MAY 2017

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Addison Russel guest at Asian Pacific American
Islander Month reception

CHICAGO--Addison Russel, the second baseman of the World Series Champion, Chicago Cubs, confirmed his presence at the annual reception in celebration of the Asian American Pacific Islander Month given by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on May 14 at the Illinois Center Building in the Loop.

The shortstop whose mother, Milany de Ocampo, is a Filipino American from Florida, made an outstanding grand slam in the crucial sixth game in Cleveland last October--contributing to the first World Series win for the Chicago northsiders in more than 110 years. Carmen Estacio, who is the Asian American Liaison officer at the Secretary of State office said that her boss has also indicated that he is planning to run for reelection in 2018, making this year's event even more special.

left photo: addison with wife melisa and son aiden

Leila de Lima makes TIME Magazine list

Former Senator Leila de Lima was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People 2017. Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N Samantha Powers wrote of her admiration of Sen. de Lima in the article saying that de Lima is speaking against impunity.

Senator de Lima has been a critique of President Duterte’s drug war killings. She spoke out on the testimony of former hit man and retired PNP Officer Arturo Lascanas to the dismay of the Duterte Administration.

right photo: former PH sen leila de lima

She was arrested in February on drug trafficking charges. She was forced to step down as Chair of the Senate Justice Committee. Powers described her as “being stripped” of her position.



Lea Salonga gives personal singing tip

MANILA--Lea Salong was impressed by Philippine reality show “The Voice Teens” contestant Mica Becerro from Surigao del Norte who sang Queen of the Night” from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. She chose Lea's “FamiLea” as her team.

Early in her career, Lea explained that she had lost her voice caused by swollen vocal cords. A classical voice teacher had taught her a singing technique that prevented her from experiencing the problem again, according to an Inquirer News report.

Lea explained to Mica how the classical singing technique saved her voice and her career when it was her turn to speak.

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