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eBalita is a trusted Filipino community resource. It utilizes the power the Internet and other media to bring together and enrich the lives of Filipinos overseas, through services that inform, inspire and entertain. Reaching over 29,000 subscribers daily, eBalita is slowly but surely becoming a significant contributor to Philippine causes.

eBalita came out of a need. I observed that Filipinos who have been away from the Philippines had a tendency to lose touch with what is going on back home. The longer they have been away, the greater the risk of them growing indifferent about issues that are important to Filipinos. I thought bringing them the latest news would help bridge the gap. I started emailing the latest news from the Philippines to a handful of friends and relatives. Through word of mouth and the power of the internet, it caught on. eBalita's subscribers include Filipinos from every corner of the world!

The enormous success of eBalita, inspired the idea for eBalita.net. A portal for Filipinos, by Filipinos. eBalita.net aims to be a bridge that spans continents to bring together Filipinos and the very best Filipinos have to offer.

May 05, 2017, 01:30:17 PM by eBalita | Views: 550 | Comments: 0

http://abc7.com/health/lapd-officer-in-desperate-need-of-filipino-bone-marrow-match/1953358/

NORWALK, Calif. (KABC) -- The chances of finding a bone marrow match are already challenging, but since registry numbers are lower for many ethnic groups, the odds for these matches are even slimmer.

An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department hopes to find a match from someone who shares his Filipino heritage.

At CrossFit Live in Norwalk, most people in these fitness classes share a common heritage.

"Primarily 90 percent are Filipinos here," said owner Norman Andres.

And they share a desire to help seven-year LAPD veteran and father of two Matthew Medina.

His wife, Angelee Medina, said "This whole experience has been an emotional roller coaster since he was diagnosed."

Matthew Medina is suffering from a blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia. A bone marrow transplant is crucial to his survival. His weakened immune system prevents him from attending drives organized for him.

"It seems like it's been non-stop support from family, friends and co-workers," Matthew Medina said.

Filipinos comprise only a half percent of people registered as potential marrow donors. This makes the odds of finding a match extremely low. The Medina family teamed up with A3M to get more people to register.

"It's not like a cross-fit competition where you can make up time on a second workout or third workout. You got one chance. You've got to make it happen. And I think we have enough faith to do it in our Filipino and our Asian communities," said Andres.

The donation process is simple. Check your eligibility. Fill out a few forms and do a cheek swab. Most of the people attending this drive are here to support Medina, but if any registrant happens to be a match for any one, organizers say it's important to stay committed because you could save a life.

"It's like you're that jackpot. If you happen to be the specific match of that patient, you're giving them an extension on their life," said A3M recruiter Chris Chen.

"I just keep praying that something will happen any minute, any day or any minute. I hope it'll happen sooner than we know it," said Angelee Medina.

Matthew Medina added that being a hero doesn't require unusual physical strength. All you need is a desire to help.

"If not for me, for somebody else. You can be the cure for somebody else," he said.

More bone marrow drives are being set up every day. To find out more, check out Medina's Match4Matt Facebook page.
November 08, 2016, 07:05:17 AM by eBalita | Views: 2034 | Comments: 0

 Please accept our apologies. We did not educate you enough. Our institutions failed you. The people in the helm of our legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government were mediocre at best. Selfish, spineless opportunists ran rampant. And we didn't do enough. #nov8 #1stepforward2stepsback
September 30, 2016, 11:57:10 AM by eBalita | Views: 1877 | Comments: 0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ-3KejoOHQ&feature=youtu.be

Watch Harana at the Alex Theater.
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