April, Come She Has

Is it just me or do you also feel that 2014 is whizzing by too fast?

It seems we have just gotten over Christmas and now it's April! It's not a bad thing though, especially for those who had to endure an exceptionally harsh winter. We join everyone in welcoming spring, with this week's varied lineup of offerings:

The wife and the mistress, both victims of an unfaithful husband, have rights that our legal expert, Evalyn G. Ursua, discusses in "How To Deal With a Philandering Husband, Legally." Some valuable information here, so read it before you contemplate murder.

Maita Gomez was the darling of high society until she chucked it all and joined the New People's Army. After years on the war front, she decided to return to the legal front and became a teacher. Following her unexpected death a few years ago, her friends decided to honor her with a book, "Maita, Remembering Ka Dolor" which contributor Fe P. Koons reviews in this issue.

Our regular contributor Lotis Key comes out with another charming commentary on Filipino quirks, this time on naming children. Enjoy "A Rose By Any Name" until the funny end.

And speaking of funny, we've put up another collection of Funny Signs, some of which were sent in by our readers. So if you're in the Philippines and you see something that makes you laugh, take a picture and send it to us at submissions@positivelyfilipino.com. Be sure you write down where it was taken (city or town) and what the sign is for.

We are publishing a statement from the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) about the glaring gap in "Cesar Chavez," the movie, that glosses over the leading role of Filipino farm workers in the big grape strike that catapulted Cesar Chavez to historical stardom. The movie gives short shrift to the unity between Filipino, Latino and other minority farm workers, which made the strike a success.

For readers in the San Francisco Bay Area, please save the date: April 19, Saturday at 4 p.m., for a free screening of "Documented," the acclaimed documentary of Jose Antonio Vargas, who has become the face of the undocumented in this country. Positively Filipino is sponsoring this event, which includes not just the movie but also a Q&A at the end with Vargas himself present. At room 2201, Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St. in San Francisco. FREE admission but seating is limited. Reservations are required. Email pfpublisher@yahoo.com to save your place. 

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino