KELSEY MERRITT FIRST FILIPINA AT VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW

Kelsey Merritt will be the first Filipina model to walk the runway at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show happening later this year. 21 year old Merritt is no stranger to posing for Victoria’s Secret. This past May she booked her first shoot with the popular lingerie company for their active wear line.

from @kelseymerritt Instagram

from @kelseymerritt Instagram

Merritt, who was born in the Philippines and graduated last year from Ateneo De Manila University with a BA in Communications juggled going to college in the Philippines and modeling around the world for several years. Upon receiving her degree last Summer, on May 2017 she posted on her Instagram account:

“God knows how hard it was to constantly fly back and forth New York and London while still in school. I had to miss classes, but still make sure that I was on top of everything. At the same time, I had no right to complain I was having a hard time because I was blessed with work. I was living my dream! People often ask me how I managed to do it, and all I say is that as long as you have your priorities straight and manage your time well, then it really can be done.” 

Kelsey Merritt’s other modeling credits include projects with Maybelline, Uniqlo, Kashieca, Palmolive and Vera Wang’s White Bridal Collection.

@KelseyMerritt Instagram

@KelseyMerritt Instagram

Although Merritt will be the first Filipina model to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show runway, Janine Tugonon became the first Filipino to be featured in a Victoria’s Secret promotional material when she appeared in the VS Pink Line. However, Tugonon did not make the cut to appear in the 2016 fashion show.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR MAKING SLIME

UPDATE  : Congratulations to the City of Carson for setting a   Guinness World Record  ! The 2nd annual Community Friendship Day event brought in over 900 participants in becoming the most people making slime simultaneously.  For more info on the record breaking event you can head to -       http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/commercial/2018/8/californian-city-community-comes-together-to-set-massive-slime-making-record-535163    ******************************************************************************  If you’re looking for a unique, family friendly and fun way to spend your 4th of July weekend in Southern California, then how about celebrating Community Friendship Day on Sunday July 1st at Carson Park? This year, in addition to the very popular annual event, you have the opportunity to be a part of the Guinness World Record.  The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce South Bay Los Angeles Area (FACC-SLAA) and the City of Carson will attempt to hold a Guinness World Records title for the most people making slime simultaneously. (You do not have to a resident of Carson to take part in this project).  For more information, you can call 310-830-4925 and to register or be a part of this event, you can sign up at any Carson Park.  Since the beginning, FACC-SLAA has been Carson’s partner and organizer for the Friendship Day event. This year, Community Friendship Day will occur on Sunday July 1st from 11am to 3pm at Caron Park which is located on 21411 Orrick Avenue, Carson, CA 90745.

UPDATE: Congratulations to the City of Carson for setting a Guinness World Record! The 2nd annual Community Friendship Day event brought in over 900 participants in becoming the most people making slime simultaneously.

For more info on the record breaking event you can head to - http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/commercial/2018/8/californian-city-community-comes-together-to-set-massive-slime-making-record-535163

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If you’re looking for a unique, family friendly and fun way to spend your 4th of July weekend in Southern California, then how about celebrating Community Friendship Day on Sunday July 1st at Carson Park? This year, in addition to the very popular annual event, you have the opportunity to be a part of the Guinness World Record.

The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce South Bay Los Angeles Area (FACC-SLAA) and the City of Carson will attempt to hold a Guinness World Records title for the most people making slime simultaneously. (You do not have to a resident of Carson to take part in this project).

For more information, you can call 310-830-4925 and to register or be a part of this event, you can sign up at any Carson Park.

Since the beginning, FACC-SLAA has been Carson’s partner and organizer for the Friendship Day event. This year, Community Friendship Day will occur on Sunday July 1st from 11am to 3pm at Caron Park which is located on 21411 Orrick Avenue, Carson, CA 90745.

World Premiere of "Diwa" at 21st Dances with Films

The award winning short, “Diwa” will make a world premiere at the 21st Dances with Films screening on Saturday, June 9th at 5pm, at the historic TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. Dances with Films is an annual Academy Awards qualifying festival.

Diwa POSTER (Foam Core).jpg

Filipina actress and filmmaker Aina Dumlao stars in the award winning short film, Diwa which centers around a young undocumented immigrant by the same name. Diwa comes to America in search of a better life and to help her family in the Philippines, the most popular way, sending money back home.

As is most often the case, life isn’t always greener on the other side and Diwa faces the harsh reality of living in America as an immigrant who becomes exploited by her employer and then falls victim to a broken immigration system.

Aina Dumlao as Diwa

Aina Dumlao as Diwa

Aina Dumlao and her business partner (Undercurrent Films) and husband, Bru Muller both share directing, writing and producing credits for this beautifully told film. Dumlao was initially inspired to write Diwa by her uncle who spent over 3 decades as an overseas worker and barely saw his own family. When his wife passes away from cancer, he is out at sea, working to pay for their mounting medical bills. Aina hopes that Diwa” will “give voice to the hopes, dreams and struggles of the millions of undocumented immigrants who come to America, desperate to carve out better lives for themselves and their loved ones.”

Aina Dumlao is compelling as Diwa. In the first three minutes of the film, without any dialogue, she transports you into Diwa’s heavily burdened life which is full of frustration, internal and external struggles and exhaustion. The cinematography beautifully captures the spirit of the film and the music was absolutely moving.

"Diwa" also stars Leslie Thurston, Maria Pallas, Seli M. Rose, Shaw Jones, Jeremy Andorfer-Lopez and Eddie Martinez.

You can show your support by attending the screening. For more information, you can head to www.mynameisdiwa.com

Check out my personal thoughts on the film here

Here's a look at the trailer: