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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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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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Meet Messrs. Asbury, Butti and Sheetin (UAE Road Works Dummies)

By Kleo Hernandez Kannangara WHEN we were little, the worst insult my brother Jojo and I could hurl at each other would have been, “Dumdum” or “Dummy”. I don’t hear these much anymore, not from my “contrapelo” (someone who’s eternally against you) sibling or from our younger versions in the family. The world’s present generation, I suppose coined new words […]

Crystal Lallego. Photo © facebook.com

Filipina Houstonian artist Crystal Lallego nominated for the Global Arts Awards

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX – A Filipina artist of local renown was nominated for The Global Arts Awards 2018. Crystal Lallego Houston based Crystal Lallego held her first ever Solo Art Exhibit on September 23, 2017. That show featured live music by Vanessa McGrew, Nicole Aimi, and Kathryn Rose (Houston Fil-Am musician), glow in the Dark Bucket Performance by […]

Filipino pop idol Jed Madela poses with the rest of the Philippine team shortly after the closing ceremonies of the 2018 World Championships of the Performing Arts in Long Beach, California. Photo by Bobby Crisostomo

Jed Madela commends RP team in modest WCOPA yield

By Abner Galino PROMINENT Filipino singer Jed Madela congratulated the members of the Philippine team who competed in the recently concluded World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California for representing the country well. “What matters is that each delegate really represented the country well. We are proud of every delegate in Team Philippines 2018. Hindi sila nagkulang. Ako, […]

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Filipino American wins singing  crown for US in WCOPA

Filipino American wins singing crown for US in WCOPA

By Abner Galino A FILIPINO American who moved to the United States five years ago, won the singing competition in the recently concluded World Championships of the Performing Arts in Long Beach last week. “I am so happy right now. I didn’t expect this one, what I did is, I had fun. And then they announced my name and I […]

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Photo shows the opening event on May 26, 2018. Eleanor Academia and her husband Cass Magda and members of the kulintang musicians and martial artists performed at the Kulintang Concert and Filipino martial arts demo. Kulintang is an ancient gong and drum ensemble music from the Southern Philippines. Eleanor Academia is a Durfee Master Musician with the World Kulintang Institute. Cass Magda owns Magda Institute of Martial Arts, in Reseda where he teaches Kali-Silat and other forms of Filipino martial arts. He is a world-renown Master Teacher and Martial Artist. Photo by Abner Galino.

Exhibit on Filipino indigenous textiles in San Pedro, California is extended

By Abner Galino DUE to popular demand, Linda Nietes, Founder and CEO of Pinta*Dos Art Gallery has announced the extension of their exhibit, Strands: Part l – Filipino Indigenous Textiles, to Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The exhibit opened on May 26 and is open to the public from July 23 until July 25. Please call 310-514-9139 or email: info@pintadosgallery.com if […]

A part of a recent Philippine Independence Day (June 12, 2018) joint rally by Filipinos and Vietnamese in front of the Chinese embassy in Los Angeles. Photo by Ren Arrieta

Filipinos, Vietnamese celebrate RP’s court victory over China in sea dispute

By Abner Galino FILIPINO Americans and their Vietnamese American allies on Thursday held another joint demonstration in front of the People’s Republic of China’s consular office in Los Angeles to protest the alleged territorial incursions of the Asian superpower in the West Philippine Sea. The protest was timed with the second anniversary of the decision of the United Nations (UN) […]

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(From left to right) Belly dancer Diane Caneda, Japan-based singer/songwriter Emma Cordero, comedian Mary Ann Muah and one of the show’s organizers Rose Sarreal thank the audience at the end of the show. Photo by Teodoro Yap

“Boom jazz tic” concert delivers the bang!

By Abner Galino A HASTILY organized concert dubbed “Boom Jazz Tic,” which was primarily meant to raise fund for the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) and to provide a venue for a visiting Japan-based Filipina artist, led to an entertaining “birit” showdown between the three principal performers. “It kind of turned into something like a contest on who could belt out […]

Philippine Senator Grace Poe (6th from right) hands a plaque of appreciation to LACFAEA president Antonio F. Mendoza. Other union officers 2nd vice president Edwin Martinez (3rd from right) and advisory board chair Marge Ordiales (4th from right) look on. Photo by Tony Garcia

Sen. Grace Poe calls on Fil-Ams to protect undocumented Pinoys

By Abner Galino “SUWELDONG Sibuyas? Alam n’yo ba ‘yun? Mapaluluha ka kapag hinati-hati mo na sa iba’t ibang gastusin.” Clearly the most applauded of all the jokes that Senator Grace Poe delivered last week in front of the members and officers of the Los Angeles County Filipino American Employees Association (LACFAEA) in downtown Los Angeles. Humor partly mirrors social realities […]

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PH envoys, local officials discuss programs to uplift welfare of Filipinos in Alberta

By Rodolfo Andal PHILIPPINE diplomatic officials in Canada met with ranking government officials to discuss ways to advance the welfare of the Filipino diaspora in Alberta. Ambassador to Canada Petronila P. Garcia and Consul General in Calgary Gilberto G.B. Asuque  called on Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman at her office in the Alberta Legislature Building, where they […]

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The Continental Miss Philippines America candidates during their presentation at the James Irvine Japanese Garden in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday. Photo by Phillip Ner

Continental Miss Philippines America presents 2018 candidates

By Abner Galino THE Continental Miss Philippines America has presented its final line up of candidates for its 2018 competition during a simple ceremony at the James Irvine Japanese Garden in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday. The event was graced by Janicel Lubina, who was Binibining Pilipinas 2015 and Miss World Philippines 1st runner up in 2013. The candidates are […]

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IMMIGRATION activists in Los Angeles are currently “occupying” the sidewalk on the north side of the Federal building at Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles. The building houses the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USIS). The protest is particularly directed against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE). The “occupation is ongoing” as the activists vowed to stay in the area as “long as the violence and injustice perpetrated by ICE agents continue.” Protesters are occupying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities across the country. They were inspired by a Portland protest that resulted in the indefinite shutdown of an ICE detention center on Wednesday. Photo © Abner Galino

Occupy ICE

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Council member O’farrel announces renovations in Filipinotown

Council member O’farrel announces renovations in Filipinotown

By Abner Galino LOS Angeles City District 13 Council member Mitch O’farrel has recently announced important renovations in the historic Filipinotown. During a recent meeting with leaders of the Filipino American community at the Silver Lake Medical Center in the historic Filipinotown, O’farrel reported that money has been allotted for the restoration of two important murals in the area, among […]

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CHCC to still seek permanent status for its nurses

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corporation Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña said the CHCC will continue to secure improved status for its nurses and hospital staff even after the CNMI Workforce Act has passed the hurdle in the U.S. Congress. During the proclamation signing of the CNMI Nurses Week, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres reported that the U.S. Congress passed […]

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Three Fil Ams advance to California general elections

By Abner Galino THREE Filipino Americans, one of them a descendant of an old Philippine political clan, have advanced to the California general election. The three will respectively be running to win California’s congressional district seats 14th, 21st and 34th in the United States Congress. But the good news seems to end there. The chances of anyone of them winning […]

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The PH reaffirms before the UNHRC its advocacy on the promotion and protection of migrant’s rights

By Rodolfo Andal THE Philippine permanent representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva has reaffirmed the country’s promotion and protection of the rights of migrants. Ambassador Evan P. Garcia made the affirmation during a conversation with Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Felipe Gonzales Morales Wednesday last week on the margins of the 38th Session of the […]

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