Empire State Building

The tower was lit green in honor of the New York Restoration Project.

Empire State Building

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “TRIO.”

Right after work on Friday, November 20th, I dropped by Macy’s Herald Square to pick up my online order. While waiting at the Pick Up Counter, I was surprised by “Ms. G! I know it’s you who ordered this.” It was Yvette, my former high school student who now works at Macy’s. What are the odds of meeting someone you know in an island that serves approximately 4 million people on a typical weekday? Believe. 

As I egressed through the store’s 34th St. exit, I was mesmerized by the Empire State Building’s green tower light. Amidst the hustle and bustle of rush hour, I could not help but pause, admire, and capture the view using my iPhone. 

The Empire State Building is New York City’s emblem as the ‘seat of empire,’ heart of the wealthiest American City, and beacon of colors of America’s melting pot.

SEAT OF EMPIRE: New York has been notably known as the Empire State. What could be a more fitting symbol of this nickname than the Empire Sate Building? The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets.

HEART OF THE CITY. The Empire State Building’s 86th and 102nd floor observatories provide breathtaking 360° views of New York City and beyond. Hence, the building is also known as the heart of The City of New York – ‘the most American of all the country’s cities’ and deemed as the largest and wealthiest American City for the past two centuries.

TOWER OF LIGHTS. The international icon of the New York Skyline, the Empire State Building’s Tower of Lights has maintained a unique and symbolic lighting displays, since 1976, to recognize various occasions and organizations throughout the year. I’d like to view the Tower of Lights as a cultural symbol – a beacon of colors – with New York City being the most ethnically diverse urban center in the country. The tower’s colors could mean a call to action, a celebration, or thanksgiving for both residents and visitors alike, in this concrete jungle of a city that is widely recognized as America’s melting pot.

Views of New York City from the Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory

 

Which Three Concepts Does New York City’s Empire State Building Symbolize?

How I Made It to The FilAm’s “A Collection of Memorable Personal Essays for 2014”

Photo: "A Drop of Trust" by Dupz Escatron Ravelo

by Mayette Timblaco Geraldino

Cristina DC Pastor, the founding editor of The FilAm – a magazine for Filipino Americans in New York, has been instrumental in rekindling my love for writing. I still don’t know what convinced her that I could write. I didn’t tell anyone of my stint as editor-in-chief of The Nicolanian, the official college paper of St. Paul University Surigao.

Days after our chance meeting at the Carnegie Hall for the 2013 The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA NY) Awards, where I was the awardee for Education, Research and Technology, she sent me a private invitation in Facebook. “Mayette,” she said, “would you like to write for The FilAm?”

At first, I was taken aback and thought to myself, “But where would I find the time?” As a New York City teacher and a mother of four, I did not think that I still have the time to write. I also argued, “How does she know that my article would even make it to her writing standards?” Cristina, as claimed by a former student, is a “legend among editors and writers” in Philippine journalism.

But I said, yes, anyway. My first attempt made it to her “What we read this year; The FilAm’s most clicked stories in 2013.”  The article was also re-published by the GMANetwork.com.

And it just took roots from there.

Fast forward to today. I just learned that one of my FilAm articles made it to her “A Collection of Memorable Personal Essays for 2014.”

Thank you, Crien, for that invitation and the opportunity to improve my craft. You have been a good mentor and an inspiration. You re-opened my world to what I love to do, next to teaching math of course, which is writing.

Was it just a coincidence that we met in New York City, no less? Or was it a pre-ordained inflection point?

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