No thunderstorm could stop us from this picnic. Twelve members of the FAPCNY enjoyed the food, wine, and each other’s company on July 27, 2018 at Bryant Park. This was meant to celebrate Nikki’s birthday, Momar’s advance birthday, and Marivir’s belated birthday. Cheers!
We engage community interactions through our Community Kapihan Series in the pursuit of creating an enlightened and well-informed community members. For the first half of this year, we’ve had four: How to Protect Human Rights in the Philippines (January 22); Implications of the Philippines’ Withdrawal from the ICC (April 13); Things You Need to Know about the Freedom of Information Act (May 17); and How to Lead Your Organization (June 22).
Speakers Fr. Albert Alejo, Phelim Kine, and Olivia Canlas discuss the human rights conditions in the Philippines in the wake of Pres. Duterte’s drug war. Moderated by Cristina Pastor and Noel Pangilinan.
Ruben Carranza, Esq. in our 2nd Kapihan, with moderators Cristina Pastor and Ricky Rillera.
Atty. Ruben Carranza with FAPCNY president Marivir Montebon, VP Cristina Pastor, and former president Ricky Rillera
Atty. Licelle Cobrador spoke on the Freedom of Information Act on our 3rd Kapihan at the NWU conference room.
Our 4th Kapihan is on ‘Leading your organization’ with Ricky Rillera as speaker.
The ‘messengers’ of serious journalism are actually funny, silly journalists. Felix Manuel of Philippine Star does the selfie shot. The ladies are: Lenn Almadin of Fox News, Monette Rivera of ABSCBN, Cristina Pastor of The FilAm, Grace Labaguis of GMA, and Marivir Montebon of OSM! The gents are: Lambert Parong of Kabayan Media, Momar Visaya of Asian Journal, and Don Tagala of ABSCBN. Winter 2015.
When we’re not writing, we are playing. Cristina Pastor and Marivir Montebon find pleasure in the merry go round at Bryant Park. August 2017.
Dancing photojournalist Boyet Loverita does the Thriller.
We laugh over the silliest things before a group picture. Noel Pangilinan, Tambi Wycoco, Ricky Rillera, Momar Visaya, Don Tagala, Marivir Montebon, Grace Baldiserri, Cristina Pastor, Rachelle Ocampo, and Grace Labaguis. Summer 2017
Members of the FAPCNY attend the Unity Gala of the Friends of Philippine Society USA at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 11, 2018. The black tie gathering is part of the Explore Islands Philippines exhibition organized by the JS Production and the Department of Tourism. (All photos by Boyet Loverita) In photo: FAPCNY President Marivir Montebon (3rd from left), Filipino Reporter Publisher Linda Pelayo, GMA reporter Lindy Rosales (3rd from right), and LP Pelayo, editor in chief of the Filipino Reporter. Jerry Sibal (center) and Edwin Josue (2nd from right) conceptualized and organized the Explore Islands Philippines to promote tourism and business in the Philippines. It ran from May 9-12, 2018.
Asian Journal editor in chief Momar Visaya (rightmost) with LA-based Roger Oriel (middle), publisher and CEO of Asian Journal Publications and Johnny Rustia, ambassador of AARP Asian Community.
Fiesta Special Edition magazine publisher Fernando Mendez (2nd to the left) with L-R: Jerry Sibal, Janet Nepales, Laura Garcia, Ruben Nepales, and Edwin Josue. The Nepales couple was the honoree of the Unity Gala for their outstanding achievement in the field of journalism.
L-R: Aris Tuazon, Jerry Sibal, Edwin Josue, Rachelle Peraz Ocampo of Makilala TV, Amb. Mario de Leon, Tambi Wycoco of IINN, and Ms. Ave Pimo.
Philippine Ambassador to the US Manuel Romualdez and Consul General to New York Maria Theresa Dizon de Vega hold a press luncheon at the Philippine Consulate with members of the New York press on February 7, 2018. (Lambert Parong)
Officers of FAPCNY hold 1st Board meeting for 2018 at the residence of Don Tagala and Momar Visaya. Rolling our sleeves, taking matters seriously.
General Membership meeting October 2018 at the Oak Room of the UTS. Happy bunch!
July 2017 general membership meeting at the UTA Oak Room. Sunny smiles!
FAPCNY tour at the New York Times in April 2017 with Mr. Pedro Rosado.
Philippine updates and insights by Mr. Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch in March 2017.
1st Board Meeting 2017 at the residence of Momar Visaya and Don Tagala.
Media party tendered by ConGen Tess De Vega for members of the NY press at Peking Duck on UES.
Christmas Party 2014 at the Philippine residence with Consul General Mario de Leon and Mrs. Eleanor de Leon.
Know your rights forum with Jose Antonio Vargas at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in 2017
Know your rights forum with Consul Kerwin Tate and Jose Antonio Vargas, 2017
March 2017. Know Your Candidates Forum at the Philippine Consulate
A day in the lives of community press people. Cristina, Don, Momar in action.
The pioneering officers of the FAPCNY taking their oath of office by Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon at the Philippine Center. Pres. Fidel Ramos watches. (2013)