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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 back to Northridge. Joe comments

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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 (SPAHM). With the contributions and

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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 about her story with us

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Holidays In The San Fernando Valley: Yolanda Lights in Reseda

Outside, the arches of lights look like any other light display but when you step inside those tunnels, that’s when the magic happens. Walking through these tunnels, the night sky becomes a beautiful backdrop to the incandescent light of the tunnels. It turns your walk around the block extra special. This family winter holiday display started 17 years ago, when

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Meet Hector Perez-Roman, Host and Executive Producer of Valley Views

In today’s Meet The 818 Interview, Hector Perez-Roman, host and Executive Producer of Valley Views, talks about community building, connecting with others, and spreading positivity through highlighting other’s stories. Valley Views focuses on stories of people, organizations, businesses and social movements with a positive impact on the San Fernando Valley & beyond—through deep and fun discussions at the intersectionality of

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Meet Double A, Creator and Host of Profile Pod TV

In today’s Meet the (818) Interview, Andy Zaldivar, best known as Double A, the creator and host of Profile Pod TV, shares the beginnings and the evolution of his podcast. We chat about shinning a spotlight on people making waves and impacting their communities in a positive way. He talks about the successes and the growth he’s experienced both personally

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Meet Jason Lustina and John Erick Pabalan, Co-Founders of So Cal Filipinos

In the middle of the pandemic, friends John Erick Pabalan and Jason Lustina set out to create a Facebook community group called So Cal Filipinos. Their goal was simple: to connect Filipinos/Filipino Americans in (or have connections to) Southern California through shared experiences. From June 2020 to present, this online community now consists of 25,000 members and is still growing.

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