New York City — The Filipino-American Press Club of New York is set to turn tables for the communities in New York soon. In a forum-conversation debuting as Tea Time with the Press, the public will get to question members of the working press on how they conduct their work as journalists.
The forum will be held at the Producer’s Club on 358 West 44th Street and moderated by Jen Furer, writer and TV host of Makilala TV. Momar G. Visaya, Carol Tanjutco and Luis Pedron, will co-moderate in FAPCNY’s “Meet and Ask the Press” from 6:30-9PM.
The public is enjoined to attend the forum to ask questions that they have been wanting to ask members of the press.
The panelists include:
Marivir Montebon, the executive editor and publisher of the online magazine OSM! (awesome) www.justcliqit.com . She begun an upbeat, passionate career in writing since college t the University of San Carlos in Cebu, and is a published author of three books, the latest of which is “Biting the Big Apple: Memoirs of a Journalist Turned Immigrant (2013).
She reports mainly on immigration, women and social issues, and business and politics, as well as art and culture.
Don Tagala, an award-winning video journalist of ABS-CBN North America Bureaus’ Balitang America. He recently won two 2015 Bronze Telly Awards at the prestigious 36th Annual Telly Awards, for his documentary Casting Call: The Story of Sam Milby. The same documentary also won the 2013 Plaridel Award for Best Documentary. The other bronze Telly Award was the online video “Social Responsibility: Why a Filipino-American is Giving Free Haircuts to the Homeless”, a story of a Fil-Am hair designer who spends weekends giving free haircuts to homeless persons in New York City.
In 2012, Don won a Bronze Award at the 33rd Telly Award for his story titled “The Filipino Champion: “Armless Pilot”, which tells of the inspiring story of a Filipino — American, Jessica Cox.
He received a Leadership Distinction Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from the Honorary Consul General of the Philippine Consulate of South Florida. He was also presented with a Citation of Honor by Helen M. Marshall, Queens Borough President, New York, for Excellence in Journalism.
Lenn Almadin-Thornhill, an assignment editor for WRNN FIOS1 News. She worked as a reporter and senior news producer for radio and TV for CCN TV6 and CNMG in Trinidad and Tobago.
Lenn has worked as a correspondent and producer for ABS-CBN since 2001, covering US presidential elections and general assignments. She is also a freelance correspondent for Rappler.com.
Monette Rivera is an NYC-based journalist, television producer, host, and communications specialist. She is the host and producer of NYC Chika in the City on the ABS-CBN International’s Adobo Nation. She has earned two degrees in Communication Arts and Marketing at the de la Salle University in Manila. She is currently the president of the FAPCNYC.