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Prayers, donations pour in for children of Jersey City couple killed in tornado

By Cristina DC Pastor Americans and Filipinos alike are opening their hearts, and wallets, to three children who lost their parents July 24 when a tornado swept through a campsite in Cheriton, Virginia. The tornado hit a tree that toppled on the tent of sleeping Jersey City couple killing Lord Balatbat and his wife Lolibeth […]

How could you, K Brosas?

By Cristina DC Pastor On Saturday July 19, I watched my first Filipino showbiz concert in America. Although the Apo, the Eraserheads, Sharon Cuneta and other big names from the Philippines have performed in the Tri-State in the past, I have never gone to any of their shows because — I don’t know — maybe […]

Makilala TV celebrates milestone, looks forward to Year 2 with bigger shows

By Cristina DC Pastor Makilala TV, the first Filipino American television talk show in New York, celebrated its one-year anniversary with a July 19 taping at its home studio at Queens Public Television (QPTV) in Flushing. The three hosts, Jen Furer, Rachelle Ocampo, and Cristina DC Pastor, presented a one-hour program with animated discussions on […]

Treachery and Blackmail

by Erick San Juan Former DILG Sec. Rafael Alunan III shared in his Facebook account a game changer article of Ms. Yun Sun, a fellow with East Asia Program at Stimson Center entitled, ‘China’s New Calculation in SCS.’ She claimed that China’s unilateral actions in asserting it’s claims in South China Sea have driven regional […]

‘Surreal, scary,’ says Jose Antonio Vargas on being arrested by border patrol

By Cristina DC Pastor Several dozen Filipinos braved the July 15 downpour to gather at Union Square and voice their support for detained undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. The activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was released on the same day by U.S. Border Patrol agents who held him at the McAllen-Miller International Airport in Texas […]

Pennsylvania teen Alexa Kirby wins Miss Philippines Quest-USA

By Cristina DC Pastor An 18-year-old high school graduate from Pennsylvania who would love to have dinner with Demi Lovato, given a chance to dine with an inspiring celebrity, was crowned Miss Philippines Quest-USA on July 12 at a beauty-and-talent pageant held at Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Alexa Kirby, who, by serendipity, was also Candidate […]

The Super Elite: The Good and the Bad Side

by Erick San Juan While sipping a cup of coffee at a cozy restaurant in Greenhills to while away typhoon Glenda, I was given a book by a friend entitled “The Bilderberg Conspiracy” by H. Paul Jeffers. When I returned home, I went to my library to check a book that I bought in one […]

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