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Loida Nicolas Lewis

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At AtYour YourService Service • • Consul ConsulGeneral ArmandTess R. Talbo Dizon-De Vega

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A Word from The Editor

Oliver Oliveros Stop Domestic Violence!

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Community Community Shakers Shakers & Movers • • Dennis JoebertSy Opulencia Organizations We Love Rewind WOMANKIND • •Event Photos by Rolan Gutierrez Cover Story We Love Organizations Loida Nicolas Lewis • •Saleaflor Foundation Rewind Cover Story Photos by Rolan Gutierrez • •Dr.Event Cesar B. Holgado Milestones Moments Milestones && Moments Noted birthdays & weddings • •JCI Icons of Impace / Jhett Tolentino

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The numbers are staggering! According to the Cabrini Immigrant Services (CIS) in Dobbs Ferry, New York, every 9 seconds, a woman in the United States is either beaten or assaulted, more than 3 women are murdered by their husbands or partners, and domestic violence victims lose about 8 million days of paid work every year, among others. Additionally, for those who are undocumented in the U.S., if they report the abuse to the authorities, they may even get deported. These countless cases of domestic violence, along with related human trafficking and child abuse realities, have prompted the emergence of various not for profit organizations, which Fil-Am Who’s Who would like to give prominence to in this issue. To prevent further abuses, do not hesitate to call these helplines or chat with virtual counselors on their websites. Womankind Formerly New York Asian Women’s Center 32 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, N.Y. Helpline: 1-888-888-7702 IamWomanKind.org Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. It helps bring critical resources and deep cultural competency to Asian communities to find refuge, recovery, and renewal from domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence. Safe Horizon Across New York City Helpline: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) SafeHorizon.org Safe Horizon advocates for a society free of family and community violence. Its staff and volunteers help empower victims of abuse to move from crisis to confidence.

Photo by Rolan Gutierrez

NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault 32 Broadway Suite 1101, New York, N.Y. Helpline: 212-229-0345 SVFreeNYC.org

Loida Nicolas Lewis

The NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault was established in 2000 by various rape crisis centers in the city. Its sole mission is to prevent sexual violence and reduce the trauma it causes through education, advocacy, and research. Fil-Am Who’s Who invites its readers to contribute articles, letters, comments, or pictures. Email submissions at filamwhoswho@ gmail.com. Please also like us on facebook.com/FilAmWhosWho.

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STAFF Editor-in-Chief Oliver Oliveros • Managing Editor Myrna Gutierrez • Layout Artist & Photo Editor Rolan Gutierrez • Contributing Writer Maricar CP Hampton • Contributing Writer Rachel Davis • Contributing Writer Wendell Gaa • Contributing Photographer Miguel Gutierrez Marketing Executive Cecile Duyongco • Philippines Marketing and Sales Manager Jekelyn Nisola Publisher Fil-Am Who’s Who, Inc. Copyright © 2017 Fil-Am Who’s Who, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Fil-Am Who’s Who invites you to contribute articles, letters, comments, or pictures to the editor. For inquiries, please email adsfilamwhoswho@gmail.com or call (917) 502-9887 • (917)

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At Your Service

Wendell Gaa

Promoting Us

Consul Armand R. Talbo

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pearheading the political and legal sections of the New York Philippine Consulate General is one of its newer officers, Consul Armand Racho Talbo, who arrived in the Big Apple in September 2016. As director of the Consulate’s political section, Consul Armand is charged with assisting Consul General Ma. Theresa “Tess” B. Dizon-de Vega in further enhancing the vibrant relations of the Philippines with local and federal government agencies and officials throughout the entire Northeast U.S. region. As the Post´s legal officer, Consul Talbo is consulted when issues with legal implications are faced by Post or by Fil-Ams seeking assistance from the Consulate. With his professional diligence, dapper good looks and youthful charm and humor, Consul Armand has already struck a chord of endearment with the community.

