Monthly Archives: May 2014

69th FACLA Anniversary, April 26, 2014 Coronation Night

Ms. FACLA and Ms Teen FACLA 2014 and the former Ms. FACLA and MS Teen FACLA 2013 Winners at the 69th FACLA Anniversary, April 26, 2014.

PREPS FOR THE GRAND PARADE IN HFT REVS UP, MORE ORGANIZATIONS JOINED IN

EPCC NEWS
May 18, 2014

PREPS FOR THE GRAND PARADE IN HFT REVS UP, MORE ORGANIZATIONS JOINED IN

Los Angeles—The preparations for the 2nd Historic Filipinotown Parade on June 07, 2014 revs up.

During the Organizing Committee ( 2HFTPOC) and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) meeting last May 13 in FACLA attended by Consul Cezar Angeles of the Philippine Consulate of Los Angeles , the 2HFTPOC have confirmed that 20 groups and organizations have committed to participate in the said event as of the press time.

The 2nd HFT Independence Day Parade starts and end at Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) in Historic Filipinotown of Los Angeles. The assembly time will be at 7;00 AM and the parade will start promptly at 9;00 AM.

Participating Organizations

Philippinetown Inc. Mayor Jerry Esguerra said that the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) inc., the Philippine Town Inc (PTI) , and the Consulate General of the Philippines-Los Angeles will lead the parade.

The groups who will participate are; Historic FiIiipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC) , The Justice for the Filipino American Veterans (JFAV),People’s CORE, The Insider Productions/Binibining Pilipinas-USA, Seniors 4 Pilipino American Community Empowerment (S4PACE), Knights of Rizal – Historic Filipinotown, Silverlake CBAS, Knights of Columbus (KOR), The Rotary Club of HFT, HIFI California Expo (HIFICALI ), MS FILAM INTERNATIONAL LLC, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce-Orange County (FACCOC). Golden Agers of Los Angeles (GALA),Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA), GEPENC_District 5, Echo Park Community Council (EPCC), Rampart Village Neighborhood Counci (RVNC), Lord of Harvest, LACFAS, Phil.American Association of Professionals Inc, Los Angeles Seniors of California Inc.,PILAC, Samoan Affairs, Temple-Westlake Development Corporation (TWDC) and other regional and provincial associations of Southern California like the United Bicolandia of Los Angeles (UBLA).

A Call for Participation for the Fil-Am Youths

PTI Mayor Jerry Esguerra also enjoined all participants and contingents especially the Filipino-American youth and student organizations to join the 116th PH Independence Day parade around the historic Filipinotown.

They are advised to converge at N. Burlington St from 7:00 AM to 8;30 AM for the formation. He said, “ The motif for this year is just like last year is still the Santa Cruz De Mayo, a cultural activity in the Philippines. Sagalas of all ages will parade in this day of freedom for the Philippines in Historic Filipintown.”

They can assemble with their contingents and vehicles at the N Burlington St south side of FACLA for FACLA cannot accommodate all the people and contingents that will join the parade.”

Next 2IDPOC Meeting, May 23.

FACLA Director Arturo P. Garcia, the designated Parade Coordinator of the 2HFTIDP said, ” the preparations and working meeting will have started last May 13 and the next organizing and planning meeting will be on May 23, 2013 at 6;00PM at FACLA .

PTI Mayor Jerry Esguerra said, “ we call on all Filipino-American organization and our allied organizations among the Asian Pacific Islander Community to participate in our planning meetings and our celebration and commitment for freedom at the parade on June 07..

This is the second time that the HFT PH Independence Day Parade will be held in Historic Filpinotown where Filipinos lived since 1945.”. Garcia added.

Organizations and individuals who are interested to join or volunteer to help the parade can ask and get the participation forms and can donate monetary or any donations to:

FACLA
c/o Bernie Ganon
1740 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026F
Phone/fax (213)484-1527

For more information about the 2nd HFT Independence Day Parade 2014 please call or fax at (213) 4841527 or email at newfacla@yahoo.com. or visit our website at newfacla.org

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FIL-AM LEADERS DISCUSSED THE IMPLICATIONS OF MDT AND EDCA, THE CHINA-VIETNAM CRISIS AND UKRAINE CONFLICT

NEW FACLA NEWS
May 17, 2014

FIL-AM LEADERS DISCUSSED THE IMPLICATIONS OF MDT AND EDCA, THE CHINA-VIETNAM CRISIS AND UKRAINE CONFLICT

Los Angeles—In a rare show of unity at the TAKALAYAN sa FACLA , Filipino-American leaders studied and discussed the implications of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty and the recently signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the US and PH Government last Thursday.

The ongoing crisis in Philippines Senate with the publication of the “Napoles List”, recent military conflict in the China Seas between Vietnam and China as well as the Ukrainian Crisis between Russia and the United States were also the topics of discussions.

US Bases in the Philippines and the Chinese Threats

Dr. Marc Caratao brought up the point that the Chinese military” has been building a base at the Mabini Reef near Palawan and is building an airstrip on the reclaimed reefs, Mabini Reef is only 180 nautical miles from the main island of Palawan.

He also said” the AFP will not have discovered the Chinese build-up if they did not join the search for the missing Malaysian Jet plane.”

Dr. Caratao also expressed fear that, “the US is repeating the same policy of “Europe First” when they spent more than $ 6 Billion in aid to Ukraine while there is no sufficient support to the Philippines against China’s threats.”

Dr. Orly Cagampan and Jun Baul argued that EDCA is will be a burden to Filipino taxpayers because it is the PH government that is spending for the construction of American bases in the Philippines.

Jun Baul declared, “Mukhang sinuswerte ang mga Amerikano dahil ang gagastos sa kanilang mga base ay ang mga Pilipino.”

The TALAKAYAN participants were given the copies of the text of the MDT of 1951 where the Fil-Am leaders discussed the treaty point by point. On the discussion that the MDT is not clear on the China seas because the treaty pertains only to the Pacific Ocean and metropolitan Philippines,.

On -line journalist Sid Balatan pointed out:“ The China Seas is a generic part of the Pacific Ocean even though it is on the eastern side. Besides, some parts of the China seas is a territory of the Philippines that’s why they named it recently as West Philippines Seas.” And everyone at the forum agreed to that.

On the Different “Napoles Lists”

On the subject of the DOJ proposal to make perceived PDAF scam mastermind Janet Napoles as a state witness and the several “Napoles Lists”, Fil-Am leaders expressed elation that the original “Napoles List” was finally given by DOJ Secretary De Lima to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee last May 15.

Dr. Cagampan said, “ now it is confirmed the list purportedly given by Napoles to former Senator Ping Lacson. Is just a psywar. He also said, “ we all know that Lacson is an” attack dog of Enrile “ that is why the list was laundered or added upon. Pinapagulo lang nila at pinatatagal ang imbestigasyon sa Senado.”

Filipino leaders also expressed consternation over the delay in the trial of the Sandiganbayan on the plunder case against the three Senators. Sid Balatan said, “we can’t do nothing but wait.”

On the China-Vietnam Conflict

Dr, Marc Caratao observed that the Vietnamese are more aggressive in blunting China’s incursions in their territories. They even rioted and burned Chinese owned factories.

This drew a very profound observations from FACLA President Jun Baul that, “China and Vietnam animosities is deeply historical and goes back beyond China’s imperial aggressions against Vietnam during the ancient times.”

Alliance leader Arturo Garcia also added, “ That China and Vietnam fought a brief but bloody border war in 1979. That was because Vietnam expelled more than 2 million Chinese Vietnamese after the end of the Vietnam War. And they became the famous “boat people” during that time.”

On the other hand, Atty Terry Herrera remarked, “that the Philippines should be more aggressive against China. There should be more anti-China demonstrations in the Philippines. I think that The Filipinos are not anti-Chinese enough.” His remarks drew laughter from the crowd.

The TALAKAYAN ended well and promised more discussions on EDCA on the next Thursday , May 22, 2014 TALAKAYAN. FACLA also thanked the food donors Art Garcia for the cookies, Mrs. Jovy Alejandrino for the Ice Cream and Dr, Orly Cagampan for the donuts.

For more information about the TALAKAYAN sa FACLA please call (213) 484-1527 or email us newfalca@yahoo.con or visit our website at www.newfacla.org.

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PREPS FOR THE 2nd PH INDEPENDENCE DAY GRAND PARADE IN HFT, REVS UP

EPCC NEWS
May 16, 2014

PREPS FOR THE 2nd PH INDEPENDENCE DAY GRAND PARADE IN HFT, REVS UP

Los Angeles—The preparations for the 2nd Historic Filipinotown Parade on June 07, 2014 revs up

During the Organizing Committee ( 2HFTPOC) and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) meeting last May 13 in FACLA attended by Consul Cezar Angeles of the Philippine Consulate of Los Angeles , the 2HFTPOC have confirmed that more than more than 20 groups have committed to participate in the said event as of the press time.

The 2nd HFT Independence Day Parade starts and end at Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA). The assembly time will be at 7;00 AM and the parade will start promptly at 9;00 AM.

Participating Organizations

Philippinetown Inc. Mayor Jerry Esguerra said that the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) inc., the Philippine Town Inc (PTI) , and the Consulate General of the Philippines-Los Angeles will lead the parade.

The groups who will participate are; Historic FiIiipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC) , The Justice for the Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), The Insider Productions/Binibining Pilipinas-USA, Seniors 4 Pilipino American Community Empowerment (S4PACE), Knights of Rizal – HFT, Silverlake CBAS, Knights of Columbus (KOR), The Rotary Club of HFT, HIFI California Expo (HIFICALI ), MS FILAM INTERNATIONAL LLC, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce-Orange County (FACC-OC). Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA), Golden Agers of Los Angeles (GALA),GEPENC_District 5, Echo Park Community Council (EPCC), Rampart Village Neighborhood Council(RVNC), Lord of Harvest, LACFAS, Phil. American Association of Professionals Inc.,Los Angeles Seniors of California Inc, Phil.Institute of Language Arts and Culture (PILAC), Samoan Affairs, Temple-Westlake Development Corporation (TWDC) and other regional and provincial associations of Southern California like the United Bicolandia of los Angeles (UBLA) are some of the participating organizations.

A Call for Participation for the Fil-Am Youths

PTI Mayor Jerry Esguerra also enjoined all participants and contingents especially the Filipino-American youth and student organizations to join the 116th PH Independence Day parade around the historic Filipinotown.

They are advised to converge at N. Burlington St from 7:00 AM to 8;30 AM for the formation. He said, “ The motif for this year is just like last year is still the Santa Cruz De Mayo, a cultural activity in the Philippines. Sagalas of all ages will parade in this day of freedom for the Philippines in Historic Filipintown.”

They can assemble with their contingents and vehicles at the N Burlington St south side of FACLA for FACLA cannot accommodate all the people and contingents that will join the parade.”

Next 2IDPOC Meeting, May 23.

FACLA Director Arturo P. Garcia, the designated Parade Coordinator of the 2HFTIDP said, ” the preparations and working meeting will have started last May 13 and the next organizing and planning meeting will be on May 23, 2013 at 6;00PM at FACLA .

PTI Mayor Jerry Esguerra said, “ we call on all Filipino-American organization and our allied organizations among the Asian Pacific Islander Community to participate in our planning meetings and our celebration and commitment for freedom at the parade on June 07..

This is the second time that the HFT PH Independence Day Parade will be held in Historic Filpinotown where Filipinos lived since 1945.”. Garcia added.

Organizations and individuals who are interested to join or volunteer to help the parade can ask and get the participation forms and can donate monetary or any donations to:

FACLA
c/o Bernie Ganon
1740 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone/fax (213)484-1527

For more information about the 2nd HFT Independence Day Parade 2014 please call or fax at (213) 4841527 or email at newfacla@yahoo.com. or visit our website at newfacla.org

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JOIN THE 2nd (116th) Historic Filipinotown Independence Day Parade, June 07, 2014

The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) and the 2nd Historic Filipinotown Independence Day Organizing Committee (2HFTIDPOC) invites the public:

MABUHAY ANG 116 TAON NG ARAW NG KALAYAAN NG PILIPINAS!

