Monthly Archives: December 2014

118th Rizal Day Commemoration and Day of Service at FACLA, December 30, 2014

NEW FACLA NEWS
December 28, 2014

118th Rizal Day Commemoration and Day of Service at FACLA, December 30, 2014

Los Angeles– The Knights of Rizal (KOR)-Historic Filipinotown and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) cordially invites the public to the 118th Rizal Day at FACLA
on December 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

We would like to invite the public to join us, the Knight of Rizal (KOR) of the Historic Filipinotown led by GK Dr. Marc Caratao in a wreath laying ceremony and a program on Tuesday, at 10:00 in the morning, December 30,2014 at FACLA.

After the wreath laying ceremonies there will be a program and a salu-salo at the FACLA Social Hall.

Significance of Rizal Day

On December 30, 2014, the Spanish authorities executed Dr. Jose Rizal after a mock trial in Luneta by firing squad. By killing Rizal, the Spaniards hope to nip in the bud the raging revolution that started in August 23, 1896.

Yes, they killed Rizal and 30,000 other FIlipinos but they never stopped the revolution. The death of Dr.Rizal serves only as a fuel to the fire of the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

On June 12, 1898, the First Philippine Republic, the first ever to be proclaimed in Asia declared the Philippines independent from Spain.

MABUHAY si Dr. Jose P. Rizal!

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND FEEDING PROGRAM AT FACLA,NEXT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27 AT 11;00 AM

EPCC NEWS
December 22, 2014

FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND FEEDING PROGRAM AT FACLA,NEXT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27 AT 11;00 AM

Los Angeles– Come One, Come ALL!

The Filipino Ministry of the Wilshire United Methodist Church and The HIFI CALI EXPO with the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) will hold its feeding program and food distribution next Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA).

The feeding program and food distribution was brought back to FACLA by the collaboration of this three organizations with FACLA after a long absence and has been a success ever since. It has distributed food and have fed a modest number of seniors since it started.

Free High Tech Seminar

At the same time, Sid Balatan, FACLA Director for Information and Technology will hold his FREE workshop on email, iphone and tablet literacy and technology seminar for people who want to learn about this gadgets. This workshop is FREE.

Age does not matter when it comes to technology. It is not to late or we are not to old to learn. Please come to this FREE high tech seminar.

The Filipino Ministry of the WUMC. the JFAV, HIFI CALI EXPO and FACLA wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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FILAMS URGES SENATOR GRACE POE TO HEED THE PEOPLE’S CLARION CALL: RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016

EPCC NEWS
December 15, 2014

FILAMS URGES SENATOR GRACE POE TO HEED THE PEOPLE’S CLARION CALL: RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016

Los Angeles“ Run For President in 2016 , Please.”

The Filipino American Community in Southern California urges Senator Grace Poe to run as President of the Philippines to save it from further ruin.

This was the consensus of Filipino_American leaders based in Los Angeles according to Arturo P. Garcia of the LA based Alliance-Philippines.

Always Humble

Garcia added: “We are humbled by the declaration of Senator Poe that despite a surge in her ratings in the recent Pulse Asia survey on presidentiables, she still has no plans to seek a higher post in the 2016 national elections. We fervently hope that she changes her mind in due time, as the call for her to run is going viral throughout the whole United States.”

For those who claims that Poe is a political neophyte and too young, Sid Balatan, a veteran journalist and a a book author has this to say:

“Exactly, we want a President who is a political baby because that means Poe is free from political debts, unprostituted by political ties. Her lack of political experience will also insure that she will be open to new ideas brought by the Information Revolution,” Balatan said.

Hope of the Motherland

In the Pulse Asia survey conducted between November 14 and 20, 18 percent of the 1,200 respondents said they would vote Poe for president if the elections were held during the survey period.

Last September, Poe ranked fourth with 10 percent. Vice President Jejomar Binay, meanwhile, dropped five percentage points but remained at the top.

In a text message to reporters, Poe said that while she finds the increase heartwarming, “it does not shake off the real reasons I have said before that deter me from even seriously considering to run in 2016.” Poe said she is too young and new to politics.

Garcia said, “ We hope like President Aquino in 1984, she will change her mind and run for president for she is the only remaining hope of our motherland .

She is young, bold and daring and most of all very different from the old trapos and dynastic politicians in the Philippines.” Garcia ended

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TALAKAYAN URGES SENATOR GRACE POE TO HEED THE FILAM COMMUNITY CALL: RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016

NEW FACLA NEWS
December 12,2014

TALAKAYAN URGES SENATOR GRACE POE TO HEED THE FILAM COMMUNITY CALL: RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016

Los Angeles–The Filipino American Community leaders in Southern California urges Senator Grace Poe to run as President of the Philippines to save it from further ruin.

This was the consensus of TALAKAYAN sa FACLA Filipino American leaders based in Los Angeles during its discussion last Thrusday, December 11, 014 at FACLA.

According to TALAKAYAN Moderator, Dr. Orly Cagampan of the LA based Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown and Dr. Veronico Agatep of the FACLA, Poe is sure winner for the 2016 presidential elections.

Sure Winner

Cagampan added: ”Poe surged in the survey to 2nd place behind the front runner Binay while he has not declared her intention to run in 2016. On the other Vice President Jojo Binay has been campaigning since he became the Vice-President without any let-up.”

For those who claims that Poe is a political neophyte and too young, Sid Balatan, a veteran journalist and a a book author has this to say:

“Exactly, we want a President who is a political baby because that means Poe is free from political debts, unprostituted by political ties. Her lack of political experience will also insure that she will be open to new ideas brought by the Information Revolution,” Balatan said.

Hope of the Motherland

Another TALAKAYAN moderator Arturo P.Garcia of Alliance-Philippines (AJLLP) said,” we fervently hope like President Aquino in 1985, she will change her mind and run for president for she is the only remaining hope of our motherland .

Poe is young, bold and a new face . She is daring and most of all very different from the old trapos and dynastic politicians in the Philippines. ” Garcia added.

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FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILIPINO EXPOSITION AND COMMUNITY FAIR, A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

EPCC NEWS
December 09, 2014

FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILIPINO EXPOSITION AND COMMUNITY FAIR, A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

Los Angeles— The two-day first International Filipino Exposition and Community Fair was an unqualified success.

Dr. Veronico Agatep, President of the HIFI CALI EXPO said, “ If we size up the pros and cons of the recent two-day business conference and free community fair, we can say it was a tremendous success for a first time conference.”

More than 25 exhibitors and hundreds of people attended the two-day business exposition and free community health fair that was held at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) at 1740W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Speakers and Workshops

FACLA President Jun Baul opened the two day conference while Frank Aguirre, Business Development Specialist of the Office of the City Mayor, LA was the keynote speaker.

Some of the speakers who led the workshops and discussions during the first day of the conference on December 5 were Sid Balatan, COO of the HIFI CALI EPO LLC; Emily Roberts, President of PILAC and COTIFA; Arturo P. Garcia of the Alliance-Philippines; Rene Bibi , CEO of AGILIVANT; Jerry Perez De Tagle of the Pilipino American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and Dr.Marc Caratao of FACLA and President of the Knights of Rizal-HFT.

On the second day , December 6 , the speakers were Dr. Leo Pandac, President of SIPA Board and Lotus Festival Inc; Rodel Lumanog of the Chamber of Commerce of the Greater LA: Producer/writer/director Boy Villasanta from the Philippines and Rhony Laygo, Editor of WEEKEND BALITA.

On the night of December 6, the delegates and exhibitors were treated to a night of unwinding, . The sumptuous food was prepared by Nila Jamias-Baul, wines and music of the Maestro Buddy Reyes and Letty Reyes and their band at the FACLA Hall

For more information about the HIFI CALI EXPO please contact Sid Balatan at (213)399-5042 or email us at agarcia@peoplescore.net.

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10th HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN PAROL(LANTERN) PARADE LAST DECEMBER 08 IN HFT: A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

EPCC NEWS
December 09, 2014

10th HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN PAROL(LANTERN) PARADE LAST DECEMBER 08 IN HFT: A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Los Angeles—TAGUMPAY ANG PARADA NG MGA PAROL SA HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN, MALIGAYANG
PASKO AT MANIGONG BAGONG TAON SA LAHAT!

The 10th Historic FIlipinotown Lantern (Parol) Parade was a resounding success at the Historic Filipinotown District last Monday, December 8, 2014.

