In the heart of New York City’s “World’s Borough,” a portal to the Philippines awaits.
Published July 28, 2022
In the heart of New York City’s “World’s Borough,” a portal to the Philippines awaits. From the Mabuhay Mural to the many kabayan-owned businesses along 69th/70th Street and Roosevelt Ave, Filipino Americans have long considered Woodside, Queens their home. And this past month, many from nearby and afar came together to celebrate on Philippines Independence Day the co-naming of Roosevelt Avenue as “Little Manila Avenue.” At the heart of this ceremony – the stories of countless Filipino Americans, including Xenia and Elizabeth Diente. AAJA Voices Fellow Michael Tamsuriyamit reports from Little Manila on the significance of this ceremony and what it means to the Filipino American diaspora.
Michael Tamsuriyamit is a New York-based multimedia journalist and fourth-year university student attending the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. He is also a segment producer for CUNY TV’s “Asian American Life,” an Emmy award-winning news magazine show highlighting Asian American communities and stories nationwide.
You can connect with Michael on Instagram.
Los Angeles 2022
Become a fellow or editor
Support our impact
We need your help to keep providing valuable opportunities to young journalists and making an impact through our stories.Support Voices
Work with us as a brand
To sponsor this program or learn more about AAJA’s student programming, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a membership nonprofit advancing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. AAJA has more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia.