Monthly Archives: January 2015

strong>ALERT ON CENTRAL LOS ANGELES, BUGLARY CASES UP

New FACLA News
January 09, 2014

ALERT ON CENTRAL LOS ANGELES, BUGLARY CASES UP

Los Angeles -ALERT: Watch Out For buglars and Thieves. Lock Windows and Doors when You are Away.

At least 10 burglaries and attempted burglaries, most of them in Silver Lake, were reported between Dec. 31. and Jan. 6, according to CrimeMapping.com. In addition, three robberies were also reported in Echo Park during the same period.

The LAPD’s Northeast Division warned residents to lock windows and doors before they leave home in the wake of an increase in burglaries in which cash and jewelry were taken.

During the past month, at least 60 homes and 10 businesses have been burglarized in Echo Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and surrounding communities, LAPD told NBC4.

In South Echo Park or Historic Filipinotown alone,buglars broke in some apartments at Temple,Rosemont and Reno Streets. They also broke in parked vehicles along N.Bonnie Brae and even at the FACLA compound.

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The TIme Is Now For Filipino World War II Veterans Equity and Justice.

JFAV Updates
January 8, 2015

The TIme Is Now For Filipino World War II Veterans Equity and Justice.

Los Angeles—The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) while it is thankful for the article that appeared in the Washington Post, clarifies the term in the article that used ” final compensation” that misrepresents the content and essence of the Filipino American World War II Veterans struggle for recognition and benefits.

JFAV National Coordinator Arturo Garcia said,” Although the 25,000 expedited visas for the grandsons and daughters of the veterans as an amendment to the immigration bill passed by the Senate in 2008 but was opposed by the GOP controlled House of Representatives is important, it is wrong and a gross misrepresentation to say that it is the “final compensation” to the veterans demands.”

JFAV Supports MHC Position on Justice and Equity

Rev. Atty. Arnedo S. Valera, Co-Exec. Director, Migrant Heritage Commission based in Washington said, ” “Now is the time for Congress to pass the the 2013 approved Senate Comprehensive Immigration Bill that includes pro- vision to speed up backlog on Green Card Visas.

This bill includes a historical overdue provision that granted children of Filipino Veterans Green Cards immediately on humanitarian grounds.”

Arturo Garcia said,” we in JFAV agrees with Atty Valera, that, “ A concrete alternative is for the Dept. Of State under the recent Nov. 20 Executive Action to expedite and remove visa backlogs.

But we should not lose sight of the main demand of our heroes and beloved WW 2 Veterans: Full Equity or Compensation and Benefits equally received by those who served with valor and sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedom and democracy we are enjoying right now.”

Valera also said, “ the lump sum, one time payment of $15,000 -$9,000 to our heroes is a good start.

But justice requires equality in benefits as their WW 2 American counterparts: “Full Compensation and Family Reunification are not too much to ask for the heroic contribution they have given to our great American Nation”

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

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND FEEDING PROGRAM AT FACLA, SATURDAY,JANUARY 31, 2015 AT 11;00 AM

EPCC NEWS

January 05, 2015

FOOD DISTRIBUTION AND FEEDING PROGRAM AT FACLA, SATURDAY,JANUARY 31, 2015 AT 11;00 AM

Los Angeles– Come One, Cme 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 first feeding program and food distribution for the year 2015 on Saturday, January 31, 2015 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. It has been a success ever since and has distributed food and have fed a modest number of seniors since it started in the middle of 2014

Free High Tech Seminar

At the same time, Sid Balatan, FACLA Director for Information and Technology will again hold his FREE workshop on email, iphone and tablet literacy and technology.

This technology literacy seminar for people who want to learn about this gadgets. This workshop is FREE. Especially for senior adults, using their phones and tablets should not be troublesome.

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.

