this town. He worked for Dave Fisher at Kokomo’s for many years and I think Dave knew him better than anyone else here. For that reason I invited Dave to write a few words about Steve and you will see his remarks further down in this column. Oh my goodness, this man will be missed by so many, he was a friend, a mentor, and adviser to so many. He never uttered a negative word against anyone, he had a dry sense of humor and he emanated an aura of wisdom that earned him the respect of all who knew him.
First and Last Name: Larry N.
Hi Harry, got to tell ya what i saw today. I left my apt in clarkview today 28 apr. I witness 2 boys walking north towards friendship. I saw the one boy throw himself in front of a foreigner riding a motor. A Filipino “concerned” citizen was following behind and suddenly called on his cell phone. Within minutes the boys in blue showed up. I left after that…(I wonder if the dirt bags are bringing back a very old scam? Regretfully Larry did not stick around long enough to see how this drama ended.)
Dear Harry, After reading about the unconscionable behaviour of Bureau of Immigration staff at C.I.A. in your May newsletter, I imagine you’ve failed to grasp the point behind their conduct. Far from harassing young, nubile Filipinas who wish to travel abroad for a romantic holiday with their foreign boyfriend or fiancee, bureau officials are in fact doing them a favour.
The Bureau of Immigration, at the behest of the government, are discouraging Filipinas from traveling overseas because they have no wish to expose them to well governed countries with a functioning, polite bureaucracy. Can impressionable young ladies from the Philippines be expected to cope with such policies as environmentally friendly cities, paved roads, functioning and well maintained public transport systems, honest taxi drivers, an absence of malice and rudeness in public servants, competence in government and a lack of corruption? I think not. I think these young women would be shocked by the efficiency with which other countries operate.
Imagine what could happen when these intrepid tourists returned home. They may agitate for efficient government in the Philippines. The likelihood that the local population may in any way be dissatisfied with the lazy, incompetent, venal, mendacious plutocrats who dominate this country’s political life and seek to replace them with well meaning, honest individuals with principles is something the elite cannot accept. I’m assuming this country does have a handful or two of principled, honest citizens but I wouldn’t risk money on such an assumption.
On the other hand I suppose it’s just possible that the Immigration desks at C.I.A. are manned by bureaucratic thugs anxious to make life as difficult and as unpleasant as possible for passengers, irrespective of nationality. J.T. Archer.
(Hey J.T., my goodness, it all makes sense to me now but not all the BI agents are that bad but it only takes a few to poison the water)
Comments and Remarks: Regarding the DMIA off-loading problems – Some of the airlines (Tiger particularly) routinely overbook flights. It appears they use Immigration to help them out. A friend was recently off-loaded. Tiger was requesting her boarding pass back hours before Immigration made their final determination. Thus airline gets two fares for one seat and doesn’t have to compensate for over-booking. Mike Kravitz.
(a different twist on a very sensitive subject)
First and Last Name: Hans Kristian Espersen
Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry, This is Hans, think asshole member 84 or so ;O) Been reading your May news letter. Like to comment on the CIA bull… I know Cpt. Robert and misses for 11 years. Heard about her raw deal from Magnus who spoke to her before, and after she was supposed to leave. Needless to say as excited she was going to Thailand as devastated was she coming home not admitted on the plane in Clark. THANKS for bringing that up!!! Spoke to Henrik/ Marble Inn, he recently experienced a party of 16 (Guess 8 men with companions), where 7 of the girls were not allowed on the plane. Same deal, quick trip to Malaysia and back. Apparently one of the girls was not permitted because she LOOKED too young. The girl was 22 years, but really short for her age.. haha I think I was kind of lucky, received an email from the Danish consulate that this bull was coming last year at this time. I did not want to chance it, so my asawa went for the seminar in Manila, even though we have made several trips out of the country in the past. If I did not happen to be on the mailing list for the consulate, I would not have known about the issue before they started to refuse the girls to leave. In my case it could easily have been a loss of 3000 usd, for return tickets to Denmark, 1500 if I would have decided to bail on her.. hehe Keep up the good work! Best Regards Hans (one of the Scandahooligans in town) (Hans, guess the Danish consulate is better in informing their citizens then the American and Australian Embassies. It remains confusing but there are on-going discussions that hopefully will help in avoiding ill feelings generated between Immigration officials and travelers at the DMIA.)
Dear Harry The Horse, I am an American who has been a visitor to the Philippines since 1998. I have always enjoyed your column, commentaries, and opinions. Thanks.
On the recent topic of Pinays being “offloaded” at CRK and MNL airports when traveling to ASEAN countries for tourism purposes with, or to meet their western boyfriends, it prompted me to do some further checking into this as I am planning to take my pinay girlfriend to Hong Kong this coming August to see Disneyland, shopping and to enjoy the city. Also to see how we are able to get along on unfamiliar turf, before making any serious plans together.
I wrote the CFO - Commission on Filipinos Overseas <email@example.com>;
Copy of: This is an enquiry e-mail via http://www.cfo.gov.ph/
I am an American Citizen in USA who would like to take my Filipino friend with me on holiday to Hong Kong for approximately (2) two weeks.
The purpose of our trip is shopping, visit Disneyland, sightseeing, and general tourism.
We are friends only and are not engaged to be married or have a fiancee’ or support relationship. She is employed and has no plans to leave Philippines permanently or emigrate abroad.
She will have a return air ticket, valid passport (4 years valid remaining), and meet all entry requirements of Thailand.
Does she need to take one of your seminars before leaving the country, and if so specifically which one. I am an American, we are going to Hong Kong.
Thank you, Hymie Tucker – And 2 weeks later I received a reply:
Dear Mr. Tucker:
We wish to inform you that under Department of Foreign Affairs’ Department Order Nos. 15-89, 28-94 and 11-97, Filipinos leaving the country as spouses and other partners of foreign nationals or naturalized citizens of their host country are required to attend the Commission on Filipinos Overseas’ (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP).
The CFO GCP is being administered by our service provider, which is the St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation – Center for Overseas Workers (SMEF-COW). Attendance to the GCP is on a first come first serve basis; there is no need for reservation.
The counseling session, usually lasts for two hours. However, there may be other documents that the counselor may require (letters, pictures together, annulment or divorce papers, if applicable) to clarify issues and concerns raised during the sessions. A Guidance and Counseling Certificate (GCC) will be issued after successfully completing the requirements of the GCP.
Please be advised as well that your girlfriend does not need a CFO registration sticker/stamp for your holiday trip to Hong Kong, the Bureau of Immigration will only check the GCC as proof that she has complied with the government’s policy.
We have attached a copy of the requirements and procedures of the CFO SMEF-COW GCP for your reference. We hope you find this information useful.
Very truly yours, Thea May Rabe (Sgd.) Counselor
Approved: Ivy D. Miravalles (Sgd.), OIC, Migrant Integration and Education Division
I then called the CFO SMEF-COW (St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation – Center for Overseas Workers.) and asked the same questions, specifically of my “girlfriend” would need to take a counseling seminar in order to leave the country as a tourist. Also since they are country specific, would she avail the seminar for the USA or the South Korean and other Asian-Pacific countries. I am an American, we are going to Hong Kong, she is Filipino.
Their answer was NO and that my girl will only need a valid passport and return air tickets to travel outside the Philippines. I asked for clarification on the “and other partners of foreign nationals or naturalized citizens of their host country” to which she explained that “partners” means “same sex” relationships.
She said that there are no seminars for tourists, only for fiancé’s and spouses.
So what is the current advice on this situation? Does she take their Guidance and Counseling seminar to receive the certificate of completion or not? She will not have a visa as a tourist, as Hong Kong is a visa on arrival country, so I understand not needing the CFO “sticker” in her passport. Since their seminars are designed for those emigrating outside of the PI to live permanently with a fiancé/spouse, and this being an unusual circumstance as I will be accompanying her to Hong Kong and back to Manila.
What sort of documents should she be ready to show at the seminar? Further, Why would I be involved at all, since she had a valid passport and return ticket? Should I bring my recent tax returns and bank statements? Seems that it’s none of their business. I would like to hear your response to this, you may post it if you like in your column and edit as necessary.
Sincerely, Hyman Tucker (Hyman, the responses you received kind of make things a bit more confusing. I do not have answers for you yet but there are some Filipino officials and concerned business related Filipinos that are aware of this problem and we just have to wait to see if more specific guidance is provided)
First and Last Name: Chris Simpson
Comments and Remarks: My wife (married in the Philippines) required the 2 hour course in Manila to leave with me and our daughters, we were told that it didn’t matter where we went or for how long. It seems the way they are looking at it now is that if you are leaving in circumstances where you may end up working elsewhere, they will require this. The day my wife got her appointment, the printing machine broke down, there were 16 women there told to come back on Monday or Tuesday to collect. Several had spouses waiting with tickets booked that friday night. (The confusion continues. Was this her first trip out of the country since marrying you?)
First and Last Name: Charles England
Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry REF. PHEODFILE WITH EXTREMLY HIGH RISK OF AIDS! Have you ever seen a notice in any bar in Angeles with faces of undesirables Harry? Having stayed in Angeles for over 20 years and owned hotels and other business here, I like to think I have a good balanced view of the upside and the downside of The Entertainment Industry on Field’s Avenue and Perimeter Road. The majority of mamasangs are professional, do a difficult job and have the interests of their girls under their wing at heart. However, a small number are just ruthless, selfish and have zero care for the girls. There is a hard core, like myself, who know these mamasangs and the high profile assholes who constantly frequent the bars. The worst, by a long way, are the paedophiles, as I am sure you will agree Harry. Yes, they are known to the police, mamasangs and many of the girls. But still the paedophiles get their victims as they are very resourceful and determined and because some mamasangs simply don’t give dam. There is one particular case I find the most abhorrent, by a long way, which prompts me to write to you. The guy in question has been living close to the entertainment area for about 15 years and is over 70 years old, I would think. He is already a celebrity in Angeles having been featured as being a paedophile by the British national papers, has appeared on BBC World TV while in Angeles City Jail after being arrested for crimes involving underage girls about 10 years ago. He openly brags to mere acquaintances, that he has had 1,500 different girls in the last 15 years and, waits for it, “has never used a condom”. STAGGERING! He says that he always tells the mamasangs that he has been steralized so the innocent girls, mostly underage, are led to believe that they will be safe. They don’t know any better and off they go. The worst scenario is that he is a woman hater and knows he has AIDS and is purposely infecting kids. You will no doubt know this particular paedophiles as he has featured on your web page about 8 years ago and has been pursued by the Roman Catholic Church (PREDA) in The Philippines for about 9 years to get the Philippine justice system to bring him to count. He has somehow got away with overwhelming evidence against him including over a hundred video cassettes tapes, confiscated by the police, all featuring him having sex with girls, mostly underage, some as young as 12 years old! From my reading of your web site for many years, it’s clear you have “know how” and influence in such important things like this and you are not frightened to publicise such “pond life” that sickens even the most hardened criminal minds Thanks in advance Harry. Charles
(Charles, I remember the name of the person you are referring to and I also remember the well publicized incident that caused his arrest. I will not mention his name as he claimed his innocence and was able to get the charges dropped and a number of years have passed without further incident. It is true that pedophiles live among us here in AC and some come as tourists. I wish that each and every one of them could be outed, arrested and put in jail. It is regrettable that some Mamasans cater to these dirt bags and should be fired but they have to be caught and prosecuted first, along with the customer. These people are clever, they build up a network of contacts willing to provide young girls for a price. Unless someone gives a tip to the police and he is caught in the action he can operate here, with impunity for many years. If any pedophile is caught by the police here and prosecuted, for sure I will publish the details and the offender’s name but one must be aware that there have been circumstances where an innocent person has been set up by individuals or law enforcement officials. Fortunately, this has not happened in quite some time.)
Harry, True . The military has no money . Much of it has been stolen . In the article last year about the PI Chief of staff stealing millions , it was pointed out that the troops have no boots , no food ( their family has to feed them , ) , no ammunition , no gasoline etc, etc. None of the Generals were prosecuted in what the Manila Paper called a ” monstrous theft “ . Meeting last weekend in Manilawith US military and government officials pointed out the PI military has no money for spare parts , no functioning logistics system , no trained techs or mechanics to work on sophisticated F 16 , even if we gave them to them . No money to operate the older ships we may give them . Ammunition, fuel etc, What about trained pilots for the F 16 they may get . And , as you know being retired AF , logistics supporting Jet Fighters is very expensive . Who is going to pay ? Oh. The M16 rifles the Muslim Guerrillas have in Mindinao all come from the Philippine Army . Which the Marines leave behind when they train there . Common knowledge by our intelligence . So, I ask you and everybody , ” why waste time with these fuckers ? “ . It appears to me that if this war does get ” hot ” , the USwill have to fight it . Will Japan and Korea get involved ? Joe W.
(This was in response to an observation I sent to Joe, who is married to a Filipina, living in the States who keeps up with the Philippines through the US Filipino channel. The subject was our concern of how the Philippine military would handle a shooting war with China. My comment was: The PI military has never had enough money to be effective. The AF pilots cannot train properly because no budget for gas. Their military is a joke. Without the US assistance they would lose a war within months. Hope it never happens as the people here do not deserve such a result. I also wonder how far the US is prepared to go in defending the Philippines? I hope we never have to find out)
First and Last Name: mo deveney
Comments and Remarks: i notice that fewer and fewer tourists are visiting angeles …the bars are deserted and there are fewer girls …..yes times are hard ..but its surely going to get harder when the robbing bar owners in fields keep on putting up the cost of bar fines ….obviously they do not understand the concept of customer service ..there is none ..the girls are pizzzzed off, the customers have pizzed off …soon the golden goose will no longer lay any more eggs …time to stand up mr horse ..what are your thoughts.
(Mo, I just heard today that the LA Pasha Club raised their local drinks to P110, this at a time when business is so slow. I very seldom buy a drink on Fields Ave and believe me, very few ladies drinks. For sure the EWR prices have become unreasonable but so far the tourists are still forking over the money. I must admit that I am not in a position to criticize pricing in the bars. Those owners with multi-clubs must have one hell of a big overhead and they establish their pricing to allow for costs and to make a profit. They should know what they are doing. I suspect that the tourists are not caring about the prices but those of us living here on fixed incomes feel the pinch to our budgets with each price increase. Remember, Club owners on Fields Ave do not care about Expat business, they depend on tourists. It is a different game there. I have lived in Las Vegas which is a tourist town. I did not gamble nor did I spend a great deal of time on the Strip, my budget would not allow it. I sought out neighborhood casinos and bars where I could afford the entertainment. So, the same with Fields Ave, let them charge what they want, they are the owners who take the risks. Why complain? Just let your feet take you elsewhere. I happen to like La Pasha, but instead of buying two or three drinks, I will only buy one, nurse the hell out of it and enjoy the atmosphere for an hour and then leave unless some of the ladies looked so good that I buy another drink and stay longer. But, I know I can afford only so much and keep to my budget. Now, if I was a tourist with only two weeks to stay here, believe me, my attitude would be different as well as my budget. One other thing to consider, those rental prices on Fields Ave are astronomical and getting higher every year. OH well, I know pricing will always be a subject of debate but the answer is survival and those Clubs that continue to get the business will survive, those that do not, of course, will not. Hopefully, Fields Ave will not go away, but for sure, over time the face of Fields Ave will change and owners will be required to adapt or fade away) UPDATE: Jorg, the owner of La Pasha called to inform me that his prices were not raised and remain at P95 and will stay that way until the cost of goods increases to a point where he has no choice. Thanks for calling Jorg, that is why I like the La Pasha group.
Harry, Talked to my son a few days ago . He will be visiting tomorrow . He made E8 two years ago . Nice . Served in Iraq for 18 months as a platoon Sergeant in a very hostile area . He was serving as a First Sergeant at Ft.Hood in a field unit. Good potential for E9 . But, then he told me he retired 6 months ago. 20 years, 3 months . I was sort of shocked . He said ” Dad, I am not going to Afghanistan. I am not pushing my luck.” He said many of his friends feel the same way . They have had enough war. Many are burned out . Marine Corps infantry , also. So he retired on 20 . He is using his GI bill now for school. But , he is getting 90% VA disability, also. I am greatful to God he survived and he is out . Anyway, maybe he and I can go to Fields ave and open a bar. Joe W. (Joe, instead of opening a bar on Fields Ave he would be better off in Afghanistan)
Harry I have noticed that many trikes now have the front passenger window either fully or partially obscured so the passenger cannot see what is going on up ahead and in the case of an impending accident at least try and prepare him/herself. Like several of my friends I now refuse to ride in one of these trikes. Ron G. (Maybe you are better off not seeing what is going on up ahead. Some trike drivers are frustrated Kamikaze drivers who scare the shit out of passengers. So, they cover the front window, dispense muscle relaxing pills and hope to avoid heart attacks. Even if you see what is coming you are so squeezed into the trike that rapid egress movement is impossible. Just relax, say 10 hail Mary’s and hope you had a nice sexual experience prior to boarding the trike. At least then you can die with a smile on your face. Oh wait, I forgot. If you only get injured be advised that the accident will be your fault and as you lay in the street, your wallet, watch, rings, loose change and gold chain on your neck will be removed never to be seen again. Better make that 20 hail Mary’s)
Harry, I am sitting here in your bar for my last few hours in paradise reflecting on my experience here.
THE GOOD NEWS:
Always, the staff at the La Casa are over the top in service, quality, and friendliness. The Blue Boar Inn/La Casa is home base on my visits here, I say that because everyone makes me feel at home. I also have to mention the lovely girls employed at your bar, I love them, and each and every one is special in her own way.
People sometimes mistake my carefree attitude as not paying attention, but I do. I have never been shorted one peso in your place and I have never “lost” anything at your place, in fact Monique scolds me for leaving the keys in the scooter and leaving belongings laying around.
Thi-Hi is still a great place to drink and be entertained by exciting, pretty, and helpful girls. Prices are reasonable even with the dollar exchange rate so low. Just as you do, I love Thi-Hi and I love the girls there.
I can still rent a scooter to get around for less then P300 a day, it keeps me away from the trikes, jeepneys and taxis. I don’t even know who else rents other then NICE BIKE because the manager and staff there have given me no reason to ever look anywhere else.
There is a point on the road, somewhere around THE BRASS KNOB where you can go to most any bar and have a great time at reasonable prices, even if some attempt the “double” P300 drink.
I had no problems with “raids” or police “checkpoints”. There were some soldiers who had a checkpoint but they simply checked my ID and let me go (as the Filipino drove by).
THE BAD NEWS:
You have mentioned before the big bars on Fields and the simply outrages costs to sit and have a drink or two. P95 at Dollhouse and P125 at Carousel, that’s $2 or $3 a drink. If that was all there was here I would have no need to return. I can pay $3 a beer at any bar in the states.
For the first time I was shorted my change on a bill and it was at the Dollhouse. The actual cost and the shortage were so different in numbers I can only assume the waitress was correct when she said “cashier make mistake”. (Dave, they do that a lot there)
Still plenty of beggers. I understand how difficult things are here and I sympathize with everyone who squeaks out a living here day after day. I continue to give candy to the kids that beg and watch the disappointed look on the parents face when they see the child has not gotten cash for them.
Business is booming and things are being built all around you, I am afraid this will cause the prices at the beloved Blue Bore Inn to increase. We will see.
The PPD (Post Philippines Depression) has hit me already as I wait for my departure to the DMIA in three more hours. Thank you so much for inviting me into what is your home, I don’t play darts or pool, and we don’t get a chance to talk much but lets face it, I did not come here to see Harry The Horse, as kind as he may be. Dave “Candyman” Williams. (Dave is from Kansas City. He works full time with the National Guard and absolutely loves Angeles City. He is a most welcome guest at my Stable and his kind words are appreciated).