JOIN THE 2nd (116th) Historic Filipinotown Independence Day Parade on Saturday at 8;30 AM in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles.

( Assemble at Burlington St and Temple St Intersection, in front of FACLA)

JOIN THE SANTACRUZAN Parade and witness the different Filipino-American beauties of different ages as they parade around our town.

Bring in your regional, provincial , towns and sectorial, youth and students organizations in representing your areas. Bring your banners, customes and slogans!

List of participating organizations: FACLA, PTI, The Philippine Consulate, Historic FiIipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC), The Justice for the Filipino American Veterans (JFAV),The Insider Productions/Binibining Pilipinas-USA, Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC), Seniors 4 Pilipino American Community Empowerment (S4PACE), Knights of Rizal of the Historic Filipinotown, Silverlake CBA,The Knights of Columbus of Lorreto Church, The Rotary Club of HFT, Historic Filipinotown California Expo 0r HIFICALI.MS.FILAM International LLC, United Bicolandia of Los Angeles (UBLA) ,FACC-Orange County, PILAC, Samoan Affairs, TWDC, Filipino-American Press Club of California, LACFAS and more

For more information contact Art Garcia (213)-241-0995 or Bernie Targa-Ganon at (323)-683-6477 and FACLA at (213)484-1527 for participation forms and more information. Contact us at www.newfacla.org or by email at pilipinokami76@yahoo.com or new facla@yahoo.com

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ALLIANCE SUPPORTS SCRAP THE PORK NETWORK, ASK AQUINO III TO REVEAL THE NAPOLES LIST NOW


ALLIANCE NEWS

May 12, 2014

ALLIANCE SUPPORTS SCRAP THE PORK NETWORK, ASK AQUINO III TO REVEAL THE NAPOLES LIST NOW

Los Angeles—The Alliance Philippines based in the United States supports the Scrap the Pork Network (SPN) in the Philippines in its demand that the Aquino III administration reveals the Napoles List and get over the case as soon as possible and punish the plunderers.

The Alliance said, it support the statement of the Scrap the Pork Network (SPN) that said: “ The President recently admitted having seen two different Napoles lists and hinted on the existence of a third one.

DJ Secretary . De Lima stated in a radio interview that she had not shown her Napoles list to the President.

Stop Deluding The People, Reveal the True List Now

The President has a list. De Lima has a list. Lacson has a list. Cam has a list. And the Filipino people continue to be in the dark, groping our way towards the ever elusive tuwid na daan.

The Alliance also asked the President to stop playing a game of “smoke and mirrors that the SPN also wondered, “ Whether the people are intentionally led astray, the issues muddled to utter confusion or party mates extended protection, the fact remains that the people are denied the truth, and therefore, justice.

The Alliance stand with the SPN that, “ The President once said that we, the people, are his Boss. Then the Boss is demanding the full disclosure of all these lists.

Alliance Demands Transparency and Accountability

The Boss is demanding the truth about these lists, about Janet Napoles’ alleged involvement in the PDAF Scam, about the alleged participation of other former and present politicians. The Boss demands that no one be spared, regardless of party affiliation.

It is a fervent hope that the President adopt the attitude of “pasensyahan” – tamaan ang tatamaan, makulong ang makukulong; kung dawit kayo, mananagot kayo, anuman ang partido ninyo.

Indeed, true and lasting justice can only be achieved through full transparency and accountability. Everyone involved in the PDAF Scam should be investigated, and prosecuted, and if found guilty, penalized to the full extent of the law. Let the chips fall where they may.”

Please do not test the limits of the patience of the people. Do let them take justice into their own hands like what they did in EDSA 1 and EDSA 2. We fervently hope that justice will done and will fall to those who deserve it.

For more information about the alliance please call (213)241-0995 or email at pilipinokami76@yahoo.com

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THE SECOND PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY ( 116h) GRAND PARADE IN HFT SET ON JUNE 7, 2014

NEW FACLA NEWS
May 08, 2014

THE SECOND PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY ( 116h) GRAND PARADE IN HFT SET ON JUNE 7, 2014

Los Angeles” Mabuhay ang Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas, Hunyo 12, 1898!”

