LEVY TRAN JOINS MACGYVER

Actress and model Levy Tran will join the cast of CBSMacGyver this month. In the recurring role, Tran will play Denise Nguyen, “who joins the Phoenix Foundation to protect MacGyver (Lucas Till) and his team on their global missions” according to Deadline.

Late last year, George Eads who plays Jack Dalton on MacGyver, reportedly asked to be released from his contract to return to Los Angeles to be closer to his daughter. However, his resignation also came after reports of an altercation during the production of an episode of MacGyver. Tran’s role will fill the void of Eads’ character.

If Levy Tran’s character is successful and MacGyver is renewed for a fourth season, CBS will have the option of making her role a series regular.  Tran’s debut on MacGyver will be on the February 15th episode.

Levy Tran shared the news on her Instagram account below:

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DWAYNE JOHNSON WELCOMES AWKWAFINA TO JUMANJI SEQUEL

For the past several days, reports have surfaced that Awkwafina was in negotiations to star alongside Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in the sequel to the 2017 hit film, Jumanji. The 2017 remake which grossed over $900 million worldwide will reunite Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and director Jake Kasdan. Although the studio has not confirmed the news, Johnson did tweet the message below, which pretty much solidifies the rumors.

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SANDRA OH AND DARREN CRISS ARE DOUBLE WINNERS AT GOLDEN GLOBES

It was a night of firsts for Sanda Oh who became the first person of Asian descent to host (alongside Andy Samberg) the Golden Globes and also became the first Asian performer to win multiple Golden Globes. Oh took home the Golden Globe last night for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama for her work in BBC America’s Killing Eve. In 2006, she was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing Cristina Yang on Greys Anatomy. Oh is the first Asian woman to take home the Best Leading Actress award in over 35 years when Yoko Shimada won in 1981 for her role as Mariko in Shogun.

During Oh’s acceptance speech, she acknowledged her parents in Korean, bowing and saying “Mom, Dad, I Love You.”  

It was also an unforgettable night for Filipino American Darren Criss who won Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in the FX special series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Criss’ award makes him the first Filipino American Golden Globe Winner. During his acceptance speech, he recognized his Filipino mom.

“This has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood, and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming into this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this. Mom, I know you're watching this.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story also won a Golden Globe for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS IN CARSON, CALIFORNIA

October marks Filipino American History Month and once again, the city of Carson will be holding several events throughout the month in celebration.

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Kicking things off is the 9th Annual Filipino American History Month Celebration happening on Saturday October 6th from 9am – 12pm at the CJMM Community Center in Carson. The celebration will include special appearances by Fe De Los Reyes & Miguel Vera, along with musical performances by Shekinah Austria, Therese Masangcay Jason Farol, Jeserey Sanchez, Charishma Marquez, Shane Selloria, SCULB PCN, and Kindreds of Carson Dance.

Awards will also be presented to seven outstanding Filipinos: Florante Ibanez, Rose Ibanez, & Arturo Garcia for Community Leadership: Paolo Roca and Matheo Leuterio for Youth Achievement; and LCDR Edgardo Labao and Deputy Melvin Castro for Heroism.

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October 16th the FACC-SLAA will present FilAms Got Talent, a dance group competition happening from 1pm – 4pm in the Center Court of the SouthBay Pavilion Mall in Carson. The top 3 dance groups will receive cash prizes.

The following weekend, October 20th is the Leyte Landing Commemoration & Walkathon at the Carson Community Center to commemorate the 74th Anniversary of the Leyte Landing. Following the commemoration and walkathon will be the FilAm Medical, Health, Sports & Wellness Day at the Southbay Pavilion. Medical Practitioners, Nutritionists and various vendors will be on hand for the public.

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Closing the month long celebration is the 9th Annual Larry Itliong Day Parade & Festival which will be held at Veterans Park in Carson. The parade will feature Filipino organizations, followed by guest speakers including Johnny Itliong, Cesar Chavez’ son, Fernando Chavez and Roger Gadiano. Awards will be presented to Ivy Quicho and the late Dr. Dawn Mabalon. Musical Performances and the announcement of the Larry Itliong poster contest winners will also be part of the celebration.