Tuesday, August 03, 2004


Dear Mouse,

Received from the e-mail. This is important for those who intend to travel to the US in the near future.

If you know anyone going from the Philippines and coming back to the USA with "pasalubong and padalas", please read this important enclosed advisory from the American Embassy in Manila. Please share with your friends.

Travel advisory to the US

Just a friendly reminder: if you have plans of going to the U.S., please take precautionary measures on all "padalas" especially those containing fake/pirated compact discs/DVDs. US Embassy employees have been given an advisory that "as US Gov't employees, we should abide by the U.S. laws,including Intellectual Property Rights (anti-piracy) laws. As an additional incentive,the Consular Section recently received a report that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) searched the bag of a Filipino entering the U.S. on NW 72 in Detroit. During the search, 70-80 compact discs,30-40 empty DVD jackets and 10-20 DVDs were found. Since the travelers were not American Citizens, their visas were canceled and they returned to the Philippines. If they had been Americans, they could have been subject to arrest and criminal prosecution in addition to civil fines and penalties."

Please remember even ONE pirated item can jeopardize your trip. Also, the fingerprinting system has successfully been instituted in all port of entries. I suggest you bring extra identification cards in addition to your passport to faciliate your entry in the US Immigration.I hope this is helpful to you.

Thanks and regards.

Thess Q. Sula

U.S. Commercial Service

American Embassy Manila

Tel: +63-2-888-4088 ext. 5830

Robert Kelemen: US embassy warden added:

However, not only pirated VCD/DVD are on the hot list. Please be informed that the American Association of Publishers (AAP) has also alerted the American customs officers to check out for pirated books. This information was given to me by Patricia Judd of the AAP.

Please warn all nursing graduates who plans to take the NCLEX and CGF exams in the states not to bring in these pirated books because there will be a penalty of automatic deportation as violation of intelectual property rights.

The Ca t


At 5:37 AM, Blogger BatJay said...

dapat ay mag inspect sila ng maigi doon sa lahat ng mga turistang amerikano na pumupunta ng china. ang mga amerikano ang numbero unong mga buyer doon. lalo na sa silk street sa beijing, na ironically, ay nasa likod lang ng US embassy.


At 6:10 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

sinabi mo. o di ba. may tinitigan at may tititingnan.

At 6:33 AM, Blogger Sassy Lawyer said...

Wow, wala talagang double standard sa states.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Jobert said...

Paano kaya kung mukhang pirata ka?1


Paano kaya kung mukhang pirata ka?

Anyway, intellectual property here kasi is taken for granted. Maybe because the films, music, books here are not that intellectual to begin with. Well, those I encounter. Ever hear the Spaghetti Song? Otso Otso?

Also, let's think about those who pass the laws here...


On second thought, let's don't.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger cathcath said...

Basta ba kamukha ni Johnny Depp. oksi

At 4:57 PM, Blogger rolly said...

Cat, this info is very important. I have about 5 co-teachers going to the States this month to join the teaching force there. You know, kailangan ng magandang education ng mga puti e . hehehe

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Dr. Emer said...

Do you know that the Philippine DFA issued a travel advisory to all Filipinos going to the US? Dangerous place daw ang America. Hahaha! Buti naman sila naman ngayon makatanggap ng travel advisory.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

Yes,Doc Emer. There is threat of terrorists in prime cities' financial districts.


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