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2018 “Best Picture of the Year” competition opens on October 1

By Abner Galino THE 2018 “Best Picture of the Year” competition is set to open on October 1, as the Filipino American History Month is celebrated throughout the US. The photography contest, which is on its second year, is jointly sponsored by the Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) and the Filipino American […]

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Janice Javier to sing with musician father in LA (To raise funds for the rehab of her voice)

By Abner Galino ROLANDO “Rollie” Javier used to be the “famous” musician in the family. After all, he had a short stint with the “Hotdog,” the popular Filipino band that set out the classic songs “Manila” and “Annie Batongbakal” into the airwaves. “That was 1978,” Rollie recalled, “I stayed with them for a short while […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]