"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 events in Los Angeles and Orange Counties

Calling Southern Leyteños

Boy Cadavos, president of Southern Leyte Association-USA (Cell no. 907-952-0375), reminds all concerned of the meeting and get-together scheduled this coming Saturday, April 17, 2010 starting at 3:00 pm.

Former residents of that Visayan province are urged to get involved in the organization. Its goals: fellowship, cooperation and unity among members; promote goodwill and uphold the local culture; and support efforts for the growth and welfare of the province. The organization also aims to participate in the celebration of the coming golden year anniversary of Southern Leyte on July 1, this year.

Venue: Boy & Mary Jean Nombrado's residence in Carson, California. Contact anyone of them for directions at any of the following telephone numbers: 310-952-9345 / 310-951-1736 / 310-951-1677.

Other contact information:
Boy Nombrado, Email
Ofelia "Dinday" Botsacos,
Rene Catigan

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Our Kababayan Commissioner Grace Walker of the City of Glendale invites all to an entertaining night of music, dance, and comedy. "Faith's Book" is a concert/wacky music-comedy on social networking and the "World-Wild-Web" starring Fe de los Reyes. Proceeds are for the benefit of Hope4Children.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 1, 2010 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Celebrity Centre International Garden Pavilion, Church of Scientology
Street: 5930 Franklin Avenue (corner Franklin & Bronson), Hollywood, CA

Tickets available Online here
For more info, log on to Creative Concepts
One can also order tickets and sponsorships via HOPE4Children.
- Text message: (818) 288-6798
- Email

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Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) is the largest community-based,
charitable nonprofit organization primarily serving the Filipino American community
in the United States.

SIPA 38th Anniversary Awards Benefit Dinner
Thursday, April 22, 2010 starting at 5 pm.
Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown at Macy's Plaza
711 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
For tickets and more information:
Tel (213) 382-1819 • Fax (213) 382-7445

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Dr. Benito M. Vergara, Jr. will speak on his book, Pinoy Capital: The Filipino Nation in Daly City. According to this information, Daly City, California is dubbed "the Pinoy Capital of the United States" being home to 33,000 Filipino Americans. I thought it is the City of Carson in Southern California.

Anyway, Dr. Vergara's talk will examine the complex and ambivalent feelings immigrants possess, and the conflict of belonging to a thriving American community, yet possessing nostalgia for the Philippine homeland and people they left behind. Dr. Vergara is also the author of Displaying Filipinos: Photography and Colonialism in Early 20th- Century Philippines. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 / 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Presentation Room, Charles E. Young Library
UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Free and open to the public.

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Samahang Pilipino and other Pilipino performance groups from across campus gather to perform their latest dances of many genres. Also folk dances, hip-hop, spoken word, and performance art to celebrate the dynamic Pilipino performance community on UCLA campus.

Fowler Out Loud: Pilipino Performance Night
Thursday, April 22, 2010 / 6:00 PM
Fowler Museum, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Free and open to the public.

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Globalized Islands: Contemporary Literature and the Transnational Encounter
Conference includes material by Prof. Victor Bascara on the Philippines.

Friday, April 23, 2010 / 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
This is a yearly, large book fair with a few Southeast Asia vendors including Linda Nietes'
Philippine Expressions Bookshop.

Saturday, April 24 - Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
UCLA Campus, 405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Free and open to the public.

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Colloquium with Isagani R. Cruz, former Philippine Undersecretary of Education and Professor Emeritus, De La Salle University, Philippines.

The Philippines has the shortest basic education cycle in the world. It also ranks very low in international math and science tests, as well as university ratings. What do the leading presidential candidates promise to do to uplift the standards of education in the Philippines? The talk will focus on key issues, such as the medium of instruction, the addition of years to basic education, and the mismatch between university education and the job market.

Educating Filipinos: Problems Facing the Next Philippine President
Friday, April 30, 2010 / 12:00 noon - 1:45 PM
Royce 164, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Free and open to the public.

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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 via emaiI
Web announcement click here.

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The Vagina Monologues: Filipinas 2010
4 pm Sunday, April 25
Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
For tickets and other information, 213-680-3700

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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/ E.S.

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

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The 9th All Ateneo Alumni International Convention will be held as follows:
Date : July 1 - 4, 2010
Place : Anaheim Plaza (1700 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802)
For RSVP kindly contact Roy Gaane or and Atty. Luna Reyes

Gaane and Reyes informed that Ateneo de Manila's Sesquicentennial (150 Years) Celebration has the motto, "Lux in Domino (Light in the Lord). Ateneans from Davao will mark their 60th year with the motto, "Fortes in Fide" (Strong in Faith); Zamboanga, "Pro Deo et Patria" (For God and Country); Xavier/Cag. de Oro, "Veritas Liberabit Vos" (The Truth Shall Set You Free); Naga, "Primum Regnum Dei" (Seek First the Kingdom of God); The overall Jesuit motto is "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" (For the Greater Glory of God).

The convention will highlight workshops on how Ateneans can be of better service and be more responsive to new initiatives that improve the Ateneo environment of academic excellence and advance the Ateneo outreach mission in the Philippines.

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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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