Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season! Looking forward to starting off the New Year with a fresh outlook and good energy to accomplish some new goals.
If you are still shopping, please visit any of the BUY PINOY businesses. If you have a favorite you do not see on here, please refer them to the site and have them add their business to the free listing.
Let’s face it; our lifestyles makes us no stranger to stress. We work full-time jobs, raise families, pay bills, fight traffic, find time to eat properly, deal with difficult people and all this can take a toll on our physical and mental health.
Our featured Buy Pinoy business is Breathe Bodyworks, owned by Jenn Tamera. For the past seven years, Jenn has been evolving her mobile spa business into a more diverse holistic health community.
Breathe Bodyworks started off as a mobile spa company, bringing massage therapy to homes, corporate businesses and community events. Breathe Bodyworks not only provided a service; it’s soul purpose was also to educate the community about holistic health, well-being and healing.
Breathe Bodyworks teamed up with visual artist, Alfie Numeric, and formed a healing arts festival to Downtown LA called Soul Space. In 2005 and 2006, they hosted a day-long festival at coffee house/art gallery Lost Souls Cafe featuring workshops, massage therapy, reiki, musical performances, yoga classes and a month long art show.
Soul Space was present in the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture 2006 selling art from featured artists and successfully booking the whole day with on-site massage therapy by licensed practitioners.
Jenn Tamera is also the developer of Isagaya Flow, her version of yoga and massage combined. “Isa” means one & “gaya” means reflecting which describes her style of yoga massage; what energy you put out will be returned back to you.
n this workshop you reflect upon oneself. Flow rollers are used to roll out tight muscles & sustain pressure points. You will be guided through various postures & by the end of the workshop you will have created a personalized therapy session that is a perfect reflection of you. You will leave feeling like you just experienced a deep tissue massage, a deep stretch, & energetic clarity.
Travel Yoga: Yoga for your Active Lifestyle now available on DVD in Amazon.com
One of Jenn Tamera’s latest endeavors is her yoga instructional DVD called “Travel Yoga: Yoga For Your Active Lifestyle.” This DVD teaches how to decompress from travel stress and how taking time for yourself is important for your health. You can purchase the DVD on Amazon.com.
If you are living in the Southern California area and you are interested in booking Jenn’s spa services, taking yoga or Isagaya Flow classes, want to learn about urban gardening or buying products regarding relaxation and health, connect with her at BreatheBodyworks.net . Currently she is offering Spring Detox and energy sessions, yoga on the beach by donations (suggested $10-20 donation but nobody will be turned away by the lack of funds,) or interested in her monthly Soul Space Garden, go to her website at breathebodyworks.net for more information.
Another Monday ya’ll. There are tons of events going on that Fil-Am’s are involved in. We are everywhere, yet we can’t be seen. I know it’s not in our culture to support our own (other than family, and that’s questionable sometimes), but if we do not change that behavior…we will remain to be unseen.
Do some research. Find a Pinoy-Owned business that you don’t mind supporting. By investing your money in OUR community, you will help keep Pinoy businesses visible to everyone out there. Why support your own? Well, most people do it out of pride. Some do it because they are creators and builders. Some see a bigger picture for the future of our children. Can it happen? Anything can happen if you have a vision. Is that vision the same for everyone?
BOOK TALKS TO CELEBRATE FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
Saturday, October 8, 2011
2:00pm – 4:30pm
LA County Regional Library
Carson Public Library
151 E. Carson St., Carson, CA
Tel (310) 830-0901
The following authors will talk and read excerpts from their latest books.
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the multi-awarded author and editor of 14 books of novels, short stories, anthologies and essays. Her awards include a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award from the Los Angeles Unified School District, a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate 2lst District, a 1998 Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu, Philippines. She teaches creative writing at the Writers Program at UCLA-Extension. She will read from her two latest books, Vigan and Other Stories andAngelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan novel.
Samantha Sotto, based in Manila, shattered barriers that have previously stymied Filipino authors when Random House, one of the biggest publishers in the world published her debut novel, Before Ever After last month. Described as ‘gutsy’ and ‘unusual’, the book has been garnering some rave reviews. What if ’til death do us part meant longer than you realized? This is a love story that defies the boundaries of time and space to redefine our notion of forever.
Lorenzo Paran III was born and raised in Daraga, Albay, in the Philippines. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. His book, Pinoy in America is written with wry humor and it documents the immigrant’s experiences which are anecdotal and experiential which the transplanted reader in America can relate to. He lives in Southern California, editing news stories for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. He continues to write about the Pinoy-in-American life on his blog, pinoyinamerica.blogspot.com.
Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier’s mother was from Baguio but Carlene herself was born in the heart of Historic Filipinotown when it was still teeming with Filipino immigrant families, and of aging Manongs. The word Manongs refer to elderly Filipino men who came to America in the early 20’s to work as stoop labor in the farmlands of America; they have remained unmarried due to a twist in history. Carlene is a poet and novelist, and has co-authored a play entitled Brown Man in White Sheets which is about the Manongs. She will read from her novel, Seeking Thirst which took her three years to write but herewith condensed in one sentence: “Shrouded in normalcy – reliable husband, nice home in Noe Valley, health plan, Honda – Carol anesthetizes her memories of Dierdra and foster homes in alcohol until she discovers her orphan past in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown.”
If you will be unable to attend but would like an autographed copy of any of the books, just email us and we will handle accordingly.
A table exhibit of some photographs of Filipinos during WWll will also be on display. Filipino American soldiers have played a part in fighting against the Japanese Army during WWll and their bravery is being remembered during this month of October which annually has been declared as Filipino American History Month.
This literary event is part of the celebration and is also an ongoing outreach program of Philippine Expressions Bookshop. It is co-sponsored by the Friends of Carson Public Library. Seats are limited. RSVP to <email@example.com> or call (310) 514-9139.
Here’s an example of a self-made entrepreneur using the internet to raise capital for his business. The Park’s Finest is a great story of local Rampart Area kids who decided to start a business and service the community in these tumultuous economic times. First starting as a catering service for their unique brand of BBQ, they are now in gear to open up their local Los Angeles eatery. We all look forward to being patrons in the new space!
In the meantime, visit their capital fundraising campaign to further help support local business. BUY PINOY!