Philippines Joins Hispanic Parade In U.S., Zamboanga Launches Spanish Radio Program

September 7, 2007 at 11:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Los Angeles – Crowded delegations showcasing folklore and culture of South America, the Caribbean and the Philippines will be participating in two large Hispanic parades celebrating the Independence of Mexico and Central America.

In line with its 2007 production “El Mundo Hispano Saluda a Los Angeles”, Proyectos Saluda, founded and directed by the Venezuelan Alvaro Vanegas, resident of Anaheim, brings once again hundreds of participants with the folklore, voice, color and renowned personalities of the other communities to foster the understanding and union of a global Hispanic Family.

The dates are September 9th and September 16th. The Mexican Independence Parade, produced by Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico, takes place on Sunday September 9th at 11:00 am, starting at the corners of Cesar Chavez and Indiana.

The Central American Independence Parade, produced by Comité de Festejos de Centroamérica takes place on Sunday September 16th at 11:00 am, starting at the corners of Pico and Vermont. Both parades combined showcase over 7,000 participants, with floats and convertibles, an estimated crowd of a million people, and both are broadcasted live by Univision/Telefutura among others, reaching millions on the East Coast, Mexico and Central America in rebroadcasts.

The combined lineup of countries Proyectos Saluda intends to produce is Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, México (to the Central American Parade), Nicaragua (to the Mexican Parade), Peru, The Philippines, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Preparations are on their way to bring the best folklore groups and community leaders, volunteers in typical, as well as showbusiness personalities and consular representatives.

Several delegations bring community effort, such as the Argentinian, Uruguayan and Philippine blocs; Peruanitos Foundation is joining effort for the Peruvian delegation, some dance groups are coming from out of state and San Diego, such as the Venezuelan delegation.

The Philippine Delegation this year is coproduced by PANA and Los Angeles Historic Filipinotown, including representatives from the Rotary Club, SIPA, People’s CORE, FASGI, Celebrity Chronicle and many more leading community organizations in the process of joining.

Its second year into this parade, the Philippine Delegation is once again bringing a mesmerizing lineup of folklore, typical costumes and renowned organizations and personalities to impact the Latin American community with the best of the best, and to rejoice in a celebration of one big family where The Philippines has a natural place.

Taliba, La Prensa Colombiana and El Peruano USA are confirmed proud Media Partners, and other key publications are in the process of joining this monumental effort.

Thus, South America, the Caribbean and The Philippines are coming together to congratulate the Mexican and Central American communities on their Independence Celebration.

In Zamboanga City in southern Philippines where locals speak Spanish, the Asociacion de la Prensa de Cadiz of Spain, in partnership with the Filipino government owned radio station dxMR Radyo ng Bayan launched Thursday a radio magazine dubbed “Filipinas, Ahora Mismo,” according to state media.

The program, which can be heard over dxMR from Mondays through Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is a collaborative effort designed to foster better understanding between local Zamboangueños and Spain, to promote the use of Spanish language and culture.

Popular Spanish TV newscaster Begoña Lucena was in Zamboanga City Thursday where she formally launched the radio program.

The program is the only radio magazine that showcases Filipino culture. It is an upbeat radio program with regular segments on De Pelicula (movies) Vamos a Leer (literature), Ventana al Pasado en Camino de Cadiz (Phil-Hispanic History), De Isla en Isla (geography), El Fogon de Maria (cuisine), Su Salud (health), Mundo Mujer (women issues), Aprenda Español (Spanish Language).

Deportes (sports), Sabias Que? (trivia) and Dichos y Refranes (folk wisdom) sprinkled with the best current and timeless music in Spanish.

Señor Chaco Molina, executive director of the Fundacion Santiago, who was also here during the launching of the radio program, said “Filipinas, Ahora Mismo” is a Filipino program that speaks of Filipino topics and done by Filipino professionals and addressed to the Filipino audience.”

The only thing that makes the difference is that its medium is in pure Spanish, Molina said.

Molina said the project has three components, one is the radio program itself, second is the training program, that offers scholarships for Filipino media practitioners and Filipino mass-communication students who want to hone their skills thru a six-month training engagement.

He explained, successful applicants to the scholarship will be working with dxMR Radyo ng Bayan either as scriptwriters, broadcasters or translators and will receive a compensation of P25,000 for the efforts.

And the third component is a donation or grant done by The Asociacion de la Prensa de Cadiz to the Radyo ng Bayan to improve its facilities. “There is repeater tower, transformer, and equipment,” Molina said.

“Filipinas Ahora Mismo” is a Radyo Manila Project, which is a shared effort of Asociacion de la Prensa de Cadiz of Spain and the Bureau of Broadcast Services of the Philippines, with the support and participation of the Junta de Andalucia, the Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional, the Diputacion de Cadiz, the Instituto Cervantes and Fundacion Santiago.

Filipinas Ahora Mismo can be heard not only in dxMR in Zamboanga City, but also in its sister stations in Laoag, Manila, Naga and IloIlo, as well as anywhere in the world thru the internet via (With a report from the Philippine Information Agency in Zamboanga City)



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  1. Wow, that’s great thanks for that info. I was actually home that day that it showed on the TV on Univision, the Spanish channel, but I didn’t watch it because I was upset because they were about to show the Miss Venezuela pageant, and then they replaced it last minute with live coverage from that parade. I would’ve preferred to watch Miss Venezuela, hehe.

  2. ¡Qué bien! Ya iba siendo hora de que el castellano se oyera en el archipiélago asiático. Las emisoras las escucho cuando puedo y que conste que los filipinos habláis muy pero que muy bien el español. Espero que no se pierda nunca la lengua cervantina. ¡Viva Filipinas!

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