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The Life and Legacy of ‘Mama Sita’ (Part II)

1982 -1998 – Sita did a series of cooking demonstrations in the US and Canada. Further, in Washington D.C., her audience were Filipino chefs working in the White House. And, while in San Francisco, she met celebrity chef, Martin Yan, who later came to the Philippines to...
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The Life and Legacy of “Mama Sita”

(Reprinted with permission from Adarna House’s Book “What Kids Should Know About Filipino Food“) Recently, this writer received a great “pasalubong” or gift from a dear fraternity brother (Bobby Mercado), who came to visit us here in Los Angeles. The...
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Unbearable grief on the loss of a son and remembering treasured memories

This author gave birth to Jonathan Jason Gorges on June 25,1972 at the Weiss Memorial Hospital in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. After three years, due to severe winter weather conditions, we left the windy city and found our way settling in a warmer climate, here in Los...
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Taking advantage of various community Library special events

On a recent three-hour tour of the Ronald Reagan Library with this author’s dear friends, Linda Concepcion – Gaa (widow of former Ambassador Gaa) and college chum, Melanie De Leon, our leisurely summer day began early to avoid traffic all the way to Simi Valley, where this author...
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‘Beautiful’ The Carole King Musical: The singer’s legacy to our generation

A couple of Sundays ago, this author was lucky to have been invited by media colleague Cecile Ochoa to watch “Beautiful,” The Carole King Musical at the world-renowned Pantages Theatre. As soon as Cecile mentioned Carole King, the invite was totally irresistible, though there...
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City of Los Angeles celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage month

Los Angeles City Council member David Ryu, Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and several other LA City Council members, celebrated the Asian-Pacific Heritage month at the City Hall on April 22, 2016. The...
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Fashion Week LA introduced LouLou Couture ‘s ‘feminine and timeless’ designs

The recent introduction of LouLou Couture at the Los Angeles Fashion Show held at the posh Traxx Restaurant inside the Union Station on Monday March 14th,  was a milestone journey for creative fashion designer Lou Razon, who showcased quite a selection of her ultra “feminine and...
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Unveiling and blessing of the mosaic image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

In a  recent visit of Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III in the Vatican last December 4, which was witnessed by my friends Stefano and Marie Lami attended, the president expressed his “gratefulness to the Holy See in recognizing the great Philippine Marian devotion of...
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Alex and Asiang: The Aristocrat family of restaurant’s story

Alex Reyes and Engracia “Asiang” Cruz were both born in the fishing town of Navotas, Rizal. In their youth, they both persevered and worked hard for a living, though the vibrant Asiang only finished her fourth grade, Alex became a prominent lawyer, who graduated from the...
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Thankful for each moment we’re privileged to have in this challenging world

This harvest season, as we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26th, we are reminded of the “happy feast” between the Pilgrims and the Indians, according to some stories which apparently happened only “once.” The background story on Thanksgiving, according to author...