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State senatorial candidate Mike Eng is flanked by Filipino American leaders (from left to right) Art Garcia, Grace Barrios, Fernandico Gonong and Johnny Chua. Photo © Abner Galino

California State senatorial bet honors memory of Fil-Am leader

By Abner Galino AS he continues to make his rounds of communities in the San Gabriel Valley, California state senatorial candidate Mike Eng has been praising the legacy of Filipino American political leader Gonzalo “Monty” Manibog. Eng has been telling people that he lives in a street that was named Bataan by then former Monterey City Councilman Manibog to honor […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Miss Teen Cosmos California Rinoa Felix and Miss Cosmos California Krystal Fernandez. Photo © Tony Garcia

A neophyte and a seeded competitor bags separate crowns in Miss Cosmos tilt

By Abner Galino A 14-year-old first timer won as Miss Teen Cosmos California while a stunning 2nd runner up placer in a recent major Los Angeles beauty tilt was crowned Miss Cosmos California 2018. “I really didn’t expect this,” said Rinoa Felix while still on stage for pictorials shortly after last Sunday’s competition ended. Rinoa got the judges’ nods apparently […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Michael Jon Cantil's project "Smart Street Lighting Control System" won first place in middle school category. This is his second win. His first was in 2017.  Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Fil-Am student won Science Technology Engineering and Math fair two years in a row

By Lori Lyn Lirio FOR two consecutive years, Eskuelan San Francisco De Borja Filipino-American student Michael Jon Cantil won in the CNMI Public School System Island-wide Science Technology Engineering and Math Fair. Cantil, a seventh grader, won first place in the Middle School: 6th-8th Grade Category in the recently-held CNMI Public School System Island-wide STEM Fair at Chacha Ocean View […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Tinian High School senior Mariah Cruz at the Board of Education office. She was accepted at 2 Ivy League school and 11 universities.  Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Another Fil-Am student from Saipan was accepted to two Ivy League schools and 11 prestigious institutions

By Lori Lyn Lirio BOARD of Education student representative Mariah Cruz was accepted to two Ivy League schools and 11 prestigious institutions, including the U.S. Air Force Academy. Since the start of school year 2017-2018, Cruz, who is a Filipino-American, started applying to Yale, Princeton, Stanford, University of California Berkeley, University of California Irvine, University of California Merced, University of […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Former Assembly Member Mike Eng (5th from left) is flanked by LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis (left side) and his wife Congresswoman Judy Chu (right side).  They are joined by various local city mayors and executives, and by leaders of teacher and worker unions. Photo © Abner Galino

Bigtime politicians attend Mike Eng’s Calif State Senate campaign kick off

By Abner Galino AN assemblage of political bigwigs in the San Gabriel Valley graced late last month’s kick off activity of the California state senatorial campaign of former Assembly Member Mike Eng in El Monte. Among the political bigwigs who came and endorsed Eng’s candidacy last March 24 were Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Congresswoman […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Fil-Am Med student Ryan Ortizo. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio

Fil Am medical student accepted to Harvard University’s Master’s Degree program

By Lori Lyn Lirio A GRADUATING Filipino-American medical student from Saipan was offered by Harvard University a USD30,000 worth of scholarship for a one-year master’s degree program. Former Mount Carmel School student Fil Am Ryan Ortizo received a letter from Harvard University informing him that he was admitted to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is slated […]

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Future is bleak for Dreamers unless power changes in US Congress

By Abner Galino THE future is bleak for the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals under the administration of President Donald Trump, according to immigrant rights advocates. “It’s highly unlikely that Congress is going to pass any relief to benefit young people who make a huge contribution to the country they call home,” said America’s Voice in Washington […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Search is on for Mrs. and Miss FACLA; Miss Teen and Ms. Cosmos; and the Miss Philippines America

Search is on for Mrs. and Miss FACLA; Miss Teen and Ms. Cosmos; and the Miss Philippines America

By Abner Galino Beauty pageants are the Superbowl of the Filipinos. In 2015, Pia Wurtzbach got a hero’s welcome when she brought back the Miss Universe crown. Ayala Avenue, the main road of the Philippines’s business capital, was closed off in the middle of weekday and thousands of people gathered – carrying signs, waving flags and tearing up as they […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Couple Ted Rusk and Filipino wife Maria Monina poses during an interview in their home in Cerritos. Photo © Abner Galino

Ted Rusk anchors congress run on Trump’s border wall

By Abner Galino TED Rusk is someone who thinks that acquiescing to President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a border wall is the way to secure green cards for the “non-criminal” undocumented immigrants. Rusk, a contractor and one of the six Democrats challenging Rep. Ed Royce (R-Yorba Linda) to represent the 39th district of California in the US Congress, is […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
State senatorial candidate Michael Eng (14th from left wearing dark glasses and navy blue suit) poses with Filipino American supporters in front of the Aztig Grill in West Covina last week. Photo © Joe Cobilla

State senatorial candidate endorses West Covina’s “Little Manila” designation

By Abner Galino A DEMOCRAT running for a seat in the State Senate has pledged to work for the designation of a part of West Covina’s commercial district as historic “Little Manila.” Mike Eng, a former immigration lawyer and a seasoned politician, said he will make it a part of his campaign platform to promote the designation of the Asuza-Amar […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Outstanding Fil-am student from Marianas accepted to National Society of High School Scholars and appointed its ambassador

Outstanding Fil-am student from Marianas accepted to National Society of High School Scholars and appointed its ambassador

By Lyn Lirio AN outstanding Filipino-American student student of Marianas High School was accepted to National Society of High School Scholars and selected as its ambassador. The announcement of Kelvin Ethan L.S. Wolf acceptance to the elite circle of students was made during the annual NSHSS holiday member event ceremony held in Cobb Galleria Centre, Altanta, Georgia in December last […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Ivy Quicho, AF3IRM national chairperson, leads marchers to various points in downtown Los Angeles last March 3 in honor of International Women’s Day. Photo © AF3IRM

Hundreds of women of color march in DTLA for a “feminist future”

By Abner Galino HUNDREDS of mostly colored women on Saturday last week marched and demonstrated in front of the Federal Building, the City Hall and the Los Angeles Police Department office in downtown Los Angeles to lend their voices to an array of issues that include immigration, police brutality, transgender rights, Islamophobia and the protection of the environment. The march […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Fil-Ams from Los Angeles mourn the passing of stage actor Bernardo Bernardo

Fil-Ams from Los Angeles mourn the passing of stage actor Bernardo Bernardo

By Abner Galino THE passing of stage and movie actor Bernardo Bernardo last Friday has triggered an outpouring of sympathy from fans and friends here in Los Angeles where he used to be one of the stars of the Filipino American community’s musical and entertainment events and social gatherings. Social media is awash with expressions of sympathy for the family […]

CHCC CEO Esther Muña is the guest lecturer at Current Issues class on Wednesday. Image © Lyn Lirio

CNMI will preserve nursing positions to NMC students and those already employed under CW permits

By Lyn Lirio THE Commonwealth Healthcare Center is giving job opportunities for local nursing students by reserving the vacancies for nursing position to Northern Marianas College students. CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña, who was the guest lecturer at Current Issues class at NMC on Wednesday, said they opted not to the hire nurses through H1-B visa adding that they […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, Health, News
Pinay represents Filipino artistry  in Santa Monica women’s art show

Pinay represents Filipino artistry in Santa Monica women’s art show

By Abner Galino “My companion,” is a 21” x 29” watercolor on paper. The frame is an intriguing proposition. Consider this: An unknown black-haired woman, her frontal features completely hidden from view, while her hands hold the leash of familiar-looking black-haired dog. The dog’s frontal features are also partly hidden from view. And there are two ways to describe the […]

Filipino Americans demonstrate along Hollywood Boulevard to seek justice for Filipino World War II veterans. Photo was taken on November 2016 during an annual rally organized by the Justice for Filipino Veterans (JFAV). Photo  © Abner Galino

JFAV lauds US lawmakers who introduced the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2018 to Congress

THE Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) recently lauded Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for introducing the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2018 before the United States Senate. The proposal has already been read at the Senate floor and referred to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. The bipartisan legislation seeks to restore […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Paragas (extreme right) poses with fellow awardees of Courageous Citizens Award from the DA office. Behind the awardees are staff of the District Attorneys office. Photo © Abner Galino

Fil-Am who saved dog honored by District Attorney

A FILIPINO-American from Long Beach, California earned the District Attorney’s Office Courageous Citizens Award for saving a dog that was hurled by its owner to a 20-foot ravine two years ago. Krisanto Paragas, 30, who works for the US Coast Guard, was honored and given the award in a simple ceremony last February 7 in Los Angeles together with four […]

by Abner Galino· · 3 comments · Diaspora, Feature Story, News
Immigrant rights activists call  for stronger action amid assaults

Immigrant rights activists call for stronger action amid assaults

WHILE another federal court has ruled as unconstitutional the “Muslim ban” imposed by the Trump administration on immigrants coming from Islamic countries, the development hardly compensate for a deluge of assaults against the rights of immigrants communities in the US. Immigrant advocates told a national tele-conference for ethnic media that the country’s immigration appear to be leaning towards a previously […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes stresses a point while moderator Art Garcia listens. Photo © Irwin Jasminez

PH is not helpless against Chinese incursions – Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV

SENATOR Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes recently told Filipino-Americans in Los Angeles, California that the Philippines is not helpless against the relentless incursions of China into our territories. During a town hall meeting organized by the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA) at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), the Philippine senator said the administration of Rodrigo Duterte has a lot of options […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
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“We only sell quality genuine items” – Duty Free Philippines

THE Duty Free Philippines management on Sunday assured the public that the products they sell are 100 percent genuine and authentic. The statement was a reaction to unfounded reports that the DFP is selling fake items. “We get our products from abroad and the shoppers need not to worry,” Vicente Pelagio Angala, DFP chief operating officer, said during the DFP’s […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Filipino American shines as Marianas Baptist Academy wins 16th Academic Challenge Bowl in Saipan

Filipino American shines as Marianas Baptist Academy wins 16th Academic Challenge Bowl in Saipan

IT is a back-to-back win for Filipino-American middle schooler led Marianas Baptist Academy as they won the 16th Annual Academic Challenge Bowl, Middle School division held at Saipan Southern High School on Saturday. According to MBA Fil-Am teacher and coach Manny Castro, this is the second year in a row that the school bagged the championship and the third time […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Joanna Demafelis. Image © CNN Philippines

Brutalized body of Filipina OFW brought home from Kuwait

THE Kuwaiti government will exert all efforts to bring the murderers of Joanna Daniela Demafelis to justice. This was disclosed by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday, in an interview with reporters while waiting for the remains of Demafelis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. He said Gulf state’s government was outraged by Demafelis’ murder. Demafelis’ body was found […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 2 comments · Diaspora, News
Senator Antonio Trillanes ©  INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

PH Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes holds town hall meeting in Los Angeles

PHILIPPINE opposition Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV met with the Filipino-American community last Saturday in Los Angeles. The meeting, which was organized by the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA), was attended by groups of pro and against the Duterte administration. It was held at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) building at Glendale Avenue, Los Angeles. Tension was high throughout […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez (4th from left, front row), DFA-Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Maria Andrelita S. Austria (5th from left, front row), and the Philippine Consuls General in the US led the Planning Conference on 8-9 February 2018 in Washington, D.C.

New PH Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez meets with the country’s consul generals in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Heads of Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States and the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of American Affairs met for the 2018 Planning Conference of Team Philippines-USA at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez chaired the February 8 and 9 Conference, which was participated in by […]

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Marianas High School sophomore Julia Theresa S. Malate, left, received an early invitation from the U.S. Military Academy. With Malate is MHS teacher Jeaniffer H. Cubangbang. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Fil-Am teen from Saipan got invited to West Point due to outstanding academic credentials

A FIFTEEN-year old Filipina-American from Saipan, Julia Theresa S. Malate, got an early invitation from the West Point Military Academy due to her outstanding academic credentials. “Your outstanding high school record has been noticed by the United States Military Academy at West Point. We think you should apply for admission,” stated in a letter sent to Malate. U.S. Army Col. […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News