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Victims and former activists lighted candles, sang patriotic songs and chanted anti-Martial Law slogans after a forum held at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday (September 21), the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines.                                  Photo © Abner Galino

Why “moving on” is tough for PH Martial Law victims

ALMOST simultaneously as Filipino American youths were angrily remembering the 45th year when martial law was imposed in the Philippines in front of the consular office in Los Angeles, older members of the community held a forum at the nearby Pilipino Workers Center (PWC). One of the forum’s guests, Charice Nadal, was supposed to read a statement from Af3irm, a […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
A piece of Vics Magsaysay’s splendid collection of photography of World Heritage sites in the Philippines as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

PH Consul General to grace Pamana ng Lahi exposition in Filipinotown, California

PHILIPPINE Consul General in Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz is set to attend the next month’s Pamana ng Lahi exposition at the Filipino Cultural Center in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles to show the government’s support for Filipino artists. Emily Manansala-Roberts, president emeritus of Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) made the announcement shortly after receiving […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Culture and the Arts, Diaspora, News
Dr. Laura Torres-Souder Photo © Guam Pacific Daily News

“The indigenous people’s history is not the story of what other people did in their homeland” – Dr. Laura Souder

IN a bid to reclaim the history of indigenous people, Dr. Laura M. Torres Souder, a Chamorro historian, promotes indigenous revisionism by challenging the participants of the recent Third Marianas History Conference to free themselves from restrictions when telling the cultural heritage and history. “Indigenous revisionism is a form of writing history that is based on indigenous experience and what […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Hurricane Irma as it pummels Puerto Rico Photo ©

PH airport authorities preparing to receive hurricane Irma evacuees

THE Manila International Airport Authority is preparing to receive Filipinos fleeing from the devastation brought about by hurricane Irma in the American territory of Puerto Rico. The MIAA said at least 132 Filipinos are expected to arrive Wednesday night on board a Department of Foreign Affairs chartered Philippine Airlines flight. Among the expected evacuees are three expecting mothers, two elderly, […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Filipinotown, Los Angeles to hold month-long  art and photography exposition

Filipinotown, Los Angeles to hold month-long art and photography exposition

A VALUABLE photography collection on World Heritage sites in the Philippines, as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will be the main feature of a month-long exposition of arts and photography in Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles in October. The collection, a labor of love from multi-awarded artist, writer, poet, lensman and one of Beyond […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Pro-DACA rally in Los Angeles, California Photo © Abner Galino

More immigration advocates to sue US Pres. Donald Trump over DACA

AN advocate of the National Immigration Law Center bared plans to hale United States President Donald Trump to court for violating federal administrative law that prohibits the capricious reversal of of a reliant and well-established policy like the Deferred Actions on Childhood Arrivals or more commonly known as DACA. If filed, it will be among the many lawsuits all over […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Two masked protesters display their handmade signs as marchers mass up at MacArthur Park. Photo © Abner Galino

Thousands march in Los Angeles to support DACA

THOUSANDS of people from all walks of life and ethnic origins, including Filipino Americans, marched through the streets of Los Angeles to protest the Trump administration’s ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The protesters bearing handmade signs started massing up at 3 p.m. at MacArthur Park on Alvarado St. and moved through Echo Park Lake, and ended […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
San Francisco de Borja church, Songsong Village, Rota island. Photo © http://northernmarianas.50webs.com

Marianas looking for funds to keep 130-year old convent

THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council and the Historic Preservation Office are looking for local funding to save the 130-year-old Convento in Rota, which has been standing since the late Spanish period. According to the Council’s executive director Scott Russell, there has been request over the last 20 years to demolish the building because it may be a safety-threat to students. […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Thousands of people marched through the streets of Los Angeles yesterday, each one of them carried a little message. Photo taken at the MacArthur Park where demonstrators massed up. Photo © Abner Galino

Tears of a Dreamer

LUIS Quiroz, a graduating student from San Francisco State University, was inside a bus and on his way to school when news broke that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been rescinded by the Trump administration. “I was kind of browsing the internet, reading through the headlines, when one comment has actually been made… I wasn’t prepared for […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Bagyo with comrades from the US Marine Corps during their tour of duty in Iraq. Image © Mark Villamac Ho a.k.a Bagyo

