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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 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. From there, he became a

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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 her Filipino American culture, history,

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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 impact during the process. When

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Meet The (818) Chats with Alyssa Necesito, Creator of Tales of a Foodieholic

818 local Alyssa Necesito grew up on Filipino food. In high school, she started branching out and trying different cuisines. “I grew up in Canoga Park and my Filipino got to spot was at Nipa Hut. I literally lived just around the corner there…I just had to go to the church, walk and I was right there,” she shares. She

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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 of pole dancing and burlesque.

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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. “Growing up always seeing my Grandparents and

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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 Valley.  Their goal was to

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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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