TFC to air Fil-Am debate on U.S. presidential election

NOV. 2—A town hall-style debate on the upcoming U.S. presidential election and its implications on the Filipino-American community will air on The Filipino Channel (TFC) at 6:45 p.m. ET/PT. The debate will pit Loida Nicolas Lewis, representing the Democratic party and President Barack Obama, against Nimfa Gamez, representing Republican challenger Mitt Romney, as they dwell on topics like immigration, health care and the economy. Two prolific community leaders, Lewis chairs the organization US Pinoys For Good Governance, while Gamez founded the Mission Hope Day programs in California. After the debate airs, undecided voters in the audience will cast their unofficial vote for which candidate they now favor, and the results will be aired on TFC’s “Balitang America” on Nov. 5, the night before the elections. The debate will also be shown on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) in the Philippines on Nov. 4 at 9 p.m.; and Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The entire, uncut version of the debate will be shown on www.balitangamerica.tv on Nov. 5.

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Ching Valdes-Aran art show at PhilCenter ends Nov. 2

NOV. 2—Art lovers have until this date to catch the ongoing one-woman art show of award-winning stage, TV and film actress Ching Valdes-Aran at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The show features 30 pieces that use oil, acrylic and mixed media on canvas. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for inquiries.

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Brooklyn thanksgiving mass for Saint Pedro Calungsod

NOV. 3—The Filipino Diocesan Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn will hold a Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization of Saint Pedro Calungsod at The Cathedral-Basilica of St. James on Jay Street and Cathedral Place in Brooklyn, NY 11201. Main celebrant is Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. For particulars, call Fr. Patrick Longalong 718.347.6070, Romy Rancio 646.408.3576, Fely Carrera 718.692.3242 or Cora Dioquino 718.639.9209. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Adamson Univ. Alumni Reunion

NOV. 3—Adamson University Alumni in NY, NJ, CT & PA will hold their first Alumni reunion from noon to 4 pm at “The Learning Center - 4 West 43rd St. New York, NY 10036 (close to the corner of 5th Avenue & 43rd St., just a block away from Grand Central Station. This is a potluck reunion & Alumni will contribute $30 for the rental of the function room. The president of Adamson University, Rev. Fr. Gregorio “Gregg” Banaga, CM will grace the event. For more details, please contact any of the following Adamson Alumni: Mario “Mar” Garcia (732) 425-4907/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Nimia Lacebal (973) 338-1204/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Melinda S. Reyes  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Rick Borja (914) 772-2851, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Chito Bautista, (917) 535-2271, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Gene Salle,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Rod Cruz, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Romeo “Mio” Ramos, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Mrs. Philippines-USA(tm) 2013 coronation at Astoria Manor

NOV. 3—The Filipino Social Club of New York, Inc. will hold the 30th coronation of Mrs. Philippines-USA(tm) 2013 and the club’s 78th anniversary ball at the grand ballroom of Astoria World Manor, 25-22 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dress code is strictly formal or Filipiniana. Donation is $75 per head which includes openbar, buffet and cocktail hour from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., sit down dinner and dancing. Free parking. For reservations, call Joann Carman 347.303.5755, Lea 917.620.6129, Abel/Tess 718.419.1929, Margie 917.495.0997 or Ernestine 646.713.8200.

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Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to honor San Pedro Calungsod

NOV. 4—The Filipino community in the U.S. northeast will hold a thanksgiving mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in celebration of the canonization of the 17th century Filipino martyr Pedro Calungsod. The event will start at 2 p.m., with Archbishop Bernard Auza, the apostolic nuncio to Haiti, as the principal celebrant and homilist, according to Eleanor de Leon, wife of Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr., who is the honorary chairman of the steering committee. The mass is open to the public. Call Cecille Dumdum at 650.580.1544 for further information.

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40th Day memorial mass for Mila Mendez at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

NOV. 7 — In memory of Mila Beltran Mendez, a special mass to consecrate her 40th day memorial will be offered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC (5th Avenue, between East 50th and East 51st Streets) at 4 p.m. The commemorative mass is open to the public. A tribute gathering will follow at 6 p.m. at the lower level of St. Paul the Apostle Church, 415 West 59th Street and Columbus Avenue (9th Avenue). For more info, call 212.682.6610.

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Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Mila Mendez’s 40th day

NOV. 7—A mass to consecrate the 40th day memorial of the late civic leader and Philippine Fiesta co-founder Mila Mendez will be offered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan at 4 p.m. The mass is open to the public. A tribute gathering will follow at 6 p.m. at the lower level of St. Paul the Apostle Church at 415 West 59th Street and Columbus Avenue (9th Avenue). Call 212.682.6610 for information.

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Filipino Reporter 40th Anniversary Celebration

NOV. 10—The 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Filipino Reporter, Inc. will be held at Astoria World Manor from noon to 5 p.m. Please save the date and join us for this important milestone. If interested, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Joey Albert in live concert at St. Sebastian in Woodside, N.Y.

NOV. 10—OPM icon Joey Albert will be presented by the Assumption Alumnae Association Abroad NY in a concert “A November to Remember” at St. Sebastian School Auditorium, 39-63 57th Street and Roosevelt, Woodside, N.Y. 11377 Musical director Lerrick Santos with the San Caterba Band. To benefit Religious of the Assumption-US Province, Cranio Facial Foundation of the Philippines, AKOIO, LLC-Starkey and Nora Foundations, Mother Mary School Pollachi, India. Tickets are $100 (sponsor), $50 (reserved section), $30 (GA). Call 917.294.6783, 201.224.7739, 914.255.7960 or 908.906.9788.

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FAAE technical and educational seminar in N.Y.

NOV. 10—The Filipino-American Association of Engineers, Inc. will hold its annual technical and educational seminar on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Philippine Center, 556 5th Avenue in New York City. Business attire. This year’s seminar covers mechanical, electrical and control automation systems centered on renewable power source and state of the art engineering technologies. For more info, please call Pete Bonus (646) 784-3013, Ed De Guzman (516) 325-8040, Nick Arugay (646) 251-5046, Constante Palad (732) 312-2217, or e-mail Nonoy Rafael at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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‘Inuman’ at Pulutan at PhilCenter

NOV. 15—Come and join your kababayans for some drinks and tapas, Philippine-style, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Enjoy internationally-renowned drinks such as San Miguel Beer, Haliya Wines and VuQo coconut-based vodka. Revel in the culinary creations of Fil-Am chefs King Phojakanong of Kuma Inn and Umi Nom, Neil Syham of Lumpia Shack, and Norman Dalager of Masarap, and restaurant Ugly Kitchen. One ticket avails you of tasting plates —  one from each of the participating chefs/restaurants; and bar serving drinks/cocktails. Presented by Philippine American Chamber of Commerce. Purchase your tickets through Eventbrite at: www.inumanatpulutan.eventbrite.com

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Mrs. Tanglaw coronation ball at Leonard’s of Great Neck

NOV. 16—The first Mrs. Tanglaw will be crowned by the Filipino American Society of Long Island, New York during its 34th anniversary dinner ball at Leonard’s of Great Neck on Long Island. Six candidates will vie for the title and cash prizes in a talent and beauty competition under the choreography of Erno Hormillosa. They are Girlie Conde, Marissa de Guzman and Rose Pacia Labelle, all from Queens, N.Y.; Darnela Karp from New Jersey; and Sophia Rhea Luis-Vincent and Nancy Seidman, both from Long Island. For tickets and other information, call Robert Zarate 631.816.4372, Girlie Conde 347.207.4766, Jiji Shapiro 516.921.2926, Marissa De Guzman 646.207.1481, Mac Villapando 631.331.2441, Darnela Karp 908.259.5127, Sonia Carasig 631.803.6110, Rose LaBelle 347.278.1742, Letty Compas 631. 839.4787, Nancy Seidman 631.790.1990, Melojane Valisno 631.846.6446 or Rhea Luis-Vincent 917.435.8531.

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UPAFR 20th anniversary concert

NOV. 17 — The University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla (UPAFR) will be celebrating its 20th year with a concert at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison, N.J. at 4 p.m. Proceeds are earmarked for purchase of musical instruments to benefit the Pagyamanin Likas Musika (Enriching Native Music) rondalla instrument lending program for children in the Philippines. Concert tickets are $15 prepaid, or $20 at the door. The group’s latest CD, priced at $15, will be on sale at the concert hall lobby after the performance. For more information, please contact Diane Valencia, UPAFR president, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit http:/home.comcast.net/~uprondalla/. Or call 732-317-3364.

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Immaculate Church in Astoria to screen new religious film

NOV. 17—A new film titled “Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine” will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception (Lower) Church, 21-47 29th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Sponsored by God The Father’s Children Apostolate of Astoria, New York, the film has not yet been released in theaters. Witness the powerful story of St. Augustine, one of the greatest confessions of history, according to late Bishop Fulton Sheen. The movie starring Franco Nero will be screened in a 250 seating capacity auditorium, equipped with digital cinema project and soundtrack equipped with Dolby surround sound. Admission is $12. Call Linda 718.726.0674 for particulars.

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GSFAA ball to feature fashion designer Leonard Co creations

NOV. 17—“Fashion-nate,” a dinner-dance fund-raiser by the Garden State Filipino-American Association, Inc., will be held at 7 p.m. at Renaissance Hotel, 100 Spring Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201. Featuring the distinctive Filipiniana creations of renowned Filipino designer Leonard Co. Formal attire. Donation is $75 (check payable to GSFAA). RSVP by Nov. 2. Contact persons are Francis Sison 201.388.6364, Diana Buenaflor 973.493.0340, Armand Francisco 201.434.9950, Evelyn Sison 201.401.4670. Tudie Basilio 973.633.5199, Vilma De Guzman 201.210.8827, Helen Dimaya 973.338.8523, Erno John Hormillosa 646.637.6337, Millie Hornilla 201.467.1441 or Tony Abellar 973.704.0191.

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Atimonan Quezon Assoc. Dinner Dance

DEC. 1—The Atimonan Quezon Assoc. of East Coast, Ltd. will hold its Dinner Dance Fundraising at Long Hill Senior Center located at 769 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933, from 4 to 10 pm. For details, please contact Isid Marasigan, Jr. (732) 604-6297 or Tony Villamiel (201) 338-8154.

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Simbang Gabi Sa Kathedral NYC  

DEC. 1—The Filipino Apostolate of the Archdiocese of NY invites you to welcome Advent with the first Simbang Gabi of the season at historic and inspiring St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue (between 50 & 51 Street) NYC starting at 2 p.m. Then join your fellow parishioners, as they bear images and statues of Mary and our Filipino saints, in a walking procession from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the reception venue. Celebrate the Philippines’ traditions of Pasko and Bagong Taon in an early Noche Buena at the Simbang Gabi sa Katedral reception. For more information on your participation and attendance at the Eucharistic Mass, the Procession, and the Reception/Celebration, contact Rev. Dr. Joseph G. Marabe, JCD at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Linda Bolano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Genalin Matala at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it