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December 21, 2016


By Arturo P. Garcia

Los Angeles- – Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter James Taylor took to social media to announce the cancellation of his Manila concert next year, saying he needs to make a political stand.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday (Manila time), Taylor cited the increasing number of deaths related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“I’ve been eagerly looking to play for my Philippine audience ever since we added Manila to our tour of the Pacific this coming February, so it saddens me to cancel our concert there,” he wrote.

“I don’t think of my music as being particularly political, but sometimes one is called upon to make a political stand.”

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He continued: “The scourge of addiction is a worldwide problem and does serious harm, not only to the addict but to our society. For a sovereign nation to prosecute and punish, under the law, those responsible for the illegal trade in drugs, is, of course, understandable, even commendable; but recent reports from the Philippines of summary executions of suspected offenders without trial or judicial process are deeply concerning and unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law.”

Taylor went on to apologize “for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause my Filipino friends.”

“All tickets sold, of course, will be fully refunded. I am grateful to my promoter, Renen de Guia, for his patience and understanding,” he said, adding that his concerts in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand will still push through.

Taylor is known for his songs “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “Something in the Way She Moves,” “Mexico” and “Shower the People,” among others.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.




December 21, 2016


Los Angeles -In the light of Russia’s Putin and Japan’s Abe talks, we must also learn about it with the Philippines and China’s warming up relations under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Putin and Abe discussing trade and globalization: TPP and the disputed islands that Japan surrendered to the Soviets in 1945 and in 1951 when Japan sought to join the United Nations.

The RT article also said, ” I’m not sure I understand the conflict over the Russian islands. Japan’s Peace Treaty in 1951, submitted to the UN– a condition for it’s acceptance into the UN–renounced many of their territories it claimed during WWII and before. Japan surrendered those islands by treaty, and those islands seem like a small price to pay considering the massive loss of Russian lives during the war.

Understanding that the U.S. had monopolized the Peace proceedings at the UN and prevented the PRC from participating, I can only conclude that the Soviet Union also did not participate…If anyone knows those details, I’d like to know.

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1. Korea went to Korea, but North and South were divided and are still technically at war;

2. Formosa and Pescadores aka Taiwan and Penghu were occupied by the U.S. military, essentially providing protection to the Kuomintang Government of the Republic of China after they lost to the PRC;

3. Kurile and the portion of Sakhalin that it acquired as a
consequence of the treaty of Portsmouth in 1905 and should have been given to the Soviets;

4. The Pacific Islands that were under Japanese Mandate, were put under U.S. trusteeship– with Guam and the Marianas still territories of the U.S. and the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Micronesia still under heavy U.S. influence;

5. all rights to the Antarctic area;

6. The Spratley and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea were returned to “China.13582127_984331211679635_4040789833710743964_o

” I put China in quotes because at the time of this treaty, the US refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the PRC, and other member states rejected the inclusion of the ROC, so neither was present during the treaty signing. Instead French-controlled Vietnam tried to claim Nansha and Xisha, but both Chinas objected.

Once the PRC was recognized at the UN, Nansha and Xisha remained under PRC administered territory.

Taiwan does not have a seat at the UN and is still occupied by the US military.

Also, included in the treaty were Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands which was put under US “sole administering authority” and handed to Japan in 1972.

Their independence should have been reasserted, but because of the Korean and Vietnam wars the U.S. wanted Okinawa, especially after giving the Philippines it’s independence (while keeping its bases there).”

Thus, Russia and Japan’s talks about Kurils has its implications to Asia and the world and also for the cause of world peace.



December 18, 2016


By Luis V. Teodoro13620168_1267189539973023_1546217399480246871_n

Los Angeles–Then-candidate Rodrigo Duterte described himself as a “socialist” and a “leftist” during the May 2016 campaign. He hasn’t made the same claim since, and, despite his appointment of two presumed leftists to the Cabinet, there isn’t a shadow of socialist thought or principle in either his statements or his emerging policies.

