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