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LA councilmember Mitch O’farrel stresses a point during a speech before Filipino-American civil rights advocates in downtown LA last Saturday (February 25). Photo © Abner Galino

EDSA revolution examined, remembered in Los Angeles

“THERE is hope. There is strength in numbers.”Thus said Los Angeles Council member Mitch O’farrel as parting words to Filipino-American social justice advocates after he gave a brief speech in a symposium titled “People and the power of resistance — an occasion held to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Philippine’s People Power revolution,” which is also known as EDSA […]

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Philippine Consulate to hold outreach program in Texas

Philippine Consulate to hold outreach program in Texas

THE Philippine Consulate General will hold an outreach program in Dallas, Texas this month to help Filipinos renew their passports without going through the hassle of traveling to Los Angeles, California. Specifically, the outreach will be conducted on March 18 and 19 at the 4343 Sigma Road, Dallas Events Center Suite 600, Farmers Branch, TX 75244. The outreach program is […]

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SAnti-Trump protesters carrying banners and placards Photo © Abner Galino

Precarious times for immigrants in US

THE time has become more precarious for immigrants, legal or undocumented, in the United States of America. This is according to immigration lawyers and advocates who participated in a national press call hosted by New America Media and Ready California on Wednesday (February 8). Sally Kinoshita, deputy director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), advised undocumented immigrants under detention […]

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LA Catholic Fil-Ams celebrate Bishop Solis’s promotion

FILIPINO-American Catholics in Los Angeles expressed jubilation over the appointment of Filipino-born Bishop Oscar Solis, as the new head of the Diocese of Salt Lake City in Utah. Solis, 63, currently an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will fill a nearly two year vacancy in Salt Lake City after Bishop John Charles Wester was appointed to lead […]

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Lester and his family reunited  after seven years

OFW reunites with family on Christmas time after 7 years

(Last of a two-part series)LESTER Ramos used to be a materials controller in a gadget plant in General Trias, Cavite — a job that was usually held by people who have engineering background. But Lester, who rose from the ranks, said he got the job through sheer hard work and experience. “Kapag nagtrabaho po kasi ako, pinag-aaralan ko po talagang mabuti,” […]

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Lester and his family reunited  after seven years

OFW family reunites on Christmas time after 7 years

  (First of two parts) Here’s a merry Christmas story. On a rundown sofa inside a two-bedroom apartment in Buena Park sits Lester, 41, his wife Rudilyn, 38, son Lance Daniel, 11 and daughter Leah Anne, 8. Beside them is an amply decorated five-foot Christmas tree. It is the first time, says Lester, that his family has made a Christmas […]

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Freddie Roach takes another Pinoy fighter under his wings

ANOTHER Filipino boxer has placed the fate of his boxing career into the hands of the famous Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Mercito Gesta, 29, who is presently based in San Diego and fights in the lightweight division, is moving to Los Angeles early next year to train at the Wild Card Gym, which by itself is a well-known place. […]

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The newly crowned Philippine Children’s Charities Inc. (PCCI) Ambassadress Miss Teen Philippines-USA Universe 2016 Angelique Cobilla; Miss Teen Philippines-USA International 2016 Kyrsten Rioveros; Miss Teen Philippines-USA World 2016 Rheana Ocampo; Miss Teen Philippines-USA California 2016 Yasmin Savalan; Miss Philippines USA Universe 2016 Nerfitte Wanzo; Miss Philippines-USA International 2016 Jasmine Morada; Miss Philippines-USA California 2016 Danielle Viral; Mrs. Philippines-USA Universe 2016 Dory Bagallian; Mrs. Philippines-USA International 2016 Leenda Balauag; Mrs. Philippines-USA World 2016 Leilani King; and Mrs. Philippines USA California 2016 Judith Catigan. Photo © Abner Galino

PCCI’s newly crowned queens to lead RP aid missions

RIGHT after being crowned 11 ambassadress — four of them teeners, seven ladies, including four housewives;  — pledged to lead the feeding and medical missions to the Philippines as part of the continuing project of the Philippine Children’s Charities Inc. (PCCI) for the poor. The newly crowned PCCI Ambassadress are: Miss Teen Philippines-USA Universe 2016 Angelique Cobilla; Miss Teen Philippines-USA International […]

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Fil-Am groups laud Los Angeles Justice Fund

FILIPINO American immigration advocates have lauded the efforts of the political leaders of Los Angeles (LA) country, led by Mayor Eric Garcetti of the City of LA, to protect undocumented immigrants from awaited onslaught as political administration changes in Washington D.C. The project to set up a $10 million so-called LA Justice Fund was hailed by Filipino American immigrant right […]

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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 2 The Gym, the Frog and the Chicken MY doctors advised, no, I think warned more than recommended, that I SHOULD do some REGULAR exercises to keep my blood pressure down and help my slowly deteriorating internal organs. I MUST, they say, lose a bit (fine! More than a bit) of my flabs and weight; my husband couldn’t agree […]

High Mass during Simbang Gabi Photo © Abner Galino

Fil Ams pack the L.A. Cathedral for Simbang Gabi

THOUSANDS of Filipino Americans flocked to the Our Lady of the Angels church in downtown Los Angeles on Friday (December 15) for the opening of the nine-day traditional Simbang Gabi (now on its 14th year in LA). A parade of Parol (Christmas lanterns) started the celebration. Dozens of parol were carried by ministers from different parishes of the pastoral regions […]

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Ms. Bernie Targa Ganon Photo © Asian Journal

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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NUJP-Los Angeles officers and members Photo © Asian Journal

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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Fil-Am protest rally in Los Angeles

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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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who sponsored the Congressional Gold Medal Award legislation in the House, congratulates Filipino World War II veteran Rudy Panaglima following passage of the Congressional Gold Medal bill. CONTRIBUTED Photo © https://globalnation.inquirer.net

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 […]

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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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FMC members in one of their protest actions Photo © https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiWYKqADhJo

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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Angelo Maristela and one of his artworks on display

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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Gabriel-USA panelists Photo  © Abner Galino

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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