by Myrna Aquitania
Soon in three days, 2013 will just be a memory. But before that happens, this writer would like to look back and remember the significant LA community and Philippine events that happened in 2013.
On Martin Luther King holiday in January, 2013, State Senator Leland Yee met with some of us, media representatives and announced his “political plans of seeking the post of Secretary of State,” where he mentioned that the “Asians will be the largest number of immigrants in the United States and that the Filipinos comprise the largest number in that Asian group.;”
“Fides Ecclesiae” a one-night Broadway-inspired unprecedented concert/show in February, depicting the lives of St. Pedro Calungsod and St. Kateri Tekakawitha which starred Bishop Solis along with 17 priests, Alexandra Ramos and Ruben Cuatrona, was shown at the historical Pantages Theatre and produced by the Filipino Priest Association of Los Angeles;
In March, the Asian Film Festival was held at the NoHo district of North Hollywood, where Pinay achiever, Eileen Soong, was the recipient of the “Best Actress of the Year” Award.
In April, the Philippine Consulate’s office hosted the Awarding Ceremonies to the three winners of the First Essay Writing Competition, chaired by Evelyn Portugal and sponsored by the FAPCLA (1978), Inc;
In May, the Estacion Foundation awarded 12 Philippine college scholarships to deserving youth back home;
In June, LA Pinoys celebrated Independence Day and Santacruzan at the Historic Filipinotown;
In July, Pinoy dance achievers performed in the Bollywood Dance Fusion at the Famous Ford Amphithteatre;
In August, NAM/OFGG observed the 30th Anniversary of Ninoy Aquino’s Martyrdom;
In September, the 10 billion peso PDAF scam of Janet Lim-Napoles was discovered and while she’s in jail, further investigation is still ongoing;
In October, the historical churches in Bohol was destroyed by the earthquake;
In November, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated Eastern Visayas;
In December, ongoing fundraising, relief efforts and humanitarian aid still pours into our country to help rebuild the lives of thousands of displaced people in Eastern Visayas and its neighboring islands;
As we welcome 2014, let us all hope that we can re-learn to trust our political leaders back home and be able to help in whatever means we can, to the ongoing relief effort and reach out particularly to those people in need of basic living environment in the Philippines. May 2014 bring all of us abundant blessings of good health and prosperity. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you, our BALITA gentle readers!