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TFAL Holiday 2019

This holiday season we’ve been highlighting Filipino American businesses on Instagram. Are you following This Filipino American Life on instagram? Head to @tfalpodcast and give us a follow. Looking for some Christmas present ideas? Why not support these folks?

REPPIN PINS

Reppin Pins is a Chicago based pin company. Use code TFALREPPIN for $3 off your order!


Honey My Heart

Honey My Heart is a Los Angeles based jewelry collection designed, developed, and created by Jella Roson. Use code TFAL20 for 20% off for the month of December.


Manila Oriental

ManilaOriental.store is our modern heritage gift shop celebrating the (tough Asian) love and food that shaped us. Use code TFALPASKO15 for $15 off $100 purchases. (Excludes “lil Bahay Kubo” kits.)


Gunita Designs

Gunita Designs is a touch of Filipino culture at your door step. Ethel Martinez, shop owner of Gunita Designs, is a 2nd Generation Filipino-American and currently resides in Yorba Linda, CA with her husband and two kids. Use code TFALPODCAST20 for 20% off purchase. Code expires 12/31/19!


Pilipinx Ako 

PILIPINX AKO is a Woman-owned, Woman of Color business born, raised & operating out of the Bay Area. Use code TFAL19 for 15% off total purchase.


Everyday Ritualist by Anne Salumbides

Use offer code TFAL for 15% off of their Everyday Ritualist order and for $10 off of their Akashic Records Reading at www.annasalumbides.com/TFAL

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Looking for something for spiritual crystal lover in your life? Check out @everydayritualist! @annasalumbides Is the maker behind Everday Ritualist. She is also an Energy Healing Practitioner and Akashic Records Reader. As an energy healing practitioner, she has the unique ability to energetically program each crystal in the shop to help you amplify your personal intentions, whatever they may be. . . Use offer code TFAL for 15% off of their Everyday Ritualist order at www.everydayritualist.com and for $10 off of their Akashic Records Reading at www.annasalumbides.com/TFAL . . . . #filipino #filipinoamerican #filipina #filipinaamerican #supportsmallbusiness #entrepinay #enterpinays #entrepinayship #shoplocal #shopsmall

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Ginto Seeds

Ginto Seeds lifestyle brand dedicated to connect each other’s roots. We are the golden seeds our ancestors planted.

Use code TFAL for 15% off! Place orders by December 13th to get items in time for the holidays! .


Herbalaria

Herbalaria is an ancestral roots movement company connecting community to indigenous traditions through the art of Filipino plant medicine. Use code TFAL10 for 10% off your entire purchase.

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Pinay Collection

Pinay Collection is a Toronto based Filipina/x merch line that unapologetically celebrates and reclaims the Pinay identity #wearpinay Use code JUSKOLORD for 15% off.


Facil

Facil believes in beauty with integrity, which is why we are committed to building a brand of vegan and cruelty free cosmetics. Use code HOLIDAY20 for 20% off! Free shipping for orders over $25.

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@facilofficial founded by Pinay @marygraceyq is not just makeup that will create a different version of yourself.  This line was designed to be the kind of makeup that goes through life with you. Long-wearing bold lipsticks, customizable on-the-go palettes, and travel friendly accessories, were thoughtfully put together with you in mind. . Fácil believes in beauty with integrity, which is why we are committed to building a brand of vegan and cruelty free cosmetics. . Head to facilskin.com & use code HOLIDAY20 for 20% off! Free shipping for orders over $25. . . . #filipino #filipinoamerican #filipina #filipinaamerican #supportsmallbusiness #entrepinay #enterpinays #entrepinayship #shoplocal #shopsmall

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Vintage Renewals

Vintage Renewals is a sustainable fashion line of curated vintage pieces & re-styling fashion. Use code TFALFRIENDS for 15% off when your order through their instagram @vrinstashop or at https://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagerenewals/

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Who doesn’t love a good Tote with a pocket in front for your phone , roomy enough for your laptop or notebook, or even baby stuff . Perfect gift for that Sustainable Friend ! Eco-Friendly Repurposed Jeans and Fabric Remnants . See our Etsy Shop for what’s in Stock, or Find us this weekend and get them in person , see stories for Event Info. #SustainableFashion #Upcycle #Sustainable #Recycle #EcoFriendly #Renewals #VintageRenewals #Vintage #sustainableoutfits #Slowfashion #Consciousconsumerism #ethicallymade #sustainableshopping #IMadeAConsciousChoice #Consciousliving #EcoFriendly #CutAndSew #fashionrevolution #Whomadyclothes #shopsmall #xmas #xmasgift #sustainablegift #ecofriendly #thinkgreen #present #secretsanta

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BRWNGRLZ

BRWNGRLZ was made for those with too much melanin for magazines, too much “sass” to be “normal,” and too many tongues to be understood. Channeling the things that make us strong, these accessories nod to the fact that BRWNGRLZ will never blend in with the rest of the faces of the crowd, but instead, will reclaim their nonconformity rebelling against assimilation. BRWNGRLZ were made for brown girls/ any POC who is womyn/femme identified, but are not exclusively for brown girls. Use code TFALFREE for free shipping on your orders! Like these dope new parol earrings!

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@BRWNGRLZ was made for those with too much melanin for magazines, too much "sass" to be "normal," and too many tongues to be understood. Channeling the things that make us strong, these accessories nod to the fact that BRWNGRLZ will never blend in with the rest of the faces of the crowd, but instead, will reclaim their nonconformity rebelling against assimilation. BRWNGRLZ were made for brown girls/ any POC who is womyn/femme identified, but are not exclusively for brown girls. Head to BRWNGRLZ.com and use code TFALFREE for free shipping on your orders! Like these dope new parol earrings! . . . . #filipino #filipinoamerican #filipina #filipinaamerican #supportsmallbusiness #entrepinay #enterpinays #entrepinayship #shoplocal #shopsmall

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Elmwood Organics

Elmwood Organics is a full-spectrum, hemp-derived, responsibly sourced #CBD products based in LA. For 10% off and FREE shipping at Elmwood Organics DM @elmwoodorganics and mention TFAL for your discount!

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Sneak Preview Screening of ‘Quezon’s Game’ coming to LA on December 16

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ABS-CBN International will be hosting a “special sneak peek” opening of Quezon’s Game in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent Theater, December 16-22.

In a time when the government of Israel is deporting Filipino workers and their families, Quezon’s Game couldn’t be a more appropriate movie to watch now. Quezon’s Game, directed by Jewish filmmaker Matthew Rosen, follows the tumultuous months before World War II when Manuel Quezon served as President of the Philippine Commonwealth, the precursor to an independent Philippine nation. At the helm of the Commonwealth government, Quezon learns of the plight of European Jews, who sought to escape the evil throws of Nazi Germany who were slowly dominating Europe. Quezon, despite the concerns of his own people, gains sympathy of the Jews’ plight and concocts a plan to provide them with refuge. Still the colonial possession of the United States, the decision to allow such migration of people lied not with Quezon, but with U.S. Congress. During games of poker with several high-positioned officials, Quezon employs his political wits to convince the American colonial government to allow 1,300 Jewish refugees to come to the Philippines, one of the very few countries to do so.

Raymond Bagatsing performance as Quezon is very remarkable. He’s able to convey Quezon’s political savvyness with dignity as well as his frailty (Quezon is suffering from tuberculosis at this point of his life) with much sensitivity. While some of Bagatsing’s acting belongs in a telenovela rather than an epic narrative film (particularly the scene here he lashes out his anger to his desk), the majority of his performance is quite superb.

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Rachel Alejandro, as the loyal yet fierce wife of Quezon, Aurora, convincingly portrays a former first lady. The supporting cast, namely David Bianco (Dwight D. Eisenhower), James Paoleli (Paul McNutt), and Billy Ray Gallion (Alex Frieder), play outstanding roles as Quezon’s American co-conspirators.

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Unlike the much-lauded Heneral Luna and its pseudo-sequel Goyo, Quezon’s Game lacks the blockbuster budget to fully transport the audience to pre-WWII Manila. Even the decision to film at the Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar resort in Bataan – where restored ancestral homes of the Philippines recalls an early historical period – falls a bit short in depicting 1938 Manila. Yet, big budgets and action on the battlefield is not what this film is about. Quezon’s Game is a political film, more focused on the battles of the brain rather than braun.

Ultimately, Quezon’s Game is a triumphant retelling of an important, yet untold story in world history. It’s a told of compassion and responsibility. The movie is necessary in this day and age when intolerance dominates the decisions of governments from Israel to the United States, and even the current Philippine administration. It’s a heeding call for more sensible leaders to safeguard and protect all people from evil no matter the political stakes.

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QUEZON’S GAME ”special sneak peek” in Los Angeles, December 16th – 22nd

The Downtown Independent

251 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

“Joy is Here”: A Review of Hello, Love, Goodbye

Hello, Love, Goodbye is breaking box office records in the Philippines, and now it’s making waves throughout the diaspora.

