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5 killed, 8 wounded in shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport

Five people have been killed and 8 others have been wounded in a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to NBC News.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office said one person is in custody.

NBC News reporter Tom Winter said law enforcement sources told him the person in custody is Esteban Santiago, 26, of New Jersey. Winters said Santiago had his military ID on him at the time of the arrest.

The airport is shut down. Hundreds of people were shown standing on the tarmac outside Terminal 2.

The FAA said flights that are within about 50 miles of the airport will land at the airport. Other flights headed to Fort Lauderdale will be delayed or diverted to other airports.

"Flights destined for FLL that haven't departed will be held on the ground at the origination airport. Travelers headed to FLL should check with their air carriers," the FAA statement reads.

"Your MSP is monitoring the incident in Ft Lauderdale with our Federal partners," MSP Metro Detroit tweeted. "No threats to Michigan. Be vigilant. Prayers to all involved."

Several flights have been delayed at Detroit Metro Airport. You can see some of Friday's delays below.

By Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Derick Hutchinson

Source: ClickonDetroit.com

Shared by: John Kreter <asianbeatnews@gmail.com>
Date: Friday, January 06, 2017


Trump wins presidency in stunning victory

NEW YORK — Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States, the Associated Press projected Wednesday. He will be the first person to hold the office despite having no prior political or military experience.

“It’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump, who was flanked by his family and running mate Mike Pence, told the crowd inside the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan. “To all Republicans, Democrats and independents across this nation: I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.”

The Republican nominee’s victory over Hillary Clinton marks a stunning upset that neither the polls nor the pundits saw coming. But Trump, defiant to the end, insisted he would win, despite burning bridges with key voting groups and even many Republicans. In winning, Trump upended almost every norm of American politics and apparently changed the shape of the Republican Party.

Clinton called Trump to concede the race shortly before he took the stage. A Clinton campaign official confirmed to Yahoo News that the Democratic nominee had conceded the race.

“I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton,” he said. “She congratulated us — it’s about us — on our victory. And I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. I mean, she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a very long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. And I mean that very sincerely.”

Trump spent the final three weeks of his once-unlikely White House bid railing against a “rigged” election, alleging without evidence that voter fraud was widespread. He even hinted at the idea of not conceding the race if he lost, jokingly promising to accept the results of the election “if I win.”

But the brash billionaire also predicted that he would shock the establishment and said his campaign would be “Brexit plus plus,” a reference to Britain’s exit from the European Union, which also was not forecast in the polls. And in the end, to borrow one of Trump’s favorite expressions, he did indeed exceed expectations “big league.”

“They all told it wrong from day No. 1,” Michael Cohen, a longtime Trump adviser and Trump Organization attorney, told Yahoo News.

“America is going to see the change that it deeply needs, and they’re going to have a leader, a real leader,” Cohen added.

Trump spent the night huddled with family and friends, watching the returns inside the Hilton in midtown Manhattan, where one Trump campaign source initially said some allies expected him to lose and were simply hoping he would outperform Mitt Romney’s showing in the 2012 presidential race. But as the night wore on, the Trump team became more optimistic and began to think the celebrity businessman had a chance, based on razor-thin margins in battleground states. After Ohio was called for Trump, the same source predicted that even the Democrats might also be changing their assessments of Trump’s chances.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta had appeared onstage at the Javits Center in Manhattan, telling Clinton’s supporters that the candidate would not be appearing.

“We’re not going to have anything more to say tonight,” Podesta told the crowd. “We’ll have more to say tomorrow.” He added: “We are so proud of you, and we are so proud of her.”

Before Trump was projected the winner, his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, had described a jubilant atmosphere in his war room in a text to Yahoo News.

“Absolutely buoyant. We can smell the win,” Conway said.

The crowd that waited to see Trump speak in a ballroom at the Hilton cheered each time a state was called for him. (Not surprisingly, the television monitors at the event were showing Fox News, the cable news network favored by conservatives on which Trump had appeared often.)

“I had hoped for this,” a second Trump campaign source said. “I knew there was a chance for this, but I gave it a 30 percent chance. I thought we would come up just short.”

Polls had widely shown Trump to be an underdog against Clinton, the Democratic nominee who faced a series of questions over her use of a private email server and how her family foundation interacted with the State Department during her tenure as secretary of state. But those polls were apparently wrong.

Clinton had enjoyed a double-digit lead over Trump in national polls following the presidential debates, but she saw that cushion evaporate after FBI Director James Comey set off a political firestorm 10 days before Election Day. Comey said newly discovered emails potentially related to the investigation of Clinton’s use of the private email server were being reviewed, and Trump started predicting that she would be indicted. On Sunday, Comey said a review of those emails did not change his position that Clinton should not face criminal prosecution.

The election results indicated that Trump outperformed expectations among working-class whites, forming a coalition of states that few thought possible when the campaign began. Meanwhile, Clinton underperformed among college-educated and young white women.

In the end, Clinton failed to overcome the showman, who gobbled up thousands of hours of free airtime on cable news by making a series of controversial and improbable promises, like a pledge to build a wall along the southern border of the U.S. and a promise to “shut down” Muslim immigration. Trump also stayed in the spotlight by fighting a series of feuds and raging against the media. And despite Clinton’s strong performance in the presidential debates, in which she goaded Trump into gaffes and kept the focus squarely on his shortcomings, she could not translate those performances into votes.

Trump’s election is already sending shock waves through the political system because it signals a repudiation of establishment politicians that, to many voters, the Clintons represent. The property magnate and former “Celebrity Apprentice” host, one of the most unconventional major-party candidates in U.S. history, had vowed to “drain the swamp” of Washington, D.C. He derided many of the leaders he’ll likely now need to work with, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and many other congressional Republicans.

It remains to be seen if President-elect Trump will be able to heal the country’s sharp political divisions, some of which were sparked by his campaign.

But the Queens, N.Y.-born Trump, 70, will have to face all of those challenges and more when he is inaugurated in January.

“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream,” Trump said. “I’ve spent my entire life and business looking at the untapped potential in projects and people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country. Tremendous potential — I’ve gotten to know our country so well — tremendous potential. It’s going to be a beautiful thing.”

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” he continued. “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure — which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.”

Source: Yahoo News

Shared by: Christian Ross <asianbeatnews@gmail.com>
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016


Benefit Garage Sale

Our goal is to sell off the huge donations we have received before we accept new ones... we have to get rid of the big storage unit in Dallas and move the excess to Grand Prairie where our directors can easily pull out the items for monthly sales! Dates: September 3 & 4, Saturday and Sunday. Location: 619 Trinidad Drive, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052. Time: 10:00 a.m. - 7 p.m. Join us and let's have fun while meeting our neighors!!!

Shared by: Carol Smith <asianbeatnews@gmail.com>
Date: Friday, September 02, 2016


A Pearl Night Gala

Join us on August 27th, 2016, for an evening of Dinner, Dance, Music, and Memories. Reserve your seat now by purchasing a ticket to the event.

A Pearl Night Gala

“Be Our Guest of the Night! Wear your Brightest White!” – August 27th, 2016; 4:00 PM Silent Auction; Dinner @ 7:00 PM; The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport, 4545 W John Carpenter Irving, TX 75063; Requested Attire: Evening Wear. Formal. In White.

ALSO, please pay your tickets thru www.ntaaca.org and let me or any of the NTAACA officers know that you made the payment. Deadline is 7/30.

See you at the gala on 8/27. Auction and entertainment starts at 4pm.

Shared by: Hildy Kate​ <asianbeatnews@gmail.com>
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Relive the best of Team USA at Rio

Rio 2016 August 22, 2016 (From Twitter)

Now that the 2016 Summer Games are done, take a look back at Team USA's most memorable highlights from the 31st Olympiad.

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16 years. 29 events. 28 medals. 23 Gold. Amazing!!..King Of Pool .

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🏅🇺🇸 So extremely proud of my team❤️💙

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With her 5th medal, Simone Biles is now tied for most medals by U.S. female gymnast at a single Olympics.

 

Shared by: Christian Ross <asianbeatnews@gmail.com>
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016


USOC apologizes for ‘distracting’ U.S. swimming incident

The USOC has released a statement apologizing for the “distracting ordeal” that has resulted from the U.S. swimming robbery allegations.

Ryan Lochte, James Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger initially claimed to have been robbed early Sunday morning in Brazil. However, police found no evidence to support their allegations. Instead, the swimmers vandalized a gas station, with the station’s owner claiming that the group urinated on the walls.

While attempting to leave the gas station, the swimmers were stopped by security. Guns were then pulled on the group to ensure that they would not leave the scene before authorities arrived.

“The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members,” the USOC said in the statement. “We will further review the matter, and any potential consequences for the athletes, when we return to the United States.”

“On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence,” the statement continued. “With three days remaining in the Olympic Games, our primary focus will remain on supporting the athletes who are still competing and celebrating the achievements of those who have finished.”

Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger have given their official statements to Brazilian authorities and have checked into their flights out of Rio. According to the statement, James Feigen revised his initial statement on Thursday evening and hopes to have his passport released soon.

Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, is already back in the United States.

Shared by: Christian Ross <asianbeatnews@gmail.com>
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016


Simone Manuel gave proof that America's ugly history with black swimmers could be cracking

RIO DE JANEIRO – The tears trickled down her cheek immediately after she sang two words: “gave proof.” Whether it was just a neat bit of timing or her recognizing the history she made, it was perfect that Simone Manuel, standing atop an Olympic podium, a gold medal hanging from her neck, the first black American female swimmer to have won one, happened to melt at the precise moment in “The Star-Spangled Banner” that encapsulated her night.

Gave proof. She didn’t just give it to black Americans. Reducing Thursday to that would be wrong. What Manuel did at the Rio Games’ Olympic Aquatics Stadium – storm back from a deficit in the 100-meter freestyle mad dash, set the Olympic record in 52.70 seconds and tie 16-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak for the rare two-gold race – was give it to Americans, period.

The history of black Americans and swimming is a microcosm of the institutional racism that held back the United States for so long and still percolates in society today. The perception that black people can’t swim is ignorant; the reality that black people don’t swim is closer to the truth – USA Swimming estimates 70 percent of black children don’t know how to swim and the CDC says they’re 5½ times likelier to drown than white kids – and it’s a symptom of the errors of our forebears. Errors that someone like Simone Manuel is going a long way to erase.

Simone Manuel reacts after winning the gold and setting a new Olympic record.

Understand, this dates back nearly 100 years, to the public-swimming boom of the 1920s and ’30s, when pools shot up across the United States. Segregation kept black Americans from joining. Pools shot up in black communities after integration, but they were often of poor quality and minimal size. Generations of black Americans could have learned to swim just as well as anyone. They were simply denied the proper opportunities to do so.

Manuel wasn’t. She grew up in an upper-middle class suburb of Houston. She danced and swam. When she was 10, she was urged to specialize. She chose swimming. And as she grew into an elite sprinter and matriculated to Stanford and stood on the 100 free podium at the NCAA championships with two other black women and prepared for Rio, she did so with the duality of wanting to win for all those before her who proved black kids can’t just swim but do so at a world-class level while not trying to pigeonhole herself as the girl defined by her race because the mistakes of past generations put her in the position to be the first at something.

“That’s something I’ve definitely struggled with a lot, just coming into this race tonight,” Manuel said. “I kind of tried to take the weight of the black community off my shoulders, which is something I carry with me just being in this position. I do kind of hope it goes away. I’m super glad with the fact that I can be an inspiration to others and hopefully diversify the sport. But, at the same time, I would like there to be a day where there are more of us and it’s not ‘Simone, the black swimmer.’

“The title ‘black swimmer’ makes it seem like I’m not supposed to be able to win a gold medal or I’m not supposed to be able to break records. That’s not true because I work just as hard as anybody else and I love the sport and I want to win just like everybody else.”

When Manuel popped up from the water Thursday and turned around to see the scoreboard, her lower lip trembled. Then she realized what she’d done, and her jaw dropped, literally. Her left hand shot out of the water and covered her mouth. She stormed back from third place at the turn to tie Oleksiak, to beat Australian Cate Campbell, to call herself Olympic champion.

She wept when she exited the pool, lost it when she celebrated with her friends and couldn’t hold back the two tears, one dripping down her left cheek and another her right, as she sang the anthem. Unwittingly, Manuel had shown something far more important than her ability to beat the best swimmers in the world or that a black swimmer could win Olympic gold.

Manuel gave proof that progress is real. That despite the continued marginalization of minorities in some communities, our recognition of past blunders and willingness to remedy them yields positivity for the entire country, not just segments defined by race. America was introduced to its newest gold medalist Thursday night, and that she happened to be of African-American descent only reminded the country that our best and brightest come from everywhere.

Twenty years after Dominique Dawes and Betty Okino were the first black girls to win gold in gymnastics, Gabby Douglas captured all-around gold. And on Thursday, another Simone from Houston was even more remarkable. With one dominant day, Simone Biles made a compelling argument that she’s the greatest gymnast of all time. Less than a quarter century after one kind of history was made, so was another.

More than any Olympian in Rio, Simone Biles inspires girls – black, white, Latino, Asian, everyone. The love for her is overwhelming and understandable and universal. Perhaps Simone Manuel’s win will help bring a kid – black, white, Latino, Asian, anyone – into the sport who transcends like Biles.

“I hope that I can be an inspiration to others,” Manuel said. “So this medal is for the people who come behind me and get into the sport and hopefully find the love and drive to get to this point.”

There’s already a pipeline of young black swimmers who are taking the overwhelmingly white pools of USA Swimming and making them look more like America. Other communities are nearly as underserved: Nearly 60 percent of Latino children in the U.S. struggle to swim. Same goes for around 40 percent of white children, not an insignificant number by any means.

Swimming stereotypes don’t haunt them like they do the black community, though, which is why Simone Manuel’s name rang out and her deed resonated. The United States is fractured in plenty of ways, screwed up in plenty more, but it is capable of taking steps, baby though in size they may be, to address its wrongs. The tears of Simone Manuel were simply a reminder that no matter how obscene our past, no matter how problematic our present, Americans of all kind are capable of amazing things.

Shared by: Christian Ross <asianbeatnews@gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016


CELEBRATE WITH US-PISTA SA NAYON-JUNE 4 AT THE TRADERS VILLAGE

To all,
Please invite all your friends who are Filipinos and non Filipinos to celebrate with us the118th Anniversary of Independence of the Philippines.

Mabuhay,

Nap Ramirez
817-229-9289

    JOIN US AT THE 2016 PISTA SA NAYON!    
   

118th PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS
JUNE 4, 2016- 10 AM-5PM
TRADERS VILLAGE (GREEN DOME) - 2602 MAYFIELD ROAD, GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS 75052
A Multicultural Celebration
We invite you to be part of this family, educational & health Festival ! Enjoy foods from the different Filipino caterers and
Multicultural Entertainment from the best FilAm talents in North Texas
Come and meet our current Ms. Independence Queen & Former Ms. Independence Queens & 2016 Candidates
Mrs. Phils of North Texas/ Miss & Miss Teen Philippines Texas!
Participate in the Parade & the Pinoy Superstars Search!
Photos by Dr. Jarvis Jacobs -2015 PISTA link

https://picasaweb.google.com/jarvisj/2015PRDCAtTradersVillage?authkey=Gv1sRgCMCy19Cb_uDWbA













Contact: Nap- 817-229-9289 - President & Executive Director

Coordinated by Philippine Republic Day Celebrations Inc, in cooperation with Ms.Philippines Independence, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Texas, North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians, Filam Catholic, Maharlika Dancers, Roscon Foundation, Philippine Community Center Inc, Pamana, FAS, Filam Association of North Texas, North Texas Asian American Cultural Association, Tambuli ng Panginoon, Rosa Mystica, Philippine Nurses Association of Texas, Le Crème Ensemble, Dallas Filipino Lions Club, Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce, United Federation of Fil-Am Educators - North Texas Chapter (UNIFFIED), Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Filipino American Alliance Church, Faith United Methodist Church, Miss Asian American Texas, Miss Philippines Texas, EM Performing Group , Grace Hula Dancers, Friends and Music, John Panares Band, Dr. Jarvis Jacobs, Hiligaynon Community, Sinulog Dance Group of North Texas, Couples for Christ Foundation for Life, Gift Prayer Group, MAIDEN Texas, Cosmopolitan Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, Pinoy Sport Club, Loco for Rocco Texas, St. Steven UMC, Pinoy Band, and many more.
Signature Sponsors: Cali Saigon Mall/ Shunfat Supermarket/Vietv/Singko Asian Cuisine


   
       
         

Shared by: NRamirez <nramirez98@aol.com>
Date: Wednesday, June 01, 2016


Please join us: Community Leaders Meet n' Greet with J Bennett, ABS CBN Foundatioin International (USA)

Please join us in meeting Mr. Jerry Bennett, Managing Director of the ABS CBN Foundation International (USA).

Sunday, May 22, 2016
3:00 pm – 5:30pm
Grace Place Event Center (building where Singko Bistro Filipino Restaurant is)
4835 N. O’Connor Blvd Irving, Texas
We are also honoring and recognizing Students/Youth on their Academic Achievement and Community Service to the Filipino Community!

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Galileo Jumaoas
ABS-CBN Community Ambassador
Chairman of the Board, PCCI International
Office:
Philippine Community Center, Inc. (PCCI)
8500 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 3020 L
Dallas, Texas 75247
Email or Call me to RSVP: (469)586-8562 cell

Shared by: Gal Jumaoas <gal@gdaacc.com>
Date: Friday, May 20, 2016


An Evening with the Stars: Honoring Dallas’ Brightest Scholars

Education is Freedom (EIF) works year-round alongside middle schools, high schools, and universities to ensure that every young person has a roadmap to complete high school and access college. While we helped scholars receive more than $50 million in scholarships and grants last year alone, we still find that our students struggle to cover expenses not traditionally covered by financial aid. In response to this need, EIF created its inaugural fundraising event, An Evening with the Stars, to support current and future EIF scholars.

On Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at the Dallas Zoo, An Evening with the Stars Scholarship Reception will celebrate 100 of Dallas’ brightest scholars. Our students will be joined by:

* Honorary Chairs, Dr. Pam and Mr. Mark Okada
* Gala Chair, Debbie Cox of JPMorgan Chase
* Emcee, Gloria Campos formerly of WFAA-TV

An Evening with the Stars is unique in that 50% of each sponsorship goes directly to a 2016 EIF scholar to cover college expenses. Donors receive a named scholarship fund along with semi-annual student progress updates to ensure their scholar’s collegiate success.

Title sponsor, Highland Capital Management’s Mark Okada had this to say about their support, "Investing is my business and investing in Education is Freedom assures that we are creating an equitable playing field for our future workforce. I challenge other companies to support EIF’s Evening with the Stars as we provide scholarships for Dallas’ brightest scholars to attend college. Nothing helps us become a better society and stronger global competitor than better educational opportunities.”

Honored guests include:

* Participating Schools: W. H. Adamson High School, Emmett Conrad High School, H. Grady Spruce High School, Justin F. Kimball High School, A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School, North Dallas High School, L.G. Pinkston High School, W.W. Samuell High School, Skyline High School, Sunset High School
* Dallas City Council Members: Rickey D. Callahan, Tiffinni A. Young, Carolyn King Arnold

Sponsorships are still available starting at $1,000; visit www.educationisfreedom.com/give/eveningwiththestars.aspx, email ewts@educationisfreedom.org, or call 1-877-642-6343 for more information.

Shared by: Shannon Page <SPage@educationisfreedom.org>
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016


USCIS to Implement Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

WASHINGTON—Beginning June 8, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they may come to the United States as they wait for their immigrant visa to become available.

This parole policy was announced in the White House report, Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century, issued in July 2015. An estimated 2,000 to 6,000 Filipino-American World War II veterans are living in the United States today. Among other things, this policy will enable many eligible individuals to provide support and care to their aging veteran family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

“The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program honors the thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to fight for the United States during World War II,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez said. “This policy will allow certain Filipino-American family members awaiting immigrant-visa issuance to come to the United States and be with their loved ones. For many, it will also allow them to provide support and care for elderly veterans or their surviving spouses.”

With the exception of immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, the number of family-sponsored immigrant visas available by country of origin in any given year is limited by statute. These limits result in long waiting periods before family members may join petitioning U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States and become permanent residents themselves. For some Filipino-American families, this wait can exceed 20 years.

