Climate and Consciousness

The volatility of weather patterns because of climate change has brought about a growing tragedy: climate refugees such as those who survived the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan and had to move out of the area to seek employment or livelihood. LA-based journalist Dorian Merina explains this phenomena in the last of his series on climate change and how it is affecting Filipinos.

HOCUS is not a magic trick but it is a magical experience as veteran journalist and author Sylvia L. Mayuga takes us on a virtual tour of the exhibit of 26 artworks of Saul Hofileña and Guy Custodio, currently going on at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila. Gemma Cruz-Araneta curates this "leap of consciousness" showcase of the Filipino soul, which runs until October this year.

Let me tell you about visiting Boracay and how to make the best of it in "Yes, Boracay," my blog this month.

And for those planning to travel to warm climes, here's how to avoid the travel bloat. Read Again Imelda Oppenheim's "Beat the Heat Bloat," a timely reminder for summer in the western hemisphere.

Our In the Know links for this week:

The ‘greatest Marcos horror story never told,’ through the eyes of a Moro filmmaker

Christians Rise Up Against the 'Filipino Trump'

Monique Lhuillier's Wedding Dresses: Spring 2018

Writing Toward Home

Filipino farmer strikes gold with cocoa

Summer weather brings memories of ambulant vendors and their merienda fare back home, one of which is the popular banana-cue. Here's how to make it, our recipe for the Happy Home Cook this week.

For our Video of the Week, CNN features the team behind the Philippines' "first female-led brewery."

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino

Motherly Dedication

When my Positively Filipino colleagues -- Mona Lisa Yuchengco as publisher and Rene Ciria Cruz as editor -- pioneered Filipinas, the first glossy magazine for and about Filipino Americans in the early 1990s, they had to dig deep into the community and search for stories about and by Filipinos in America. Now, more than 20 years later, we can't keep up. In various publications, by a wide range of writers, stories about the Philippines and Filipinos here and abroad are being printed and posted. We try to keep you abreast two ways: our In Brief section which provides capsule news items about developments that affect or interest Filipinos everywhere; and our In The Know weekly listing of links to stories in other publications that we feel you should read in full. Here's the In the Know lineup for this week:

My Family's Slave

At 100 or So, She Keeps a Philippine Tattoo Tradition Alive

Pinay girl rejected from UK grammar school turns out to be having an IQ higher than Einstein’s

Warriors' Stephen Curry helps Cupertino family after teen's tragic death

Zamboanga del Norte students trek dangerous mountain trail to school

With 30 reported cases every single day, the HIV tragedy is cause for very grave concern in the Philippines, as PF Correspondent Rene Astudillo reports in "On Tita Bootz’s Bucket List—Stop New  HIV Infections." Fortunately, there are community advocates and caring souls like Bootz Yabut who are pitching in to help curb the spread of the disease.

As a postscript to the warm, fuzzy Mother's Day tributes, another PF Correspondent John Silva celebrates his unconventional and controversial mother, Helen Ledesma, in "My Unmom Mom."

And for San Francisco Bay Area martial arts denizens, contributor AJ Ruiz writes about the winningest martial arts school in "The Way of Eskabo Daan."

For our Happy Home Cook recipe this week, we go back to healthy -- a vegan version of the traditional favorite, kare-kare, from Richgail Enriquez. 

Our Video of the Week, we feature the story behind the popular Cebuano-speaking Americans of the Hey Joe Show on You Tube.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino

House of Memories

If walls can speak, what colorful stories would have emerged from 2422 K St. in Washington DC, known in the mid-1900s as The Manila House, where Filipinos ate, gambled,sang, loved and quarreled. The building has since become Carwithen House but its rich history as a hangout of Filipinos in the area are immortalized in the stories of acclaimed author Bienvenido N. Santos. Contributor Titchie Carandang-Tiongson who, together with husband Erwin, was able to walk the halls of the building, writes about this historic landmark of Fil-Am history in Washington DC. Through the efforts of  The Philippine Arts, Letters and Media Council; the Philippines on the Potomac Project, the Rita M. Cacas Foundation and the Toribio Family,  the Manila House has been designated a Literary Landmark (one of only four in DC) and a plaque was installed last week in commemoration. 

It's Mother's Day once again so we'd like to circle back to some of our outstanding mother tributes:

PF Correspondent and cookbook author Elizabeth Ann Quirino shared with us her award-winning essay, "A Hundred Mangoes in a Bottle," about her mother teaching her about life through the techniques of food preservation;

PF publisher Mona Lisa Yuchengco paid tribute to her late mother, Paz Sycip Yuchengco, by organizing a concert of her musical compositions;

Our Manila-based contributor Cathy S. Babao tells us the experiences that defined her mother, the character actress Caridad Sanchez.

Our In The Know links this week includes some important information about Asian Americans, in time for Asian American History Month:

The Rise of Asian Americans

Six Interesting Facts About Asian Americans

Israel's Invisible Filipino Work Force

Elderly Gay Filipinos Who Perform In Drag to Survive

From Chicagoland, PF Correspondent Rey de la Cruz gives us a taste of Adeline's Catering where Cebu lechon reigns.

From Adeline's Catering's chef Victor Ricolcol, his version of the classic Pork Belly Adobo for our Happy Home Cook.

For Video of the Week, NBC presents 26 emerging Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who redefine what it takes to be an American of Asian and Pacific Islander descent today.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino