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PH Embassy in USA Now Accepting Applications for 2018 FYLPRO Immersion Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) – a joint initiative of the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the United States, the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), and the FYLPRO non-profit organization – is pleased to launch the 2018 Immersion Program. FYLPRO is now accepting applications for young Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the […]

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US justice department indicts Napoles and five family members

By Abner Galino A UNITED States federal grand jury has indicted Janet Napoles, who is currently detained in a Philippine prison, for allegedly laundering Philippine public funds in and out of the States amounting to approximately US$20 million through suspected “multi-layered bribery and fraud scheme.” Five other family members of Janet Napoles, who are presumably […]

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LA County acts to ensure access to safe and affordable financial services regardless of their immigration status

By Abner Galino THE County of Los Angeles Center for Financial Empowerment, housed within the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, is proud to celebrate the launching of BankOn Los Angeles County, a program designed to connect residents to safe and affordable financial products, regardless of their immigration status. This coming August 18, the CFE […]

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Meet Messrs. Asbury, Butti and Sheetin (UAE Road Works Dummies)

By Kleo Hernandez Kannangara WHEN we were little, the worst insult my brother Jojo and I could hurl at each other would have been, “Dumdum” or “Dummy”. I don’t hear these much anymore, not from my “contrapelo” (someone who’s eternally against you) sibling or from our younger versions in the family. The world’s present generation, […]

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Filipina Houstonian artist Crystal Lallego nominated for the Global Arts Awards

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX – A Filipina artist of local renown was nominated for The Global Arts Awards 2018. Crystal Lallego Houston based Crystal Lallego held her first ever Solo Art Exhibit on September 23, 2017. That show featured live music by Vanessa McGrew, Nicole Aimi, and Kathryn Rose (Houston Fil-Am musician), glow in […]

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Jed Madela commends RP team in modest WCOPA yield

By Abner Galino PROMINENT Filipino singer Jed Madela congratulated the members of the Philippine team who competed in the recently concluded World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California for representing the country well. “What matters is that each delegate really represented the country well. We are proud of every delegate in Team Philippines […]

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Filipinos, Vietnamese celebrate RP’s court victory over China in sea dispute

By Abner Galino FILIPINO Americans and their Vietnamese American allies on Thursday held another joint demonstration in front of the People’s Republic of China’s consular office in Los Angeles to protest the alleged territorial incursions of the Asian superpower in the West Philippine Sea. The protest was timed with the second anniversary of the decision […]

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“Boom jazz tic” concert delivers the bang!

By Abner Galino A HASTILY organized concert dubbed “Boom Jazz Tic,” which was primarily meant to raise fund for the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) and to provide a venue for a visiting Japan-based Filipina artist, led to an entertaining “birit” showdown between the three principal performers. “It kind of turned into something like a contest […]

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PH envoys, local officials discuss programs to uplift welfare of Filipinos in Alberta

By Rodolfo Andal PHILIPPINE diplomatic officials in Canada met with ranking government officials to discuss ways to advance the welfare of the Filipino diaspora in Alberta. Ambassador to Canada Petronila P. Garcia and Consul General in Calgary Gilberto G.B. Asuque  called on Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman at her office in the […]

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Council member O’farrel announces renovations in Filipinotown

By Abner Galino LOS Angeles City District 13 Council member Mitch O’farrel has recently announced important renovations in the historic Filipinotown. During a recent meeting with leaders of the Filipino American community at the Silver Lake Medical Center in the historic Filipinotown, O’farrel reported that money has been allotted for the restoration of two important […]

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The PH reaffirms before the UNHRC its advocacy on the promotion and protection of migrant’s rights

By Rodolfo Andal THE Philippine permanent representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva has reaffirmed the country’s promotion and protection of the rights of migrants. Ambassador Evan P. Garcia made the affirmation during a conversation with Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Felipe Gonzales Morales Wednesday last week on the margins of […]

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Another Filipino-American becomes the valedictorian of her batch in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio FILIPINO Americans continue grabbing the top academic honors in Saipan this time in Chacha Ocean View Middle School. This was learned as COVMS recently promoted 77 middle schoolers to high school during a simple ceremony at the school’s cafeteria. COVMS Principal Martha Kintol said the Class of 2018 selected the theme: […]

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A true hero returns home

By Benjie Lim Vergara THE remains of a true hero returns home Tuesday morning only to be met with a mediocre government presence. The body of Henry Acorda, who was mortally injured for defending a Filipina by a suspected Neo-Nazi in Slovakia, was flown in to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport accompanied by his mother in […]

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A Filipino American grab the top academic honor as she led the middle school graduates of Saipan’s FMSMS

By Lori Lyn Lirio LED by their Filipino American valedictorian, 97 8th grade students of the Francisco M. Sablan Middle School has been promoted to 9th grade during its 4th annual promotional ceremony recently held at Royal Taga Ballroom World Resort. Principal James Sablan introduced the Class of 2018 promotees, who he said have brought […]

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Fil-Ams, Viet-Ams demonstrate together at Chinese embassy in Los Angeles

By Abner Galino WITH the temperature hovering between 80 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, contingents of Filipino Americans and Vietnamese Americans together held a mass action in front People’s Republic of China (PRC) consulate office in mid-city Los Angeles Tuesday to protest the alleged aggressive behavior of the rising Asian superpower in the West Philippine Sea. […]