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Miss Zambia Isabel Chikoti tries the national costume created for her by Filipino designer Carl Andrada at the dressing of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas during the 2017 Miss Universe pageant. Photo © Tony Garcia

Pinoy designer gets a crack at Ms. Universe

A BUDDING Filipino fashion designer from Los Angeles had the opportunity to show off his creativity in the runway of the recently concluded Ms. Universe 2017 pageant held in Las Vegas. Carl Andrada’s design, which was worn by Miss Zambia Isabel Chikoti, didn’t make it to the top 10 best national costumes. It was Miss Japan Momoko Abe who won […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment, News
Pinoy Houston TV’s exemplary service to the community recognized

Pinoy Houston TV’s exemplary service to the community recognized

HOUSTON, Texas – THE Caribbean Chamber of Commerce recognized Pinoy Houston TV’s exemplary service to the community by presenting it with the APEX Media Award during its formal celebration of the Caribbean Heritage Month last Saturday. The APEX Award is given annually to Houston organizations for their achievements in Local News, New Business, Education, Community Service, and more. Aside from […]

by Daniella Flanagan· · 2 comments · Diaspora, News
Old South Border poster Image © by Abner Galino

South Border “originals” to hold reunion concert in Los Angeles

MORE than a decade ago, South Border — the band behind the infinite love song “Kahit Kailan,” bade goodbye to its two vocalists Vince Alaras and Duncan Ramos after which the rest of the band migrated to the United States. The band members had to leave the “South Border” in the Philippines even when most of them remained engaged with […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment
American food connoisseurs Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern. Image © https://nationalvanguard.org

Filipino food trending in the culinary world — Bourdain and Zimmern

ANTHONY Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern, two renowned American food connoisseurs, said the current trending of Filipino food in the United States would lead to its rise in the culinary world. Since the two iconic American food connoisseurs have been proclaiming the eventual trending of Filipino food in the United States, it should be noted that their forecasts stemmed from sincere […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Filipino actor Mon Confiado poses with Stateside co-star American actress Olivia Hultgren during a cocktail party shortly after the movie’s screening. Photo ©  Abner Galino

“Stateside” see its first screening in Los Angeles

CHALLENGING is an understatement when used to describe producing a film here in Los Angeles where, as we all know, the legendary Hollywood is situated. So, more than a year after the makers, the crew and the cast of the movie “Stateside” held a press conference to announce the then impending screening of their movie, it was only last November […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Entertainment, Events
Guests to the launching of the 2017-2018 Leelin’s VIP Rewards Loyalty Sweepstakes raise the thumbs up sign as they are led by “Momsy” Leelin (seated 7th from left). With her is her son and Leelin Bakery and Café founder Menard (seated 6th from left) and her grandson Michael (seated 5th from left). On her right is Philippine Air Lines (PAL) LAX area manager Michelle Narvaez. Also present are Cerritos Councilor Frank Yokoyama (seated 4th from left), host Thelma Sugay (standing 1st from left), singer Jaime Bacani (standing 3rd from left) and former wrestler Brittany Fetkin (standing 5th from left).

Pinoy bakery renews “Trip to the Philippines prize contest”

A RENOWNED Filipino Bakery and Cafe in Southern California this month has relaunched its popular Loyalty Rewards contest that offers free round trip tickets to the Philippines and a culinary tour as prizes in a bid to promote the country’s culture and heritage. Leelin Bakery and Cafe, in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Philippine Airlines, relaunched […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Fil-Am youths show up for what could be last “Hollywood march”

Fil-Am youths show up for what could be last “Hollywood march”

MORE than a hundred Filipino American youths showed up Saturday last week for what could be the last of the highly successful annual “Hollywood march” for Filipino World War II veterans. Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) National Coordinator Al P. Garcia said the Los Angeles Police Commission has informed the organizers that they will no longer be given permit […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Consul General Adelio Angelito s. Cruz (seated extreme right) listens to a performance of Grupong Pendong during the 20the anniversary celebration of the Pilipino Workers Center. Photo © Teodoro Yap

Undocumented Filipino Pulitzer prize winning journalist honored

UNDOCUMENTED Filipino Pulitzer award winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was honored by the Pilipino Workers Center, one of the most successful non-profit organizations serving Filipino and Filipino American workers in the United States, last Wednesday during its 20th anniversary celebration in downtown Los Angeles. The PWC said the honor was in recognition of Vargas’ advocacy to help undocumented Filipinos in […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Critically acclaimed PH movie “Birdshot” shown in Asian World Film Festival in Culver City, California

Critically acclaimed PH movie “Birdshot” shown in Asian World Film Festival in Culver City, California

CRITICALLY acclaimed Philippine movie “Birdshot” was among the foreign films screened in the just concluded 3rd Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) in Culver City, California. A festival organizer said Birdshot’s screening was well attended and amply supported by the staff of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles. Almost simultaneously, Birdshot won in the recently concluded Los Angeles Philippine International […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment, News
Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz Photo © Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles California

No Filipino was hurt in Texas gun rampage – Consul General

NO ONE from the more than 7,000 Filipinos residing in San Antonio, Texas was hurt in the recent gun rampage that claimed the lives of 28 people. This was confirmed by Los Angeles based Philippine Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz in a Facebook post as where he also condole with the victims of the tragedy which also wounded 20 other […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Pamana ng Lahi exhibit  closes on high notes

Pamana ng Lahi exhibit closes on high notes

THE month-long exposition dubbed Pamana ng Lahi at the Filipino Cultural Center in Los Angeles concluded on high notes last Saturday. Jason “JhayO” Otamias, a boxing photo enthusiast from Torrance, won the 1st place in the “Best Picture of the Year” photography contest. Bienvenido Sibug and Irwin Jazmines placed second and third respectively. The three photographers won trophies and cash […]

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Ai-Ai delas Alas bags best actress award PH International Film Festival in Los Angeles

ACTRESS-comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas won the Best Actress award in the recently concluded Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival where critically acclaimed Filipino movies, Imbisibol and Birdshot, tied for the Best Picture Award. Ai Ai was adjudged best actress for her moving portrayal of an aging prostitute in a rundown whorehouse in the red light district of Angeles City in […]

by Abner Galino· · 2 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment, News
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 […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
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 […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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 […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
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 […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Culture and the Arts, Diaspora, News
Dr. Laura Torres-Souder Photo © Guam Pacific Daily News

“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