Assumption alumni triennial conference in Vancouver

AUG. 12-14—The Assumption Alumnae Association of British Columbia will host the 9th triennial conference of the Assumption Alumnae Association Abroad in Vancouver, B.C. Celebrating its 24th anniversary, the theme of the three-day event is Assumption Together: Today And Tomorrow." Highlights are a day of recollection, conference meetings, city tour, gala night with entertainment. Registration is ongoing. For particulars, call Linden Martinez at 201.421.4804 or Priscilla Estrada at 1.888.874.9533.

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Pinoys Got Talent audition for Philippine Fiesta event

AUG. 13-14—The 2011 Philippine Fiesta in America, the largest and longest-running indoor Phil-Am East Coast event now on its 13th year, will hold auditions for "Pinoys Got Talent," produced by Hector Magno of Magno PI Productions. Venue of auditions to be announced later. Talents selected from auditions will compete against each other at the semi finals, where 8 finalists will be chosen to perform before a panel of celebrity judges that includes Melissa Cantiveros and Jason Francisco of the popular Melason team of the Pinoy Big Brother, during the Philippine Fiesta on Aug. 20-21. Cash prizes await winners. Open to everyone of Filipino descent, regardless of age. Examples of performers being sought are singers, bands/musicians, comedians, ventriloquists, dancers, magicians, acrobats, jugglers, etc.  To apply, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   your full name, home address, e-mail address and contact number, type of act, age, and short bio. Deadline for submission of application is July 31, 2011.

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Binhi Scholarship Award luncheon at Royal Manor

AUG. 14—The 16th annual Binhi Scholarship Awards Luncheon will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Royal Manor, 454 Midland Avenue, Garfield, N.J., presented by the Filipino American Association of Fair Lawn. Inc. Dr. Connie Somera Uy is honorary chair of the 2011 scholarship awards committee, with Eddie Aranias as chairman and Julie Cabiaza as vice chair. Donations are $50 (prepaid) and $55 (at doors). Attire: formal. Cash bar. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. RSVP by Aug. 4 to Eddie 201.694.3557, Julie 201.906.9977 or Steve 201.349.5490. Make checks (tax deductible) payable to FAAFL and mail to FAAFL PO Box 1362, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.

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'Amigo' U.S. theatrical run opens in NY-NJ theaters

AUG. 19—"Amigo," a brave and critically-acclaimed indie feature on the forgotten Philippine-American War, megged by Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles and starring Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper and Filipino actor Joel Torre, will have a North America theatrical run starting Aug. 19 in New York and New Jersey. The week-long run in N.Y. will be at AMC Empire 25 Theater in Manhattan, while the N.J. screening will be at Clearview Bergenfield 5 in Bergenfield, N.J. "Amigo will also run for one week at different dates and cities until Sept. 23. Visit www.amigomovie.com for up to the minute information including additional cities and dates as well as group sales, and the trailer. Shot entirely in the Philippine province of Bohol, the historical war drama is being distributed in the U.S. by Variance Films.

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Philippine Fiesta's People's ball at Sheraton Meadowlands

AUG. 19—Philippine Fiesta People's Ball & Gala opens the 2011 Philippine Fiesta In America highlighted by the 2011 Empowerment Awards, U.S. Pan American Asian Chamber of Commerce Northeast Entrepreneur and Technology Awards and presentation of the Miss Philippine Fiesta finalists at Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center at 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, N.J. 07073. Event starts at 7 p.m. (registration). Guests will be treated with entertainment including a special appearance of the Philippine Fiesta top performers, good music and ballroom dancing. Donation of $85 includes dinner of beef & salmon. Preferred seating $150. To reserve seats, call Ditas Malasig 973.641.5665, Irene Abaya-Campos 646.735.5971,  Darlene Borromeo 973.913.9833, Rose Javier 201.993.8815, Aida Gamolo 917.816.0530, Krysta Torres at the Philippine Fiesta Offices 212.682.6610.

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PMAA Summer Picnic & Fundraising Event

AUG. 20—Philippine Medical Association of America is sponsoring a summer picnic fundraising event at the Lerias Residence, 12 Chablis Drive, Dix Hills, NY 11746. The event is for the benefit of PMAA Medical Mission February 2012 in Cebu City, Philippines. It will be held from 3:30pm-8pm. $40 per person (food, drinks, line dancing, swimming and more). Food and music by Latin Room of Bamboo Grill, NJ. Attire: anything white. RSVP by Aug. 12. Make check payable to PMAA (tax deductible) and mail to: Dr. Edgar Lerias, 12 Chablis Drive, Dix Hills, NY 11746. For more info, pls. call: Dr Edgar Lerias 631-697-2830 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Dr. Ismael Holipas 718-448-0842; Mary Jane Lerias 631-807-3681 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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UPMASA NJ-NY-CT get-together in Dix Hills

AUG. 20—The University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) NJ-NY-CT Chapter will host its annual summer get-together/meeting at Dr. William and Doris Romero's residence at 103 Majestic Drive, Dix Hills (Huntington City on GPS) on Long Island, N.Y. 117461 (631.462.1321), from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be lots of food, games, raffles, line dancing, and sports activities. Donation is $20 ($10 for children and physicians-in-training. RSVP via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Dr. Roy Guinto 917.804.6418, Bill Romero 631.987.4744, Remy Mendegorin 516.343.1950 or Lou Publico 917.583.759.

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Philippine Fiesta at Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, N.J.

AUG. 20-21—Philippine Fiesta in America at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey, now on its 13th year. Products from the Philippines and the USA at the trade exhibits area; cultural festival featuring Pinoys Got Talent; Filipino folkdances, original Pilipino songs, hip hop dance groups and bands; an unmatched musical extravaganza featuring the Divine Diva Zsa-Zsa Padilla, balladeer Ariel Rivera and the top comedy love team of Melisa "Melai" Cantiveros and Jason Francisco, with other Filipino artists and singing sensations; food festival, Miss Philippine Fiesta Beauty Pageant, art pavilion featuring works of Filipino painters; mass & Santacruzan on Sunday, Aug 21; photo pavilion; children's pavilion; chess pavilion; health & job fair; raffle draws and more. Gen. admission is $20 before the event, $25 at the door before 5 p.m., $30 after 5 p.m.; VIP $60; Children 6 years old and below--FREE. Tickets are available online at www.philippinefiesta.com or call 212.682.6610 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also available at select Filipino stores. Look for discount coupons in Philippine Fiesta mailers and flyers and in AM and METRO newspapers.

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'Pinoys Got Talent' search for Philippine Fiesta in U.S.

AUG. 20-21—All talents such as musicians, magicians, ventriloquists, comedians, dancers, hip-hops, acrobats, jugglers, or any talents that are entertaining are encouraged to join "Pinoys Got Talent" competition presented by Philippine Fiesta in America and produced by Magno PI Production. You can apply by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 908 229-0155 for application forms and other requirements. Panel of judges include Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ariel Rivera, Melissa Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, Dodgie Simon, and Archie Dairocas (Archie D).

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Aurora USA summer picnic  honors Manuel L. Quezon

AUG. 21—Aurora Association USA will hold its annual summer picnic at the Sundial Field of the Liberty Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Members will pay tribute to President Manuel Luis Quezon's birth anniversary. "Putaheng Baler" will be the highlight of the Filipino smorgasbord, according to Jesse R. Querijero, president, and his wife Loty, hosts of the gathering. For details, call any of the following: Jesse and Loty Querijero 732.246.1701, Agnes Sindac 732.828.6583, Bella Mangonon 732.252.9220, Joe Medrano 718.816.4472 or Ryan and Cezil Valenzuela 201.779.8078.

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Music & fashion at Kalayaan Hall to benefit Samar Island

AUG. 24—Building Futures Together will present “Samar Time... and the Music is Easy,” an evening of music and fashion, to benefit the provinces of Samar Island in the Philippines, to be held at Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center, 556 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Cocktails 6-7 p.m.; Show at 7-9 p.m. Featuring the music of Manila-based saxophonist Michael Young (www.michaelyoungsax.com), and a fashion show of the "Premier Collection" of noted Filipino designer Robin Tomas (www.robintomas.com), and the Barong Tagalogs of award-winning designer Bobby Yalong.  The event is produced by Dave Brodsky and directed by Bobby Yalong. Samar-native Eleanore de Leon, wife of Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr., is honorary chair of the event. For tickets, visit www.buildingfuturestogether.org or call 718.426.9471--benefactor ($200), patron ($100), sponsor ($50), and general admission ($30). General admission tix are also available at the door for $35. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 718.426.9471.

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UERM Medical Foundation golf tourney, Polynesian luau in N.Y.

AUG. 27—UERM Medical Foundation, Inc. will host golf tournament in the morning, followed by Polynesian Luau, at Villa Esmeralda, 2 Pine Tree Lane, Old Westbury, New York. Contact persons are Dr. Emilio Quines Jr. 917.254.2945, Dr. Fely David-Quines 631.669.8167, Dr. Jun Caguiat 516.625.2789, Drs. Alex & Debbie Bobila 201.788.8779, Dr. Ber de la Merced 973.699.1849, Dr. Teofila Malanum-Santos 516.569.6504, Dr. Frank Rabadam 631.475.8212, Dr. Francis Talangbayan 610.563.6756, Dr. Felix Evangelista 732.322.3883, or Dr. Ray Duque 516.626.1664.

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Handang Tumulong Foundation's 'Anyo' fashion show at PhilCenter

AUG. 27—Handang Tumulong Foundation, Inc., a non-profit group that helps disaster victims in the Philippines through its disaster relief fund, will stage a benefit fashion show called "Anyo" at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The by-invitation-only event will feature the Philippines' rich fabrics and the collections of three multi-talented visionaries from the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines, namely Edgar Madamba, Richard Papa and Edgar San Diego. The three designers have traveled extensively across Asia, Europe and America doing shows for the Filipino and American communities, mostly to help raise funds for various charity events, according to Cora Reyes, chairman of "Anyo." The show is choreographed by Erno Hormillosa, with Troi and Mapet Santos as artistic and creative directors. Eleanor de Leon, wife of Consul General Mario de Leon, is honorary chairman. Handang Tumulong hopes to continue providing immediate assistance to the Philippines in the event of future calamities. Contact persons are Cora Reyes 646.789.6788, Lita Peña 201.232.1742, Carmen Flores 201.993.1158, Nelsie Parrado (president) 201.960.7965, and Erno Hormillosa 646.637.6337. Visit WWW.HANDANGTUMULONG.COM or call 201.794.7321.

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ASAP Sessionistas on stage at Apollo Theater NYC

AUG. 28—ASAP Sessionistas will take center stage at the famous Apollo Theater in New York City at 253 West 125th Street. Featuring Nina, Richard Poon, Sitti Navarro, Juris Fernandez, Duncan Ramos, Princess and Aiza Seguerra. Tickets are $138, $88, $78 and $58 and may be purchased by calling Burt 914.346.9646, Nel 347.738.3025, Marisse 908.906.9788, John 845.633.0980 or Elton 347.361.1232.

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UPAAA’s general assembly, convention at Hyatt Jacksonville

SEPT. 2-4—The University of the Philippines Alumi Association in America (UPAAA) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its foundation at its 16th general assembly and convention at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, Florida. The celebration's theme is "Renewing the UP Spirit of Excellence to Meet Global Challenges." Dr. Gabriel Esteban, the first lay person appointed president of Seton Hall University, is the convention speaker. For details, call Fe Casimiro Nievera at 404.254.2474 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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St. Lucy's Church hosts Fil-Am religious events

SEPT. 11—A series of events is scheduled at the St. Lucy Church located at 340 East 104 Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues in Manhattan. There will be election of officers of Pangasinan Association USA from noon to 2 p.m. Contact persons are Lou Bella 718.740.1587 or Bayani Lapena 973.335.3123. A memorial mass in honor of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and the 9/11 victims will follow from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For details and for sponsorships, call Anita 917.388.0906 or  Bing 646.467.0093. From 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., a devotion to Our Lady of Rosary of Manaoag will be held. Call Linda 917.714.2510 for particulars. It will be followed by a concert "Songs and Praises for the Youth Ministry of Harlem" from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. featuring choirs from different churches and invited guests. Contact persons are Bernard  917.309.2327 or Teresa  212.289.0730. Snacks will be served after the events. For details, call Nida 718.393.0349, Rene 646.831.9541, Msgr. Aquino 917.804.5695 or Zoila 646.441.1773.

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Comedy night, dinner-dance with Choppy (of Pork Chop)

SEPT. 17—Wellbrook Foundation Inc. will host an evening of fun and laughter as Filipino comedian Romeo Vargas (aka “Choppy” of the Pork Chop Duo) performs at the VFW Post 4927 located at 31 Horse Block Road, Centereach, N.Y. 11720 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Donation is $45; dinner starts at 6 p.m. Music by Noel Gamboa (aka Mr. Pinoy Line Dance). For directions, call 631.585.7390. Net proceeds of this scholarship fund raising project will be donated to the economically and educationally disadvantaged high school students in the Philippines under Wellbrook Foundation’s Operation H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Purse Education). To reserve tickets on-line, visit our www.wellbrookfoundation.org or contact Ramon Villongco 531.742.3479; Melojane Valisno 631.846.6446 or Cindy Hom 631.897.7961.

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Madrigal Singers in concert at St. Pius X Scarsdale, N.Y.

SEPT. 25—The Philippine Madrigal Singers, an internationally acclaimed choir from the University of the Philippines, will have a concert at St. Pius X Church in Scarsdale, New York, at 5 p.m. to raise funds  for the renovation of the church. Once described by a European Choral Grand Prix juror as “the most beautiful sound on earth,” the Philippine Madrigal Singers or the “Madz,” have gained international acclaim through their musical versatility and world class artistry, earning them numerous awards. The Philippine Madrigal Singers U.S. concert will have an entourage of 22 singers under the direction of Mark Anthony Carpio as choirmaster and will include: 5 sopranos, 4 altos, 5 tenors, and 5 basses. The Madz bring a wide repertoire of various styles and forms including renaissance and classical music, international folksongs, as well as contemporary and popular music. General admission is $35, and may be purchased by calling 914.725.2755. The choir loft (seats 20) is also Save the Date 2 available for a private party or group.

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Feast of Nuestra Señora del Pilar at Epiphany Church

OCT. 9—La Comunidad de Zamboanga will celebrate the 22nd annual feast of  Nuestra Senora de la Virgen del Pilar with a 5:30 p.m. mass at the Church of the Epiphany on 22nd Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan. For details, call Joe Ramos at 646.421.0120, Rosario Mojares 718.904.7757 or Cherry Garcia 201.839.0196.  

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‘Celebration of Life’ mass at Old Bermuda Inn in S.I.

OCT. 23—A mass dubbed “A Celebration of Life” will be held at the historic Old Bermuda Inn at 2512 Arthur Kill Rd., Staten Island, N.Y. 10309. Reception will follow immediately. Donation is appreciated for San Lorenzo Ruiz Staten Island Chapter. Call Aurora Nazareno-Ocampo at 718.727.0619 for details.

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Peace Corps 50th Anniversary

The Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippines Development (PCAFPD) is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps in 2011 by collecting stories from Filipinos about Peace Corps Volunteers who served in the Philippines. If you have memories of a Peace Corps Volunteer who was your friend, colleague or neighbor when you or your parents or grandparetns were living in the Philippines, we'd like to hear from you. Please send your submissions by email to (if you want to be the point person on this you can enter yours — or use This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Also, for those who do not use e-mail, submissions can be sent to PCAFPD, PO Box 100114, Arlington VA 22210.

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