MARCH 2017

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Fil-Am’s job is assisting WH Press Secretary

A Filipino-American was hired as Assistant Press Secretary for the Trump administration.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had a role in selecting Ninio Fetalvo for the job of assisting him with information disseminated to the media regarding President Trump’s decisions.

Fetalvo is a 23-year-old college graduate of political communications from George Washington University, according to the Asian Journal. His parents of natives of Bicol who immigrated to the US, the report said.

TOP PIC: Ninio Fetalvo

He previously worked as the Florida communications director for the Republican National Committee (RNC), the report said.

DePaul University selects Filipino as its president

Filipino Dr. A Gabriel Esteban on June 1 will assume his office post as the president of DePaul University in Chicago. He received a unanimous vote from DePaul’s Board of Trustees, according to an Asian Journal/Inquirer News report.

He will succeed Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., who announced he was stepping down last June, the report said. Dr. Esteban will cease his current post as head of Seton Hall University in New Jersey, a Catholic school.

Right pic: Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban

His resume includes faculty positions at high education institutions in the Philippines, Texas and Arkansas. He is a board member and former vice chairman of the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, a national organiztion that addresses issues affecting Asian American staff and students, according to the report.

Producer wins first Grammy Award

Already a decorated Filipino-American producer with several Broadway Tony wins, Jhett Tolentino was among his seveal colleagues who received a Grammy Award for best musical theater album Feb. 19 for the musical “The Color Purple.”

Under his production company Joan Jhett, he co-produced the biopic of Imelda Marcos “Here Lies Love” which he brought to San Francisco and London, the report said. Joan is the first name of his partner and co-producer.


The 37-year-old was introduced to producing by theater members after attending parties. The decided to start investing and debuted their production company in 2012.

A native of Iloilo, he said that he had lived in a squatter area without running water until he was 21, according to an Inquirer News report.


Rep. Vilma works on legislation for Batangenos

Former governor of Batangas Vilma Santos is keeping busy with her role as a legislator of Lipa (Batangas).

In an interview with Inquirer News, she said she experienced a distinction between a governor and legislator position. As a governor, it was more “administerial” work where she could interact with her constituents. Now she busies herself with legislation . Also as a governor she could decide her own budget, but as a legislator it is already decided by the national government.

Rep. Vilma participates in several committees: She is chair of the Civil Service and Professional Regulation Committee, vice chair of the Local Government and Globalization and WTO commiittees and associated with 10 other committees, the report said.



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