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Interim Commissioner of Education Glenn Muña with student awardees Bethany Toni Limes Taitano, No'elani Kioko Manibusan Romolor, Princess Rikki Dela Cruz Lacson, Kaiana Darlene Fitial Piteg and Ely Joseph De Guzman Taitano. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Another Filipino-American becomes the valedictorian of her batch in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio FILIPINO Americans continue grabbing the top academic honors in Saipan this time in Chacha Ocean View Middle School. This was learned as COVMS recently promoted 77 middle schoolers to high school during a simple ceremony at the school’s cafeteria. COVMS Principal Martha Kintol said the Class of 2018 selected the theme: “Plant the seeds of your dreams, […]

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Henry Acorda. Image © DFA

A true hero returns home

By Benjie Lim Vergara THE remains of a true hero returns home Tuesday morning only to be met with a mediocre government presence. The body of Henry Acorda, who was mortally injured for defending a Filipina by a suspected Neo-Nazi in Slovakia, was flown in to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport accompanied by his mother in a jet plane provided by […]

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Francisco M. Sablan Middle School salutarorian Camia Janae Aguon Sablan and valedictorian Mariechrist Castro. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

A Filipino American grab the top academic honor as she led the middle school graduates of Saipan’s FMSMS

By Lori Lyn Lirio LED by their Filipino American valedictorian, 97 8th grade students of the Francisco M. Sablan Middle School has been promoted to 9th grade during its 4th annual promotional ceremony recently held at Royal Taga Ballroom World Resort. Principal James Sablan introduced the Class of 2018 promotees, who he said have brought honor and accomplishment to the […]

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Filipino Americans and Vietnamese Americans join forces to protest People’s Republic of China’s incursion into the Philippine territory in the West Philippine Sea.  The two groups met in front of the Chinese consulate office in mid-city in Shatto Place, Los Angeles on June 12, the day marks the 120th Philippine Independence Day. Photo by Odette Galino

Fil-Ams, Viet-Ams demonstrate together at Chinese embassy in Los Angeles

By Abner Galino WITH the temperature hovering between 80 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, contingents of Filipino Americans and Vietnamese Americans together held a mass action in front People’s Republic of China (PRC) consulate office in mid-city Los Angeles Tuesday to protest the alleged aggressive behavior of the rising Asian superpower in the West Philippine Sea. For the Filipino Americans, Tuesday, […]

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Ms. Lynda Reyes Photo © Vics Magsaysay

Artist Lynda A. N. Reyes’ Solo Exhibit in Burbank set

THE Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center Gallery, the municipal gallery of Burbank, California is proud to present this July, artist Lynda A. N. Reyes in her the solo exhibition in oil and watercolor. The exhibit, which will be held at the BLCAC Gallery at 1100 West Clarke Avenue, will highlight her watercolor and oil paintings that have been featured in […]

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Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California candidates with organizers and sponsors (from left to right) candidates Allison Lorenzo, Mariflor Sab Duhay, Alyssa Villagracia, Nina Ancheta, Maricel Gibson, Mutya organizer Venus Marin, sponsor Emerald Gutierrez, Susan Lim, Jenny Guzman Yu, candidates Jenice Domaoal, Jeena Dimaandal, Jill Marucut, Kyra Decastro and Korina Almalvez. Photo  © Tony Garcia

Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California has final candidates’ roster

By Abner Galino THE Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California has 10 candidates who will compete for a chance to be part of the 50th anniversary staging of the second oldest national beauty pageant in the Philippines. During a press conference in Cerritos last June 10, Mutya ng Pilipinas Southern California officials Venus Macias Marin and Camille Agbayani said their organization […]

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Candidates to the Miss Filipina International (formerly Binibining Pilipinas USA) carry the banner of the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles during the parade. Photo © Teodoro Yap

Filipinotown kicks off 120th day independence celebration in Southern California

By Abner Galino REIGNING beauty queens and candidates headlined the Kalayaan parade in the historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles as Filipino Americans celebrate the 120th Philippine Independence Day all over Southern California. As billed, this year’s Filipinotown parade has eclipsed similar parades of the previous years. This year’s independence celebration is anchored on the theme: Pagbabagong ipinaglaban alay sa masaganang […]