Photo by Rolan Gutierrez

Consul Armand is understated talent personified, and his legal and consular knowledge is as deep and expansive as the oceans in this planet he wishes to explore and understand. He is a natural consensus builder despite his pronouncements to the contrary, and his innate and charming interpersonal skills endow him with the gift of moving people towards positive action. A native of Ilocos Sur and a graduate of the UP College of Law, the fascination which he had for international relations compelled him to pursue a career in diplomacy. He soon thereafter took up and passed the extremely competitive Foreign Service Officers’ Examination at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila. His first foreign assignment took him to the Philippine Consulate in Barcelona, Spain, where he served under then Consul General Eduardo de Vega, who is the current Ambassador to Mexico, and is incidentally the husband of Consul General Tess de Vega. Consul Armand’s fond memories of Barcelona, from addressing the Filipino community’s consular needs in Barcelona to simply adoring the fabulous Gaudi architecture of the city’s historic buildings such as the La Sagrada Familia cathedral, persist to this day. He wound up his posting in Spain by serving as the Political and Economic officer in the Philippine Embassy in Madrid after his stint in Barcelona.

Upon his recall to the DFA Home Office in Manila, he was designated as the Deputy Chief of Presidential Protocol in Malacanang, where he had the opportunity to literally rub shoulders with VIPs and celebrities meeting with the President, such as our boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, former POTUS Barack Obama, and even Pope Francis. Consul Armand R. Talbo

Since assuming his posting in the self-proclaimed Capital of the World, Consul Armand has already assisted in coordinating and overseeing several important events which have served to broker closer bilateral and political ties between the Philippines and the U.S. which include the visit of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano to New York where he met with members of the Council on Foreign Relations, Asia Society, and held a community town hall forum at the New York Philippine Center, where he addressed the policies and programs of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. He has also successfully arranged meetings between Consul General de Vega with several legislators based in the Northeast U.S. as part of the Consulate’s aim to endorse the political needs and interests of the Fil-Am community, in such key areas as immigration, education and healthcare. Additionally, Consul Armand is also the Manager of the Philippine Center, on top of his duties as Consul. He overseas the smooth operation of the Center, and supervises the events and activities happening in the building. His education and training as a Certified Public Accountant is put to good use as he ensures that the Center is managed and run efficiently. When he is not busy working behind his office desk or hosting and attending some community functions or even occasionally leading out in one of the Consulate’s periodic consular outreach trips, Consul Armand takes the time to thoroughly enjoy the urban trappings of New York, from its colorful Broadway productions to its irresistible museums and movie houses. No doubt the political and legal needs of the Fil-Am community will only grow within the next few years, and after being posted in the Big Apple for only a little more than a year, Consul Armand has already accomplished much for the community. Thus, there can be no doubt that his best years in New York are yet to come! november 2017

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Joebert Opulencia By Maricar CP Hampton

Community Movers & Shakers Photo by Rolan Gutierrez

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esponsible tourism is not just about making better places for people to visit or planning travel itineraries. Rather, it is about helping individuals create their own memories and making their dreams come true. At a time when tourism operators conveniently misuse the term, there are still a few genuine people trying to stay committed to this concept. Meet Joebert Opulencia, the seriously passionate guy behind Orientours Co., Ltd. Orientours Co., Ltd. is a tour operator that services the requirements of several travel agents around the USA, Canada, and Mexico by selling tours to Asia. They also handle groups coming from various corporations and associations. “I love what I do and I love helping people,” he said. Initially, Joebert wanted to be a successful stockbroker but his experiences in the hotel setting stirred his career plans to eventually own and head a travel company in New York in 1987. “It was just a matter of switching the head table,” he said. These days, Joebert is focusing more on promoting the Philippines to the Turkish market. He is confident that the Filipino hospitality can attract foreigners to visit the country. “Our kind of hospitality is one of the best in the world,” he said. “Our smiles and sincerity are our assets that make foreign tourists want to come back again. And of course, each foreign tourist has experienced lots of fun while vacationing in the country. This allows us to claim the slogan ‘IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES’.” What’s the secret to the Orientours Co., Ltd.’s longevity? “Years of personal touch and sincerity, that’s what’s different,” Joebert shared with Fil-Am Who’s Who. “We make sure we deliver our promises.” For many years, tourism was a solid business but with today’s increasing civil unrest and terrorist attacks, it definitely has put a damper on the travel industry costing billions of dollars. “After 911, people are still fearful not only because of the recent attacks and bombings, they are also fearful of what happens during airport security checks and the weird behavior of some airline passengers,” Joebert explained. “Outbound tourism became less popular, prompting travelers to do mostly domestic traveling” He suggests making “safety improvements on infrastructures and various tourist sites and hotels.” He also calls government agencies to meet with the tourism private sector to be able to develop a well-coordinated plan on any matters affecting the industry. Joebert believes 2018 will still be a good year for the travel industry. It will be a year of “families travelling together and individual travelers taking more long trips, slowing down, and learning to appreciate the world around them.” He added, “2018 is set to be a year of more people who will think of travel as a means of opening their eyes. People will travel to exotic destinations and immerse themselves in unfamiliar cultures.” november 2017