The 2nd Historic Filipinotown Parade Organizing Committee ( 2HFTPOC) and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) announced today that the planning and organizing for the PH Independence Day Parade on Saturday, June 7,2014 at 8;00 AM have started,

FACLA President Austin (Jun) Baul and Philippine Town Inc (PTI) Mayor Jerry Esguerra announced today that the preparations are on the way. FACLA’s parade theme is the Santa Cruz De Mayo.Winners of Ms. FACLA and Ms. Teen FACLA 2014 and their court will join the Santa Cruzan with other Sagalas. “

The 2HFTPOC have confirmed that there are at least more than 10 groups from regional to town organizations who have committed to participate in the said event as of the press time.

The Parade starts and end at Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA). The assembly time will be at 7:00 AM and the parade will start promptly at 9;00 AM:

Assembly area at N. Burlington St (FACLA South Side)

PTI Mayor Jerry Esguerra said, “All participants and contingents are advised to converge at N. Burlington St from 7:00 AM to 8;30 AM for the formation.

They can assemble with their contingents and vehicles at the N Burlington St south side of FACLA for FACLA cannot accommodate all the people and contingents that will join the parade.”

FACLA Director Arturo P. Garcia, the designated Parade Coordinator of the 2HFTPOC said, ” the preparations and working meeting will start the first week of May for the 116th Independence Day and the Grand Parade to be held in Historic Filipinotown on June 7.

This is the second time that the HFT PH Independence Day Parade will be held in Historic Filpinotown where Filipinos lived since 1945.”. Garcia added.

Confirmed Participating Organizations for the Parade.

The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) and the Philippine Town Inc (PTI) and The Consulate general of the Philippines-Los Angeles will lead the parade.

14 groups that confirmed their participation in the parade were FACLA, PTI, The Philippine Consulate, Historic FiIipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC), The Justice for the Filipino American Veterans (JFAV),The Insider Productions/Binibining Pilipinas-USA, Seniors 4 Pilipino American Community Empowerment (S4PACE), Knights of Rizal of the Historic Filipinotown, Silverlake CBAS,The Knights of Columbus of Lorreto Church, The Rotary Club of HFT, Historic Filipinotown California Expo( HIFICALI,LLC).MS.FILAM International LLC, GEPENC D5, RVNC and other regional and provincial associations of Southern California like the United Bicolandia of Los Angeles (UBLA) are some of the confirmed participating organizations.

Organizations and individuals who are interested to join or volunteer to help the parade can ask or get the participation form at;

FACLA
c/o Bernie Ganon
1740 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone/fax (213)484-1527

For more information about the 2nd HFT Independence Day Parade 2014 please call or fax at (213) 4841527 or email at newfacla@yahoo.com. or visit our website at newfacla.org

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Los Angeles Philippine Women’s Club (LAPWC) Celebrates 53rd Year, May 03, 2014

EPCC NEWS
May 06, 2014

Los Angeles Philippine Women’s Club (LAPWC) Celebrates 53rd Year, May 03, 2014

Los Angeles“The destiny of women lies in their own hands.”

With this truism, the Los Angeles Philippine Women’s Club (LAPWC) celebrated their 53rd year anniversary with pomp and ceremonies at the Dream Wedding Banquet Hall at 3255 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles last Saturday, May 03, 2014.

The LA Philippine Women’s Club (LAPWC) was formed on February 1, 1961 in Los Angeles the wife of then Consul Pedro Ramirez,,Mrs. Sol Ramirez.

The main objectives of the club was to do educational, philanthropic and cultural activities during its 53 years.

Tributes to LAPWC

Philippine Consul Imelda Panolong said, “I congratulate the LAPWC for enhancing Philippine culture. The LAPWC helped build the Music Center as it assimilates into the American mainstream. “ She also enjoined the LAPWC to “ engaged the Filipino American youth more to enhance the club.”

On her speech, Ms. Fedelis Carino Lim, the wife of the Consul General of LA, Leo Herrera Lim said:

“ I am proud to join the outstanding activities of LAPWC. As Marcus Garvey said, “ A people who has no knowledge of its culture is like a tree without roots.”

MS Fidelis Lim, Consul Imelda Panolong and PCG Cultural Officer Wilma Bautista represented the Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles at the said event.

The LAPWC Glories Days

Ms. Luz L. Espina, a former LAPWC president for eight terms retraced the history of the LAPWC in an interview with the writer Art Garcia , “ the main objective of the LAPWC was to promote educational, philanthropic and cultural activities.

We have big names from Hollywood who attended our gala parties like Charleston Heston, Zza Zza Gabor, Red Buttons among others. We joined the building of the $24 million LA Music Center. That is one of our big achievements in our 53 years.”

The LAPWC paid tribute to its 26 remaining members and will expand to gain more membership in the future. The event was filled with fun games, music and parlor games and went on until 4;00 pm in the afternoon.

For more information please contact the EPCC at (213)241-0995 or email us at pilipinokami76@yahoo,com or visit our website at www.newfacla,org

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FILAM LEADERS CONDEMNS STERLING RACIST REMARKS, PH-US EDCA ACCORDS AS BRAZEN PUPPETRY

EPCC NEWS
May 02, 2014

FILAM LEADERS CONDEMNS STERLING RACIST REMARKS, PH-US EDCA ACCORDS AS BRAZEN PUPPETRY

Los Angeles- “ No to Systemic Racism”

In a vibrant discussion at the TALAKAYAN sa FACLA last Thursday, May 1, 2014 on the latest issues of the day, Filipino-American leaders of Los Angeles were united in condemning the racist remarks of the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and agree that the NBA decision to ban him for life is justified.

They were also united that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the United States and the Philippines is disadvantageous to the Philippines and an affront to national sovereignty and dignity.

Culture of Self-Hate

Dr. Leo Pandac, in his response to a comment that African American uses the race card often like in the Sterling issue said, “ we must understand the the African American suffered hundred of years of slavery that is why they are sensitive when it comes to racist remarks.”

Arturo Garcia. One of the TALAKAYAN moderators also explained, “ the African American suffered a culture of safe-hate that was imposed upon them by the ruling American system that is why we should be more understanding when it comes to their issues.”

The majority of FilAm leaders agree with the decision of the NBA to sanction Sterling but were also united that the NBA cannot take away the ownership of the LA Clippers from Donald Sterling because it is a matter of private property and rights.

EDCA, Just An Opening to More US Impositions in PH

Also on the EDCA, Dr. Marc Caratao said, “ I am afraid that the EDCA is only the opening salvo to open up the Philippines for more disadvantageous accords especially on the economic matters.

It is just like what happened when Marcos declared martial law in 1972. Marcos
pre-empted the review of the Laurel –Langley Agreement in 1974 and opened up the Philippines to more systematic exploitation of American business.”

Historic Filipinotown Chamber of Commerce President Jorge Prado asked. “ Is it not more beneficial for the Philippines to be more open to American business and not be like Cuba or Venezuela that is very protectionist.?”
More on EDCA and the TPPA

Dr Orlando Cagampan added, “ Even with EDCA, US President Obama was non committal to the defense of the Philippines unlike what he declared in Japan and Korea. We cannot be sure that EDCA can even modernize our armed forces and if American can really defend the Philippines.”

On –line journalist Sid Balatan also pointed out, “The Americans even helped Japan and Germany, its enemies during World War II and only gave a pittance to help the Philippines. This is how low the Americans regard the Philippines.”

There were more discussions about the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPPA) being pushed by US President Obama prompting Dr. Veronico Agatep to suggest more discussion on trade and economic issues with the coming ASEAN integration in 2015 with the TPPA on the next TALAKAYAN sessions.

TALAKAYAN host Larry Pelayo announced that Atty. Norberto Reyes will be the next guest at the weekly forum on Thursday, May 08, 2014.The

TALAKAYAN also thanked the food donors, this May 01, 2014 : Dr. Oly Cagampan, Larry Pelayo and Leo Pandac as well as Andy Ramacho of the Temple Community Hospital and Jorge Prado the HFCC for guesting at the weekly forum at FACLA

TALAKAYAN is a weekly forum at FACLA and the public is invited every Thursday at 10;00 AM to 1:00 PM. it is a weekly no holds barred discussions.

