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Asian Week: Charice Faces Off Glee Star Lea Michelle With Gaga

Posted by lecrowder in Home on 09 24th, 2010

Charice Faces Off Glee Star Lea Michelle With Gaga


Arthur Hu

September 24, 2010Posted in: Hu’s on First, Lifestyle, Movies/Tv, News

Here’s a fan clip of Youtube sensation Charice Pempengco playing “Sunshine” facing off against her heroine / rival and current Glee queen bee Lea Michelle in the girls’ room. The writers have fittingly put talented but flawed Lea’s character in the role of evil white imperialist bitch condescending “oh you no speak English poor foreign student girl, let me show you the ropes while I figure out how to sink your boat” yankee dragon lady. (yankee dragon lady? Just made that up, but please don’t use that on your girlfriends/enemies ) Later the two existing Asian cast members report to the faculty that Lea’s character gave Sunshine directions to a crack house. Lea defends herself “well it wasn’t an ACTIVE crack house” and asks how they found out and they replied “the Asian community is really tight”. Yup, we’re talking Cruella Deville evil here.

Lea as always delivers some wonder vocals but DAMN does that little Asian chick belt it out like a Dream Girl. She cites Mariah Carey and Filipina Songbird Regine Velasquez (who is virtually unknown in the states, but reigns as top diva in the Philippines) as her musical influences. Of all of the Filipina songbirds, only Lea Salonga has achieved a limited level of fame in the US as Miss Saigon and the singing voices of Jasmine and Mulan. Yet her albums didn’t do well even after I paid for one, and her last tour was only booked at casinos, where her fans bid up the limited number of tickets to ridiculous scalper levels so I had to pass on that too. Charice is poised to quickly pass her if she hasn’t already (Man, it would be sooooo cool to have Solanga as a guest to do a Disney set…..)

Charice has a wonderful article on wikipedia which leads

Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco (born May 10, 1992), better known as Charice, is a Filipina singer and actress who rose to popularity through YouTube. Dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as the Most Talented Girl in the World,[1] she is the first Asian artist in history to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart. Crossing over to television acting, she has brought her vocal prowess to the hit TV series Glee where she plays a recurring character named Sunshine Corazon.

Seems every other youtube comment is by some proud filipino/a. She grew up with a single mom, did ok on a talent show, got huge on Youtube, invited to US by Oprah and Ellen. I first saw her on David Foster’s PBS concert and was blown away. My theory as to why Americans don’t buy Asian singing talent no matter how good they are is that we’re terrific cover singers, but we don’t bring anything new to the game without a distinct Asian-American genre, though Americans are happy to buy Asian cars, eat Asian food, marry Asian women, admit Asian college students and watch Asian cartoons. But everybody on Glee does covers anyways, so we’ll just have to see if Charice’s rising star proves to be a real life rival to Lea Michelle’s success. Copying is the first stage, as Asian classical players were dismissed back in the 1970s as only being technically good, but now artists like Yo Yo Ma are at the top of American and world talent, and Asians are starting to dominate world women’s figure skating.  It just takes time.

Ke Kalahea: The 3rd Annual Filipino-American Heritage Month

Posted by lecrowder in Back To Our Roots, Home, News on 09 21st, 2010

The University of Hawaii at Hilo declared October, Filipino-American

Heritage month in recognition of the outstanding work and contributions of Filipino’s in the community and abroad. A month long celebration of events will be held, the kick-off event is a Filipino Fashion Show of Traditional and Contemporary Designs, October 1st, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Campus Center Plaza which is free and open to everyone. It will showcase traditional Filipino costumes and the designs of Iris Viacrusis, who recently had an exhibit at Wailoa Center. His designs will also be in displays at UH Manoa Hamilton Library, and the Bishop Museum.

This is a collaboration of various University and community organizations including Minority Access and Achievement Program, New Student Programs, Campus Center, and the Filipino Advisory Committee. The other events will be a Filipino Film and an Outstanding Leaders Award Ceremony. For more information contact 933-3412.

Filipino Heritage Night with the SF Giants – September 28th

Posted by FAN Admin in Events on 09 18th, 2010

Filipino Heritage Night II

Filipino Heritage Night II

Tuesday, September 28 vs. ARI at 7:15pm
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Miss the first Filipino Heritage Night? Not to worry! Filipino Heritage Night II features pregame cultural entertainment from local Filipino performance groups, Filipino Heritage sections just for special event ticketholders, and a Giants-themed miniature Jeepney! Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Filipino charities to assist in recovery efforts from the devastating flooding suffered in late 2009. The Filipino community is always one of the largest and loudest to come out to the ballpark all season, so bring the whole family and get in on the fun!

Filipino Heritage Night II

with the San Francisco Giants

Presented by: LIGO: Philippines #1 Sardines

Tuesday, September 28th, 7:15PM

Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

$20: View Reserve Infield Ticket Option

$25: View Reserve Infield Ticket Option + Filipino-Themed Giants Beanie

$27: Lower Box Ticket Option

All Ticket Packages Include:

*Pre-game on field cultural entertainment

*Pre-game festival in Seals Plaza from 5:15pm-7:15pm with cultural food + drink specials + entertainment

*Seat in Special Filipino Heritage Section of the Ballpark

*Giants-themed miniature jeepney

Reserve your tickets today!! This event will sellout!

