Makilala, the first Filipina-American TV show on QPTV holds official launch event

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New York, NY -- The first Filipina-American TV Talk Show, "Makilala," which means "get to know" in Tagalog, will be hosting its official launch event at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 15 at the Philippine Consulate on Fifth Avenue. 


Members of the press and the community are invited to get to know the ladies of Makilala: Rachelle Ocampo, Jen Furer, Maria Cruz Lee and Cristina DC Pastor.  The show, which is aired through Queens Public Television,  highlights a new guest every month as the ladies talk to the movers and shakers that affect Filipino life in the NY Tri-State area. 

It’s a launch party and a talk show. Makilala will moderate a town hall discussion with Consul General Mario de Leon Jr. about issues near and dear to our community. Like: why our community is thriving despite the many organizations that appear to divide us; why dual citizenship won’t make us unpatriotic Americans; or why food, not faith, is our cultural unifier. 

There will be food, drinks and roving camera interviews. Be prepared to say what’s on your mind. 

After five episodes, Makilala is well on the way to another round of exciting programming. Here’s what’s next for us: Rachelle will walk us through the corridors of powers with a report on her recent visit to the Philippines; Jen will feature creative children suffering from autism; Maria would like to talk about the Filipino movement into the mainstream media; and Cristina will talk Facebook and hashtags with social media-savvy FilAm seniors. 

Join us and find out how the community can participate in our TV program.




Cristina DC Pastor: Founding Editor of the The FilAm online magazine and Communications Coordinator at Resilience Advocacy Project


Jen Furer: Author of “Out of Status,” Founder of the blog Gotta Love Mom and Director of Communications at the Filipino American Legal Defense and Education Fund (FALDEF)


Rachelle Ocampo: Health Educator and President of Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro)


Maria Cruz Lee: Project Coordinator (Social Media Strategy) and Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Owner of Katamisán Cakes.



Media launch event for the first Filipina-American TV Talk Show, "Makilala"

Philippine Consulate, 556 Fifth Ave New York, New York 10036

Friday, November 15, 2013