Screenshot from Kabababayan LA clip of Jannelle So and Joy Marino during the raffle drawing of Balita Media’s “Free Trip for 2 to the Philippines” raffle contest. (LA-18)

On December 20th, Balita Media Inc. held its annual raffle contest on LA-18’s Kababayan LA, hosted by Janelle So with guest, Joy Marino from Balita Media. The raffle contest gave away ten consolation prizes and a grand prize, which includes two round-trip tickets to the Philippines courtesy of Balita Media and Philippine Airlines and a two-night accommodation in a 5-star hotel courtesy of the Philippine Department of Tourism.  The winner also gets the chance to join the 8th Annual Ambassadors, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors Tour of the Philippines.

The consolation prizes include four Balikbayan boxes courtesy of Victory Cargo, an elegant dinner for two courtesy of the Law Offices of Paul M. Allen, and five $50 gift certificates from Marlou Colina Salon located in Long Beach and Los Angeles, California.

Balita Media received thousands of submissions via mail and e-mail from the readers of Weekend Balita and The US Asian Post, their respective websites,, and Submissions were also received from attendees of the US-Philippines Expo and Fil-Am Fest, where contestants were able to submit their entries at the Balita Media booth.

We would like to cordially congratulate the following winners of the raffle: Finina Feliciano from Burbank, CA – the winner of our grand prize trip to the Philippines; Albert Torralba (Winnetka, CA), Bob Hendersen (Redondo Beach, CA), Christian Tan (Anaheim, CA) and Jose Hao (Diamond Bar, CA) who each won free Balikbayan boxes with free shipping to the Philippines courtesy of Victory Cargo; Fanny Cleope (Northern California), Gary Anderson (North Hollywood, CA), Leonardo Magtalas Jr. (Murrieta, CA), Luisito Ramirez (Panorama City, CA) and Ronnie Tan from Valencia, CA, each of whom won a $50 dollar gift certificate from Marlou Colina Salon; and Frodina Nolasco Pickney (Winnetka, CA) who won the elegant dinner for two from the Law Offices of Paul M. Allen.

Balita Media, the publisher of Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post wishes to thank its readers for twenty years of support and fellowship. Without you, none of this would be possible. We would also thank our sponsors and Kababayan LA for hosting our annual raffle contest.  Happy Holidays!