What the entire country has been getting since Duterte assumed the presidency, in addition to the usual profanities, is a mulish obsession with drugs, drugs, drugs. It’s as if the trade in illegal drugs and drug abuse were the country’s only problem, and the one single thing that defines existence in these 7,000 islands of 100 million people.

Noticeably absent are meaningful initiatives to realize the pledge to end poverty and corruption. A visit by the Secretary of Health to socialist Cuba to look into how that country managed to develop a universal health care system that’s the envy of many countries has come and gone without any visible impact on reforming the Philippines’ own profit-oriented, mostly privately run health care system, in which whether an individual lives or dies depends on his or her capacity to pay.

Neither has anything been done so far to put some substance into a declaration that the country has to develop a State-controlled steel industry so the country can industrialize like its neighbors Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and China. Despite his unstoppable urge to rant and rave over the littlest issue, not a single syllable has issued from Duterte’s lips on the need for a land reform program unhampered by the gaping loopholes of past programs that have allowed what has been described as the worst land tenancy system on the planet to persist.

State ownership and control of the most crucial sectors of the economy, private ownership of which has prevented their being focused on addressing poverty and providing adequate social services such as health care and education, is at the heart of any attempt at socialist development.

duterte-joma-sisonHopes were high in the early days of the Duterte regime that the resumption of peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), should the talks continue to the discussion of social and economic changes, given Duterte’s declared socialist predisposition, could yield agreements on the adoption of semi-socialist reforms such as a low cost universal health care system and free education up to the tertiary level.

Duterte’s declaration that he would pursue an independent foreign policy — which the NDFP supports and has been identified with socialist states, but is merely sound policy in today’s world — was also thought to usher in a new era in Philippine foreign relations.

Those hopes have since been dissipated by the focus on the “war” on drugs and its current and impending costs. Even Duterte’s “independent foreign policy” has foundered on the shoals of that “war,” US approval of which, he has implied, will shape the country’s relations with its former colonizer, which is surely a confused appreciation of the state of the world today and what economic and political forces shape the conduct of foreign relations. (Like Duterte, his phone pal US president-elect Donald Trump also disdains human rights and has declared that he approves of torturing suspected enemies of the United States.)

But the most disturbing cost of the Duterte “war” on drugs has been the number of individuals killed in police operations and by alleged vigilantes: over 5,000 so far and counting. Included in this number are both the innocent as well as small-time drug pushers and users who have surrendered and expressed their desire to reform.

He has belatedly promised to look into extrajudicial killings (EJKs). But rather than hold the police to account, Duterte has repeatedly declared that he will protect the police from prosecution. His latest statement went as far as to assure policemen who may be accused of crimes related to the anti-drug campaign that he “will not allow” them to go to jail.

The implication is that a policeman charged in court for, let us say, the extrajudicial killing of a drug suspect, can depend on Duterte to prevent his conviction. The President of the Philippines is practically saying that he will interfere with court proceedings by presumably using his influence to make sure that even those guilty of EJKs are not imprisoned.

Duterte has also declared that lawyers who defend individuals accused of drug-related crimes should be held accountable for accepting such cases.

The Constitutional right of the accused to representation and the lawyer’s obligation to see to the realization of that right would be, in the eyes of the regime, criminal offenses, in the same way that Duterte himself has not only accused human rights defenders of shielding criminals — he has even threatened them.14305444_10154554963460229_5378197365707566155_o

The regime’s lawyers, and probably Duterte himself, have apparently forgotten — or have never realized — that human rights are so-called because they are inherent in every human being and inalienable, and have been so recognized in civilized societies since the Enlightenment, which has been a part of the universal human legacy for nearly three centuries.

Socialism itself is a child of the Enlightenment, with its emphasis on the human right to social justice through the democratic control of the means of production (land, factories,etc.) in a society founded on reason. Reason also dictates observance of human rights, which include the right to life and the presumption of innocence.

It should be evident that what we’re witnessing is a regime of unreason, and what the country is going through light-years away from enlightenment or socialism, despite the efforts of those right-wing groups opposed to both Duterte and the Left to make it appear that what the former is doing is socialist and even communist.

Like the devil citing Scripture, even the most conservative has been known to use the vocabulary of reformers and revolutionaries.

In the early 1900s a politician named Benito Mussolini was a leading member of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI). But he opposed the PSI’s position of neutrality in World War I and was subsequently expelled from the Party. He denounced the PSI, and founded the National Fascist Party, under the auspices of which he soon assumed dictatorial powers.

In the name of national progress and the Italian people, Mussolini committed Italy on the side of imperial Japan and Adolf Hitler’s Germany during World War II. The Italian resistance eventually overthrew and executed him, but not before he had ruined Italy.

duterte-joma-sisonIn more recent times, a Filipino politician twice elected to the presidency claimed the reform of society as his intent in establishing a dictatorship. By the time he was through “saving the Republic,” among other costs the country had lost almost an entire generation of its best and brightest sons and daughters to his prisons, torture chambers and killing machines, from which Philippine society has yet to recover.

The lesson from both instances is the same: the politician disguised as a reformer who sees only the symptoms rather than the roots of society’s ills can readily morph into the exact opposite of what he claims to be. The alarm bells should be loudly ringing in this hour of national peril.

Luis V. Teodoro is on Facebook and Twitter (@luisteodoro). The views expressed in Vantage Point are his own and do not represent the views of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.

Published in Business Mirror
Dec. 16, 2016



December 17, 2016


Los Angeles—“Lumalaon, bumubuti, sumasama kaysa rati”Mysterious-image-appeared-onPH-flag-during-Dutertes-inaugural-speech

Mariing kinokondena ng Filipino American Human Rights Alliance(FAHRA)-Los Angeles ang garapal at walang modong pambabastos ni Presidente Digong Duterte (PDD) sa United Nations.

Pinatunayan lang ni PDD sa pagtanggi nitong pumasok sa Pilipinas ang Tagapagsiyasat Agnes Callamard for Human Rights sa pamamagitan ng pagtatakda ng kung anu-anong walang katwirang kondisyon na wala itong balak na papasukin ang UN.

Waring hindi abogado at walang pinag-aralan ang tahasang pambabastos ni PDD sa UN ay labis na nagpapahiya sa Pilipinas sa mata ng buong mundo. Inihahayag lamang ni PDD ang kanyang asal-hari na ang utos ay hindi mababali.

Hindi tuloy kami naniwalang si PDD ay nakatapos ng abogasya dahil ipinapakita niya ang kabastusan sa hindi paggalang sa pandaigdigang konsepto at batas ng karapatang pantao.

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Bakit nga ba? Talamak ang pagpatay sa ilalim ng kanyang madugong rehimen kung saan may mahigit na 6,000 pinatay sa kanyang walang kawirang “gyera laban sa droga’ sa loob lamang ng higit sa unang limang buwan .

Ang karamihan sa may 6,000 na biktima ay mga mahihirap at walang laban. Pinatay ng walang karampatang proseso nsa batas. Kaya ngayon umiiral sa bansa lalo na sa Maynila ang mga kondisyong mas malala pa sa batas militar.

Malakas na gumawa ng pamamasista ang kanyang PNP at AFP dahil si PDD mismo ang nag-uutos at nagsusulsol sa kanayang mga tao na lumabag sa batas at pumatay ng tao.

Talamak at Garapalang Korupsyon

Bakit hindi ang korupsyon ang kanyang pagtuunan? Laganap ang talamak na korupsyon lalo sa kanyang rehimen.

Nagsibalikan ang mga mandarambong na opisyal tulad ng pamilyang Marcos, dating pangulong Arroyo, mga Heneral nito, mga gabinte at mga kaklase at kaibigan ni PDD.

Nariyan ang suhulan sa Bureau of Immgiration (BI) kung saan pinatakas ang may 1,000 puslit na mga Intsik sa pasugalang on-line sa Fontana Resort, ang talamak na korupsyon sa Department of Transportation, sa Subic Bay Authority. Ilan lamang ito sa ilang halimbawa ng talamak na korupsyon na hindi nabago.14907603_1253283251359217_7633935336212998100_n

Pagbabalik ng mga Angkan ng mga Mandarambong

Sa loob ng mag-aanim na buwan. Malinaw na ang sensyales ng pamamahala ni Haring Digong. Ang paglilibing sa Diktador Marcos na kanyang idolo sy malinaw na ang landas na tinatahak, ang pagbabalik ng mga mandaramong na pamilyang Marcos, Arroyo atbp ay ang landas ng pasismo.

Saan patungo ang ating bayan kundi sa kapariwaraan dahil sa kayabangan ng Haring Digong na mahaba ang ilong dahil sa kasinungalingan?

Dapat lamang nating ubod na tapang na labanan ang paghahari-harian ng mga apsista sa rehimeng PDD! Iligtas ang bayan sa kapariwaraan, Itaguyod ang Demokratikong Karapatan!

Labanan ang paghahari at kawalang karapatan sa ilalim ng rehimen ni Haring Digong, ang pusakal na maton ng Davao!

FAHRA-Los Angeles
Disyembre 17, 2016




POTUS Obama signs law honoring Filipino war vets


December 16, 2016

POTUS Obama signs law honoring Filipino war vets

/ 05:38 AM December 17, 201670 YEARS OF THE UNJUST RESCISSION ACT OF 1946

WASHINGTON—US President Barack Obama has signed into law the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015, honoring Filipino war veterans for their dedicated service.

The new law awards the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions to America, to 260,000 Filipinos who fought for the United States as Philippine Scouts, members of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and recognized guerrilla units during World War II.

The US House of Representatives unanimously approved a counterpart bill on Nov. 30. The Senate version (Senate Bill No. 1555) was sponsored by the US Senators Mazie Hirono (Democrat, Hawaii), Dean Heller (Republican, Nevada), Harry Reid (Democrat, Nevada), Tim Kaine (Democrat,Virginia) and Brian Schatz (Democrat, Hawaii).

House Sponsors

The House version (HR 2737) was sponsored by the following US Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat, Hawaii), Joseph Heck (Republican, Nevada) Juan Vargas (Democrat, California), Mike Thompson (Democrat, California), Mark Takai (Democrat, Hawaii) and Jackie Speier (Democrat, California).

Both bills were introduced on June 11, 2015.

JFAV:KmB.Ugnayan Lobbyist in the US Capitol, February 28-March 2, 2016Obama signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

“We welcome this terrific news and extend our appreciation anew to all the advocates and supporters of the bill at the US House of Representatives and the Senate,” Patrick Chuasoto, chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Philippine Embassy, said in a statement.

The Philippine consulates general and Filipino communities across the United States, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations and the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project campaigned for the passage of the bill.

Hirono and Gabbard introduced the bill in 2015, and worked together toward the measure’s final passage.

The law acknowledges the 260,000 Filipinos and Filipino-American soldiers who answered US President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s call to duty and fought under the American flag against Japan during World War II.

“These loyal and courageous soldiers suffered, fought and gave up their lives alongside their American counterparts throughout the war, and have waited for their service to be recognized,” Gabbard said after the bill cleared the House on Dec. 1.

Hirono said he joined one of the Filipino veterans, Domingo Los Baños from Kauai, aboard the USS Missouri on Veterans Day to recount how the veterans “were instrumental to our victory in the Pacific, but had to fight for decades to receive the benefits they earned.”

Only 15,000 of those soldiers are living. —WITH NIMFA U. RUEDA




December 11, 2016

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By Al P. Garcia

Los Angeles—“ The 9th HFT and TFC Presents MONEYGRAM’s  Parol Parade was Bigger, Better and Grander”

Hundreds of people braved the strong winds and bitter cold weather and lined the route along the Beverly-Temple corridor to cheered the more than 40 vehicles and 30 mounted Parols of the 9th Parol Parade motorcade last Friday night December 03, 2016

With the Damien High School Spartan Regiment Band at the van of the Parol Parade and the Virgil High School Marching Band, bringing up the rear, the 9th Parol Parade was very distinctly grander this year.

It added to the magnificence and grandeur of the only Christmas Season Parade in Historic Filipinotown DTLA in addition to the glitters of the lighted mounted Parols ( Lanterns).

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The one hour and 40 minutes caravan was led by Parade Marshals, Leo Pandac, Treasurer of HFNC, Council Member Mitch O’Farrell of District 13 with Cecille Ramos, President of HFNC and Angelo Yengko and ASM Jimmy Gomez of the California Assembly.

More than 30 organizations joined the parade with their own Parols. The KOR-HFT acted as marshals and security during the parade and program,.

Beauties from the Miss Philippines 2016, the Queen of Asia Pacific and Ms. And Mrs Historic Filipinotown 2016 were also on the caravan of vehicles in their own convertibles.

Winners of the Parol 2016 Contests

The 30 participating Parols were displayed at the playground of the Loreto School. The the winners of the Parol Contest 2016 was announced by the Chairwoman of the Board of Judges, Ms. Triniti Polliente at the Loreto School Auditorium.

The first prize winner that got the grand prize of $ 500 was the Parol of Kim Yalong, the 2nd Prize of $ 300. was given to the KALAYAAN 2016 and the third prize of $ 200 goes to Karl Maquiling.

The Board of Judges were composed of Dr. Veronico Agatep of the Knights of Rizal-HFT (KOR-HF)T and FACLA;Ms. Trini Poliente of the LA-Makati City Friendship Society and Grace Mercado.

A program was held at the Loreto School Auditorium and was led by Ms. Cecille Ramos of the HFNC and Principal Brito of the Our Lady Of Loreto School

The emcee of the program was Ms. Thelma Sugay..




For Immediate Release
Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC)
December 11, 2016

THE HIMIG PASKO 2016 . DECEMBER 10, 2016, A TERRIFIC SUCCESS 15317786_10208228939986506_357249770397426117_n

Los Angeles—The first HIMIG PASKO ( CHRISTMAS CAROLS) 2016 was a terrific success.

HIMIG PASKO, a Choralfest sponsored by the Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (IPILAC headed by its President Bernie Targa-Ganon and the United For Human Rights headed by Eden Stein held last December 10, 2016 on International Human Rights Day at the Celebrity Cneter of the Scientology Church was a tremendous success.

The display of Filipino arts and culture through dances, songs, poems and Christmas Carols was well attended and was participated by different choirs and organizations.

15355698_10208237389717744_2213213404445433868_nChoirs and Performers

The Silver Lake Adult Day Care Center, the Manila Terrace Apartments Choir, and the Dickens Carollers Choir; the Golden Agers Of Los Angeles (GALA) and the Knights of Rizal (KOR)-Historic Filipinotown Chapter participated in the choir fest with a Christmas theme.

Guest performers Firgerland , Aaron Concepcion, Mon Concepcion , Joannie Fleiciano and Matt Relox gave their respective numbers.

Em Roberts, PILAC founder and CEO gave her opening address. Joannie Feliciano and Mon Concepcion were the emcees.

PILAC President Bernie Ganon, Em Roberts and Eden Stein gave the certificates of appreciation to the participating organizations , performers and board members of PILAC

They were assisted by Brian Gavidia , the representative of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who attended the program.


Redefine the Model Minority, Instead Be a Model for the Minority


December 09, 2016

Redefine the Model Minority, Instead Be a Model for the Minority

Trisha Erika Pamplona

Professor Tanaka

Intro to Asian Pac. Am. Studies

7 December 2016

Asian Americans tend to be complacent in political or social situations. It is common for the Asian American community to be silent within those circumstances. Additionally it is rare for Asian American groups as a whole to campaign in solidarity (especially when those issues do not revolve around the Asian community). However throughout my interview with Arturo Garcia, he expresses the importance of our Asian identities and why our community should be active in these said occurrences.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Arturo Garcia frequently experienced political and social injustices. He explained that what initially encouraged his activism work was his family. Garcia reveals that

“[my] family was political family. That is why our family has a very good tradition of serving the people or serving the community. That is why I was trained. Not only was it a tradition but I was brought to the life of serving others.”

There is rarely a time where Garcia isn’t marching on the streets. He has spent a significant amount of his time dedicated to advocating for social and political justices like immigration rights. He was also one of the founders of Justice for Filipino American Veterans and is currently the national coordinator. JFAV is an organization centered on World War II Filipino American veterans who were not compensated or acknowledged for serving in the war. The need for justice in the Filipino American community started on

“…December 7, 1993. They launched a political movement and the first political demonstrations have been in Los Angeles. More than six hundred veterans powered for equity and justice so they can be recognized as American veterans. Because the sad part is that out of the sixty-six nationalities that fought for America, it was only the Filipinos who were not recognized. That means they were not treated as American veterans, they called them Filipino veterans.”

He has devoted majority of his life to social and political activism both in America and the Philippines. JFAV is just one of the instances of both Filipino and American affairs.

He then correlated his activism work with racial identity and the significance that our Asian roots have on us as individuals. Garcia described how the model minority is one of the main influences of why Asian Americans are dormant in situations of injustices. He explicates that “[they] want to isolate themselves away from the society, [they] don’t care. That’s what we call a neutral attitude. But when you choose that, you have committed yourself to the status quo.”

By remaining idle in political or social occurrences, individuals have already fell victim to the oppressors. Asian Americans who fall under the model minority feel as if they are not as affected in issues within other marginalized groups. However although Asian Americans are perceived to acquire socioeconomic success above other ethnicity groups, they cannot socially be accepted as fully “American” (or at least will remain socially subordinate to white people). The myth treats Asian Americans as a homogeneous and monolithic entity. The model minority for Asian Americans create difficulties with identifying selfhood. It develops divisions between minority and majority groups because Asian American cannot identify themselves in either or.

Especially within the Filipino community, identity is an issue. The Philippines were periodically colonized therefore their culture presently is influenced by other countries. It is rare to indicate what is the initial origin of what was the Filipino culture as it was destroyed through colonization. Filipino culture is unique as it a combination of colonial occupations and mass migrations. The Philippines is a polyglot and heterogeneous society. Garcia also includes that the Philippines is a “cross-cultural exchange between [their] neighbors.”

However, Filipinos felt that they were more exposed to western culture because of their relations with America and Europe. Therefore believed that they strongly shared similarities. That is also why Garcia did not experience culture shock immigrating to America. Western adoption is highly encouraged, for example it is also an indication (or even a privilege) of the wealthy in the Philippines. Garcia implies that the exposure to the mass amount of cultures causes this identity crisis because it results in a clash of cultures. He states that Filipino Americans always question their identity, “am I an American? Am I a Filipino? It is common in subjugated nations [to do this].”

Generally Asian Americans question their individuality because they are can not solely identify with being Asian and with being American (as exemplified through the model minority). Rather than treating one another as different entities, he urges everyone to embrace both identities in harmony. He reiterates the relevance that identity has and continues to encourage others to embody their cultures especially among the youth.

He explains that these social and political matters also apply to the Asian American community. Although we are socially defined by the model minority we are still marginalized by an oppressive system therefore are also affected. Arturo declares that

“[he] cannot commit to the status quo. [He] cannot endure oppression. [He] cannot endure systematic racism, that people will look down on you because you are Asian. No! We are all made to be equal. We’re all humans. So why should we be a part of the oppressive system?”

The Asian American community tends to stay segregated within their own own racial parties. There are few instances (like the LA Riots 1992) where Asian American unite in unanimity. Garcia commends that “it is our duty as Filipinos to help our fellow Filipinos. But not only Filipinos, we should express solidarity with all oppressed people of color.”

As a second generation American there is a strong pressure to assimilate to western ideals therefore I am disconnected to my Filipino heritage. This disharmony between the differing cultures have made it difficult to define who I am as a person. However as I am significantly older now, I’d like to believe that I am similar to a mosaic work of art. Each piece not only are equally essential beings but also contribute to a bigger picture, my identity.  Additionally, I am created by a legacy of survival. My existence is conceived by my ancestors’ endeavors. I respect my people’s values not only how it was cultivated but also what it can become. Garcia is an example of two cultures being united in integrity. Not only through embracing his heritage but also applying it to social and political injustices. He believes that

“when [he] pledged allegiance to the United States, [he is] an American citizen. But [he’s] still a Filipino by heart. So [he] will combine that. As an American, [he has] a duty to uphold the democratic principles of the United States. That’s what [he] swore as an American citizen.”

