Events In Southern California For Typhoon Haiyan Victims


4:00PM – 7:00PM
The Carson Community “TOGETHER WE CARE!: Bayanihan (UNITY) Vigil
Carson International Sculpture Garden, Carson Community Center
801 East Carson Street, Carson CA

4:00PM – 7:00PM
In The Spirit of Helping Each Other For A Common Goal!
City of Carson Civic Center Rizal Monument, Carson CA
(wear something red, blue, or yellow for the vigil. Also, if you can please bring canned foods, clothing, shoes, blankets & general hygiene products for general relief goods to be sent to those in need in the Philippines! )

5:30PM – 8:00PM
Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Show
Mabuhay Collective/ Pilipino Community at UCLA
UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Covel Grand Horizon Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
(will also be collecting clothes, blankets, and shoes.)

6:00PM – 2:00 AM
Bayanihan in Concert: The Music Festival for a Cause
Beyond the Stars Palace
417 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale CA

Event for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon
Contact: Remy
(323) 828-4693
St. Bernard Church
2500 W. Avenue 33, Los Angeles CA 90065

OperationPhilippines Benefit Show
Bruddahs Bar and Grill
1430 W. Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena CA

8:00PM -2:00AM
Bayanihan in Concert
Contact: DJ Catalyst (
Beyond the Stars Place
417 N Brand Blvd. Glendale CA



8:00AM -10:00AM
Emergency Relief Zumbathon
SouthBay Pavilion
20700 Avalon Blvd. Carson CA

10:00AM – 6:00PM
The 1st Fil-Am Gospel Music Festival & Fair
Torrance Cultural Art Center
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance CA

Help Across the Pacific
Lem Amit (
(323) 793 5141
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles CA 90012-2707

7:30PM – 2:00AM
Deca Dance with Boyet Almazan
Gawad Kalinga
310 N. Madison Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90004



7:00AM – 5:00PM
Typhoon Donation Drop-Off Points at Goldilocks Restaurant and Bakery
(562) 924-5990
Goldilocks CERRITOS
11489 South Street, Cerritos CA 90703

(323) 543-2676
Goldilocks EAGLE ROCK
2700 Colorado Blvd, Ste 110, Los Angeles CA 90041

(213) 382-2351
Goldilocks LOS ANGELES
207 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90004

(818) 891-5253
8340 Van Nuys Boulevard, Panorama City CA 91402

(626) 964-1811
Goldilocks WEST COVINA
2429 S Azusa Avenue, West Covina CA 91792

9:00AM – 2:00PM
Drive-through donation drop-off events
City Hall
701 East Carson Street, Carson CA



9:00AM – 2:00PM
PUMA Run/Walk for Philippine Relief
Santa Monica Beach
2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica CA

1:00PM – 2:00AM
HOPE for Typhoon Haiyan
Contact: DJ Wrex (
Spirit House
123 S Lincoln Ave, Monterey Park CA 91755

1:00PM – 6:00PM
Bridge of Hope
Contact: Vic Perez
Carson Community Center
801 E Carson St, Carson CA 90745

3:00PM- 5:00PM
Giving Thanks” Recital at SIPA!
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)
3200 West Temple Street, Los Angeles CA 90026



NOON – 8:00PM
Fundraiser and Rafflle
Bob’s Big Boy
8876 Corbin Ave (Corner Corbin and Nordhoff), Northridge CA 91234



5:00AM. – 7:00PM
Philippine Typhoon Disaster Relief Donation Drive
Rose Bowl
Main Gate A, Pasadena, CA

6:00PM – 9:00PM
Supremo: Bonifacio’s 150th Birthday, KmB’s 14th Anniversary, and Disaster Relief Fundraiser
UUCLB – The Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach
5450 Atherton St, Long Beach CA

6:30PM -11:00PM
CATWALK: A Benefit Show for the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Victims
9461 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City CA



9:00PM – 2:00AM
Blu Monkey Bar & Lounge
5521 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA



6:00PM – 8:30PM
Christmas Musical and Philippines Fundraiser- Benefit Concert for Typhoon Haiyan Victims
(949) 552-1101
Woodbridge Community Church
5000 Barranca Parkway, Irvine CA 92604



RISE ABOVE II: Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Concert
Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura CA



JAZZPHIL-USA’s 9th Annual Jazz & World Music Festival  

This festival is dedicated to the victims of typhoon Haiyan. We will have a donation box in which 100 % goes to UNICEF-Philippines for the victims of typhoon Haiyan.

