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The Asian Journal mirrors the phenomenal growth of the Filipino American (FilAm) community in the United States. From a small staff and humble beginnings, it has grown into one of the biggest FilAm publishing firms in America. Presently, top caliber writers, artists and creative people come together to give FilAms well-balanced, relevant and informative editions weekly.

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Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) and Keith "One Time" Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) appear at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in #Las...
07/20/2019

Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) and Keith "One Time" Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) appear at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in #LasVegas on Friday, July 19 for the final weigh-in ahead of their match on Saturday, July 20 at the same venue. Pacquiao and Thurman both weighed in at 146 1/2 pounds. | AJPress photos by Noel Ty

Will you be watching the fight tomorrow night?

#PacquiaoThurman

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the #Philippines will remain in the United Nations Human Rights Counci...
07/19/2019
PH won’t withdraw from UNHRC – Locsin

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the #Philippines will remain in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) despite the Council’s approval of a resolution calling for an international review of the country’s war on illegal drugs.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday, July 16,  said the Philippines will remain in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) despite the Council’s approval of a resolution calling for an international review of the country’s war on illegal drugs. “UNHRC vote is a sm...

“Since the president signed that law, it means that he recognizes the need [for] that law. And since he is the chief e...
07/18/2019
Panelo: Duterte will be the first one to obey ‘Bawal Bastos’ law

“Since the president signed that law, it means that he recognizes the need [for] that law. And since he is the chief enforcer of all laws of the Philippines, he will be the first one to obey the law,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said during a Palace briefing.

Malacañang on Tuesday, July 16, said that President Rodrigo Duterte will be the first to follow the recently signed “Bawal Bastos” law, which penalizes catcalling and other gender-based harassment in public spaces and online. According to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, Duterte recog...

Exhibition series PULO Project is back until August at Please Do Not Enter & The NoMad Hotel, Los Angeles with a new set...
07/18/2019
From skin-colored ternos to Philippine-inspired scents: Pulo Project rolls out second wave of art and design installations in LA

Exhibition series PULO Project is back until August at Please Do Not Enter & The NoMad Hotel, Los Angeles with a new set of #Filipino & #FilipinoAmerican art, design and fashion, such as skin-colored ternos and Philippine-inspired scent experiences.

FILIPINO exhibition series Pulo Project is back until August with a new set of art, design and fashion from Filipino and Filipino American creatives.  Born as a “passion project” by Filipina American curator and designer Michelle Aquino, Pulo Project popped up at the downtown Los Angeles flags...

President Rodrigo #Duterte has signed into law the 'anti-bastos' bill, which seeks to prevent gender-based sexual harass...
07/17/2019
Duterte signs bill that punishes ‘sexist’ remarks

President Rodrigo #Duterte has signed into law the 'anti-bastos' bill, which seeks to prevent gender-based sexual harassment from occurring in streets, public places, online workplaces, and educational and training institutions.

‘Anti-bastos’ bill seeks to prevent sexual harassment, including catcalling President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the anti-bastos bill, which seeks to prevent gender-based sexual harassment from occurring in streets, public places, online workplaces, and educational and training institut...

#ICE agents were expected to detain an estimated 2,000 undocumented immigrants in raids that the #Trump administration s...
07/17/2019
ICE raids targeting 2,000 quietly go underway

#ICE agents were expected to detain an estimated 2,000 undocumented immigrants in raids that the #Trump administration said started over the weekend for an undetermined amount of time.

No signs of massive raids in Los Angeles, other major cities Over the weekend, the Trump administration said that federal immigration officials have begun a nationwide operation targeting undocumented immigrants in 10 cities who have been given a court order to be deported.  According to Immigrati...

“This bill seeks to further promote the production of Filipino indie films and provide support to filmmakers, includin...
07/17/2019
Poe files bill seeking to promote PH movies

“This bill seeks to further promote the production of Filipino indie films and provide support to filmmakers, including aspiring ones, who operate on meager budgets to produce their artistic craft,” said Poe in the bill’s explanatory note.

Two separate bills seeking to promote local movies and film tourism have been filed by Senator Mary Grace Poe. Under the proposed Philippine Independent Film Incentives Act of 2019, up to P5 million in incentives will be granted to production outfits of award-winning movies. P5 million will also be....

Staunch #StarWars fans can now design their living rooms to look like a galaxy far, far away with high-end themed furnit...
07/17/2019
Filipino industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue launches Star Wars furniture

Staunch #StarWars fans can now design their living rooms to look like a galaxy far, far away with high-end themed furniture and home accessories by Filipino designer KENNETH COBONPUE.

Staunch Star Wars fans will be pleased to know they can now design their living rooms to look like a galaxy far, far away with high-end themed furniture and home accessories. Filipino industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue — named Designer of the Year at Maison & Objet, a prestigious French furnitur...

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is expected to allow customers to make transactions via credit card bu...
07/16/2019
California DMV to allow customers to pay with credit card — but at a cost

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is expected to allow customers to make transactions via credit card but will charge a fee.

THIS year, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is expected to allow customers to make transactions via credit card but will charge a fee.  Currently, the DMV does accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards through internet, over-the-phone transactions and pay...

OP-ED: "In 2016, only 50 percent of eligible Filipino American voters participated in the presidential election...As a c...
07/16/2019
Why Fil-Ams should care about the 2020 Elections

OP-ED: "In 2016, only 50 percent of eligible Filipino American voters participated in the presidential election...As a community, we can — and must — do better this time around. From the economy to health care, climate change to the Supreme Court, there’s simply too much at stake for us to sit on the sidelines."

#2020election National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)

By Jason Tengco In 2016, only 50 percent of eligible Filipino American voters participated in the presidential election. Let me repeat: only half of us voted in 2016. As a community, we can — and must — do better this time around. From the economy to health care, climate change to the Supreme Co...

The UN Human Rights Council resolution seeks an investigation into the #Philippines' rising death toll, which has been d...
07/15/2019
PH rejects UN resolution to investigate drug war

The UN Human Rights Council resolution seeks an investigation into the #Philippines' rising death toll, which has been disputed, ranging from 6,600 individuals according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to around 27,000 based to human rights groups’ estimates.

The Philippines on Thursday, July 11 rejected a United Nations resolution that mandates a “comprehensive” international review of the drug war that has been ongoing since President Rodrigo Duterte took office three years ago.  The United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) resolution seek...

“But at the age of 40, I’m not thinking about my age. I’m thinking about making my fans happy," Manny Pacquiao sai...
07/15/2019
Pacquiao remains confident ahead of July 20 fight against Thurman

“But at the age of 40, I’m not thinking about my age. I’m thinking about making my fans happy," Manny Pacquiao said ahead of his July 20 fight against Keith "One Time" Thurman.

With less than 10 days to go until Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s fight with Keith “One Time”  Thurman, Pacquiao assured that he was feeling good and finishing training camp strong. “They’re very excited. It’s the biggest challenge they’ve had in a long time,” said Pacquiao’s long...

The Philippines, currently the 13th most populous country, is expected to grow twice in size by 2058.
07/14/2019
PH population to double by 2058

The Philippines, currently the 13th most populous country, is expected to grow twice in size by 2058.

The Philippines’ population is predicted to grow twice its size by 2058, according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia. Since the last census conducted in 2015, the country’s population rate has already slowed down at 1.76 a year. “Under this growth rate, our population, which i...

70-year-old Julius Rondez, an employee of the #LosAngeles Department of Water and Power for over 30 years, was on his wa...
07/14/2019
Suspect arrested in broad daylight killing of 70-year-old Filipino man in LA

70-year-old Julius Rondez, an employee of the #LosAngeles Department of Water and Power for over 30 years, was on his way home when he was struck by the assailant.

The suspect in the deadly attack of a 70-year-old Filipino man was arrested on Thursday, July 11 after being detained in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) authorities said that Gerson Carrillo Torres, 22, has been booked on suspicion of murder with his bail set at $2 million...

Philippine Martial law victims and their relatives confronted American lawyer Robert Swift about why they were taken off...
07/13/2019
Delisted martial law victims, kin confront lawyer Swift

Philippine Martial law victims and their relatives confronted American lawyer Robert Swift about why they were taken off the official list of people to be awarded compensation after winning the Hawaii class action suit that resulted in a nearly $2-billion award.

