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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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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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A participant in an open mic event as Fil-Ams in Los Angeles celebrate Filipino-Americans sing and dance to celebrate Fil-Am History Month Photo © Abner Galino

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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The 16 stranded seafarers in Thailand asking asking help from President Rodrigo Duterte Photo © Rev. Fr. Dave Hinay

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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Youth leader Stephanie Sajor as she explains why she joins the protest. Photo ©
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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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Ship 2PH-C.U.R.E. seeks donations for its Moncada relief operation

THE Ship 2PH-C.U.R.E. organization is appealing to all Filipinos residing in the United States to contribute in the making to reality a relief operation to the poor barangays of Moncada, Tarlac which was badly hit by the recent El Nino phenomenon. Marie Mercado, a Houston, Texas based member of Ship 2PH-C.U.R.E., said Moncada was chosen by the organization for its […]

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Historic Filipinotown folks honor end of Buwan ng Wika, Magsaysay’s birthday

    AT the Historic Filipinotown (HFT) in Los Angeles, this year’s Buwan ng Wika did not lapse so silently. Thanks to some kindred souls who, at the close of the month of August, managed to put up a modest presentation that highlighted the significance of the Buwan ng Wika even among expatriates. At the start of the program, Art […]

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Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles turns  into int’l street art destination

Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles turns into int’l street art destination

A FILIPINO rights advocacy group, Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), joined visual and literary artists, art patrons and other concerned community members of Los Angeles on Saturday (August 27) in promoting the Historic Filipinotown (HFT) as an “international street art destination” through a 30-minute “walking tour” of the neighborhood that showcases more than 100 murals on alleys, walls of buildings and […]

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Cesar Montano’s Nilalang to play in LA Pinoy film festival

NILALANG, a 2015 Filipino-Japanese horror movie that starred Cesar Montano, Meg Imperial, Yam Concepcion and the provocative Japanese adult film star Maria Ozawa has been selected to play in the three-day Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF) on October 7, 8 and 9, 2016. Nilalang’s director Pedring Lopez who was present during the LAPIFF press conference in Carson City […]

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New LA Consul General says US-RP relations is strong

New LA Consul General says US-RP relations is strong

THE public reception area of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles was filled to the brim on Wednesday night (August 17) as Filipino-American business and community leaders and members of the media welcomed incoming Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz. Cruz, who is embarking on a four-year term, will be serving areas in the US with the biggest concentrations of […]

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Sylvia La Torre (left)  and granddaughter Anna Ma. Perez de Tagle

Sylvia La Torre, Anna Maria take FASO show to climax

TO be sexy, bubbly and sophisticated, all at once on stage, requires more than talent. In other words, not an easy feat — except if one is endowed with a face (which is a toss between a teenager and a full-blown woman) and a charisma such that of Anna Maria Perez de Tagle. Escorted to the stage by no other […]

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Filipino American Symphony Orchestra set to play in Glendale on Saturday

BROADWAY actress, teen drum prodigy among special guests in FASO’s Aug. 13 concert Broadway actress Joan Almedilla, 13-year-old drum prodigy Vinnie Aguas and other outstanding Fil-Am talents are joining legendary veteran entertainer Sylvia La Torre and her singer-actress granddaughter Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as special guests of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) in its summer concert on Saturday, […]

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DACA recipients Anthony Ng and Michelle Yoon (7th and 8th from left, respectively) pose with the panel members of the New America Media (NAM) roundtable forum in downtown Los Angeles last week. The meeting was attended by representatives from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacifc Islanders(WHIAAPI), the USCIS-Los Angeles Field Office, Department of Labor, non-profit organizations and members of the media.

DACA remains valid, Asians urged to avail of immigration relief

CONTRARY to popular impression, President Barack Obama’s executive action in 2012 to shield from deportation undocumented persons who came to the U.S. z when they were children, otherwise known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, remains in effect despite a recent unfavorable decision by the US Supreme Court on the extent of executive powers to grant immigration […]

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Members of JNS dance crew at a Long Beach street after the competition

Pinoy talents win top award in “Olympics of performing arts” Poor boys from RP slums save team

CITY of Long Beach, CA — THE Philippine team lived up to its billing as a powerhouse group in the “Olympics of the performing arts,” — officially known as the World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) — held here in the city of Long Beach in California, USA. The Philippine team won the competition’s senior division highest award dubbed […]

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USCIS Urge FilAm Vets to Apply for FWVP

CARSON, Ca —- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) urges FilAm veterans or their spouse to apply for parole under the Filipino WWII Veterans Parole (FWVP) program. Stephanie Kwan and Allison Kent, USCIS staff members made the appeal as they explained to the Filipino American community members and Filipino American WWII veterans the details of the recently approved Filipino […]

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