Iraq war veteran “Bagyo” fights the fight of his life

THE scorching daytime heat and the cold nights of the desert around the Al Numaniyah district in Iraq were all but sparse memories for Filipino-American Marine Sgt. Mark Villamac Ho, better known here in Los Angeles as “Bagyo” — the hip-hop artist. The invasion of Iraq resulted in deaths of more than 4,000 American soldiers who participated on two large-scale […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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Beyond Deadlines on Howdy Philippines and Pinoy Houston TV YouTube #28– “Bayanihan and Harvey”

Kindly watch Beyond Deadlines’ segment at Howdy Philippines where Beyond Deadlines and PHTV reporters gave some updates about hurricane Harvey which left the City of Houston and nearby areas devastated. Thanks and God bless… The Beyond Deadlines on TV/YouTube segment was produced by the Houston, Texas based Pinoy Houston TV. The TV show time is every Saturday at 1 p.m. […]

Sweeney Mae, (second from left) marketing director of South Pavilion, joins the founders of Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF) Abe Pagtama, Jush Andowitt and Fe Koons (from left to right). Others are selection committee members, media people and supporters.                 Photo © Tony Garcia

THE Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival is back and getting better

THE Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival is back for its second year and hopefully it is for the long haul. As expected from any organization slogging the learning curve, LAPIFF went through a lot of challenges, the hardest of which was, of course, the money challenge. The money challenge is so difficult, as intimated by veteran Filipino American actor […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment, News
Beyond Deadlines on Howdy Philippines and Pinoy Houston TV YouTube #27– “Harvey”

Beyond Deadlines on Howdy Philippines and Pinoy Houston TV YouTube #27– “Harvey”

Kindly watch Beyond Deadlines’ segment at Howdy Philippines where yours truly and PHTV reporters gave some updates about hurricane Harvey which left the City of Houston and nearby areas devastated. Thanks and God bless… The Beyond Deadlines on TV/YouTube segment was produced by the Houston, Texas based Pinoy Houston TV. The TV show time is every Saturday at 1 p.m. […]

Hurricane Harvey causes destruction and flooding in Texas. Image © businessinsider.com

Hurricane Harvey left 18 people dead and billions worth of damages in Texas

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and JUAN LOZANO,Associated Press THE rains have stopped but hurricane Harvey left at least 18 people dead as of Wednesday morning and an estimated US$42 billion worth of damages in private properties and public infrastructures in the inland and coastal areas of Texas as it slowly grinds the neighboring state of Louisiana. At least 15,000 people were […]

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PH Department of Foreign Affairs expresses solidarity with victims of hurricane Harvey

THE Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has expressed its sympathies over the reported deaths in Texas in the wake of what has been described as one of the most devastating storms in the southern state’s history. Storm Harvey, which triggered massive flooding in Houston and surrounding areas, left at least five persons dead and more than a dozen injured, according […]

by Admin· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Slow-Moving Hurricane Harvey Causes Massive Destruction in Texas

Slow-Moving Hurricane Harvey Causes Massive Destruction in Texas

By Sputnik News SLOW-moving Hurricane Harvey – the strongest storm to hit the US in over ten years – is knocking down structures and flooding rivers in the region, and much more rain is expected over the next three to five days. A powerful and slow-moving Category 4 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico that came ashore in southwest Texas on Friday night — lashing […]

by Admin· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Environment, Health, News
Lensman Romeo Balboa (middle) holds his granddaughter as he poses with fellow Los Angeles photographers Rudy Autor (left) and Benny Uy (right). Behind them are some of Balboa’s frames that are on display at the La Habra Art Gallery.  The exhibit called Flash and Strokes also features the works of visual artist Edwin Tuazon.

