The local Filipino community is the focus of the next iteration of the popular “Cultures of Las Vegas” television and podcast series. “Cultures of Las Vegas: The Filipinos” debuts on Clark County Television (CCTV) Wednesday, June 1 at 2 and 6 p.m. and airs throughout the month. The Philippines celebrates its independence on June 12.
Guest moderated by Marie Mortera, an anchorwoman and reporter for KSNV News 3 Las Vegas, the half-hour interview show features Elizabeth de Leon-Gamboa of Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada, Noel Casimiro of Las Vegas Foodie Fest, community leader Gloria Caoili, documentarian Bev Llorente,
Miss Nevada Kataluna Enriquez, Clark County Asian-American Pacific Islanders Community Commission Chairman Craig Valdez; entertainer Rizza Navales and Dr. Rhigel Alforque Tan of the Kalahi Folkloric ensemble.
“I'm grateful for the opportunity to share the ‘kababayan’ spirit – the spirit of the fellow Filipino-American -- through interviews with local leaders in business, medicine, politics and the arts,” said Mortera. “I hope viewers of Clark County TV will see the multi-faceted way the community shows up in all corners of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. At the same time, I believe this episode of 'Cultures of Las Vegas' will reflect how our shared passion for our culture brings us together in meaningful ways, especially through food, dance, song and shared vision."
"I grew up watching Ate (big sister) Marie on television whenever my family put on the news,” said Valdez. “This felt surreal and reminded me just how important representation is."
Besides appearing on CCTV, the show also may be viewed on Clark County’s YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. A direct link to the show: https://youtu.be/waZlr1gXqVM. The special will also appear on the County’s social media channels.
Further, the discussion is available on Clark County’s “Cultures of Las Vegas” podcast available for iPhones and Androids.
The show will appear on CCTV throughout June, including Thursday, June 2 at 1 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, June 3 at 4:30 a.m. and 3 and 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 and 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., Sunday, June 5 at 3 and 10:30 a.m., and Monday, June 6 at 1 and 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. CCTV’s schedule may be found at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Previous iterations of the series have focused on the Chinese, https://youtu.be/wSXlaLr20eA; the French, https://youtu.be/l53oPCatW7k; the Germans, https://youtu.be/a7EerPFA954; the Indians, https://youtu.be/oh2J9AFzQXk; the Irish, https://youtu.be/Fu5OcnTlGy4; the Italians, https://youtu.be/FA-X8QB_c3A; Mexico, https://youtu.be/jyl96aqwjUk; the Native Americans, https://youtu.be/jDbBr0cCi0k; the Poles, https://youtu.be/UOz5qjA6jNA; and the Thais, https://youtu.be/6u_n6WWxeEg. CCTV has also produced similar shows, including, “Celebrating Latino Contributions,” https://youtu.be/6OcrX1ywDHw; “Influences of Asia and the Pacific,” https://youtu.be/8X3EIlvufME; and “The Legacy, The History: Celebrating Black History Month,” https://youtu.be/1hmHSrqooyA. Clark County plans to continue the series, focusing on the contributions of local ethnic groups.
CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4 on Cox cable as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available on YouTube. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. One may watch CCTV on streaming devices such as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV via the YouTube app.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.