PHOTO RELEASE: ABS-CBN Awards Shenzhen Police for Exemplary Police Work In the Raid and Arrest of Filstream Owners

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ABS-CBN Awards Shenzhen Police for Exemplary Police Work In the Raid and Arrest of Filstream Owners 

ABS-CBN’s Head of Global Anti-Piracy, Elisha Lawrence, awarded the Xixiang Police Station of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau (PSB) for their heroic police work in raiding and arresting Alan Zhou, Roland Lu, Long Zhao and Yunmin Chen, four major players in the global piracy operation of the pirate streaming box Filstream.  Police Officers Cui Yang and Yinbo Lin received awards in the presence of their superior, Deputy Chief Police Officer Zuo Yang.  Also present was Yunze Lian, Senior Partner and Head of Patent and Trademark Group of the Hylands Law Firm, who represented ABS-CBN and worked together with Ms. Lawrence and the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau to execute the investigation and raid.  According to Lawrence: “It was important to ABS-CBN to recognize the excellent work by the Xixiang Police Station of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau.  Without them, the piracy operations of Filstream would have continued to thrive to the detriment of the hardworking people of ABS-CBN who produce the copyrighted content that Filstream illegally streamed.  I was extremely impressed by the Shenzhen PSB’s dedication, professionalism and commitment to law enforcement.  ABS-CBN is truly grateful.”




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Filipino Film “My Ex and Why’s” Hits US$5M In Simultaneous Worldwide Release

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Filipino Film “My Ex and Why’s” Hits US$5M In Simultaneous Worldwide Release 

TFC@theMovies scores with its international release of the English-subtitled Filipino film, “My Ex and Whys”. 

DALY CITY, CA, February 24, 2017 – A romantic comedy-drama film from the Philippines that opened in theaters internationally just a week ago is illustrating solid signs of a highly welcoming global landscape for Filipino films and also encouraging possibilities for a simultaneous worldwide release.

TFC@theMovies released “My Ex and Whys” internationally around the same time said film was released in the Philippines.  The combined box office take on its first week is now at USD 5 million — USD 4 million in the Philippines and USD 1 million from screenings in the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, U.S. and Canada.  The film will also screen in Hong Kong on March 5.

TFC@theMovies’ “My Ex and Whys” stars the popular Filipino youth loveteam of Enrique Gil and Filipino American Liza Soberano, a San Francisco Bay Area native. It is directed by the award-winning Cathy Garcia-Molina.

“My Ex and Whys” is on its way to either equaling or surpassing the performance of three of the top-grossing Filipino films released by TFC@theMovies in 2016: “Barcelona” at USD 1.6 million; “Everything About Her” at USD 1.5 million and “Unmarried Wife” at USD 1.2 million.

The film’s commercial run is already extended in U.S. and Canada. The film is distributed by ABS-CBN International in North America.  For more information, visit visit and



For Immediate Release: TFC University Is Now Officially Open, Kicking Off a Yearlong Trek to Reach Young Adults


TFC University Is Now Officially Open, Kicking Off a Yearlong Trek to Reach Young Adults Across the U.S.

Game Changers Deliver Powerful Life Lessons at #TFCU Talks

LONG BEACH, CA, February 14, 2017“I’m here to talk about my challenges that I had to overcome in the music industry being a triple minority: as a woman; being Filipino; and standing at 4 feet 11 inches.” This was the memorable introduction from MYX TV Host and Producer, and Co-Founder of mydiveo™ Roslynn Cobarrubias at the recent #TFCUTalks held at the 230-seater Beach Auditorium in the sprawling USC Long Beach Campus. It was an opening greeted by cheers and applause, followed by a brief but noticeable silence. A very brief stillness that for that moment, recognized the truths presented.

They were real. The issues raised by Cobarrubias were real. There are certain molds and expectations that the Filipino American youth are expected to fit in and conform to, oftentimes creating tension and struggle within self when dreams go against templates. That was exactly what was addressed at #TFCUTalks with the theme: Breaking The Mold that featured singer, songwriter and YouTube sensation AJ Rafael, and winner of Food Network’s “Chopped” Chef Charleen Caabay, alongside Cobarrubias.

Caabay, Cobarrubias and Rafael are Filipino American game changers who encountered struggles in their respective life journeys and overcame them by being true to themselves and by committing to a lot of hard work. They shared their incredible journeys to a very attentive and engaged audience at the talks presented by TFCU.

