Victory at Bessang Pass, Book Launch

Victory at Bessang Pass by Mr. Ben Cal Quezon City : Art Angel Printshop Commercial Quests Inc., c2012. ISBN: 9789719758357

Victory at Bessang Pass by Mr. Ben Cal
Quezon City : Art Angel Printshop Commercial Quests Inc., c2012.
ISBN: 9789719758357


Wednesday, 14 August 2013
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Romulo Hall, Embassy of the Philippines
1600 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington D.C. 20036

Please RSVP early to: (MHC ExecDirectors Grace Valera/Jesse A. Gatchalian or Arnedo S. Valera, Esq.) or text/ call  202-247-0117 / 202-631-8856.  Seating is limited.

NOTE: There will be no actual selling or payment of the books at the Philippine Embassy. Should you wish to order or have a copy of the book, please email and send check payment of $ 12.00 payable to MHC and mail to 3930 Walnut St. Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030 prior to the book launching. Very limited copies available in the U.S. so hurry and reserve now!



“Written from the perspective of heroes who survived the battle, the book aims to make its reader appreciate the experiences and exploits of those who offered their lives to defend this nation from its enemy and to share their glorious triumph to their fellow Filipinos as a perpetual source of national pride. The historic battle at Bessang Pass demonstrated the valor and selflessness of the Filipino guerrillas who fought and died during our struggle for freedom.” — From Introduction

Acknowledgment by Lt. Gen. Ernesto G. Carolina, AFP (Ret.)


Ben Cal is a multi-awarded reporter in the Philippines, 2013 Migrant Heritage Commission’s awardee in Media, and MHC’s media partner in the Philippines. The author retired from full-time journalism in 2011 after a diverse career that began in 1963, having covered beat assignments such as presidency, defense and military, police, agriculture, local governments, agrarian and business. His first job was as a reporter of the Bohol Chronicle from 1963 to 1972. He joined the Philippines News Agency (PNA) initially as a reporter and rose to the ranks until his retirement as Managing Editor and Acting Executive Editor.

According to Mr. Ben Cal, his book was written from the perspective of heroes themselves who survived the battle. 

“The book aims to make the readers appreciate the real-life experiences and heroic exploits of those who did the supreme sacrifice of defending our nation from its enemy and to share their glorious triumph to their fellow Filipinos as a perpetual source of national pride. It also underscores the triumph of all freedom-loving Filipinos – including the civilians, who never stopped believing in the guerrillas’ cause but rather took the risk to help them in all ways possible. These bespeak of selflessness, unity and patriotism - the character of our people that prevailed during the darkest days of oppression and adversity.”

You can find similar book interests at the U.P. Library Bulletin Online


More Than Just "Fusion"

Gourmet Intersections: Asian-Latin Food Crossings

A Deep History of Cultural Intersection

WASHINGTON D.C. July 24th, 2013

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Latino Center hosted a lively discussion about the changing shape of shared food traditions, touching on the restaurant industry, the space of the home, and the migration and evolution of sushi from Japan across the Americas.

Panelists included:

Cristeta Comerford, White House Executive Chef
Trevor Corson, Iron Chef America judge
Pati Jinich, host of Pati’s Mexican Table

FYP-DC proudly came out to support Chef Cristeta Comerford from Columbia, MD; the first Asian Pacific American woman to serve as White House Executive Chef. 

“Fusion food” can be a touchy subject.

For some, it involves the replacement of time-honored culinary traditions with marketing ideas that dull both taste and culture. Authentic herbs and spices are swapped for gravy sauce. Home-cooked staples are substituted with a Dorito shell. It’s enough to convince one that certain ingredients – and cultures – just don’t mix.

Yet, for many others, “fusion food” means something more.  It means history, cultural innovation and American life.   The cross-migration of communities often seen in isolation, like Asian Americans and Latinos, have found common ground through food trucks and hole-in-the-wall diners. In New York City – the ethnic hodgepodge metropolis – restaurants serving Chinese-Cuban and Chinese-Peruvian food embody deep-rooted experiences and thus, a kind of fusion that suggests more than being a passing fad. In Los Angeles, Korean tacos were almost an inevitable invention after Korean and Mexican traditions spent decades marinating together.


FYP-DC Hits Evolve All for a Mixed Martial Arts Inspired Workout

The creative combat class hosted by Evolve All Gym in Ballston, VA was a great way to physically bond with FYP members outside of the monthly happy hours. 

