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A look back at the personalities who made it on ‘Something Filipino’ in 2018 — Asian Journal News

A look back at the personalities who made it on ‘Something Filipino’ in 2018 — Asian Journal News

AS we usher in 2019, the Asian Journal editorial group dedicates the primary SF Journal cowl of the yr as a mirrored image on the tales that we coated in 2018.

Every week, the SF Journal publishes long-form tales of Filipino-People who proceed to interrupt obstacles of their respective profession fields, in addition to highlighting the Fil-Am expertise dwelling in America and the social points we face.

Within the 52 covers we’ve revealed final yr, we coated a breadth of subjects, such because the significance of Filipino nurses to the U.S. medical business, the necessity for Filipino households to help youngsters within the foster system, long-distance relationships throughout Valentine’s Day and Christmas, and why we have to speak about psychological well being as a Fil-Am group. Alongside the best way, we noticed annual celebrations, from Philippine Independence Day to Fil-Am Historical past Month.

Our fellow editors and writers sat down with Fil-Am Pulitzer Prize winners, elected officers, Broadway stars, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and extra. It’s all the time a troublesome course of to slender down an entire yr’s value of tales right into a succinct listing, however we hope that you simply have a look again at these tales and proceed to share them.

*To learn these chosen options & different tales of their entirety, please go to the One thing Filipino Journal archive. 

Kelsey Merritt, the primary Filipina to stroll within the Victoria’s Secret Style Present (AJPress photograph by Troi Santos)

What’s subsequent for Kelsey Merritt, the primary Filipina mannequin within the Victoria’s Secret Style Present (By Momar G. Visaya) 

Kelsey Merritt — who was born and raised within the Philippines — made historical past on November eight when she turned the primary Filipina lady to stroll within the Victoria’s Secret Style Present, an annual spectacular occasion that highlights a number of the greatest and well-known trend fashions within the business together with stalwarts akin to Adriana Lima, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner amongst others.

“I’m not exaggerating once I say that that is actually the toughest job you will get on the earth. It was so exhausting that there has by no means been a Filipino in it. I can’t clarify how a lot arduous work I put in on this,” she stated in her interview with the Asian Journal.

Meet Fil-Am designer Zaldy, costume designer for Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (By Momar G. Visaya)

Zaldy Goco Contributed photograph

For over a decade now, famend designer Zaldy Goco has straddled the dual genres of style and costume design to create unforgettable, timeless, and superbly crafted clothes. A decade earlier, he was shifting seamlessly between music and style, making a tapestry that would very nicely be a serious accent to his finale gown. That’s if we take a look at his life’s trajectory as a runway trend present.

Whereas making a reputation and making a fierce model, Zaldy (based on the New York Occasions, he dropped his final identify when he was in highschool) has additionally turn into a two-time Emmy Award-winning costume designer by means of his work on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

He has additionally been actively collaborating with Cirque du Soleil and the partnership has been rising by means of the years.

Zaldy launched his namesake assortment in 2002 and has since imagined stage appears for most of the most celebrated and numerous performers of this period: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beyonce, Woman Gaga, Mary J. Blige, RuPaul, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears amongst them.

From 2004 to 2007, Zaldy was the top designer of Gwen Stefani’s extremely profitable L.A.M.B. assortment, which fused streetwear with parts of the singer’s glam-punk look.

From bean to bar: Fil-Am chocolatier Hernan Lauber finds pleasure in native Philippine cacao  (By Rae Ann Varona)

Hernan Lauber shows his merchandise at Undiscovered SF, a month-to-month night time market in San Francisco that celebrates the wealthy cultural heritage of the SOMA Pilipinas district.

To Fil-Am chocolatier Hernan Lauber, the Philippines is what he describes because the “Napa Valley of cacao” — an enormous declare, provided that the nation might not initially be one which involves thoughts when speaking concerning the bean.

“The Philippines presently produces lower than one-percent of the world’s provide of cacao however it’s been part of Filipino historical past for so long as it’s been a part of European historical past,” stated Lauber, the chocolatier behind the brand new bean-to-bar chocolate model, “Oodaalolly”.

Born within the Philippines, Lauber spent the primary two years of his life within the nation and grew up in different elements of the world like Geneva, Toronto, and New York, earlier than shifting outdoors Philadelphia the place he spent the majority of his center and highschool years. He then went on to get a level in mechanical engineering, earlier than getting his MBA in worldwide enterprise.

AJPress photographs by Momar G. Visaya

By the early 2000s, Lauber determined to attempt his hand on the chocolate enterprise and create his personal chocolate firm that removed the melting of imported bulk chocolate, and targeted extra on bean-to-bar.

One factor that distinguishes oodaalolly from different chocolate makers is that they supply their very own cacao beans immediately from the Philippines with out utilizing any distributors, he stated. Lauber stated he spent a yr engaged on the method earlier than launching their unique assortment of bars in December of 2017.

Presently, the maker has three bars: 60-percent darkish milk, 70-percent darkish chocolate, and 70-percent darkish almond and sea salt.  All bars are single roast, single origin, and use 100-percent Filipino cacao.

Globetrotting with Filipino-French entrepreneur’s way of life model Oneculture  (By Christina M. Oriel)

Anthony Alvarez, the Filipino-French founder and CEO of Oneculture, pursued his childhood dream of proudly owning a clothes model representing his passions for journey, sports activities, artwork, and music. Photographs courtesy of Anthony Alvarez/Oneculture

In September, the Asian Journal featured Anthony Alvarez, a Filipino-French entrepreneur dwelling in Paris who began his personal way of life menswear model Oneculture, that includes items impressed by travels and international influences. To date the collections have included Manila, Fez, Morocco and Tokyo.

“I actually needed to convey that message by means of the garments, selling tradition and variety and selling journey with none cultural obstacles,” Alvarez stated. “This was additionally throughout a time when lots of people have been specializing in obstacles, corresponding to Brexit or Donald Trump being elected president of the USA. That’s the political aspect to it. In order that’s how I obtained the identify Oneculture.”

One of many assertion items in the course of the Manila assortment was a rendition of the lads’s barong (a proper shirt constructed from piña thought-about the nationwide costume of the Philippines) within the shade black and utilizing a extra snug, sporty material. He included the eucalyptus tree that’s discovered within the Philippines and put that print within the inside layer of the garments.

“I grew up in a family that was very Filipino,” he stated. “It’s a essential a part of my id so I [started] the journey of Oneculture in Manila.

The Lei Firm:  Group constructing and cultural preservation via entrepreneurship  (By Malou Liwanag-Bledsoe)

Certainly one of The Lei Firm’s prime vendor and most laborious lei is the Dolla Dolla Invoice, an origami lei made utterly of $1 payments

Filipino-American Tiffany Rose Na’puti Lacsado noticed a chance not solely to proceed the preservation and evolution of the lei, but in addition to get individuals locally to uplift the standard of their lives economically by means of The Lei Firm (TLC).  Her lengthy profession in public well being opened her eyes and pointed her to the path on methods to create job alternatives for the shoppers she used to assist.

“Sooner or later I had an ‘aha!’ second the place I noticed that the most important barrier to well being for all of my shoppers throughout the spectrum was their lack of ability to take part within the financial system. For various causes their job prospects have been slim to nil or as within the case of my WIC they labored in an surroundings and underneath circumstances that hindered their capacity to make wholesome decisions,” Lacsado stated.

In June 2017, Lacsado based The Lei Firm (TLC) Cooperative, Inc., a California worker-owned company based mostly in Oakland.By June 2018 she was promoting her merchandise throughout the continental United States and needed to increase the advertising, gross sales and distribution capability of her cooperative, develop merchandise for the dying care and wedding ceremony industries, and begin to domesticate her business lei backyard.  Final quarter of 2018 she turned to Crowdfund Mainstreet to craft her new securities providing and launched a Direct Public Providing by way of an funding crowdfunding marketing campaign.

Gina Ortiz Jones and her endeavor to grow to be the primary Filipina in Congress (By Momar G. Visaya)

Filipina-American and Iraq Conflict veteran Gina Ortiz Jones ran for Congress in 2018 (Contributed photograph)

The 2018 midterm election was historic in some ways, together with the variety of ladies and Filipinos who vied for positions throughout the nation. We noticed Fil-Am TJ Cox be elected to California’s 21st congressional district, as Jennifer Zimmerman (Florida – District 1) and Cristina Osmeña (Calif.-14) additionally ran in aggressive races, however sadly didn’t push via.

In Texas, Gina Ortiz Jones went up towards incumbent, two-term Consultant Will Hurd, in probably the most tightly-contested and closely-watched battles within the nation. She endeavored to make historical past as the primary Filipina-American in Congress and the primary brazenly homosexual, first Iraq Conflict veteran and first lady Home consultant from the 23rd District of Texas. Whereas she didn’t win, the momentum and identify she constructed for herself as a political chief could also be a sign that we’ll be seeing extra of her quickly.

“I might be honored to be the primary however it is crucial that I’m not going to be the final as a result of I’m solely right here due to the chance my group, my nation afforded for me. That is very a lot about defending these alternatives for others which are simply as gifted, simply as hungry and wish somewhat little bit of assist,” Ortiz Jones informed the Asian Journal.

