MARCH 2015

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Police officer wins Mister International

Filipino Police officer Mariano Flormata bested worldwide contestants as the world's "hottest man" on Feb. 14 when he won the title of Mister International in Ansan, South Korea.
The 29-year-old worked as a bomb defuser for the Philippine National Police (PNP). He now works for the Aviation Security Group (ASG).
He paid tribute to the 44 slain Special Action Force troopers by offering his victory to them because "I drew my strength from them."
During Flormata's question-and -answer round, he was asked what his biggest disappointment in life was to which he replied "not showing respect to his parents," according to a report.


Teen invents flashlight powered by body heat

A Filipino-Canadian high school student won the 2013 Google Science Fair in the 15-16 years old category for her invention of a flashlight powered solely by body heat.
Ann Makosinski uses a thermoelectric device called "Peltier tiles" to power her flashlight. Peltier tiles produce electricity when one side is heated and the other side is cooled, according to an Inquirer News report.
Makosinski was named one of Time magazine's 30 Under 30 Youth Changing the World and was featured on NBC News, PBS and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, according to an Inquirer News report.
Makosinski came up with the idea when she learned that her friend from Mindanao could not study nightly at home because she did not have electricity.•



Chicago lawyer receives AACC community award

Attorney Aurora Austriaco will receive the Ping Tom Memorial Award during the Asian American Coalition of Chicago's (AACC) Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Feb. 28 in Rosemont. The award honors Asian Americans who have best served their communities.
Attorney Austriaco is currently serving her 11th term as Chair of the Cook County State's Attorney Asian American Advisory Council and as board member of Maryville Academy. She was a member of the Chicago Bar Association and served as its president in 2012.
She was the first female and minority to be elected as president of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyer's Association (IRELA). She is the owner and president of Austriaco & Associates, Ltd. in Chicago. •

Filipino sentenced to life for killings in Ohio bar

Judge Barbara Ansted of Sandusky Court in California sentenced Filipino Igmidio Mista, 34, to life imprisonment Feb. 17. Mista was charged with shooting and killing three people in an Ohio bar. His case was about to go to trial but at the last minute he pled guilty to three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, according to an Inquirer News report.
He is not eligible for parole until he serves his incarceration of 40 years. Mista arrived in the US in 2000 as a tourist.
Philippine consular officialsmade sure Mista's rights were protected. He told the officials that he was employed at a local tomato company while his mother works in Germany.
During his hearing, one of the victim's mother said that she forgave him for killing her son.





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