Few days before my “sizzy” (our newly coined term for sister-like friend) was stricken by Coronavirus19 (Covid19), she posted on her social media page expressing on how desolate their neighborhood looked like. As she described it, the once busy place (with the Macy’s Department Store, Marshalls, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. adjacent to their place) became “ghastly” and was emptied out with no people braving the streets. At that time, mid-March, the Queens area was the epicenter of Covid19 in NYC from where majority of infected patients emanated. Many Filipino-Americans in Queens have already been afflicted with the disease, majority … Continue reading She Beats Covid-19 Virus: How?
Did someone ever tell you you’re the “wind beneath my wings”? Said expression which happens to be the title of a popular song released in the late ’80s by Bette Midler appears a catchall of wide variety of situations. Going over the lyrics of the song made me realize that in the toughest time of anyone’s life, there is always someone who will help, care, encourage, challenge, motivate and inspire one to do better and to reach one’s goal. They are the people we have crossed paths with, someone special who had served as inspiration, a guide, a support or … Continue reading The Wind Beneath the Priests’ Wings: A Tribute (In Memoriam)
I recall I had the chance to contribute an article in a Filipino Catholic magazine based in NYC about the designation of His Eminence, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle in 2015 (few years after his appointment as Cardinal in 2012) as the President of Caritas Internationalis, an international organization established 65 years ago by the Catholic Church “to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice” throughout the world. It was an honor for us Filipino Catholics to have a Cardinal from the Philippines heading in a concurrent capacity of a humanitarian and development arm of the Church which advocates … Continue reading Cardinal “Chito” Tagle-The Poor Man’s Guardian: Will he be the next to wear the Shoes of the Fisherman?
With more than a billion (1.36bn) people, there is no doubt that the Chinese would have the greatest diaspora in almost every major city in the world. They live and work abroad, most of them traders, and that is the reason why there is a so-called “Chinatown” being integrated everywhere in the world from industrialized to relatively small developing nations. For instance and as previously mentioned(http://www.myusefultips.com/new/#sthash.gHwx5p9s.dpuf), the United States has to date about 4 million Chinese Americans, comprising the bulk of Asian Americans who have migrated to the United Sates, and most of them are in New York City. I … Continue reading Chinatown and Its Lunar New Year: How It Influences Us!
Remember Lance who was featured in this blog as the Wonder boy? (Check the article: “A Wonder Boy, He Truly Is”) Well, he is now in his 5th Grade and a consistent top student in class since then. He was chosen to represent their school in the recently concluded Middle Grade Regional Math Bee . Out of 15 participants from different catholic schools in NYC, Lance made it to the next round, the Diocesan Math Bee, with the other Top 5 contenders which will be held this month. Wow, what can I say! Raise the roof, Philippines! Lance, we are … Continue reading Smart Kid!!
Ten years ago, I organized a workshop together with other lead agencies for certain government officials and staff held in Boracay Island, Philippines. The said workshop was all expenses paid, including first class accommodation and lodging, partly funded under a USAID grant for four days and three nights. It was specifically held at Club Panoly, an exclusive beach resort in the said island, about 15-minute tricycle drive from the island’s commercial center or the so-called “d’ mall” of the main long white beach, as popularly known today. Despite it being an official trip, the organizers reserved a half day tour … Continue reading A Second Glimpse of Boracay After A Decade – The First Day!
Featured Article – By Wenn I. My long time good friends back home were given the opportunity to visit NYC for the nth time but never got the chance to go upstate (Buffalo) to take a peek of the world-famous Niagara Falls. Last month, some of them who are leaders of local church organizations attended a 3-day conference in New Jersey. Among the delegates to the said conference were my friends who are known for their exemplary contributions and service to their respective local communities in Cagayan de Oro City, namely Judge Evelyn and husband Engr. Kelly, Atty. Rene, the … Continue reading A Brief Tour of Niagara Falls – A Remarkable Feel!
A Guest Feature Article For many of us, Lorenzo Ruiz may not ring a bell, but for Filipinos all over the world, San Lorenzo as fondly called, is the first Filipino saint ever been canonized so far in the church history. During the canonization ceremony, Pope John Paul II referred him as the “most improbable of saints”. He was a simple ordinary married man, just like some of us, struggling to make daily ends meet in every aspect, including his spiritual needs. He was not a person of stature in terms of financial wealth, educational attainment and professional growth. In … Continue reading 2011 NYC San Lorenzo Ruiz Celebration – “Rooted in Culture: Guided by Faith”
In the U.S., block or street parties are normally held either during spring or fall seasons of the year. Block parties are undertaken primarily to give the community of a particular neighborhood a chance to be together and get acquainted of their respective culture and tradition. In NYC, it is observed that in a specific neighborhood for instance, people from all walks of life get together in a non-political event setting and socialize among themselves, an opportunity to gain new friends and raise public's awareness of how diverse the community is. Our parish community held a block party for its … Continue reading A Block Party on Judgment Day! – Fun Tips and Thoughts
In a metropolis like NYC, fashion is inevitably observed especially to majority in the younger work force and the teens and tweens. The tri-media advertising massive campaign effectively put a pressure to some of these groups to dress up in a certain way and in line with each one's standards. However, for avid fashion lovers, even without the tri-media influence, dressing up is simply part of their day to day life, it's like a norm to them. They themselves do have a certain degree of power, they sometimes serve as the trendsetters, as a matter of fact, even fashion … Continue reading Why Young Ones Love To Fashion – Tips and Thoughts