Catalina Bar & Grill RSVP: 323-466-2210

6725 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA


A Green Adventure with Dad

My father loves taking public transportation. When he and mom still lived in the Philippines, he insisted during my annual visits that we use the LRT in Manila to go to the big city from our home in provincial Bulacan. Of course, my mother and relatives did not approve. Dad and I went anyway, going to places of his childhood – Divisoria, Ongpin – when Manila was still, well, beautiful.

Light Railway Transit

  View from the station

Dad & I waiting for the LRT, 2.26.2010

Exploring Divisoria



Now, because of Dad’s daily need for dialysis, my parents live very close to me. Dad has not lost his desire for adventures using public transportation. He has a senior bus pass and regularly rides, even though he is still able to drive safely at age 81.
Yesterday, he and I decided to take public transportation to see the space shuttle, “Endeavor,” at the California Science Center, in downtown Los Angeles. Dad, armed with his iPad, Time magazine and senior bus pass, and me with my iPhone and Tap Card began our adventure. We walked from home to Sunset and La Brea to catch the 212 bus.
The Expo LineView of the Hollywood Sign

This ride took about 30 min. We stopped at Exposition and La Brea to ride the Expo Line.

I found the Expo Line station impressive. It’s clean, open and inviting. The train arrives every 15 minutes and has a nice view of Hollywood and the famous Hollywood sign.

Walking along The Rose GardenThe Endeavor

The Expo Line stops right in front of Exposition Park where California Science Center is located. Dad and I explored, discovered, learned, took photos, and lunched beside the Rose Garden.

After lunch we walked with our frozen desserts back to the Expo Line to head home. The whole trip one way took about an hour. We got home safely and in time for dinner with the family, featuring Mom’s menudo.

It’s inspiring how an 81 year-old contributes in his own little way to a greener Los Angeles. Making a small difference is possible and, in fact, quite delightful.



Los Angeles: More Incentives to Save Water!

Dear Readers: I’m sharing with you a press release from LADWP released today, August 20, 2012

LADWP More Than Doubles Investment Water Conservation Rebate Programs to Encourage Customers to Keep Saving Water at Home and Work

Department to Invest $23 Million for Fiscal Year 12-13;
Up from $10 Million Last Fiscal Year

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has committed $23 million for its popular Water Conservation Rebate Program for homes and businesses, offering incentives as generous as $3,000 for a pH-Cooling Tower Controller for commercial customers and $8 for each rotating sprinkler nozzle for residential customers. These rebates, which are designed to encourage water conservation and help customers save money on their bills, are available during the current fiscal year, ending June 30, 2013, until the funds are spent. The Department’s $23 million investment this year more than doubles last year’s budget of $10 million.“We are incredibly proud of the fact that our customers have achieved the lowest daily water use per person on record in the City of Los Angeles – just 123 gallons per person per day,” said James B. McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager of the LADWP Water System. “That is the lowest customer water use in the nation for cities with a population greater than one million.  Between our rebate and incentive programs, water conservation awareness programs and water efficient building requirements, we continue to head in the right direction.  That helps the environment and helps our customers save money.”

Los Angeles, which receives average annual rainfall of about 15 inches per year, is dependent upon purchased, imported water to sustain its population of 3.9 million residents. In a typical year, the City receives more than 50% of its water supplies from the California and Colorado River aqueducts, about 35% from the City-owned and operated Los Angeles Aqueduct, with the balance pumped locally from underground sources and stormwater recharge. Water conservation, together with recycled water, stormwater capture and local groundwater cleanup and management, are part of the Department’s Local Water Supply Program, which LADWP is expanding to further reduce reliance on more expensive imported water to keep costs low for customers.

Rebates offered for residential customers include:

High Efficiency Toilet $100
High Efficiency Clothes Washer $300
Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles $8
Weather Based Irrigation Controller (less than 1 acre) $200
Weather Based Irrigation Controller (over 1 acre) $25 per station
California Friendly Landscape $1.50 per square foot

Rebates offered for commercial customers include:

Weather Based Irrigation Controller $50 per station
Central Computer Irrigation Controller $50 per station
Large Rotary Nozzles, per set $13
Rotating Nozzles for pop-up stray heads, per nozzle $8
Multi-Family High Efficiency Toilet $175
Commercial High Efficiency Toilet, Tank Type $175
Commercial High Efficiency Toilet, Flushometer $300
Zero Water Urinals $500
Ultra Low Water Urinal $500
pH-Cooling Tower Controller $3,000
Cooling Tower Conductivity Controller $625
Dry Vacuum Pump – per .5 HP $125
Connectionless Food Steamers, per compartment $610
Ice-Making Machines $1,000
In-Stem Flow Regulator, per regulator $1
California Friendly Landscape $1 per square foot

Information and applications for the residential SoCal Water$mart Rebate Program, available to tenants, homeowners, and landlords, can be obtained online at

Information and applications for the commercial rebates are available at Other tips are available at

LADWP water customers can obtain free water conservation devices, including bathroom faucet aerators, kitchen faucet aerators, and low flow showerheads, by calling the Water Conservation Hotline at 1-800-544-4498 and press “0” for rebates.

Dad’s Astonishing Health Miracle

My father is 80 years old and has Stage 5 renal disease.

In December of 2011, I flew home to the Philippines to care for him after he had a heart attack. Simultaneously, my 75-year-old mother was in another operating room having her gallbladder removed. Ay naku!

After a grueling 16-hour flight, I saw Dad and Mom both looking very frail. After a few days of recovery, they slowly improved and were discharged to our provincial homestead.

The doctors warned that my father was close to complete kidney failure, with less than 15% of normal function. In addition, he required a heart bypass. At home we watched his diet carefully and he slowly got stronger. His creatinine level, an accurate indicator of kidney function, began dangerously high but incrementally started decreasing. I felt that Dad was out of immediate danger, so I left to go return to my responsibilities in the U.S.

A few weeks later, I learned that Dad’s creatinine went up again. This was disheartening but not a surprise. My father and mother — in fact, my whole family – love eating, though impartial observers might accurately call it “overeating.” Food is the way we show our love for one another, offering sustenance and pleasure to each other, always encouraging extra helpings, so much that sometimes it’s physically difficult to get up from the dining table.

My father had to come to the U.S. for continued care. My husband and I, with the consent of Mom and Dad, decided we should live together as a family. In order to maintain each other’s privacy and independence, we converted our former garage into a cozy apartment, which we now call “The Casita.” Instead of lawns, we have bountiful and beautiful vegetable gardens, front and back. The air is fresh and cool, and we always have plenty of delicious (and amazingly fresh) organic vegetables to eat.

This got me thinking. After reading many books on Kidney Disease, and in consultation with a dietitian, we adopted a strict vegan diet for my Dad. The results have been staggering.

Dad is happy to share these numbers. He hopes others might find similar wellness through a radically low-toxin diet.

5/18/2012 Before Vegan Diet 8/16/2012 After 3 Months on Vegan Diet
Symptoms of Kidney Disease
Itching Moderate to Severe None to Minimal
Fatigue Moderate to Severe; Sleeping almost every hour or two Min to Moderate; Takes a nap in the afternoon
Edema in the feet Moderate None
Edema in the hands Min to Moderate None
Balance Loses balance from sit to stand; crisscrosses feet when starting to ambulate Good balance; Ambulates from 30-60 min. 4-6 times a week; gardens; squats without losing balance
Exercise Unable Walks 30-60 min. 4-6 times a week
Weight 175 lbs. 150 lbs.
Blood Pressure 151/69 113/69



Lab Results

5/18/2012 Before Vegan August 16, 2012 After 3 Months on Vegan Diet
Glucose 96 82 (normal 83-110 mg/dl)
Cholesterol 241 145 (normal <=200 mg/dl))
Triglycerides 122 97 (normal 0-150 mg/dl)
Potassium 5.2 4.7 (normal 3.5 – 5.2 mmol/L)
Phosphorous 6.5 6.9 (normal 2.3-4.7 mg/dl)
Protein 7.1 6.3 (normal 6.1-8.1 mg/dl)
Creatinine 5.63 7.82 (normal 0.7-1.3 mg/dl)
Urea Nitrogen 72 120 (normal 8-26 mg/dl)

As you can see from the tables above, aside from his kidney-failure-related escalations, Dad’s vital measurements have improved in every area. This has accompanied an obvious improvement in my father’s quality of life. Now he walks daily, he gardens every morning, and his balance and agility seem like those of a younger man. His cardiologist reduced his heart medications and found Dad no longer needs a heart bypass. He hasn’t reversed his kidney disease, but his health has improved dramatically. For three months we’ve been able to prolong the need for dialysis by switching to a vegan diet and regular exercise. Although Dad will eventually have dialysis treatment, his nephrologist claims that the frequency will be less because every other system of his body is in good shape.

