Thursday, July 20, 2017

Watch the BA Original “Box City” and Be Part of a Meaningful Conversation on the Sad Reality of Homeless Filipinos in San Francisco


The advance screening of the BA Original “Box City” on Wednesday, July 12 at the TFC Studio in Daly City was a who’s who of the Filipino American community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Elected officials, community leaders, representatives of the Philippine Consulate, the education sector, and the press were deeply moved after viewing the 30-minute documentary that shows the plight of homeless Filipinos who found one another on the streets of San Francisco and decided to build their own “Box City.”.


San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa expressed his gratitude “for the storytelling because the story was about a community coming together.” He adds that homelessness is “a tough issue to deal with. Some people want help. Some don’t want help. Some may have mental health issues; some may have issues with alcohol. How do we address those issues?”

The film pushes one to think about what can be done, and to engage in dialogue so that ideas can be put in action. San Francisco Mayor’s Senior Advisor for Education and Family Services Hydra Mendoza emphasizes that “we need to work to make sure that our families have a place to stay. These are the same kids that come to school hungry; that haven’t had a full night’s sleep; that don’t have Wi-Fi; they don’t have paper and pens to write with. So, I challenge all of you to step up and think about what we need to do for our Filipino community.”

ABS-CBN North America Managing Director Olivia De Jesus affirms the importance of acting now. “Let’s see what we can do to improve the lives of our kababayans, not just here in San Francisco, but everywhere else around the world. That’s what being in service of every Filipino means to all of us.”

Watch this compelling material, created by the same team behind the 2013 (NorCal chapter) Emmy-award winning documentary “The Filipino Champions of SOMA,” and be part of an important conversation on homelessness. “Box City,” A BA Original, aired Sunday, July 16 at 4:25 P.M. (PST) with a replay that same night at 10:25 P.M. (PST).  “Box City” will have another reprise on Saturday, July 22 at 9:30 A.M. (PST) on TFC.





(L-R) CEO and Founder of Just Wish Foundation and JW Production Jack Wu, a major presentor of “Box City;” Daly City Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo; and San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa. (photo by PLCarrion)

(L-R) CEO and Founder of Just Wish Foundation and JW Production Jack Wu; “Box City” Writer/Producer/Host Henni Espinosa; VP of JW Production Rosemarie Samaniego. Just Wish Foundation is a major presentor of the BA Original “Box City.” CEO Wu is convinced that “the ultimate way of saving any person is to inspire them.” (photo by PLCarrion)




Empowered women. (L-R) Mariza Bensurto, wife of Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Henry Bensurto; Henni Espinosa, “Box City” writer/producer/host; Consul Carlyn Monastrial; Juvy Bulacan, South of Market Community Action Network Case Worker; Dorie Paniza, Daly City Commissioner on Arts and Culture; Marily Mondejar, Chair of the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure are all committed to doing their part to keep the conversation going and to participate in actions to help the homeless. (photo by PLCarrion)





TFC Officers were present at the advance screening of the BA Original “Box City.” (L-R) Global Marketing Head & NA Regional Marketing Head & Brand Strategist Pam Castillo; Head, Global CS & SCM Group Emma Endaya; Head, NA Customer Service Operations Agnes Jamias; Head, NA Product Operations & Business Unit Head for Cargo & Retail Kerwin Du; Operations Specialist Bert Arroyo. (photo by PLCarrion)

Attendees to the advance screening of the BA Original “Box City” were overwhelmed with the stories of the homeless Filipinos that unfolded before them in the stirring documentary. (photo by PLCarrion)


Elected officials, community leaders, representatives of the Philippine Consulate, the education sector, and the press were represented in the advance screening of the BA Original “Box City.” (Kneeling L-R) Former Director of Canon Kip Lolita Kintanar, Medi-Cal Outreach Coordinator of Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco MC Canlas, Pia Torre Llamas, TFC Production Department Head John-D Lazatin, Filipino Community Center Executive Director Terry Valen.(Standing 1st Row L-R) Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center President Ray Satorre, Rose San Juan, Daly City Commissioner on Arts and Culture Dorie Paniza, SOMA Community Action Network Case Worker Juvy Bulacan, ABS-CBN North America Managing Director Olivia De Jesus, Vice President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps Mariza Bensurto, Filipina Women’s Network Board Member Sonia Delen, Inquirer.net’s Esther and Mandy Chavez, Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure Chair Marily Mondejar, CEO and Founder of Just Wish Foundation and JW Production Jack Wu, VP of JW Production Rosemarie Samaniego. (Standing 2nd Row L-R) Jojo Mabolo, Consul Carlyn Monastrial, (Ret) Lt. Eric Quema, Filipino American Caucus State Chair Genevieve Jopanda, and “Box City” Writer/Producer/Host Henni Espinosa. (photo by PLCarrion)

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