• 12 women to receive honors • Want to be published? • Chicken McBites on-the-go

PACCAL awardee for Fine Arts Dulcie Dee with Mayor Mike Bloomberg

The Pan-American Concerned Citizens Action League, will award 12 Women Achievers in honor of International Women’s History Month in March.

The awardees to be honored at a March 18 ceremony at the Ramada Plaza Hotel Newark International Airport are:

Dr. Alice Almendral – Award for Aesthetic Medicine
Vicky Baxa – Award for Faith-based Community Service
Dulcie Dee – Award for Fine Arts
Lorli Villanueva Dimaala – Award for Education
Bituin Escarcha – Award for Performing Arts
Marivic Dimaculangan – Award for Cultural Affairs
Nida Gonzales – Award for Nutrition
Nelsie Parrado – Award for Community Service
Linda Repulda – Award for Health & Human Services
Elvira Reyes – Award for Fashion Design
Kathy Santos – Award for Nursing Profession
Irene Lacson Yupangco – Award for Business

For more information, contact Rose P. Javier at 201-993-8815 or Bobby T. Yalong at 201-300-5234.


March 1 is the deadline to apply to the Kundiman Poetry Prize dedicated to publishing exceptional work by Asian American poets. Winner receives $1,000, book publication and a New York City feature reading.

Alice James Books is a cooperative poetry press with a mission is to seek out and publish the best contemporary poetry by both established and beginning poets, with particular emphasis on involving poets in the publishing process.

For guidelines on how to submit an application, go to the Kundiman website. Winners will be announced in June.


Chicken McBites is the latest offering from the McDonald’s kitchen – their version of the popcorn chicken. Available through April, the Chicken McBites are made with juicy pieces of white chicken breast with home-style seasoning. They are available in three sizes – Snack (3 oz.), Regular (5 oz.) and Shareable (10 oz.) – to accommodate any occasion and portion size. Chicken fans can also pair Chicken McBites with a variety of dipping sauces for their dunking and popping pleasure.

“In response to today’s on-the-go lifestyles we created our latest recipe – Chicken McBites – to provide our guests with a new way to enjoy premium chicken at McDonald’s that’s big on taste, fun to share and easy to take with you anywhere,” says Chef Dan Coudreaut, senior director of Culinary Innovation, McDonald’s USA.

To celebrate the introduction of Chicken McBites, McDonald’s launched a video contest inviting aspiring producers and directors to create 30-second made-for-web “bite-sized” videos for a variety of cash prizes. The winning videos are available to view on YouTube.


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