We stand with Maria Ressa; We stand for press freedom

We stand with Maria Ressa; We stand for press freedom


FAPCNY Statement on the Arrest of Rappler’s Maria Ressa

The Filipino American Press Club of New York strongly condemns the arrest of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa by members of the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation on February 13.

Ressa, founder and CEO of the online publication Rappler, was charged with a cyber libel case for a story published in May 2012. Ressa was released upon posting bail and after spending a night in jail.

We view her arrest as nothing more than an attempt by the current Duterte administration to intimidate independent media that are critical of this government’s brutality, abuses and misinformation. We can cite at least two reasons why we believe that this arrest was merely an attempt by the Duterte government to silence Ressa and many other journalists who continue to speak truth to power.

First, the cybercrime law that was the basis of the libel charge against Ressa was enacted months after the supposed violation. The story in question was posted in May 2012. The law took effect four months later– in September of the same year. One does not have to be a lawyer to know that a person cannot be charged with a crime that was not yet in existence.

Second, Ressa and Rappler have been critical of the Duterte administration, especially its supposed War on Drugs. An estimated 27,000 Filipinos, mostly poor people, have fallen victim to these extrajudicial killings, according to the chairman of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights. By arresting Ressa, the Duterte government has demonstrated that it cannot and will not tolerate legitimate dissent and an independent press.

We believe that a free press is vital to the full functioning of democratic systems – it serves to keep the people informed by providing them with timely and accurate information and by exposing lies and misinformation. This is the way that the press can help the people make informed decisions and be better citizens and participants in society.

A critical press also serves as a counter-balance against those who wield economic and political power, and as a watchdog against abuse of power.

The Filipino American Press Club of New York stands with Maria Ressa and all our media colleagues in the Philippines in holding this President and his administration accountable to the people. We join fellow journalists all over the world in condemning this brazen effort by the Duterte government to shut down press freedom in the Philippines.

We call on freedom-loving Filipinos to stand side by side with beleaguered journalists in the Philippines who continue to hold the line in defending freedom of the press and expression.


2018: A Year of Persistence and Many Firsts

2018: A Year of Persistence and Many Firsts

By Marivir R. Montebon

President, FAPCNY

The year 2018 began with feistiness and ended in gratitude and hope. Looking back, the year of the dog in the Chinese calendar, went through as a clearly dangerous one, but it was nevertheless met with grit and solidarity among journalists.

The first engagement that the FAPCNY had gone into in January 2018 was on giving out our official stand on the controversial case against Manila-based Rappler and the revocation of its license to operate, uneasy signs of press freedom being threatened.  On January 16, 2018, we released our first statement of solidarity (thumbs up to Noel Pangilinan who heads the committee on public statements) for beleaguered media colleagues headed by international journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.

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A few weeks later, journalist Leilani Albano of Digital Village in Los Angeles reached out to the press club where yours truly gave a15-minute interview on the same issue.

In the deep of winter of 2018, the FAPCNY stood firm on the profession of truth and in solidarity with beleaguered colleague Maria Ressa early on.

As the political front had begun to heat up, the FAPCNY had worked in place its website fapcny.org and the privilege and press cards of its members. The privilege card meant an expansion of good will and support of FilAm entrepreneurs to the members of the press.

Conversations over Coffee

Stirring up community conversation was one of the deep and upbeat things we did best. Chaired by Cristina DC Pastor, the FAPCNY Kapihan had done enlightening media forums on human rights, freedom of information, and the like, tapping local luminaries and engaging local leaders.

On January 22, our opening salvo for the Kapihan was on the human rights situation in the Philippines with speakers Fr. Albert Alejo and Phelim Kine of the Human Rights Watch. Titled How to Defend Human Rights in the Philippines, the conversation revolved on human rights protection in the wake of Pres. Duterte’s drug war.

A sequel forum was created on April 13 titled Implications of the Philippines’ Withdrawal from the ICC with international lawyer Ruben Carranza, Esq. as main speaker.

On May 17, we had the Kapihan on Freedom of Information Act with Atty. Licelle Cobrador as speaker and one professional development session on ‘how to lead your organization’ on June 22 with former FAPCNY president Ricky Rillera.

In responding to the pressing issues of immigration, especially deportations, the FAPCNY organized an immigration Kapihan on August 22 with Atty. Cristina Godinez and Bergenfield council president and lawyer Arvin Amatorio as speakers. It was so far the longest forum this year because of the immensity and complexity of US immigration concerns among Filipinos.  That forum sent everyone thinking deeply, and it could not have ended that night.

For 2019, immigration forums are in the offing.

Deep Ties with the Community

Members of the press club have always been immersed in community activities of various Fil-Am organizations and the Philippine Consulate. This is to eagerly highlight Philippine culture and arts in the Big Apple. Two new big things happened in 2018, at least that’s closest to the FAPCNY.

It was heartwarming to have been treated specially by DOT Attache Susan del Mundo in a FAPCNY-DOT get together on April 26 at the Kalayaan Hall. That exquisite party themed to be ‘by the beach’ had established the needed camaraderie and ease. As we journeyed throughout the year, major events like the Filipino-American restaurant week (which got extended for one more week due to popular demand), had never been so much fun.

The Explore Islands Philippines Exhibition on May 9 at the Vanderbilt Hall of the Grand Central Station, another first, was given enthusiastic support by individual members. A brainchild of Edwin Josue and Jerry Sibal, it showcased the different islands of the Philippines with all their natural magnificence.  

Patikim: Our 7th Anniversary Party and the Winning Essays

On November 16, it was the press club’s turn to be glitzy. In celebration of our 7th anniversary, we organized a cocktail party called Patikim (or taste) to celebrate our presence in the community and to steadfastly remember to uphold and protect press freedom.

Two major breakthroughs were celebrated in that party. One, we had nine Fil-Am caterers and restauranteurs supplying our sumptuous array of food and drinks for free! I could not believe it myself, how generous they have all been. We only asked for one dish as a promotional platform, and they ended up donating at least two.

The second breakthrough was the official launching and awarding of winning essays of the first Fil-Am History Month Essay Writing Contest.  A campaign hatched in August, ran in September and October, and awarded in November brought out the Ninja in all of us at the Board. But we made it.

The most heartwarming realization is – yes, there are great potential writers in our midst. Despite the short notice, we garnered 12 highly reflective entries, 5 of which made it to the top.

Our screening panel was the entire Board, who were all amazed by the eloquence of the participating millennials. Momar Visaya did the official tallying, saving many of us who were pained at our lack of mathematical prowess.

In 2019, we may reinforce ourselves official tabulator, because for sure, the entries would increase as we will campaign for entries at a much earlier time.

A New Consul General

We welcomed a new Consul General in 2018 in the person of Amb. Claro Cristobal. ConGen Claro is refreshing new leader for the Filipinos in the East Coast. He is a deep, reflective conversationalist who also has a disarming sense of humor.

In the midst of the growing political and social tension in the community, ConGen Claro remains congenial and fair, giving everyone their side of the story.

At the 2018 Philippine Independence Day Parade on June 5, which saw the human rights rallyists as the biggest contingent, the good Consul General calmly remarked: if we all could march together like this, then this is democracy at its best.

Year-end Reflections

2018 will end in two hours. The FAPCNY has continued to cover events in the community that reflected the best and worst in us, Filipinos in America. Hopefully our reportage, based on best effort truthiness and ethics, would be our contribution to the community building through an enlightened, informed decision-making of individuals.

When Maria Ressa won the Person of the Year by Time and another by the Committee for the Protection of Journalists late this year, I personally looked back and said to myself, persistence is key to protecting the truth. Solidarity makes us strong in the face of trolls and fakery.

Thank you, 2018, and looking forward to a 2019 of truth, compassion, and good health of mind, body, and spirit to us all.

TO BE FILIPINO-AMERICAN IS TO BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE

By Leouna Feih R. Hidalgo

Editor’s Note: This essay written by 14-year-old Leouna Feih Hidalgo was an entry for the 1st Fil-Am History Month Essay Writing contest launched in October 2018 by the FilAm Press Club of New York.

Feih is currently on her first year at the Cardinal Spellman High School. She graduated from St. Raymond Middle School as a Class Valedictorian 2018.  A well-traveled young leader (been to Europe, Asia, and the Philippines), Feih also has the makings of a visual artist.

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There were always talents hidden in the shadows, the people who were taken over and hidden in history, these people are called Filipinos. I am a Filipino, except I am different.

I am a Filipino- American who has lived in America from birth to where I am now, and I am still partaking an ongoing journey being one. 

Living in a neighborhood where the majority are Hispanic and Italian, there was a minority of Asians, specifically Filipinos. It did not bother me growing up, but there was always a curiosity of what it would be like to live in a Filipino  community. 

I was born with a lighter skin tone than what an average Filipino would look like, so I was always mistaken for being Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Having knowledge of my own ethnicity at a young age, I explained to them that I am a Filipino and that we are made up of thousands of islands, off the southeastern coast of Asia.

Many people think being a Filipino- American means you are completely white-washed into the American culture, but that depends on how you were raised! I am the offspring of my parents who immigrated from the Philippines to America and I was able to experience a lot of Filipino things. 

For example, I was able to learn a fair amount of Tagalog from watching TFC, experienced a boodle fight, and wore an alampay to special occasions.

I am honestly proud to be a Filipino- American because it represents the people who were born from immigrants that came from the Philippines. It also means to be a meaningful sign of being a proud pinoy, despite being apart of a minority. 

I never felt ashamed to tell my friends what Filipino culture was like and how we are not that different from Hispanics! Tagalog has some form of Spanish incorporated into it, and many of our dishes are similar to Hispanic dishes.

It was never hard to fit into the majority, but there were times when people would make fun of me. In those cases, I would always laugh with them and say in my head, “Always be proud of what you are and how unique your own culture is.”

Saying this was always an important thing to me because it kept me from being ashamed of being a Filipino, and it helped me to not push aside my own culture in a majority’s culture. 

Filipino- Americans are given an opportunity to make their future brighter for their parents. To me, that is an amazing goal to fulfill because it makes you strive for a better life that your parents gave you the opportunity for. 

My parents are always telling me to work hard and how lucky I am to be in America, because I have so many things to look forward to. 

Life as a Filipino- American shows the world that we can be big achievers, and we are making a statement living here! 

We do not need publicity to show everyone what Filipinos are, rather, we are representing them all around the globe. I am proud to be a one of the many Filipinos around the world. I am proud to be the child of my parents who immigrated here. Most importantly, I am proud to be PINOY!

Luis Francia: Solidarity is Key to Keep Press Freedom Alive

Luis Francia: Solidarity is Key to Keep Press Freedom Alive

By Marivir R. Montebon

FAPCNY President

 

New York – A celebrated Filipino literature and history professor, writer, and poet emphasized the need for solidarity among journalists and writers with the mounting challenges on press freedom in this digital age.

Luis Francia, professor at Hunter College and author of History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos, said that this solidarity “born of our unwavering dedication to the principle of universal free speech to ensure the continued existence of a free press.”

Francia was the special guest invited to speak on press freedom as the hallmark of democracy during the 7th Anniversary of the Fil-Am Press Club of New York on November 16, 2018. “I am honored to be part of this gathering, to celebrate the profession of and freedom to practice journalism. We have every right to be proud of what we do, for without a free press, there can be no democracy, which is why there have always been attempts to erode this freedom.”

Attacks on press freedom here and abroad

In his substantial and brave speech, delivered before at least 100 guests at the Philippine Center on 5th Avenue, Francia cited several incidents on the dangers of exercising free speech in the journalistic field.

