Daily Archives: May 14, 2016


For Immediate Release
4th HFT  PH (118th)  Independence Day Committee (4HFTIDC)
Contact: Arturo P.Garcia
Phone; (323)640-4056/213(399-5042
May 14, 2016

13064709_1086434011399471_1987925634195613361_oLos Angeles—Mabuhay ang Ika-118 Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas!

The 4th  Historic Filipinotown PH Independence Parade Committee
(4HFTIDC) cordially invite all FilAm organizations  to the 4th
Historic FIlipinotown Kalayaan Parade, June 4, 2016. At 9;00 AM

Assembly time is 8;00 at the assembly area in front of the Silver
lake Medical Center (SLMC). The parade will start promptly at 9;00 AM
around the Historic Filipinotown.

The 4HFTIDC planning meeting will be every Monday at 3:00 PM at the
Filipino American Service Group Inc.(FASGI) House at 135 N. Parkview
St.Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Sponsoring Organizations

The 17 organization that s composed the 4HFT Independence Day
Committee: are  District 13 Office Of Council Member Mitch O’ Farrel,
Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC), People’s CORE ,
Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI), Southern California
Filipino Dental Society (SCFDS), Knights of Rizal (KOR)-Historic
Filipinotown Chapter ,Pangasinan Brotherhood -USA Inc, Justice for
FIlipino American Veterans(JFAV).

Philippine Institute of Language Arts and Culture  inc. (PILAC) and
the FIlipino American Community of Los Angeles Inc.(FACLA).Outreach For ChristianFellowship,City of Carson and Philippine Independence Day Foundation Inc.

Pitzer Students Visits PCORE and FASGI, October 15, 2015

Binibining Pilipinas 2016, LAKAMBINI NG KALAYAAN 2016, Queen of
Asia and Pacific (QAP),Cordillera Association of Los Angeles ,
Sapphire Media Regency(SMR),Cordillera Association of Los Angeles,
FILAM INQUIRER and many more.

Organizations have been invited to join the Planning meeting, the
4HFTIDC every Monday at 3:00 PM at FASGI.

Let us  actively take part on the 4th Historic Filipinotown PH Independence Day Parade on Saturday, June 04, 2016.



Post Election Analysis: Why The Low Turn Out in OAV Abroad

May 14, 2016

Post Election Analysis: Why The Low Turn Out in OAV Abroad

By Arturo P. Garcia

Debates 2016

Despite the fact that the OAV voting was a record success during the last May 2016 Presidential elections globally, it was still a low turn out. And this is the reason why.

In the United States with more FilAms participating than the past elections, still Is it Is it the Philippine Ambassador Jose Cusia was not satisfied with the results of the last elections.

Why? Particularly in Los Angeles where the largest concentration of Filipinos is, Los Angeles has the lowest voters turn-out with more than 8,000 votes out of the 54,000 registered OAV.

The main reason with the low turn-out is the fact the Philippine Consulate did not do an aggressive education and OAV outreach for the May 9 elections.

Unllike during the time of CG Mary Aragon, Barbers and Dan Espiritu, the present Congen Lim was not as aggressive. He is more engrossed with high society affairs and big business outreach than community outreach.

We remember the Congen who came from Chicago who said, ”just come and drop-by the office and let talks over a cup of coffee” when he first came to LA. But later, whenever we dropped by his office, he is elsewhere.Is this because of his management style?

Some says,the Congen micro-manage the Consulate. The media is hard up to interview him or his staff at the consulate. Their typical answer when interviewed is that –“ talk to the Congen.” Very different from his predecessor who spent time with the media and are focused on OAV outreach during their term.LA Filams feels he is “suplado” or he is unapproachable

But we cannot blame the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the COMELEC for the low-turn out of the OAV voting globally. The problem is more systemic.

The big thing that turned off a lot of Filipino-Americans especially the youth is the rise of Fil-Am bashing in the Philippines and here in the United States. That is in the case of Senator Grace Poe. Some of her opponent like Mayor Digong Duterte, Mar Roxas, Binay Miriam Santiago called her an “AmGirl” and “not Filipino.” This is blatant racism. A small Nation Chauvinism at its worse.

A lot of dual citizens were turned off because of this shameless name-calling and ultra-nationalism, A Filipino dual citizen, Dr Orlando Cagampan asked,” When we remit million to the homeland, we care called “new heroes. When we ran for office, we are not FiIipinos. What is that?”

If we will just hang on the patriotism of Filipinos abroad. In the united States, we cannot blame Filipinos from far away Texas, Nevada,Arizona and New Mexico to come to Los Angeles just to vote. Much as we cannot rely on the mailing system of the crisis wracked US Postal Service.

This also happened abroad. Filipinos in Italy,Canada and elsewhere did not receive their mail-in ballots on time.They have to rush to their consulates and embassies just to vote/ ow about the others? They will just ignore the elections.

The DFA and Amb.Jose Cusia must learn from this debacle. With high registration, it is not commensurate to the low turn out of voting for the OAV’s in this country.They should study the on-line voting in the United States or put up election centers in FilAm areas not only limit in in the consulates.

They should also send the mail-in ballots in advance. Say, two to one month ahead like what they do in the United States. That is to make sure that the snail mail will come on time. That’s why it is called snail mail.

As Steve Angeles of Balitang America pointed out in his report, “ Its so low, more than the desired result.”



JFAV Updates

May 14, 2016


MHC 2016Fairfax,Virginia— Ready for june 8, 2016. When the Department of Homeland Security is ready to process the application for ‘parole” for veterans and their survivors

The parole provisions of the Obama’s latest Executive order will reunited the remaining Filipino World War II Veterans with their immediate families from the Philippines in an expedited way.

The Migrant Heritage Commission(MHC) Executive Director and JFAV Counsel Atty.Arnedo Valera with the the Filipino Veterans of WWII an ACFV’ s Eric Lachica in Washington DC-Virginia area.

Preparing for the “parole” applications by the DHS after almost a one year of waiting for the guidelines.”