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I usually write about comparative law and critical analysis of proposed legislations in the Congress of the Philippines.

Once in a gray while, I publish available high paying domestic jobs for Filipinos with salary of $52,000 plus benefits and paid vacation from wealthy American families from Coral Gables, Florida and summers in the Hamptons and from the family of a large sporting goods company in Manhattan.

In spite of the severe recession in the United States, my advertisers have complained to this writer that not a single Filipino jobseeker has applied for these good paying jobs.

Or are they looking to apply for cozy office jobs that disappeared in the recession?

On Fil-Am senior citizens with Medicare contract

In my column of Feb. 11-17, 2011, I wrote about the proposal of Metroplus Medicare on their ongoing negotiation with Dr. Erie Agustin of Woodside, Queens to cover Fil-Am senior citizens who plan to retire in the Philippines.

I will report on the progress of this negotiation upon my return in the Philippines.

I will report on the progress of this negotiation upon my return from vacation in two weeks.

Valentine’s Day

To the best of my recollection, I have not written a single column in my 16 years as a columnist in this prestigious newspaper on this subject.

Hence, for a change, I would change the subject of my column this week from legalese to the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 14 was Valentine’s Day.

Page 2 of The Tablet’s issue of Feb. 12, 2011 on Saints for Today carried the following announcement: Valentine, third century Feast, Feb. 14 -

How Feb. 14 came to be celebrated as the feast for lovers is somewhat a mystery.

What little is known of the feast’s namesake can be attributed to the lives of two martyrs: one a priest, the other a bishop.

Their lives have no connection to the contemporary holiday.

The priest Valentine reportedly was beheaded in 269 by Emperor Claudius II.

The bishop, known for healing, was martyred earlier.

It’s probable that a medieval custom of sending messages of love on this day somehow merged later with the feast.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has a comprehensive description of Valentine’s Day:

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is an annual commemoration held on Feb. 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.

The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs, Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD.

It was deleted from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, but its religious observance is still permitted.

It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectioner and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).

In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saint the feast day of Saint Valentine on Feb. 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reasons “Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on Feb. 14.”

In Andrea Peyser’s column “Making love last through decades” published in the New York Post’s issue of Feb. 14, 2011, she concluded her column by warning lovers:

“On Valentine’s Day, be nice to the person you’re with. You might be stuck together a long time.”

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