The film centers on Joy (Kathryn Bernardo), a domestic helper living and working in Hong Kong, and her determination to fulfill the responsibilities to her family in the Philippines. She then meets Ethan (Alden Richards), a Filipino immigrant in Hong Kong working as a bartender, who, unlike Joy, skirts many of his responsibilities to his family. The two meet, fall in love, then…life happens.

 

It’s easy to see why the movie has won the hearts of many Filipinos worldwide. Yes, Filipinos love their romance films, but Hello, Love, Goodbye also reminds audiences of the realities so many Filipinos face. Amidst the love between the couple is the harrowing life of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and the various ways the two have to navigate through the social, legal, and geographic boundaries that separate them from so many people. The film sheds additional light on the realities of living abroad and the seemingly impossible ways of finding and sustaining love transnationally. It’s not your typical melo-drama about OFWs, nor is it just another sappy Filipino rom-com. Instead, filmmaker Cathy Garcia-Molina brilliantly takes the best elements of both genres and fuses them together to make an emotional-laden, yet entertaining film.

The acting of Kathryn Bernardo certainly carries the film, particularly through the roller coaster emotions Joy felt during her journey. Alden Richards was a bit more stoic in character, but he still serves as a suitable love interest. Additionally, as a Filipino film, family is a big element for both characters’ lives. Garcia-Molina successfully lines out the main plot narratives that demonstrate Joy and Ethan’s obligations of family that complicate their love for each other.  Garcia-Molina also employs artistic filmmaking devices that gives the film a very poetic touch.

By no means is Hello, Love, Goodbye perfect. Some of the subplots are a bit excessive: three disabled characters, both stars’ ex-partners make an appearance, and a run-away cousin. One can also do without the romantically-laced music in the background of almost every conversation between Joy and Ethan. Also, Bernardo and Richards’s light skin color aren’t exactly the prototypical among Filipinos living in Hong Kong (but that’s certainly a larger and ongoing issue in Philippine society).

Yet, despite these minor glitches, the movie works best as an expanded view of OFW life. Most films centered on OFWs highlight the horrific elements – an abusive employer, spoiled children left home, or cheating spouses. One particular scene in the movie is even an ode the classic OFW film, Anak. We see Joy and her friends watching quintessential scene in Anak (2000), where Vilma Santos, in an Oscar award-worthy performance, painstakingly explains to her daughter the tremendous sacrifice she has to make for her family as an OFW. We are thus reminded that the OFW experience of hardship continues on in this global economy, with no concrete end in sight.

While this movie touches on some of these elements, Hello, Love, Goodbye also conveys that OFWs maintain humanity and happiness amidst the chaos and injustice abroad. Throughout the movie, the characters live full lives. Though their life situations are not ideal, they can still unwind at a bar at night, they can poke fun at their friends, and they can enter beauty contents. But most of all, like Joy, they can fall in love.

 

Hello, Love, Goodbye is playing in theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada.  For theater listings, click here.

TFAL at San Diego Comic Con 2019

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TFAL is going to San Diego Comic Con this week, and to celebrate, we’ll have these exclusive #SDCC2019 Sticker Packs! 

So how do you get your hands on one of these?  Just look for Elaine and Producer Mike!

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This is what they looked like the last time they went to SDCC in 2011. 

But where can you find them?

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At the Filipinx Voices in Podcasting Panel, of course!  Hosted by Diverse Geeks in Focus, Gemma Vidal (host – Diverse Geeks in Focus), Alix Catherine (host – Ready Set Geek!), Justin Quizon (Screen Rant, That Hashtag Show), Elaine Dolalas (host – This Filipino American Life), Earl Baylon (Tomb Raider Series, Pangeekery), & JPG (CEO – Geek Say What? Network) will talk about how they represent the Filipinx diaspora in the podcasting world, tell stories that are uniquely our own, and how Filipinx voices fit into geek culture overall.

The panel will be hosted at:

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Public Library

330 Park Blvd, Downtown, San Diego, California 92101

Friday, July 19, 5-6pm

After the panel, say hello and let us know you want a sticker pack! Sticker packs are $5 each. We take Venmo, PayPal, and good old fashioned Cash!  

Also….

NEW PATREON SPECIAL! 

If you sign up to be a patreon on the spot at any level, just show us the email confirmation and we’ll give you a sticker pack FOR FREE!! 

You can sign up at https://www.patreon.com/TFALpodcast

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We can’t wait to join folks in San Diego this week. What artists or booths are you excited to check out? Let us know! 805-394-TFAL (8325) or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

 

EMPTY BY DESIGN

EMPTY BY DESIGN is Andrea Walter’s feature debut and will have its world premiere as the Closing Night film for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Walter’s film evokes the loneliness of returning to a home you no longer recognize or a home that does not recognize you.

 

EMPTY BY DESIGN

Fri, May 10, 7PM

Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center

1000 W Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/empty-by-design-5ca076743b07ca002f7ca101

 

PARENTALS & #LIFE

PARENTALS highlights how parents and children take on the complexities of today’s world. This shorts program features MANILA IS FULL OF MEN NAMED BOY by Andrew Stephen Lee. In this film as Michael Jackson’s televised funeral plays throughout The Philippines despite terrorist attacks in the south, an estranged son purchases a child who can drink and smoke to impress his father. However, what determines who is more valuable of attention?

PARENTALS

Weds, May 8, 6:30PM

Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center

1000 W Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/parentals-shorts-program-5ca503c34f00bf002f194838

 

#LIFE is a cinematic invitation to step into contemporary perspectives on family, culture, and career. This shorts program features HALO-HALO by Bernard Badion where a man on a deadline at work is incapacitated by the thought that he may have met the love of his life earlier that day, but has no idea how to find her.

 

#LIFE

Thurs, May 9, 8:45PM

Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center

1000 W Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/life-shorts-program-5ca50a011da54700235ba0f2

 

OMENG SATANASIA

What film has a satanic dance number, singing angels, perilous escapes, bawdy humour, and a rough and tumble fight scene? The  visual mind trip of a film OMENG SATANASIA, starring the ‘King of Comedy’ Dolphy. OMENG SATANASIA combines the golden era Philippine Cinema of the ‘70s and ‘80s with the prolific entertainers comedic stylings. ABS-CBN has restored this 35mm FUJIFILM so that we can director Frank Gray Jr’s work with our 2019 lens. This screening is free, however tickets are required. Reserve your tickets today!

 

OMENG SATANASIA

Weds, May 8, 8:30PM

Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center

1000 W Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/omeng-satanasia-5ca50d71c954d80029f3bc00

 

JOURNEY TO IFUGAO

 

JOURNEY TO IFUGAO follows five Filipino artists and healers as they travel from Los Angeles to the Philippines on a spiritual quest for their identities and indigenous roots. Directed by Nicanor Evangelista, the cast and crew traverse to a village in Ifugao where they learn life lessons communing with nature and the essence of their homeland. If you’d like to continue to support Nicanor’s work, you can cop Ginto Seeds apparel! (https://gintoseeds.com/)

 

JOURNEY TO IFUGAO

Weds, May 8, 6:45pm

Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center

1000 W Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/journey-to-ifugao-5ca076743b07ca002f7ca119

I Gotchu Fam, Always

 

I Gotchu Fam, Always is a shorts program where folks will see the likes of Tess Paras make her directorial debut in THE PATIENTS, the Academy award nominated short WEEKENDS by Trevor Jimenez, and you’ll see formal TFALpodcast guests Christine Balance and Geo Quibuyen make an appearance in Robert Karimi’s Lumpia Campesina. Get your tickets today!

THE PATIENTS

After a “bad fight” with her boyfriend, Filipina-American party girl Regina Ramos ends up in the ER where her Dad works. When her family rushes to her aid, they stumble to connect as a trending topic becomes a real-life issue that affects them all.

WEEKENDS

A young boy shuffles between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.

Lumpia Campesina

Mero Cocinero, traces his love for lumpia by taking us back to a birthday party where he faces the awkwardness and isolation of being the only Iranian-Guatemalan in attendance. While the DJ spins 80s dance hits, young Mero learns how to transform his alienation into a recipe for empowerment.

 

I Gotchu Fam, Always

Sun, May 5, 7PM

Downtown Independent

251 S Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/i-gotchu-fam-always-shorts-program-5ca3f99da758630023831841

 

NO DATA PLAN

NO DATA PLAN by Mike Revereza makes its west coast premiere at LAAPFF. Named as one of 2018’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film to Watch,” Revereza challenges formal tropes of filmmaking while amplifying the voices of the underrepresented. The unconventional travelogue chronicles Revereza’s life as he uses whatever is available (camera, phone, etc) to traverse through the immigration landscape of the US.

 

NO DATA PLAN

Sun, May 5, 5pm

Downtown Independent

251 S Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

BUY TICKETS HERE:

https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/no-data-plan-5ca076743b07ca002f7ca11d