That is why he is earnestly engaged within activism because of what our government and society ideals embody or more of what they should embody. Individuals like Arturo Garcia leave a legacy to the Asian American community, which is where my footsteps will follow


Works Cited

Garcia A. (2016, December 1). Interviewed by T. Pamplona (Phone recording). Introduction to

Asian Pacific American Studies Oral History Report.









For Immediate Release
December 8, 2016

DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY MARKED-US WIDE.15232186_10208859863868460_4949690018749180156_n

Los Angeles- Uphold Human Rights, Defend Human Rights!

This was the call of different human rights organizations and their allies as they commemorate the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2016 in the different cities of the United States.

These in the face of the widespread human rights violations in the Philippines and different parts of the world.

More than 5,882 extra judicial killings has been committed in the Philippines since May 2016 when PRRD assumed power.

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—In Los Angeles- the Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB) marks their 17th Anniversary on December 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), 153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

KmB was founded on November 30, 1999 and it will also mark the International Human Rights Day (IHR) in solidarity with the people of the Philippines who are fighting widespread human rights violations in the face of escalating extra-judicial killings ( EJK’s) in the Philippines by the Duterte police state.

— Also in Los Angeles, another event, HIMIG PASKO is being held on December 10, 2016 from 2PM to 5 PM at the Celebrity Center International., 5390 Franklin Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028

The event is sponsored by the Philippines Institute for Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) and the United Nations For Human Rights (UNHR) to mark International human Rights Day.

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– In San Francisco Bay Area, STOP THE KILLINGS IN THE PHILIPPINES END IMPUNITY Prayer service will be held on December 11, 2016 from 10:30 AM will be held at the United Methodist Church of Daly City at 1474 South Gate, Ave, Daly City, CA 94015.

The service will be led by Pastor Rev. Israel Alvaran and Rev. Dr. Ben Silva-Netto. The Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA) is leading the event.

–In Chicago, Illinois, STAND UP FOR SOMEONE”S RIGHTS TODAY on December 10, 2016 will be held at the Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park, Chicago, Illinois on December 10, 2016 from 2 to 5 PM (CST)

The event in the Mid-West United States is led by the Chicago Human Rights Advocates Convenors and different groups.




December 07, 2016


Los Angeles- “The date that will life in infamy”70 YEARS OF THE UNJUST RESCISSION ACT OF 1946

Today, December 7,2016 the Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), an alliance of veterans, community, youth and veterans advocates commemorates the 75th year anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines on December 7, 1941 ( December 8, 19041 in the Philippines).

This is the date of the start of World War II for the United States. 24 hours after the bombings, the US Congress declared war of the empire of Japan and later with Germany and Italy.

Forgotten but Still Fighting

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

But today, JFAV expressed sadness that this event is not marked or remembered in the United States even if they called the Americans who fought during this war “the Greatest generation.

For the Filipino American soldiers its doubly sad that they are forgotten and not recognized as American veterans for the last 70 years and counting.

The Philippines suffered because of this war, More than one million Filipinos died during the war and the Philippines was destroyed. But the United States helped Germnay and Japan to rebuild while not helped the Philippines and the worst, disenfranchised 250,000 of its Filipino veterans in 1946.

Fight Systemic Racism

Today, let the lessons of this systemic racism being perpetrated by this Imperialist dispensation be the lessons for our community and other oppressed nationalities in America to stand up and fight for what is right.

The coming Trump administration is no doubt is a racist state that breeds fascism and tyranny. They will turn back the hands of time and will attempt to turn back all the hard won rights and benefits we fought for thelast decades of people’s struggle.15068355_1245548922185781_1367704197568119827_o

We stand up and fight for our democratic rights and for our future like we have fought 75 years ago against fascism and Nazism. For democracy and freedom.




Arturo P. Garcia
JFAV National Coordinator
Los Angeles

December 7, 2016