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Category Archives: Cultural

How is Christmas for the poor? – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

Of course, the rich are spending Christmas in great style and perhaps with a big bang, with expensive gifts and luxurious parties. They travel abroad and buy branded jewelries, perfumes and luxury items and throw parties left and right. They send gifts to the powerful and the wealthy people in government and in high society, to judges, prosecutors and the police. They’d prepare red envelops with cash, in crisp thousand peso bills or five hundreds, for godchildren who shall line up to kiss their perfumed hands. They have giant Christmas trees and multi-colored lanterns that consume a lot of electricity. The rich can afford all these and more.

USA: Filipinos everywhere celebrate Calungsod canonization

by Dionesio C. Grava
First posted in www.pinoywatchdog.com

I recall a Sunday afternoon performance by young thespians from Davao City at the regally cavernous Hall of Liberty set at the elevated end of beautiful Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. It was about the Catholic church’s Padre Diego (Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores) and his young assistant Pedro Calungsod spreading the gospel to the Chamorros in 1672 in the Marianas. Their proselytizing greatly enraged a local headman, which led to their persecution and ultimately death.

Cebuano Short Story: DILI MAPUTOS ANG GASA NI KADYO SA PASKO

Ang gasa, kini ang butang hinatag, kini magikan sa buhat nga paghatag, dako ang ngisi sa modawat ug gasa sama kadako sa nagpadungog-dungog basin pa diay, makadawat usab siya’g gasa.

Ang gasa mahimo’ng usa ka pasidungog, pagpahalipay, pagpaila sa dakong kaibog. Walay makatupong sa kalalim sa bation, kon motunol na ang kamot sa naghatag, ug kini sugaton sa kamot nga modawat sa hinatag.

Christmas in a state of national calamity – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

Christmas is just a few days from today. But the President has declared a state of national calamity for the whole nation. Not just in Compostela Valley or just for Davao Oriental, not just for Mindanao or for the whole Visayas but for the entire country. All these notwithstanding, there is no calamity, no disaster, neither hurricane, nor flood, not any rage or fury of nature can ever stop us, Filipinos, from celebrating Christmas. We will always find a way amidst all sorrows, all pains and all poverty. The genuine Christians always have some hopes in their hearts, even in these trying times. We manage to bury our dead, coffin or no coffin, mourn for the victims of fortuitous events, and then stand up and move on, to welcome the birth of the Messiah.

USA: Bonifacio Day – Recounting the heinous execution of a hero

By Dionesio C. Grava
First posted in www.pinoywatchdog.com

In her welcome address during a program marking the November 30 birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, Consul General Hellen Barber-De La Vega said: “This observance of Bonifacio Day is important because next year we will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of our hero’s birth. I am, therefore, happy to see among us young Filipino-Americans, because this is also a good opportunity for us to educate them, especially those born and raised in the United States, on the significance of the life and works of Andres Bonifacio in the history of the Filipino people.”

Unfortunately that aspect of history has remained murky more than 115 years after Andres Bonifacio was executed at the height of the Filipino rebellion against the oppressive Spanish colonizers. In an audio-visual presentation during that consulate event, Deputy Congen Daniel R. Espiritu brought into focus that very contentious issue surrounding the death of the Philippine hero.

Social Media, the rebirth of blogging for Pinoy Expats and OFWs – PEBA 2012

Press Release
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Social Media, the rebirth of blogging for Pinoy Expats and OFWs – PEBA 2012

Social Media, the rebirth of blogging for Pinoy Expats and OFWs OFWs clamour for an aginaldo or a Christmas present was realized because of their active presence on the social media particularly on facebook with regards to the issue on Philhealth’s mandatory increase of its members’ contribution. Although it was not the first of the few victories that OFWs has achieved with their online campaign, but for the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards or PEBA it is an affirmation that they are being heard and listened to by the government. It is also a fitting tribute as PEBA celebrates its 5th Annual International Blog and Photo Award.

PEBA Awards 2012: Blog Entry Finalists

OFW and Supporters Blog Entry Finalists
As Posted in pinoyblogawards.com

The 5th Annual International PEBA Blog and Photo Awards will be held at the Ramon Magsaysay Hall, SSS Corporate Center, East Avenue Quezon on the 15th of December, Saturday, from 2-6PM.

2012 Theme:  “The Social Media and I: Bridging the Past, Present and Future.”

Please click the screenshots to view their entries

USA: FilAm militants hold mass action in support of veterans

Text and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First Posted in  www.pinoywatchdog.com

In connection with the recent celebration of Veterans Day protesters composed mostly of young Filipino Americans crowded the streets of Entertainment Capital-USA and held a rally in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

USA: A repository of FilAm heritage at Echo Park Library

Words and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First posted in pinoywatchdog.com

Architect Greg Villanueva is an old timer who had vivid memories of what it was like generations ago. Ditto with book author Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier who, like Villanueva, is also a long time habitué of what is now Historic Filipinotown. The two were among community leaders who spearheaded the establishment of the Philippine Heritage Collection at the Echo Park public library in Temple St., Los Angeles.

ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli November 2012 Newsletter


Ang Tambuli
- is the official  Newsletter of ACFIL,  started  last 2002 up to the present to form and inform the Filipinos in the region regarding the political, social & migration issues especially to those who have the difficulty in comprehending the Italian language. This was financed by the Provincia di Torino for two years and the last 6 years, ACFIL continued the action independently due to the strong demand of the community taking out also the logo of the Provincia di Torino.

Get a copy of the November 2012  issue of  Ang Tambuli  from this link  ACFIL-s-Ang-Tambuli-November-2012-Newsletter.

Italy: Search for Little Mr. & Ms. ACFIL 2012

Search for Little Mr. & Ms. ACFIL 2012
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We are very proud to introduce to you, Kenjivito Francesco Esmundo, 7 year old son of Vivien Estrella. He is one of the candidates for Little Mr. Acfil 2012. He was not featured in the previous issue of ― Ang Tambuli that‘s why we are presenting him to all of you.

Italy: HALLOWEEN DISCO PARTY 2012

HALLOWEEN DISCO PARTY 2012
By:Nerissa Tejada

Last November 3, 2012 The Acfil Youth organized a Holloween Disco Party at Casa del Quartieri, Via Morgari 14. At around 5 in the afternoon they gathered at Toretta and started decorating the area

Halloween and All Souls Day in the U.S.

Daisy Sanchez, third from left, is surrounded by admirers after winning the DARE TO BARE 2012 title in Maria Amor’s yearly Halloween event held at the Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale. Traditionally intended for trick-or-treating kids, Halloween has since evolved into an $8-billion business that some 170 million Americans indulged with revelry today. Photo by Dionesio. Grava.

Halloween and All Souls Day in the U.S.
by: Lilia Rabe Grava

Halloween is supposed to be kid stuff, a season for tiny ghouls and myriad other costumed characters in teen parties or gathering sweets in the neighborhood. Some houses transform their front spaces into instant cemeteries and horror houses for business abound. Corporate America being what it is, the day has evolved into yet another major excuse for enticing the populace to make a beehive to the malls and specialty stores.

USA: LA schools embark on anti-obesity, healthy food program

by Dionesio C. Grava
First posted in: pinoywatchdog.com

Pressed for an answer, the young Filipino American conceded that the food was okay as far as he was concerned. However, in a talk with PinoyWatchdog later, Karl Pascasio reiterated his reservations. He wished there were more choices such as, for example, Filipino food.

The teenager came to the U.S. with his parents in 1999 and had visited his birthplace, Quezon City, four years ago. He still speaks the mother tongue and “comfortable with the food of my country.” “My country” being the Philippines. More than 100 Filipinos attend the

ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli October 2012 Newsletter

Ang Tambuli- is the official  Newsletter of ACFIL,  started  last 2002 up to the present to form and inform the Filipinos in the region regarding the political, social & migration issues especially to those who have the difficulty in comprehending the Italian language. This was financed by the Provincia di Torino for two years and the last 6 years, ACFIL continued the action independently due to the strong demand of the community taking out also the logo of the Provincia di Torino.

Get a copy of the October 2012  issue of  Ang Tambuli  from this link  ACFIL-s-Ang-Tambuli-October-2012-Newsletter.

Italy: Second Anniversary Casa del Quartiere

Second Anniversary Casa del Quartiere
by: Thalyn

ACFIL (Associazione Culturale Filipina Del Piemonte) was honored to join in the celebration of the second anniversary of the opening of Casa Del Quartiere. Since it became our place of aggregation and encounter in our so many activities, we can say that we almost consider it our second home.