“Pricey America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen”: The uncooked, unapologetic candor of Jose Antonio Vargas  (By Klarize Medenilla)

Pulitzer Prize winner and immigration advocate Jose Antonio Vargas launched his memoir, “Pricey America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” (AJPress photograph by Klarize Medenilla)

Pulitzer Prize winner and immigration advocate Jose Antonio Vargas revealed his memoir, “Pricey America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” to a lot reward in September 2018. “Pricey America” delivers a perspective that has endured institutionalized and socialized racism and inner struggles and id crises as an undocumented homosexual immigrant of shade.

In a chapter referred to as “Filipinos,” he writes, “Filipinos match in all places and nowhere in any respect,” and regardless of the wealthy presence of Filipinos in American historical past, the wrestle of Filipinos in America to really feel at house and to really feel a way of belonging is ubiquitous.  In some ways, “Pricey America” is an introductory name to Filipinos in America — undocumented and in any other case — to stake a declare to the Filipino-American id and understanding how we received right here.

“Padayon”: Celebrating Parangal Dance Firm’s 10th yr   (By Malou Liwanag-Bledsoe)

Parangal Group Photograph by That is It Images

With its continued mission to advertise the Filipino heritage via their efficiency and presence within the Filipino-American group, Parangal Dance Firm has come a great distance.  In October 2018, the dance firm celebrated a decade of aspiring to encourage with an anniversary tribute present, “Padayon” on the Scottish Ceremony Masonic Middle in San Francisco.

Parangal Founder Eric Solano shared that the context of “Padayon” is “to maneuver ahead and to persist,” including that the idea of their 10th-anniversary present is to create consciousness concerning the plight of indigenous individuals within the Philippines. For him, it’s crucial that they proceed to share the teachings of tradition bearers which have taught us their tradition and traditions.

Parangal was based in 2008 underneath the path of Solano. At this time, the group boasts about 60 lively members and has carried out not solely in the USA and the Philippines, however to different nations as properly. Nevertheless, worldwide recognition is just not the group’s biggest achievement in response to Solano. For him, it’s with the ability to share the message of solidarity.

“Advocacy and solidarity with indigenous teams within the Philippines and with the ability to share that,” stated Solano. “I consider it’s the advocacy that we’ve got with the indigenous teams is considered one of [the] methods we interact and maintain new members and new dances/items we work on virtually yearly to proceed to find out about our roots, uncover the Philippines and its wealth individuals.”

Manny Mogato & Mariel Padilla: Attending to know the Filipino 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners (By Momar G. Visaya)

Manny Mogato & Mariel Padilla, the Filipino 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners (AJPress photographs by Momar G. Visaya)

The Pulitzer Prize is the very best and most prestigious award in journalism, literature and music composition.

Earlier this yr, Manny Mogato, 55, gained the Pulitzer Prize for Worldwide Reporting, alongside his Reuters colleagues, Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall, for his or her relentless reporting that uncovered the brutal killing marketing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s struggle on medicine. With this feat, Mogato turned the primary Philippine-based journalist to take action after 75 years when Carlos P. Romulo gained it method again in 1942.

Mariel Padilla, a 23-year-old graduate scholar of journalism at Columbia College, additionally gained as she was a part of the staff on the Cincinnati Enquirer that coated the lethal opioid disaster in Cincinnati.

Idea artist Anthony Francisco on the Filipino influences in ‘Black Panther” & his contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (By Christina M. Oriel)

Fil-Am Anthony Francisco, senior visible improvement artist on Marvel Studio’s Visible Improvement workforce. AJPress photograph by Noel Ty

“Black Panther” broke a handful of data, together with being one of many top-grossing movies in the USA, and was historic for its illustration of minority actors and characters on the large display. Along with the influences of African heritage all through “Black Panther,” the uniform for the Dora Milaje (Wakanda’s all-female particular forces) was partially impressed by the Ifugao tribe within the Philippines — because of Fil-Am Anthony Francisco, senior visible improvement artist on Marvel Studio’s Visible Improvement group.

Francisco has labored on a handful of movies, corresponding to “Spider-Man” (2002), “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Thor: Ragnarok” (Loki), “Ant-Man,” “Physician Unusual,” and “The Chronicles of Riddick,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel,” and “Avengers: Infinity Warfare.”

“As an idea artist, an important factor in design is to analysis. The extra issues you already know, the extra issues you might remix into your design and know what’s been accomplished and ensure you know the way to mix totally different influences,” he stated, including that the ultimate sketches for the Dora Milaje, have been “75 % African [primarily the Ndebele, Dinka and Maasai tribes]10 % samurai Japanese armor, 5 % Filipino, 5 % Native American and 5 % Medieval armor — spin these tribal concepts and make it futuristic trendy armor…however push it [to be] much more high-tech.”

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