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Fil-Ams’ McDonalds prank went viral

Fil-Ams’ McDonalds prank went viral

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, Tx – Two of my dearest Pinoy pares, kaibigans made it their mission this summer to take on the challenge of Asian Americans Pacific Islanders representation in the media. The success of Crazy Rich Asians pushed #AAPI Representation to the forefront of conversation in the media right after the smashing success of Black Panther. As the […]

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Northern Marianas Trades Institute seeks collaboration with Philippines’ TESDA

Northern Marianas Trades Institute seeks collaboration with Philippines’ TESDA

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Northern Marianas Trades Institute is looking to collaborate with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA, one of the biggest technical institutes in the Philippines. NMTI human resources officer Frank Rebauliman said he, board vice chair Joseph Torres and director Herman B. Cabrera and House Speaker Ralph Demapan flew to Manila last Aug. 13 […]

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“Restorative care villages” to augment fight vs homelessness in Los Angeles

By Abner Galino THE Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to bring “restorative care villages” to county facilities as part of its wide-ranging initiative to fight homelessness. These so-called “restorative care villages” are a key element in the county’s ambitious efforts to reduce and prevent homelessness. It would seek to bring urgently needed interim housing to patients […]

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JNS members pose with supporters shortly after losing their championship bid at the America’s Got Talent last Tuesday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  Photo by Abner Galino

High heel shoe-wearing Pinoy all-male dance crew exits AGT

By Abner Galino THE run of the high heel shoe-wearing Junior New System in the 13th season of the popular America’s Got Talent has ended but their legacy as the only Filipino dance crew that has gone so far in the said competition will surely live on. The all-male Pinoy dance crew was eliminated last September 5, during an hour-long […]

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An LA County sheriff shows the tracking device that will be installed on county helicopters to track missing persons under the project “LA Found.” Looking on are LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn (5th from the left on the background) and LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. Photo by Abner Galino

LA County helps families keep sight of loved ones with autism, dementia

By Abner Galino THE County of Los Angeles last week launched a countywide program dubbed as “L.A. Found,” which was aimed at quickly finding persons with autism, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease whenever they wander and go missing. The Wednesday launching of the project was led by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Sheriff Jim McDonnell, and Cynthia Banks, director of […]

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Hiligaynon Community set to induct their new officers

Hiligaynon Community set to induct their new officers

By Daniella Flanagan Houston, Tx – Don’t sleep on the Dallas Filipino community. Major things are happening in Dallas from the introduction to #FILCON, to the global efforts of #Roscon Foundation, and more. Did you know that Roscon proudly assisted the Hiligaynon Community America Texas in forming their non-profit organization!? The #BERMonths – Time to Celebrate Remember its the #BERmonths, […]

Members of Samahang Magdalo and allies demonstrate in front of Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles on Friday in support of embattled Senator Antonio Trillanes. Photo by Ren Arrieta

Fil-Ams decry harassment of Senator Trillanes

By Abner Galino HUMAN rights advocates and other Filipino American cause-oriented groups in Los Angeles have denounced the alleged political harassment of Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for being a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte. Arturo Garcia of the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA) in Los Angeles said their group is standing by with the members of Tindig […]

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There is a gap between healthcare and ordinary folks in Saipan

There is a gap between healthcare and ordinary folks in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio THERE is an existing gap between ordinary folks and healthcare in Saipan, according a Fil-Am intern of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Abigail Dimaano made this observation during her internship at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC). She said her observation confirmed her desire to want to pursue either medicine or take physician assistance program in […]

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Pinakamalaking Pinoy Fiesta Ko Sa Texas

Pinakamalaking Pinoy Fiesta Ko Sa Texas

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX – “Fiesta Ko Sa Texas, ang Pinakamalaki at Pinakamasayang Fiesta Sa America” came and went before the downpour of a Tropical Depression hit the fourth largest city in the United States. As usual, the fiesta was full of Pinoys and friends and the merriment and food that go along with partying with Filipinos filled the […]

Members of Pilipino Workers Center unfurl their banner during a recent lobbying effort to pass a domestic workers’ protection and just compensation law in Sacramento. The group is part of the California Domestic Worker Coalition.   Photo from PWC Facebook page

PWC praises fresh victory for California domestic workers

By Abner Galino THE Pilipino Workers Center recently joined domestic workers, particularly caregivers and nannies, in celebrating another victory in their continuing fight for better pay and better working conditions. The celebration was over the passage of AB 2314, also known as The Domestic Work Rights and Education Act, which passed the California Senate last August 23. The bill is […]

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Filipino heritage night held in Oakland, California

Filipino heritage night held in Oakland, California

By Daniella Flanagan A FILIPINO Heritage Night was held recently in Oakland, California to celebrate and promote Filipino American art, music, film and dance. Also dubbed The Filipino American Arts Exposition (FAAE), the event took place last August 31 at the spacious Championship Plaza. All participants who purchased a special ticket were also able to attend a pregame event, as […]

Flanked by Tecate models on both ends, are Filipina American TV host and model Cynthia Conte (2nd from left), trainer Rodel Mayol, boxer Aston Palicte, boxing promoter Tom Loefller, three division world champion Donnie Nietes, trainer Edito Villamor and Australian Filipina boxer Luisa Hawton. The photo was taken during a meet and greet with fans at the Filipino Cultural Center in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Bobby Crisostomo

Filipinotown hosts two Pinoy boxers anew who gun for world title

By Abner Galino FILIPINO American pride has been tickled anew recently as two kababayan fighters held a press conference at the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) in Los Angeles to drumbeat their upcoming battle against each other for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight division crown. The said WBO title fight is another history in the making as it […]

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It’s September 1 – Maligayang Pasko! Merry Christmas!

It’s September 1 – Maligayang Pasko! Merry Christmas!

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX – Today, September 1st, Filipinos all over the world have started the Christmas countdown! Filipinos prepare and celebrate Christmas starting on September 1st until early January which ends officially on the day of the Three Kings. Yes, talaga, really. They mean it – Christmas kicks off today. If you step into the PH right now […]

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A group of Filipino Americans offer a prayer for former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., during the commemoration of his assassination last August 21 in front of the Philippine Consular Office in Los Angeles.              Photo by Mabuhay Lara

Fil-Ams remembers Ninoy in LA

By Abner Galino A GROUP of Filipino Americans on August 21 said a prayer in front of the building housing the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the assassination of former Philippine Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. The political action was attended by members of the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance and Magdalo Group-Los […]

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Blesilda Brucelas at Little Blessings shop. Photo by Abner Galino

When a business is not all about money

By Abner Galino BEING your own boss and hustling your way to make bigger money through a business idea is normally how it works. But couple Giovanni and Blesilda Mejia-Brucelas of San Jacinto, California – who are threading separate careers in health care – were not exactly driven by these motives when they recently opened up a new business. Also, […]

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Michael Keith poses with fellow performer Sydney Noelle (2nd from right) and host Rinoa Felix. Also in the picture are members of the TROPAE Group – Abner and Odette Galino and Elizabeth Zaide. Photo by Tony Garcia

Concert marks Buwan ng Wika celebration in Filipinotown

By Abner Galino THE “Buwan ng Wika” celebration at the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) in Los Angeles was remarkably amplified with the sterling performances of veteran performer Jo “Live Wire” Awayan, newly-arrived Philippine world singing champion Cristiani Rebada and the rising local young star Michael Keith. The Johaness Line Dance and Cultural Group was a revelation — injecting the show […]

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Honorary Consul Ethel Mercado

Philippine Consulate to open in Houston soon

By Daniella Flanagan A RANKING Filipino diplomat said the Philippine Consulate in Houston is set to open soon even as she admits that its opening has been delayed due to unexpected developments. Philippine Honorary Consul in Dallas Ethel Mercado confirmed that the initial plan for a soft opening of the Consulate in Houston in late summer of 2018 is delayed. […]

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Kris Aquino wears yellow in Hollywood movie premiere

Kris Aquino wears yellow in Hollywood movie premiere

By Abner Galino PHILIPPINE movie personality Kris Aquino, whose mother and brother both became presidents of the Republic of the Philippines, graced the world premiere of “Crazy Rich Asians” in Hollywood wearing a fabulous yellow gown. While the color yellow has been identified with the political opposition after the assassination of Kris’ father (former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.,) during the […]

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Bacolod holds Masskara Festival in Long Beach

By Abner Galino THREE-day celebration that culminated in the jubilant and colorful staging of the internationally known Masskara Festival was recently held in the City of Long Beach. The July 28 activities that formed part of the celebration of the so-called “sisterhood” between the City of Bacolod (Philippines) and City of Long Beach (USA) included a seminar on international trade […]

A photo of Shane Selloria and Winston, the turtle, in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert at Arcadia Performing Arts Center.

Ten-year-old ventriloquist shines in Filipinotown fest

By Abner Galino SHANE Selloria, a 10-year-old singing ventriloquist and his “turtle” named Winston, stole the show at the 15th Historic Filipinotown Festival in Los Angeles this weekend. Selloria, who performed for an hour or more, obviously got the crowd excited with his hilarious conversation and duet with his friend Winston, the turtle. The boy, said to be a self-taught […]

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PH Embassy in USA Now Accepting Applications for 2018 FYLPRO Immersion Program

PH Embassy in USA Now Accepting Applications for 2018 FYLPRO Immersion Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) – a joint initiative of the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the United States, the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), and the FYLPRO non-profit organization – is pleased to launch the 2018 Immersion Program. FYLPRO is now accepting applications for young Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the U.S. who are interested in […]

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Team France’s goalkeeper in FIFA World Cup games is Filipino

Team France’s goalkeeper in FIFA World Cup games is Filipino

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX– Here is a great #ICYMI, there was another testament to the power of Filipino ethnic identity and solidarity in the World Cup July 15, 2018 in Moscow! This time a French Filipino is in the news! We should be proud that football player Alphonse Areola, one of France’s national pride ng France, is Pinoy even […]

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Janet Lim Napoles
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US justice department indicts Napoles and five family members

By Abner Galino A UNITED States federal grand jury has indicted Janet Napoles, who is currently detained in a Philippine prison, for allegedly laundering Philippine public funds in and out of the States amounting to approximately US$20 million through suspected “multi-layered bribery and fraud scheme.” Five other family members of Janet Napoles, who are presumably US citizens were also included […]

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Members of the Power Impact Dancers pose with Los Angeles community event organizers Rose Sarreal and Odette Galino (standing 3rd and 4th from left, respectively, on the second row). A fan, Tricia Pascual Mirandilla (sitting last from left), joins her idols at the stage of the Filipino Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Photo by Pol Joaquin

Former RP college dancers group shines in US contest

By Abner Galino THE members of a Filipino dance group called “Power Impact Dancers” may not be coming home to the Philippines as big title winners but they are proud nonetheless for performing well and bagging the 11th place in the recently concluded World of Dance in Pasadena, California, USA. Another Filipino dance team though, the Nitrous Image Crew, bagged […]

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LA County acts to ensure access to safe and affordable financial services regardless of their immigration status

By Abner Galino THE County of Los Angeles Center for Financial Empowerment, housed within the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, is proud to celebrate the launching of BankOn Los Angeles County, a program designed to connect residents to safe and affordable financial products, regardless of their immigration status. This coming August 18, the CFE will host a free event […]

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