miffed!!! i tell ya
an event that i would have TOTALLY fudged excuses for to attend had passed a mile way over my head. ERGKH!!!! you have no clue how desperately ANNOYED i am at the whole deal!!!

*distracted by work. work, work, work! want, want, want! arghhhhh!!!*

ok. it is an hour and several jokes later and the anger is still searing my veins, but no good can come out of demolishing a dam of frustration about missing a key event like this.

i should lighten up.
imma call a fellow writer.
i emailed this article's writer. i hope she replies back.

i need more non-writer friends.
actually, i have enough of those already. this is why i so wanted to go to this event!!!

i'm annoyed because i'm supposed to have mastered the art of not missing a thing! how much more delusional can you get?! :-(

about fudging excuses, i needta get on my acting gear. i can't lie very well, i think. but i'm still annoyed!!! :-(

Filipinos make news in NY
Posted 08:59pm (Mla time) April 02, 2005
By Carissa Villacorta
Inquirer News Service
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Editor's Note: Published on page C2 of the April 3, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

NEW YORK-Filipino and Filipino-American professionals working in New York media companies met for the first time at a cocktail reception hosted recently by Consul General Cecilia B. Rebong at the Philippine Center in Manhattan.

Searching for Filipinos working in US media, the Consulate General found over 50 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in such prestigious media outlets as CNN, Reuters, Associated Press, ABC-7, CBS-2, Bloomberg TV, MTV, CNBC, Time magazine, Newsweek, Businessweek, New York Times, Newsday, Barron's, Village Voice, Fortune magazine, People magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Oprah magazine, ESPN-The Magazine, Elle D‚cor, Fairchild Publications and Conde Nast.

The media practitioners were joined by diplomats from the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Philippine Consulate General in New York, the Offices of the Trade and Tourism Representatives, and the Philippine Mission to the United Nations. Editors of Filipino-American media and selected community leaders also attended the intimate celebration.

Many Filipinos are aware that there's a sizeable presence of Filipino medical and health-care practitioners in the US. But they may not know that there is quite a number of Filipino professionals on the editorial board of leading international publishing and production companies. As the New York affair showed, the Filipinos who write, decide and report the news are definitely newsworthy themselves.

Philippine Ambassador Albert F. del Rosario, the guest of honor, briefed the media members on key developments in Philippine relations with the United States.

"Our discussions with the media guests were congenial and constructive," he said, adding that the achievements of the Filipino mediamen empower and give honor to the Fil-Am community and the country.

Former New Jersey Mayor Robert Rivas said it wouldn't be long before he'd cease being known as the first Filipino mayor in the Northeast region as more Filipinos become mayors in the US.


"Everyone in this room is connected by similar experiences, values, histories and aspirations," said Rebong. "In their current roles, our Filipino mainstream journalists have the avenues and capacities to help each other in their individual goals, as well as contribute to progress of the Filipino and the Philippines.

ABC-TV production assistant Monica dela Rosa said, "It was such a great event. I was happy to meet my fellow Filipinos in the industry."

When the evening ended, guests took home Philippine-inspired gift bags from Tatak Pilipino, a Filipino heritage store in New Jersey. The bag contained Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz's "You Know You're Filipino If...," a Philippine flag, dried mango treats, a Philippine trade and investment CD, and a tourist map of the Philippines.

The impact of the meeting will go beyond the walls of the Kalayaan Hall and the island of Manhattan.

In the end, one realizes that being Filipino reflects on everything a Filipino does, including journalism. And if Filipinos do their work with passion, integrity and responsibility, they give honor to themselves, their work and their country-even if they don't make the headline.

E-mail the author at cvillacorta@gmail.com
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