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IT’S NOT ONLY ABOUT YOUR MONEY, IT’S ABOUT YOUR LIFE

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Organizations We Love By Karen Elizaga

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n November 1, 2017, friends and supporters of Womankind, formerly known as the New York Asian Women’s Center, celebrated 35 years of excellent work, as well as our inaugural gala as “Womankind.” Too, we were so grateful to have with us a number of founders and early leaders who had the courage to begin, and then pave the way, for the meaningful work that has evolved from the single answering machine in a graduate school room for domestic violence survivors all those years ago. And we were so honored to be able to give Loida Nicolas Lewis a Lifetime Achievement Award for all of her important work in our Filipino community and beyond. It is because of Womankind’s generous supporters that our inspired staff is able to provide refuge, recovery and renewal to the clients who walk through our doors in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens every single day. The world is a very, very strange place right now. From the highest levels of government and the toniest offices of corporate America, to college campuses and in far too many homes, we are seeing sexual violence. We have known this, unfortunately, for years. This is not new news. But it continues to be heartbreaking, frustrating and just sickening. What is new, though, is how much more the general public is aware of the pervasiveness of gender-based violence. We know, but it is becoming clearer in the mainstream, that sexual violence transcends class, race, religion and

Karen Elizaga, Chair, Womankind Board of Directors other labels we are so quick to assume. That there is much more dialogue and correspondingly, increased action is a significant step to meaningful change. And our Womankind staff is on the frontline. So there are bits of beauty still in this world. Our Womankind team has the expertise, passion, and commitments to not only help our clients directly but also to advocate for, and effect, meaningful change on a systemic level. Through counseling, various direct services to our Asian communities, including so many Filipino survivors, and the education of other service providers with regard to the specific needs of Asian survivors, our staff makes a difference in the lives of so many. Through our staff, we meet survivors, know their stories, and see the change they have experienced because of their work with Womankind. And we get to witness how our clients use their newfound strength and resources to make a difference. All of this makes our hearts sing. Thankfully, we have seen a significant uptick in participation in Womankind’s mission. Because we have all had enough! So many more volunteers who want to lend their expertise and services, and share their networks. Donors who want to give – and give more. We believe that all of this is a direct result of what’s happening in the world. We do something – anything – in the face of all that we can’t control. A silver lining.

(L-R:) Carolyn Antonio, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Karen Elizaga, Nina Pineda at the Harvard Club

We would be thrilled for you to take part in this growing groundswell of activity. Maybe you will get (or you have already gotten) to the point where you agree – enough is enough. With your support, your volunteerism, and even just talking about our work, Womankind will continue do more and better. We will expand our reach and our services for our Filipino community and beyond. And we invite you to come along with us. n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 7 FIL-AM WHO’S WHO 11


