"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

Filipino and some Asian events

Fe's Book

May 1, 2010 (Saturday) at 7:30 p.m.

Garden Pavilion Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International,

5930 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood CA 90028

(Corner of Franklin and Bronson).

Doors open at 6:30 pm for Silent Auction and Red Carpet arrivals.

A wacky musicomedy starring singer-comedienne Fe de los Reyes who pokes fun at the social networking phenomenon Facebook through her own 'book' of songs, dances, parodies, spoofs, and crazy antics in an OMG, LOL, ROFL kind of show!

Joining Fe are the following guests -- former Music & Magic co-member EVA CAPARAS and the dynamic performing ambassadors of the HOPE4Children Foundation namely MICHAEL WALKER, RYAN GALLAGHER, SHAUN GERARDO, NIKKI GIL, PARRIS HARRIS MODELS, and the EXOTI-ANGELS.

Tickets are $25 and are available online, by phone (888) 886-7889, text (323) 327-3483 or email Creative Concepts Intl . For more details, log on to Creative Concepts Intl.website. Tickets and sponsorships are also available through HOPE4Children via text message to (818) 288-6798 or email G. Walker.

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Authors Series No. 3

Friday, April 30, 2010 / 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Salakot Sizzle & Grill, 2122 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Philippine Expressions Bookshop is happy to present WORDS & MUSIC, a program that will feature visiting Manila author, Dr Isagani R. Cruz, and Bay Area classical guitarist, Theresa Capoltura. The third in the 2010 Authors Series, it is part of an ongoing community outreach program of Philippine Expressions Bookshop, the mail order bookshop dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots.

Two new books of Dr Cruz will be launched and aside from book talks, the audience will have "conversations with the author". Cruz writes plays, essays, biographies, and short stories in Filipino and English, for which he has won numerous national and international awards, including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature Hall of Fame and the Southeast Asean Writers (SEAWRITE) Award. He has written or edited more than fifty books. He writes a column for Philippine Star and is a known social commentator in the Philippines. Having been a former Undersecretary of Education in the Philippines, his talk will touch on the topic Educating Filipinos: Problems facing the next Philippine President.

Theresa Calpotura will also launch her debut CD album "Kanta Filipina" (VGO Recordings) on the same evening. The guitarist has performed in numerous venues throughout the US and the Philippines. She won a number of awards from associations such as the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and the American String Teachers Association, and has received scholarships from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Yale School of Music. Ms Calpotura has given concerts and masterclasses in the US and in the Philippines and is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division.

$10.00 Merienda Cena. RSVP necessary. Call (310) 514-9139. If you are unable to attend but would like to order books or the CD, send order via email.

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Filipino author Miguel Syjuco

Conversation with novelist Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 / 7:00 PM

[ALOUD] at Central Library

630 W. 5th St. / Los Angeles, CA 90071

Free and open to the public but reservations required via the website.

Miguel Syjuco has a master's degree from Columbia University and is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He received the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and the Philippines' highest literary honor, the Palanca Award, for the unpublished manuscript of Ilustrado.

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is originally from Cebu and now lives in Santa Monica, California. The award-winning author of 6 books, she has also edited several books including the collection of stories for young adults, Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. She teaches at UCLA-Extension's Writers Program.

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Philippine Consulate Holiday Notice – May 2010

The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles will be closed to the public in observance of the following Philippine and U.S. holidays:

May 3, 2010 (Monday) – Labor Day (Philippine holiday)

May 10, 2010 (Monday) – Election Day (Philippine holiday)

May 31, 2010 (Monday) – Memorial Day (U.S. holiday)

Regular consular services will resume the following day.

In emergency cases, the Duty officer can be reached at telephone number (213) 268-9990.

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Asian & Pacific-Islander American Heritage Month Opening Ceremony

Friday, April 30, 2010 from 10am - 12:15pm at City Hall.

Program and Reception on the South Lawn

200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

There will be diverse entertainment and FREE traditional foods from various countries. Festive and traditional costumes are encouraged to add to the ambiance. The Ms. Asia USA Cultural Pageant Court will also be participating and available for photos.

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Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Committee cordially invite you to the official celebration of APA Heritage Month in San Francisco.

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards

May 3, 2010- Ceremony and Reception

Awards Program: 5pm; Reception: 6:30pm

Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

RSVP: by email

Go to website for more info.

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Queer Diasporas, Filipina Victimhood and National Redress in The (Neo)Colonial City?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 / 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA Campus

Colloquium with Professor Robert Garcia Diaz, Andrew Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Department of English. He also teaches at Wayne State University's English Department as an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies.

This talk will briefly examine two movies that depict Japanese (neo)colonialism. Interestingly enough, these works queer the victims of imperial duress. Gil Portes's "Markova: Comfort Gay" follows the lives of Walterina Markova and her friends as they are turned into sexual slaves by the Japanese army in Manila during World War II. Nick DeOcampo's "Sex Warriors" is a documentary that focuses on the struggles of queer Japayukis during the early 1990s.

