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A Radiant Digital View: Mga Kapuso, Social Media Tips for 2011

Kapuso Abroad: Making and Building a Social Media Community Worldwide
This content curation, originally meant for GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International’s KAPUSO ABROAD community and subscribers worldwide (I’m a public relations consultant, a.k.a. “marketing help,” for GMA Network, Inc. for the US) has been around for a few months. This time, I’m adding it to my blog so there is a greater reach. Not everything is in here — and you are not expected to use all of them. Even I don’t use everything (not right away!).

My sister, @momblogger, and my niece, @darthlaurian, have been extremely helpful all these years in helping me build my non-techie skills — for our higher good!

Pick and choose your mediums for being “social” and “wired.”

Enjoy!


Strategic Millennium Partnerships: USA-Philippines

Federation 2011 – Millennium Challenge Corporation’s PowerPoint Presentation (Portland, OR)

Mae Flores, A Filipina American Actor, stars in “Atlantis Down,” the movie

“I had the pleasure of getting to know Mae Flores, an up & coming Filipino actress. Her natural beauty and talent came through in her big screen debut.”

I found this quote in one of the reviews at the Washington Post for the sci-fi (or syfy) movie, “Atlantis Down.” Congratulations, Mae!

The Los Angeles Premiere of “Atlantis Down” will be shown during the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival on February 20th, 2010 at Mann’s Chinese Theatre.

Mae Flores - Photo by Lorna Dietz atE-2010, NaFFAA, Nov. 20, 2010 Hyatt Burlingame

When I took this photo, Mae Flores was running a fever just before the Opening Plenary Session of the E-2010. Mae was our YP (young Pinoy, young Pinay, young Professional) Opening Plenary Speaker. During those few minutes before the conference started, we had some quiet time, getting to know each other. What a refreshing breath of fresh air this Filipina performing artist brought to the conference! I’m not saying anything more because I would prefer that you get to know Mae Flores. She’s in Los Angeles, California, a Filipina born in Quezon City, raised in Chicago, adopted by Hampton Roads, and ended up at our NaFFAA Empowerment Conference whose theme of “Building the next generation of Community Advocates in an Intergenerational Environment” evoked a kaleidoscope of insights from this elegant young woman.

For the Red Carpet Premiere of “Atlantis Down,’ the movie, I decided to find whatever news was out there about Mae Flores and the movie. Here is my collection. Enjoy it, Mae!

Atlantis Down, the movie

Mae Flores, Filipina actor and performing artist
Mae Flores, Filipina actor and performing artist

A Shout-Out for @FilBookFest! The First Filipino American International Book Festival

If you are a Filipino author, publisher, potential sponsor or advertiser, chef specializing in Filipino cuisine, a cultural performing artist or cultural performing group, or a Filipino heritage or Filipino history lover PLUS book lover, we would like to get together with you — and see how we can make this event a 1 + 1 = 10!

As the event planning becomes more cohesive, seamless, and integrated, we will all become part of the synergy!

Keep coming back to this posting for updates. My Storify.com posting will be updated automatically after I edit it — as the event takes shape.

Here’s a FIRST to BOOKS, very Filipino!

Jan. 22, 2011 at Intramuros Restaurant: Pina Couture by Anthony Cruz Legarda

I always say that it takes a village to raise a child — and the child that Filipino fusion fashion has raised is for a noble cause — that our indigenous weavers in the Philippines do not lose sight of their traditional weaving techniques for the sake of progress: leaving for overseas employment. Anthony Cruz Legarda, ever since I started volunteering with him through ARKITEKNIK, is a couture designer extraordinaire. There is a saying that “Kindred spirits find each other, no matter what.” We are definitely like-minded. I hope to make it to this fashion show fundraiser. Please join me.

Pina Couture by Anthony Cruz Legarda at Intramuros Restaurant
Pina Couture by Anthony Cruz Legarda at Intramuros Restaurant

For Immediate Release

Contact: Anthony Cruz Legarda
Mobile: (415) 577 – 6985
[email protected]

PIÑA COUTURE BY ANTHONY CRUZ LEGARDA

A NIGHT OF HIGH FASHION AND CUISINE

December 2, 2010, San Francisco, CA — Filipino American high fashion makes a grand entrance, accompanied by sumptuous Filipino cuisine during the much-anticipated fashion show, “Piña Couture,” on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM at the Intramuros Music Hall, 101 Brentwood Drive, South San Francisco. Proceeds from this fundraiser fashion show event benefits the master weavers and artisans of the Philippines.

The philosophy of the Anthony Cruz Legarda Fashion House and Textile Design Studio is fusion eco-artwear that combines beautiful Filipino fabrics with modern American sensibility. Fabrics for the collection are hand-woven, embellished, and dyed with natural pigments by indigenous master weavers from the Philippines. This encourages development of eco-entrepreneurship and sustainable fashions by honoring traditional methodologies and fair trade with native artisans.

The signature textile is piña, a high-quality cloth hand-woven from natural pineapple fibers made only in the Philippines. Other variations in the fabric palette include Philippine silk, organic cotton, and other natural and eco-friendly fibers. The workmanship of the collection is a revival of the golden era of Philippine arts and culture. Each piece is opulently hand-woven, embroidered and beaded by Filipino master artisans in Kalibo, Lumban and Iloilo.

The emphasis is the research and development of new hand-woven textiles with organic fibers and natural dyes for the world market. These fabrics are then hand-embroidered and beaded by talented craftspeople from the Philippines. Motifs of the embellishments are a mélange of eastern and western iconography and patterns. Ultimately, these translucent and iridescent textiles feature the technical virtuosity of Filipino master weavers and artisans.

Donation pricing starts at $50.00. For tickets and more information, please contact: Anthony Cruz Legarda 415.577.6985 or
[email protected]
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Pina Couture by Anthony Cruz Legarda at Intramuros Restaurant, Jan. 22, 2011

Oct. 10, 2010: Immigration Attorney Lou Tancinco Launches “Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika,” Season 5 on GMA Pinoy TV

Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika Season 5

Reaching Out to Filipinos with Immigration
Concerns Remains Heart and Soul of Show

Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika - Cast & Crew After a Hard Day at Work

SAN FRANCISCO, October 5, 2010 – Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika, the immigration show that has earned a wide following owing to its sensitive and heartfelt portrayal of concerns impacting the Filipino-American community and their relatives back home in the Philippines returns to its regular programming this Sunday, October 10.

Awaited with much anticipation from loyal viewers across the country, who now includes those who have been piqued by the show’s teasers and those who have heard of the new and improved show format, Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika Season 5 will mark the triumphant return, albeit for the fifth time, of multi-awarded lawyer Lourdes Santos Tancinco to the boob tube, and will usher in as well a new era of what an immigration show ought to be.

The excitement and buzz that is generating over by the show’s upcoming premiere this Sunday has all but buried the many aggravations and heartaches encountered by Tancinco in her pursuit to continue advocating for the immigrants’ cause through the television medium.

In 2007, Tancinco found herself without a network to carry her show. By some twist of fate, GMA Pinoy TV took a gamble on the feisty lawyer’s fledgling show, and soon after a partnership was born.

GMA Pinoy 7 Vice President for International Affairs Joseph Jerome T. Francia reserved the highest compliment for Tancinco when he described the lawyer as the network’s rising star during the show’s launch in September 23.

In his short remarks, Francia told the close circle of family, close friends and associates and a number of the community’s luminaries who gathered at the Bayanihan Center here to show their support to Tancinco, that in his sorties all over the United States to promote the network, Tancinco’s Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika has been one of the most watched programs, and that Tancinco is now one of their most recognizable talents among their stable of stars.

Not to be outdone, Senator Leland Yee, who also attended the launch, has proven to be one of the staunchest supporters fighting for Filipino-Americans’ rights and causes – whether it be for veterans’ benefits or protection of domestic violence victims – spoke glowingly of Tancinco as somebody who literally blossomed under his eyes.

While jokingly clarifying that “he is not that many years older” than Tancinco, Yee told the crowd that he watched Tancinco grow from the reserved young lawyer of years past to the confident and feisty advocate that she has become today.

Yee was among those who supported the show’s premier launch when its pilot show aired in 2006.

While not exactly departing from its goal to educate and inform viewers about their immigration issues and problems, Season 5 of Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika takes on a new challenge by adopting its theme of cultivating roots towards a sustainable immigrant community.

Along this light, the show dwells on family immigration primarily, and is committed to recognizing the many achievements that countless Filipinos who have displayed unprecedented success through sheer talent and hard work making them exemplary models of a generation that have been exposed to the ever growing contentious debate as to whether or not the influx of immigrants is beneficial to this country secondarily.

The immigrant community is at the crossroads, said Tancinco, in explaining how she and the crew behind Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika came up with the 13 episodes that comprise Season 5.

While the episodes of Season 4 dealt on fostering family reunification in general, Season 5 will dwell on the specifics to these processes, Tancinco said. Thus, viewers will be informed of the difficulties that many petitioners who are now undergoing visa processing for their relatives in executing Affidavits of Support amidst the recession and in a climate where unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies are rampant in Season 5’s pilot episode “My Petitioner, My Supporter.” Seeing the growing trend of permanent residents losing their green card as a consequence of “abandonment of residence,” Tancinco will attempt to help green card holders make informed decisions with the episode “Use It or Lose.” In the episode “In God We Trust,” Tancinco will attempt to showcase why fraud will not get those who are aspiring to enter the country as religious workers will not get them anywhere. Just because one sang in a church choir back home does not entitle that person the right to come here as a religious worker, she said.

Tancinco and her production team, headed by her executive producer Leonardo de Asis Jr., have devoted long hours in fine-tuning the episodes to make these more fun and exciting to the viewers by enlisting professional actors, including noted comedian Louella Albornoz and Los Angeles actor Josef Malonzo, in their mini-teledrama on the Visa 101 segment.

Season 5 will also see Tancinco hosting the show with a different co-host. Tancinco’s loss was the Quezon City government’s gain when long-time co-host Roderick Paulate of four seasons had to leave the show after winning a council seat. For Season 5, the co-host seat will be warmed up by a noted personality with many hats – singer, actor, director and entrepreneur Randy Santiago.

According to Tancinco, her co-host has hit the ground running. While acknowledging that not only his pedigree but also his sense of humor that have made her co-host a household name in the Philippines, Tancinco is not oblivious to the fact that her co-host came on board to be able to help out, which should be just the right boost that Tancinco needs. Add that to her network’s commitment of touching hearts and enriching lives, viewers can expect a winner with Tancinco’s Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika Season 5.

Written by: Milagros Wilfreda B. Roldan

Photo by: Kelly Kalagayan

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