We got an unexpected but very welcome surprise this week when the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) informed us that Positively Filipino won the Best Interactive Media Award - Website Category, one of six categories of the 2014 Migration and Media Awards (MAM). CFO is the very active agency that oversees the wellbeing of Filipino expats all over the world. It also honors outstanding individuals and organizations -- and media outfits -- that bring on Filipino pride.
According to the MAM Awards Secretariat, "This year’s awardees were chosen for having raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of Filipinos overseas, promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas, and espoused the concepts of migration and development." We're pleased and honored for being chosen. A big thank you to CFO and MAM for recognizing our efforts, a month short of Positively Filipino's second birthday.
Another source of pride - the Filipino Food Movement (FFM) that was started in the San Francisco Bay Area by some dedicated foodies. Its Savor Filipino inaugural event brought together 22 chefs from all over the country, cooking Filipino-inspired dishes that whetted the taste buds and appetites of the big crowd that attended. Ron Quesada reports in "Not Just Another Filipino Food Festival."
And speaking of events, organizing them is the core service of Plan C Agency, a Los Angeles-based advertising and event marketing agency founded and headed by Giancarlo Pacheco. Anthony Maddela profiles this marketing expert who attributes his drive and vision to his Filipino roots.
Contributing to Pinoyspotting this week is Albert Romero who traveled to Rome and Barcelona and met some interesting Filipinos. You too can contribute your photos of close encounters with Filipinos during your travels to Pinoyspotting. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short caption on how, when, where, who.
LOL with Mikey Bustos as he eavesdrop on his mother cooking adobo in our Video of the Week.
And while we can enumerate things wrong with Filipinos, there are also a lot of good things to celebrate about being Filipino. My blog this week reminds us of the good in us.