May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Art work depicting Filipino nurses at Panorama City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

Art work depicting Filipino nurses at Panorama City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

TheFilAmLA celebrates the significant contributions of Filipino Americans. This is a partial list of celebrations in Southern California. We invite you to send your group’s celebrations.

May 10

“Sea, Land, Air: Migration and Labor” program at Panorama City

Filipinos work everywhere. On the high seas, up in the air, and on the ground. Nurse, sailor, singer, farmer, teacher, maid. These are the icons of globalized Filipino labor today. But where do they come from? The Panorama City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library will be hosting a program presented by the Center for Art + Thought called “Sea, Land, Air: Migration and Labor” on Saturday, May 10, at 3:30pm. The program will feature a presentation and commentary on migration and labor by Professor Sarita Echavez See. For more information about the event, please visit

Santa Rosa De Lima Sumilang, Pasig Fiesta in Las Vegas. May 10 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 1901 S. Maryland Parkway, LV Nevada. Holy Mass at 11 a.m.; fiesta program of songs and dances from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pasiguenians reunite with your “kababarrios.” Alumni from Pasig Catholic College, Colegio Del Buen Consejo, Pasig Catholic Colleges, Chiro Pasig. For more information, please call Ellen Trice at 415-272-8244.

Archdiocesan Santacruzan 2014

The Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will hold its Archdiocesan Santacruzan 2014 on May 10, Saturday, 2:45pm at the Cathedral of the Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The search is on for sagalas, Hermana mayor and Hermana menor, angels, and estrellas. Submit your applications on or before April 6, 2014. A reception dinner-dance immediately follows at the Almansor Court in Alhambra, CA. For Sagala application, please contact Patty Santiago at (818) 632-4864, or; or Florie Pimentel (818) 242-4522,

May 16 — 18

Batangas Eastern Academy (BEA) Batch ’89 Celebrates 25 Years

The Batangas Eastern Academy (BEA) Batch ’89 in North America will celebrate its silver high school reunion on May 16 to 18, 2013 at The Westgate Flamingo Bay, 5625 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103. For more details, please contact Glenda Saballa Tamay on Facebook or call +1 (310) 713-7572. You may also contact Ara/Gats Gatilao at +1 (914) 699-0018.

May 17

Cabiao Association USA Kababayan Family Picnic Day

The officers and members of the Cabiao Association USA would like to invite you to our Kababayan Family Picnic Day on Saturday, May 17, from 11am to 5pm, at the Schabarum Regional Park, 17250 Colima Road, Rowland Heights, CA, 91748. The picnic will be held at the Pepper Tree area of the park. For more information, please call Allan Ocampo (619) 397-8972, Gene Flores (949) 648-0890, Irma Alcaraz (323) 861-6101, Gigi Guarin (323) 482-7523, Aning Policarpio (310) 775-0820, Evelyn Alquiroz (323) 841-2359, Olive Rafols (626) 298-0545, Marivic Mendoza (323) 423-6457.

May 17, June 17 & 21

LAPD Recruitment and Hiring Seminar

The LAPD is hiring over 300 new officers in 2014. Come meet LAPD officers, recruiters and mentors and see what it takes to become a Los Angeles Police Officer. Receive information about various career paths and physical preparation at a Q&A Session hosted by LAPD officers. Those in attendance can take the first step to this rewarding career by taking the written exam. For more information, please visit or call (866) 444-LAPD(5273). The LAPD Recruitment and Hiring Seminars will take place on May 17, and June 17 & 21. All of these events will be held on Saturdays, at the Ahmanson Recruit Training Center on 5651 W. Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. The Information Session will start at 9am, and the Written Test will follow at 11am.

May 18 – 20

Union High School of Manila Global Reunion

The Union High School of Manila and Union Elementary School of Manila will be having its global reunion on May 18 to 20, 2014, at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. There will be special room rates for The Orleans Hotel for the reunion attendees. The special rate is $41.00 per night for single or double occupancy, plus tax and resort fee. Call +1-800-675-3267 and mention “Union High of Manila Reunion.” Reservation ID is A4 UHC 05 (cut off for reservation is April 17, 2014). Reunion fee is $100 per person. Pay to your class coordinators, or send checks payable to Lynne Love, 3514 Lake Park Avenue, Fallbrook, CA 92028-7858. Send checks by March 17, 2014. For more information, call or email: Robert Oliveros (; +1-702-462-9822); Marilou Tom (; +1-310-541-3543); Arthur Abrantes (; +1-626-589-2086); Jane Love-Alba (; +1-951-788-0890).

May 24

UCLA’s 37th Annual Samahang Pilipino Cultural Night

May 24, 2014 will mark UCLA’s 37th annual Samahang Pilipino Cultural Night (SPCN). This cultural production serves as a major avenue for UCLA students to celebrate and explore the rich culture and history of the Philippines. This year’s show is entitled “After Ours” and it relates back to the recent tragedy in the Philippines regarding Typhoon Haiyan. The show will start at 6pm. Tickets are free and open to everyone of all ethnicities and ages. For tickets and more information, please email There is a limit of 2 tickets per request and they are not guaranteed due to high demand. Please send in your requests as early as possible, in order to have a better chance to receive your tickets for the show.

May 29

Fourth Annual Valley Mega Mixer

The United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley & Region presents the Fourth Annual Valley Mega Mixer. Connect with hundreds of business decision-makers in just one night, on May 29, 2014, from 5pm to 8pm at the Anheuser Busch on 15800 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Sponsoring member chambers include: Cal Pilipino California, Canoga Park – West Hills, Chatsworth – Porter Ranch, Encino, Filipino American, Granada Hills, Pacoima, Regional Black, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Sunland Tujunga, Toluca Lake, Universal City – North Hollywood, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills – Tarzana. Contact your local chamber listed herein to RSVP. Hurry and pre-register by May 22 to qualify for the early bird registration price of only $15. After May 22nd, registration fee will be $20 and $30 for members of sponsoring chambers and non-members respectively. For more information: (818) 802-6888.

May 31

Filipino Hollywood Mafia and Fil-Am Creative Picnic at the Park

Save the date! On May 31st, the Filipino Hollywood Mafia and the Fil-Am Creative are joining forces for a Potluck Picnic at the Park. Network and mingle under the sun with other Pinoys in the entertainment industry. Friends and family are welcome. Venue and time are TBA. More details will be released as the event draws near. Contact persons are Grace Moss (, Brian Robles (, and Walter Boholst (

Spring fundraising at St. Martha Catholic Church

‘Pave the Road to Our Mission’ is the theme for the Spring raffle fundraising event at St. Martha Catholic Church on May 31, 7pm, McNamara Hall, at 444 North Azusa Ave., Valinda, CA 91744. Grand prize is a 2014 Toyota Tacoma (double cab); second prize, $3,000; third prize, $1,500; fourth prize, 55″ LG Smart TV; and consolation prizes include a Benihana dinner gift for two and more. Donation is $25.00. Buy four tickets, get one free at time of purchase. Please support this event to raise funds to reach the church’s goals: install new bathrooms, improve Parish Hall kitchen, rework Parish Hall; and repaint/repave the parking lot. We can achieve this together. Buy your tickets now! For more information, contact (626) 964-4313.
— Reprinted from the Asian Journal

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