The Pilipino American Literary Festival


~The Pilipino American Literary Festival: A UniPro Kwentuhan Event~Co-Sponsored by the Fordham Creative Writing Dept.

Featuring: Gina Apostol Sarah Gambito Bino Realuyo

Saturday, July 11, 2015 Fordham Law School - Bateman Room 150 W 62nd St, New York, NY 10023 Admission: FREE

We are the Invisible Minority, the product of colonization, corruption, and the resulting Philippine diaspora, struggling for freedom and success in America. And yet, creative voices persist, sharing the stories of our unique history, identity, and culture, and immortalizing the Pilipino American experience.

Celebrate the prominent storytellers of our community – Gina Apostol, Sarah Gambito, and Bino Realuyo – at the Pilipino American Literary Festival. Listen to excerpts from their work, engage in a dialogue about their personal journeys, and, above all, write your own story.

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"Makisig" Happy Hour @ Purple Patch


makisig: (adj.) dashing, well-dressed

Kaya Collaborative Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) Washington, DC


Join us after your day job to eat, drink, pose, and let loose with us, all for a meaningful cause.

Kaya Collaborative, Next Day Better + DC, and Filipino Young Professionals - DC are hosting a Headshot Happy Hour where you can get your professional headshot taken with a skilled photographer for free, while networking with other young professionals!

Kaya Co. is kicking off its second fellowship this summer, reconnecting 9 emerging Filipino diaspora leaders through a summer of learning and action in the Philippine social sector. We are building a world in which leadership and innovation starts in the Philippines, makes its mark at the local level, and finds resources for growth through a support network of transnational leaders in the diaspora.

We want to celebrate with you through delicious reduced-price drinks and Filipino food courtesy of Purple Patch. We're talking things like 1/2 priced draft beer, $5 wine, and $5 Adobo sliders until 8pm. A percentage of the proceeds from the night will benefit Kaya Co. as it continues to support its summer fellowship.

Entry: FREE w/ suggested donations

Getting There:

Take a Lyft!

Need a ride? We've partnered with Lyft to help! First-time Lyft users, get your first ride free up to $20.

1. Download Lyft 2. Create an account and add your credit card info 3. Enter the code: MAKISIGSMILE in the 'Payment' Section 4. Go back 'Home' and 'Request a Lyft' 5. Enjoy the free ride :)  If you have any trouble AT ALL please call or text Micaela at (917) 519-3503 and she will be more than happy to help.

Lyft will donate $10 to Kaya Co. for every ride with our code!




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Get Inspired at NextDayBetter NYC - May 3rd


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On May 3rd, NextDayBetter is kicking off their global speaker series for 2014 in New York City. The series is themed “Defining Breakthroughs: Unlocking Human and Community Potential” and will feature inspiring speakers who will share how to make real, visible change for communities in the Philippines and beyond.

“The global Filipino Diaspora is a hub and inspiration for world-changing ideas that pushes humanity forward,” says CEO and Co-Founder Ryan Letada.

“This global speaker and action series is designed to celebrate and amplify the impact of these ideas."

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Featured change makers include:

This event is not only going to satiate your hunger for change, but will feature great food and drinks as well. Living up to its claim for creative innovation, NextDayBetter will even showcase a Tech Demo in which hackers will present smart technologies focused on disaster response and resiliency rebuilding.

Seats are limited so register now here.

If you can’t make it to NYC and/or are thirsting for more inspiration, don’t you fret because NextDayBetter will also be hitting up Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, and London during the upcoming months. To learn more about NextDayBetter and the speaker series, you can visit their website.


Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/nextdaybetter