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Fil-Am pop-rock artist  banners “Gala for Justice”

Fil-Am pop-rock artist banners “Gala for Justice”

By Abner Galino FILIPINO American YouTube sensation and pop-rock artist AJ Rafael headlined the Asian Americans Advancing Justice inaugural black-tie gala at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County last week. Over 300 guests, composed of prominent business, legal and philanthropic leaders, came to celebrate and honor AAAJ’s 12 years of service and accomplishments in the Orange County […]

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Guest beauty queens Mrs. Philippines-USA Rosemary Mejia (extreme left) and Miss Filipina International Nikki Zulueta join the newly installed good ambassadors of FCC/FACLA namely; Elizabeth Zaide (Mrs. Filipino Cultural Center/FACLA), Amy Saguinsin (Mrs. Luzon), Alyssa Stovin (Mrs. Visayas), Elizabeth Galang (Mrs. Mindanao), Pamela Saguinsin (Miss FCC/FACLA), Renoa Felix (Miss Teen FCC/FACLA), JerrikaPacheco Chow (FCC/FACLA 1st princess) and Keira Mai Kwan (FCC/FACLA 2nd princess).  © Photo by Bobby Crisostomo

Filipino American Community in LA celebrates 73rd anniversary

By Abner Galino A SIMPLE but meaningful celebration marked the 73rd anniversary of the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles in the historic Filipinotown late last month. The gala night was highlighted by the honoring and crowning of FACLA’s ambassadors of goodwill – Elizabeth Zaide (Mrs. Filipino Cultural Center/FACLA), Amy Saguinsin (Mrs. Luzon), Alyssa Stovin (Mrs. Visayas), Elizabeth Galang (Mrs. […]

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Original Pilipino Music “Hitmakers” wow crowd in Orange County

Original Pilipino Music “Hitmakers” wow crowd in Orange County

By Abner Galino THE magic of the so-called OPM’s Hitmakers have yet to wane as they bewitched the jam packed Filipino American crowd at the Grove of Anaheim Sunday last week. The Filipino fabulous four were given a standing ovation by the crowd at the end of the show. The Filipino music icons Rico J. Puno, Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera, […]

Members of the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) show their butterfly costumes as they join other marchers during the commemoration of the International Workers Day. Photo © Abner Galino

Filipino American workers join May 1 rally in southern California

By Abner Galino Members of the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) show their butterfly costumes as they join other marchers during the commemoration of the International Workers Day. Photo © Abner Galino A BIG contingent of Filipino Americans, most of them workers, joined thousands of marchers in the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach on the commemoration of International Workers […]

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Mutya ng Pilipinas (SC) hopefuls (all of them seated starting from 2nd left) Marucut, De Castro, Lorenzo and Gibson pose with guest and organizers of the event.                                         Photo © Pol Joaquin

Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California opens search for candidates

By Abner Galino THE Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California opened up its search for this year’s Miss Mutya giving rise to opportunities for its prospective queen to compete in beauty pageants in the Philippines. Camille Agbayani, one of the MPSC organizers, told reporters during a press conference at the L’Aura Wellness in Artesia that unlike other beauty pageants in Southern […]

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Fil-Am teen inspired by Pia Wurtzbach to seek Miss Teen CA title

Fil-Am teen inspired by Pia Wurtzbach to seek Miss Teen CA title

By Abner Galino BEAUTY queens inspire people in many ways and the closest illustration of this is when they are able to pass on their mindsets to young girls who share the same passion for pageantry. Realah Crespin, 14, reigning Miss Costa Mesa Teen is spellbound by former Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. “I’ve always been fascinated with Pia. I […]

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CNMI Public Health’s Immunization Program manager Jeremy SasamotoImage © issuu.com

CNMI issues a travel health advisory against the Philippines due to measles outbreak

By Lori Lyn Lirio HEALTH officials from the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands issued a health travel advisory cautioning travelers to and from the Philippines due to a measles outbreak in that Southeast Asian country. Following this development, Public Health’s Immunization Program manager Jeremy Sasamoto urged parents to bring their children to any of the Commonwealth Healthcare Centers’ public health […]

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Mabuhay! Shouts Romeo Balboa as he proudly unfurls a Philippine flag at the base camp of Mt. Everest in Nepal. This photo was taken from his Facebook page.

