Positively Filipino shares the sorrow of the Filipino American community in the unexpected loss of Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, our highly esteemed historian and activist, whose lifework -- documenting the stories of FilAms of various generations -- is unmatched in its scope and reach. Here's our Video of the Week from TFC, paying tribute to this exemplary Filipina.

Another sadness brings about a deeply personal and heartfelt tribute to another great Filipina, Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, from veteran journalist Sylvia L. Mayuga, whose friendship with the woman she calls Mama Chitang goes back several decades, political sides and personal reckonings.

An issue to ponder during Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) is a common first question among Filipino expats. Contributor Dayyuman Marie Ngoddo makes a case of choosing the question "What Languages Do You Speak?" over "where do you come from?"

The language of film as spoken by filmmaker Mikhail Red is the subject of Joy Watford's interview.

Here are links to stories you may have missed in various publications:

Recovering Fil-Am History

Duterte: China should temper its behavior in disputed waters

A Sisterhood of Nurses

Manga Creators: Jose Rizal More Than A Filipino Hero

Yes, Champorado and Tuyo-Flavored Suman Exists!

For our Happy Home Cook recipe this week, San Francisco-based foodie Voltaire Gungab does his own version of the Venezuelan national dish, Pabellon Criollo. 

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino

Getting Things Straight

The Philippines' national language is Filipino, not Pilipino. It's time to get that straight as our homeland celebrates Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) this entire month of August. How and why did the F come to replace the P? Read Again poet/critic/author Marne Kilates' discussion, "Why the F in Filipino and How Did It Get There?"

And while we're at it, please also Read Again why referring to the Philippines as P.I. is just so outdated and wrong: it was a term used during Commonwealth times, meaning it got outdated in 1946 when the Philippines became an independent country. Let Professor Michael Gonzalez explain in "Please Stop Calling the Philippines P.I."

One of the busiest intersections along EDSA used to be a quiet, secluded enclave surrounded by cogon grass and sunflowers, and hosted some wayward snakes that slithered their way into the very few homes in the area. Poet/essayist Marra PL. Lanot brings us back to those days in "Of Fireflies and Firebrands."

Meanwhile, PF Correspondent Serina Aidasani takes obvious pride in jazz guitarist/composer Johnny Alegre who she describes as "one of the international greats in jazz."

Here are links to stories in other publications that you may have missed:

Duterte's Philippines is getting more corrupt

The Future is Intersectional with Filipina Canadian Artist Han Han

'Mexipino' combines Mexican and Filipino flavors

How an immigrant youth is getting recognition for creating peace of mind

For our Happy Home Cook recipe, we go back to the Filipino immigrant's cooking bible, Nora Daza's Let's Cook with Nora, and borrow her recipe for Orange Spareribs.

For video of the week, online comic Jeppy Paraiso continues his Tita series “Don't Tita, Don't.”

For our partner post, FilVetRep's Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret.) is calling on the community to support Jon Melegrito for AARP's AAPI Community Hero Award for his work in honoring the Filipino World War II Veterans. Deadline is August 15, 2018.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino


Can you imagine same sex marriage becoming legal in the Philippines? Me neither, at least in our lifetime. But the times are certainly a-changin' as a legal case filed by a young, gay lawyer named Jesus Falcis III that pushes for the legalization of same-sex marriage in a mostly Catholic country gets a hearing as far up as the Supreme Court. That alone is an achievement, as PF Correspondent Rene M. Astudillo, reports in "Quo Vadis, Philippine Same Sex Marriage."

Hardly controversial is the innate talent of Noel Trinidad, the artist profiled by another PF Correspondent, Rey E. de la Cruz. 

Forty one years ago this month in San Francisco, one of the most heartbreaking conflicts took place -- the eviction of elderly Filipinos from the International Hotel. Read Again Veronica Versoza's account of what really happened that crucial night from which an entire generation of activists earned its chops. http://www.positivelyfilipino. com/magazine/the-last-night- of-i-hotel

Have you ever wondered how your family got its surname? Read Again cultural historian and PF Correspondent Penelope V. Flores' research on the genesis of Filipino surnames.
http://www.positivelyfilipino. com/magazine/how-filipinos- got-their-surnames

Quite a number of interesting Filipino-related stories were published in various media outlets recently. In case you missed them, here are some links in our In The Know section:

Carmen Guerrero Nakpil: The Greatest National Artist for Literature We Never Had

Eating while immigrant: The bitter taste of assimilation and the joy of 'stinky' food 

Philippines Raises Concern over Chinese Radio Warnings

Filipina Chef Introduces Boodle Fights to the French Culinary Scene and the Europeans love it.

Six Filipinos Indicted for Domestic and International Money Laundering and Conspiracy for Multi-Year Bribery and Fraud Scheme

For our Happy Home Cook feature, incarcerated military officers (now freed) share their recipe for Calderetang Kambing (goat stew), a favorite of Filipino beer drinkers. 

For our video of the week, AARP nominates FilVetRep's Executive Director Jon Melegrito as one of its AAPI Community Hero Award finalists for his work in honoring the Filipino World War II Veterans. If you wish to support Jon, visit AARP's AAPI Hero Award facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/AARPAAPI/videos/1391794597623242/

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino