California gray whales make their annual journey in Dana Point

Southern California’s world renowned attractions had lured tourists into its shores last summer and this winter will be no different with a different type of visitors who will be traveling along the West Coast to feast their eyes on the migrating California Gray Whales en route...

J. Babista ‘kicks’ way to gold at Vegas Taekwondo Championships

  Five Taekwondo jins from the U.S., Russia, Canada, Mexico and Japan fell victims to the superiority of Joseph Babista en route to a gold medal finish at the 2014 Open Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas this month. The victory was a big win for the young athlete who took to...

USC Relief and Training Mission joins in Tacloban effort

More than two months after Super Typhoon Yolanda left in its wake a horrible picture of despair in an unimaginable proportion, Tacloban City folks has still to grapple with the harsh reality so profound that  normalcy will not come to them soon. Thousands are still left...

Garden Grove Tet Festival gallops to Costa Mesa grounds

by : Rey Andres Easily one of the top grossers in Orange County events, especially among the Vietnamese community, the Tet Festival has a new venue for its many attractions for the expected thousands of visitors. Many who have enjoyed the largest Tet Festival in the U.S. will...

APCA’s Lunar Fest 2014 to transform Riverside in celebratory mood

by ; Rey Andres What’s considered the birthplace of the citrus industry in California and the home of the “World’s Largest Paper Cup. “actually made of concrete and standing over 68 feet ”, among many other distinctions,  will play host to this year’s Lunar Festival on Januar...

January is National Thank You Month

by : Rey Andres Danke, grazie, merci, gracias, salamat po  are some of the ways to say “thank you” an expression probably second only to be learned by a child after “Daddy” or “Mommy”. No matter how that feeling is expressed, a simple “thank you” can turn somebody’s day around....

2014 California laws: Blessings for employees and immigrants

by : Rey Andres Californians woke up January 1st greeted by new laws many see as a bundle of blessings and protections for “vulnerable low income workers, immigrants who are in the country illegally, domestic care givers and farm workers.” Also benefitting from new laws are...

Anaheim intensifies effort vs homelessness

by Rey Andres They provide a great contrast to the image of affluence California conjures and highlight and points to a need at concerted action. As of last count, there are more than 12,700 of them – the homeless -in Orange County that “remains in dire need of emergen...

Newport Beach Harbor ‘set ablaze’ by Christmas Boat Parade

Over a million spectators will watch in awe the ostentatious display of privilege and color that will be featured anew at the 105th edition of a holiday tradition popularly known as the Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Running on the  theme “Rockin’ Around the...

The poor in the U.S. gives ‘till it hurts’

by Rey Andres Super Typhoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan) visited Southern Philippines in November when excitement was building up in anticipation of the Christmas season. Known for their religiosity, the Philippines owns distinction of celebrating the longest season of merry making and...