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Preserving the Philippine Culture for the New Generation

Preserving the Philippine Culture for the New Generation
Bauan, Batangas – PHILIPPINES – Upon my arrival in Manila last December 7th, I received an invitation from a friend Cecile Cordero-Diaz who, like me, was a former member of the Bayanihan, the Philippine National Dance Company. The invitation was for me to be one of the judges for her upcoming Philippine folkdance competition of “The Elementary, Grades 7, 8, 9, and...

Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival in Orlando to celebrate the Year of the Dog on February 25, 2018

Dragon Parade
Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. Although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday in Western countries, many of the Asian organizations in America hold large celebrations and parades to share its spring festivity. Cities like Sydney, London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have held many successful Lunar New Year Parades...

Japanese kanji of the year is ‘North’

2017 kanji of the year
KYOTO – The kanji kita (北, north) has been selected as the character best capturing the national mood this year in Japan amid the heightened nuclear and missile threat posed by North Korea, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization said Tuesday. Every December the people of Japan select a kanji character that best sums up the social and political zeitgeist of the previous 12...

Chase Zen Foundation Charity Ball in Tampa

While the event opened on a serious note the rest of the evening was full of delicious food, dance, and laughter. There were raffle drawings for door prizes and a silent auction for donated gift baskets and items. Attendees bid on themed alcohol gift baskets, a signed football, Chinese art, and more.
On Sunday December 10th, the Chase Zen Foundation held their annual charity ball at Jackson’s Bistro in Harbour Island. The Chase Zen Foundation is a non-profit organization inspired by the life and beliefs of a young man named Chase Zen. He believed that learning English is a key to improving people’s lives by giving them access to education and...

Tax Reform – The Implication On Small Business Owners

Tax
A House-Senate committee has agreed a final tax reform bill —which will make sweeping changes to the income tax code. The House and Senate had voted on and passed the bill on Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017, clearing the way for the President to sign it into law. Individuals should consult with a tax professional to understand how changes to the tax code may...

Preserving the Philippine Traditions

Manila, Philippines – In today's generation, many of our youth are slowly losing their Asian identity when it comes to preserving the traditions and customs of their parents or grandparents. But not in the province of Batangas particularly in the small towns of Lemery and Bauan in the Philippines. I recently visited these two small towns about 2 hours from Manila. A...

Land of the Rising Sun comes to Central Florida

Orlando Japan Festival
Japan has rich culture and history with myriad customs that are famed for being unique not only in East Asia, but internationally as well! The Orlando Japan Festival showcases these traditions in a festive and welcoming atmosphere that was definitely memorable. On Sunday November 5, The Japan Association of Orlando held their 17th Annual Japan Festival at Lakeshore Park in...

Desi Dhammal, Talents of South Asia

Desi Dhammal
On Friday November 3, the Pakistani Student Association at the University of Central Florida hosted their first ever Desi Dhammal, a talent show dedicated towards showcasing the talent of the South Asian community at the University of Central Florida. Acts for the evening ranged from traditional song and dance to more contemporary stylings, all of which were a pleasure...

Muslim Student Association at UCF, 20th Anniversary

Muslim Student Association at UCF
On Wednesday November 1st, the Muslim Student Association at UCF celebrated their 20th anniversary since being founded. The event brought together families of current and past members, current members and alumni as well, in a way being a reunion as well as a celebration. The evening commenced with the Islamic sunset prayer "Salat Ul-Maghreb" followed by speeches from current...

REACH Powered by Asia Trend

On October 14th, 2017, the REACH Dragonboat Team competed in the 10th Annual Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival at Turkey Lake. This year, over 50 teams came out to the event to compete for a trophy and medals for their team. The sport of dragon boat is a team sport, usually consisting of 16-20 members at a time,...
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