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Chào các bạn và gia đinh Boholanos!
(Hello friends and Boholano Family!)

I know it has been a couple months, but I have not forgotten all of you. I hope you all find this message well, as some of you know, I was trying to find a way to do meaningful work in the Philippines, but my life's direction has taken me to Việt Nam (VN). I have been volunteering for about 2 months here, teaching English, my NGO partners with the Daughters of Charity in VN.  They head many social services throughout the country and it is in this context I teach English. To witness the Sisters' ardent dedication to the people is beyond uplifting and I can say I have gotten closer to my Faith due to seeing their Love in action.

I have so many stories to share which I will be sharing from time to time. I did meet a couple of Cebuanos who was a seminarian and a Sister in Saigon. There is a small community of Filipinos here I am trying to get to know.

If any of you are in Saigon, please feel free to msg me. I will be in the city for another two months.
In other news, I am also worried about the recent bombings in Mindanao and I am praying somehow the region reaches peace.  I am still planning to visit Bohol/Mindanao this Fall..

Ok, that's all for now, take care everyone!
-Leo

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General Topic / Dual Citizenship Process?
« on: February 02, 2009, 01:13:10 PM »
hey everyone,

the way I understand the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003, I can be a natural-born citizen of the Philippines if my mother or father was a Philippine citizen during the time of my birth.

is that correct?


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General Topic / I Am Proud to be an American Today
« on: January 21, 2009, 07:39:16 PM »
Fellow Boholanos,

It is with honor and pure jubilation that we welcome our new president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama.

For us in the States, it demarcates one step closer to the realization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech and his call for a <a href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm > "radical revolution of values." [/url] 

His candidacy has tapped the energy of millions of Americans that are committed to social change and an excitement I have never seen before in my life.  I am proud to be part of the new majority in this country and I will be working even harder to make our initiatives a reality.  We will make sure this is truly a new America as Obama has already begun to challenge our generation in face our problems we currently have (video of his inauguration speech below).

It is a monumental event as we welcome the first African American, the first Hawaiian and post-civil rights community organizer into the highest office in the US.

One quote that struck me during the speech, "The world is changing, and we must now change with the world."   I truly hope it signals a different direction in our foreign policy and approaches we have to globalization and global warming.  We will be keeping a vigilant eye on it.

Question: In addressing Philippine-US relations, what would you tell the new Obama Administration?

With Obama's exposure to Southeast Asia as a child in Indonesia, his upbringing in Hawaii, some say (and time will tell) by his surroundings, he's possibly the closest thing we have to a U.S.<a href=http://bpimentel.blogspot.com/2008/02/obama-first-pinoy-us-president.html > "Pinoy President" [/url]. 

With love,
-Leo



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Love Talk / US Dating versus Philippine Courtship
« on: January 15, 2009, 12:54:37 PM »
I'm just curious.  The last news I heard from PI was that the Courtship system was modernizing, in any case, what are the current differences from people's experiences? Which one do you prefer?

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General Topic / Calling all Bloggers!
« on: January 15, 2009, 11:21:58 AM »
Hey everyone!

Kumusta ka? I would like to invite everyone to post your BLOG.

And what's it about? Why did you start it?

If you don't have a blog, feel free to link a blog you like.   It can be a journal, source of news, favorite food blog, etc.

Personally, I'm looking for a lot of Boholanon and Mindanao-based blogs, link away! I promise I'll comment too. and please, they don't have to be only in English!

Btw---here is mine:

http://poplockpoetry.wordpress.com, this is about my love/critique about being Filipino American, Activism, Current Events, Hiphop Dance, and Poetry.  Those are my passions.

Salamat!

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Introduce Yourself / Greetings Boholanos!
« on: January 13, 2009, 06:08:32 AM »
Hey everyone,

My name is Leo, I am told I have roots in Duero, Mabini and Baclayon.  My grandmother was Salud Vallejos Ello and grandfather Florencio Ello.

I look forward in learning more about Bohol from all of you! Also, my Visaya is really awful and my Tagalog is non-existent, but please feel free to type away in visaya as I'm trying to learn the language.

-Leo


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Mabini - Bohol / Connections to the Vallejos family in Mabini?
« on: January 13, 2009, 05:25:08 AM »
Hi everyone,

My name is Leo.  I am the grandchild of Salud Vallejos Ello and Florencio Ello.  Do we have any Vallejos family here? Please get in contact with me, I would like to know how everyone is doing.

Thanks!

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