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Monday, 17 September 2007 01:51

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The passing of Juliette Danguilan, one of the Filipino community's most popular representatives, is being felt across Alaska and beyond.

Juliette Danguilan, the first lady of Filipino TV, passed away Thursday after a long battle with breast cancer. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Juliette Danguilan, the first lady of Filipino TV, passed away Thursday after a long battle with breast cancer. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Juliette Danguilan and her husband, Nez D. (above), co-hosted the popular show Fil-Am Showtime. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Juliette Danguilan and her husband, Nez D. (above), co-hosted the popular show Fil-Am Showtime. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Juliette was considered a leading advocate for the Alaska Filipino community. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Juliette was considered a leading advocate for the Alaska Filipino community. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Juliette and Nez worked to keep family units strong in the Filipino community in order to prevent youth from turning to gangs for support. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Juliette and Nez worked to keep family units strong in the Filipino community in order to prevent youth from turning to gangs for support. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Emma Munoz, a friend of the Danguilan family, said Juliette would be remembered as Anchorage's greatest Filipino advocate for youth. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Emma Munoz, a friend of the Danguilan family, said Juliette would be remembered as Anchorage's greatest Filipino advocate for youth. (Phil Walczak/KTUU-TV)
Things were quiet today at the usually-hopping Fil-Am Showtime studios, but emotions ran high.

Danguilan was the love of Fil-Am Showtime hosts Nez D's life. She was also his co-host and wife.

"It's hard to believe that she's gone," he said. "And I feel when I see this, and when I go up to my room, she's still there."

Juliette Danguilan, the first lady of Filipino TV, passed away Thursday after a long battle with breast cancer. The loss was huge for Nez and the greater Filipino community, her biggest fans who always got the inside jokes.

"I called her `baquat,' which in my dialect means old lady. A lot of Filipinos, they get a kick, he's calling her old lady and she would respond saying, `That's alright cause I also call him `lakai,' which means old man," said Nez.

Nez and Juliette have shared a compelling mission. They have been showcasing young Filipino youth and positive role models to the community since 1994, while also tackling tough social issues like AIDS, pregnancy, teen violence and gang culture.

"Juliette, really deep inside, said we have to do something with our youth and with our gang, and it was actually the reason we have this TV program," said Nez. "We want to have a conduit for the Filipino community where they can run for help."

Emma Munoz, a friend of the Danguilan family, said Juliette would be remembered as Anchorage's greatest Filipino advocate for youth.

"I think she did a lot of education," Munoz said. "She shared a lot of wisdom to everyone - lots of love, lots of talents."

She and Nez worked to keep family units strong in the Filipino community in order to prevent youth from turning to gangs for support.

"Just talking to the parents and showing a lot of love to the kids; understanding their situation, I think, that made a lot of difference in their lives," Munoz said.

The mission was also to share their culture and other cultures, while promoting awareness and celebrating diversity through unity.

"And she would always say, `Please, lets all be together. No more anger for each other. Lets love each other and do something productive for our community, for our youth, especially, and for our future," said Nez.

The studio will be silent through a nine-day prayer vigil with family and friends, where Nez is sharing what he hopes will be a lasting message on behalf of Juliette.

"The love of the parents to their children - make sure you stay together, pray together. She feels it's the only way we can avoid all these kids being lost," Nez said. "I always end with a (Filipino) statement which means, `Let's love each other, always."

Juliette Danguilan was active in many other community activities, including Victims for Justice.

Her memorial service has been set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel downtown. The funeral will take place 6 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on south Klevin Street.

Donations can be made to Fil-Am Showtime through the studio Web site. Contact Maria Downey at mdowney@ktuu.com



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