Syjuco and Collins Team Up Again with Almost SunriseBy Cristina OsmeñaNext month, it will be 30 years since the double rape and homicide of sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong in Cebu, Philippines changed the landscape of my family’s grief. My second cousin, Paco Osmeña Larrañaga, was arrested and convicted of this crime and sentenced to death despite overwhelming evidence that he was enjoying the night with two dozen friends at a bar in Manila. Yet, despite an extensive collection of relatives connected to government, some who were in positions to have spoken for him more proactively, it was Manila-born Marty Syjuco who decided to do something for his brother-in-law. (Syjuco’s brother is married to Larrañaga’s sister.)Marty Syjuco and Michael Collins (director) made a widely acclaimed documentary called Give Up Tomorrow. The documentary won 10 film awards, including the Audience Award at the 2011 TriBeCa Film Festival, and received nominations for countless others. While the film called much attention to Paco’s plight, it did not result in a revocation of the guilty verdict. However, the attendant impact campaign, Free Paco Now, swelled public sympathy for his release and catalyzed the abolition of the death penalty in the Philippines.
- Published in Cristina Osmeña
New film warns: Hepatitis-B common among Asian Americans
Be About It by Christopher Wong screened on May 11 at University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, followed by a panel discussion.
Wong described his own lack of awareness of the disease and its prevalence before making the film: “The funny thing was that I was not aware of the disease myself. I didn’t know that it even had to do with the liver; that’s how uninformed I was. So when I started to dig deeper I was really shocked by the fact that over 50 percent of the cases are people of Asian descent. That really made me interested.”
Be About It is the story of two Asian fathers, their families and their reality of living with hepatitis-B, a potentially deadly disease that affects approximately one million Asian Americans.
Hep B, caused by the hepatitis B virus, can result in serious liver problems before symptoms become noticeable and is frequently referred to as a “silent killer.” Up to two million people are infected in the U.S., and as many as two out of three Asian Americans living with it aren’t aware they have it. Often stigmatized and misunderstood, hep B is the most common cause of liver cancer among Asian Americans.
Hep B is caused by a virus that is transmitted via blood and other bodily fluids. Hep B can be managed, and the disease can be prevented – but if left untreated, the complications of hep B can potentially be life threatening.
As Asian immigrants are projected to be the largest immigrant population in the country over the next 40 years, the need to call attention to this so-called “silent” disease is more critical than ever. The good news is that hep B can easily be detected with a quick and simple blood test. Everyone should talk to their doctor about getting tested – especially if you are of Asian descent.
If you test negative for hep B, there is a safe and effective vaccine that can prevent hep B, and it is widely available in the United States. If you test positive for hep B, talk to your doctor about whether treatment would be appropriate for you. Regular screenings to monitor the health of your liver are very important, and there are treatments that may potentially lower the amount of virus and decrease the risk of further damage to the liver – some are just one pill a day.
So on Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, join millions of Asians here in the United States and around the globe and get tested for hepatitis B.
Visit hepBsmart.com for information about chronic hepatitis B, and to learn about the documentary film short BE ABOUT IT, sponsored by Gilead Sciences, which chronicles the lives of two Asian Americans, Alan and AJ, as they battle chronic hepatitis B, and how their families cope with the impact of this potentially life-threatening disease. The film aims to educate, inspire and ultimately dispel myths about hepatitis B. BE ABOUT IT is subtitled in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese, and community screening kits are now available.
- Published in Health
A major milestone in the construction of the $285 million Pechanga Resort & Casino expansion was reached today. Dozens of construction members, elected officials, dignitaries, Pechanga Tribal members and Pechanga Team Members gathered to watch the topping out of the Tribe's massive addition that will make their resort/casino the largest on the West Coast. The mammoth expansion is now more than halfway complete.
This topping out included crews 14 stories up pouring the last 710 tons of concrete into the upper framing of the new hotel tower that will house 568 rooms and suites. A giant, concrete-filled bucket the size of a mid-size car was hoisted via crane to the top of the south hotel wing and its contents poured into the structure. A small, sacred oak tree also hitched a ride onto the top of building with the bucket, and was placed atop the tower as a symbol of strength and perseverance. The ceremonial tree will be planted on the resort grounds at the expansion's completion.
"Countless people, as well as more than 2,500 construction trades workers, have labored tirelessly to keep construction on schedule allowing us to celebrate today. This is the very spot new and existing visitors to Temecula and Pechanga will have their first impressions of our new resort come December. On this important day, we can look confidently toward our Tribe's and the Temecula Valley's future," said Edith Atwood, President of the Pechanga Development Corporation.
The project put more than 2,500 regional construction tradesmen and women to work for the two-year build. Materials used in construction have been largely sourced from Southern California. Builders have poured 81,000 tons of concrete to erect the Pechanga resort expansion's new hotel wing. More than 2,174 tons of reinforcing steel went into the structure, The base of the intersecting hotel towers is 70-feet wide and 13-feet deep with a large tunnel system allowing the more than 4,500 Pechanga Team Members to move easily through the property for the most efficient guest service. The hotel structure ascends 13 stories on the south and nine stories on the north.
When the entire expansion project is complete in December 2017, Pechanga Resort & Casino will offer a full-scale destination experience to visitors coming from California and beyond.
Snapshot of Pechanga When Expansion is Complete:
* Casino Square Footage: 200,000
* Event/Meeting/Convention square footage: 100,000 (indoor) 174,500 (outdoor)
* Number of Hotel Rooms: 1,090
* Number of Restaurants: 13
* Number of Pools & Spas: 13
* Number of Employees: 4,560
* Other Amenities: 2-level luxury Spa, Fitness Center, Championship 18-hole Golf Course, Concert Theater, Nightlife, Green Roof
The building was designed by Delawie architects, the original designers of Pechanga Resort & Casino when it was built in 2002. Lifescapes International is building the four-acre pool complex. Tutor Perini was selected as the expansion builder. CLEO Design is the lead for interior aesthetics.
Pic Captions :
Image 1 : Asian Medias interviewing Mr. Lee Torres - General Manager of Pechanga Resort & Casino
Image 2 : Pechanga Tribal Councils & Members
Image 3: Sacred oak tree lifting onto the top of building with the bucket, and was placed atop the tower as a symbol of strength and perseverance.
About Pechanga Resort & Casino
Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experiences anywhere in the United States. Voted the Number One casino in America by readers of USA TODAY and rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway. Offering more than 3,400 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort & Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free 1-888-PECHANGA or visit www.Pechanga.com. Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/pechanga> and on Twitter @PechangaCasino <http://twitter.com/pechangacasino>. Pechanga Resort & Casino is open 24-hours. Guests must be 21 and older to enter the casino.
- Published in Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, CA. – March 14, 2017 – Registration is now open for the Asian American Advertising Federation’s (3AF) Asian Marketing Summit, the largest national conference focusing on the importance of Asian American advertising, marketing and the Asian consumer. The 3AF Summit will be held in Los Angeles, California on June 1 and 2.
The 3AF Summit is a unique forum for industry leaders, content creators, media
companies, corporate marketers and other partners to converge in an in-depth
discussion of the Asian consumer opportunity. This year, industry experts will discuss
the multiple dimensions of Asian American consumers from civic participation and
entrepreneurship to building a successful case for diversity and inclusion and various
approaches and channels to reaching this consumer. Speakers include executives from
Buzzfeed, McDonald’s Corporation, Nielsen, Tufts University, the National Asian
American Survey, Sparkle Insights, Selffii Intelligence, Inc. and others. Prior to the
Summit, the 3AF will host the 3AF Asian Marketing Boot Camp, designed especially for
those new to Asian marketing or those who want a refresher course on the critical
Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) 6230 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #1216 Los Angeles, California 90048 www.3af.org
basics. The 3AF Boot Camp will be held on May 31 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and requires separate registration.
3AF President, Jay Kim, said, “Asian American is the fastest growing segment, yielding not only economic but also political power. At the same time, due to rising Asian economic powers and technology advances, lessons in Asian American marketing have implications in global marketing. Our Summit not only brings together experts in Asian marketing in the U.S., but also from Asia to share and create new ideas."
Sponsors of the 3AF 2017 Asian Marketing Summit include Nielsen, Comcast, CMPG, Saavn, Inquirer.net and others. To register for the 3AF Summit, visit the 3AF’s event website at: https://www.picatic.com/3AFSummit2017
The Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) is a national trade organization comprised of Asian American advertising agencies, Asian market advertisers, Asian media companies and other industry specialists. Its mission is to grow the Asian American advertising and marketing industry, raise public awareness of the importance of the Asian American community and further professionalism in the industry. The 3AF’s Asian Marketing Summit is held annually. More information about the 3AF is available at www.3af.org.
- Published in Opinion & Community