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Freddie Roach talks about  “feud” with Manny Pacquiao

Freddie Roach talks about “feud” with Manny Pacquiao

By Abner Galino HALL of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said on Tuesday that Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was more focused now and has been training better than when he was preparing to fight Australian fighter Jeff Horn. Roach reiterated to mediamen at the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles that Pacquiao’s very tight schedule while they were preparing for the […]

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Recruitment for All-Pinoy  Dragon Boat team in SC

Recruitment for All-Pinoy Dragon Boat team in SC

By Abner Galino ON January 19, veteran and upcoming dragon boat paddlers are coming together Mother’s Beach in Long Beach, California in an effort to put up a permanent All-Filipino dragon boat team for Southern California. Michelle Ebio, the organizer said she was optimistic that such a feat could be done. “I think we have enough players to build a […]

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US-based rights group to campaign for LP slate, Alejano and labor leaders

By Abner Galino THE Filipino American Human Rights Alliance recently announced that it would be supporting the eight Liberal Party senatorial candidates that included former military mutineer Rep. Gary Alejano. But Ago Pedalizo, FAHRA member, also pointed out that their group would also be supporting the senatorial bids of four other candidates identified with workers and farmers organization, namely: Leody […]

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The year that was for Filipino Americans in California

A 2018 yearender report by Abner Galino INDIVIDUALLY and as a community, Filipino Americans, one of the largest ethnic communities in southern California and in the entire state of California, posted remarkable achievements in the Year 2018. But this yearender isn’t all about achievements but more so on news that we think considerably affected or stirred the Filipino American community […]

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Angelo takes art at New York’s  Port Authority Bus Terminal

Angelo takes art at New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal

By Abner Galino FILIPINO artist Angelo Maristela has taken his art to the busy New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal in the world famous Times Square, presenting a preview of a special project he labeled: The Bread Series. The Bread Series is Angelo’s collection of popular known and ordinary people whom he thought have shared their proverbial “daily bread” with […]

Larry Itliong

Fil-Am pols join efforts for Larry Itliong-named St. in LA

By Abner Galino THE National Federation of Filipino American Associations, several Southern California-based organizations, and elected Filipino officials led by Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido and Carson Councilmember Lito Santarina, have endorsed the proposal to have a portion of the Temple Street in Los Angeles be renamed Larry Itliong Avenue. The proposal has been submitted to the Office of Los Angeles […]

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PWC among 25 overseas Filipinos, groups to receive Presidential Awards

PWC among 25 overseas Filipinos, groups to receive Presidential Awards

By Abner Galino A FILIPINO-American litigation lawyer C. Joe Sayas Jr. and the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California is among the 25 outstanding overseas Filipinos and foreign-based Filipino organizations to be conferred presidential awards by President Rodrigo Duterte in ceremonies to be held on Dec. 5 at the Malacañang Palace in Manila. Sayas, a noted attorney who has recovered […]

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Larry Itliong

Unionism takes center stage in LA’s Larry Itliong Day

By Abner Galino THE history of the first Filipino farm workers in the United States and their contributions to unionism, took the center stage last week during the celebration of the Larry Itliong Day in Los Angeles. The day-long celebration last Sautrday at the Unidad Park on Beverly Boulevard drew hundreds of visitors, most of them young Filipino Americans. A […]

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Pacquiao, Broner trade potshots in LA press con

Pacquiao, Broner trade potshots in LA press con

By Abner Galino FILIPINO boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and his would-be opponent Adrien Broner sportingly traded banters and potshots during a press conference Tuesday to promote their upcoming fight in Las Vegas next moth. Although there was never a moment of tension between the two fighters, the exchanges were salacious and lengthy which led Hall of Fame host Jim Gray […]

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Last year’s (November 2017) photo of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) rally in Hollywood. The yearly march has returned to the Filipinotown in the City of Los Angeles as the City of West Hollywood doesn’t want the Filipino American rally there anymore. Photo by Abner Galino

March for Pinoy veterans comes back to Filipinotown

By Abner Galino THE annual march that seeks justice for Filipino World War II veterans, which has been known as “Hollywood march for justice,” has returned to the historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. The City of West Hollywood has refused to issue rally permit to the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), the prime mover of the yearly demonstration. One […]

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Fil-Ams mobilize opposition to  “looming Philippine dictatorship”

Fil-Ams mobilize opposition to “looming Philippine dictatorship”

By Abner Galino MALAYA, a U.S.-based alliance against the killings in the Philippines, on Friday night held a forum in downtown Los Angeles to galvanize Filipinos and non-Filipinos to oppose President Rodrigo Duterte. The forum, “Voices From The Frontlines: Stories from the Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines and the Struggle for Justice,” was hosted by actress and activist Giselle […]

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Alejano inducts officers of Samahang Magdalo-US chapter

Alejano inducts officers of Samahang Magdalo-US chapter

By Abner Galino “As long as the purpose of God in your life is not yet done, you are immortal. Hindi ka mamamatay. Pero ‘pag ang purpose ng Diyos sa buhay mo ay tapos na, you could die anytime, even in your sleep.” Thus said Philippine legislator and opposition leader Rep. Gary Alejano before a crowd of Filipino Americans who […]

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Alaina Housley. Photo by Napa Valley Register

