• Taste of Huntington Beach

    How A Charity Event Leveraged Social Media to Increase Ticket Sales

    I have been a volunteer at the library for about 5 years. The library is like a second home to me and my family. I have been correspondence secretary, usher, and photographer for the Friends of the Children’s Library (FOTCL). They do great work for the community. From puppet shows and ballets to author visits and reading programs, the FOTCL does great work for the community. Their biggest project is the Annual Taste of Huntington Beach, a fundraising event held on the last Sunday of April at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex. The Taste of Huntington Beach gathers local restaurants, wineries and breweries for an incredible afternoon of food and…

  • The Strength of the Filipino – and Updated List of Legit Ways to Donate to Typhoon Haiyan Relief

    One week after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed a big part of Central Philippines, the world is still in shock. The pain, devastation and trauma of such a massive tragedy is beyond words. On a more positive note,however, the world is wrapping their arms around the Philippines with an outpouring of donations, concern and love. I feel the love, my friends, from where I sit, still grief-stricken and feeling helpless, from across the seas, away from my countrymen. So when I saw this piece by Anderson Cooper, I was overcome with emotion – sadness, pride, joy, hope. “When everything else is taken away, broken and battered, soaked raw, stripped bare, you see…

  • How To Help Those Affected By Super Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines

    One of the hardest things about living away from your homeland is not being physically there to help when tragedy strikes. While my immediate family was unharmed by the what is now being called one of the strongest storms in history, my countrymen are reeling.  And from afar, the best I can do is to pray and make a donation. News of the strongest typhoon, even worse than Katrina, had come our way and we were worried. Natural disasters are a part of every day life in the Philippines, but nothing could prepare the world for the massive loss of life and destruction that occurred when Typhoon Haiyan hit Central…

  • Stop Diabetes : Tour de Cure OC

    November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The American Diabetes Association envisions a life free of this dreaded disease. The goal of this month is to raise awareness and come together as a community to Stop Diabetes, a disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States alone. According to ada.org: “Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.” My own grandmother had diabetes so I am very familiar with the disease. When the opportunity to be part of the marketing and…

  • Taste of Huntington Beach is on Sunday April 28th

    Two things I love: Good Books and Good Food. That is why I love supporting the Taste of Huntington Beach organized by the Friends of the Children’s Library (FOTCL). I myself have been a volunteer and one-time correspondence secretary of the FOTCL. Since 2002, the Friends of the Children’s Library (FOTCL), in partnership with the Huntington Beach Restaurant Association (HBRA), has donated more than $300,000 from Taste proceeds to the HB Children’s Library. This Sunday, I will be at the HB Sports Complex, with my camera and my taste buds ready to sample the wine and craft beers and the tastiest food. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and…

  • I Helped Build a Playground in One Day

    Last week, I was one of about 200 volunteers from The Smile Generation, who traveled to Phoenix, AZ to build a playground in one day, for a domestic abuse shelter. Working with KaBOOM! and Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) , the build was well organized. KaBOOM! is a “national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s Children.” CPLC is a “community development corporation in Arizona that offers extensive services in both urban and rural areas.” Here are some statistics, according to http://domesticviolencestatistics.org Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes…

  • Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and the faces of hunger

    Being an OC FAMILY blogger has given me many opportunities. While the perks such as going to Disneyland or watching a movie premiere are fun, what is truly wonderful is getting the opportunity to serve. Last week, with my fellow bloggers, we volunteered at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa.  I am not new to volunteering and I’ve made food for a soup kitchen but I’ve never served the meals before. Let me tell you that it was a humbling and eye opening experience. Perhaps because I grew up in a third world country, I’d become desensitized to the face of hunger. In the Philippines, there are hungry…