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Martial Cultures and Sexualities in Southeast Asia

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 / 4 - 6 PM

Humanities 193, UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095

"This Charming Madame: The Performative Power of Imelda's "Song" -- Christine Balance, UC Irvine

"'If there's no Comfort Woman, then what do we have'? Post-Colonial Redress and Wounded Attachments" -- Robert G. Diaz, Wayne State University, Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA

"War Insurgencies" -- Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, University of Cincinnati

"Martial Cultures and Sexualities" focuses on moments of duress in Southeast Asia, with particular attention to the Philippines. Examining the effects of American Colonialism, Japanese Colonialism, and the Marcos Regime on various cultural practices, the panelists unpack how these historical moments produce multiple modalities of gender and sexuality.

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5th Asian Friendly Golf Tournament

Hosted by the Asian American Chamber Association (AACA) in partnership with the

Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce SFV

Start Time: Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 10:00pm

End Time: Friday, May 14, 2010 at 1:00am

Location: Robinson Ranch Golf Club, Santa Clarita, CA

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Bakas Pilipinas' Celebration and Fundraising Event

May 13, 2010, 6 PM at the

Philippine Consulate, 556 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

(Between 45th and 46th Street).

Proceeds from this event will go towards the restoration of San Sebastian Basilica, the only all-metal church in the Philippines and listed on the 2010 Watch List by the World Monuments Fund. An RSVP Form should accompany donations.

Bakas Pilipinas is a New York-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help preserve and restore historic buildings in the Philippines. Please see our website. We are having a Silent Art Auction at the event, featuring Filipino and American artists. Beginning May 1st, the artwork can be viewed at our blog.

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The 2nd Annual Filipina Salo Salo

Filipina Womens Network

With guests Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (running for San Francisco School Board)

and Dr. Jennifer Ong (running for Alameda County Democratic Central County Committee). They will speak about civic engagement, public service and why they even bother to run for elected office.

Cellist Charles Wang, will play dreamy selections to complete our magical afternoon.

JOIN us and bring a magical token to share (and to talk about).

Sunday, May 16th, 2:30 - 6pm

Home of Sol Manaay

Address provided upon RSVP

FWN Members $35; Nonmembers $45

RSVP online.

Filipina Women's Network

San Francisco, California 94119

415.935.4FWN (415.935.4396)

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California LOL! Comedy Jam 2010

Top Asian-American comedians collide to help raise funds for Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, the recruitment center of the National Marrow Donor Program

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 8:00pm

Aratani/Japan America Theater

244 South San Pedro Street

Los Angeles, CA. 90012

Spewing an evening of laughter will be Danny Cho (who has performed on stage with the likes of Tim Allen, Paul Rodriguez and Dane Cook to name a few); Tina Kim (the television-news-reporter-turned-comedienne and who has been featured on VH-1); Paul Ogata (winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and can currently be seen on the Showtime network's "Pacific Rim Comedy"); PK (aka Paul Kim the founder of the popular "Kollaboration" performances); Room To Improv (the L.A.-based improvisation sketch-comedy troupe) and headliner Dat Phan (Original Winner of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The Family Guy" voiceover, and the movie "Cellular").

Tickets for "California LOL! Comedy Jam" can be purchased at the Aratani/Japan America Theater Box Office by calling (213) 680-3700 or by visiting JACCC website

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Samahang Pilipino Student Cultural Night
Saturday, May 22, 2010 / 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Royce Hall - Auditorium, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Free and open to the public, but tickets required. Contact email, Web announcement

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Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

April 29 - May 8, 2010

SATURDAY, MAY 1 | 12:30 PM | DGA 3
and SUNDAY, MAY 2 | 5:00 PM | DGA 3
(United States/Philippines, 2009) Dir./Scr.: Gerry Balasta, Video, 78 min., color, narrative, in Tagalog w/ E.S.

MANILA SKIES (Himpapawid)
SATURDAY, MAY 1 / 7:30 PM / DGA 2
(Philippines, 2009) Dir./Scr.: Raymond Red, Video, 110 min., color, narrative, in Tagalog w/

SUNDAY, MAY 2 / 12:00 PM / DGA 2
(Philippines, 2009) Dir.: Ralston Jover; Scr.: Ralston Jover, Henry Burgos, Video, 88 min., color, narrative, in Tagalog w/ E.S.

Several Short Films including:
SUNDAY, MAY 2 / 1:30 PM / SUNSET 5
(United States, 2010) Dir.: Mark Villegas, Video, 20 min., color, documentary

Filipino film " Dukot (Desaparecidos)"

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 / 12 to 2 PM

Glorya Kaufman Hall Room 153

UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90095

"Dukot" tackles the issues of human rights violations and extra-judicial killings in the Philippines. This Los Angeles preview is generously allowed by the filmmakers and hosted by L.A.-based Filipino American arts activist organization Habi Arts.

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Ongoing Exhibit
Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives

Features approximately 250 of the finest objects from the Fowler's collections in a long-term exhibition 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.

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History

Museum admission is free. Some of the exhibit can also be viewed online.


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

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