Delisted martial law victims and their relatives on Tuesday, July 9,  confronted American lawyer Robert Swift about why they were taken off the official list of people to be awarded compensation after winning the Hawaii class action suit that resulted in a nearly $2-billion award for some 6,000 ma...

Catch the last weekend of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, featuring several #Filipino performers, this Saturday...
07/13/2019
41st Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival: A celebration of culture, dance and music

Catch the last weekend of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, featuring several #Filipino performers, this Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14 at UC Berkeley.

Catch the largest and longest-running event in North America in its last weekend, July 13 and 14 NEARLY 500 Northern California artists presenting dance and music from more than 17 world cultures spanning four continents performed onstage during the first weekend of the annual San Francisco Ethnic D...

07/13/2019
Tsismis aims to be NYC’s newest Filipino hangout

“It has to be a little bit different. Not better because there is nothing better than your mother’s or grandmother’s cooking. We don’t aspire to compete with that. We just want to showcase what we have created and have a place for you to come and hang out,” Executive Chef Jappy Afzelius said of Tsismis NYC.

After a long and arduous journey, Tsismis NYC finally opened its doors last month to hordes of hungry diners. We went on their third week and noticed that the hostess turned away at least five parties wanting to eat because the restaurant was running full house that evening. “We’re all about pro...

In her bid for the White House, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released an #immigration plan this week, a few da...
07/12/2019
Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren releases immigration plan following meeting with AAPI voters in Las Vegas

In her bid for the White House, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released an #immigration plan this week, a few days after meeting with #AAPI community members in #LasVegas who posed questions about fixing the broken system.

#ElizabethWarren #2020Election

IN her bid for the White House, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released an immigration plan this week, a few days after meeting with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members in Las Vegas who posed questions about fixing the broken system. “Our immigration system makes A...

No need to be sad about Rice Bar closing in #DowntownLA — the space has been taken over by #FilipinoAmerican chef AC B...
07/12/2019
No need to bring your own ‘Baon’: Fil-Am chef AC Boral opens new restaurant in LA

No need to be sad about Rice Bar closing in #DowntownLA — the space has been taken over by #FilipinoAmerican chef AC Boral's Baon, which features rice bowls (from pork belly adobo to laing), small plates & desserts like ube suman.

#filipinofood #filipinofoodmovement

WHEN news spread that Filipino American chef Charles Olalia’s four-year-old Rice Bar was closing down in May, many loyal customers deemed it a loss for lunchtime eats in Downtown Los Angeles.  But when one door closes, another one opens. The 275-square-foot restaurant along 7th Street was quickl...

3.4 million tourists were recorded to have visited the #Philippines for the first five months of 2019 -- a 9.76 percent ...
07/11/2019
DOT: 3.4-M tourists visited PH January-May 2019

3.4 million tourists were recorded to have visited the #Philippines for the first five months of 2019 -- a 9.76 percent increase from the same period last year-- according to the Department of Tourism - Philippines.

A total of 3,489,270 tourists were recorded to have visited the Philippines for the first five months of 2019, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT). Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the numbers — which mark a 9.76 percent increase from the same period last year — are very e...

Prominent international human rights lawyer #AmalClooney will join the legal team representing #MariaRessa, the award-wi...
07/11/2019
Amal Clooney to represent Rappler’s Maria Ressa in press freedom fight

Prominent international human rights lawyer #AmalClooney will join the legal team representing #MariaRessa, the award-winning Filipino journalist currently facing several criminal charges along with online news site #Rappler.

PROMINENT international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will join the legal team representing Maria Ressa, the award-winning Filipino journalist currently facing several criminal charges along with online news site Rappler. “Maria Ressa is a courageous journalist who is being persecuted for repor...

“Now I say, you bring your planes, your boats to [the] South China Sea. Fire the first shot and we’ll behind you. Le...
07/10/2019
Duterte dares US to declare war vs China

“Now I say, you bring your planes, your boats to [the] South China Sea. Fire the first shot and we’ll behind you. Let’s do this and see who’s going down,” #Duterte said.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, July 5, dared the United States to declare war against China following criticisms he received over his handling of the maritime dispute between Manila and Beijing. “We can never win a war with China. But I hope that China would not overdo things also because th...

