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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Media Contact:
Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion
ABS-CBN International – TFC
2001 Juniperro Serra Blvd, Ste. 200
Daly City, CA 94014
pia_lopezbanos@abs-cbn.com
1-650-241-5607

 

 

 

PRESS STATEMENT ON “BAGANI”

KANE ERROL CHOA, Head of Corporate Communications
Mobile: +639371482159, +639189095263      Email: kane_choa@abs-cbn.com
AARON DOMINGO, Media Relations Manager
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JAN ENRIQUEZ, PR Manager
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PRESS STATEMENT


05 MARCH 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS STATEMENT ON “BAGANI”

The concept of ABS-CBN’s new fantaserye “Bagani” is to feature warriors, protectors, and heroes who espouse Filipino values and beliefs.

The production team did intensive research to determine a distinctly Filipino term that embodies a champion who fights for the common good of his tribe or family—somebody who is brave, honorable, self-sacrificing, and good-hearted.  In the end, the team recognized that the term and concept of a “Bagani” best solidifies the traits that the program wants to highlight.

With all due respect, the use of “Bagani” is not in any way intended to malign or to disrespect beliefs of the Indigenous Peoples’ communities, but instead hopes to propagate the values, morals, and ethics that are inherent in a ‘Bagani’—a Filipino warrior, protector, and hero.

To be clear, the “Bagani” fantaserye does not purport itself to be a historical account of Philippine history or culture.  The program has always maintained that it has created an alternative fictional universe with elements of Filipino mythology and folklore that simply serves as an avenue to creatively deliver and highlight Filipino values, beliefs, and heroism. (ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, Manila, Philippines)

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NERISSA M. FERNANDEZ
Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Ste 200
Daly City, CA 94014
nfernandez@abs-cbni.com
MOBILE: 650.455.8616

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE: “Discovering Routes” Scores Big Wins at the 2018 Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

“Discovering Routes” on its first year has been recognized by Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards in four categories – a huge achievement for ABS-CBN Global Studios. (Image from Cablefax.com)

“Discovering Routes” Scores Big Wins at the Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards

DALY CITY, CA, March 8, 2018“Discovering Routes”, an original series produced by ABS-CBN Global Studios that follows people to their lands of ancestry in search of epic adventures, made an impressive impact at the 2018 Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards held at the Yale Club in New York City this week.

“Discovering Routes” won in the Online Short and Original Content categories and was Honorable Mention for New Product or Launch and Overall Website>Official Show Website categories.

Starring Filipino American siblings Garrett Gee, a millennial tech millionaire and adventure travel journalist of The Bucket List Family fame, and his sister Miristi, the first season of “Discovering Routes” followed them to the sovereign island nation of the Philippines to experience local Filipino traditions, exotic tropical locales and to explore their Filipino heritage. Executive Producers for the show are ABS-CBN Global COO Olivia De Jesus, Discovering Routes Program Manager Keesa Ocampo and Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos, in partnership with Go Button Media.

“Discovering Routes” star Garrett Gee visits the ABS-CBN International office and studio in Daly City.  With him are ABS-CBN Global COO Olivia De Jesus, Discovering Routes Program Manager Keesa Ocampo, Discovering Routes Project Specialist Jacob Acueza and Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos.

The Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards honors the outstanding websites, digital initiatives and people in the media industry that are driving the digital media revolution, and salutes the best and brightest executives from the world of cable, online video and technology.

Below are the categories and competition where “Discovering Routes” won or was given Honorable Mention:

Garrett and Miristi Gee were surprised by their mother, Mel, in one of the exciting episodes of “Discovering Routes”.

Overall Website > Official Show Website 

  • Countdown to Christmas Online– Crown Media Family Networks
  • Discovering Routes– ABS-CBN Global Studios – Honorable Mention
  • WWE.com

Original Content 

  • Discovering Routes– ABS-CBN Global Studios – Winner
  • My Son/Daughter is a WWE Superstar– WWE
  • Pearl Harbor: The Last Word– History
  • Project Sammy’s Way– Lifetime
  • Southpaw Regional Wrestling– WWE
  • What’s Cooking with Julie Chrisley– USA Network

Online Short 

  • Better Call Saul’s Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training Videos– AMC Networks, Inc.
  • Discovering Routes– ABS-CBN Global Studios – Winner
  • Race to the MVP– NBA Digital
  • What’s Cooking with Julie Chrisley– USA Network
  • Yoga Mockumentary– YES Network

New Product or Launch 

  • Discovering Routes– ABS-CBN Global Studios – Honorable Mention
  • Expanded OTT Offering– fuboTV
  • Live TV App– Hulu
  • Philo

“Discovering Routes” is currently airing on TFC, Lifestyle Network Global, Lifestyle Network Philippines, Myx TV and on TFC Online and TFC IPTV.

