17 March 2021, Los Angeles – The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles is pleased to inform the Filipino-American community that the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Office of Deputy Speaker and Congresswoman Loren Legarda, announced the Open Call for Curatorial Proposals for Philippine Participation in the 59th Venice Art Biennale in 2022.
The selected curatorial proposal will officially represent the Philippines in 2022 in one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious exhibition platforms for contemporary art. The Philippine Pavilion will continue to be housed at the Artiglierie in Arsenale, the main venue of the Venice Biennale.
This call is open to all curators and contemporary Filipino practitioners residing in the Philippines and abroad and may be proposals by a single curator or by a team of two curators. In case of a team in which one member is not Filipino, the lead curator should be Filipino.
For the application procedure, qualification of proponents and documentary requirements, as well as other relevant information about the project, please visit the official website of the Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale (PAVB) at:
and/or contact the PAVB Coordinating Committee through the following:
All curatorial proposals with complete documentary requirements should be emailed on or before 20 May 2021 (Philippine time) with the subject heading “Curatorial Proposal” to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles is pleased to inform the Filipino-American community that the U.S.-Asia Institute (USAI), with the support of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., is now accepting applications for the student internship program, entitled “IMPACT! (Inspiring, Motivating and Preparing for Action towards Civic Transformation) Program for Filipino-Americans.”
The 2021 IMPACT! Filipino American Internship Program will be conducted in a fully virtual/remote setting for nine weeks, starting from June 7 to August 6, 2021. The week of June 7 comprises a week-long orientation with fellow IMPACT participants, followed by the start of the internship.
Participants will receive the “Filipino American Youth Political Leadership Award” in the amount of a $1,000 stipend for participation in the program.
IMPACT!, which is a professional development program created by the USAI, offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for young Filipino-American adults to gain a firsthand look at the American government and political system in Washington DC, to engage civically, and to reflect on the role they, as future leaders, might play in strengthening U.S.-Philippines relations.
For the application procedure and documentary requirements, as well as other relevant information about the Program, please visit USAI’s official website at:
Interested applicants are advised to contact Mr. Zev Moses at email address, email@example.com for any questions or concerns about the Program.
The deadline of application is on February 28, 2021.
Congratulations to television writer Leann Bowen and the writing team for earning two Writers Guild Award nominations for Comedy Series and New Series for AppleTV+'s Ted Lasso...
Congratulations to television writer Mark Kramer and the writing team for earning a Writers Guild Award nomination for Comedy/Variety Talk Series for HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver...
And, congratulations to Eric S. Garcia (with Leo Chu and Julia Miranda) for earning a Writers Guild Award nomination for Children's Episodic, Long Form and Specials of the Netflix Alexa & Katie episode, 'Speaking of Cancer'.
The 73rd Writers Guild Awards are set for March 21, 2021 with film screenplay nominees to be announced on February 16.
Congratulations to Jon Jon Briones and the Cast & Crew of Ratched (Netflix) for earning three Golden Globe nominations including Best Television Series, Drama.
The 78th Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, February 28, 2021 on NBC. Check your local listings.
Filmmaker Ramona Diaz' critically acclaimed documentary film, A Thousand Cuts is one of seven nominees vying for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild Awards of America's 2021 PGA Awards.
The 35th annual #PGAAwards will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
A Thousand Cuts is currently playing on PBS. Check your local listings.
In the meantime, watch our interview panel with Ramona Diaz (and with PJ Raval of "Call Her Ganda") below.
Congratulations to filmmaker Isabel Sandoval as her film, LINGUA FRANCA is nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at this year's Independent Spirit Awards.
The 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Thursday, April 22, airing live at 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET on IFC.
Stream LINGUA FRANCA today on Netflix.
Lingua Franca is a love story between an undocumented, transgender, Filipina caregiver and a Russian-Jewish slaughterhouse worker in Brooklyn, New York. The third feature from Isabel Sandoval — who wrote, directed, produced, edited and stars — the film comes from Ava DuVernay's ARRAY and made its world premiere at Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days and was the first Filipino film in main-competition at BFI London in its 63-year history.
FAHMfest is coming October 2021! A two day family friendly festival featuring food, music, art and fashion. They are currently accepting vendor applications NOW! Chefs/Restaurants, Financial Services, Clothing Brands, and everything else in between, inquire now at info@FAHMfest.com
Congratulations to Tess Paras (top left) for becoming The 1st Filipina American Executive Producer and The 1st Filipina American Director for ViacomCBS' 2021 VIRTUAL “SHOWCASE”!
This past week, our local Filipino American community lost a hero, Mark Ho. He was a Marine, an Iraq veteran with PTSD, who was fighting off cancer, then eventually Covid.
Although I never had the opportunity to meet him in person-- He was a hero in our local Filipino and So Cal community, and also to the nation as he was also a Marine veteran, who served in Iraq in 2002. Unfortunately where he also got cancer, service connected to his duties, along with PTSD.
In spite of those battles, Mark Ho still made it his mission to give back and inspire others in the local community through his music and the act of just giving back.
As a veteran myself, while reading about him, I was thinking to myself (in veteran lingo) - "This dude is unreal, and of course he's going to keep fighting.. he's a Marine.. he fights, leads, and inspires until it's time to go... until you're forced to go home.. and with redeployment orders from the higher ups.."
- Jason A (Pres. FACCHO)
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Mark S. Villamac Ho (BagYo) was a combat veteran, a performer and artist, a mentor to young children, down-to-earth with no ego, that's probably why he was likable. He was the type of guy you can call at three in the morning and ask him to bail you out. Mark was a man of his word.
He impressed us with his infectious smile and his pure, driven heart. He shared his inspirational life story and his positive music to everyone. You can hear his heart and his battle ridden mind in his lyrics. His latest release, "Legendary," he pays tribute to those that he lost. In the song he raps, "with the way that you fought with a smile. That you had on your face."
Mark may be gone but, he is not forgotten.
It was an honor and a privilege to know Mark. May God give him the Peace that he seeks. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.
Rest in Power, Mark.
Edwin Santos began blogging in 1995 when he was hired as Editor for the award-winning fansite, The Towne Cryer News on Renée Zellweger. He wrote about the entertainment business and film reviews of Zellweger's films until 2000.