May Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, Philippines

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to the United States.

AAPI people are a diverse group, with over 50 different ethnic groups represented in the United States. They come from all over Asia and the Pacific Islands, and they speak a variety of languages. Despite their diversity, AAPI people share a common history of immigration and struggle.

The first Asian Americans arrived in the United States in the 17th century. They were mostly Chinese laborers who came to work on the railroads and in the mines. In the 19th century, more Asian immigrants arrived, including Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, and South Asians. These immigrants faced discrimination and prejudice, but they persevered and made significant contributions to American society.

AAPI people have made their mark in all areas of American life. They are entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, athletes, and politicians. They have served in the military and fought for civil rights. They have made important contributions to American culture and society.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of AAPI people and to learn more about their history and culture. It is also a time to reflect on the challenges that AAPI people have faced and to continue to fight for equality and justice.

How to Observe Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
There are many ways to observe Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Here are a few ideas:

Attend a cultural event or festival.
Visit a museum or library exhibit.
Read a book or watch a movie about AAPI history or culture.
Talk to an AAPI friend or family member about their experiences.
Volunteer for an AAPI-led organization.
Donate to an AAPI-focused charity.
Use social media to share your support for AAPI people.
By taking the time to learn about and celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, you can help to raise awareness of the contributions of AAPI people to American society.

May 1, 2023 |

How big is Texas?

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Cebu to Manila in 6.5 hours?

If you didn’t fly, how long would it take to travel from Cebu to Manila? Did you know the same distance in Texas takes about 6.5 hours? That’s right! If you imagine Manila in Wichita Falls, Texas and Cebu in Galveston, Texas, the drive would take about 6.5 hours. Of course that’s assuming a vehicle that can make the 430 mile (690 km) trip without stops.

If you are new to Texas, or have been here a while, the Galveston to Wichita Falls trip would include stops at Buc-ees and other famous Texas landmarks.

When I was calculating my trips from Manila to asawa’s province in Agusan del Norte, I would estimate the flight as from Dallas to New Orleans. I wasn’t very far off at all.

Texas is big. Texans are proud. Philippines has over 7,000 islands. Filipinos are proud. It is a natural marriage of peoples and cultures.

In case no one has said it, “WELCOME TO TEXAS!”

Would you mind sharing your adventures with us? Post them on Facebook at and we’ll all learn more about Texas together.

Derrel is the owner of Total Online Marketing. He has visited Philippines 3 times and is planning a 4th trip in the near future. His wife, Lai, is from Butuan, Agusan del Norte, and they have 3 children, Thomas in the US Army, Angelynn and Jolena are students in Allen TX.

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March 13, 2018 |

WARNING! Emgoldex News


News Around The World Looks Bad For Emgoldex

Many news outlets are reporting the ponzi scheme nature of Emgoldex. Many Filipino nationals and OFWs are falling victim to Emgoldex’s claims of fast investment returns.

Ethan Vanderbilt, a well respected scam buster has posted an article detailing the issues that have come to light in recent months regarding the Emgoldex scam.

While the initial investors may receive unbelievable returns, they are encouraged to get “downline” investors to join the network. Eventually, this pyramid will collapse and those just getting in which will be the majority of investors, will lose some if not all of their investment.

Learn more about high yield investment programs and ponzi schemes at Wikipedia.

May 19, 2015 |

Eating The Filipino Way


My asawa (wife) loves crabs. Of course, I think this means we’re going to Red Lobster for Crabfest, or The Boiling Crab for a food feast. No, this means a trip to the asian market for live blue crabs. Then I came across this video, and it was all explained to me quite well.


April 17, 2015 |
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