MEDIA CONTACT:

NERISSA M. FERNANDEZ
Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Ste 200
Daly City, CA 94014
nfernandez@abs-cbni.com
MOBILE: 650.455.8616

 

PRESS RELEASE: TFC to Bring The Filharmonic to Sing the National Anthem at the 2018 Warriors Filipino Heritage Night on March 25; The FilAm a capella singing sensations visit TFC Studio and Store, guest on BA and Adobo Nation

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

TFC to Bring The Filharmonic to Sing the National Anthem
at the Warriors Filipino Heritage Night on March 25 in Oracle Arena

The FilAm a capella singing sensations visit TFC Studio and Store, guest on BA and Adobo Nation

DALY CITY, CA, February 26, 2018 – After the much applauded performances of Bantay Bata Voices and Philippine Concert King Martin Nievera, ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) is bringing in the number one college booked entertainment group of the year in the U.S. in 2016, Filipino American a capella singing sensation, The Filharmonic, to sing the U.S. national anthem at the Warriors Filipino Heritage Night presented by Tanduay Rum on March 25, Sunday, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The Filharmonic — composed of Southern Californians Jules Cruz (Vocal Bass), Joe Caigoy (Tenor), Trace Gaynor (Tenor), Niko Del Ray (Beat Boxer) and VJ Rosales (Tenor) — showcases pop, R&B and 90’s nostalgia vocal harmonies that attracted the attention of Hollywood.  This resulted in appearances in NBC’s “The Sing-Off” National Tour, Universal Pictures’ hit movie, “Pitch Perfect 2”, and several guest performances on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden”.

The youthful and energetic group (except for Niko Del Ray who flew in from Los Angeles later in the day) and their manager Rose Buado dropped by the San Francisco Bay Area recently for a show in San Jose and to visit the TFC office in Daly City, to shop at the TFC store and to guest on TFC’s daily news show, “BA” and the weekly magazine talk show, “Adobo Nation”.  Here are captured moments of their visit:

Adobo Nation host Ginger Conejero jammed with The Filharmonic members, from left, VJ Rosales, Trace Gaynor, Joe Caigoy and Jules Cruz. (Not in photo is Niko Del Ray).
The cast and crew of Adobo Nation and the TFCU team joined The Filharmonic at the TFC Studio. From left, Eugene Libadia, Eric Pugeda, Samuel Simbulan, Nino Nucum, VJ Rosales, Jeremiah Ysip, Trace Gaynor, Ginger Conejero, Jonas De Leon, Joe Caigoy, Romeo Marquez Jr., Jules Cruz, Rose Buado and Ashley Bulayo.
BA News Anchor Gel Santos-Relos interviews The Filharmonic.

Watch it on https://balitangamerica.tv/the-filharmonic-to-sing-at-golden-state-warriors-filipino-heritage-night/

The BA cast and crew with The Filharmonic. From left, Eugene Libadia, Samuel Simbulan, Jonas De Leon, Rose Buado, Jules Cruz, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, VJ Rosales, Gel Santos-Relos, Jon Santos, Mike Carrion and Troy Espera.
The Filharmonic at the TFC Lobby with, from left, ABS-CBN Canada Country Manager and Global Head of Carriage Jun Del Rosario, North and Latin America Head of Marketing Pam Castillo, North and Latin America Head of Operations Kerwin Du and Global Head of Events and North and Latin America Head of Ad Sales, Trade Marketing and Events Ricky Resurreccion.
The Filharmonic with ABS-CBN North and Latin America Regional Finance Head Edgar Carbonel and ABS-CBN Global Controller Ana Espiritu.
The Filharmonic with and Global Head of Events and North and Latin America Head of Ad Sales, Trade Marketing and Events Ricky Resurreccion and Global Digital Partnership and Integration Head Connie Lopez.
The Filharmonic with some members of Finance, Executive Offices and Team Canada.  From left, Jay Lirio, Flor Feliciano, Maria De Jesus, Global Remittance Business Unit Head Raymund Abog, Mary Jane Reyes-Beggs and The Filharmonic Manager Rose Buado.
The Filharmonic at the Hello Kapamilya signage at the TFC Office lobby
Members of the Digital, Discovering Routes, Global Theatricals/Cinematografo and TFC Retail teams joined The Filharmonic at the TFC Store in Daly City. From left, Carol Tana, Grace Lopez, Jacob Acueza, John-D Lazatin, Trace Gaynor, VJ Rosales, Sarah Herrera, Joe Caigoy, Jules Cruz, Rose Buado, Kerwin Du and Shan Serran.

Tickets to the Warriors Heritage Night may be purchased online at http://www.nba.com/warriors/tickets/groupnights/filipinoheritage or at the TFC Store at the ground floor of DC 2001, Junipero Serra Blvd, Daly City, CA 94014.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

NERISSA M. FERNANDEZ
Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Ste 200
Daly City, CA 94014
nfernandez@abs-cbni.com
MOBILE: 650.455.8616

 

 

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

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY

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

 

God bless, Nerissa

NERISSA M. FERNANDEZ
Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Ste 200
Daly City, CA 94014
nfernandez@abs-cbni.com
MOBILE: 650.455.8616

 

 

***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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