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THE Filipino-American Veterans of Nevada (FAV-NV) supports the endeavors of Commander Frank Cedula (center), the oldest Filipino veteran in Nevada, to publish his recently-fi nished book “Filipino World War II Veterans: An Endangered Human Species” by conducting fundraisers in the next few months. Commander Cedula is the only survivor of the fi ght between Filipinos and American soldiers against the Japanese forces during World War II at KM 125 on Barrio Piis, Lucban, Quezon Province in the Philippines, which left more than 100 Filipino and American soldiers dead. Commander Cedula shows off his book with Fil- Am diva and community leader Loni Andal and FAV-NV founder-president Ceasar Elpidio.

PHOTO shows some of the local guests ad supporters of the Seven Lakes (San Pablo City) Association of Nevada, headed by Cynthia Deriquito, taken at the 7th Biennial Convention of Seven Lakes International (SLI) at the Tuscany Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last Saturday, July 24. SLI is the umbrella organization of Seven Lakes Associations across the U.S. and Canada.


JULY birthday celebrants Dr. Romualdo Aragon, Jr. of Filipino- American Heritage Foundation of Nevada (FAHF-NV) and Beverly Elpidio, of Bikolnon Association of Las Vegas, blow the candles off their birthday cakes during a joint birthday celebration held at the Kaya Sushi Bar in Chinatown recently with family, friends and members of both associations in attendance.

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NEVADA Law Enforcement offi cials met with the Asian American Group (AAG) members of the community at the Palace Station Ballroom recently. Among those in attendance were (seated, from left) Lorry Wyman of Re Ribbon-Las Vegas, Loni Andal and Nita Alfelor from Oregon; (standing, from left) Atty. John Parris, Jun Capistrano and Ceasar Elpidio. The quarterly Meet-and-Greet event spearheaded by the Asian American Group of Las Vegas is designed to open communications between the states’ law enforcement group and members of the burgeoning Asian American community in Las Vegas.

ment from the President that the peace talks would start after Ramadan, the Muslims’ holiest month,” she said, adding that the PCID is hoping the President would order the military to stand down during the holy month of Ramadan “to allow our Muslim sisters and brothers to observe Ramadan in peace.”

The PCID also expects the President to take some actions like a budget to support a catch up plan for ARMM, the strengthening of governance and autonomy in Muslim

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as Tuesday’s temperature hit a lower 103 degrees Fahrenheit as if to give a little sol- ace to the more than one thousand people who thronged to St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Catholic Church on West Sahara and Tenaya Avenue in Las Vegas, for the two-hour memorial service. No media or personal cameras were allowed inside the church in due respect for the family’s wishes, except a lone crew from Channel 8 and a photographer from the Las Vegas Review Journal, who were allowed to re- cord the proceedings. The church was so quiet, the ceremonies were so solemn and simple that one could hear the drop of a pin. The Most Reverend Bishop Joseph A.

MARLON MULTO with his friends-for-life Edna Gallardo of San Diego and Aleth Reed of Las Vegas.

MARLON his soothing voice.

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By the second set, the audience had re- ally warmed up to the tempo and beat of his music. Marlon rendered a heavily favorite song MacArthur Park borrowing the long version of Donna Summer of which the audience responded with warm applause. Switching to the sounds of the ‘80s, he belted out a medley of hit songs very famil- iar to the audience such as George Benson’s Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You, Just Once by James Ingram, and On the Wings of Love by Jeffrey Osborne, with the audience audibly humming and singing along with him.

On his third set, and also his third change of suit, Marlon paid tribute to Fili- pino composers and singers by performing a series of iconic Pilipino classic Kayganda Ng Ating Musika by Hajji Alejandro; Ngay- on at Kailanman and Kastilyong Buhangin by Basil Valdez, and Hahanapin Ko by

Anthony Castelo.

The show ended with Marlon in a trio with special guest Loni Andal, known as the original Filipino American diva on The Las Vegas Strip, and Vanessa singing Friends for Life (an original by Sarah Brightman) and its Spanish version Amigos Para Siempre to the delight of the audience asking and longing for more.

In bidding farewell to his audience, Marlon repeatedly expressed his gratitude to all his friends and supporters who had traveled musically with him in the past 20 years, through thick and thin, recessions or not. It was a night of happiness and ful- fillment for Marlon seeing the Cafe Moda filled to the rafters with familiar faces, long lost friends, long time supporters and followers , some of them driving all the way from San Diego, to witness once more Marlon’s triumph in his musical career. ■


Pepe of Las Vegas recited the Homily during the Holy Mass. Family members participated in the memorial service. Sarah Guinn and Austin Guinn recited the First Reading and Second Reading, respectively, while Hannah Guinn led the Prayer of the Faithful. Blake, Colton, and Bryan , all surnamed Guinn, presented the gifts. When the Ave Maria was sung solo in mournful fashion, there was no dry eye inside the church. Everybody felt the pang of loneli- ness and shock at the sudden passing of the much revered governor, considered one of the best, if not the best, governor of Ne- vada. Close friend George Randall, State Senator Bill Raggio, and closest friend and campaign manager Pete Ernaut, offered eulogies. The blessing of the casket was performed by Bishop Pepe.

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increased our commitment there, insisted upon greater accountability from Af- ghanistan and Pakistan, developed a new strategy that can work,” he said. “Now we have to see that strategy

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the church courtyard where a 21-gun salute was given to honor the former governor. The tap was played, the flag that draped the coffin was folded and given to his widow Dema Guinn. The remains will be brought to Exeter, California on Thursday for interment. Exeter was where Governor Guinn and Mrs. Guinn met when they were still kids, went to school and dated, and got married in 1956. It was a wonderful love story that needs to be told to the next generation.

The late governor is best remembered by colleagues, politicians from both sides of the aisle, business moguls, educators, and most of all, by the regular Nevadans, for his unwavering service to the state and its people, his fight for the ‘small guys,’ his support for education which defined much of his legacy like the Kenny C. Guinn Mil- lenium Scholarship, his fight against the Yucca Mountain despite overwhelming support of Republicans in Washington, his tumultuous campaign for tax increase in 2003 for the sake of Nevadans, which earned him again the ire of Republicans, and was branded “RINO,” (Republican in Name Only), of which he said “The popu- larity of my proposal is less important to me than the rightness of our course.” He was also well-known for his quote: “I don’t wear an R on my hat for Republican and I don’t wear a D for Democrat. I wear a P... for People.”

At the end of the day, Governor Kenny Guinn was respected by colleagues from both sides of the aisle because he knew how to compromise, and drove his points relentlessly whether on the floor of the Legislature, or in a bar while sipping beer.; and loved by everyone who knew him for what he was: a simple man of principle, caring, consensus builder, and who had determined that his mission in life was to serves his fellow man. (Zen S. Laluna) ■

Mindanao, the least served region in the country with the poorest development indicators.

Rasul said “We realize of course that SONAs are not expected to be very detailed and specific. We also realize that many other concerns take up much of his speech. But this could have been an opportunity for the President to send the message that his Muslim constituents matter not just be- cause they are viewed as part of a threat to the state but that they are citizens and owed the rights of a citizen to public service, same as the Tagalogs, Ilocanos, Ilonggos and other Philippine tribes. ■

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