Goin' Down To FPAC, Gonna Have Myself A Time: The 19th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in San Pedro

This past weekend was the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC), an annual festival on the second weekend of September that has been a tradition in the local Filipino American community for 19 years. And Filipino American in the truest sense, as it was and still is organized by second-generation, American born/bred Filipinos, […]

Thai CDC Helps To Bust Human Traffickers

I serve as a board member of the local nonprofit, Thai Community Development Center which has recently garnered headlines for helping the federal government indict Mordechai Orian of the labor recruiting company Global Horizons, Inc. and five other individuals with conspiracy to commit forced labor and servitude. If found guilty, they could face […]

Salvadorans Celebrate Independence in East Hollywood

Today, as is tradition in East Hollywood on the Sunday before Labor Day, the DEFISAL (Desdile de Independencia Salvadoreno), or El Salvadoran Independence Day parade, rolled by. It celebrates El Salvador’s independence from Spain in 1851 (Mid-September appears to be the perfect time of year for Spanish colonies to revolt, isn’t it?).The nearly two-mile-long […]

Pitbull Attack Update: Hallelujah!

I returned to St. Eugene’s church to play piano for the gospel choir. Surely there were prayers said for Ms. Holloway, who was attacked by a stray pitbull dog last Sunday, but the miracle came at the end: During the announcements at the end of Mass, Kishna Holloway got up and thanked the parishoners […]

Cahuenga Library Mini-Cleanup, September Edition

Being Labor Day weekend, there was predictably a smaller volunteer pool this month for the Cahuenga Library Mini-Clean Up, with the dedicated Damon and Guia Wood helping out. And the weather was rather warm, too. But fortunately we only had a smaller task at hand. The mound of garbage that usually piles up next […]