In Community Partnership with: Filipino American Arts Exposition, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Gawad Kalinga, and Ayala Foundation

To buy tickets or for more information, please call or visit:

415-972-2298 or

Philippine Inquirer: Baby found in plane’s trash bag

Posted by FAN Admin in Home, International/Adoption Philippines, News on 09 13th, 2010

Baby found in plane’s trash bag
By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The plane from Bahrain to Manila was carrying more than 200 passengers, mostly Filipinos. One of them was unmanifested—a newborn baby found inside a plastic trash disposal bag after the aircraft touched down in Manila.

The baby boy was alive and kicking.

A doctor on duty at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) said the boy weighed three kilograms and measured 48 centimeters long.

An investigation has been launched.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), which operates the NAIA, said its medical team had named the infant “George Francis.”

The initials GF refer to the code name assigned to Gulf Air, Bahrain’s principal flag carrier, by the International Air Transport Association.

The baby was found on Flight GF-154, which landed at NAIA Terminal 1 at 11:18 a.m.

MIAA media affairs chief Connie Bungag said the boy was immediately given full medical attention, with medical personnel pooling their resources to buy baby clothes, medicines, bottles, and milk for him.

“Apparently, the baby was born on the plane,” she said.

George Francis was later turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which has become his custodian.

Asked by reporters if the boy was “a foreigner,” the duty doctor and pediatrician, Dr. Ma. Theresa Azores, said: “It doesn’t seem so. He looks Filipino.”

According to a report from the MIAA medical office, the aircraft cleaners found the garbage bag containing the baby at the plane’s toilet at around 11:50 a.m.

Not wanting to lose time, Gulf Air security agents Tristan Dimaano and Noel Franco loaded the bag onto a tow truck and rushed the infant to a medical clinic at Terminal 1.

The medical report described the baby as wrapped in blood-stained tissue paper napkins.

The doctors said they first cleaned up the baby’s mouth—and the boy gave a good cry. His breathing and heartbeat were also normal.

Search for mother

The baby was cleaned to prevent infection. He was shown to have healthy pinkish skin, good reflexes and normal testicles.

Doctors injected the baby with Vitamin K and an antibiotic, and applied ointment to his eyes.

The attending doctors were Azores and Dr. Ma. Caridad Ipac-Nuas, airport officials said.

Alfredo Vasquez and Danny Gemarino, MIAA action officers, led the turnover of the baby to a DSWD contingent headed by Maria Lanie Tabios.

The MIAA is tracking the passenger who could have given birth to the boy or could have carried the boy into the plane. An inspection of the plane showed that two adjacent passenger seats had blood smears.

Airport officials said that while they had the name or names of the occupants of the seats, it was also possible that the woman who gave birth might just have transferred to the seat.

Gulf Air officials were not immediately available for comment.

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said she was outraged by what happened and would order officials to try to locate the infant’s mother, who could be criminally charged.

Soliman said the baby would be turned over to the mother’s relatives or put up for adoption.

The DSWD said it would ask the police to investigate.

Delia Bauan, DSWD-NCR director, said the investigation would be part of the process for the baby’s possible adoption.

The process includes informing the public of the birth of the boy to gather more information about him.

The baby will be put to foster care “if nobody claims him,” Bauan said.

Under state care

Social welfare and airport officials gave a conflicting guess on when the boy was actually born.

While the MIAA media affairs office said the boy seemed to have been born during the flight, Bauan said the report she received from her staff was that he “was a few days old.”

Bauan said the baby had been taken to the Reception and Study Center for Children run by the department.

“The state will take care of the baby,” she said. With a report from Kristine L. Alave and Associated Press

FILIPINO HERITAGE NIGHT with the Mets! Sept. 15th @ 7:10pm

Posted by FAN Admin in Events on 09 13th, 2010


Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 7:10 p.m.
vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Filipino Night

Join the New York Mets and HVYRSNL marketing company in the celebration of first ever Filipino Heritage Night at Citi Field. Enjoy live cultural Filipino-themed entertainment at the front Plaza area starting at 5pm & on field entertainment before the first pitch. Share Filipino Pride with your friends and family in our Filipino Heritage Night seated section. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Filipino charities to assist in recovery efforts from the devastating flooding suffered in late 2009. The Filipino community is always one of the largest and loudest to come out to the ballpark all season, so bring the whole family and get in on the fun!

  • Sit together with family and friends in designated Promenade Reserved Infield Seats
  • Enjoy a pre-game program of Filipino Entertainment.
  • Each person will receive a Mets Skyline Key Chain with advance purchase.

Purchase Tickets Online:

Log in to the Group Ticket Window with the following information to buy your tickets today!

Password: METS

Click here to purchase tickets online » (Sign-in ID and Password are case-sensitive.)

