By Dante B. Garcia
When Fil-Ams come back to the Philippines, it’s usual for us to stay with relatives, visit tourist sites (Baguio City or the beaches) and indulge in the delicious cuisine. But seldom do we engage in the political process. A college student in the Seattle, Washington area, I came this year as an International observer for the 2013 mid-term elections, via Compact-IOM. I found myself witness to a lively aspect of Filipino culture that is a space for both struggle and celebration.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Barclay Martin is coming to the Filipino Community Center (FilCom) on Saturday, May 18 at 2:00pm to share a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of “Rise and Dream,” an award-winning documentary film shot in the Philippines and produced by the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.
Citizenship readiness classes will start again at the Filipino Community Center (FilCom Center) in Waipahu on Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m., from June 1 through June 29.
This city’s annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration will be held on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a huge block party featuring food booths, arts and crafts, community and health information, dances and live entertainment.
A longtime Filipino American community service organization will mark its 41st anniversary with a gala awards and benefit dinner on Saturday, May 18. Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) will hold its “Panibagong Simula!” (A New Beginning!) gala at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City.
By Rose Paquette
Following the limousine inferno that recently claimed the lives of five Filipinos on the San Mateo Bridge, state Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) on Monday introduced a bill requiring limousines with a seating capacity of fewer than 10 passengers to be equipped with readily accessible and fully charged fire extinguishers.
By Mila de Guzman
Dance artist and performing arts school founder Malu Rivera-Peoples won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on Monday, May 6 at the brand-new Jazz Center in San Francisco.
By Elton Lugay
“I come to you as Filipino, as gay, as undocumented, as American. And my being gay, my being undocumented, my being Filipino: these are facts and not political plot points to be debated.”
By Rose Paquette
The California Labor Commissioner has issued a citation amounting to over $1.6 million in labor law violations–including unpaid minimum wage and overtime–to Bedford Care Group, Inc., an assisted living provider with six facilities in Fresno and Clovis, California that employs many Filipinos.
By Rose Paquette
Twenty-six grueling years away from the family. That’s how long Malou, an undocumented Filipina, has suffered while hiding in the shadows of the community in America, doing odd jobs on and off as a caregiver, nanny or house help.
The Filipino-American community will hold its 27th “Pista Sa Nayon” Philippine Independence Day festival at the Vallejo Waterfront on Saturday, June 1, 2013, featuring a parade sponsored by the Seafood City Supermarket chain.
The Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center is holding a community education and outreach seminar on cancer prevention each Wednesday in May to discuss tobacco cessation, nutrition program and physical exercise.