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Gourmondo: Where taste meets compassion. Since '96, their Giving Box program has been making every bite count. Indulge in gourmet cuisine with a purpose.

Savor a delightful fusion of flavors at Bellingham's Hawaii BBQ & Noodle House, where each dish is a culinary masterpiece – an absolute must-try!

Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Kkokio's Asian Fusion Bahn Mi, nestled in the heart of Seattle's vibrant International District!

Enjoy the authentic taste of Mexico at Puerto Vallarta Restaurant in West Seattle, where every dish is a journey to the heart of Mexican cuisine.

The Boat is a funky and fun Vietnamese restaurant in the International District that serves delicious fried chicken and waffles, along with refreshing drinks and salads.

Savor Mount Vernon's finest teriyaki: tender, succulent bites glazed in a harmonious teriyaki symphony.

Located at 1240 S Jackson St, Seattle, Pho Bac Súp Shop is a cozy eatery serving up authentic Vietnamese flavors. Their menu features a variety of pho options, including beef, chicken, and veggie, alongside other Vietnamese classics.

Experience the perfect blend of urban convenience and natural beauty in the heart of West Seattle Junction's vibrant community, where modern living meets the Pacific Northwest's laid-back charm.

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Evergreen Goodwill's 100th anniversary celebration was a momentous event, filled with gratitude for a century of transforming lives through sustainable retail and free job training and education.

Fans had a blast at Lumen Field, where the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings put on a show in their preseason opener.

Experience the dynamic Digital Equity Partners Breakfast, hosted by Comcast and Evergreen Goodwill at Evergreen Goodwill Seattle Lift Zone on Sept 22, 2023.

In the heart of nature, the joy of camping breakfast is unparalleled. It's more than just a meal it's a celebration of simple pleasures and the perfect start to a day filled with adventure.

Seattle-Bremerton ferry is one of Washington State's oldest and significant transportation links. This iconic route connects Seattle and Bremerton, facilitating commuters, tourists, and goods.

Take a captivating stroll through Seattle's dynamic Capitol Hill district. Discover its history, diverse culture, charming cafes, and local art scene.

Welcome to the University of Washington in Seattle, where you can experience an enchanting cherry blossoms event that transforms the campus into a breathtaking sea of delicate pink petals, celebrating nature's beauty in all its mesmerizing glory.

Visiting the Wing Luke Museum is a captivating journey into the heart of Asian Pacific American history and culture. Located in Seattle's vibrant Chinatown-International District, this museum is a celebration of diverse stories and voices that have shaped the region's identity.

Evergreen Goodwill, a non-profit organization founded in 1923, operates five Job Training Centers, 24 retail stores, and 30 donation sites across five counties in WA: King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, and Kitsap.


Life-world Series

Life-world Series (dir. Joni Gutierrez, 2017, 118 min.) is a profound collection of ten short film episodes that capture the essence of everyday life across various locations such as Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, mainland China, and the USA. Originally conceived as part of my PhD dissertation, this film anthology served as a means to explore the depths of human existence through the lens of cinema. Even after completing my doctorate degree, I have remained dedicated to the Life-world Series Project, continuing to create new short films under its umbrella. These films, which further expand on the themes and perspectives explored in the original series, can be found and enjoyed on YouTube. It is my hope that they provide viewers with moments of reflection and a renewed appreciation for the beauty found within the ordinary aspects of life.


In the experimental film, Twelve Hundred Miles (dir. Joni Gutierrez, 2015, 44 min.), I juxtapose scenes of Hong Kong and Beijing shot in 2014. It exhibits my perspective as a foreign postgraduate student who is faced with a strong need to understand the intricacies within Hong Kong and mainland China relations. Interacting with the poetry of Kristian Agustin, the HK-Beijing binary is made complex and nuanced by an interspersion of thematic photo-montages from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, Zhongshan, and Suzhou. The film consciously suspends the adversarial attitude between the two to allow the collective unconscious - invoked by cinematic visualizations of culture and history - to present alternative and more inspired ways of understanding. It had its premiere screening on October 24, 2015 at the FACINE 22: The 22nd Annual Filipino International Cine Festival in San Francisco, California.

GREEN (2013, 69 minutes)

In this observational documentary, Green (dir. Joni Gutierrez, 2013, 69 min.), I used the direct cinema style to refamiliarize myself with my family who immigrated to the United States eight years before the time that I was able to start visiting them. As a result of this process of behavioral study through filmmaking, this documentary intimately portrays a phenomenology of Filipino-American experience as well as my personal perspective as an outsider looking in.

In the same year that this film was released, my article "Philippines, Migration, 1948 to Present" was published in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (2013), edited by Immanuel Ness, Blackwell Publishing. It includes a significant section on Filipino Americans. Please feel free to read the article.

"... a full-length cinema verite docu, part-travelogue, part memory piece, that is so honest in its rendering, so emotional in its delivery, GREEN stands as a signature work for documenting Filipino immigrant life in America. Bravo!” - Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr, Filipino American Cine (FACINE) Festival Director

Joni Gutierrez is listed in the Filipino American Artist Directory.