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Eskuelan San Francisco De Borja student Michael Jon Cantil receives a trophy for winning first place in Energy and Invention Category at the Guam Science Fair on May 4-5.

For the nth time, Fil Am student from Saipan brought home top prize in science competition

By Lori Lyn Lirio ANOTHER FILIPINO American student from Saipan brought home top academic honors early this month when he won top prize in the annual science fair, it was learned yesterday. Eskuelan San Francisco De Borja student Michael Jon C. Cantil won first place in the Energy and Invention Category during at the 40th annual Island Wide Science Fair […]

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Fil Am student from Saipan International School finished 10th in the national math competition

Fil Am student from Saipan International School finished 10th in the national math competition

By Lori Lyn Lirio A FILIPINO American student from the Saipan International School earned a top ten slot in a recently concluded national math competition in Kansas City, where more than 100 students from across the United States competed. Ninth grader Frederic Dean Michael Guintu finished 10th at the Mathleague Championship held last May 19 at the University of Missouri. […]

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Boxers Jerwin Ancajas and Jonas Sultan flank couple Rey and Bernie Ganon, FACLA director and office manager.

Pinoy boxers in tears after surprise reception in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown

By Abner Galino TOMORROW, either International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas would have retained his junior bantamweight world boxing belt, or his challenger Jonas Sultan would have earned his first world championship title. Whichever way the Fresno, California fight goes, the Philippines will not lose a world championship belt — as both fighters are Filipinos — and the […]

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War movie screening a hit in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio A ONE night screening of the movie series “We Drank Our Tears” crashed the box office early this month as all tickets were sold out even before the screening date. The movie’s writer, producer and director, Galvin Deleon, said the filming and showing of “We Drank Our Tears” series was a dream and vision come true […]

Members of the Leyte Dance Theater pose with Los Angeles community leaders and members of the media during a meet and greet at the Filipino Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Photo © Pol Joaquin

Leyte theater group winds up US tour in Los Angeles and San Jose

By Abner Galino THE exceptional Leyte Dance Theater is winding up its 8th US tour via a twin performance in California, particularly in Los Angeles and San Jose. Since April, the Leyte Dance Theater had performed in the states of New York, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Arizona. “The motto of our dance company is: The last performance […]

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Filipino diplomats held in Kuwait return home

By Benjie Lim Vergara THREE Philippine Embassy employees who were allegedly involved in the controversial rescue of Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait came home Friday afternoon after being held in prison there for several days. Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) refused to identify the three DFA personnel, who were immediately whisked to a waiting vehicle at the […]

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Reigning IBF world junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas poses with Beyond Deadlines writer/Weekend Balita reporter Abner Galino at the Los Angeles International Airport arrival lobby.
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History repeats in Pinoy boxing annals

By Abner Galino HISTORY is bound to repeat itself on May 26 in Fresno, California. That is, a far as Filipino boxing history is concerned. Two Filipino pugilists, International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas and IBF’s No. 1 contender Jonas Sultan, will slug it out for the world bantamweight championship about ten days from now. The last time […]

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Filipino veteran leader Franco Arcebal shares a light moment with Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) President Fernandico Gonong. Photo © Pol Joaquin

8 living Filipino veterans,15 others get US Congressional Gold Medal

By Abner Galino EIGHT living and 15 representatives of deceased Filipino World War II veterans received the United States Congressional Gold Medals in a momentous occasion Wednesday at the Filipino Cultural Center at the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. The awarding of the highest civilian award medals was officiated by retired United States Army Major General Antonio Taguba, chairman of […]

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John Mendoza. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Fil Am from Saipan accepted at West Point

By Lori Lyn Lirio JHON C. Mendoza’s dream of joining the military came true when he was recently accepted at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy. Mendoza, a Fil Am and graduating student from Marianas High School, will be a member of the Class of 2022. He learned of his acceptance to America’s premier military school last April. “It was […]

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Progressives to protests Duterte’s alleged murderous administration in front of PH consulate in Los Angeles