First and Last Name: Nico
Comments and Remarks: interesting about airport woes. i am a fairly long time resident (6 years) and i normally cruise right through customs. this time the lady asked me ‘why i visit so much’ and ‘you have family here?’ i replied ‘i love the country’ – after 4 or 5 awkward min of questioning she asked where i stayed – i replied ‘at my house’ (i own a house here) and that was the WRONG THING TO SAY! she surely wanted to deny me entry, but i was one of the first 10 people through a very full flight – she told me she would let me through ‘this one time only’ but ‘you can’t travel here on a tourist visa if you are living here – next time we will not let you in’ was pretty shocked, i’ve been doing the back to back visa for last 6 years with no issues. i’m 38 yo, white normal looking guy. is it illegal to the point of being refused entry if you live in the PI? (i have my ACR card and everything). thanks! Nico. (Good question Nico. This is the first time I have run into that problem. I would have answered the same way you did. I have to see if I can get an explanation on this one)
This is me about the house I was purchasing and so far I am out $53,000(USD) I paid toward a total of $84,000. I have recently contacted a lawyer in Angeles City. It started in January 2010 when I was here preparing to bring my girlfriend at that time to the USA. Walking through SM as always. several of the housing projects were handing out flyers. Just wanting to see what the houses looked like for future reference we looked at several places. I did as much research as possible on each one and always talked to people already living in each area. I was not interested in buying until I actually moved here but my wife kept insisting so it would be finished by the time we got here. Against my better judgement I did not listen. After much research and talking with people I selected Montenegro Estate on Fil-Am Friendship Hwy, Angeles City. It was owned by Krisworld Development Corporation which started building houses doing several joint adventures in Australia with other developers .In April 2007 they decided to build in the Philippines with the Montenegro Estates. Before getting into the housing development business they had started as Perfect Australian Wardrobes in 1984. My research showed the company was sound. I was intoducted to the man in charge and the developer of the estate by the name of Kris Krstic (Australian) and a Filipina I thought was his wife (later found out just his gf). My wife put down the 50,000 pesos (January 22, 2010 – have receipt) required to reserve the lot location. On February 10, 2010, I paid 1,182,134.20 pesos (have receipt) so construction could start. Kept in communication with Kris by several emails. He always replied. In March my wife and I came to visit to see how the house was going. Kris met with us and showed us how things were going. He took me around and introduced me to all the people living in the community at that time to include a few visits to his house. He took me to several stores and even worked discount deals in reference to purchasing aircons, furniture, appliances, etc. He was helpful in every way. I paid an additional $25,000 dollars in April 2010 with receipt. The monies were sent through my credit union through Bank of America to BDO SM Clark to Krisworld Development Corporation with a code number and swift code. Everything seemed to be going good until maybe September when I stopped receiving answers to my emails. I then received an email from a Mr. Estelito Soriano from Krisworld on December 28, 2010, that Kris was no longer with Krisworld since October 2010 (later found out he took off with the monies of the Angels City development) and that the corporation would no longer honor monies paid to Kris (the monies were sent to the corporation and not Kris). They said they liquidated the corporation and formed a new one. I later met with Mr. Soriano in March 2011 and he said since I paid so much that he would try to help me. Of course this did not happen. I am now deciding if the attorney here in the Philippines can help me recover some of the money or if it is a waste of time. The attorney feels I can win something in court but he is not sure how long this could take (as you know the court system here). I Just want to tell others to be careful, no matter how good the company is and where it is from. Robert (Bob) Russell USA
(Bob, I am not a lawyer but it sounds like the present new Corporation is not being helpful at all by not taking any responsibility for the illegal actions taken by Kris while representing the original Corporation. I cannot advise you on what to do but your warning to others is a good one. There are people out there, and they are not all Filipinos, waiting to take advantage of a foreigner. They are known as con-men. Angeles City has a few of them. For sure, I would be a bit apprehensive about dealing with anyone connected with Montenegro Estate or as you wrote, any other subdivision. One lesson for all is that one should be here in-country from the beginning to the end in any transaction dealing with purchasing real estate. In that way you can do more research and discover foul play much quicker if it takes place.)
This is a true story. I am still sort of laughing. Curtis had a room reservation at my stable but had to cancel for health reasons. After I acknowledged the cancellation he sent me this explanation:
“Red enamel spray-paint. I bought her two cans of the stuff and showed her how to use it (she never used spray-paint before)- she wanted to paint a couple of metal chairs we have. I “thought” she would do it in the garage with ventilation – instead she painted the things in our small second bedroom and filled her lungs and nasal passages with over-spray! P28k later – she is doing well at home, where I am trying to figure out how the hell I am going to get the over-spray off of every single thing in that bedroom…:-( You know you are married to a Filipina when:….:-)
I need to save my peso’s again for awhile – I had to dip into my emergency healthcare/travel savings in the states for part of this – maybe first week of July – I’ll let you know. Take care – Curtis” (Curtis, my sympathies and honestly, every time I read this I try not to laugh).
Last month I had a few regular readers of this column point out three mistakes I made. Man, I felt like I was getting a one, two, three punch out to the head. I remember two of them but forgot the third. The cancer story from John Hopkins was not true. It did not come from John Hopkins, in fact, the hospital is John Hopkin not Hopkins. But, I still stand by the recommendations listed there, just the source was wrong. The second one was about the Boeing 1,000 passenger jet. Not true. I keep trying to remind myself to check snopes and other sources on some of the stories sent to me and still screw up. But, my readers are quickly there to point out the errors to me and believe it or not, I appreciate the input. I hope that this month I have not made any errors. I know there was a third one but damn, can’t find it again.
Charlie’s – previously know as “the Screaming Eagle” has undergone a $100,000 refurbishment under the supervision of new owners, one English (Andrew) and one Aussie. Andy told me it would be open by 25 May. They will be open for breakfast at 0830. What surprised me is that he told me there would be 5 chefs on duty and now I have to try and figure out my notes which I planned to get more details in a second interview but never saw Andy again. Let me see, so something about Comis chefs, whatever that is, 2 Sous chefs, whatever that is, one chef named William that was with Margarita Station and 8 years with Holiday Inn, a consultant executive chef from from Yats Wine Club 2 times a week or something like that. Now, some time this month I will get on over to Charlies and get all my information straightened out and take some pictures. Hours are from 10 to midnight except for the bar upstairs which will be open until 0100 hrs. Andy, if I have screwed up this write-up please forgive me. I just wanted to let everyone know that by now you should be up and running and that your place will be a winner. I look forward to seeing the upstairs area where you told me you plan to have some live music, maybe some darts, and well, a fun place. My goodness, with all the chefs on board, I expect some very interesting menu items. OK, enough for now, I will be dropping by for updates very soon. (My goodness, is this the worse write-up I ever did? Maybe I should have just said, “Charlie’s is open, check it out as the advance word to me is that it will be a great place to eat and play. Details later”. Shit, I like that better, please disregard everything I wrote before that. Update: Stopped by on 31 May, Upstairs far open for business. Still working on the downstairs, Grand Opening on 4 Jun, 7 PM.
Subject: Re: Hello Brendan…..
Brendan’s reply to Jack: I’m glad to hear your experience was a pleasant one, Jack.
Brendan Gill, HM Consul, British Embassy Manila | tel: 00632 858 2222 | ftn: 8411 2222 | fax: 00632 858 2342 | e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
LA PASHA -
I received a call from Jorg, the owner of La Pasha and he informed me that the prices at his clubs remain at P95 for local drinks. I printed a report from a reader of this column who commented that the prices at La Pasha had been raised. Jorg wants everyone to know that this is not true.
I am more than happy to report this as Jorg runs a great group of Clubs and is one of the good guys in town. By the way, I did not know that six months ago he added a new baby to his family. It’s a bit late Jorg, but congrats!
A musician named Dave Carroll recently had difficulty with United Airlines. United apparently damaged his treasured Taylor guitar ($3500) during a flight. Dave spent over 9 months trying to get United to pay for damages caused by baggage handlers to his custom Taylor guitar. During his final exchange with the United Customer Relations Manager, he stated that he was left with no choice other than to create a music video for youtube exposing their lack of cooperation. The Manager responded: “Good luck with that one, pal.”
So he posted a retaliatory video on youtube. The video has since received over 6 million hits. United Airlines contacted the musician and attempted settlement in exchange for pulling the video. Naturally his response was: “Good luck with that one, pal.”
Taylor Guitars sent the musician 2 new custom guitars in appreciation for the product recognition from the video that has led to a sharp increase in orders. Here’s the video, and it’s GREAT! A Must Watch; http://www.youtube.com/watch_
(I really liked the video. It is great to see someone get back at some of these “screw the customer” airline companies. Well done Dave!) Update: It was reported that Spirit finally did refund the money to the Vet but only after so much bad publicity, and done grudgingly. By the way this is what I mean by how Spirit and other airlines squeeze their customers to death:
The “S” in Spirit means: “S”uck you dry!! Check out Spiritless Airlines’ baggage policy for carry-on luggage, a fee between $20.00 and $35.00. (There’s also a fee for check-in luggage). The dumb and dumbers running this airlines will also publish an airfare about $10.00 lower than competing airlines – just to “suck” you in…oops, there’s that word again. Spiritless Airlines - Sucking you Dry, so we can Fly”
After hating to drive to the Angeles University Foundation Hospital (AUF) because of lack of parking for so many years I was overjoyed to find that they finally built a parking garage behind the hospital. OK, I know this is not the biggest news to report but damn, if you knew what it was like before you would really appreciate it. The Angeles family built on every square inch of land around that area disregarding parking requirements. So, better late than never. Now, if I get sick and end up in AUF, which I hope never happens again, drive on down and see me. I might even pay the parking fee, oh yes, nothing is free at AUF.
I missed a golden opportunity! This little story has a bit of drama, comedy and a lesson that when opportunity knocks, go for it right away and a bit of the early bird catches the worm. It all started when the infamous Wesley Prentice sent out an Email in which he asked that it be circulated to all hotels in Angeles and Subic. It contained a list 12 different items available for sale at hard to believe low prices. Man, it had a 450 KVA generator, Air-Cons, mini-refs, bed boxes and mattresses, tables, jacuzzis, kitchen equipment, computers, telephone hand sets and a washing machine, dryer. The message was sent out on 4 May and the instructions said “The following items are for sale, please contactd Mr. Ross Addy, Dreamland Resort, before Monday, May 7th 2012, cell number 09493282511.
