Simbang Gabi at Most Precious Blood Lower Church NYC

DEC. 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. 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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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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Welcome party for Pangasinan governor at Kalayaan Hall

DEC. 28—A welcome party to honor Pangasinan Gov. Amado T. Espino will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue (between 45th and 46th Streets). Tom and Lida Zabala, PAFCOM Grand Marshals 2010, and the friends of the governor request the presence of the Pangasinense and all those interested to meet the governor in person. RSVP is required. Call Tom & Lida Zabala (908) 265-7957, Nida Cortez (718) 393-0348 or (646) 644-4101 or Rev. Gaudy Soriano (201) 282-9341.

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New Year’s Eve bash at Lourdess in Woodside, N.Y.

DEC. 31—A New York's Eve celebration will be held at Lourdess Restaurant at 58-02 37th Avenue (corner 58th Street) in Woodside, NY 11377. It will be from 7 p.m. to midnight. Admission $40 per person with buffet, dancing, door prizes, entertainment. Hosted by Let's Dance Social Dancing Group. Reservation required. Call Juliet (718) 267-0221.

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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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Tagalog course for Fil-Am children starts January 2011

JAN. 29—The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey located in Jersey City, N.J. is offering an eight-session Tagalog program epecially made for Filipino culture loving kids ages 5 to 12. Children will be taught basic Tagalog vocabulary, writing, craft making, singing, and dancing. Classes will be held every Saturday, 12-3 p.m. beginning Jan. 29, 2011. Dance lesson is $20 per class ($150 for the full 8-week session), and Tagalog class is $25 per session ($185 for the full 8-week session). Registration is now open. For details, call Venessa at (781) 888-8805 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit http://filischoolnynj.publishpath.com/home

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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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'Thrilla Day' in Banga, Aklan for Banganhons worldwide

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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CAPIZ HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1966

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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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 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.