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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.)   […]

by Vics Magsaysay, Ph.D.· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Events, News
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). […]

Janice Javier to sing with musician father in LA (To raise funds for the rehab of her voice)

Janice Javier to sing with musician father in LA (To raise funds for the rehab of her voice)

By Abner Galino ROLANDO “Rollie” Javier used to be the “famous” musician in the family. After all, he had a short stint with the “Hotdog,” the popular Filipino band that set out the classic songs “Manila” and “Annie Batongbakal” into the airwaves. “That was 1978,” Rollie recalled, “I stayed with them for a short while until I got into another […]

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US considers restrictions on green cards for immigrants receiving public benefits

By RT THE Trump administration may deny green cards to legal immigrants, both living in the US or just seeking to enter, if they have been dependent on certain public benefits, like housing vouchers, Medicaid or food stamps. The possible new restriction on migration policy was proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Saturday. The proposal could make […]

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Nietes and Palicte exchange blows during their fight last week at the The Forum in Inglewood, California.  Photo by Jhay Otamias

Pinoy vs Pinoy fights fail to excite fans

By Abner Galino BOXING fans are probably the most uninhibited of all sports fans. And when fights were boring, they certainly knew the things to shout away to unshackle themselves from the humdrum. That’s just what exactly happened last September 8 at “The Forum” in Inglewood, California. That Saturday had been touted for its historic significance for Philippine boxing fans […]

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Hollywood welcomes RP’s Wish bus 107.5

Hollywood welcomes RP’s Wish bus 107.5

By Abner Galino THE Philippines’ iconic radio bus, known as the Wish Bus 107.5, has been duplicated in Los Angeles — a city known as the world’s entertainment capital. The choice of Filipino American YouTube sensation AJ Rafael as the Wish bus USA’s first performer on board provided a somewhat encapsulated message as to the purpose of the gargantuan undertaking. […]

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Fil-Ams’ McDonalds prank went viral

Fil-Ams’ McDonalds prank went viral

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, Tx – Two of my dearest Pinoy pares, kaibigans made it their mission this summer to take on the challenge of Asian Americans Pacific Islanders representation in the media. The success of Crazy Rich Asians pushed #AAPI Representation to the forefront of conversation in the media right after the smashing success of Black Panther. As the […]

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Northern Marianas Trades Institute seeks collaboration with Philippines’ TESDA

Northern Marianas Trades Institute seeks collaboration with Philippines’ TESDA

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Northern Marianas Trades Institute is looking to collaborate with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA, one of the biggest technical institutes in the Philippines. NMTI human resources officer Frank Rebauliman said he, board vice chair Joseph Torres and director Herman B. Cabrera and House Speaker Ralph Demapan flew to Manila last Aug. 13 […]

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“Restorative care villages” to augment fight vs homelessness in Los Angeles

By Abner Galino THE Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to bring “restorative care villages” to county facilities as part of its wide-ranging initiative to fight homelessness. These so-called “restorative care villages” are a key element in the county’s ambitious efforts to reduce and prevent homelessness. It would seek to bring urgently needed interim housing to patients […]

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JNS members pose with supporters shortly after losing their championship bid at the America’s Got Talent last Tuesday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  Photo by Abner Galino

High heel shoe-wearing Pinoy all-male dance crew exits AGT

By Abner Galino THE run of the high heel shoe-wearing Junior New System in the 13th season of the popular America’s Got Talent has ended but their legacy as the only Filipino dance crew that has gone so far in the said competition will surely live on. The all-male Pinoy dance crew was eliminated last September 5, during an hour-long […]

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An LA County sheriff shows the tracking device that will be installed on county helicopters to track missing persons under the project “LA Found.” Looking on are LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn (5th from the left on the background) and LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. Photo by Abner Galino

LA County helps families keep sight of loved ones with autism, dementia

By Abner Galino THE County of Los Angeles last week launched a countywide program dubbed as “L.A. Found,” which was aimed at quickly finding persons with autism, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease whenever they wander and go missing. The Wednesday launching of the project was led by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Sheriff Jim McDonnell, and Cynthia Banks, director of […]

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