Archive for April 2012

A decade after the recession, some Pinoys in Argentina try hard to recover

Daniel Dabu came to Argentina because he was in love. His Argentinian girlfriend, whom he met in the Philippines, wanted to go home after spending four years with him in Manila. He couldn’t say no. Daniel, his girlfriend, and their child arrived in Buenos Aires in the early 1990’s. “I had no choice because she … Continue reading

No place like the Philippines for oldest Pinoy residents in Argentina

The envoy’s daughter BUENOS AIRES—Marilu Escudero de Comas can still recall the day she stepped out of the ship that took her family to a land thousands of miles from where she was born. It was 1949 in Argentina, where her father was sent after establishing the first Philippine diplomatic post in Spain. The Manila-born … Continue reading

Gender change law soon in Argentina –rights group

(PHOTO FROM BUENOS AIRES CITY, Argentina—A proposal to allow citizens to change their gender and name in public records may become law in Argentina next month—a first in Latin America. Pedro Paradiso Sotille, secretary for legal affairs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights group Comunidad Homosexual Argentina, said the Gender Identity Bill … Continue reading

Appearing for the disappeared

More than three decades after the military dictatorship, mothers of Argentina’s desaparecidos continue marching for justice BUENOS AIRES–In April 1977, Juanita Pargamente began walking around the streets of Buenos Aires to search for her missing son, Alberto Jose. He was a 31-year-old psychologist, a father to one child, and a vocal critic of Argentina’s ruling … Continue reading

“Me encanto!”: Pinoy film earns praises from Buenos Aires viewers

BUENOS AIRES CITY, Argentina—Philippine embassy officials and staff were nervous as they entered the Hoyts Abasto Mall, where films competing in the 14th Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI) are showing. For weeks, they have been promoting the independent film Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank/La Mujer en el … Continue reading


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