Monthly Archives: November 2014

ALLIANCE-PHILIPPINES SOLIDARITY MESSAGE TO THE KmB’s 15th Year Anniversary

EPCC NEWS
November 30, 2014

ALLIANCE-PHILIPPINES SOLIDARITY MESSAGE TO THE KmB’s 15th Year Anniversary

We greet you a militant greetings of solidarity on your 15th year anniversary today November 30, 2014.

It is also the 50th Founding Anniversary of the Kabataang Makabayan (KM) in the Philippines and the 151 Birthday of Supremo Andres Bonifacio, the first president of the Philippines and the Katipunan.

KmB was formed out of a need and necessity in November 30, 1999 after two years of organizing and education work. We thanked People’s CORE for organizing the KmB from 1998 to 1999 and facilitating its emergence as a progressive youth and student as well as a community organization for the community and for the people.

KmB antedated the Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP) by seven years. But again, as the Alliance and the KmB are both organizations in the same mold and parallel line of advance; Once again, I want to reiterate the two fold tasks that KmB must be aware in its organizing, education and mobilizing work in the United States.

First and foremost, KmB works for solidarity with the American people in effecting systemic change here in the belly of the beast in promoting the rights and welfare of the Filipino-American community and the general community at large.

When we say solidarity work it does not only mean publishing solidarity messages and joining rallies but in active and not passive solidarity work for the Filipino people in the Philippines and in the United States.

There is no solidarity work in placing one over the other or giving priority in one over the other. We do not and must not dichotomize our task and solidarity work. It is both symbiotic and complimentary. Solidarity means direct action, not passive lip service and just feeling good after attending the events or issuing press statements. And back to our usual SOP’s or bourgeois ways It is solid organizing , mobilization and education 24 hours a day.

Second, is the internal consolidation in organizing, educating and mobilizing our community-the Filipino-American community in the United States. We must win concrete victories for the community so they will be confident to build our community will be stronger and more solid.

We must win the Philippine Studies in the schools at all levels, fight systemic racism; get the rights and benefits to the remaining 41,000s for our Filipino World War II Veterans and 60,000 widows denied to them for the last 68 years and counting.

We must win the comprehensive immigration reform we have been fighting for the last twenty years. We must win basic immigrant rights denied to millions of our kababayan.
We must fight tuition fee increases in colleges and the commercialization of education. We must fight for the
interest of our community at every twist and turn of history.

This is our line of advance for the coming years and years to come. We are active participants in changing the system to a more progressive and more pro-people for the years to come.

If we can do this, we are truly a Pro-People Youth and you can be proud to be members of KmB. More power to you and as I always say:

Mabuhay ang KmB!

MAKIBAKA, Huwag Matakot, Mangahas Makibaka, Kamtin ang Tagumpay!

Arturo P. Garcia
National Coordinator
Allance-Philippines

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HIFI INDIE FILM FESTIVAL PEDRO CALUNGSOD PREMIERE SHOWING ON DECEMBER 07 in GLENDALE

NEW FACLA NEWS
November 30, 2014

HIFI INDIE FILM FESTIVAL PEDRO CALUNGSOD PREMIERE SHOWING ON DECEMBER 07 in GLENDALE

Los Angeles –Tayo nang manood ng palabas-PEDRO CALUNGSOD,BATANG MARTIR.

Be Proud as a FilAm Christian, Attend the Premiere Showing of Pedro Calungsod on December 7, 2014 in Glendale.

The Historic Filipinotown Indie Film Festival as its initial offering will Premiere the Indie Film, “ Pedro Calungsod, Ang Batang Martir” on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the beyond the Stars Palace/Theater at 417 Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203

There will be three showings at 2:00 PM; 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The tickets are at $ 20.00 each. There will be raffles of 4 Ipads give aways at every showing.

Pedro Calungsod , Patron Saint of Historic Filipinotowb

Saint Pedro Calungsod was the second Filipino Saint to be canonized by the Catholic Church. The first was Saint Lorenzo Ruiz from Manila. San Pedro Calungsod was native of Cebu.

He was also was declared at the Patron Saint of Historic FIlipintown last year at the Historic Filipinotown Day, August 02, 2013 during the Historic Filipinotown Festival.

He was martyred as a missionary in the island of Guam in 1672 in the Marianas Islands chains which was a part of the Archdiocese of Cebu during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. He was 17 years old when he died.

He was beatified by Pope Joh Paul II on March 5, 2000 and was canonized as a saint in the Vatican by Pope Benedict VI on October 21, 2012.

As we prepare for the coming visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines, we can renew our faith by watching this worthwhile movie-“Pedro Calungsod, Ang Batang Martir “brought to your by the HIF Indie Fim Festival LLC.

For more information please call Sid at (213)399-5042 and at (714) 331-0954 or email us pilipinokami76@yahoo.com

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ALLIANCE-PHILIPPINES SOLIDARITY MESSAGE TO THE UGNAYAN YOUTH FOR SOCIAL CHANGE 10th ANNIVERSARY

ALLLIANCE NEWS
November 30, 2014

ALLIANCE-PHILIPPINES SOLIDARITY MESSAGE TO THE UGNAYAN YOUTH FOR SOCIAL CHANGE 10th ANNIVERSARY

We greet you a militant greetings of solidarity on your tenth year anniversary today November 30, 2014.

It is an auspicious day being also the 50th Founding Anniversary of the Kabataang Makabayan (KM) in the Philippines and the 151 Birthday of Supremo Andres Bonifacio, the first president of the Philippines and the Katipunan.

Ugnayan was formed out of a need and necessity after years of organizing and education work. Ugnayan and the
Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP) were born the same year.

They were born out of the crucible when political lines are being hewed and organizational alliances are being formed in the United States. Ugnayan took that momentous and decisive step for the interest of the Filipino-American community against racism and national oppression

But again, because the Alliance and the Ugnayan are both organizations in the same mold and parallel line of advance; once again, I want to reiterate the two fold tasks that Ugnayan must be aware in its organizing, education and mobilizing work in the United States in order to effect the meaningful progressive systemic change we all desire

First and foremost, Ugnayan must work for solidarity with the American people in effecting systemic change here in the belly of the beast in promoting the rights and welfare of the Filipino-American community and the general community at large.

When we say solidarity work it does not only mean publishing solidarity messages and joining rallies but in active and not passive solidarity work for the Filipino people in the Philippines and in the United States.
There is no solidarity work in placing one over the other or giving priority in one over the other. We do not and must not dichotomize our task and solidarity work. We do not feign working for the interest of the community while shouting all for the motherland, We do not say ‘all to the home front” for international solidarity just for plain and simple opportunism.

Solidarity work is both symbiotic and complimentary. Solidarity means direct action, not passive lip service and just feeling good after attending the events or issuing press statements. And back to our usual SOP’s or bourgeois ways It is solid organizing , mobilization and education 24 hours a day.

Second, is the internal consolidation in organizing, educating and mobilizing our community-the Filipino-American community in the United States. We must win concrete victories for the community so they will be confident to build our community will be stronger and more solid.

We must win the fight against systemic racism; get the rights and benefits to the remaining 41,000s for our Filipino World War II Veterans and 60,000 widows denied to them for the last 68 years and counting.

We must win the comprehensive immigration reform we have fighting for more than 20 years and immigrant rights denied to millions of our kababayans. We must fight tuition fee increases in colleges and the commercialization of education. We must fight for the interest of our community at every twist and turn of history.

This is our line of advance for the coming years and years to come. We are active participants in changing the system to a more progressive and more pro-people for the years to come.

If we can do this, we are truly a Ugnayan organization and you can be proud to be members of Ugnayan . More power to you and as I always say: Mabuhay ang UGNAYAN!

MAKIBAKA, Huwag Matakot!
Mangahas Makibaka, Kamtin ang Tagumpay!

Arturo P. Garcia
National Coordinator
Alliance-Philippines

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ALLIANCE JOINS SOLIDARITY ACTION ALL ACROSS THE US AGAINST FERGUSON INJUSTICE.

Alliance News
November 27, 2014

ALLIANCE JOINS SOLIDARITY ACTION ALL ACROSS THE US AGAINST FERGUSON INJUSTICE.

Los Angeles- From Los Angeles to New York, From Coast to Coast the Alliance Philippines joins the people’s protests against the injustice of the Ferguson verdict.

Arturo P. Garcia, National Coordinator of the Alliance said, “ today in Missouri, Jim Crow Laws lives. It was proven by the predominantly majority White-Court led by a pro-police prosecutor who used the lengthy non-indictment of Officer Wilson to lambast the media and social media for its ‘biased reporting” and decided not to indict police officer Wilson.

The Alliance is deeply disappointed in POTUS Obama who echoed the pro-police prosecutor’s bias against the media and social media as he appeals for calm and obedience to the “rule of law” that refuse to take its course and defend the lawless.”

Ferguson Burns, Injustice Reigns

Garcia said, “ the deep animosities and frustrations about the injustice in Ferguson with the non-indictment of the police officer who killed Brown was shown in the on-going police violence and the resistance of the demonstrators.

We condemned the police and the National Guard in Missouri who tear-gassed ,shot at the people with bean bags and used armored cars for dispersal. The Ferguson and Missouri police acted violently than thew third world countries in their violence against the demonstrators. It was the SOP of the Marcos martial law in shooting and using armored cars against demonstrators in the Philippines.

In Solidarity, We Will Overcome

We cannot and will not condone violence but when demonstrators are left with no defense for themselves can we blame them in starting fires and breaking properties and windows? As Martin Luther King said, “Riot is the language of the unheard.”

Let us anchor ourselves on the essence of the debate in Ferguson. Who caused the injustice in the first place? How can the Obama administration and the Missouri State government defend injustice and the law and ask for tolerance when they themselves are intolerant, lawless, violent and unjust?” Garcia ended.

The Alliance support and join the mass actions all over the nation. From Los Angeles to New York, From San Diego to Seattle, From Coast to Coast and all directions. Struggle for justice. To Rebel is Justified

No Justice , No Peace!
Black Lives Matters. All Lives Matters!
Makibaka, Huwag Matakot!

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

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HIFI Cali’s International Filipino Exposition and Community Health Fair on December 5-6 at FACLA

NEW FACLA NEWS
November 28, 2014

HIFI Cali’s International Filipino Exposition and Community Health Fair on December 5-6 at FACLA

Los Angeles—Its’ all systems go for the International Filipino Business Exposition and Free Community Health Fair on December 5 and 6, 2014.

The International Filipino Business Exposition and Community Health Fair sponsored by the Historic Filipinotown California Exposition LLC will be held on December 5 and 6, 2014 at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA)at 1740 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Free Community Health Fair

The FREE Community Health Fair will be held at the FACLA Compound with the participation of 6 confirmed medical organizations. They will give fee screenings and medical services to the community. Twenty five (25) other organizations will be the exhibitors for the trade exposition and health fair.

The six medical organizations who will give free screenings and medical services are : Samaritan Tower Pharmacy, My Angel Home, National Care, San Fernando Adult Health Care Center and the LA Unity Lions Club Mobile Screening Clinic /FREE Eye Check Up and People’s CORE.

25 Exhibitors at the Health Fair

25 other exhibitors are Filipino Ministry-Wilshire United Methodist Church( FM-WUMC),FOREX, Engr. F. Enriquez, Telecommunications Company, World Premier Optimal Direct, Wells Fargo, Magnificent Ventures, 24/7 Alert, Meyers Taxes and Services, Marne Concepcion, AGILIVANT LLC, Air Plush Travel, AMAPOLA, SMR LLC, California Credit Union, Oriental Accent, PCCI-Cagayan, Barbara Sasser, Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC), Forest Lawn, Knight of Columbus-Loreto Council, Bellequa, UNIQUE,Pasalubong .Com. PILAC/Covered California, Beth Montenegro/Rainbow Vacuum and Maricris Tan/EZGlobal.

Food booths are MAX Restaurant, ADOBO GRILL and BAGNET while media booths are ASIAN JOURNAL , TFC/Balitang America and WEEKEND BALITA.

For more information please contact Sid at (213)399-4052 or Claire at FACLA at (213)4841527 or go the hificali website at http//hificalifornia.com or at the event at invite@brite.com.

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HIFI INDIE FILM FESTIVAL PEDRO CALUNGSOD PREMIERE SHOWING ON DECEMBER 07 in GLENDALE

NEW FACLA NEWS
November 27, 2014

HIFI INDIE FILM FESTIVAL PEDRO CALUNGSOD PREMIERE SHOWING ON DECEMBER 07 in GLENDALE

Los Angeles –Be Proud as a FilAm Christian, Attend the Premiere Showing of Pedro Calungsod on December 7, 2014 in Glendale.

The Historic Filipinotown Indie Film Festival as its initial offering will Premiere the Indie Film, “ Pedro Calungsod, Ang Batang Martir” on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the beyond the Stars Palace/Theater at 417 Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203

There will be three showings at 2:00 PM; 4:oo PM and 6:00 PM. The tickets are at $ 20.00 each. There will be raffles of 4 Ipads give aways at every showing.

Pedro Calungsod , Patron Saint of Historic Filipinotowb

Saint Pedro Calungsod was the second Filipino Saint to be canonized by the Catholic Church. The first was Saint Lorenzo Ruiz from Manila. San Pedro Calungsod was native of Cebu.

He was also was declared at the Patron Saint of Historic FIlipintown last year at the Historic Filipinotown Day, August 02, 2013 during the festival.

He was martyred as a missionary in the island of Guam in 1672 in the Marianas Islands chains which was a part of the Archdiocese of Cebu during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. He was 17 years old when he died.

He was beatified by Pope Joh Paul II on March 5, 2000 and was canonized as a saint in the Vatican by Pope Benedict VI on October 21, 2012.

As we prepare for the coming visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines, we can renew our faith by watching this worthwhile movie-“Pedro Calungsod, Ang Batang Martir “brought to your by the HIF Indie Fim Festival LLC.

For more information please call Sid at (213)399-5042 and at (714) 331-0954 or email us pilipinokami76@yahoo.com

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HIFI Cali’s International Filipino Exposition and Community Health Fair on December 5-6 at FACLA

NEW FACLA NEWS
November 24, 2014

HIFI Cali’s International Filipino Exposition and Community Health Fair on December 5-6 at FACLA

Los Angeles—Its’ all systems go for the International Filipino Business Exposition and Community Health Fair on December 5 and 6, 2014.

The International Filipino Business Exposition and Community Health Fair sponsored by the Historic Filipinotown California Exposition LLC will be held on December 5 and 6, 2014 at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) Social Hall at 1740 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026.

FREE Community Health Fair

The Community Health Fair was added to the trade fair and with the participation of 6 confirmed medical organizations who will give fee screenings and medical service to the community. Twenty two(22) other organizations will be the exhibitors for the trade exposition.

The six medical organizations who give free screenings and medical services to the community are Samaritan Tower Pharmacy, My Angel Home, National Care, San Fernando Adult Health Care Center and the LION’S CLUB Mobile Screening Clinic and People’s CORE.

Dr.Veronico Agatep, the HIFI Cali LLC President confirmed the delegation from Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry , Cagayan Chapter. Philippine Coordinator Cloyd Velasco, President of the PCCI-Cagayan Chapter participation on the exposition.

28 Participating Organizations.

Other exhibitors are FOREX, Engr. F. Enriquez, Telecommunications Company, World Premier Optimal Direct, Wells Fargo, Magnificent Ventures, 24/7 Alert, Meyers Taxes and Services, Marne Concepcion, AGILIVANT LLC, Air Plush Travel, AMAPOLA, SMR LLC, California Credit Union, Oriental Accent, PCCI-Cagayan, Barbara Sasser, Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC), Forest Lawn, Knight of Columbus-Loreto Council, Bellequa, UNIQUE, Pasalubong.Com

Food booths are MAX Restaurant, ADOBO GRILL and BAGNET while media booths are ASIAN JOURNAL TFC/Balitang America and WEEKEND BALITA.

Speakers and Panel

Meanwhile, HIF CALI Chief Executive Officer Sid Balatan assured the public,.” that the trade exposition and health fair preparations is in full swing.”

Balatan also said, “ the trade fair is where the Fil-Am business community in California share information with their counter-parts coming from the Philippines
Invited speakers are Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti and Philippine Consul General for Los Angeles, Leo Herrera-Lim.”

Balatan also confirmed that, “Presidents of several Los Angeles and Orange County Chambers of Commerce will also be speakers at the panels for discussion and sharing of experiences and business trades.”

For more information please call Sid at (213)399-4052 or go the hificali website at http//hificalifornia.com or at the event atinvite@brite.com.

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Fil-Am-groups Call For Swift Action To Resolve Maguindanao Massacre Case

NEW FACLA NEWS
November 24, 2014

Fil-Am-groups Call For Swift Action To Resolve Maguindanao Massacre Case

Manila– (Thru the Inquirer News) “It is very frustrating to hear about the slow-paced and much-delayed trial and the uncertainty of the future of the case,” the petition stated.

