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January 24,2017

A NIGHT WITH “SIKAT KA KAPUSO ABROAD”16179023_10208620980987286_195913437641871521_o

By Arturo P. Garcia

They defied the storm, the angry winds and the flooded streets during California’s strongest storm.

They came all the way as far as southwest from Texas and San Diego and up north from Vallejo and the Bay area, young and old, families, couples and individuals just to watch “SIKAT KA KAPUSO ABROAD” last Sunday, January 22.

They came more than 3,500 strong and filled the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Convention Center in downtown Long Beach. What is common among them? They are all Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the United States!

Can you beat that, ABS-CBN KAPAMILYA? Well, eat your heart out KAPAMILYAS. This show proved that GMA KAPUSO is not only ahead in the Metro Manila but is also at the heels of the ABS-CBN and is burning their pants off.

Die-hard Alden Richards fans shrieked their hearts out and will erupts into cheers every time the emcee mentioned his name and during the program everytime he came out to be with co-stars and perform at the stage.

No doubt, he is the biggest star of the night. The PAMBANSANG BABE of the Philippines. IT’s just phenomenal, the adulation of the crowd towards Alden Richards of the KALYE SERYE fame.

But what keeps the energy of the crowd high was the antics, song and dance performance and the audience participation led by Betong Sumaya alias Antonietta.

He really prepared the set for the performers and co-stars, the GMA powerhouse: Dennis Trillo and Jennelyn Mercado, Tom Rodriguez and Lovi Poe and of course-Alden Richards.

The rumored couple, Dennis Trillo and Jennelyn Mercado regaled the crowd swith famous Filipino ballads. The crowd erupted when Jennelyn Mercado introduced Dennis Trillo as “MY PAPA” for his number.

Tom Rodriguez gamely gave his songs and dance number in a very versatile way. This guy cannot only act but can really sing as he dedicated his songs to his family who where there to watch him.

16195893_1058487610929676_849874626746532888_nLovi Poe is an equally masterful singer and dancer. She really is a Poe, a worthy daughter of “THE KING”, Fernando Poe Jr. who must be proud to see her and the crowd adulation to this temptress of a beauty.

Most of all, the loudest cheers was reserved for BABE ALDEN RICHARDS, who can surely dance and sing. He still has a long way to go but his songs and dance routine really shook up the theater into near frenzy.

Lighting was superb in the theater and all got their money’s worth with the GMA performers. The thousands of cell phone flashlight added to the glitter of the sbow when Alden asked the people to lit up the theater with their cellphone light.

Well, Filipinos loved to sing and the crowd sung with the singer and you can hear and feel the crowd sing and respond to the soulful music. Almost everybody were singing with the KAPUSO stars.

The beauty of Pilipino love song and the English OPM showed its terrible beauty that night.

The SIKAT KA KAPUSO ABROAD stars thanked the crowd for defying the storm, the flooded streets and the wild winds that brought the most powerful in California’s history. That’s the Filipino spirit!

We were proud the GMA starts complemented of our hard drive to the convention center, slicing through the flooded streets, doing several detours and wading through the flooded parking lot.

That was my first time in the Long Beach Convention Center. The crowd showed the displeasure for the more than 45 minutes of games and intermission before the two-hour program. Many boos and anger were expressed, but in the end the crowd bear it “ because the sponsors brought the stars to perform” in the theater.

Well, what will satisfy the Filipinos yearning for the homeland but to see their favorite stars to perform in the states? I really commend the GMA7 for the good repertoire, choice of songs and for bringing the powerhouse stars in Long Beach.

It’s really a night worth going out in the raging storm to be with our kababayans and our favorite movie stars from the Philippines.




January 20, 2017

ANTI-TRUMP/HATE MARCH IN LA DREWS THOUSANDS, JANUARY 20, 201616177715_1350263791714293_8434973827577229264_o

By Arturo P. Garcia


Despite the steady pouring rain, more than 5,000 anti-trump protestors marched from Olympic and Figueroa junction to City Hall, DTLA in a massive show of force to protest Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States last Friday, January 20, 2017 in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA).

Led by a board coalition UNITED AGAINST HATE INAUGURATION MARCH, scores of thousands of activist from labor unions, non-profit organizations and people’s organizations marched under the rain that did not let up from last night.

