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Filipino Wins $1 Million in Powerball Lottery

An elderly Filipino based in the United States has won $1 million in the Powerball on Jan. 13. As ticket holders eagerly await the winning numbers of the record-setting prize of $1.5 billion, Teofilo Mesina, 82, only learned he won once checked the winning combination online. Mesina, who is based in Virginia Beach, Va. correctly picked five numbers -- 04, 08, 19, 27 and 34 -- and missed only the Powerball number. “Not many people win that kind of money,” Mesina told The Virginian-Pilot on Jan. 19, as he claimed his prize.…

NBA Champions to Celebrate Filipino Heritage Night With PH-Themed Shooting Shirts

Reigning NBA Champions Golden State Warriors will wear Philippine-themed shooting shirts ahead of their Saturday night (Sunday morning in the Philippines) game against the Brooklyn Nets. It is the first time that both the NBA and the Warriors will celebrate Filipino heritage in such manner. Fans who wish to purchase these shooting shirts can do so at the team store at the Oracle Arena or on the official online store. The Warriors’ Filipino Heritage Night has become an annual event for the team, and is on its eighth…

Filipina Wins Utah Council Seat, Makes History

A Filipina political activist has won a city council seat in a Grantsville, Utah. Jewel Allen received the third highest number of votes in a six-candidate race, enough to win a position in the city council. She becomes the first politician of Filipino ethnicity to win a city council seat in Utah's history, according to Balitang America. She will be sworn into office in January to begin her four-year term. "I worked really hard to campaign, to get my message out there to people, and I was just really excited that my…

6 Pasalubong Ideas from the United States

Pasalubong (Filipino term for gifts or souvenirs from travel) has become part of many Filipino travelers. Whether traveling from domestic holidays or returning home for short vacation, Filipinos are often tied into buying them for friends, co-workers and family members. Returning balikbayans from the United States often include pasalubongs in their luggage and make a checklist of recipients matched with novelty items from perfumes to chocolates, shoes to shirts. So what are the common items brought in from the States as…