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Next Step for FilVets: Preserving Legacy

By Jon Melegrito Special to the Manila Mail WASHINGTON D.C. When Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba and a group of volunteers formed the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP) in May 2013, they had three goals in mind: secure legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the soldiers and survivors; ...

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Fil-Am mom wins House of Delegates seat

RICHMOND, Va. First the bad news – Ron Villanueva, the first Filipino American to win a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates lost in the Nov. 7 statewide elections. The good news – he was defeated by neophyte Kelly Convirs-Fowler, whose grandfathers are Filipinos, who was part of a ...

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American filmmaker wants to make Visayan movies

FAIRFAX, Va. American actor and filmmaker Joshua McLerran has become so enamored with the central Philippine region – the Visayas – that he’s moving to Iloilo to make movies. He was born in Charlottesville, Va. but lived in Negros and Panay for nearly three years from 2003 to the early ...

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Mike Paxton debuts with “Dark Woods”

FAIRFAX, Va. The Filipino American family of a young, rising Australian artist Mike Paxton is proudly promoting his debut album “Dark Woods” here. Paxton is married to Rachel R. Carter, daughter of Virginia-based Filipina Lenette R. Carter and American Bill Carter. Rachel is an assistant marketing manager of Citi bank ...

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On the Sensing of Our Childhood

I was in the McLean public library with my wife the other day, browsing for books I wanted to check out for my winter reading, when I came across two poetic lines on the flyleaf of a paperback I had picked out from the shelf; that was the fourth times ...

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A Priceless Gift

It’s a sunny day at the Capitol. The wind is calm. Autumn leaves haven’t fallen yet. In a few days, perhaps. But not today. Today belongs to twenty-one men and women – all living Filipino veterans. They have come to the nation’s capital, the nation that once sent them to ...

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The stench of weakness

Pres. Donald Trump campaigned behind the “America First” agenda and railed against China and international trade pacts, including the Trans Pacific Partnership championed by his predecessor. At the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam, he vowed America would no longer tolerate “chronic trade abuses” but in a way ...

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Marawi on one’s mind

MANILA I don’t know Marawi City at all. But one doesn’t have to know Marawi or be from there to grieve with that luckless city’s residents. For all intents and purposes, there is no longer a Marawi City. It’s been wiped off the face of the earth. What it is, ...

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