We are Positively Filipino.

The premier digital native magazine celebrating the story of Filipinos in the diaspora of nearly 13 million expatriates.

POSITIVELY FILIPINO news articles, features, editorials, blogs and videos are for Filipinos who may be temporarily working abroad to support families back home or have set roots and reinvented lives in adopted countries the world over.

POSITIVELY FILIPINO is an online information resource for all compatriots. It chronicles the experience of the global Filipino in all its complexity. Similarly, it keeps expatriates in touch with political, economic and cultural developments in the homeland.

POSITIVELY FILIPINO is a global plaza for sharing ideas, creative works and opinions. It serves as a venue for the frank exploration of our collective challenges both in the homeland and the diaspora.

POSITIVELY FILIPINO celebrates our people’s heritage and achievements and is a proud promoter of role models and achievers.

POSITIVELY FILIPINO is also an advocate of Filipinos who may face injustice and discrimination in their temporary or adopted homes. It initiates or participates in campaigns that uphold their rights.
In America in the 1930s, Filipino immigrants often faced rejection and racism–a hotel in Stockton, California even posted a warning: “Positively No Filipinos Allowed" (as shown in the 1930 photo below).

Kababayans (compatriots) are positively welcome here, positively allowed to celebrate our heritage, and positively encouraged to explore our experiences.

Mona Lisa Yuchengco, founder and former publisher of Filipinas Magazine reunites with the magazine’s former editor in chief Rene Ciria-Cruz, former managing editor Gemma Nemenzo and former art director Raymond Virata.

Our Positively Filipino Correspondents

Rey E. de la Cruz, Ed.D., writes from Chicagoland when he is not loving the arts and traveling. He is the author of the children’s book, Ballesteros on My Mind: My Hometown in the Philippines, which also has Ilocano, Spanish, and Tagalog versions.


Myles Garcia is a retired San Francisco Bay Area-based author/writer. His proudest work to date is the book Secrets of the Olympic Ceremonies. Myles is also a member of the ISOH (International Society of Olympic Historians) and has also written for the ISOH Journal. Finally, Myles has just completed his first play, Murder a lá Mode, which is now available to Broadway producers.


Anthony Maddela is a regular contributor to Positively Filipino when he’s not working on fiction or writing grants for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. He has a family of four.  

Elizabeth Ann Quirino, based in New Jersey, is a journalist, food writer and member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). She blogs about Filipino home cooking and culinary travels to the Philippines on her site AsianInAmericamag.com.


Criselda Yabes is the author of Below the Crying Mountain set in the rebellion of the 1970s in the south. It won the UP Centennial Literary Prize in 2008 and was nominated for the Man Asian Prize in 2010. She is currently based in Manila.

Cherie M. Querol Moreno is a Commissioner with the San Mateo County Commission on Aging and executive director of nonprofit ALLICE Alliance for Community Empowerment. She is editor at large of Philippine News, columnist for Philippines Today USA and contributor to Rappler and GMA News Online.

Penelope V. Flores is Professor of Education Emeritus at San Francisco State University.


Rene Astudillo is a writer, book author and blogger and has recently retired from more than two decades of nonprofit community work in the Bay Area. He spends his time between California and the Philippines.


Serina Aidasani divides her time between New York and Chicago. She works in marketing communications and public relations.


Lisa Suguitan Melnick is a third generation Filipina-American whose personal path in the healing arts has led her into the company of indigenous Philippine mumbaki such as Lagitan and energy practitioners. Lisa is on faculty at College of San Mateo in both the Language Arts and Kinesiology divisions. She is the author of #30 Collantes Street (Carayan Press, 2015).

John L. Silva is executive director of the Ortigas Library, a research library in Manila.

"Positively No Filipinos Allowed" warning sign at a hotel in Stockton, California in 1930 (Courtesy of Little Manila Foundation) Click image for larger view



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OPINIONS and views expressed by our contributing writers are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of POSITIVELY FILIPINO or its staff.