Simple and Successful

After those sumptuous, sinful dishes of the holidays, I'm sure many of us are hankering for simple, basic comfort food. And so we bring you the late great chef Nora Daza's Chicken Tinola Soup recipe for our Happy Home Cook this week. 

In picturesque Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, stands the Bayanihan Community Centre, the pride of the island's Filipino community. Purportedly the envy of other Canadian cities with sizeable Filipino communities, the Bayanihan Community Centre's longevity is attributed to its solid financial management and accountability and its active organization. First-time contributor Ben Pires, who has been involved in the center since its inception, writes its story.

How to pay tribute to someone you admire but hardly knew? FilAm author/academic Laurel Fantauzzo, who just came out with a highly acclaimed creative non-fiction book, shows us how as she honors the late Congresswoman Dina Abad, her mother's friend.

Oh, and by the way, this issue marks the sixth year of Positively Filipino's existence and as is our wont, we list down our ten most popular stories of the past year so you can read them again or for the first time. See below.

Once again, our In The Know links for this week. We can't possibly monitor all the stories from other publications to include in our list so if you come across stories about Filipinos and the Philippines in your local newspapers, please send the link to

Duterte Threatens to Dethrone the Jeepney as King of Filipino Roads

House panel passes bill declaring Kalayaan Islands as 'alienable, disposable land'

Zuckerberg Under Fire For Facebook’s Deal With Rodrigo Duterte

Celebrating Brown Skin

For Video of the Week, NBC Asian America features dance troupe Kinding Sindaw as they teach and preserve the traditions of southern Philippine culture.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino