One Love Story Behind Marriage Rights: The Roldan Family

By Susie Ling with Bryan Roldan. Posted July 20, 2022 This is a story about a Filipino American who fell in love. He met her at Brookside tennis courts in Pasadena. She was beautiful and a talented pianist. He was striking in his tennis whites; he had dreams of medical school. Her name was Marjorie…

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A Boy’s Courage and Ancient Spirits Fuel a Fight for Liberation – A Review of Musalaya’s Gift by Conrad J. Benedicto

Reviewed by Eddie Wong. Posted December 21,2021. Conrad J. Benedicto’s debut fantasy novel Musalaya’s Gift, published by Kularts, is a wild ride through a world richly populated by the Lukat people, forest creatures and sea monsters. As the Lukat throw off the shackles of oppression using their wits and sheer will, they harness the spiritual…

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Man@ng As Deity – Revised and Reimagined Premieres Dec. 3, 2021 in SF

By Eddie Wong. Posted November 21, 2021 Alleluia Panis’ dance/theater production of Man@ng As Deity played to packed houses at SF’s Bindlestiff Studio in March 2019. Filmmaker Jade Verdeflor and I were thrilled to witness and videotape a rehearsal for this workshop production. See Man@ng is Deity at Bindlestiff  Studio 2019. Through dance, theater and…

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APURA! Live Concert –  Music of Joy and Freedom!

Posted July 14, 2021. Eddie Wong’s Intro: It’s been a long and difficult 16 months for performing artists and musicians because the pandemic shuttered venues. To their credit, actors, performance artists and musicians have worked hard to create new work and build community with peers and audiences. I’ve been following Karl Evangelista’s music ever since…

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“Yellow Rose” Debuts with Message to Vote from Diane Paragas

By Eddie Wong. I saw Diane Paragas’ feature narrative “Yellow Rose” at CAAM Fest 2019 and enjoyed it immensely. And I’m happy to share the good news that it was picked up by Sony Pictures and will be in theaters on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Coinciding with the release is a short video message from…

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Karl Evangelista & Apura!

An interview with jazz composer/guitarist Karl Evangelista by Eddie Wong. Eddie: Tell us about how you got into music. Karl:  I began on the guitar at age 12, inspired by both the raging psychedelic blues of Jimi Hendrix and Cream as well as the noisy alternative rock of the Pixies, Nirvana, and the Smashing Pumpkins.…

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Dispatches: When “Back to Before” Isn’t Enough – Oakland, CA

by Jade Amargo Verdeflor. I work in healthcare as a consultant, where my team’s focus is on patient experience. That is, how the care one receives in a medical setting makes them feel. The surveys that inform much of our work asks the questions that get at the socioemotional aspects of healing at a hospital,…

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Exploring the Art of Connie Cagampang Heller

A self-directed interview by Connie Cagampang Heller. Why do you make art? I have made art as long as I can remember, but I began to think about myself as an artist when I began learning and reading about race, power and social justice. My artwork has always been inspired by what I am reading…

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A Preface to Carlos Bulosan’s “America Is in the Heart”

by E. San Juan, Jr., Professorial Chairholder, Polytechnic University of the Philippines Editor’s note:  This post is E. San Juan’s introduction to the new edition of America Is in The Heart, which became available in paperback via Penguin Classics on May 21, 2019. We thank E. San Juan for allowing us to publish this essay…

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Alleluia Panis – Inspired by Our Experiences and Traditions

by Eddie Wong with Jade Verdeflor Alleluia Panis has been acknowledged as an innovative artist and a key figure in building community arts organizations. Her achievements as a dancer, choreographer and director span 40 years of work through fifteen full-length dance theater works since 1980.  In addition to her pivotal role in the Pilipinx community,…

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