The prices were so reasonable that I wanted to grab 20 or 30 thousand pesos and drive to Subic the next morning, with the Mrs of course. I wanted around 3 of those mini-refs and a couple of air-cons. But, Sat came, slept late, never got motivated but kept thinking I was making a mistake by not going. Early that evening I went to the Hang-out and that is when I learned all those lessons. Two lads were there relating the story of their shopping trip to the Dreamland Resort. They waited until the afternoon to get there but they were prepared with trucks and cash. They loaded up beds, mattresses, air-cons, mini-refs (would you believe they still had stock in them), washing machine and dryer. While they were there, other folks had come earlier, loaded up and left the compound. Just as Dave and Chris were about to leave, after paying and receipt in hand there suddenly appeared a Chinese character who was all excited and upset. He immediately padlocked the gate and went to our, now, puzzled buyers, demanding they unload their truck and that they could not leave the compound until the police arrived. Now we had a Mexican standoff, or should I say, Chinese Standoff. This guy was so upset that our friends thought he would pull out a Ninja sword and start whacking them. They told him that he could not hold them there. They were legal, paid cash, had a receipt. Needless that did not work. They finally had to unload the truck, get their money back and continue arguing. This guy refused to open the gate until the police arrived. Dave and Chris accused him of hostage taking and insisted on leaving the compound. Finally the China man reluctantly opened the gate and two very disappointed ex-pats returned to Angeles with empty trucks. What really hurt is that if they had arrived their one or two hours earlier, they would have been home with what has to be the bargain of the year for shopping. The mystery is, what the hell was going on? Where was Wes Prentice? Who was this Chinese character? If Dave and Chris had been “early birds” they would have met with success. The drama was the one man hostage taker. The comedy was his antics and Dave and Chris unloading the trucks. And the biggest lesson was my opportunity missed by not getting off my ass to get there in the early AM as I had planned. I wonder if someone can tell me what the deal was with this Dreamland Resort fiasco.
I wrote to Mo, the very knowledgeable, long time Club owner in Angeles City and now Barrio Barretto to ask if he could shed some light on this latest Wes Prentice action. His reply follows:
Like his schemes here (Vegas and the non-existent Dreamland Resort project on Clark) and Arizona and finally Dreamland in Subic, Wes sells, in essence, promises of huge returns. As an incentive, stockholders get to use the hotel for a number of nights based upon their holdings. They also received discounts on food and beverages.
When he finally bails, the share holders are usually left holding the bag (empty bag). In the Arizona case, the shareholders ‘loaned’ the corporation considerable amounts of money at something like 6% interest. When it was sold, Wes used part of the proceeds to repay the loans (no interest) and the remainder to develop the Dreamland project. One shareholder held out for the interest, and Wes basically told him to pack salt, and take him to court promising ‘I will tie it up for years, and you won’t get anything’. The sale of the Arizona International Hotel, Inc. included a clause that the corporation was free and clear of any debt. When the new owner asked Wes for restitution, Wes gave him the same response. The new owner’s a stand-up guy, and paid the shareholder and took Wes to court.
Wes enticed a top manager to invest in the bar and restaurant. They had a contract that stated that should Wes wish to terminate the relationship, he’d pay the guy something like $60,000. The relationship ended, and Wes, as always, reneged on that deal as well. That was about 2 years ago.
I don’t know exactly what happened, but Wes returned to Australia. Supposedly, there was a clause in the lease that precluded foreclosure based upon nonpayment of rent, and the arrears rumors are between P2M and P6M. It’s probably someplace in-between.
Wes got scared and headed back to Australia. I’m not sure how long ago it was, but he turned the management over to locals who promptly ran it like locals. The restaurant started serving local quality food, the rooms were left to deteriorate and business slowly, but surely, suffered. The only thing it had going was a magnificent pool area and dirt cheap rooms.
When I heard about the sale, I contacted someone in the know about the possibility of taking over the operation. He came back with a strong warning not to touch it. Bankruptcy is imminent (probably this week), and the owner of the land is going to tie the place up for awhile. The employees had not been paid for a prolonged period and were allowed to remove hotel property as payment in kind.
Harry, there are probably some holes in this and probably some errors, but the gist of the story is correct. All-in-all another scam perpetrated by a consummate scam artist. To elaborate a bit further, 4 or 5 years ago, Wes ran an ad in Blue Book advertising 50% share and total control of the planned commercial plaza for something like $600K. A friend of mine in the States saw the ad and asked Wes for more details. Wes provided business plans, drawings, permits, etc. Everything was in perfect order. My friend emailed Wes and told him he’d like him to make the presentation to me. Wes came up. We talked for a couple of hours. Everything was perfect – too perfect. When I started asking about the ‘total control’ aspect, it became clear that it was nothing of the sort. There were all sorts of restrictions and permissions needed including a significant percentage of the rents charged for any commercial undertakings. I relayed this to Wes and my friend. The negotiations stopped. Wes sent him an unbelievably rude email calling him a “stupid fucker” for ‘taking the advice of a simple bar owner’. Needless to say, Wes and I have not gotten along well since then.
I’ll do a little more digging, but my guess is the Chinese person is the landlord, and it’s also my understanding that it’s illegal to sell assets when there’s financial disputes. It was mentioned by someone in the know that “It is 100% sure Wes will never return to the Philippines”
Easter in the Philippines: That is not a picture of a dead man, it is just another one of the many flagellants that can be seen walking the streets beating their backs bloody just before Easter Sunday. In this case they came in front of a chapel in a local barangay, San Nicholas, AC and lay flat on the ground as penance while others continue to beat and lightly kick them. Others carry heavy crosses and meanwhile one has to put up with the 24 hour, very annoying, singing of the story of Jesus, called the Passion. This singing or chanting starts on Holy Monday until Good Friday. I find it to be extremely annoying because they have to use loud speakers without any consideration to people who have to get up for work or want a good nights sleep. Before it used to be done only in chapels but now they set up temporary booths in various parts of the neighborhoods making it more difficult to get away from the sound. But, it is once a year, for one week and one learns to live with it. Easter is taken very seriously here but even some priests do not support the carrying of the heavy crosses and beating bare backs into a bloody mess since far too many of those participating will return to their sinful ways the day after Easter. The rituals are to be respected, along with the participants, and when I witness the bloody backs, watch the long walks with heavy crosses and see those who on Easter Sunday tie themselves to crosses or even some who allow their hands to be nailed, I am more than satisfied to be an on-looker and just say a few Hail Mary’s for my penance, preferably in an air-conditioned environment. No doubt, if there is a heaven, I suspect the Filipinos will be well in front of any line that I might be on waiting for entry into that gate. Next year I will recite more Hail Mary’s, eh, OK, without air-conditioning.
Mark Dizon Update: I was able to attend his hearing last month at courtroom 58, now located at the newly renovated Dept of Justice Building in the City Hall compound. Once again I was not all that impressed with the Prosecutors presentations and even the judge made instructions that there was too much duplication in presenting witnesses to confirm what has been presented by previous witnesses. He instructed them to get on to new ground and to speed up the process so the case does not drag on indefinitely. Dizon was in court and his appearance was the same. It looks like he gained a bit of weight and still seemed not to be bothered by events. He was able to chat with some court officials and even have a joke or two. I look forward to his next appearance in June and hope that the prosecutors heed the advice of the judge.
Three weeks after I wrote the above update on Dizon I was pleased to see an update published by Punto newspaper with reporting and picture by Ding Cervantes. I know Ding and am glad to see this article as theirs is the only newspaper that has written any update on this alleged murderer. I must agree, that justice here is very, very slow but at least it is not dead. I like the no nonsense judge.
2 years after serial murders, jailed suspect waits for verdict - By Ding Cervantes May 24, 2012, Source: Punto
ANGELES CITY– Almost two years now since the serial murders of nine persons here, suspect Mark Dizon has remained in jail still in wait for any verdict in the several criminal cases filed against him before the salas of three regional trial courts (RTC) in this city. Sources from RTC Branch 58, who asked not to be named as they had no permission from Judge Philip Iturralde, said that government prosecutors still had to present 10 more witnesses against Dizon in the case of victims retired US Air Force MSgt. Albert Mitchell, 70, and his wife Janet and their househelps Isabel Fajardo, Marissa Prado and Yulberto Catli who died from gunshot wounds in their home in Hensonville Court Subdivision in Barangay Malabanias on July 22, 2010.
Dizon in the Mitchell case is accused of the “intent to kill willfully, treacherously, feloniously and with evident pre-meditation” five of his victims.
The RTC sources noted, however, that several prosecution witnesses have already been presented, including Czarina Mitchell, the surviving daughter of the Mitchell couple, who had at one time been the girlfriend of the suspect. Czarina was in the US when her parents were killed.
Dizon, who was 28 when he allegedly committed the crimes, faces five counts of murder, one count of carjacking and three counts of robbery in the Mitchell case.
RTC personnel said Dizon is also facing similar charges in other RTC branches in connection with the murders of South African national Geoffrey Allan Bennun, 60, and his live-in partner, Abegail Helina, 20, whose decomposing bodies were found inside their house at Oasis Hotel and Villas in Clarkville Compound in Barangay Anunas here on July 12 in the same year.
He is also facing charges before another RTC branch in regard to the killing of Briton James Bolton Porter, 51, and his live-in partner, Melissa Madarang, 22, in their house at 4-11A Nicolas street in Sta. Maria Subdivision in Barangay Balibago a few days later on July 16.
The RTC sources said Dizon is being represented by lawyers from the Public Attorney’s Office. Several attempts to interview his lawyers failed, as they were always out on official missions.
Dizon, who had worked as computer technician for his victims, had denied all the charges against him.
The David Balmer murder: Not much progress here. The suspects are out of country and there has been no further progress on obtaining an order of extradition for the suspects. This does not mean that nothing is being done it is just that It is a slow process and with David’s family being out of country it makes it more difficult. Eventually it will happen, least wise we hope so. No one should forget this horrible murder of such a wonderful couple who were very much in love.
I attended a meeting last month at the City Hall Conference room in which Dennis Pamintuan, Alex Cauguiran and Jesus Eres. Also in attendance were PEACE representatives led by Balibago Barangay Captain Tony Mamac. Alex Caugriran is the Chief of Staff for the Mayor. During this meeting Alex stated that “if it was up to him, all the bars on Fields Ave would be closed within one year”. He was dead serious as he spoke quite emotionally about it. But, he did add that he was not the Mayor so this would not happen. He did add that the policy on bars that are closed as a result of illegal practices, i.e., Coyote Ugly, would not be allowed to reopen as a bar, even with a new name or new management. They could open as a restaurant, hotel or some other type business, but not a bar. No doubt there are other government officials out there that must feel the same way as Alex. It will be interesting to see how this train of thought plays out over the next five to ten years.
On 22 May, another meeting was called for by Jesus Eres, the Executive Director of the newly formed Angeles City Entertainment Promotion office (ACEPO). This is an office formed by the Mayor with the mission of working towards reforming the image of the entertainment industry along Fields Ave, Don Juico Avenue and Friendship Ave through the implementation of programs aimed at maintaining and sustaining peace, security, cleanliness and orderliness within these areas. The ACEPO office will be located in a building alongside the Station Four Police Station and manned 24/7. An overview of specific plans was presented by Alex Cauguiran by a slide presentation. Artists renditions were shown of the future look of Fields Ave and the Korean area at Friendship. He announced that the Philippine government has allocated funds for the widening of the Friendship road to four lanes, all the way to San Fernando. There are plans to make Fields Ave a true walking street in which from 4 PM to 4 AM no public or private transport will be allowed (how many times have we heard this before?). There are plans to build a Sun Dial at the park with an underground museum and a skateboard park. Additionally, the traffic circle will be transformed into a fountain and enlarged to improve the traffic flow. On cleanliness, street sweepers will be employed and a regular schedule of cleaning will be established. Solid Waste Management will be enforced whereby garbage will be separated for pick-up. This will be a cooperative effort between the Government and the stakeholders. On Fields, after 11 PM minors, 17 and below, will not be allowed. There are more details but the overall objective is to make Angeles City a world class entertainment district where tourists and regular citizens can visit and feel safe at all times. Alex admits that this is not an easy task, but his motto is “dream big and think big”. The question is, will it be a dream come true?
Sometimes trying to be helpful can back fire on you. It was midnight, location, near Norma’s Money Changer on Teodoro Street. Some Filipinos beating up on a girl, a foreigner goes to help her, the Filipinos turn on him and beat him up and leave him laying in the street. He ends up with a broken collar bone. Was he right to help or was he being foolish? Good intentions, bad result. My advice, next time turn around and go home a different way or just call the police and stay out of it.
This one is a switch. In front of La Pasha one late night. Two foreigners fighting each other in front of the bar. A Filipino tried to break it up, the foreigners turned on him and starting hitting him. Bad move, Tricycle drivers and vendors in the area got involved, result, two foreigners down for the count. I hope the two idiots were not fighting over a girl!
Over the years I have read a few books written by Ex-pats about Angeles City or various wars they have participated in. Some are good, others were not worth reading after one chapter. But, recently Scott Grant, who reads this column and sends me well written opinions and suggestions, mailed me three books that he authored and are available on Amazon.com. He asked that I read them in order as they are all connected to one main character. I did not start reading them right away as I had a couple of paperback books to finish first. But, once I started the first one, “East of Egypt” I was hooked. That meant every time I took one of my long extended dumps and before sleeping at night I read the book. Man, it was great, full of action, twists and turns and informative details. Even Angeles City was mentioned. It was good enough that I even started reading it during TV commercials, then biggest compliment of all, it took me away from my computer and this column. For me, it “movie” material. Now, I am on the second book, “Year of the Rat” and hate to put it down. But then, I know that the third book, “The Lebensborn Experiment” is waiting for me. My fictional hero for a long time has been “Jack Reacher” but now “David Anderson” is up there with Jack. As I mentioned, I do get to communicate with Scott and he told me he, along with his family will be returning to the Philippines on 28 Aug and for the first time I will meet a book author and be able to get him to autograph the three books for me. By the way, he has two more books in the planning stage already, so get on board now before you have too many books to catch up on. This is part of the message he wrote to me recently.
“I appreciate that you like my work well enough to publish a thread on your blog about me. I think ex-pats are the perfect audience as I am an ex-pat myself. If you mention my books in your blog/newsletter please tell the guys that if they are interested they can go to Amazon.com/books and type in the book title and Scott Grant and they will be taken to the book straight away.”
“I forgot to mention I have a blog at http://actionthrillers.net would you ad that link in your column?”
Would you believe that another Ex-pat living and working here in Angeles City, upon returning from a trip to Hong Kong found out that he was blacklisted by Immigration and was not allowed to leave the terminal. They told him that he would have to wait for a return flight to Hong Kong the next morning. Fortunately, this person knew enough influential people that he was able to exit the terminal late that night and the next day went to Manila to meet with Immigration officials there. Why was he blacklisted? He made the mistake of, three weeks earlier, questioning Immigration officials as to why they refused to allow his girlfriend to travel with him to Hong Kong. Apparently, they hate to be questioned and interpret anyone doing so as being rude and deserving of being blacklisted. Naturally, they do not tell the traveler this, one only finds out if he tries to extend his visa or on returning to the PI after a trip out of the country.
I attended a meeting last month called by the Regional III Dept of Tourism Director, Ronnie Tiotuico in which members of the Travel Agent Agencies, Hotel organization (HARP) and private individuals were invited to meet with Attorney Carlos Capulong, Head Immigration Officer at the DMIA to discuss the policies at the DMIA regarding the treatment of Filipinas trying to leave the country on Tourist Visas and denied boarding based on the fact that they were traveling with foreigners or going to meet a companion for a vacation. Would you believe that one lady was denied boarding because the Immigration official told her that “I can tell by your face that you are a prostitute”. This lady was a 26 year old secretary employed in Manila. Anyway, at the very last minute Attorney Capulong cancelled his appearance due to other commitments but did send his representative, DMIA Immigration Supervisor Samer Balindong. Mr. Balindong was kind enough to patiently listen to complaints, at times not presented as politely as they could have been and provided explanations as best he could. From what I gathered I can only recommend that, especially foreigners, do not question Immigration policies at the airport. At all times, be respectful, keep a smile on your face and be humble. Sometimes that is hard to do but Filipinos are extremely sensitive especially those in authority. When questioning an agent, try to make sure he or she does not get the impression that you are being rude or arrogant. These agents deal with a lot of people during their duty day and you have no idea who might have pissed them off before you. Agent Balindong indicated that it was not a good idea to question the agents on policy decisions. He also indicated that he supports his agents 100% and will not second guess them on decisions made or how actions are taken. He recognizes the difficult task they have and supports his team. So, do not raise your voice, do not curse, try to remain respectful, even if the person you are dealing with is not doing so. Remember one thing, these agents might tolerate a lot from a fellow Filipino, but a lot less so with a foreigner. A bit of Nationalism comes into play here. I have lived here thirty years and sometimes I forget my own advice but am quickly reminded of it by Filipino friends. I will leave Immigration issues to those officials who can work the problem at the levels where solutions can be found and implemented. Eventually, things will be sorted out, proper uniform procedures will be developed and all we can do at the ground level is to continue to provide examples of airport problems encountered and then we can forward them to those folks who are working at higher levels. Does that make any sense? Bottom line – Don’t mess with the Immigration agents at the airports. Hell, you better not do that even when entering the US. They don’t get mad, they get even!
From Jimmy Waldon: An outstanding website for US Vets. Maybe you can get it out to folks. http://www.theveteransvoice.
Super darters visit the Blue Boar Inn (My Stable) from Korea to enjoy a bit of Fields Ave but also a lot of darts. In fact during the two weeks they were here each afternoon saw them throwing the arrows for a couple of hours of practice. Greg Relihan is stationed at Camp Humphries in Pyeongtaek, Korea and Frank Rabuck, is stationed at Osan, Korea. They play a lot of league darts in Korea so they are at the top of their games. The third player in the picture, in the background is John Marszal, an outstanding dart player from Australia who used to live in Angeles City but has moved to Barrio Barretto where he dominates dart play there, when J T is not in town.
Last month I wrote about the Gasthouse and promised that Mrs. Horse and I would return to check out the specialty, baby-back ribs. We kept our promise and Priscilla absolutely loved the ribs. It was better than expected and there was so much, delicious tender meat on the bones that Priscilla could not finish them, even after sharing some with our son and me. I had the Goulash and that was a good meal as well.
Douglas (Dougie) Frost, owner of Hang-out. I wrote about his accident and hospital treatments last month. I am sad to say that this poor guy has been through hell since then. He has been in and out of the hospital numerous times and had operations on his arm and hip and then had to go back in to clear up infections and repeat operations to correct some mistakes by doctors. Every time I stop by the Hang-out to look for him I am told by Mac, “oh, we just took him back to hospital this morning”. I sure hope that this month of June will see his bones finally healing properly and no repeat admissions to the hospital. It was a miracle that he survived the car accident but man, complete recovery is slow coming. Regretfully, some of his sufferings were caused by doctor errors.
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15 June, 1PM – The Wild Orchid 2nd Annual Miss Pinatubo 2012 Bikini Contest & Pool Party. Proceeds will go to the Duyan ni Maria Orphanage. Folks, this is a fun event and the judging is done by audience participation in the form of bead voting. I watched this last year and the voting was interesting. One lady had a boyfriend with plenty of pesos to spend and he bought one hell of a lot of those beads to put on his favorite lady. Fortunately she was not bad looking. She did win!
4 June – Grand Opening of “Charlie’s On the Bend” 7 PM.
7, 8 9 June – American Legion Convention. A dinner will be held at the “White House” on 9 Jun, 6 PM. Contact Joe Carsley for details at 889-5767 or 0908-697-4680.
15 Jun – New Infinity Bar grand opening – Well fella’s a few changes in store.
Firstly, we will be taking possession of the old Dirty Duck location sometime next week. After some clean-up, a little fresh paint and some minor tweaks here and there, we will reopen as Infinity Bar, except this time located in the HEART of Fields Ave! Our targeted opening date is June 15th. The current Infinity Bar will remain open until June 12th. We plan to host ANOTHER grand opening party (just another reason to call a party!) on the weekend of the 15th. Our prices will remain the same throughout the summer. (HH 60p local / 125p Ld’s – 75p local / 140p LD’s). Johno
26 June, the one and only duo of Howard McKay and Doggie will be returning for another exciting standing room only appearance at the La Casa Pension/Blue Boar Inn. Free admittance to a fun filled night of song and comedy provided by two talented lads. Additionally, surprised appearances by some of the customers is a special treat.
A VERY SPECIAL COUPLE
From 1958 to 1962 I was stationed in England, in fact, Denham Studios first then moved to South Ruislip when when the Air Force decided to give up Denham. My wife and I lived on top of a garage in Hillingdon. I ran with the Hayes and Harlingdon Athletic club and also did a lot of road riding. Needless to say I have a lot of pleasant memories of that time especially of my first wife, Lilian Finch, from Iver Heath. So, when my fellow dart player, Frazer Gas told me that his parents were here for a visit I bugged him to death to please bring them to my “stable” so I can chat with them. Finally, on the afternoon prior to their night time departure he complied with my request. His dad, Alan is 79 years of age and wife Eleanor is 85. Both are still very much in love and Eleanor still has the good looks that attracted Alan at a dance hall many years ago. Naturally, they are both retired but they told me about their adventures of hiking in many different countries when they were younger. I was flabbergasted to learn that, alone, the hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up, taking around 16 hours to do so. A guide had told them they could not do that, especially on their own. They proved him wrong. Amazing! It is seldom that I get to talk to visitors from England that are old enough to remember the old radio and TV shows from the time I was there. Can you believe that Frazer did not know who Harry Secombe was! He did not know about the Goon show either, and horror of horrors, did not know about the “Pearlies”.
Naturally, I served tea to this distinguished couple and wished we had more time together. I do not know what they thought of this old “Horse” from New York but I hope I was a good host for our short visit. Oh, Alan is quite proud of his garden in Chesterfield Derabyshire and promised to send me some pictures. Frazer, their son, is working here in Angeles City with the “Kandi Realty” company promoting and selling some very stylish/affordable apartments in town. I guess I am going on a bit too much here but can’t help myself, I shall forever remember meeting Alan and Eleanor and helping me to return to a time of wonderful, wonderful memories. By the way, they never heard of “Harry the Horse”.
REALM OF MAGIC BILLIARD HALL
Do you remember the short lived “CourtYard, the brainchild of Mr. Delfin Lee whose dream was short circuited when he ran into legal problems with his various housing projects? I certainly do as I interviewed Mr. Lee and also did a couple of photo shoots there. I liked the place, it was a good idea, until the band started playing at night and you could not hear yourself talk or enjoy a meal at one of the many eateries there. Many stall owners were unhappy from the first day of operation because of harsh management rules, so, with time, the inevitable happened, it closed down. I was a bit sad because it should have worked but not to worry, along came the brothers from Saver’s Mall with the big bucks and the management experience. The building has been transformed and it is great to see the new Fortune Hong Kong restaurant on the ground floor but I was surprised when I took the escalator to the second floor and saw this great looking Billiard Hall with with a Bingo room as well. I certainly did not expect to see the great Efren Reyes, the pool player who is the pride of the Philippines. Oh, I have seen him before, even had him autograph my pool stick one time, which I lost at the old Powder Keg a year later. But to see him so unexpectedly was a special treat. He was playing some foreigner in some sort of challenge match. Needless to say, Ped, the manager of the Fortune Hong Kong Restaurant along with my ugly kisser disturbed Efren long enough to get a picture. Stop by and check out this place, it is a lot more impressive than the pool halls I was not allowed to hang out in when I was a kid.
TOURISTS OF THE MONTH
This month I have to do a bit of catch up, hence two pictures featuring four great guys. The first picture with me in the middle has me in the company of Bob Bouroughs with the Navy Seebees. He is working with the Veterans’s Museum in Redding CA and is a Senior Chief, Naval Reserve. His partner is Mike Coffey, Retired Air Force, working with the California Dept of Veterans Affairs at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery. He is married to a Filipina. I do believe I should stay out of the pictures, I appear to be shrinking.
The second picture features two lads who are working in Singapore, Buddy Shelton(w/beer) from Texas and Art Warren, Tucson Arizona, both are retired Air Force veterans. Both These two guys had a lot of stories about their experiences with living in Singapore and staying out of trouble. It appears that life is better well regulated in Singapore and that it is a very strict country in enforcing its laws and regulations. We had a bit of a hot sauce story here. Buddy was carrying a bottle of Singapore hot sauce to me but when he got out of the tricycle he left it behind and now some Filipino tricycle driver is enjoying some decent hot sauce on his rice.
NEW NAMES SAME ACTION
Previously known as Club Rio and Nifty’s we now have a much cleaner exterior look to these two very popular clubs and a new name, the Exenum Night Bar Club. I don’t know why they put the word “night” in there as they are opened in the afternoon as well as night. They did a nice job on the frontage and the newly paved road (Thanks to John and Dave of the Boomerang Hotel) really helps with the image. In the front, next to Garfields but still connected to the Exenum (same owner) is the “Banana Peel Knight Bar”. What is it with this play on words “Knight and Night”? For us old timers who have been happy customers of the old names we are glad to know that some things just do not change, thank goodness.
I WOULD IF I COULD
It was a magic moment for me at the “Miss Magic Club” one afternoon last month. I was engaged in conversation with owner Leah and her special man, Loren (From Canada) when at the end of our serious talk I relaxed and looked up at the dancers on stage. Suddenly I got the bright idea, why not take the time to look for my “I would if I could” lady while I was sitting there. My eye immediately fell on a tall lady in the line-up that from a distance, appeared to be a good choice. I must admit that my eyes are not all that great at long distance viewing but never-the-less, I asked the boss if she could talk to her to see if she was willing to be
photographed. The answer was yes, and when she arrived at my table I was pleased to know that my eyes had not let me down. Her name is Maryann, 19 years old, from Talisay City, Cebu. This is her first job and has been dancing for six months. She only has a sixth grade education but has an excellent knowledge of English and can carry on a conversation in such a way that you do not want to leave her. There is something special about this young lady. She is an only child and this is very unusual, in fact, in all the years I have been writing this column this is the first time I interviewed a lady who did not have any brothers or sisters. I told her this and she explained that her parents separated not too long after her birth. She was raised by her grandmother. I asked her what she wanted in her future and right away she said she wanted to find her mother and connect with her. She was very serious about this. We talked about other things important to her but her desire to find a mother stayed with me and I can only hope that someday, her wish will come true. Maybe that special guy will come along to help Maryann in her search and also will provide her with a decent life. If you want to communicate with Maryann Email her at: email@example.com.
THE MELBOURNE DOGHOUSE BOYS
Fourteen Doghouse members from Melbourne made their annual trip to Angeles City last month and stopped in to say hello to the “Horse”. Their membership has increased since last year but not all were available for the picture. I was particularly happy to greet cancer survivor Barry Salisbury who did not make it last year because of his cancer treatments. Two members, John Wallace and Peter Summers were making their first trip to AC. This has to be one of the most fun clubs to be a member of and I certainly recommend that more lads from Melbourne look into joining up. These guys never grow old and certainly have fun together. Naturally I was only one of many of the Clubs that are on their barhopping list. After my place I know they were heading to Honey-Ko’s and Thi-Hi. I wanted to join them but had too much office work to accomplish. The truth be known, I just can’t keep up with these “youngsters”. A few of them had stopped off in Cambodia before coming here and they had some high praise for their stay in Phnom Penh. They stayed in the NagaWorld Hotel and Casino for $60 a day, including breakfast. They reported that there is a lot to see there and when they visited the jail and the killing Fields it was an emotional experience.
AN IRISH WAKE FOR STEVE
Words of remembrance from Dave Fisher:
Early in the morning of May 6th, Angeles City lost a good guy. Steven James (Steve) Healey succumbed to a massive heart attack while sleeping. It Is only befitting that, he died peacefully next to his beloved wife Claire. He leaves Claire, his daughter Stephanie and son Joseph.
Steve came to the Philippines shortly after Mt.Pinatubo. He settled in Barrio Barretto which, at that time, was getting ready for the departure of the U.S. Navy. He started a small Jet Ski rental and a very cool bar by the name of Hooters (yep, the same name and logo as the chain). After Mayor Dick Gordon left office and his wife assumed the Mayoralty, she decided to close all the bars in Olongapo and Barrio Barretto. There was a brief struggle, but, of course, her wishes prevailed. That act coupled with the withdrawal of Forces, spelled doom for the majority of bars in town. Steve’s was one of them. He had a strong and varied background from his time in the Coast Guard in construction and management and was quickly hired by several different firms looking for Western management and skills. This coupled with his professional work ethic made him a valuable asset to all of his employers.
In 1998, we were in an expansion mode. We had our 2nd bar, Lollipop. It was located where Swiss Chalet now operates. Our GM, Dennis ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, also a long time Barrio Barretto resident, mentioned he had a friend who had bar management experience and might want some part time work. Steve came over and we chatted for a while and thus began our 14+ year relationship. Steve filled in for Kel Gallagher a couple of days a week and continued in that role for several months. Kel went on to other things, and we invited Steve to take over. He accepted, and, as many will remember, turned Lollipop into one of the best bars in town. He faced all sorts of challenges – including a far less than perfect location. He brought a style and verve to the bar that all A.C. veterans will remember.
As we grew, it became clear that we needed someone to handle the overall management of the bar operations. Steve was, of course, the perfect candidate. He was liked, and more importantly, respected by the entire staff from the houseboys to the mamasans to the foreign managers. He was fair, balanced and honest. He treated them with respect and dignity. He had that rare quality of being able to listen to their issues and problems and was able to say ‘no’ without hurting feelings. He took the time to make sure they understood what he expected. He helped them achieve their goals, offered guidance and wise council when they had problems.
Steve was working part time at Morrison Aircraft handling the shipping department. As that company grew, the demands on Steve’s time forced him to make the decision to transfer full time. He was with Hank for a few years, but never really left us. He was always ready and willing to lend a hand, listen to problems and offer helpful solutions. His first love, though, was the bar business. He was a social person, and, of course, enjoyed the lifestyle bars can offer. After a hiatus of a couple of years rejoined us. By that time, Dennis Kelly (another Barretto transplant and current GM of the Paradise Complex) had taken our reins, and he and Steve continued running the operation until we sold in 2008.
Steve stayed with the MacGroup for a couple of years. When he left, he worked his magic at several places including Body Shop and eventually, the construction of Valhalla. Steve was never far away. As we developed the need for additional foreign support inSubic, we asked him to join us. Steve was with us for a year – commuting a couple of times a week back to his family in AC. During the year he worked closely with JoJo Keene handling the operations side of the business. We had just purchased the DrydenBuilding, and Steve oversaw the complete reconstruction of our kitchen and the renovation of our open air restaurant into what’s now Lips. He and Joe worked closely together managing the bars as well. Lots of hours and lots of fun. They were a perfect team.
On a personal note; Steve (and Joe) brought a balance into my life. He was one of those rare individuals who was not afraid to tell the boss ‘you’re wrong, and here’s why’. It’s not always an easy thing to do, but both did it well. After his stint with us, Steve returned to Angeles City where, for the past 2 and a half years, he was running the all night shift at the Wild Orchid. Like his experiences with us, he was well liked and respected by his colleagues at the hotel.
In what might be the most telling thing about Steve, in all of the years we’ve known each other and of all the people who knew him as a colleague, competitor and friend, I have never heard one ill word spoken about him. As a further testament to the high esteem he earned, his Irish Wake was a Who’s – Who of the Angeles City community. The speeches were short, but from the heart. I received an email that I’d like to share:
I am at a loss for words. Steve indeed was not only a good man but a good person and friend.
Makes me feel even more how lucky I was to have mine while I was awake and know what was happening so I could get to the hospital in time.
I hope Claire and the little one will be ok. Please give her my condolences.
I still remember when I 1st opened Roadhouse in AC and Steve and his former partner would come from Subic to have a drink or 3 with me. I’m sure everyone will miss him.
Personally, I will miss one of the closest friends I’ve ever had. I’m sure Steve’s in Harley Heaven looking down at us and, with that wry smile, joining us in spirit if not the flesh.
Some things you learn from these events; First is how poorly equipped the spouses are to handle the affairs and arrangements. By-in-large, there’s a huge age difference. Many times, they come from the provinces where a death is handled much differently than in the metropolitan areas. Then there are things like government pensions, insurance benefits, figuring out what to do with a house that would be well beyond their means, the family abroad, dealing with the embassy and, many times, banks. In Claire’s case, their many friends stepped up to the plate and handled all of the above. Many thanks to Hank, Smitty, Mitch (Dennis) and Don for all they did. Lastly, these photo collages came from pictures as far back as 2000. Many were sent by our good friend Steve-O inTexas.
I already mentioned that there was a well attended Irish Wake for Steve at the Lollipop Club on Fields Ave. Let me finish off this dedication with a few pictures of the attendees.
NOISE REDUCTION – NEVER HAPPEN!
It was reported by Reynaldo G. Navales, Sun-Star Staff Reporter in the 10 May issue that “Councilor Edu Pamintuan filed an ordinance that would penalize mortorists using vehicles generating excessive noise that is a result of modifying their respective vehicles. The ordinance shall be known as the “Anti-Muffler Modification Ordinance” which prohibits all vehicles using, noise, modified mufflers from traveling through primary, secondary and barangay roads within the city.” I applaud Councilor Edu but I would be surprised if his ordinance is ever approved. If by chance it is approved I would be willing to bet a dinner for two for Edu at a restaurant of his choice within Angeles City that the ordinance will never be enforced. In fact it will only give the police another excuse to fill their pockets with more “consideration” money. Why hasn’t an ordinance like this been passed before?
I have been here thirty years and the tricycle drivers are the worse offenders of the muffler game. These drivers ignore every regulation in the book. Most do not have insurance, driver’s licenses or quiet bikes. Additionally they do not even come close to following the fare guidelines dictated by the Government. I have always said that the City Government could make a ton of money just by enforcing legitimate laws and regulations. For some reason tricycle drivers are allowed to run wild, they are untouchable, even when they cause accidents much less the excessive noise they cause. My dear Councilor, it would be my pleasure to lose my bet if I could enjoy a day or night without my ear drums nearly bursting from the sound of tricycles or even some overly loud motorcycles. Noisy cars, hell, I hardly hear them but, yes, get them too. By the way, can you do something about the illegal Karaoke establishments that operate without permits and keep whole neighborhoods awake with their lousy loud music all night long. Man, Edu, you could be an Angeles City Hero if you accomplish your “no-noise” pipe dream.
Phillies P10 Weigh Out Lunch Buffet
Phillies Sports Grill & Bar has one of the most affordable, reasonable lunch buffets going on now. Its a full hot buffet and cold salad bar. Items range from: Sweat n Sour Fish, Pork Curry, Roast Chicken, Baked ZIti, BBQ Spare Ribs, Hot Fresh Vegetables, Potatoes, Rice, Fresh Roast Pork, Pizza, Garlic Bread and changes from time to time. You can take as much or as little as you want and you you pay by the weight. P10 for every 30 Grams of food. You can have a full plate of food and eat your hearts out for less than P200. Hot Fresh Food, and great fresh salad bar also. The new Weigh and Pay Lunch Buffet is everyday from 11am to 2pm. You certainly wont be disappointed. Check out the happy faces on the two customers who are satisfied fans of this special luncheon offering. Of course being served by a couple of good looking Phillies waitresses makes the meal even more enjoyable.
The Galaxy is one of the newest hotels on Fields Ave and is Korean owned. I kind of like the place, it is strategically located and the outdoor eating area allows a great place to eat, drink and enjoy the passing parade of people. The location of the pool is kind of unusual. Those on the first floor, or ground floor I guess, I always get mixed up on that only have to exit their room and jump into the pool. The security man showing me around kept telling me there was a fourth floor but I could not see it. I thought my eyes were going bad. But, then he pointed out that they are located only on the front of the building facing the street. Ah Hah, a trip to the eye clinic was not necessary. Oh, speaking of eyes, I was very impressed with the Rose, the desk clerk, receptionist, whatever the title is. She had a great smile, slim body, good looking and fun to talk to. I think guys should check into the Galaxy just to meet her. She is 27, single, and does have a little girl, four years old. She is an Angeles City native, a college graduate, Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, back to the hotel info, see how easy I get distracted by a pretty face. They offer 4 types of rooms ranging in price from P2,980 to P2,040 but these are the promo rates and I do not know how long those rates will be available. You can visit the website at www.galaxyhotel-ph.com or Email them at galaxyhotel.com.ph.
GOODBYE GORDON GRUBB
What a great smile Gordon has as he spent his last afternoon at the Thi-Hi saying goodbye to his many friends here in Angeles City. Gordon is a long time member of the local American Legion here but he told me that after 8 years in land locked AC he is heading out to Palawan where he has a house only one Kilometer from the beach. He is packing up his wife Lila and six year old daughter where together they will start a new adventure in life. Fortunately for Gordon, under construction near him is an SM Mall and Robinson’s so at least he will be able to do some decent shopping and stay out of the heat. To stay busy he plans to start up a new American Legion post in Palawan which, no doubt, he will become the Commander of. That should really keep him busy. Thi-Hi owner Josie and her staff organized a fine little send off for Gordon who is retired from the US Army and was also a Teamster Representative in civilian life. Good luck Gordon, stay out of the sun, those skin cancers can be hell.
RUGBY + PERIMETER BAR = PLEASURE
I would venture to guess that all the sports bars in the entertainment area were packed with Australians cheering on their favorite team in the first of three State of Origin Rugby matches. My Aussie friend Graham told me that he was going to watch the action at the Perimeter Bar. I hadn’t been in there in quite a while so figured it would be a good time to snap a few pictures. When I entered the place it was packed, not a vacant seat in the place. The match was between Queensland and New South Wales and it appeared that there were an equal amount of fans for each team. I have never seen a bar this size with so many TV screens. They were in the front, sides, back, around the bar, my goodness, no matter you sat or in my case, stood, you had a good view of the action. Despite the heat out the air-conditioning inside was up to the task of keep the standing room only crowd quite comfortable. The service was great and you better believe, the beer was cold. Serving warm beer to an Aussie is a kiss of death to any Publican. The owner, Ted has to be complimented on a job well done and what a great Club he has created. I did not know that he also has the Drill Shack and the two bars are connected by a common interior door. It was a pleasure to see one of my old waitresses, Rose, gainfully employed by Ted. For sure, I will return for another visit but hopefully when I can find a seat to sit my old ass down. By the way, QLD won 18 to 10 over NSW. I was neutral!
