June 5, 2018

Filipino American Youth Join March for Human Rights & Democracy, Call on Youth to Enact Change

New York, NY - On June 3, Kabataan Alliance joined Malaya Movement’s march for human rights and democracy at the Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City. The annual parade aims to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the independence of the Philippines from Spain.  But in a time when human rights are being violated, impunity reigns, and democracy has been stripped from us, how can we truly celebrate our independence and call ourselves free?

Kabataan Alliance joined the march to condemn Duterte’s de facto dictatorship and the vicious wars he is waging against the people and the youth. Alongside more than 400 people in Malaya’s contingent, Kabataan Alliance participated in a die-in in front of the parade organizers and Philippine government officials to symbolize the more than 20,000 deaths, including those of youth between the ages of 5 and 17, as a result of Duterte’s War on Drugs.  

Because it is easy nowadays to hide social media posts or change channels to avoid the news, we wanted make a bold statement that this is the reality of our kababayan back home in the Philippines and that they cannot turn their eyes away from that reality.

In addition to Duterte’s Drug War, over 400,000 people, including many children, have been displaced by the bombings in Marawi and ongoing martial law and heavy militarization in Mindanao. Duterte has also threatened to bomb schools for indigenous youth, accusing them of being rebel schools, while they are only being taught how to protect and sustain their lands.  

Threatened by any form of criticism, Duterte has also cracked down on activists and community leaders through political killings and illegal arrests -- including the arrest and imprisonment of Myles Albasin, the secretary general of youth organization Anakbayan Cebu.

As Filipino youth and students in the United States, we have an important role to play in fighting dictatorship.  We are inspired by the young Filipino activists in the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s who took to the streets and protested the Marcos dictatorship and contributed to his ousting.  We see that our motherland is now under another dictatorship that we must resist.

Kabataan Alliance calls upon other Filipino youth in the United States to take part in the fight against tyranny and the killings.  As the inheritors of the future, we must participate in the movement for genuine democracy and uphold human rights in the Philippines.  We must be the change that Duterte has failed to be.

Kabataan Alliance will be joining Malaya Movement’s next action, the People’s State of the Nation Address (SONA ng BAYAN) on July 23, 2018 at 6:00PM outside the Philippine Consulate in NYC.

Janelle Panganiban Graduates Summa Cum Laude at NYU; A Member of the Gaddang Indigenous People, from the Philippines

Summa Cum Laude. Janelle Panganiban waves the Philippine flag during her graduation in New York on 18 May 2018

New York -- Janelle Micaela S. Panganiban graduated summa cum laude recently with three majors: Global Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology (Honors) from New York University. She is a member of the Gaddang indigenous group from Isabela.

During her graduation, the 20-year old Panganiban was the recipient of the prestigious Alexander L. Shluger Award for Excellence in Sociology. This is awarded to a senior student who has majored in sociology and has excelled in his or her study of this subject. She was a consistent Dean's Lister and a Founders Day Awardee of her graduating class.

With her achievements, Panganiban said that, "As a Filipino, I feel like I have the obligation to bring all of these back to the Philippines and at the same time, as a descendant of the Gaddangs, I find myself impassioned for indigenous resurgence as a step to combat the long and embedded history of colonization."

Janelle is joined by her proud parents Rep. Jose T. Panganiban, Jr. and Mayor Lourdes S. Panganiban.

Asked what her secret to academic excellence is, she said, "Academic success is the time when I read a book that confronted my perspectives or when my professor and classmates challenged my opinions and debated with me. In other words, I achieved academic excellence by constantly questioning the norm and expanding my mindset. This is what I’ve learned to love and enjoy."

And her advice to Filipino students? "Remain curious, step out of your comfort zone, and engage in conversation. In our world that’s growing more and more divided, I still have hope that we can find ways to transcend our differences."

"Never forget that you are a Filipino—huwag kalilimutan ang pinanggalingan. Saan mang bahagi ng mundo tayo makarating, ang Pilipinas pa rin sana ang ating balikan. Mangarap nang hindi lang para sa sarili, kung hindi na rin para sa bayan," she added.

Janelle Panganiban is the daughter Representative Jose T. Panganiban, Jr. of ANAC-IP Party list and Mayor Lourdes S. Panganiban of Angadangan, Isabela.

Consul Arman Talbo (left) and Cultural Officer Olive Magpile (right), congratulate Janelle after her graduation.

Panganiban will be one of the awardees during the 6th annual Philippine Graduation (PGRAD) on Saturday, 9 June 2018 at the Philippine Center. PGRAD is a flagship project of the Philippine Consulate General in New York, in cooperation with Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro).

Another Filipina, 21-year old Lara Andrea Montales likewise recently graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in BS Economics major in Finance and Business Analytics.

Montales was the valedictorian in grade school at Colegio San Agustin-Makati and she graduated with honors at Philippine Science High School before enrolling in Wharton School, number 1 in Forbes 2017 Best Business Schools in the US. 

June 1, 2018

Philippine American Friendship Parade and Festival in Jersey City on June 24

Join the Philippine American Friendship Day event on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

Come and meet Kim Chiu at the grand parade on West Side Ave., Jersey City.

Watch an exciting cultural program at Lincoln Park and enjoy Filipino food at the Festival!

"Tara na at manood tay

#pafcom2018 #pafcom #pafcomparadeandfestival #festival2018 #parade2018 #community #jerseycity #jersey #filam #kimchiu @chinitaprincess @kimchiu.ph @kapamilyatfc #festival #freeevent #familyfriendly #food #parade