Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (ret), the second Filipino American to attain general officer rank in the us army, was the keynote speaker at the National Asian Pacific Heritage Month at the main auditorium of the Herbert C

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@36PTCA = Taguba keynotes APCHM in DC

Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (ret), the second Filipino American to attain general officer rank in the US army, was the keynote speaker at the National Asian Pacific Heritage Month at the main auditorium of the Herbert C. Hoover building of the US Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. May 5. Organizers of the program was The Federal Triangle Partnership which is led by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, the first Chinese American to occupy this position, the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Postal Service. Gen. Taguba, while deployed in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was assigned to head an investigation into accusations of prisoner abuse in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Taguba resisted efforts from higher-ups to downplay his findings in the ensuing report.  He is a man whose service, sacrifices, and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals of duty, honor, and country - even when doing so caused great harm to his military career.

@BULLET = A photo-op with Manny in LA

During a visit to Los Angeles, Virginia resident - Reverend Menchu Vasallo had a photo-op with Manny Pacquiao at his LA apartment building at Playa del Rey.

This was taken the day before his triumphant victory in Vegas. Rev. Vasallo holds Metaphysical talks on wellness and prosperity every Saturday at 5pm in Sully Circle. For inquiries, call (703) 209-7068.

@BULLET = MHC to hold 4th Annual People’s Gala

The Migrant Heritage Commission will hold its 4th annual People’s Gala Ball At the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel, Arlington Ballroom in Arlington, Virginia from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. on June 7. MHC says it is the biggest Filam gala in the US capital region. The ball, it adds, is aimed at “bringing people together to foster a Culture of Unity and Service. Theme is - 1. Celebrating Filipino Spirit in the Remaking of America and 103 Years of Filipino Migration to the U.S. -Honoring and Serving the Migrants. Master of ceremonies is ABS-CBN’s TFC’s Balitang America’s & Citizen Pinoy TV Programs’ top-rated Host/Newscaster. Musice s by Armonia Latina and DJ Jojo. Ticket is $62 per person. MHC said proceeds will be for MHC’s charitable/institutional programs and projects.

@BULLET = Gaa awards medal to American vet

Ambassador Willy C. Gaa May 6 awarded the Philippine Liberation Campaign Medal to Sgt. James “Jim” Carothers of the U.S. Army Air Combat Signal Corps at the Embassy for his contribution to the U.S. military operations during World War II that led to the liberation of the Philippines. Carothers remembers how Filipino soldiers gallantly stood alongside their American counterparts during the Fall of Bataan and Surrender of Corregidor on April 9, 1942 and May 6, 1942, respectively. Over 11,500 soldiers from Bataan and Corregidor became Prisoners of War and were among the worst treated during the atrocious wartime period.

Ambassador Gaa pins the PLC Medal on U.S. Veteran James Carothers with Defense/Army Attaché B/Gen. Ronnie Javier, Air Attaché Col. Sonny Manalo and Veterans Service Officer Percival Abu as witnesses to the event.

@BULLET = Envoy congratulates RP film director

Ambassador Willy C. Gaa congratulated Filipino director Paul Alexander Morales for his work entitled “Concerto,” and its selection as an international entry in the Film Festival of Politics on Film. The recognition of Morales in the global arena is an opportunity for the Philippines to once again showcase the inherent talent of Filipinos and promote a deeper appreciation for our culture and people," Gaa said. Written by a former Philippine Army officer, “Concerto” is a story about the difficulties encountered by a Filipino family displaced during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines. It attempts to explore history, culture and values innate in the Filipinos that allowed them to survive the trying times brought about by World War II. “Concerto” is one of the four foreign films and only Asian entry selected for international competition. The film festival ran from May 7-10, 2009. For more info about “Concerto” and the film festival, go to

@BULLET = World Land Grab confab in DC

“Land Grab: The Race for the World’s Farmland,” was the subject of a conference at the Wilson Center in DC May 5.  The meeting discussed a new trend within the world food crisis in which, with increasing frequency, wealthy, food-importing countries-particularly those in the Persian Gulf region and in Northeast Asia—are investing in farmland in the developing world to secure food supplies. The private sector is also increasingly looking to invest in farmland abroad.  Korea, China, and Japan have all reportedly been involved in overseas land acquisitions. The Philippines Raul Montemayor, national manager of the Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc. participated in the meeting.

They discussed, among other things, the patterns and motivations; What it mean for farmers and other landholders in the host countries; The implications for food security and the  prospects for a code of conduct to govern these land deals. International organizations, farmers and investors, including Montemayor, presented case studies.

@BULLET = The artist as magician

Julian Oteyza, who calls himself, magician, musician and artist, recently attended the International Brotherhood of Magicians conference in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a member of BMC since 1970. At the meeting, he performed his magic act at the fund raising event held at Manila Cafe April 26 to benefit Feed the Hungry and Gawad Kalinga. Other performers were Agos, Lucky 28, Alfa, and the Rod Garcia band. Photo shows from left, Julian, Wayne Allan (former world champion of magic) and Nina Case. You may contact Julian for future performances at

@BULLET = Piano concert in Ft. Washington

The Marilou Padilla-Gallardo Piano/Organ/Keyboard Studio will present twenty five keyboard artists in a gala evening piano concert extravaganza and reception in “An Evening of Music and Memories 2009" on Saturday, Jjune 13, 2009 at 7:00 P.M. in the John Addison Concert Hall, Harmony Hall Regional Center; 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Md. The concert will showcase piano masterpieces of renowned Filipino composers as well as Broadway, jazz, classical and popular keyboard favorites. Admission is free to the public but reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call the studio at (301)567-7973 or e-mail at At 11:30 a.m. of the same day, the Studio will present forty pianists in a matinee piano concert ”A Morning Musicale 2009"at the St.Columba Church with reception following shortly at the St. Columba’s Father Dewan Hall. Call the studio at (301)567-7973 for more information. Mrs.Gallardo, owner of the music studio based in Oxon Hill, MD is also the founder of the MPG Keyboard Artists and Friends, Inc., a non profit organization sponsoring these concerts as well as other local cultural and concert community events to promote awareness in the performing arts. As a noted pedagogue in the greater Washington D.C./MD/VA areas, she has been the recipient of multiple awards and grants in teaching excellence, student development and teacher enrichment programs. Mrs. Gallardo is also a noted adjudicator for both local and international piano competitions as well as an active member of The Music Teachers National Association, the Maryland State Music Association, the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Prince George’s County Music Teachers Association.

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