Progressives to protests Duterte’s alleged murderous administration in front of PH consulate in Los Angeles

THE national “Stop the Killings Speaking Tour: People’s Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines” will culminate on Friday noon in a protest action in front of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-US Chapter (ICHRP-US) and the MALAYA network, the rallyists will bring Filipino church leaders, students, […]

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Fil-Am pop-rock artist  banners “Gala for Justice”

Fil-Am pop-rock artist banners “Gala for Justice”

By Abner Galino FILIPINO American YouTube sensation and pop-rock artist AJ Rafael headlined the Asian Americans Advancing Justice inaugural black-tie gala at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County last week. Over 300 guests, composed of prominent business, legal and philanthropic leaders, came to celebrate and honor AAAJ’s 12 years of service and accomplishments in the Orange County […]

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Guest beauty queens Mrs. Philippines-USA Rosemary Mejia (extreme left) and Miss Filipina International Nikki Zulueta join the newly installed good ambassadors of FCC/FACLA namely; Elizabeth Zaide (Mrs. Filipino Cultural Center/FACLA), Amy Saguinsin (Mrs. Luzon), Alyssa Stovin (Mrs. Visayas), Elizabeth Galang (Mrs. Mindanao), Pamela Saguinsin (Miss FCC/FACLA), Renoa Felix (Miss Teen FCC/FACLA), JerrikaPacheco Chow (FCC/FACLA 1st princess) and Keira Mai Kwan (FCC/FACLA 2nd princess).  © Photo by Bobby Crisostomo

Filipino American Community in LA celebrates 73rd anniversary

By Abner Galino A SIMPLE but meaningful celebration marked the 73rd anniversary of the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles in the historic Filipinotown late last month. The gala night was highlighted by the honoring and crowning of FACLA’s ambassadors of goodwill – Elizabeth Zaide (Mrs. Filipino Cultural Center/FACLA), Amy Saguinsin (Mrs. Luzon), Alyssa Stovin (Mrs. Visayas), Elizabeth Galang (Mrs. […]

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Original Pilipino Music “Hitmakers” wow crowd in Orange County

Original Pilipino Music “Hitmakers” wow crowd in Orange County

By Abner Galino THE magic of the so-called OPM’s Hitmakers have yet to wane as they bewitched the jam packed Filipino American crowd at the Grove of Anaheim Sunday last week. The Filipino fabulous four were given a standing ovation by the crowd at the end of the show. The Filipino music icons Rico J. Puno, Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera, […]

Members of the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) show their butterfly costumes as they join other marchers during the commemoration of the International Workers Day. Photo © Abner Galino

Filipino American workers join May 1 rally in southern California

By Abner Galino Members of the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) show their butterfly costumes as they join other marchers during the commemoration of the International Workers Day. Photo © Abner Galino A BIG contingent of Filipino Americans, most of them workers, joined thousands of marchers in the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach on the commemoration of International Workers […]

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Mutya ng Pilipinas (SC) hopefuls (all of them seated starting from 2nd left) Marucut, De Castro, Lorenzo and Gibson pose with guest and organizers of the event.                                         Photo © Pol Joaquin

Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California opens search for candidates

By Abner Galino THE Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California opened up its search for this year’s Miss Mutya giving rise to opportunities for its prospective queen to compete in beauty pageants in the Philippines. Camille Agbayani, one of the MPSC organizers, told reporters during a press conference at the L’Aura Wellness in Artesia that unlike other beauty pageants in Southern […]

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Fil-Am teen inspired by Pia Wurtzbach to seek Miss Teen CA title

Fil-Am teen inspired by Pia Wurtzbach to seek Miss Teen CA title

By Abner Galino BEAUTY queens inspire people in many ways and the closest illustration of this is when they are able to pass on their mindsets to young girls who share the same passion for pageantry. Realah Crespin, 14, reigning Miss Costa Mesa Teen is spellbound by former Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. “I’ve always been fascinated with Pia. I […]

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CNMI Public Health’s Immunization Program manager Jeremy SasamotoImage © issuu.com

CNMI issues a travel health advisory against the Philippines due to measles outbreak

By Lori Lyn Lirio HEALTH officials from the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands issued a health travel advisory cautioning travelers to and from the Philippines due to a measles outbreak in that Southeast Asian country. Following this development, Public Health’s Immunization Program manager Jeremy Sasamoto urged parents to bring their children to any of the Commonwealth Healthcare Centers’ public health […]

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Mabuhay! Shouts Romeo Balboa as he proudly unfurls a Philippine flag at the base camp of Mt. Everest in Nepal. This photo was taken from his Facebook page.

Prominent LA based Fil-Am photog unfurls RP flag in Mt. Everest

By Abner Galino PROMINENT Los Angeles based Filipino American lensman Romeo Balboa has achieved a new milestone in his colorful life: He just unfurled the Philippine flag at the base camp of the world famous Mt. Everest in Nepal. Nevertheless, even if he wanted to, Romeo wouldn’t be able to reach the summit of the mountain as it is temporarily […]

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Advocates warn against citizenship inquiry during 2020 Census

Advocates warn against citizenship inquiry during 2020 Census

By Abner Galino CIVIL Rights advocates recently criticized US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ decision to include the inquiry on citizenship in the 2020 Census. The critics said the question would cause many people, particularly those belonging to communities of color and immigrants, to shy away from the Census which could result in inaccurate counts. During a recent telebriefing organized […]

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Noypitz returns, Kapistahan closes

By Abner Galino A FILIPINO restaurant that has been gone for five years has re-opened as another in the heart of Filipinotown in Los Angeles bade goodbye to its clientele. Noypitz Bar and Grill officially opened its doors again to its Filipino American clients at noontime Saturday last week. The ribbon cutting was officiated by Philippine Consul General in Los […]

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Cebu Pacific looking into claims its staff stole from a Balikbayan luggage

By Benjie Lim Vergara THE management of Cebu Pacific Air has ordered a thorough investigation of the pilferage allegations by a Balikbayan who claimed to have lost a number of valuable personal effects from her luggage after she flew in to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Hong Kong. In a press statement on Monday, the CEB said they are […]

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Bernardo Bernardo

Los Angeles artists and performers to hold tribute for Bernardo Bernardo

By Abner Galino ARTISTS, performers, community leaders and fans, whose lives were touched by the art and empathy of Bernardo Bernardo are paying him tribute at the Filipino Cultural Center next Saturday. The April 21 event is dubbed as “A tribute to Bernardo Bernardo: a musical, cultural and creative arts extravaganza.” The occasion is being spearheaded by the Filipino American […]

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OFW Pahima Alagasi (right), who suffered serious burns when her employer’s mother allegedly poured boiling water on her back in 2014, receives her two months' worth of salary from Saudi Arabian Deputy Interior Minister Nasser Al-Daood (center) at the Ministry of Interior in Riyadh. With them is Ambassador Adnan Alonto (left). DFA photo

Scalded OFW is finally home after four years of legal battle in KSA

By Benjie Lim Vergara FINALLY after four years of trying to return to home, Pahima Alagasi, a 26-year old Filipina domestic helper, was repatriated on Friday from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she reportedly was scalded by her sadistic employer. Pahima, who arrived via Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR655, was accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to Riyadh Adman Alonto. She was […]

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Poetry Reading in San Pedro, CA

Poetry Reading in San Pedro, CA

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State senatorial candidate Mike Eng is flanked by Filipino American leaders (from left to right) Art Garcia, Grace Barrios, Fernandico Gonong and Johnny Chua. Photo © Abner Galino

California State senatorial bet honors memory of Fil-Am leader

By Abner Galino AS he continues to make his rounds of communities in the San Gabriel Valley, California state senatorial candidate Mike Eng has been praising the legacy of Filipino American political leader Gonzalo “Monty” Manibog. Eng has been telling people that he lives in a street that was named Bataan by then former Monterey City Councilman Manibog to honor […]

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