The petition, which will be submitted to Malacañang and the Department of Justice, also demanded an end to the killings of journalists and the culture of impunity in the Philippines.

At the same event, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)-US Chapter inaugurated its traveling photo exhibit depicting the 2009 massacre in Maguindanao, also known as the Ampatuan massacre and believed to be masterminded by the top leaders of the Ampatuan political clan.

“We will take this exhibit to community events, universities, churches, Fil-Am establishments and other venues to let people know about our call for justice,” said journalist Larry Pelayo, who volunteered to help NUJP-US coordinate the project. The group also plans to collect petition signatures at the exhibit sites.

FACLA President Hits Slow Pace of Justice for Maguindanao Massacre

In his remarks, FACLA President Austin Baul bewailed what he described as the Philippine leaders’ lack of political will to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim, who spoke at the event, assured the groups that the government has been working for the prompt delivery of justice to the victims.

“Nalulungkot din kami sa nangyari….at sa mabagal na pag-usad ng hustisya (We are also saddened by this tragedy…and the slow pace of justice,” Herrera-Lim said.

Fr. John Brannigan, a parish priest in Historic Filipinotown, led a prayer for the victims. “We pray for all journalists who have died worldwide in the pursuit of truth,” he said. “We pray for those in the Philippines who work for peace, justice and truth.”

Participants lit candles to honor the memory of the victims and show support for the Million Candles campaign to end the culture of impunity in the Philippines.

The program also featured musical performances, a reenactment of the massacre and poetry reading by members of the media.

The groups endorsing the petition included NUJP-US, FACLA, Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA), F7 Photographers, Philippine Press Photographers (PPP)-USA, Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) and People’s Core and Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP).

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Obama Acted Too Little, Too Late; Temporary Relief Excludes Filipino Veterans Relatives -JFAV

JFAV Updates
November 20, 2014

Obama Acted Too Little, Too Late; Temporary Relief Excludes Filipino Veterans Relatives -JFAV

Los Angeles— President Obama again bowed to the wishes of the conservative Republicans, will continue more deportations, left out the 25,000 relatives of the Filipino Veterans relatives that were included in the immigration bill passed by the Senate eight months ago and only gave temporary relief against deportation to less then 5 million immigrants.

JFAV NAtional Coordinator Arturo Gaecia said, ” Obama acted too Little, to late to a decisive action like giving a pathways to citizenship like what Reagan did in 1986. The Filipino –American community is angry because the 25,000 expedited visas for grandsons and granddaughters of the Filipino veterans grandfathered by the Senate immigration law was not included in the Obama’s Executive Order.”

Garcia added, “ What the 12 million immigrants wanted was a genuine immigration reform was a pathways to citizenship but both parties, Both the Democrats and the GOP played politics for more than ten years and short-changed the American people.”

Only a Temporary Relief to 5 Million

JFAV National Coordinator Arturo Garcia said,” we are frustrated because the 25,000 expedited visas for grandsons and granddaughters of the Filipino veterans were deliberately excluded in the Obama’s temporary relief order.

Again the Veterans were excluded from the deal as they were marginalized by the Rescission Act of 1946 and the ARRA Law that gave them a measly lump sums.

Adding insult to injury, less than 18,000 were given claims and more 25,000 were denied their lump sum claims out of the 43,00 who applied.

Obama Missed the Chance To Be Great

Obama missed the chance to be a decisive president that really cared for the American people and all who really stands for justice and freedom in American.

Obama again, played for the crowd, did lip-service and showed he flip-flops and was a Republican disguised as a Democrat and a blundering demagogue.

Obama’s legacy will remain as the only “First African American President of the United Sates” far cry from reformers like Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt who dared to act and even a far cry from Reagan who gave amnesty to 3 million immigrants in 1986.” Garcia ended.

For more information about jfav please call (213)241-0995 or email us at pilipinokami76@yahoo.com and at facebook at jfav-losangeles.

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FEEDING PROGRAM AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION AT FACLA

NEW FACLA NEWS
November 21, 2014

The Filipino Ministry of Wilshire United Methodist Church, HIFI
California Expo LLC, the Justice for FIlipino American Veterans (JFAV)

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Calling all Filipino seniors, veterans, widows and community folks:

FEEDING PROGRAM AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION AT FACLA

Saturday, November 22, 2014
From 10;30 AM to 12:00 NOON

At the FACLA Social Hall
1740 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

For more Information please call Claire at (213)484-1527