The premeditated murder and dismemberment of Jamal Kashoggi, a columnist of Washington Post and citizen of Saudi Arabia at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was one recent example cited by Francia. “Kashoggi’s assassination was shocking because of where it happened, in an official establishment that is supposed to look after the interest of its citizens, not harm them.”

Francia also mentioned the revocation of the press credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta as another press assault by the White House “on clearly unconstitutional grounds.” He criticized Pres. Trump’s continued labeling of the free press as the “enemy of the people” and as disseminators of fake news while at the same time “spewing falsehoods almost every day.”

“Clearly a truly free press wields tremendous power by the simple but courageous act of speaking truth to power, giving credence to the saying that the pen is mightier than the sword, even when those who practice journalism are put to the sword.”

Quo vadis, Philippine press?

Francia noted that Philippine journalists, under the 22-month-old presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, experienced the rise of online harassment made by bloggers and social media pages who were involved in the electoral campaign and until his presidency.

Quoting from the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility and the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines, Francia said that these harassments were perpetuated mostly by Duterte supporters. “When he won the presidency, these same bloggers and pages continued to function as disseminators of his every word and even of false information. This they do while demonizing, along with the political opposition, his critics, dissenters, including journalists doing their mandated duty of reporting the truth.”

“I personally can attest to these threats of violence,” said Francia in his speech. “Every time I write my online column in the Inquirer that is critical of Duterte’s policies, inevitably Duterte trolls, or Dutards, respond with vitriol and sometimes the promise of physical harm.”

Beyond verbal attacks, Francia mentioned that Duterte has also threatened media institutions like the ABS-CBN and The Inquirer.  The Philippine president was quoted as saying, “he is open to not renewing ABS-CBN’s broadcast license.” He also had been critical of the Inquirer owners, forcing their eviction from the property leased from the government.

Additionally, Francia cited the case of Rappler which the Securities and Exchange Commission had ordered the revocation of its license to operate in January this year.  Currently, publisher Maria Ressa is facing tax evasion charges.

Media organizations like the CFMR, PCIJ, NUJP, and the Philippine Press Institute, there had been nine murders, 16 libel cases, 14 cases of online harassments, 11 death threats, 6 slay attempts, 6 cases of harassments, 5 cases of intimidation, 4 cases of website attacks, revoked registration or denied franchise renewal, verbal abuse, strafing, and police surveillance of journalists and media agencies, said Francia.

Freest in Asia

The Philippines once had the freest press in Asia, quipped Francia, which helped topple the Marcoses and impeached President Estrada.  With the advent of digital technology, he said that the need to protect press freedom continues more than ever. “We should be cognizant of the larger picture. If free speech is denied one group, then what guarantee is there that the denial will not be extended to other sectors as well? Only through solidarity can we as journalists and writers ensure the continued existence of a free press.”

(From http://justcliqit.com/luis-francia-solidarity-is-key-to-keep-pingress-freedom-alive/)

 

 

Now an American citizen, but still with a heart of a Pinoy

Now an American citizen, but still with a heart of a Pinoy

An essay by Herman Marq P. Lungayan 

 

(The writer is an 11-year-old who is turning 12 this coming November 30 and the 5th placer of the 1st FilAm History Month Essay contest conducted by the FAPCNY. He goes to school at IS141Q The Steinway School and lives in Astoria, New York. He was the youngest of all contestants who wrote about what it means to be Fil-Am. FAPCNY announced the winners on November 16, 2018 during its 7th anniversary Patikim party.)

 

What does it take to be a Filipino-American? In a search for greener pasture and a secured future, my Tatay decided to leave his permanent job and all its perks behind, and move to the United States of America as an immigrant only carrying a bag of clothes and me as a child.

Throwback, 12 years ago, I was born on November 30th in Cebu City, Philippines, from a simple family, my Tatay was a policeman and my Mama was a news reporter. We lived in a good neighborhood, where everybody knows everyone, and everybody helped one another on everyday activities. I was having so much fun as a child, playing with other/ neighbor’s children and enjoying our childhood then. One day, I was told that we were going to America.

