PAMAS believes in a newsletter as a public informant and pictorial record of events. It helps inform its members of current events and news of general interest to Filipino aggregates in New England. It creates a display window for those who have no idea who or what Filipinos are. By revealing our customs, traditions and way of life, neighbors of different ethnic backgrounds can better understand the unique habits of Filipinos and we do theirs, creating mutual respect. The Newsletter can also serve as a homing beacon for new immigrants who have no one with whom to relate or communicate.
PAMAS Newletter has been originally named Tanglaw, changed to PAMAS News, and back to Tanglaw, in an effort to find a suitable name most representative of the organization. From time to time, the philosophy and contents of the Newsletter change as the editorship changes hands, but the principle it goes by remains embedded in the PAMAS motto, "Ang hindi lumilingon sa pinanggalingan, ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan." which means..."He who does not look back to where he's been, will never get to where he is going." This simple Filipino saying is reflective of ancestral teachings that Filipino youths normally get from our elders. It reminds us of our roots, heritage, and origin. A proverbial phrase diligently and artistically interpreted in various PAMAS programs as a constant reminder of the beauty and uniqueness of the Philippine culture.
The openness and less formal writing style of the newletter, is in itself, an invitation to members and the young generation to indulge in journalism.
THE PRESIDENT'S CORNER: The year 2000 is one of those election years that PAMAS observe biennially, in conjunction with the General Membership meeting. This past one, held last June 10th, was the most widely participated election by PAMAS members with close to 300 votes cast. It was also the closest tally between two candidates vying for the presidency. For more on this story click on... President's Corner.
FROM THE CULTURAL FRONT: I am extremely excited about our cultural program these days and there certainly are many reasons to be. First and foremost, of course, is the fact that I'm no longer the Association's Treasurer, which hopefully, will give me more time to concentrate on what I love to do to begin with . . . to teach and choreograph dances for PAMAS. For more on this story, click on... Cultural Front,
JENNIFER KALB CROWNED MISS PAMAS 2000: When Tony Mateo persuaded me to come out of hibernation last November 25th to attend the annual Philippine Night celebrations, images of past events immediately flashed back in my mind . . . beautiful women "dressed to kill" in their "Mestiza" dresses, "Balintawaks" and "Maria Clara" gowns complemented by their escorts in various "Barongs"; For more on this story click on... Miss PAMAS 2000.
"THEY MUST GO DOWN TO THE SEAS AGAIN . . ."
BOSTON - It was a sad day but a proud moment for Filipino-Americans as the galley aboard the USS Constitution, the Navy's oldest ship permanently moored in the old Charlestown Navy Yard in this town, was named in honor of the late Filipino- American Navyman, MS3 Ronchester Santiago. Petty Officer Santiago was among the 17 sailors killed during the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen harbor, in the Middle East, last October 12th. For more on this story click on... Santiago.
BATO-BATO SA LANGIT...ANG TAMAA'Y HUWAG MAGAGALIT!
PINOYS . . . GALANTE BA O' KURIPOT?!
During the last Induction and Scholarship Awards Night at Lantana, where Ambassador Ernesto M. Maceda was the Induction Officer and Keynote Speaker, he orchestrated a spontaneous, yet very productive fundraiser from among those in attendance that had me thinking. Up to this time, I'm still trying to ascertain from what I witnessed that evening, as to whether Filipinos are inherently charitable or in reality . . . tightwads. Galante ba o' kuripot?! For more on this story... Bato-Bato.
There was a time when "Makatas" (folk poets) did not merely recite beautiful verses. They also argued with each other in lines of rhyme and meter, as in the traditional Dal-lot of the Ilocanos and the song Balitaw of the Visayans. Among the Tagalogs, folk poets show their mastery of rhyme and reason during wakes and in presentations called Karagatan, Huwego de Prenda, and Duplo. For more on this story click on... Strictly Pinoy.