9-day Simbang Gabi at PhilCenter's Kalayaan Hall

DEC. 9-17—The traditional nine-day Simbang Gabi will be celebrated at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. It will be from 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 3 p.m. on weekends. For details, call (212) 764-1330.

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NaFFAA's 3rd Annual Poinsettia Grand Ball

DEC. 11—The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA-Region 1) hosted by NAFFAA-Connecticut Chapter invites you to their 3rd Annual Poinsettia Grand Ball - Salute to the Filipino-American Achievers - at the Holiday Inn Stamford, 700 East Main St., Stamford, CT 06901, tel #203-3580-8400 starting at 6:30 pm. Donation: $85 per person, $100 at the door. Attire: Men in Tuxedo (Red bow tie) or optional red tie, women in red or red accented long gown. For more info, call Debbie Magno 203-933-1661; Marlene 203-912-8293; Frank 617-755-3948; Aida 610-416-0746; Merit 973-680-1533; Nena 212-799-1847 or Roger 516-807-2882.

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‘Lessons and Carols’ concert at St. Catherine’s of Siena

DEC. 11—One of St. Catherine of Siena’s most loved celebrations — “Lessons and Carols” — with readings, candlelight and music of the season of advent and Christmas. From 7 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 411 E. 68th St. (between 1st and York Aves.). For more info call 212-988-9800.

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Placer International’s annual Christmas party

DEC. 11—Placer International will celebrate its annual Christmas celebration for the benefit of the children of Placer and sports program. At St. Edumnd’s R.C. Church, 2450 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY, from 5 pm to midnight. Donation is $20 per person, $30 per family. New and old toys, books and used clothing are welcome. Please RSVP no later than Dec. 4. To RSVP call Noli 347-415-6428; or Judy 718-404-2238.

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DEC. 11—"OYAYI: A Christmas Story" will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompei Church at 25 Carmine St. (cor. Bleecker St.) in Manhattan, after the 5 p.m. mass, featuring the San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir. To be performed are excerpts from Lloyd Larson's "Holy Night of Miracles" and original Filipino Christmas songs by Ryan Cayabyab, Lucio San Pedro, Manoling Francisco and more. General admission is $10 (advance) and $15 (at the gate). VIP tickets at $25 (adavnce) and $30 (gate). Call (646)  483-4465 or (561) 568-8871 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Alpha Phi Omega Anniversary & Induction Ball

DEC. 11—The Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity/Sorority (Alumni) will hold its 85th founding anniversary & 23rd induction  of 2011 officers of Great NY Alumni Assoc. at Bistro Filipino in Richmond Hill, Queens. For details, call Ramon Barrameda 516-652-0831; Paul Hipolito 201-660-0743 or Mailen P. Gaudite 646-884-1048.

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Lady of Manaoag Society induction, Christmas ball

DEC. 12—The Our Lady of Manaoag Society in America will have its induction and Christmas ball at Astoria World Manor at 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Queens, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Highlight is the coronation of Hiyas Ng Manaoag USA 2010 and other beauties. Donation is $70 with proceeds to support projects of Msgr. Aquino at St. Lucy Church. Everyone is invited. Call Nida 718.393.0348, Lett 516.385.8238, Rene 646.831.9541, Sofia 347.453.8951, Anita 917.388.0906, Michael 516.616.5613, Carmen 516.569.6504 and Bing 917.375.9344.

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DEC. 12—Come enjoy the food, drinks, music, dancing & Holiday Spirit together. Everyone is welcome to bring any additional food or dessert to the party.  At the Ascension Church, 256 Azalea Drive, New Milford, NJ. Party to begin at 5 pm in the auditorium. Donation: $30 per person, Ages 8-12 are $15 per person and Ages 7 and below are free. For More info contact Dr. Epifania Cruz (609) 284-7968, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Antonette Y. Chester (201) 647-8394, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Lani Cabrera: (201) 373-0886, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Anthony P. Yabut: (917) 856-5499, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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DEC. 12—All are invited to a "Salute to Levi Celerio"-National Artist and Poet of Philippine Music in celebration of his 100th birthday anniversary at St. Peter's College, Roy Irving Theatre, 2641 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07306 starting at 3pm. . Sponsored by the Philippine Chamber Rondalla of New Jersey, Inc. (a 501-C3 organization). Tickets: $15 advance general admission ($20 at the door); $5 for kids 10 and younger. It will also feature very entertaining rondalla music interspersed with skits, some dance sequences, songs by acclaimed vocalists and more!! For more info, call Tarit at 908-359-3297 or Del at 732-207-3284 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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4 Fil-Am artists in one show at PhilCenter NYC

DEC. 12—Four noted Filipino-American artists will stage a group exhibit at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue from December 13 to 29. A ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the show will be held on Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The four artists are Luis Amat Caraos, Cesar Delos Santos, David Temperante and Rey Reyes. For particulars, call Zeny Avila or Mel Capinpin at (212) 575-4774.

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Simbang Gabi at St. Sebastian's

DEC. 15-22—All are invited to join our Filipino tradition "Simbang Gabi" at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Sebastian-58th St. and Roosevelt Ave., Woodside, NY in cooperation with its Filipino Ministries. Mass begins at 7:30pm. Dec. 23rd-6:30 pm - "Panunuluyan" followed by Holy Mass. Reception follows in the School Auditorium. All masses in the main church. To sponsor a mass, pls. call: Juliet 718-429-1167; Belinda 718-304-3267; Mely 718-424-3373. For more info, call: Hilda 646-508-4871; Beth 646-281-0595 or Brenda 718-397-7344.

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Simbang Gabi at St. Aedan's

DEC. 15-23—Welcome everyone to Simbang Gabi at St. Aedan's Church, 800 Bergen Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306. Halina Hesus Halina! Join us for a 9 day novena masses. Weekday masses start at 6am-weekend masses at 8am. Refreshments will be served.

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‘Simbang Gabi’ at Diocese of Metuchen churches

DEC. 15-23—The traditional Filipino nine-day advent celebration called "Simbang Gabi" will be held at various churches under the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey, and sponsored by various Fil-Am organizations. Dec. 15 (7 p.m.) at St. Matthew Church, 81 Seymour Ave., Edison; Dec. 16 (7:30 p.m.) at St. Ambrose Church, 96 Throckmorton Ln. Old Bridge; Dec. 17 (7:30 p.m.) at St. Matthias Church, 168 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Somerset, and at St. Francis Cathedral, 32 Elm St., Metuchen; Dec. 18 (7:30 p.m.) at Sacred Heart Church, 149 South Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, and at St. Mary Church (8 p.m.), 830 Fifth Ave., Alpha; Dec. 19 (4:30 p.m.) at Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville, and at Our Lady of Fatima (7 p.m.), 501 New Market Rd., Piscataway; Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.) at St. Helena Church, 950 Grove Ave., Edison, and at Blessed Sacrament Church (7:30 p.m.), 852 Newman Lane, Martinsville; Dec. 21 (7:30  p.m.) at St. Bartholomew Church, 460 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick; Dec. 22 (7:30 p.m.) at Our Lady of Victories, 42 Main St., Sayreville; and on Dec. 23 (8 p.m.) at St. Cecelia Church, 45 Wilus Way, Iselin. For particulars, call Rev. Roberto Coruña 908.479.4905, Deacon Roger Ladao 732.570.0698, Aida 732.469.3682, Carlo 848.391.1895, Paz 908.812.5130, Noel 908.421.6644, Juliet 732.642.5447 or Myrna 732.613.1641.

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Simbang Gabi at Most Precious Blood Lower Church NYC

DEC. 16-24—The annual Filipino mass Simbang Gabi will be held for nine-days at Most Precious Blood Lower Church at 32-23  36th Street, Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. (R train to Steinway stop. Church is between 34th Ave. and Broadway) Weekday masses start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday masses start at 5 p.m. There is an ongoing Filipino healing mass, the only regular mass in Filipino, regularly being held every Sunday at 5 p.m. in the same lower church. Sponsor of the masses is the Filipino community in Astoria (Bro. Amerito, coordinator).

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Fil-Ams in the Bronx host nine-day Simbang Gabi

DEC. 16-24—The Philippine American Association of the Bronx, Inc. (PAAB) will celebrate Simbang Gabi at 7:30 p.m. at different churches in the Bronx. Dec. 16 at Our Lady of Solace Church, 731 Morris Park Ave.; Dec. 17 at St. Teresa Church, 2855 St. Theresa Ave., Dec. 18 at St. Clare of Assisi Church, 1918 Paulding Ave.; Dec. 19 at Our Lady of Solace Church; Dec. 20 at Santa Maria Church, 2352 St. Raymond Ave.; Dec. 21 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1703 Lurting Ave.; Dec. 22 at Santa Maria Church; Dec. 23 at Our Lady of Solace Church; and Dec. 24 at the church of your choice to complete the novena mass.

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Fil-Am accountants' Yuletide party in Astoria World Manor

DEC. 17—The Association of Filipino American Accountants New York (AFAA-NY) will hold its 2010 Christmas party at the Astoria World Manor, 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, N.Y. 11102, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $50 (includes a sumptuous dinner). Sponsored by AF Paredes and Company LLP, Dadia Valles Vendiola LLP, and Padilla and Company LLP. RSVP Jennifer Joaquin (718) 558-5858, or Shirley Patapat (718) 206-1218 or Ms. Jaena Valles (718) 275-1422.

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Phil. Forum hosts free health screening in Queens, N.Y.

DEC. 18—Philippine Forum, in collaboration with Kalusugan Coalition, La Guardia Nursing Club, APICHA, and Wyckoff Hospital, will host free health screening in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Woodside, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Bayanihan Filipino Community Center at 4021 69th Street, Woodside, N.Y. 11377. Services include blood pressure screenings, cholesterol and glucose screenings, HIV testing, STD screening, and patient teach-ins.  For those who would their glucose and cholesterol levels screened, please refrain from eating four hours before the event.  For details, call Melanie Dulfo at 718.565.8862.

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Tanglaw Simbang Gabi in Central Islip, N.Y.