“An impeachment not only is misplaced, it is absolutely baseless in fact and in law...As a friendly advice, we suggest...
07/09/2019
Impeachment claims vs Duterte ‘baseless’ — Palace

“An impeachment not only is misplaced, it is absolutely baseless in fact and in law...As a friendly advice, we suggest that these people first conduct a reality check to avoid embarrassment,” Presidential Spokesperson #SalvadorPanelo said in response to calls for #Duterte’s impeachment over his handling of the #RectoBank incident.

Impeachment complaints against President Rodrigo Duterte are “baseless,” Malacañang said on Friday, July 5.  In response to criticism over Duterte’s handling of the Recto Bank incident, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told media that any impeachment raps against the president may ...

As the United States celebrated its independence last week on July 4, freedom took on a new meaning for Fedelina Lugasan...
07/09/2019
Enslaved in the US for decades: 83-year-old Filipina celebrates life and freedom for the first time this 4th of July

As the United States celebrated its independence last week on July 4, freedom took on a new meaning for Fedelina Lugasan, a victim of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - As the country celebrated its independence this week on 4th of July, freedom takes on a new meaning for Fedelina Lugasan, a victim of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.  For decades, the 83-year-old Filipina was enslaved and coerced into a life of domestic servitude without pa...

While training for his upcoming July 20 bout, Senator Manny Pacquiao filed a number of bills including one to establish ...
07/08/2019
Pacquiao files bill for Department of Homeland Security in PH

While training for his upcoming July 20 bout, Senator Manny Pacquiao filed a number of bills including one to establish a Department of Homeland Security to protect the #Philippines' borders against terrorism and other transnational crimes.

Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao filed a measure this week seeking to establish a Department of Homeland Security to protect the country’s borders against terrorists and other transnational crimes. The bill, which was released to the media on Wednesday, July 3, said the government agency would .....

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles launched a new website as part of an initiative to combat and prevent ex...
07/08/2019
New website seeks to combat visa abuse and protect Filipino migrant workers

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles launched a new website as part of an initiative to combat and prevent exploitation, abuse and trafficking of #Filipino migrant workers who hold temporary work #visas in the United States.

A NEW website was launched this week as a part of an initiative to combat and prevent exploitation, abuse and trafficking of Filipino migrant workers who hold temporary work visas in the United States. The legal and civil rights nonprofit organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (A...

President Rodrigo #Duterte has reportedly accepted U.S. President Donald #Trump’s invitation to visit Washington, Phil...
07/07/2019
Duterte’s trip to the US in the works

President Rodrigo #Duterte has reportedly accepted U.S. President Donald #Trump’s invitation to visit Washington, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Romualdez said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has reportedly accepted U.S. President Donald Trump’s invitation to visit Washington, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Romualdez said on Wednesday, July 3. In 2017, Duterte swore he would never step foot in America after a U.S. congressman said he should not be w.....

#FilipinoAmerican Republican Ron Villanueva was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a list of charges including...
07/07/2019
Fil-Am former Virginian delegate gets 2.5 years for defrauding federal govt

#FilipinoAmerican Republican Ron Villanueva was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a list of charges including “falsifying records and helping others file false documents.”

Celebrated state delegate Ron Villanueva sentenced to prison Former Virginia delegate and Virginia Beach councilman Ron Villanueva was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on Tuesday, July 2 on multiple charges of fraud against the federal government. Earlier this year, the Filipino American....

ICYMI: 261 guests were treated for food poisoning after consuming a packed lunch consisting of chicken adobo, boiled egg...
07/06/2019
Food poisoning victims at Imelda Marcos’ birthday party urged to seek treatment

ICYMI: 261 guests were treated for food poisoning after consuming a packed lunch consisting of chicken adobo, boiled egg, and rice at former first lady Imelda #Marcos’ birthday.

Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is urging all those who attended the 90th birthday party of former first lady Imelda Marcos to seek immediate medical attention if they start experiencing various symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. This is in light of the suspected food poisoning.....

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