Rags-to-riches Fil-Am mechanic/photographer opens exhibit in La Habra Gallery, Southern California

ORDINARILY, travel and journey are interchangeable words. But when aiming for subtle shades of meaning, “travel” means a literal movement from one place to another and “journey” refers to a non-physical passage. So, first let me tell you the story about the travel. About two dozens photographs of places, animals and landscapes are on display at the La Habra Art […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Edwin Duterte poses for Weekend Balita/US Asian Post during an interview at the Silver Lake Medical Center building in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. Photo © Abner Galino

Two Fil-Ams seek elective posts in Los Angeles county (Last of two parts)

TWO Filipino Americans are very visible these days in our neighborhoods. One of them, Alex De Ocampo, is caught up in the heat of the moment as he campaigns for the vacant California’s 51st Assembly District. While the other one, Edwin Duterte*, is still sort of “testing the waters” as the elections for the 43rd congressional district of California, the […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Alex de Ocampo, the Fil-Am candidate for the 51st Assembly District, poses during an interview in a coffee shop in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. Photo © Abner Galino

Two Fil-Ams seek elective posts in Los Angeles county (Part 1)

TWO Filipino Americans are very visible these days in our neighborhoods. One of them, Alex De Ocampo, is caught up in the heat of the moment as he campaigns for the vacant California’s 51st Assembly District. While the other one, Edwin Duterte*, is still sort of “testing the waters” as the elections for the 43rd congressional district of California, the […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
The candidates for Miss Teen Fil-Am 2017 show their form during a media presentation at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resorts in Carlsbad last August 12, 2017. Photo © Pol Joaquin

FACO presents candidates for 2017 Miss and Miss Teen Fil-Am

THE Filipino American Cultural Organization (FACO) of northern San Diego presented to the media last Saturday the 12 candidates for the 2017 Miss Fil-Am and the 2017 Miss Teen Fil-Am at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, California. The coronation for the dual beauty tilt, according to FACO Chairperson Rein Hanson, is scheduled on August 19 at the California […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Filipiniana fashion wows crowd during fiesta celebration at Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles

Filipiniana fashion wows crowd during fiesta celebration at Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles

A FILIPINIANA fashion show performed by beauty queens delighted the crowd at the recently held fiesta in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles early this month. Fashion designer Carl Andrada put out a colorful and ingeniously designed retinue of ball gowns for the 11 beauty titlists of the Miss Young Philippines USA and Miss Philippines USA. Half of the gowns […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Pinoy Houston TV celebrates one year of service to the Fil-Am community

Pinoy Houston TV celebrates one year of service to the Fil-Am community

HOUSTON, TX –Pinoy Houston TV, the first and only Filipino-American television channel in Texas, will formally celebrate its first anniversary this Saturday in recognition of its continuing success in community building. Among those expected to grace the simple August 12 event, which will start at 6 pm. at PHTV’s office at 11110 Bellaire Boulevard, are Houston City Mayor Sylvester Turner, […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Some members and supporters of the more than 40-strong Philippine Dragon Boat Alliance who saw action in the 2017 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival at the Marine Stadium in Long Beach, California.           Photo © Abner Galino

Filipino rowers bag silver medal of the 2017 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival

A GROUP of Filipino paddlers who flew in from at least five countries (hence dubbed as the Philippine OFW team), bagged two silver medals in the annual Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival. The Philippine Dragon Boat Alliance won in the Men’s and the Women’s 500-meter events and placed 6th overall in the Toyota Super Dragon Final. The 2017 Long Beach […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Former US State Department diplomat and Filipino American Sonny Busa (middle) announces a news during a lull in the Spotlight on Vets benefit concert in Van Nuys last Saturday (July 29,2017) as Philippine Consul General for Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz (right) listens. Photo © Abner Galino

Former US President Barack Obama to confer Congressional Medal on Filipino WWII vets

FORMER United States President Barack Obama this month is set to confer the highly regarded Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II veterans in Washington D.C. This was announced on Saturday (July 30) by Sonny Busa, a Filipino American and a former diplomat at the US State Department, while on stage at a fundraising concert in Van Nuys, a […]

by Abner Galino· · 2 comments · Diaspora, News
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Bishop Alfredo Verzosa, a true servant of God

THE name Bishop Alfredo Verzosa wouldn’t ring a bell among Filipino Catholics thus, for those who knew him, it is disheartening that he didn’t enjoy public admiration commensurate to the travails that he lived through and the consequent accomplishments he made during his lifetime for the sake of faith and the Catholic Church in the Philippines. Verzosa is the first […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News