PAGASA’s Mother’s Day celebration

MAY 10—Join PAGASA Social Foundation Inc. to celebrate Mother’s Day at 115-03 Atlantic Ave., Richmond Hill, NY beginning at 2 pm. Program will include bingo, a raffle and a $1 flea market. Also a talent contest. Calling all Fil-Am seniors to share your talent as singers, musicians, and stand-up comedians by participating in Harana contest. Will will be featured in PAGASA’s Grand Annual Celebration in December. To join or for more info call 347-488-9386; or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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‘An Affair to Remember’

MAY 17—La Comunidad de Zamboanga de Nueva York presents “An Affair to Remember,” a concert featuring Rogelio Penaverde, Jr., tenor, to be accompanied by pianist Xingjia Yao on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 6 p.m., at the Church of the Epiphany on 22nd Street and Second Avenue, NYC. Proceeds will be donated to the September 2013 siege victims of Zamboanga City through the City Mayor Beng Climaco. Price for general admission is $25. For details, please call Joe Ramos at 646-421-0120.  

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UPAFR musical

MAY 18—The University of the Philippines Alumni and Friends Rondalla (UPAFR) will present a free musical show at the New Brunswick Free Library on May 18, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The ensemble will play several exciting, lilting and haunting classical and popular Filipino compositions with exotic stringed musical instruments. Miss Angelica Gomez-Garcia will be the featured vocalist, courtesy of Ligaya Group. The affair is made possible by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. To preregister, call Matilda at 732.287.5042 or Teya at 908.397.7203. The library is located at 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For parking and directions to the venue, please go to the library’s website at www.nbfpl.org. The UPAFR is a cultural art organization based primarily in Central New Jersey. Diane Valencia, its incumbent president, sums its main objective: “To serve as a vehicle in educating the public to the joys and beauty of ethnic music, songs and dances. It strives to inculcate pride in the Filipino heritage through participation in international festivals, cultural diversity celebrations in schools and communities.” The organization gives back to the community in various activities; fundraising for needful individuals, churches, calamities, like Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation in the Philippines, among others. Some interested, underprivileged children in the remote areas of the Philippines are introduced to music and provided with musical instruments. Here, in our area, free rondalla classes taught by accomplished musicians are offered every Sunday afternoon to all ages and level of musical capability (beginners, experts and in between). Call Matilda or Teya for more information.

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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

MAY 21—New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer cordially invites leaders of the Filipino community to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Venue: Surrogate’s Courthouse (31 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007). To RSVP, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 212.669.4466 / TTY 212.669.3450.

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Night of the Goddesses

MAY 31—The Philippine-American Friendship Committee, Inc. (PAFCOM) invites you to its 24th Grand Ball and Coronation Night. Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014. Time: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Venue: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (128 Frontage Road, Newark, NJ 07114). Attire: Goddess-inspired gown; black tie for men. $85 per person. Please contact Annelyn Flores 908.764.2795, Joyce Castillo 848.467.0269 or Gani Puertollano 908.230.6468.

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Philippine Independence Ball in N.J.

JUNE 7—Philippine Independence Ball at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe Hotel, Grand Ballroom (100 Frank W. Burr Boulevard, Teaneck, NJ 07666). Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014. Time: 7 p.m. to midnight. Attire: Filipiniana or formal attire. Donation: $100 per person.

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Cultural show at Montclair (N.J.) State University

JUNE 13—The Leyte Dance Theater, in their 2014 USA Tour, will present a cultural show at Montclair (N.J.) State University’s Memorial Auditorium. Time: 7 p.m. Sponsored by Handang Tumulong Foundation, Inc. (HTFI) to raise funds for Typhoon Yolanda victims. Tickets are: $35, $50, $100 and can be purchased by calling Hector Magno 908.229.0155, Troi Santos 646.229.4849, Nelsie Parrado 201.794.7321, Lita Pena 201.232.1742, Connie Uy 973.710.8112 or Ave Pimo 917.536.2789.

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Free rondalla lessons

On Sunday afternoons 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Regular lessons offered by the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla in Linden, N.J. (off Garden State Parkway Exit 136). Learn to play a traditional rondalla string instrument such as the bandurria, laud, octavina, guitar and double bass. Everyone from all age groups with all musical abilities (beginners to experienced players) are welcome. For more information, please contact Diane Valencia, UPAFR president at 732.317.3364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please visit the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla Facebook Page, or its website at http://home.comcast.net/~uprondalla/