Local Bicolanos celebrate the (Kaadlawan) Feast of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia

Today, Saturday, September 19th culminates the ninth day of novena prayers to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, spearheaded by groups of Bicolano devotees in the Southland. Annually, various nine-day novenas were scheduled in Catholic Churches attended by the numerous Bicolanos in the Los...

Experiencing the rite of ordination to the sacred priesthood of Br. Peter Vecellio, O.C. D.

On the solemnity of the annual celebration of the Catholic feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary recently, this author was invited by Jean O. Ng, an ardent parishioner of Saint Therese Church in the City of Alhambra, to experience the solemn rite of ordination to the...

Locals treated to Filipino culture at Filipinotown Festival

Last Saturday, August 1st, our paper, Balita Media participated as one of the media partners at the Filipinotown Festival in downtown Los Angeles. The festivity kicked off with a procession and parade around the grounds of the Silver Lake Medical Center, carrying the statue of...

Handbook For An Unpredictable Life

The riveting story of “Handbook For An Unpredictable Life,” written by actress/dancer/choreographer Rosie Perez  is a heartbreaking book of surviving a mentally ill mother and the rigid rules of the Catholic nuns who ran the children’s home in New York’s Westchester County. Rosie...

‘Dancing Like the Stars,’ a great event with a noble cause/Neale Adams’ rare singing engagement

Once again, RSG Foundation’s “Dancing Like the Stars Part 3” held at the Omni Hotel last Saturday, was a smashing success. The event, benefits educational scholarship programs in San Miguel, Bulacan, which is the hometown of producer/entrepreneur, MaryAnn Ramos-Samadi. The perky...

Colorful ‘giant bubbles’ in the sky at the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic Festival

My daughter Marissa and I spent our Father’s Day weekend, amused and totally entertained watching the more than a dozen hot air balloons soaring above the sky at the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Festival held at the Kaiser Community Park in the town of Windsor, California and...

Thankful for the presence of Father-figures around

Growing-up without a father to love and protect us is devastating for some, but not when one is surrounded with father-figures around. Among the father-figures whom this author have learned to respect and admired was a respectable uncle who was the Dean of Physics at o...

Awesome Raptors, T-Rex, Waterworld: A ‘must see’ at Universal

It’s been awhile since this author last joined the studio tours at the famous Univeral Studios Hollywood. But as luck would have it, my son and his family asked me to join them at the theme park, along with a season pass on Mother’s Day. I wasn’t too surprised to see a lot of...

Cell phone group texting can sometimes be offensive

The baby boomer generation grew up with simple things in life. Though some of us were raised in the city, we longed for country life whenever we can, so our mom would make sure we visit our hometown every couple of months, not only to savor good food and swim in its pristine,...

Sorority ‘sisterhood’ – the unconditional bond of friendship

It’s really difficult to define what sorority “sisterhood” really means. People from the “outside” looking in will never understand it, while those from the “inside” can’t seem to explain it. This writer is proud to be part of the “unconditional bond of friendship” brought about...