MAY 2014

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia

Iraq vet given mortgage- free house by lender

U.S. Army Specialist Dickson Daggi, an Iraq war vet, was the recipient of a mortgage-free house on April 1 donated by Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo has donated homes last year to the Military Warriors Support Foundation for its Homes for Wounded Heroes and Homes 4 Gold Stars programs.

Daggi was serving in the Iraq war five years ago when his humvee was blown up from an implanted explosive device, according to an Inquirer News report. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart Medal.

The house is located in Las Vegas and includes four bedrooms, fully renovated new flooring, new appliances and landscaping, the report added.

He is in therapy for his injuries. Daggi is currently studying nursing. •


Fil-Am city mayor serves fourth term

Antonio Cartagena is serving his fourth term as mayor of Walnut, California after being appointed in July 2013. He previously served as mayor in 2002, 2006, and 2010 and was elected as city councilor in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

A native of Basilan, he immigrated to the US more than 30 years ago.

Cartagena's goal is to preserve the rural community of Walnut by preventing the development of street gangs; thus, developing a Neighborhood Watch program. His other responsibilities include being a delegate for Foothill Transit, Regional Chamber of Commerce -San Gabriel Vally, LA Sanitation, among others. •


First Fil-Am mayor of Cerritos City, LA

Mark Pulido is the first ever Filipino American to be selected as mayor of Cerritos City in LA. He previously was the pro tem mayor.

During a city council meeting March 19, he was unanimously selected to serve a one-year term. Pulido is also the first Filipino American on the city council. The city committees he will serve in includes parks and recreation, personnel and county health department and health insurance.

Pulido received the prestigious Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Trailblazer Award for public service achievement, according to an Inquirer News report. •


TIME Magazine's Most Influential People includes Pinoy

Robert Lopez, the Fil-Am composer who won an Oscar for the Best Original Song for "Let It Go" in Disney's movie "Frozen" was named one of Time's Most Influential People for 2014.

He received this distinction and so did his wife, Kristine Anderson-Lopez, a composer as well. Lopez received Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures and is the only Filipino American to win an EGOT Award- for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

According to Matt Stone, "They really hit it with "Let It Go. It's a perfect example of everything we tried to do on Team America and South Park — and with Bobby on Book of Mormon. It's catchy and familiar and yet new. It's that perfect mix where a songwriter can get a song you've never heard before stuck in your head in 30 seconds. •



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