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Dhale Posadas. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio

Fil-Am from Saipan chosen by Harvard U to attend National Collegiate Research Conference

FORMER student of Saipan Southern High School Dhale Posadas was selected by Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association to attend the three-day National Collegiate Research Conference beginning January 18. “The application process this year was extremely competitive as we received a large number of impressive applications from many talented and highly qualified individuals, and our executive board and faculty review committee […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
From left, Mariano Fajardo, Victoria Dela Cruz, Matthew Berline, Katherine Mersai, Danahlei Rodriguz, and Brad Ruszala. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio

Saipan based Fil Ams won top and 2nd prize in Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests

VETERANS of Foreign Wars Post 3457 on Tuesday recognized six students for winning the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests for its Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands chapter. This year’s theme is “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Established in the 1947, the VFW formed up women auxiliary, composed of wives and espouses of the veterans. They came […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Feature Story, News
Filipino music icon Pilita Corrales croons to the Filipino American crowd during a jampacked mini-concert at the Filipino Cultural Center. Photo © Tony Garcia

Pilita Corrales sings in Los Angeles for the Filipino Cultural Center fund raiser

THE Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) in Los Angeles had a fitting show to end 2017, a concert by no other than the “Asia’s Queen of Songs” Pilita Corrales. The hastily organized concert last December 30, was able to draw enough people to fill the FCC to the brim. Pilita crooned the animated audience for more than an hour — employing […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment, News
Neil Fama, grand prize winner of 2017 CNMI Got Talent, with his family. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio.

Talented magician and a Fil-Am grabbed the top spots in CNMI Got talent contest

A TALENTED young magician last week clinched the top prize in the 7th Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Got Talent contest. Northern Mariana College student Neil Fama, who delighted the audience with his magic tricks, made his family proud after winning the contest which was held at at the Royal Taga in World Resort. He won a total cash prize […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
JKPL's 2nd Annual Saipan Dreams Fan Fiction winners and participants -- from left, Gericho Conge of Dandan Middle School, Anhkiet Huynh of Kagman High School, Fei Fei Lei of Hopwood Middle School and Kuli Sablan of Cha Cha Ocenview Middle School. Nicole Villagomez of Francisco M. Sablan Middle School, not in photo. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio

Kids of Asian ancestry dominated a prestigious literary contest in Saipan

HOPWOOD Middle School student Fei Fei Lei won the Second Annual Saipan Dreams Fan Fiction Contest sponsored by the Joeten Kiyu-Public Library. The awarding ceremony was held at the JKPL on Friday. During the interview for this article, it was learned that Lei submitted her collection of short stories about the three little girls and their adventures. Lei, who likes […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian Photo © https://twitter.com/wingatchalian74

PH Senator Win Gatchalian holds town hall meeting in Los Angeles

NEOPHYTE Philippine Senator Sherwin Gatchalian last week held a town hall meeting at the Philippine Consulate General Office here in Los Angeles wherein he expressed his views on the several issues affecting the country and kababayan. Gatchalian started the Wednesday town hall meeting by bringing up the plight of Filipino overseas workers who are victimized by unscrupulous recruiters and human […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Celebrity chef Coco P. Cruz (3rd from left) is flanked by Dylan Durias (2nd from left) and Butch Victoriano during a photo op prior to the show. The other original South Border members in the show are Ric Junasa, Paul Benitez, Tata Balane and Keisey Hicban.                                         Photo © Teodoro Yap

South Border “originals” in Los Angeles reunion concert

THE South Border “originals,” with help from friends delivered in their reunion concert last week at the Envision Center in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California. With a rather long list of artist who showed off their talents before the former South Border group with their friends – vocals Leo Mercedes, King Pintal and Jacque Abad Santos – was called on […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Entertainment
Thousands of Pinoys in Simbang Gabi in Los Angeles

Thousands of Pinoys in Simbang Gabi in Los Angeles

THOUSANDS of Filipino Catholics gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles on Friday to initiate the traditional Simbang Gabi, a nine-day series of Masses to honor the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus; and to anticipate Christmas Day. This year’s Simbang Gabi theme is: “Jesus, Light for our Shepherds, with Mary, Lead Us All […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Emily Chan (1st from left) of Kabataan maka-Bayan (KmB or Pro-People Youth) stresses a point after the screening of Grandpa Sam at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) in downtown Los Angeles during the commemoration of International Human Rights Day. Photo by Teodoro Yap

