Two Noteworthy Filipinas, Two Different Paths

Two noteworthy Filipinas, two very different paths.

Fil-Am Juslyn Manalo caps her distinguished career in government and nonprofits with the coveted position of mayor of Daly City, California, home to the biggest concentration of Filipinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. PF Correspondent Cherie Querol-Moreno introduces us to Manalo and collates some advice for her from her "sister predecessors" -- Filipino women who have become mayors of various cities in northern California.

On a totally different track, PF Correspondent Myles A. Garcia hears Nat King Cole's classic rendition of "Stardust" and waxes nostalgic with memories of his childhood in San Juan and a woman he knew then as Ginny. To his surprise, Ginny eventually became well-known within certain circles as Viring de Asis, the leading seller of antiques in Metro Manila. "Ginny, the Jukebox and Nat" is a step back in time with the beloved song setting the mood.

Back to the present, our Philippine-based correspondent, Rene M. Astudillo gives us a primer on understanding the current Filipino slang and memes. A useful guide when you are in our motherland and encountering millenials. 

Our In The Know compilation for this week:

Toyo Eatery bags coveted award from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2018—a first for Filipino dining

Filipino Food Finds a Place in the American Mainstream

Uber to Exit the Southeast Asian and Philippines Markets

The last and definitive op-ed to shut down the Bruno Mars cultural appropriation nonsense

Aileen Suzara Is Flipping the Script About 'Unhealthy' Filipino Food

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time's Deric McCabe Interview

Our Happy Home Cook recipe is for that addicting munchies: Adobong Malutong or Crispy Adobo Flakes.

For our Video of the Week, here's the popular infomercial that won the top prize for its director, Lyle Sacris, in the 2018 Kidlat Awards. Full disclosure: Lyle is my nephew so please indulge my auntie pride here. 

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino