APRIL 2019
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For example, the municipality of Paete, well-known for its wood carvings, displays wooden art work and religious images that attract viewers and
buyers alike. The town of Lumban, which is famous for its embroidered barong and mestiza gowns made of piña cloth, has several samples of its
hand-made gowns for women and barongs for men, obviously catering to those who prefer elegance and classy outfits for special occasions,
unmindful of the cost. My town, Santa Cruz, features its well-known kesong puti (white cheese) which is made from carabao milk, slightly salty but
exceptionally delicious with hot pandesal (breakfast buns). The town of Liliw proudly shows off its home-made sandals, slippers and shoes, that
can compete against world-class brand names of footwear. So most cities and towns display home-made or commercial versions of their
products like fruit candies, preserved fruits and veggies, and other kakanin (several sticky rice-based fingerfoods cooked in coconut milk and
brown sugar).

To me, however,  the biggest attractions of the festival are the various competitions that ranged from industry skills to personal virtues, from
agricultural wonders to musical talents; from personal beauty & performance to a mechanical version in cars and motorcycles; and from artwork in
landscapes to artwork in all forms, to name a few. With the top prizes reaching a thousand dollars or a little more and most of all, the prestige that
go with them, every town and city prepare big time for this annual event. The provincial governor also lures participant towns and cities to do their
best to win the most first prizes to entitle them to an additional bonus of one million pesos ($20,000).

Having been back in the country and my town for years now, I have had the wonderful experience of enjoying and participating in this festival four
years in a row since 2016. That year, as friends and I watched one of most talked-about pageants for senior citizens (Pinakamagandang Lola ng
Laguna [Laguna’s Fairest/Prettiest Grandmother]), we jokingly “assigned” each other to represent the towns we came from for the 2017
competition. I didn’t really think of it as real, until my town really got me into doing it the following year. Another friend of mine took the challenge, as
well, and she represented her town of Kalayaan, a few miles west of Sta. Cruz. As history would have it, I took the title, the first for my town, while my
friend from Kalayaan landed in fourth place, tied with the representative from the town of Magdalena. There were 18 candidates then, and I received
no special awards whatsoever. I guess it was pure luck I impressed the panel of judges during the Question & Answer portion of the pageant, that I
ended up getting the highest score and the final vote. --
Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
                                       Reflections on my province’s Harvest Festival

Every year, the people of the province of Laguna in the Philippines (a few miles south of Manila) celebrate the
Harvest Festival during the month of March, a few weeks before the tropical summer heat ensues. It is called
ANILAG (Ani ng Laguna or Laguna’s Harvest). The weeklong festival draws people from many towns and cities
throughout the province and from other parts of the country in Santa Cruz, the capital of Laguna, my hometown.
The venue of festivities is the provincial capitol grounds, where booths are set up like mini-buildings all
decorated creatively to highlight the major produce or industry pride of each town or city.
*OCA Calls on Congress to Pass the
Dream and Promise Act
*OCA Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Race
Conscious Admissions in UNC Case
OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates calls on Congress to
pass the Dream and Promise Act, also known as H.R. 6. The
bill was introduced yesterday by Representatives Nydia
Velazques (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), and Lucille Roybal-
Allard (D-CA), and included provisions that would:
•  Cancel removal proceedings for Dreamers of certain criteria;
•  Allow these groups to apply for green cards and ultimately,
citizenship; and,
•  Permanently protect undocumented youth, Temporary
Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure
(DED) holders from deportation.--
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates joined Asian
Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, alongside 60 other
national Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations and
25 professors, in filing an amicus brief in support of race-
conscious admissions at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill (UNC.) --
Heidi M. Pascual
Publisher & Editor
2006 Journalist of the year
for the State of Wisconsin
WWOCN Recognizes Women
Achievers: Diverse Achievement
By Jonathan Gramling

For over 35 years, the
Wisconsin Women of Color
Network — founded as the
Wisconsin Minority Women Network in 1983 — has served as a
meeting place of support, advancement and fun for women of
color of Wisconsin, especially in the Greater Madison area. --
11 Ways New
Governors Can Lead
on Education Through
Executive Actions

By Scott Sargrad, Lisette
Partelow, and Jessica Yin
Paul Kusuda's Column (Repost)

This is the third of a three-part discussion of my views
about how the national government should reconsider
naturalization issues and develop policies and procedures
to ease entry into the path  U.S. citizenship.  The bars
must be lifted, the pathways  lightened, and applicants
APIAVote Hits the Road on the
Recently, the entire APIAVote staff flew down to Atlanta,
Georgia for the 2019 Advancing Justice Conference hosted by
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ).--
Health Care
Public Policies
Healthy Eating
and Exercise
By Theresa Chalhoub,
Madeline Twomey,
and Rhonda Rogombe