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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 […]

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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.
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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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Progressives to protests Duterte’s alleged murderous administration in front of PH consulate in Los Angeles

Progressives to protests Duterte’s alleged murderous administration in front of PH consulate in Los Angeles

THE national “Stop the Killings Speaking Tour: People’s Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines” will culminate on Friday noon in a protest action in front of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-US Chapter (ICHRP-US) and the MALAYA network, the rallyists will bring Filipino church leaders, students, […]

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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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