US Rep Grace Meng Facebook Page Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 18, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of her COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which seeks to help combat the increase in anti-Asian hate that has occurred during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The bill passed 364 to 62. It follows the Senate’s approval of the measure last month by a nearly unanimous and overwhelming bipartisan vote of 94 to 1. The legislation now heads to President Biden who has said that he will sign it into law.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng Applauds House Passage of her COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to Combat Anti-Asian Hate; Measure Now Heads to President Biden Who is Expected to Sign the Bill into Law
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Steven Raga, Filipino American New York City candidate speaks. Photo: Eric Lachica
WASHINGTON, DC: Filipino American leaders rallied Saturday morning in front of the White House to thank President Biden and the American People for delivering an initial donation of 2.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX facility to the Philippines.
The dozen leaders also appealed to Biden to release by Memorial Day an additional 5 million doses from the excess AstraZeneca stockpile in Baltimore and in Ohio. Biden recently pledged to donate 60 million doses not being used in America to help desperate nations. They also sang the US National Anthem and the Pilipino song, Bayan Ko.
The community leaders are planning another White House rally in June with other community organizations to thank the Biden Administration after the next tranche of millions of donated vaccines arrive. During the next weeks their supporters in several states will virtually meet with the staff of US Senators and Biden administration officials to advocate for the early delivery of donated AZ vaccines. According to the US Embassy Manila website, the Filipino People can expect another separate 42 million doses from the American funded COVAX facility. Delivery dates are still unknown.
Photo: Eric Lachica
The following leaders attended: Virginia Alinsao RN of the Philippine Nurses of America (PNA) International Affairs committee with Alvin Matium RN, Steven Raga, a Filipino American candidate for the NY City Council, Paul Inserto RN and Eric Lachica of the US Medicare Philippines, Bettina Obias of the US Filipinos for Good Governance (USFGG) with Tina Maynigo and Ronie Nieva, Mel Alonzo of the Alliance of Women for Advancement and Reform (AWARE PH), David Borden of the Stop the Drug War, and Dr. Bambi Lorica MD pediatrician with Dr. Victor Lorica. Several gave solidarity appeals. Several sight-seers joined the group for photos including students and Filipino tourists. The thirty-minute event was live streamed on FaceBook by the USFGG social media team with the hashtag: #VAXFORPH.
Supporters are urged to appeal to President Biden on his website: www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ and to their U.S. Senators on www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm to donate early the five million excess doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to the Filipino People who are facing the terrible pandemic. More than 100 Filipinos are dying per day due to COVID-19.
The plight of the Filipino American nurse a year into the pandemic is the focus of the pilot webisode of Usapang Fil Am on May 20, Thursday, 8pm ET.
Usapang Fil Am is the new interview format talk show of PinoyLife Media.
Reports have confirmed that no ethnic group of health care workers has suffered more casualties than Filipino Americans. More than a quarter of nurses who have died of COVID-19 and related complications in the U.S. are Filipino American even as they make up just 4 percent of nurses in the country.
As they continue to tirelessly care for the weak and the sick in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask the hard questions: How are our nurses? Who are taking care of them?
Join Noel Pangilinan and Cris Godinez in a candid conversation with Zenei Cortez, president of the largest union of registered nurses in America, and Fatima Cabillon a registered nurse whose mother worked as the Head ER Nurse at a Brooklyn hospital and became one of the early casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Usapang Fil Am | Fil Am Nurses: A Year Into the Pandemic will be available to watch via Facebook Live through this link https://fb.me/e/26pNFvlDa
Monday, May 3, 2021
After a successful Valentine’s virtual concert, UPAAA, Inc. together with two other UPAA chapters in East and West coasts, joined forces to stage yet another online event to give tribute to the special women in our lives, our mothers.
The virtual concert will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. The concert proper begins at 8:00 PM.
Headlining the invited performers are famed Cecile Azarcon-Inocentes, Philippines’ legendary and highly- acclaimed songwriter and singer, whose music has been recorded and sang by Filipino and international artists; and Maestro Robert Shroder, resident conductor of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra in California committed to the enrichment of Filipino culture through orchestra music.
Another notable performer at this concert is US-based Pinoy band Sounds of Manila, a successful nine-member band who has successfully carved a niche in the US with their music. The concert organizer carefully vetted the artists who will share their musical talents for the listening pleasure of the audience.