The marchers assembled at 10 in the morning at the intersection of Figueroa and Olympic Blvd. and started marching at around 11:30 AM. The steady downpour will stop for several minutes but will again drenched the protestors who were all ready for the stormy weather.

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With their wet banners, flags, raincoats,jackets and umbrellas, the thousands of activist defied the stormy weather. At the rear of the march, a giant replica of orange-headed Trump was paraded and was mocked by the crowd.

As the passed 5th Street and Broadway, pro-Trump supporters showered the marchers with confetti from the top floors of the tall building with word LOSERS inscribed on the papers.

Party for Liberation and Socialism (PSL) activist Carol said, “Who are the real sore losers? Is it the marchers who drew marching crowds of people or those people who are littering the streets.”

Filipino Americans Vs. Trump

When asked about the march she said, “ This is a sizeable crowd (more than 5,000) despite the fact that it was raining. “

ANSWER-LA and PSL is one of the co-organizer of the march that ended at City hall, DTLA. The KmB Contingent joined the PSL banner during the march.

Another march started earlier at the corner of Olympic and Broadway at around 10 AM. It was led by Todos A La Marcha 20 De Enero, a mostly immigrant rights groups espousing immigrant rights.





January 21, 2016

A DAY AT THE WOMEN’S MARCH IN LA16143849_10208607623493357_2778870807055710927_o

By Arturo P. Garcia

All the roads led to Pershing Square.

As early as 8:00 AM groups of women walked to the bus stop at the corner of Temple and Rampant Streets in Historic Filipinotown. They brought with them their placards, doing selfies and taking pictures of their group along the way.

At the bus stop, around 8; 30 AM, I set foot on Bus 10 and saw half of the bus filled with people going to the rally. They were in pairs, in groups, individuals or with the family with their own placards.

The bus was detoured at Grand street as the drivers announced,” Hill street was closed, so you can get out at 5th and Grand.” He stopped the people who were trying to get out of the bus at Grand and Temple.

As the bus goes on, hundreds of people were walking on both sides of Grand Street, the finance capital of Los Angeles heading towards Pershing Square.

16112760_10154962427119806_9215199419489454493_oAs we alight at 5th and Grand, Grand street was about to be closed as the barriers goes up. The multitudes of people were gathering around Pershing Square along Broadway, 5th, 4th, 3rd, Olive, and Hill Streets. Pershing Square is now filled to the brims and the people are overflowing at these streets.

I had to worm my way literally to Hill Street where the head of the march was. I have to use my PRESS card to let people get out of my way and reach the head of the march that was forming up. The marshals were respectfully to let me in the cordon of security once I waived my press card.

Both sides of Hill Street were overflowing with people. But we have to wave off the steady stream of people who wanted to join the march. Despite our best effort telling them to go around and not to meet the head of the march, they kept on coming.

It was only when we form a phalanx of security and will not let people in when they stopped trying to get into the head of the march. At the head of the march was a platoon of women motorcyclist and the big banner: WOMEN’S MARCH LOS ANGELES.

I asked the organizer what’s keeping the March start. She replied,” We are waiting for the VIP’s and we will go”. Every time the motorcyclist revved up their engines r, the crowd goes into ecstatic cheers. But those were only false alarms. The march has not started yet.

As exactly 10:30 AM, the motorcycles revved up and the march started, around an hour and a half late. But people were happy and chanted; HEY, HEY, HO, HO, DONALD TRUMP HAS TO GO!

It was not only a sea of people but also a sea of signs, banner, flags, multi-colored balloons and all kinds of messages. The most common picture was an angry Vagina, Trump in orange hair, clenched fists, of all colors and dimensions.16142375_10155563196822908_2813492193303340328_n

People never tired of chanting and the crowds on both sides of the sidewalks and inside the march kept on their replies. It was like the Immigrant Rights March in 2006 that drew more than 2 million people in Los Angeles.

The March organizers said that the police estimated the crown at 500,000 people. But it was not only in LA that the women’s march occurred. In more than 650 cities all over America, they all marched against Trump.

One chant stand out during the march; SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR, IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOMED HERE! This was really Los Angeles.

As I made my way to the subway and took the North Hollywood train, the train was also filled to the brims. The train did not pick up any passengers from the 7th and Metro until Wilshire because it was filled with people.

Luckily, a lot of passengers alighted at Beverly Station where I got off.

Well. That was my day at the Women’ March In LA. And I loved it!