The movements and exercises were advanced and challenging. Excellent instruction was provided by FYP member Herill Manrique.  His fitness and MMA professionalism was apparent as he lead a 1.5 hr class taking 8 FYP members through three different fitness rooms: boxing and muy thai techniques, weightlifting, and circuit training. -Eliot Cashell

Special Shout out to the following people who made this a great event:

Herill Manrique, Instructor at Evolve All
Kat Arwine, Social Chair
Randy Lizardo, President
Eliot Cashell, Treasurer
Kristine Hermoso, Director of Operations
Jenny Dizon, Member
Rodel Berber, Member
Brian Alejandro, Member

Asian-Latin Fusion feat. Cristeta Comerford, White House Executive Chef

Chef Comerford attended the University of the Philippines to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology. Her 26 years of culinary experience include fine dining restaurants in Washington DC, Chicago, Austria, Napa Valley and France. As a member of the Club Chefs du Chef, an association of chefs of heads of states,
she had continually pursued her growth in techniques, abilities and food trends.

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Career Development Workshop | July 13

FYP-DC is proud to co-sponsor with KAYA DC Chapter

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The KLP Career Workshop will allow participants to effectively communicate their personal and professional skills, goals, and experiences; learn how their skills and experiences may be employed in different professional and post-graduate settings; and learn how their identity as an AAPI may influence their opportunities for professional advancement and development in the workplace.

This 4-hour afternoon workshop includes 4 workshops on resume and cover letter drafting, interview tips and mock interviews, post-undergraduate options for AAPIs, and navigating the workplace for professional development opportunities. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Click Here to Register Online!

KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress is a national, tech-savvy grassroots organization founded to politically empower the Filipino American community. 

The purpose of the KAYA Leadership Program Career Development workshop is to enable Asian American students and young professionals to effectively articulate their past professional and personal experiences, accomplishments, and goals; learn how their skills and experiences may be applied in different professions; develop stronger interpersonal skills in the workplace and for career advancement; and learn how one's identity as an Asian American may impact their opportunities for professional development and overall experience in the workplace.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013

Location: National Education Association, 1201 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.  

Agenda (titles of sessions subject to change):

12:30-1pm: Registration

1-2pm: Your Story in One Page: Resumes and Cover Letters

2-3pm: Acing the Interview: Tips and Mock Interviews

3-4pm: Entering the Profession: Post-Graduate Career Options

4-5pm: Navigating the Workplace: How to Succeed Professionally as an Asian American

**Light refreshments and snacks will be provided during the 4-hour event**

5:30pm: Post-event networking will be at Blackfinn Saloon (1620 I Street NW) beginning at 5:30pm.



FYP-DC & Fil-Am Meetup Networking Happy Hour

Sushi Rock | 1900 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA, | Orange Line: Courthouse
Wednesday, July 17th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm | 21 & over

***Due to limited capacity at the venue, please RSVP by July 10th. This will allow Sushi Rock owner, Steve Yoon, to plan his staffing needs accordingly. We will be using the Facebook RSVP list as the official check-in list. So, reserve your spot today!***

FYP-DC is in the middle of it's summer membership drive. We plan to finish 2013 strong and being a member has its benefits. Become a member today!

We look forward to seeing everyone there! Bring your business cards and get ready for good eats and good company! 

Creative Combat | July 20 | Creative Martial Arts

Don't miss out on an exciting FYP-DC one-day event for July! It's the CREATIVE COMBAT workouts, a martial-arts inspired workout class. This event is suitable for all skills and fitness levels with a curriculum centered around the ever evolving sport of mixed martial arts.

Join us! Hosted by the Filipino Young Professionals of DC (FYP-DC), it is free to all paid members and only $5 for non-members.


Saturday, July 20, 3:00pm

EvolveAll Studio

at 940 South George Mason Dr, Arlington VA 22204

RSVP on our Facebook page and we look forward to seeing you there!

Embassy Event: Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage

Written, directed and produced by Mona Lisa Yuchengco, Documentaries / USA / 2012 / 87 mins / English, Tagalog with English subtitles / Color / DVD

Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage  

Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage


You are invited to the Washington, D.C. premiere of the documentary,

"Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage"

on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Romulo Hall, Philippine Embassy

at 1600 Massachusetts Avenue NW


Reception starts at 6:15 p.m. and screening starts promptly at 6:45 p.m.  The film runs one hour and 27 minutes.  The director will be available to answer questions after the screening.

Seating is limited.  Please send RSVPs to no later than July 15.

Marilou Diaz-Abaya was one of the most successful and inspiring directors the Philippines has ever seen.  Her second movie, Brutal, was the first Filipino film to deal with rape in a social justice framework and it won six awards in the 1980 Metro Manila Film Festival.  Some of her memorable works include:  Sa Nunal ng Tubig (In the Navel of the Sea, 1977), Jose Rizal (1998) and Muro Ami (Reef Hunters, 1999).