Prominent LA based Fil-Am photog unfurls RP flag in Mt. Everest

By Abner Galino PROMINENT Los Angeles based Filipino American lensman Romeo Balboa has achieved a new milestone in his colorful life: He just unfurled the Philippine flag at the base camp of the world famous Mt. Everest in Nepal. Nevertheless, even if he wanted to, Romeo wouldn’t be able to reach the summit of the mountain as it is temporarily […]

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Advocates warn against citizenship inquiry during 2020 Census

Advocates warn against citizenship inquiry during 2020 Census

By Abner Galino CIVIL Rights advocates recently criticized US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ decision to include the inquiry on citizenship in the 2020 Census. The critics said the question would cause many people, particularly those belonging to communities of color and immigrants, to shy away from the Census which could result in inaccurate counts. During a recent telebriefing organized […]

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Noypitz returns, Kapistahan closes

By Abner Galino A FILIPINO restaurant that has been gone for five years has re-opened as another in the heart of Filipinotown in Los Angeles bade goodbye to its clientele. Noypitz Bar and Grill officially opened its doors again to its Filipino American clients at noontime Saturday last week. The ribbon cutting was officiated by Philippine Consul General in Los […]

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Cebu Pacific looking into claims its staff stole from a Balikbayan luggage

By Benjie Lim Vergara THE management of Cebu Pacific Air has ordered a thorough investigation of the pilferage allegations by a Balikbayan who claimed to have lost a number of valuable personal effects from her luggage after she flew in to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Hong Kong. In a press statement on Monday, the CEB said they are […]

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Los Angeles artists and performers to hold tribute for Bernardo Bernardo

By Abner Galino ARTISTS, performers, community leaders and fans, whose lives were touched by the art and empathy of Bernardo Bernardo are paying him tribute at the Filipino Cultural Center next Saturday. The April 21 event is dubbed as “A tribute to Bernardo Bernardo: a musical, cultural and creative arts extravaganza.” The occasion is being spearheaded by the Filipino American […]

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OFW Pahima Alagasi (right), who suffered serious burns when her employer’s mother allegedly poured boiling water on her back in 2014, receives her two months' worth of salary from Saudi Arabian Deputy Interior Minister Nasser Al-Daood (center) at the Ministry of Interior in Riyadh. With them is Ambassador Adnan Alonto (left). DFA photo

Scalded OFW is finally home after four years of legal battle in KSA

By Benjie Lim Vergara FINALLY after four years of trying to return to home, Pahima Alagasi, a 26-year old Filipina domestic helper, was repatriated on Friday from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she reportedly was scalded by her sadistic employer. Pahima, who arrived via Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR655, was accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to Riyadh Adman Alonto. She was […]

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Poetry Reading in San Pedro, CA

Poetry Reading in San Pedro, CA

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State senatorial candidate Mike Eng is flanked by Filipino American leaders (from left to right) Art Garcia, Grace Barrios, Fernandico Gonong and Johnny Chua. Photo © Abner Galino

California State senatorial bet honors memory of Fil-Am leader

By Abner Galino AS he continues to make his rounds of communities in the San Gabriel Valley, California state senatorial candidate Mike Eng has been praising the legacy of Filipino American political leader Gonzalo “Monty” Manibog. Eng has been telling people that he lives in a street that was named Bataan by then former Monterey City Councilman Manibog to honor […]

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Miss Teen Cosmos California Rinoa Felix and Miss Cosmos California Krystal Fernandez. Photo © Tony Garcia

A neophyte and a seeded competitor bags separate crowns in Miss Cosmos tilt

By Abner Galino A 14-year-old first timer won as Miss Teen Cosmos California while a stunning 2nd runner up placer in a recent major Los Angeles beauty tilt was crowned Miss Cosmos California 2018. “I really didn’t expect this,” said Rinoa Felix while still on stage for pictorials shortly after last Sunday’s competition ended. Rinoa got the judges’ nods apparently […]

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Michael Jon Cantil's project "Smart Street Lighting Control System" won first place in middle school category. This is his second win. His first was in 2017.  Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Fil-Am student won Science Technology Engineering and Math fair two years in a row

By Lori Lyn Lirio FOR two consecutive years, Eskuelan San Francisco De Borja Filipino-American student Michael Jon Cantil won in the CNMI Public School System Island-wide Science Technology Engineering and Math Fair. Cantil, a seventh grader, won first place in the Middle School: 6th-8th Grade Category in the recently-held CNMI Public School System Island-wide STEM Fair at Chacha Ocean View […]

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Tinian High School senior Mariah Cruz at the Board of Education office. She was accepted at 2 Ivy League school and 11 universities.  Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Another Fil-Am student from Saipan was accepted to two Ivy League schools and 11 prestigious institutions

By Lori Lyn Lirio BOARD of Education student representative Mariah Cruz was accepted to two Ivy League schools and 11 prestigious institutions, including the U.S. Air Force Academy. Since the start of school year 2017-2018, Cruz, who is a Filipino-American, started applying to Yale, Princeton, Stanford, University of California Berkeley, University of California Irvine, University of California Merced, University of […]

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Former Assembly Member Mike Eng (5th from left) is flanked by LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis (left side) and his wife Congresswoman Judy Chu (right side).  They are joined by various local city mayors and executives, and by leaders of teacher and worker unions. Photo © Abner Galino

Bigtime politicians attend Mike Eng’s Calif State Senate campaign kick off

By Abner Galino AN assemblage of political bigwigs in the San Gabriel Valley graced late last month’s kick off activity of the California state senatorial campaign of former Assembly Member Mike Eng in El Monte. Among the political bigwigs who came and endorsed Eng’s candidacy last March 24 were Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Congresswoman […]

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Fil-Am Med student Ryan Ortizo. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio

Fil Am medical student accepted to Harvard University’s Master’s Degree program

By Lori Lyn Lirio A GRADUATING Filipino-American medical student from Saipan was offered by Harvard University a USD30,000 worth of scholarship for a one-year master’s degree program. Former Mount Carmel School student Fil Am Ryan Ortizo received a letter from Harvard University informing him that he was admitted to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is slated […]

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Future is bleak for Dreamers unless power changes in US Congress

By Abner Galino THE future is bleak for the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals under the administration of President Donald Trump, according to immigrant rights advocates. “It’s highly unlikely that Congress is going to pass any relief to benefit young people who make a huge contribution to the country they call home,” said America’s Voice in Washington […]

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Search is on for Mrs. and Miss FACLA; Miss Teen and Ms. Cosmos; and the Miss Philippines America

Search is on for Mrs. and Miss FACLA; Miss Teen and Ms. Cosmos; and the Miss Philippines America

By Abner Galino Beauty pageants are the Superbowl of the Filipinos. In 2015, Pia Wurtzbach got a hero’s welcome when she brought back the Miss Universe crown. Ayala Avenue, the main road of the Philippines’s business capital, was closed off in the middle of weekday and thousands of people gathered – carrying signs, waving flags and tearing up as they […]

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Couple Ted Rusk and Filipino wife Maria Monina poses during an interview in their home in Cerritos. Photo © Abner Galino

Ted Rusk anchors congress run on Trump’s border wall

By Abner Galino TED Rusk is someone who thinks that acquiescing to President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a border wall is the way to secure green cards for the “non-criminal” undocumented immigrants. Rusk, a contractor and one of the six Democrats challenging Rep. Ed Royce (R-Yorba Linda) to represent the 39th district of California in the US Congress, is […]

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State senatorial candidate Michael Eng (14th from left wearing dark glasses and navy blue suit) poses with Filipino American supporters in front of the Aztig Grill in West Covina last week. Photo © Joe Cobilla

State senatorial candidate endorses West Covina’s “Little Manila” designation

By Abner Galino A DEMOCRAT running for a seat in the State Senate has pledged to work for the designation of a part of West Covina’s commercial district as historic “Little Manila.” Mike Eng, a former immigration lawyer and a seasoned politician, said he will make it a part of his campaign platform to promote the designation of the Asuza-Amar […]

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Outstanding Fil-am student from Marianas accepted to National Society of High School Scholars and appointed its ambassador

Outstanding Fil-am student from Marianas accepted to National Society of High School Scholars and appointed its ambassador

By Lyn Lirio AN outstanding Filipino-American student student of Marianas High School was accepted to National Society of High School Scholars and selected as its ambassador. The announcement of Kelvin Ethan L.S. Wolf acceptance to the elite circle of students was made during the annual NSHSS holiday member event ceremony held in Cobb Galleria Centre, Altanta, Georgia in December last […]

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