For more information please contact Clarita Julian or Cording Dos Pueblos at (213) 484-1527 or email at newfacla@yahoo.com

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HUNDREDS JOINED FACLA AS IT CELEBRATES 69th YEAR ANNIVERSARY, CROWNS MS. AND MS TEEN FACLA

NEW FACLA NEWS
May 01, 2014

HUNDREDS JOINED FACLA AS IT CELEBRATES 69th YEAR ANNIVERSARY, CROWNS MS. AND MS TEEN FACLA

Los Angeles—FACLA’s 69th Anniversary celebration was a smashing success!

Hundreds of Filipino-American community leaders, residents, dignitaries and guests celebrated the sixty ninth anniversary of the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) last Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles with a dinner and dance party.

FACLA President Austin Baul Jr. said, “ who will think that 69 years ago, the organization that was formed by three farm worker men and a woman Petra Hernandez will grow like what is today, a resilient, growing and steadfast community organization representing the Filipino-American interests.”

Media observers and guests who attended the 69th year dinner and dance party was the biggest attendance so far for FACLA’s anniversary celebrations. It was a standing room affair.

Guests Lauds FACLA Achievements

Council District member for CD 13 Mitch O’Farrell who made a surprise visit at FACLA paid tribute to FACLA.

He said, “ FACLA remained firm and grew despite all its problems and maintained its integrity and dignity as the oldest Filipino-American organization. I wish you all the success.”

He then presented a certificate of recognition signed by himself and Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti and himself ( Council Member Mitch O’ Farrell) . He read the certificate and gave it to FACLA president Austin (Jun) Baul.

The newly arrived Philippine Consul General to LA, Leo Herrera Lim, the former Consul General in Chicago, Illinois for six years, on his first foray into the Historic Filipinotown community was introduced by FACLA director Dr. Marc Caratao.

Consul General Lim said, “Your consulate is your partner in the community Please do not look at us as a patron but your servants. Be rest assured your are welcome to talk to us, come to the consulate and consult us and make us as your partner in building our community’

Ms.FACLA and Ms. Teen FACLA 2014 Crowned.

The night of celebration as capped with the last canvassing of the Search for Ms. FACLA and Ms. Teen FACLA . After the last canvasing, the winners were announced by the Search Committee.

The winner for Ms. FACLA was Ms. Monet A. Marual while the Ms. Teen FACLA was Ms. Jasmine Morada, high school student and member of the FACLA Youth and Cultural Group.

The other winners for Ms. FACLA were Ms Emette underwood as Ms. Luzon, Ms.Cora Miller as Ms. Visayas, Ms. Priscilla Montero as Ms. Mindanao and Ms. Donna Canarez as Ms. Manila.

Winners for Ms. Teen FACLA were Ms.Mary Banawa as Ms. Justice and Ms. Caroline Jimenez as Ms. Charity.
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The former Ms. Teen FACLA 2013, Ms..Stephanie Uy and Charlie Pura as well as other Mrs. FACLA 2013 winners; Lilia Guapa Lao, Marilyn Ranches and Terry Abdon crowned the winners of Ms. FACLA and Ms. Teen FACLA 2014.

The Board Of Judges

The Search for Ms. FACLA and Ms Teen FACLA Board of Judges comprised of the following: Jojo Verdeflor of Mutya ng Pilipinas; Lanie Berei of United Bicolandia of Los Angeles (UBLA); Sonia D. Bermejo of LUCRAZOn Global; Linda Nery, Director and Tresurer of FACLA; Minldred Deang of FIl/AM Insider Productions and Ferdinand DImadura, musical director.

Ms. Jovy Alejandrino, the Tagalog poetess of Historic Filipinotown recited a poem in honor of the winners while press photographers feasted on the newly crowned beauties of FACLA.

Atty Roman Mosqueda also gave a sizzling dance number with his youthful dance partner that brought the house down and the crowd enjoyed,

Maestro Buddy Reyes and his band played the music and the sumptuous dinner and the dancing went on through the night.

For more information about cultural events at FACLA, please contact Clarita Julian of FACLA or Bernie-Targa Ganon at (213)484-1527. Or please email us atnewfacla@yahoo.com

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