I didn’t know how to respond, knowing that it meant leaving my mother and my friends, but also, it meant a new beginning. On the other hand, I could finally go somewhere else other than my country and experience winter season and enjoy the snow. Then the day came when I was leaving, with many tearful goodbyes to family and friends, I hopped in a Korean Airlines plane and went on a 24-hour ride to America and arrived on November 19, 2011.

I met my new relatives whom I have never seen before(my two lolas, my tito’s, tita’s and cousins.) I played with my cousins and we got along pretty well. Little did I know, I was going to Kindergarten in two days. Here, I had a hard time being myself since I wasn’t used to doing tons of art and play time. I was used to the hard, “pay attention and write everything down,” style in the Philippines. School time here is from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM compared to a whole day period then. As days passed by, I made new friends to help me out, but most of the fun I had was playing with my cousins at home. You know what, you didn’t read this for my life story. You read this to know what it means to be a Flipino-American.

Being a Fil-Am means to be someone who has a mixed Pinoy and  American traits. I am now an American Citizen but still with the heart of a Pinoy. , I still hold on to my native tongue (Bisaya and Tagalog) and speak English at the same time. Furthermore, I studied and learned American culture and history yet, I still can recall some story of Filipino heroes that were taught in my old school. And yes, I still practice our Filipino values like respecting our elders answering them with “po” and “opo”, and kissing their hands. Over here, we are thought to observe and respect diverse culture, religions, customs, and practices since America is an immigrant country. I really enjoy the snow in the winter here, but I still missed the beautiful beaches and waterfalls during the summer in the Philippines. Compared here in America, we go apple picking on a farm and swimming in an indoor pool in Atlantic City, NJ. Furthermore, even though I now eat a lot of “American food” (burgers, fries, etc.), I still visit Woodside to eat Jollibee, Inasal and a ton of other meals.

There are some things I don’t like about other people’s reactions to Filipino foods.  For instance, I brought Filipino-made corned beef to school once and my classmates were like, “Eww, it stinks! Hurry up so we don’t have to smell it,” and whatnot. Because of this, I stopped bringing food to school and just eat regular “American” food instead.

I don’t really like what they are saying about it since it hurts saying that Filipino food is bad, it’s just that they never tried it before. Furthermore, when I bring “American food” for lunch in the Philippines, they think it’s normal. That may be because they actually tried it. With so many adjustments to adapt to the American way of life, little by little, I was being transformed into a growing-up Fil-Am, in the way I speak mimicking their accent and interacting with people, my daily diet of pizza, burger, and fries and my everyday routine of fast pace, subways and buses.

For now, I am the only Filipino in my grade who is a member of the National Junior Honors Society, a national organization that recognizes outstanding middle-school students.

In the future, I intend to fulfill my childhood dream of being a successful FilAm doctor, to share whatever expertise, knowledge, and blessings that I may have to by way of leading a medical mission to serve my beloved country of origin, the Philippines. To this extent, I will do my best in order to do what’s best for them.

 

FAPCNY at 7: Great Food, Winning Essayists, Vow to Protect Press Freedom

FAPCNY at 7: Great Food, Winning Essayists, Vow to Protect Press Freedom

By Marivir R. Montebon

FAPCNY President

 

New York – Subscribing to a glitzy dress code, the cocktail party Patikim (taste) marked the 7th year of FAPCNY, where more than a hundred guests came dressing up like ‘Just crazy but not that rich Asians’ at the Philippine Center lobby on November 16, 2018.

It was a fun Friday night with great food, glitzy guests, winning essayists, and the vow to continue protecting press freedom, a day after the city was battered by a freaky autumnal snowstorm.

FAPCNY President Marivir Montebon welcomes guests: Journalists try to conquer fear with truth. We are bound to tell or write the truth.

