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 […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 3 comments · Diaspora, News
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 […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
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 […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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 […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
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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Consul General Adelio Adelito S. Cruz assists a Filipino WW II veteran cut the ribbon to open the exhibit at the Philippine Consulate office. Also in photo are volunteers who portray Philippine Scouts during WW II and another one who portrays US Army General Douglas MacArthur. On the far right is Gil Mislang, leader of Lt. Alexander Nininger of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society. Photo © Abner Galino

PH Consul General in Los Angeles kicks off fund raiser for Filipino vet’s gold medals

PHILIPPINE Consul General in Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz recently kicked off a benefit concert aimed to generate money for the production of United States Congressional Gold Medal for each of the surviving Filipino World War II veterans and, posthumously, to the families of those who already died. During a press conference organized by Mutch Carino of the Maxx […]

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Kycel Butters with her family. She receives Board of Education award and graduated valedictorian.  Photo © Lyn Lirio

Fil-Am HS students continue their top academic streak

GRADUATING Filipino-American high school students in Saipan are steadily proving their academic worth by continuously bagging, one after the other, the top academic honors in their respective schools. Fil-Am students Laurence Palmes Butters and Iramhel Nazareno Talon were the valedictorian and salutatorian respectively of Class 2017 of Kagman High School. To the delight of their parents and teachers, both have […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
People participate in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy and the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in New York City, U.S. February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

“No one would stand alone” – Immigrant rights advocates

“WE WANT to make sure that these deportations of immigrants don’t happen in the dark anymore,” said Adriana Guzman, immigrant outreach coordinator with Faith in Action Bay Area during a national press call where immigrant advocates and the media discussed the fear prevailing among immigrant communities in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. During the course of the press […]

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South Saipan High School valedictorian Marylyn Yumul Tabuena Photo © Lyn Lirio

Fil-Am HS students in Saipan continue to hug top academic honors

SURPRISED Filipino-American high school students in Saipan continue to garner top academic honors. Thus when Marylyn Yumul Tabuena was told that she was this year’s class valedictorian, she could not believe it. She has to ask the Saipan Southern High School administration several times if they were not joking. “Are you surprise too?” she asked her fellow graduates when she […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Nikole Cababa of BAYAN-USA enumerates the reasons why they are against the Mindanao-wide martial law during a demonstration in front of a building in downtown Los Angeles where the Philippine Consulate Office is housed. Photo © Abner Galino

Fil-Am youths protest martial law in Mindanao

  LOS Angeles — In a hastily organized protest action on Thursday, a group of mostly youthful Filipino-Americans called for the immediate lifting of martial law in Mindanao. The protesters, led by BAYAN-USA, Anakbayan-USA and Gabriela-USA, trooped in front of the Philippine consulate’s office in Los Angeles and decried the action of President Rodrigo Duterte as an “overreaction” and as […]

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Mr. Pure Energy stresses a point as internet singing sensation Katrina Velarde (left) listens intently beside him during a press conference in Monterey Park shortly after they flew in at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Photo © Abner Galino

Gary V. in Los Angeles expressed sadness over violence in Marawi City

LOS Angeles — GARY Valenciano, aka Mr. Pure Energy, who is arguably one of the Philippine’s most enduring talent has flown into this city to visit our kababayans and where he expressed sadness after learning of the continuing violence in Marawi City. “It is unfortunate that there are groups who would take advantage of that (the beauty of the land […]

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MHS valedictorian Robert Malate and salutatorian Yuuki Nishida in a candid shot after graduation Photo © Lyn Lirio

Fil-Am students continue grabbing top academic honors in Saipan

FILIPINO-American students in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands for this school year continue to grab the top academic academic honors bringing honor to their families, school and country of origin. Robert Jomar Salazar Malate, a Filipino American; and Yuuki Nishida, a Japanese-Filipino with an American citezenship were class valedictorian and salutatorian respectively of class 2017 of the Marianas High […]

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TJHS Valedictorian Clarence Rodriguez Photo © Lyn Lirio

Fil-Ams Snagged Top Academic Awards in Tinian

TWO graduating Filipino-American students of the Tinian Junior High School snagged the school’s top academic honors during the promotion ceremony that marks the end of their junior high school days. Clarence Paraiso Rodriguez graduated as class valedictorian and was the recipient of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands Board of Education Award. He also received awards of Academic Excellence […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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Bigger 5th Filipinotown Kalayaan parade on June 3

THE 5th Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan Parade in Los Angeles is shaping up to be bigger and better as more Filipino-American organizations signified their intention to participate. For one, the event is already certain to be graced by the city’s respected political leaders, particularly Council member Mitch O’farrel (District 13) and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez. The Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles, […]

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Grace Iriarte, one of the students who will get support from the Million Dollar Scholars program, reads her essay. Photo ©  Lori Lyn C. Lirio

A different kind of scholarship

A DIFFERENT kind of scholarship for deserving students is gaining ground in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands following the success of its pilot program in one of the public high schools in Saipan. This was learned Wednesday shortly after Kagman High School principal Leila Staffler thanked the members of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce (SCC) for the financial support […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
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Surviving” a hail storm on the freeway (by someone who hasn’t been in one)

  I HAVE seen tons of pictures and videos of people delighting over hail dumped on yards, houses, cars and roads. And so I have this warped notion of hailstorms — which I primarily associate with thrill and fun. Well, now I know better. At about 3:20 p.m. while driving along the 110 freeway near Vernon in south Los Angeles, […]

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Ang Diaspora Ng Pinoy:  Serbisyo Sa Amerika, Serbisyo Sa Mundo

Ang Diaspora Ng Pinoy:  Serbisyo Sa Amerika, Serbisyo Sa Mundo

“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” — Jim Rohn ”‘Sir, ito na po iyong pampunas sa katawan ninyo, at robe na pampalit naman sa damit ninyo,’ sabi ni Chris, isang Pinoy na CNA or certified nursing assistant sa isang malaking ospital sa Los Angeles, California, bago ako operahan. Kasunod naman nuon ay isa ulit na Pinoy, si […]

Tagalog Association President Ms. Nida May Photo © www.facebook.com

The Tagalog Association of Texas has a new set of officers

THE Houston based Tagalog Association of Texas on Saturday elected a new set of officers who will continue its organizational legacy of serving the Filipino. The elected officers of Tagalog Association for 2017-19 are: President:                                                   […]

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