Loida Nicolas Lewis

2017 Womankind’s Lifetime Achievement Honoree By Oliver Oliveros

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lawyer by training, she was the first woman from the Philippines who passed the New York bar exam sans a law degree in the United States; a best-selling author; “Working Woman” magazine’s Top Business Woman in America; a staunch advocate of good governance and progressive education, and a longtime philanthropist--a pretty mean professional career for one person—in this case, a woman: an Asian woman at that—to achieve. But Loida Nicolas Lewis, this year’s Lifetime Achievement Honoree at Womankind’s (formerly New York Asian Women’s Center) 35th-anniversary gala, is no ordinary woman. Also, a preeminent FilipinoAmerican community leader in the East Coast, what most people don’t know is that her biggest personal achievement (besides being able to speak several languages: English, French, Spanish, and Filipino) is raising her family, despite her husband Reginald’s sudden and unexpected death, which prompted her to steer the TLC Beatrice International Holdings Inc. with revenue at $2 billion. Loida and Reginald have two daughters, Leslie, a performing artist, and Christina, a writer and educator, who both graduated cum laude from Harvard University. They now have four grandchildren: Christian Roy, Savilla Joy, Calvin Reginald, and Sasha.

Nina Pineda, the co-chair of Womankind’s 35thanniversary gala, says, “I was so proud to be part of this all-Filipina team to celebrate this milestone of Womankind. When we initially approached Loida, she was reluctant to be the honoree. Loida is such a humble person. She doesn’t like to put attention on herself. But over merienda, she could see how passionate we were about Womankind. We were able to convince her that allowing us to honor her would do so much to raise awareness and the profile of this important resource in New York City.” In response to Womankind’s invitation, Loida says, “Upon learning that Womankind gives refuge to women victims of domestic violence and human trafficking for the past 35 years, I decided to accept this honor.” Loida now joins the ranks of Womankind’s former honorees: Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Josie Natori, founder and CEO, The Natori Company; Andrea Jung, president and CEO of Grameen America; His Excellency Sumio Kusaka, ambassador and consul general of Japan in New York; Judge Toko Serita of New York City Criminal Court, and 12 FIL-AM WHO’S WHO n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 7

Photo by Rolan Gutierrez

Loida graduated in the top 10 of her class from the University of the Philippines (UP); she also graduated cum laude from Saint Theresa’s College, also in the Philippines. She was a member of the UP Law Review Editorial Board and was a Student Catholic Action Award recipient. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs, which was primarily known in the furniture manufacturing business. She’s also the founder and president of The Lewis College in the Philippines, which offers primary and undergraduate courses, including a nursing assistant program following the US curriculum.

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of New York State Supreme Court. The following is the complete transcript of Loida Nicolas Lewis’ acceptance speech at Womankind’s 35th-anniversary gala held November 1, 2017, aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan: “To God be all the glory! Thank you very much for that introduction. Let us put our hands together for Nina Pineda and Sejal Patel and all who worked hard for this gala event. When Karen Elizaga, Carolyn Antonio, and Nina came to ask if I would accept this award, I said, ‘No.’ For me, my award is waiting in heaven. But upon learning that Womankind, formerly known as New York Asian


Women’s Center, gives refuge to women victims of domestic violence and human trafficking for the past 35 years, I decided to accept this honor. A shout out to all my friends who are here to support Womankind and me! Tonight, I share with you my three secrets to success. The first is Goal Setting. In 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a decision that U.S. citizenship should not be required to take the bar examination. Although I graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law, which the New York bar deemed equal to the U.S. law schools, I was not yet a U.S. citizen at that time. So I applied to take the bar exams immediately. My goal was to pass the bar exams on my first try. Why? Because I had to exile my first born daughter, Leslie, then only 13 months old, to the home of Mr. Lewis’ mother in Baltimore so I could review without interruption. Failure would mean sending Leslie into exile again! That midnight when the New York Times printed the bar exam results, Mr. Lewis blasted the car horn repeatedly, when we saw ‘Nicolas-Lewis, Loida’ on the list. I did it! The second secret is Obedience to a Code of Ethics. Three years ago, when they moved back to New York, I had the pleasure of having my daughter Leslie and her two children, Savilla and Christian, live with me for a while. I took the responsibility of putting my grandchildren to bed every night. After praying ‘Our Father,’ ‘Hail Mary,’ and ‘Glory Be’ as well as Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd, I would ask them, ‘What are the Five Commandments of God?’ Not Ten. That would be too hard to remember. Soon, they memorized the answers. ‘Love God.’ ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ‘Do not lie.’ ‘Do not steal.’ ‘Do not cheat.’ Yes, Obedience to a Code of Ethics is vital. Following it may be hard at the beginning but life becomes easier in the long run. Disobeying it results in a hard life, riddled with problems at work and at home, and disruption of relationships, even imprisonment. The third secret is Determination. When Mr. Lewis passed away after a short illness at age 50, he left many things unfinished. I was determined to complete his work. First, I had to be both a mother and father to our two daughters. They would come first over work, friends, and the community. Thank God, both of them graduated from Harvard, cum laude. Now, they are living their passions, Leslie, in the performing arts, Christina, her All Star Code teaches high school boys of color skills in technology. Next is Mr. Lewis’ life story. He started writing it. I found the person who completed his biography, Blair Walker. Upon publication in 1994, the book became a best seller. It is still selling at Amazon.com. The title is ‘Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun? How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion Dollar Business Empire.’ The biggest challenge was the business he left behind. It was deep in the red. We interviewed potential CEOs. They all asked exorbitant salaries but no one could guarantee success. One year later, after praying, I decided to run it myself. First, downsizing. We had to let go half of the corporate executives and staff. Then we sold the company plane, the company limos, and started the liquidation. We sold the supermarket business in France; the ice cream business in Norway, Germany, France, and Spain; the potato chips in Ireland; the bottling companies in Belgium, and lastly, the bottling company in Thailand. We distributed the gains of our shareholders with an annual 30 percent internal rate of return. A shareholder sent us Dom Perignon; he was so happy.

The Lewis ladies (L-R) Leslie, Loida and Christina (Photo courtesy of Philippine Tatler) Obedience to a Code of Ethics – O Determination – D If you put them together, they spell GOD. With God, everything is possible, nothing is impossible. Yet, into each life, some rain must fall. And it rained on mine. As mentioned earlier, after five years of running TLC Beatrice International Holdings Inc., Mr. Lewis was diagnosed with brain cancer and died within six weeks. I was beside myself with grief, totally distraught. I could not even pray the ‘Our Father’ for a while. But in my heart of hearts, I knew God would not abandon me. In that darkest night of my soul, I stretched out my hand and He lifted me up. And I have been walking ever since. So to you my dear sisters and brothers: Keep the faith. God loves us beyond comprehension. So walk with dignity and gratitude. We are precious. We are cherished. We are loved.

There you are. My three secrets to success:

I end with the words of the Prophet Isaiah: ‘Because the Lord God helps us, let us not be dismayed. Therefore, let us set our face like flint to do His will and we know that we shall triumph.’

Goal Setting – G

Thank you very much.” november 2017

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Photos by Rolan Gutierrez (L-R:) Master of Ceremonies Ernabel Demillo, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Gala Co-Chair Nina Pineda

Loida Nicolas Lewis (right) meets Executive Director Larry Lee (center) and New York City councilor (left).

Gala Co-Chair Nina Pineda and Ching Valdez Aran

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Loida Nicolas Lewis (2nd from right) holds her award for 2017 Womankind’s Lifetime Achievement Honoree.


Top L-R: Auctioneer CK Swett; Chair Board of Directors Karen Elizaga Left: Broadway Barkada Below L-R: W. John Thompson, Leslie Lewis, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christian Lewis Sword, Savilla Lewis Sword

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Rewind Rewind Rolan Gutierrez

KADAYAWAN Weave Haute Culture Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel

The fashion show featured collections of Davao City top designers– Silverio Anglacer Jr., Kenny Ladaga, Ronnie Nacua and Stephanie Dacalus.


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Rewind Rewind Rolan Gutierrez

PACCAL Awardee Stevenson Derodar

PACCAL Awardee Consuelo Almonte

Dennis Sy, Consul General Tess Dizon De Vega, Jhett Tolentino

PACCAL Awardee The Band of Brothers

(L-R:) Dr Felicisima Quines UERM Dean Dr Norbert Uy Dr Emilio Quines (Photo courtesy of Dr. Quines)

(L-R:) Dr Felicisima Quines, Dr. Paulyn Ubial, Dr Emilio Quines at the UERM Memorial Jubilee celebration (Photo courtesy of Dr. Quines)

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Milestones & Moments

Myrna Gutierrez

M&A Advisor 16th Annual Gala Awards

CONGRATULATIONS!

