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Belle Mariano becomes first Filipino woman to win Outstanding Asian Star at Seoul Drama Awards

  • Actor Belle Mariano became the first Filipino woman to win Outstanding Asian Star at the Seoul International Drama Awards on Thursday.
  • Mariano won the award for her lead role in the 2021 television series “He’s Into Her.”
  • Only four other actors received the award this year as well: Alice Ko from Taiwan, Yusei Yagi from Japan, Wallace Chung from China and Krit Amnuaydechkorn from Thailand.     
  • In her acceptance speech, Mariano opened by emphasizing that she is proud to be Filipino.  

Actor Belle Mariano made history on Thursday as the first Filipino woman to win Outstanding Asian Star at the 17th Seoul International Drama Awards.

While some Filipinos have won the award in the past, Mariano is the first Filipino woman to do so. She won for her lead role in the acclaimed TV series “He’s Into Her.”

Rally at United Nations decries Filipino president’s arrival and demands human rights be upheld

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Filipino activists will rally both outside the United Nations headquarters and nationwide on Sept. 20 while the Philippines’ current president, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., delivers a speech. The rally is meant to demand accountability from Marcos and the Philippines’ former President Rodrigo Duterte, whose drug war policy allegedly led to some 30,000 extrajudicial killings and whose daughter, Sara Duterte, is now the Philippines’ vice president. Led by national Filipino human rights organizations such as Malaya Movement, and Anakbayan, among others, the upcoming rally is also meant to demand that the West uphold and honor human rights worldwide.

Many Filipinos will mark the day after the president’s speech as the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos Sr., whom many would call a dictator while others consider him a president. Believing that there was a communist insurgency threat, Marcos enacted martial law on Sept. 21, 1972, until his ousting in 1986 due to the People Power Revolution.

Tennis star Alex Eala becomes first Filipino to win Grand Slam singles championship

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  • Filipino tennis star Alex Eala became the first Filipino to win a junior Grand Slam singles title after winning the U.S. Open girls’ singles championship on Saturday.
  • The 17-year-old athlete defeated Lucie Havlickova of the Czech Republic in the final match of the tournament held Sept. 4-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
  • “I wholeheartedly fought for this not only for myself but also to help with the future of Philippine tennis. So, this is not just my victory, but the victory of all of us,” Eala said in Filipino during the awarding of her trophy.
  • Eala, who won the girls’ doubles titles at the 2020 Australian Open and the 2021 Roland-Garros, also participated in the Junior Girls’ Doubles draw with Russian No. 14 seed Mirra Andreeva, but was eliminated in the second round by Germans Carolina Kuhl and Ella Seidel.
  • Eala, who started playing in professional tournaments in January, currently holds two ITF titles: the 2021 W15 Manacor in Spain and the 2022 W25 Chiang Rai in Thailand.

The Philippines’ Alexandra “Alex” Eala became the first Filipino to win a Grand Slam singles championship at the US Open Juniors in New York City.

The 17-year-old athlete, who had previously won two junior doubles Grand Slam titles, was the No. 10 seed going into the tournament, which was held Sept. 4–10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

118 Malaysians, 50 Filipinos rescued from human traffickers in Cambodia

  • Human trafficking operations in Cambodia have been targeting individuals from various South East Asian countries by promising them jobs with “high wages,” when in reality, they are exploited and held as prisoners.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia Saifuddin Abdullah said that 118 citizens have been rescued from human traffickers while 30 remain missing in Cambodia.
  • There were 24 Malaysians sent home on Friday while 29 others await the completion of investigations and paperwork processing at immigration centers.
  • On Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the Philippines reported that 50 Filipinos, who were recruited to work illegally in Cambodia, were also rescued and returned home.
  • Vitit Muntarbhorn, the U.N. special rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, said Cambodia must implement stronger countermeasures as well as receive better international cooperation.

According to the latest human trafficking rescue operation reports, authorities have rescued more than 100 Malaysians and 50 Filipinos who were lured to Cambodia and held as prisoners.

Out of 148 Malaysians reported missing, 118 have been rescued from human traffickers while 30 remain missing. According to Malaysia’s foreign minister, 24 citizens were sent back home on Friday and 29 others remain at immigration centers in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

Filipino mother and daughter fatally stabbed in Toronto

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  • Filipino mother Elvie Sig-Od, 44, and her daughter Angelica Sig-Od, 20, were fatally stabbed by her ex-husband in Toronto on Aug. 26.
  • The victims were both pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Godfrey Sig-Od, the 46 year-old suspect, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
  • The victims’ local pastor has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for their funeral and to send their remains back to the Philippines.

A Filipino mother and her daughter were fatally stabbed by the mother’s ex-husband in Toronto.

Elvie Sig-Od, 44, and Angelica Sig-Od, 20, were stabbed to death by Godfrey Sig-Od, 46, inside a vehicle by Bathurst Street and Ellerslie Avenue in North York at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Vigil held for Filipino photographer killed during Washington state home invasion

  • More than 100 people gathered on the 1700 block of 132nd St. in South Everett, Washington, on Sunday night to mourn the death of Irah Sok, a Filipino photographer shot and killed inside her home on Aug. 19.
  • “We’re good people, why us?" Sok’s husband, Makara, said at the gathering. “I lost my wife, the love of my life. My best friend. My everything. My son doesn’t have a mom anymore.”
  • Sok, an award-winning photographer who owned the photography studio Irah Sok Images in Mill Creek, Washington, was in her home with her son and husband when three masked men forced their way inside and shot her to death, according to reports.
  • Her son was reportedly unharmed while her husband was injured during the incident.
  • The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident. No arrests have been made so far.
  • A GoFundMe has been set up to support Sok’s family.

Over 100 people attended a vigil over the weekend to honor the life of a Filipino mother killed in her home in South Everett, Washington, earlier this month.

Community members, friends and family gathered on the 1700 block of 132nd St. in South Everett on Sunday to mourn the death of Irah Sok, a Filipino photographer who was reportedly shot and killed by three masked men inside her home on Aug. 19.

Elderly Filipino woman ‘punched without provocation’ by female attacker in New York City

  • A 74-year-old Filipino woman was “punched without provocation” by an unidentified woman while walking along Madison Avenue near East 52nd Street in New York City at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
  • Elmer Cato, the Philippine Consulate General in New York, retweeted a video clip of the unprovoked attack which shows the old woman falling to the ground after being hit by the female attacker.
  • “Most of the high profile cases of unprovoked assaults against Filipinos in New York City that have been reported or monitored involve elderly women like this,” Cato wrote in his tweet.
  • On July 16, a 51-year-old Filipino woman was harassed and verbally assaulted by a homeless woman as she was boarding a train in Queens.
  • DFA spokesperson Ma. Teresita Daza told reporters that the number of hate crimes against Filipinos has reached 43, most of which occurred in New York City, Manhattan and Queens.
  • The Consulate urged the Filipino community in the U.S. to take extra precautions while walking the streets or riding the subways, particularly those visiting New York.

An elderly Filipino woman was assaulted by an unidentified woman in New York City in broad daylight last week in the latest of a number of recent attacks on Filipinos in the United States.

The 74-year-old victim was reportedly walking along Madison Avenue near East 52nd Street at around 11 a.m. when she was “punched without provocation” by the suspect, the Philippine Consulate General in New York said in an advisory

77-year-old woman becomes first Filipino to visit every country in the world

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  • Odette Aquitania Ricasa, a 77-year-old woman, became the first Filipino person to travel to all 195 countries in the world.
  • She landed in Kurdistan, Iraq, on Thursday, completing her journey.
  • Ricasa started flying across the globe in 1980. At the age of 40, she was able to start fulfilling her dream of traveling to different countries.
  • Ricasa is also the author of six books, a motivational speaker, an artist and a pianist.

A 77-year-old woman became the first Filipino person to travel to all 195 countries in the world.

Odette Aquitania Ricasa, who is based in Los Angeles landed in Kurdistan, Iraq, on Thursday, completing her journey to visit all of the countries in the world.

Filipino veteran, 60, dies after being assaulted, robbed while bringing in groceries to his Baltimore home

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  • Victor Malabayabas, a 60-year-old Filipino veteran, died from his injuries following an unarmed robbery in Baltimore, Maryland, on Aug. 20.
  • Malabayabas moved to the U.S. from the Philippines in 1996, and he served in the U.S. Navy for more than a decade. He is also remembered as a well-known volunteer and fixture in local Catholic church activities in southeast Baltimore.
  • A GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $50,000 has been set up on behalf of Malabayabas’ family.
  • The investigation on the incident is ongoing. Police are still searching for the suspect.

A Filipino veteran died from his injuries resulting from an unarmed robbery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Victor Malabayabas, 60, was on the 600 block of S. Kenwood Avenue in Canton when an unidentified man asked him for a tissue at about 5:40 p.m. on Aug. 20, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

Filipino band Ben&Ben break into US music scene with first-ever North American tour and new single

  • Filipino folk pop band Ben&Ben dropped a new English single titled “The Ones We Once Loved" on Friday.
  • In their fifth year as a band, Ben&Ben will embark on their first-ever North American tour and perform in five U.S. cities starting this September.
  • While speaking with NextShark, Ben&Ben discussed their stances on societal issues with their music relating to women empowerment, the LGBTQ-plus community, good governance and mental health.

Filipino band Ben&Ben are bursting into the American music scene with their first-ever North American tour and the release of a new English single titled “The Ones We Once Loved.”

Currently one of the top bands in the Philippines, Ben&Ben formed in 2017 and consists of nine members: twin duo Miguel Benjamin and Paolo Benjamin, Poch Barretto, Keifer Cabugao, Andrew De Pano, Toni Muñoz, Pat Lasaten, Anges Reoma and Jam Villanueva.

Va. Filipino community leader fatally hit by driver suspected of driving under influence of marijuana

  • Rosa Blanco, a 76-year-old Filipino American community leader, was walking on a crosswalk at Virginia Beach Town Center when Nathan Poole, 24, crashed into her and another woman with his pickup truck on Aug. 22.
  • Blanco was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim in her 70s suffered from broken ribs and a fractured foot, but she is now in stable condition.
  • Poole was arrested for driving under the influence. Additional charges for him are currently pending.
  • Blanco served in leadership roles in Filipino organizations in her community. She also taught math in Norfolk and Virginia Beach schools.
  • To honor Blanco, peers and community members hope to reopen the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia, which is an institution that Blanco helped build.

A Filipino American community leader in Virginia was fatally hit by a pickup truck whose driver has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

Rosa Blanco, 76, and another unidentified woman, 79, were walking a crosswalk near Constitution Drive at Virginia Beach Town Center when Nathan Poole, 24, crashed into them with his vehicle at around 4 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Police looking for 3 men who fatally shot Filipino photographer during Washington home invasion

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  • Irah Sok, a Filipino photographer who was in her mid-30s, was fatally shot during a home invasion in South Everett, Washington, on Aug. 19.
  • Her husband, Maharak, was injured in the incident. Their son was reportedly unharmed.
  • Soh opened her photography studio in Mill Creek in January 2021. Her cousin Aileen Lapuz noted that she was an award-winning photographer and wondered if it was her success that made her a target in the crime.
  • The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is searching for three armed men in connection to the shooting. No arrests have been made.

A Filipino photographer was fatally shot during a home invasion in South Everett, Washington.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are searching for three armed men who invaded a family’s home in South Everett and fatally shot Irah Sok, a mother and wife who was in her mid-30s, early in the morning on Aug. 19.