Some of the 30-person strong members of DANSSA posing during a break from their practice at the parking lot of a motel in Arcadia, a suburb southwest of Los Angeles. Photo  ©  Abner Galino

A new Filipino dance team from QC vying for the top slot in an international dancing competition in LA

LOS Angeles, California – A female-dominated dance crew from a school in Lagro, Quezon City is here in the City of Angels to compete in the “World of Dance.” The dance crew — DANSSA — is composed of 17 female dancers and 11 male dancers who are students of the School of St. Anthony (junior high and high school levels). […]

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Saipan suffers from lack of nurses

SAIPAN is suffering from lack of nurses and it is aggravated by the current immigration policy of the United States government. This was disclosed Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) chief executive officer Esther Muna during an interview with reporters. She explained that because nurses are not eligible for H1-B visa (a visa which allows US employers to […]

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The manhunt is on for gunman of the mom of two Fil-Am-Chinese kids

The manhunt is on for gunman of the mom of two Fil-Am-Chinese kids

THE Los Angeles Country Sheriff’s Department has offered a $20,000 reward for any information that could lead to the arrest of a gunman who shot dead a hotel employee during a robbery attempt in Alhambra, California. Specifically, the police hopes that the financial incentive would help them: Identify a woman, tagged by police as a person of interest, who could […]

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Nhikzy Calma and Christiani Rebada show off their trophies to the Filipino American crowd at the gallery while their teammates celebrate behind them. Photo ©
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Filipino artists triumph anew in the “Talent Olympics” held in Los Angeles

THE Philippine team for the 2017 World Championships of Performing Arts made history anew for the country when it won both the grand championships in the junior and senior leagues and bagged more than 200 gold, bronze and silver medals. Cristiani Rebada took the Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World title while Nhikzy Calma bested everyone in his category […]

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Tagalog, the third most spoken language in California

By CBS-Los Angeles LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “Nagsasalita ako ng tagalog. I speak Tagalog.” A whopping 2.1 percent of Californians speak Tagalog, making the language native to the Philippines the most common foreign dialogue spoken in the state after Spanish. A new study from 24/7 Wall St. determined the most commonly spoken language in each state, using data from the United States Census […]

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Fil-Am artists exhibit in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown next week

Fil-Am artists exhibit in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown next week

A GROUP of Filipino American artists will be holding an exhibit of freshly created artworks in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles in an event dubbed as “Ugnayan sa Sining.” The July 14 to 28 event is “going to be the first in a series of exhibits of Filipino artists in the Historic Filipinotown,” said artist and Beyond Deadlines contributing […]

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Members of the Philippine-based Junior New System (JNS) dance crew pose with fans in front of a community center in Eagle Rock in Los Angeles after performing for elderly Filipino Americans on Wednesday (July 5, 2017).                                            Photo © Abner Galino

We are Back

THE popular 11-man Philippine dance crew bearing a storied past that could be traced back from a poor neighborhood in Sampaloc, Manila is back to further their skills in Los Angeles. Last year, the dance crew was hailed here as the “Grand champion performer of the world” during the annual World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Long Beach. […]

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The Filipino BBQ is now in town

The Filipino BBQ is now in town

ASIDE from crude oil, cowboys and deserts, the great southern state of Texas is known for its traditional barbecue for it is a staple in every Texan dining table during the holidays and other special occasions. Thus the recent opening in Webster, Texas of Filipino Barbecue, a restaurant specializing on traditional Filipino meat roasting or BBQ; is a welcome development […]

Competitors to the World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2017. Pose for supporters at the Filipino Cultural Center in downtown Los Angeles. Photo 
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Los Angeles based Filipinos in Bayanihan Mode

LOS Angeles based Filipinos went into Bayanihan mode after learning that the Philippine government did not extend any support to the 100 Filipino artists who will compete in the 2017 World Championships of the Performing Arts. The Philippine team, which is considered worldwide a WCOPA powerhouse, includes six-year-old dancer Manuel Alfonso Unabia from Davao, eight-year-old showbiz neophyte Nhickzy Calma and […]

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Dr. Jose Rizal. Image © philurbanlegends.blogspot.com

Rizal’s 156th b’day celebrated in Historic Filipinotown

A SIMPLE but meaningful celebration was held in the Historic Filipinotown in downtown Los Angeles to commemorate the 156th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal, national hero of the Philippines. Fittingly organized by the Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown chapter, the June 19 celebration was held at the Manila Terrace Social Hall at Temple St. Knights Commander Dr. Orlando Cagampan presided the […]

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Senator Nancy Binay (seated second from right) shares light moments with well-wishers during a book signing event of prominent chef Grace O (seated on the far right) at the Silver Lake Medical Center cafeteria in the Historic Filipinotown in LA.  Photo © Abner Galino

PH Senator Nancy Binay hopeful that education will soon be free for millions of Filipinos

