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5th Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan celeb slated on June 3

  THE 5th Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan Parade has been scheduled on the morning of June 03, 2017, a Saturday. This was learned recently after the Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan Organizing Committee made the announcement as it enjoined Filipino-American organizations to participate in the annual event. Art Garcia, one of the organizers said assembly area would be parking area of the Silverlake Medical […]

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Eat Bulaga’s Kalye Serye jiggles Pasadena, California

Eat Bulaga’s Kalye Serye jiggles Pasadena, California

FANS of the Kalye Serye, the popular segment of “Eat Bulaga!” filled Pasadena Civic Auditorium to the brim on Sunday (April 9) and gave a resounding proof to the vitality of AlDub, the love team that was created in the same segment. Kalye Serye is a semi-scripted, reality TV-style comedy episode on the longest running variety TV show in the […]

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Fil-Am whiz kid Robert Malate with MHS Principal Cherlyn Cabrera Photo © Lyn Lirio

Fil-Am whiz kid from Saipan accepted to Harvard University

HARVARD University and Dartmouth College, two of America’s premier learning institutions belonging to the elite Ivy League schools, have accepted a talented 18-year old senior public high school student from Saipan fulfilling his dream to enter in one of the United States’ best school. Robert Jomar Malate, whose father Roberto and mother Theresa are both Filipino descent, got the surprise […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Consul General Adelio Adelito S. Cruz assists a Filipino WW II veteran cut the ribbon to open the exhibit at the Philippine Consulate office. Also in photo are volunteers who portray Philippine Scouts during WW II and another one who portrays US Army General Douglas MacArthur. On the far right is Gil Mislang, leader of Lt. Alexander Nininger of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society. Photo © Abner Galino

World War II exhibit opens at PH Consulate in LA

AN EXHIBIT of World War II artifacts recently opened at the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles as part of a month-long endeavor to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic Bataan Death March. Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, led the cutting of the ribbon to open the exhibit on Monday night (April […]

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Pabasa ng “Pasyong Mahal”  in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown

Pabasa ng “Pasyong Mahal” in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown

PABASA ng Pasyong Mahal, arguably the centerpiece celebration of the Holy Week by Filipino Catholics, is unfolding on its third year at the historic Filipinotown in downtown Los Angeles. Bernie Targa-Ganon, president of Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC), said the Lenten Week tradition, commonly referred only either as Pabasa or Pasyon, is going to be held at […]

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Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz stresses a point during a press briefing at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall for the Bataan Death March commemoration activities in Los Angeles. Beside him is Dr. Jenny Batongmalaque of the Filipino Veterans Foundation.     					Photo by Abner Galino

Fil-American Bataan vets to be honored in Los Angeles

“SUCH heroism and gallantry must not be forgotten.” Thus said Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, referring to an estimated 80,000 captured Filipino and American soldiers who were forced to march by the Japanese Imperial Army on a 70-mile route — from the Bataan peninsula to the nearby province of Tarlac — during […]

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Sword of Damocles hangs over the heads of DACA recipients

  THE Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) remains intact but the proverbial “sword of Damocles” hangs over the heads of its 750,000 recipients nationwide as the Trump administration continue to manifest an anti-immigrant tendency. Although Donald Trump was heard saying during the presidential campaign that he would take care of the “Dreamers” (the popular term for undocumented persons brought […]

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PH expresses concern about Filipino contract workers in Saipan

PHILIPPINE Consul General Marciano R. De Borja on Tuesday expressed concern over the fate of Filipino contract workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands to be affected by the visa extension denials. De Borja made known the Philippine government’s concern during his courtesy visit to CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres. He said thousands of Filipino workers will be affected […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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Diwang Pinay comes to Pasadena playhouse

NO ONE could tell your story better than you could. And Diwang Pinay (Spirit of the Filipina), a multidimensional cultural show conceptualized by the women advocacy group Gabriela, is a step towards that direction — providing the venue for those who would tell their own their stories of journey and struggle. On Sunday, March 19, 2017, ten females, six of them […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz Photo © Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles California

Consulate General in LA helps to protect rights of legal, undocumented Pinoy workers

LOS ANGELES (LA)-Philippine Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz recently called on documented and undocumented Filipino workers to avail of the services of the Philippine Consulate if they have issues or concerns regarding their employments. Cruz made the call shortly after the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles renewed an agreement with the United States Department of Labor-Wage and Hour […]

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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,” […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Feature Story
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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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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