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MiniPhilippines.com was lucky to get the last invite from new media colleague Azrael for the premier film showing of “Chasing Ice,” a film that showed the tricky assignment of acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog on the melting glaciers of the Arctic region. This National Geographic project was to capture images that help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. But instead of showing graphs, charts and statistics, Bolog’s time-lapse photographs clearly proved what the scientists and environmentalists have been saying all along — that mountains of ice have been disappearing at a breathtaking and alarming rate. For the first time, you can watch “Global Warming” on film rather than read it. Chasing Ice has won several awards, including from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival.
The film showing was done yesterday evening at the Alliance Française de Manille in Makati City, organized by the Goethe Institut and the Embassy of the United States of America, with the participation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). A crowd of new media bloggers representing Azrael’s Merryland, Juan Manila Express, Work@Home Pinas and RogueWriter, to name a few, and teachers and other guests were treated to wine, juices and a variety of food before everyone was ushered to the auditorium of the French cultural center. The director of the Goethe Institut, Dr. Petra Raymond, spoke about the film and the entire Science Film Festival (click this link for more information) that will take place between yesterday, November 4, until November 29, 2013. Films will be shown at the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Manila Ocean Park, Museo Pambata, Philippine Science Centrum, Quezon City Science Interactive Center, Ablan Foundation, the U.S. Embassy Manila, SM City Baguio, SM City Clark, SM City Lanang in Davao, NIDO FORTIFIED Science Discovery Center and inside the Department Of Science Technology’s Science Explorer Bus that will be toured in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Desiree Gestiada of Manila Ocean Park and Ivan Roblas from the Department of Science and Technology both hosted the evening’s preliminaries of introductions and speeches from the representatives of three organizations sponsoring the film showing.
Thirty films from 18 countries were selected by a Film Selection Jury composed of luminaries in the field of science and technology, culture, biodiversity and media. The films are divided in categories such as Family Edutainment, Ecology and Environment, Natural Science, Life Science & Technology, and Culture and History. The festival has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, meanwhile becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide in terms of audience reach with 130,000 visitors in 2010, 240,000 in 2011 and 370,000 visitors in 2012.
The theme of the festival this year 2013 is “Energy and Sustainability.” It looks at what solutions science and technology can offer in safeguarding the resources and benefits of the present for future generations and why civilization might be facing its greatest collective challenge in history this century.
The Science Film Festival 2013, being held internationally from October 7 – December 15, 2013, takes place in Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palestine, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
Whoa! Tumblr.com? Actually, it’s a nice, simple browse along memory lane as the microblogging site depicts the history of Malacañang Palace and the Philippine Presidents that came and went.
Image from tumblr.malacanang.gov.ph
Somewhere in Vanness Avenue, west of Sky Train’s Nanaimo Station, Vancouver, BC, sits a park Filipino-Canadians call the Filipino Plaza. The open park, sometimes referred to as a linear park, located underneath the Sky Train Expo Line, was one of the dozens of open parks built in 1986 as part of BC Transit’s Parkway Program showcasing different cultural parks on the 26-kilometre path that parallels the Sky Train.
Fronting this park is the colorful Sarimanok logo and a 2,000-red brick wall donated by the Filipino-Canadians who started the endeavor in the park. Construction of the park was made possible with the bayanihan spirit of Filipino-Canadian members of the “Filipino Plaza Committee of 1985.”
This year, the Filipino Plaza will be the official site of the Flag Raising ceremony to kick off the various Philippine independence celebrations in the lower mainland of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Photo from Wikipedia
Randell Tiongson, Director of the Registered Financial Planner Institute Philippines, columnist of renowned broadsheets, 2011 Outstanding Alumni of the University of Santo Tomas, and a host of other distinctions, is conducting a half-day seminar entitled “Personal Branding for Finance Practitioners.” He writes in his blog:
“This interactive, engaging and practical seminar will help you understand, create and send out the unique brand that is YOU. Today’s business world is fast paced and so are the decisions and judgments we are making. There are more than a lot of business men and women, financial advisors, entrepreneurs both young and experienced bringing the same products, skills and services to your field in the industry. But why do some people still stand out above the rest? Best bet is that these people, consciously or not, have their own unique personal brand.”
I have attended a few of Randell’s seminars and have always been both entertained and educated by the simplicity of his presentations in a topic that normally generates, in Randell’s words, “nosebleed!”
Take a ganter into his upcoming seminar. It’s guaranteed to make a difference in you.
