Rockefeller-Aspen Diaspora Program NYC town hall meet

JUNE 17—The public is invited to the Rockefeller-Aspen Diaspora Program (RAD) and JCI Philippine-New York for a discussion on how the U.S.-Filipino diaspora can benefit development efforts in the Philippines. It will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Philippine Center at 556 5th Avenue (between 45th and 46th Streets) in Manhattan. There will be a reception in the lobby, followed by the town hall meeting at the Kalayaan Hall. Food and beverage will be provided. This is a free event but please RSVP at http://bitly.com/1nvrpnJ for logistics.

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‘Mindanao: Land of Treasures’ exhibit to open at PhilCenter

JUNE 18—The exhibit “Mindanao: Land of Treasures” will be held from June 18 to 27 at the lobby of the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Opening reception on June 18 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by the Philippine Consulate General in New York, Kinding Sindaw and the Mindanao State University Alumni Association. RSVP by sending e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Subject: Mindanao Exhibit) or calling 212.764.1330 ext. 2013.

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Dr. Jose Rizal’s 153rd birth anniv. at PhilCenter NYC

JUNE 19—The Knights of Rizal New York Chapter will celebrate the 153rd birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, at 6 p.m., at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue, NYC. The celebration is open to the public.

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UST Singers in concert at Our Lady of Pompeii

JUNE 20—The University of Santo Tomas Singers, led by conductor Fidel Gener Calalang Jr., will stage a concert in New York City as part of its 27th international concert tour. The Manila-based premiere mixed choral ensemble — two-time Llangollen Musical Eistedfodd Choir Of The World champions in Wales, U.K. — is performing at Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 25 Carmine Street in Manhattan at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $25 each. Tickets are available at the door and online ustsnyc.bpt.me

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International music revue at Velvet Supper Club NJ

JUNE 21—An international music revue will be held at Velvet Supper Club at the Galloping Hill Inn at 325 Chestnut Street, Union, N.J. Featuring an evening of elegant dinner, buffet, open bar and two hours of world class live entertainment and dancing. Tickets are $89 per person. Group and senior discounts available. Reservations are required for all shows. Call 908.688.1010 or visit www.velvetsupperclub.com

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Cardinal Quevedo to celebrate mass in N.Y.

JUNE 22—Philippine Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato, will celebrate mass at St. Louis De Montfort at 75 New York Avenue, Sound Beach, NY 11789. Sponsored by the parish community of St. Louis de Monfort, the mass will start at noon. A potluck reception will follow at the church cafeteria. Quevedo, the Philippines’ eighth cardinal, was inducted into the College of Cardinals on Feb. 22. He is the first cardinal from Mindanao and the second current Filipino cardinal-elector, along with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle. For details about Quevedo’s New York mass, call Fr. Leonard Sabio at 347.706.5882 or Melojane Diokno Valisno at 631.846.6446.

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Paaralan sa Konsulado for 5 Saturdays at PhilCenter N.Y.

JUNE 28—Paaralan sa Konsulado (Summer School at the Philippine Consulate) will be held for five Saturdays — June 28, July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presented by the Philippine Consulate General of New York and the Association of Fil-Am Teachers of America, Inc. (AFTA). Paaralan sa Konsulado is for Fil-Am children aged 6 to 16 who want to learn about their culture and heritage — Filipino values, history, arts, songs, dances, games, customs, traditions and conversational Filipino. Registration fees: $40 for one, $70 for 2 siblings, $100 for 3 siblings. For particulars, call Raul Cajigas 347.932.6631 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Luz Dara Valconcha 917.609.6141.

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Ma-Yi Writers Lab application deadline

JULY 1—Deadline for submission of applications (by e-mail only) for the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest resident company of Asian-American playwrights designed to nurture and showcase them. Learn priceless lessons and hear cautionary tales from fellow writers. Participate in the quarterly LabFest where your work in given a staged reading. Reserve free Studio Time in a midtown, air-conditioned, Wi-Fi wired secret location. Finalists will be interviewed in August/September 2014. All application materials must be mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Visit ma-yitheatre.org for more information.

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Miss World PH search in East Coast ongoing

JULY 12—Miss Philippines Quest USA, the first-ever Miss World Philippines’ franchise in the East Coast, will be held at Symphony Space in Manhattan with the pageant finals slated for July 12. Screening for candidates is under way for single, female Filipino or Filipino-American, not less than 5’6 in height, 17 to 24 years old, and of good moral character. For inquiries and sponsorship, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 212.206.1627. The winner will be the East Coast’s official candidate for Miss World Philippines 2014.

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Roaring 20’s Gala

JULY 19—You are invited to a Roaring 20’s Gala. Hosted by Filipino-American Medical Society of Toms River (FAMS) and Filipino-American Community Development Center of Ocean Inc. (FCDC) on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Venue: Eagle Ridge Golf Club (2 Augusta Blvd., Lakewood Township, NJ 08701). Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m. $125 per person. Attire: formal. Tax deductible contributions can also be made in the form of sponsorships and advertisements in the Electronic Journal. For more information, please call 732.664.8120 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Free rondalla lessons

On Sunday afternoons 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Regular lessons offered by the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla in Linden, N.J. (off Garden State Parkway Exit 136). Learn to play a traditional rondalla string instrument such as the bandurria, laud, octavina, guitar and double bass. Everyone from all age groups with all musical abilities (beginners to experienced players) are welcome. For more information, please contact Diane Valencia, UPAFR president at 732.317.3364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please visit the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla Facebook Page, or its website at http://home.comcast.net/~uprondalla/

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