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lechon, Time Out, Obama, and "The Other Obama"

Lechon: It’s What I’m Thankful For: Reading old posts on my newest favorite food blog, I laughed out loud at this: “Don’t you just love the tri-compartment styrofoam plate?  Or as I like to call it, “The Filipino Coat of Arms”. [Burnt Lumpia]

Get your Phil: Yes, I wrote another piece for TOC, this time on Queen-Albert’s, Chicago’s only Filipino bar. [Time Out Chicago]

Barack Obama: He’s Just Like Us!: Hilarious! GOOOOOOOOOBAMA! [US Weekly]

The Other Obama: “Michelle Obama and the politics of candor.” [The New Yorker]

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Adobo-a-go-go: Filipino food in Chicago

I made this Google map of Filipino restaurants, markets, ice cream parlors, bakeries, and one bar in Chicago. Enjoy!

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426: la liga filipina

A few weeks ago, I was thinking about writing a piece about the state of Filipino-American celebrityhood in 2007. Being on Filipino time, though, exactly what I should write didn’t come to me until last night while I was watching “Celebrity Apprentice” and e-mailing with my internet pal Jen W. (who you all should know as half of the genius team behind Disgrasian™). Ignoring coverage of Britney Spears being rushed off to Cedars-Sinai, and keeping tabs on returns in the Iowa Caucus (Go Barack!), I drafted the memo below. Enjoy.

From: Jasmine, part-time blogger/full-time mack

To: Allan Pineda Lindo, musician (aka apl.de.ap, Black Eyed Peas)

CC: Sharon Leal, actress
Cassie Ventura, singer (aka Cassie)
Melissa Howard, actress/comedian
Lou Diamond Phillips, actor
Kirk Hammett, musician
Lynda Barry, author

Date: 1/3/08

Re: 2 Vanessas, 1 Cup

    Kumusta ka? I hope this message finds you well. It was hard finding addresses for you all, as messages addressed to “The Filipino-American Celebrity Super Kumadres” came back to me stamped “Return to Sender”. Did you move the Nipa Hut of Katipunan closer to the Hall of Justice? If so, awesome — anything to get away from the Legion of Doom, di ba?

    The reason I write is that when I look back on 2007, I am filled with concern over the emergence of Filipino-American celebrities and personalities in the US. While I am proud of Vanessa Hudgens for her starring turn in not one but two highly rated (and highly profitable) “High School Musical” tv movies for ABC The Disney Channel, I had to cringe when nude pictures of the young starlet were circulated throughout the tabloid press. Vanessa Minillo was a chipper (if somewhat blandly pretty) presence on MTV as a VJ, but her post-MTV career of perpetual vacations with ex-boy band paramour Nick Lachey, and certain hot tub indiscretions caught on film, have dimmed her star.

    I know it’s not the job of you or me or anybody else to regulate the activity of Filipino-Americans, but could you maybe invite these ladies over for some merienda and maybe talk a little sense into them? I wouldn’t know where to start — how about “Don’t have naked pictures taken of you!” or “Beware of boybanders bearing hot tubs!”?Also, maybe check in with ABC to see if they have any more Filipino medical school diploma jokes to crack? Here’s hoping that 2008 is a better year for the Pinoy, celebrity and non-celebrity alike.

    Salamat, at mabuhay!

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    Protesting at H&M


    Protesting at H&M
    Originally uploaded by jasmined.

    Frannie Richards, a Filipino-American woman, was harassed based on her ethnicity and gender by an employee at the H&M store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

    This morning, I joined a peaceful protest with Filipinos, friends of Filipinos, and other supporters. Check out my pictures!

    On a personal note: I was a few minutes late, but I got a sign and jumped right into the line. More than protesting H&M’s intolerance and ignorance, we were celebrating our strength, and showing support for a woman who did the brave thing and went public with what was done to her. Sometime it’s seems like it may be easy to just swallow the bullshit and try to forget about the slights and mistreatment from others. But it’s always worth more to do what is right.

    And if what we’re doing is celebrating our ethnicity, we really should have had some lumpia. Would this have been the first protest in Chicago history to feature snacks?

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    Friday Fun: Filipino Name Generator

    My Pinoy Name is Ma Estrella Janice Honey Pie Navalta. And for you non-Filipino types, the “Ma” is short for “Maria”. Figure out what yours is with the Filipino Name Generator, and post your name as a comment.

    Also of interest (possibly): the Catálogo alfabético de apellidos, which was published by the Spanish colonial government to organize the dissemination of Spanish surnames to the Filipino natives. Fascinating stuff.

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    Colma: The Musical

    Colma: The Musical got a lovely review in the Friday Times. New Yorkers (and other folks in the tri-state area), go see it and tell me what you think! I’m dying to see it, but the web site doesn’t list a Chicago opening — boo!

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    Only Built 4 Asian Linx

    Why am I excited about being Asian today?

    • I’ve never been to Cendrillon, a Filipino restaurant in SoHo, but it sounds delicious! My people make awesome food. And I’m not just saying that because I’m Filipino.
    • White Sox second basemen Tadahito Iguchi being totally awesome and reaching out to a 13 year old heart transplant patient.
    • Not only did Roy Pearson lose his ridiculous $54 million suit against his dry cleaners, they’re asking the judge who threw out the case to get Pearson to pay their legal costs. (Disgrasian™)

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    Jasmine's Christmas Wish List '06: A Parol for Pasko


    I just ordered a parol kit from myparol.com, but what I really want is one made of capiz. It’s not that I doubt my ability to make a truly kickass parol but I can only guess that when it comes right down to it, incandescent lanterns made of shell will beat anything I can do with bamboo and tissue paper.

    Or will it? I don’t want to defame an object considered almost holy by the most devout of Filipino Catholics, but wouldn’t it be cool if my parol had Hello Kitty heads all over it? Or it were decorated with pictures of Filipino and Filipino-American celebrities? Awesome.

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    16: WWJD

    I *finally* got my shower curtain printed with a map of the New York City subway system. It’s so cool! It smells like a combination of Ben-Gay, Vicks, and talcum powder. It’s such a heady scent, maybe I’ll switch from Burberry’s to that. It’s been two days since I got it in the mail, and my entire apartment still smells of shower curtain. I’ve never known a shower curtain to be so fragrant.

    Update on the Halloween costume idea: I know I said I would dress as Ernie in my last e-mail, but there is the possibility of my department dressing as Parliament. Continue reading

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