JUNE 2014

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Chicago Fil-Am appointed to President's advisory council

Billy Dec, a Fil-Am CEO and Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions and Emmy Award winning contributer to Windy City Live, was sworn in as one of the members of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders May 6 during a celebration of Asian American Pacific Heritage Month.

Billy Dec's new role is to advise the president on ways he can engage Asian Americans in the US to improve their welfare and environment.

He is a supporter of charitable events. He co-hosted a fundraising event at his restaurant Sunda for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. He also traveled to Tacloban to take a first hand look at the damage the typhoon brought and to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and is also an attorney. •


Laguna governor Ejercito removed from his post

Emilio "ER" Ejercito hoped his removal from his Laguna gubernatorial position would be reversed by the Supreme Court.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) unanimously voted 7-0 to uphold a ruling of the election Body's First Division on Sept. 26, 2013 about his guilt for overspending beyond the limit of P4.5 million during his 2013 election campaign.

He was not able to get the Supreme Court from reversing Comelec's ruling. Comelec Chair Sexto Brillantes Jr. in a press briefing said that Ejercito spent more than P6 million on TV ads, according to an Inquirer News report. The penalty for overspending under the Omnibus Election Code, an election offense is one to six years incarceration, the report added. •


Filipina-Dutch to compete in Miss USA pageant

Filipina-Dutch model Candace Kendall has set her sights on being crowned the next Miss USA on June 8 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If she wins the crown, she can compete in the Miss Universe pageant in November.

Her mother is of Dutch heritage and her father of Filipino heritage. Her paternal grandfather was a native of Baguio who immigrated to the United States shortly after World War II, according to an Inquirer News report.

Kendall double majored in Finance and Accounting and graduated magna cum laude. She was a dancer in college and participated in numerous charitable organizations. •


TIME Magazine names Snapchat co-creator as
influential person

Two Fil-Ams were named by TIME Magazine to the list of the 100 most influential people. One of the Fil-Ams is Bobby Murphy, who with his Stanford University classmate Evan Spiegal created Snapchat, where viewers can send photos or videos for a limited time and then they are automatically deleted.

The other Fil-Am who made the list is Bobby Lopez, who won an Oscar this year for Best Original Song "Let It Go."

er can get a song you've never heard before stuck in your head in 30 seconds. •



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