Promenade Reserved Infield Seat = $15

For further information or to bring a group of 25 or more, please contact Nicole Annese of the Mets Group Sales Department at 718-559-3020 or

NYT Magazine: An Adopted Boy Considers His Origins

Posted by FAN Admin in Home, International/Adoption Philippines, News on 09 5th, 2010

An Adopted Boy Considers His Origins


Jonah, our youngest, spent the day in the water again. At 5 he’s already an exquisite swimmer, diving for coins our Provincetown neighbors throw into the tide for him to fetch. Now we’re lying in his bed together waiting for him to fall asleep, and he’s thumping my stomach like it’s a beach ball.

Holly Wales

Readers’ Comments

“Are you going to have more babies in your belly?”

“You know I’ve never had any babies in my belly,” I tell him.

“Well, whose belly did I come out of?” he says.

My girlfriend, Molly, and I have always been frank about the fact that Jonah and his brother, Sam, were adopted, though until recently they’ve really only shown interest in the few details that feel glamorous: for instance, Jonah enjoys knowing that he was born on an island. The rest of how the kids came to us is so complex and adult, we’ve so far opted to leave it alone.

Scratch the surface and nobody’s birth story is typical. Our two children are biological brothers, and they have an older sister a friend of ours adopted first. Because of her special relationship to the boys, Sister plays a starring role in our house. Looking at the three of them leaves little doubt they’re related: ignore the height difference, and they could almost pass for triplets. A few days earlier we were having a bonfire at the beach. It was one of those ridiculously idyllic summer evenings at the seaside, replete with rainbows and a dolphin release the kids ran down to see. On the way back to the fire, Jonah tripped, catapulting him into a flood of tears. Sister grew more agitated the louder he wailed. Finally, in some kind of attempt to shut him up, she turned to him and said, “You didn’t come out of your mommy’s belly.”

“Now isn’t the time for this conversation,” Molly told her.

“You didn’t,” Sister continued, “you came out of the same belly as me. Her name was Cheri.” For Jonah, that belly never had a name before. That name was so revelatory you could almost see a light bulb in a thought bubble hovering above Jonah’s head. He began crying louder.

To Molly and me, our children are so completely ours it feels impossible that anyone else had anything to do with them. But for Jonah, who knows? Some would say, for example, that it was the hand of God that saved his namesake, the original Jonah, from the belly of the whale; others, that it was luck that caused the beast to spit him out.

So here I am in the bed with our youngest boy, telling him the truth as I see it: “Some babies come out of their mommies, and some come through other bodies to get to their mommies. My body couldn’t make babies, so we had to find another way to get you here.” I’ve told him this before, but the story no longer satisfies the way it once did. He may be only 5, but it’s time for Jonah to begin making his own version of the narrative.

“Whose belly?” he demands.

“Her name was Cheri,” I say, affirming it for him.

“I should be there with her,” he says.

I take a breath. “No,” I tell him. “Wherever Sam and your other mommy and I are, that’s where your home is. That’s where you should be.” And in a sure sign he knows that what he’s hearing is correct, he begins to cry hard.

In a little while I feel him exhale long and slow, his back relaxing against my hands that are holding him in place like bookends: Your body begins here, and it ends here. You are safe. By now he’s exhausted, but he’s too smart to take my word for anything yet. “What if you and Mommy and Sam get dead and I’m left here all alone?” he says.

Even though I can’t say for sure, I opt for kindness over stark possibility, which I maintain is every parent’s prerogative. “Not gonna happen,” I tell him. And he falls asleep.

For days after, Jonah vacillated between being demonstrative and being withdrawn, all the thinking about his origins rendering him tender, as if from sunburn. The summer carried on in its relentless perfection. We were on the beach the other day when I overheard him tell a friend, “I was born on an island, you know.”

“Really?” the friend said.

“Yes,” Jonah said, “and they weren’t my mommies,” pointing like a hitchhiker with his thumb to Molly and me.

“So how’d you get here?” his friend asked.

“I swam a hundred miles to get home,” he said.

Melanie Braverman, a poet and novelist, is the Jacob Ziskind poetry fellow at Brandeis University.

Adoption Stories Series on PBS

Posted by FAN Admin in Events, International/Adoption Philippines, News on 09 1st, 2010

Adoption Stories Series on PBS

POV (Point of View) is featuring three films about adoption and launching a national public awareness campaign to explore the challenges of adoptees forging new identities while holding on to their cultural and racial identities, and of parents helping their adopted children make sense of their new lives.

August 31: Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal
September 7: Off and Running by Nicole Opper
September 14: In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee by Deann Borshay Liem

Help to spread the word about these broadcasts airing on PBS in just a couple of weeks!

1. You can post the trailer on your site or use graphics on your blog or Facebook page:

2. Host screenings, or night of broadcast parties. Simply register in our community network and we’ll loan you a copy of the film for free!

3. Sign up for our Adoption Stories Mailing List: where you will receive periodic updates, news of special events and information about our public awareness campaign.

This campaign affords a unique opportunity to expand public dialogue, engage key constituencies around adoption issues, and dispel some common myths and misconceptions about adoption and adoptive families.