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Indy 500 racing rising star Neil Alberico (center) poses with former Carson City Mayor Jim Dear and a female fan after the Philippine tourism department’s “Bring Home a Friend” kick off ceremony at the Carson City Community Center on Friday.

PH tourism’s “bring home a friend” kicks off in LA

THE Philippine Department of Tourism on Friday has kicked off IN Los Angeles the old “Bring Home a Friend” campaign in Carson City. The kick off ceremony was highlighted by the presentation of the DoT’s Filipino American Ambassadors of Goodwill that included LA Lakers rising star Jordan Clarkson, boxer Brian Viloria and racing upcoming idol Neil Alberico. Alberico, however, was […]

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Pamana ng Lahi participating artists (from left to right) Magoo Valencia, Boi Sibug, Vics Magsaysay (standing 4th from left), Luz Spanks (seated 7th from left) Sal Floriano (seated) and Johnny Otilano (seated). Also in photo are PILAC president Bernie Targa-Ganon (seated 5th from left), FACLA 1st vice president Pol Julian (standing 2nd from right) and FACLA 2nd vice president Art Garcia (seated extreme right). 	                                                Photo © Vics Magsaysay

Pamana ng Lahi is now set to receive entries for “Best Picture of the Year” for its photo contest

THE ongoing Pamana ng Lahi, a month-long art and photography exposition at the Filipino Cultural Center in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, is now set to receive entries for its “Best Picture of the Year” photo contest. Bernie Targa-Ganon, president of Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) said trophies and cash prizes await would-be winners to the […]

Filipino American youths mass up at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar St. for the annual march, which has become known as the Fil-Am Hollywood March, to seek justice for Filipino World War II veterans. The photo was taken in November 2016. Photo © Abner Galino

Filipino American youths readies for annual Hollywood march for Vets

THE Rescission Act of 1946 took away from Filipino-American veterans and their families the benefits, rights, privileges and recognition that they deserved and since then the wait for the government of the United States of America to rectify the monumental mistake has been on, 71 years now to be exact. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” said Eddy Gana , one […]

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FACLA president Fernandico Gonong leads the cutting of the ribbon for Pamana ng Lahi exhibit on Wednesday night at the Filipino Cultural Center. With him are (from left to right) Consul Wilma Bautista, PILAC president Bernie Targa-Ganon, Consul Rea Oreta and Vics Magsaysay.

Great enthusiasm greets opening of Pamana ng Lahi expo in Los Angeles

FORMER California Assembly member Ray Haynes, Philippine columnist Ramon “Mon” Tulfo and other personalities on Wednesday graced the opening of the month-long photography and visual arts exposition Pamana ng Lahi at the Filipino Cultural Center in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz was not able to come as he […]

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Vegas shooter wired $100K to girlfriend before rampage

By Max Jaeger, New York Post; and wires THE week before to his rampage, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock wired $100,000 to the Philippines — where his live-in girlfriend would be Oct. 1, when he opened fire on a crowded outdoor festival thousands of miles away, it was revealed Monday. It is not clear exactly what the money was intended for, NBC […]

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Victims and former activists lighted candles, sang patriotic songs and chanted anti-Martial Law slogans after a forum held at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday (September 21), the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines.                                  Photo © Abner Galino

Why “moving on” is tough for PH Martial Law victims

ALMOST simultaneously as Filipino American youths were angrily remembering the 45th year when martial law was imposed in the Philippines in front of the consular office in Los Angeles, older members of the community held a forum at the nearby Pilipino Workers Center (PWC). One of the forum’s guests, Charice Nadal, was supposed to read a statement from Af3irm, a […]

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A piece of Vics Magsaysay’s splendid collection of photography of World Heritage sites in the Philippines as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

PH Consul General to grace Pamana ng Lahi exposition in Filipinotown, California

PHILIPPINE Consul General in Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz is set to attend the next month’s Pamana ng Lahi exposition at the Filipino Cultural Center in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles to show the government’s support for Filipino artists. Emily Manansala-Roberts, president emeritus of Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) made the announcement shortly after receiving […]

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“The indigenous people’s history is not the story of what other people did in their homeland” – Dr. Laura Souder

IN a bid to reclaim the history of indigenous people, Dr. Laura M. Torres Souder, a Chamorro historian, promotes indigenous revisionism by challenging the participants of the recent Third Marianas History Conference to free themselves from restrictions when telling the cultural heritage and history. “Indigenous revisionism is a form of writing history that is based on indigenous experience and what […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
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PH airport authorities preparing to receive hurricane Irma evacuees

THE Manila International Airport Authority is preparing to receive Filipinos fleeing from the devastation brought about by hurricane Irma in the American territory of Puerto Rico. The MIAA said at least 132 Filipinos are expected to arrive Wednesday night on board a Department of Foreign Affairs chartered Philippine Airlines flight. Among the expected evacuees are three expecting mothers, two elderly, […]

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Filipinotown, Los Angeles to hold month-long art and photography exposition

A VALUABLE photography collection on World Heritage sites in the Philippines, as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will be the main feature of a month-long exposition of arts and photography in Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles in October. The collection, a labor of love from multi-awarded artist, writer, poet, lensman and one of Beyond […]

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Pro-DACA rally in Los Angeles, California Photo © Abner Galino

More immigration advocates to sue US Pres. Donald Trump over DACA

AN advocate of the National Immigration Law Center bared plans to hale United States President Donald Trump to court for violating federal administrative law that prohibits the capricious reversal of of a reliant and well-established policy like the Deferred Actions on Childhood Arrivals or more commonly known as DACA. If filed, it will be among the many lawsuits all over […]

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Two masked protesters display their handmade signs as marchers mass up at MacArthur Park. Photo © Abner Galino

Thousands march in Los Angeles to support DACA

THOUSANDS of people from all walks of life and ethnic origins, including Filipino Americans, marched through the streets of Los Angeles to protest the Trump administration’s ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The protesters bearing handmade signs started massing up at 3 p.m. at MacArthur Park on Alvarado St. and moved through Echo Park Lake, and ended […]

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San Francisco de Borja church, Songsong Village, Rota island. Photo © http://northernmarianas.50webs.com

Marianas looking for funds to keep 130-year old convent

THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council and the Historic Preservation Office are looking for local funding to save the 130-year-old Convento in Rota, which has been standing since the late Spanish period. According to the Council’s executive director Scott Russell, there has been request over the last 20 years to demolish the building because it may be a safety-threat to students. […]

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Thousands of people marched through the streets of Los Angeles yesterday, each one of them carried a little message. Photo taken at the MacArthur Park where demonstrators massed up. Photo © Abner Galino

Tears of a Dreamer

LUIS Quiroz, a graduating student from San Francisco State University, was inside a bus and on his way to school when news broke that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been rescinded by the Trump administration. “I was kind of browsing the internet, reading through the headlines, when one comment has actually been made… I wasn’t prepared for […]

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Bagyo with comrades from the US Marine Corps during their tour of duty in Iraq. Image © Mark Villamac Ho a.k.a Bagyo

Iraq war veteran “Bagyo” fights the fight of his life

THE scorching daytime heat and the cold nights of the desert around the Al Numaniyah district in Iraq were all but sparse memories for Filipino-American Marine Sgt. Mark Villamac Ho, better known here in Los Angeles as “Bagyo” — the hip-hop artist. The invasion of Iraq resulted in deaths of more than 4,000 American soldiers who participated on two large-scale […]

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Beyond Deadlines on Howdy Philippines and Pinoy Houston TV YouTube #28– “Bayanihan and Harvey”

Kindly watch Beyond Deadlines’ segment at Howdy Philippines where Beyond Deadlines and PHTV reporters gave some updates about hurricane Harvey which left the City of Houston and nearby areas devastated. Thanks and God bless… The Beyond Deadlines on TV/YouTube segment was produced by the Houston, Texas based Pinoy Houston TV. The TV show time is every Saturday at 1 p.m. […]

Sweeney Mae, (second from left) marketing director of South Pavilion, joins the founders of Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF) Abe Pagtama, Jush Andowitt and Fe Koons (from left to right). Others are selection committee members, media people and supporters.                 Photo © Tony Garcia

THE Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival is back and getting better

THE Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival is back for its second year and hopefully it is for the long haul. As expected from any organization slogging the learning curve, LAPIFF went through a lot of challenges, the hardest of which was, of course, the money challenge. The money challenge is so difficult, as intimated by veteran Filipino American actor […]

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Beyond Deadlines on Howdy Philippines and Pinoy Houston TV YouTube #27– “Harvey”

Beyond Deadlines on Howdy Philippines and Pinoy Houston TV YouTube #27– “Harvey”

Kindly watch Beyond Deadlines’ segment at Howdy Philippines where yours truly and PHTV reporters gave some updates about hurricane Harvey which left the City of Houston and nearby areas devastated. Thanks and God bless… The Beyond Deadlines on TV/YouTube segment was produced by the Houston, Texas based Pinoy Houston TV. The TV show time is every Saturday at 1 p.m. […]

Hurricane Harvey causes destruction and flooding in Texas. Image © businessinsider.com

Hurricane Harvey left 18 people dead and billions worth of damages in Texas

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and JUAN LOZANO,Associated Press THE rains have stopped but hurricane Harvey left at least 18 people dead as of Wednesday morning and an estimated US$42 billion worth of damages in private properties and public infrastructures in the inland and coastal areas of Texas as it slowly grinds the neighboring state of Louisiana. At least 15,000 people were […]

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PH Department of Foreign Affairs expresses solidarity with victims of hurricane Harvey

THE Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has expressed its sympathies over the reported deaths in Texas in the wake of what has been described as one of the most devastating storms in the southern state’s history. Storm Harvey, which triggered massive flooding in Houston and surrounding areas, left at least five persons dead and more than a dozen injured, according […]

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