From left, Cristina DC Pastor; Annie Bello of Maharlika Cleaning Cooperative; Jen Furer; human-trafficking survivor Carmen Fajardo; and Rachelle Ocampo.

In celebration of Filipino American History Month, the Filipino American TV talk show, Makilala, will air a special episode focused on a group of Human Trafficking survivors-turned-entrepreneurs who are getting their “second chance” by organizing their very own cleaning cooperative, Maharlika Cleaning Cooperative.

This episode titled, “From exploited to entrepreneur: life after human trafficking” is a celebration of the Filipino women’s spirit, strength and resilience.

It will air on Oct. 20 on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

On its fourth year, Makilala is hosted by community journalist Cristina DC Pastor, author and fitness coach Jen Furer and public health professional Rachelle Ocampo.

The show is produced by MNN’s Director Zenaida Mendez and directed by Tiffany Hill Rock.

The growing team of MakilalaTV includes Victor Palmos (hair and make-up), Vince Gesmundo (refreshments), Ronnie Jay Ocampo (video edits) and Tonilyn Sideco (production supervisor).

Manhattan viewers can watch MakilalaTV through MNN’s HD Channel at 7:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable (TWC) 1993, and at 9 p.m. on MNN’s Culture Channel 4 through TWC 67 & 1998, RCN 85, FIOS 36.

Makilala is also streamed on

For details, visit or follow @makilalatv on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

With musical guest performer, Michelle Michelle (3rd from left) from PromDi Productions, who will appear in the “King & Queen of Hearts” concert on Oct. 8.

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