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Monday, October 25, 2021

Larry Itliong Leadership Award to be Launched in California, Oct 25



Larry Itliong Leadership Awards in Hollywood.

We were supposed to have, in 2020, the second coming of the “Roaring Twenties”.

Roar it did as our lives went on a 180-degree spin of stops, slowdowns and its twin sisters of cynicism and fear.

Indeed, it is with real people that we know, who lived real lives, and succeeding despite the adversity and difficulty of their time, that we can be inspired to rise from our own situation. They are the real heroes of our time. The men and women who did not succumb, but fought back and won! This is the inspiration that heroes give, reminding us that we can succeed no matter what circumstance or difficulty we may face.

This is the legacy of Larry Itliong, Filipino-American Hero, who helped shape the 
US Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, that reverberated internationally. He inspired Filipino farm workers to take action, despite enormous difficulty, against systemic maltreatment. His leadership convinced Cesar Chavez and the Mexicans to unite instead of competing. This was exemplified in the victory of the Delano, California Grape Strike that Larry Itliong started in 1965.

This October 25, 2021, the Filipino American Voice United, FAVU, launches the annual Larry Itliong Leadership Award, LILA, at the Celebrity Centre, Hollywood, California. Three contemporary leaders are recognized on how they exemplify the greatness of the Filipino-American Spirit:

Wilfredo “Jing” Espiritu (posthumously),

Noel S.V. Omega,

Trinity Foliente.

It is an evening of celebration together with the showing of the multi-awarded 
film, Tombstone Pillow, presented in-person by its Director, Daniel Lir.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

"Kwarta o Kahon?" on Usapang Fil Am's next episode; Family and Friends 'Lifeline' in the Philippines Amid the Ongoing Pandemic

Usapang Fil Am, a web program talk show produced by Pinoy Life Media discuss the 'Money Remittance and Balikbayan Box' topic and issues surrounding it on its 2nd episode to be live-streamed on October 21 Thursday 8pm EDT/ 5pm PDT. 

Did you know that the Philippines ranks 4th among the top countries receiving money remittances, only behind India, China, and Mexico

The biggest chunk of money remittances to the Philippines actually comes from Filipinos in the U.S. According to the World Bank, total OFW remittances in 2020 was $35 billion. More than one-third of that padala, or about $12 billion, came from Filipinos in the United States.This amount is almost 10 percent of the gross domestic product, or GDP, of the Philippines in 2020.

With about 10 million Filipinos living and working abroad at the moment, over seven million balikbayan boxes arrive in the Philippines each year, according to WorldRemit. For this year, the balikbayan box shipping to the Philippines is estimated to generate $5 billion in the U.S. alone. 

Join hosts Cristina Godinez and Noel Pangilinan in this Thursday's episode of Usapang Fil Am's "Kuwarta o Kahon?" as the community try to look at the big picture when we talk about the ins and outs of money remittances and balikbayan boxes, and also as a lifeline and a way of expressing concern and care for family and friends in the Philippines.

The episode can be watched on Pinoy Life's Facebook page via this link

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

"'Sang Likha, 'Sang Lahi" Group Art Exhibit Celebrates Filipino American History Month in NYC

International Women Artists, Inc.

in collaboration with

Foundation for Filipino Artists, Inc. 


International Artists Alliance

proudly present

"'Sang Likha, 'Sang Lahi"

Group Art Exhibit

Filipino American History Month Celebration

From Monday, October 25, 2021, to Friday, November 12, 2021

Exhibit Opening Day on October 25, 2021, from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

at the Philippine Center Lobby Gallery

556 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10036


Ann Constantino Beck

Luis Amat Caraos

Cesar Delos Santos III

Angelo Maristela

Marcelo Quezon

Marcelino Rodriguez

Yannie Rumbaoa

Jay ViriƱa

For inquiries:

+1 917.767.0027 Ann 

+1 845.453.1620 Krizia 

+1 646.415.1853 Aida

Please connect with us


For RSVP please click this link:


Philippine Center, New York

US Filipinos for Good Governance

United Staffing Registry, Inc.

JCI Philippine-New York

Kinding Sindaw


OSM Online Magazine

Philippine Daily Mirror

Kababayan Media

Issues and Inspirations

Monday, October 18, 2021

Remarks of Consul General Elmer G. Cato at the Memorial Mass for Maria Luningning Ambrocio

Remarks of Consul General Elmer G. Cato

Memorial Mass for Maria Luningning Ambrocio

St. Francis of Assisi Church, New York

1:30 p.m., 11 October 2021

Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. Good afternoon.

On behalf of the Philippine Consulate General in New York, I would like to thank all of you for joining us here this afternoon in this memorial mass for our departed kababayan, Maria Luningning Ambrocio.

I also would like to thank Father Julian Jagudilla and the Franciscan Community foropening the doors of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi to allow us to pay our final respects to someone who had been an active member of the Church and the community.

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic last year, Luningning posted a Facebook 
profile photo of her in scrubs, face mask, and face shield with a caption that read: “I cannot stay at home, I am a nurse!”

And like the thousands of Filipino nurses and other healthcare workers across the

United States, Luningning was there in the frontline against Covid-19. A woman of courage and compassion—matapang at mapagmalasakit—she did her part in saving lives the way she had been doing in the 25 years she took care of cancer patients in New Jersey.

At the Bayonne Medical Center, Luningning was known as “a caring nurse and a wonderful person” who went out of her way to help others. She is remembered by colleagues on how she mentored the younger nurses among them.

One even described her as an “angel sent by God to guard and be with her during her 
long and difficult journey to a foreign land,” and “who gave her the hope and courage to live and survive the harsh conditions of the concrete jungle of New York City.”

There are many more testimonials and anecdotes that would reveal just how much Luningning was loved and admired and how much she brightened people’s lives, ultimately, measuring up to her name – Luningning, which means sparkle or brilliance in Filipino.

Three days ago, Luningning was taken away from us in an unfortunate incident that could have probably been avoided had the streets of New York been made safer. She was taken away from us at a time when violence against members of the Filipino Community and the larger Asian and Pacific Islander Community—whether induced by pandemic-exacerbated xenophobia or by mental illness—remain on the rise.

Since January, at least nine members of the Filipino Community have been at the 
receiving end of unprovoked acts of violence that have been reported to or monitored by the Philippine Consulate.

We started the year with a 72-year-old Filipina who ended up in the ICU after she assaulted while entering her apartment building in Queens. This was followed by the face slashing of a 61-year-old Filipino on board a subway train in Manhattan and the violent attack on a 65-year-old Filipina who was walking to church also in Manhattan.

A few weeks ago, a 67-year-old Filipina nurse was also assaulted while distributing face masks on a subway train also in Manhattan and more recently, a 75-year-old Filipina was badly injured after she was shoved while exiting a subway station in Queens.

Most, if not all, of those who were behind these acts of violence are mentally ill and homeless individuals and, according to reports, there are more than 12,000 of them in the streets of New York City.

This afternoon, as we mourn the passing of Maria Luningning Ambrocio, I reiterate our 
call for authorities to take more effective steps to make the streets of New York safe again for all of us.

While we know that authorities are doing their best, we hope that they exert more serious efforts and make more resources available to make this happen.

The Filipino Community stands in solidarity with many others who have been calling on authorities to give more focus on improving mental health care as well as in strengthening “Kendra’s Law” so that dangerous people could be taken off the streets.

By doing this, we are hoping that we would not have any more Maria Luningning Ambrocios to mourn and bury.

Maraming Salamat po.

Photos courtesy of the Philippine Consulate General in New York

Friday, October 1, 2021

Study in Hope: SPAA returns with 2021 Exhibit at Philippine Center

Study in Hope: SPAA returns with 2021 Exhibit at Philippine Center

by Robert P. De Tagle/IPEAK,

The Society of Philippine American Artists (SPAA) returns home to the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue, NYC, with an in-person exhibit from 4 to 15 October, featuring works of 19 participants from New York, New Jersey and Vancouver. During this Filipino-American History Month, the exhibit can be viewed 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. With hope and resilience, acknowledging the tragedy of the past 22 months and continuing to the challenges of the present, the exhibit will once again enable interaction among the artists and with the public, art in the midst of reality, to encounter and perhaps to inspire.

Consul General Elmer Cato has been invited to open the exhibit.

Participating artists

The visual artists presenting this year are Danvic C. Briones, Ronald Cortez, Cheryle L. Cranbourne, Angelito L. David, Dulcie Dee, Tessie Dichupa, Carlos L. Esguerra, Joel R. Francisco, Lenore RS Lim, Greta Lood, Esmie Gayo McLaren, Chato Morando, Rene Ner, Mae Palaci, Robert Pérez De Tagle, Godfrey C. Pinder, Carol Tanjutco, Ching Valdes-Aran and Art Zamora.

For more info, follow the group Society of Philippine-American Artists on Facebook, call the Philippine Center at 212.575.4774, or email or