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Taking advantage of various community Library special events

On a recent three-hour tour of the Ronald Reagan Library with this author’s dear friends, Linda Concepcion – Gaa (widow of former Ambassador Gaa) and college chum, Melanie De Leon, our leisurely summer day began early to avoid traffic all the […]
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‘Beautiful’ The Carole King Musical: The singer’s legacy to our generation

A couple of Sundays ago, this author was lucky to have been invited by media colleague Cecile Ochoa to watch “Beautiful,” The Carole King Musical at the world-renowned Pantages Theatre. As soon as Cecile mentioned Carole King, the invite was […]
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City of Los Angeles celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage month

Los Angeles City Council member David Ryu, Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and several other LA City Council members, celebrated the Asian-Pacific Heritage month at the City Hall on April […]
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Fashion Week LA introduced LouLou Couture ‘s ‘feminine and timeless’ designs

The recent introduction of LouLou Couture at the Los Angeles Fashion Show held at the posh Traxx Restaurant inside the Union Station on Monday March 14th,  was a milestone journey for creative fashion designer Lou Razon, who showcased quite a […]
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Unveiling and blessing of the mosaic image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

In a  recent visit of Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III in the Vatican last December 4, which was witnessed by my friends Stefano and Marie Lami attended, the president expressed his “gratefulness to the Holy See in recognizing the […]
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Alex and Asiang: The Aristocrat family of restaurant’s story

Alex Reyes and Engracia “Asiang” Cruz were both born in the fishing town of Navotas, Rizal. In their youth, they both persevered and worked hard for a living, though the vibrant Asiang only finished her fourth grade, Alex became a […]
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Thankful for each moment we’re privileged to have in this challenging world

This harvest season, as we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26th, we are reminded of the “happy feast” between the Pilgrims and the Indians, according to some stories which apparently happened only “once.” The background story on Thanksgiving, according to author...
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Tips to avoid being annoyed for US-based balikbayans going home for the holidays

America, as they say is the “land of the free,” and for most of us who now have settled here, freedom and independence are both very important to us. However, per my recent visit back home, I missed being the ultra independent […]
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Lourdes Trinidad-Ocampo turns recycled newspapers into intricately-crafted handbags

This author was recently mesmerized by various types of intricately-crafted handbags made of recycled newspapers. The brainchild of Lourdes Trinidad-Ocampo, the handbags carry the name “D’yario” and each handbag is intricately handwoven, handmade and distributed through the...
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Five delightful divas sang nostalgic retro songs

On a balmy Wednesday night, this author was privileged to have been invited by a  friend Linda Mapes, to the “Retro” performance of five delightful singing divas such as: Lirio Vital, Ivy Violan, Djoanna Garcia, Bambi Lopez and Maricar Cabasag at the famous […]