Dr. Jose P. Rizal statue unveiled in Carson, CA at Dr. Jose P. Rizal Monument Movement and Appreciation Gala Night
I go to a variety of events around town and this weekend I was invited to attend a formal appreciation Gala event. On Saturday September 29th, 2012 I walked into the elegant lobby of the LAX Westin located 5400 W. Century Blvd., L.A., CA 90045.
Organizers were underway with guest check-in for the inauguration of the Dr. Jose Rizal Monument Gala Appreciation Dinner. Just that morning, the unveiling of the monument had taken place at 9:00am in the Carson International Sculpture Garden located at 701 East Carson St., City of Carson, CA 90749 by the Filipino American Community in Southern California. The statue unveiling was free and open to the public and the gala night tickets were sold for $60.00. (Please click on the photos to view them regular size).
I entered the banquet hall to see beautifully decorated tables, a band set up and rows of chairs for the dignitaries. The ladies were dressed beautifully and most of the gentleman wore the traditional barong. Though I’v seen that type of shirt, I only learned the name this stylish piece of clothing as the barong that morning. The event was emceed by Lydia Solis & Noel Omega. The opening of the Gala consisted of Parade of Colors, The American National Anthem sung by Sara Mislang, the anthem of the Philippines sung by Sam Santiago, Invocation by Rev. Robert Victoria, the Welcome address by Mon’Chito’ G. Mandap, Chairman, JPRMM and brief remarks by Hon. Jim Dear, Mayor of City of Carson.
I love learning about other cultures and I was delighted to learn about Dr. Jose P. Rizal and the Monument Movement at the “In Spirit of Unity and Patriotism”
I met some community members that I had met before. I enjoyed the delicious food and the entertainment. The band Bits n Pieces provided dancing music for the evening. I had fun talking to the other guests at the table where I was seated and even learned a few words of Tagalog.
Dr. Jose P. Rizal is the national hero of the Philippines. He was a primary proponent of peaceful reforms during the Spanish Colonization in the 1800s. Dr. Rizal was a scholar, prolific writer, an anthropologist and traveled to many countries in Asia and Europe.
Monuments of Rizal stand in many other parts of the world and he continues to be recognized globally for his leadership to bring freedom, liberation, and justice through peaceful means to all people. This is the first Rizal monument in the State of California. The Rizal Monument is a gift from the people of the Philippines to the people of Carson, CA. The Unveiling of the Rizal Monument is a Joint Project of Various Filipino-American Organizations with the Support of the City of Carson, California and of the Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles.
Editor’s Note: Thank you to the JPRMM for the invite and specially to Ms. Lydia Solis. Also thank you to Ms. Mary Ann Omega from the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce LA for the additional gala tickets.
Source: Diversity News Magazine
Legendary Jane Fonda to be Honored by Los Angeles Press Club at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on Sunday, Nov. 18th
On September 21, 2012 Los Angeles Press Club announced that they will honor Jane Fonda with its inaugural Visionary Award at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on Sunday, November 18th at the Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles.
The Visionary Award is being instituted to pay homage to “an individual within the Entertainment Industry who uses their high-profile status to make the world a better place and to spread information about issues of freedom and social importance.”
Beside her successful careers as a two-time Academy Award winning actress, star of a Broadway smash hit, fitness guru and best-selling author, Ms. Fonda has worked tirelessly, and not always without controversy, for people less fortunate than herself.
“The Los Angeles Press Club can think of no one who better personifies the Visionary spirit or who is more deserving of being honored than Jane Fonda. Her empathy has shown the world that both celebrity and artistic talent can be used to improve the lives of others,” said Diana Ljungaeus, Executive Director of the Press Club.
The mission of the Jane Fonda Center is to advance scientific knowledge about adolescence with an emphasis on reproductive health. It seeks to disseminate information and strategies for risk reduction and healthy transitions to adulthood. Her other endeavors include the Women’s Media Center which is dedicated to amplifying Women’s Voices and V-Day the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
Jane Fonda, who is plays Nancy Reagan in the new Lee Daniels film, The Butler as well as currently starring in HBO’s acclaimed Aaron Sorkin series, The Newsroom, will sit down with Press Club board member and NBC4-LA anchorman Robert Kovacik for a candid on-stage interview.
“Jane Fonda sets the bar for the Visionary Award where it belongs—at the highest possible level,” said L.A. Press Club president Will Lewis.
Janice Min, Executive Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, will also be honored with the club’s career achievement award, as will dozens of finalists in the 2012 NEJ awards.
To buy tickets or tables, to sponsor the awards, place an ad in the program book or to contribute to the silent and BiddingForGood online auction contact Diana@LApressclub.org
The Los Angeles established the NEJ awards in 2008 to reward quality journalism across all media platforms in arts & entertainment reporting, one lof the largest and fastest growing segments in contempory journalism. Previous honorees include Joe Morgenstern, film critic for The Wall Street Journal and Playboy’s Hugh Hefner.
About LA Press Club:
The Los Angeles Press Club stands as an organization devoted to improving the spirit of journalism and journalists, raising the industry’s standards, strengthening its integrity and improving its reputation all for the benefit of the community at large. Serving the Southland since 1913, it is the only Southern California journalism group that speaks for all journalists working for daily and weekly newspapers, radio & TV, magazines, documentary films and online. For more information, go to http://LAPressClub.org.
Photo credit to: Daniela Hubbard of Daniela Hubbard Photography for Diversity News Magazine, published by Diversity News Publications.
Esteban Escobar aka Steven Escobar Receives Humanitarian Award at the 2012 International Noble Awards
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Diversity News Publications announced that Esteban Escobar (Journalist, reporter, editor, columnist, writer, producer, director, publicist, radio personality, accounts receivable specialist and philanthropist) aka Steven Escobar received Humanitarian Award at the International Noble Awards 2012.
Steven Escobar received his award at Kundirana 2012 Gala Concert & International Noble Awards Event benefiting World Medical Missions and De La Salle’s Bahay Pag-Asa. The event was held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at The Celebrity Center located at 5930 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028. The masters of ceremonies were Norma Jean Eustaquio and Lisa Cadano. General tickets for the event were $10.00 at the door.
“Thank Lou Baron president of Celestial Productions and producer of Kundirana 2012 Gala Concert and The International Noble Awards for my award. Thank you to Molly Hollywood for coming to cover event for Diversity News Magazine and oh course Thank you to Kitty Pleasant for coming to support me, Thank You all for the congratulations messages, calls and text messages, thank you to my publicist Alex Leon of World Wide Vital Marketing and Public Relations, also thank you to all the media/press the came to cover the event for their outlets and if I forgot any one please accept my apologies.” Said Steven Escobar.
The event will featured red carpet arrivals, beauty queens, live entertainment, memoriam tribute for the loss lives and the awards presentation to honor leaders and talents in the community. Some of the entertainers were Vangie Crowther, Angelique Cobilla (Little Miss Kundirana 2012), Shay Louise, Ella Tesoro (Celestial Beauty 2010), The Classic Harmony, Payal Wadhawan (Miss Indian 2011), Chenza Puno, Christine Love, Queenie Navarro and oh course Kundirana (Batch 2012 of La Salle).
Hit recording artist Fawn said, “I am so happy that The International Noble Awards recognized Steven Escobar this year for their 2012 Humanitarian Noble Award. Steven has supported HIV/AIDS Awareness and been fundraising for this important cause for years, bringing important issues close to us all with his press coverage and philanthropic work.” Fawn continued “I’m thrilled is finally being recognized for this.” said Mary Ann Omega, Vice President Of The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles.
The 2012 International Noble Awards Hosts were Stephanie Baron, Denise Aleman, Adi Rodriguez, Jayme Lizaso, Joanna Chao and Princes MZR.
“I am very proud to be a part of DIVERSITY NEWS and all it’s various activities. Steven Escobar, our fearless leader, helps us to raise thousands of dollars every year for people in need. Through his organizational skills, we give in many ways to many situations. Many of us want to give back to our communities, but don’t have a clue what to do. Steven makes giving fun and he always spells out the situation so that we feel good about doing whatever it is we’re doing. GOD BLESS STEVEN ESCOBAR and Diversity News !! With Respect and gratitude,” said Cynthia Manley (Singer/songwriter/
The 2012 International Awards Awardees are: Queen of Peace Rosary Group for Selfless Generosity & Service to the Kundirana Mission for 20 years, Loida Barrientos for Community Leader Award, Rose Chua for Outstanding Service & Generous Contribution to Community, Arnold Garcia for Outstanding Songwriter/Producer, Dr. Kim Diana Le for International Noble Awards for Philanthropy, Boy Lizaso for Quintessential Community Leader, Andy Edralin for Outstanding in Journalism, Lala Usis Scott for Outstanding Community Leader & Mother of the Year, Benny Uy for Creative Award & Outstanding Photographer, Precy Uy for Humanitarian Award, Malou Bonus for Outstanding in Business, Ryan Arciaga for International Noble and Steven Escobar for Humanitarian. (Video link http://blip.tv/diversity-
“Steven, I believe your Humanitarian Award was because of your passion and dedication in the AIDS WALK LA year after year for the HIV/AIDS fundraising, awareness and prevention. I am an advocate of this cause. Congratulations Steven”! Said Mary Ann Omega, Vice President Of The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles.
The 2012 Kundirana Concert & International Noble Awards Event benefiting World Medical Missions is a production of Celestial Productions. Lou Baron, Executive Producer and is a community leader, philanthropist, and president of Celestial Productions.
About Esteban “Steven” Escobar:
Esteban A. Escobar (born in El Salvador, Central America on September 6th) is an American (journalist, reporter, editor, columnist, writer, producer, director, publicist, radio personality, accounts receivable specialist and philanthropist). Esteban is known as Steven Escobar. He is the Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News Magazine, an online & special print consumer news magazine that is visited by close to two million visitors a month while growing each day. Esteban “Steven” Escobar is also Producer, Director of Diversity News TV, the host of Diversity News Radio, on Air with Steven Escobar and the President of Diversity News Publications, a news/entertainment multimedia firm in Hollywood, CA. Steven Escobar owns E.E.Enterprises and an affiliate of The Diversity News Family of Companies.
Steven Escobar is also the official Hollywood and Los Angeles County Events Examiner for Examiner.com and contributor for Yahoo.com distributed via Yahoo Voices. Steven Escobar also gives back to the community by helping charities, and since 2003 to the present, he has been raising money and awareness for AIDS Walk LA benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles. Also in 2011 Steven Escobar raised money and awareness for The Life Group LA and volunteered for Exotifit For Humanity and The Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Steering Committee.
Steven was nominated for The Shorty Awards 2011 and People’s Choice Fan Award 2012. Steven Escobar currently resides in Los Angeles County in the City of Hollywood, CA. For more information visit http://www.stevenescobar.
Kundirana is a high-school Music Ministry. As its members are part of a select few students that come from La Salle Green Hills. Aside from just being a simple singing group and music ministry. Kundirana also has the distinction of being the most famous high school singing group in the Philippines. For more information visithttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
About Celestial Productions:
A Stellar Creation/Celestial Productions creates stellar events that showcase and honor leaders and talents in the community, while benefiting local non-profit organizations through the funds we raise. Celestial Productions is the proud producers of The International Noble Awards, America’s Celestial Beauties, America’s Celestial Adonises, America’s Timeless Beauties, Special Celestial, Miss International Kundirana and Lady Dame Kundirana. For more information visit http://
About World Medical Missions:
World Medical Missions is a non-profit organization which has committed the last twenty-three years into caring for the sick and impoverished people of the Philippines. The team is composed of a number of doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and volunteers who donate their time and services on a yearly mission to rural villages in the Philippine Islands, where they spend three weeks providing 24-hour medical care to people who have been denied access to the country’s struggling healthcare system. Knowing that entire communities whose health conditions continue to worsen have been left behind and ignored, the World Medical Missions seeks to share healing and hope.
Alex Leon, Director of Marketing & PR
World Wide Vital Marketing & Public Relations Inc.
TELS: (323) 465-3945 or (213) 321-9408
Lou Baron, President
Stellar Creation/Celestial Productions
TEL: (626) 260-6102
Photos credit to: Mollywood Photography for Diversity News Publications
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please post press release or mention event in your magazine, website, radio and tv and if you would like more information contact Alex Leon via email at email@example.com Also please email us any links of clip of the coverage post. Photos credit to: Mollywood Photography for Diversity News Publications. Thank you.
Once again The Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Steering Committee held on Saturday, March 17th, their 2012 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Dinner Gala and Awards, an unforgettable event that was held at Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott L.A. Live inside the Diamond Ballroom located at 900 West Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles, California 90015 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The event was hosted by Chelsea Handler.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and his wife Kathleen, and Academy Award Winning actress Charlize Theron received HRC’s Ally for Equality Award. There was a special appearance by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and actor Joe Manganiello. The Ally for Equity Award, is to recognize the outstanding efforts of those outside of the LGBT community who dedicate time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT people.
When Joe Solmonese, President of HRC was introduced, he received an outstanding ovation from every one in the room. Also incoming HRC President Chad Griffin, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Joe Manganiello, Ross Mathews, Michael Fassbender, Academy Award Winner Actress Charlize Theron, Chris and Kathleen Matthews spoke at the event.
The event featured a red carpet arrivals, silent auction, dinner, show, in action video presentations of Charlize Theron, Chris and Kathleen Matthews and awards presentation, including at conclusion of event a gift bag from various business sponsors. Ticket prices were from $275 for Cocktail Reception, Gala Dinner up to $400 for Cocktail Reception, Preferred Gala Dinner Seating.
The 2012 Awards Committee Event Co-Chairs were Sepi Ghafouri and Joel Dessaules and some of the HRC LA Gala and Awards Committee members that worked to make this event possible were Andy Arnold, David Steiman, Pearson Brown, Andy Gelb and Ted Holmquist, Jessica Bair. Afer the event, the afterparty was held at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, gLAnce Wine Bar.
About The HRC Los Angeles Gala: The HRC Los Angeles Gala is one of the largest LGBT fundraising events in Southern California, drawing more than 1,000 guests in past years, including national LGBT leaders in entertainment, community service, business and politics. For more information visit http://www.hrcladinner.com/
About The Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Steering Committee: The Los Angeles Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign is a diverse volunteer group of individuals working each and every day to bring the mission of HRC to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and straight-supportive people in this area.
About The Human Rights Campaign: The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. For more information visit http://www.hrc.org/
Sources: Diversity News Magazine, Examiner.com, Diversity News Publications, Diversity News TV, Examiner.com.
Photos credit to: HRC Los Angeles Facebook
Editor’s Note: Article first published on Examiner.com on March 22, 2012.