Prof. Luis Francia

The up-dressing was meant to perk up an otherwise heavy theme of press freedom as a cornerstone of democracy, ably tackled by guests Consul General Claro Cristobal and Prof. Luis Francia. Cristobal, who was installed as Consul General just this summer, emphasized the need to protect press freedom for the pursuit of truth. Francia, a Hunter College professor and Philippine historian/novelist, did an indepth, outstanding speech on the state of media in the Philippines and the US. He emphasized the importance of press freedom for the people’s right to know.

Lindy Rosales, Consul General Claro Cristobal, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Cristina DC Pastor, and Grace Labaguis.

Broadway singer Cutuy Herrero and newly discovered talent Carla Angeline perked up the party along with the music of DJ Ernie and Marilou Bugarin. Patikim was the first community party fully supported by nine Filipino entrepreneurs with their popular signature dishes.

Enjoying great food: Dulce Barangan, Ann Beck, and Juliet Payabyab

FAPCNY had sought for only one dish from each restaurant, but most of them ended up donating more than one dish. The cocktail party turned out to be a gastronomic feast, thanks to Carol Restaurant, Victory Chicken, Ugly Kitchen, Herb-a-Base, Mountain Province, Elena’s Kitchen, Flipeats, Popsie’s and Kabisera Kape. Herb-a-Base’s goat cheese wrap was to die for, Kabisera Kape’s ube cupcake was swooped so fast, Carol’s Restaurant’s meatballs were heavenly, and the potota gratin of Flipeats was a delightful surprise.

Essay champ Jessica Jacolbe with Lindy Rosales, party chair (right), party host Rachelle Ocampo and Pres. Marivir Montebon (left).

Seeing that the media party was a platform for business and goodwill, the nine caterers were on board early on. The good Consul General Cristobal approached me at the party and asked, really they all agreed to donate? I replied on the affirmative, we promised to pay for delivery cost and media mileage, ConGen.

I whispered to VP Cristina DC Pastor about how the ConGen was amazed at the generosity of the nine restaurants, and she replied, “Now the ConGen knows you’re a hustler.” And we burst laughing.

The party raged on through the cold night and the brand of cool under pressure is evident in party committee chaired by Lindy Rosales with teammates Grace Hufano Labaguis and Cristina DC Pastor.  And it went well with Muriel GI, editor of Pinas USA, and Felix Manuel queen of queens of Philippine Star who were at the registration table. Notable fundraiser Myrna De Guia-Gutierrez raised money from raffle tickets more than enough to pay for our space rent!

The most inspiring thing at the party was the emergence of 12 budding writers in the community who participated in the 1st FilAm History Month Essay Writing Contest. Project chair Pastor said that it came as a surprise that on the last two days of the one-month campaign, the entries reached a dozen.

Project chair VP Cristina DC Pastor with some of the essayists (l-r): Marq Lungayan, Jeanne Jalandoni, Jessica Jacolbe, Derick Hidalgo (on behalf of daughter Feih), Carlo Ceballos, and Shea Formanes.

The FAPCNY Board had picked up the top five essayists to be awarded: Marq Lungayan, the youngest of the contestants was fifth, trailing Shea Formanes, Carlos Ceballos, Jeanne Jalandoni, and Jessica Jacolbe, the first champion.  The winners received trophies and medals and cash prizes courtesy of Atty. Lara Gregory ($200), Fernando Mendez ($300), Atty. Loida Nicolas Lewis ($500), and Qudos for the 4th and 5th prizes.

3rd placer Carlo Ceballos receives trophy and cash award from Atty. Lara Gregory

Fifth placer Lungayan, the youngest among the contestants, said he was happy to have made it to the top 5 and plans to join again next year. Derick Hidalgo, who received the certificate of appreciation on behalf of his daughter Feih, said the essay writing contest was a great opportunity for his daughter to share her thoughts as a Filipino-American. “I think next year, the essay writing contest should grow much bigger,” he made an encouraging note.

FAPCNY intends to make the essay writing contest, a brain child of Pastor, an October tradition.