Activists mark Int’l Human Rights Day with film screenings in Los Angeles

HUMAN rights activist, artists and community leaders marked the 67th International Human Rights Day celebration on December 10 with the screening of two advocacy films, namely Grandpa Sam and Tigbao, at the Pilipino Workers Center in downtown Los Angeles. The first film to be screened was Grandpa Sam, which tackles the plight of Filipino World War II veterans in the […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
The gold medal awardees composed of Franco Arcebal, Cedric Lea Bisnar, Modesta Surnaba, Nimfa Furing, Eduardo Castaneda, Rey Ganon, Leopoldo Bas, Bernardo Buenavista, Timoteo Ormita, Dr.Arturo Flores, Stephanie Sajor,Beverly Sipin and Rosemarie Bandayrel. 
	They are joined by Mrs. Philippines-USA Rosemary Mejia (5th from left), Art Garcia (1st from left) and Iraq war veteran Mark “Bagyo” Villamac Ho (extreme right). Photo © Irwin Jazmines

Filipino WWII vets honored in Los Angeles by Fil-Am community

THE Justice For Filipino American Veterans, in collaboration with the Philippine Institute For Arts, Language and Culture, awarded “gold medals” to 14 World War II veterans and their surviving kin during the commemoration of the 76th Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. The December 7, 1941 Japanese bombing of the United States Naval Base in Hawaii left 2,800 American sailors […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Boxer Mercito Gesta gets new chance for world title

Boxer Mercito Gesta gets new chance for world title

SAN Diego based Filipino boxer Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta, has been painstakingly climbing back up the ladder the last five years — beating six quality opponents along the way — to get another chance to fight for a world championship belt. “I know firsthand how long it takes to get a shot at a world championship and I will not […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
PH dance major wins in Malaysia

PH dance major wins in Malaysia

OLIVIA Bugayong, a third year dance student from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, recently won the bronze medal in the senior category of the second Malaysian International Ballet Grand Prix. The competition, which ran from November 26 to 30, was divided into three stages — preliminary, eliminations and final. Participants were judged based on both classical repertoire (80%) […]

Arnel Pineda. Image © https://www.thefamouspeople.com

Arnel Pineda rocks old Los Angeles downtown theater

AS SOON he entered the stage, Journey frontman Arnel Pineda made it clear to the mostly Filipino American crowd who came to his show that it was going to be a night of rock and roll. Pineda opened his act with his rendition of Kansas’ Carry On My Wayward Son. From then on, the historic Palace Theatre reverberated to the […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment
Miss Zambia Isabel Chikoti tries the national costume created for her by Filipino designer Carl Andrada at the dressing of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas during the 2017 Miss Universe pageant. Photo © Tony Garcia

Pinoy designer gets a crack at Ms. Universe

A BUDDING Filipino fashion designer from Los Angeles had the opportunity to show off his creativity in the runway of the recently concluded Ms. Universe 2017 pageant held in Las Vegas. Carl Andrada’s design, which was worn by Miss Zambia Isabel Chikoti, didn’t make it to the top 10 best national costumes. It was Miss Japan Momoko Abe who won […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment, News
Pinoy Houston TV’s exemplary service to the community recognized

Pinoy Houston TV’s exemplary service to the community recognized

HOUSTON, Texas – THE Caribbean Chamber of Commerce recognized Pinoy Houston TV’s exemplary service to the community by presenting it with the APEX Media Award during its formal celebration of the Caribbean Heritage Month last Saturday. The APEX Award is given annually to Houston organizations for their achievements in Local News, New Business, Education, Community Service, and more. Aside from […]

by Daniella Flanagan· · 2 comments · Diaspora, News
Old South Border poster Image © by Abner Galino

South Border “originals” to hold reunion concert in Los Angeles

MORE than a decade ago, South Border — the band behind the infinite love song “Kahit Kailan,” bade goodbye to its two vocalists Vince Alaras and Duncan Ramos after which the rest of the band migrated to the United States. The band members had to leave the “South Border” in the Philippines even when most of them remained engaged with […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment
American food connoisseurs Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern. Image © https://nationalvanguard.org

Filipino food trending in the culinary world — Bourdain and Zimmern

ANTHONY Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern, two renowned American food connoisseurs, said the current trending of Filipino food in the United States would lead to its rise in the culinary world. Since the two iconic American food connoisseurs have been proclaiming the eventual trending of Filipino food in the United States, it should be noted that their forecasts stemmed from sincere […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Filipino actor Mon Confiado poses with Stateside co-star American actress Olivia Hultgren during a cocktail party shortly after the movie’s screening. Photo ©  Abner Galino