DEC. 24—The Tanglaw Filipino-American Society of Long Island, N.Y., Inc. will hold its annual Simbang Gabi at the Berkeley Interfaith Chapel, NYIT Central Islip Campus, 300 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, NY 11722.  The Tagalog-English misa cantada will start at 8 p.m. Celebrant is Rev. James Dineros. Music by Tanglaw Choral Group. Kakanin refreshments will be served after the mass. For particulars, visit www.tanglaw.org or call Manny Dador (631) 385-4656, Robert Zarate (631) 816-4372, Dr. Fred & Eva Roque (631) 868-0730, Rene & Lettie Compas (631)942-2850, Tonih & Baisy Apostol (646) 286-0688 or Cindy Hom (631) 897-7961.

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14th Sto. Nino & Ati-Atihan Festival in Chesapeake, VA

JAN. 8—The Aklan Ati-Atihan of Virginia celebrates its 14th Sto. Nino & Ati-Atihan Festival at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 900 Greenbrier Circle,  Chesapeake, VA 23320. This event enables the participants to renew their devotion to the Holy Child (Sto. Nino) while they celebrate the feast of the Sto. Nino and Ati-Atihan Festival. Everyone is invited to attend this colorful, fun-filled, exciting festival as we celebrate the feast of the Sto. Nino.  Please contact the following members for tickets and additional information:  Astro & Lyn Tejada (757.547.4813), Rey & Emma Apolonio (757.229.3733), Emma Panagsagan (757.588.4193), Joy Asban (757.216.2094), Joe & Vivian Sola (703.505.6548).

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Ma-Yi Theater’s ‘Flipzoids’ at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in NYC

JAN. 11—Ma-Yi Theater Company, one of the leading Asian-American theater companies, will continue its 2010-11 season with "Flipzoids," a play written by Ralph B. Peña, with previews set to begin Jan. 11, 2011 prior to an official opening on Jan. 18 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (416 West 42 Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) in Manhattan. Directed by Loy Arcenas, Flipzoids stars Ching Valdes Aran, Carlo Alban and Tina Chilip. "Flipzoids" will run at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 W. 42 St.) Jan. 11 to Feb. 6.  Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  
Tickets are $30 and $40 and can be reserved by calling Ticket Central at 212 279 4200. Call Ma-Yi Theater at (212) 971 4862 (ask for Leslie Caiola or Jorge Ortoll). Visit www.ma-yitheatre.org

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UST High School Call 1961-Alumni Homecoming

FEB. 5—We are the Golden Jubilarian for the USTHS Alumni Homecoming of 2011. Your batchmates are awaiting for you, after 50 years. See you all on Feb. 5, 2011 at the UST Plaza Manor, infront of the main building. Be present too at the Batch '61 Golden Jubilee reunion, a 4 day outing on Feb. 8-12, 2011. Also UST celebrates 400 years, Grand Celebration on Jan.27-28, 2011. For details, contact the following: Miroan Sison Sy 571-2239, CP 0928-383-5609; Alex Costales 844-4755 or 0905-319-2213; Erlinda Co-Sarno 562-402-0418; Cora Tanega-Bernardo 510-459-5411 or 510-489-0346; Mita Zamora Olaso 973-801-8001 or 843-492-7433 or Corky Coronel Ledesma 516-759-9262.

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‘Sounds of Manila’ concert at Kalayaan Hall, PhilCenter

FEB. 12—‘Sounds of Manila: A Celebration of Love Concert’ will be held at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue (bet. 45th and 46th streets) in Manhattan, starting at 7 p.m. Featuring Sounds of Manila Band, recipient of the 2010 NaFFAA Filipino American Achievers Award, with special guest Jonny Cruz. Admission is $20. For more information, call (212) 417-0419.

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APRIL 26, 2011—Banganhons across the globe will gather in Banga, Aklan on this Easter Sunday designated as "Thrilla Day." Event will start with a 7 a.m. mass followed by colorful tricyclecade to Aklan State University for brunch. A Filipiniana gala will take place at 7 p.m. featuring 12 reigning beauties. For details call Anthony at 973-845-6292 (or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Reuben 718-210-3206 (or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Baby Coroy 516-358-7480 (or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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JUNE 25-26, 2011—Calling all CHS Class of 1966 alumni residing in USA and abroad.  We are having our Grand 45th Reunion in Roxas City on June 25-26, 2011.  Contact us for details by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and/or by phone, in Roxas City: Orlandz Bigcas-Lumawag at 011-6336-621-2420, Vicky Ponsaran-Villarosa at 011-6336-621-1223, Charlie Robles at 011-6336-6211409, Luz Almanzor-Borres at 011-6336-6210132: in Manila: Adrian Buensalido at 011-639-175340310, Evelyn Yap-Paz at 011-632-417-4420: in USA: Medy Jimenez-Antonio in CA at 1-818-339-7471, Andy Quisumbing in OH at 1-740-363-7378, Eduardo Quiampang in NJ at 1-856-304-3317;  Allan Chu in Canada at 1-514-685-8647.

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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 Voluneers 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 email, submissions can be sent to PCAFPD, P.O. Box 100114, Arlington VA 22210.