Balita Midweek, Wed. - Fri., February 29 - March 2, 2012 Anaheim launches ‘Hi Neighbor’ program COMMUNITY
THE BELIEF in the concept of “people helping people rather than people seeking relief through gov- ernment’s safety nets” is the key to a strong and resilient city. This is was what led Anaheim to create the “Hi Neighbor” program last year, a project anchored on a strong neighborly spirit, which is a throwback to our own “bayanihan” in the Philippines. The im- mediate neighborhood or “barangay” serves as a very
expected to provide a chance for businesses to network with one another for mutual support. Businesses and individuals do not have to be affiliated with a chamber to par- ticipate.
BY RAY ANDRES
reliable support group when disasters or personal calamities strike.
The neighbors are expected voluntarily and help one another in times of troubles. During disasters, the “bayanihan” spirit manifests itself strongly and sort of be- comes a therapeutic approach with each member sharing in each other’s burdens. Anaheim’s “Hi Neighbor” Program encourages residents to get to know their neighbors and city leaders and to “view neighborhood organizations as a way of making their city safe, happier and more connected”.
What about the neighborhoods’ highly impersonal set up? A new online private social network similar to other popular social networking sites will take care of that aspect of connecting. The City of Anaheim is partnering with Nextdoor, a type of Facebook just for neighbors that expands their network of friends. Nextdoor Anaheim seeks to strengthen the existing network of neigh- bors around them. Anaheim is the largest city to join with Nexdoor which has connected more than 600 other neighborhoods in 42 states. Through Nextdoor Aneheim, a sub- scriber can start a group with similar interests, neighborhood watch, find lost pets and increase emergency preparedness and community resiliency in addition to having a medium to share information, ask questions and get advice on babysit- ters, restaurants, dry cleaners and other local services. Nextdoor’s mission is to “bring back a sense of community to America’s neigh- borhoods. * * * Ninth Orange County’s Largest Mixer Reels off March 21
Thousands are expected at the 9th edition of Orange County Largest Mixer scheduled on March 21 at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.
The pace-setting event which draws hundreds of exhibitors has been designed to be part exposition and part business social event that provides thousands of at- tendees to “network with one another for mutual support.”
Dubbed as the “mega mixer”, the event according to observers “has grown to represent a powerful meeting of Or- ange County chambers of commerce and local businesses representing hundreds of industries and companies in Southern California.”.
Orange County’s Largest Mixer also aims to encourage membership in one or several chambers of commerce and allows “businesses to grow based on a wider network of support”. The Mixer is also
Co-sponsoring the annual event are: American Business Women’s Associa- tion, Anaheim Cham- ber, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Con-
vention Bureau, Brea Chamber, Buena Park Chamber, Costa Mesa Chamber, Cypress Chamber, Dana Point Chamber, Fountain Valley Chamber, Fullerton Chamber, Gar- den Grove Chamber, Huntington Beach Chamber, Irvine Chamber, Lake Forest Chamber, Laguna Niguel Chamber, Long Beach Chamber, Mission Viejo Chamber, National Association of Women Business Owners – OC, Newport Beach Chamber, Orange Chamber, Orange County Hispanic Chamber, Placentia Chamber, Santa Ana Chamber, Stanton Chamber, Tustin Cham- ber, Westminster Chamber, and Yorba Linda Chamber.
Other businesses and media groups are also pitching in to make the event a success. Several mixers similar nature had been suc- cessfully concluded in the past 14 years in Los Angeles, Inland Empire and Las Vegas. * * * ‘Salubong’ at St. Linus Church-
The traditional Easter Sunday “Salu- bong” at the St. Linus Catholic Church (13915 Shoemaker Ave. Norwalk, CA) will be held on April 8, 2012 beginning at 5:30 a.m. with the Easter Procession and prayer of the Holy Rosary. The Easter Sunday Mass will be held at 6:00 a.m.
The event will depict the memorable
tradition of the “Salubong,”- the meeting of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother Mary for the first time - after His resurrection. The St. Linus Liturgical Dancers will perform and the St. Linus Filipino Choir and an ensemble of musicians will sing joyous anthems “as the Blessed Mother meets her risen Son and the angel lifts he veil of mourning.” * * *Consuelo Vera Rigotti Agana, 89 Filipino film actress and singer Linda Estrella, died last Feb. 18 in Hobart, Indi- ana, USA. She was 89.
Popularly known in her days as Linda Estrella, Ms. Agana appeared in her first film “Princesita,” by Sampaguita Pictures, playing the young Carmen Rosales. This
experience ignited her desire for a film ca- reer. She went on to star in approximately 25 classic movies such as “Milyonara At Hampas Lupa,” “Batas ng Daidig,” and “Kasaysayan Ni Rudy Concepcion,” among many others. She was also a regular in a radio show called, “Kuwentong Kapit Bahay.”
Consuelo is the mother of another famous actress, Tessie Agana, who first appeared in “Kampo O’ Donnell” as Consuelo’s daughter, along with Pancho Magalona.
The late Consuelo Agana was born in Pandan, Catanduanes, to Jose Alcala Rigotti from Polangui, Albay, and Francis- ca Vera, a native of Pandan, Catanduanes.
<<<ORAS NG BIYAYA, YEAR 2: Oras ng Biyaya technical and production crew (from L-R: Willy Lising and Fergel Cruz, program hosts; Ruina Morales, Ralen Morales, Noemi Cruz, technical) celebrate the program’s 2nd year with a special show aired over www.ustream.tv
channel/ tinigpinoytv . ONB is a global program outreach that features news, commentaries and spiritual messages to Filipinos around the world.
RENEWAL OF VOWS: Senior Pastor Tim De Fiesta offi ciates at the renewal of vows of couples of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship of Orange County in Fullerton as part of the commemoration of heart month recently. The Pastor in his message underscored the importance of maintaining a healthy married life in the society.
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