Toward the end of the night, the FAPCNY Board chose the most fabulously dressed guests who were given prize tickets to a jazz concert of Dr. Kevin at the Sheraton Flushing. Glamour couple Fernando Mendez and Laura Garcia was the popular pick among journos.

Most fabulously dressed couple: Fernando Mendez and Laura Garcia

Don Tagala in tuxedo

Undisputed glam: Felix Manuel, queen of queens.

Most coveted prize goes to Melissa Alviar: PAL round trip ticket JCK-Mla-JFK.

Great supporter Philippine Airlines raffled out a free round-trip ticket from JFK to Manila which the jetsetter Melissa Alviar had won. Her reaction was an electrifying way to bring the party to a close. “I have never flown on PAL. I won, I won. Excited to go home soon,” she roared.

 

 

 

FAPCNY Celebrates 7th Year in a Just-Crazy-Not-So-Rich Asians Cocktail Party

By Marivir R. Montebon

President

FAPCNY

 

 

New York – Expect the 7th anniversary of the Fil-Am Press Club of New York (FAPCNY) to be fun, stylish and substantive in a community party on November 16, 2018 Friday at six in the evening.

 

The press club is now seven years old, and we are committed to continue our vibrant community press coverage in the East Coast.  The “Patikim” (or taste in Pilipino) cocktail party will be in solidarity with friends and guests, including the Consul General Claro Cristobal and better half Ms. Marilou Cristobal, at the Grand Lobby of the Philippine Center on 556 5th Avenue, NYC 10036.

 

It will be fun and stylish through its dress code ‘just Crazy but-not-so Rich Asians.’ We will all wear our fabulous best, just to balance off the seriousness of our responsibilities as journalists.  The event also aims to raise funds for the club’s programs. (To attend our party, please go to Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patikim-tickets-50937670945?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete)

 

“Patikim” will be definitely substantive. To deliver the special message on press freedom and responsibility as the cornerstone of democracy, we have Consul General Claro Cristobal and a special media personality as well.

 

During the party, FAPCNY will award the winners of the 1st FilAm History Month Essay Writing Contest with cash prizes and trophies. We are still open to entries for “What it means to be Fil-Am.” (Email entries to fapcnyscholar@gmail.com; Read details at http://justcliqit.com/fil-am-press-club-of-new-york-holds-1st-fil-am-history-month-essay-contest/

 

We will have elegant, vibrant music by DJ Ernie Bugarin and a special sultry singer.

 

For a donation of $40 per ticket, you will definitely taste delectable cocktail provided by our generous sponsors Popsie’s, Mountain Province, Grace Carol Restaurant, Kabisera Kape, Ugly Kitchen, Flipeats, Herb-a-Base, Victory Chicken, and Elena’s Kitchen. So please, come and join us in this media-community solidarity party.

Grace Labaguis, new Board Secretary; Lindy Rosales, new Board Member

The Fil-Am Press Club of New York has a new Board Secretary and a Board member. Grace Labaguis, a pioneering member and marketing director of Synergy Production and Marketing Inc. and press club member and writer for The FilAm.net Lindy Rosales have been conferred by the Board as Secretary and Board Member, respectively, on June 26, 2018.

Congratulations! With the two women leaders, the FAPCNY is sure to reach greater heights in community journalism and public information.

Makilala TV Turns Five! Congratulations!

We are happy and proud of our FAPCNY colleagues whose cable TV show Makilala (Get to know in Pilipino) turned five years old this year. Congratulations to co-hosts and producers Jen Furer, Rachelle Peraz Ocampo, and FAPCNY vice president Cristina Pastor for this engaging, fun, and insightful show.

 

It is produced at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and airs every other Thursday on MNN, BronxNet, and QPTV.

 

A gratitude party was held at the MNN on June 9, 2018 which was participated by select guests. In photo with Rachelle, Jen, and Cristina (right-most) is Zenaida Mendez (second from left), the director for MNN El Barrio Community Center.  Cheers for the next five years and beyond!