Two Anniversary Celebrations in a Row

By Oliver Oliveros, editor-in-chief

Besides the new beginnings that the new year brings, January 2014 also marks major milestones for two media outlets near and dear to my heart:, the largest online theater news site, where I serve as regional editor for nearly five years, is celebrating its 10th anniversary; and Fil-Am Who’s Who (FAWW), a monthly magazine that features inspiring life stories of Filipino Americans in the New York Tri-State area, where I serve as Editor-in-Chief for six months, is celebrating its first anniversary!

Just so you know, both are celebrating in style. is staging a special, sold-out 10th anniversary concert titled “ Visits Oz” at Joe’s Pub in the East Village, starring Broadway superstars Sierra Boggess (“The Phantom of the Opera”), who sings “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the movie musical “The Wizard of Oz,” and Norm Lewis (“Les Miserables”), who sings “Home” from the movie musical “The Wiz,” together with Mandy Gonzalez (“Wicked”), Kathy Najimi (“Sister Act”), and Jon Tartaglia (“Avenue Q”), among others. The show is directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, executive producer of the original Broadway productions of “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon.”

FAWW, on the other hand, has Megan Lynne Young, the first ever Filipino American who bagged the coveted blue crown at the 2013 “Miss World” beauty—with a purpose—pageant, who graces the first anniversary cover of the magazine. Ms. Young, 23, has successfully ratcheted up her celebrity status in the Philippines and around the world: From being a well-known soap actress and television host in the Philippines to an effective humanitarian, who globetrotted London, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Jakarta in less than two weeks to raise funds for the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in central Philippines, whom she personally visited in November 2013.

To FAWW’s avid readers and supporters, thank you very much for “keeping us company” on our first year. The tireless team behind the magazine—Dr. Prospero Lim, Ollie David, Rolan Gutierrez, Myrna Gutierrez, Maricar CP Hampton, April Lombardi, and yours truly—will continue churning out stories that are inspiring and relevant to Filipino Americans today.

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