The FilAm’s top 10 stories of 2012

In 2012, Filipino Americans in the New York Tri-State were irked when Arnold Clavio ridiculed “fake Filipinos,” stormed the heavens for Jessica Sanchez to become the first FilAm “American Idol,” and were curious about the low-key lifestyle of retired actress Dindi Gallardo.

Our readers were likewise riveted by the suicide of a Yonkers teen, the burglary charges filed against charismatic community leader Rene Ballenas, and the enigma of Manny Pacquiao.

Jessica Sanchez

While some of the articles did not exactly rouse us to action as an empowered community – not unless we count our ardent campaign for Jessica Sanchez to be an act of activism — we had mostly personal stories to share. The death of Philippine Fiesta organizer Mila Mendez, how Cheesa almost became The Voice, and the suicide of Eira Fatima Maghuyop allegedly from bullying brought home the fundamental tenet about community journalism. It is a most intimate form of social media.

We thank our community for continuing to read and share our articles with their network. We hope you will stay with us for many more years to come.

Dindi Gallardo

Here are The FilAm’s top 10 stories for 2012:

A ‘proud, fake’ Filipino’s open letter to Arnold Clavio
Conspiracy theories surround ‘American Idol’ voting
Dindi Gallardo: ‘I wanted to live normal, breathe some air’
Did Yonkers teen commit suicide over bullying? Friends claim, but cops doubtful
Filipinos, Mexicans rooting for Jessica Sanchez
Friends of Rene Ballenas ‘shocked’ over burglary charges
She’d rather be known for her Voice than her ethnicity
Milagros Beltran Mendez, 61
A peek into Manny Pacquiao’s world; Mayweather ‘on the horizon’
What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas

Cristina DC Pastor



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