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Maraming Salamat Po

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By Oliver Oliveros, Fil-Am Who's Who magazine editor-in-chief

The first time I visited the city of Tacloban, located in the northeastern part of Leyte island in the Philippines, was in 2009. At the time, I was handling publicity for international recording artists Christian Bautista and Sam Concepcion who were featured in a concert at the 5,000-seater Tacloban City Convention Center. The concert was packed to the rafters, and everyone had a great time!

I distinctly remember how the people of Tacloban were very warm and friendly. Two-term Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, who is married to Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, hosted a sumptuous banquet for our entourage. We even went to the “red beach” in Palo, Leyte to visit the historical “Leyte Landing” landmark, which is a tribute to General Douglas MacArthur, the American general who fought against the imperial Japanese army in the Philippines in the mid-1940s.

So imagine my shock when I saw on the news the massive conv…

Beyond the Glitz and Glamour

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By Oliver Oliveros, Fil-Am Who's Who magazine editor-in-chief
I hold two editorial jobs right now: One is for BroadwayWorld.com, a theater news site that is visited by more than 3.5 million global visitors every month; the other is for this magazine, Fil-Am Who’s Who, which is read by more than 4,000 Filipino Americans in the New York Tri-State area. Both jobs come with many perks: all-expense-paid press junkets, VIP tickets, sneak peeks at the hottest events in town and the list goes on.
However, beyond the OVERRATED glitz and glamour that comes with the job, nothing can beat the simple things that make a difference, one of which is the opportunity of sitting down for an interview or prepping for a photo shoot with the most inspiring people.
For this September/October issue of your new favorite lifestyle magazine—thank you very much for all the positive feedback you sent via email or told us in person—Fil-Am Who’s Who has gotten more personal with two unarguably inspiring people:

About the August 2013 Issue: FIL-AM WHO's WHO Magazine

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We Pay Homage to Educators Way Ahead of World Teachers’ Day 

By Oliver Oliveros, editor-in-chief

For the August issue of Fil-Am Who’s Who, we devote the major sections of the magazine honoring some of the most passionate and tireless Filipino-American educators we know: we take our hats off to the first 200 members—circa late 1980s—of the Association of Fil-Am Teachers of America (AFTA), whose legacy is still the organization’s moving force today; and to health care consultant Jona Jane Tajonera—our covergirl—who flies across the Pacific more often than ever to put up a school of allied health professions in the Philippines.

The World Teachers’ Day is due in about two months, on October 5, to be exact. However, I vividly remember one of my favorite teachers at New York University telling me, “Never do tomorrow what you can do today.” I myself am a teacher. I teach the basic tenets of public relations and communication at De La Salle University-Manila. And honestly, it gives me pure j…

BWW Interviews: MiG Ayesa, On The Road Between WE WILL ROCK YOU And ROCK OF AGES Again

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By Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com 

"Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen until now are very hands-on. They're very instrumental in putting on 'We Will Rock You' [WWRY, a jukebox musical featuring the immortal songs of the rock band Queen]. They like quality control. They want to make sure that they're happy with the presentation of their music onstage. WWRY is their baby." - MiG Ayesa

New York, June 27, 2013--Prior to MiG Ayesa's, "Rock Star: INXS" finalist, Broadway and London's West End actor, reprising his lead role as the Bohemian rebel Galileo Figaro in the first leg of the 10th anniversary world arena tour of "We Will Rock You" (WWRY), and Ayesa's revisiting the delicious role of Stacee Jaxx in Atlantis Productions' (Manila) restaging of "Rock of Ages" (ROA) next month, BroadwayWorld.com had a laid back, sumptuous lunch with the continually traveling actor at Jeepney, a Filipino gastropub, on First Avenue…

HTG Presents the World Premiere of THE SKY OVER DIMAS, 3/21-23

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By Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, March 2, 2013 -- Campus-based theater productions in the Philippines such as Dulaang UP's "Collection" and Ateneo Blue Repertory's "Spring Awakening" are giving mainstream theater productions a run for their money -- a competition that is healthy. So hearing a word from De La Salle University's (DLSU) resident theater company, Harlequin Theatre Guild (HTG), that the company will be presenting the world premiere of the book-to-stage adaptation of National Book Award and Palanca winner Vicente Garcia Groyon's "The Sky Over Dimas," written by playwright Tim Dacanay, I am extra-thrilled.

Mr. Groyon and I used to work together: He taught film theory and criticism; while I taught public relations and issues management at DLSU's Department of Communication a few years ago.

Mr. Dacanay is a friend of my dad's family.

And "The Sky Over Dimas" is one of my favorite novels by a Filipi…

Adam Jacobs, Ali Ewoldt to Star in A HEART FULL OF LOVE at Town Hall, 2/23

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By Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, January 24, 2013 -- Broadway's "Les Miserables" alumni Adam Jacobs, last seen as Simba in Disney's "The Lion King," and Ali Ewoldt, last seen as Tuptim in Baayork Lee's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," are poised to reunite on stage in A HEART FULL OF LOVE, a concert at The Town Hall on 43rd Street on Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m.

Conceived by Victor Lirio ("Suites by Sondheim," "Two Rooms"), featuring direction by Adam Fitzgerald ("Friends and Relations," "Killing Women") and musical direction by David Dabbon ("Secondary Impact," "She Loves Me"), A HEART FULL OF LOVE will showcase Jacobs and Ewoldt, both of Filipino descent, singing an array of musical theater favorites, including selections from "Les Miserables," "West Side Story," and "The Lion King"; a sampling of contempo…

BroadwayWorld PH Receives an Award for Promoting Original Filipino Plays and Musicals

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com 

Manila, Philippines, January 3, 2013 — BroadwayWorld Philippines, the country's premier online news source for everything theater, received an award for promoting original Filipino plays and musicals from the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF), a non-profit, non-stock theater organization that has produced multi- award winning musical "Cory ng Edsa" and the Palanca Award-winning play "Ang Bangkay."

Vincent "Enteng" Evangelista, an original member of the Ryan Cayabyab Singers and BroadwayWorld Philippines's regional editor Oliver Oliveros's official spokesperson, accepted the award from Atty. Vincent Tanada, PSF's founder, president, and artistic director, on December 20 at the theater company's annual Christmas Ball at Pan Pacific Hotel in Malate, Manila.

PSF also handed out awards to the Philippine Department of Education, the Philippine Department of Tourism, and Tanghalang Pasigueno.

"Bro…