For more information please contact Sid at (213)3995042 or Al Garcia at (323)253-1818 or email us at agarcia@peoplescore.net

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PRO -JAPAN BIAS IN THE 126th PARADE OF ROSES BALANCES AMERICAN WWII VEETRAN ANTI JAPANESE HER0’ S ROLE AS A GRAND MARSHAL; DISCRIMINATES AGAINST FILAM WWII VETERANS

JFAV UPDATES
January 4, 2014

PRO -JAPAN BIAS IN THE 126th PARADE OF ROSES BALANCES AMERICAN WWII VEETRAN ANTI JAPANESE HER0’ S ROLE AS A GRAND MARSHAL; DISCRIMINATES AGAINST FILAM WWII VETERANS

Los Angeles On the 126th Parade of Roses in Pasadena last January 1st, 2014, when the main character of the “Unbroken”movie, and World War II hero, American Veteran who died last July, 2014 Louis Zampereni ( who died recently and was represented in a riderless horse) was made as the Grand Marshal of the parade, the organizers saw to it that the rabid anti-Japanese movie will be balanced by the presence of JapAm Veterans at the parade.

But on the other hand, the Justice for Filipino American Veterans and some concerned Filipino-American leaders like Arturo P. Garcia of JFAV and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) noticed that conspicuously absent at the Rose parade were the ageing and diminishing and until not unrecognized American Veterans – the Filipino American World War II Veterans who help win World War II in the Pacific battleground.

A Slight or Racism For the Filipino WWII Veterans?

The Justice for Fiiipino American Veterans (JFAV) through its National Coordinator Arturo Garcia asks, “ While the Japanese American Veterans were the toast of the parade, the racial discrimination against the Filipinos in American World War II Veterans were highlighted by the absence of Filipino WWI Veterans at the parade.

We ask, this slight by the Rose Parade organizers.is this oversight because of racism or it is just because HONDA Motors is the main sponsor of the parade and they are more concern of the interest of the Japanese Americans in the United States or the Philippine Government or its representation in the California does not care about its veterans? “

Adding Insult To injury

JFAV pointed out, “ Out of the more than 250,000 Filipino veterans who fought during World War II, only 70,000 are still alive.

More than 43,000 applied for the lump sum but more than 52,00 were denied by the DVA. In 1946, the 79th US Congress recinded their rights and benefits and did not recognize them as American Veterans. Until now they are unrecognized as American veterans.

It is sad that even the 126th Rose Parade highlight the fact that they are unrecognized and still are fighting for their recognition and benefits for the last 68 years.

The presence of one Filipina Rose Princess Gabrielle Current to represent the Filipino-American community cannot be balsam for this insult and racist slight on the Filipino-American community. “Garcia exclaimed.

For more information please contact jfav at (213)241-0995 or email us pilipinokami76@yahoo.com

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

EPCC NEWS
January 01, 2015

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

Los Angeles– The Knights of Rizal (KOR)-Historic Filipinotown and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) successfully held the 118th Rizal Day at FACLA last December 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Scores of Filipino-American and other allied personalities attended the a wreath laying ceremony and a program on Tuesday, at 10:00 in the morning, December 30,2014 at FACLA.

The Knights of Rizal (KOR) of the Historic Filipinotown led by Knight Commander Sir Dr. Marc Caratao led the wreath laying ceremonies together with FACLA President Jun Baul, SIPA President Leo Pandac and Historic Filipinotwn Neighbohood Council (RVNC) President Cecille Ramos while the crowd sung,””Ang Bayan Ko.”

KOR-HFT KC Dr.Caratao spoke at the ceremonies and explained the significance of the event. After the wreath laying ceremonies a program and a simple salu-salo or brunch was held at the FACLA Social Hall.

Significance of Rizal Day

FACLA President Jun Baul led the speakers in explaining the martyrdom and the significance of the death of Dr. Jose Rizal. He reminded the Knights of Rizal of their duties to emulate the example of the hero.

SIPA Board President Leo Pandac spoke about the exile of Rizal in Dapitan in Mindanao and how he used his exile as a productive endeavor. On the other hand, KOR West Region Knight Commander Tony Berango spoke about Rizal’s last moment before he died by firing squad on December 30, 1896.

A Hip Hop number was given by the pair of Lindsey Mondido and Chrisael Kasingsing, both 7th graders from the Bancroft Middle School and Performing Arts Magnet that delighted the crowd.

FACLA Preidetn Austin Baul Jr was given a gift by the Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown and was witnessed by Dr.Carato. Dr Vic Agatep, KC Tony Berango and Vic Tan

Photo session followed soon after the program was concluded. KOR Archivist and FACLA Director Art Garcia acted as the emcee..

MABUHAY ANG KABAYANIHAN Ni Dr. Jose P. Rizal!

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US President Obama’s Reply to FACLA’s TPS Request