A vegan diet isn’t for everyone. But after seeing my dad’s remarkable turnaround, I’m convinced it can be a genuine “lifesaver.”


A mentor is not merely a wise teacher but a trusted supporter.

On Saturday, May 19th, at the book launching of “My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood,” the new book by Philippine Inquirer columnist Ruben V. Nepales, I was reminded of the vital importance of mentorship. The book profiles notable Filipinos in Hollywood – yours truly being on one of them. None of us would be where were at (or featured in “My Filipino Connection”) without our mentors.

Prosy Delacruz, a Los Angeles’ Fil-Am community leader, cited Mr. Fritz Friedman, Vice President of Sony, as one of her mentors in the community. I, too, have many mentors, and Ms. Prosy Delacruz is at the top of the list.

At my stage in life, I’m now being called a mentor. It’s such an important role, not only for the growth of the individual but for the advancement of our community. I’m proud to serve, and I thank all of my mentors for your wisdom, generosity and tremendous support.



People Power

Feb 25, 1986, was one of the proudest moments of my life as a Filipino. This was the day that the People Power revolution ended the Marcos dictatorship. The nonviolent movement was led by the late President Corazon Aquino.  Last night, on February 26, 2011, almost exactly 25 years later, I had the rare honor of singing for her son, our current President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, at the Malacanang Palace. Invited guests included United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Senator Mar Roxas, and other officials of the Philippine government and the U.S. Philippine Embassy. This performance was the highlight (so far!) of my singing career. It was an honor to sing for a President who holds the promise of change for a better Philippines.



The Global Water Crisis

Our planet is in the midst of a global water crisis. Citizens of many countries do not have access to clean drinking water. Water shortages are felt all over the world, including in my own backyard, in California. On March 22, the whole world will be celebrating World Water Day to raise awareness of the importance of freshwater and to advocate for sustainable management of freshwater resources. There are two events in Los Angeles coming up:

1) March 14, 9:30 – 3:30 PM, at Los Angeles Natural History Museum

I will be volunteering for the Food & Water Watch organization. If you are interested in participating please check out their website.


2) April 18, 2010, The Run For Water

There will be a 6km run/walk (the average distance many women & children walk every day to secure water) taking place over the course of 24 hours around the world. The walk is aimed at igniting a tipping point to help solve the water crisis. There is one in Los Angeles. Please check out the website for details. 


Helpful Fact About Water:  Bottled water is not good for our planet for many reasons, one of which is that there are more than 60 million single-use water bottles thrown away each day and 20 million barrels of oil used each year to make plastic bottles. If you must purchase bottled water, it is best to purchase Primo Water ( or Biota Rocky Mountain Spring Water ( as they are packaged in compostable bottles. They are both sourced in the U.S. Primo is municipal water that has been through some extra filtration and Biota is spring water that’s packaged close to its Colorado source.

My Personal Healthcare Story

I consider myself a relatively healthy person. I eat sensibly and engage in moderately-intense exercise at least 3 times a week. Before diving into the strange world of show business, I worked full-time as a physical therapist; I had excellent health insurance.

About 5 years ago, when I began my solo singing career in earnest, I had to leave the comforts of a regular income and health care benefits. During this time, I was diagnosed with benign breast cyst. Here I was, a young, healthy female, and I could not get insurance (after Cobra). Transitioning to a full-time career as an artist was one of the hardest decisions in my life, and I would hate to discourage other Americans not to pursue their passions because of health care. I almost did, but because I was so passionate about music I persevered, continuing to try to get health insurance after many rejections.

After one year of being uninsured (and being very scared about it, as I had always had health insurance!) I was finally approved by a company that gave me limited access and was very expensive. As an artist who was starting out in the business, I was paying close to $500-a-month on health insurance, with a high deductible. I know firsthand that there is definitely something wrong with our system and it needs to be changed NOW.

I took care of my health – no doubt about it – and I am a strong advocate for personal responsibility. But there are many illnesses that are beyond anyone’s control.

How do you take care of your brothers and sisters? Health care is a necessity. If we can finance a very expensive war, I know we can do the same for America’s health!

I’d like to hear your healthcare story. Email me: