Cesar Magpuri: The Man Who Never Gave Up on His Dreams

Posted in Arts and Culture, Lifestyle on October 1, 2010 by mariafatimareyes

Cesar Magpuri, the Dream Chaser (Photo courtesy of asianjournal.com)

Filipino-American Cesar Magpuri is the perfect example of how a man’s patience, dedication, and hard work ultimately lead to success. As a poor small-town boy, he dreamed of becoming an artist and a musician. It seemed impossible for him to fulfill those dreams but he never stopped fighting for them. He endured the obstacles and opened himself up to all the opportunities that went his way. It took him long years to finally be able to do the things he wanted but he came out a winner in the end. His old age never got in the way of his passion to learn music and art. His successes in the fields of music and art truly make him a certified world-class Filipino talent.

To learn more about Cesar and his works, check out the following sites and articles:


Joseph “Joe” Mateo: An Award-Winning Pinoy Animator

Posted in Arts and Culture on October 1, 2010 by mariafatimareyes

Joe Mateo, Award-Winning Pinoy Animator (Photo courtesy of asianjournal.com)

I have always been a Disney fan and it makes me proud to know that a Pinoy animator is behind some of the artistic works in Disney animation. On August 21, Joe Mateo received the “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation” Emmy award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for his work as a storyboard artist for Disney’s Prep and Landing. He first started out as a clean-up artist but his passion and dedication for his work got him his promotions and successes. This world-class Filipino talent truly proves that once they set their mind to it, Filipinos can make it big in their chosen fields.

To learn more about Joe Mateo and his works, check out the following sites and articles:

For the Love of Country

Posted in Opinion on August 17, 2010 by mariafatimareyes

“We must transcend our petty selves, forget our hurts and bitterness, cast aside thought of revenge, and let sanity, reason, and above all, love of country prevail during our gravest hour.”
Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.

What does it really mean to love one’s country?

For some, loving one’s country means dying for it. “The Filipino is worth dying for,” said Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, one of the most celebrated Filipino martyrs who died fighting for Philippine democracy. National hero Jose Rizal, Revolutionist and Founder of the Katipunan Andres Bonifacio and the Sublime Paralytic Apolinario Mabini are some of the Filipino heroes who showed that dying for a cause is one of the greatest sacrifices a man could ever make at the service of his countrymen.

Today, love of one’s country is frequently equated with knowing and appreciating national symbols and monuments, knowing important names and events related to the country’s history, using the native language, and patronizing local products. But is there more to these?

The people behind the Asian Journal and the Asian Journal Foundation, Inc. offer quite an inspiring sense to these words. These excerpts are quoted from the article entitled “What is this thing called Love of Country?” found on asianjournalfoundation.com:

To speak of love of country in the contemporary world is to recognize the patriotism embodied by our Filipino expatriates.

To love our country is to understand that through the symbols of our culture—the pasalubong, the kapeng barako, Original Pilipino Music, adobo—we express love for this community, and a longing for all things Filipino, all things that remind us of home.

The article emphasizes that Filipinos abroad show their love for their country by having the desires to “retrace their way back home” and “to take root in their country while in a foreign land.” It is inspiring in the sense that it stresses that no matter where in the world the Filipino expatriate is, his love for his country will prevail as long as he keeps true to his Filipino beliefs, culture, and practices. It also emphasizes the truth that being far from his homeland is never a hindrance to one who has genuine love for his country and his people.

The Asian Journal is known for its reputation as one of the largest and most respected Filipino-American newspapers in the USA. Its website asianjournal.com highlights news, commentary, features, and other issues concerning Filipinos and the Philippines for Filipino expatriates. It is highly valued by Filipinos abroad for the simple reason that it brings them closer to home.

One of its sections, Galing Pinoy, showcases the achievements of Filipino expatriates in different fields like sports, sciences, music, and the arts. The stories provide detailed background information so every Filipino can somehow relate to the stories. What is also good about this section is that it promotes the diversity of talent that can be found among Filipinos by giving due exposure to each and every Filipino regardless of their popularity. New stories are presented almost every week so one will always continue to be fascinated by the magnitude, volume, and immensity of talent that comes from one who has the mark of being a Pinoy.

The Asian Foundation, Inc., on the other hand, is a non-profit organization in the US founded by the publishers of Asian Journal Publications. It aims to promote Filipino culture by harnessing, supporting, and encouraging the development of the talents of aspiring Filipino expatriates in the music and the arts. The people behind the organization realize that budding Filipino artists do not get much support and help and so they provide the opportunities for them to maximize their talents, so that they may contribute to the promotion of unique Filipino culture and heritage. What is also good to know about the organization is that it aims to provide scholarships to underprivileged but deserving Filipino students in the Philippines, thereby contributing to development of society by giving Filipino children the gift of education.

It is inspiring to note that Filipino expatriates have their own ways of loving their country, even though they are literally not living in their country. By promoting Filipino talent and ingenuity, they bring pride and glory to their homeland.

Celebrating the Best of Pinoy Talents!

Posted in Features on August 6, 2010 by mariafatimareyes

No one can deny that Filipino talents are truly exceptional. Be it in sports, arts, music, entertainment, or the sciences, the Filipinos have proven that they can conquer anything. The success stories of world-renowned personalities like Lea Salonga, Manny Pacquiao, and Efren Peñaflorida, to name a few, are testaments to the truth that Filipinos really do excel and can make a name for themselves.

Manny Pacquiao, Greatest Filipino Fighter of Our Time, Photo courtesy of voices.sg

Lea Salonga as Grizabella in the musical Cats, Photo courtesy of pep.ph

Efren Peñaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, Photo courtesy of 4.bp.blogspot.com

Only Pinoys have the Filipino Spirit – the kind of determination, perseverance, and strong will to overcome almost anything and be ahead of their craft. It is the force that drives them to keep going no matter the obstacles that come their way. It is no wonder that when they are given the opportunity to show their talents, Filipinos make sure they give their 100%. As long as they set their hearts and minds to it, Filipinos ultimately succeed in achieving their goals and dreams.

Philippine All Stars Tops Malta Guinesse Street Dance 2009, Photo courtesy of dancepinoy.com

It is but fitting that the best of Pinoys be given the right exposure they deserve. This blog aims to promote Pinoy talent by showcasing the stories behind the successes of all kinds of Filipinos all around the world – their background, their hardships, and their victories.

CCP BOBCATS, 2009 World Cup Cheerleading Champions, Photo courtesy of dancemanila.com

It will feature successes of Filipinos in fields like the arts, music, entrainment, sports, and the sciences. It will also provide readers with news, updates, and features and will present the views of a Filipino youth on how world-class Filipino talents influence Philippine Society.

I hope that this blog will inspire Filipino readers especially the Filipino youth to harness their skills and strive for the best. May this blog remind Filipinos to take pride in being Filipinos; because ONLY we Filipinos know what it means to be “A” Pinoy.

Proud to be Pinoy,
Fatima Reyes