"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 in California

Friday, 10 September 2010

The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles will be closed today in observance of Eid'l Fitr or the end of Ramadan. Regular consular services will resume on 13 September 2010 (Monday). In emergency cases, the Duty officer can be reached at telephone number (213) 268-9990.

Saturday and Sunday, September 11 & 12, 2010
Los Angeles Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture
Point Fermin Park (807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731)
Information: (213) 380-FPAC
Tickets: Pre Sale Ticket Packages: Family 4-Pack $20; Family 10-pack $50. Tickets can be used for either day. Individual and On-Site Tickets - $7. Children under 5 are free.

18 September 2010 / 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
Consular Outreach Program
Los Angeles Convention Center located in downtown Los Angeles, California

A team from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles will accept and process applications for Dual Citizenship pursuant to Republic Act 9225 (Cost: $50). Payments should be in cash. Only applications with complete requirements will be accepted. Oath-taking will be scheduled on the same day for qualified applicants.

Application forms and list of requirements are available at Consulate website.

Saturday and Sunday, September 25 & 26, 2010
San Diego Concert of Philippine Dances &  Music

Saturday - 8:00 pm; Sunday - 2:00 pm
Joan Kroc Theatre (6611 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92115 )

General admission - $15; Students w/ ID & Seniors - $12; Patron (reserved seating) - $25
Tickets will be available at the door. Group rate available to group of at least 10 (needs to be prepaid). For advanced ticket purchases, please call (619) 444-7528.

Saturday, September 11 starting at 03:00 p.m.
Fiesta Santo Tomas in Long Beach
Veteran's Park Social Hall (101 E. 28th Street, Long Beach, CA.)

Cecilia Barriga-Ford, DAUSA President, extends invitation to join in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist jointly officiated by Rev. F. Ben Ilano and Fr. Johnny Planea. Members of the Danao Association, U.S.A. (DAUSA), their friends and relatives will observe and celebrate the feast of their hometown patron saint.

The $10.00 donation that DAUSA is requesting from guests is enough to cover the cost of surgical supplies for one minor surgical procedure for the DAUSA Medical Mission.

Full info go to website

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010
Asian American Business Women Leadership Conference
Embassy Suites Hotel (11767 Harbor Blvd., Harbor Grove, Ca 92840)
$25/person, luncheon included.

For full info go to website 

Sunday, September 19, 2010
Special celebration for Ina (300 years of devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia)

A novena and fiesta of Our Lady starts September 10. Fr. Efren Borromeo, a Filipino priest with a special gift of healing, will be the celebrant for the fiesta. Also there will be a recollection, reconciliation and healing services on different dates and venues. Please contact Evelyn at evelyncge@yahoo.com for full details.

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010
A Literary Tribute to Al Robles
Intersection 5M (925 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, 94103)

Donation requested $5.00 (sliding scale, no one turned away due to lack of funds)

With Jessica Hagedorn | Jack Hirschman | Janice Mirikatani | Alejandro Murguia | Jaime Jacinto | Ishmael Reed | Barbara Jane Reyes | Allyson Tintiangco Cubales | Paul Yamazaki

More info on Intersection 5M go visit website

September 25, 2010
Ayala Foundation USA twin events

Venue: Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, at the heart of Silicon Valley (Moved from the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco)

Celebrates transition to the Philippine Development Foundation USA

Have invited President Benigno Aquino III to be Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker. Have also invited Secretary Mario Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Commission on ICT Chairman Ivan Uy, Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and other government officials, CEOs of multinational companies doing business in the Philippines, and prominent Filipino-American leaders in the United States. Also have exciting silent and live auctions with fabulous items which will be held to raise funds for some of the foundation's projects.

Full info go to website

Saturday, September 25 / 9 am-3 pm
Annual Asian Small Business Expo
Legal issues in business: What you should know.
Omni Hotel (251 South Olive St.), Los Angeles
Free admission.

Info at 213-473-1605 or visit website.

Saturday, October 9, 2010 / 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Southeast Asia Day: A Celebration of Cultures
Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802)
Cost: Free with general admission ticket. Free for members. Members' guests receive 20% off admission.
General Admission: Adult: $24.95; Child (3-11): $12.95; Senior (62+): $21.95

Info: (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Saturdays, October 9 and October 16, 2010
Philippine Theatrical Production: RIZAL atbp., Lessons from the life of Dr. Jose Rizal depicted in drama, song and dance

October 9, 2010 / 6 p.m.
Joan Kroc Theater (6845 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92115)

October 16, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
Wilshire Bell Theatre (743 S. Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005)

Contact: Claudia, 619-913-3448, info@anglahiusa.com

Sunday, October 10, 2010 / 4:00 PM
Mga Prinsesa ng Cordova: A Modern Komedya/Moro-moro (Philippines)
Barnsdall Gallery Theater (4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027)

Tickets: $25 General Admission; $50 Reserved VIP

October 12 through October 30, 2010
"Ala-ala: Remembrances" A WWII Photo Exhibit (Philippines)
Long Beach Public Library & Information Center
101 Pacific Ave Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90822
Tel. (562) 570-5756, website.

Library Hours: Sun-Mon: Closed; Tues: 10-8 p.m.; Wed-Thurs: 10-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 10-5 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure located at Broadway and Chestnut. First 30 minutes free, $1.75 for each 20 minutes thereafter OR $1.75 for up to 2 hours for library patrons with library validation ($10.00 maximum/lost ticket).

Related Book Talk, Slide Show and Book Signing

Saturday, October 16, 2010 / 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Mr. Angus Lorenzen, A Lovely Little War: Life in a Japanese prison camp through the eyes of a child


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

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

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. Directions to UCLA and maps of the campus are available here.

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

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