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Giving thanks to people that mattered most and those who made a difference

A couple of years ago, a dear friend and former media colleague, Dave Casuco, who suddenly passed away this year, included this writer in  his poignant Thanksgiving article thanking me for our “five-o’clock let’s beat the happy-hour rendezvous at Glendale Americana’s...
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‘Pippin,’ The Musical: a spectacular, razzle-dazzle performance!

A couple of days before the show ended its season performance at the historic Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, this writer and a media colleague, were priveleged to receive our complimentary tickets, courtesy of generous, thoughtful friends who couldn’t make it to […]
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Remembering our veterans and ‘what it was like to go to war’

On Tuesday, November 11, we will again fly our flag high to honor and remember all our veterans and those who sacrificed their lives for us. In retrospect however, those of us who in one way or another have loved ones who […]
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Multiple issues: Love, life, death, freedom and genetics featured in ‘Blood Ransom’

The movie “Blood Ransom” featured love in three juxtaposed ways: romantic love, filial love and brotherly love. It’s a story borne out of filial love for the life of the unborn child with a rare blood condition called Rhesus factor, where the “unborn […]
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Pinoy entertainment artists launch musical recordings

In an exclusive charity event held recently at the Porta Via Restaurant & Bar in Beverly Hills, John Paul Puno launched his single-record called “Via Sacra” (or Secret Road) which is included in his album. He takes pride in accomplishing a […]
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To Becca, Ted, Margie, Paul, Victor, Allie, Jairo & Roman – Applause! Applause!

Applause! Applause! To “Impressarios” Becca Godinez (Executive Producer “GODINUSMUSIC)),  Ted Benito, (Producer PAE Live), Paul Alexander Morales (Artistic Director), Victor Usabia (Ballet Master), Allie Eguia (Company Manager), Jairo Ibarrientos (Stage Manager) and Roman Cruz...
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Southland Germans/Greek celebrate Octoberfest/Greekfest

It has long been known that Octoberfest is one of the world’s largest (if not the largest) funfair held annually in Bavaria, the southern part of Germany.  It is a 16-day festival which usually runs from late September to the first […]
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Understanding coffee & espresso at Williams Sonoma

A morning spent at the Williams Sonoma technique class on learning and understanding coffee and espresso was more than what this writer had bargained for last Sunday. The brief but intensive class was conducted by Merchandise Specialists, Tracy Bellwood and Sen Lim, attended by...
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Local Bank/Furniture/Gelato Shop promotes outstanding customer service

The City of Alhambra is known as “The Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley.” It has approximately 330,000 Chinese residents, around 400 businesses, including a choice of  around 40 restaurants, three hospitals, three major supermarkets (two Raphs and one Albertsons),  two...
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‘Off the Beaten Path’ – Mimi Peter’s photo exhibitiion now at the AIA Building

Photographer/artist, Hanae Mae “Mimi” Blanco-Peters’ photo exhibit called “Off the Beaten Path” is now open to the public for free viewing at the American Institute of Architects Building on Wilshire Boulevard, from September 1-30, 2014. There will be an artist’s reception...