"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

Some Filipino Events

World of Fitness

Event: Black and White Gala Inaugural Launch of Exotifit
Start Time: May 21 at 7:30pm
End Time: Saturday, May 22 at 1:00am
Where: Beverly Garland Hotel-Grand Ballroom, Beverly Hills

According to Glendale Commissioner Grace Walker, this inaugural launching is in collaboration with the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce and Business Mixer with the participation of the Hollywood, Woodland Hills & Tarzana Chambers of Commerce. Exotifit is said to be the nation's only Exotic-Ethnic-Dance fitness program. Founder is Kababayan Maria Amor Torres, an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Certified Aerobics Instructor, DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association) Certified Ballroom Dance Instructor, a Paint Artist and Entrepreneur.

More information at:FaceBook here and here.

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Penaflorida Event

Six months since Efren Penaflorida, Jr. won as the CNN Hero of the year. Two months ago he had a ground breaking for the Kalingain and Batang Mahirap Learning Center Project in Cavitie, proceeds of which initially came from his prize as the 2009 CNN Hero. This is in addition to his Kariton Klasrum which continues to encourage others to volunteer and provide education to the children in poor areas in the Philippines.

What : Luncheon and Entertainment for Education
Date : Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 1-5 pm
Venue: Mayflower Restaurant in Los Angeles
  1. To promote awareness and involvement.
  2. Launching of the first series of Ef! shirts of which proceeds will go to Efren's projects.

Efren will be virtually present to talk about his projects and answer some questions. Some Filipino performers and talents will also be present to entertain. For more information, contact Evelyn Granada-Enriquez.

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The Philippine Society of Southeast Los Angeles (Philsela) will present a Santacruzan on Sunday, May 23, at the Cerritos Regional Park, Cerritos. The event is part of the celebration of the organization's 36th anniversary which earlier saw the coronation of Miss Philsela 2010, Kayla Marie Magadia, and the induction of a new set of officers headed by Linda Bautista, president. For more information contact Lydia Soriano, Hermana Mayor of the Santacruzan.

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Washington, D.C. Exhibits

The Philippine Embassy will feature Filipino fabric and fashion as well as paintings and sculptures in two separate exhibits that will highlight the country's diversity and the rich heritage and traditions of Filipinos.

Fabrics and designs by noted Filipino designer Cora D.J. Manimbo are virtual artworks with meticulous embroideries, beadwork and hand-painted accents. The exhibit, entitled "Habi ng Lahi: An Exhibit of Filipino Farbric and Fashion" is open to public until May 21 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Embassy's Carlos P. Romulo Hall.

Abdulmari Asia Imao is the first Filipino Muslim artist to be honored as National Artist. Imao's use of indigenous ukkil, sarimanok and naga motifs have "popularized and instilled in the consciousness of the Filipino nation and other peoples as original Filipino creations." Also featured in the exhibit are the

works of Imao's son, Jose Mari Imao. A dentist by profession, Jose Mari is noted as a muralist and portrait artist. He was commissioned to do a series of official portraits of the Senate Presidents of the Republic of the Philippines. The exhibit, entitled "Henerasyon: Two Generations of Imao Art," will be open to public from May 26-31 from 10 am to 4 pm at the at the Embassy's Carlos P. Romulo Hall.

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Comedy for a Cause

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 in California LOL! Comedy Jam 2010 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 can be purchased at the Aratani/Japan America Theater Box Office or by calling (213) 680-3700 or online..

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UCLA Samahang Pilipino Cultural Night

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

A major program of Samahang Pilipino, a student advocacy group at UCLA, SPCN is the largest student-initiated and student-run cultural production on the UCLA campus. With a cast of roughly 250 participants and an audience up to 1,800 individuals, this cultural production serves as a major avenue for UCLA students to celebrate, explore and share the culture and history of the Philippines with the UCLA and greater Los Angeles community. This year's cultural night is managed by 26 students of diverse educational backgrounds. SPCN aims to interweave dance, song, theater and music to present a cohesive production. Free and open to the public, but tickets required.

Contact by email.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Museum of Tolerance

As part of a month long celebration throughout the country, a whole day of programming devoted to the multi-cultural heritages of Asian and Pacific Islander communities will be held on

Sunday, May 23 / 12:00pm - 4:00pm.
Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Boulevard, West Los Angeles

Fil-Ams to be featured in the program include professional boxer Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria who will play the ukulele and Dante and Arianna Basco. The Basco family will host the event. Tickets: $15.00 (Adults), $12.00 (Seniors), $11.00 (Students). For additional program information, please call (310) 772-2452 or visit here, here, and here.

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UCLA Workshop on Applying for Fulbright Fellowships

For international travel, study and research abroad

Thursday, June 3, 2010 / 10:00 – 11:30 AM
6275 Bunche Hall, UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Fulbright IIE applicants: be a U.S. citizen, hold a BA degree or equivalent before the award begins, and have proficiency in the language of the host country. Campus deadline for applications: August 19, 2010.

Contact: Jozen Gibson @ 310-206-8743
RSVP required

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Discussion on Nora Aunor and Sharon Cuneta

Friday, June 4, 2010 / Noon to 2 PM
CHASS Interdisciplinary South 1109
U.C. Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521
Free and open to the public.

Sharon's Noranian Turn: Stardom, Embodiment, and Language in Philippine Cinema is a colloquium with Bliss Cua Lim, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, UC Irvine. This lecture revisits the star personae of Nora Aunor and Sharon Cuneta, arguably the two most important female stars of Filipino cinema in the post-studio period. Lim's analysis of their films and their star texts at the decisive moments of their explosion into national popularity in the late 1960s (for Nora Aunor) and the early 1980s (for Sharon Cuneta) considers the dovetailing of racialized star embodiment and language as markers of social distinction.

PARKING: visit http://parking.ucr.edu Pay per space options available in LOT 1 and LOT 24.
Web information

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Consular Outreach in West Virginia

The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., in partnership with Rev. Michael O. Lecias of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WV, will conduct its first-ever consular outreach program in Wheeling, West Virginia on June 4, 2010, Friday. The Embassy's consular team will accept and process applications for machine-readable passports, dual citizenship, notarization of documents, and registration of births and marriages. The outreach program will also include an oath-taking ceremony for individuals who will reacquire their Filipino citizenship under the Dual Citizenship Law.

The consular services with be held at the St. Alphonsus Parish Hall located at 2111 Market Street, Wheeling, West Virginia 26003 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on June 4, 2010 (Friday).

For details please contact the Philippine Embassy at tel nos. 202-467-9312; fax nos. 202-467-9417 or email.

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Pista Sa Nayon celebration

Date : June 5th
Place : Vallejo Marina Water Front.
For further info, please refer to their website.
Posted by the Cultural Section, Philippine Consulate General, San Francisco
Tel. No.: (415) 433-6666 ext. 314

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Road to Saigon

This new East West Players production starring Jennifer Paz, Joan Almedilla, and Jenni Selma is going on until June 13 (Wed—Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm).

Tickets $40-$50
David Henry Hwang Theater
120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles

In the spirit of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, a 20% discount is offered of all regular priced tickets sold

using the special promo code "SIPARTS". The amount will be donated back to SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans). For tickets, 213.625.7000 x20 or email

Parking available for $7.00 in Lot 7, adjacent to the theater OR street parking.
For more information, please call East West Players at
(213) 625-7000 or email.

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.

Place : UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles
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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