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Achieving Diversity Step by Step

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By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

“Diversity is all about us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” – Jacqueline Woodson 

In the city that never sleeps, people in various cultures embrace diversity, inclusion, and equality, which makes everyone feel welcome without trying to change their true selves. Building a world that gives importance to diversity doesn’t happen overnight though. It takes a paradigm shift that may take place at a snail’s pace in order to claim its well-deserved triumphant ending.

That’s why stories of diversity and inclusion in the workplace or in the media—small or huge—merit our attention, especially when you’re among the ethnic minority groups, Fil-Ams included.

Take for instance the recent groundbreaking news that took Broadway by storm: Approaching its 30th year on the Great White Way, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” has cast Fil-Am actress Ali Ewoldt, the first person of color to play the coveted role …

About Lifelong Learning

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By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

In the fairly recent white papers released by the Department of Education and Science in Dublin and the Commission of the European Communities, lifelong learning, a concept introduced in Denmark in the early '70s, pertains to the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.” These studies also state that lifelong learning, which could be in the form of e-learning in front of your computer or continuing education at a traditional school, “not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.”

I couldn't agree more. I myself advocate for lifelong learning for both personal and professional development. In this fast moving world, things change in a blink of an eye! In class at New York University (NYU), I've learned that years before the rise of the Internet and social media, m…

Happy Third Anniversary, Fil-Am Who's Who!

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By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-in-Chief

From small beginnings come great things.

To veer away from the typical tale of murder, political corruption, and celebrity scandal that is commonly found in tabloids, mainstream TV news, and the Internet, the germ of an idea to publish a magazine, Fil-Am Who's Who, that would instead feature refreshingly uplifting and inspiring life stories of Filipino Americans was born three years ago.

Behind that small beginning, which has branched out to other great things, such as the inception of a full-service media company and a two-city tour of renowned fashion designer Renee Salud's “TatakSalud” last year, were the inimitable husband and wife team of Rolan and Myrna Gutierrez, current Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. (PIDCI) President Dr. Prospero Lim, and the quintessential fashionista Ollie David.

Kudos to you (Rolan, Myrna, Doc. Pros, and Ollie) for being so positive, hardworking, and consistently persistent, which helped us survive the…