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Non profit orgs offer tips for undocumented immigrants (Los Angeles will defy Trump’s anti-immigrant policy)

BIG crowd demonstrations in Los Angeles against President-elect Donald Trump, appeared to have ended on Tuesday — a day after students converged on Mariachi Plaza, a get-together spot for the city’s musicians, and marched to City Hall. The students demonstrated for about an hour at the City Hall and returned to their classes afterwards. Despite the lull, […]

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FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

PART 1 Why oh why?!! ONE may believe that here in the Middle East, it is very easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. Despite government, community, and private sectors’ efforts to promote fitness, individuals still get infected by this “sitting disease.” Why not? Most parts of the region are populated largely by working expats […]

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Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti calls for sobriety after two nights of protests

  LOS Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today called for sobriety as the looming presidency of Donald Trump continue to spark protests in the city, in other parts of California and in the US, in general. Mayor Eric Garcetti released the following statement: “I understand that the results of Tuesday’s election are painful for many of […]

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Pinoy artist from Qatar brings his art to the US

AN internationally recognized Filipino artist, who has spent the last seven years impressing sheiks, businessmen and other bigshots in Doha, Qatar is currently in the United States to continue spreading the allure of his remarkable artistry. Angelo Maristela, who had employed his God-given talent since he was a teenager back in the Philippines, recently participated […]

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Gabriela comes out with “Strength in Our Stories” forum (In reaction to NBC Universal’s “Mail Order Family”)

  AS they gained momentum from stopping NBC Universal’s “Mail Order Family” into becoming a TV sitcom, Gabriela-USA recently held “Strength in Our Stories” forum in Los Angeles that seeks to provide true-to-life narratives of Filipinos victimized by human traffickers. A video of Jamie (not her real name), a supposed victim of human trafficking was […]

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A 16-year-old lass from San Diego bags Queen of Asian Pacific 2016 crown

JENA Mafnas Serrano, a 16-year-old stunner from San Diego, California is the 2016 Queen of Asia Pacific (QAP). Serrano bested 12 other candidates and was crowned on Sunday night (October 16) at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. All 13 candidates were presented on stage wearing evening gowns during a sequence of various performance numbers. […]

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GABRIELA presses on with protest vs NBC despite “Mail Order Family” shelving

  GABRIELA-USA members and allied organizations of Filipino Americans pressed on to get NBC Universal to commit itself to the fight against human trafficking despite the TV network’s shelving of the controversial “Mail Order Family” sitcom. In a press conference held in front of the NBC Universal office in Los Angeles last week morning, leaders […]

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NBC scraps its planned Mail Order Family program following social media firestorm

THE National Broadcasting Corporation has announced that it is scrapping Mail Order Family, a comedy about a widowed father who mail order a Filipina bride to help raise two teen aged daughters. The decision was apparently an offshoot of protests and other adverse reactions coming from different quarters on social media, particularly from the Asian-American […]

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Firestorm meets NBC’s “Mail Order Family” sitcom project

A FIRESTORM has greeted a giant television network’s announcement of a comedy show series that would revolve around the story of a Filipina mail order bride. As the news circulated about the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) giving the green light for the production of the sitcom “Mail Order Family,” Asian Americans and other concerned personalities […]

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Sixteen starving Filipino seafarers seeking government help after being abandoned and stranded in Thailand by their employer

BANGKOK, Thailand — Sixteen Filipino and five Romanian mariners are now reportedly starving in Thailand after allegedly being abandoned by their employer in an apparent bid to evade financial responsibility. This was learned on Tuesday by Beyond Deadlines during an interview with Rev. Fr. Dave Hinay, Laem Chabang Port chaplain. He said the Filipino seafarers, […]

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Filipino-Americans hail Gov. Brown’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

FILIPINO-Americans hailed California Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate bill (SB) 1015 which permanently enshrined the so-called “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights” into the state’s Labor Code. Brown’s action will affect an estimated 300,000 domestic workers in California — about 11 percent of them are Filipinos. Aquilina Soriano Versoza, executive director of Pilipino Workers Center […]

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Abrogate all US-RP defense treaties — Bayan-USA

THE chairperson of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-United States of America (Bayan-USA), a Filipino nationalist organization, urged the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to abrogate all of the country’s military agreements with the USA. Bernadette Ellorin made the call on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Senate’s rejection of a treaty that should […]

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Ship 2PH-C.U.R.E. seeks donations for its Moncada relief operation

THE Ship 2PH-C.U.R.E. organization is appealing to all Filipinos residing in the United States to contribute in the making to reality a relief operation to the poor barangays of Moncada, Tarlac which was badly hit by the recent El Nino phenomenon. Marie Mercado, a Houston, Texas based member of Ship 2PH-C.U.R.E., said Moncada was chosen […]

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Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles turns into int’l street art destination

A FILIPINO rights advocacy group, Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), joined visual and literary artists, art patrons and other concerned community members of Los Angeles on Saturday (August 27) in promoting the Historic Filipinotown (HFT) as an “international street art destination” through a 30-minute “walking tour” of the neighborhood that showcases more than 100 murals on […]

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Cesar Montano’s Nilalang to play in LA Pinoy film festival

NILALANG, a 2015 Filipino-Japanese horror movie that starred Cesar Montano, Meg Imperial, Yam Concepcion and the provocative Japanese adult film star Maria Ozawa has been selected to play in the three-day Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF) on October 7, 8 and 9, 2016. Nilalang’s director Pedring Lopez who was present during the LAPIFF […]