(L-R) Singer/Songwriter AJ Rafael, Winner of Food Network’s “Chopped” Chef Charleen Caabay, and Billboard Magazine’s Top Music Industry Professional Roslynn Cobarrubias – trailblazers and role models – share their life stories at #TFCUTalks at CSU Long Beach. (Photo courtesy of Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion)

TFCU – The “U” Represents University

TFCU is a student outreach from TFC that seeks to reach out to college students by providing them access to role models within the Filipino American community who could provide inspiration, guidance and mentorship. The “U” stands for “University” because it is when second generation Filipino Americans go to university that they actively want to know more about their being Filipino. TFCU Project Head Troy Espera shares that “the Filipino identity in us wakes up at the university because there are so many organizations on campus that are all about PInoy pride, Filipino American pride, and we discover a lot about our history, our cultural identity. It all happens on college campuses so that is where the “U” comes from.”

Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, “U” also stands for Unity, which TFCU hopes to achieve. Pam Castillo, TFC Global Marketing Head, emphasizes that the vision of TFCU is to “connect Filipino American students to organize Filipino unity and pride on campus and beyond.” This ties in with the disposition of the young people of this generation to embrace acceptance, tolerance, and collaboration to achieve common goals.

For the CSU Long Beach #TFCUTalks, the TFCU core team partnered with the CSULB chapters of Chi Rho Omicron or XPO and Kappa Psi Epsilon, and with Your Filipino Professionals Association (YFPA). There were also representatives from various Filipino-American campus organizations like Kababayan (UC Irvine), Pilipino American Coalition (CSULB), Barkada (Cal Poly Pomona), and Troy Philippines (USC).

TFCU worked with Kappa Psi Epsilon (CSULB), a Pilipina-based sorority whose “purpose is to promote cultural identity and female empowerment,” to mount the recent #TFCUTalks. Here are some of them, ready to break the mold. (Photo courtesy of Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion)

Chi Rho Omicron or XPO (CSULB) was another partner organization of TFCU. One of the main purposes of XPO is to “promote the understanding, enrichment, and appreciation of the Pilipino culture, historyand heritage through a Brotherhood/Family environment.” (Photo courtesy of Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion)

TFCU seeks to supplement the campus experience for the community by connecting the young people to experts in various fields who could inspire and empower by sharing life lessons. TFCU Core Team member Beverly Desuasido reveals, “Growing up, we did not have access to role models. So now, since ABS-CBN has access to celebrities, business and technology people, athletes, we want to bring them back to the students so they can empower them, inspire them.”

Espera likewise laments the absence of good examples they could identify with during their time, “When we were in school, we were really hungry for representation of ourselves; role models that talk like us, that look like us, that came from homes like our homes – we did not really have a lot of that. Now we know a lot of people who are connected because of the work that we do, and those people are equally excited to share their experiences. So it is a good time for that.”

Taking advantage of real-life and real-world connections also provides TFCU the ability to embark on a Mentoring Program that they offer to college students. The program connects student organization or individuals with groups like Your Filipino Professionals Association (YFPA). These partnerships would pair student groups with mentors or coaches at the executive or managerial level to provide advice and counseling on projects and initiatives. There would also be one-on-one mentoring on career development in various areas, and guidance in transitioning from the confines of school to the workforce.

Speakers Share Profound and Remarkable Stories

Attendees at #TFCUTalks at the Beach did have a good time listening to the energetic and impressive trio of guest speakers from various fields. On being part of Food Network’s “Chopped,” Chef Charleen confessed, “It was an amazing, amazing feeling. I’ve never felt so confident to be able to break so many stereotypes; being proud that I’m a woman, I’m a Pinay and a proud Filipino American. To be able to instill our culture and Filipino food to the judges, and to be able to allow thousands of people to see this – it’s quite an experience.”

Chef Charleen took the “Chopped” New Year’s Eve win of 2016. Her word to the young: “Know that there is an audience that will recognize the gifts that we have as Fiipino Americans. Whether you are in the arts, in the culinary industry, whether you are a businesswoman or a leader, step out of that box and own it.”

Singer and songwriter Rafael concurs with Chef Charleen in the advice of recognizing one’s gifts and overcoming challenges. He underlines the message by saying “We don’t want Hollywood to create the Asian American narrative for all of us. We got to do it ourselves.”

In the end, Cobarrubias is optimistic that the young audience would be inspired and motivated to follow their dreams and “to really use their culture as a uniqueness and a way to stand apart and be memorable.”

It was almost four hours of animated engagement and give and take between the speakers and the audience. Adobo Nation Co-Host Ginger Conejero and DJ for the masses DJ Mia helped set the tone for the event with their masterful hosting and wicked spinning skills, respectively.

