PRESS RELEASE – NaFFAA Expresses Concern Around White House’s Immigration Framework with Providsion that Limits Family Sponsorships to “Spouses and Minor Children Only”

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NaFFAA Expresses Concern Around White House’s Immigration Framework

New framework contains a provision limiting family sponsorships to “spouses and minor children only”

Washington, DC – Recently, the White House released its Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security, which contains a provision limiting family sponsorships to “spouses and minor children only,” thereby supporting the elimination of sponsorships for parents, adult children, and siblings.

According to the National Visa Center’s Annual Report of Immigrant Visa Applicants, there are more than 333,000 Filipinos waiting to reunite with their loved ones here in the United States.

Not only do Filipinos have the second highest number of family-sponsored waiting list registrants in the world (second only to Mexico), but they also suffer the longest wait times of any group: more than 23 years according to the latest Visa Bulletin.

In response to the White House’s immigration framework, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) issued the following statement:

“While we agree that the White House’s proposed pathway to citizenship for DREAMers represents progress in the immigration debate, we believe that the additional restrictions they propose on family-based immigration is an affront to the American spirit of compassion and freedom,” said NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores. “We believe that the focus of the current debate should be on the countless stories of reunified family members and how they have contributed to the freedom and opportunity of the American promise.”

Marie Cunning, member of NaFFAA’s Board of Governors, added: “As a national voice for Filipino Americans, NaFFAA expresses our concern for any proposal that would separate Filipino families from their loved ones. Family-based immigration has helped positively transform the lives of Filipino Americans across this great nation.  With more than 333,000 Filipinos waiting in line, we encourage the Administration and Congress to support immigration reform that protects and expedites family reunification, instead of eliminating this fair and compassionate process.”

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About NaFFAA

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA has been the standard bearer for promoting the welfare and well-being of the 4 million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA’s vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations through leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy.

www.naffaa.org

Jason Tengco
Executive Director
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
1322 18th St NW; Washington, DC 20036
www.naffaa.org

 

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***TFC THIS WEEKEND: “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” now on its 2nd Week + TFCU Davis on Embracing Identity


THIS WEEKEND

1) “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” now on its Second Week in the U.S. and Canada

Moviegoers can still head to the theaters to go on a hysterical movie date with Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban, the leads of “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes,” now on its second week in theaters across the U.S. and Canada.

Santos (Lianne) and Panganiban (Cindy) star as two women who pursue their erring husbands when they find out that their partners are gay, and have fallen for each other. Liane and Cindy become allies, despite their striking differences: one is an accomplished career woman, while the other one is a (plain) homemaker. Their friendship is anchored on the need to find out if they can still get their husbands back.

“Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” is guaranteed to give moviegoers a generous dose of laughter, tears, and intoxicating fun amid life’s most painful experiences. It is currently screening in theaters across the U.S. and Canada.

Go to www.tfc-usa.com/2mrsreyes/ or to www.tfc-ca.com/2mrsreyes/ for more information and to find a theater near you, or visit TFC US  or TFC Canada on Facebook. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and @KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

2) Embrace Identity this Saturday at TFCU Talks  Davis

TFCU Talks UC Davis is a free event. RSVP here for entry and complimentary dinner.

TFCU Talks will be in Davis, California this Saturday, February 3, 2018 with a lineup of top industry leaders to connect, inspire, and empower college students and young professionals, helping them realize their full potential.

Their solid cast of first-rate speakers include Comedian and YouTube Personality Christine Gambito, Trans Choreographer Sydney Loyola, United Playaz Co-Founder Rudy Corpuz, Jr., and Career Coach Mike Sagun. Dance performance will be provided by the Chapkis Dance Family.

Co-presented by Mga Kapatid (My Brothers and Sisters) – a social, political, cultural, and academic organization for the Pilipino-American community at UC Davis, TFCU Talks Davis will be at the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre in UC Davis (Arboretum Dr, Davis, CA 95616) TFCU Talks Davis is an exclusive free event with limited seating – first come, first served. For all ticketing information, and to reserve your spot today, please visit tfcudavis.eventbrite.com

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*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFC Hosts NaFFAA Youth Ambassadors in an Afternoon of Informal Learning

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TFC Hosts NaFFAA Youth Ambassadors in an Afternoon of Informal Learning

Adobo Nation Host & Producer Ginger Conejero (back row, left), TFCU Program Director Romeo Marquez (2nd from right), and BA Executive Producer Troy Espera (right) were in a round-table discussion with NaFFAA Executive Director Jason Tengco (left) and the 12 youth leaders from NaFFAA’s “Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration” Ambassadors Program.

DALY CITY, Calif, February 1, 2018 TFC hosted the National Federation of Filipino American Associations’ (NaFFAA) visiting youth ambassadors when the latter visited the Daly City headquarters recently for an afternoon session on professional development and mentorship.

According to NaFFAA Executive Director Jason Tengco, the 12 youth leaders are part of the organization’s Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration (EPYC) Ambassadors Program. “They come from different regions all over the United States like Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Washington state, and others. They’re here (in the Bay Area) for the leadership summit.”

The EPYC Program aims to develop and engage the nearly one million Filipino American youth in the United States around the three main areas of: (1) building the community’s leadership pipeline; (2) increasing civic engagement; and (3) strengthening local advocacy initiatives.

The youth leaders also did several site visits to companies like Google, and participated in strategic planning sessions focused on professional development.

For the round-table session at TFC, BA Executive Producer Troy Espera, TFCU Program Director Romeo Marquez, and Adobo Nation Host and Producer Ginger Conejero sat in with NaFFAA’s youth ambassadors to share their professional journeys and to impart some life lessons.

(R-L) Adobo Nation Host & Producer Ginger Conejero, TFCU Program Director Romeo Marquez, and BA Executive Producer Troy Espera took turns providing career insights and professional advice to NaFFAA’s 12 youth ambassadors. Also in attendance was NaFFAA Executive Director Jason Tengco (4th from right).
NaFFAA’s 12 youth ambassadors from across the U.S. were guests at the TFC studios in Daly City for a round table discussion. This was part of the leadership summit of NaFFAA’s “Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration” (EPYC) Ambassadors Program.

The youth leaders were all fired-up after more than an hour of inspirational talk. Conejero observed that “communities are embracing diversity more. This is such a promising time and we should not lose sight of that despite challenges. We are representative of what America’s future looks like.”

Joseph Malasa of Charlottesville, Virginia, and a junior at University of Virginia, echoed the same thought when he admitted “it really is a great time for Filipino Americans because when I was younger I was kind of embarrassed about the things that made my parents unique. But now, entering adulthood, I’m going to celebrate myself, celebrate my culture.”

Espera emphasized the importance of finding a mentor. “Now that you are starting your careers, find that special someone who can be really honest with you about the work that you’re putting out and take their advice to heart.”

Marijo Manaois, a senior at University of Washington, conveyed that “It’s really engaging to interact with those seasoned individuals, excelling in their fields. As youth trying to emerge and trying to create the pathways for our own, hearing these words of advice is really empowering.”

Marquez’ message likewise resonated with the group when imparted, “You guys are here as messengers to reach out to the community. What we can do is drop a light, plant that seed, and we hope that people like yourselves can let that ripple to impact the greater community.”

UCLA sophomore Justin Suarez was grateful for the afternoon session at TFC when he said that “This helps us understand how we, as Filipino Americans in today’s world, can work together with our elders, our peers, and our community so we can build ourselves up and promote that on a national level.”

Click here to learn more about NaFFAA’s Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration Program.

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NEWS RELEASE: Netflix Picks Up Myx TV’s “Eat Your Words”

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Netflix Picks Up Myx TV’s “Eat Your Words”

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 31, 2018 Myx TV, the leading English-language Asian American entertainment network, scored a milestone this January.  Netflix has ordered two seasons of the show, “Eat Your Words”, Myx TV’s food competition show that challenges participants to recreate dishes that they didn’t enjoy at a given restaurant.

“We’re very proud of this accomplishment,” said Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos.  “Myx TV has been producing reality shows of late that are out of the box and out of the ordinary.  We offer a different palette of storytelling, perspective and experience that appeal across the board and I’m glad that Netflix saw something new and special in one of our works.”

“Eat Your Words” turns the table on internet food critics. Host Kara Birkenstock was quoted by Variety: “In the age of social media, anyone who goes to a restaurant thinks they’re food expert, and they’re happy to broadcast their picky opinion over the internet.”

The show then challenges the critics to cook the dish they negatively rated and be subjected to the evaluation of a panel of judges. If they score high, they get a gift certificate to the participating restaurant; if they score low, they have to apologize to the restaurant they critiqued and, well, “eat their words”.

“Eat Your Words” is the first TV series to be picked up by Netflix from Myx TV, a network owned and operated by ABS-CBN International, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation which is the largest Filipino media and entertainment network in the world. It is also the first show picked up by Netflix from any ABS-CBN company.

You can watch “Eat Your Words” on Netflix at https://www.netflix.com/title/80207838.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFCU Talks Heads to UC Davis, Embracing Identity


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TFCU Talks Heads to UC Davis, Embracing Identity

DALY CITY, Calif, January 18, 2018TFCU Talks will be in Davis, California on Saturday, February 3, 2018. An affiliate of ABS-CBN International, TFCU Talks Davis will feature a lineup of top industry leaders to connect, inspire, and empower college students and young professionals to help them realize their full potential.

TFCU Talks Davis is co-presented by Mga Kapatid (My Brothers and Sisters) – a social, political, cultural, and academic organization for the Pilipino-American community at UC Davis.

The event takes place at the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre in UC Davis (Arboretum Dr, Davis, CA 95616) TFCU Talks Davis is an exclusive free event with limited seating – first come, first served. For all ticketing information, and to reserve your spot today, please visit tfcudavis.eventbrite.com

Last year, TFCU Talks visited several campuses across the U.S. bringing speakers who engaged and inspired the youth to aspire to be the best versions of themselves. Natalie Nuesca who attended the Carson State University talks said that “Everything they talked about definitely resonated with me, especially for those of us who are college students. We’re getting ready to enter the real world and it’s good to get advice from people like them.”

Daniel Lazo, President of Akbayan SJSU who co-presented the TFC Talks in San Jose, admitted that “The biggest thing for me is seeing the students here really feel connected, inspired, and empowered. It puts a light in my heart seeing how people glow up and see the kind of things they can accomplish because they are really agents of change.”

Desiree Chan, a student of San Francisco State University, shared how everyone has their own struggles, but that “what I learned from the talks is to always keep pushing forward and to never settle for less.”

2018 proves to be an even more exciting year as TFCU brings more of its rousing, uplifting, and stimulating TFCU Talks all over the country. First stop is at UC Davis where TFCU curated an exciting and fitting line-up of speakers and performers for “Embracing Identity:”

SPEAKERS

CHRISTINE GAMBITO (COMEDIAN | YOUTUBE PERSONALITY)

Christine Gambito, also known by her screen name “HappySlip”, is a Filipino American internet personality, actress, and comedian. Her videos have been viewed over 100 million times across the web. As a wife, mother to four kids, and an entrepreneur, Christine’s passion is to make a powerful and positive impact not only in every area of her life, but in the lives of others as well.

“As a child, my Filipino mom would always remind me to wear a half-slip with skirts. However, the way she would pronounce the phrase was misleading: “Your hap e-slip! Be sure to wear your hap e-slip!” So, I naturally went around calling the thing a ‘happy slip.’” – Christine Gambito on the origin of “Happy Slip.”

SYDNEY LOYOLA (TRANS CHOREOGRAPHER)

For more than three decades, Sydney Loyola has created dance pieces performed by cultural groups in the Philippines, Asia and Europe. Her dance method has garnered respect from peers as she emerged as the Bay Area’s ingenious dance practitioner with choreographies motivated through immersions in Philippine indigenous tribes. Loyola recognizes the importance of actively engaging youth, in order to create new generations of culturally invested community members.  Her dances inspire young people of Philippine heritage to establish a deeper connection to their roots.

Sydney Loyola is the Founding Artistic Director for American Center of Philippine Arts, and consultant for Philippine Cultural Night at various universities, including UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, UC Merced, UC Irvine and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Photo courtesy of Sydney Loyola’s Facebook page.)

RUDY CORPUZ JR. (CO-FOUNDER: UNITED PLAYAZ)

Born and raised in the South of Market in San Francisco, Rudy Corpuz Jr. spent his younger years in and out of prison. He turned his life around in 1994 when he founded United Playaz, a San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization. They are trying to make the neighborhood a safer place to live in. United Playaz believes that “it takes the hood to save the hood”.

Rudy Corpuz, Jr. is the founder and executive director of United Playaz. UP provides a comprehensive range of services to prepare vulnerable youth for higher education, employment, and healthy living within a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment. (Screenshot from BA’s “The Filipino Champions of SoMa.”)

MIKE SAGUN (CAREER COACH)

Mike has spent his career helping underserved communities in Northern California make safer and healthier choices for their life. He continues to create safe spaces for people to think deeply about themselves and stand authentically. Mike is passionate about helping people live in authenticity and a life of purpose.

Mike Sagun has facilitated over 1,000 workshops about empathy and inclusivity with an emphasis on positive conflict resolution. Mike has educated over 500k community members all over Northern California, and in October 2017 he gave his first TEDx Talk.  (Photo courtesy of www.mikesagun.com)

PERFORMERS

CHAPKIS DANCE FAMILY

Chapkis Dance Family is a dance team founded by Greg Chapkis in Suisun City, California. Established in 2004, Chapkis Dance Family started performing at local events but have since won and placed at some of the biggest dance competitions in the world, earning first place titles in the MegaCrew, Junior and Varsity divisions at Hip Hop International 2014 and 2016 as well as World of Dance competitions. They have also been featured on America’s Got Talent and most recently on NBC’s World of Dance TV show. Many of the dancers have appeared in movies, television shows and commercials, and have choreographed for recording artists, awards shows, and music videos.

Chapkis Dance Family is a professional dance company that seeks to create well rounded professional individuals to further contribute to the dance community.
(Photo courtesy of Chapkis Dance Family Facebook Page.)

CONNECT. INSPIRE. EMPOWER. Click here to register now, or visit www.tfcutalks.com  for more information.

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ABOUT TFCU

TFCU strives to connect, inspire, and empower millennials helping them realize their full potential in relation to their cultural identity. Their frontline project, TFCU Talks, is an opportunity where students and young professionals can connect with successful industry leaders who share their stories and experiences to empower the next generation.

For additional information about TFCU, please visit tfcutalks.com or follow TFCU on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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PRESS RELEASE: ABS-CBN Names Olivia De Jesus as New Global COO

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ABS-CBN Names Olivia De Jesus as New Global COO

MANILA, Philippines, January 12, 2018 – ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ largest media and entertainment network, has named Olivia De Jesus as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ABS-CBN Global Ltd., the organization that oversees all international subsidiaries of ABS-CBN and manages its global flagship brand, TFC (The Filipino Channel).

De Jesus takes over her position from Rafael Lopez who has retired.  Lopez will continue to be engaged by the company as Executive Adviser to the President and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation.

As COO, De Jesus will provide the leadership and vision necessary to grow the Global business. She will drive strategy formulation and establish initiatives to expand the company’s product lines and markets. She will effectively manage the company’s regional business operations, product management, content creation, support functions and corporate services to ensure that financial strength and operating efficiencies are achieved.

Prior to her appointment, De Jesus held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in ABS-CBN.

As Managing Director of North America since 2007, De Jesus effectively managed a diverse content, experience and service portfolio, making the region the consistent dominant contributor to ABS-CBN Global’s consolidated growth.  Under her leadership, cross-functional teams launched successful initiatives that have been adopted global-wide such as [email protected], One Kapamilya Go event, Lifestyle Network Global, Myx TV, Adobo Nation among others.  These led to new revenue streams, garnered industry awards and solidified ABS-CBN‘s position as a leading and thriving global brand.

Most recently, De Jesus also spearheaded the development of innovative content for the emerging global Filipino millennial market through projects such as TFCU Talks, the reality travel show, “Discovering Routes”, and the very successful 1st Cinematografo International Film Festival in San Francisco.

Since joining ABS-CBN in 1996, De Jesus has held other positions such as Director for Marketing Communications at the International Division, Head of Manila Operations at ABS-CBN Global, Managing Director at Creative Programs Inc. and Global Head of Content Strategy.  Prior to joining ABS-CBN, De Jesus was an award-winning senior creative at McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi in the Philippines.

De Jesus has been very active in the community as Managing Director of ABS-CBN North America.  She served as Board Director and Treasurer for the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) from 2008 to 2011. She was named among the Filipina Women’s Network’s (FWN) 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the U.S. in 2012. She still serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for ABS-CBN Foundation International, the non-profit philanthropic arm of ABS-CBN.

De Jesus completed an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School in 2015.  She graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

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