This is a fundraising event to benefit the scholarship programs of UPAAA, UPAA Arizona and UPAA New Jersey. We would like to thank our supporters and sponsors for their generous contributions.
If you want to dedicate one of the songs to be performed during the concert to honor the mothers in your life (Lola, Tita, Inay, Nanay, Mama, Moms) please e-mail us at email@example.com. The link to the titles and lyrics of the featured songs is on the event page in Eventbrite.
We would like to thank our generous supporters and sponsors:
Handang Tumulong Foundation, Inc.
Daisy Magalit Rodriguez
Tau Alpha Foundation, Inc.
Ria Money Transfer
The Filipino Channel (TFC USA)
Carolina E. Colborn, author of "Cruising Past Seventy: It's not only about outer journeys. It's also about inner Ones" (Available on Amazon)
Winston C. Umali, MD, PC, Jersey City, NJ. Specializing in Pediatrics
Kumon of Gilbert-Lindsay & Warner, Gilbert, Arizona, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nelsie T. Parrado & Family
Daisy Briones Macadaeg & Family
Minnie Corpuz-Castillo & Family
Bede Torralba & Family
Tau Alpha Foundation, Inc., UP College of Engineering
The Filipino Press
One Philippines, Texas Edition
Elizabeth Cueva, Esq. & Family
Erlinda Garduno, MD
Old Bridge Veterinary Clinic, New Jersey
UPAA San Diego County
Dr. Zosimo & Luzviminda Sapin Micabalo
Ador & Cristy Family Trust
Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center, San Diego
Melicor Homecare, LLC, San Francisco, CA,
J & Z Ply Family Partnership
One Philippines Texas edition.
Dedicate 30-sec or 60-second video clips honoring one’s mother which will be featured during the concert.
Register in Eventbrite for tickets: $15.00
Song dedication $25.00
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Dedicate one of the songs to be performed during the concert to your Inay and your dedication will be acknowledged with the song you choose. Please email email@example.com with your name, Mother's name, and dedication.
Video dedication $50.00
28 REMAININGSales end on Apr 27, 2021
Submit one to two high-resolution photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, Mother's name and a dedication of not more than 75 characters. Videos, with background instrumental music, will be created from groups of slides. Each video will loop intermittently during the concert.
Please extend this invitation to your families, relatives, and friends so that they may share this special day with loved ones.
For more information, please check out the Eventbrite event page for available sponsorships or e-mail email@example.com.
Part of the proceeds will go towards stipend scholarships in UP.
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. UPAAA’s Tax-ID: 80-0816109. Thank you for your support.
Make check payable to UPAAA, Inc. and mail to 2825 Oro Blanco Circle, Escondido, CA 92027.
Governor Cuomo Announces Virtual Town Hall and Series of Listening Sessions for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Governor Cuomo Facebook Page Screenshot
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that, in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, New York State will host a virtual town hall and a weeklong series of listening sessions with state agencies to discuss issues impacting the AAPI community.
New York State agencies will also launch a multi-agency social media campaign throughout the month of May to celebrate and spread awareness about Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with #NYSCelebratesAAPI.
"Asian American and Pacific Islander New Yorkers have made tremendous contributions to this state and a part of the mosaic that make up the family of New York,"Governor Cuomo said."After all of the unwarranted and disgraceful hate and violence directed towards this community over the past year, we want to make clear that we stand united with our friends and neighbors and have zero tolerance for those who seek to divide and harm our fellow New Yorkers."
A virtual town hall will be hosted by the Division of Human Rights on Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 PM featuring a discussion led by Interim Commissioner Johnathan J. Smith, MTA Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng, New York State Liquor Authority Commissioner Lily Fan, New York Power Authority President & CEO Gil Quiniones.
The town hall will also feature:
- Department of Civil Service
- Department of Financial Services
- Department of Labor
- Department of Health
- Department of State, Office for New Americans
- Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
- Office for the Aging
- Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
- Office of Mental Health
- Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, Bureau of Refugee Services
- Office of Victim Services
- New York State Police
Registration for this virtual town hall is open here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2416195383906/WN_LqNtow8rQ0aNTrOL254UjQ
New York Power Authority President & CEO Gil Quiniones said, "As a proud Filipino-American, I know full well that Asian-American & Pacific Islanders have brought their skills, their passions, their imaginations, their beliefs, and their creativity to this country. We see their innumerable contributions all around us, as they advance our technology, science and engineering and expand our literature, music and art. As a result, this nation and its culture are enriched."