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Colegio San Agustin-Makati veterans formed first ever CSA veteran educators association in the US

Colegio San Agustin-Makati veterans formed first ever CSA veteran educators association in the US

AFTER several attempts through the years, the former staff and faculty members of Colegio San Agustin-Makati finally made it and launched the first ever association of CSA veterans in the United States. Guided by Agustinian values, the CSAer educators, families and friends elected their first set of officers during the founding meeting of the newly formed “The Filipino-American Agustinians” (FA) […]

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Manta Ray battalion during the change of command ceremony held at the SSHS ground

Fil Am student commands the famous Junior ROTC battalion of Saipan Souther High School

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE famous Manta Ray battalion of the Saipan Southern High School is again commanded by a Filipino American student after being led by another Fil Am high school student who brought it honors last year, it was learned yesterday. Nicole Malasarte is now the new Manta Ray battalion commander, replacing Joanna Yutuc. The change of command […]

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Diwa stills

Short film on a Pinay “TNT” competes in Indie film festival for an Oscar slot

By Abner Galino I DON’T know which is harder for a filmmaker to do: To expound on a story on a hefty time frame or to squeeze a story into a limited time span. But certainly, the guys who made the short film titled “Diwa,” (which in Filipino either means “essence” or “spirit”) did a good job at it. Diwa, […]

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US immigration rejected transitional worker petitions for over 100 Saipan nurses

By Lori Lyn Lirio DESPITE the lack of health care professionals in Saipan, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has rejected the transitional worker petition filed by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation for 111 nurses, nurse managers and supervisors, it was learned yesterday. According to CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña, the CHCC has filed CW (transitional worker) petitions for […]

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Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands team preparing for national debate in Florida

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands team preparing for national debate in Florida

By Lori Lyn Lirio JONATHAN Wolf and Filipino American Vladimir Palma, who won in 2017 National Junior Speech Debate Association championship, both aim to make it to the final round when they compete at 2018 NJSDA to be held at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 20-22. “I am really hoping to make it at least to Top 5. Semi final […]

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Filipino American valedictorian of Marianas High School and Harvard U student accepted as a Google intern

Filipino American valedictorian of Marianas High School and Harvard U student accepted as a Google intern

By Lori Lyn Lirio MARIANAS High School valedictorian of Class 2017 Robert Malate was accepted in Google as summer intern in its California office. For the next 12 weeks, Malate, a Filipino American, will be under Google’s Engineering Practicum Internship program. “This is a unique internship that Google offers that is primarily focused to freshman and sophomore college students,” Malate […]

MHS keynote speaker Republic of Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio

“Be the leaders today, don’t wait for tomorrow” — Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr.

By Lori Lyn Lirio “I AM not going to tell you that you are the leaders of tomorrow. No, you are the leaders starting today. Don’t wait for tomorrow. The sky is the limit. Go for it and create your future. Thus said Republic of Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr. to the 392 graduates of the Marianas High School graduation […]

(File Photo) Consul General Adelio S. Cruz (4th from left on the front row) poses with FACLA president Fernandico Gonong (3rd from left on the front row) and a group of Filipino American youths inside Filipino Cultural Center compound in Temple St., Los Angeles.

Los Angeles’ Filipinotown is all set for 120th Philippine Independence

By Abner Galino THE Historic Filipinotown is all set to hold one of the biggest Filipino American parade in celebration of the 120th Philippine Independence Day. This year’s independence celebration is anchored on the theme: Pagbabagong ipinaglaban alay sa masaganang bukas. (Changes fought for sacrifices for a prosperous future). As of this writing, some 32 organizations have confirmed their participation […]

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The graduating students of Northern Marianas College

Fil Am with Latin honors among the graduating class of Northern Marianas College

By Lori Lyn Lirio A FILIPINO American student this year led the biggest contingent of graduating students in the history of Northern Marianas College. Patrick Cloyd Laude Agustin, who earned two summa cum laude honors for the two degrees he attained, led some 256 students, including 80 honor students, last May 19 in receiving their diplomas during the NMC’s 38th […]

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Eskuelan San Francisco De Borja student Michael Jon Cantil receives a trophy for winning first place in Energy and Invention Category at the Guam Science Fair on May 4-5.

For the nth time, Fil Am student from Saipan brought home top prize in science competition

By Lori Lyn Lirio ANOTHER FILIPINO American student from Saipan brought home top academic honors early this month when he won top prize in the annual science fair, it was learned yesterday. Eskuelan San Francisco De Borja student Michael Jon C. Cantil won first place in the Energy and Invention Category during at the 40th annual Island Wide Science Fair […]

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Fil Am student from Saipan International School finished 10th in the national math competition

Fil Am student from Saipan International School finished 10th in the national math competition

By Lori Lyn Lirio A FILIPINO American student from the Saipan International School earned a top ten slot in a recently concluded national math competition in Kansas City, where more than 100 students from across the United States competed. Ninth grader Frederic Dean Michael Guintu finished 10th at the Mathleague Championship held last May 19 at the University of Missouri. […]

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Boxers Jerwin Ancajas and Jonas Sultan flank couple Rey and Bernie Ganon, FACLA director and office manager.

Pinoy boxers in tears after surprise reception in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown

By Abner Galino TOMORROW, either International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas would have retained his junior bantamweight world boxing belt, or his challenger Jonas Sultan would have earned his first world championship title. Whichever way the Fresno, California fight goes, the Philippines will not lose a world championship belt — as both fighters are Filipinos — and the […]

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War movie screening a hit in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio A ONE night screening of the movie series “We Drank Our Tears” crashed the box office early this month as all tickets were sold out even before the screening date. The movie’s writer, producer and director, Galvin Deleon, said the filming and showing of “We Drank Our Tears” series was a dream and vision come true […]

Members of the Leyte Dance Theater pose with Los Angeles community leaders and members of the media during a meet and greet at the Filipino Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Photo © Pol Joaquin

Leyte theater group winds up US tour in Los Angeles and San Jose

By Abner Galino THE exceptional Leyte Dance Theater is winding up its 8th US tour via a twin performance in California, particularly in Los Angeles and San Jose. Since April, the Leyte Dance Theater had performed in the states of New York, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Arizona. “The motto of our dance company is: The last performance […]

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport © rappler.com

Filipino diplomats held in Kuwait return home

By Benjie Lim Vergara THREE Philippine Embassy employees who were allegedly involved in the controversial rescue of Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait came home Friday afternoon after being held in prison there for several days. Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) refused to identify the three DFA personnel, who were immediately whisked to a waiting vehicle at the […]

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Reigning IBF world junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas poses with Beyond Deadlines writer/Weekend Balita reporter Abner Galino at the Los Angeles International Airport arrival lobby.
Photo © Tony Garcia

History repeats in Pinoy boxing annals

By Abner Galino HISTORY is bound to repeat itself on May 26 in Fresno, California. That is, a far as Filipino boxing history is concerned. Two Filipino pugilists, International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas and IBF’s No. 1 contender Jonas Sultan, will slug it out for the world bantamweight championship about ten days from now. The last time […]

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Filipino veteran leader Franco Arcebal shares a light moment with Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) President Fernandico Gonong. Photo © Pol Joaquin

8 living Filipino veterans,15 others get US Congressional Gold Medal

By Abner Galino EIGHT living and 15 representatives of deceased Filipino World War II veterans received the United States Congressional Gold Medals in a momentous occasion Wednesday at the Filipino Cultural Center at the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. The awarding of the highest civilian award medals was officiated by retired United States Army Major General Antonio Taguba, chairman of […]

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John Mendoza. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Fil Am from Saipan accepted at West Point

By Lori Lyn Lirio JHON C. Mendoza’s dream of joining the military came true when he was recently accepted at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy. Mendoza, a Fil Am and graduating student from Marianas High School, will be a member of the Class of 2022. He learned of his acceptance to America’s premier military school last April. “It was […]

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