"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 California

Fashion Show for a Good Cause

June is Rose Month and Kababayan Grace Walker's HOPE4Children Foundation (H4CF), in association with Parris Harris Productions and Angel Entertainment, will host a rose themed fashion show featuring the new collection of fantasy gowns, corsets, dresses of Daisy Viktoria.

Start Time: Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 10 pm
End Time: Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 2 am
Location: Kress VIP Rooftop (6608 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA)

The benefit event will also highlight the luxurious accessories of MAI Collections as seen in red carpet events and fashion magazines such as Elle Magazine. In addition to the fashion show, the event will showcase Maria Amor's beautiful Exoti-Angels with their captivating dance moves. Hip-hop artist Re-D.mer will provide the animated emceeing for the night. Seating and bottle service start at 10:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 10:45 p.m. For more details, contact Commissioner Walker or visit FaceBook.


Carson Celebrates 149th Birthday of Rizal

A flower offering to be led by Carson Mayor Jim Dear and Mayor Protempore Elito Santarina will highlight the commemoration of the 149th birthday of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

DAY/DATE/TIME : Saturday, June 19 at 3 pm
PLACE : Seafood City Plaza in Carson.

Mayor Dear: "Like Dr. Martin Luther King and George Washington, Dr. Jose P. Rizal gave up his life so that Filipinos may obtain freedom. These lessons about his life are, in essence, what the youth in Carson should learn from. We are proud to honor a great man like Dr. Rizal."

Mayor Protempore Santarina: "Filipino Americans should be proud of Dr. Rizal for the values that he has fought for... In a multicultural city like Carson, the Filipinos will continue to focus on the value of patriotism in America which is what our youth should bear in mind."

Filipino tenor Rodell Rosel will sing at the Rizal Day event together with Willie Manacsa and Gloria Hernandez of the Midnight Motion Band. For additional info call Fe at (310) 987-8886.


Sustainable Home Ownership Conference Tonoght

DAY/DATE/TIME : June 18, 9am-6pm:
PLACE : South San Francisco Conference Center
for venue map and directions

The National Alliance of Filipino American Real Estate Professionals (NAFAREF) and Mabuhay Alliance will be holding their first-time conference that looks to the future of the industry. Contact person is Regina Zarate, (408) 531-5684. She's chairperson of NAFAREF and will be available on-site.


Seminar on Disaster Preparedness

Philippine Consul General-San Francisco Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. invites the public to a Seminar on Disaster Preparedness, an event organized for SF Bay Area Community Leaders and in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross, and the Cavalier Prayer Warriors (CPW).

DAY/DATE/TIME : Saturday, 26 June 2010, 10 a.m. - 12:00 noon

PLACE : Ground Floor, Philippine Center, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108



Come see Thirteen Works-In-Progress from the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at EAST WEST PLAYERS! Playwriting Workshop Leaders: Prince Gomolvilas & Dorie Baizley. Fil-Am works included are the following:

TUESDAY, June 22 @ 8pm
FORTUNE WHEEL by Joey Damiano

WEDNESDAY, June 23 @ 8pm
POSTAL AMERICANA by Alison M. De La Cruz

SATURDAY, June 26 @ 3pm
HEAD ACHES by Aurelio Locsin

SATURDAY, June 26 @ 8pm

All readings are to be held at THE DAVID HENRY HWANG THEATER
(120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Tel. 213-625-7000)
$5 suggested donation. Play synopses and other information


"SHEroes Monologues: The Women of the Philippine Revolution"

The FILIPINA WOMEN'S NETWORK invites you to its celebration of the anniversary of Philippine Independence. Filipino (or Filipino-inspired) attire requested.

DAY/DATE/TIME : Sunday, June 27, 5:00 - 8:30 pm
PLACE : Kalesa Restaurant (1783 N. Milpitas Blvd., CA 95035)
(early bird) FWN Members $35; Nonmembers $45
After June 21, FWN Members $70; Nonmembers $90
RSVP online


The 2nd Annual Filipina Salo Salo - the "Sabaw" Crawl

DAY/DATE/TIME : June 27 (Sun, 5-8:30pm) -

The salo salo is a celebration of Filipino heritage and cuisine in collaboration with highly acclaimed restaurants / food organizations who serve authentic Filipino and Filipino-inspired dishes. FWN Salo Salo in 2010 will explore a variety of soups such as sinigang, nilaga, bulalo, batchoy, tinola, misua, etc. In Filipino cuisine, hearty soups are significantly served as the main dish.

Send questions via email or go to FWN website
San Francisco, California 94119 / 415.935.4FWN (415.935.4396)


2nd Annual Sake Mixer

The San Francisco Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce (SFFACC) cordially invites you to the event to be held at the beautiful Vanguard Headquarters building in San Francisco. It says that there will be a bigger selection of sake compared with last year to complement a wider menu of exciting food options. More sponsors, a live sushi chef, and a nice elegant venue in which to establish relationships critical to enhancing the well being of the Filipino Business community.

DAY/DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 30 at 6 - 8:30 pm
PLACE: Vanguard Properties 2501
Mission Street @ 21st Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Parking garage between 21st and 22nd - Mission & Valencia Streets (Enter on 21st)

Members, $30; non-members, $35. Price includes sake tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and other specials. Dress Code: strictly business or business casual.

San Francisco Filpino American Chamber of Commerce is at 233 Sansome Street
12th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104.


The 9th All Ateneo Alumni International Convention

DAY/DATE/TIME : July 1 - 4, 2010
PLACE : Anaheim Plaza (1700 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802)

For RSVP kindly contact Roy Gaane or 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.


THE WHITE HOUSE DOCTOR : My Patients were Presidents

Invitations will be sent shortly for the book launching a riveting look into the personal lives of US Presidents through the eyes of their White House Doctor.

DAY/DATE/TIME : Monday, July 12, 2010 / 5:30pm - 9:00pm
PLACE : Venue to be announced (to those who will RSVP)

From Linda Nietes

Connie Mariano held many titles during her nine years at the White House. In each case, Connie was the first to hold the title: the first military woman to become a White House Physician, the first woman Director of the White House Medical Unit, and the first Filipino American in American history to become a Navy Rear Admiral.

Mariano served nine years as White House doctor, first for the final year of the term of George H.W. Bush, then for the entire eight years of Bill Clinton, and lastly, during the first year of George W. Bush's first term in office. During that time she not only cared for the leader of the free world and the entire First Family, she also cared for dignitaries, and traveled all over the world with the Presidents in her charge.



In Los Angeles, the Philippine Consulate have been accepting applications for

ePassport since 1 June 2010. It says that the ePassport is highly secure. Hence, it avoids passport reproduction and tampering. The ePassport database is enhanced with Automated Fingerprint Verification System (AFIS) that guards against multiple passport issuances to the same person and enhances impostor detection. It also facilitates fast clearance of travelers at immigration checks.

The ePassport costs $60. Photo, thumbprints and signature are captured at the Consulate during processing.

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

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