TFC and ABS-CBN Foundation International Invite All to the TFC Unity Cup and Gala 2018 for Bantay Bata

TFC and ABS-CBN Foundation International Invite All to the TFC Unity Cup and Gala 2018 for Bantay Bata

Take part in two great TFC events and help raise funds for the Bantay Bata (Child Watch) program of ABS-CBN Foundation International.

On July 30, 2018, play in the TFC Unity Cup 2018 golf tournament.

On August 4, 2018, dine and dance at Gala Night with Philippine Concert King and TFC’s First Goodwill Ambassador Martin Nievera.



Date: July 30, 2018
Time: Registration at 9:00am | Shotgun at 11:30am
Place: Green Hills Country Club | Millbrae, CA
Format: 2-man Scramble
Limited to 110 golfers
Donation of $200 includes green fee, cart, lunch, dinner, goodie bag and a chance to win raffle prizes worth thousands
Tickets: Call 650-839-3860 or 650-995-1915


Date: August 4, 2018
Time: Dinner starts at 5:30pm | Show at 7:00pm | Ballroom Dancing at 9:00pm
Place: South SF Conference Center
Donation of $200 includes great entertainment with Philippines’ Concert King – Martin Nievera, buffet dinner, ballroom dancing and a chance to win raffle prizes worth thousands
Tickets: Call 650-839-3860 or 650-995-1915

**Donation of $2,500 includes 2 tickets for TFC Unity Cup 2018 and a table for 10 at Gala Night.**

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CINEMATOGRAFO NEWS: Outfest Los Angeles Kicks Off on July 12; Filipino American Entry and Cinematografo Original “Bitter Melon” to Screen on July 13


Outfest Los Angeles Kicks Off on July 12; Filipino American Entry and Cinematografo Original “Bitter Melon” to Screen on July 13

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 11, 2018Outfest Los Angeles — the oldest film festival in Los Angeles and considered the preeminent LGBTQ film festival in the world – kicks off on July 12 a full 11 days of not to be missed world-class films, panels and parties.  One of the more than 150 feature and short films to be shown to an audience of more than 40,000 people is Bitter Melon, a film project chosen last year for funding and support under Cinematografo Originals.

Bitter Melon is the third feature film that filmmaker H.P. Mendoza directed (Fruit Fly, I Am a Ghost). The film had its world premiere at the CAAMFest in San Francisco last May. Dennis Harvey of Variety has described it as “invigorating” and Mendoza’s “best directorial feature to date.”  KGO Radio praised it as “a rare and wonderful movie.”  Tim Sika of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle hailed it as “an indie masterpiece.”

Variety’s Dennis Harvey captured the brilliance of Mendoza and Bitter Melon: “Domestic violence and black comedy don’t seem a natural match, but to an impressive degree “Bitter Melon” pulls off their shotgun marriage,” he wrote.  He added that “the film has juggled a lot of tonal, plot and character elements with aplomb — Mendoza’s screenplay achieving a kind of high-fiber, low-fat emotional shorthand furthered by energetic input from Juli Lopez’s widescreen lensing and Sylvia Fernandez’s editing.”

Bitter Melon will be shown on July 13 at Harmony Gold Theater, a landmark, historic state-of-the-art screening and event facility on West Sunset Boulevard at 7pm. For more info and to buy tickets, visit


UST Alumni Homecoming & Thomasians USA 31st Anniversary Dinner-Dance Celebration

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Contact: Estelle Oloresisimo, Vice President, Thomasians USA
mobile: 415.595.9248

University of Santo Tomas Alumni Homecoming &
Thomasians USA 31st Anniversary
May 5, 2018

Preparations are underway for the 2018 University of Santo Tomas Alumni Homecoming and Thomasians USA’s 31st Anniversary Celebration. This year’s event will bring together alumni,
family and friends, and alumni are full of excitement in anticipation of celebrating their beloved alma mater’s success. The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas is recognized as one
of the top 200 universities in Asia and one of the top 1000 universities in the world.

In this year’s celebration, Thomasians USA will honor the memory of Alice P. Bulos, co-founder of Thomasians USA and its President for many years. Tita Alice, as she was popularly called,
was a fierce advocate of Educational Empowerment. During her administration, Thomasians USA partnered with Philippine International Aid in the “Off-the-Street/Off-to-School” program
and provided scholarships to economically disadvantaged youths to prepare better future forthem and their families. The organization has also participated in San Mateo County’s Partnership-in-Education program and has provided financial merit awards to graduating
Filipino-American high school students at Westmoor High School in Daly City. Another potential partnership with another school, Jefferson High School also in Daly City, is currently in
the pipeline. Thomasians USA is also a partner of the Alliance for Community Empowerment (ALLICE) and their community education volunteers. Alumni are encouraged to visit ThomasiansUSA page Facebook page at page at

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY: Peninsula College Fund to host panel discussion on leadership led by US soccer Olympic gold medalist and author Julie Foudy on April 27

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Peninsula College Fund to host panel discussion on leadershipled by US soccer Olympic gold medalist and author Julie Foudy on April 27

PCF puts the missing pieces together to help low-income, first-generation college studentsreach the college graduation finish line

REDWOOD CITY, CA, April 2, 2018 –  The Peninsula College Fund (PCF) — whose mission is to assist low-income, underserved and often overlooked first-generation college students from the Mid-Peninsula in their quest to graduate and to help them achieve their education and career goals – is hosting an informal “sock-talk” on overcoming adversity by finding self-confidence and self-advocacy by choosing to matter.

The panel is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00pm in Campbell Center Theatre at Sacred Heart School in 150 Valparaiso Avenue in Atherton, California.

Julie Foudy will moderate the panel that is comprised of:

  • Al Camarillo, Ph.D.,  Author and Professor, Department of History, Stanford University
  • Anna Dapelo-Garcia, Founder, Lean In Latinas
  • Brandi Chastain, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Author, Coach
  • Elizabeth Magana, Board & Donor Relations Manager, Ronald McDonald House, PCF Alumni President

Foudy, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2006, she co-founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, an organization focused on developing leadership skills in teenage girls.  In 2007, she was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame with her teammate, Mia Hamm. She is currently an analyst, reporter and the primary color commentator for women’s soccer telecasts on ESPN.  Foudy will moderate an informal panel discussion on finding self-confidence and self-advocacy based on her book, “Choose to Matter:  Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU”.

PCF puts the missing pieces together to help low-income, first-generation college students reach the college graduation finish line.

While many first-generation students make it to college, fewer than a quarter of them make it through college in under six years. PCF’s innovative and highly effective program helps ensure that their scholars succeed where others falter.

PCF provides four-year scholarships, one-to-one adult mentors, college and career success training, and summer internship placements and stipends. Together, these resources make college more affordable, and help their scholars successfully navigate the journey to graduation and a career.

About PCF Programs

Each PCF scholar receives $3,000 per year which is renewable annually for all four years of college. These funds help fill their financial aid gap and minimize student debt.


PCF Scholars participate in intensive workshops to help them navigate college life, academics, build the knowledge and skills to prepare for post-college employment.


PCF matches each scholar with a trained college-educated adult who serves as an ally, advisor, and role model throughout college and often beyond.


PCF works with employers to develop summer internships provide scholars with information on existing opportunities and offer stipends to scholars pursuing meaningful unpaid summer internships.


To learn more about PCF, to donate, and or to mentor, please visit , email or call (650) 759-5000.



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NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY: First Filipino to lead San Mateo County Fair; TLC, Sheila E., Sugar Ray and more headline 9-day Fair’s Concert Series


First Filipino American to lead San Mateo County Fair;
Justin Aquino named fair operations manager

22 March 2018, San Mateo, CA –  Justin Aquino, an accomplished Filipino American county fair and corporate event professional, has been named operations manager of the San Mateo County Fair, one of the biggest annual event destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area.  This year, it runs from June 9-17 at the San Mateo County Fair on Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. (Note: Daly City is the largest city in San Mateo County).

“We are pleased to welcome Justin to our leadership team,” said Dana Stoehr, chief executive officer for the San Mateo County Event Center and Fair. “Justin has an impressive background in the diverse aspects of a county fair, from concessions to exhibits to execution of large-scale events. We are delighted to welcome him back to California where his county fair roots were established.”

As the fair operations manager, Justin is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the activities of the San Mateo County Fair. The fair is an annual Bay Area event that attracts more than 120,000 guests each year. “The county fair has a special camaraderie and family atmosphere,” said Aquino. “Memories are formed into traditions that create joyful reunions for employees, vendors and guests. There is no better opportunity to celebrate the successes and talents from those living in our county than at the annual fair.”

The 2018 fair is themed “We Build the Fun.”

SIDELIGHT: San Mateo County Fair Concert Series to feature TLC, Sheila E., Sugar Ray, master illusionist Gossamer Magic, Pablo Cruise, Average White Band and John Michael Montgomery from June 9-16. (Photos from )

Aquino comes to San Mateo from the Utah Valley Convention Center, where he spent the last three years as event manager with Spectra Venue Management. He also served as the center’s exhibitor services manager, show manager and catering and sales manager.  Previously, Aquino worked for the Orange County Fair and Event Center as year-round event coordinator. The Southern California fair is a month-long event that attracts over a million fair guests each year. His duties included commercial and concessions coordination.

“The fair industry is where my career began,” said Aquino. “Even in a management development program with my former employer I shared that I saw my future as a fair manager. The fair business is in my heart and soul; it is where I have the most passion.”

Aquino holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the International Association of Venue Managers mentoring committee. He is a former board member of the Equestrian Center in Utah.

The San Mateo County Fair is the Peninsula’s premier community event for Bay Area family fun and entertainment. The 2018 fair opens June 9 and runs through June 17. The San Mateo County Fair strives to provide a diverse experience through education, inspiration and entertainment. The annual Bay Area fair represents a celebration of our community’s talent, interests, innovations and rich agricultural and artistic heritage. Visit to purchase tickets, for regular updates, contest entry, ticket giveaways and promotions. #SMCF2018.  (Pennie Rorex/Rorex)


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Regional Head, North & Latin America Corp Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Ste 200
Daly City, CA 94014
OFFICE: 650.508.6032
MOBILE: 650.455.8616



TFC IN THE COMMUNITY: TFC Volunteers with Local Community to Provide Food to Families in Need


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TFC Volunteers with Local Community to Provide Food to Families in Need

Children of TFC employees believe in the Power of Good. (L-R) Front Row: Andrea Castillo, Patrick Talavera, Ira Vizcarra, and Martina Lopez. Back Row: Alyssa and Alyana Castillo, Sophia and Ella Beggs, and Matthew Vo. (Photo courtesy of Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion)

DALY CITY, Calif., March 21, 2018 — One drizzling Saturday, families picked up milk, tuna, peanut butter, rice and whole grains, vegetables, apples and oranges, cheese, eggs and bread for free at the school campus of  Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Representatives of Second Harvest Food Bank, Cumberland Presbyterian, the school staff, and TFC employees distributed the free groceries to low-income families in the neighborhood.

Woodrow Wilson is the same school where TFC employees played Secret Santa last Christmas, where many families experience hardship and are below the poverty line. Tatiana Sanchez wrote in The Mercury News that “The cost of living across Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is so high that more than a quarter of people in the region struggle to pay for food each month, according to a new food insecurity study by Second Harvest Food Bank.”

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation. The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than almost any other food bank in the country, through a network of 300 nonprofit partners at 905 sites.

The school was recently selected by Second Harvest Food Bank as beneficiary of their Family Harvest Program. When the school reached out to TFC requesting for volunteers to help in food distribution, a good number of employees immediately signed up. Many of them brought their family members to help.

TFC employees and their familes believe that the power of good lies in concrete acts of sharing and caring. (L-R) Alyana and her mother, TFC’s Regional Marketing Head for North and Latin America Pam Castillo, Sophia and her mother, Executive Assistant MJ Beggs, Solutions Delivery Head Gilbert Talavera and his son Patrick, Remittance Operations Manager Egay Bulawan, Rica Tang and her niece, Martina Lopez, sister and daughter respectively of Digital Partnership & Integration Head Connie Lopez.
Executive Assistant MJ Beggs (2nd from right) believes that having her daughters Ella (2nd from left) and Sophia (right) do volunteer work in the community is key for them to learn and practice compassion.  They are joined at the “Potato and Onion Station” by  other volunteers (L-R) Matthew Vo, Tea Ywai of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Patrick Meehan.
Remittance Operations Manager Egay Bulawan, Solutions Delivery Head Gilbert Talavera, and AFI Office & Development Manager Alma Magsombol happy to be of service at the “Milk Station.”

TFC is honored to be part of this food drive, serving side-by-side with the Second Harvest Food Bank, teachers and staff of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, and volunteers from Cumberland Presbyterian Church to help fight hunger in the community.

Marketing Specialist Mimi Dayo-Arguelles emphasizes that “You have a purpose, you really feel good giving back.”  HR & Admin Specialist Jennifer Santos believes that there is good in each one. “They just need to experience a bit of human kindness so that the good within them can also come out.”

Harry Beggs, husband of Executive Assistant MJ Beggs, says that “It’s a great service to the community to give back. Reach one, teach one.” The Beggs also brought their two daughters and a friend because they wanted to show their children that volunteerism is what drives a community forward. They believe that doing good is the best lesson they can impart to the children.

Alyana Castillo, daughter of Regional Marketing Head for NOLA Pam Castillo, admits that “It makes me feel better about myself knowing that I am helping some kids and families.”

Jenn Yamanoha, a third-grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson, expressed that “We are just so grateful to have TFC volunteering their time. That’s what we teach our students, to give kindness to other people. The more that our students can see that there are people out there that care about them, the more it spreads love and kindness.”

ABS-CBN Foundation International Managing Director Jerry Bennett was pleased to announce that “together with Second Harvest Food Bank and the other volunteers, we gave out food stuff to around 60 poor families. It truly felt good to be part of this giving activity.” Bennett adds that “If we get ourselves involved in the community, especially in helping the poor, it will amplify the power of good of the people, for the people. This, then, creates compassion within the community.”

The kindness that shone through on that damp and cold Saturday warmed the hearts of those who were there. Relive the experience here.


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