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





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!

Lindy Rosales Gets Health Reporting Fellows

Congratulations to FAPCNY’s Lindy Rosales for being chosen one of the Health Reporting Fellows for Spring 2018 of the Center for Community and Ethnic Media, a unit of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Lindy is a freelance reporter and occasionally writes for The FilAm magazine. As a fellow, she will be developing story ideas and writing about them, which is a good fit because Lindy is also a registered nurse. Congrats from all of us in the press club!

Don Tagala Bags His 11th Telly Award

Don Tagala Bags His 11th Telly Award


Congratulations to our very own Don Tagala of ABS-CBN TFC and membership committee chair of FAPCNY for having won the 2018 Bronze Award in the 39th Annual Telly Awards on May 25, 2018.

Don won the General-Food and Beverage for online category for the story: Pinay Top Chef Frances Tariga Cooks for Prestigious James Beard House. This was aired on August 2, 2017 and is his 11th award from The Telly.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include NAB, StudioDaily, Stash Magazine, and Digiday.





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