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A part of a recent Philippine Independence Day (June 12, 2018) joint rally by Filipinos and Vietnamese in front of the Chinese embassy in Los Angeles. Photo by Ren Arrieta

Filipinos, Vietnamese celebrate RP’s court victory over China in sea dispute

By Abner Galino FILIPINO Americans and their Vietnamese American allies on Thursday held another joint demonstration in front of the People’s Republic of China’s consular office in Los Angeles to protest the alleged territorial incursions of the Asian superpower in the West Philippine Sea. The protest was timed with the second anniversary of the decision of the United Nations (UN) […]

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(From left to right) Belly dancer Diane Caneda, Japan-based singer/songwriter Emma Cordero, comedian Mary Ann Muah and one of the show’s organizers Rose Sarreal thank the audience at the end of the show. Photo by Teodoro Yap

“Boom jazz tic” concert delivers the bang!

By Abner Galino A HASTILY organized concert dubbed “Boom Jazz Tic,” which was primarily meant to raise fund for the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) and to provide a venue for a visiting Japan-based Filipina artist, led to an entertaining “birit” showdown between the three principal performers. “It kind of turned into something like a contest on who could belt out […]

Philippine Senator Grace Poe (6th from right) hands a plaque of appreciation to LACFAEA president Antonio F. Mendoza. Other union officers 2nd vice president Edwin Martinez (3rd from right) and advisory board chair Marge Ordiales (4th from right) look on. Photo by Tony Garcia

Sen. Grace Poe calls on Fil-Ams to protect undocumented Pinoys

By Abner Galino “SUWELDONG Sibuyas? Alam n’yo ba ‘yun? Mapaluluha ka kapag hinati-hati mo na sa iba’t ibang gastusin.” Clearly the most applauded of all the jokes that Senator Grace Poe delivered last week in front of the members and officers of the Los Angeles County Filipino American Employees Association (LACFAEA) in downtown Los Angeles. Humor partly mirrors social realities […]

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Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Garcia. Image © canadianinquirer.net

PH envoys, local officials discuss programs to uplift welfare of Filipinos in Alberta

By Rodolfo Andal PHILIPPINE diplomatic officials in Canada met with ranking government officials to discuss ways to advance the welfare of the Filipino diaspora in Alberta. Ambassador to Canada Petronila P. Garcia and Consul General in Calgary Gilberto G.B. Asuque  called on Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman at her office in the Alberta Legislature Building, where they […]

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The Continental Miss Philippines America candidates during their presentation at the James Irvine Japanese Garden in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday. Photo by Phillip Ner

Continental Miss Philippines America presents 2018 candidates

By Abner Galino THE Continental Miss Philippines America has presented its final line up of candidates for its 2018 competition during a simple ceremony at the James Irvine Japanese Garden in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday. The event was graced by Janicel Lubina, who was Binibining Pilipinas 2015 and Miss World Philippines 1st runner up in 2013. The candidates are […]

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IMMIGRATION activists in Los Angeles are currently “occupying” the sidewalk on the north side of the Federal building at Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles. The building houses the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USIS). The protest is particularly directed against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE). The “occupation is ongoing” as the activists vowed to stay in the area as “long as the violence and injustice perpetrated by ICE agents continue.” Protesters are occupying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities across the country. They were inspired by a Portland protest that resulted in the indefinite shutdown of an ICE detention center on Wednesday. Photo © Abner Galino

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Council member O’farrel announces renovations in Filipinotown

Council member O’farrel announces renovations in Filipinotown

By Abner Galino LOS Angeles City District 13 Council member Mitch O’farrel has recently announced important renovations in the historic Filipinotown. During a recent meeting with leaders of the Filipino American community at the Silver Lake Medical Center in the historic Filipinotown, O’farrel reported that money has been allotted for the restoration of two important murals in the area, among […]

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CHCC to still seek permanent status for its nurses

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corporation Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña said the CHCC will continue to secure improved status for its nurses and hospital staff even after the CNMI Workforce Act has passed the hurdle in the U.S. Congress. During the proclamation signing of the CNMI Nurses Week, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres reported that the U.S. Congress passed […]

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Three Fil Ams advance to California general elections

By Abner Galino THREE Filipino Americans, one of them a descendant of an old Philippine political clan, have advanced to the California general election. The three will respectively be running to win California’s congressional district seats 14th, 21st and 34th in the United States Congress. But the good news seems to end there. The chances of anyone of them winning […]

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The PH reaffirms before the UNHRC its advocacy on the promotion and protection of migrant’s rights

By Rodolfo Andal THE Philippine permanent representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva has reaffirmed the country’s promotion and protection of the rights of migrants. Ambassador Evan P. Garcia made the affirmation during a conversation with Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Felipe Gonzales Morales Wednesday last week on the margins of the 38th Session of the […]

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Philippine Expressions Bookshop to launch World War II book

Philippine Expressions Bookshop to launch World War II book

SAN Pedro, CA – Philippine Expressions Bookshop will host a book talk on June 30, featuring “We Were There Too, Uncle,” a compendium of stories and essays about the civilian prisoners in Japanese-occupied Philippines during World War ll. The book talk event, which is from 3:00 pm–6:00 pm, will be held at the bookshop at 479 West Sixth St., Suite […]

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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 […]