Archive for October, 2010

Fil-Am History Month: Dr. Connie Mariano, the White House Doctor

With Fil-Am History Month coming to a close, I wanted to feature a Filipina-American who I feel has made a difference in the community. Eleanor Concepcion “Connie” Mariano is a Filipino-American physician and former flag officer in the United States Navy. She is the first Filipino-American and graduate of the Uniformed Services University of Medicine to reach the rank of Rear […]

Kano, an American and his Harem

Who is Kano? Kano (pronounced kä·nô’) is Tagalog slang for Amerikano. Filipinos usually refer to any caucasian, regardless of ethnicity, as kano. In the film, an American Vietnam War hero decides to spend the rest of his post-war life in the Philippines. Hundreds of women have come and stayed in his house located in a poor, remote […]

Filipino Advocates for Justice Mid-Term Voter Guide

U.S. Mid-Term elections are coming up and our friends at Filipino Advocates for Justice just recently released their voter’s guide for November 2nd. Filipino Advocates for Justice VOTER GUIDE–November 2010 Election When you Cast your VOTE on Tuesday, November 2nd, you Speak for Yourself, Your Family, and Your Community! Print & take it with you […]

Meet Simon “J.J.” Racaza, Department of Homeland Security Agent and Top Shot Contestant

This past summer, I was recommend by someone to watch History Channel’s Top Shot that featured a Filipino-American contestant by the name of Simon “J.J.” Racaza. After watching an episode of Top Shot, it was obvious that this Fil-Am contestant was dominating and had a chance to make it far in the competition. Racaza also […]

The Carlos Bulosan Story: A Memorial Tribute 55 Years Later

For many Filipino-Americans like myself, we could only dream of learning about a Filipino as great as Carlos Bulosan in our U.S. classrooms. Carlos Bulosan accomplished so much for Filipino and a minority during his time. He was a novelist and poet best-known for the semi-autobiographical America Is in the Heart. One of his short stories […]

U.S. Feds Probing Major Human Trafficking Case

U.S.federal authorities are investigating a major human trafficking case involving at least 11 overseas Filipino workers who have fled harsh working conditions from their hotel jobs in the resort city Biloxi, Mississippi and sought shelter at the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles. Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and Department […]

“Universal Filipino” and Kilusan

by Kat Lucero “Indigenous warrior, oh warrior, I summon thee. Raise your voice to the sky and walk with pride.” It’s not in every production, in which one hears the singing evocation of the Filipino indigenous past; which later turns into a bumpin’ dance number rousing the spirit of Tupac Shakur’s California. But Jeremy “Kilusan” […]

The Final Minny Pacquiao Episodes

Minny Pacquiao creator, Erick Esteban announced on We The Filipinos last month that his popular web series will be coming to an end. Erick Esteban began doing the Minny Pacquiao sketch because he wanted to create a Filipino-American Sketch Comedy Character. A sketch character that could live onstage at Second City in Chicago or the Groundlings […]

Washington Celebrates Fil-Am History Month with Peter Bacho Book Reading

Seattle, Washington celebrates Filipino-American History Month with an event featuring award winning Fil-Am author Peter Bacho hosted by Wing Luke Museum. The event will be a book reading of Leaving Yesler by author Peter Bacho at 4:30pm on Saturday, October 16, 2010. I did sort a mini review on Leaving Yesler a few months back. After […]

FPAC Aims to Unite and Inspire Filipino American Community

By Jean Ortiz-Luis LOS ANGELES, September 13, 2010 – Southern California members of the Filipino American community gathered at Point Fermin Park on September 11 and 12 in San Pedro to attend the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC).  The annual festival featured local vendors and organizations and showcased Fil-Am talent in visual and […]

Be a Backer for Christine Balza's First Art Show

In the past year, I was able to network and build friendships with Baybayin artists. Now one of these Baybayin artists needs all our help. Suku, New Sun Artistry’s Christine Balza will be launching her very first art show in January 2011. Balza’s work has been published online and in print in the Tayo Literary […]

October is Fil-Am History Month

On November 2, 2009 the US Congress passed House Resolution 780 which recognizes the celebration of Filipino American History Month in October. This was really a momentous occasion because President Clinton proclaimed a Filipino American History month in the early 90s but was never passed by Congress. For all you avid readers, many of you know […]

Philippine Activist Confronts Catholic Church

Famed Manila tour guide and reproductive health advocate Carlos Celdran was detained by Manila police on Thursday for disrupting a mass at the Manila Cathedral, where he staged a protest action against the bishops’ opposition to the reproductive health bill. Dressed as Jose Rizal, Celdran stood in front of the Manila Cathedral altar during a […]