HFNC President Mrs.Cecille Ramos said, “ More than 30 organizations from Historic Filipinotown and beyond joined this year’s the Parol Parade 2014. We will build from the giant success of the December 8 ,2014’s Parade for the next year’s event.”

Arturo Garcia. HFNC Director and HFNC Parol Parade Marshal said, “ The Parade was highlighted by the motorcade of 14 giant parols mounted on vehicles. This is the first time we held such a motorcade around the Temple-Beverly corridor. And it was a resounding success.”

The Parol Parade started at around 5;00 PM a the FACLA compound at Temple (the assembly area) straight to Robinson St and left to Beverly to Union Sts and passed by Loreto Chruch and the First Filipino Church at Court St back to FACLA Temple St.
Garcia added, “ The 25 vehicle motorcade was escorted by the LAPD and DOT vehicles.”

Parol Making Winners Awarded Prizes

Meanwhile, Winners of the Parol Making Contest was announced during the program presided by Rotary President Ben Miranda who acted as emcee.

Songs and Christmas Carols were sung by the Burlington School Childen and the First Filipino Church Singers. Hot Salabat Tea and Arroz Caldo as well as Pancit were served during the after-parade attended by hundreds after the parade at FACLA.

Line dancing and picture taking sessions followed the end ofthe program at FACLA Social hall.

Participating organizations

Mrs. Ramos thanked the organizations who are set to join are HIFI Neighborhood Council, Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), Philippinetown Inc, Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), People’s CORE, Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB), Cebu Brotherhood, San Carlos Association of Los Angeles(SCALA), Manila Terrace, Villa Ramos Apartments, Mountain View Terrace, Rotary Club of HIFI, Marriage Encounter, FASGI,Rampart Village Neighborhood Council (RVNC).

Other organizations who joined the Parol Parade are the Ayuyang Inc. Rampart Village Neighborhood Council (RVNC), Jesus is Lord, Filipino Disciples Church (FCC), Burlington School, HIFI California Exposition, LCC, Loreto School , Ms. FILAM International, LCC, HIFI INDIE Film Festival LLC, Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC), FAPCCA and Ms Philippines-USA beauties and Philippine Heritage Museum of the HFT.

For more information about the 10th HIFI Parol Parade please call Al (213)241-0995 or
FACLA@ (213) 484-1527 . You can also email us at pilipinokami76@yahoo.com or visit our website at newfacla.org

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SPECIAL FACLA MEMBERSHIP MEETING APPROVED AMENDMENTS TO THE 2013 FACLA BY-LAWS

NEW FACLA NEWS
December 8, 2014

SPECIAL FACLA MEMBERSHIP MEETiNG APPROVED AMENDMENTS TO THE 2013 FACLA BY-LAWS

Los Angeles- The FACLA Special Membership Meeting approved the amendments to the 2013 by-laws last December 07, 2014 after a marathon record one hour and 15 minutes .

The Special Membership Meeting was presided by Director Ben Basilio , assisted by Directors Art Garcia and FACLA President Jun Baul.

Viva Voce

The assembled FACLA members voted by acclamation ( Viva Voce Vote) the 5 new amendments to the 2013 by-laws thereby updating the by-laws.

There were almost no discussion on the amendments and the questions focused more on the FACLA affordable housing program where the FACLA members were more interested.

Although the Special Membership Meeting started late, it ended in a record-breaking early adjournment after the vote by acclamation. At least 39 FACLA active members attended the meeting well past the needed qourom of 35 active members.

This augurs for a good and a better new year 2015 for FACLA.

For more information please call (213)484-1527 or visit www.new facla @yahoo ,com or visit facla website at www. newfacla.org

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

NEW FACLA NEWS
December 07, 2014

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

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

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

Premiere Showing, December 07, 2014

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.

December 7 ( Which is December 08, 2014) is also the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Virgin Mary, the Patron Saint of the Philippines.

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 Filipinotown

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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TALAMAK ANG INHUSTISYA SA AMERIKA, BULOK NA SISTEMANG JURY, PINAWALANG SALA AT AYAW LITISIN ANG MGA KRIMINAL NA PULIS SA NEW YORK

Balitang Alyansa
Disyembre 04, 2014

TALAMAK ANG INHUSTISYA SA AMERIKA, BULOK NA SISTEMANG JURY, PINAWALANG SALA AT AYAW LITISIN ANG MGA KRIMINAL NA PULIS SA NEW YORK

Los Angeles- “Lantarang Inhustisya ang pagtanggi ng Grand Jury ng New York na litisn ang mga mamatay taong pulis na pumatay sa pananakal kay Eric Garner! “

Hinagkis ni Arturo Garcia, Pambansang tagapag-ugnay ng Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP) ang karumaldumal na krimeng ito ng pagpatay kay Eric Garner sa pagsasabing :“ Katulad ito noong panahon ng mga kolonyalistang Kastila at Amerika maging ng mga pasistang Hapones na nanakop sa Pilipinas sa mga krimen nila noon laban sa mga Pilipino.

Rasistang Hustisya, Labanan

Sa aksyong ito ng Grand Jury ng Nueba York, garapalang pinamumukha ng mga awtoridad ng pulisya sa Amerika at rasitang awtoridad na kaya nilang pumatay ng mga mamamayang walag laban nang hindi napaparusahan ayon sa Alyansa ng mga Pilipino/a sa Amerika.

Nang tumangging litisin ng Grand Jury ang kaso ni Eric Garner na pinatay sa sakal ng mga pulis ng New York nang walang kalaban-laban, pinatunayan lamang nitong salita lamang ang konseptong hustisya sa Amerika.

Sa katunayan, nagsusumigaw ang hubad na katotothanang para lamang ito sa mga Puti at lubos na kawalang katarungan para sa mga minoryang nasyunalidad tulad ng mga African Americans at iba pang lahi.” Dagdag ni Garcia.

Makatarungang Lumaban

Nanawagan ang Alyansa na muli nating ilantad ang mga kabulukang ng histemang hustiya sa Amerika. Ang garapalan na rasista sistema ng hustisya na pumapanig sa mga krimen ng pulisya. Dapat lamang baguhina ng sistemang jury na naglilihim, nagsasabwatan at laban sa mga mamamayan ng Amerika.

Walang nalalabi ngayon kundi ang magprotesta. Ilantad ang pabalat-bunga ni Obama at ng bulok na sistema ng hustisyang raista sa Amerika. Labanan ang lantarang pasismo at karahasan ng pulisya sa Amerika.

Lumabas sa kalsanda at magparotesta, Igiit ang ating mga demokratikong karapatan. Makatungan ang lumaban.

Makibaka Huwag Matakot! Ipaglaban ang Hustisya!

Para umugnay sa alyansa pilipina tumawag lamang sa (213)241-0995 at magemail sa pilipinokami76@yahoo.com

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HIFI INDIE FILM FESTIVAL AT FACLA DECEMBER 3-4, 2014

EPCC NEWS
December 01, 2014

HIFI INDIE FILM FESTIVAL AT FACLA DECEMBER 3-4, 2014

Los Angeles- The Historic Filipinotown Indie Festival Committee presents the showing of two Filipino Indie Films from the Philippines on December 3, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA)

The HIFI Indie Film Festival will also hold workshops on December 2 and 4, 2014 at FACLA.

The Indie films that are for public showing are:

1. Tribu By Jim Libiran, 1:48 hrs, Best Film of Cinemalaya, shown in London and New York.

2. Manggagamot, By Boy Villasanta . 32 mins, Entry to the San Francisco Film Festival and the South Korea film festivals

3. The initial offering of the HI INDIE FILM FESTIVAL and the world Premiere showing of the film PEDRO CALUNGSOD will on Sunday, December 07, 2014 at the Beyond the Stars Palace/Theater at 417 Brand Blvd. Glendale CA. 91203

Showing times are 2:00 PM; 4;00 PM and 6;;00 PM. FREE IPads will be raffled to lucky winners. Ticket price is $ 20.00.

HIF Indie Film Workshops

The HI Indie Film Festival will hold two forums and workshops on; December 2 from 9:00 AM to 12;00 PM and Dec. 4, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) Social Hall, 1740 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Fil-Am Indie film directors, artist and film aficionados are invited to the workshops.

For more information please call Sid at (213) 399 5042 or email us pilpinokami76@yahoo.com

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