Your monthly dose of websites for and by the Filipino community.

BakitWhy October Websites of the Month

Hey folks! Welcome to BW Websites of the Month, your monthly guide to websites relating to the Filipino-American community that are worth exploring. Each month, we’ll provide a diverse set of links spanning various genres that we hope you’ll enjoy. Check them out and share other websites that you think deserve recognition in the comments below.

Ellona Santiago
Sixteen-year old Ellona Santiago impressed the judges during her audition on the current season of The X Factor after singing “Wings” by British group Little Mix. Santiago was recently announced as one of the top 10 girls competing for a spot in the final twelve acts that will go head-to-head for the public vote. Listen to her covers of contemporary pop songs on her YouTube channel.
Related BW Post: Singer Ellona Santiago Gets Second Chance on the X Factor Stage

I Am Flippish
I Am Flippish is a book by author Leslie V. Ryan about a child who is half-Irish and half-Filipino. Ryan, a Filipino-American married to an Irish-American, wanted to write the book after noticing that there weren’t a lot of picture books for children dealing with multicultural families that she could share with her kids. She now talks about both her book and her story with people at events throughout Southern California.
Related BW Post: Community Comes Together to Celebrate FPAC 2012

LUMPIA: The Movie
The movie LUMPIA debuted in 2003 and was filmed over seven years beginning in 1996. It soon amassed a cult following and was even recognized by film festivals and the entertainment magazine Variety. Ten years later, the creators began a Kickstarter to raise funds for a sequel, hitting their $50,000 goal in the final hours of the campaign. Learn more about the movie and news on LUMPIA 2 at the movie’s official website.
Related BW PostFilmmakers Behind Home Made Movie "LUMPIA" Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Sequel

Philippine Urban Legends
Get into the mood for Halloween by reading various Philippine urban legends about paranormal creatures, historical figures, and supernatural events. The website also has a glossary of mythical creatures and purported haunted locales from the Philippines. 
Related BW Post: Supernatural Series: Tiyanak

Filipino Food Lovers
October is Pilipino American History Month so get your PAHM celebrations together with your favorite Filipino food! Filipino Food Lovers is a recipe-sharing website and blog created by Filipino-American sports photographer Robert Colinares. Learn how to make dishes from nilaga to ampalaya and share your own specialties.
Related BW Post: Anthony Bourdain Talks Halo Halo on New CNN Series

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