Source: Randell Tionson’s Blog
Image from Randell Tiongson’s Blog
The Philippine Consulate Office in Macau, with Every Nation Macau, has invited Randell Tiongson to a talk on personal finance on Friday, December 9, 2011.
Image from RandellTiongson.com
A short documentary film entitled “The Philippines: Preserving a Culture of Life” was recently aired on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in the USA and Canada. Produced by Human Life International (HLI), this film has been aired several times at EWTN in the Philippines.
The film is a pro-life documentary that highlights the fight for life in the Philippines. It features pro-life advocates who are leading the fight against the RH Bill, the likes of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Congressman Golez, HLI Director Bullecer, and former pro-abortion Department of Health manager Dr. Ligaya Acosta.
HLI is presently working with other pro-life organizations in the Philippines to promote the new documentary, groups such as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Filipinos for Life, a volunteer group whose mission is to speak the truth about the dignity and sanctity of human life in all its stages, from natural conception to natural death.
HLI is also hosting a contest on Facebook where pro-lifers are invited to leave a brief prayer for the Philippines or a note of encouragement for a chance to win a free DVD copy of the documentary.
Read more at LifeNews.com
Photo by CBCP For Life at their Facebook Page
Photo by ralph-toyama at Flickr.com
The Smithsonian Institution chose Charlotte as a stop for a traveling exhibit that tells the story of Filipinos who struggled against American colonialism and ultimately became U.S. citizens. “Singgalot: The Ties That Bind,” is coming to Charlotte Museum of History from Saturday through Oct. 16, 2011.
The 11-city exhibition made its first stop in Los Angeles last month. It will land in Kansas City, Seattle, Chicago and Philadelphia before a final stop in November in Santa Rosa, California.
The exhibit is intended to help the nation’s 2.5 million Filipino citizens trace their history and contributions in the United States through about 30 photo panels and images.
Read more at Charlotte Observer
Photo by Pidz111 at Flickr.com
The Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County is looking for girls of Filipino descent ages 13-16 for Miss Teen Fil-Am and ages 17-24 for the Miss Fil-Am Scholarship Pageant to be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 13, 2011 at Camp Pendleton.
Judging includes personality, poise, beauty, Filipina dress, talent and an impromptu question onstage. Each contestant will receive training in poise, walking, confidence, speaking ability, selection of clothing and on-stage questions. Winners will receive cash scholarships and numerous prizes.
The queens and princesses will preside at various functions sponsored by the Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County. For applications, call 760-434-3397 or 760-207-5358.
Source: North County Times
I’ve attended a few seminars of Randell Tiongson, including one or two that presented Paulo Tibig and Francis Kong as speakers. I even wrote a piece in my blog How Can You Possess “Financial Freedom?” after attending Randell’s short seminar on financial planning, espousing the benefits of financial freedom.
I encourage you to spend some time and a little of your cash to educate yourself on financial planning, fnancial freedom and, this time, financial peace. Attend this one-day seminar for a “wake-upper” on how you spend (and save) your money.
Poster courtesy of RandellTiongson.com
Photo by ozfan22 at Flickr.com
Long Beach’s Filipino-American population will now be honored in October, as City Council unanimously voted to officially designate October as Filipino-American History Month last Tuesday evening.
First District Councilman Robert Garcia, the primary author of the council resolution, said approximately 20,000 Filipino-Americans live in the Long Beach area, and that number is likely to increase once 2010 U.S. Census data is tallied.
According to City Council documents, the United States Congress currently is considering legislation (H.R. 155) to grant official status to Filipino American History Month.
The Long Beach City Council declared the boundaries of the city’s Filipino Neighborhood in 1992, which are Santa Fe Avenue from 20th Street to Spring Street.
Read more at Gazettes.com
In 1945, at the end of World War II, Hitler and his Nazi had killed more than 6 million Jews in Europe. But in 1939, when the Jews and their families were fleeing Europe at a time when several countries refused to open their doors to them, the Philippines did the highly risky and the unlikely. Through President Manuel L. Quezon, the Philippines opened its doors and nation’s heart to the fleeing and persecuted Jews. Quezon offered to absorb 10,000 European Jewish refugees but only 1,200 Jews and their families made it to Manila.
Last 21 June 2010, or 70 years later, the first ever monument honoring Quezon and the Filipino nation for this “open door policy” was inaugurated on Israeli soil, at the 65-hectare Holocaust Memorial Park in Rishon LeZion, Israel.
Source: Alex Lacson through e-mail of Jun Benito
A panel of Purdue students and scholars on July 8 will discuss the challenges and rewards of bridging cultural differences and building on similarities between the U.S. and the Philippines on Purdue’s campus. This session, sponsored by the Diversity Resource Office, is free and open to the public. The event is part of the “One Campus, Many Voices” series, which seeks to bridge cultural diversity at Purdue, Indiana.
Read more at Purdue Today
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A Sense of Asean identity will be among the subjects touched during the nine-day cultural enrichment programme for children offered by the Philippine Embassy during the school holidays starting on Monday. Twenty-two Filipino children from six to 14 registered yesterday for the free Filipino language and culture programme to be conducted by volunteer teachers at the Philippine Embassy Chancery from Monday, Sept 14. The programme aims to teach children born and raised overseas the culture, history, customs and traditions of the Philippines and its Asean neighbours, and how these are embodied in today’s global Filipino, said Filipino cultural enrichment class programme head Rowena E Hautea.
More at: BruDirect.com, Brunei’s No. 1 News Website.
Even Filipino stores in the United States meet competition of growing “big chain” stores specializing in Asian products. In California, there two big Asian supermarkets that are adding more branches — 99 Ranch and Seafood City. Of course, it’s a great welcome for the Asian community where these chains exist but it spells trouble for the smaller groceries such as Concord’s (California) Oriental Food Market, owned by Sherrie Gaerlan and her husband for some eight years already.
Source: Contra Costa Times.
St. Francis High School of Sacramento, CA is hosting a dinner dance themed “The Pearl of the Orient.” This even will be from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the gymnasium at St. Francis, 5900 Elvas Ave., Sacramento. This is hosted by Filipino parents and showcases Filipino culture through music, folk dance and food. Tickets are $30 general, $15 students, $10 ages 3 to 10, free for ages 2 and under. Call Rose Avila at (916) 834-7294.
Source: The Sacramento Bee.
The 24th Kadayawan sa Davao, an annual thanksgiving celebration for a bountiful harvests centered on the importance of “communion with the Earth.” The festival has two main components: the Lumadnong Kasaulogan (Indigenous Peoples Festival), which is the core of the Kadayawan Festival showcasing the indigenous peoples’ culture and arts and the Subay sa Lumadnong Kagikan (Contemporary Indigenous-motivated celebrations) that showcases the impact of the indigenous culture and traditions to contemporary artists and communities. The Kadayawan sa Davao is celebrated from August 17 to 23.
Source: CBCP News
There are 75,352 Filipinos in the city of New York (2005-2007 survey) of which 60% reside in the borough of Queens. Wow! This makes the migrant Filipinos the fourth largest group of Asians in the entire city. For “Filipino businesses,” you can find many congregated along Roosevelt Avenue at Woodside, Queens.
Read the article in Nomadic Pinoy and see the pictures for yourself.
The Asia New Zealand Foundation (www.asianz.org.nz) is offering three journalism internships at Asia-based news media organisations. Applications are now open for the two or three month long internships which are to be undertaken in 2010. The three host media organisations are the Philippine Star in Manila, CNBC Asia in Singapore and the International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong. Note that the internships are unpaid. The Asia New Zealand Foundation will provide $NZ5000 to cover return flights with the balance to go to accommodation and other expenses. Participants will be generally responsible for their own travel, insurance, accommodation and living expenses during the internships.
For more information, click here to read the New Zealand site Scoop.
Otay Ranch High School in Filipino-populated Chula Vista has a lot of Filipino classes available, in addition to offering Japanese. It is becoming useful as a diaspora language. The prevalence of the Filipino language classes may be because of the naval base in San Diego which gave birth to a lot of Filipinos working there and becoming immigrants and citizens of the United States.
Filipino-Americans are consistently moving to the relatively new and affluent community of Chino Hills, establishing a large number of members at the local Catholic church and driving the city to become an economic boom for the region. The city is now home to 10,000 Filipino-Americans.
According ContraCostaTimes.com, most Filipino-Americans in the region belong to the middle-class demographics where many Chino Hills residents are economically well-off. Many who began life in cities where the population of Filipino-Americans is high, cities like Filipino Town in Los Angeles, have now begun their exodus outward to cities like Chino Hills. It attracts Fil-Ams because of the reasonable home prices, which results in affordability of a better place to live, plus various cultural services directed towards this demographics. Just take the Philippine independence celebration in the city where more than 3,000 Filipino-Americans graced the festivities at its community park. Much of its Fil-Am residents are second and third generation Filipinos. There are a little less than 5 million Filipino-Americans in the United States, the second largest Asian-American group after Chinese-Americans, with a purchasing power of about $20 billion and a median annual income of $50,000 (early decade census).