PHILIPPINE Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday said the 2017 national budget of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte would be able to fulfill its promise of free tuition for millions of Filipino students. During an interview with reporters in downtown Los Angeles, the visibly optimistic Binay said the 31 percent increase over the budget of the education department will  help […]

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Jessa Zaragoza, her husband Dingdong Avandazo and daughter  Jayda during their press conference Photo © Abner Galino

“I Am Me: Jessa Zaragoza” is coming to Los Angeles

THE multi-acclaimed show “I Am Me: Jessa Zaragoza” is coming to Los Angeles, California in August. This was announced last Wednesday by Ms. Zaragoza, her husband Dingdong Avanzado and daughter Jayda Avanzado during a press conference at the Leelin Bakery and Café at the Eagle Rock Plaza, Los Angeles. Zaragoza, an enduring singer and actress, said she was excited to […]

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Ageline Sahagun after receiving her Bachelors of Science in Biology degree at University of Guam. Photo © Lyn Lirio

Fil-Ams in Saipan continue quest for acedemic excellence

A FILIPINA-American who recently graduated summa cum laude from a Guam based university got the rare privilege to continue her post collegiate studies at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medicine learning institutions in the United States. Ageline Sahagun, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Guam last May […]

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Gary V gives off the pure  energy in Pasadena

Gary V gives off the pure energy in Pasadena

AS EXPECTED, Gary Valenciano gives off more than enough energy in a concert early this month to electrify the Filipino American crowd at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The crowd, a mix of mostly young and middle-aged persons, was still craving for more at the end of the June 3 show. Valenciano, also known as Gary V or Mr. Pure Energy, […]

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Lenard Gabriel Sarmiento Marcial delivers his valedictory address.  Photo © Lyn Lirio

Another Fil-Am student in Saipan got top academic honor

A FILIPINO-American topped the graduating class for school year 2017 of a prestigious international school in Saipan. Lenard Gabriel Sarmiento Marcial got the highest award given to a student who achieved academic and spiritual excellence. He was among the 32 students who graduated this year from Eucon International School. Specifically, Sarmiento received the President’s award while another Asian American, Xin […]

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A Bangladeshi cultural performer displays a snippet of her country’s traditional dance at the press luncheon on June 8 at the Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles. At the foreground are the flags of the United States of America and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.                               Photo © Abner Galino

Bangladesh is 37th Lotus Festival’s host

THE 37th Lotus Festival in Los Angeles will honor and showcase the people and culture of Bangladesh. To drumbeat the exciting two-day event on July 15 to 16, 2017, the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Los Angeles Lotus Festival Inc., held a press luncheon on Thursday (June 8) at the Echo Park Lake and presented the staff of […]

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Nathaniel Snodgrass (extreme left) Michael Roy Ortizo (center) with Jaqueline Doctor (right) Photo © Lyn Lirio

Filipino-American HS students in Northern Marianas continue quest for academic excellence

GRADUATING Filipino-American students continue to dominate the high school academic landscape in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands not only in public schools but in private institutions as well. This time, it was Mount Carmel School’s Class 2017 valedictorian, Michael Roy Ortizo, who is a Fil-Am. In their valedictory and salutatory speeches, Ortizo and salutatorian Jaqueline B. Doctor both admitted […]

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Bamboo’s Texas Concert Tour

Bamboo’s Texas Concert Tour

FORMER Rivermaya vocalist, now solo artist, Bamboo Mañalac is set to hit the University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall in downtown Houston, Texas for a one night concert in September. Aptly titled “The Oven” due to Texas’ sweltering heat and the expected crowd, the 7 pm. concert in Houston on September 16 will kickoff the Texas leg of Bamboo’s U.S. […]

Students from California State University (CSU) lead the 5th Kalayaan Parade by carrying and waving Philippine flags. Photo © Abner Galino

Filipinotown jumpstarts PH Independence Day celebrations in Southern California

THE Filipino American communities in southern California continue their week long celebration of 119th Philippine Independence Day by launching different commemoration events which will culminate on Saturday with a program in Carson City that will be attended by superstar couple Dingdong Dantes and his wife Maryanne Rivera. Through the labor the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, Inc. (PIDF), in conjunction with […]

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Participants to this year’s Flores de Mayo gather on stage shortly after a brief parade as part of the 32nd annual Paranaque Fiesta. The event was held at the Glendale Civic Auditorium last Saturday Photo © Abner Galino

P’que celebrates annual 32nd fiesta in Glendale, California

FILIPINO-Americans who originated from the colorful and historic Paranaque City in the Philippines, successfully held their 32nd annual Paranaque Fiesta Celebration in the city of Glendale, a suburb northeast of Los Angeles. The event was highlighted by a jovial and colorful parade of lavishly dressed girls and women known in the Philippines as Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May). Minda […]

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