Disobedience and Inspiration

As the civil disobedience in Hong Kong enters a new phase, how are our OFW kababayans faring? In "To Protest or Not to Protest" Filipinos in Hong Kong Weigh In," Daisy CL Mandap, a veteran journalist who has been based there for 27 years, tells us how the 150,000-strong Filipino community is riding the wave of turbulence that, to many, brings back memories of EDSA 1986. 

Two of our featured stories this week are by Filipino Americans who visited their parents' homeland and fell in love with the culture and the people. Lisa Suguitan Melnick, our regular contributor who won two honorable mentions in this year's Plaridel Awards, writes about her memorable encounter with a  server in Cebu in "Rosa Linda Who-Loves-Her-Job," while two students of the University of San Francisco, Jordan Guingao and Ty Bernardo, relate their life-changing experiences from their two-week immersion program in urban poor areas in Metro Manila. 

And, to continue our celebration of Filipino American History Month, read again "Celestino's Crusades," one of Lisa Melnick's winning stories. 

Our Video of the Week features a 2010 video from ABC's Nightline on men who claim to be the Messiah, including Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of Davao City.

Positively Filipino invites Bay Area readers to another free movie: "Mga Anino ng Kahapon" (Shadows of the Past), an award-winning full-length feature (with English subtitles) that tackles a common but often denied issue among Filipino families, on Saturday, Oct. 25. Please check out the Partner post about the movie for details. 

And don't forget to send in your stories of supernatural encounters which we will publish at the end of the month, in time for Halloween and Todos los Santos. Send to submissions@positivelyfilipino.com.

Have a colorful autumn, everyone!

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino