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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Sessionistas concert moved to LaGuardia Performing Arts

AUG. 28—Due to unavoidable circumstances, the venue of ASAP Sessionistas concert at the Apollo Theater in Manhattan on Aug. 28 (Sunday) has been moved to LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Ave. (on Van Dam St. and 47th Ave.) in Long Island City in Queens, N.Y., it was announced by Ritzberries Productions. The show will still be on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. For tickets and other information, call 917.513.5266 or 914.346.9646.

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Mindoro picnic at Astoria Park in Queens, N.Y.

AUG. 28—The annual Mindoro picnic celebrating its 20th anniversary will be held at Astoria Park in Queens, N.Y. from noon to evening. Potluck. Bring your fave games, enjoy the Olympic size pool, bikepath and more. For more details, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Rose Javier 201.993.8815, Ric Agay 718.905.0175 or Mercy Mosley 646.918.4842. All Mindorenos, their friends and relatives are invited.

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Albert Guerzon performing at DROM

AUG. 28—Come and watch Albert Guerzon's (from Broadway's Mamma Mia) perform at DROM, 85 Ave. A btwn 5th & 6th at 7pm. $10 cover. Christian Almiron is the Musical Director. Albert is a soulful singer songwriter with a funky sound. He made his Broadway debut playing the role of Eddie in Mamma Mia! For more info, go to: www.albertguerzon.com or www.dromnyc.com

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Festival of shorts films at Philippine Center NYC

AUG. 31 & SEPT.1—'Sinehan Sa Summer: Shorts!' a two-day screening of independent Filipino and Filipino-American short films, will be held for two days at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The event is free and open to the public. Limited seating—“rush tickets” will be distributed on the day of the event on a first-come-first served basis. Contact Consul Elena Maningat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information

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ZNY Laygo art show at Phil. Center NYC

SEPT. 1—Noted Filipina painter Zny Laygo is holding a one-woman show, "Vignettes," at the gallery of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. A cocktail reception will be held at 6 p.m. Consul General Mario De Leon and Deputy Consul General Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega will be the guests of honor. For details, call Zeny Avila 212.575.4744.

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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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“Dance Of My Life” at N.Y. Hell’s Kitchen fest

SEPT 4 & 9—'Dance Of My Life,' a poignant film that chronicles the transformation of Brazil's Filipino  Carnival Queen Bessie Badilla—from her humble childhood in the Philippines to her celebrated stint as a Balenciaga model in Paris, and her personal battle with cancer—will be shown at the First New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival at the Producers Club Indiehouse theaters. This Pinay supermodel is now a 50-year-old mother living in the suburbs of Connecticut. For particulars, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit hellskitchenfilm.com

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Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Or. singing priests' N.Y. concert

SEPT. 9—The 16 Singing Priests of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental will perform at at 7 p.m. at the St. Sebastian Church, Woodside, as part of the group's 2011 US Concert Tour. Led by Msgr. Columbus Villamil, proceeds of the concert tour will go to the repair of St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City, and also for retired priests. Tickets are $75 (benefactors), $50 (sponsors or donors) and $30 (general admission). Among the support groups are Cag. de Oro City-Mis. Or. Association of NY, Oro Women Society, God the Father Apostolate and the 2000 Hail Mary.

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Cagayan de Oro priests in New Jersey concert

SEPT. 11—Only in God (OIG), an inspirational musical concert featuring 20 clergies from the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, will be HELD at the residence of Steve & Nelsie Parrado at 24-09 Cambridge Rd., Fair Lawn, New Jersey.  Proceeds will help sustain OIG’s mission to repair the entire roofing and ceiling of the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral befitting a holy ground for worship, and to support funds needed by retired and retiring priest from the archdiocese, St. John Vianney in Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro. Donations are $100 (for benefactor), $75 (for sponsor) and $50 (for patron). Make checks payable to CDO-MO/Priests and mail to Steve Parrado  at 24-09 Cambridge Rd., Fair Lawn, NJ 07410. Call Jun Dumandan at 201-410-8624, Steve Parrado at 201.349.5490, or  Victoria Tancio at 201.655.2452 for particulars.

