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A look back at the personalities who made it on the LifEASTyle Magazine cover  — Asian Journal News

A look back at the personalities who made it on the LifEASTyle Magazine cover  — Asian Journal News

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

Every week, the LifEASTyle Journal publishes long-form tales of Filipino People who proceed to interrupt limitations 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, lengthy 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, authors 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.

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

Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall AJPress pictures 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 approach 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 group on the Cincinnati Enquirer that coated the lethal opioid disaster in Cincinnati. 

“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 colour.

In a chapter referred to as “Filipinos,” he writes, “Filipinos match all over the place 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 acquired right here.

Gina Ortiz Jones and her endeavor to turn out 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 by means of.

In Texas, Gina Ortiz Jones went up towards incumbent, two-term Consultant Will Hurd, in one of the 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 might be simply as gifted, simply as hungry and wish somewhat little bit of assist,” Ortiz Jones informed the Asian Journal.

Fil-Am Elaine Castillo’s debut novel earns rave evaluations (By Momar G. Visaya)

Elaine Castillo AJPress photograph by Momar G. Visaya

There was a refrain of reward for Elaine Castillo’s debut novel “America is Not the Coronary heart” and it was a symphony of adoration from mainstream publications and critics akin to New York Occasions, Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Vulture, amongst others.

The 33-year-old Milpitas, California-based writer, born and raised within the San Francisco Bay Space, has been referred to as “probably the most promising new voices in fiction” and her ebook, revealed by Viking Books, an imprint of Penguin Random Home as “extraordinary, beautiful and evocative”.

She is a graduate of the College of California, Berkeley, and acquired her MA in artistic and life writing from Goldsmiths, College of London.

Castillo grew up in what she describes as a really Filipino neighborhood in a really Filipino environment. Her city, Milpitas in California is a majority-minority and there’s a big Filipino, Vietnamese, Mexican, Taiwanese communities there, which is why she stated she didn’t develop up considering of herself as a minority.

 “I learn various translated works, which I understand now in all probability is a sub-conscious political response to a white mainstream canon. I learn a whole lot of Filipino American writers from Jessica Hagedorn to Carlos Bulosan. That guide, America is within the Coronary heart, was the primary time I ever examine somebody from Pangasinan,” she stated.

From tech entrepreneur to journey journalist: Garrett Gee and his ‘bucket record’ (By Christina M. Oriel)

Garrett Gee and his Bucket Record Household Instagram/@garrettgee

Quite a bit has been written about 28-year-old tech entrepreneur Garrett Gee and his ‘Bucket Listing Household,’ — a spouse and three younger youngsters — who journey around the globe and doc their experiences. 

In 2017, Gee starred in an internet collection referred to as “Discovering Routes,” developed by ABS-CBN International Studios, Myx TV and Go Button Media, through which he and his older sister Miristi (a yoga and dance teacher) journeyed throughout the Philippines to study extra about their Filipino heritage.

As for a Philippines journey for the Bucket Record Household, Gee stated it’s sure to occur, however it wouldn’t be handled like some other journey.

“Lots of people ask us, we’ve been to 45 nations so distant, why haven’t we been to the Philippines? The trustworthy fact is as a result of the Philippines is such a particular place to me. I didn’t need to make it identical to one of many many nations we’ve visited. I needed to provide it particular consideration and particular planning and particular preparation. We’re simply ready for that particular time once we as a household can go and spend a very very long time there,” he stated.

Filipino delicacies strides in LA and past (By Momar G. Visaya and Christina M. Oriel)

Our Government Editor Momar G. Visaya has intently adopted the rise of Filipino delicacies and cooks in New York and throughout the nation. In a bit earlier this yr, he highlighted the strides made, like Tom Cunanan and Margarita Manzke getting James Beard nods, to mainstream media protection, to Nicole Ponseca getting a cookbook deal. 

Round February, a number of Filipino cooks joined forces and staged a dinner on the James Beard Home in New York Metropolis to showcase regional Filipino delicacies. Final June, the Philippine Consulate Common and the Division of Tourism New York held Filipino Restaurant Week, and this yr, additionally they included eating places in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

In Los Angeles, editor Christina M. Oriel coated the opening of Charles Olalia’s Ma’am Sir in the summertime — which has since grow to be one of many LA Occasions’ ‘101 eating places we love’ and has landed on quite a few ‘greatest new’ restaurant lists. We additionally noticed a handful of cooks like Chef Barb Batiste of Huge Boi and B Candy and Chef Alvin Cailan of The Ordinary NY/Eggslut fame on the LA Meals and Wine Pageant. 

“It’s our time. The individuals from Meals and Wine acknowledge how a lot we characterize our tradition and the way a lot we symbolize Los Angeles basically. Now we showcase. It’s all the time been my credo, which is only for us to be part of the dialog,” Cailan advised the Asian Journal. “For us, to truly do one thing to the place individuals know, ‘Hey we’re Filipino, we’re on the billboards, we’re on the advertising’ not due to PR…however as a result of we’re persistent and we work arduous to advertise our tradition via our meals.”

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

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

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 Trend Present, an annual spectacular occasion that highlights a number of the greatest and well-known trend fashions within the business together with stalwarts corresponding 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 onerous 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.

Lizette Cabrera, Sabrina Santamaria speak about their US Open journey (By Momar G. Visaya)

Sabrina Ashley Vida Santamaria (born February 24, 1993 in Los Angeles, CA) takes satisfaction in her Filipino and Panamanian heritage. Photograph from Instagram/@sabsantamaria

This yr, the US Open celebrated its 50th birthday, and together with it, the opening of the Louis Armstrong Stadium model, a 14,000 seat area proper subsequent to the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

We met and interviewed a few tennis gamers who made it into the draw, one representing Australia and the opposite america.

Lizette Cabrera was born in Brisbane, Australia to Filipino mother and father whereas Sabrina Santamaria was born in Los Angeles, California to a Filipino mom and a Panamanian father.

Each of them went via quite a bit so as to attain their dream and final week, they each achieved certainly one of their goals.

Additionally they share an final dream: to win a Grand Slam and be the world no 1.

Feed2Succeed: How three highschool college students discovered a strategy to feed younger college students within the Philippines (By Rae Ann Varona)

Caroline and Carmina Raquel and Tiffany Sato (middle) at certainly one of Feed2Succeed’s yard gross sales in Los Angeles (Contributed photograph)

In time for the vacation season, Feed2Succeed — a non-profit based by Caroline and Carmina Raquel and their pal Tiffany Sato — was featured for its work in serving to feed and educate malnourished youngsters within the Philippines. They discovered that it solely takes $four to take action for a whole month. 

From small scale highschool fundraisers, Feed2Succeed has grown right into a full-fledged nonprofit group with membership chapters run in several U.S. faculties serving to eleven sponsored elementary faculties within the Philippines. They’ve additionally taken on the sponsorship of various excessive schoolers that have been as soon as part of Feed2Succeed’s unique elementary faculty feeding packages.

“I hope that folks can perceive that zeal behind our mission and the way I feel we simply need to assist as many youngsters as potential, and I feel youngsters serving to youngsters is a really highly effective impact that we will have,” stated Caroline Raquel. “There are such a lot of methods to assist, and making a group and surrounding your self with people who additionally simply need to assist I feel is one thing that we try to push ahead with Feed2Succeed.”

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. Pictures courtesy of Anthony Alvarez/Oneculture

In December, 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. Up to now the collections have included Manila, Fez, Morocco and Tokyo.

“I actually needed to convey that message via 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 america. 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 produced 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.”



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