Fil-Am community still in shock over last Wednesday’s mass shooting

By Abner Galino THE Filipino community in Los Angles is still in shock over last Wednesday’s mass shooting in a bar in Thousand Oaks where a Fil-American college novice was among those who died. In a phone interview, Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, Adel S. Cruz, expressed sadness over the death of Alaina Housley, 18, a resident of Napa […]

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Filipino church vies for federal  historic monument status

Filipino church vies for federal historic monument status

By Abner Galino A RETIRED Philippine ambassador and career diplomat recently led a group of Filipino Americans in lobbying for the elevation of the Filipino Disciples Christian Church to the status of “historic cultural monument” at the US federal level. Rodolfo Dumapias joined a group of Filipino Americans at the Los Angeles City Hall last October 26 in a hearing […]

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Hate crimes continue to rise in LA County

THE Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) has reported that data on hate crimes in Los Angeles County in 2017 showed a five percent increase from the previous year. The LACCHR report said there were 508 hate crimes reported in the County in 2017. For the past four years, hate crimes have been trending upwards and there has […]

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10 early voting sites open on two weekends before Nov. 6 elections

LOS Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan has reminded voters they can vote early on the two weekends before the November 6 general elections. There will be 10 sites available for voters to cast their ballots early on this weekend (Oct. 27-28) and the weekend before Election Day (Nov. 3-4), according to Logan. Early voting is already underway at […]

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PH Community Center- Houston now open to serve the community

PH Community Center- Houston now open to serve the community

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX – Philippine Community Center, a project that had long been conceived, much talked about for many years now celebrated the fruition of a nearly 2 decade long dream with the 2018 Inaugural Ball last month. Sound Leadership It took 16 years to manifest the dream of having a Philippine Community Center in Houston, TX. The […]

One of the producers, Glenn Meehan, congratulates the cast and crew of People’s Queen during its launch at the Penthouse in West Hollywood.  Photo by Joe Cobilla

ABS CBN’s People’s Queen launches in Hollywood

By Abner Galino and Joy Marino* ABS CBN International has unwrapped its first English-speaking reality show Tuesday with an all-Asian cast in a fabulous launch party in West Hollywood. The show is titled: The People’s Queen. It will be jointly hosted by Cecilio “Cece” Asuncion and beauty pageant critic Voltaire Tayag. Asuncion is also the owner and director of Slay […]

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Jennifer Laude. Photo by philippinereporter.com

“Call her Ganda” screens in Los Angeles

By Abner Galino THE much talked about documentary about a transgender Filipina who was murdered by an American serviceman in Olongapo City four years ago got another screening in Los Angeles early this month. “Call her Ganda” is about murder victim Jennifer Laude, her mother Julita who pursued justice for her death, US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton (who was accused, […]

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Filipino American actor Abe Pagtama poses with “Unlovable” co-writer and main actress Charlene DeGuzman. The movie was directed by Suzi Yoonessi.  Photo by Gabe Pagtama

Can “Unlovable” get some love from Pinoy viewers?

By Abner Galino* I got four friends named “Joy” on my Facebook alone. Two of them are my real friends. And all of the four are Filipinas. Some 50 years of American colonization, which left more a than a million Filipinos dead during its first three years (Philippine-American War — February 1899 to July 1902), left us too with such […]

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Bernadette Manahan Sta. Maria: When Love, Passion and Art Touch Lives

Bernadette Manahan Sta. Maria: When Love, Passion and Art Touch Lives

By Vics Magsaysay, Buhay Amerika Beyond Deadlines is a media partner of this event. (Bernadette Manahan Sta. Maria is set for a solo exhibit at the Filipino Cultural Center on October 13, 2018. Her show is part of a month-long cultural presentations slated at the Historic Filipinotown in the City of Los Angeles to celebrate the Filipino American History Month.)   […]

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PNP Global Police Community Relations drumbeats in LA

PNP Global Police Community Relations drumbeats in LA

By Abner Galino A CONTINGENT from the Philippine National Police, particularly from its Police Community Relations Office went to Los Angeles last week (September 21) to drumbeat for their so-called “Global Police Community Relations” program. The chief of the PNP-PCRO, Chief Supt. Rhodel Sermonia, and his men held a town hall meeting at the Philippine Consulate Office in Los Angeles […]

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Filipino Americans, mostly youths, line up the sidewalk in front of the building that houses the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles to recall the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines. Photo by Ren Arrieta

Fil-Ams remember 46th Philippine martial law anniversary in LA

By Abner Galino ON September 21, just as a group from the Philippine National Police (PNP) was presenting the mechanics of one of their programs for overseas Filipinos in a building housing the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, a motley group of Filipino Americans demonstrated in front of the same building to denounce the 46th anniversary of the declaration […]

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Ian Cataluna at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Contributed photo.

Fil Am accepted in MIT’s prestigious engineering outreach program

By Lori Lyn Lirio MARIANAS High School Fil Am student Ian Rei Magno Cataluna was selected to participate in an engineering outreach program hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Out of 2,100 students who applied from across the U.S., only 100, including Cataluna, were accepted for MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community or MOSTEC. The program, according to […]

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2018 “Best Picture of the Year”  competition opens on October 1

2018 “Best Picture of the Year” competition opens on October 1

By Abner Galino THE 2018 “Best Picture of the Year” competition is set to open on October 1, as the Filipino American History Month is celebrated throughout the US. The photography contest, which is on its second year, is jointly sponsored by the Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA). […]