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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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Consular outreach in Delaware

SEPT. 17—The Philippine Consulate General will conduct a consular outreach program in Newark, Delaware, in cooperation with the Filipino Community of Newark Delaware, at Christian Green Pasture Ministry, Inc. at 161 Salem Church Road, Newark DE 19713. Visit www.pcgny.net for all requirements and other details. Passport applicants by appointment; walk-in for dual citizenship and legalization of documents. Contact persons are Pastor George Butalid at 302.897.9891, Bernie Dulos 302.339.2574 or Regolo “Rego” Oca 302.384.2668.

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Our Lady of Penafrancia 22nd Annual Festivities

SEPT. 17—The Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Assoc., Inc. (Tri-State), with the cooperation of the Bicolandia Assoc. Inc. of the Eastern Seaboard USA, cordially invites all Bicolanos, devotees and friends to come and celebrate its 22nd Annual Penafrancia Festivities in Jersey City, NJ. The festivities will start with the Traslacion on Sept. 9 at 5:45 p.m at the Our Lady of Victories Church, 2217 J F Kennedy Blvd., corner Ege Ave, Jersey City. A nightly novena Mass follows from September 9-16 at 7 pm and culminates on Sept. 17 (Sat) w/ a Fluvial Procession at 11 am on the Hudson River, then a Mass and Grand Celebration at the Our Lady of Victories Church at 1 p.m.   For details, pls call: Lita & Peng Pena 201-432-2144; L.J Pilar 973-641-0673; Rene Enojado 718-760-2984; Linda Arellano 201-240-0872; Buddy Deauna 201-387-8512.

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Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz at St. Raphael Church N.Y.

SEPT. 17—The Filipino-American Ministry of St. Raphael Parish will celebrate the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz, the First Filipino Martyr and Saint, with a 5 p.m. mass at St. Raphael Church, 600 Newbridge Road, East Meadow, N.Y.  Potluck dinner to follow at St. Raphael Auditorium. Highlights are cultural program, line-dancing and raffle. Bring and share your favorite dish or dessert. For further inquiries, call Robert Fernandez 516.483.7739 / 516-662-8733 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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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Consular outreach in N.H.

SEPT. 24—The Philippine Consulate General will conduct a consular outreach in Manchester, New Hampshire. It will be hosted by the Filipino-American Friendship Society of New Hampshire at Comfort Inn Queen City, 298 Queen City Avenue, Manchester, NH 03102. Passport applicants by appointment; walk-in for dual citizenship and legalization of documents. Contact persons are Aida Jacques 603. 340.1891 and Josie Janz 603.759.3982. Visit www.pcgny.net for all requirements and other information.

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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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Consular outreach in Rahway, N.J.

OCT. 1—The Philippine Consulate General will hold a consular outreach at the parish gym of Divine Mercy Church (formerly St. Mary's Church), 232 Central Ave, Rahway, N.J. 07065. In cooperation with UP Alumni Association New Jersey. Passport applicants by appointment; walk-in for dual citizenship and legalization of documents. Contact persons are Leonie Navarro-Mariazeta 732.306.3179, Cecile Borromeo 732.500.6293, Luisa Ponce 862.926.9088 or Phoebe C. Andes 908.753.7343. Visit www.pcgny.net for all requirements and other information.
Line dance workshop in N.Y. with Ira Weisburd
OCT. 1—Open Invitation to New Yorkers to join world-renowned choreographer Ira Weisburd in a Special Line Dance Workshop, fresh from his 28 days Far East dance workshop. He is the recipient of the 2010 Dancers Choice Award (he rocked the world with his famous “Shuffle Boogie Soul”). His hits include Cumbia Semana, Seduced, Chachanela, Linda Eh, Mojo Mambo, Caballero and many more. It will be from 7 p.m. to midnight at Incarnation Church (Msgr. Nolan Hall) at 89-43 Francis Lewis Blvd., Queens Village, N.Y. Admission is $15 (includes light dinner). Limited space: For info and tickets, call Rose 347.894.9634, Lucita 718.740.0417 or Elsa 718.468.7093.

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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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