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Fil-Ams bring Himig Pasko to Hollywood

  PROFESSIONAL and amateur performers took the stage on Saturday night (December 10) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood to showcase traditional Filipino Christmas songs, dances and poetry during the “Himig Pasko” show. Organized by the Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) and the United Nations for Human Rights (UNHR), the show coincided with the celebration of the […]

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Ampatuan massacre victims honored by LA journalists

A SIMPLE but moving presentation was held by members of the National Union of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP) – USA chapter and their allies in downtown Los Angeles on November 22 to commemorate the people who perished in the infamous Maguindanao massacre that happened seven years ago. Emceed by community leader and columnist Art Garcia and led by NUJP-USA chair […]

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Group of LA Fil-Ams blames Duterte for Marcos burial at LNMB

  AS the Philippines celebrated the birthday of its great plebeian hero Andres Bonifacio last Nov. 30, a motley group of Filipino Americans demonstrated in front of the Philippine Consulate office in downtown Los Angeles to denounce the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte for its alleged responsibility in the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng […]

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US Congress Oks awarding of gold medals to Filipino veterans

  THE United States House of Representatives has unanimously passed the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 (S.1555), which also solidly passed the Senate in July. The bill was jointly sponsored by Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (Democrat-Hawaii) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat-Hawaii). Rep. Joseph Heck (Republican-Nevada) was a lead co-sponsor. The bill, which was actively […]

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Migrante NJ responds to Trump election, holds free legal clinic

Migrante NJ responds to Trump election, holds free legal clinic

JERSEY City, NJ – Migrante New Jersey, a Jersey City based Filipino immigrant and workers’ rights organization, held a free legal clinic on immigration Sunday in response to what the organizers called “climate of fear and uncertainty” caused by the recent election to the presidency by Donald Trump. The legal clinic, which was held at Pope Hall, Saint Peter’s University, […]

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“With Child” vies for Indie spirit award in AFI film fest

WITH Child, I find out quickly, is not an idiom to say pregnant but a literal description of a widowed construction worker who had to bring his four-month-old daughter into his workplace and everywhere else. That “child” is Riley — left to the care of his construction worker dad Auden Price (played by Kerry van der Griend) when her mom […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment
Filipino-Ams and vets rallies against racism

Filipino-Ams and vets rallies against racism

  HUNDREDS of Filipino Americans, mostly youths, held a protest rally last Nov. 11 in the world famous Hollywood street to denounce an act of racism that happened 70 years ago, and has not been fully rectified since, against the Filipino World War II veterans, a belated report said yesterday. Organized by Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), the annual […]

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Non profit orgs offer tips for undocumented immigrants (Los Angeles will defy Trump’s anti-immigrant policy)

BIG crowd demonstrations in Los Angeles against President-elect Donald Trump, appeared to have ended on Tuesday — a day after students converged on Mariachi Plaza, a get-together spot for the city’s musicians, and marched to City Hall. The students demonstrated for about an hour at the City Hall and returned to their classes afterwards. Despite the lull, tension remain in Los Angeles […]

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FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

PART 1 Why oh why?!! ONE may believe that here in the Middle East, it is very easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. Despite government, community, and private sectors’ efforts to promote fitness, individuals still get infected by this “sitting disease.” Why not? Most parts of the region are populated largely by working expats or locals who are business […]

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Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti calls for sobriety after two nights of protests

  LOS Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today called for sobriety as the looming presidency of Donald Trump continue to spark protests in the city, in other parts of California and in the US, in general. Mayor Eric Garcetti released the following statement: “I understand that the results of Tuesday’s election are painful for many of us, and this kind of […]

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Pinoy artist from Qatar brings his art to the US

AN internationally recognized Filipino artist, who has spent the last seven years impressing sheiks, businessmen and other bigshots in Doha, Qatar is currently in the United States to continue spreading the allure of his remarkable artistry. Angelo Maristela, who had employed his God-given talent since he was a teenager back in the Philippines, recently participated in a one-day group exhibit […]

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Gabriela comes out with “Strength in Our Stories” forum (In reaction to NBC Universal’s “Mail Order Family”)

  AS they gained momentum from stopping NBC Universal’s “Mail Order Family” into becoming a TV sitcom, Gabriela-USA recently held “Strength in Our Stories” forum in Los Angeles that seeks to provide true-to-life narratives of Filipinos victimized by human traffickers. A video of Jamie (not her real name), a supposed victim of human trafficking was shown to an audience of […]

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A 16-year-old lass from San Diego bags Queen of Asian Pacific 2016 crown

A 16-year-old lass from San Diego bags Queen of Asian Pacific 2016 crown

JENA Mafnas Serrano, a 16-year-old stunner from San Diego, California is the 2016 Queen of Asia Pacific (QAP). Serrano bested 12 other candidates and was crowned on Sunday night (October 16) at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. All 13 candidates were presented on stage wearing evening gowns during a sequence of various performance numbers. The pageant was weaved into […]

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Filipino short film “Caretaker” wins in Egypt

Filipino short film “Caretaker” wins in Egypt

By Ricky Lee THE short film “Caretaker,” directed by advocacy filmmaker Seymour Barros Sanchez and produced by Red Room Media Productions, recently won second place in the short fiction category of the sixth CAM International Festival for Short Films in Cairo, Egypt. The film, which is co-written by Kristine Camille Sulit and Sanchez, is about a newly hired custodian of a […]

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Talent search in Houston…

Talent search in Houston…

Paraluman Productions is searching for young talents in the Fiipino community. The goal is to give opportunity to kids to showcase their talents and inspire them to learn something about their cultural heritage. So kids aged 3-10 are encouraged to sing, dance, act, in Filipino. If they sing an English song, they can translate at least two lines of it in Tagalog or […]

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A Pinoy wins in the “Price is Right” TV contest

  A 39-year-old Filipino from Mississippi turned into an instant celebrity after appearing in a popular TV game show “The Price is Right” and winning about $8,600 worth of giveaways from the show. Ernesto Paras Jr., a physical therapist, has been in the local newspapers, local TV and radio stations in Greenville, Mississippi. “I am enjoying all the attention, I […]

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Honor Thy Father is LAPIFF best picture

  HONOR Thy Father, a movie that starred John Lloyd Cruz, was adjudged Best Picture in the recently concluded Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF). The movie, which revolves on an investment scam that subsequently forced its main character to commit another crime, bested nine other movies in a three-day film festival where seven other short films and three […]

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GABRIELA presses on with protest vs NBC despite “Mail Order Family” shelving

  GABRIELA-USA members and allied organizations of Filipino Americans pressed on to get NBC Universal to commit itself to the fight against human trafficking despite the TV network’s shelving of the controversial “Mail Order Family” sitcom. In a press conference held in front of the NBC Universal office in Los Angeles last week morning, leaders of Filipino American organizations took […]

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October is Filipino American History Month

  WHY October? Because the first recorded presence of Filipinos in what is now known as the United States of America was on October 1587 around Morro Bay, California. That landing made Filipino sailors the first Asians in North America. How did the Filipino American History Month become an official celebration? Well, it is a long story but to cut […]

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NBC scraps its planned Mail Order Family program following social media firestorm

THE National Broadcasting Corporation has announced that it is scrapping Mail Order Family, a comedy about a widowed father who mail order a Filipina bride to help raise two teen aged daughters. The decision was apparently an offshoot of protests and other adverse reactions coming from different quarters on social media, particularly from the Asian-American community. “We purchased the pitch […]

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Firestorm meets NBC’s “Mail Order Family” sitcom project

A FIRESTORM has greeted a giant television network’s announcement of a comedy show series that would revolve around the story of a Filipina mail order bride. As the news circulated about the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) giving the green light for the production of the sitcom “Mail Order Family,” Asian Americans and other concerned personalities took to twitter and other […]

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Sixteen starving Filipino seafarers seeking government help after being abandoned and stranded in Thailand by their employer

BANGKOK, Thailand — Sixteen Filipino and five Romanian mariners are now reportedly starving in Thailand after allegedly being abandoned by their employer in an apparent bid to evade financial responsibility. This was learned on Tuesday by Beyond Deadlines during an interview with Rev. Fr. Dave Hinay, Laem Chabang Port chaplain. He said the Filipino seafarers, crews of the Liberian ship […]

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Filipino-Americans hail Gov. Brown’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

FILIPINO-Americans hailed California Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate bill (SB) 1015 which permanently enshrined the so-called “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights” into the state’s Labor Code. Brown’s action will affect an estimated 300,000 domestic workers in California — about 11 percent of them are Filipinos. Aquilina Soriano Versoza, executive director of Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), said it was hard […]

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Abrogate all US-RP defense treaties — Bayan-USA

THE chairperson of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-United States of America (Bayan-USA), a Filipino nationalist organization, urged the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to abrogate all of the country’s military agreements with the USA. Bernadette Ellorin made the call on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Senate’s rejection of a treaty that should have prolonged the stay of […]

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Kontra Libing organizers call US-wide protest a success

THE organizers of the United States-wide protests against the planned burial of the late dictator and former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB ) on Saturday said the Sept. 7 mass action was a “resounding success.” The U.S. based Kontra Libing Coalition (KLC) and the Movement Against The Dictator’s Internment (MADI)-USA made this assertion after an evaluation […]

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