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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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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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Philippine Expressions Bookshop celebrated Poetry Month with a poetry reading last April 14, 2018 in San Pedro, California. Guest poets who participated were: James Preston Allen for his book, “Shadows Lands: Reflections on Some People I’ve Known"; Giovanni Ortega for his book, "'Ang Gitano': The Gypsy"; Jason Magabo Perez for his book, “This is the Mostest"; Felix Fojas, a multi-awarded poet, for serious and casual poems ; and Vics Magsaysay for his Tagalog poems. (From left to right: Vics Magsaysay, Jason Magabo Perez, James Preston Allen, Linda Nietes of Philippine Expressions Bookshop, Felix Fojas and Giovanni Ortega. Photo ©   Joanna Fojas)

Poetry Month celebrated in San Pedro, California

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Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog as they sign the proclamation declaring April 26 to 29 the 37th Annual Flame Tree Arts Festival week. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

CNMI declares April 26 to 29 the 37th Annual Flame Tree Arts Festival week

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to promote the culture and arts of Pacific islanders, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands Governor Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday gave US$50,000 to the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture for its Flame Tree Arts Festival on April 26 to 29. At the same time, Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog have signed […]

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Just Waiting to Go Off’: California East Bay Fault a ‘Tectonic Time Bomb’

By Sputnik News A US Geological Survey (USGS) published this month reveals that California Bay Area residents are living on a “tectonic time bomb,” also known as the Hayward Fault. In fact, researchers claim that the Hayward Fault, which runs about 74 miles along the bottom of the East Bay Hills, is far more dangerous than the better-known San Andreas Fault, the continental transform […]

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Opera and Fashion Show for Marawi Set

Opera and Fashion Show for Marawi Set

THE biggest names in Philippine opera and fashion are all set for the magnificent production of “MARAWING SALAMAT – The Best of Opera & Fashion for Marawi,” an extraordinary synergy of the high art of opera and the popular art of fashion for a noble & worthy cause. Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and The Lyric […]

Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) officers, led by PTAA president and TTE 2018 organizing committee chairperson Marlene Dado Jante, announce the holding of the 2018 Travel Tour Expo which opens on Feb. 8.

PTTA travel tour expo opens on Feb. 8

THE annual Travel Tour Expo (TTE), organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), opens on Thursday with at least 400 organizations participating, the highest number in its history. Marlene Dado Jante, PTAA president and TTE 2018 organizing committee chairperson, said the unprecedented growth of TTE coincides with its 25thanniversary. She also said its growth challenges the PTTA to explore […]

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US Human Rights Commission seeks stop of all mass atrocities

THE United States Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission has scheduled hearings on United States policy in relation to the prevention of mass atrocities around the world. In a press statement, the bicameral human rights commission defined “mass atrocities as large-scale, deliberate attacks against civilians, and include genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” The commission reminded the public that […]

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Mayon volcano in Philippines spews lava fountains & ash plumes as thousands more flee

Mayon volcano in Philippines spews lava fountains & ash plumes as thousands more flee

By RT/Santiago Celario Thousands more have been forced to flee in the Philippines, latest figures show, as the country’s most active volcano keeps spewing massive lava fountains and ash plumes up to five kilometers high. The sporadic eruption of Mayon in Albay province on the island of Luzon started on January 13. Since then, it has affected at least 54 […]

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Publisher’s Christmas Message

Publisher’s Christmas Message

HARINAWA sa paggunita natin sa pagsilang ng dakilang manunubos na ating Panginoong Hesus ay maging mapagpalaya para sa ating lahat ang araw ng Pasko. Huwag nating kalilimutan na ang pakay ng kanyang pagsilang sa mundo ay ang ang sagipin tayo mula sa ating mga maling ugnayan upang mapalaya ang bawa’t isa mula sa kasalanan, na siyang paraan ng kasamaan upang […]

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Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Traffic Advisory

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Traffic Advisory

The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or Number Coding for PROVINCIAL BUSES ONLY is lifted on December 22 (Friday) and December 26 (Tuesday) to supply the additional buses needed to transport passengers going to the provinces during the Christmas season.

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Last round of Philippine-Spanish indie concerts set on Saturday

Last round of Philippine-Spanish indie concerts set on Saturday

INDIE bands Manel and Sleep Kitchen take center stage for the last round of Philippine-Spanish indie concerts Posporo(s) 2017 at 20:20 Bar in Makati City on November 25. Organized by the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Posporo(s) is a series of concerts featuring […]

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Filipino actor Mon Confiado poses with Stateside co-star American actress Olivia Hultgren during a cocktail party shortly after the movie’s screening. Photo ©  Abner Galino

“Stateside” see its first screening in Los Angeles

CHALLENGING is an understatement when used to describe producing a film here in Los Angeles where, as we all know, the legendary Hollywood is situated. So, more than a year after the makers, the crew and the cast of the movie “Stateside” held a press conference to announce the then impending screening of their movie, it was only last November […]

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Ballet Philippines’s “The Exemplars” runs next month

FOR its 2nd offering in its 48th season, Ballet Philippines is mounting “The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater on Oct. 20-22. In a media briefing, BP President Margie Moran Floirendo said BP is “reintroducing its internationally acclaimed classics from the company’s repertoire to a newer audience.” “This production provides a rare […]

Al Gatmaitan headlines “In my Heart,” Artist Playground first offering.

Al Gatmaitan headlines “In my Heart,” Artist Playground first offering.

THERE was a time when tenor Al Gatmaitan found himself at a crossroads. He journeyed solo to Europe, even entertaining thought of never going back to the Philippines. He was already doing well then, performing for local theater groups in Manila but he wanted to pursue further studies. Early into his three-year soul searching in Italy, Gatmaitan felt like the […]

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