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Still amazed at the recent FBI arrest of California State Senator Leland Yee

The recent FBI arrests on California State Senator Leland Yee and 26 others, which was repeatedly played out on national television and on almost every major national and local publication, has not only shocked me but it kept haunting me, maybe because I met the Senator a couple...
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Valid US passport needed for cruise line booking

A couple of weeks ago, one of this writer’s sons surprised us with an invitation for a four-day cruise, just so we can all be together in one place and bond. Out of sheer excitement just for the thought of having a chance to bond, I immediately responded. Last week, upon...
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The Scarborough Shoal controversy: a personal connection

PART II The group forum centered on the discussion of  UNCLOS III’s convention on December 10, 1982. This marked the “culmination of 16 years of work involving participation by around160 countries, representing all regions of  the world, all legal and political systems and the...
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The Scarborough Shoal controversy: a personal connection

PART I My grandmother was born is Candelaria, Zambales (a town north of Masinloc where the disputed Bajo de Masinloc is located). Though my grandmother and her family (her husband was from Fookien, China) settled in the capital town of Iba, as I recall, we used to go up north and...
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Milestone birthday bash for trio: Carina, Malou and JP

The harsh weather and pouring rain didn’t stop the surprise 70th  birthday bash for “teen-looking” songstress Carina Afable given by her family and close friends at the Verdugo Room of the Castaways Restaurant in Burbank last Saturday, March 1st. Carina’s celebration was not only...
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Fil-Am Headliners: A Deputy DA and a celebrity beauty-maker

by Myrna Aquitania Deputy DA Teresa Pineda Magno bids for LA Superior Court Seat  At a recent “Night of Fine Food and Wine” at Rafi’s Village, in Burbank, this writer was among the guests at the campaign fundraiser for Fil-Am Deputy DA Teresa Pineda Magno in her bid for LA...
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Excitement brewing for Hollywood’s ‘Oscar’ Awards

Myrna Aquitana_Lighthouse On a recent dinner with a media colleague near the famous Hollywood landmarks such as the Chinese Mann Theatre, the Max Factor Building, the Wax Museum, the Kodak Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre, we noticed all the barricades now being built around the...
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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite at the ‘Grammy’s Salute to the Beatles’

Fifty years ago, on February 9, 1964, the Beatles were introduced to America on the Ed Sullivan Show and in order to celebrate, the “Grammy’s Salute to the Beatles” was televised marking the reunion of the remaining Beatles – Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after their...
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City of Beverly Hills celebrate Centennial with star-studded concert

by Myrna Aquitania  On January 28, 2014, the City of Beverly Hills celebrated its 100th year anniversary with a star-studded concert of prominent Beverly Hills artists and sing-along at the famous Saban Theatre. Through the courtesy of media colleague, Evelyn  Portugal,...
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LBC ‘Moves Forward’ through rebranding program

By Myrna Aquitania LBC’s new rebranding program was unveiled at a recent press conference called “Moving LBC Forward” held at Lem Balagot’s LA Rose Cafe in Los Angeles. Most of their corporate staff based in Northern California headed by Patricia Garcia, who manages all of their...