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CARSON, Calif. — We are in this city in Los Angeles County to cover the 5th Annual Championship of USA Global Pinoy Singing Idol (GPSI).

According to Wikipedia, as of the 2010 census, Carson had a total population of 91,714.

Located 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown Los Angeles, Carson is the youngest municipality in the South Bay region of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

The USA Global Pinoy Singing Idol (GPSI), jointly sponsored by ABS-CBN, DZMM and CFC ANCOP USA, will be held at the Carson Community Center this weekend.

Ten singers from Texas, Florida and California will compete.

Two will be adjudged winners as USA 2016 GPSI Champions.

According to Roger Santos, Executive Director, ANCOP USA, the two winners will be awarded $1,000 each and free round trip tickets and week-long stay in Manila for the World Finals of GPSI sometime in January 2017.

Ahwel Paz of DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 will be one of two emcees.

As in previous years, Paz is expected to entertain the audience endlessly throughout the afternoon program with his instant wit and humor.

Paz, the brain behind GPSI, is a former scholar turned sought-after stage and TV director, actor, host and events specialist.

GPSI USA is aimed at raising funds for the pro-poor projects of CFC ANCOP USA.

At the same time, it gives chance to musically talented young Filipinos in America to develop their singing talent.

The 10 singers who will compete on Nov. 20 are: Zane Boado, Don Bronto, Stacey Cacal, Alex Callado, Annie Fano, Remilie King, Jennifer Mauricio, John Paul Puno, Choleo Reyes and Katz Trinidad.

Actresses Kaye Abad and Jaya will be guests from Manila.

Featured singers will be the four previous GPSI USA Champions.

We will let you know the winners next issue.


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Que paso? What happened? Que barbaridad! Miracle?

Pardon me.

I’m cursing in my title, but in Spanish.

I hope it lessens the sin.

I have accepted...my candidate lost.

After every election, the favorite move by political observers or writers, is to write an analysis.

After reading a number of such analyses the morning after the elections, the one sent to me by my friend and brother in CFC, Roger Santos, hit me most.

(Before we became friends, Roger was virtually an apolitical person. Today, I observe, he could be more political than I am. Before the elections, Roger warned me that small Middle American States could contribute to the defeat of Hillary Clinton. Indeed!)

I’m referring to the election analysis written by Matthew Bunson in the National Catholic Register.   

My attention was also called by the article written by Eric Thayer in The New York Times just hours after the final results were known.

But, before I dwell on those two, let me share my own.

To me, then candidate Donald Trump, now President-elect Trump, possesses the ability to communicate his proposals, criticisms, appeals and quips well in sweeping generalization style that outmaneuvered his opponents, including, of course, Hillary Clinton.

The winning Mr. Trump made use of the superlative “very” effectively.

Sometimes, he even used the word twice in a row in order to emphasize his point.

Evidently, his audience listened, believed and were impressed.

To think it is one of the cardinal rules of good writing and reporting to avoid sweeping generalizations and avoid the use of superlatives, like very.
 
Eric Thayer used three words to describe the elections on Nov. 8, “explosive, populist, polarizing.”

The divisiveness that happened across America during the election campaign (same as what happened in the Philippines, but after the election campaign), explains why the victory speech by President-elect Trump was a call for unity throughout the U.S.

Mr. Bunson writing for the National Catholic Register, the oldest national Catholic newspaper in the United States, concluded that the vote of the religious (pro-life) sector, evangelical and Catholic, was a crucial factor in the victory of Trump.

I would say that it was on the issue of abortion, which became a heated topic during the third presidential debate, that Trump effectively alienated his opponent from the religious sectors and the conservative groups in American society.

In addition, Mr. Bunson wrote, “Unprecedented dissatisfaction with America’s political class undergirded an utterly unexpected victory...”

A former presidential speechwriter called the election as “revolt against the elite and the establishment.”

But, both the candidates were elitists.

However, Mr. Trump was not establishment.

So, he was “the lesser evil” according to my neighbor.

Miracle?

The master political observer and opinion-maker, The New York Times, in a different post-election analysis asked in light of all national surveys which pointed to Hillary Clinton as the would-be winner, including one of our editorials, the following question: “So, what just happened?”

The NYT answered its own question: “We don’t know what happened because the tools that we would normally use to help us assess what happened failed.”

So, if there is a puzzle of such national or even international importance and significance which we can’t find a reasonable answer, what do we say?

A miracle happened?

This was what some in the religious sector of American society claimed the morning after the elections as they gathered in churches around the country to thank God for another peaceful and orderly democratic elections in spite of everything that happened.

It is said that miracles happen every day.

It seems one distinct miracle happened on Nov. 8, 2016 in America.

The famous British dramatist and critic George Bernard Shaw said, “Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.”

Yes, life.

If there was, indeed, a miracle on Election Day, it was because of life.


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We greet Couples for Christ ANCOP of New Jersey, the global group of Catholics that promotes life and sacredness of families, and tells us that faith is nothing without positive action for the poor, on its 25th Anniversary this week.  

God bless us all.


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Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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