A sordid tale of suspected adultery, a brutal murder, treachery and a sensational trial -- these and more titillated the imagination of Californians in 1932-33 and marked a milestone in Filipino American history. In "Murder Most Foul",  Alex S. Fabros Jr. and his daughter Katherine S. Fabros, take us to what was then believed to be a "secret cult" in the community, allegedly burying a woman alive. The story is like a thriller with an unexpected ending so we hope you enjoy reading it.

It is a well known fact that the Philippines' marine biodiversity is the most extensive in the world, but did you know that our homeland also has the highest concentration of unique mammals? Dr. Lawrence R. Heaney, the curator of mammals at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, attests to this. Positively Filipino Correspondent Rey E. de la Cruz introduces us to this Philippine specialist who has made it his lifelong work to document the country's natural wealth.

Like a thief in the night, cancer is an insidious ailment that can afflict anyone. Celia Ruiz Tomlinson, a cancer survivor, shares an inspirational piece "What To Do When Cancer Comes," for those who are currently battling the big C and their families.

Our Happy Home Cook feature this week, another one from Positively Filipino Correspondent Elizabeth Ann Quirino: Mango Fried Chicken.

And our Video of the Week: Riza's Story. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg shares a story of how Facebook and help a young Filipina earn a Computer Science degree.

Plaridel Winners: Myles Garcia, Lisa Suguitan Melnick, Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, and Mona Lisa Yuchengco (accepting the award for Lotis Key)

Plaridel Winners: Myles Garcia, Lisa Suguitan Melnick, Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, and Mona Lisa Yuchengco (accepting the award for Lotis Key)

Congratulations to our Plaridel Award Winners!

Positively Filipino writers once again won big in this year's Plaridel Awards from the Philippine American Press Club (PAPC). 

Here are the winners and their winning stories: 

Best International Reporting: Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, "My Battle with Ebola"
Best Sports Story: Myles Garcia, "Before Elorde, Before Pacquiao, There Was Luis Logan”
Best Entertainment: Lisa Melnick, “Maseg: An Artistic Tempest”
Best Personal Essay: Lotis Key, "Feeding My Filipino"


Aurora Almendral - Best International Story, “'Selling' My Story"
Myles Garcia - Best Entertainment Story, “My Manila Movie Memories”
Anthony Maddela - Best Sports Story, “Jordan Clarkson, the Lakers’ Fil-Am Sniper”
Myles Garcia, Best Feature Writing, “Good Help is Hard to Find: The Improbable Story of Huguette and Hadassah”
Myles Garcia, Best Profile Writing, “Love Baskets for Betty”
Anthony Maddela, Best Profile Writing, “Above the Law Blogger David Lat Goes Long Form”
Senen Siasoco, Best Tourism Story, “Positively Pinatubo”
Manuel Hizon, Best Tourism Story, “11 Great Beaches You Probably Haven’t Been To”

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino