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“We only sell quality genuine items” – Duty Free Philippines

THE Duty Free Philippines management on Sunday assured the public that the products they sell are 100 percent genuine and authentic. The statement was a reaction to unfounded reports that the DFP is selling fake items. “We get our products from abroad and the shoppers need not to worry,” Vicente Pelagio Angala, DFP chief operating officer, said during the DFP’s […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
The 16th  Academic Challenge Bowl champion Marianas Baptist Academy students - Joanah Victoria B. Jimenez, Keith Gester Villasin, Lyndon Digno, Deancy Adriel Y. Chua, teacher and coach Manuel C. Castro Jr., and Sebastian Dearborn L. Bernardo.  Photo © Lyn Lirio

Filipino American shines as Marianas Baptist Academy wins 16th Academic Challenge Bowl in Saipan

  IT IS a back-to-back win for Filipino-American middle schooler led Marianas Baptist Academy as they won the 16th Annual Academic Challenge Bowl, Middle School division held at Saipan Southern High School on Saturday. According to MBA Fil-Am teacher and coach Manny Castro, this is the second year in a row that the school bagged the championship and the third […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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Brutalized body of Filipina OFW brought home from Kuwait

THE Kuwaiti government will exert all efforts to bring the murderers of Joanna Daniela Demafelis to justice. This was disclosed by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday, in an interview with reporters while waiting for the remains of Demafelis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. He said Gulf state’s government was outraged by Demafelis’ murder. Demafelis’ body was found […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 2 comments · Diaspora, News
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PH Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes holds town hall meeting in Los Angeles

PHILIPPINE opposition Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV met with the Filipino-American community last Saturday in Los Angeles. The meeting, which was organized by the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA), was attended by groups of pro and against the Duterte administration. It was held at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) building at Glendale Avenue, Los Angeles. Tension was high throughout […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez (4th from left, front row), DFA-Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Maria Andrelita S. Austria (5th from left, front row), and the Philippine Consuls General in the US led the Planning Conference on 8-9 February 2018 in Washington, D.C.

New PH Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez meets with the country’s consul generals in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Heads of Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States and the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of American Affairs met for the 2018 Planning Conference of Team Philippines-USA at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez chaired the February 8 and 9 Conference, which was participated in by […]

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Marianas High School sophomore Julia Theresa S. Malate, left, received an early invitation from the U.S. Military Academy. With Malate is MHS teacher Jeaniffer H. Cubangbang. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Fil-Am teen from Saipan got invited to West Point due to outstanding academic credentials

A FIFTEEN-year old Filipina-American from Saipan, Julia Theresa S. Malate, got an early invitation from the West Point Military Academy due to her outstanding academic credentials. “Your outstanding high school record has been noticed by the United States Military Academy at West Point. We think you should apply for admission,” stated in a letter sent to Malate. U.S. Army Col. […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
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Free airplane ride for OFWs in Kuwait

LOW-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air has responded to the recent call of President Rodrigo Duterte to bring home Filipino workers from Kuwait for free by mounting a special chartered flight to the said Gulf state. The CEB said it will help the government repatriate Filipino workers from Kuwait by deploying an Airbus A330 aircraft – the largest in its fleet […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
WINNERS: Members of the CNMI aeronautics team are pictured with Marianas High School Teacher Jeaniffer Cubangbang, at right. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

CNMI aeronautics team won the 2018 Pacific Statewide Real World Design Challenge.

THE Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands Aeronautics team won in the 2018 Pacific Statewide Real World Design Challenge. Jeaniffer Cubangbang, Marianas High School Cooperative Education and Career Technical Education teacher and STEM adviser, said the team, which is composed of MHS Students, receive official notice on Jan. 23 that they have won the regional competition, beating Guam and American Samoa. […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
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Filipino ice skater Michael Martinez leaves Los Angeles for Winter Olympics in South korea

THE Filipino Ice Skating Prince, 21-year-old figure skater Michael Martinez left Los Angeles Monday night for Pyeongchang, South Korea two days after a warm send-off party from friends and supporters in the City of Carson. “I’m very thankful for the support and for everybody being here doing the send-off party for me… and just showing all the support and love […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
A demonstrator reads a statement denouncing the Philippine government’s arrest of a consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in the recently terminated peace talks. Behind him are other speakers who have been symbolically gagged to represent the suppression of press freedom in the Philippines. Photo © Abner Galino

US based multi-racial rights group condemns arrest of peace negotiator Baylosis

A HASTILY called demonstration was held Monday in front of Philippine Consulate General’s office here in Los Angeles by mostly Filipino-American youths to denounce the recent arrest of communist leader Rafael Baylosis. Baylosis was a consultant to the National Democratic Front’s (NDF) negotiating panel in the recently terminated peace talks with the Philippine government. The demonstrators, belonging to the International […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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US Human Rights Commission seeks stop of all mass atrocities

THE United States Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission has scheduled hearings on United States policy in relation to the prevention of mass atrocities around the world. In a press statement, the bicameral human rights commission defined “mass atrocities as large-scale, deliberate attacks against civilians, and include genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” The commission reminded the public that […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Events, News
South Border keyboardist Jay Durias performs for his deceased brother and fellow musician Dylan during a memorial at the Filipino Disciples Christian Church at Union Avenue, Los Angeles on January 26. Photo © Jason Bascon

“I will keep singing in heaven” – Dylan Durias

“I will keep singing in heaven,” these words ran across the video wall as a short tribute movie for deceased musician Dylan Durias was about to end. This happened during a memorial set up by family and friends at the historic Filipino Disciples Christian Church at Union Avenue in Los Angeles on Friday night, January 26. Up there, maybe a […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Obituary
Fil-Am artist Johnny Esj Otilano in front of his works at Erehwon Gallery in Quezon City.

Two Pamana ng Lahi visual artists respectively doing solo in Los Angeles and PH

TWO visual artists who participated in the Pamana ng Lahi art exhibition during the Filipino American Heritage month in the United States recently got themselves solo shows here in Los Angeles and in the Philippines. Here in Los Angeles, 65-year-old unconventional artist Sal Floriano, better known as Sal Budhz, brought out his full collection of his so-called “Tawas Series” at […]

Two grooms and “dreamy wedding gown moments for three sisters.”  From left to right: Francis Adriel, Lence Alonzo, Kristian Cuesta, Aireen Lao Sencio, groom Raffy Reyes and groom Michael Lao, Mae Lao Gonzales, Christian Esmundo, Mylynn Lao Medina and Jomari Reyes. Photo © Abner Galino

“Ball gown moments” dream of four finally came true

CHANCES are, if a woman wishes to marry, she most likely wishes to walk the aisle in a wedding ball gown. Right? Well, that’s when circumstances were ideal. But when reality bites, she could settle for less. Nevertheless, settle or not, the “wedding ball gown dream” doesn’t just fizzle out. Michael Lao, 32, a same-sex marriage groom, has three sisters […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Feature Story
Celebrity chef Coco P. Cruz (3rd from left) is flanked by Dylan Durias (2nd from left) and Butch Victoriano during a photo op prior to the show. The other original South Border members in the show are Ric Junasa, Paul Benitez, Tata Balane and Keisey Hicban.                                         Photo © Teodoro Yap

One last set for the Big Guy

A BENEFIT concert to help out the family of the recently deceased musician Dylan Durias was held last Sunday. Held at the Bamboo Bistro in Panorama City, the concert was led by musician Ric Junasa, who was a close friend of the deceased, and host/singer Cory Miranda. Daniel Belen, owner of Bamboo Bistro, expressed sadness over Dylan’s sudden demise. “Actually, […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Entertainment, News
11-year-old Fil-Am golfer to play in World Championship

11-year-old Fil-Am golfer to play in World Championship

AN 11-year-old Filipino American golfer, Jaden Dumdumaya of Fairfield, California, recently bagged the 1st place of the 2017 World Series Future Champions Golf Northern California Championship. With the win, Jaden has also qualified to the 2018 FCG Callaway World Championship at the Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage, California in July. In the 11-12 Boys division qualifier, Jaden played along with […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Feature Story, News
Hermann Woitschek arrived on Saipan in 1899. He served the local community as medical aid, post office officer and police force trainer. Photo ©  Woitschek family

Reunited after 102 years of separation

AFTER 102 years of being separated and decades of search the Cabrera, Cepeda and Woitschek families got together in a grand reunion at the historic Carolinian Utt in Saipan. Cynthia C. Pangelinan, one of the great granddaughters of Hermann Woitschek, said they finally found the missing link – the Woitschek family where they all came from. About a year ago, […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Feature Story
Winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge Marianas High School senior students Chenoa Bunts- Anderson (left) and Daniel Villarmero. Photo © Lyn Lirio

Marianas High School students, including a Fil-Am, among the winners of the Congressional apps making contest

MARIANAS senior high school students Chenoa Bunts-Anderson and Daniel Villarmero won the 2017 Congressional App Challenge making them the official Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Island winning representatives for the app making contest. According to the winning duo, the Washington D.C. based competition is hosted by the respective members of the Congress for their district. They also said 22 students and […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
The front row of the Kingdom Day Parade 2018 as it approaches the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Los Angeles on Monday. Image © Abner Galino

Los Angeles’ Kingdom Day Parade 2018 attracts thousands

THOUSANDS came out to cheer and participate in the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles to celebrate the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Last Monday’s parade, which was organized under the theme: When They Go Low, We Go High,” weaved through the stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (after departing […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
South Border's keyboard player Dylan Durias. Image © Dylan Duria FB page

South Border’s Dylan Durias dies of heart failure in Los Angeles

THE former South Border keyboard player who also had a beautiful voice has died from an apparent heart attack last Monday shortly after having a meal in a restaurant in Los Angeles. Durias was with other two friends shortly after lunchtime when they went to a Filipino restaurant near the corner of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard to have […]

by Abner Galino· · 2 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment
Luz Balbin-Spanks and some of her works. Photo © Vics Magsaysay

Luz Balbin Spanks: Singing her way to art*

“NO plan, no shape, not forced, and just like confetti, they just fall into place after they drop. They have to go with the wind – or even without the wind’s interaction. Yes, the result turns out to be very natural.” Thus said Luz Balbin-Spanks, an artist and the president of the La Habra Art Association in La Habra, California, […]

Another Pinoy bag’s Readers’ Choice Award

Another Pinoy bag’s Readers’ Choice Award

THIRTEEN year old Arshan Bucatcat bagged the Readers’ Choice Award in the annual literary journal contest of the Ilisagvik College in the northern end town of the United States, Barrow, Alaska making her the third Filipino to win the prestigious award since its inception in 2012. Arshan Bucatcat got 76 percent of the votes for her non-fiction story “Best Friend” […]

by Romy Morales· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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Popular dramatic movie “Love Kennedy,” premieres in Saipan

YVONNE Bennett, one of the actresses at ‘Love, Kennedy’ graced the premiere showing of the film at the Regal Theater on Sunday. She played one of Kennedy’s friends Lexi Velasquez. Love, Kennedy is a film based on the life of 16-year-old Kennedy Hansen who is dealing with debilitating Juvenile Batten Disease. The story is about her legacy of love and […]

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LA Clippers’ CJ Williams saves Filipino Heritage Night at Staples Center

WITH nine seconds left on the clock, the Filipino Heritage Night was nothing but ruined for the Filipino Americans who came to cheer for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Atlanta Hawks. But then, CJ Williams sunk a clutch 3-pointer from the court’s left wing, sending the Staples Center into a happy chaos. With three seconds left on the clock, […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Klea Pineda with GMA7 talent manager Vic del Rosario. Photo © Lyn Lirio

PH representative in 11 th Asian Super Model Contest in Saipan, a crowd favorite

KLEA Pineda, one of the contestants at the 11th Asian Super Model Contest, did not get crown but she won the hearts of the audience who watched the competition at the Imperial Pacific Saipan on Saturday. The 18-year old Pineda, who won the Best Photogenic award, vied with 26 other Asian young aspiring model. She was the lone representative of […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News