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TFC Celebrates Filipino American History Month; Catch the events this week starting today

For Filipino American History Month, Next Day Better launched “A Filipino American Story” in partnership with AARP.

Watch our Fil-Am story here:

To kick off community celebrations for the month of October, here are the TFC-supported events of this week:

1. The Annual Plaridel Awards of Philippine-American Press Club, USA

The Philippine American media have been providing news and information to the community for more than 50 years. At present, total monthly circulation of the combined major publications in print/online and broadcast is approximately 3 million nationwide. For more information on The Plaridel Awards please visit

Meet your favorite journalists and community leaders TONIGHT!!!

Livestream at the PAPC-USA FB Account at:


Celebrate and Acknowledge Outstanding

Filipino American Journalists, and Torch Bearer Awardees

Deputy Consul Jaime Ramon Ascalon

Yolanda Stern of One World Institute

and Janet Alvarado of The Alvarado Project

Thursday, October 5, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Kalayaan Hall

Philippine Consulate General

447 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Please get your tickets at 

Students at 50% discount with ID


2. 2017 Seacology Prize Ceremony & Reception | Berkeley

Thursday, October 5, 2017 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE* 
David Brower Center | 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

The Seacology Prize is an international award given each year to an indigenous islander for exceptional achievement in preserving the environments and cultures of the world’s islands.

The prize highlights the heroic efforts of people who seldom receive any publicity – indigenous leaders who risk their own lives and well-being to help their community and preserve the biodiversity of their home.

One of the awardees tonight is Regina Paz L. Lopez is the Chairman of the Philippines’ biggest non-government organization, the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. She pioneered internationally acclaimed programs for child abuse prevention, environment protection and educational television.

She was instrumental in the reforestation of the La Mesa Nature reserve, a 2,700 hectare denuded forest located at the nation’s capital, the rehabilitation of the toxic Pasig River and the promotion of community-based ecotourism projects in a staunch effort to stop destructive mining activities around the country.

Lopez is a recipient of the United Nations Grand Award for Excellence for pioneering BANTAY BATA 163, the country’s first rescue hotline for child abuse reports. She is also the first Southeast Asian to be honored with a UNESCO Kalinga Award for her work in the promotion of science education.


3. City of Carson’s Kick-Off of Filipino American History Month

As October approaches, the City of Carson, California prepares to kick off the month-long celebration of Filipino-American History Month with an impressive showcase of Filipino talent. 

The kick-off festivities on Saturday, October 7th, will be held at the Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center starting at 9:00 a.m. located at 801 E. Carson Street.  This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Headlining this year’s event are The Filharmonic and Geneva Cruz.  ABS-CBN TFC is bringing The Filharmonic, an Los Angeles-based a capella group featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, “The Sing-Off”, and featured in the Universal Pictures hit movie, “Pitch Perfect 2”, which became a viral sensation. In 2016, The Filharmonic was named the #1 college-booked entertainment group of the year, bringing their unique blend of hip hop, pop and 90s nostalgia to more than 150 stages nationwide.  Geneva Cruz is an award-winning singer and actress who began her career in 1989 as one of the lead singers of the double platinum-selling teen group Smokey Mountain with massively popular classics that include “Anak ng Pasig” (named Best Pop Song in 1992 by the Catholic Mass Media Awards in the Philippines), “Ang Gaan ng Feeling”, “In the Name of Love”, and “Kailan”.  Cruz also became the first and youngest Grand Prize winner of the “The Voice of Asia” in Russia in 1992.

Performances at the event include songs from the City of Carson 2016 FilAms Got Talent Winner Therese Masangcay, vocalists Joni Villamil and Michael Keith, comedian Joseph Gelito, and a dance number from 2016 World Championship of Performing Arts winner Junior New System. The Annual FilAms Got Talent 2017 singing contest will also be held.

A program featuring awards for community leadership, youth achievement, and heroism will take place at the event.  The awardees are Melissa Ramoso, Joanna Concepcion, Jesus-Alex Cainglet, and Marcelino Ines Jr. for Community Leadership.  Other awardees include Wilfredo Credo (Heroism), Kamille Magante and Angelica Tan for Youth Achievement.

4. Fil-Am International Book Fest opens in early October in San Francisco

The Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival (FilBookFest4), an event focusing on publications by Filipino writers and artists around the world, will take place on October 6-8, 2017, at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Main Public Library.

FilBookFest4 will be presented by the Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), along with the Filipino American Center (SFPL), the San Francisco Public Library, the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, and other community partners.

The festival’s theme, Pamana: Creating Legacy, encapsulates PAWA’s aim to create meaningful legacies for future generations through written and artistic works. Publications by talented and respected authors and artists from the Philippines, Singapore, Australia and the United States will be spotlighted. Expected to attend are a number of Filipino authors from across the United States who will participate in readings and panels.

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Catch our next announcement of more exciting community events to happen this month!


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