Who We Are

Who We Are

The Fil-Am Press Club of New York (FAPCNY) is a community of working Filipino American journalists and communication professionals in the New York tri-State area. It addresses issues, concerns and advancement of the professional Filipino American journalist. Its mission is to be the leading Filipino American professional organization for journalists that promotes accuracy, truth and ethics.  FAPCNY is not part of any political, religious, or government office.

The Club was founded on September 1, 2011 in Max’s Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ, and is  currently headed by Marivir R. Montebon as president. With her at the Board of Directors are: Cristina Pastor, vice president; Grace Labaguis, secretary; Momar Visaya, treasurer, and Board members: Don Tagala, Noel Pangilinan, Lindy Rosales, Lambert Parong, and Richard Rillera, past president.

Press Club Leadership

Marivir R. Montebon, President
Montebon is the publisher of OSM! online magazine www.justcliqit.com and Awesome in 5 Minutes YouTube videos. She has published five books, two in Cebu and three in New York City. The latest, “In the Belly of the Beast,” about human trafficking, is published by the University of San Carlos Press.

Cristina DC Pastor, Vice President
Pastor is the founding editor of the online news magazine thefilam.net She is also a co-founder and co-host of Makilala TV, the first online talk show for Filipino Americans in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Grace Labaguis, Secretary

Labaguis is a Marketing Consultant for GMA International http://www.gmanetwork.com/, as well as Marketing Director for Synergy Production & Marketing, Inc. https://www.facebook.com/synergyprodinc/

Momar Visaya, Treasurer
Visaya is the Editor in Chief of Asian Journal www.asianjournal.news He is also a food blogger.

Board Members:

Noel Pangilinan is the Editor of Open City Magazine, a publication of the Asian American Writer’s Workshop http://aaww.org/. He is an adjunct faculty at the Workshop. He is an adjunct faculty at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, teaching Filipino language and Philippine history courses.

Lambert Parong is a freelance photographer who established Kababayan Media Corp., a NYC-based multimedia start-up http://www.kababayantv.com/ . It highlights news and events affecting the Filipino community in Metro New York.

Don Tagala is the award-winning video journalist of ABS-CBN North America’s “Balitang America” https://balitangamerica.tv/

Belinda Rosales is a Correspondent of the  Thefilam.net

Ricky Rillera is the Executive Editor for USA of the Philippine Daily Mirror http://www.philippinedailymirror.com/ and the immediate past president of the Press Club for 2016 and 2017.

Our Members:

Marilyn Abalos – Blogger for The Filipino Reporter’ http://www.filipinoreporter.us/

Leani Auxilio – Writer and Digital Editor for OSM! www.justcliqit.com

Justine May Calma – Reporter for Grist.org

Lumen Castaneda – Freelance writer

Vanette Colmenares – Blogger for OSM! www.justcliqit.com

Percival Cunanan – Stringer for Eagle Broadcasting www.eaglebroadcasting.net

Jen Furer – Blogger and TV Host Makilala TV http://makilalatv.com/

Myrna Gutierrez – Publisher for FilAm Who’s Who Magazine https://www.filamwhoswho.com/

Rolan Gutierrez – Photojournalist for FilAm Who’s Who Magazine https://www.filamwhoswho.com/

Muriel Iturralde – Editor of Pinas USA Newspaper https://www.pinasusa.com/

Cesar Loverita – Photojournalist, GMA News http://www.gmanetwork.com/

Monica Lunot Kuker – Blogger for OSM! www.justcliqit.com

Felix Manuel – Correspondent, Philippine Star  https://www.philstar.com/entertainment/

Jeanette Marco – Producer, Getreel TV http://www.getreeltv.us/

Fernando Mendez – Publisher, Fiesta in America http://fiestainamerica.com/publications/

Rachelle Peraz Ocampo – Host, Makilala TV http://makilalatv.com/

L.P. Pelayo – Publisher, The Filipino Reporter   http://www.filipinoreporter.us/

Monette Rivera – Producer, Balitang America https://balitangamerica.tv/

Tambi Wycoco – Editor in Chief, IINN