"In societies where Robbing Hoods are treated like a celebrity it is but natural to expect political parties to act like a Mafia syndicate" Political Jaywalker "In a nation where corruption is endemic people tend to confuse due process with aiding and abetting criminals" Political Jaywalker "War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left" Bertrand Russell "You have just one flash flood of money, you keep your people poor. It's like a time bomb and it's scary" Philippine Lawmaker

Fil-Am & Asian Events

(Compiled by Dionesio Grava. You may submit your event via e-mail.)

Ryan Gallagher & Friends Thanksgiving Benefit Concert for H.O.P.E.4CHILDREN FOUNDATION."This event is planned to start at 8:30 pm on Nov 20, 2009 at Marriott Hotel Main Ballroom. The newest teen sensation Patti Austin Protege, Lianna Gutierrez and the Prince of Beat Box, Michael Walker, aka Re-D.mer! Also featuring spectacular dancing performance by Nikki Gill & her Glam Girls, and captivating singing and piano accompaniment by Nathaniel Gambino. H.O.P.E.4CHILDREN FOUNDATION is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower disadvantaged youth and communities by providing them with learning opportunities that will improve their quality of life. Founded by community activist and philanthropist Grace Llana Walker and based in Glendale, California, it exists to help underprivileged children and communities within the Los Angeles area as well as in third world countries get started on the path to a better future.

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Tastes, sights and cultures of Asia
15th Annual AsiaNight

Friday, November 20, 2009, 6:00 P.M. - 10:15 P.M.
at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Sponsored by California-Asia Business Council (Cal-Asia)

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Film Screening of “Burma VJ” on Friday, November 20, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM at James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA Campus. Informal Reception at 6:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.
“Burma VJ” tells the story of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and its role in the battle for a free and democratic Burma. The film offers a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state, while at the same time providing a thorough documentation of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks started protest marches.

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Ongoing until November 21, 2009 at the Andrew Shire Gallery, 3850 Wilshire Blvd., #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010. Humanities: Ben Cabrera, Ahmad Zakii Anwar & Putu Sutawijaya. Ben Cabrera, or 'Bencab', as he is better known, is one of the youngest artists to be recognized as a National Artist of the Philippines.

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm
For more info email or visit Andrew Shire Gallery website.

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Samahang Pilipino at UCLA will host the 10th year anniversary of Queer Pin@y (pronounced Pinay/Pinoy) Conference on November 21 with "On the Verge." This year's theme "Bring It Back" has a double meaning: to bring it back to 1999 to see how far we as a queer Pin@y community have progressed, and to bring back our knowledge and consciousness to our respective spaces and communities. This conference is totally FREE but registration required. Contact Christine B. Balance for additional information click here.

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Sarita Echavez See will discuss her new book, “The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance” on November 21, 2009 Saturday 3:00 pm at Eastwind Books of Berkeley (2066 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704). The book is an unprecedented study of a contemporary Filipino American arts movement that has flourished in the shadows of the American empire, It illuminates the profound impact and unexpected consequences of America's amnesia about its imperial history. Sarita Echavez See argues that the American empire unlike other Western colonial powers, does not recognize itself as such. For more information, phone: 510 548-2350.

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Vestiges of Creation is a theatrical and dance work that engages viewers in a show that calls itself - and their role in it - into question. Show on Friday, November 20, 2009 - Saturday, November 21, 2009, 8:00 pm at the Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (120 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095).

Tickets: $15 general admission, $8 students Parking:

Enter Lot 4 from Sunset Blvd. and Westwood Plaza
For more information visit the Website.

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Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass and Ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Saint Mary’s Cathedral of the Assumption (1111 Gough Street in San Francisco). It is an annual lighting ritual of traditional parol lanterns to commence the celebration of the novena of masses of Simbang Gabi held in various parishes in the Archdiocese.

Before the concelebrated mass there is a procession of parol lanterns from each parish to be lead by the Cathedral’s Tala Lantern and candle lights dancing to be performed by the youth. Incorporated in the liturgy is the blessing and lighting of the parol lanterns which each parish will bring back to their respective churches to commemorate the Star of Bethlehem of the story of the nativity. For more information, contact, Nellie Hizon at (415) 699-7927 and for the annual parol lantern festival, contact via email or call 415-348-8042.

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Filipina Women's Network invites you to the November FWN Salo Salo @ Alido's (3560 Callan Boulevard, South San Francisco 94080), Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, 5-9pm and November 27, Sunday, 5:00 - 9:00 pm.

Featuring the 2009 FWN 100 Awardees (based in the San Francisco Bay Area). In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let's gather in community and let's share our stories of successes, challenges and opportunities. "Lessons Learned: Wisdom to Pass On" is the theme and driving spirit of this unique gathering. RSVP online @ FWN or call 415.278.9410.

(Early bird) FWN members, $35; Non members, $45

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Filipino-American actress, playwright, and producer Leslie Lewis Sword brings the true life story of Rwanda genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza to the stage in the upcoming extended run of her powerful one woman production at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Friday, September 26 – 8pm
Saturday, September 27 - 8pm

Sunday, September 28 – 3pm Closing

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The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles will be closed based on the following dates:

26 November 2009 (Thursday) – In observance of Thanksgiving Day (US Holiday)

27 November 2009 (Friday) – In observance of Andres Bonifacio Day (RP Holiday)

Regular consular services will resume on the next working day, 30 November 2009 (Monday). In emergency cases, the Duty Officer can be reached at telephone number (213) 268-9990.

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Orange County President Council & SABAN - South Asian Biz Network invite you to Holiday Mixer Extravaganza

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, Start 5:30 pm at the South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA

Holiday Greetings - Networking - Refreshment - Cocktails - Entertainment

Cost: $15.00 Members, $25.00 Non-Member

RSVP: Mohammed I. 949/726-8804, or RSVP Online.

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The 10th anniversary of APA Community Toy Drive will be on December 3, 6-9 pm at the Japanese National Museaum (369 E. First St., LA, CA 90012). For admission bring a new unwrapped toy worth at least $15 or a minimum $15 donation. More information at visit website.

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The Babae Ensemble will present “Pinay Stories: Connection, Memory, Roots” on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. Doors open at 7:30 pm at Off Market Theater, 965 Mission St. #250, San Francisco, CA 94104. An all-Filipina cast with stories that will inspire, empower, and uplift; evenings of original written work, theater, and performance. Pinay Stories is a national cultural arts project of GABRIELA USA that centers on collecting creative efforts of Filipino women in the United States reflecting their life stories, journeys and current lives.

$12 admission. For tickets, visit Website.

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Filipino Hoops and Heritage Night” will be held by the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Saturday, December 5, 2009 during its game against the Indiana Pacers at the world famous STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local Filipino community nonprofit organizations, as well as relief efforts for Typhoon Ondoy and Typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines.

The event will feature Raymond Townsend, the first and only Filipino basketball player to ever play in the NBA. Special Philippine cultural, dance, and vocal performances will occur during pre-game festivities and at halftime. There will be a showing of a 30-second “Follow Your Dreams” video vignettes played on the scoreboard video screen, featuring Filipino celebrities who have realized their dreams in several fields. The evening starts with a meet and greet reception from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at the City View Terrace inside STAPLES Center. Pre-game entertainment begins at 6:30pm, followed by tipoff at 7:30pm.

Discount tickets are available in special Filipino Hoops and Heritage Night seating sections, for $15 (upper level center), $35 (200’s level), and $47 (lower level 100’s) by visiting www.filipinohoopsandheritage.com. All tickets include a free collector’s edition Filipino Hoops and Heritage Night T-shirt. The meet and greet is open to the first 500 FHHN attendees with lower level (100’s) tickets, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Holiday Casino Night & Poker Tournament Fundraiser organized by the San Francisco Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 6 pm (101 Brentwood Drive South San Francisco, CA 94080). Proceeds will benefit the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center. This fundraiser culminates a string of activities throughout the year, from engaging networking at different partner restaurants, to supplier diversity seminar for Filipino entrepreneurs and small businesses. Buy tickets by Nov. 30 or call/email Teresa at (415) 440-0910, Milko at (415)218-7123. For more information, please visit San Francisco Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce Website.

