Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Fil-Am centenarian honored

Filipino American Vangie Paredes feels blessed by God because she became a centenarian on July 26. “I said a prayer of thanks to the Lord,” said Vangie Paredes when she woke up on the morning she turned 100, according to an Inquirer News report.
A reception was held in her honor at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. It was sponsored by The Rita M. Cacas Foundation, Inc. a non-profit charitable organization that preserves histories, culture and archives of Filipino Americans in the metropolitan area.
She was born in the year that the Jones Law was enacted which led the way to Philippine Independence.
She worked as a secretary to President Manuel Quezon for 20 years, the report added.

UN picks student’s video as finalist

The UN launched a video competition encouraging mindfulness towards climate change. They received 77 entries worldwide for the 2016 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change from individuals aged 18-26.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat announced that 40 were chosen as the finalist, according to an Inquirer News Report. This included Jayson D. Villagomez of De La Salle University-Dasmarines, who made a video entitled “Green Your Choice, Green Your Lifestyle,” the report said.
Villagomez is a student of the Master of Arts in English as a Second Language program.

Chess Grandmaster helps US beat reigning champs

Fighting a cold, Chess Grandmaster Wesley So, who now resides in Minnesota, helped his US Team earn second place at the biennial Chess Olympiad in Azaerbaijan on Sept. 13.
Surviving a fever, runny nose and headache, he managed to win 10 out of 11 games, according to an Inquirer News report.
This year, the US has topped the reigning Soviet Union, who took second place, the report said. The Soviet Union has won a majority of the Chess Olympiads over the previous years.
Now 22 years of age, his world ranking has risen from 6 to 2. So’s mentor Grandmaster Eugene Torre also did well by taking the individual bronze. He was undefeated with nine wins and two draws, according to the report.


Fil-Am running forCalifornia assembly

This coming November election, Fil-Am Mae Cendaña Torlakson is running for a seat in the California State Assembly. She was a frontrunner in the June primary after announcing her bid for the seat in July 2015, according to an Inquirer News report.
She would like to become the first Fil-Am woman to hold this distinction. She is running for a seat in the 14th district which cover the counties of Contra Costa and Solano, the report said. She is quoted as saying that the “Fil-Ams are the largest-growing population in that district and there’s only one Filipino assembly member in the Legislature.”
Torlakson is employed as a manager for the UC’s Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, which assists educationally disadvantaged students from middle school to college level with resources to gain opportunities in their chosen industry.



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