This is getting to be a real quandary now in deciding where to go for pizza in this town. Years ago there was only one or two places to go, now suddenly there are many. The latest entry is the New York Supreme Pizza located on MacArthur Hi-Way. I had heard about this place and had it on my hot list to visit. After a enjoying a movie at the SM Mall one evening I told the Mrs I would treat her to a pizza and take care of some pictures and writing at the same time. She enjoys checking out new places as much as I do so NY Pizza it was. We were not disappointed, It was darn good and for people who like a lot of cheese on their pizza, they would not be disappointed at this eatery. They had two sizes, 14″ and 18″ with various toppings. The prices were P405 to P595 (14″) and P595 to P795 (18″). We were only two so went for the 14″ all meat pizza. Priscilla ate one slice and I went overboard with three slices which allowed four slices for take-out. They offered other items from the Pizza such as Pizza Rolls, Pasta, Salads and Rice meals priced quite reasonably. I enjoyed the clean, open ambiance of the place and, of course, the pictures of New York. It was fairly crowded when we arrived and the customer base was mostly Filipino with the main item of choice appearing to be the Pizzas. I would certainly recommend this place for pizza lovers as they do come close to capturing the New York taste which is good enough for Angeles City. I am still kind of leaning towards the NY pizza offered at the S & R Store in San Fernando, taste wise but I would be happy with either one, San Fernando is a bit too far to go for pizza unless shopping there.
AN OUTSTANDING ITALIAN RESTAURANT
I never use the word “Best” when writing about restaurants or food. It is my belief that everyone has their own opinions in taste and what they expect in a meal, whether it be fast food or a five star restaurant. I am not into gourmet food because the prices are ridiculously high and the portions are too small and some of the items they serve taste a bit off but food snobs will still say “oh, how delicious” just to be with the “in crowd”. OK, I have no class and not enough money to go that route but I can still appreciate a good restaurant. Man, that is a long lead in to writing about the “Piccolo Padre” Italian restaurant. You see, I nearly broke my own rule about “best” when I was introduced to this restaurant last month. First all, the place only has seating for 24 diners and every seat was occupied on this particular Sunday night. Everybody I talked to was raving about the food, how great it was. I was not there to eat, only have a cup of coffee with some friends that called me to join them. Regretfully, I got the call just as I was finishing eating Pizza at the NY Pizza. I was Full! Never-the-less my friends allowed me samples of what they were eating and I must say that this is truly an outstanding place to eat. I have had people writing to me asking where they can get good Italian food. Naturally, I always recommended “C” Italian Restaurant but now, I have no reservations in recommending Piccolo Padre as well. The Piccolo has the advantage of being run by a giant of a Chef, 6’4′ Danilo (without his chef’s hat) and his wife Aida who is a bit shorter. They are great together and she runs a tight ship while Danilo Giampaolo, from Milano is sweating away in the kitchen. What a wonderful couple they are and Aida is wonderful about stopping by your table to chat and make customers feel very comfortable. Please folks, check out this restaurant and let me know what you think. It is open from 5:30 to 11 PM and on the weekends you better call for a reservation. It is located at 566 Don Rico Ave quite near the abandoned Galleon building. If you go after dark look closely for the entry way is kind of dark and easy to miss. It is located between Grandview Tower and Cottage Kitchen so that should help you a bit. The phone number is 875-6050 with mobile numbers 0917 500 4750, 0919 887 2195. Aida wanted me to mention that every second Saturday they offer a set menu for P950 and BYOB. Now that sounds like something to look forward to.
HOLIDAY INN AND PRIORITY PRIVILEGE
I know that I have mentioned this before, probably once a year, but since I think it is a pretty good deal, I will share it with you again. My wife and I have been enjoying the Priority Privilege Club at the Holiday Inn for many years now and we think it is a super privilege if one is ready to actually use the benefits. The cost is P6,500, good for one year and you received a membership card and a package that includes many benefits. We particularly like the complimentary dining benefits at the Holiday Inn which includes 50% off the total food bill for a member and one guest, 33% off for a member and two guests, 20% off for a member and nine guests (we never did that). We use the card mostly for dining at the Mequeni and the roof top Rodizio. But the discounts are not just for food, in fact there are two pages of discounts listed such as accommodation benefits, dining certificates, free usage of the Holiday Inn pool for member and three guests and there are a few free meals included as well. There is much more but you will have to talk to Suzette at the Holiday Inn Services Dept, tel: 599-8000 local 1608 who can brief you on details and pricing. If you can, tell her that Harry the Horse referred you to her or whoever else you might talk to in that office. Of course, if I get enough folks to join I might get a free meal and you know that this old Horse likes to eat, especially for free!
PAN DE PARIS
My goodness, it seems as if I am on a restaurant kick this month. Can’t help it as there seems to be a new restaurant opening every month. I am just doing a bit of catch up here. The location of this little eatery really surprised me. It is located on Teodoro Street, just down from Norma’s money changer. The Pan De Paris is owned by Chef Antonius Van Esch hailing from the Netherlands. Can you imagine, a top notch chef running a place in this location, quite unusual for Angeles City. Antonius was working as the Chef at the Belgian Cafe, a 5 star Intercontinental Hotel in Doha, Qatar. Why leave a great job to come here to AC? The explanation was that he was tired of working 14 hours a day, no free time and the heat was unbearable. He heard about AC so came here and with friend Dean Magat opened his restaurant and now is thoroughly enjoying himself and his new found time for a social life. The food is good and affordable and his low P35 price for beer has made this restaurant a favorite watering hole for members of the Hash House Harriers. Being on a sort of diet I did not order the food I normally would, instead I opted for a cucumber salad and French onion soup which I found to be quite delicious. Vina ordered a sandwich which I considered a bit small for my taste but sufficient for her. A full menu was available with the usual selections but each prepared with a bit of Antonius originality. We will certainly return for a return meal.
By the way, I noticed a sign right next door of another new Pizza place. It was not open and I heard that it opens only from six to nine PM. I have not had the time to check it out yet, will wait until next month.
TIME FOR AN IMAGE CHANGE?
Fields Ave scene at night.
Since the beginning of the current Mayor’s term I have met with representatives of his administration and suggested that the excess number of ladies outside of the bars along Fields Ave be reduced to one decently dressed lady stationed at the door. There was a brief period of time when this was ordered but immediately the bigger bars claimed they needed more than one because their bars were so large. Despite the size of the bar, they still had only one door to man so that did not make sense to me. Anyway, OK, a few more were allowed. This lasted three weeks, then as usual, the Club owners did what they wanted and the numbers went back to 15 or 20 in some establishments and customers walking the street were subjected to ladies grabbing their arms and trying to talk them into entering their club. They were not at the doors, but on the sidewalks and into the street. Naturally, many guys would not object to this, and normally not me either. But, this painted a picture to the media and to local Filipinos of Fields Ave being a “red light district” and a place where one could not walk down the street to a restaurant or other business with one’s wife or children without being embarrassed or offended. The TV show “Imbestigador” and International media outlets loved to show the ladies on the street which fueled the sustained the image of Angeles City as “Sin City”. No one here, including me, wanted the Clubs closed down but what to do at no expense to clean up a bit? Get the girls inside was an easy start. What goes on inside the Clubs stays inside and other non-club businesses could flourish. That was my idea, rightfully or wrongfully. I did not want people like Alex Cauguiran to want to close the Clubs down because of an exaggerated image and misconception of the locals. At a recent meeting with Mayor’s representative Jess Aires, I brought up my idea again and was verbally abused by one Doll House Filipino representative who absolutely resented the idea of a reduction of the 20 or more girls outside of the Doll house. I was not allowed to explain my reasoning and that this was only a suggestion as that person then started a more heated discussion with Barangay Captain Tony Mamac. Immediately afterwards Jess closed the meeting after Tony walked out in anger. Anyway, the reason the first try at limiting the girls on the street did not work was because of lack of enforcement of the rule. Without that, naturally the bars will do whatever they can get away with. Now, I have heard, but not confirmed that the Mayor has once again directed that the Clubs limit their outside girls to three. That is a step in the right direction but much more can be done, for example, getting rid of the underage kids working the street, the beggars, the non-mobile vendors, and those hustling illegal drugs. We must keep the Clubs up and running for many more years. There is nothing wrong with having an Adult entertainment area but one without a “in your face” attitude. Let Imbestigador get their pictures some place else.
Another month has ended, one in which I was able to treat the Mrs to a nice Mother’s Day meal at the ABC’s Vari Asia restaurant along with some in-laws. It was a fine evening even if I did not get the table I reserved the day before. Now we are into June and Father’s day is coming up so I have to wait and see what Mrs. Horse has in store for me. We are now officially into the rainy season with daily afternoon rains as we had in May but now the rains should be more consistent and more lengthy in nature. Time for hats and umbrellas but that should not slow you down in seeking out the pleasures offered up by Fields Ave and beyond. Be advised though, that more thunder storms will be coming up which leads, automatically, to an increase in brown-outs so look for those hotels offering up some decent generator service. That’s it for this month, horses do not mind getting a bit wet but we do hope you will continue to be kind to all horses.
POLITICAL RANTINGS – SKIP THIS PART
If this doesn’t frost your Wheaties, call 911 immediately!
Watch the newscast video and stay calm!
Angeles Sports & Country Club, Zeppelin St Hensonville
FOR RENT AVAILABLE JUNE 1 2012
On the most secure & best location in Angeles City
1 only, 2 bed luxury fully furnished apartment. Overlooking the International Lawn Bowling Greens. To include free use and Membership of all Club facilities including a 25 metre pool with a swim up covered bar and an adjoining kiddies swimming pool both with food service,and a large sunbathing area.
A challenging Par 3 Golf Course and Driving Range, Lawn bowling Greens, Petanque Courts, a kiddies play area, a restaurant, plus 2 additional Family friendly Bars.
Close to all the facilities and services Angeles offers yet remains an Oasis, a real hidden gem. A one off.
For further details tel: +63 922 839 5660 Ainie English / Tagalag. OWNERS LIVE ON SITE Tel +63 999 652 6214 John English.
(I am very familiar with this house and location. In fact was able to watch it being built a few years ago. It is well worth looking in to – Harry the Horse)
Announcing a special Gold Tournament on 1 Jun. I know AC has a lot of golfers hanging around so this might be a great one to sign up for. It sounds like fun!
THE POSTER IS SELF EXPLANATORY. SOMETHING NEW FROM THE LEWIS GRAND FOLKS THAT FOLKS IN TOWN MIGHT ENJOY VISITING AND DO A BIT OF SHOPPING. I WILL BE CHECKING IT OUT AND TAKING A FEW PICTURES.
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