(Left) Adobo Nation Co-Host Ginger Conejero hosted #TFCUTalks and kept the crowd engaged throughout the afternoon. (Right) Daniel, a brother of Chi Rho Omicron – Cal Poly Pomona – wins a pair of cool bamboo sunglasses from event sponsor Kahoy Kollection. (Photo courtesy of TFCU Facebook page)

Young students and future leaders and pacesetters listen intently to the thought-provoking stories from the speakers at #TFCUTalks at CSU Long Beach.  (Photo courtesy of Nerissa Fernandez)

It was an afternoon that resonated with the audience. Melissa shared that “I definitely thought it was special to have these speakers have that one common message to not have yourself be put in a box.” A Kappa Psi Epsilon sister, Adrienne, stated she attended “to learn how to become a leader in the Filipino American community.”

Josh of Chi Rho Omicron in Cal Poly Pomona expressed that #TFCUTalks was “really important because it celebrates the culture of Filipinos and shows the youth that your culture should not hold you back, but instead should make you better.” Another Chi Rho Omicron brother, Jordan, shared how impressed he was. “I did see how strong this community is. Takeaway is not being afraid to show who you are, and do what you want to do and what you believe in.”

TFCU Hopes to Make a Difference

While TFC is a brand already very familiar to the Filipino community, TFCU hopes to be there to make a difference for the second generation.  TFCU aspires to play a very important part in inspiring and empowering the young ones to do what needs to be done in the community, while also fulfilling their dreams, without compromising who they are and what they stand for. All these while keeping that unique, second generation Filipino American flair, flavor, and energy.

Espera points out that “TFC is such a strong brand for Filipino Americans. We grew up with it. In our homes, our parents and our aunts and uncles watch it. TFCU is now something for the 2nd generation.”

Another core member Diana Vergara says “#TFCUTalks is like TED Talks. It’s informational and inspirational. We talk about innovation, technology, and different things in the industry.”

TFCU Core Team with friends from media and Balitang America. Getting ready for a 10-city tour of the U.S and Canada to bring #TFCUTalks to more young people across North America. (Photo courtesy of Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion)

#TFCUTalks will be on the road throughout the whole year, reaching out to the young generation across the U.S. and Canada. #TFCUTalks will be going to universities, and in places where universities are not available, they will be at community centers.  Watch for TFCU Talks in the following cities: San Diego, Seattle, Honolulu, Virginia Beach; and in New York and New Jersey.

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COMMUNITY NEWS: Special Extended Hours for Valentine’s Day Weddings Available from San Mateo County Clerk

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Note: Daly City is the largest city in San Mateo County.

Special Extended Hours for Valentine’s Day Weddings
Available from San Mateo County Clerk

Redwood City, CA, February 13, 2017 – With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the San Mateo County Clerk’s Office has extended its hours on Tuesday, February 14th, to perform civil ceremonies for couples wanting to marry on this special day.  From 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Clerk’s Office will perform a ceremony every half hour. 

“Valentine’s Day is the most popular wedding day of the year,” reports Mark Church, San Mateo County’s elected Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer.  “It is a very special day and we will be extending our office hours to accommodate the increased demand for wedding ceremonies,” stated Church.

The Clerk’s daily average of weddings is four per day, and that number can double on Valentine’s Day.  Last year, ten weddings were performed on Valentine’s Day and sixteen weddings have already been scheduled for this year’s celebrations. 

San Mateo County offers a 25 minute civil wedding ceremony which provides unique amenities not normally found in a standard rented location.  For an additional fee of $50, the County Clerk’s Office provides a webcast service, so that the ceremony can be seen electronically by invited loved ones viewing from anywhere in the world.  Online guests will receive an e-mail invitation with instructions for a live viewing of the ceremony.  The fee for the webcast includes a DVD of the wedding ceremony.  A long stem red rose will also be presented to all couples who wed on Valentine’s Day. 

Ceremony reservations are required in advance.  Wedding ceremonies are usually performed by volunteer wedding commissioners duly authorized by the County Clerk.  Most of the volunteers do it as a labor of love.  Couples can make prior arrangements with the County Clerk for the ceremony to be performed by a person of their choice — a friend, family member, or colleague — who must be deputized by the County Clerk.  The chapel is located in Redwood City’s County Center, on the first floor of the 555 Building.  The County chapel can accommodate up to 25 people. 

Hopeful couples are reminded that a wedding cannot be performed without a marriage license.  The license application may be completed in the Clerk’s office or be submitted online (in-office public terminals are available).  The couple must appear in person in front of the county clerk, and provide proof of identification.  The application process takes about 30 minutes and costs $79, plus $15 for a certified copy. 

To schedule your special Valentine’s Day ceremony, please visit the County Clerk’s website at