JULY 2016

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Decorated female spy honored for her work

A Filipina female intelligence operative during WWII who was awarded the Silver Star medal by the US Armed Forces died at the age of 95.
Cpl. Magdalena Estoista Leones, the first woman in history to receive this medal, was acknowledged as she “risked her life carrying intelligence data, medical supplies, and vital radio parts through a garrison that was enemy-held territory,” according to her medal citation acquired by the Inquirer News Services.
She served as an operative from February 27 to September 26, 1944. She knew the consequences if she was caught, which would be brutal torture by the enemy, the report added. (ABOVE Photo: Cpl. Magdalena E. Leones in 1944)

Transgender congresswoman keynote speaker at leadership forum

NEW YORK--The first transgender congresswoman to win a seat at the Philippines’ House of Representatives delivered a keynote speaker address at the Asia Society’s Diversity Leadership Forum on June 10. It is a two-day conference on best practices of leadership and global diversity.
Rep. Geraldine Roman aims to focus on equal opportunity, according to an Inquirer News report.
Rep. Roman is making headway for the LGBT community in a traditionally Catholic country that considers same-sex marriage, abortion and divorce illegal, the report stated.
The congresswoman was a former journalist. She speaks five languages and holds two master’s degrees, according to the report. She is among five speakers at the forum. (ABOVE PHOTO: Rep. Geraldine Roman. (FB Photo))

Chicago judge takes on role as IL Judge Assn. President

CHICAGO- Judge Israel A. Desierto will serve as the next president of the Illinois Judge’s Association which has over 1,250 members.
Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, was the guest of honor at the Kalayaan June 13 where he commended Judge Desierto for his upcoming role.
Judge Desierto was selected as an Associate Judge in 2005 and was reappointed in 2011 and 2015. His term will expire on June 30, 2019. He is the first Filipino-American to be named to the circuit court.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in 1984. In 1990, he earned his law degree from Chicago-Kent College. Prior to becoming an associate judge, he served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County.(above Photo:Judge Israel A. Desierto)


Filipina author added to USA and NY Times Bestseller List

A Filipina-Chinese romance novel author has made it to the USA Today’s bestseller list and the NY Times Bestseller List. She transitioned from working for a publishing company to branching out on her own and creating her own novels. She began self-publishing in 2013.
Tan eventually became successful from hard work, rewriting, asking for advice from more experienced writers and learning the rules of writing.
Tee is the author of the Greek Billionaire Romance Series. On her web site she states that she writes sweet and steamy happily-ever after stories.
Since 2014 she has maintained a blog which provides publishing tips for aspiring Filipino writers. (ABOVE PHOTO: Novelist Marian Tee)



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