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Preparations are underway for the 7th annual “parol” lantern festival. The Tala Awards will be bestowed to the best lantern designs to be announced after the parol stroll on the 12th of December at Jessie Square (east plaza of St. Patrick’s Church) in San Francisco. The theme for this year is “Light the way, be counted” in conjunction with the upcoming census 2010. In addition, with the Tala Awards’ Grand Prize of $500, second and third prizes, and Directors’ Choice Award, the US Census and parol organizers would recognize contingent that brings in the most number of participant-strollers and expresses the theme collectively.

The Bayanihan Community Center on 1010 Mission Street and 6th Street hosts parol making workshops every Friday from 5 to 8 pm. This is open to the public. Donation accepted to cover the cost of supplies and materials in producing the lanterns. For more information, email, or call 415-348-8042.

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Becca Godinez will perform in a Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 12, starting at 7:30 PM. Venue is the Heritage Forum, Anaheim, CA. Ms. Godinez has performed in concerts, in theatre plays and musicals, has written words and music for herself and other artists, recorded albums, and hosted a musical variety show on TV. She won awards in the 10th Tokyo Music Festival and a duet with Morris Albert of "Feelings" fame won first place in an International Song Festival held in Houston.

For some time Ms. Godinez withdrew from public life to be with her inner self but ever the artist, she had since been back on the scene with many of her songs now reflecting on her Christian faith as seen on her CD entitled, “Road to Humble”. A Christian CD is on the works and Becca has become an active participant at her church’s music ministry.

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The Southern Leytenos Association in USA (SLAUSA) has scheduled a Potluck Christmas Party on December 19 (Saturday) from 6 pm – midnight. Everyone urged to bring their favorite holiday dish or dessert to share. Bring the whole family as well. Venue: Quest Learning Center (11975 Artesia Blvd. , Artesia, Ca 90701 Tel. (562) 246-0498)

For more information please call anyone of the following: Boy or MJ Nombrado, Tel. Nos. 310-952-9345, 310-951-1736, 310-951-1677; Rene Catigan, 562-983-0705, 562-883-2095; or Lito Batino: 714-524-1406, 714-213-5298.

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Ongoing through February 8, 2010, “Fashioning Domesticity, Weaving Desire: Visions of the Filipina” at the Pacific Asia Museum (46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, California 91101, Tel. (626) 449-2742)

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: $9 for General Admission, $7 for Students and Seniors, Free for Children Ages 11 and Under, Free for Members, Free to All Visitors on the Fourth Friday of the Month Website

The exhibit explores the canonical images of the early to mid 20th-century Filipina as civilized and wild. Through textiles and photography, this exhibition addresses two key performative issues: the fashioning of domesticity and the weaving of desire.

Ongoing Masters of Adornment: The Miao People of China
Bowers Museum (2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706, Tel. 714.567.3600)

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Open late the fourth Thursday of every month until 8:00 pm

Closed on Mondays, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
General Admission: Adults $12.00, Seniors (age 62 or older) $9.00, Students $9.00, Children 6-17 $9.00, Children under 6 Free; Website.

The Miao people straddle China's border with Southeast Asia. This important collection of exquisite textiles and silver jewelry on loan to and from the Bowers Museum’s permanent collection highlights the beauty and wealth of the Miao peoples of southwest China.

Ongoing Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism Free ONLINE exhibit presented by the Pacific Asia Museum. There is quite a bit of information about Buddhism in Southeast Asia, especially in the "Buddhist Places" section.

Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA Campus.

Museum admission is free. Shown is one of our nation's most important collections of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas that celebrates the richness of world arts and considers the roles these works of art play in peoples' lives.

Although they are scattered throughout the exhibit, there are a number of artifacts from Southeast Asia (Burma, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia) including ancestor figures, puppets, masks, and other sculptures. There is also a five-minute film on Indonesia: "Sisilia Sii Weaver" which focuses on ikat weaving techniques on the island of Flores.

Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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