“Stateside” see its first screening in Los Angeles

CHALLENGING is an understatement when used to describe producing a film here in Los Angeles where, as we all know, the legendary Hollywood is situated. So, more than a year after the makers, the crew and the cast of the movie “Stateside” held a press conference to announce the then impending screening of their movie, it was only last November […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Entertainment, Events
Guests to the launching of the 2017-2018 Leelin’s VIP Rewards Loyalty Sweepstakes raise the thumbs up sign as they are led by “Momsy” Leelin (seated 7th from left). With her is her son and Leelin Bakery and Café founder Menard (seated 6th from left) and her grandson Michael (seated 5th from left). On her right is Philippine Air Lines (PAL) LAX area manager Michelle Narvaez. Also present are Cerritos Councilor Frank Yokoyama (seated 4th from left), host Thelma Sugay (standing 1st from left), singer Jaime Bacani (standing 3rd from left) and former wrestler Brittany Fetkin (standing 5th from left).

Pinoy bakery renews “Trip to the Philippines prize contest”

A RENOWNED Filipino Bakery and Cafe in Southern California this month has relaunched its popular Loyalty Rewards contest that offers free round trip tickets to the Philippines and a culinary tour as prizes in a bid to promote the country’s culture and heritage. Leelin Bakery and Cafe, in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Philippine Airlines, relaunched […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Fil-Am youths show up for what could be last “Hollywood march”

Fil-Am youths show up for what could be last “Hollywood march”

MORE than a hundred Filipino American youths showed up Saturday last week for what could be the last of the highly successful annual “Hollywood march” for Filipino World War II veterans. Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) National Coordinator Al P. Garcia said the Los Angeles Police Commission has informed the organizers that they will no longer be given permit […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Consul General Adelio Angelito s. Cruz (seated extreme right) listens to a performance of Grupong Pendong during the 20the anniversary celebration of the Pilipino Workers Center. Photo © Teodoro Yap

Undocumented Filipino Pulitzer prize winning journalist honored

UNDOCUMENTED Filipino Pulitzer award winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was honored by the Pilipino Workers Center, one of the most successful non-profit organizations serving Filipino and Filipino American workers in the United States, last Wednesday during its 20th anniversary celebration in downtown Los Angeles. The PWC said the honor was in recognition of Vargas’ advocacy to help undocumented Filipinos in […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Critically acclaimed PH movie “Birdshot” shown in Asian World Film Festival in Culver City, California

Critically acclaimed PH movie “Birdshot” shown in Asian World Film Festival in Culver City, California

CRITICALLY acclaimed Philippine movie “Birdshot” was among the foreign films screened in the just concluded 3rd Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) in Culver City, California. A festival organizer said Birdshot’s screening was well attended and amply supported by the staff of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles. Almost simultaneously, Birdshot won in the recently concluded Los Angeles Philippine International […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment, News
Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz Photo © Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles California

No Filipino was hurt in Texas gun rampage – Consul General

NO ONE from the more than 7,000 Filipinos residing in San Antonio, Texas was hurt in the recent gun rampage that claimed the lives of 28 people. This was confirmed by Los Angeles based Philippine Consul General Adelio Angelito Cruz in a Facebook post as where he also condole with the victims of the tragedy which also wounded 20 other […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Pamana ng Lahi exhibit  closes on high notes

Pamana ng Lahi exhibit closes on high notes

THE month-long exposition dubbed Pamana ng Lahi at the Filipino Cultural Center in Los Angeles concluded on high notes last Saturday. Jason “JhayO” Otamias, a boxing photo enthusiast from Torrance, won the 1st place in the “Best Picture of the Year” photography contest. Bienvenido Sibug and Irwin Jazmines placed second and third respectively. The three photographers won trophies and cash […]

Ai-Ai delas Alas Image © https://philnews.ph

Ai-Ai delas Alas bags best actress award PH International Film Festival in Los Angeles

ACTRESS-comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas won the Best Actress award in the recently concluded Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival where critically acclaimed Filipino movies, Imbisibol and Birdshot, tied for the Best Picture Award. Ai Ai was adjudged best actress for her moving portrayal of an aging prostitute in a rundown whorehouse in the red light district of Angeles City in […]

by Abner Galino· · 2 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment, News