Southeast Asian

Phil Am Food serves the 16,000+ Filipino community of Jersey City, N.J. (Photo by Lai Wo via Open City)

‘Phil Am’ Store Offers Taste of Home

Food, Metro Area, Southeast Asian October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Erwin Santos, whose family runs a prominent Filipino grocery store in Jersey City, speaks to Open City about dried mangos, hot dogs and fish sauce, as well as a special overseas customer base and a hope for Filipino food to someday receive the recognition other Asian foods enjoy.

Tagalogue was staged in Nuyorican Poets Cafe last year during Filipino American History Month, celebrated during the month of October.

Staging the Often Misunderstood Filipino Experience

Culture, Featured Posts, Southeast Asian October 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

In “Tagalogue,” Filipino-American performers address their community’s history through monologues, dance and music.

Filipino opera singers Sal Malaki and Antoni Mendezona star as Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara in "Noli." (Photo by Oliver Oliveros via The FilAm)

First Filipino Opera Ready for Center Stage

Culture, In the News, Southeast Asian October 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

“Noli Me Tángere” will premiere on October 4 as the first Filipino opera to be staged in New York. The FilAm takes a look behind the scenes at this pivotal production for the community.

Eileen Formanes and her refashioned bibingkas at the Hester Street Fair in Lower Manhattan. (Photo via The FilAm)

Americanizing a Filipino Holiday Treat

Food, Southeast Asian September 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Eileen Formanes left her job and started selling reinvented forms of bibingka, a Filipino rice cake eaten during Christmas. In the Filipino community, however, taking such a risk is far from common, finds The FilAm, which covered a gathering of community members interested in “innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Calamansi juice, served in Ihawan, a Filipino restaurant in Woodside, Queens. (Photo by Krista/goodiesfirst, Flickr Creative Commons) License)

Popular Filipino Juice Looking to Break into Pinoy US Market

Business, Culture, Food, In the News, Southeast Asian July 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

All-Natural Calamansi juice, made from the calamansi citrus fruit, doesn’t just offer Filipinos a taste of home, it’s one of only a few products with Filipino origins to make a foray into the American market, reports The FilAm, which explains the significance of the fruit to the Philippines.

Recently-elected Jersey City Councilman Rolando Lavarro, Jr. (left) with Filipino Reporter columnist Manuel L. Caballero. (Photo via Filipino Reporter)

History Made for Fil-Ams in Jersey City Elections

Rolando Lavarro has become the first Filipino American to not only serve on City Council in New Jersey’s second-largest city, but also to hold an elected position in the municipality. A Filipino Reporter editorial applauds the election results and presents a list of “demands” on the part of the community.

(Photo via Flickr)

Filipino Americans Rank High in Health Insurance Coverage

Health, Immigration, Southeast Asian May 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Nearly 13 percent of Asian Americans in New York State lack health insurance but the Filipino community ranks high in terms of coverage, reports Cristina DC Pastor in a story published in The FilAm.

Ed Santos is the first Filipino to run for a city council seat in New York. (Photo via The FilAm)

Filipino Teacher Leads Community Foray Into Politics

Politics, Southeast Asian April 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

The FilAm speaks to the Philippine Consulate’s Deputy Consul General, who laments the lack of political engagement among the community. One Filipino, however, hopes to change that as he becomes the first of his community to aspire for a City Council seat.

Attorney Carlia Magpantay Brady (photo via The Philippine Daily Mirror).

N.J. to Get First Filipino Superior Court Judge

In the News, Metro Area, Politics, Southeast Asian February 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Attorney Carlia Magpantay Brady is on track to become the first Philippine-born Superior Court judge in the State of New Jersey, two local Filipino-American outlets reported.

Councilman Rolando Lavarro Jr. (Photo via Asian Journal)

Political Drama for Filipinos in Jersey City

In the News, Politics, Southeast Asian February 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Was it community betrayal or pure politics that caused Jersey City’s first Filipino council member to reject the nomination of the city’s first Filipino chief judge, thereby turning “nay” into the majority vote? Local Filipino publications point towards politics, but for some in the community, the missed opportunity remains disappointing.

Jose Rizal

NY Filipinos Welcome Momentous Premiere of ‘Noli’ Opera

Culture, Southeast Asian February 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

New Yorkers will get a taste of Philippine history this fall with the premiere of “Noli Me Tángere: The Opera,” the first full-length Filipino grand opera, reports The FilAm. The opera is based on a novel by the Philippines’ national hero Dr. José Rizal.

Joe Bataan at a recent reception of the Filipino American National Historic Society-Metro New York. (Photo via The FilAm)

King of Latin Soul Catching Up With Filipino Roots

Culture, Latino, Manhattan, Southeast Asian January 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm

East Harlem musician Joe Bataan, known as the King of Latin Soul, embraced his Filipino roots at a recent event of the Filipino American National Historic Society-Metro New York, the FilAm reports.

Daedema Ramos at a press conference. (Photo by Damayan Via The FilAm)

Diplomat Settles With Filipina Maid

Immigration, Labor, Southeast Asian September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

A Filipina maid, who was brought to the U.S. by a diplomat who made her work 20-hour days for a few dollars pay, has reached a settlement with her former employer, reports The FilAm. The story points to a growing problem of domestic workers being exploited by diplomats.

Jollibee serves purple yam flavored milkshakes. (Photo by Aurora Almendral/Fi2W)

Jollibee Restaurant Gives Fast Food a Filipino Flavor

Food, Southeast Asian August 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

The recently opened Filipino chain Jollibee in Jersey City serves more than just American-influenced fast food, it takes patrons back home to the Philippines with ube-flavored milkshakes and banana-made ketchup. But has the United States stepped too far into Filipino food culture?

Will Filipino Americans Still Go Blue in November?

Will Filipino Americans Still Go Blue in November?

Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Filipino Americans voted 59 percent to 39 percent in favor of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential elections. Still, this time around it remains to be seen which party they’ll support, according to a piece in the print edition of Filipino Reporter.