Under the policy, certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans may be eligible to receive a discretionary grant of parole to come to the United States before their visa becomes available. In limited cases, certain eligible relatives will be able to seek parole on their own behalf when their Filipino World War II veteran and his or her spouse are both deceased.

Under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, USCIS will review each case individually to determine whether authorizing parole is appropriate. When each individual arrives at a U.S. port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also review each case to determine whether to parole the individual.

Legal authority for this parole policy comes from the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to parole into the United States certain individuals, on a case-by-case basis, for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.

Additional information about the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program—including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file—is available in the revised Form I-131 instructions and the Federal Register notice published today. We will not accept applications under this policy until June 8, 2016. USCIS strongly encourages eligible individuals interested in requesting parole under the FWVP Program do so within 5 years from June 8, 2016.

For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

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Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016


PACC TEXAS Public Service Bulletin – January 2016

A. Complete 2016 Schedule for our PACC-sponsored Consular Outreach Program in Texas:

Rio Grande Valley: February 6-7, September 10-11
Dallas: March 12-13, July (Dates TBD), October 15-16
Houston: April 16-17, July 30-31, November 19-20

Important Tip for Anyone who needs the Consular Services: As in the past few years, because of the large demand for our “Consulate on Wheels” services, only those with appointments can be served. So here is our tip: Download the application form now from the www.philippineconsulatela.org website for the specific service that you need (passport application or extension, Dual Citizenship, SPAs, Authentication, Reports of Marriage and Births, etc.) AND 30 days before the scheduled Outreach project in our three Texas cities of your choice, access the consulate website and submit your application via email. Read carefully the instructions in the Press Release that will be published 30 days before the dates of the Outreach. Do not submit your application before the 30 days, as it may not be accepted. Wait for the press release. Please share with all your Filipino friends in Texas and neighboring states.

B. Article: “Labor of Love (Gluttony for Punishment) runs in the Mercado family.” During Consul-General Leo Herrera-Lim’s first visit to Dallas, he told the community leaders that the responsibilities of his job as Consul General in L.A. and Ethel Mercado’s job as Honorary Consul General are exactly the same. Except that he (Con-Gen Herrera-Lim) was the smarter one, because he gets paid for his work, and Ethel Mercado does not. In fact, Ethel does not get a single penny of reimbursement for office space, staff, travel, not even stamps and phone costs. It’s all labor of love. Read the attached tribute to Ethel by the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA).

C. Dallas Hosted the Biggest and the Best Philippine Ambassador and Top CEOs Investment Roadshow (Article in the Manila Bulletin by Dr. Bernardo Villegas)

D. Article: “Several hours of Pure Terror: A Human Interest Story of a Filipino Survivor of the Last Deadly Tornadoes in North Texas.”

Labor of Love (Gluttony for punishment) runs in the family

Several hours of pure terror -- The Fil-Am survivors of the deadly tornadoes that hit North Texas on Christmas weekend

Article by Dr. Bernardo Villegas in the Manila Bulletin about the Philippine Investment Roadshow in Texas

Shared by: Nelia Africa <nafrica1@verizon.net>
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016


2016: Vacations With a Purpose!!!

Forget traveling just to travel. Whether detoxing from tech, going to retreats where you have to turn in your device or vacations where you also conduct public service, there's a focus on wellness and doing something good for yourself and good for the world. Vacations will no longer be about just indulging.

And the first to do it is ROSCON FOUNDATION with their festival tour event this January, 2016. Bound for Luzon, Philippines, the small Texas delegation will cover four cities of Luzon, Manila - to foster international friendship and unity, Olongapo - to visit the Aetas and tap business potentials for their benefactors, Pampanga - to do medical and cultural mission and Ilocos Norte - to do school brigades and visit with Governor Imee Marcos. Part of their mission is to seek an avenue for the Negritos of Pampanga to have their cemented staircase to reach their village on top of a mountain and deliver a message of a benefactor to the Philippine local government to joint venture on an energy program.

Indeed, traveling just to travel is a changed concept... and even the same thing happens to all governments of the world. We are indeed becoming a better planet to live in!

2016: Vacations With a Purpose!!!

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