2017 M&A ADVISOR AWARD WINNER

Roger Aguinaldo, founder & CEO of the M&A Advisor with his wife, Ruby Atienza Aguinaldo and Aurora Aguinaldo at the Metropolitan Club

ROGER AGUINALDO Founder & CEO M&A Advisor

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Milestones & Moments

Myrna Gutierrez

Joji Rafael (3rd from left) celebrates her 50th birthday with friends.

Tess Lobo turns 60.

Margie Wisotsky gets ready to blow the candles on her birthday cake. She turned 44.

Desiree Wisotsky celebrates her sweet 16. She is escorted by her brothers John Paul and Paul Thomas.

The newly married Reynand Cano and Guia Mary SanJose are blessed by Fr. Sancho Garote at a reception in Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel

Josephine Jampayas is crowned the first PIDCI Mrs. Maria Clara. (Top) She is escorted by her husband Ismael (Mike). november 2017

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Community Calendar

Dec 5-13 2017

Simbang Gabi Sa Konsulado

The Philippine Consulate in N.Y. (556 Fifth Ave.) observes the traditional Simbang Gabi. For more information, call 212-7641330. Dec 7, 2017

Forum About Reginald F. Lewis

Be part of the conversation: “Reginald F. Lewis, The $Billion Deal, The Lifestyle, The Man” at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture at 9:30 AM For more information, visit LewisMuseum.org. Dec 23, 2017

Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto and Morisette Amon in Concert

Spend Christmas with popular Filipino singers Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto, and Morisette Amon in “Home For Christmas: A Time For Giving” concert at the Terrace On the Park (52-11 11th Ave., Flushing, N.Y.) at 6 PM. To buy tickets ($135-$149, including dinner), call Nel (347) 738-3025, Myrna (917) 5029887, Baby (917) 916-6770, Onette (201)697-3287. Jeanette (917) 651-3673.

Jul 25-29, 2018 Philippine Nurses Association of America National Convention The 39th Annual Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) National Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City on the Hudson. For more information, visit PNA of N.J. website at PNANJ.org. Ongoing

Lea Salonga is Back on Broadway!

Tony winner Lea Salonga plays Ezrulie, the Goddess of Love, in the reimagined production of the hit Broadway musical “Once On This Island” at the Circle in the Square (1633 Broadway and 50th St., New York, N.Y.) To get tickets, visit OnceOnThisIsland.com. Ongoing

Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway

Come out and see Fil-Am Broadway performer Pia Hamilton in Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th St.). To buy tickets, visit LionKing.com/worldwide/united-states.

Jan 9, 2018 San Lorenzo Ruiz Association of Miss Saigon is Back! America Celebrates Poon Hesus Nazareno Ongoing Feast Day Filipino talent is gushing on stage at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) via the first Broadway revival of the megaSan Lorenzo Ruiz Association Inc. (SLRAA Inc.) celebrates musical “Miss Saigon.” Support our very own Jon-Jon Briones the Feast Day of Poon Hesus Nazareno at the Immaculate (The Engineer), Eva Noblezada (Kim), Lianah Santa Ana Conception Church in Jaimaca Hills. Novena masses prior to (Kim), Devin Ilaw (Thuy), and Catherine Ricafort (Ensemble the feast day run from December 31 to January 8, 2018 at the Player) in this acclaimed new production. To buy tickets, visit San Lorenzo Ruiz and Scalabrini Center (168-41 84th Ave., SaigonBroadway.com. Jamaica Hills, N.Y.)

SHOOTER’S TIP Meet & Click. I met my charming model Rachell at an event in faraway NJ. I had her pose against the shapes, colors and textures of the wall and decor. With her lovely hair gently flowing on her right, I tilted the camera to create a light mood while aligning her to the upper corner.

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Shot in available light using a Lumix 100 at f1.7 1/60 ISO 200. november 2017


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Fil-Am Who's Who, November 2017  

Fil-Am Who’s Who is a monthly magazine that tells the real-life success stories of Filipino-Americans from the New York Tri-State area.

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Fil-Am Who’s Who is a monthly magazine that tells the real-life success stories of Filipino-Americans from the New York Tri-State area.

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