Infinitely More (To Write About) – My New KCET Column!

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I’m proud to announce my debut as a contributing weekly SoCal Focus columnist for KCET television’s website!

This all transpired in the past few weeks when, one Friday, I received a rejection letter from a job I had recently applied and interviewed for. I though I would land the job, […]

A Decade Reprise for ‘The Flip Side’

The Flip Side's cast, L to R: Esther Pulido, Abe Pagtama, Rona Par Miyasaki, Jose "Flipchild" Saenz and Verwin Gatpandan with director Rod Pulido

The passing of Filipino community icon Faustino “Peping” Baclig last March inspired filmmaker Rod Pulido (brother of Cerritos city councilman Mark Pulido – see how all these […]

Cerritos For Pulido

On Wednesday evening I headed down to the city of Cerritos to see my friend Mark Pulido get sworn in as member of their city council. He was elected in the March 8 election, where he was one of seven candidates vying for three seats in the at-large council. Not only did he […]

A True Soldier’s Final Salute

On Saturday, I attended the funeral of Faustino “Peping” Baclig, a beloved figure in our local Filipino community best known for spearheading efforts to lobby for recognition and equity for Filipino World War II veterans. He died on February 27 at age 89.

Many people in the Filipino community in Southern California have some […]

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, […]

Ito Ang Bayan Ko - 'My Town: Philippines' Night at Dodger Stadium

Well it's isa, dalawa, tatlo strikes you're out at the old ball gaaaame!

Tonight, I not only took in a Dodger game, but partook in some ethnic pride in attending the second “My Town: Philippines” night at Dodger Stadium, where the Boys in Blue played the third and final series game […]