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Fil-Am Chamber Celebrates the Holidays

At the start of the holiday season, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater Los Angeles (FACCGLA) held their holiday event, Be Merry & Bright Mixer and New Member Onboarding last December 14 at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.  The event was kicked off with a speech from Consul General Edgar Badajos, the current Consul…

Of Comics and Games

Njoy Games and Comics started behind Liane Singh’s mother-in-law’s store in 2000, located in the same complex as Chuck E. Cheese on Reseda. Fast forward to 2013 and the comic bookstore finds a home on Reseda Blvd and Rayen Ave in Northridge and is a neighborhood staple for all comic books and tabletop gaming fans.…

It Was Just an Idea

What started as a hobby in April 2019 grew into one of the biggest social media accounts in the San Fernando Valley.  Meet 818 local Ralph Nicandro, creator of San Fernando Valley Eats, the number one source for food and drinks in the San Fernando Valley. A foodie at heart, he is no stranger to…

The Art is in the Tattoo

Even as a child, 818 local Char Quirino was always an artist.  She drew and painted.  Growing up watching Dragon Ball Z and Sailormoon, she would trace over images and modify them to make them her own.  Her family support and validation of her artwork contributed to her pursuing art through her teenage years. Becoming…

Telling the Fil-Am Story in the (818)

Community historian Joe Bernardo is valley born and raised.  His parents immigrated from the Philippines in 1970s, setting up roots in Northridge.  At that time, they were the first people of color in the neighborhood.  They moved to Calabsas in the early 90s where he attended Calabasas High School.  The family eventually found their way…

It All Started with a Bit of Improv

Growing up, actor, improviser, and voice artist Earl Baylon was no stranger to performing in front of crowds for school productions, extracurricular activities and family functions. That’s why pursuing a career in acting was something that happened organically. Joining Room To Improv, a local Asian American Improvisational Theatre Company was his first foray into acting.…

It Began at CSUN: From Students for Pilipino American History Month to the Fil-Am Experience Class

It started with a conversation between three friends in a dorm room at California State University, Northridge during the summer of 1996. Then college buddies Moonie Lantion, Allan Aquino, and Elvin Lubrin wanted to bring awareness about October as Filipino American History Month. That conversation started the creation of Students for Pilipino American History Month…

Learning Culture Through Martial Arts

We continue our Filipino American History Series with a conversation with 818 local, and first generation Filipino American, Guro Janel Barlongo, Kali/Silat instructor as well as a perpetual student of the art. Like many journeys, it begins with a quest for knowledge, for adventure, or for self-discovery.  For Guro Janel, her journey was about learning…

Live At Paco’s Place: The Intersection of Stories and Inspiration

Meet the amazing trio of Paco Arespacochaga, JJ Buencamino, and Michael Abad! These gentlemen are at the heart of Live at Paco’s Place, a podcast featuring people in the community with real stories at the intersection of music and personal experiences. Their mission is to inspire, to inform, and to touch lives and make an…

Sexy is not a shape. It is an attitude.

For over a decade, Christina Villegas had a stable career as a reality television producer, working on docu-reality series for various networks.  She was a co-executive producer when a tragic incident changed her life and impacted the trajectory of her life.  This led her to establishing Flying Curves Dance Studio, empowering women through the art…

Chiisai Cakes: Breaking The Mold

Robert Shindo started his culinary journey when he was 16. He was worked in a variety of restaurants, filling any and all restaurant jobs you can think of. He is currently the General Manager of two restaurants while owning his own business, Chiisai Cakes. Family is–and has always been—at the heart of his culinary interest.…

This is Vegan? No, way!

Duy Nguyen, owner and baker of Baking for Twelve, is a valley boy, born and raised. It’s not surprising that 818 is his luckiest number. By day, he’s a space system’s engineer, working on exploring the final frontier but when the moon rises, he transitions all that “nerd energy (his phrase)” into baking–a passion of…

The San Fernando Outdoor Market is Back!

When the CDC restrictions allowed for outdoor gatherings again, business owners Christina Bernal (owner of 1984 Vintage), Joeleen Medina (co-owner of Truman House), and Board President of the San Fernando City Chamber of Commerce, Adriana Gomez planned and organized a monthly outdoor market in historic downtown San Fernando, featuring local vendor in the San Fernando…

Connections Through Teaching Tagalog

Marie Urquidi, the author of DLI Parent books, a series of Dual Language Immersion books teaching both children and parents Tagalog (Filipino). Starting this series during the pandemic, her goal was to introduce Tagalog to her children while keeping the cost of learning affordable and the time committed to learning flexible. She shares a bit…

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